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Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry get in shoving match in first half (VIDEO)

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Kevin Durant was in street clothes, but the Warriors still came out Monday night and put a beat down on his former team in their own building (Golden State was up 20 at the half).

But that’s not what anybody is talking about.

With 5.3 seconds left in the first half, there was a jump ball in the Thunder’s offensive end. OKC’s Semaj Christon was standing a step behind the circle, so Stephen Curry tried to step in front of him. Christon and Curry started to get into it a little, then Russell Westbrook jumped in, and then there was a lot of shoving and action (without any punches being thrown, because this is an NBA fight).

Curry, Westbrook, Draymond Green and Christon all got technicals. There could be fines down the line. That makes 15 technical fouls for Westbrook on the season, one more and he gets an automatic suspension for a game.

Curry responded by knocking down a 26-foot three at the halftime buzzer, putting his team up 20. Curry had 17 points in the first half, hitting 5-of-8 from three. The Warriors also were back to playing good defense in the first half.

Isaiah Thomas is in lineup after missing two games with knee injury

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BOSTON (AP) — Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas is back in the starting lineup Monday after missing the past two games with a bruised right knee.

Boston coach Brad Stevens made the announcement before his team’s matchup against Washington. He said there was no limit on his minutes.

Thomas is the team’s second-leading scorer at 29.2 points per game.

Boston enters the matchup 1+ games ahead of the Wizards for second place in the Eastern Conference, but they trail top-seeded Cleveland by 2+ games.

LeBron James helps design sneaker for disabled athletes

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CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James has teamed up on a special sneaker for special athletes.

The Cavaliers star and Nike have unveiled a new shoe designed for disabled athletes that can be slipped on and off more easily. The LeBron Soldier 10 FlyEase is modeled after the signature shoe worn by James, but it has no laces and can be secured with Velcro straps and zippers.

“It’s about us empowering every kid and everybody to understand we are all athletes,” James said.

The project is near and dear to James, a father of three. He hosted kids from the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation last week at the team’s facility and presented them with new pairs of the stylish, slip-on sneakers.

“Sports should never be taken away from a kid,” the three-time NBA champion said. “It creates fun. It creates laughter. It creates brotherhood or sisterhood. To be able to have shoes that are easy to get on and off gives kids another opportunity to live out their dreams.”

Longtime Nike designer Tobie Hatfield said the new model is designed to eliminate the struggle for some kids to simply get the shoe on their foot.

“One of the key learnings we’ve had in crafting accessible footwear is the importance of easy entry and exit of the shoe, not just simplifying its fastening system,” Hatfield said. “Eliminating the intricate hand movement of lace tying is important, but if the athlete cannot get their foot into the shoe, lacing becomes a moot point.”

Carmelo Anthony on playing for Clippers: “There was an opportunity during the deadline”

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If Phil Jackson had been direct with Carmelo Anthony and his people, come to them back in January and said, “we want to go another direction, and we want to help you find a trade destination that works for both of us” this whole thing could have been avoided. Instead, Jackson played mind games trying to get Anthony to waive his no-trade clause, and Anthony dug in his heels. So Anthony is still in NYC, and the wheels have come off the team.

Could there have been a deadline trade with the Clippers, a destination Anthony would reportedly accept? He suggested so in a conversation with Marc Berman of the New York Post.

“Nah, don’t start,’’ Anthony said when asked if he envisions making L.A. his workplace. “I haven’t thought about it. There was an opportunity during the deadline. There was always talk the last couple of seasons being connected to Clippers or Lakers. Somehow always been connected. First it was the Lakers. Now it’s the Clippers situation. I try not to think about it — especially now when I’m still playing with the New York Knicks and got to prepare to play against these guys.’’

There are 13 games left before Anthony’s critical exit meeting with Knicks president Phil Jackson. According to a source, Jackson hopes Anthony is at least open to seeing if the Knicks can find an agreeable trade in the summer.

There are two things here.

The big one is about the potential of Jackson asking Anthony if he is open to a trade this summer. That has been kind of expected, and Anthony sounds like a guy ready to move on, but Jackson needs to go through the process and work with ‘Melo and his team on this. I expect we will see Anthony moved this summer.

Maybe to the Clippers, which brings me to the second thing out of Anthony’s comments. At the deadline the Clippers were making a lowball offer — no Chris Paul, no Blake Griffin, and not even J.J. Redick were part of a trade. It was Jamal Crawford (at age 37), Austin Rivers, and whatever else is left at the end of the Clippers roster (they don’t have a first-round pick they can trade for three years). Jackson should never have taken that offer.

The Clippers very likely will have a lot of questions to answer this summer, especially after they get bounced in the first round (by the Jazz, that is a toss up series) or the second round by the Warriors. Paul, Griffin, and Redick are all free agents, how much is owner Steve Ballmer willing to pay to bring them all back? Should they bring them all back? Should Doc Rivers give up his GM role and focus on coaching? There is a lot of soul searching for the Clippers to do, and where Anthony does or does not fit into all of that is a separate topic.

Steven Adams, Enes Kanter with another brilliant Russell Westbrook for MVP video

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The first time Steven Adams and Enes Kanter put together a video to promote teammate Russell Westbrook for MVP, it was a work of art. Or, at least damn funny.

So, the Thunder big men, the Stache Brothers, are back at it.

And this time Andre Roberson joins the fun.