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One of the biggest stories of the week in sports was the return of Tiger Woods to PGA Tour competition at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines near San Diego. It was the first start in a full year for Woods following his fourth back surgery in as many years, but this time there was a significant bit more optimism than in the past.

Woods was able to make the cut on the number and see his first weekend tournament action since 2015, a big step in the right direction for the one time best golfer in the world. By making the weekend, Woods also gave Warriors forward Andre Iguodala the perfect birthday present.
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After the Warriors’ thrilling 109-105 win over the Celtics on Saturday night, Iguodala swung down the California coast to Torrey Pines to take in Woods’ final round and even got to chat with the legend prior to play.

While Steph Curry’s love of golf is well known, Iguodala is a huge golf fan as well. The veteran and former Finals MVP regularly tweets his thoughts on whatever PGA event is happening on TV on his off day, so getting to hang with Tiger has to be up there with the best birthday presents possible. As you can see in the photo at the top of the post, Iggy also got to snap some photos with Jason Day and other golfers as he strolled around the practice area and the course on Sunday.

Woods didn’t produce much in the way of fireworks on Sunday, but a workman-like even par 72 to finish the week at 3-under for the tournament was far from disappointing considering last year’s return at Torrey resulted in a missed cut.

Despite participating in all of morning shootaround, Warriors forward Andre Iguodala will sit out when the Warriors (37-9) visit the Houston Rockets (31-12) on Saturday because of a left calf contusion.

Iguodala also missed Wednesday’s game in Chicago because of the injury. He has sat out a combined seven games this season for minor ailments and rest purposes. With Iguodala’s absence, Nick Young, Patrick McCaw, Omri Casspi and Shaun Livingston could receive more playing time.

With Warriors reserve forward Jordan Bell also sidelined with inflammation in his left ankle, Warriors coach Steve Kerr sounded open ended toward leaning on a combination of reserve forward Kevon Looney as well as reserve center JaVale McGee.

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In the battle of the Gasol brothers, Pau Gasol and the Spurs came out on top Wednesday night.

Backed by a double-double performance from Gasol, the Spurs (32-18) beat Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies 108-85 in Memphis.

After leading by as many as eight points, the Spurs went into the second quarter clinging to a
22-21 lead over the Grizzlies.

The Spurs extended their lead throughout the second quarter and headed into halftime up 51-40.

The third quarter was highlighted by two electric dunks from Davis Bertans that led the Spurs into the final frame with a 77-64 lead.

The Spurs largest lead of the night came late in the fourth quarter and the team showed no signs of stopping until the final buzzer.

Gasol led the team with 14 points and 15 rebounds to record his 10th double-double of the season. Also boasting nine assists, Gasol was just shy of a triple-double. He is the first player 37 years or older with more than 10 double-doubles since Tim Duncan in 2015-16, according to the team.

Eight other Spurs also hit double figures for the third time this season, including Dejounte Murray who had a career-high seven assists.

Spurs center Pau Gasol missed out on seeing his good friend and fellow Spaniard Placido Domingo perform Wednesday night in San Antonio, so he made some sweet music of his own in the city where his NBA career began.

Gasol delivered a near triple-double with 14 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in 33½ minutes to help the Spurs down the Grizzlies 108-85 without All-Star forward and leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge.

“I would have loved to have seen him,” Gasol said of Domingo, the legendary tenor. “It’s not that often that a guy like Placido comes to San Antonio. But I actually saw him last night after our game (against Cleveland). I was able to hang out with him at a restaurant for about 15 minutes before I went to the airport and jumped on the plane. So that was good enough for me.”
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The performance placed Gasol in some elite Hall of Fame company. The only other player in NBA history to finish a game with 14 or more points, 15 or more rebounds and nine or more assists at age 37 was Elvin Hayes, who did it in 1984.

It was Gasol’s 10th double-double of the season, making him the first player 37 or older with 10-plus since Tim Duncan did it in 2015-16.

“He’s been a good player for a long time,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. “He’s taken care of his body his whole career. He’s intelligent, and when you have those qualities, you are going to be able to play longer.”

