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Wizards’ Kelly Oubre opens up about depression, anxiety (video)

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Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love have recently opened up about their mental-health struggles.

That prompted the Wizards’ Kelly Oubre to do the same.

Oubre, via Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington:

“I can definitely relate to it all… I’m really good at keeping a poker face because when I was growing up my dad always told me ‘don’t let anybody see you weak.’ Nobody sees that I’m weak, but deep down inside I am going through a lot. Hell is turning over.”

“That s— is serious,” he said. “I just go into a quiet place and breath, man. Just being mindful is the only way I know how to get through any anxiety, any depression or anything like that.”

Oubre says his issues are partly rooted in his quest to be great. He sets high expectations for himself and has difficulties dealing with falling short.

He is a young player prone to mental mistakes due to inexperience and admits he’s harder on himself than he should be. The internal struggle “can get overwhelming,” he says.

This is courageous by Oubre. Though mental health is becoming more acceptable to discuss openly, there are still too many people who will criticize those dealing with these issues. Oubre is setting an example that could serve others dealing with depression and anxiety.

This is also a good reminder that these issues can affect anyone. DeRozan and Love come across as more mellow. Oubre, while he can sound carefree, dials up a feistiness on the court. But those outward presentations don’t necessarily tell us how a person feels inside, an acknowledgment that should serve all of us.

Referee Bill Kennedy, um, exuberantly calls foul (video)

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The Bulls’ win over the Grizzlies last night was quite the double-tank battle.

Chicago nearly blew a 21-point lead, as Memphis rookie Dillon Brooks scored 20 fourth-quarter points. But the Bulls – forced to use their good players (well, Justin Holliday, as Robin Lopez was still inactive) – held on to give the frustrated Grizzlies their 15th straight loss.

However, the lasting moment of the night belonged to referee Bill Kennedy, who really got into this foul call:

Anthony Davis leaves game with ankle injury, X-rays negative (video)

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Update: Pelicans:

I doubt Davis returns tonight, but the fact that it’s even deemed possible is encouraging.


Anthony Davis has put the Pelicans on his back (with some help) since DeMarcus Cousins‘ injury.

Davis led New Orleans to nine-straight wins and a 20-point lead over the Kings tonight.

Then, potential disaster struck.

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Hopefully, Davis is OK. Him leaving the game could be as much about precaution – especially considering the score and opponent – as serious concern about his injury.

The Pelicans are fourth in the West, but they have just a three-game buffer for reaching the playoffs in the eight-teams-for-six-spots race. Davis has bought New Orleans a little margin for error – but not much.

DeMar DeRozan drives and kicks to Fred VanVleet, who hits game-winning jumper (video)


DeMar DeRozan drove straight to the rim late in the fourth quarter and dunked on Anthony Tolliver, helping the Raptors get to overtime.

The Pistons were more prepared in the extra period. But DeRozan was ready.

When DeRozan drove, Detroit’s defense collapsed near the basket. So, DeRozan kicked the ball to Fred VanVleet, who hit the game-winner in Toronto’s 121-119 win.

DeMar DeRozan’s and-one dunk on Anthony Tolliver not a game-winner, but it was awesome (video)

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With the Raptors trailing the Pistons by one in the final seconds, DeMar DeRozan drove right through Detroit’s defense and dunked on Anthony Tolliver with 4.6 seconds left. DeRozan made the ensuing free throw to put Toronto up two.

This was an incredible play deserving of game-winner status.

But Blake Griffin hit a game-tying shot on the other end, and – after exchanging throwing the ball out of bounds three times in the final second – the Raptors and Pistons are headed to overtime.

DeRozan scored 39 points in regulation.