FC Barcelona fans booed Thomas Heurtel in return to Palau Blaugrana

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FC Barcelona fans didn’t have a warm welcome for Thomas Heurtel, who returned to Palau Blaugrana for the first time as an opponent.

Heurtel spent part of the 2020/21 season with the Catalans, but parted ways with the team following a series of incidents between him and the management.

In the offseason, the French guard signed with Real Madrid and made his first appearance at Palau Blaugrana as an opponent on Friday night.

Heurtel went for 11 points, on 4/13 shooting, but it was FC Barcelona that claimed the victory in the first El Clasico of the season (93-80).

The hosts climbed to the top of the table with a 12-2 record, whereas the “Whites” now are second, at 11-3.

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Warriors head coach Steve Kerr set to take over Team USA

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr will take over Team USA ahead of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup and 2024 Olympic Games.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Kerr will replace Gregg Popovich, who was the head coach in the 2019 World Cup and 2020 Olympics.

USA Basketball will make the official announcement in the short-term future, with Monty Williams (Phoenix Suns) and Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat) joining the coaching staff. Steve Kerr was the lead assistant coach to Popovich over the past two major international competitions.

With several teams being among the betting favorites to win the title, visit Pickswise for the latest odds in all NBA games.

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EuroLeague Round 14 (Day 2): FC Barcelona dominates Real Madrid in the El Clasico

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FC Barcelona climbed to the top of the EuroLeague after its victory in the El Clasico with Real Madrid on Friday night.

The Catalans, led by Nikola Mirotic, rallied past Real Madrid at Palau Blaugrana (93-80). The hosts took control after the first quarter and never looked back. Playing very well, especially offensively, they led by as many as 15 points (76-61) and cruised to the victory.

Mirotic went for a game-high 31 points (7/10 shooting) and 10 rebounds, while Dante Exum had two points in 13 minutes in his debut with the “Blaugrana”.

FC Barcelona is now on top of the standings with a 12-2 record. For its part, Real Madrid dropped to second, at 11-3.

Armani Milano snapped a four-game losing streak following its road victory over Monaco (65-71). The Italians used a 2-13 run late in the first quarter and extended their lead to 21 points to seal the deal. The visitors maintained a top four push and improved to 9-5. On the contrary, Monaco dropped to 5-9 and is on a five-game losing streak.

CSKA Moscow outscored Zalgiris Kaunas 11-27 in the third quarter and cruised past the Lithuanians at Zalgirio Arena (51-73). This was the fourth straight win for the Muscovites, who improved to 9-5. They are now tied for third with Olympiacos and Armani.

On the other hand, Zalgiris remained on the bottom of the standings (3-11) and saw their three-game losing streak at home come to an end.

In Athens, Panathinaikos relied on its defense to claim the home victory over ALBA Berlin (82-67). The “Greens” conceded just 24 points in the second half and secured their second straight win at home.

Panathinaikos improved to 4-10 in the standings, whereas ALBA dropped to 5-9 and remained close to the bottom of the table.

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Lakers starting lineup vs the Thunder revealed; Dwight Howard replaces Anthony Davis

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The Los Angeles Lakers have revealed their starting lineup for the road game vs the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.

With Anthony Davis being out with knee soreness, Dwight Howard will start for the 17-time NBA champions. Alongside him, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Avery Bradley and Talen Horton-Tucker will also be in the lineup.

The Lakers (13-13) will seek to return to the winning track following their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday (95-108). For their part, the Thunder (8-16) will try to extend their winning streak to three games.

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