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Trail Blazers starting center Robin Lopez could be out until February with fractures to the third and fourth metacarpals in his right hand. The question surrounding the team and Blazers coach Terry Stotts is obvious. Who replaces Lopez in the starting lineup and how does the frontcourt rotation change over the next six or seven weeks? Oregonian
Lopez appeared to fracture his third and fourth metacarpals -- the middle and ring fingers on his right hand -- when he hit Spurs' forward Boris Diaw in the back of the head while the two battled for a rebound in the third quarter of Monday night's game. Lopez's injury will force him to miss games for the first time in his Blazer career and will be the first game he's missed since the 2011-12 season. It will also force Stotts to dig deeper into his big man rotation to fill the void in the lineup. Oregonian
Monday’s 105-87 setback to the Boston Celtics at Wells Fargo Center was one game 76ers coach Brett Brown quickly wants to forget. “Last night for me was the most disappointing home game that we’ve had in a while,” Brown said after Tuesday’s practice at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. “For the first time, I didn’t recognize us. That’s not this team at all.” The Sixers (2-22) shot 35.5 percent from the field and 14.3 percent on three-pointers and committed 23 turnovers. Philadelphia Inquirer
The Clippers are still having head-scratching lapses of focus. There they were, coming off two consecutive road losses and they were down by nine points to the lowly Pistons in the first quarter. Then they get tuned in and eveutally lead by as many as 27 points early in the fourth quarter. Kind of a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team at times. LA Daily News Blog
The one-legged Brooklyn Nets super fan ejected from a game for allegedly whacking people with his prosthetic leg killed himself because he was tormented with nightmares from the incident, a family member told The Post.
Jeffrey Vanchiro was tossed from the Dec. 2 Knicks-Nets game at Madison Square Garden after other fans complained about his wild courtside antics. Security guards were caught on video dragging him out — without his leg — by his arms when they dropped him head-first onto a flight of stairs. NY Post
“The family believes that when they [security guards] dropped him on his head when they were escorting him, that is when the trouble started,” Jeffrey Vanchiro’s grieving relative — who asked that his name not be used — said. Vanchiro, 38, who also went by the name Jeffrey Gamblero, leaped from his father’s second-story Flushing home Saturday before 9 p.m. over the horrific incident, the relative said. He died the next day. NY Post
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