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Spurs F Leonard sidelined indefinitely

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NEW YORK (AP) The San Antonio Spurs say Kawhi Leonard will be out indefinitely as he continues his recovery from a leg injury.

Leonard has played in just nine games after missing the beginning of the season because of right quadriceps tendinopathy. He also was sidelined briefly because of a shoulder injury.

Spurs general manager RC Buford said Wednesday that Leonard has made significant progress in his recovery but "this is the best approach for the next steps in his return to play."

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Rockets' Harden returns to practice

HOUSTON (AP) Rockets guard James Harden returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured Dec. 31 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Harden, who is coming back from a strained left hamstring, stepped onto the court, nailed a couple of corner 3-pointers and got quickly into the flow of warmups.

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Warriors' Green, Iguodala out vs. Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala have been ruled out for Golden State's game at Chicago due to injuries.

Green is dealing with right shoulder soreness, and Iguodala has a bruised left calf. Green had 11 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists in Monday night's 118-108 victory at Cleveland. Iguodala scored nine points while playing 24 1/2 minutes against the Cavaliers.

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James, Cavs hope to thaw current freeze

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) With sweat streaking down his face and into his bushy beard, LeBron James was not in a playful mood following practice.

The cold stare. The pursed lips. The focus.

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Jazz F Sefolosha to have knee surgery

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha will have surgery on his right knee Wednesday.

The defensive specialist has decided to repair an avulsion of the medial collateral ligament after suffering the injury against the Hornets on Jan. 12. He was originally diagnosed with a knee sprain.

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Rodman enters rehab after DUI arrest

The agent for former NBA star Dennis Rodman says the Hall of Famer has checked into an alcohol rehabilitation center after a weekend DUI arrest.

Rodman's agent, Darren Prince, tells The Associated Press that Rodman checked into Turning Point Rehabilitation Center in Paterson, New Jersey, on Wednesday to deal with his longtime struggle with alcoholism.

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Celtics great White dies at 71

BOSTON (AP) Basketball Hall of Famer Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and an Olympic gold medalist, has died. He was 71.

The Celtics announced his death Tuesday night. No cause was provided.

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NBA looking into Rockets-Clips incident

LOS ANGELES (AP) The NBA has spoken to Clippers star Blake Griffin as well as other players from the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles as part of its investigation into late-game and postgame incidents involving the teams.

Griffin confirmed Tuesday that he had been contacted by league officials.

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Davis has 45, Pelicans top Celtics in OT

BOSTON (AP) Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans eventually were too big for the Boston Celtics.

Davis had 45 points and 16 rebounds as he and DeMarcus Cousins controlled the lane and led the Pelicans to a 116-113 overtime victory on Tuesday night, ending the Celtics' seven-game winning streak.

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Blazers overcome Booker's 43 to top Suns

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard says he's finally feeling close to normal.

Lillard, who dealt with a hamstring injury late in December before straining his right calf earlier this month, scored 31 points in a 118-111 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

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