January 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Nikola Jokic After 47-Point Game: 'I'm Going To Score When We Need It'

Jan 31, 2021 11:24 PM

Nikola Jokic matched a career-high 47 points in the Denver Nuggets' 128-117 win over the Utah Jazz.

The win also snapped the Jazz's 11-game win streak.

"I'm going to score when we need it. It's just a game. The main thing is just win the game. I'm going to score however much I need just to win the game," said Jokic after the game. 

The Nuggets shot 88.2% from the three-point line in the first half, the highest 3-point field goal in a half over the past 20 seasons.

Will Barton said he tried to convince Jokic to hit the 50-point mark.

"You know him; he don't care about that kind of stuff. He's just playing basketball, being aggressive, being who he is. We definitely wanted the big fella to get 5-0 tonight."

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Tags: Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Nets, Sixers, Celtics Emerge As Potential Trade Destinations For JJ Redick

Jan 31, 2021 1:27 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics have emerged as potential trade destinations for JJ Redick, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Redick prefers returning to the northeast area with his family currently in Brooklyn.

No trade is currently imminent, according to The Athletic.

February 2nd is the deadline for players to be traded and still be aggregated for future trades ahead of the March 25th trade deadline. 

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Tags: J.J. Redick, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia Sixers, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

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James Harden Out Sunday Due To Thigh Contusion

Jan 31, 2021 12:32 PM

James Harden will miss the Brooklyn Nets' Sunday game against the Washington Wizards due to a thigh contusion.

Harden hasn't missed a game since getting traded to the Nets, and is averaging 39.9 minutes per game with his new team.

The Nets are 6-2 since the Harden trade. 

Brian Lewis/New York Post

Tags: James Harden, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Tyler Herro Housemate Tests Positive For COVID-19, May Face Quarantine

Jan 31, 2021 12:28 PM

Tyler Herro said that his housemate tested positive for COVID-19 and was uncertain whether he would have to quarantine due to exposure.

Jimmy Butler returned on Saturday night's win over the Kings after missing 10 games due to health and safety protocols.

Kendrick Nunn also didn't play in the game due to waiting for his test result, which came back negative. 

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Tags: Tyler Herro, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Marcus Smart Out 2-3 Weeks With Grade 1 Calf Strain

Jan 31, 2021 11:40 AM

Marcus Smart is expected to miss 1-2 weeks after an MRI revealed a grade 1 calf strain, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Smart suffered the injury during the Celtics' 96-95 loss to the Lakers on Saturday night.

The Celtics start a five-game West Coast trip on Tuesday. 

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Tags: Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

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Marcus Smart To Undergo MRI On Left Calf Strain On Sunday

Jan 30, 2021 10:37 PM

Marcus Smart will undergo an MRI on his left calf strain on Sunday, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Smart suffered the injury during Saturday night's game against the Lakers. 

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Tags: Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

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James Nunnally Joins Team USA Roster For AmeriCup

Jan 30, 2021 9:06 PM

James Nunnally has been added to Team USA's roster for the upcoming AmeriCup qualifying tournament, sources told Marc Stein of The New York Times.

Nunnally joins Dakota Mathias, Isaiah Thomas, and Joe Johnson on the roster.

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Tags: James Nunnally, International

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Iman Shumpert Set To Join Nets

Jan 30, 2021 8:03 PM

Iman Shumpert is set to join the Brooklyn Nets, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Nets will have 14 players on the roster after Shumpert's signing.

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Tags: Iman Shumpert, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Official Signing

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Dennis Smith Jr. Asks To Join G League Bubble, Knicks Expected To Grant Request

Jan 30, 2021 3:56 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. has requested to join the Westchester Knicks in the upcoming G League bubble, sources told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

The Knicks are expected to grant the request.

Smith Jr., whose rookie contract expires this summer, has only appeared in three games this season.

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Tags: Dennis Smith, New York Knicks, Westchester Knicks, D-League, D-League Teams, D-League Misc Rumor

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Kristaps Porzingis Questionable Versus Suns Due To Injury Recovery

Jan 30, 2021 2:29 PM

Kristaps Porzingis is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns due to injury recovery in back-to-back games.

The Mavs lost to the Jazz on Friday night, and have lost seven out of their last nine games.

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Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Injury

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De'Andre Hunter Diagnosed With Articular Wear And Tear, Will Be Re-Evaluated Next Week

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Magic Granted Disabled Player Exception Worth $6.1 Million For Markelle Fultz

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Tom Thibodeau: Immanuel Quickley Will Have 'Significant Role' Even If He Doesn't Start

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Joe Lacob: Warriors Losing 70% Of Revenue Without Fans

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Lonzo Ball Says He Stays 'Away From All The Noise' Amid Trade Rumors

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Luka Doncic Following 19-Point Loss To Jazz: 'It's Looking Like We Don't Care'

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Steve Nash Says 'Familiarity Growing' After Nets Score 147 Points In Win

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Knicks Still Monitoring Zach LaVine Situation With Bulls

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John Chaney Passes Away At 89

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Kawhi Leonard, Paul George Cleared To Return From COVID-19 Protocols

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Trae Young Insists Film Session Incident With John Collins Overblown

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Donovan Mitchell Received Offseason NBA Cares Community Assist Award

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Dakota Mathias Joins Isaiah Thomas, Joe Johnson On Team USA Roster For AmeriCup

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

NBA Reschedules Four Games, Pushes Back Start Times Of 16 Games

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Bradley Beal: I Want To Win, This Is Why I Stayed

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RealGM Radio: Jared Dubin On The NBA Season So Far

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Anthony Davis Out With Quad Contusion

RealGM Staff Report

Nets Sign Norvel Pelle

RealGM Staff Report

NBA, NBPA Reach Stalemate On Creation Of 18th Roster Spot

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Wolves Tried To Trade Out Of No. 1 Even While On The Clock

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