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Nets star Kyrie Irving’s return date revealed after picking up $50,000 fine for maskless party

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving was fined $50,000 for violating the NBA’s health and safety protocols, the NBA announced Friday. However, the good news is Irving is now in quarantine and on track to return to the Nets on Saturday against the Orlando Magic as long as he continues testing negative for COVID-19, according to […] The post Nets star Kyrie Irving’s return date revealed after picking up $50,000 fine for maskless party appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Celtics star Kemba Walker provides update on knee injury as return date looms

Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Kemba Walker provided an update Thursday on the status of his knee injury as he nears a return to the court. Walker said his knee is in a far better place than it was over the summer: Kemba Walker: “The way I’m feeling right now is different from when I […] The post Celtics star Kemba Walker provides update on knee injury as return date looms appeared first on ClutchPoints.

At The Hive

Breaking down Gordon Hayward’s chances at making an All-Star team

Photo by Jared C. Tilton/ How Hayward stacks up to the rest of the players in the Eastern Conference *All stats are as of the morning of January 13, 2021 While the Hornets are only twelve games into the season, they currently sit in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference. This means that there’s a solid chance that one of their players gets selected to the All-Star team, and the clear choice for that selection is newly signed forward Gordon Hayward. Hayward has been having a phenomenal season with Charlotte, averaging 22.5 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 4.0 APG on roughly...

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Sixers star Joel Embiid hilariously tells Heat’s Erik Spoelstra to call timeout

Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid’s trolling knows no bounds and even extends to opposing head coaches. Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra was the victim of the Sixers big man’s latest on-court shenanigans at Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia on Thursday. The home team was thrashing the visitors in the third quarter of their match, punctuated […] The post Sixers star Joel Embiid hilariously tells Heat’s Erik Spoelstra to call timeout appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Ben Simmons’ 2-word response on whether he’s happy with Sixers

After being tagged in the series of James Harden trade rumors, Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons is finally safe, expressing his relief in just two words. Derek Bodner of The Athletic reported that Simmons expressed how happy and content he is to remain with the Sixers after their huge win over the Miami Heat on […] The post Ben Simmons’ 2-word response on whether he’s happy with Sixers appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Bright Side Of The Sun

Suns need Devin Booker’s playmaking to return

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports The All-Star has taken a back seat on this amped-up Suns team and that needs to stop. The Phoenix Suns may be on a hiatus these days as they deal with the COVID pandemic, but at some point their season will continue. And when it does, the Suns would be better off getting the best of Devin Booker rather than the guy who’s been wearing his uniform so far this season. Much of Suns criticism has been leveled at the youngest, biggest player in the rotation lately and that’s giving way too much credit to the rest of the team. For example,...

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Winning games with an 8-man rotation

Photo by Michael Reaves/ With limited depth, the Celtics will drastically change their play style for a few games. What a whirlwind of a week. With the dust settling, it appears the Boston Celtics will take the floor again versus the Orlando Magic, but nothing feels like business as usual. The Celtics are without their MVP candidate, an All-Star point guard and likely, many more key rotation players. Contact tracing and adherence to COVID protocols have been ramped up by the league this week, so expect a more cautious approach to players returning to the floor. At this...

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Ben Simmons breaks silence on almost being traded for James Harden

It was a rocky couple of days for Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons. Simmons’ name was included in recent rumors that threatened his future in Philly thanks to James Harden. Now that the dust has settled and Harden’s on his way to the Brooklyn Nets, Simmons can finally sleep soundly as his future in Philly […] The post Ben Simmons breaks silence on almost being traded for James Harden appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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NBA Rumors: Kevin Love Could Be Headed To Heat For Andre Iguodala, Kelly Olynyk, And Two First-Round Picks

The Miami Heat are currently not playing like a team that is seriously aiming to return to the NBA Finals in the 2020-21 NBA season. As of now, they are on a two-game losing streak, sitting in the No. 11 spot in the Eastern Conference with a 4-6 record. Even if they managed to find their way back to the winning column, most people believe that the Heat would be needing additional star power around Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo in order to have a legitimate chance of fully dominating the Eastern Conference and ending their years of title drought this year.Click here to continue and read more...

