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Thunder beat Pelicans; teams mourn Ingrid Williams' death (February 12, 2016)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Oklahoma Thunder players, from left, Cameron Payne, Kevin Durant, Andrew Morrow and D.J. Augustin bow their heads during a moment of silence for Ingrid Williams, the wife of Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams, who died Wednesday as the result of a car accident Tuesday, before an NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Oklahoma City Thunder, in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY -- Basketball didn't matter much to Kevin Durant on Thursday night.

Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams' wife, Ingrid, was involved in a car crash Tuesday night in Oklahoma City and died Wednesday. Monty Williams coached the Pelicans last season before coming to Oklahoma City to help new coach Billy Donovan, so as his two most recent teams met, both played with heavy hearts. A moment of silence was observed before the Thunder's 121-95 victory.

Durant was distraught earlier in the day while discussing the situation after the team's shootaround, and he said it remained fresh in his mind after the game.

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John Wall said he suffered a "deep bruise" to his right knee Thursday, and that the injury might cause him to sit out Sunday's All-Star Game. Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty Images

Washington Wizards guard John Wall said he wasn't sure if he'd be able to play in Sunday's All-Star Game after suffering a bruised right knee in Thursday's 99-92 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Wall said he suffered the injury in the first quarter when he collided with Bucks guard O.J. Mayo. He stayed in the game and received treatment on his knee at halftime and after the game, according to the Washington Post.

"If I can't move and I need more time then I won't [play Sunday]," Wall told the Post. "But it'll be frustrating not to.

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Bucks go into All-Star break with 99-92 win over Wizards (February 12, 2016)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]


MILWAUKEE -- Khris Middleton's role on the Milwaukee Bucks has evolved from catch-and-shoot perimeter player to crunch-time playmaker.

A matchup problem as a 6-foot-8 forward who plays in the backcourt, Middleton did more damage Thursday night against the Washington Wizards by attacking the bucket and finding open teammates.

Middleton scored 27 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and the Bucks held on for 99-92 win to head into the All-Star break on a high note.

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Shaquille O'Neal wishes he had farewell tour in final NBA season (February 12, 2016)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]


TORONTO -- Shaquille O'Neal says he wishes he could have had a farewell tour at the end of his career similar to the one former teammate Kobe Bryant is enjoying now.

O'Neal held court in Toronto before TNT's popular "Inside The NBA" television show Thursday night as the NBA prepared to kick off its All-Star weekend. He reminisced about his time with Bryant, the Lakers star who is retiring at the end of the season.

O'Neal was forced to retire in 2011 at age 37 after tearing his Achilles. He says he would have enjoyed being able to say goodbye to the fans and teams in each city, but he wasn't healthy enough to play the one more season on which he had he planned.

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Ginebra returns to action vs NLEX (February 12, 2016)
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LA Tenorio of Brgy. Ginebra. photo

Crowd favorites Barangay Ginebra San Miguel plunge back to action against the NLEX Road Warriors as both teams make their respective debuts in the OPPO PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Gin Kings and the Road Warriors clash in the nightcap at 7 p.m. after the opening game between the GlobalPort Batang Pier and the Mahindra Enforcers at 4:15 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.

Ginebra is aiming to turn things around this new conference after getting booted out in the Philippine Cup quarterfinals last year.

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Dwight Howard is expected to bypass the $23.3 million he's scheduled to earn in 2016-17 to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets, who enter the All-Star break as one of the NBA's most disappointing teams at 27-28 overall, have begun contacting teams about a potential trade of veteran big man Dwight Howard, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

League executives told the website that Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, and the Rockets are working together on potential destinations for Howard, an eight-time All-Star who turned 30 in December.

Fegan, in a statement to ESPN on Thursday, said: "I'm not privy to what the Rockets are doing or not doing with respect to Dwight Howard. What I can say, with 100 percent certainty, is that Dwight has not and has never asked the Rockets for a trade. And neither have I." 

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 GlobalPort's Stanley Pringle goes up against Brgy. Ginebra defenders in this file photo. PBA Images

MANILA, Philippines – GlobalPort, a team on the rise largely behind the super backcourt tandem of Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle, takes on Mahindra to open its campaign in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday.

The Batang Pier, coming from a breakthrough Final Four finish in the recent all-Filipino tourney, are the odds-on pick versus the Enforcers although they’ve had a short preparation for the mid-season tourney with import Brian Williams.

GlobalPort and Mahindra clash at 4:15 p.m.

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered another torn labrum in his surgically repaired right shoulder, the Hornets announced. Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a torn labrum in his surgically repaired right shoulder, the team announced Thursday.

The Hornets said he will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.

The diagnosis was revealed by an MRI exam that was scheduled after Kidd-Gilchrist left in the third quarter of Wednesday night's game with what the team called a dislocated shoulder.

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Phoenix Fuel Masters logo.

MANILA -- Import Kenny Adeleke is optimistic about the chances of his team, newcomers Phoenix Fuel Masters, as they start their PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign against NLEX next week.

The 6-foot-9 Nigerian believes he can work well with the Fuel Masters, led by JC Intal.

“I think we have a good team,” he told the PBA website.

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Bryant's swan song to light up All-Star Weekend (February 12, 2016)
Jahmal Corner [ Source: Reuters ]

 Feb 4, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) reacts against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports -

Kobe Bryant has spent a career tormenting the Toronto fan base and now he is set to entertain it as the NBA's All-Star Weekend descends on Canada for the first time and welcomes Bryant for his swan song.

Set to play in his 18th and final All-Star Game on Sunday, a kinder and gentler Bryant will continue a farewell tour that will conclude his legendary 20-season tenure in the league.

The Toronto faithful harbor memories of Bryant registering 81 points against the Raptors in Los Angeles 10 years ago, but in this exhibition of stars they will cheer him on to rediscover old magic and perhaps claim a record fifth All-Star MVP award.

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