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Ginobli: Thunder Gave Us a Reality Check

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Boosted both emotionally and practically by the return of their two-way forward after a two-game absence, the Thunder survived Manu Ginobili’s first-half onslaught before tearing away down the stretch. Ginobili finished with 23 points and was the lone Spur who deserved to hold his head high after a sluggish performance in which they played with surprisingly little effort and executed poorly on both ends.

“Maybe we thought we were OK or we’re going to win here playing so-so, but it’s not going to happen,” Ginobili said. “They showed us the reality, and hopefully we play much better in Game 4.”

via Dan McCarney of Spurs Nation

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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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