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Ezeli Surgery to Require Cadaver Doner – Portland Trail Blazers center Festus Ezeli is expected to undergo a surgical procedure on his left knee next week. The procedure will involve the use of a cadaver donor, league sources said. Ezeli has sought a donor for months, sources said, but because of his 6-foot-11 stature, finding a matching donor was problematic. The surgery was scheduled when a donor was recently submitted, sources said. Ezeli, who has yet to play a game for the Trail Blazers, will officially miss the entire 2016-17 season after signing a two-year, $15.2 million contract with the organization last offseason.


Cavs’ Smith Leaves Court After Shouting Match – Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was guided off the court by Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue and members of the team’s security staff at the conclusion of their 120-92 loss to the Heat on Saturday night, after he engaged in a shouting match with several Miami players. Smith’s ire was prompted by Miami’s Rodney McGruder, who scored on a putback dunk over Cleveland’s Channing Fry with 1:14 remaining in the fourth quarter to put the Heat up by 31 points and then celebrated by appearing to push Frye in the lower back.


Budenholzer Suspended 1 Game For Ref Contact – Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has been suspended one game without pay by the NBA for making contact with a referee. Budenholzer was yelling at Brian Forte from behind with 2:42 remaining in the third quarter when he bumped into the referee during the Hawks’ 135-130 loss to Cleveland on Friday night. It was the second time Budenholzer has done that; the other was in a game against Cleveland on Nov. 21, 2015.


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