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Fri Feb 2220:10Mavericks' Doncic out Friday with sore right ankleLuka DoncicPGMavericksFree Agent
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic is out of the Dallas Mavericks' lineup Friday night for a game against the Denver Nuggets because of a sore right ankle.Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle would not speculate on whether Doncic would miss additional time. The 19-year-old leads Dallas and all rookies with 20.7 points per game. Doncic's 7.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game also are team bests.This will be the third game Doncic has missed this season. A strained right hip kept him out Dec. 2, and a sore left ankle made him inactive Jan. 31.Doncic walked through the locker room before Friday's game but did not stop to talk with reporters. He did not noticeably favor his right ankle.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Feb 2219:20Towns out with concussion for 1st missed game of his careerKarl-Anthony TownsCTimberwolvesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns is missing a game for the first time in his career, unable to play for Minnesota against the Knicks on Friday night following a car accident.The All-Star forward was placed in the concussion protocol earlier in the day, ending his streak of 303 consecutive games started.Coach Ryan Saunders said the streak was never discussed when he talked with Towns earlier Friday, and there was no hope of extending it once Towns entered the concussion protocol. A player can only return then once he has passed a battery of tests and been symptom free."I'd just like to have him out there because he's a pretty good player," Saunders said. "So the streak, I think that is something that everybody should definitely take note of with Karl's durability and his toughness and how he approaches the game, but from a coach's viewpoint you'd like to have like Karl on the floor whenever you can."Towns had played in his second consecutive All-Star game before he was involved in a... [More]
Fri Feb 2218:40Towns out with concussion for 1st missed game of his careerKarl-Anthony TownsCTimberwolvesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns is in concussion protocol after a car accident and is missing a game for the first time in his career.The All-Star was involved in a car accident on his way to the airport during the break. He was cleared to fly and arrived in New York, where after further examination he was placed in the concussion protocol and ruled out for Friday's game against the Knicks.Towns had started all 303 games since being the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft, the longest streak to begin a career since 1970-71.It wasn't immediately clear where the accident occurred. Minneapolis police said they didn't handle any incident involving Towns and coach Ryan Saunders had no other details before the game.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Feb 2213:40Wolves' Towns questionable vs. Knicks after car accidentTyus JonesPGTimberwolvesFree Agent
Karl-Anthony TownsCTimberwolvesFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns was questionable for Friday night's game in New York against the Knicks after a car accident in the Minneapolis area.The Star Tribune reports Towns was headed to the airport Thursday when he was involved in the accident. Coach Ryan Saunders told the newspaper Towns caught a commercial flight after the accident and missed a team shootaround.Saunders said he had no information on specific injuries for Towns. Guard Tyus Jones told the Star Tribune he saw Towns before the shootaround and Towns was doing "all right.""Rest" was listed as the reason for him being questionable on the official injury reportIt wasn't immediately clear where the accident occurred. Minneapolis police said they didn't handle any incident involving Towns. A Timberwolves spokesman didn't immediately respond to a phone message from The Associated Press.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Feb 2120:30Pelicans interim GM: NBA rules compel club to play DavisAnthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
Jahlil OkaforCNetsFree Agent
Elfrid PaytonPGPelicansFree Agent
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — When the Pelicans finished practice on Thursday, Anthony Davis went into coach Alvin Gentry's office, followed later by interim general manager Danny Ferry.As they spoke, privacy shades on windows that otherwise offer a view of practice courts were pulled down.After the meeting, Gentry said Davis was slated to start at Indiana on Friday night. Later, Ferry said Davis, if healthy, would continue to play for the Pelicans — albeit in a scaled-back role."League rules made it clear that Anthony has to play," Ferry said on a conference call with New Orleans reporters on Thursday night. "As we've done previously, we'll continue to follow their lead. But we'll also be focused on the future of the team. Therefore, you'll see a reduction in Anthony's minutes."That reduction could even mean sitting out Davis entirely for certain games, such as when the Pelicans are at home, not on national television and playing for the second time in two nights. That will be the case on ... [More]
Thu Feb 2120:10DeRozan likely to receive warm welcome in Toronto returnDeMar DeRozanSGSpursFree Agent
Tim DuncanCSpursFree Agent
Kyle LowryPGRaptorsFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFRaptorsFree Agent
