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Andray Blatche returning to Nets after missing four games for ‘personal reasons’

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Andray Blatche has played well in a reserve role for the Nets this season, but the team had to do without him for its last four contests while he was away for “personal reasons.”

Blatche returned on Saturday, and will play for the Nets at home against the Cavaliers.

From Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York:

“Now would it be personal if I tell you?” Blatche said before Saturday’s morning shootaround. “It’s personal reasons. It’s over with. The most important thing is I’m back out here playing with my team. That’s what’s most important right now. And that’s something I’ve been looking forward to since I’ve been gone.”

Nets coach Jason Kidd said Blatche would not be subject to any playing-time restriction.

“We’ll use him as if he’s been with us,” Kidd said.

Blatche has averaged 11.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in 23 minutes per game this season. As noted by Devin Kharpertian at The Brooklyn Game, Blatche’s absence snapped a streak of 117 consecutive games he’s appeared in since joining the Nets prior to last season.

Brooklyn will try to build momentum coming off of its biggest win of the season over the Thunder, and will have a good chance to do that considering the Cavaliers will be without Kyrie Irving for the second straight game due to a knee bruise he suffered earlier this week.

Gordon Hayward beats buzzer, Mavericks (video)

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Rodney Hood got the Jazz to overtime.

Gordon Hayward took it from there.

This extends Utah’s win streak to eight games and snaps a 10-game losing streak in Dallas. The last time the Jazz won in Dallas? Mavericks guard Deron Williams started – for Utah.*

*Those Jazz brought Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Wesley Matthews off the bench. Dang

Rodney Hood sends Jazz-Mavericks to OT (video)

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Up three points and the final seconds winding down, the Mavericks had a great chance to intentionally foul Trey Lyles (a 62% free-throw shooter) with his back to the basket.

Instead, they allowed Rodney Hood to hit this shot and get the Jazz to overtime.

Avery Bradley fouls Khris Middleton, who makes game-winning free throw (video)

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The Bucks led the Celtics led the Bucks by 19 in the fourth quarter and four in the final minute.

But Boston completed its comeback when Jerryd Bayless committed a boneheaded foul on Kelly Olynyk with a second left, shoving Olynyk in the back on the inbound. Olynyk sunk both free throws to tie the game.

Then, Khris Middleton got Bayless off the hook.

Middleton drew a foul on Avery Bradley, who was trying to contest the game-winning shot. The Milwaukee wing made one free throw then intentionally the second, and Jae Crowder couldn’t replicate this.

Gregg Popovich shakes head at New Hampshire primary results during in-game interview (video)

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Par for the course, Gregg Popovich gave curt answers to end his in-game interview quickly.

But David Aldridge tempted the Spurs coach, asking whether he wanted New Hampshire primary results. Popovich walked back to hear the answer.

Told Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won, Popovich shook his head.

Was that disapproval for the Democratic or Republican candidate – or both?