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Celtics’ Confidence High Going into Cavs Match-up

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Maybe it’s simply a hangover in part from a pair of intoxicating battles with the two best teams in the NBA, but the Boston Celtics appear to be playing with a newfound poise and confidence. This young Boston roster truly believes it is now capable of competing with anyone in the league.

Boston was notably composed at the end of Saturday’s win in Charlotte. Even as the Hornets, winners of four straight and lingering near the top of the East, made a late-game charge, Boston never flinched. For a team that struggled to win close games at the start of the season, the Celtics played like a team that knew it was going to pull that game out (and sandwiched between the Golden State and Cleveland games, the Celtics needed to find a way to steal it).

Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN

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Sources: Suns Interested in Kevin McHale, Jim Paxson for GM

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In the early stages of the Suns’ GM search, Phoenix has spoken to TNT’s Kevin McHale (former Wolves GM & coach + former Rockets coach) and likewise has interest in Bulls consultant Jim Paxson (former Cavs GM), league sources say

Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

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Sources: Suns, Jimmer Fredette Agree to Deal

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The Phoenix Suns are signing Jimmer Fredette through the rest of the season with a team option for 2019-20, per 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro.

The 30-year-old Fredette recently played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. On Tuesday, the Sharks were eliminated from the postseason. Fredette averaged 36.9 points per game for Shanghai.

Source: John Gambadoro via Arizona Sports

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Sources: Kelly Oubre to Miss Rest of Season after Left Thumb Surgery

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Phoenix F Kelly Oubre, Jr., will undergo minor procedure on his left thumb and miss rest of season, sources tell ESPN. Oubre’s recovery will be 4-to-6 weeks. He heads into restricted free agency on best stretch of career: 20 PPG, 5.7 RPG since becoming starter post-All-Star break

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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