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Celtics’ Thomas: Focusing on Making ‘Right Play’

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You weren’t the only one shocked to hear that Isaiah Thomas had taken the fewest shots in Celtics scrimmages over the first several days of training camp.

Thomas smiled when asked before yesterday’s practice just what is wrong with him.

“I don’t know,” said the 5-foot-9 (former?) gunner. “I’m sick or something, right?

“Honestly, I’m just taking what the defense gives me. Coach had said that to the team yesterday. I was kind of surprised, too, but I’m just really trying to make the right play each and every time down, and that’s what it’s getting me. Guys are making shots. Other guys are making plays. For me, even in these practices, they’re paying me a lot of attention, so I’m just trying to really focus in on making the right play. If I’ve got the shot or I can score, I’m definitely going to shoot it, but for the most part, if two guys are on me, trying to find that next guy that’s open.”

Source: Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald

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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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