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Pistons guard Luke Kennard out 2 weeks with knee tendinitis

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Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard is expected to be out of the lineup for two weeks because of knee tendinitis.

The team made the announcement Thursday, saying Kennard will be evaluated again before returning to play in early January.

The third-year pro is averaging nearly 16 points per game, tied with Blake Griffin and trailing only Andre Drummond in scoring on the team. Kennard is making a team-high 2.6 3-pointers per game and 4.1 assists to rank second on the team.

The former Duke star averaged fewer than 10 points per game during his first two NBA seasons after Detroit drafted him No. 12 overall in 2017.

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Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart details painful eye injury: ‘I thought I was going blind for a while’

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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart expressed fear that he was going to lose his eyesight after experiencing viral conjunctivitis that caused an infection in both of his eyes.

Smart is nearing a return to the court after missing seven games with the infection and told ESPN on Wednesday that he is about 80 percent healthy. But, he said, there was a time in which he was getting nervous.

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“Hell. I thought I was going to go blind for a while,” Smart told ESPN before Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors, which he also missed. “I think it was the worst case of viral conjunctivitis that they’ve seen. So, basically, I was a guinea pig to see how to handle this if it ever happens again to anybody else.”

Smart described in great detail dealing with immense pain in his eyes.

“So it was painful, it was burning … it was really hard,” he said. “I couldn’t see. I had outdoor sunglasses everywhere. Even in the dark, I was wearing sunglasses. It was that bad. Just every morning I would wake up just having sticky discharge coming out of my eyes, sealing my eyes shut. It was really just gross. It got so bad that my eyes, my eyelids started forming these mucous membranes, and they literally had to go in and pry the mucous membranes out.

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“I actually have a picture that I showed the guys. It was pretty gross. I was bleeding tears every time they did it, for like a day. They did that for about four days straight. The first day was probably the worst, just because it built up so much that it started to scab under my eyelids, and they had to open the scab and then pull it out. It felt like they were putting needles in my eyes. They were using tweezers and vise grips to hold my eyes and actually get into my eyelids, the bottom and top.”

Smart said there were legitimate concerns about his eyesight.

“They were so worried about it infecting my cornea and my vision, so it was really scary,” he told ESPN. “At first we thought it was an allergic reaction because I broke out in hives like the day before my eyes started having an allergic reaction. We caught it so early, the same symptoms came out. Then about three days later it transferred from my left eye to my right eye, and that’s when we ruled out that an allergic reaction was the cause. They said it was a virus. … It was caused by having a cold already and being sick.”

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Smart has not appeared in a game since Dec. 6. He said his eyes are feeling better and that he’s at “80 percent” game-ready wise.

In 20 games this season, Smart is averaging 11.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

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Nuggets, coach Mike Malone agree to contract extension

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The Denver Nuggets have signed coach Michael Malone to a contract extension through the 2022-23 season.

Malone has steadily helped build the Nuggets into a Western Conference contender since taking over in 2015-16. Denver advanced to the second round of the playoffs last season.

“His tireless work ethic and passion are clearly reflected in the continued improvement of our roster,” Nuggets president of of basketball operations Tim Connelly said Tuesday in a statement. “We are all extremely excited for him to continue to lead our team as we try to build a championship level organization.”

Malone guided the Nuggets to 33 wins in his first season at the helm. They jumped to 40 wins, then 46 and 54 last season, including the league’s best home record. Denver is off to a 21-8 start this season behind the play of versatile big man Nikola Jokic and point guard Jamal Murray.

Malone also had his contract extended with Denver on Oct. 17, 2018. He has a 194-163 record with Denver. That puts him fourth in franchise history in wins among head coaches.

“None of this would be possible without the hard work, dedication and trust from our players as well as the entire coaching staff,” Malone said in a statement. “I’d also like to thank the amazing fans in Denver who have helped make Pepsi Center one of the toughest places to play in the NBA once again. I look forward to continuing our ultimate goal of winning NBA Championships.”

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Clippers-Lakers showdown is most anticipated — and priciest — Christmas Day matchup in years

The Christmas Day basketball battle for superiority in Los Angeles is one of the most-anticipated Yuletide matchups in years, at least if the ticket prices are anything to go by.

A seat for the LakersClippers matchup at Staples Center is going for an average of $1,405 on the secondary market, MarketWatch reported.

That ticket will be the priciest Christmas Day game of this decade, according to ticket price data tracker TicketIQ. The next two highest average price for Christmas Day tickets: $1,292 for last year’s game between the Lakers and the Golden State Warriors and $1,011 for when the Cleveland Cavaliers faced the Warriors in 2015.

The NBA has played games on Christmas Day since 1947 when the league was in its second season of existence. The intracity matchup between the Lakers and Clippers is the highlight of this year’s five-game slate, as it pits LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Lakers against the Clippers’ dynamic duo of Paul George and two-time NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.

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It’s Anthony Davis and LeBron James’ first Christmas as Lakers teammates. (AP)

The two pairings shook up the league’s landscape considerably when they came together this past summer, and the players are ready for action.

