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  • Shoulders to cry on: Love, MKG, Olynyk all exit with shoulder woes

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 47 mins ago

    Wednesday was a rough night for shoulders in the NBA, as three players on teams with Eastern Conference playoff aspirations left their games early after suffering shoulder injuries.

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    Headlining the injury report: Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love, who left his team's nationally televised Wednesday meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers favoring his left shoulder — the one he had surgically repaired last spring after dislocating it in the opening round of the playoffs — in the final minute of the first half:

    Kevin Love has a shoulder injury that occurred on this play where he was defended by Kobe Bryant pic.twitter.com/zUsDPnR1Ur

    League source tells ESPN that upon initial examination, Cavs do not believe Love's shoulder injury to be major: "Most likely he'll be fine"

    Stevens said Kelly Olynyk had a shoulder subluxation and went to the hospital for X-rays.

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  • Wife of Thunder coach Monty Williams dead at 44 after car crash

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 hrs ago

    Awful news out of Oklahoma City: Ingrid Williams, the wife of Oklahoma City Thunder associate head coach Monty Williams, died Wednesday from injuries suffered in an automobile accident on Tuesday night. She was 44

    The Oklahoman reported Wednesday that Ingrid Williams was being "treated for life-threatening injuries" after her sport utility vehicle was involved in a collision on South Western Avenue in Oklahoma City:

    Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV-DT reported Wednesday evening that Williams had died, leaving behind her husband and their five children. The Thunder confirmed the report in a team statement.

    It's almost impossible to imagine what Williams must be going through right now. Our thoughts are with him and his family as they attempt to find some semblance of peace in the wake of this tragedy.

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring injuries, blame and bummers

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 8 hrs ago

    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.

    C: Memphis Commercial Appeal. Chris Herrington with a sharp and nuanced look at what Marc Gasol's indefinite absence with a mid-foot fracture means for the Memphis Grizzlies, now and in the future, and who bears what level of responsibility for the 7-footer injuring his wheel while playing through pain and having been listed as questionable for Tuesday's contest.

    PF: Blog-a-Bull. On a similar note, how much should Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler's strained left knee be attributed to "an outright deficiency of the organization/coaching and not just a matter of circumstances?"

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  • Report: Lakers once called Cavs about Kobe-for-LeBron mega-deal

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 9 hrs ago

    Ahead of Wednesday night's meeting between the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers — the first of two matchups between the two clubs in the next month, and Kobe Bryant's final visit to Ohio before he retires at the end of this season — ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst dropped a what-if bombshell: in the summer of 2007, the Lakers called the Cavs to find out if trading Kobe to Cleveland could net them LeBron James.

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    It's a mind-boggling thing to consider now, eight and a half years later, but at the time, a 28-year-old Bryant was coming off his second straight scoring title, at the peak of his powers, and pretty ticked off about the Lakers falling from perennial NBA Finalists to playoff also-rans following the acrimony-filled dissolution of his partnership with Shaquille O'Neal.

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  • Knicks start slow, come up short at buzzer to Wiz in Rambis' debut

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 23 hrs ago

    After firing Derek Fisher and elevating associate head coach Kurt Rambis to the head of the New York Knicks bench, Phil Jackson said he made the change to try to shake the sinking Knicks, losers of nine of their last 10, into better starts, a stronger defensive disposition, and better finishes to games. Rambis didn't get much of the first two for most of the night, but he nearly got the third ... only to come up just short.

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    After a pair of free throws by All-Star point guard John Wall gave the Washington Wizards a 111-108 lead with 4.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, the Knicks had no timeouts and one last chance to extend the game. Needing to go the length of the floor and find a 3, the Knicks exploited a Washington miscue — after Wizards forward Otto Porter failed to foul New York point guard Jose Calderon, Wall stepped up to do the job, leaving Knicks guard Langston Galloway wiiiiiide open on the right wing. Galloway, a 37.5 percent 3-point shooter on the season, rose up ...

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  • Pop shakes head at N.H. primary result, Bernie balls out after win

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Never a fan of between-quarters interviews during nationally televised basketball games, Gregg Popovich broke new ground during his chat with TNT's David Aldridge during the San Antonio Spurs' Tuesday night matchup with the Miami Heat: offering political commentary on live television without letting a single word slip past his lips.

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    Uninterested in saying much about his team's slouch to a four-point deficit after 12 minutes, Popovich grumbled through a couple of non-answers and began to head back to the sideline before Aldridge piqued his interest. Hey, Pop: in the market for results of Tuesday's New Hampshire presidential primaries?

    If Pop's ire was aimed at Sanders, perhaps it's because the Spurs head coach had yet to see the Vermont senator and noted sportsman shoot the J.

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  • Jimmy Butler's strained left knee means big trouble for the Bulls

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    After losing three straight games, five of six and eight of 11, things got even worse for the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, when the team announced that All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler will miss the next three to four weeks with a strained left knee, removing one of the game's best two-way players from the Bulls lineup for a daunting stretch of somewhere between eight and 12 games.

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    Butler suffered the injury during the second quarter of Chicago's Friday loss to the Denver Nuggets, when he took a hard fall after driving to the basket and being fouled by Nuggets big man Joffrey Lauvergne:

    Before he was carted to the back, though, Butler forced his way out of the chair that the training staff had wheeled out for him so he could shoot the free throws he'd earned by taking the hit:

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  • The Miami Heat will retire Shaquille O'Neal's No. 32 jersey

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Not a bad couple of weeks for Shaquille O'Neal. First, he finds out that he's going to get a statue at Staples Center, and now he learns that the Miami Heat are going to retire his number.

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    We're Shaq'ing Up! #32 is headed to the @aaarena rafters in 2016. Congrats @SHAQ!https://t.co/RbzASg8Rfm

    "Shaquille O’Neal is one of the truly elite players in the history of the game and one of the greatest players to ever wear a Heat uniform,” Heat President Pat Riley said in a team statement. “He took us to another level as a basketball franchise while leading us to our first NBA championship. Retiring his number in the rafters, along with Heat greats Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway, is something we are very proud of.”

    Riley, naturally, responded in kind:

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  • Joe Johnson banks in buzzer-beating game-winning 3 to beat Nuggets

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    A couple of years back, Kevin Garnett introduced us to "Joe Jesus," his preferred nickname for then-Brooklyn Nets teammate Joe Johnson, whom Garnett said "might not be there when you call on him, but he's there when you need him." On Monday night in Brooklyn, in the midst of a season to forget, Johnson showed the Barclays Center crowd how a resurrection really feels.

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    Things did not look good for the Nets, who had built a 16-point lead over the visiting Denver Nuggets midway through the second quarter before watching Michael Malone's club whittle the deficit down over the next two periods, erase it with 5:34 left in the fourth, and take a two-point lead on a wild runner by Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried with 1.3 seconds remaining:

    Here's what Johnson's saving grace looked like from courtside and, crucially, in slow-motion:

    look at him pic.twitter.com/lHCSmE6VD0

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  • Warriors' Festus Ezeli out at least 6 weeks after knee surgery

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    After missing five straight games with soreness in his left knee, Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli underwent arthroscopic surgery "to clean out debris from his left knee," the team announced Monday.

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    The 26-year-old big man, who hasn't suited up since Golden State's Jan. 25 win over the San Antonio Spurs, is expected to miss at least six weeks recovering from the procedure, but is expected to return before the end of the regular season in mid-April. From Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle:

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