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LeBron James Calls Cavaliers a ‘motivated group’

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There was no acceptable excuse for losing to Memphis on Monday, given the Grizzlies’ rash of injuries and rest days for at least five rotation players. After that game, (LeBron) James said the Cavs were “young,” “still learning,” and not ready for the playoffs.

Just three wins later – albeit on the road, three time zones from The Q – that Cavs are suddenly rounding into form?

“We’re a motivated group and we look forward to the challenges that’s ahead,” James said.

It’s been a while since anyone’s accused the Cavs of playing like they’re motivated.

Source: Joe Vardon of The Plain Dealer

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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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