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Celtics Forward Jared Sullinger to Miss the Remainder of the Season

Celtics Forward Jared Sullinger to Miss the Remainder of the Season

NBA via Boston Celtics(LOS ANGELES) -- In the midst of having the best season of his young career, Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger will miss the rest of the season with a left metatarsal stress fracture.

According to Sullinger, he was experiencing discomfort in his foot since Feb. 11 during the team's win over the Atlanta Hawks.

"Supposedly it happened in the Atlanta game, and he was talking a little bit about it [Wednesday] with regard to feeling some discomfort, and so he went through a little bit of practice then pulled himself out," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said earlier this week. "Ed took him to get the X-ray [Thursday]."

Sullinger has emerged as one of the Celtics best players/rebounders. Despite a slew of trades made by the team this season, Boston still finds itself just 1 1/2 games behind the Brooklyn Nets for the 8th and final playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.

In his third season, the 22-year-old Sullinger was averaging 14.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game this season.

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Brewer Leads Rockets Past Raptors, 98-76

Brewer Leads Rockets Past Raptors, 98-76

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Rockets guard Corey Brewer had a season-high 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as Houston (37-18) defeated the Toronto Raptors (37-18) on Saturday night, 98-76.

Leading 56-52 with 3:41 to play in the third quarter, Houston went on a 12-1 run to close out the period. Rockets guard James Harden contributed 20 points, with 16 of them coming in the third quarter.

Forward Amir Johnson led the way for the Raptors with 27 points and five rebounds while guard Kyle Lowry had 11 points and four assists.

Up next for the Rockets, a Monday night home showdown against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Westbrook Shines in Thunder Win Over Hornets

Westbrook Shines in Thunder Win Over Hornets

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE) -- Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 33 points in Oklahoma City's 110-103 win over the Hornets Saturday night.

Westbrook, who has been on a tear as of late, also added 10 assists and seven rebounds to his stat line.

With Kevin Durant resting a sore foot, the Thunder finally got a look at the team's new assets they acquired at the trade deadline. Backup point guard D.J. Augustin added 12 points off the bench and center Enes Kanter had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

"We feel confident with what we have as a unit, especially with the great pieces we have," Westbrook said. "Once we get everybody healthy and rolling we are going to be tough to beat. For now we have to come in every night and take care of business."

The Thunder are on a five-game win streak.

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Anthony Davis exits game early in Pelicans’ win

Anthony Davis exits game early in Pelicans’ win

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- New Orleans Pelicans all-star Anthony Davis left the game early Saturday night in his team's 105-91 win over the Miami Heat.  Davis reaggravated his right shoulder in the first quarter of the game, and did not return.

Davis left with 3:07 left in the quarter, after he attempted a shot and made contact with Miami's Hassan Whiteside.  Davis missed two games earlier this month, as well as the All-Star Game because of the same shoulder issue.

Davis is fourth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 24.3 points per game.

 

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Report: Cavaliers Likely To Sign Kendrick Perkins

Report: Cavaliers Likely To Sign Kendrick Perkins

NBA via Oklahoma City Thunder(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- Days after being traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Utah Jazz, it appears Kendrick Perkins will settle in with a new team.

The Cleveland Cavaliers has "emerged as the frontrunners" to sign the 6'10" center, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Perkins, 30, is in the midst of a contractual buyout with the Jazz. He was traded to the Jazz, Thursday in a move that sent Enes Kanter from Utah to Oklahoma City.

After losing Anderson Varejao for the season to a torn Achilles tendon in December, the Cavaliers have been seeking size for their front court.

While Perkins is no longer the impat player that he once was when a member of the Boston Celtics, he is a still a powerful prescence in the locker room and provide an impact around the net.  Perkins is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game this season.

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Curry’s Double-Double Leads Warriors Over Spurs

Curry’s Double-Double Leads Warriors Over Spurs

NBA via Golden State Warriors(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- In the Warriors return from the All-Star break they proved that their league-leading record wasn't a fluke.  

