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Sources: Kristaps Porzingis Day-to-Day with Ankle Injury

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An MRI taken Thursday on New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis’ injured right ankle was negative, revealing no damage, league sources told ESPN. Porzingis is considered day-to-day, ESPN sources say, after spraining his ankle Wednesday against the Miami Heat. The Knicks next play on Sunday against the Orlando Magic.

Porzingis was hurt on Wednesday when he and Justise Winslow were pursuing a loose ball on the baseline and Winslow stepped on Porzingis’ right foot. Porzingis’ foot turned during the first-quarter sequence and he appeared to roll his ankle. He stayed on the floor for several minutes before walking to the locker room, while being supported by a teammate and a team staffer.

Porzingis said afterward that he felt his ankle “touching the floor,” but he didn’t feel significant pain immediately after the injury. X-rays taken Wednesday were negative. Originally, the Knicks said Porzingis was available to return to the game. But the third-year forward said that he and team doctors concluded at halftime that he shouldn’t return, in part because New York led by double digits at the time.

Any missed time for Porzingis would be a significant loss for New York (11-10). The 22-year-old entered play on Wednesday ranked fourth in the NBA in points per game (27.0) and first in blocks per game (2.2). Porzingis, though, was optimistic on Wednesday night that he won’t be out for long.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski and Ian Begley of ESPN

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Paul Millsap Returns to Practice, Return Still Unknown

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Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap on Wednesday returned to his first full practice since undergoing left wrist surgery in November. Although Millsap said it felt good to be back with his teammates, he stopped short of putting an exact date on when he’ll return to game action.

“Hopefully pretty soon,” Millsap told reporters, according to the Denver Post. “It feels good now. We’ll see how it feels in the morning or after [Thursday’s] practice, and we’ll go from there. My intention was to come right back after the All-Star break and get into it, but we have to be smart about it. This was my first practice today, full contact, and I have to be smart about my wrist and my body.”

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Mark Cuban Fined $600K for ‘Tanking’ Comments

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been fined $600,000 by the NBA for saying his team should tank this season.

Cuban called tanking “brutal” but acknowledged that he told his team that it would be best to lose for the rest of the 2017-18 season. Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement that the fine was for “for public statements detrimental to the NBA.”

Source: ESPN

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LeBron on Potential Playoff Reseeding: ‘Let’s not get too crazy’

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Fresh off being named MVP of the NBA All-Star Game played in a reimagined format that seemingly reinvigorated the February festivities, LeBron James urged the league to pump the brakes when it comes to potential changes to the playoffs.

“It’s cool to mess around with the All-Star Game — we proved you can do that — but let’s not get too crazy about the playoffs,” James said after Cleveland Cavaliers practice Wednesday. “You have Eastern Conference and you have Western Conference. You have Eastern Conference champions, you have guys from the Eastern Conference that win the big dance and sometimes you have it from the West as well.”

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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