How to bounce back from injury bigger, faster, stronger

You’re competing and going hard on the court and then it hits you. A sprain, strain, break or tear. You’re going to be sidelined for a decent period of time and your precious time playing the game is taken away from you. How can you ensure that you’ll be back out there as soon as possible? First of all if the injury is severe, seek immediate medical attention. Ice, elevation and compression help, as does waiting until you’re truly back to 100%.

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Tweet of the Night: Matt Barnes reacts to NBA’s punishment for what J.R. Smith did to Jae Crowder

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith inexplicably threw a spinning back fist against Jae Crowder while trying to box him out in Game 4, causing the forward to fall and sprain his knee in the process. If you missed it, here’s the clip:Smith claimed that the hit was unintentional after the game, but that’s pretty hard to believe, given that he swung as hard as he could backwards with a closed fist. What did he think was going to happen when he

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PODCAST: Scotto on Hack-a-Shaq, NBA Playoffs, Scott Brooks and NBA Draft

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The playoffs have been defined by lopsided first-round series and calls to abolish the Hack-a-Shaq strategy from NBA fans across Twitter to this point. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma City Thunder – who failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2009 – made news recently by firing head coach Scott Brooks. The move was made with a long-term view to hopefully retain franchise cornerstones Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Both players were taken selected in the draft, which is only

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Scotto: Brook Lopez Shines with Free Agency Decision Looming

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BROOKLYN – You can’t spell Brooklyn without “Brook,” and the Nets couldn’t win Game 3 without Lopez. The big question after this big game: What will the big man do this summer when he has a chance to become an unrestricted free agent? It remains an open question. The 7-footer led the Nets with 22 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks in 42 minutes with the season essentially on the line. By getting the win, Brooklyn avoided the daunting task of attempting

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Hubbard: OKC Looking for that Elusive Magic Coach

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The list of candidates mentioned this far for the open Oklahoma City head coaching job have excluded the ideal candidate for Thunder GM Sam Presti. Here’s a man whose most famous trade featured him sending a franchise player to a conference opponent. In return, his team received a bounty equivalent to John Nance Garner’s description of the vice presidency – which is to say it was “not worth a bucket of warm spit.” (Or close to that.) The Thunder won 45 games

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