Ailing hip keeps Russell out of Thunder-Lakers

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LOS ANGELES — Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell will not play against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night because of a sore right hip, coach Darvin Ham said.

“He was evaluated today, has a little something going on with his hip, so it’s best that we hold him out tonight,” Ham said.

Ham said Russell aggravated his hip against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday amid a brilliant performance in which he scored 26 points on 9-for-13 shooting with six assists in 34 minutes. Ham said Russell will be day-to-day moving forward. The Lakers’ next game is Sunday, at home against the Chicago Bulls.

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Friday will be Russell’s seventh missed game since he joined the Lakers following a trade deadline deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He’s averaged 18.6 points on 47.1% shooting (39.5% from 3) and 6.4 assists in the 11 games since the deal, with the Lakers going 7-4.


Suns vs. Kings: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

By | March 24, 2023

The Phoenix Suns (38-34) play against the Sacramento Kings (43-29) at Golden 1 Center

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Game Time: 10:00 PM EDT on Friday March 24, 2023

Phoenix Suns 0, Sacramento Kings 0 (10:00 pm ET)

What’s the buzz on Twitter? Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Kings guard Kevin Huerter will return to the starting lineup vs. the Suns tonight after missing the past three games with a right popliteus strain. – 9:45 PM

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76ers vs. Warriors: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Philadelphia 76ers (49-23) play against the Golden State Warriors (38-36) at Chase Center

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Philadelphia 76ers 0, Golden State Warriors 0 (10:00 pm ET)

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Raptors sweep the season series with the NBA-worst Pistons. They’ve got 8 games left – 5 on the road & 4 vs the league’s top-3 teams

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D'Angelo Russell ruled out against Oklahoma City

By | March 24, 2023

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The last time Darvin Ham had a trick up his sleeve, the Lakers won seven of their next nine games.
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New story: Austin Reaves rejoined the starting lineup and L.A. earned a crucial win against Phoenix. “I’m not going to lie to you,” D’Angelo Russell said of Reaves, “the dude is good, man.” AM Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Austin Reaves: “46 free throws is a lot, but if you get downhill a

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Bucks vs. Jazz: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Milwaukee Bucks (52-20) play against the Utah Jazz (35-37) at Vivint Arena

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Milwaukee Bucks 0, Utah Jazz 0 (9:00 pm ET)

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OK, I gotta say: @DJJoune here in Utah is fire.
One of the best parts of the change from NFL to NBA coverage for me was in-arena DJs. They’re all good — but he is on one tonight. Has been since earrlly pregame. – 8:51 PM

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Watch Mavericks vs. Hornets: TV channel, live stream info, start time

Through 0 Quarter

Although the Charlotte Hornets were the underdogs at tipoff, they’ve since taken control of the game. Either squad is in a position to win, but they lead against the Dallas Mavericks 3-2.

Charlotte hasn’t had any offensive standouts so far with all players held to three points or fewer. Dallas is in a similar position to the Hornets as their squad has been held to no more than two points.

this is the first time Dallas has ever been down going into the first quarter

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Charlotte @ Dallas

Current Records: Charlotte 23-51; Dallas 36-37

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This Friday, the Charlotte Hornets are hoping to patch up the holes in a defense that has allowed an average of 117.39 points per game. They might have tired legs after a matchup yesterday as they head on the road against the

Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford and wife join Angel City FC ownership group

Angel City FC is entering its second NWSL season with a fellow Los Angeles sports star joining the ownership group.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford and his wife, Kelly, are now part owners of the soccer club, Angel City FC announced Friday. The Staffords have four daughters and said they are excited to be a part of the team as a family.

“We fell in love with attending an Angel City game last season and wanted our daughters to experience something so important and powerful first-hand,” the couple said in a statement. “We have such great respect for the athletes on the field who are playing at the highest level and feel lucky to be able to support such an amazing team in a city that we love so much.”

Angel City FC went 8-9-5 in its first NWSL season last year. Goalkeeper DiDi Haračić was third in the league with 70 saves and signed a contract extension in the offseason. In January, the team selected local 18-year-old phenom Alyssa Thompson with the No. 1 overall pick in the NWSL draft.

After winning Super Bowl 56 in his first season with the Rams, Stafford struggled with injury last year. He only played in nine games, passing for 2,087 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Rumors circulated that he was considering retirement, but the 35-year-old insisted he would be returning for his 15th NFL season.

He is the second active NFL player to have a stake in an NWSL team. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his wife, Brittany, are part of the ownership group for the Kansas City Current.

The NWSL season kicks off Saturday.

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Nets' Ben Simmons diagnosed with nerve impingement in back, out indefinitely

Brooklyn Nets forward Ben Simmons has been diagnosed with a nerve impingement in his back and will remain out, the team announced in a statement on Friday.

No timetable has been given for his return to the court.

Simmons, 26, hasn’t suited up for Brooklyn since Feb. 15 due to both knee and back soreness.

His diagnosis follows extensive rehabilitation work on his knee following the All-Star break, including having fluid drained from the afflicted area, and a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection prior to the break. That treatment, however, was unsuccessful in solving his problems. The soreness in his back, which has hampered him throughout the past few years, returned during his knee rehab, and an MRI revealed he had inflammation.

The three-time All-Star has appeared in 42 contests this season, averaging 6.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game while averaging 17 minutes a night. The Nets are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference standings, just a half-game back from the Miami Heat.

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Lue: George's knee sprain 'best-case scenario'

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LOS ANGELES — LA Clippers star Paul George avoided torn ligaments in his sprained right knee and is not expected to require surgery.

While George will miss the remainder of the regular season and will not be reassessed for two to three weeks, the Clippers breathed a sigh of relief that he did not suffer a more significant injury when he landed awkwardly after colliding knee to knee with Oklahoma City’s Lu Dort in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s 101-100 loss to the Thunder.

“He’s a little disappointed, as expected,” coach Ty Lue said before the Clippers routed the Thunder 127-105 in a rematch Thursday night. “But I think we got the best case scenario as far as what we thought it could be. And so, being reevaluated in two, three weeks is something that we are looking forward to.”

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