• Draymond Green's flagrant foul 'a message,' Cavs coach Lue says
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    Draymond Green's flagrant foul 'a message,' Cavs coach Lue says

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio --? Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said that Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green's flagrant foul on LeBron James in the Warriors' 126-91 win on Monday was Green's attempt to "send a message" to the defending champs. "Was it a dirty play? I don't know," Lue said after Cavs practice Wednesday. "Was it a statement? I think so. He didn't want to let LeBron get in the open court and get a dunk or layup, and he took a hard foul. He wanted to try to send a message to our team." The foul came midway through the second quarter, with Golden State already ahead 52-36. "Of course, it's easier to do when you're up 25," Lue said, exaggerating the Warriors' lead at the time

  • Report: Wolves trying to trade Ricky Rubio before deadline; 7 teams that make sense
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    Report: Wolves trying to trade Ricky Rubio before deadline; 7 teams that make sense

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are "actively shopping" Ricky Rubio , according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. Rubio, 26, was once seen as the future of the franchise at point guard, but new president and coach Tom Thibodeau drafted his successor, Kris Dunn , last June. Swingman Shabazz Muhammad could also reportedly be headed out the door in a potential Rubio deal. From The Vertical: The Timberwolves have attached Rubio to multiple offers with Shabazz Muhammad to several teams around the NBA, league sources said. Minnesota has been seeking something of a "bridge" guard in return, a player capable of starting in the short term, but who'll ultimately settle into a backup role and give way to

  • No. 21 Purdue dominates Illinois
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    No. 21 Purdue dominates Illinois

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — When Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Haas are in sync, it’s difficult trying to name a better power forward-center combination in college basketball. No. 21 Purdue’s two interior players certainly were in sync on Tuesday night against outmanned Illinois. Haas had 24 points and six rebounds, and power forward Swanigan added 22 points and 10 rebounds in the Boilermakers’ dominating 91-68 victory. Haas scored 13 points in the second half when the Boilermakers (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten) led by as many as 27. Swanigan had a four-point first half but was almost unstoppable during the second half, accounting for 18 points and five rebounds. “It was Illinois’ game plan not to double us,”