Obi Toppin hasn’t looked the same this season, even before fractured knee

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ATLANTA — It’s not anything with lingering knee pain. Obi Toppin ruled that out. “Not at all,” he said Friday. But something has been off with Toppin, something very noticeable if you’ve watched his performances since the return from the fractured knee bone — even right before the freak injury. Toppin’s not the high-flying whirl of energy from last season, no longer the dunk artist in transition. In the six games prior to Friday against the Hawks, Toppin managed just 13 points — total. His playing time has been cut as Tom Thibodeau leans further into Julius Randle, and Toppin’s role, when he’s…

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