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Marcus Smart Returns to Action for Celtics

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The last time Boston Celtics fans saw Marcus Smart deliver a thumbs up, he was being carted off on a stretcher. But Wednesday night, the signal symbolized his return.

The 20-year-old still does not consider himself at full health and could see limited minutes against the Pistons. But he noted how the swelling has disappeared and said he has done ” a lot of cutting, jumping and full-out sprints” on the court “to get back and get those muscles back working.”

via Jay King of Masslive.com

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Phoenix coach Earl Watson has been fired, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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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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Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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