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Raptors All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry was suddenly left out of the lineup Friday with a wrist injury.Toronto confirmed the news on Dwyane Wade Jerseys Twitter, also mentioning that Lowry would be receiving further treatment on the injury over the weekend.Cory Joseph earned the start Friday night in Lowry's place. Serge Ibaka also made his first start since getting sent to Toronto from the Magic.Lowry is averaging 22.8 points, 6.9 assists and Ivica Zubac Jerseys 4.7 rebounds per game. The Raptors (33-24) are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference standings.Should Lowry miss extended time, Joseph and recently promoted Fred VanVleet will see more minutes on the court.
LeBron James had an encounter with Bill Belichick on Wednesday in Boston, but the Patriots Derrick Rose Jerseys coach wasn't trying to convince him to replace Martellus Bennett at tight end.Following an attempt at a block during Cleveland's game against the Celtics, the Cavaliers star toppled into Belichick, who was sitting courtside behind the basket at the TD Garden.Belichick is not known to flinch in Klay Thompson Jerseys moments of crisis, but he certainly flinched when the 6-8, 250-pound James came hurtling his way.Also, note how Belichick leaves his girlfriend, Linda Holliday, totally out to dry. LeBron almost steamrolled her.Hopefully the two didn't get any of their 10 combined championship rings mixed up in the Warriors Jerseys scuffle.UPDATE: James commented on the collison, admitting that he slowed up because he wasn't going to "take no legend out."
JaVale McGee has been an easy target for Shaquille O'Neal for quite some time, but the Warriors center is done with the constant ridicule â€” and Kawhi Leonard Jerseys so are his teammates and coaches.After McGee and Shaq engaged in an ugly Twitter beef following the Warriors' win over the Clippers on Thursday night, Golden State star forward Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr defended McGee. Paul George Jerseys Both agreed Shaq's jokes had gone too far."Shaq was a sâ€”y free-throw shooter. He missed dunks. He airballed free throws. He couldn't shoot outside of the paint," Durant said. "He was bigger than everybody. He didn't have no skill, but he was bigger and stronger than everybody. And he's still a great player, but you had your flaws, too, as a player. And he played on five or six teams, too. So it's Cheap NBA Jerseys not like he was just this perfect center."Kerr pointed out that TNT's popular "Shaqtin' A Fool" segment had actually hurt McGee's reputation around the league, and even changed how Kerr thought about the nine-year veteran."You're in this position where somebody on national TV is making fun of Custom NBA Jerseys you night after night, it's not the greatest thing for your reputation," Kerr said. "I can tell you, I had a preconceived notion of JaVale before he got here that turned out to be totally false. And a lot of that was because of what goes on Derrick Favors Jerseys with Shaq's 'Shaqtin' A Fool' thing."
At a fundamental level, Philadelphia trading Nerlens Noel and Dallas trading for him represents two different answers to the same question: will he be worth his next contract?While expressed simply, that question involves multiple pieces of analysis. The first is player Carmelo Anthony Jerseys evaluation. This includes both objective and subjective components, particularly for Dallas. While Philadelphia has had time to figure out how Noel fits in with their other pieces â€” even though Noel and presumptive Rookie of the Year Joel Embiid played just eight minutes together â€” the Mavericks Kevin Durant Jerseys have to use the information in front of them to ascertain both his ability as a player now and fit in coach Rick Carlisleâ€™s system.Dallas could see untapped offensive potential playing with Dirk Nowitzki and attacking guards, or simply feel that his defensive upside is high enough Cleveland Cavaliers Jerseys to justify giving up resources to acquire him now. Of course, they also receive the benefit of generating substantially more information for themselves between now and when Noel hits restricted free agency on July 1. Getting first-hand experience concerning a playerâ€™s work ethic, skills and fit with Jahlil Okafor Jerseys existing talent can be incredibly valuable, and that applies even more strongly to a player who has missed significant time and played in situations that challenge talent evaluators.The second (and arguably more interesting) component in Noelâ€™s case is projecting the value of his next contract. There are Elfrid Payton Jerseys a series of different projections and calibrations that come into play, and Noel may be at the forefront of a few of them in the 2017 free agent class. Centers have been prized for years, but the combination of ample supply and reduced demand has cratered the Golden State Warriors Jerseys market for centers around the league. While elite big men will always have value and drive interest, players outside of that class will have a tougher time moving forward.Where Noel fits in will be a matter of opinion and speculation around the league. Dallasâ€™ fundamental challenge is L.A. Clippers Jerseys one felt by Portland and Miami last summer: it only takes one team valuing your restricted free agent highly to force a hard decision. Both Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson pushed their prior teams to the absolute brink with lucrative offer sheets from the Nets with both Paul Millsap Jerseys the Blazers and Heat matching. While those and Enes Kanterâ€™s max offer sheet from the Trail Blazers in 2015 represent the outer limit on one end, there are also talented players like Khris Middleton and Will Barton who have either taken a lower salary or ended up Kyrie Irving Jerseys with less due to the nature of the process.
The Raptors' Patrick Patterson backpedaled a bit too ambitiously and fell right on his butt; the perfect place to be to steal the ball from Derrick Rose.This is some peak Knicks stuff.Rose was really confused, because Cory Joseph, Dennis Smith Jr. Jerseys the man defending him, had his arms up. He didn't see Patterson's hands emerge from the ground like a waking zombie. The Knicks point guard is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, and his agent will have to hope this one DeMarcus Cousins Jerseys gets overlooked.
New team, but the same old problems exist for DeMarcus Cousins. The Pelicans' major trade deadline splash picked up his 18th technical foul of the season just 32 seconds into a game against the Thunder and will be suspended one game unless the foul is Jonathan Isaac Jerseys rescinded. New Orleans next plays Wednesday in Detroit, its fourth game since acquiring Cousins.Cousins was posting up Thunder center Steven Adams when the two became tangled. "Boogie" didn't like the fact Adams was reaching for the ball after the whistle and flung his arm in frustration, resulting Stephen Curry Jerseys in a double technical.
Kevin Durant will be out at least the next four weeks, the Warriors confirmed Wednesday morning in a statement."Following reviews of the MRI by the Warriors' medical staf, it has been determined that Durant suffered a Garde 2 Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) NBA Jerseys sprain and a tibial bone bruise. He will be out of action indefinitely and will be re-evaluated in four weeks. There is no timetable for his return, but it has not been ruled out that he could play again before the end of the regular season."The All-Star Chicago Bulls Jerseys forward suffered the injury Tuesday night when teammate Zaza Pachulia fell into Durant's knee. The team plans to sign Matt Barnes as a replacement as they wait to see what happens with Durant.The news is overall positive for Golden State after reports late Tuesday caused concerns about Joel Embiid Jerseys his availability in the postseason. Wednesday morning reports, however, are trending upwards and provide hope that Durant will be able to return by the time the playoffs begin.The Western Conference Playoffs begin in six weeks, which is two weeks after Durant will be re-evaluated.