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D'Angelo Russell's Timberwolves debut delayed by right quad contusion

D'Angelo Russell's Timberwolves debut delayed by right quad contusion

While Andrew Wiggins will play for his new team Saturday night, D'Angelo Russell won't.

The Timberwolves ruled Russell out for their home game against the Clippers due to a right quad contusion.

While Russell won't play, former Warriors Jacob Evans III and Omari Spellman will make their Minnesota debuts.

Russell, Evans and Spellman were all traded by the Warriors to the T-Wolves on Thursday for Wiggins, a top-3 protected 2021 first-round draft pick and a 2021 second-round draft pick.

Of the Warriors' 52 games so far this season, Russell missed 19 due to injuries. In 33 games, he averaged 23.6 points, 6.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 32.1 minutes.

The T-Wolves have been after Russell since last summer, and they finally got him this week, so the fact that he can't play right away has to bum Karl-Anthony Towns out.

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Russell and Towns are close friends and have openly talked about wanting to play with each other.

Now, that first game together will have to wait until at least Monday when the T-Wolves travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors.

Warriors' Bob Myers uses sports analogy to give coronavirus optimism

Warriors' Bob Myers uses sports analogy to give coronavirus optimism

The coronavirus pandemic has turned the world upside down.

The impact has been devastating so far.

But Warriors general manager Bob Myers struck an optimistic tone Wednesday morning when talking to Abe Madkour of the Sports Business Journal:

"This is the first quarter of a tough game and we're down. But we can come back and we will. I don't think anything's decided -- like I said in my game analogy -- in the first quarter of a game.

"It feels daunting. It feels difficult. But this country is tremendous, and human beings are. I have great faith in what we can do medically and scientifically. And our perseverance.

"And so I think we'll be back and the leagues will be back. There's a thirst for what sports does around the world and we need it. It's a huge part of our fabric. In every culture through time, and I think it will always be there.

"Sports -- it's something that brings us together, it's something that excites us, it tests us, it challenges us. Whether you're on my daughters playing on their first-grade team or a professional athlete -- there's something to sports that is magical.

"And I think we're in moment now where we've had to pause it, but that doesn't mean it's gonna stop. So for the people listening -- I don't know that they need me to tell them -- it's gonna be fine. Doesn't mean it's gonna be fine tomorrow. But it's gonna be fine.

"And it when it is, we'll come out of it stronger, we'll come out of it better and much more knowledgeable."

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If you're having a rough day, hopefully this cheers you up.

Thank you Mr. 2015 and 2017 NBA Executive of the Year for the uplifting words.

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Steve Kerr cites Rockets' Game 7 loss to Warriors in praising midrange

Steve Kerr cites Rockets' Game 7 loss to Warriors in praising midrange

Warriors coach Steve Kerr is not a fan of the way the Houston Rockets play basketball.

He doesn't like the extremely high number of 3-pointers they shoot (Houston averaged 46.5 attempts from deep over its last 19 games before the league was suspended).

So when Warriors television play-by-play man Bob Fitzgerald recently asked Kerr about the direction the NBA is trending in regards to style of play, his response should not surprise you:

"It's trending more and more every year to more shooting from every position. But the one thing I will always remember is our Game 7 in Houston a couple years ago when they missed 28 straight 3-point shots. Meanwhile, Kevin and Steph were hitting one midrange pull-up after another.

"In the playoffs, the midrange shot is the one you're gonna get because defenses are so in tune with everything you're trying to do. They're gonna take away the layups, they 're gonna take away the 3-point shots as best they can.

"The one that's always there is the midrange shot. I don't think you want to make it a steady diet -- you still want to shoot a lot of 3s, you want to get to the line, you want to get layups -- but it has to be a part of who you are."

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First and foremost, we need to clarify that it was 27 straight misses, not 28. 

Now that we got that out of the way, let's remind people of the particulars.

In Game 7 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals, Eric Gordon hit a 3-pointer with 6:43 remaining in the second quarter to give the Rockets a 42-28 lead.

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The next time Houston made a shot from beyond the arc came at the 6:28 mark of the fourth quarter, which made the score 89-79 in favor of the Warriors.

My goodness, that is nuts.

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