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Celtics’ Players Hopeful About Playoffs

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As wild as it sounds, the Celtics, less-than-proud owners of the fourth-worst record in the NBA, still have postseason-in-the-sky dreams, even during a campaign when most of their fans have accepted that management has its eyes set on a lottery pick.

“The East schedule isn’t that crazy, so a couple of games where we can string some wins together, you never know,” point guard Rajon Rondo said after practice Tuesday.

“Anything is possible in the Eastern Conference,” said forward Gerald Wallace. “It’s not like the Western Conference where if you lose two, three games in a row, you’re pretty much out of it,” Wallace said. “We can get hot, win five or six games and it can turn things around in the Eastern Conference.”

via Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe

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Sources: CJ McCollum Out Four Weeks with Fractured Left Foot

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Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum has a fractured left foot and will miss an extended period of time, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.

Portland Trail Blazers say CJ McCollum will be re-evaluated in four weeks with a small hairline fracture to the lateral cuneiform in his left foot and a mid-foot sprain.

Source: Shams Charania and Chris Haynes on Twitter

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Sources: Rockets Want Three Second-Round Picks for PJ Tucker in Trade

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And how about P.J. Tucker? Numerous teams have already inquired about the stout versatile defender, and league sources say Houston is currently demanding three second-round draft picks for the upcoming unrestricted free agent.

Source: Kevin O’Conner of The Ringer

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Sources: Cavaliers Expected to Trade or Release Kevin Porter Jr.

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Cavaliers guard Kevin Porter Jr. is expected to be traded or released following an outburst Friday in the Cavs locker room, The Athletic has learned from several sources with direct knowledge of the events.

Porter, 20, who has not played this season due to personal issues, grew angry when he entered the locker room and realized the team gave his old locker to Taurean Prince, who was acquired in a blockbuster trade Wednesday.

Sources said Porter, whose locker was moved to the wall where the younger, end-of-bench players reside, began yelling and at one point threw food.

Source: Jason Lloyd, Joe Vardon, Shams Charania and Kelsey Russo of The Athletic

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