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Knee to shelve Clips' George 2-3 weeks

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LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Clippers may be without All-Star Paul George to start the postseason.

The team said Wednesday that George has a sprained right knee and he will be reevaluated in two to three weeks.

The Clippers began the day in fifth place in the Western Conference with a 38-35 record. They end the regular season on April 9 at Phoenix, a team they could meet in the first round of the playoffs, which begin six days later.


Morant comes off bench in return

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Two-time All-Star guard Ja Morant was welcomed back Wednesday night with a standing ovation and cheers throughout the arena in his first action after missing nine games - eight because of an NBA suspension.

Morant, who was not in the starting lineup against the Houston Rockets, entered the game after a timeout with 3:05 left in the first quarter, replacing starter Tyus Jones. The cheers began to build as Morant rose from the bench and made his way to the scorer's table, adjusting the specially fit mask from a previous nasal fracture.


Jordan considering selling Hornets

Michael Jordan is considering selling the Charlotte Hornets.

The six-time NBA champion is in negotiations to sell at least a portion of the franchise to a group that includes Hornets minority owner Gabe Plotkin.


Doncic back but Irving out vs. Warriors

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic will return from a five-game absence, but fellow star Kyrie Irving is out for the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night in a meeting with Golden State that has significant playoff implications.

Doncic had been out with a left thigh strain that required an MRI. The test didn't show significant damage, but Doncic still missed two weeks after limping through the last game before he was sidelined.


Wolves' Towns returns but Edwards out

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns is set to return Wednesday night for the Minnesota Timberwolves after missing 51 games with a right calf strain.

Towns, the three-time All-Star, has been out since Nov. 28. Towns was averaging 20.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 21 games before the injury.


Zion OK for activities, out 2 more weeks

METAIRIE, La. (AP) All-Star forward Zion Williamson will not return for at least two more weeks, jeopardizing whether he will be a part of the New Orleans Pelicans’ playoff push.

The Pelicans announced Wednesday that Williamson, who has not played since straining his right hamstring Jan. 2, “has been cleared to return to on-court activities” and “will be re-evaluated in two weeks.”


Jokic has 31 as Nuggets get past Wizards

WASHINGTON (AP) Nikola Jokic had 31 points and 12 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets shook off a slow start and beat the short-handed Washington Wizards 118-104 on Wednesday night.

Michael Porder Jr. added 21 points and Jamal Murray had 17 for Western Conference-leading Denver.


76ers' Harden out with Achilles soreness

CHICAGO (AP) Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden has been ruled out for Wednesday night's game at Chicago because of left Achilles soreness.

Harden played almost 47 minutes during Monday night's double-overtime loss to the Bulls, finishing with five points on 2-for-14 shooting and 12 assists. He is averaging 21.4 points and an NBA-high 10.8 assists in 53 games this season.


Hornets sign Richards to extension

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets signed center Nick Richards to a multiyear contract extension Wednesday.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available.


Knicks legend, HOFer Reed dies at 80

NEW YORK (AP) Willis Reed, who dramatically emerged from the locker room minutes before Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals to spark the New York Knicks to their first championship and create one of sports’ most enduring examples of playing through pain, died Tuesday. He was 80.

Reed's death was announced by the National Basketball Retired Players Association, which confirmed it through his family. The cause was not released, but Reed had been in poor health recently and was unable to travel to New York when the Knicks honored the 50th anniversary of their 1973 NBA championship team during their game against New Orleans on Feb. 25.

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