Big blow for Nets as Dinwiddie faces surgery

Kurt Helin • NBC Sports

It’s the kind of debate only a guy who has already signed his contract extension would consider.

Brooklyn guard Spencer Dinwiddie — in the middle of a breakout season that has him in the Sixth Man of the Year discussion — tore a ligament in his thumb last Sunday night. The doctors suggested surgery, but Dinwiddie was looking for a way around it, wondering if he could play through the pain this season then get the surgery this summer.  Dinwiddie wanted to help push the Nets into the postseason. Since he already signed a three-year, $34 million contract extension, the risk wasn’t financial.

In the end, specialists convinced him to get the surgery now, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Brooklyn making the playoffs would be one of the bigger surprises of the season, but at 27-23 they are poised to do so if they do not collapse down the stretch (the Nets currently are the six seed, with a five-game cushion over the nine-seed Wizards).

Dinwiddie has been a big part of that success, averaging 17.2 points per game and hitting 36.6 percent from three. His hard work earned him that contract extension and the postseason award conversation (although the award hopes die with this surgery, he will have missed too many games).

Brooklyn is still without Caris LeVert (brutal early-season ankle injury) and will need people Shabazz Napier and others to step up with Dinwiddie out.

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NBA GAMEDAY POST JANUARY 26th 2019

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Durant, Curry lead Warriors to 10th straight victory

BOSTON — Kevin Durant had 33 points and nine rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 24 points and Klay Thompson had 21, including two key free throws for Golden State on Saturday night to beat the Boston Celtics 115-111 and give the Warriors their 10th win in a row.

Kyrie Irving scored 32 points with 10 assists and Al Horford had 22 points and 13 rebounds for Boston, which had won five straight and 10 in a row at home.

In a game that featured 21 lead changes, the Warriors took a 113-111 lead with 47 seconds left on Thompson’s only free throws of the game and held on as Boston had three chances to tie it or take the lead. Marcus Smart rimmed out on a 3-pointer, Irving airballed a fadeaway from the baseline and Marcus Morris was short on a 3.

Draymond Green missed two free throws, but he got his own rebound and then Curry made a pair of foul shots with 6.2 seconds left to ice it.

SPURS 126, PELICANS 114

NEW ORLEANS — LaMarcus Aldridge played through a sore left wrist and finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds, leading the San Antonio Spurs over the depleted Pelicans.

Rudy Gay had 22 points, including 11 in the third quarter, and 11 rebounds to help San Antonio snap a two-game skid.

Aldridge had 12 points during a spurt in the third quarter as the Spurs used a 25-12 run to extend a three-point halftime lead to 85-69. New Orleans played without four key injured contributors — Anthony Davis, Julius Randle, Nikola Mirotic and E’Twaun Moore — but the Spurs also had to overcome the absence of leading scorer DeMar DeRozan.

Jrue Holiday had a game-high 29 points to lead the Pelicans, who lost their third straight. Jahlil Okafor added 24 points and 15 rebounds.

GRIZZLIES 106, PACERS 103

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley had 22 points and 11 assists, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 points and the Grizzlies beat the Indiana Pacers to end an eight-game losing streak.

Marc Gasol added 18 points for Memphis, which had lost 14 of its last 15 games since the day after Christmas. Justin Holiday finished with 16 points and Bruno Caboclo, playing his second game on a 10-day contract, added 11 points, including converting 3 of 4 from outside the arc.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points to lead the Pacers, who snapped a three-game winning streak in their first game since a season-ending injury to Victory Oladipo. Oladipo ruptured the quad tendon in his right knee in Wednesday night’s victory over Toronto, leaving the Pacers without their leading scorer.

NUGGETS 126, 76ERS 110

DENVER — Nikola Jokic posted his seventh triple-double of the season in his return from a one-game suspension and the Nuggets beat the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers. Jokic finished with 32 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists.

The 76ers gave leading scorer Joel Embiid the night off, robbing fans of a Jokic-Embiid showdown but allowing their star to get a six-day midseason break before their next game Tuesday night against the Lakers in Los Angeles.

Jokic, the Nuggets’ leader in points, rebounds and assists, missed Denver’s 132-95 rout of the Phoenix Suns on Friday night when he was handed a one-game suspension for leaving the bench during an altercation in Utah earlier in the week.

JJ Redick scored 22 for Philadelphia and Corey Brewer added 20.

