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Stevens: Lineup Changes Could Be Coming Soon

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With the Celtics having lost six of their last seven games and Brad Stevens seeking viable combinations, especially in the fourth quarter, the coach told the Globe on Saturday that he’s considering lineup changes for Sunday’s matchup with the San Antonio Spurs.

The subject of the change could be center Kelly Olynyk, who has been mired in a two-week slump.

“I’m not dead set on them yet,” Stevens said. “There’s a chance that I will make lineup changes. The way that I look at it, it’s temporary, because I really look at the guys that are in that starting lineup as guys that we need to play well for us to be good. I don’t look at it as long-term changes.”

When asked if Olynyk could be involved in the changes, Stevens said, “He would be one. But hey, we’re 4-9, so we’ve all got to play well. That certainly is an option.”

via Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe.

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Cavs D-Wade Volunteers to Move to Bench Role

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade approached coach Tyronn Lue over the weekend and requested to come off the bench for the defending Eastern Conference champions, returning JR Smith to the starting shooting guard role he occupied for most of the past three seasons.

“I just decided, earlier than later, just to get to the unit where I’d be more comfortable in and can probably be better with this team in that lineup,” Wade said after practice Monday. “Why wait? Three games in, why wait? Wanted to get in there with those guys.”

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Suns GM: Bledsoe Has Likely Played Last Game for PHX

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Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe has likely played his final game for the team, general manager Ryan McDonough told reporters Monday.

McDonough said he, interim coach Jay Triano and Bledsoe met Monday morning and that Bledsoe was sent home at the end of the discussion. He will not play in Monday’s home game against the Sacramento Kings. Bledsoe “won’t be with us going forward,” McDonough said.

Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN

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Ben Simmons Registers Triple-Double, 76ers Win

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Four games into his NBA career, Ben Simmons already has a triple-double to his credit.

And with some help from Joel Embiid, he finally led the Philadelphia 76ers to a victory. Simmons had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and Embiid scored 30 points to lift the 76ers to a 97-86 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

Source: The Associated Press on ESPN

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