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Blazers’ Damian Lillard Talks About Jusuf Nurkic’s Trash-Talking

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Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic was the subject of some recent chatter after he engaged in trash-talking with Philadelphia 76ers floor general Ben Simmons, with some of it clipped on video that circulated social media.

Nurkic’s teammate, Damian Lillard, says that the big man is always talking, as it’s a part of his game.

“He always just talks some s**t,” Lillard said with a grin, according to Michael Lee of The Athletic.

“Every day, it’s like most of his comments is slick comments and half the time, he don’t even mean it to be a slick comment. I think it’s just that foreign misunderstanding sometimes. To where he’s just saying something but he talking s**t. I appreciate him being himself. He’s a really honest, emotions-on-his-sleeve type of person and you need those kind of people around. So, maybe it brings that more out of people, like, it’s OK, to say how you feel. And express how you feel.”

Nurkic appears to give the Blazers some intensity, and an edge, on the floor and if Simmmons’ is any example, it’s an example of how Nurkic can get into the heads of opposing players.

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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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