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Donovan Mitchell sits out Utah Jazz game in Atlanta due to ankle sprain

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ATLANTA — Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell did not play in Thursday night’s 116-98 win against the Atlanta Hawks because of a sprained right ankle.

Mitchell injured the ankle in the closing seconds of the first half Tuesday against the Sacramento Kings. He returned in the second half and finished with a season-high 36 points in a 119-113 victory.

Mitchell insisted the injury wasn’t serious or related to a severe ankle sprain last season that caused him to miss the final 16 games of the regular season and the playoff opener.

But the Jazz were taking no chances, deciding to sit Mitchell in Atlanta as they started a three-game road trip.

“We’re conservative and diligent about those types of things,” coach Quin Snyder said. “I think Donovan is in a good place mentally, and we will make sure that he’s in a good place physically and he’ll be back.”

Joe Ingles started in place of Mitchell at guard, scoring 19 points.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Stephen Curry ‘let my emotions go,’ then sparked Golden State Warriors to eighth straight win

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Stephen Curry was angry at the officials during Sunday’s 105-90 victory over the LA Clippers, then made the other team pay for it.

The Golden State Warriors star scored 13 of his team-high 33 points in the fourth quarter and caught fire with just over nine minutes left, after a drive toward the basket in which he thought he got fouled by Clippers small forward Terance Mann. Curry did not get the benefit of the whistle and let his frustrations fly, earning a technical foul, while displaying more outward anger than at any other point this season.

“I thought I got fouled, so I let my emotions go,” Curry admitted after the team’s eighth straight win. “And definitely fired me up, fired our team up — you have to be able to direct that energy into just putting the ball in the basket, obviously, after that. So that’s where I feel like we do it well, where you don’t let it become a distraction for the rest of the game, and it obviously helped open up the game.”

Curry, who is now averaging 28.4 points a game this season, broke his own record of becoming the quickest player in history to make 100 3-pointers on the year — this time in 19 games. His play is a major reason the Warriors have started off the season with a league-best 18-2 record — as his emotional outburst at the lack of a call was noticeable to his teammates and coaches.

“It was as upset as I’ve seen Steph in a long time,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “And it was as upset as I’ve been in a long time, too. It’s kind of a miracle that I didn’t get a technical, but it seemed to get him going.

“Whatever it takes, I guess … he clearly got fouled. Steph is a guy who, he’s just so competitive, and when he knows he got fouled — especially in a play like that in transition where it’s right out in the open, easy to see, and he doesn’t get the call, every once in a while he’s going to snap. He doesn’t do it often, but when he knows he’s right, the competitor in him comes out and he’ll kind of lose his mind a little bit, but it often spurs him, like it did in this instance.”

Kerr’s point was exemplified with 5 minutes, 21 seconds left in regulation as Curry hit a contested 3-pointer in the corner and celebrated by firing off what appeared to be his own technical signal, in response to getting a technical foul a few moments earlier. When asked after the game if that was a technical sign or a sign to Clippers coach Ty Lue to call a time out, Curry said:

“You can decide. It’s open for interpretation.”

Curry’s teammates knew as soon as they saw the usually calm and collected 33-year-old get fired up, the Clippers were going to have a problem.

“You saw the flurry coming,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. “I was telling Jordan Poole over there, ‘He’s about to put this one up.’ He started putting them up. It was good to watch.”

Curry’s big close pushed the Warriors to their seventh straight win and sets up an early-season showdown on Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns — who have won 16 games in a row and sit one game behind the Warriors in the Western Conference standings.

“Obviously, they’re following [Devin Booker and Chris Paul],” Green said. “So you got to try and cut the head of the snake off whenever you’re trying to stop anyone’s attack, but overall I think it will be a good game. Highly anticipated. Two teams that’s playing well — obviously, they’ve won 16 in a row, you want to be the team to go stop that and you got a great opportunity to do it.”

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MRI results come back for Atlanta Hawks’ Bogdan Bogdanovic, Cam Reddish

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The Atlanta Hawks say Bogdan Bogdanovic will be out at least two weeks after an MRI on Sunday revealed a right ankle sprain.

Bogdanovic had to be helped off the floor midway through the second quarter of the team’s 99-90 loss to the New York Knicks on Saturday because of the injury.

Also hurt in that game was Cam Reddish.

The Hawks on Sunday said Reddish also underwent an MRI, which confirmed a left wrist sprain. He is day-to-day.

Bogdanovic is averaging 11.6 points this season; Reddish is coming in at 11.5.

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Milwaukee Bucks signing center DeMarcus Cousins to non-guaranteed deal

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The Milwaukee Bucks are signing four-time All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, sources told ESPN on Sunday.

Cousins, 31, will sign a non-guaranteed deal to join the defending NBA champions, sources said. Teams must guarantee contracts for the balance of the season by Jan. 7.

The Bucks have been without center Brook Lopez because of a back injury and needed some more size to bolster their front line. Cousins played parts of the 2020-21 season with the Houston Rockets and LA Clippers, including some significant stretches of good play in the Clippers’ run to the Western Conference finals.

Cousins has averaged 20.4 points and 10.6 rebounds in his 10-year NBA career, which includes two significant lower-leg injuries in recent years — a torn ACL and an Achilles tear. He has been a four-time All-Star and a two-time All-NBA second-team selection (2015 and 2016).

He played seven years with the Sacramento Kings until a trade to New Orleans in 2017, and signed successive free-agent deals with Golden State, Houston, the Clippers and now the Bucks.

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