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Should Knicks Keep J.R. Smith in Starting Lineup?

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This is not a team rolling in offense. J.R. Smith started for the first time this season on Sunday and the Knicks won for only the third time, beating the Nuggets, 109-93 at the Garden.

J.R. supplies more offense. It’s really that simple. When Iman Shumpert is healthy again, let him come off the bench.

As for starting with (Carmelo) Anthony, Smith said it creates problems for opponents, “especially when we are on the same side and guys really have to pick their poison, whether they are going to give me the cut to the basket or to stick with him and that is huge for us.’’

via Kevin Kernan of the New York Post

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Steve Ballmer: Clippers Moving to Inglewood ‘come hell or high water’

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“I love L.A. I also love my wife, by the way, but I love L.A. and I don’t want there to be any mistake about it. We want to be part of the fabric of this community,” said [Steve] Ballmer, who stepped down as Microsoft’s CEO early in 2014, shortly before he rescued the Clippers from the clutches of disgraced Donald Sterling and bought the franchise for $2 billion.

“We’re moving to Inglewood come hell or high water,” he said of a proposed arena near the site of the stadium being constructed for the Rams and Chargers. “We gotta have a house. So we’re working on a plan to get our own house. We want to get our own house. It turns out the way this works in L.A., which is much beloved to me, that if you start now you might be done in six years.” He then urged fans to contact their Assembly representative and state senator to urge approval of legislation that would accelerate the process. He probably inspired more than a few emails and phone calls.

Source: Helene Elliot of the Los Angeles Times

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Sources: Rockets, Bruno Caboclo Agree to Deal

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Free agent forward Bruno Caboclo, Houston have reach an agreement, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

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Sources: Rockets Waive R.J. Hunter

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Sources: The Houston Rockets have waived former Celtics first-round pick R.J. Hunter, who was on a two-way deal.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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