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Pelicans, Thunder Pay Tribute to Monty Williams Loss

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Thunder star Kevin Durant blinked back tears during an emotional morning shootaround interview as he talked about the loss of Ingrid Williams, the wife of assistant coach Monty Williams who died following a Tuesday evening car crash. “Just love Coach Monty so much, man,” Durant said. “I feel for him, man. It’s somebody we all love.”

The Thunder forward joined his teammates for a moment of silence for Ingrid Williams before their 121-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night, hours after he strained to compose himself when expressing his condolences to Monty Williams for a tragedy he referred to as something “I just don’t understand.”

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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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