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LeBron James admits he's playing too many minutes after Draymond Green pointed it out

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LeBron James admits he's playing too many minutes after Draymond Green pointed it out

With Isaiah Thomas, Tristan Thompson and Derrick Rose currently injured, LeBron James has had to take on a bigger workload with the Cavaliers. He's leading the NBA in minutes per game (38.1) and that's despite being 32 with his 33rd birthday coming up next month.

The minutes are so high for LeBron that Draymond Green of the Warriors is talking about it to the media. He was interviewed by USA Today recently and said: 

"My concern would be that LeBron is playing so many minutes right now... Yeah, he’s super human but eventually his super human powers go away."

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Green is known for speaking his mind and LeBron doesn't always agree with him, but in this case he does. Here is what LeBron told Cleveland.com when he heard Green's comments:

“Draymond’s right... We want to get those minutes down for sure. But as of right now, we’ve had two point guards out and we’ve had some different lineup changes, so, I’ve had to play more minutes than I would like, and more minutes than my teammates would like me to have.”

Meanwhile, LeBron is showing no signs of slowing down. He's averaging 28.3 points, 8.7 assists, 7.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks, all while shooting a career-best 57.9 percent from the field. 

Almost 40 minutes per night, however, is way too much and it comes into question how long LeBron can keep this up. Believe it or not, LeBron will slow down at some point and heavy minutes is one way to accelerate that process.

Now that LeBron has acknowledged he's playing too much, it will be interesting to see if Cavs coach Tyronn Lue makes an adjustment. It's not an easy call because the Cavs aren't playing very well right now.

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Wizards at Nets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Wizards at Nets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre and the Washington Wizards battle Jahlil Okafor, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll and the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…

WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT BROOKLYN NETS

Where: Barclays Center
Tip-off: 7:30 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington Plus (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Will Wall or Mahinmi play?

The Wizards have two players who may or may not play against the Nets due to injury. John Wall has missed the team's last eight games, but continues to inch closer to his return from having platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment in his left knee. He will likely to return either against the Nets or on Wednesday against the Grizzlies. Given those two games are on back-to-back nights, it wouldn't be surprising to see Wall wait until Wednesday.

Ian Mahinmi has yet to miss a game this season, but was held out of practice on Monday in New York due to a right knee strain. If Mahinmi can't go, that should open the door for Jason Smith to get some rare playing time. Marcin Gortat would also likely play a lot more than usual.

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Will Okafor and Stauskas debut?

The Nets may have two new players in their lineup as Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas are waiting to make their Brooklyn debuts. Both players were acquired in a trade last week with the Philadelphia 76ers and both are looking for a fresh start with more playing time on their new team.

Okafor was the third overall pick in 2015 and Stauskas was the eighth pick in 2014. They offer the Nets two talented young players to build around and, in the short-term, an interesting dynamic for their opponents.

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Can't play down to the Nets

The Brooklyn Nets remain a bad team with a 10-15 record, good for 11th in the Eastern Conference. But bad teams have been quite troublesome for the Wizards this season. They are 6-7 against opponents with sub-.500 records despite having an 8-5 mark against teams with .500 or better records.

The Wizards just lost to the 9-15 L.A. Clippers on Saturday, so they can't take the Nets for granted, even though they swept them last season and have only lost twice to Brooklyn since 2013. One thing the Nets can do this year is score. They are seventh in points per game. The Wizards need to be focused on defense, or the Nets could surprise them like other teams have.

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NBA Rookie of the Year Rankings: Is Simmons still the front-runner?

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NBA Rookie of the Year Rankings: Is Simmons still the front-runner?

Almost two months have gone by since the start of the 2017-18 NBA season and there have been plenty of surprises surrounding the rookies around the league.

Heading into the season, there was a lot of hype behind the current draft class. The Sixers had the first overall pick and they drafted Markelle Fultz with the idea that the guard would help make the team a playoff contender. Fast forward to December and Fultz has only played in four total games because of a shoulder injury.

Meanwhile, Lonzo Ball, the second overall pick in the draft, has had a lackluster season topped off with really poor shooting. Ball had a lot of hype coming into the league because of his collegiate success at UCLA and because of his dad, who most people probably already know about.

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While Fultz and Ball haven't exactly taken the league by storm, several other rookies have emerged as stars on their respective teams. 

There are guys like Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum, who as rookies have already taken up roles as key scorers for the Jazz and Celtics. These are players who have consistently made an impact for their teams.

Then there are guys like John Collins and Lauri Markkanen, who didn't receive much attention before the draft, but have developed into potental stars who their teams can build around in the future.

One special case is point guard Ben Simmons, the "rookie" who's played like a superstar with the Sixers all season. Even though he missed the entire 2016-17 season with a foot injury, Simmons has taken the league by storm with his incredible athleticism and court sense.

It would have been easy to call Simmons the best rookie in the league a month ago, but now that isn't so clear. Plenty of other rookies have made their case for the honor during these last couple of weeks and that's made the season all the more entertaining.

Still the question remains, with all these talented players running around, who's the best rookie in the league? Here's our current prediction for which players will be the front-runners in the 2017-18 NBA Rookie of the Year race.