“I think we’re good,” George said. “I think we’re good.”

“We know what the end goal is,” Davis said. “And when you have guys like that, with veteran leadership, when everyone is locked in to our goal, it’s easy for us to jell together.”

“It’s about getting better, each and every day,” James added.

The Lakers (24-6, first in the Western Conference) have gone 3-1 against division opponents. They have a 14-6 record when allowing 100 or more points.

The Clippers (22-10, fourth in the Western Conference) are 14-7 against Western Conference opponents. They rank fourth in the league with 47.8 rebounds per game led by Leonard averaging 7.8.

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The Clippers now have two-time NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. (AP)

The two teams are facing off for the second time this season.

The Clippers defeated the Lakers 112-102 in their last matchup on Oct. 22. Leonard led the Clippers with 30 points, and Danny Green paced the Lakers scoring 28 points.

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The Christmas quintuple-header kicks off at noon ET when the Boston Celtics travel to Toronto to meet the defending champion Raptors. At 2:30 p.m. ET, the Philadelphia 76ers host the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks. The Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors meet in San Francisco at 5 p.m. ET before the Lakers and Clippers take center stage. The long day of basketball concludes at 10:30 p.m. ET when the Denver Nuggets host the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Celtics’ Enes Kanter reveals he can play in Canada on Christmas

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Boston Celtics forward Enes Kanter revealed Monday he will be able to play in the team’s Christmas Day game against the Toronto Raptors.

Kanter made the revelation in a column published by Canada’s The Globe and Mail newspaper. He thanked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and other Canadian and American officials for giving him the green light to play north of the border.

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Kanter is an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as a supporter of Fethullah Gulen, an exiled Muslim cleric and Erdogan rival. Gulen has been accused of masterminding the failed 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, and Ankara has repeatedly demanded the U.S. extradite him from his compound in Pennsylvania so he can face charges.

In March, Kanter admitted he receives death threats on a weekly basis and won’t go anywhere alone aside from the bathroom for fear of retaliation from Turkish agents.

In his column, Kanter warned that there’s not much anyone could do to stop Turkey’s influence.

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“But as they increase the pressure, I am encouraged. As they tighten the noose, I feel liberated,” he wrote in the op-ed. “I will use every opportunity to stand up for oppressed people everywhere, be their voice and champion.”

Kanter wrapped up his column by echoing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“As Martin Luther King Jr. timelessly observed, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ Standing up for something we believe makes us better humans. And I couldn’t be happier that these people have worked together to stand up to Turkey’s injustice, and that I will finally get to join my team and do what I do best: play basketball.”

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Kanter has played in 20 games for the Celtics this season. He is averaging 7.8 points and 7.3 rebounds.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Cavs to trade Clarkson to Jazz for Exum, picks

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Jordan Clarkson wasn’t going to be a part of Cleveland‘s future. Now he’s in the past.

The Cavaliers agreed Monday night to trade Clarkson to the Utah Jazz for guard Dante Exum and two future second-round draft picks, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

Cleveland will get a pick in 2022 and one in 2023, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the teams have not yet had the required conference call with the NBA to approve the swap.

The deal came together shortly before the Jazz played in Miami and the Cavs hosted Atlanta. Clarkson warmed up on the floor at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse before he was informed of the trade.

Clarkson figured to be on his way out of Cleveland. He’s in the final year of his contract and had been coming off the bench behind Collin Sexton and rookie Darius Garland, a backcourt the Cavs hope to keep together for years.

Clarkson, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018, scored a season-high 33 points in his final game for the Cavs on Friday. The 27-year-old is averaging 14.6 points, 2.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 29 games this season.

The Cavs are rebuilding and want to give as much playing time as they can to Sexton and Garland as well as rookie Kevin Porter Jr., one of their three first-round picks this year.

Exum had fallen out of Utah’s rotation and the Jazz had been looking to move the No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 draft. The native of Australia is averaging just 2.2 points and 7.5 minutes this season.

Cleveland has been successful in developing young players and will try to do the same with the 24-year-old Exum, who has battled injuries and has two years left on his contract. He’ll make $9.1 million this season and next.

This is the third trade between Cleveland and Utah in the past three years. Previous deals involved Rodney Hood and Kyle Korver.

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Boston Celtics’ Tacko Fall earns ‘MVP’ chants in win vs. Charlotte Hornets

The signing of center Tacko Fall by the Boston Celtics during the offseason wasn’t a particularly remarkable acquisition but the 7-foot-5 center has quickly become a fan favorite since he made his NBA debut.

Fall played three minutes against the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday and scored four points, receiving “MVP” chants from the TD Garden crowd after he threw down an alley-oop late in the fourth quarter of the Celtics’ 119-93 win.

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Fall added two rebounds and a block.

It was the second time in less than a week that the big center delighted Boston fans. On Friday, the crowd urged Celtics coach Brad Stevens to play Fall in the final moments of their game against the Detroit Pistons.

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Fall has appeared in three games this season, averaging just 2.7 minutes and 4.3 points.

