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NBA All-Stars say Ja Morant is league’s most explosive point guard

CLEVELAND —Ja Morant’s superstar status has reached the level where NBA players sound like fans when speaking about his game.  

As Cleveland guard Isaac Okoro put it, when he catches highlights on SportsCenter or House of Highlights, Morant is a regular. 

“You go on your phone and it’s an every night thing,” Okoro said Saturday ahead of Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game (7 p.m. CT, TNT). “He’s dunking on somebody or doing something crazy. He’s probably the most explosive player in the league right now.”

When asked who the NBA’s most explosive player is, participants in the NBA Rising Stars game and All-Stars overwhelmingly pointed to Morant. De’Aaron Fox and Russell Westbrook were the other names mentioned, but here is what was said about Morant’s explosiveness during All-Star Weekend:

Nikola Jokic, Denver: “When he’s at full speed, he has like one more gear.”

Fred VanVleet, Toronto: “He can just go. He

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NBA World Is Stunned By Lance Stephenson Tonight

Indiana Pacers Lance Stephenson celebrates during a game.

Indiana Pacers Lance Stephenson celebrates during a game.

Kyrie Irving’s return to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night was quickly overshadowed by an unlikely foe: Indiana Pacers forward Lance Stephenson.

No, folks. It’s not 2014. The year is 2022 and Stephenson is showing out.

In his first home game with the Pacers since the 2017-18 season, Stephenson came off the bench six minutes into the first quarter to give his team a spark. He did that and then some, scoring 20 straight points to give Indiana a lead at the end of the quarter.

The highlight of his record-setting run came at the buzzer, when he drilled a sidestep three-pointer over Nets’ forward James Johnson to extend the Pacers’ lead to five.

Stephenson’s first quarter performance was nothing short of historic. He became the first player in NBA history to score 20 points off the bench in the first

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NBA G-Leaguer, Lakers fan favorite Andre Ingram wins over $31k on Wheel of Fortune

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More than three years ago, NBA G-Leaguer Andre Ingram earned a permanent place in the hearts and minds of Los Angeles Lakers fans with his unlikely and inspirational emergence: A 32-year old rookie with a day job as a math tutor in addition to his gig with the Lakers’ farm club, Ingram had a spectacular NBA debut with 19 points on eight shots after finally being called up to the big leagues.

Since then, Ingram has continued to excel in the G-League, but he has once again found the spotlight: On Friday night, Ingram appeared on Wheel of Fortune’s Secret Santa series, earning a role on one of his favorite shows: According to a report by Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Ingram made time to watch Wheel every night after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the G-League to shut down while continuing his training. Eventually, he made the decision

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NBA Twitter reacts to James Bouknight’s monstrous putback slam

Charlotte Hornets rookie James Bouknight produced a career performance on Monday and also threw down a monstrous putback slam dunk that had social media talking afterward.

Bouknight finished with 11 points, five rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes of action in the 127-124 overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. He registered seven points alone in the fourth quarter and helped Charlotte keep the game within striking distance down the stretch.

With the Hornets down five players to health and safety protocols, including LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier and Mason Plumlee, the team was forced to turn to Bouknight. The appearance was just his ninth of the season as he gave the team energy and effort off the bench.

Hornets head coach James Borrego liked how Bouknight played in the loss.

We believe in him. Obviously, the circumstances have put him in this position right now but he is showing

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