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Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to Open Camp as a Starter for Nets

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Adding one perimeter marksman, along with good health for [Jeremy] Lin, might offset the loss of [Brook] Lopez’s shooting. Lopez dragged opposing rim protectors far away, unclogging the lane for Brooklyn’s slashers. His drift outside freed [Nets Head Coach Kenny] Atkinson to try Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, a total non-shooter, as a small-ball power forward, and even use him as a pick-and-roll screener as Lopez chilled in the corner.

The alignment worked. Hollis-Jefferson is long-armed and feisty enough to bang with bigs. The Nets tightened their defense after the All-Star break, and outscored opponents with Lin, [Caris] LeVert, Hollis-Jefferson and Lopez on the floor together.

Hollis-Jefferson will open camp as the starting power forward, Atkinson said, with Mozgov presumably in Lopez’s spot. Spacing will be tight. Trevor Booker is honing his 3, but we’ve seen that movie before.

Carroll can supply shooting at power forward; if he plays well, he could usurp Hollis-Jefferson’s starting spot.

Source: Zach Lowe of ESPN

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Chris Paul Leaves Rockets Win with Hamstring Injury

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Rockets star guard Chris Paul exited Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Thursday in the last minute after hurting his right hamstring.

Paul reached for the hamstring after missing a runner in the lane with 51.7 seconds left. He limped noticeably during the next two possessions and checked out of the game after briefly consulting with Rockets athletic trainer Keith Jones during a timeout with 22.4 seconds left. Paul received extensive treatment postgame and told Marc J. Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated that he “will be all right.” Asked about Game 6 on Saturday, he said, “Oh yeah.” The team planned to provide an update on Paul’s status Friday.

Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN

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Report: Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson Questionable for Game 5

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Andre Iguodala’s bruised lower left leg improved Wednesday, but he was still listed as questionable by the Golden State Warriors for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

Iguodala missed Tuesday night’s game after banging his left leg in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson is also listed as questionable after straining his left knee Tuesday night. But Kerr said that Thompson was “moving around really well” on Wednesday and that he thought he’d be fine.

Source: ESPN

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Report: Clippers, Doc Rivers Agree to Contract Extension

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The L.A. Clippers today announced that the team has agreed to a contract extension with head coach Doc Rivers. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Under Rivers’ direction, the Clippers have earned the NBA’s fifth-best record (259-151, .632) across his five-year tenure. Upon joining the team in 2013, he led L.A. to its best record in franchise history (57-25, .695) and a second straight Pacific Division title. L.A. has reached the postseason in four of Rivers’ five seasons with the team. Rivers is the winningest coach in Clippers franchise history by both total victories (259) and winning percentage (.632). Despite coaching an NBA-high 37 unique starting lineups throughout the 2017-18 season, Rivers’ squad was in playoff contention until the final homestand of the season, finishing with a 42-40 record.

Source: Los Angeles Clippers

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