TRAIL BLAZERS 120, HAWKS 111

PORTLAND, Ore. — CJ McCollum had 28 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double, leading the Trail Blazers past the Atlanta Hawks.

Seth Curry, who got the start for the Trail Blazers in place of a resting Damian Lillard, scored 22 points.

Trae Young had 30 points and eight assists to lead the Hawks.

McCollum had 10 points and three assists in the third quarter to give Portland a three-point lead heading to the fourth. Atlanta pulled to 101-100 with 7:17 remaining, but Curry scored 11 points during the Trail Blazers’ 13-0 game-closing run.

Steph Curry’s first film project is a powerful look at race and religion after the Charleston shooting; At first screening event he defends professional athletes speaking out on issues

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Michelle R. Martinelli • USA Today Sports

WASHINGTON — In one of the most powerful scenes of the new documentary Emanuel, Felicia Sanders described watching her son Tywanza, one of nine murdered on June 17, 2015 by Dylann Roof, take his last breath in the basement of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Emanuel is the first film produced, in part, by Steph Curry’s fledgling company, Unanimous Media. Hundreds, including many students, screened the film — through tears and gasps — Wednesday night at Howard University and listened to the NBA star explain afterward why he chose this story as his first foray into filmmaking.

Among countless examples of senseless violence and racism, Curry said he wanted to examine this particular story because he was drawn to and inspired by the message of hope and forgiveness that emerged from the Charleston shooting.

In the film, Felicia recounts, in agonizing detail, her 26-year-old son’s final moments: How Tywanza Sanders first tried to reason with Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist armed with a semiautomatic handgun. Tywanza told him he didn’t have to do this, that “we mean you no harm.”

It didn’t stop Roof. Felicia said she wanted to reach out and hold him, but she couldn’t move. She described how she had her 11-year-old granddaughter muzzled so tightly against her ribs she thought she suffocated her as they hid, both pretending to be dead.

Afterward in Howard’s Cramton Auditorium where the film was screened, Curry spoke about how religion allowed the victims and their families to move forward from the “truly heartbreaking” events.

“Faith and forgiveness permeated the families’ response to this tragedy,” he said. “For me specifically, it’s so hard to try to put yourself in their shoes and to empathize with what they’re going through, but it’s so inspiring the way they handled it. … They chose forgiveness, they chose faith and they chose to support each other and the community coming around. And so that alone speaks volumes for humanity and the hope for humanity.”

Steph Curry discusses the film “Emanuel” with the New York Times’ Lauretta Charlton, Unanimous Media CEO Jeron Smith and the film’s director, Brian Ivie at Howard University.

The film was produced by Unanimous Media — the name is a nod to the Golden State Warriors point guard’s 2016 season when he became the first player to earn all 131 NBA MVP votes. Curry follows several athletes (most notably LeBron James) with Hollywood aspirations but has, with the very first project, signaled a desire to stretch far beyond the world of sports.

Unanimous Media partnered with Viola Davis’ JuVee Productions for the project.

Emanuel focuses on a select few family members of the victims, presenting facts and news reports between their retellings of endearing memories, along with how they experienced the night and aftermath of the mass shooting. It also contextualizes the events in history, from Charleston’s extensive role in the slave trade to the church, which was founded in the early 1800s, symbolizing freedom and empowerment — and therefore always being a target for attacks in the name of racism.

It relies on old clips of Lester Holt, Jon Stewart and President Barack Obama to move the narrative forward but the film is strongest — and most difficult to watch — when it introduces the people whose lives were shattered that night.

Nadine Collier is shown baking a sweet potato pie as she gently speaks about how her mother, Ethel Lance, would put hot potatoes in her and her siblings’ clothes to keep them warm on winter walks to school. Later, she shares the heartbreaking turmoil of waiting for the coroner to tell her that her mother was murdered.

“What hurt the most is I didn’t get a chance to see her,” Nadine said. “(The coroner) didn’t let me see my momma, and the last time I saw her she was in the casket.”

In the film, Rev. Anthony Thompson wanders through his wife’s garden, recalling how happy and peaceful Myra Thompson seemed in the moments before she left for the church that night, not realizing until later that it was because “God already had her,” and he just didn’t know it yet.

Their stories are separated by horrifying images of Roof practicing with his gun and proudly posing with the confederate flag. In videos of him walking into the church, confessing to his crimes and appearing in court, his expressionless face and remorseless remarks continually reinforce that this tragedy was born out of hate.

