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Bosh to Tyler Johnson: It’s Time to Make the Leap

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He’s (Tyler Johnson) been practicing with some of his new teammates — Dion Waiters, James Johnson and Derrick Williams — and talking on the phone regularly with 11-time All-Star Chris Bosh, who has yet to participate in any of those workouts at the AAA with Johnson, but has been in his ear, like he always has, about the steps Johnson needs to take to improve as a player.

“He’s been kind of talking to me about what he needs to see out of me this year, how my role is going to grow and how now it’s not time to pace myself [anymore],” Johnson said Wednesday a youth summer basketball camp hosted by the Miami Heat at Miami Dade College.

“It’s time for me to make that leap.”

Source: Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald

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Jimmy Butler (Knee) Sits Out T-Wolves Win Over Raptors

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Jimmy Butler sat out Minnesota’s 115-109 victory Saturday night against Toronto with a sore right knee.

Butler is averaging 21.7 points per game for the revamped Timberwolves, who entered with the fourth-best record in the Western Conference. Minnesota had lost two straight before hosting the Raptors. Nemanja Bjelica started in Butler’s place.

Source: ESPN

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Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Set to Return From Shoulder Injury

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Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving went through the team’s entire off-day practice Saturday and expects to return to game action Sunday against the Orlando Magic after missing one game due to a sore shoulder.

Irving sat out Thursday’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers after undergoing tests on a shoulder that had been bothering him recently. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but Irving will continue getting treatment even as he returns to game action.

Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN

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LeBron After Loss to OKC: We Can Get Bounced Early in Playoffs

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Following one of the most inept defensive performances in Cavaliers history, LeBron James said his team looked primed for a short postseason appearance, barring any changes.

The Cavs fell 148-124 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, tying a franchise record for most points allowed in regulation. They are 3-9 since Christmas Day. “Playoffs? We can’t even start thinking about that, not the way we’re playing right now,” James said. “We could easily get bounced early in the playoffs if they started next weekend. Haven’t even began thinking about the postseason.”

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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