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Donovan Mitchell breaks Nerlens Noel’s ankles, hits step-back 3-pointer (video)

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There was a lot more happening in Utah last night – Russell Westbrook getting into it with a fan, the Thunder beating the Jazz.

But we should take a moment to appreciate Donovan Mitchell devastating Nerlens Noel, who’s a mobile defender for a center. What a killer move.

Even in the loss, Utah had two of the NBA’s best highlights yesterday. Rudy Gobert forcefully posterized Jerami Grant:

Anthony Davis reportedly plans to play in All-Star Game after shoulder injury

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Fortunately, the injury was “nothing too bad,” just a bruised shoulder that Anthony Davis suffered Thursday night against the Thunder. He didn’t play the second half of the game, but he did fly to Charlotte afterward, home of the All-Star Game this year.

Will Davis play in Sunday’s showcase game? Probably, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Expect him to play. Minutes are limited for everyone in the All-Star Game anyway, and one request to coach Mike Malone will see Davis with even fewer minutes (10? Less than that?).

Davis injured his shoulder on the final play of the first half in the Thursday night’s game against the Thunder. Davis contested a Nerlens Noel shot and in fouling the Thunder big banged up his shoulder.

Davis didn’t play the second half, leaving the building with agent Rich Paul to get an MRI.

Anthony Davis’ injury ‘nothing too bad;’ will he play in All-Star Game?

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This was the concern about Anthony Davis playing out the string.

After not getting traded at the deadline — despite Davis and his agent making a push for it to happen and the Lakers trying to end the saga quickly — Davis is out there on the court for New Orleans and the worry (for everyone involved) is he gets injured.

Thursday night he did. On the final play of the first half in the last game before the All-Star break, Davis contested a Nerlens Noel shot and in fouling the Thunder big Davis suffered a shoulder injury.

Davis didn’t play the second half, leaving the building with agent Rich Paul to get an MRI.

Quickly two questions popped up: How serious is it? And will Davis play in the All-Star Game Sunday?

Fortunately, it’s just a shoulder bruise, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports. As for the All-Star Game, it’s up in the air but I would bet he plays (just maybe in more limited minutes, even for an ASG).

The Pelicans have 23 games left. How much of Davis will we see down the stretch in those contests?

Pelicans say Anthony Davis injured his shoulder vs Thunder

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) Anthony Davis missed the second half of New Orleans’ game against Oklahoma City on Thursday night with what the Pelicans said was a left shoulder injury.

It is unclear how the injury might affect Davis’ availability for this weekend’s NBA All-Star festivities. Davis was selected for the All-Star Game for the sixth straight season. But if he plays, he’ll represent a team he has no plans to remain with long term.

Davis announced on Jan. 28 that he won’t sign an extension with New Orleans and wants to be traded to a contending team. However, he was not traded by the Feb. 7 deadline for this season.

Davis was in the starting lineup against the Thunder and played 16 minutes during the first half. He scored 14 points, grabbed four rebounds, assisted on two baskets and blocked a shot in 16 minutes on the court. His performance helped New Orleans take a 66-63 lead into halftime. But in the final seconds of the half, Davis fouled Nerlens Noel while trying to block the Thunder forward’s shot with his left hand.

As Davis walked to the locker room for halftime, he appeared to keep his left arm still while his right arm swayed normally.

Davis did not emerge from the locker room to start the second half and the club announced his injury status shortly afterward.

Davis has averaged 28.5 points and 13.1 rebounds this season.

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Andrew Wiggins denies saying OKC’s Dennis Schroder “was just gay”

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When Nerlens Noel went down with a scary injury, everyone in the arena was concerned. Thunder point guard Dennis Schroder said he saw some Timberwolves players talking and laughing under their breath, and he called them out on it at the time. After that, Schroder got chippy and it led to Jeff Teague losing his cool enough to get ejected.

After the game, Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins was asked about Schroder and it sounds like he says “I don’t know what’s wrong with him. Uh, he was just gay. He was acting crazy for no reason.” Wiggins denies that, saying he said” “I don’t know what’s wrong with him he was just getting…”

Decide for yourself.

Using the term “gay” as a slur and/or as a substitute for crazy is simply unacceptable. That kind of use of sexual — or racial, or a host of other — slur simply should not be tolerated in society.

If Wiggins used that phrase — to me it sounds like he did — he should be fined. Good on Wiggins for not letting this become a massive story before responding, but he’s still responsible for his words. We’ll see what the league office decides.