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Paul Millsap Evolving into Hawks’ Leader

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For the second straight game, the Hawks forward (Paul Millsap) needed to gather his teammates and implore them not to let another late-game lead slip away. He did so during Monday’s win over the Heat.

“I think it’s becoming my job, my 9-to-5,” Millsap said. “We were falling apart a little bit. They were making a run. We didn’t just want to call it quits then. We needed to regroup and get back on the right track.”

(Said coach Mike Budenholzer:) “All the other (stats) are great and we appreciate the rebounds and the blocks but it’s his leadership. Our group needs that going forward.”

via Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Report: Jusuf Nurkic Out Indefinitely with Broken Right Wrist

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Jusuf Nurkic can’t seem to catch a figurative break when it comes to literal breaks.

The 7-0 center out of Bosnian and Herzegovina suffered a broken right wrist in the third quarter of Thursday’s game versus the Pacers Thursday night at the Moda Center.

The injury occurred around the 8:40 mark of the third quarter, as Nurkic fell after contesting a drive attempt by Pacers center Myles Turner. Nurkic took a hard fall to the floor and remained there for some time before getting up and immediately heading to the locker room with members of the team’s medical staff. X-rays taken taken during the game showed a fracture to his right wrist, which, depending on the severity and location of the break, could sideline the center for the foreseeable future.

Source: Portland Trail Blazers

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Sources: Rockets, Nets, Pacers, Cavaliers Agree to Four-Team Trade

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Reporting with @RamonaShelburne: Brooklyn is acquiring Houston’s James Harden in a blockbuster deal, sources tell ESPN.


The Indiana Pacers are moving Victor Oladipo to the Rockets for package around Caris LeVert, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.


Rockets are acquiring Caris LeVert in James Harden deal from Brooklyn and sending LeVert to Indiana to acquire two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo — in addition to the four first-round picks and four draft pick swaps, sources said.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Thomas Bryant Out for Season with Torn Left ACL

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Washington Wizards C Thomas Bryant has suffered a torn ACL to his left knee, source tells ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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