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Chris Paul: ‘We’re trying to find ourselves’

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After an embarrassingly one-sided loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Clippers players tried to talk things out during a 15-minute meeting in the locker room.

“I didn’t say much. I just let them blow smoke up each other’s (rear ends),” the Clippers coach (Doc Rivers) said.

Chris Paul said the same thing.

“It’s no secret. We’re trying to find ourselves right now,” he said. “And, we’re trying to win. You have to do that when you’re in the West. But, it’s no secret we’re not playing the right way. We’ve got to play better.”

(Said J.J. Redick:) The way we’re playing right now, we’re not going to win 50 games. We’ve got to get things right.”

via Dan Woike of The Orange County Register

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Nets’ Jeremy Lin Out For Year With Ruptured Tendon

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Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin has been diagnosed with a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee and will miss the entire 2017-18 season, the team announced Thursday. Lin sustained the injury during Wednesday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers. 
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Agent: Gordon Hayward Unlikely to Return this Season Following Surgery

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Celtics All-Star forward Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return during the 2017-18 season, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Hayward underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia in Boston on Wednesday night, a procedure that Bartelstein labeled a success.

“We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form,” Bartelstein said.

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Ben Simmons on NBA Debut: ‘It felt like I was playing 2K’

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Ben Simmons finally made his long-awaited NBA regular-season debut against the Wizards in Washington on Wednesday night. And after his extended wait to wear the Philadelphia 76ers jersey in a meaningful game, he said he felt initially like he was in a video game.

“It felt like I was playing 2K, honestly,” Simmons said postgame.

“Just looking at Joel Embiid out there with the lights on his jersey. I was like, ‘man, I’m actually here.'”

Simmons was drafted with the first overall pick by the Sixers in the 2016 draft, but he missed the entire 2016-17 season while recovering from foot surgery to repair a Jones fracture. He suffered the injury on Sept. 30, 2016, less than a month before the start of the regular season. The Australian was originally expected to miss three months, but was eventually ruled out for the entire season.

Source: Nick Metallinos of ESPN

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