Stephen Curry had 25 points and 11 assists, and Klay Thompson added 20 points in the Golden State Warriors 110-99 win over the defending champion San Antonio Spurs, on Friday night.

The Warriors went ahead by 21 points entering the fourth quarter, which led to Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich resting his starters for the entire period.

Golden State entered Friday night with the best home record in the entire NBA at 23-2.  One of those two losses was to the Spurs back in November.

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Raptors Take Down the Hawks

Raptors Take Down the Hawks

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(ATLANTA) -- The Toronto Raptors proved they are a team to be reckoned with after a 105-80 beat down of the first place Hawks in Atlanta on Friday.

Lou Williams led all scorers with 26 points, hitting seven of 10 3-pointers, and DeMar DeRozan added another 21 for the Raptors. Toronto outscored Atlanta 28-13 in the third quarter to turn the game into a 23-point lead.

"We were scrambling," said DeRozan, who had three steals in the game. "We tried not to let them get anything easy. We didn't want to let them get going, get a rhythm. As long as we do that, we can live with the outcome."

Atlanta still holds a 5 1/2-game lead over Toronto in the Eastern Conference, however the Raptors won the season series over the Hawks; 3-1.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/20/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/20/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Orlando Magic 95 (18-39) - New Orleans Pelicans 84 (27-27)

Indiana Pacers 106 (22-33) - Philadelphia 76ers 95 (12-42)

Toronto Raptors 105 (37-17) - Atlanta Hawks 80 (43-12)

Detroit Pistons 100 (22-33) - Chicago Bulls 91 (34-21)

Miami Heat 111 (23-30) - New York Knicks 87 (10-44)

Cleveland Cavaliers 127 (34-22) - Washington Wizards 89 (33-22)

Minnesota Timberwolves 111 (12-42) - Phoenix Suns 109 (29-26)

NHL: New Jersey Devils 4 (23-26-9, 55pts) - Vancouver Canucks 2 (33-22-3, 69pts)

New York Rangers 3 (35-16-6, 76pts) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (17-38-4, 38pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 2 (21-29-7, 49pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (23-31-5, 51pts)

St. Louis Blues 5 (38-16-4, 80pts) - Boston Bruins 1 (28-21-9, 65pts)

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Report: Heat’s Chris Bosh May Miss Rest of Season with Blood Clots in Lungs

Report: Heat’s Chris Bosh May Miss Rest of Season with Blood Clots in Lungs

NBA via Miami Heat(NEW YORK) -- Even though the Miami Heat are still riding high after their acquisition of Goran Dragic from the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, the Miami Herald reports that forward Chris Bosh may miss the rest of the season with blood clots in his lungs.

Bosh was recently admitted to a Miami-area hospital after meeting with a doctor regarding recent discomfort he was experiencing. Initial tests proved inconclusive, but the fear is that he has blood clots in his lungs and could be forced to miss the rest of the regular season and the playoffs.

According to Heat guard Dwayne Wade, the 30-year-old Bosh had not felt well since earlier in the All-Star break when the two vacationed together in Haiti.

A 12-year veteran, Bosh is in his fifth season as a member of the Heat.

During the offseason, Bosh signed a five-year, $118 million contract with the team. It is currently the largest guaranteed deal in the NBA.

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ESPN: Celtics Acquire Isaiah Thomas in Deal with Suns

ESPN: Celtics Acquire Isaiah Thomas in Deal with Suns

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The Boston Celtics acquired point guard Isaiah Thomas from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for guard Marcus Thornton and the Cleveland Cavaliers' 2016 first-round draft pick, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman.The Celtics general manager Danny Ainge targeted Thomas when the guard was a free agent over the summer, before the Suns signed him. Phoenix ended up giving Thomas a 4-year, $27 million contract that is worth less money each season.The 5-foot-9, 26-year-old Thomas is averaging 25.7 minutes, 15.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game this season.Meanwhile, the Celtics send Thornton and his $8.575 million expiring contract to Phoenix.The 27-year-old Thornton is averaging 16.4 minutes and 8.9 points per game this season while shooting 42% from 3-point range.

