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Popovich praises LeBron's courage to speak on social issues

CLEVELAND (AP) San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich hopes LeBron James never stops speaking up.

Long an admirer of Cleveland's superstar, Popovich praised James for his activism and for being a role model to "millions" of kids. Popovich also defended James' right to speak after he was recently criticized by Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham, who said the NBA's most high-profile player should "shut up and dribble" after he criticized President Donald Trump.

"To me, when I heard about that, it was just an unbelievable show of arrogance for a talking head to try and tell someone else if they can speak, what they can speak about and when and where to do it," Popovich said before the Spurs faced James and the Cavaliers. "It's just ludicrous, but to not have a feel for who this guy is.

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Leaders
Points: LeBron James26.5
Rebounds: Kevin Love9.4
Assists: LeBron James8.9
FG%: LeBron James54.5%
Steals: LeBron James1.53
Blocks: LeBron James0.98
Defense (Rank)
Points: 109.6 (25)
Rebounds: 44.2 (21)
Assists: 25.9 (30)
FG%: 47.3% (26)
FT%: 74.2% (3)
3P%: 36.7% (19)
Offense (Rank)
Points: 110.1 (5)
Rebounds: 41.7 (24)
Assists: 23.6 (9)
FG%: 47.5% (6)
FT%: 78.9% (9)
3P%: 36.7% (9)
Standings
Central Divison
  W L Pct GB
Cleveland 35 24 .593 --
Indiana 34 25 .576 1.0
Milwaukee 33 26 .559 2.0
Detroit 28 31 .475 7.0
Chicago 20 39 .339 15.0
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Transactions
Date Player Transactions
2/22/2018 Marcus Thornton Signed to 10-Day Contract
2/8/2018 Jordan Clarkson Traded Part of four-player trade
2/8/2018 Larry Nance Jr. Traded Part of four-player trade
2/8/2018 George Hill Traded Part of three-team trade
2/8/2018 Rodney Hood Traded Part of three-team trade
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Injuries
Date Player Status
1/30/2018 Kevin Love Fractured hand
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