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Tristan Thompson on Cavs Being Underdogs: ‘it is what it is’

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Ask anyone  not wearing a wine and gold jersey – or not named Steve Kerr – and you’ll hear the same conclusion about the NBA Finals that tip off at Oracle Arena on Thursday night: The Golden State Warriors, and not the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, are the favorites.

This confuses Cavs big man Tristan Thompson, whose team finished 16 games behind the Warriors in the regular-season standings but still holds the Larry O’Brien trophy after overcoming the 3-1 deficit to win it all last year.

“We’re the champs, so I never knew from the top of the mountain you could be an underdog,” Thompson said on Wednesday. “But hey, it is what it is. It makes it good for TV. Gets you guys more hits and views. It’s all good. However you guys eat, that’s fine with me.”

Source: Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports

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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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