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8:33 PM ET ESPN News Services CLEVELAND — Toronto Raptors All-Star guard Kyle Lowry is sidelined with an unspecified back injury. Lowry sat out Saturday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers after his back flared up earlier in the day. Raptors coach Nick Nurse did not give any details about Lowry’s injury or a timetable
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2:31 PM ET Malika AndrewsESPN Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen has been upgraded to probable and could make his season debut in Saturday’s game against the Houston Rockets. Markkanen has been sidelined with an elbow sprain since September. Initially, he was scheduled to be out six to eight weeks. He has missed 23 games. He
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1:56 AM ET J.J. Barea got ejected from the Dallas Mavericks‘ bench late in Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers by referee Scott Foster for saying only, “That was a disaster,” the 13-year veteran guard told ESPN. “[On the first techical, Foster] said I was talking too much, but I never said a bad
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3:08 PM ET OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder guard Andre Roberson had another setback with his surgically repaired left knee that will keep him out at least another six weeks, team spokesperson said. During a workout Thursday, Roberson came down from a jump and reported some discomfort in his knee. An MRI revealed a small avulsion
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2:49 AM ET LOS ANGELES — If it seems like LeBron James has been shouldering a disproportionate part of the load for the Los Angeles Lakers so far this season, that’s because he has. The four-time MVP admitted after Thursday’s 104-96 win over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday that he’s struggled with striking the right
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9:27 PM ET Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger asked assistant general manager Brandon Williams to leave the team’s shootaround Thursday, according to The Athletic. Williams departed with Kings general manager Vlade Divac after Joerger’s request, the reports said. Joerger and Williams have reportedly been at odds for two weeks following a Yahoo! Sports report that
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12:37 PM ET Nine-year-old Riley Morrison needed shoes for the new hoops season, but after deciding she liked Under Armour’s Stephen Curry model, she couldn’t find them. So she took her problem straight to the top, writing the Golden State Warriors star a letter. Saying she’s a big fan, Morrison wrote that she and her
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1:05 AM ET OKLAHOMA CITY — A few nights after staying more than two and a half hours after the buzzer for a late-night solo shooting session, Russell Westbrook bounced back with one of his most complete games of the season, which included his 107th career triple-double to tie Jason Kidd for third on the
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9:31 PM ET Warriors guard Stephen Curry will be back on the court Saturday for Golden State’s game against the Pistons in Detroit, coach Steve Kerr said. But Curry will not play Thursday against the East-leading Raptors in Toronto. He returned to practice earlier this week, but Kerr said trainer Rick Celebrini advocated being extra
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2:21 PM ET Nick DePaulaESPN After a stalemate over long-term extension talks with current endorser Jordan Brand, Toronto Raptors All-Star wing Kawhi Leonard has agreed to a multi-year shoe deal with re-emerging brand New Balance, according to league sources. The deal was first reported by Yahoo Sports. “It’s not official,” Leonard said at Wednesday morning’s
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9:34 PM ET Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said on Monday that guard Stephen Curry should be a full-go at practice on Tuesday. Kerr wanted to make sure Curry had a couple of practice days before returning to game action. Curry hasn’t played since injuring his left groin in a Nov. 8 loss to
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7:08 PM ET Associated Press WASHINGTON — Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul was out for Monday night’s game against the Washington Wizards with a sore left leg. It’s the second consecutive game Paul has missed. He sat out Saturday’s game in Cleveland after playing 37 minutes in an overtime win in Detroit the night before.
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4:56 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiESPN Examinations of Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz‘s right shoulder will extend through Wednesday in New York and no decision on his next steps is expected until later in the week, league sources told ESPN. Fultz’s agent and attorney, Raymond Brothers, informed the Sixers that Fultz would seek further opinions on
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