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Lillard to Fly Home for Birth of First Child, Out vs Grizzlies

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Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard will fly home Tuesday night to witness the birth of his first child and will miss Wednesday’s game in Memphis, he said after Portland’s 107-103 victory in New Orleans.

Lillard scored 41 points to help move the Blazers closer to securing the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference standings. They are 2½ games ahead of Oklahoma City and own the tiebreaker.

Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN

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Sources: Markelle Fultz Back in Philadelphia to Continue Shoulder Rehab

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Guard Markelle Fultz has returned to Philadelphia to continue his shoulder rehabilitation with the Sixers, league sources tell ESPN. No timetable yet on a return to the lineup. He’s attending Sixers-Thunder game today.

Fultz has been undergoing therapy for thoracic outlet syndrome in Los Angeles since leaving the Sixers in early December. Sixers have had staff in California observing progress, and now Fultz will work at team’s facility to try to ramp up for an eventual return to the season.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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Report: Anthony Davis Out One-to-Two Weeks with Left Finger Sprain

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Injury Update: Anthony Davis sustained a left index finger sprain in last night’s game. Davis is expected to be out approximately 1-2 weeks

Source: New Orleans Pelicans on Twitter

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Sources: Frank Ntilikina Drawing Trade Interest

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Despite the Knicks’ clear lack of confidence in [Frank] Ntilikina, teams have inquired about the 20-year-old, with the Magic and Suns expressing interest, according to a source. And this is where it gets interesting. There seems to be a debate within the Knicks on whether to deal Ntilikina. He was drafted by Mills and has supporters in the front office. But, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, Perry, who took the job after Ntilikina was drafted, recently approached the Atlanta Hawks to gauge whether the team was interested in dealing for the guard (Hawks have Trae Young and weren’t interested).

Source: Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News

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