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Lakers’ Russell Hopes to Play Sunday Despite Ankle

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Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell attempted to play on a sprained right ankle in Friday’s 117-113 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he left the game in the first half because of the injury.

“He gave it a go, which I was proud of him for doing that,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “He tried to plant [his foot] and close out on a guy, and he really felt it. And he told me that at the end of the first quarter. [He said], ‘But I want to see if I can go a couple more minutes and see if it loosens up. I give him a lot of credit for that, for trying. After about two or three minutes, I said, ‘Listen, we’re just going to take you out and get some treatment on that thing and hopefully we can get it ready for Sunday [against the Utah Jazz].'”

Source: Baxter Holmes of ESPN

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Carmelo Anthony Expands List of Trade Destinations

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Carmelo Anthony has widened his list of teams to which he’d accept a trade, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Thunder GM Presti: ‘Tremendous Appreciation’ for KD

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In the wake of Kevin Durant’s deleted tweets that slammed his former team and coach, Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti responded on Friday by taking the high road and praising Durant’s time with the franchise.

“I, and no one from the Thunder, has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant,” Presti said. “I think we’ve been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don’t think there’s anything more to say other than that.”

Source: Royce Young of ESPN

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Sources: Suns’ Alan Williams Suffers Partially Torn Meniscus

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Phoenix Suns forward Alan Williams has suffered a partially torn meniscus, an initial evaluation reveals, league sources tell ESPN.

Williams is getting a second opinion on Saturday and is also expected to undergo an MRI, sources say.

Source: Chris Haynes and Marc Spears of ESPN

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