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Warriors Route Clips, With Curry, Durant Struggling

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For the first time all season, Kevin Durant was off. Stephen Curry couldn’t hit anything from deep. After scoring 60 points in three quarters Monday, Klay Thompson started Wednesday’s game 0-of-4. This had the makings of an upset, in theory.

Instead, the Golden State Warriors routed the Los Angeles Clippers 115-98 in another faceoff that failed to validate the billing of “rivalry.” It was another Warriors-Clippers game, another hyped drumroll leading to nothing, another crescendo squeezed into quiet. The Clippers are excellent, just not so much against the Steve Kerr-era Warriors, against whom they’ve gone 1-8.

Source: Ethan Sherwood Strauss of ESPN

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Jimmy Butler (Knee) Sits Out T-Wolves Win Over Raptors

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Jimmy Butler sat out Minnesota’s 115-109 victory Saturday night against Toronto with a sore right knee.

Butler is averaging 21.7 points per game for the revamped Timberwolves, who entered with the fourth-best record in the Western Conference. Minnesota had lost two straight before hosting the Raptors. Nemanja Bjelica started in Butler’s place.

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Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Set to Return From Shoulder Injury

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Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving went through the team’s entire off-day practice Saturday and expects to return to game action Sunday against the Orlando Magic after missing one game due to a sore shoulder.

Irving sat out Thursday’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers after undergoing tests on a shoulder that had been bothering him recently. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but Irving will continue getting treatment even as he returns to game action.

Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN

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LeBron After Loss to OKC: We Can Get Bounced Early in Playoffs

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Following one of the most inept defensive performances in Cavaliers history, LeBron James said his team looked primed for a short postseason appearance, barring any changes.

The Cavs fell 148-124 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, tying a franchise record for most points allowed in regulation. They are 3-9 since Christmas Day. “Playoffs? We can’t even start thinking about that, not the way we’re playing right now,” James said. “We could easily get bounced early in the playoffs if they started next weekend. Haven’t even began thinking about the postseason.”

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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