The UCF product has left an incredible impression on the Celtics’ fan base. In August, Fall was asked to sign several taco-related items at a fan event.

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The items included a box of taco shells, a taco hat, a tray from Taco Bell and even a picture of a taco, according to the Boston Globe.

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Wizards’ Isaiah Thomas suspended 2 games, fans banned from 76ers’ arena for stands confrontation

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Washington Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas was suspended for two games for entering the stands Saturday night to confront fans who were heckling him, the NBA announced.

Additionally, the league said Sunday the two fans who were involved in the confrontation were banned by the Philadelphia 76ers for one year from the Wells Fargo Center – their home floor – and the ticket-holders’ seats have been revoked.

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Thomas said one of the unnamed fans repeatedly cursed and gave the middle finger because their team’s loss wouldn’t get them a free milkshake.

Late in the fourth quarter of the game, Thomas walked to the stands and verbally approached a 76ers fan who had “both of his middle fingers up, and said, ‘F— you, b—-‘ three times.”

Speaking calmly to reporters after the game, Thomas said he missed a first free throw and made a second and that’s when he spotted the man.

“So then the timeout goes, and I go in the stands to confront him,” he said.

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“I say, ‘Don’t be disrespectful. I’m a man before anything and be a fan,’” the guard continued. “And his response was, ‘I’m sorry. I just wanted a Frosty’ because if you miss two free throws, I guess the fans get a Frosty.”

The 76ers have been promoting “Wendy’s Frosty Freeze-Out,” which offers fans free desserts if “an opposing player misses two consecutive free-throw attempts in the second half of a 76ers home game.”

But Thomas said the spectator “crossed the line” and told security about him “so they can get kicked out the game cause that’s no way, shape or form that should be allowed at all.”

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It’s against NBA rules to purposely enter arena stands. But Thomas said he thinks the league won’t suspend him for such actions and will understand where he was coming from.

“The league knows: I did nothing wrong,” Thomas said. “There just should be a respect factor [with fans]. Like, I’m not going to go to anybody else’s job and call you out of your name, no matter how mad I make you. I don’t even know how I can make you that mad when we were down 15. We lost the game. That’s all I’m saying. I’m a man before anything, and that just wasn’t OK to do — and I just had to say something.”

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The Wizards lost to the Sixers 125-108.

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Kawhi Leonard hears boos from San Antonio Spurs fans, says they’re ‘just love’

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Kawhi Leonard heard boos from San Antonio Spurs fans in his return to the city as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

Leonard, who scored 26 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out nine assists in the 134-109 win over the Spurs, was booed during the starting-lineup announcements and any time he touched the ball. He didn’t let the crowd affect his play and was asked about the reception he received at the AT&T Center after the game.

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“The boos is just love,” he told reporters, according to USA Today. “Just taking it as that, I’m here for a reason, to win a ball game. It only can make me better and make our team better with the crowd not being on our side.”

Leonard famously rubbed Spurs fans the wrong way after he forced a trade to the Toronto Raptors prior to the start of the 2018-19 season. Leonard then helped the Raptors to their first NBA championship and signed with the Clippers in the following offseason.

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“It’s a part of the game. It’s the type of player I am, just the way I probably left and how it was portrayed,” Leonard said. “I don’t make no sense of it. I know it’s a game and it’s competitive. When we’re not playing or if I’m walking on the street and I see somebody from San Antonio, they thank me for everything I did. They respect the way I played when I was here. It’s just a part of the game, I feel like.”

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Leonard played seven seasons with the Spurs and averaged 16.3 points and 6.2 rebounds in 407 career games. He also helped the Spurs to an NBA title in 2014.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ex-NBA champion recalls rubbing Michael Jordan for good luck before game: ‘I thought it was awkward’

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Stacey King was Michael Jordan’s teammate on the Chicago Bulls during their championship run in the early 1990s and last week King recalled a certain tradition he had with one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

The Bulls selected King with the No. 6 pick in the 1989 NBA Draft out of Oklahoma. King would touch three separate posters of Jordan on his wall before home games during college, according to Sports Illustrated.

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He explained during a Bulls broadcast on Monday that when he got to the Bulls he felt like he could have better luck if he touched the real Jordan rather than the posters on his wall.

“So, I rubbed him my first game as a rookie, and he looked at me like I was crazy and said, ‘Hey, man. What are you doing?’” King recalled. “He had no shirt on and just had a pair of boxers on. At that particular time, I thought it was awkward. I could see why he thought it was awkward.”

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King added: “I figured I don’t need the poster anymore. I got drafted by the Bulls. I get to do it every game real-live Michael Jordan version. And he just looked at me crazy when I did it.”

King was on the 1991, 1992 and 1993 Bulls championship teams. He didn’t have a particularly dominating season in any of those years and he was traded in the middle of the 1993-94 season to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

He then bounced to the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks before retiring after the 1996-97 season. He averaged 6.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 438 career games.

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King is now a color commentator for Bulls games on NBC Sports Chicago and WGN-TV.

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