LeBron James
LeBron on Valanciunas' flagrant foul: I've got to 'protect myself' more
LeBron James, SF, CLE
10:33 AM
News: When asked if the Cavaliers should have retaliated after a hard foul he suffered by Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas, LeBron James seemed open to the idea in order to "curb opponents' behavior" moving forward, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

"Maybe I've got to protect myself a little more too," James said after Wednesday's 120-112 victory over Toronto.

James was taken down by the neck by Valanciunas on his way to the rim with 18.8 seconds remaining in the third quarter of Cleveland's win. Valanciunas, who was assessed with a Flagrant One foul, reached over to help James back up from the floor, but the Cavaliers star swatted his arm away, refusing help from the opponent.

"Obviously (Valanciunas) was trying to send a message because he had been getting beat all day on the pick-and-roll, and it happens, but it's just bull(crap) and it ain't cool," James' new teammate Kendrick Perkins said after the game.


JaVale McGee
Report: Celtics closing in on multiyear deal with JaVale McGee
JaVale McGee, C, PHI
9:30 AM
News: The Celtics are on the verge of signing center JaVale McGee to a multiyear deal, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN. The deal is expected to last through next season.

McGee was waived by Philadelphia on Monday and cleared waivers Wednesday.The Mavericks, Raptors and Heat were among the other teams weighing in on making a play for the embattled big man. McGee averaged 4.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. in 23 games this season, including 17 with Denver.


Damian Lillard
Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard sets career-high with 18 boards
Damian Lillard, PG, POR
1:38 AM
News: Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard pulled down 18 rebounds on Wednesday against the Clippers.

Lillard had an awful night shooting, hitting just 1 of his 13 shots from the field. He hit three of his four free throws, finishing with just 5 points. Lillard made up for that by setting a career-high with 18 boards. His previous career-high of 10 rebounds was set back in December of 2014. Lillard also had four assists dueing the contest. 


Chris Paul
Clippers' Chris Paul doubles up on the Trail Blazers
Chris Paul, PG, LAC
1:36 AM
News: Clippers guard Chris Paul posted a double-double on the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

Paul shot 14-29 from the field, including 2-6 from beyond the arc. He sunk all six of his free throws, finishing with a team-high 36 points. Paul didn't do everything himself, and was sure to involve his teammates. He dished out 12 assists during the contest. He also added six rebounds and one steal.


LaMarcus Aldridge
Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge goes off for 29 points
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, POR
1:33 AM
News: Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored 29 points on Wednesday against the Clippers.

Aldridge shot 12-30 from the field. He sunk five of his seven free throws, leading the team in points. Aldridge just missed out on a double-double, coming up with nine rebounds. He added one block during the contest.


Draymond Green
Warriors' Draymond Green picks up a double-double
Draymond Green, SF, GS
1:03 AM
News: Warriors forward Draymond Green picked up a double-double on Wednesday.

Green shot 9-14 from the field, including 4-9 from beyond the arc. He sunk one free throw, finishing with 23 points. Green was active on the boards, pulling down 12 rebounds. He added five assists, three steals and three blocks during the contest. 


Zaza Pachulia
Bucks' Zaza Pachulia doubles up on the Warriors
Zaza Pachulia, C, MIL
1:02 AM
News: Bucks center Zaza Pachulia posted a double-double on the Warriors on Wednesday.

Pachulia shot 5-9 from the field. He sunk three of his four free throws, finishing with 13 points. Pachulia was active on the boards, pulling down 11 rebounds. He added four assists and two steals during the contest. 


Tony Parker
Popovich: Spurs' Tony Parker 'more aggressive' Wednesday
Tony Parker, PG, SA
12:46 AM
News: Spurs point guard Tony Parker scored 19 points on 8 of 14 shooting and turned the ball over just once in his team's 112-85 win over the Kings Wednesday.

"(Parker) was more aggressive," coach Gregg Popovich said after the game, per the Associated Press. "We saw his floater a few times and he shot jumpers. He looked like he was more aggressive. That's what we have to have from him."

Parker recently endured a three-game stretch in which he scored a total of nine points on 3 of 21 shooting, but Wednesday's performance was his second with 19 points in his last three games. He also kicked in three assists, two steals and one rebound in 25 minutes.

After losing four straight games coming out of the All-Star break, the Spurs bring a three-game winning streak into Friday's matchup with the Nuggets.


Kevin Garnett
Timberwolves' Kevin Garnett calls out Nuggets after loss
Kevin Garnett, PF, MIN
12:07 AM
News: Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett had some harsh words for the Nuggets following the team's loss on Wednesady.

"To be honest, they quit on Brian Shaw and I thought they'll quit again," Garnett said. "A quitter is a quitter. That was my take on that." That wasn't the case, as Denver beat Minnesota 100-85. 

Garnett shot 5-6 from the field. He hit one free throw, finishing with 11 points. He also added six rebounds and two assists during the contest. 


Luol Deng
Heat SF Luol Deng dealing with deep thigh bruise
Luol Deng, SF, MIA
News: Heat small forward Luol Deng was treated for a deep thigh bruise after Wednesday's 100-94 win over the Lakers, ESPN.com reports.

Deng played 35 minutes in the win, scoring 15 points on 5 of 11 shooting but missing all four of his three-point attempts. He also hauled in six rebounds in the win. The team is off Thursday before facing the Wizards Friday.

Deng will likely be re-evaluated in the morning to check on whether he's dealing with extensive swelling in the thigh.


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