Gasol exited the game for good with 5:31 left, one assist shy of his 11th career triple-double and second one of the season.

“It would have been nice to get it,” said Gasol, who had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over the Kings in Sacramento in December.

“Those kind of milestones are nice. But the most important thing is that you helped your team win and you made the right plays. I’m happy with that.”

Playing without Aldridge (rest), Manu Ginobili (thigh), Kawhi Leonard (return from injury management) and Rudy Gay (heel), the Spurs improved to 32-18 overall and 12-15 on the road.

The Spurs, who beat the Cavaliers on Tuesday, are 12-10 in back-to-back games this season, including 7-4 in the second games.

For the third time this season, the Spurs finished with eight double-digit scorers: Patty Mills (15), Danny Green (14), Bryn Forbes (14), Tony Parker (12), Davis Bertans (11), Dejounte Murray (11) and Joffrey Lauvergne (10).

“Any back-to-back win is good, especially on the road,” Popovich said. “I’m happy for them. They dug down deep and found some energy to play and did some good work.”

To be fair, Popovich noted that Memphis (17-30) is “missing a million guys.”

“They are really challenged body-wise,” he said. “It’s tough.”

Returning from a one-game absence due to a nagging right wrist injury, Gasol’s big outing came against his brother Marc, who finished with a team-high 18 points.

The elder Gasol played his first six seasons in Memphis before the Grizzlies traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers in February 2008.

The Spurs finished with 29 assists, seven more than their season average as they improved to 25-3 this season when scoring 100-plus points.

Murray had a career-high seven assists, further justifying Popovich’s decision to make him the starter at point guard over Parker.

“We had a lot of guys missing, but we also had a lot of guys who stepped up and were professional knowing that we all had to produce,” Murray said.

The Spurs led 51-40 at halftime after leading by as many as 17 points in the second quarter. They matched that cushion in the third quarter before settling for a 77-64 advantage entering the fourth.

Memphis pulled within nine points on a short fadeaway jumper by Dillon Brooks, but the Spurs answered with a finger-roll layup by Kyle Anderson on an assist from Gasol that ignited a 17-6 run that secured the win.

“We shared the ball with 29 assists, had a lot of guys in double figures,” Gasol said. “It just makes me happy and proud of our guys. That’s how I want us to play consistently.”

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Brook Lopez sprained his right ankle Monday night in the first half of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 116-114 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors and did not return.

The Lakers’ starting center rolled his ankle after trying to challenge a shot from behind. He underwent X-rays, which were negative, but the team said Lopez will undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

Lopez left Staples Center wearing a walking boot and using crutches. He told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that he will not join the Lakers on their upcoming road trip, which has stops Wednesday at Houston and Friday at Golden State.

Lopez has required surgery on his right foot before. In 2014, while with the Brooklyn Nets, he underwent surgery to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal of his right foot.

Lopez also had a second procedure, a first metatarsal osteotomy, that repositioned another bone in his foot to “unload and protect the injured area.”
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In 2011, Lopez fractured the same fifth metatarsal, which required a screw to be replaced in it.

Lopez went into Monday night averaging 13 points and 4.4 rebounds in 22.9 minutes per game this season.

Brook Lopez went up to contest Kevin Durant at the rim, and when he came down, the seven-foot big man rolled his right ankle and tumbled to the ground.

The severity of his injury is immediately unknown, but Lopez could not put any weight on his right foot and had to be helped to the locker room by two teammates. He visibly grimaced while making his way off the court.

Los Angeles Lakers big man Brook Lopez suffered a right ankle sprain during Monday’s game against the Golden State Warriors.

Lakers reporter Mike Trudell reported the news, noting X-rays were negative.

This is a difficult setback for the 2013 All-Star, who was a bright spot for a struggling Brooklyn Nets franchise over the past few seasons and came to Los Angeles as an important part of the Lakers frontcourt.

Lopez has averaged more than 17 points per game in every season since his 2008-09 rookie campaign. He posted 20.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in 2015-16 and followed with 20.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks a night last season.

Lopez was averaging 13.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per game entering play Monday in 2017-18.

