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Bulls’ Hoiberg Says Bobby Portis Staying in Rotation

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A few hours later, after the Bulls finished off their most impressive closing kick to a game all season — a fourth-quarter onslaught in which they outscored the Knicks 31-8 — (Fred) Hoiberg still wasn’t sure what the answer to the question was, but the first-year head coach did know one thing for certain: No matter what happens over the next few weeks, rookie Bobby Portis is staying in the rotation for the foreseeable future.

“Absolutely,” Hoiberg said after watching Portis have another big game with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists. “We’re going to continue to find minutes for Bobby and there’s no doubt about it. He’s playing too well, he’s playing with so much confidence. He rebounds the ball, he plays with a toughness and a swagger, and that’s what you want.”

Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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James Harden Could Return as Soon as Thursday?

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The Houston Rockets hope star guard James Harden can return from a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring within a week, coach Mike D’Antoni said.

“It could be Thursday or Saturday, I don’t know,” D’Antoni said before the Rockets’ practice Sunday at UCLA. “He’s got to get better. We’ll see. Whenever he’s ready.”

Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN

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Anthony Davis Posts Season High 48 Points in Win vs Knicks

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New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis had a simple explanation for his 48-point, 17-rebound performance against the New York Knicks on Sunday. “I just tried to get us going on both ends of the floor. I was able just to continue to make shots,” Davis said. That’s quite an understatement.

Davis set a season-high for points on Sunday and compiled a stat line rarely seen in the NBA. In the process, he helped the New Orleans Pelicans rebound from a 19-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Knicks in overtime.

Source: Ian Begley of ESPN

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Lakers’ Lonzo Ball (Knee) Questionable vs Grizzlies

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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball has a minor left-knee sprain after the rookie underwent an MRI, the team said Sunday. Ball is questionable for Monday’s game against the Grizzlies.

Ball woke up feeling soreness in the knee on Sunday, and the team sent the No. 2 overall pick to undergo an MRI in Memphis.

Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN

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