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November 15, 2017

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NBA rumors The injury bug continues to bite the Utah Jazz organization. The team announced Tuesday that veteran guard Joe Johnson will miss at least two more weeks with tendon instability on his right wrist. Johnson consulted with a hand specialist and is showing progress but will be re-evaluated in two weeks, per team officials. Deseret News

Utah (6-8) will also be without star center Rudy Gobert for at least another four weeks with a bruised knee. Deseret News

NBA rumors With D’Angelo Russell out indefinitely with a knee injury and Jeremy Lin already sidelined for the season, also with a knee injury, the Nets were game, but woefully shorthanded against the Celtics. And scalding-hot Boston predictably proved to be too much, with the Nets falling 109-102 in a tightly contested affair Tuesday. NY Post

Hearing Boston fans take over the Barclays Center was just salt in the Nets’ various wounds, and listening to them serenade New Jersey-bred Celtics star Kyrie Irving with chants of “MVP!” as he took free throws with two minutes left was an added insult. But to be fair, Irving looked the part, dominating in his return from a facial fracture and then giving his shoes to some troops seated courtside. NY Post

NBA rumors Putting up a near-franchise-record first half and getting major production off the bench from C.J. Miles, the Raptors beat the Houston Rockets 129-113 at the Toyota Center on Tuesday night in a wildly entertaining game. The Raptors didn’t try to outshoot the most prolific three-point shooting team, and they didn’t try to get into a track meet. They were poised any time the Rockets made a run, finished the final five minutes strongly and beat a good team on the road. Miles hit six three-pointers and finished with 19 points, rookie OG Anunoby had 16 points in his first start and DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 27. Toronto Star

James Harden had 38 points — half of them on free throws — for the Rockets. “What happens is, they hit a couple and people lose their will, their resolve to keep playing hard,” Casey had said Tuesday morning. “The way we beat them here last year, we played harder for 48 minutes, and that’s what you’ve got to do. Toronto Star

NBA rumors Knicks: “We’re not running the stuff we did last year with the mix of plays,’’ said Hornacek, whose club is off to a surprising 7-6 start and playing host to Utah on Wednesday. “Our guys are feeling comfortable with what we’re running. We’re going to get better at that. It’s a style most of those guys like to play. It makes it easier for them. Even in this system, there’s a lot of teaching we have to do. We have to continue to learn the little things that will make it easier especially in pressure times like (against the Cavaliers).’’ NY Post

One key to Hornacek’s attack, according to sources, is having his two big men running the floor with reckless abandon — Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter. Each are suited well for that style. Hornacek calls it “rim running.’’ Even if the two bigs don’t get the pass on the break, they are helping spread the floor out by running with pace. In one instance against Cleveland, Hardaway hit Porzingis with a deep pass in stride that led to a breakaway layup. NY Post

Kristaps Porzingis says the organization has more "confidence" in the Knicks' offense this season now that head coach Jeff Hornacek is "running his own stuff." Last year, under the influence of ex-team president Phil Jackson, Hornacek blended aspects of Jackson's triangle offense into sets that he ran while coaching the Phoenix Suns, which players and coaches said led to confusion amid a 51-loss campaign.

Timberwolves young star Karl-Anthony Towns will be just a little less young come Wednesday, when he celebrates his 22nd birthday with a home game against San Antonio and perhaps a greeting sung to him by rookie teammate Justin Patton. Before he does, Towns in Monday's 109-88 victory at Utah became only the second player in NBA history to reach 3,000 career points and 2,000 rebounds before he turned 22. He did so by grabbing his second rebound of the night, just 85 seconds into the game. The only other player that young and that prolific: Dwight Howard. Minneapolis Star Tribune

The Heat will be without forward Okaro White in Wednesday’s home game against the Wizards. White, 25, suffered a left foot injury in Tuesday’s practice. He will be re-evaluated Wednesday. Palm Beach Post

The Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers and affiliated venture capital partners have chosen names for their North American League of Legends Championship Series franchises. The Rockets will name their team Clutch City Gaming, while the Cavaliers will adopt the 100 Thieves brand previously owned by Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag, sources close to both NBA teams told ESPN.

Klay Thompson seemingly dismissed that he is dating supermodel Abigail Ratchford in an interview Tuesday with Damon Bruce of 95.7 The Game. In an Instagram post this past summer, Ratchford might have insinuated she had relations with Thompson — whose aloofness in reply to Bruce’s inquiry on the subject may show a certain disdain for the idea itself. San Jose Mercury News

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