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Report: Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell fights through toe pain in playoff debut

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Kia Rookie of the Year candidate Donovan Mitchell injured his left pinky toe in the second half during his playoff debut for the Utah Jazz at the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

According to Yahoo! Sports Shams Charania, the rookie had an X-ray on his toe.

The rookie returned in the fourth quarter but was noticeably hobbling. He finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds in the Jazz’ 116-108 loss to the Thunder.



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Report: Cavaliers’ Love suffers partially torn ligament in left thumb

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The injury bug has once again struck Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love as he sustained a partially torn ligament in his left thumb, according to an ESPN report.

But according to the team, Love is not expected to miss any time and will be ready for Friday’s Game 3 at the Indiana Pacers.

Love missed six weeks earlier this season with a broken left hand. The Cavs’ All-Star had 15 points and six rebounds during the Cavaliers’ Game 2 victory of the Pacers.

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LeBron James sets record straight on postgame interview

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Following the Cavs’ 100-97 victory over the Pacers, TNT sideline reporter Allie LaForce interviewed LeBron James about his clutch 46-point performance that helped even the series at 1-1.

LaForce also took the opportunity to ask James for his immediate reaction to the death of Erin Popovich, wife of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

James seemed shocked by the news — which broke while he was playing — and offered his support Popovich.

“Obviously I’m a huge Pop fan. I love Pop,” James said. “That’s such a tragedy and my best wishes go out to Pop and his family.”

When James became aware of that people thought he was blindsided by the interview, he posted a video on UNINTERRUPTED to say “that is absoultely false.”
 

LaForce asked James before the interview if he would discuss the tragic news. And James agreed, although his emotions took over during the exchange.

LeBron went on to say that LaForce followed the proper protocol, praised her professionalism and sent out more thoughts and prayers to the Popovich family.



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Wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dies

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, Erin, has died. She was 67.

The Spurs confirmed Erin Popovich’s death Wednesday. The team didn’t provide further details.

”We mourn the loss of Erin,” Spurs general manager RC Buford said in a team statement. ”She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.”

The Popovichs have two children and two grandchildren. They met at the Air Force Academy in 1970s when he was an assistant coach for the Falcons. Erin’s father, Jim Conboy, was Air Force’s head athletic trainer.

Gregg Popovich has coach San Antonio since 1996, leading the Spurs to five NBA titles. San Antonio will face Golden State on Thursday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

Popovich ran the Spurs’ practice Wednesday. They Warriors lead the series 2-0.

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