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Raptors’ Danny Green Discusses Game 2 Loss

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The Toronto Raptors were rolling in the first half of Game 2, but the Golden State Warriors were able to take Game 2, powered by an 18-0 run to open the 3rd quarter and a clutch 3-pointer by Andre Igoudala in the closing seconds of the 4th.

Raptors’ Danny Green talked about how the game fell out of the Raptors’ hands in the 2nd half.

“It just seemed like we were kind of sloppy and kind of forgot how to play basketball for a second, playing pickup,” said Green, who included himself in his criticism, according to Eric Koreen of The Athletic.

“We have to be more on point, a lot sharper and trusting each other, thinking that we can do it all at once by ourselves, playing hero ball. If we continue to trust the system, I think we’ll be OK.”

Raptors head coach Nick Nurse also noted the difference in play.

“I thought we hit an action and something would be there and they would cover it up with some help defense,” Nurse said.

“Well, when there’s help, there’s got to be somebody else probably open on the other side of the floor, and I thought we kind of shot a few too many into multiple defenders or two defenders around the basket, where those probably should have been maybe swung to the other side.”

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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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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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