TORONTO (AP) — From fellow athletes to star entertainers, DeMar DeRozan has seen plenty of celebrities soaking up an extended round of appreciative applause from fans."When they get that long standing ovation, I always thought that was the coolest thing in the world," DeRozan said Thursday. "I've never received one."Friday night, it could be his turn.DeRozan is back north of the border for the first time since the Toronto Raptors traded him last summer. His new team, the San Antonio Spurs, face the Raptors on Friday. A four-time All-Star in Toronto who helped the Raptors to five straight playoff appearances, DeRozan is likely to receive a warm welcome when he is introduced."If it's one of those long standing ovations, it's definitely going to be overwhelming," DeRozan said in a news conference at the Spurs' team hotel. "It's crazy when you get a whole arena on their feet just showing appreciation. I'm looking forward to it, to feeling the love."Friday's game will be the first followi... [More]
Thu Feb 2117:30Pacers find themselves standing tall without OladipoBojan BogdanovicSFPacersFree Agent
Darren CollisonPGPacersFree Agent
Paul GeorgeSFThunderFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
Wesley MatthewsSFMavericksFree Agent
Victor OladipoSGPacersFree Agent
Thaddeus YoungPFPacersFree Agent
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Victor Oladipo crashed to the floor in late January, the silence inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse was deafening.Teammates quietly expressed best wishes to their injured teammate as he was wheeled off the court on a stretcher. Fans wondered aloud if this was just another chapter in Indianapolis' injury curse that has claimed Peyton Manning, Paul George and Andrew Luck during the previous eight years. League insiders debated how far the Pacers would slide in the Eastern Conference standings.Somehow, after four consecutive losses, Indiana turned the page and won six of its next seven games heading into the All-Star break, still third in the East."We're just going out there and playing basketball," point guard Darren Collison said. "We're keeping the game simple and easy. Everybody is confident. It's getting closer to playoff basketball."After tinkering with his lineup for a few games, coach Nate McMillan settled on a rotation that looks remarkably similar to what ... [More]
Thu Feb 2117:00Anthony Davis to remain in Pelicans' lineup, for nowAnthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
Jahlil OkaforCNetsFree Agent
Elfrid PaytonPGPelicansFree Agent
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — When Pelicans finished practice on Thursday, Anthony Davis went into coach Alvin Gentry's office, followed later by interim general manager Danny Ferry.As they spoke, privacy shades on windows that otherwise offer a view of practice courts were pulled down.After the meeting, Gentry said Davis was slated to start at Indiana on Friday night. But beyond that, the Pelicans weren't ready to shed much light on how they plan to handle having their disaffected six-time All-Star on the roster for the final seven weeks of the regular season."He's playing tomorrow," Gentry said repeatedly in response to varying questions about Davis' status with the club. "He's playing the game tomorrow. Let's get to that one and then we can worry about everything else."On Saturday night, the Pelicans are scheduled to host LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.Davis, who is represented by the same agent as James, has requested a trade. The Lakers tried to acquire Davis before this season'... [More]
Thu Feb 2115:30Thomas ready for any role as Nuggets make playoff pushWill BartonSGNuggetsFree Agent
Malik BeasleySGNuggetsFree Agent
Gary HarrisSGNuggetsFree Agent
Trey LylesPFNuggetsFree Agent
Monte MorrisPGNuggetsFree Agent
Jamal MurrayPGNuggetsFree Agent
Isaiah ThomasPGNuggetsFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — Only one game back on the court and Isaiah Thomas already began lobbying for an even broader role — to appear in the movie "Space Jam 2" starring LeBron James.With filming set to start this summer , the Denver Nuggets point guard wants to be cast as the Muggsy Bogues character from the original picture featuring Michael Jordan.But first, another script to act out: Helping the Nuggets produce a playoff run. With his surgically repaired hip finally healthy after 11 months, it's lights, cameras, and a return to action for Thomas . He sees his part as anything necessary to boost a Nuggets team that's currently No. 2 in the Western Conference thanks to the best start (39-18) in the franchise's NBA history."If you're trying to win, you're going to put your ego aside and your individual things aside and do what's best for this team," said Thomas , whose team returns from the All-Star break Friday in Dallas. "But I can help a lot."There was a glimpse of that when Thomas made ... [More]
Thu Feb 2103:20Jeff Van Gundy on All-Star Game: Eliminate itPaul GeorgeSFThunderFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Jeff Van Gundy has an idea on how to fix the NBA All-Star Game.His plan: Eliminate it.Van Gundy, the former NBA coach and now longtime television commentator for ABC and ESPN, said what he's seeing now from the game is embarrassing and "a bastardization of the game that is beautiful to watch." The teams picked by captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo combined to attempt a record 167 3-pointers in Sunday night's game — and 96 of the 134 field goals in the game came off either 3s or dunks."You can be a Division III player like myself and be All-Star MVP," Van Gundy said. "All you have to do is drive in and shoot a layup."Van Gundy coached in the 2000 All-Star game, his Eastern Conference team falling to Phil Jackson and the Western Conference 137-126. There was no shortage of alley-oops tried in that game, though Tim Duncan, Alonzo Mourning and Shaquille O'Neal spent plenty of time defending the rim against those lobs as well."I would name All-Stars, I would ha... [More]
Wed Feb 2019:49Thunder sign free-agent forward Markieff MorrisMarcus MorrisPFCelticsFree Agent
Markieff MorrisPFWizardsFree Agent
