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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas thinks the Cavaliers will be OK despite recent struggles. "They've been struggling for whatever reason but it's still an NBA-championship-caliber team. They're defending champions so it goes through them until someone eliminates them. I don't think you can be too worried about the things that they're struggling with right now. They're a really good team. Sooner or later they'll probably figure it out."

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Celtics among best-managed NBA franchises

We ranked every front office in the NBA, and it's no surprise that the Celtics are near the top. Check back throughout the week as we break down the rankings into three categories: coaches, GMs and owners.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran DE Chris Long, who spent the 2016 season with the Patriots, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Eagles. Long had previously said he wouldn't be returning to the Patriots, as he enjoyed his Super Bowl season in New England but was looking to be part of a scheme that he felt would allow him to get back to being himself. The Eagles' 4-3 defense under coordinator Jim Schwartz fits the bill for him.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens' John Harbaugh on what the Patriots are getting in DL Lawrence Guy.

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The NBA's top-five teams have mostly beaten each other up this season. But after Monday's rout of the Cavs, the Spurs are 9-1 against Cleveland, Houston, Golden State and Boston, with the only loss coming by two points (Nov. 9 vs. Rockets).

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Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Robert Kraft on the stunning comeback against the Falcons: "It was great vindication for us."

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano discusses what the Patriots are getting in TE Dwayne Allen.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James on the Cavaliers slipping to second in the East behind the Celtics: "How much does it matter to me? It matters more that we're playing better basketball than where we're at, and if that results in us getting the number one seed, getting the number two seed, three or whatever the hell it is, I want us to be playing better basketball. That's what it comes down to. I'm not worried about anything. I feel like when we're playing Cavaliers basketball, when we're playing the type of basketball that we know we're capable of playing, when we're at full strength, we can start off on the road. We've done it before."

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According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Celtics are in sole possession of the best record in the Eastern Conference this late into the season for the 1st time since the end of the 2007-08 season, when they won the title.

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