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Mavericks’ Monta Ellis Playing Through Pain

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Pain isn’t a problem for Monta Ellis. He just pretends it doesn’t exist.

“If I don’t think about it, I don’t hurt,” Ellis said after Tuesday’s 114-87 blowout win over the Washington Wizards. “That’s my mentality about it.”

Maybe that sounds like a bunch of bravado bull, but seeing is believing.

The American Airlines Center crowd gasped when it saw Ellis, the leading scorer for the Dallas Mavericks this season, crumple to the court and grab his left ankle in agony late in Sunday’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. He landed awkwardly after a drive to the basket and severely twisted the ankle that still has plates and screws in it from a 2008 surgery.

via Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas

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Sources: Tom Thibodeau Tried to Convince Jimmy Butler to Rejoin Team

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Minnesota Timberwolves President/Coach Tom Thibodeau met with All-Star forward Jimmy Butler on Monday and tried to convince him to eventually rejoin the team in the preseason, league sources tell ESPN. Butler is sitting out, awaiting the organization to honor his trade request.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Report: Bogdan Bogdanovic Out 4-6 Weeks after Surgery on Left Knee

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Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee today in New York City. Performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the procedure was successful and Bogdanovic is expected to be on track for game action in approximately 4-6 weeks.

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Sources: HEAT Aggressive in Pursuit of Jimmy Butler

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So far, Pat Riley and Miami have been as aggressive as any team in pursuit of a Jimmy Butler trade with Minnesota, league sources tell ESPN. Ownership still prefers to find a deal by early this week, sources said.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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