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder signed free-agent forward Markieff Morris on Wednesday.The 29-year-old Morris was traded from Washington to New Orleans two weeks ago in a deadline deal, then waived by the Pelicans. He has been cleared to play after being sidelined since late December because of a neck injury.Morris averaged 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 34 games this season for Washington. In eight NBA seasons with Phoenix and Washington, the former Kansas player has averaged 11.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists.He's the twin brother of Boston forward Marcus Morris.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Feb 2017:59Raptors sign guard Jodie Meeks to 10-day contractJodie MeeksSGWizardsFree Agent
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors signed guard Jodie Meeks to a 10-day contract Wednesday.While with Washington last season, Meeks was suspended 25 games after testing positive for Ipamorelin, a growth hormone prohibited under the NBA drug program. The suspension came a day before Game 1 of the Wizards' first-round playoff series against Toronto.Meeks was traded to Milwaukee during the offseason with 19 games remaining on the suspension, then waived when the ban ended.The 31-year-old former Kentucky player has appeared in 531 regular-season games with Milwaukee, Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit, Orlando and Washington, averaging 9.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 22.6 minutes.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Feb 2015:39Love healthy, optimistic as Cavs fight to season's finishKevin LoveCCavaliersFree Agent
Collin SextonPGCavaliersFree Agent
Tristan ThompsonCCavaliersFree Agent
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Love relaxed on the beach under the warm Caribbean sun during the All-Star break.He hopes it finally shines on him and the Cavaliers in the second half of a depressing, gloomy season.Offering optimism about his future and Cleveland's, Love returned to the practice floor with his teammates on Wednesday following the league's annual midseason celebratory interruption.The five-time All-Star recently came back after missing more than 50 games following foot surgery. He was rested for the Cavs' final game against Brooklyn — part of his recovery plan — before the break, but Love said he plans to play Thursday against Phoenix and intends to build up his minutes over the next few weeks. Cleveland has 24 games left."I think you'll see me more on a steady basis and not miss games after the break, I'm hoping," said Love, who has played in just two games since November. "So just continue to improve the minutes and make sure that I'm feeling good and go from th... [More]
Wed Feb 2015:29Dragic, Jones Jr. practice, set to return to Heat rotationGoran DragicPGHeatFree Agent
Derrick Jones Jr.SFHeatFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Goran Dragic and Derrick Jones Jr. are on their way back to the Miami Heat rotation.Both practiced Wednesday and are available for Miami's game at Philadelphia on Thursday. Dragic has played in only two of Miami's last 41 games, and underwent surgery to clean out his right knee in December. Jones got bone bruises in his right knee after a fall in a game at New York last month.Jones was originally expected to be out for at least a few more weeks. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said both have work remaining before getting back to full strength.Dragic, an All-Star last season, was averaging 15.3 points and 4.9 assists before surgery. Jones is averaging 7.4 points this season.Miami (26-30) is currently ninth in the Eastern Conference.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Feb 2014:2976ers All-Star C Embiid out a week with sore left kneeJoel EmbiidC76ersFree Agent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid will miss at least a week with a sore left knee.Embiid underwent an MRI on Tuesday, which revealed no structural damage, and he will undergo physical therapy until he is evaluated again next week.The 24-year-old Embiid is averaging 27.3 points and 13.5 rebounds in 54 games for the Sixers. He had 10 points and 12 rebounds in 23 minutes in last Sunday's All-Star game.Embiid was the No. 3 overall pick of the 2014 draft and missed his first two seasons with multiple foot and knee injuries."It's reached the stage where he just felt uncomfortable with it," Sixers coach Brett Brown said. "It's a little bit of tendinitis. It's stuff I think that's quite common, actually."Brown said he did not believe the injury was connected to the All-Star game."Nobody needs to read into anything here," he said. "This is an NBA athlete that has some soreness in the knee, has had an MRI and we all should move on. We'll miss him, obviously, playing-wise. But it's not anything that isn't completely pointed toward keeping him ready and especially ready when it matters most at the end of the year."The Sixers are 37-21 and in fifth place in the Eastern Conference heading into Thursday's game against the Miami Heat.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Feb 2001:49Russell on the rise in Brooklyn and seeking first postseasonNick YoungSGWarriorsFree Agent
Jarrett AllenCNetsFree Agent
Lonzo BallPGLakersFree Agent
Allen CrabbeSFNetsFree Agent
Spencer DinwiddiePGNetsFree Agent
Joe HarrisSFNetsFree Agent
Rodions KurucsPFNetsFree Agent
Caris LeVertSGNetsFree Agent
D'Angelo RussellSGNetsFree Agent
