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What do you get when you take a guy who has started 266 of his last 272 NBA games and put him on the bench? We don’t know, but we’re fixin’ ta find out. “It’s a hard thing mentally when you go from a starter to [the bench]. It’s going to be a challenge for …

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NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed Charles Oakley’s lawsuit against executive chairman James Dolan and Madison Square Garden, stemming from the former New York Knicks forward’s ejection from a game and ensuing arrest three years ago. Judge Richard J. Sullivan ruled Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that the case “had …

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Devonte Graham had mixed emotions when Kemba Walker left for the Boston Celtics. Walker had become his mentor on the court last year and a close friend off it, regularly inviting Graham over to his house for a meal cooked by his personal chef. Walker would let the rookie swim in …

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Milwaukee Bucks (46-8, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Detroit Pistons (19-38, 12th in the Eastern Conference) Detroit; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: The Detroit Pistons face the top-ranked Milwaukee Bucks. The Pistons are 5-9 against opponents in the Central Division. Detroit is 6-21 when opponents grab more rebounds and averages 42.4 rebounds per …

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Memphis Grizzlies (28-26, eighth in the Western Conference) vs. Sacramento Kings (21-33, 13th in the Western Conference) Sacramento; Thursday, 10 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Sacramento hosts Memphis trying to continue its three-game home winning streak. The Kings are 15-19 against Western Conference opponents. Sacramento averages 14.7 turnovers and is 6-15 in games when losing the …

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Houston Rockets (34-20, fifth in the Western Conference) vs. Golden State Warriors (12-43, 15th in the Western Conference) San Francisco; Thursday, 10 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Houston visits the Golden State Warriors after James Harden scored 42 points in the Rockets’ 116-105 victory over the Celtics. The Warriors are 7-29 in conference play. Golden State …

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Charlotte Hornets (18-36, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Chicago Bulls (19-36, 10th in the Eastern Conference) Chicago; Thursday, 8 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Chicago takes on the Charlotte Hornets after Zach LaVine scored 41 points in the Bulls’ 126-114 loss to the Wizards. The Bulls are 13-24 in Eastern Conference games. Chicago averages 42.4 …

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Brooklyn Nets (25-28, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (34-21, fifth in the Eastern Conference) Philadelphia; Thursday, 8 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Philadelphia heads into a matchup with Brooklyn as winners of three consecutive games. The 76ers are 9-4 in division play. Philadelphia is third in the NBA allowing only 106.2 points per …

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Miami Heat (35-19, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Atlanta Hawks (15-41, 14th in the Eastern Conference) Atlanta; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks face the Miami Heat. Young is third in the league averaging 29.7 points per game. The Hawks are 8-28 against conference opponents. Atlanta is fourth …

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers first-year coach John Beilein will end a rough season by stepping down after 54 games, according to multiple reports Tuesday night. The former Michigan coach, who was a surprising hire by the Cavs last year because of his age (67) and lack of any pro experience, is expected to say goodbye …

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