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When the Portland Trail Blazers shipped Mason Plumlee to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Jusuf Nurkic and a 2017 first-round pick, it seemed like they were waiving the the white flag in their playoff hunt.

The Trail Blazers, then nine games below .500, were shipping their starting center to their top competitor for the No. 8 spot in exchange for a skilled, younger big man and a projected mid-first round pick in the upcoming draft. It seemed the focus had shifted to building for the future.

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ALREADY HOME to the best basketball referees in the world, the National Basketball Association (NBA) still aims to introduce improvements on officiating to maintain the high standard it has set and, above all, continue upholding the integrity of games.

And The Association is going about it by introducing new initiatives and making use of technologies to enhance the performance, training, development and recruitment of referees.

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Dallas surprises Oklahoma City on national television, behind the heroics of Seth Curry and everyone’s favorite German.

I’m not gonna lie, I thought this game would be a blowout. You know. National TV, facing Russell Westbrook, etc. etc. Well.....I wasn’t wrong?

Despite a rough start to the first quarter, the Mavericks slowly built a lead that got to a comfortable 20+ points, allowing them to coast through much of the second half. Seth Curry had 22 points on 10/16 (62.5 percent!) shooting, and Dirk was Dirking all over the place with 18 points on 8/17 shooting (47.1 percent!) and 12 rebounds.

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Down 16, Jazz tighten up D, win on OT thanks to Rudy Gobert’s very long arms and great instincts

I don’t know, man. The Utah Jazz (39-24) defeated the Sacramento Kings (25-37) by the final score of 110-109 (OT). This OT thriller was really not even supposed to go this way. Before the game started most of us, including myself, expected that the Kings would not put up a lot of resistance.

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