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Kyrie Irving Sparked By Kendall Marshall’s ‘Test’

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(Kyrie) Irving, who had been out since June as he recovered from a fractured left knee cap, missed his first five shots and was ineffective until Philadelphia 76ers guard Kendall Marshall challenged him in the third quarter of Cleveland’s 108-86 win.

Marshall called for an isolation against Irving and tried to back his old rival down.

Irving would score seven straight points and pick up a steal and an assist over the next several minutes, a burst that helped the Cavs finish off the Sixers.

“That kind of got me going,” Irving said. “He tried to iso me on the right wing. That was pretty funny. That was going back to our high school days. I’ve known Kendall for a while now. Him trying to go at me, it was more or less a test.”

Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN

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Sources: Nikola Mirotic Out Two-to-Four Weeks with Left Thumb Fracture

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Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic has suffered a slight fracture of his left thumb and will miss at least two-to-four weeks, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Suns to Meet with Jimmer Fredette

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The Phoenix Suns will meet with former BYU star and Sacramento Kings first-round pick Jimmer Fredette on Thursday, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro.

Gambadoro reports the Suns could sign Fredette through the rest of the season. The Suns currently have an open roster spot.

The 30-year-old guard is currently playing for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. On Tuesday, the Sharks were eliminated from the postseason. Fredette averaged 36.9 points per game for Shanghai, the league’s top mark.

Source: John Gambadoro via Arizona Sports

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New Orleans has claimed Christian Wood off waivers, league source tells ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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