The audience at Howard was actively engaged with the film, quietly sniffling and wiping away tears after each story while also enthusiastically clapping when Dot Scott, president of the NAACP’s Charleston branch, asserted that a black man wouldn’t have survived the arrest the way Roof did.

Curry, in the discussion afterward, said he particularly identified with Chris Singleton, now a minor league player in the Chicago Cubs organization, who might have been a victim at the Bible study if not for a game that night. Singleton had been writing the Bible verse Proverbs 24:10 — “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” — on his wrist all season, and in the film, he discusses how he assumed the verse was speaking to him because of baseball. But when his mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was gunned down at Emanuel AME, he said he understood the real reason God gave him those words.

Curry was moved by the inspiration Singleton found through something related to his faith previously in his life and how he redirects it toward healing after his mother’s death.

Cubs minor leaguer Chris Singleton poses with a painting of his mother in September 2017 in Charleston. (Jeff Blake USA TODAY Sports Images)

“In the face of adversity, in the face of tragedy, how can I get through it?” Curry said. “I try to picture myself, like, would I have the awareness to respond that way? Would I have the maturity and the courage and the strength to say, ‘This isn’t going to defeat me’?”

What Collier, Thompson and Singleton all have in common was their readiness to forgive Roof.

“You took something very precious away from me,” Collier said to Roof in court two days after the shooting. “I will never get to talk to her ever again. I will never be able to hold her again, but I forgive you, and have mercy on your soul.”

Roof was convicted of 33 federal counts in December 2016 and the following month was sentenced to death.

During the discussion after the film, Curry, director Brian Ivie and Unanimous Media CEO Jeron Smith, a Howard alumnus, agreed they believe in finding alternatives to the death penalty. And each of their explanations were met with applause from the audience.

President Barack Obama sings “Amazing Grace” during services honoring the life of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, at the College of Charleston TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.. Pinckney was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ORG XMIT: SCDG125

“In terms of what I believe in humanity and the redeeming qualities of my Lord and savior and what that means for somebody who would do the worst of the worst, nothing is impossible for them,” Curry explained. “So I think that can live out through not putting somebody to death.”

Emanuel will be released in select theaters nationwide on June 17, the four-year anniversary of the shooting. Part of the reasoning for releasing it on that date “is to say that (Roof) lost” his attempt to spark a race war, Ivie said.

“The verse I come back to is 1 Corinthians 13:13: ‘These three remain: faith, hope and love,’” Curry said.

“In the midst of grief, tragedy of that magnitude, these families found that, and that speaks for itself in terms of how we as humanity — no matter what race you are or where you come from — we can find that at the root of these tough conversations that we’re having, we can continue to progress.”

The shoes of Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) reads “I Can do all things…”

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Stephen Curry defends professional athletes speaking out on issues

The Warriors’ star hosted a screening at Howard University of the documentary, “Emanuel,” on Wednesday night

MARK MEDINA• Bay Area News Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Warriors’ star spent most of his day flying across the country and then completing a 90-minute practice. That did not inhibit Stephen Curry, however, from spending the rest of his Wednesday evening doing something familiar in the nation’s capital.

Instead of sticking to sports, Curry talked about issues that have remained divisive nationally. Curry hosted a screening at Howard University for the documentary, “Emanuel,” a film Curry’s production company made centering on a white supremacist shooting nine black people at a church in Charleston, S.C. nearly 3 ½ years ago. Curry then participated in a panel that included his business partner (Jeron Smith), the film’s director (Brian Ivie) and The New York Times’ race-related editor (Lauretta Charlton).

“Athletes in general, especially in the NBA, those guys are educated and they know what they’re talking about,” Curry said during the panel. “They’re passionate about what they believe. There’s a reason you say something and there’s a headline. People want to hear what you have to say so we shouldn’t shy away from it.”

Curry had plenty to say regarding the film, which delves on various hot-button issues regarding race relations, gun violence, the death penalty and Christian faith. The documentary will be released nationally in select theatres on June 17, marking the fourth-year anniversary when 21-year-old Dylann Roof walked into a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., and shot and killed nine black people.

The Warriors, including Curry, have centered their criticisms on Trump specifically for his divisive rhetoric about minorities, women and the disabled. They took strong exception to Trump’s initial refusal to condemn white supremacists for their role in the riots in Charlottesville, Va. in the summer of 2017. The Warriors also took offense to Trump referring to NFL players that kneel during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality as “sons of bitches.”

