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Tuesday, November 21 NBA Rumors
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NBA rumors The Cleveland Cavaliers served emphatic notice on Monday night that the Pistons occupancy at the top of the Central Division is temporary. The Cavs, down four players from their normal rotation, unleashed a 73-point first half and proceeded to put the Pistons to route, 116-88, at Little Caesars Arena. Against a tired-looking Pistons defense, the Cavs shot 61.9 percent and made 11 of 17 three-pointers in the first half. The Pistons, who beat the Timberwolves in Minneapolis Sunday night, fueled the run with 11 turnovers, which the Cavs turned into 14 points. Detroit News

But things actually got worse for the Pistons when James left the game. Over a seven-minute stretch between the end of the first quarter through the first four minutes of the second, the Cavs outscored the Pistons 23-6 on their way to a 27-point lead. All that without Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, Isaiah Thomas and Tristan Thompson – all out injured. Wily veterans Dwayne Wade, Channing Fry and Kyle Korver combined for 20 points in the second quarter alone. Detroit News

It sounds like Tim Hardaway Jr. is suffering from plantar fasciitis in his left foot – an ailment that has derailed entire seasons in the NBA -- but he opted Monday to play through the pain. Cautioning that he wasn’t a doctor, coach Jeff Hornacek said Hardaway’s injury “is probably similar” to plantar fasciitis given its symptoms. He also understands that the pain could get worse for New York’s $71 million investment. NY Daily News

On J.J. Barea: On Monday, the Mavericks' guard was honored with the October NBA Cares Community Assist Award, the league announced. The award recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion that the league and players show for giving back to their communities. As is his nature, Barea, who was acknowledged with the award at halftime Monday, dished out an assist when talking about it. Dallas Morning News

Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea has received the October NBA Cares Community Assist Award in recognition of his continuous relief efforts in Puerto Rico following devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, the NBA announced today. The award recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion that the league and its players share for giving back to their communities. Inside Hoops


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