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Nowitzki: Nobody Expected This Record; Not Even Us

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The Mavs haven’t proven that they can compete against legitimate contenders, but they’re in much better position than virtually all the preseason prognosticators anticipated, tied with the Memphis Grizzlies for fifth in the Western Conference with a 23-19 record.

“We’re in pretty good position,” said Dirk Nowitzki, who has performed at an All-Star level in his 18th season but had an off night Sunday (four points on 2-of-10 shooting). “We’ve had some tough losses, had some tough stretches, but overall nobody thought we could be in this position. Maybe not even ourselves.”

Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN

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76ers’ Joel Embiid Listed as Doubtful for Game 3 in Miami

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All-Star center Joel Embiid is doubtful for Game 3 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ first-round series against the Heat on Thursday.

The series is tied 1-1, and Embiid has missed both games.

Source: Ian Begley of ESPN

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Cavs’ Love Suffers Torn Ligament in Thumb, Will Play in Game 3

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love suffered a partially torn ligament in his left thumb in Wednesday night’s Game 2 against the Indiana Pacers, sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

Despite the injury, head coach Tyronn Lue said Love will be “ready to go” in Game 3 on Friday in Indianapolis. X-rays taken after the game came back negative. The Cavs won 100-97 to tie the Eastern Conference first-round series at 1-1.

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Knicks to Interview Kenny Smith for Head-Coaching Job

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TNT analyst Kenny Smith will interview for the New York Knicks’ head-coaching job on Friday, a source told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.

Smith, who played from 1987 to 1997 with six NBA teams, has never coached in the NBA.

Source: ESPN

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