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As Kawhi Leonard nears a return from a nagging quadriceps injury, the San Antonio Spurs reportedly considered activating him for last night’s game against the Detroit Pistons, according to Mike Finger of The San Antonio Express-News.

Head coach Gregg Popovich joked with his usual sarcasm prior to the game, as the local media did its usual due diligence of asking for an update on his impending return.

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Twenty games is a pretty common benchmark at which point we assess how remixed teams are doing. The Thunder, at the 20-game mark, remain a riddle. Coming in with high expectations after adding Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City sits at 8-12. Russell Westbrook and his two new co-stars have all shaved down their output to fit each other in, but it isn’t translating into consistent victory.

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After a shaky first half, Thunder explode for 39 third quarter points.

The Oklahoma City Thunder came into this game without Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams in the lineup against the Dallas Mavericks. However, Paul George and Russell Westbrook carried the load offensively and led the Thunder to a 112-99 victory over the Mavericks on Sunday night.

Anthony missed tonight's game with a sore back and Adams missed his 2nd straight with a calf injury.

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The Rockets made it look easy tonight.

The Rockets played the part of the West’s best team as they beat the Pacers 118-95 Sunday evening.

Houston had the odds stacked against them coming off of a back-to-back against Memphis at home to travel to Indiana, lose an hour, and play an early evening game. The Rockets did not get into Indiana until roughly 12 hours before tipoff, but it did not seem to faze them.

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Waiters injured Rudy Gobert on what the Utah big man called a “dirty” play Friday

If Dion Waiters isn’t dirty, then the only players with worse luck than him the past two games are the guys on the receiving end of his fouls.

A game after sidelining Utah’s Rudy Gobert on what Gobert said was a “dirty play,” Waiters found himself on the giving end of a questionable foul on another big man -- Detroit’s Andre Drummond.

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