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Speaking to the media for the first time since suffering the injury on Nov. 18, 2020, during a workout in Los Angeles, Thompson talked at length about the rehab he has endured for the second consecutive season. Thompson has not played in an NBA game since June 13, 2019, after he tore his left ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.Brooklyn Nets

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An important step for Barrett is embracing the long ball even more. Despite shooting nearly 47 percent beyond the arc since Jan. 13, his 57.6 percent true shooting is only marginally above league-average, in part because his 3-point rate is .215. Almost 25 percent of his shots have come from inside the paint but outside the restricted area, and he’s shooting 41.7 percent there, which ranks 56th among 87 players with 50-plus attempts during that time.Charlotte Hornets

But the Spurs will continue to be shorthanded without standout LaMarcus Aldridge, who no longer will play until the team can trade him.

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The Kings have a 14-22 record heading into the second half of the season, and their chances of climbing back into the playoff race are small. Barnes is likely more moveable at this point in his career than Hield and he certainly will fetch more in return.

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The Celtics are a meager 11-14 in those clutch games, a tough look when you consider the teams with the most crunch-time wins are Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia 76ers (15-5) and Brooklyn Nets (14-7). Even the Hornets (12-5) and Heat (12-10) have more crunch-time wins than Boston.Orlando Magic

At 20-20, this young Warriors team has been consistently inconsistent in its effort all season. In some games, such as Sunday's 131-119 home win over the league-leading Utah Jazz, Curry and the Warriors find a different gear and can play with the NBA's elite. But Monday's 31-point rout offered a harsh reminder of many of the blowouts the Warriors have endured throughout this campaign.Sacramento Kings

Embiid also has cut back to a career-low three 3-point attempts a game this season after attempting as many as 263 (hitting at a 30% clip) in 2018-19. His average shot attempt this year is just shy of 12 feet.