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J.R. Smith: ‘Absolutely’ Frustrated by Losing Starting Job, Expected Move to Bench

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J.R. Smith said “absolutely” he is frustrated that he lost his place in the Cavaliers’ starting lineup to Dwyane Wade, though neither he nor Tristan Thompson aim to make trouble now that they’re both coming off the bench.

“We talked about it,” Smith told cleveland.com. “It wasn’t the most positive conversation, but we talked about it and we’ll get through it together.”

Smith and Thompson were starters for the Cavs in each of the last three Finals. First, Thompson learned early in camp he’d been moved to a reserve role so coach Tyronn Lue could start new forward Jae Crowder and move Kevin Love to center.

On Monday, Lue announced that Wade, the 12-time All-Star who signed as a free agent Sept. 27, would start at shooting guard instead of Smith.

Smith said he “kind of knew it” was coming with Wade. LeBron James told cleveland.com he had talked to Smith “way before” Lue made the decision, which was perhaps an indicator for Smith that a change was coming.

“Was pretty much bracing myself for it,” said Smith, who compared what happened with Wade to a situation he experienced with the New York Knicks.

Source: Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com

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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.

Source: ESPN

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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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