Los Angeles will likely turn toward the combination of Kyle Kuzma, Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr. in the frontcourt while Lopez is out.

While those pieces can help keep the Lakers afloat for the time being, Lopez is a veteran leader on a team looking to surprise in the Western Conference this season. They could use him back and healthy before the stretch run.

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Ahead of the February 8 trade deadline, rumors are swirling around Miami Heat’s plans for Hassan Whiteside.

The NBA trade deadline is a fickle beast. And despite a 30-11 finish to last season and a 24-17 start to this year, the Miami Heat are just as entwined with trade rumors as anyone else.

These rumors however, aren’t limited to one of Miami’s bench pieces or injured reserved; they are centered on Hassan Whiteside. As reported by ESPN’s Zach Lowe, Miami has focused its potential player swaps around the big man.

Admittedly, there is truth to the qualms over wholesale nba jerseys Whiteside’s play this season. Riddled with injuries (such that he missed 18 of Miami’s 41 games), Whiteside has appeared sluggish, and his averages in points, rebounds and blocks are down.

With his minutes also limited to just 25 per game, the wandering eye might latch onto the possible outcomes in moving Whiteside. The allure of obtaining a bigger name like DeMarcus Cousins in free agency, might entice Miami to look away from its seven-footer. But here are a few reasons the Heat might want to hold the phone.

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The unifying characteristic of the Miami Heat is its rag-tag roster. The longest tenured player in South Beach is Udonis Haslem, a 15-year veteran who went undrafted in 2002. The Heat are home to former journeymen like Wayne Ellington and James Johnson, as well as ex-G-League standouts like Rodney McGruder. At the most basic level, keeping Whiteside fits with Miami’s current image.

A project of sorts leading into the 2014-15 season, the Heat gave Whiteside a second lease on his career, leading to one of the best blocking seasons in NBA history (when he averaged 3.68 per game). Whiteside’s career resuscitation quickly became the mantra of Miami, which went on to give Johnson, Dion Waiters and others a chance to gel with a deep and flexible roster.

Even Whiteside himself acknowledges the diversity of the Heat’s cast, a collective driven by unity and not super stardom.

“Our team is built in numbers. We don’t have a guy that’s going to come out and take 25 shots, 30 shots a game or one guy that got really big numbers. We’re more of a team that likes to share the ball and get the best shot.”

Though Whiteside has not repeated his defensive performance from seasons past, his length and post presence is key to Miami’s success in the post-Heatles era. Fewer teams are employing an offensively minded seven-foot center in 2018. With the rise of small ball, big men are becoming a thing of the past, as more teams adhere to the pace and space brand of ball championed by the Golden State Warriors.

Keeping Whiteside in lieu of this marked shift in lineup style might seem like a bad move, but his presence is enough to keep Miami capable of beasting any team in the association.
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Consider the Heat’s November 17 game against the Washington Wizards. In 31 minutes, Whiteside logged 22 points and 16 rebounds, proving a difficult cover for Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris.

For every matchup against teams with size, keeping Whiteside also allows Miami to exploit the post against smaller teams (while still using smaller lineups when Whiteside sits). The roster versatility Whiteside adds to Miami pairs well with threats from the sharpshooting Ellington, or the electrifying Josh Richardson, who can lead Miami to wins when Whiteside’s play is faltering.

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Moving Whiteside isn’t a one-sided affair. Miami would be looking to improve after shipping him out, but the current trade landscape is bleak. During an injury-plagued season, few teams would be looking to absorb Whiteside.

With teams like the Warriors and Houston Rockets encouraging a shift towards smaller, more agile lineups, the Heat would be hard-pressed to find a deal that would help them maintain their playoff pace.

Set to make upwards of $25 million over the next two seasons, few teams will be interested in taking the risk of employing Whiteside, who, with his post-heavy play style, is likely to prefer starting to coming off the bench.

In a player-for-player swap, Whiteside’s contract is on par with other big men like Andre Drummond, Dwight Howard and Anthony Davis, or guards like CJ McCollum and Bradley Beal (none of which are looking to be moved). While picking up a perimeter scorer like Beal might be Miami’s ideal scenario with Waiters sidelined indefinitely, Miami is more likely to find a mediocre trade package of role players and late draft picks, in exchange for its situational center.