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NBA Trade Rumors: Karl-Anthony Towns Could Soon Follow The Footsteps Of James Harden

All-Star shooting guard James Harden may have already found a new home in Brooklyn, but there are still plenty of blockbuster deals that are expected to happen before the 2021 trade deadline or in the 2021 offseason. After “The Beard” got what he wants, disgruntled stars from losing teams could soon follow in his footsteps and find their way out of their respective organizations. According to Sam Quinn of CBS Sports, one of the superstars who could demand a trade next is Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves. No one would be surprised if Towns really expressed his desire to...

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Losing Victor Oladipo won’t hurt Pacers much, claims Malcolm Brogdon

The Indiana Pacers were a surprise inclusion in what ended up being a four-team trade centered around James Harden. For their part, Indiana parted ways with two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo, who is now a member of the Houston Rockets. Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon recently spoke out about losing Oladipo, and as it appears, the former […] The post Losing Victor Oladipo won’t hurt Pacers much, claims Malcolm Brogdon appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Ben Simmons’ inclusion in James Harden trade talks draws blunt reaction from Doc Rivers

Philadelphia 76ers head coach kept it real with his superstar Ben Simmons after reports surfaced that he was offered in the James Harden trade talks. The disgruntled Houston Rockets star was eventually moved to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, as Simmons stayed put in the City of Brotherly Love. Doc admitted that there was a […] The post Ben Simmons’ inclusion in James Harden trade talks draws blunt reaction from Doc Rivers appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Locked On Suns Friday: Booker’s play-making, Saric’s maturation and Western Conference All-Stars so far with Sam Cooper

A look at two Suns trends through the first few weeks of the season with Sam. Sam Cooper of The Timeline podcast and Bright Side of the Sun joins to break down Devin Booker’s play-making so far this season and why his turnovers have been so high, plus why Dario Saric is suddenly so comfortable on both ends for the Suns. We close the show by sifting through the Western Conference All-Star teams through a month or so of the NBA season. Find us on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify! Follow on Twitter: @LockedOnPHXSuns, @BrendonKleen14, @scooperhoops

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Mavericks: Why Kristaps Porzingis transforms Dallas into an elite team

Dallas Mavericks: Why Kristaps Porzingis transforms the Mavs into an elite team Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis made his season debut against the Charlotte Hornets on Jan. 13. The Unicorn suffered a meniscus injury in the playoffs that required offseason surgery. He missed the first nine games rehabbing, but Porzingis showed no ill effects in […] Mavericks: Why Kristaps Porzingis transforms Dallas into an elite team - The Smoking Cuban - The Smoking Cuban - A Dallas Mavericks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Shaquille O’Neal blunders, claims Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic is Russian, calls him Ivan Drago

Shaquille O’Neal is back with his hilarious antics, claiming that Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic is Russian and even calling him Ivan Drago. See O’Neal’s blunder in the clip below. He even prepared a speech in Russian only to get it all wrong. He wasn’t aware that Jokic is actually Serbian and is not a […] The post Shaquille O’Neal blunders, claims Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic is Russian, calls him Ivan Drago appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Lakers star LeBron James reacts to viral video featuring impersonation of him learning about James Harden trade

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James responded to a viral tweet depicting his hypothetical reaction to the James Harden trade. James clearly found humor in the short clip, which jokingly quips Harden was dealt to the “Nets” and also features the LeBron impersonator saying he is not Thanos, the Titan character of Marvel fame. Check […] The post Lakers star LeBron James reacts to viral video featuring impersonation of him learning about James Harden trade appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Blazers star Damian Lillard calls out local reporter for hot take about best NBA backcourts

The Portland Trail Blazers have won four straight games and climbed to a 7-4 record after a 132-126 win over the Sacramento Kings. The Trail Blazers’ backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum starred in their win over the Kings, with Lillard scoring 40 points and dishing out 13 assists, becoming the first player in […] The post Blazers star Damian Lillard calls out local reporter for hot take about best NBA backcourts appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Indiana Pacers: Why they got better from the James Harden trade

The Indiana Pacers snuck into the James Harden trade at the final hour. Even though they gave up an All-Star in the trade they may have just gotten better. The Victor Oladipo era has come to an end for the Indiana Pacers. Fans will have to look back fondly at the All-Star who carried them […] Indiana Pacers: Why they got better from the James Harden trade - Hoops Habit - Hoops Habit - NBA News, Rumors, Analysis, Opinion and Stats

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Milwaukee Bucks: 3 reasons behind Khris Middleton’s hot scoring start

Milwaukee Bucks All-Star forward Khris Middleton has been off to his best scoring start this season over his nine-year NBA career. As the Milwaukee Bucks have found their footing this 2020-21 season, Khris Middleton has been firmly at the middle of their growing success this year. The two-time All-Star has gotten off to a scorching […] Milwaukee Bucks: 3 reasons behind Khris Middleton’s hot scoring start - Behind the Buck Pass - Behind the Buck Pass - A Milwaukee Bucks Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinions and More

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Houston Rocket fans can trade their James Harden jersey for a free car wash

A father and son duo upset over the Rocket star skipping town are giving fans an opportunity to get rid of their jerseys.

