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Mavs’ Carlisle Calls Out Durant for ‘Cheap Shots’

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Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle made a point to call out the Oklahoma City Thunder — and specifically Kevin Durant — for taking unnecessary cheap shots that led to confrontations during Dallas’ lopsided home loss in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Thursday night.

“There were four, what I would categorize as non-basketball physical escalations that were initiated by them, including one intentional, unprovoked elbow at the free throw line, which I didn’t understand,” Carlisle said Friday. “And I’ve never seen a guy like Kevin Durant ever do that to a player. Then ultimately, that led to two more escalations between the teams, the fact that that was missed. I’m concerned about that. There’s no place for that in our game.”

Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN

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Jazz Forward Thabo Sefolosha Opts for Knee Surgery on MCL

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The Utah Jazz say starting forward Thabo Sefolosha has opted to have right knee surgery to repair an avulsion of his MCL.

The procedure will take place Wednesday. The Jazz did not offer a timetable for his return.

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Sources: Cavs Players Concerned About Current State of Team

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Following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 118-108 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday, multiple players acknowledged growing discontent and a strong sense of concern that unlike past seasons, the team does not have the capability to fix its problems and get back on a championship track.

Several prominent players, speaking on condition of anonymity to ESPN, Cleveland.com and The Athletic, expressed doubt that the problems — an aging roster, defensively challenged personnel and a glut of redundant role players — could simply be worked out through patience and a chance to coalesce when fully healthy.

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Lakers’ Lonzo Ball Likely Out vs OKC For Wednesday

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Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball is unlikely to play against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday because of a sore left knee, but Brandon Ingram is expected to return from an ankle injury.

“He got treatment,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said of Ball on Tuesday. “He’ll get treatment again later today, but it’s still just too sore for him to get on the basketball court. Technically, he’s questionable. But he didn’t practice today, so I wouldn’t expect him to play [Wednesday].”

Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN

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