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Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said Sunday night he thinks his team can win the NBA title. Morey's team is currently the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference with nine games remaining in the regular season. In order to reach the NBA Finals, the Rockets will have to overcome several health issues. ESPN.com
"We won't go in as the favorite," Morey said. "I think Golden State, deservedly so, gets to be called the favorite. They've had a very historic season. I think the Golden State training staff hasn't been talked about enough this year. That team has been healthy and really that showcased everyone in Golden State. Coach [Steve] Kerr has done a great job. We won't go in as the favorite. We do feel like we can beat anybody in a seven-game series, and we're pretty excited to get going with the playoffs." ESPN.com
While the timing of the Celtics' December trade that shipped point guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks took some observers by surprise, Doc Rivers was not one of them. "I didn’t know [if Rondo was going to be part of Boston's future]," Rivers said when asked about the trade. "I think at the end of the day, it was more of a Rajon decision, in my opinion...it was more his decision than Danny’s and the Celtics' staff." Boston.com Blog
Rivers continued: "I just think you get a feel for whether [Rondo] wanted to play it out [in Boston] or not, and when you're rebuilding you can't take that gamble of letting an asset out of the door and letting him become a free agent, especially in the rebuilding time. If you're a championship team you can take that gamble because you think he'll come back. If you're a rebuilding team you literally can not take the gamble of waiting to see and getting caught. I think in their case it was almost they had to [trade] him." Boston.com Blog
New York Knicks President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has signed guard Ricky Ledo to a second consecutive 10-day contract. Ledo, 6-7, 195-pounds, is averaging 7.2 points and 2.2 rebounds over 18.5 minutes in five games with the Knicks, and 3.7 points over 10.4 minutes in 10 games overall with both Dallas and New York. Inside Hoops
Power forward Cody Zeller went through shootaround and is planning to play against the Celtics. He’s missed the last five games with a right shoulder sprain. “We’ll wait and see how he is, but he’s going to try and play,” coach Steve Clifford said. “He wasn’t grimacing or anything (when he shoots) the way he had been. He looked to me a lot better.” Charlotte Observer Blog
The Los Angeles Clippers announced they have signed guard Lester Hudson to a 10-day contract. Hudson comes to the Clippers from the Chinese Basketball Association where he is a two-time MVP (2014, 2015) and three-time All-Star (2012, 2014, 2015). Most recently, Hudson played for Liaoning where he averaged 31.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.9 assists in 50 games. Inside Hoops
Behind 30 points and 11 rebounds from center Brook Lopez, 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists from small forward Joe Johnson, and 17 points from guard Markel Brown, the Nets beat a badly short-handed Lakers squad 107-99. Jeremy Lin, Nick Young, Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer, Kobe Bryant (out for season) and Julius Randle (out for season) did not play for Los Angeles, whose squad today resembled the bargain bin at Walmart. Inside Hoops
After the Sunday night clinic at TD Garden, J.J. Redick was asked, "With Duke going through this run, do you look back at your own time in the tournament?" He paused and said, "Uh, not really." "I don't watch a ton of college basketball," Redick said. "I do watch a little bit during the tournament. If Duke had lost (to Gonzaga), I'm not going to lie, I wouldn't have watched the Final Four. As long as Duke is in it, I'll watch, but I'm an NBA guy, man. I'd rather watch the Kings and the Hornets on a Tuesday night in Sacramento than Syracuse-Georgetown or whatever." Mass Live
Craig Sager, the Turner Sports NBA sideline reporter known for his colorful outfits, is battling a recurrence of leukemia, his son confirmed. Sager missed the NBA playoffs last year while undergoing treatment for the disease and had returned to the sideline earlier this month. Craig Sager Jr. announced the news Sunday night on Twitter, saying that there was some comfort this time in knowing “the blueprint” for the new round of treatment and that, immediately, his father is fighting a flu bug. Washington Post Blog
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