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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry injures left knee vs. Atlanta Hawks

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The hopes for a healthy Stephen Curry took another blow on Friday night when the two-time Kia MVP suffered a left knee injury in the third quarter against Atlanta.

After contesting a shot, Warriors teammate JaVale McGee fell backwards into Curry’s left leg, immediately causing the star guard to limp in pain. He promptly exited the game and then went to the locker room for further medical attention. The Warriors’ initial diagnosis is an MCL injury, with Curry scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the extent of the injury.

Curry had just returned to the lineup after missing the previous six games due to a right ankle sprain. The stretch marked the second significant amount of time missed due to a right ankle injury this season. Friday’s setback came after Curry scored 29 points in just 25 minutes of play.

The Warriors are battling a bevy of injuries to their star players. Klay Thompson remains out with a fractured right thumb. Draymond Green is sidelined with a pelvic contusion. Kevin Durant has missed the last four games with a fractured rib.



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Report: Pau Gasol to join Trail Blazers

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Free agent center Pau Gasol has agreed to a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Gasol, 39, who was limited to just 30 games last season because of a variety of injuries, has career averages of 17.0 points and 9.2 rebounds over 17 NBA seasons.



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Report: Furkan Korkmaz returning to 76ers

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Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, agent Mike Lindeman of Excel Sports tells ESPN.

Korkmaz, 21, brings back a rotational forward with the ability to spread the floor with his shooting. The loss of JJ Redick in free agency – and Kyle Korver’s decision to choose Milwaukee over Philadelphia – brought some increased urgency to keep Korkmaz on the Sixers roster.

 The 21-year-old Korkmaz, who was the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, averaged 5.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes last season.

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Report: Kevin Love to withdraw from World Cup

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Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is the latest player expected to withdraw from Team USA’s training camp for the FIBA World Cup, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

This news comes just one day after Damian Lillard reportedly withdrew from the World Cup. Love, who played in just 22 games last season because of a shoulder injury, averaged 17.0 points and 10.9 rebounds in 2018-19.

During the previous two weeks, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum reportedly decided not to compete in the World Cup this year.

Although the guard ranks will be somewhat depleted of NBA stars, Team USA continues to have a deep pool of players available.



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