While Miami might end up moving away from Whiteside before his contract expires, the Heat are too cohesive right now to risk blowing the roster up.

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced the Jr. NBA World Championship, a first-of-its kind global youth basketball tournament for the top boys and girls teams ages 14 and under from around the world.

The Jr. NBA World Championship will feature boys and girls divisions, each comprised of 16 regional champions (eight U.S. and eight international teams) that will receive all-expenses-paid trips to compete in the inaugural event Aug. 7-12, 2018 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla. Located at Walt Disney World Resort, the world-class venue regularly hosts elite and recreational youth sports competitions.

In showcasing the world’s top young talent, the Jr. NBA World Championship will be centered on four core values – teamwork, respect, determination and community – that will set a new standard in youth basketball development. In collaboration with USA Basketball and FIBA, the competition will promote standards of safe play as well as the proper training and licensing of coaches to enhance the experience for everyone involved.

The Jr. NBA World Championship will align with the NBA and USA Basketball Youth Guidelines, which promote health and wellness in several ways including recommending age-appropriate limits on the number of games that youth should play. All coaches participating in the Jr. NBA World Championship will also be required to be trained and licensed by USA Basketball (U.S.-based coaches) or FIBA (international coaches).

Youth at the Jr. NBA World Championship will not only compete on the court but will also receive off-court life skills education and participate in NBA Cares community service projects.

“The Jr. NBA World Championship represents another significant step in our effort to promote youth basketball globally,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “And in addition to high-level competition on the court, participants will learn from NBA and WNBA veterans and coaches the values of the game and the most appropriate training techniques.”

Cleveland Cavaliers guard and three-time NBA Champion Dwyane Wade and Los Angeles Sparks forward and WNBA Champion Candace Parker will serve as lead global ambassadors for the Jr. NBA World Championship.

“I am excited to serve as a global ambassador for the Jr. NBA World Championship,” said Wade. “Basketball means so much to me and my family, and I look forward to helping the NBA improve the game at the youth level for the next generation of players from around the world.”

“The Jr. NBA World Championship is a great initiative that will connect U.S. and international youth in a meaningful way,” said Parker. “As a global ambassador, I’m looking forward to making a positive impact on the participants, both on and off the court.”
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The Jr. NBA World Championship will tip off in spring 2018 with U.S. and international competitions across various regional sites. The winning boys and girls teams from eight newly-created U.S. regional tournaments (Central, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Northwest, South, Southeast and West), plus teams representing eight international regions (Africa & Middle East, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe, India, Mexico and South America), will compete in the culminating event at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The international competition will leverage the Jr. NBA’s extensive global reach. During the 2017-18 season, the NBA will reach more than 26 million youth in 71 countries through a variety of camps, clinics, skills challenges, league play and outreach events.

The Jr. NBA World Championship will be separated into U.S. and international brackets that include round-robin competition followed by single-elimination boys and girls tournaments. Winners of the U.S. and international brackets will play in the championship games on Aug. 12.

Media and marketing partners for the Jr. NBA World Championship will be announced at a later date.

More information about the Jr. NBA World Championship can be found at jrnba.com/worldchampionship. Registration for teams to compete in the Jr. NBA World Championship is not yet open but those that sign up online will be notified as soon as registration information is available.

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The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League, set to launch in May 2018. The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2017-18 season featured 108 international players from a record 42 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.4 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

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The Jr. NBA presented by Under Armour is the league’s youth basketball participation program that provides a fun environment for kids to learn the fundamentals and values of the game. The Jr. NBA is focused on helping grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents, and offers a free curriculum covering all levels of the game that includes 48 practice plans and more than 250 instructional videos featuring NBA and WNBA players. The Jr. NBA World Championship, a first-of-its kind global youth basketball tournament for the top 14U boys and girls teams from around the world, will take place in August 2018.