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Kyrie looking forward to being back, GM says

Nets GM Sean Marks said that while the team is disappointed Kyrie Irving has been away from the team, he was assured that the All-Star guard is looking forward to being back.

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Sean Marks: ‘I have talked to Kyrie. I know he’s excited about getting back on the court’

Sean Marks made his first official statements to the media since the preseason, addressing the scrum virtually to discuss the details of the James Harden blockbuster. With 25 minutes of time to ask any and all questions, reporters made the most of the opportunity by getting some new information on star point guard, Kyrie Irving. Irving, of course, has not been seen in the public eye––aside from a viral clip at a birthday party––since Brooklyn’s home game against the Utah Jazz on January 5. It’s been reported by The Association’s Anthony Puccio that Irving’s...

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3 best Victor Oladipo blockbuster trades for the Rockets

The Houston Rockets made the first blockbuster trade in the 2021 season, trading James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets. One of the fallouts from this move is the Victor Oladipo trade, as the former Indiana Pacers star landed in Houston. More on that in a second, though. Harden, an NBA superstar, was quite the storyline […] The post 3 best Victor Oladipo blockbuster trades for the Rockets appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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3 trades Rockets must make to convince Victor Oladipo to stay

The Houston Rockets have finally ended the dramatic dealings with James Harden, officially trading the star guard to the Brooklyn Nets. Even as they clear one major headache from the forefront, Houston doesn’t have a clear-cut path laid out in front of them as things currently stand. As part of the Harden trade, the Rockets […] The post 3 trades Rockets must make to convince Victor Oladipo to stay appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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Will Kyrie Irving handle being Nets’ 3rd banana sanely after James Harden trade?

Now that James Harden has arrived, Kyrie Irving is suddenly the third banana for the Brooklyn Nets. It’s not a role Irving expected when he signed a four-year, $136.5 million deal with Brooklyn in July of 2019, and it’s likely not a role he’s ever played in his basketball life. So how will the All-Star […] The post Will Kyrie Irving handle being Nets’ 3rd banana sanely after James Harden trade? appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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James Harden’s outlook on sacrifice with Nets co-stars Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving

The Brooklyn Nets one of the NBA’s most formidable lineups when they acquired All-Star James Harden from the Houston Rockets to pair with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. However, one concern about the team is that its stars, especially Harden and Irving, need the ball in their hands to be effective. However, Nets general manager […] The post James Harden’s outlook on sacrifice with Nets co-stars Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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James Harden gets hilarious advice from Vernon Maxwell to thank Houston dancers after Rockets trade

Former Houston Rockets star James Harden indulged Internet trolls by liking an Instagram post with a meme about Houston strippers’ disappointment at his departure from H-Town. Rockets great Vernon Maxwell also had something to say on the matter. Maxwell suggested Harden should take out a full-page advertisement in Houston newspapers to thank the dancers in […] The post James Harden gets hilarious advice from Vernon Maxwell to thank Houston dancers after Rockets trade appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Magic Johnson explains why Zion Williamson will not be a NBA All-Star this season | First Take

Magic Johnson, Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman answer whether they believe New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson will be an NBA All-Star this season. #FirstTake #NBA ✔

Kobe Bryant says winning titles without Shaq was important | BS or Real Talk | The Jump

Rachel Nichols, Richard Jefferson and Dave McMenamin play "BS or Real Talk," reacting to Kobe Bryant's comments on The Players Tribune's "Knuckleheads" podcast (theplayerstribune.com), in which the former Los Angeles Lakers star said it was important for

Giannis Antetokounmpo can be like Jason Kidd and learn how to shoot 3s - Dave McMenamin | The Jump

Rachel Nichols, Dave McMenamin and Richard Jefferson react to Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo saying he wants to learn how to shoot 3-pointers, but can win an NBA title without it. McMenamin suggests the improvement is coming, much in the way i