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Pistons Acquire Reggie Jackson

Pistons Acquire Reggie Jackson

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Detroit Pistons acquired Reggie Jackson from the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a three-team deal that also included the Utah Jazz.

The Thunder will receive forward Kyle Singler and guard D.J. Augistin from the Pistons and forward Steve Novak and center Enes Kanter from the Jazz. The Jazz get center Kendrick Perkins, forward Grant Jerrett, draft rights to Tibor Pleiss, a protected future first-rounder from the Thunder, and a Pistons second-round pick.

The 24-year-old Jackson has had his minutes cut ever since the Thunder acquired Dion Waiters in January. That caused Jackson's agent to request a trade.

When Jackson heard the new he tweeted, "Crying tears of joy #godisgreat."

Jackson is averaging 28 minutes, 12.8 points, four rebounds and 4.2 assists per game this season.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/19/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/19/15Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder 104 (29-25) - Dallas Mavericks 89 (36-20) Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (3) Gonzaga 86 (27-1) - Pacific 74 (10-17) (7) Arizona 87 (23-3) - USC 57 (10-16) (9) Utah 47 (21-4) - Oregon State 3...

Kevin Garnett Returns to Minnesota

Kevin Garnett Returns to Minnesota

Elsa/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Power forward Kevin Garnett will return to the team with which he began his career.

Garnett agreed to drop his no-trade clause and he accepted a trade from the Brooklyn Nets to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Thaddeus Young.

The trade will give Garnett the chance to play out what might be his 20th and final NBA season as a member of the team that drafted him back in 1995 out of high school.

Garnett guided the Wolves to the only eight playoff appearances in the franchise's history, and he won the MVP in 2004 while leading them to the Western Conference Finals.

 

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Suns Trade Goran Dragic to Heat

Suns Trade Goran Dragic to Heat

Christopher Trottman/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the Phoenix Suns have shipped point guard Goran Dragic to the Miami Heat.

The deal consisted of Dragic and his brother Zoran in return for Danny Granger, Justin Hamilton, and two first-round picks from the Heat. However, it is still unknown if there are other pieces involved in the deal.

Dragic went on the trading block earlier this week because he wasn't happy with the Suns' crowded backcourt, which also featured Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe.  Now Dragic will have a much bigger role in Miami, pairing him up with superstars Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

 

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Durant Explains His Critical Comments of the Media

Durant Explains His Critical Comments of the Media

Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant explained Tuesday why he made critical comments about the media over the past weekend.Durant was asked Saturday about the job security of his head coach Scott Brooks. That prompted the reigning league MVP to snap saying, "You guys really don't know s---." That response created a negative storm of attention toward Durant who had previously, for the most part, been very mild-mannered when talking with the press. Durant met with reporters Tuesday to try and clear the air."I had a moment," Durant said. "Everybody in life has moments. You had one for sure before, but it's not broadcasted like mine. I was more so trying to take up for my teammates, my coach and other guys in the league that gets scrutinized and I don't like. Maybe I should shut up about it. I had one moment. What made me more mad than anything I was told I bite the hand that feeds me. I don't know what that means. I really don't know what that means. I wish someone would explain it to me. But I don't remember none of you guys being there when I was 8 years old and putting in that work, the nights when I'm in here putting in that work in. So I don't really understand what that one means. But, hey, I gotta roll with it. That's a part of it. I was told I shouldn't cry 'cause everybody been through it. So I'm going to shut up."The 26-year-old Durant has played in 26 games this season averaging 25.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, four assists, and one block per game.

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Former Trail Blazers Forward Jerome Kersey Dead at 52

Former Trail Blazers Forward Jerome Kersey Dead at 52

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Former Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerome Kersey passed away Wednesday at the age of 52. The cause of death is unknown.

Kersey played 17 NBA seasons, 11 with the Trail Blazers, and was a starter on Portland's 1990 and 1992 teams that made the NBA Finals. He also won a championship as a member of the 1999 San Antonio Spurs team.