In partnership with USA Basketball, the NBA developed the first set of youth basketball guidelines in October 2016, with an emphasis on player health and wellness. Through a network of affiliated youth basketball organizations and programs such as the Jr. NBA Skills Challenge presented by Verizon and 3v3 Leagues presented by Shock Doctor, the Jr. NBA program has reached more than five million youth ages 6-14 in the U.S. and Canada since launching its expanded efforts in October 2015. The Jr. NBA partnership network is comprised of youth basketball programs of all NBA, WNBA and NBA G League teams as well as elementary and middle schools, military bases and longstanding community partners. For more information and to register for the Jr. NBA, visit www.JrNBA.com or download the Jr. NBA app.

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The Utah Jazz will be without their best player for two weeks. For the second time this season, Rudy Gobert will miss time with a knee injury. That’s a huge blow to their chances of climbing up the standings in the West.

Fortunately for the Jazz, they do have another quality big man to potentially prevent a skid. Derrick Favors has proved in the past that he’s capable of being a starting center in the league. He’ll be asked to do it again, as soon as he clears the league’s concussion protocol.

Gobert missed 11 games the last time he was injured. The Jazz managed to win seven of them. The defense wasn’t as good as it’s been with Gobert around, which isn’t surprising. The offense, however, was a buzzsaw. With fewer units featuring two traditional big men, the Jazz rained 3-pointers over opponents. That was the biggest reason why Utah scored at such a high pace. Yet Favors’ individual performance on that end was impressive, too. In fact, it was too good to dismiss as a potential cause for the offensive boon.

Favors averaged 16 points on 61 percent shooting in that 11-game stretch. He went to the line over four times a game and dished out over two assists. He was the same outstanding paint finisher he always is, but got to take 57 percent of his field goal attempts in the restricted area with Gobert out, a huge increase over the 48 percent he averages for the season. Favors made a killing on dives on the pick and roll, a setting he often has to cede to Gobert while setting up at the elbows, the baseline and the high post.

That configuration makes sense when both are healthy. Gobert is also a fantastic pick-and-roll dive man and Favors can hit the mid-range jumper. With Gobert out, however, the Jazz have the opportunity to have no big man clogging the paint. The team as a whole scored more often in the key the last time he was out, taking advantage of the fact that it wasn’t as crowded. A lot of factors went into the Jazz having such a successful offensive stretch without Gobert in his last absence, but Favors clearly was one of the main ones. He has typically performed like a quality starting center whenever he has gotten to play that position.

Utah is probably hoping for an encore. Gobert is expected to miss just two weeks this time around, but the Jazz are currently ranked ninth in the West and can’t afford to slip. They need Favors to once again do a decent job on defense while helping the offense operate at a peak level. It’s their only hope of staying in the playoff hunt, since they are facing a grueling schedule that includes two bouts against direct opponents such as the Thunder plus matchups against most contenders. The Jazz are counting on Favors to help save their season.

Even if he does that, however, his reward could be a trade out of the franchise that developed him.
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The Gobert–Favors pairing hasn’t worked well this season, which isn’t shocking. Most teams are opting for smaller frontcourts with one rim-rolling, shot-blocking big man and a combo forward who can shoot. In that environment, the Jazz’ big man duo is anachronistic. Favors has been trying to become a modern power forward for a while to change that. He was first displaced from his natural position of center when Utah drafted Enes Kanter, back in 2011. It’s becoming clearer and clearer that it’s not going to happen.

Finding a market for him shouldn’t be hard. Favors is in the last year of a very team-friendly contract that pays him $12 million. With Gobert locked up until 2021 and a big payday coming for Rodney Hood, the Jazz might need to let Favors walk anyway. Sending him to a team trying to make a playoff push in the East, like the Bucks, for an asset at the deadline makes sense. Ekpe Udoh is a decent backup who can sop up 10 minutes a night. Jonas Jerebko, Joe Johnson and even Thabo Sefolosha can play some power forward.

There’s a case to be made for trading Gobert instead, albeit not a great one. Favors offers a more refined offensive repertoire. He could still have untapped defensive potential. Gobert is just one year younger and could fetch a better return. The Jazz are probably not even entertaining the thought, and it’s hard to blame them. Players of Gobert’s defensive dominance are rare and he’s also a good leader for them. He’s there to stay, which means Favors likely isn’t. He’s about to become too expensive to be just a nominal starter and insurance for when the starting center is out with injury.

