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Draymond Green says he doesn’t see similarities with Charles Barkley

OAKLAND, Calif. — Some have made the case that Draymond Green’s unapologetic, unmuted, fiery, trash-talking demeanor is similar to that of a retired All-Star power forward: Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. When asked after practice Sunday if he’s the modern-day Barkley, the Golden State Warriors’ All-Star highly objected. “Hell no,” he responded promptly. “I’m the modern-day Draymond Green. F— no.” There are clear similarities between the two power forwards, but Green elaborated on his position to further distance himself from the so-called Barkley connection. “[Chuck] told y’all in ’90-what that he wasn’t your kid’s role model anyway. … So there you have it,” Green pointed out. “He wasn’t my role model. I grew up in Saginaw, Michigan. … That’s what you do, you talk, you talk junk during basketball. That’s how I was raised. I was raised in a family like that, so I didn’t need a Charles Barkley to influence me.” …

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Isaiah Thomas intends to get tooth fixed quickly, despite Celtics’ pleas

BOSTON – Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas lost a front tooth during Sunday’s Game 1 victory over the Washington Wizards and the team’s initial efforts to reinsert it were unsuccessful. That didn’t stop Thomas from scoring a game-high 33 points on 11-of-23 shooting over 38 minutes while helping the Celtics rally from a 17-point deficit for a 123-111 triumph at TD Garden. Thomas plans to have the tooth professionally reinserted moving forward after it came back out after the team repositioned it in the first half. “It just bothers me to talk. My tongue goes right through my tooth,” a lispy Thomas said at his postgame news conference. “I’ve never had dental problems so this is new. I’ve always had teammates that I’ve always clowned them about the tooth being out and now I’m one of them. So hopefully we can replace it as soon as possible.” Midway through the first quarter, Thomas was chasing Otto Porter Jr. as he received a pass while curling…

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