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Erik Spoelstra on Dragic Ejection: ‘Disgraceful’

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After his team’s 127-100 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday at Staples Center, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra strongly criticized the officials’ decision to eject Heat point guard Goran Dragic after a scuffle involving Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, who was also ejected.

The ejections came midway through the third quarter after the players nearly came to blows. The altercation began after Clarkson pushed Dragic to the court following some physical play between the two players. “That’s really shameful, disgraceful that Goran Dragic got thrown out of that game,” Spoelstra said. “It’s an elbow to the face, somebody that wants to fight, knocks him down on the ground, and it’s just a bail-out, shameful, disgraceful ejection.

Source: Baxter Holmes of ESPN

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Report: Earl Watson Fired as Suns Coach

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Phoenix coach Earl Watson has been fired, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Jameer Nelson Signs 1-Year Deal With Pelicans

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Free-agent guard Jameer Nelson has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told The Vertical.

Nelson entered free agency Wednesday, when the Denver Nuggets waived him to create roster space to sign Richard Jefferson and allow second-year guard Jamal Murray to assume the starting point-guard role.

Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical

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Bobby Portis Apologizes to Bulls for Mirotic Fight

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Bobby Portis has apologized to his Bulls teammates for getting into a fight that left Nikola Mirotic with facial fractures and a concussion. “He didn’t address us today, but he did address the team before so that was taken care of,” Bulls swingman Justin Holiday said after Friday’s practice.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg acknowledged that Portis’ apology took place during a team meeting but did not want to go into specific details about his message. “I’ll keep that between the team,” Hoiberg said, “as far as exactly what was said in that meeting.”

Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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