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NBA fines Isaiah Thomas $20,000 for hitting Andrew Wiggins in the throat

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NBA fines Isaiah Thomas $20,000 for hitting Andrew Wiggins in the throat

Isaiah Thomas stinks at karate, but he’s good at having $20,000 less than he did before he tried karate. 

That’s business speak to say that the NBA fined the Cavaliers point guard $20,000 for his upper-cut chop on Andrew Wiggins in Tuesday’s game against the Timberwolves. Thomas was given a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected from the game for the act. 

Following the game, Thomas insisted that he was going for a steal and did not intend to hit Wiggins in the throat. He also apologized to Wiggins for the whole ordeal. 

Report: Celtics waive swingman Abdel Nader

Report: Celtics waive swingman Abdel Nader

The Celtics have waived swingman Abdel Nader, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. It opens up a roster spot perhaps for Jabari Bird or another player who impressed in Summer League play.

Nader, 24, a native of Egypt, was a second-round pick in 2016 (58th overall). The 6-6 guard/small forward averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds and shot 33.6 percent (35.4 from 3) in 48 games last season, his first in the NBA.  He's still owed $450,000 but the rest of his contract was non-guaranteed. 

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Hayward looks just about ready in latest video

Hayward looks just about ready in latest video

Gordon Hayward told our Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely earlier this week that "I'm just about full speed" (see video above) as he recovers from the devastating injury that derailed his season five minutes into his Celtics debut.

As if to prove it, Hayward posted an Instagram video that shows his surgically repaired ankle appearing to hold up pretty well as he hits a series of step-back and turnaround jumpers working with skills coach Drew Hanlen and finishes with him sinking 18 consecutive 3-pointers and counting.

It's on to five-on-five work next month. 

Click here for more on Blakely's exclusive one-on-one interview with Hayward.

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