Linas Kleiza

Raptors’ Linas Kleiza has microfrature surgery, done for season

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After being the leading scorer in EuroLeague last season and a good showing at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey last summer, we had high hopes for Linas Kleiza this season in Toronto.

It hasn’t worked out that way. And now his season is over after the team reported that he had microfrature surgery and arthroscopic surgery for torn meniscus (two different procedures) that will keep him out 9 months to a year.

Kleiza returned to the NBA’s Raptors after agreeing to a four-year, $18 million deal that the Nuggets chose not to match. With the vacuum created by the exit of Chris Bosh, Kleiza was seen as a guy who could step in and take on some of the scoring load.

Kleiza has averaged 11.2 points per game on 43.8 percent shooting and his rebounding numbers were pedestrian. The Raptors have spiraled down lately, having now dropped 13 in a row.

The length of recovery for these surgeries means Kleiza likely will miss the start of next season as well (if it starts on time due to the lockout).

Russell Westbrook gets so hot, he has to cool himself down (video)

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NEW ORLEANS — Russell Westbrook hit 4-of-6 3-pointers in the third quarter.

This one apparently put him on fire to the point he had to cool himself off.

Stephen Curry literally lays down on defense to avoid ending up in Greek Freak poster (VIDEO)

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors looks on in the first half of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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It’s hard to find a new low for defense in an NBA All-Star Game.

But Stephen Curry was laying down on defense. Literally.

The result was a Giannis Antetokounmpo dunk and Curry ending up in the highlight anyway.

Russell Westbrook off the backboard to DeAndre Jordan for the dunk (VIDEO)

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Hey, DeAndre Jordan, where was this Saturday night during the Dunk Contest?

The Clippers’ big man threw down an off-the-backboard alley-oop from Russell Westbrook during the All-Star Game Sunday that was better than anything he did on Saturday night. Enjoy

LeBron James passes off backboard to himself for dunk (video)

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NEW ORLEANS — Even in a game conducive to highlights, LeBron James went above and beyond.