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Celtics Flight Suffers Bomb Threat Hoax

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The Celtics landed safely in Oklahoma City on Saturday evening, and a bomb threat involving the team’s chartered plane appears to have been a hoax.

A team spokesman said the Celtics became aware of the threat while in the air, but only a handful of staffers on board the private flight were alerted. The Celtics made their scheduled landing at Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport, where authorities met the team on the tarmac and advised players to leave personal belongings behind on the plane so they could be examined.

After investigators determined there was no threat to the plane, the team was bussed to its hotel and its bags were delivered later Saturday evening.

Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN

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Magic Forward Aaron Gordon Misses Game With Concussion

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Orlando leading scorer Aaron Gordon missed Saturday’s 117-110 loss to the Hawks because of a concussion, further draining the short-handed Magic.

The 6-foot-9 Gordon, averaging 18.5 points per game, was injured Friday as the Magic lost to Denver. Mario Hezonja started in Gordon’s spot Saturday night.

Source: The Associated Press on ESPN

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76ers’ Robert Covington Injured After Diving into stands

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Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington was helped off the court by two teammates after crashing into the stands alongside the Cleveland Cavaliers’ bench with 1:08 remaining in the fourth quarter Saturday night.

Covington was diving to save a loose ball.

Source: ESPN

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Pacers End Cavs 13-Game Winning Streak

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With the Cavaliers’ franchise-record-tying 13-game winning streak ending with a 106-102 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, the biggest disappointment in Cleveland’s postgame locker room stemmed from news that weather issues would delay the team flight home, not the defeat.

If anything, the loss provided Cleveland a chance to reflect on the team it has become in the last 3 ½ weeks, going from a 5-7 record to holding the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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