The Jazz are surely happy to have him around for the next two weeks, but will go back to wondering whether he’s in their future soon after. It would not be surprising at all to see them try to flip him at the deadline. They have their franchise big man already in place.

Rival front offices should definitely be making calls about him, if he in fact becomes available. If they’ve watched how Favors has fared at center when he’s been given the chance to man the spot, they know he could be a long-term answer at that position for a good team.

Favors has done a lot already to help his current team salvage this season. He’s about to be asked to do even more, as the Jazz try to survive the upcoming onslaught. He’s also, unwittingly or not, likely auditioning for a starting center job with another franchise.

Fortunately, it’s in both the best interest of the team and the player that he aces that audition once again.

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After a solid opening to the season on the defensive side of the ball, Kyrie Irving’s effort has slid.

When the Boston Celtics pulled the trigger on the Kyrie Irving trade in August, one of the biggest qualms made about the deal was that Irving was no better of a defender than the matador-esque Isaiah Thomas.

Irving garnered a defensive rating of 112 in his final season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. This rating was just as poor as Thomas’, and we all know how heavily Thomas was chided for his defensive ineffectiveness.

Uncle Drew’s current defensive rating of 105 is merely a facade, bolstered by an impressive start to the season on that end of the floor. Irving earned an elite defensive rating of 97 in October before seeing the rating rise to an acceptable 104 in November. In December, however, his defense has been an issue.

In nine December games, Irving has been torched on defense to the tune of a 115 defensive rating. His breakdowns on this end of the floor have been catastrophic to a Celtics team that has found themselves struggling to pull out victories for the first time since the season’s first two games.

Irving’s 116.9 defensive rating over the last five games ranks 350th in the NBA during that span, and it’s no wonder why he has been saddled with such a disappointing mark. In a 124-118 win over the Nuggets last Wednesday, Harris and Murray traded buckets all night while being guarded by Irving.

Harris chopped up Irving to the tune of 36 points on 16 made field goals while Murray contributed a modest 27 points. Irving saved the day offensively with 33 points on 12-for-19 shooting from the field, but his defense was one of the reasons why the game was so close to begin with.

Two nights later at TD Garden, Rubio of the Jazz took Irving to school throughout a 12-point upset victory. Rubio, who averages just 12.1 points per game, exploded for 22 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the field. He got to his favorite spots on the floor with ease while driving for a plethora of easy lay-in’s at the rim, making it a mystery as to how he posts just a dozen points per night.

Irving seemed dumbfounded every time he was hit with a screen, running around screens with utter confusion while being trapped by screeners as well. This mistake was fatal, especially when dealing with a point guard such as Rubio who has the ability to blaze a defense with his court vision. If you give him room, Rubio will make you pay with his crafty skill set, and pay Irving did.
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On Monday against the Indiana Pacers, Irving’s efforts to stop guard Oladipo were futile. While Irving was not guarding him all night, Oladipo salivated when the situation called for a one-on-one between the two, finishing with 38 points on 13-for-23 shooting from the field. Irving even struggled to match up against the veteran Collison, who emerged for 15 points and two three-pointers of his own in just 24 minutes.

Irving’s increased defensive ineffectiveness does not take away from his spectacular offensive game, unrivaled by anyone in the league. He singlehandedly brought Boston back from the dead against the Pacers, making two unreasonable three-point attempts in the final minute to open the door for Terry Rozier‘s game-winning steal and dunk.

However, Irving cannot become the liability that Thomas was in the latter part of 2016-17, where it was a foregone conclusion that the opposing point guard was going to have a monster night every game in the postseason. Wall torched Thomas & Co. throughout the Eastern Conference Semifinals last season. With the two teams set to face each other four times before the regular season ends with a likely playoff matchup brewing, an unstoppable Wall cannot be unleashed yet again in 2017-18.

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Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol said he would accept a trade if management approached him about a deal, according to ESPN.com’s Zach Lowe on Wednesday.

