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“You can’t find one other team in our league right now that has to rely on that much every single night from their young guys,” James said.

LeBron James is aware the Lakers haven’t lived up to expectations, but he doesn’t think the team’s youth is to blame.

Instead, the 34-year-old star came to the defense of his teammates and said he doesn’t think the amount of pressure placed on his young teammates is fair.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving will miss Wednesday night's game against the Sacramento Kings with a bruised left thigh.

Irving played the previous night in Golden State, recording 19 points and 11 assists in 30 minutes of a 128-95 victory for the Celtics.

Irving is Boston's leading scorer at 23.4 points per game, along with 7.0 assists and 4.9 rebounds.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Memphis Grizzlies at home, 99-95. The Thunder snapped their 4-game losing streak in one of the most gut-churning ways possible. After trailing to the lottery-bound Grizz for nearly the entire game, vacillating between apathy and incompetence, OKC came to life in the nick of time to get the win and administer some salve to the gaping flesh wound that is their post-ASW stretch.

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Carmelo Anthony has been linked to LeBron James and Los Angeles all season, but according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers are reportedly “pausing talks on a possible contract agreement” with him.

According to the report, the Lakers will consider signing him only in the unlikely event that Los Angeles turns its season around and makes a playoff push — LA is 4.5 games behind San Antonio for the West’s No. 8 seed as of March 4. If the Lakers don’t, those minutes will be given to younger players.

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Dubs end challenging road trip on winning note

The Golden State Warriors once again had to overcome a double digit deficit and their own malaise to pull off a hard fought and close win against a Joel Embiid-less but dangerous 76er squad in Philly. Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and DeMarcus Cousins combined for 87 points. Compensating for Klay Thompson’s absence, the Warriors received a huge boost of scoring off the bench from Damion Lee with 12. Here are a few observations from the Warriors’ 120-117 over the 76ers.

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The Jazz came out slow tonight and fell to an early double-digit deficit as Giannis Antetokounmposcored at will nearly every time down the court. He bullied Rudy Gobert in the paint (with a few favorable no-calls and more than a little leeway on a few clear-outs with his shoulder or forearm). Gobert was frustrated, it affected his play, and tonight ended as arguably his worst game of the season (a team worst -36 tonight).

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