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Blazers’ Damian Lillard Has No Interest in Joining a Super Team

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Portland Trail Blazer superstar guard Damian Lillard wants to see the Blazers become a Western Conference powerhouse, but as teams go the route of building super teams, Lillard prefers that Portland focuses on building a consistent team built on chemistry.

“When you look around the league, you just see the talent. Teams are stacking up on talent,” Lillard said, according to The Athletic’s Jason Quick.

“You see a lot of guys teaming up and guys wanting to be on the same team. When you want to compete with that — like on a championship level — you gotta try to fight that with firepower. For us, I think our chemistry, our style of play, and the coaching we have — that’s a big thing for us. So like, we lean on that. We’ve been successful with it. But when you talk about a championship level, it’s tough to compete with those ultra-talented teams — Golden State, Oklahoma City, teams that just have player after player after player.

Lillard sees the quickly approaching NBA trade deadline as an opportunity to make smart decisions, such as keeping the current roster together

“So you don’t want to go into the trade deadline just doing stuff to do it, then you break up something that was working for you,” Lillard said. “So I think you are almost better off taking your chances with ‘Let’s see if togetherness if going to beat the talent at some point.”’

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Nets’ Caris LeVert Out Following Surgery

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The Brooklyn Nets will be without swingman Caris LaVert for the next several weeks following surgery to repair ligament damage in his right thumb, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

LaVery suffered the injury during Sunday night’s loss to the Phoenix Suns and then underwent an X-ray exam, followed by an MRI.

LaVert has averaged 16.8 points per game this season for the Nets.

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Rockets’ Clint Capela Out with Concussion

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Houston Rockets’ big man Clint Capela will be out for the Rockets’ upcoming game against the Indiana Pacers due to a concussion, according to ESPN’s Tim McMahon.

Capela took a charge late in the Rockets’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers when he collided with Clippers’ JaMychel Green and seemed to have hit his head.

Capela was evaluated for a concussion following the collision.

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Lakers’ Anthony Davis Out with Rib Injury

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Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis will miss the Lakers’ upcoming game against the Golden State Warriors due to a rib injury, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner.

Davis injured his rib during Tuesday’s victory over the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix.

Davis is reportedly also dealing with a right shoulder injury, which makes it more important for the Lakers to play it safe, especially this early in the season.

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