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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: Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge Agree on Extension

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San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. The deal includes a partial guarantee in the third year.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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LeBron James Still Uncertain for Season Opener

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LeBron James tested his injured left ankle during a portion of practice Sunday, but it’s still not known if he’ll play in Cleveland’s season opener.

James has been slowed since spraining his ankle in practice on Sept. 27. The three-time NBA champion sat out the Cavaliers’ first three exhibition games before making his debut last week against Chicago. He played 30 minutes but may have aggravated his ankle while making a spin move in the loss.

Source: USA Today Sports

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Rodney Hood, Jazz Don’t Come to Agreement on Extension

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Rodney Hood and the Utah Jazz will not come to an agreement on a contract extension, barring a last minute change, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune, clearing the way for Hood to become a restricted free agent next summer.

Source: Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune

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