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Suns’ Watson: Len ‘Amazing’; ‘We absolutely love him’

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In (Tyson) Chandler’s absence, Suns center Alex Len has averaged 11.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game with 62 percent shooting from the field. (Eric) Bledsoe called him “a monster” for the way he protected the paint in Wednesday’s win. He also continues to avoid fouls better, averaging only 3.0 in his past four starts.

With no practice time to acclimate Chandler, Len might remain a starter Friday night against Minnesota.

“A-Len’s amazing,” Watson said. “He’s growing every game. We absolutely love him. Multi-talented. He doesn’t get a lot of touches, but when he does, he’s efficient with it. I think he could, one day in the future, be a guy you could play out of the post with, just watch him work and pass and go to work.”

Source: Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic

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Bulls’ Kris Dunn in Concussion Protocol After Hard Fall

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Point guard Kris Dunn was re-evaluated for concussion symptoms and has been placed in the NBA concussion protocol, the Chicago Bulls announced Thursday.

Dunn will be out indefinitely and will not travel with the Bulls to Atlanta for their Saturday game. Dunn took a hard fall late in Wednesday night’s 119-112 loss to the Golden State Warriors, landing face first after a dunk.

Source: ESPN

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Arron Afflalo Suspended Two Games for Throwing Punch

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The NBA has suspended Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo for two games for throwing a punch at Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica on Wednesday night, the league announced Thursday.

Afflalo will forfeit $32,119 in salary for the two games, at Cleveland on Thursday and at Boston on Sunday.

Source: ESPN

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LeBron James, Steph Curry Selected as All-Star Team Captains

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry led All-Star voting in their respective conferences and will serve as the captains for the All-Star Game next month.

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Boston’s Kyrie Irving and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan were also selected as starters from the Eastern Conference.

Source: Ian Begley of ESPN

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