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Thibodeau on Poor Record: ‘Everything is on the Table’

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The Detroit Pistons had their way with Minnesota’s struggling defense, hitting 14 of 29 3-pointers in a 117-90 victory as the Wolves lost for the seventh time in the last eight games. Fans booed early in the fourth quarter as the Pistons finished off a 31-10 run that sent most toward the exits.

The Timberwolves, mired in a 12-year playoff drought, haven’t won at home since Nov. 17.

A “very concerned” Thibodeau said “everything is on the table” as he looks to fix things, including lineup changes for the 6-17 Wolves, who next face the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

“I’m going to keep coming. I don’t go away,” Thibodeau vowed. “I’m going to look at everything, re-examine. Something’s being missed. It’s got to change. Something is not right. We have to find the answer to that.”

Source: Associated Press

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Sources: Jameer Nelson Signs 1-Year Deal With Pelicans

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Free-agent guard Jameer Nelson has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told The Vertical.

Nelson entered free agency Wednesday, when the Denver Nuggets waived him to create roster space to sign Richard Jefferson and allow second-year guard Jamal Murray to assume the starting point-guard role.

Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical

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Bobby Portis Apologizes to Bulls for Mirotic Fight

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Bobby Portis has apologized to his Bulls teammates for getting into a fight that left Nikola Mirotic with facial fractures and a concussion. “He didn’t address us today, but he did address the team before so that was taken care of,” Bulls swingman Justin Holiday said after Friday’s practice.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg acknowledged that Portis’ apology took place during a team meeting but did not want to go into specific details about his message. “I’ll keep that between the team,” Hoiberg said, “as far as exactly what was said in that meeting.”

Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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Joel Embiid Still Not Cleared for Back-to-Back Games

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid said he has not been cleared to play back-to-back games and does not expect to be in the lineup Saturday at Toronto.

Embiid was in the starting lineup for the home opener Friday night against the Boston Celtics, scoring 11 points to go along with 14 rebounds in 28 minutes as Philadelphia lost 102-92. Asked after Friday’s game if he was OK with not playing Saturday night, Embiid replied, “Um I’m not OK with it but we have a plan in place and we have to follow it.”

Source: ESPN

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