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Faried Leaves Court on Stretcher; Awaiting Update

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The Nuggets lost for the fifth straight game — dropping eight of their last nine — and left Oracle Arena to the scary sight of Kenneth Faried being wheeled off the floor on a stretcher after the final buzzer.

The forward appeared to be struck in the head on Klay Thompson’s go-ahead layup with 15.6 second remaining in overtime. Faried, who was gingerly helped to seated position on the floor by teammates and Nuggets staff members, was eventually strapped into a neck brace before being transported to a local hospital. Faried twice flashed a thumbs-up to applause from the remaining crowd as the stretcher left the floor.

No immediate update was available on his condition.

Source: Geoff Lepper of The Denver Post

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Jazz Forward Thabo Sefolosha Opts for Knee Surgery on MCL

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The Utah Jazz say starting forward Thabo Sefolosha has opted to have right knee surgery to repair an avulsion of his MCL.

The procedure will take place Wednesday. The Jazz did not offer a timetable for his return.

Source: ESPN

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Sources: Cavs Players Concerned About Current State of Team

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Following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 118-108 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday, multiple players acknowledged growing discontent and a strong sense of concern that unlike past seasons, the team does not have the capability to fix its problems and get back on a championship track.

Several prominent players, speaking on condition of anonymity to ESPN, Cleveland.com and The Athletic, expressed doubt that the problems — an aging roster, defensively challenged personnel and a glut of redundant role players — could simply be worked out through patience and a chance to coalesce when fully healthy.

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Lakers’ Lonzo Ball Likely Out vs OKC For Wednesday

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Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball is unlikely to play against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday because of a sore left knee, but Brandon Ingram is expected to return from an ankle injury.

“He got treatment,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said of Ball on Tuesday. “He’ll get treatment again later today, but it’s still just too sore for him to get on the basketball court. Technically, he’s questionable. But he didn’t practice today, so I wouldn’t expect him to play [Wednesday].”

Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN

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