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Curry Playing With Shin Guards to Combat Injury

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Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is adopting a soccer star’s garb and mentality.

Curry played 29 minutes in Friday night’s 128-108 win against the Portland Trail Blazers while sporting soccer-style, plastic-coated shin guards meant to protect a nagging shin bruise that has flared up on contact three times in the past four games. He scored 26 points on 8-of-18 shooting and 4-of-11 from 3 as well as nine assists.

“I’ve got to bring out my Messi mindset tonight, so we’ll see,” Curry said before the game, referring to Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

Source: Ethan Sherwood of ESPN

Kyle Cape-Lindelin is based out of Portland, OR covering the NBA while being one of the newsline editors and contributor to "Out of Bounds."

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Carmelo Anthony Expands List of Trade Destinations

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Carmelo Anthony has widened his list of teams to which he’d accept a trade, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Thunder GM Presti: ‘Tremendous Appreciation’ for KD

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In the wake of Kevin Durant’s deleted tweets that slammed his former team and coach, Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti responded on Friday by taking the high road and praising Durant’s time with the franchise.

“I, and no one from the Thunder, has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant,” Presti said. “I think we’ve been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don’t think there’s anything more to say other than that.”

Source: Royce Young of ESPN

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Sources: Suns’ Alan Williams Suffers Partially Torn Meniscus

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Phoenix Suns forward Alan Williams has suffered a partially torn meniscus, an initial evaluation reveals, league sources tell ESPN.

Williams is getting a second opinion on Saturday and is also expected to undergo an MRI, sources say.

Source: Chris Haynes and Marc Spears of ESPN

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