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Heat’s Wayne Ellington Discusses Lack of Playing Time

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Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington hasn’t seen much action recently, logging three consecutive DNPs since he logged only 14 minutes of action back on December 12th during Miami’s loss to the Utah Jazz.

Ellington, who is fresh off a historic 2017-2018 campaign in which he set a new Heat franchise record for most three pointers made during a season, is staying positive and working hard during his benching.

“I’m just working and staying in the gym. It’s therapeutic to me,” said Ellington, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I can only control what I can control. It’s all I can do at this point. Give back to the team, just continue to give, be a good teammate and enjoy these guys’ success.”

“It’s a tough situation for anybody,” Ellington said of the demotion. “I appreciate J.J. saying he has empathy for me. Those are my guys, we’re brothers at the end of the day.”

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Wizards’ Isaiah Thomas Wants to Find Permanent Home

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Washington Wizards’ guard Isaiah Thomas is looking to find a permanent home as he gets his career back on track.

Thomas is currently on a one-year minimum contract with the Wizards, and while he didn’t rule out a long-term deal with Washington, he did state his goal is on this long-term future.

“I want to be somewhere I can be three or four years,” Thomas said, according to Fred Katz of The Athletic.

“I was in Sacramento for three years. I was in Boston for three years. Even though that’s not a long time, I was comfortable there. My family was able to build relationships with people around the organization, people around the city. It just made things easier. So, what I am looking for — obviously, I want to get paid the most I possibly can, because I feel like I deserve that, but I also want to be able to be somewhere for a while.”

Thomas is averaging 13.2 points and 6.2 assists per game for the Wizards this season.

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Celtics’ Gordon Hayward Undergoes Surgery

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Boston Celtics’ forward Gordon Hayward underwent surgery on his left hand is expected to miss approximately six weeks, the team announced this week.

Hayward suffered the injury during Saturday’s victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Hayward, 29, had been showing signs of a return to form of late, so the injury comes at a bad time.

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Bucks’ Khris Middleton Out with Leg Injury

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton will miss multiple weeks due to a left leg injury, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Middleton’s injury is considered to be a thigh contusion, and is expected to keep him out anywhere from three to four weeks, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Matt Velazquez.

Middleton, 28, is averaging 18.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG and 2.9 APG for Milwaukee this season.

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