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    Why Fred Hoiberg failed with the Chicago Bulls

    6:35 PM ET Malika AndrewsESPN CHICAGO — Fred Hoiberg had to go. On an afternoon in late September, the Chicago Bulls head coach was fulfilling his media obligations prior to a preseason practice. As Hoiberg answered questions about his team, his lead assistant, Jim Boylen, called the players into a huddle at the other end of the gym — beginning practice without Hoiberg. It’s now on the Chicago front office to get the next big decisions right. The Chicago Bulls have fired head coach Fred Hoiberg after a 5-19 start to the season. Associate coach Jim Boylen has been promoted to head coach. 1 Related Once Hoiberg noticed, he mumbled…

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    Dennis Smith Jr. gets tooth knocked out, still makes key late play in Mavs’ win

    DALLAS — With the media swarmed around Dennis Smith Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith walked to his locker in the next stall Sunday night and jokingly greeted his Dallas Mavericks teammate: “Ruthless toothless!” Smith had most of his right front tooth fly out of his mouth when it was broken near the top by Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley’s elbow during a fight for a loose ball late in the third quarter. Smith returned to the game and made major contributions to the Mavs’ 114-110 win over the Clippers, including the game-sealing block, rebound and free throws. Clippers guard Patrick Beverley accused a Mavericks fan sitting courtside of cursing his mother…

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    Celtics vs. Timberwolves – Game Recap – December 1, 2018

    MINNEAPOLIS — That gruesome ankle injury that put Gordon Hayward through a grueling year of rehab forced him to adjust his game. However he’s able to make it happen, the Boston Celtics are more than happy to have him making the significant impact they envisioned all along. Hayward had a season-high 30 points and added nine rebounds and eight assists, helping the revived Celtics win their third straight game by staving off the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-109 on Saturday. With Kyrie Irving in command of their drive-and-kick offense and their typical well-rounded effort on defense, the Celtics picked up another quality win behind a breakout performance by Hayward. “It’s slowly coming…

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    Dallas Mavericks’ J.J. Barea ejected while on bench referee Scott Foster

    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, “This is a disaster,” the 13-year veteran guard told ESPN. “[On the first technical foul, Foster] said I was talking too much, but I never said a bad word the whole night,” Barea said. “The second one, I just said from the bench, ‘This is a disaster.’ That’s it. But [Foster] has a problem with me. He was at half court! I average maybe three techs a year. I think every time it’s him.” Mavs owner Mark Cuban, who sits behind the Dallas bench, quoted…

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    Victor Oladipo of Indiana Pacers out indefinitely with sore right knee

    Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is be out indefinitely with a sore right knee, the team announced Friday. Oladipo has not played since a Nov. 17 game in which he played just five minutes before exiting after falling into a broadcast cameraman and fans sitting courtside. An All-Star last year, the 25-year-old Oladipo is averaging 21.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game this season. Source link

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    Kings coach Dave Joerger asks assistant GM Brandon Williams to leave practice

    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 a “substantial disconnect” existed between Joerger and the front office. Divac at the time disputed any rift, but The Athletic reported Thursday that Joerger believes Williams to be the source of the Yahoo! story, with the goal of sowing discord and ultimately supplanting him as coach. Following Thursday’s reports, Divac said in a statement to The Athletic: “I…

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    Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City Thunder ties Jason Kidd on triple-doubles list

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A few evenings after staying more than 2½ hours past 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 all-time list. Westbrook finished with 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including 2-of-5 from 3-point range, to go with 19 rebounds and 15 assists in the Oklahoma City Thunder‘s 100-83 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. Westbrook recorded his second consecutive triple-double and his third of the season, and he now trails only Oscar Robertson (181) and Magic Johnson (138) on…

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    LeBron James takes control of the Lakers

    LEBRON JAMES HAS LOOKED more like the LeBron James of old over the past few weeks. Well, other than Tuesday night. His scoring is way up and his impact on Los Angeles Lakers games has surged, too. Not coincidentally, they’ve been winning more. They’ve won seven of 10 even after their 32-point loss to the Denver Nuggets. Is it because he has become more comfortable in his new surroundings? Sure, that probably is playing some role. Is it because his teammates are learning how to play alongside him and vice versa? No doubt. But that doesn’t seem to be the real basis of it. What seems to have gotten James…

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    James Harden’s 54 for Houston Rockets highlights backcourts’ historic duel

    9:24 AM ET Jerry Bembry WASHINGTON — On one hand, you had Houston Rockets guard James Harden, who was named the NBA’s MVP last season behind his lethal combination of 3-point shooting and an uncanny ability to get to the rim. On the other hand, you had the Washington Wizards duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal, who have raised eyebrows in previous years when boasting of being the NBA’s best backcourt. The meeting of those three on Monday night — along with Rockets guard Eric Gordon, starting in place of the injured Chris Paul — proved to be historic. Harden scored 54 points and Gordon added 36 — season…

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    Kevin Durant of Golden State Warriors joins elite Warriors list with another 49 points

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant is so good that after scoring 49 points in a 116-110 comeback win over the Orlando Magic, he was frustrated he didn’t get 50. “I still missed 17 shots,” Durant said. “Tricked off a 50 piece. I felt like I had some shots that I wish I could have made last game and this game. … So I wish I could have made more shots and I’m pretty sure all my teammates felt that way.” Durant’s teammates and coaches are just happy the All-Star forward is on their team after the 30-year-old sharpshooter racked up his second straight 40-point game —…