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David Lee Feeling Confident; Wants More Minutes

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The 32-year-old forward (David Lee) understands his situation with the Celtics. Coach Brad Stevens has a lot of players worthy of time, several players worthy of being in the starting lineup, and countless combinations he can go to with the game on the line.

Right now, Lee isn’t exactly at the top of the pecking order in any of those departments. But, coming off a 14-point performance in Wednesday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Lee said before Friday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets that he feels he is ready to make his case to move up in the rotation.

“I feel really confident right now,” he said. “I am starting to finish (at the rim). I felt really good the last game in the (isolations) and Lee)d the post-ups that I had. I am really, I think, in good enough shape right now to extend my minutes and to be comfortable out there whatever coach needs me to do.”

Source: Scott Souza of the Providence Journal

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Report: Giannis Antetokounmpo Named NBA Most Valuable Player

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the 2019-20 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, the NBA announced today.

This is the second straight Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award for Antetokounmpo, who becomes the 12th player to earn the honor in consecutive seasons. A native of Greece, Antetokounmpo is the first player from Europe to be selected as the NBA MVP more than once. Antetokounmpo, 25, also joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James as the only players to win multiple NBA MVP awards by the age of 25.

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Report: Nick Nurse, Raptors Agree to Extension

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The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have signed head coach Nick Nurse to a multi-year contract extension. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. This past season, Nurse guided the Raptors to a 53-19 record during the regular season (second best in the NBA) and set a franchise-record with a .736 winning percentage. Toronto also reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the fifth straight year.

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Sources: Rockets Interested in Tyronn Lue, Sam Cassell for Head Coach

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Sources: There is mutual interest between the Rockets and Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell. Cassell started his playing career with the two-time champion “Clutch City” Rockets.


With a head coaching vacancy in Houston, expect the franchise to take a strong look at Los Angeles Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue.

Source: Tim MacMahon and Chris Haynes on Twitter

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