Gasol professed his love for the Grizz and said, “If they think it is best, I would do anything for this franchise.”

The 32-year-old veteran made it clear he isn’t seeking wholesale nba jerseys a trade, though, saying, “I have a responsibility to this city. I’m not gonna quit, no matter what.”

Memphis is 14th in the Western Conference at 8-19, and it is in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2009-10.

Per Spotrac, Gasol is in the midst of a five-year contract that will pay him more than $46 million in total over the next two seasons. A player option kicks in for 2019-20, meaning Gasol could opt for free agency.

The Grizzlies fired head coach David Fizdale in November following a 7-12 start after he spent less than two seasons on the job.

That gave rise to speculation that a rift between Gasol and Fizdale led to the coach’s firing, but Gasol said he didn’t request the move, according to Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal.
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Per Basketball Reference, Gasol is the best player in franchise history with 71.0 win shares, which places him ahead of point guard Mike Conley and his 63.4 win shares.

This season Gasol is averaging 19.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.4 blocks per game, and appears well on his way to his fourth career All-Star nod.

The 2012-13 Defensive Player of the Year is the face of the franchise in Memphis, but it hasn’t shied away from making some tough decisions recently, including allowing popular players Zach Randolph and Tony Allen to leave via free agency during the offseason.

Trading Gasol would likely bring in some key pieces for a rebuild if the Grizzlies decide to go in that direction.

Marc Gasol says he would accept a trade from the Memphis Grizzlies.

In a story by ESPN’s Zach Lowe, Gasol revealed that he would accept a deal “if they (the Grizzlies) think it is best.”

If the team came to him with a trade, Gasol would accept it. “If they think it is best, I would do anything for this franchise,” Gasol says.

Wallace and other higher-ups are adamant that is unlikely, even as the losses mount.

That seems stubborn, and there is almost certainly a scenario — perhaps Conley getting reinjured, or taking longer than expected to return — where Memphis tests the market.

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The Golden State Warriors have become one of the top 3-point shooting and scoring teams in league history over the last few seasons. On Dec. 5, 2016, Klay Thompson victimized the Indiana Pacers while giving a mini-showcase of both of those abilities.

Thompson dominated the Pacers to the tune of 60 points, a remarkable feat in and of itself. Add in that he accomplished the feat in 29 minutes and it takes on another level in NBA and Warriors lore. Thompson, who had a 37-point quarter against the Sacramento Kings in 2015, started off fast with 17 points in the first quarter.

From there, he notched 23 points in the second quarter and 20 more in the third quarter to get to that 60-point mark. He became the first player in NBA history to score 60 or more points in a game with fewer than 30 minutes played.

“I felt great, obviously,” Thompson told NBA TV during a post-game interview. “It was fun. I was in a great rhythm. I took all good shots, for the most part. Still missed a few wide open threes I wish I could get back. It was a fun night, to say the least.”

A Golden State Warriors team missing its leading scorer in Steph Curry will still present quite a challenge for the hometown Charlotte Hornets when the two sides collide on Wednesday night.

The Hornets are beginning to see more and more of the old Nicolas Batum lately following a preseason left elbow injury that sidelined him for six weeks. The 10th-year veteran is putting up 11.3 points, 5.7 rebounds (season-high 11 boards vs. Orlando on Dec. 4), 5.0 assists and a defensive rating of 100.5 (tied for team high; mini. 3 GP) over his last three outings for Charlotte.

With the two-time NBA MVP Curry not making his yearly hometown appearance (ankle), look for Klay Thompson to get a boost in Golden State’s offense. The two-time All-NBA honoree is already averaging 20.5 points while putting up career-high marks in rebounding (4.2), field-goal percentage (50.5 percent) and three-point percentage (47.0 percent; ranked sixth in the NBA) this season for the Warriors.

Thompson is easily one of the NBA’s most gifted three-point shooters and will be Golden State’s primary long-distance threat with Curry out of the lineup. Batum will need to use his length, craftiness and versatility on both ends of the floor to try and neutralize Thompson’s overall two-way impact as much as possible.

