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    Jimmy Butler of Philadelphia 76ers has no structural damage in groin

    Philadelphia 76ers forward Jimmy Butler suffered no structural damage in his groin, league sources told ESPN’s Zach Lowe. Butler underwent an MRI on Tuesday after leaving Monday night’s win over the Detroit Pistons in the first quarter with a groin strain. Despite the good news, Butler is still listed as doubtful for the Sixers’ game against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. Butler has averaged 21.4 points per game since coming over to the Sixers in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves last month. Philadelphia has gone 10-3 since Butler joined the lineup. Source link

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    The Anthony Davis-Celtics speculation isn’t going away

    1:23 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN BOSTON — For more than a year now, the future of Anthony Davis has been a nonstop topic of discussion in NBA circles. It doesn’t matter that Davis, even now, can’t elect to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career until July 2020. It also doesn’t matter that his team, the New Orleans Pelicans, made it to the Western Conference semifinals for the first time in a decade last season — and, if their players can remain healthy, appear to have the talent to make it at least that far this time around. Why? Because the NBA is a league…

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    Kyle Lowry held scoreless as Toronto Raptors upended by Milwaukee Bucks

    10:59 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN TORONTO — With 90 seconds to go in Sunday’s showdown between the top two teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks, the ball found its way to Kyle Lowry in the corner for a wide-open shot. As the Raptors clung to a 97-94 lead, it offered Toronto a chance to double its advantage, help finish off what had become a comeback from a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit and lead Toronto to a league-leading 22nd win of the season. But Lowry missed — just as he had the prior four times he’d attempted a shot Sunday night. In doing so, he opened…

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    Luka Doncic wows in Dallas Mavericks win

    DALLAS — The person least impressed by Dallas Mavericks rookie star Luka Doncic‘s performance in Saturday night’s 107-104 comeback win over the Houston Rockets was probably the Slovenian teen himself. “I wasn’t playing great,” he said after scoring 21 points and taking over the game down the stretch. “My game wasn’t good at all. I get confident at the end of the game, and obviously then I feel comfortable.” That’s one way to put it after Doncic scored 11 straight points during crunch time, capping the flurry with a step-back 3-pointer over Houston center Clint Capela to give the Mavs the lead for good with 57.8 seconds remaining. This week…

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    Brandon Ingram of Los Angeles Lakers to miss week with ankle sprain

    Brandon Ingram underwent an MRI that confirmed the Los Angeles Lakers forward has a left ankle sprain. The Lakers said Ingram will be re-evaluated in a week. He is expected to miss at least four games with the Lakers playing Saturday at Memphis followed by a home game against Miami and then contests at Houston and Charlotte. Ingram, who is averaging 15.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game this season, suffered the injury in the first quarter of Wednesday’s win over San Antonio when he landed on the foot of Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge after taking a jump shot. Aldridge was whistled for a flagrant foul 1 for sticking…

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    LeBron James listed as rookie in Spurs game notes

    LeBron James is in his 16th season in the NBA. Only six active players have played more games than James, so the Los Angeles Lakers forward is about as far from a rookie as you can get. Apparently someone forgot to tell the San Antonio Spurs, who accidentaly gave James the “R” designation for rookie in their press notes for Friday’s game. Maybe the Spurs were trying to trick James into playing like a rookie, when he averaged a career-low 20.9 PPG and shot a career-worst 41.7 percent from the field. Or maybe the mistake was Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s way of getting reporters to do their research on James.…

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    Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, says tweaked right shoulder no concern

    12:41 AM ET Tim BontempsESPN BOSTON — Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving said he wasn’t concerned after tweaking his right shoulder late in Boston’s 128-100 victory over the New York Knicks. Kyrie Irving scored 22 points before leaving the game in the final minutes nursing his right shoulder, Al Horford had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics coasted past the New York Knicks 128-100 on Thursday night. Irving left Thursday night’s game with 3:34 left in the fourth quarter and the outcome already decided after getting tangled up. He had ice put on the shoulder while he watched from the bench, and did his television walk-off interview…

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    Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James ignores criticism and scores 20 in fourth quarter

    LOS ANGELES — After a whirlwind week in Laker Land in which Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and even Kevin Durant weighed in publicly about how LeBron James should play, or in Durant’s case what it’s like to play with him, James capped the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 4-0 homestand with 42 points in a 121-113 win over the San Antonio Spurs. Kevin Durant thinks the Lakers might struggle to find a superstar to play alongside LeBron James and everything that comes with him. Brandon Ingram was hurt when he landed on the foot of Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge. X-rays on Ingram’s ankle came back negative. 1 Related James scored 20…

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    Kawhi will be the next great test of the Raptors’ place in the NBA

    All terms being equal, would I want to play here? How the best basketball players in the world answer this question governs the entire power structure of the NBA. No two players hold every team in the same regard, and the impressions of these teams fluctuate day to day. But it’s not hard to identify which organizations can be found on the good list, which ones reside on the bad list and which are in between. Who can get an audience with the summer’s marquee free agents? Who struggles to retain their homegrown stars? Which teams do the best players feel offer them the best chance to achieve their professional…

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    Chicago Bulls players say firing of Fred Hoiberg is ‘tough’

    2:51 PM ET Malika AndrewsESPN INDIANAPOLIS — Chicago Bulls players have had 24 hours, one practice and a shootaround to digest the dismissal of Fred Hoiberg as head coach and Jim Boylen’s promotion from associate head coach. “It’s tough,” Zach LaVine said after shootaround on Tuesday morning. “I texted [Hoiberg] right afterwards and let him know that I appreciated him and thanks for all the hard work. Because at the end of the day, Fred is a great dude and you respect that. “You know he did a good job here. He was under some circumstances that he can’t control.” It’s now on the Chicago front office to get the…