Victor OladipoSGPacersFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — D'Angelo Russell stood high above Times Square, a spot where stars are showcased in New York.He was front and center on a billboard celebrating the Nets' midseason success, pictured with three teammates who joined him in Charlotte for the NBA's All-Star festivities."Brooklyn is having an All-Star weekend," it read.Russell hopes it will turn into a playoff season.Brooklyn heads into the stretch run in good position for the first postseason berth of his career, sitting in sixth place in the Eastern Conference when play resumes Thursday."I think we're in a great position right now," Russell said.And after some tough times, so is Russell.The point guard Magic Johnson didn't want has become the floor leader the Nets need, raising his level of play after injuries to Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie and Allen Crabbe left them severely short-handed in the backcourt.Russell had 36 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the final game before the break, a 148-139 triple-over... [More]
Tue Feb 1914:39Celtics still figuring things out heading into stretch runJaylen BrownSFCelticsFree Agent
Anthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
Marc GasolCGrizzliesFree Agent
Gordon HaywardSFCelticsFree Agent
Al HorfordCCelticsFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGCelticsFree Agent
LeBron JamesSFLakersFree Agent
Jonas ValanciunasCRaptorsFree Agent
Nikola MiroticPFPelicansFree Agent
Marcus SmartPGCelticsFree Agent
Jayson TatumSFCelticsFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — One way or another, the spotlight was always going to shine on the Boston Celtics in an Eastern Conference without LeBron James.After back-to-back losses to James' Cavaliers in the past two conference finals, his departure West to join the Los Angeles Lakers seemed to clear the path for Boston to take the reins in the East.That hasn't happened — yet.Instead of solidifying themselves as the NBA champion Golden State Warriors' chief challenger, the Celtics come out of the All-Star break still with much to figure out — and trailing Milwaukee and Toronto in the East standings."We realize that we've played well in the last month and a half," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "Although there have been multiple days when I'm sure it hasn't felt like it."Beginning with a win over Toronto on Jan. 16, Boston won 12 of its final 15 games before the break. It also included wins over five other teams currently in position to make the playoffs. But Boston also blew an 18-point lea... [More]
Tue Feb 1911:59Kareem: Players like Anthony Davis have value and hold powerAnthony DavisPFPelicansFree Agent
Kyrie IrvingPGCelticsFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — There was no social media or around-the-clock basketball coverage in October 1974, on the night when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar looked up from his dinner plate and told the Milwaukee Bucks that he would like to be traded.As such, hardly anybody knew initially about the demand.If anyone understands what Anthony Davis is thinking, asking for a trade out of New Orleans with nearly 1 1/2 seasons left on his contract, it's Abdul-Jabbar. His trade request came with two years left on his contract in Milwaukee. Eventually, he got his wish in the summer that followed his ask and got traded to the Los Angeles Lakers."I think that the players have power because they have value," Abdul-Jabbar said. "The players that teams know that they can win with are going to be in a position to dictate what they want to do."And while few people would disagree with that, the fact that Davis' request went public — and the impact it had on the both the Pelicans and the Lakers, the team that appeared to ... [More]
Tue Feb 1910:32Griffin enjoying resurgence a year after trade to PistonsAndre DrummondCPistonsFree Agent
Blake GriffinPFPistonsFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin doesn't need to jump over any cars to be a hit in the Motor City.A year after arriving in Detroit with his career at a crossroads, a more earthbound Griffin is doing all he can to shake the Pistons out of their decade-long malaise."He does a little bit of everything for us. Probably one of our better pick-and-roll players, passers, scorers, leader by example, just so many things," Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. "His basketball intellect, for me, is one that's been the most impressive of our players. I didn't know that about Blake, because when you think about him, you think about the high-flying dunker and the muscular guy in the post, but there's a lot more to that than just his dunking and athleticism."A month shy of his 30th birthday, there are fewer above-the-rim highlights but Griffin's first full season with Detroit has been one of his best. He's averaging a career-high 26.3 points per game while making strides as a perimeter shooter, and he earned... [More]
Tue Feb 1902:12Griffin enjoying resurgence a year after trade to PistonsAndre DrummondCPistonsFree Agent
Blake GriffinPFPistonsFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin doesn't need to jump over any cars to be a hit in the Motor City.A year after arriving in Detroit with his career at a crossroads, a more earthbound Griffin is doing all he can to shake the Pistons out of their decade-long malaise."He does a little bit of everything for us. Probably one of our better pick-and-roll players, passers, scorers, leader by example, just so many things," Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. "His basketball intellect, for me, is one that's been the most impressive of our players. I didn't know that about Blake, because when you think about him, you think about the high-flying dunker and the muscular guy in the post, but there's a lot more to that than just his dunking and athleticism."A month shy of his 30th birthday, there are fewer above-the-rim highlights but Griffin's first full season with Detroit has been one of his best. He's averaging a career-high 26.3 points per game while making strides as a perimeter shooter, and he earned... [More]
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