Curry became the face of the Warriors’ public disagreements with Trump after publicly admitting before training camp last year that he would refuse a White House visit invitation. The next morning, Trump singled out Curry in a tweet before formally rescinding an invitation.

Nonetheless, Curry has tried to focus more on his philanthropic work than any disagreements with Trump. Curry has helped reduce malaria with the United Nations’ “Nothing but Nets” campaign and has raised scholarships for military families with ThanksUSA. Curry also became involved with the Warriors’ partnership with “Rock the Vote” to improve voter turnout for the mid-term elections last November.

“That platform is extremely powerful if used in the right way,” said Curry, who praised NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for encouraging the league’s players to do so. “This era of athlete is unafraid to be unapologetically themselves, no matter what that means. I’m blessed to be able to play in this league. I’m blessed to have the support that we do. I’m blessed to have the platform that I do. We’ll continue to use that until I don’t have it anymore.”

More: https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/01/24/stephen-curry-defends-professional-athletes-speaking-out-on-issues/

LeBron James fuels rumors of reunion by singing ‘Rewind’ to Kyrie Irving

Chris Cwik • Yahoo Sports

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James knows how to feed into a rumor. Amid a number of analysts entertaining the idea of Kyrie Irving joining the Lakers, James posted an Instagram video in which he’s singing a song about reuniting with an old flame to Irving.

James posted two videos on Instagram and made sure to tag Irving’s handle in one of them.

That first video features James singing Fetty Wap’s “Rewind.” He tagged Irving in the video, saying “this that joint!”

The second video might even be more revealing. James posted a portion of the song that referencing rekindling an old relationship.

Here’s the part where we admit we have no idea what this means. Is it possible this is James’ way of telling the world he wants Irving on the Lakers? It could be. It is more likely that James is media savvy and knows he can troll the ever-living crap out of basketball fans with two short Instagram videos? Probably.

None of this would have happened had Irving not called James to apologize for his actions when the two were teammates on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving, who’s now a member of the Boston Celtics, said said he apologized to James about being young and wanting everything. Irving also said he now realizes how hard it is to lead a team.

Since then, many have speculated about the possibility of Irving reuniting with James in Los Angeles, even if it seems farfetched. The was enough to get James to weigh in on the topic in his own unique way.

Could LeBron James and Kyrie Irving go back to the good old days? (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Chris Paul expected to return Sunday after missing more than a month with hamstring injury

Ben Weinrib • Yahoo Sports

Injuries have ravaged the Houston Rockets lately, as MVP heavyweight James Harden has had to put the team on his back with 21 straight games of 30 points or more. However, some of that weight will be lifted soon with All-Star point guard Chris Paul expected to return Sunday.

According to a report from the Toronto Sun’s Ryan Wolstat, Paul will not return for Friday’s game against the Toronto Raptors, although head coach Mike D’Antoni said that he would have suited up if it were a playoff game. Instead, he will return 38 days after suffering a Grade-2 hamstring strain.

Paul’s initial injury dates back to a December 20 game against the Miami Heat, when he limped off the court in the second quarter clutching his hamstring. Initially after taking an MRI, Paul was only supposed to miss two weeks before being re-evaluated, but his absence has extended more than twice as long as expected.

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NBA GAMEDAY POST JANUARY 25th 2019


James Harden scores 35 points, Rockets beat Raptors 121-119

HOUSTON — James Harden scored 35 points for his 22nd straight game with 30 or more and the Houston Rockets never trailed in a 121-119 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

After averaging 52.2 points over the last five games, capped by a franchise-record 61 on Wednesday night at New York, Harden slowed a bit as all of Houston’s starters scored 10 points or more.

Eric Gordon led that group with 24, Kenneth Faried had 21, P.J. Tucker added 18 and Austin Rivers 13. Faried also had a season-high 14 rebounds and blocked two shots in his third game with the Rockets.

Kawhi Leonard had 32 points for Toronto.

BUCKS 108, HORNETS 99

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 14 rebounds and NBA-leading Milwaukee rallied to beat Charlotte, outscoring the Hornets 32-12 in the fourth quarter.

Malcolm Brogdon added 19 points, Eric Bledsoe had 18, and Khris Middleton 15 to help the Bucks improve to 35-12 with their sixth straight victory. They are 22-4 at home.

