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Ty Lawson sprains foot five minutes into Pacers debut

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This is not the debut Ty Lawson or the Pacers hoped for.

Five minutes into his debut for the Pacers off the bench, Lawson went down on a drive grabbing his foot. He left the game and not long after came the news from the Pacers that he was out for the night with a sprained foot.

No word yet on how serious this is, reports Candace Buckner of the Indy Star.

The Pacers led from the start — the Spurs were ice cold shooting — and held off a San Antonio charge at the end to get a big win at home. Monta Ellis had 26, and Paul George had 22 for the Pacers in the win.

Zach LaVine throws down 360 dunk in game (VIDEO)

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Just a reminder as to why Zach LaVine is your two-time defending Dunk Contest champion.

He took the outlet pass from Gorgui Dieng and, since he had some room, gave the fans in Charlotte a little show.

It wasn’t enough, Charlotte remained hot and beat Minnesota 108-103 behind 34 from Kemba Walker.

Spurs’ Gregg Popovich to miss 2 games because of family issue

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich did not make the trip to Indianapolis for Monday night’s game against the Pacers because of a family medical situation.

The team did not provide details about the situation.

Popovich will be replaced for the next two games by assistant coach Ettore Messina, who told reporters before the game that the team knew of Popovich’s plans before leaving for Indy.

The Spurs play at Minnesota on Tuesday before returning home to play Chicago on Thursday. Popovich is expected to make his return against the Bulls.

Bradley Beal out at least three games for Wizards


The Washington Wizards are 1.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the East, but with an easier schedule than the teams they are chasing the Wizards still have a shot at the postseason. They just need things to go their way and get on a little run.

This isn’t going to help — Bradley Beal is out, at least, the next three games, reports J. Michael at CSNMidAtlantic.com.

Bradley Beal didn’t travel with the Wizards when they left this morning for a three-game road trip that begins Tuesday vs. the Portland Trail Blazers, a team official told CSNmidatlantic.com.

The Wizards (30-32) held out hope that Beal, who exited in the third quarter of Saturday’s game against the Indiana Pacers with a pelvic sprain, would make the trip that ends with games Friday at the Utah Jazz and this Saturday at the Denver Nuggets.

Expect a lot of Garrett Temple in his place, and Temple has played solidly this season.

With Chicago still battling injuries and Detroit still trying to get used to its new rotations after the trade deadline, it feels as if one of these three teams would just get on a run for a couple of weeks they could separate themselves and lock up a playoff spot. It also feels like that’s not going to happen.

Jimmy Butler out Monday night vs. Bucks due to swelling in his knee

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Well, this is not good.

Jimmy Butler was back exactly one game after missing the previous 11 with a knee issue, before that knee problem showed itself again. Butler is out Monday night against Milwaukee because that knee has flared up again, reports Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.com.

The Bulls went 3-8 without Butler in the lineup (other guys were out in that stretch as well) and have slid into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East with Detroit (and Washington is just 1.5 games back and with a soft schedule).

It’s unclear how long Butler will be out, but the Bulls can’t afford it to be very long.