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Yeah, things aren’t going well for the Fever. Their last game was a 98-63 loss to the Sparks, which followed an 88-73 loss to the Storm. In that Sparks loss, the team continued to make questionable lineup decisions, with first-rounder Kysre Gondrezick continuing to see limited minutes while the team runs Kelsey Mitchell and Danielle Robinson into the ground. As I mentioned last week, the Fever will probably stick in this 12th spot for the rest of the season.Portland Trail Blazers

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LeBron James led the way with 29 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers on 11-of-26 shooting, but just couldn’t do it all by himself and eventually ran out of gas. The Lakers were down big early in this one, mounted a comeback to cut the lead to 10, and then predictably ran out of steam. The final score doesn’t do justice to how badly the Suns beat the Lakers last night. Dennis Schroder did his best with 20 points, three boards, three assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 6-of-14 shooting, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was instrumental in the comeback with 19 points and three 3-pointers on 7-of-11 shooting, and Wesley Matthews and Talen Horton-Tucker both scored 12 points in the loss.

Losing Harden could have been a huge problem, but Nash noted how they’ve had to deal with injuries to their starts before.Phoenix Suns

“Losing in the first round is something we don’t like doing,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlise said postgame, while adding there could be lessons for the team to take out of this.Sacramento Kings

The Bucks looked discombobulated from practically the opening tip, settling for one jumper after another instead of attacking the paint -- which, in turn, allowed the Nets to get into a rhythm at the other end.

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Internally the Lakers thought they had that this season, but injuries robbed them of the chance to find out.Washington Wizards

Harden’s right hamstring kept him out of 21 regular-season games, and his is one of the dozens of injuries that have been a feature—and, more likely than not, a consequence—of the NBA’s COVID-cramped season. All told, the quick turnaround between the unprecedented 2019-20 campaign and this season robbed NBA players of 60 days of recovery time.

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