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Jahlil Okafor reacts to strange sequence of events amid trade rumors

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Jahlil Okafor reacts to strange sequence of events amid trade rumors

BOSTON – From rehab to a return to the active roster.

My how have things changed so quickly for Jahlil Okafor and the Philadelphia 76ers, a basketball marriage all but headed for divorce just 24 hours ago. But the Sixers – for now at least – have had a change of heart which led to Okafor, in Philadelphia getting treatments, hopping on a plane to Boston where he will play against the Celtics tonight. 

“I’m excited about getting back on the floor,” Okafor said. 

Okafor said when he was told he would be needed tonight, it didn’t come as a surprise. 

“The organization has been up front with me, communicating with me that they were looking into trades,” Okafor said. “They didn’t tell me that I was certainly out the door. They just told me it was a possibility.”

And while he’s back with the team, it’s still possible that Okafor could be on the move between now and the Feb. 23 trade deadline. It's part of the NBA when you're squarely in the cross hairs of trade talks that, at least for Okafor, are more than just rumors. 

"I don't look at it as a negative," Okafor said. "I'm still trying to figure out what's going to happen. Right now, they're telling me I'm right here."

Warriors become second team in NBA history to make five consecutive Finals since Bill Russell's Celtics

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Warriors become second team in NBA history to make five consecutive Finals since Bill Russell's Celtics

After sweeping the Blazers Monday night to advance to their fifth straight NBA Finals, they joined Bill Russell's Celtics as the only teams to make five in a row. 

The Warriors will look to win their fourth championship in five years and join an elite club of teams to complete a three-peat. 

From 1957-66, the Celtics won nine NBA titles, including a run of eight consecutive championships from 1959-66. The Warriors will have a tough time accomplishing that feat, but they are arguably the greatest dynasty since the Russell era. 

Along with their series win, the Warriors also passed the Bulls on the all-time list for Finals appearances for a single franchise with seven. The Lakers (31) and Celtics (21) are the only teams ahead of them. 

Golden State will await the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Bucks and Raptors. Milwaukee currently holds a 2-1 series lead ahead of Game 4 in Toronto. 

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Dwyane Wade breaks silence on Paul Pierce debate, takes high road

Dwyane Wade breaks silence on Paul Pierce debate, takes high road

Everyone seemed to have a take on the Paul Pierce vs Dwyane Wade debate, except Wade himself. 

On Sunday night, the Miami guard finally broke his silence in response to a fan on Twitter. 

The debate started when Pierce claimed he had a better career than Wade towards the end of his final season in the NBA. Intense internet debate followed, while most fans did their best to tear down the accomplishments of either player. 

Pierce said the debate didn't bother him, but former teammate of both players, Ray Allen, was disappointed with how it manifested because it allowed people to take away from what Piere accomplished in his career. 

Wade seemed to take the high road with his response, so hopefully, that puts an end to all of the madness. Both players will be first-ballot Hall of Famers, and their rivalry proved to shape the landscape of what the NBA is today. 

Unfortunately for some, one of them has to be overrated for the other's status to be solidified. 

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