“Today we lost an incredible person and one of the most beloved players to ever wear a Trail Blazers uniform,” Trail Blazers Owner Paul Allen said in a press release. “My thoughts and condolences are with the Kersey family. He will be missed by all of us. It’s a terrible loss.”

Kersey ranks fifth on the Trail Blazers all-time scoring list (10,067) and third in rebounds (5,078). He also played for Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle, and San Antonio before retiring in 1991. 

Kersey finished his NBA career averaging 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

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Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Seeking Career ‘Rebirth’

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant Seeking Career ‘Rebirth’

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the third-straight season, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has suffered a season-ending injury. With no plans to walk away from basketball, Bryant has a vision for how he'd like his career to go going forward.

"I can't say it is the end," Bryant said during an interview with NBA TV. "I thought the Spurs were done 20 years ago. Those guys are still winning."

"So, to answer the question, I can't say this is the end of my era because I thought their [era] was done, and they're still there. So I'm hoping I can have the same rebirth," he added.

Bryant is recovering from season-ending surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff that he suffered in his right shoulder.

After appearing in six games last season, the 36-year-old Bryant played in 35 games this season and averaged 22.3 points on .373% shooting.

He has spent his entire 19-year career wit the Lakers, and has one more year left on his current contract.

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Jermaine O’Neal Ends Comeback Attempt

Jermaine O’Neal Ends Comeback Attempt

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images Sport(DALLAS) -- Despite initial plans to return for a 19th NBA season, veteran forward Jermaine O'Neal will not play this season.

O'Neal was coveted by the Dallas Mavericks among other teams, and despite training to prepare for the grind of the NBA season, O'Neal decided it wasn't the right time to return.

"I don't feel like I'm at that position now with just seven weeks of training, and I'm not comfortable making that commitment at this point," O'Neal wrote in an Instagram post. "The issue for me is timing and things feeling right. I'm a true believer of signs and listening and understanding life."

ESPN reports that the Mavericks are still interested in signing O'Neal if he changes his mind. The Mavericks will also be signing former New York Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire once or if he clears waivers, ESPN adds.

A former All-Star during his time with the Indiana Pacers from 2000-2008, O'Neal transformed himself into a reliable bench player capable of playing good defense. During his career, O'Neal has averaged 13.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

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Report: Stoudemire Joining Mavericks

Report: Stoudemire Joining Mavericks

NBA via New York Knicks(DALLAS, Tx.) -- The Dallas Mavericks are on the brink of signing Amar'e Stoudemire after his recent contract buyout from the New York Knicks.

Stoudemire cleared waivers Monday night and has committed to joining the Mavericks, according to RealGM.com.

After acquiring Rajon Rondo from the Celtics earlier this season, Dallas has been intent on adding size to its front court. The Mavericks were also interested in signing Jermaine O'Neal, who has been rehabbing a knee injury, but the 6'11" O'Neal announced on his Instagram page that he suffered a setback and would not return this season.

Stoudemire, 32 is currently averaging 12 points and 6.8 rebounds in 26 games this season. 

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ESPN: Bucks Talking Buyout with Center Larry Sanders

ESPN: Bucks Talking Buyout with Center Larry Sanders

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The fallout between the Milwaukee Bucks and Larry Sanders could result in the two sides parting ways. ESPN is reporting that the Bucks and Sanders have began discussion regarding a buyout that would make Sanders a free agent.

A talented player, Sanders hasn't played since Dec. 23, when he was suspended by the team for 10 games for violating the league's anti-drug program. He's since been listed out for "personal reasons."

"Soon you all will know the truth," Sanders tweeted last week.

In the summer of 2013, Sanders signed a four-year extension with the Bucks worth $44 million. Since signing that deal, he's only appeared in 50 games as a result of suspensions and injuries.

When he plays, Sanders is still a valuable basketball player. Still just 26 years old, Sanders is averaging 7.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 26 games while averaging 21.7 points per game.

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