A day after making an appearance on the Warriors’ injury report with a sprained left ankle, Klay Thompson is considered healthy and has been removed from the report.
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However, Stephen Curry (right hand contusion) and Kevin Durant (sprained right ankle) are listed as probable. Andre Iguodala, who missed Friday’s game in Orlando, is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Miami with a sore left knee.

Curry has been bothered by a mysterious right ring finger injury. For the last two games, he has had a thick wrap covering the finger. The Warriors’ point guard doesn’t expect the injury to heal anytime soon.

“They’re trying to keep the optimism high, but it’s something that I won’t wake up next week and it be 100 percent. So hopefully, as I go through these next couple games and deal with the pain as it is right now, it’ll continue to heal. I don’t think I’m in jeopardy of injuring it more. That’s why I’m out there playing. However long it takes, I know it won’t get any worse. So that’s the positive,” Curry told reporters after the win over the Magic on Friday.

Curry played 33 minutes and finished with 23 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Durant scored 25 points in 30 minutes before getting ejected late in the contest.

David West (left lateral knee soreness) has also been removed from the injury report. The veteran forward scored two points, dished out four assists and grabbed three rebounds in 11 minutes off the bench on Friday.

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New Wolves wing Jimmy Butler played three consecutive games earlier this month during which he attempted just 25 shots total — twice not even topping seven in a game.

It was part of a rather passive start to the season in which Butler seemingly attempted to defer to teammates such as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins as he worked to fit into the Timberwolves’ offensive system.

After that stretch, though, Butler declared he was going to start looking for his own shot more often. “I’m going back to putting the ball in the basket,” he said as the Wolves prepared for a game in Phoenix. “I like to put the ball in the basket. I think I’ve gotten really good at it over the years, so we’ll see a different player from here on out.”

Butler seems like a man of his word, and the statistics prove him to be such in this case. In the nine games since that declaration, Butler has attempted 16.2 field goals per game. He’s averaging 20.2 points, 4.4 assists and 5.9 rebounds in that span. In his first nine games this season (he missed two in that span with illness, and the Wolves lost badly in both), Butler averaged just 14.7 points on 12.1 field goal attempts per game.

The Wolves have gone 5-4 in their last nine games — after going 7-4 in their first 11 — but they generally have played better.

Their net rating (offensive rating minus defensive rating, both of which measure production per 100 possessions) in those nine games is 3.7, good for 11th in the NBA in that span. For the season, their net rating is just 0.2, per NBA.com — 16th in the league.

Combined with other factors — including his recent quote in which he decried that the Wolves “haven’t guarded anybody all year long” and “have to eventually figure it out and want to play defense” — Butler’s imprint on this team is becoming clearer as the season goes on.

Jimmy Butler has been one of the best players in the NBA for years, but he’s never been secretive about his NFL aspirations. Last year, he told reporters that he felt like he could even be better than Demaryius Thomas and Antonio Brown, although his teammates kept him humble by letting him know he had no chance.
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Butler hasn’t given up on the idea, though. Today, he posted this photo to his Instagram, with the caption “the dream still lives.”

When he was traded from the Chicago Bulls to the Minnesota Timberwolves this summer, Butler greeted his new team by carrying… a football. He was also wearing a fanny pack, because “Jimmy Buckets” is nothing if not enigmatic.

Dual-sport athletes like Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson have unfortunately become a thing of the past, but Butler has been proving people wrong and making his own path his entire life. Never say never.

The man has skills, besides. He flexed his route-running prowess when he roasted Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors on a deep post.

At 6’7″, Butler would immediately be the tallest WR in the league, which would certainly make him a coveted red zone target for any QB. Currently the tallest receivers are Brandon Coleman and Tanner McEvoy, both 6’6″.

Over the summer, Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas took Jimmy up on his challenge in a friendly backyard game… and made the NBA star look foolish. To his credit, though, Butler never claimed to be a great cornerback.

If he ever decided to make the switch, we think Jimmy Butler could absolutely excel at receiver for any number of NFL teams.

We’ve given thought to NFL x NBA crossovers before, including five NBA stars who would be great in the NFL.