Charlotte star Kemba Walker was injured in a scrum with 2:06 left when Antetokounmpo landed him. Walker headed directly to the locker room. Nicolas Batum led the Hornets with 19 points, Jeremy Lamb and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each had 16, and Walker had 10 on 3-of-12 shooting.

NETS 109, KNICKS 99

NEW YORK — Theo Pinson, Ed Davis and Shabazz Napier carried a Brooklyn bench that dominated New York — even without Spencer Dinwiddie — for its sixth straight victory.

Pinson, on a two-way contract, scored a career-high 19 points. Davis had 17 points and 16 rebounds, and Napier added 18 points as the Nets’ reserves turned around and then ran away with the game even without Dinwiddie, their sixth man who has torn ligaments in his right thumb.

D’Angelo Russell was largely ineffective with just 12 points, but Brooklyn put four reserves in double figures and had a 59-33 rebounding advantage.

Trey Burke scored 25 points and Noah Vonleh had a career-high 22 points and 13 rebounds for the visiting Knicks. They have lost eight in a row and 21 of their last 23.

NUGGETS 132, SUNS 95

DENVER — Paul Millsap scored 20 points and Denver overcame Nikola Jokic’s one-game suspension to race past Phoenix, sending the short-handed Suns to their seventh straight loss.

Jokic, the Nuggets’ leader in points, rebounds and assists, was banished for a night by the NBA for leaving the bench during an altercation in Utah two nights earlier.

Devin Booker led the Suns with 35 points.

WIZARDS 95, MAGIC 91

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jeff Green made the go-ahead layup with 42 seconds left and scored a season-high 24 points to help Washington beat Orlando.

Bradley Beal had 27 points and seven assists for the Wizards. They won for the fifth time in seven games. Nikola Vucevic led the Magic with 28 points and nine rebounds.

CLIPPERS 106, BULLS 101

CHICAGO — Lou Williams had 31 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double to help Los Angeles beat Chicago.

Zach Lavine scored 29 points for Chicago. The Bulls have lost 12 of their last 13.

JAZZ 106, TIMBERWOLVES 102

SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points and had a career-high 11 assists and Utah Jazz outlasted Minnesota.

Rudy Gobert added had 18 points and 16 rebounds to help the Jazz win for the eighth time in nine games. Karl-Anthony Towns had 33 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota.

MAVERICKS 106, PISTONS 101

DALLAS — Luka Doncic scored 32 points, Maxi Kleber hit key 3-pointer after blocking a shot by Blake Griffin and Dallas beat Detroit.

Griffin scored 35 points for his eighth 30-point game in the past 11.

HEAT 100, CAVALIERS 94

CLEVELAND — Justise Winslow scored 27 points and Hassan Whiteside had 14 points and 13 rebounds to help Miami beat Cleveland.

Dwyane Wade scored 13 points in his final game at Quicken Loans Arena. Cedi Osman scored a career-high 29 points for the Cavaliers. They have lost 18 of 19.

KINGS 99, GRIZZLIES 96

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Buddy Hield scored 26 points, De’Aaron Fox added 22, including a key 19-footer in the final minute, and Sacramento held off Memphis.

Omri Casspi led the Grizzlies with 18 points. The have lost eight straight.CLEVELAND — Justise Winslow scored 27 points and Hassan Whiteside had 14 points and 13 rebounds to help Miami beat Cleveland.

Dwyane Wade scored 13 points in his final game at Quicken Loans Arena. Cedi Osman scored a career-high 29 points for the Cavaliers. They have lost 18 of 19.

KINGS 99, GRIZZLIES 96

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Buddy Hield scored 26 points, De’Aaron Fox added 22, including a key 19-footer in the final minute, and Sacramento held off Memphis.

Omri Casspi led the Grizzlies with 18 points. The have lost eight straight.

Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard buys Southern California home worth $13.3M

Steven Psihogios • Yahoo Sports

For fans of the Toronto Raptors who may be freaking out about this headline, take a deep breath, relax and read this through.

Yes, Kawhi Leonard did, in fact, drop a cool $13.3M on a gorgeous Rancho Santa Fe, California home, according to the Los Angeles Times, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he is going anywhere anytime soon.

The location of the house is roughly 3 hours away from Los Angeles. So for those jumping to the conclusion that he is now destined to be a member of the Lakers or Clippers next season when he hits free agency, you may want to relax. That would be quite the commute to endure every day.

