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Carmelo Anthony: Knicks’ Tribute ‘big-time’ but ‘bittersweet’

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Carmelo Anthony received a mostly warm reception from New York Knicks fans Saturday night in his first game back at Madison Square Garden as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

There were loud cheers for Anthony during his introduction, but also some audible boos.

The club played a tribute video for Anthony before his name was called during the traditional starting lineup introductions. The video showed some of the big shots and highlight games during Anthony’s 6½ seasons in New York and was met with a loud ovation from the Madison Square Garden crowd.

Anthony said he was surprised by the video and thanked the organization for the gesture.

“That was big-time, and for me that goes a long way,” Anthony said.

Anthony, 33, also said the video brought a mix of emotions as it reminded him of the Knicks’ shortcomings during his tenure.

“It’s a bittersweet feeling for me — coming back here, knowing the goals that I had, what I wanted to accomplish here and falling short in that category,” he said.

Source: Ian Begley of ESPN

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Chris Paul Leaves Rockets Win with Hamstring Injury

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Rockets star guard Chris Paul exited Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Thursday in the last minute after hurting his right hamstring.

Paul reached for the hamstring after missing a runner in the lane with 51.7 seconds left. He limped noticeably during the next two possessions and checked out of the game after briefly consulting with Rockets athletic trainer Keith Jones during a timeout with 22.4 seconds left. Paul received extensive treatment postgame and told Marc J. Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated that he “will be all right.” Asked about Game 6 on Saturday, he said, “Oh yeah.” The team planned to provide an update on Paul’s status Friday.

Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN

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Report: Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson Questionable for Game 5

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Andre Iguodala’s bruised lower left leg improved Wednesday, but he was still listed as questionable by the Golden State Warriors for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

Iguodala missed Tuesday night’s game after banging his left leg in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson is also listed as questionable after straining his left knee Tuesday night. But Kerr said that Thompson was “moving around really well” on Wednesday and that he thought he’d be fine.

Source: ESPN

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Report: Clippers, Doc Rivers Agree to Contract Extension

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The L.A. Clippers today announced that the team has agreed to a contract extension with head coach Doc Rivers. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Under Rivers’ direction, the Clippers have earned the NBA’s fifth-best record (259-151, .632) across his five-year tenure. Upon joining the team in 2013, he led L.A. to its best record in franchise history (57-25, .695) and a second straight Pacific Division title. L.A. has reached the postseason in four of Rivers’ five seasons with the team. Rivers is the winningest coach in Clippers franchise history by both total victories (259) and winning percentage (.632). Despite coaching an NBA-high 37 unique starting lineups throughout the 2017-18 season, Rivers’ squad was in playoff contention until the final homestand of the season, finishing with a 42-40 record.

Source: Los Angeles Clippers

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