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Lakers focus on curing free throw woes vs. Bulls

After a rough start, the Los Angeles Lakers have seemed to settle into a rhythm of late, winning seven of the past nine games. Despite the Lakers' stretch of success, however, that includes three straight victories, coach Luke Walton has attempted to drive home the importance of a fundamental facet that has eluded the team recently. Heading into Friday night's game against the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles (18-29) has struggled to convert from the line, including in its 108-107 win over the Boston Celtics when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed two free throws in the closing seconds that could have wrapped up the victory.

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Raptors open homestand against Jazz

The Toronto Raptors will try to keep the pressure on the first-place Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference standings when they open a three-game homestand Friday night against the Utah Jazz. The Raptors (32-14) are 1 1/2 games behind the Celtics (35-14) and take a 17-3 record at the Air Canada Centre — the second-best home record in the NBA behind the San Antonio Spurs' 20-3 mark — into the homestand. The Raptors came off a three-day break Wednesday to defeat the Atlanta Hawks 108-93 at Philips Arena and are 6-4 in their past 10 games.

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NBA notebook: LeBron-Kyrie reunion on tap after All-Star draft

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will be teammates again at the NBA All-Star Game. James and Stephen Curry chose sides Thursday for the Feb. 18 game to be played in Los Angeles, with James selecting his former Cleveland Cavaliers running mate to be part of his squad. In a change from previous All-Star Games, this year the NBA went away from an Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format and went with a playground-style process for team selection.

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Report: Kyrie Irving threatened to undergo knee surgery if Cavaliers didn’t trade him

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Kyrie Irving and LeBron James go their separate ways. Kyrie Irving threatened to undergo knee surgery and miss the entire 2017-18 season if the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t grant his trade request this past summer, fraying his relationship with the franchise to the point of no repair, according to an anonymously sourced report from Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. When the Cavaliers acquiesced and dealt Irving to the rival Boston Celtics in August, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported that “Irving let it be known that he would rather not report to training camp than begin another season with Cleveland,” but Vardon’s report reflects a far more dire situation.

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Boston Celtics owner Steve Pagliuca: Do these 3 things to be successful in the future job market

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Bain Capital co-chair and Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca knows a thing or two about success. To be successful in the future job market, Pagliuca notes that firstly, you have to pursue something you'll enjoy: "You want to wake up every day and love what you're doing." Once you find a field you're passionate about, he recommends doing the following three things to reach your potential.Always know the why behind your work "Really attack your job with a lot of intellectual curiosity," Pagliuca says. "Know the big picture instead of just executing your job."Remember, all the world's a stageWhen Pagliuca was at the beginning of his career and had just started at Bain and Company, he learned an important lesson.

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NBA Trade Deadline Preview: Can Celtics Become Championship Contenders With Andre Drummond?

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It’s true that for all its successes this season, the Celtics have lacked a dominant rebounding center. Al Horford is a fine player but he isn’t the guy to snaffle rebounds, offensively and defensively, to the level that could cause the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets problems. If the Celtics make it that far in the playoffs.

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NBA Trade Deadline Preview: Can Celtics Become Championship Contenders With Andre Drummond?

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It’s true that for all its successes this season, the Celtics have lacked a dominant rebounding center. Al Horford is a fine player but he isn’t the guy to snaffle rebounds, offensively and defensively, to the level that could cause the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets problems. If the Celtics make it that far in the playoffs.

Source – sports.yahoo.com