For those interested in seeing what this quite expensive home looks like, feast your eyes on this absolutely beautiful piece of real estate.

That theatre room alone is worth the $13.3M.

So while yes, the Raptors star is now the proud new owner of this gorgeous SoCal home, it doesn’t necessarily mean he will be headed to the West coast next summer.

But it could. You never know with Kawhi.

https://sports.yahoo.com/raptors-kawhi-leonard-buys-southern-california-home-worth-13-3m-002030594.html

Trolling the current POTUS? Warriors visit former President Obama during D.C. trip

Nick Friedell • ESPN

WASHINGTON — The Golden State Warriors met with former President Barack Obama on Thursday in Washington.

The visit, in Obama’s office, lasted about an hour. The Warriors’ contingent included the players and team security personnel.

“It was amazing,” Warriors All-Star forward Kevin Durant said following Thursday’s 126-118 win over the Washington Wizards.

Tony Banks, a member of the Warriors’ staff, posted a photo of the group on Instagram that has since been deleted, but a reporter for The Mercury News posted the photo on Twitter.

The Warriors visited Obama, a huge hoops fan, in the White House in February 2016 to celebrate their 2015 championship.

Warriors visit Obama in the White House February 2016

They did not go to the White House to celebrate their 2017 win. After some players on the team, including Stephen Curry, said they would not visit if invited, President Donald Trump tweeted that the invitation was withdrawn.

A team official told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that the Warriors’ visit with Obama was arranged through Curry, who has become friendly with the former president over the years, but Curry played coy about how the meeting came about.

“I have no idea,” he said.

That was similar to messages from several other players and coach Steve Kerr, who said he didn’t participate in the meeting but was pleased his players got an audience with the former president.

“It was good,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “A private team meeting, team event, it was good.”

Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, chatted with Curry after the game for a couple of moments before getting a selfie with the two-time MVP.

There was never any discussion of whether the Warriors would visit the White House to celebrate their 2018 NBA title after not going last year.

When the Warriors made their trip to Washington in 2018, they spent a day at the National Museum of African American History and Culture with youngsters from Seat Pleasant, the Maryland neighborhood where Kevin Durant grew up.

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/25846085/golden-state-warriors-visit-former-president-barack-obama-dc-trip

Oladipo out for season with ruptured quad tendon

Pacers’ Victor Oladipo out for season with ruptured quad tendon in knee

ESPN

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo has a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season, the team announced Thursday.

An MRI taken Thursday revealed the injury, and Oladipo will undergo surgery at a date to be determined.

Pacers officials had been preparing for the worst: the loss of the franchise’s most important player as the team competes for the best record in the Eastern Conference. After Oladipo was ruled out for the season, the Pacers’ title odds went from 80-1 to 200-1 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Coach Nate McMillan said he was unsure whether Oladipo would be ready for the start of next season.

“It’s unfortunate. He’s a special player and a special person,” McMillan said. “It will be tough, but we have to continue to move on.”

Oladipo crumpled to the floor during Wednesday night’s home game against the Raptors after falling in an attempt to disrupt a pass to Toronto’s Pascal Siakam. Oladipo’s leg bent awkwardly on his way to the court.

“I didn’t see what happened,” Siakam said after the game. “Watching the replay, he stuck his leg while he was falling. That’s when he hit me. It’s just an unfortunate situation. It’s really scary. It’s tough.”

The severity of the injury was evident almost immediately as trainers draped a towel over Oladipo’s leg and players from both teams surrounded him while he was down. He received a standing ovation from fans as he was carted off the floor on a stretcher and responded by waving to the crowd.

Oladipo missed 11 games earlier this season with a sore right knee. McMillan said he had not been told whether the previous knee problem had any relationship to the new injury.

“I haven’t talked to the trainers about it, but he wasn’t complaining before last night,” McMillan said, though Oladipo appeared to be favoring the knee as recently as last week.

Oladipo has transformed the Pacers since his arrival in 2017 from the Oklahoma City Thunder, developing into an All-Star for the first time in the 2017-18 season. He is the Pacers’ leading scorer this season, with 18.8 points per game.

Despite losing Oladipo in the second quarter, the Pacers defeated the Raptors 110-106 to improve to 32-15, good for third place in the East standings.

More: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/25841881/victor-oladipo-indiana-pacers-season-ruptured-quad-tendon-knee