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Raptors’ Coach Unhappy With Early Playoff Tip

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Getting the 12:30 p.m. game to tip off the NBA playoffs for a third straight year isn’t sitting well with Raptors head coach Dwane Casey.

“Not my first choice … We’d prefer not to be just because from a competitive advantage, you have a little bit more time to prepare playing a later game,” Casey said Thursday.

“You’re more in your rhythm or whatever it is. But again, it is what it is. We gotta accept it, go with it, prepare to get ready for the 12:30, get our minds and body ready for that time of start.”

Source: Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun

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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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