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Mark Cuban on Russell Westbrook: Not in MVP Race

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Russell Westbrook’s historic production this season hasn’t changed Mark Cuban’s stance that the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard falls short of superstar status, an opinion Cuban originally stated just before Westbrook went off for 36 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in a first-round Game 5 that ended Dallas’ 2016 postseason.

Cuban said Sunday that the MVP battle is a “toss-up” between Houston’s James Harden and Cleveland’s LeBron James, with San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard also deserving of mention in the conversation. Where is Westbrook in the mix? “He’s not,” Cuban said while going through his pregame exercise routine ahead of Dallas’ 104-89 win over OKC.

Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN

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Kawhi Leonard Probable for Tuesday Debut

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The Spurs listed forward Kawhi Leonard as probable for Tuesday’s road matchup at Dallas, which means it’s likely that the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year will make his season debut against the Mavericks.

The club originally targeted Saturday’s game at Phoenix as a potential debut for Leonard, but sources on Friday said the forward wanted “a couple more days” to recover from the right quadriceps tendinopathy that has kept him out of all 27 of the Spurs’ games thus far this season.

Source: Michael C. Wright of ESPN

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Sources: Hornets’ Cody Zeller Undergoes Surgery, to Miss 6 Weeks

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Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Tuesday, league sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He’s expected to miss six weeks.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Clips’ Danilo Gallinari Suffers New Glute Injury

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On the same night the LA Clippers will welcome back one starter, another starter re-exits the lineup due to injury.

Power forward Danilo Gallinari, who missed 13 games with a glute injury and returned to action this past Wednesday, will miss Monday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors due to what coach Doc Rivers says is a new glute injury suffered in Gallinari’s second game back Saturday against the Washington Wizards.

Source: Lawrence Murray of ESPN

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