Archive for January 16th, 2018

JJ Redick out with leg injury

 

 

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The Philadelphia 76ers will be without shooting guard JJ Redick for at least the next 10-14 days.

Mid 4th quarter of yesterday’s game against the Raptors, which the Sixers won 117-111, Redick suffered an injury to his left leg. X-rays after the game were negative. An MRI performed today revealed that Redick has bone edema and a small cortical crack in the fibular head of his left leg.

The team says he will be re-evaluated in approximately 10 days to two weeks.

The Sixers are 20-20 this season, placing them 9th in the Eastern conference, behind the 8th place Detroit Pistons (22-20). For the season, Redick is second on the team in scoring, averaging 17.3 points and 3.3 assists per game, shooting 44.8% from the field and 40.5% from three-point range.

Celtics legend Jo Jo White has died

 

 

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Statement from the Celtics: “We are terribly saddened by the passing of the great Jo Jo White. He was a champion and a gentleman; supremely talented and brilliant on the court, and endlessly gracious off of it. Jo Jo was a key member of two championship teams, an NBA Finals MVP, a gold medal-winning Olympian, and a Hall of Famer. His contributions to the team’s championship legacy may have only been surpassed by the deep and lasting impact that he had in the community. The thoughts and sympathies of the entire Celtics organization are with the White family.”

The Boston Herald reports: Celtic legend JoJo White has passed away at 71 after his battle with cancer. A 2015 Hall of Fame inductee, White was a seven-time All-Star and MVP of the 1976 NBA Finals. He won two NBA titles with the Celtics. White’s No. 10 is retired by the Celtics at TD Garden. He played 10 seasons in Boston before moving on to Golden State and Kansas City to finish his career.

ESPN.com reports: White underwent life-threatening surgery to remove a brain tumor in 2010. With many vocal supporters, he earned induction into the Hall of Fame after a long wait in 2015 and gave a moving speech as part of the induction week where he reveled in the honor. White was also drafted by the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and MLB’s Cincinnati Reds. He finished his 12-season NBA career playing for Golden State and Kansas City.

Bucks sign Marshall Plumlee to two-way contract

The Milwaukee Bucks last night (Monday) signed center Marshall Plumlee to a Two-Way contract.

Plumlee, 25, played in 27 games (25 starts) this season for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, the NBA G League affiliate of the Los Angeles Clippers. He averaged 8.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game with Agua Caliente while shooting 58.3 percent from the field.

The 7-0 center went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft out of Duke, but made 21 appearances (one start) for the New York Knicks in 2016-17, averaging 1.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 8.1 minutes per game. Plumlee also played 15 games (all starts) with the Knicks’ G League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks, last season where he averaged 12.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest.

The Bucks roster now stands at 17 players.

The Houston Rockets made a late-night move on Monday, signing guard Markel Brown to a two-way contract.

And in a related transaction, the team waived guard Brianté Weber.

Brown (6-3, 185) joins the Rockets from the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA G League, where he averaged 17.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.4 steals. He also averaged 2.9 3-pointers made and had nearly as many steals (31) as turnovers (33).

Following a four-year career at Oklahoma State University, Brown was the 44th overall pick by Minnesota in the 2014 NBA Draft before his rights were acquired by Brooklyn. In two seasons with the Nets from 2014-15 through 2015-16, he appeared in 109 games with 35 starts. Brown spent last season playing in Russia.

John Wall scoring big in January

John Wall scoring big in January

The Wizards were defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks 104-95 yesterday, finishing their five-game homestand 2-3.

John Wall recorded 27 points and nine assists, his fifth game with at least 25 points in January.

25+ Point Games, January
Lou Williams 7
John Wall 5
Giannis Antetokounmpo 5
DeMar DeRozan 5
Kevin Durant 5

Wall is averaging the second-most points in the Eastern Conference in the month of January (seven games) and the most assists in the entire NBA in that same span.

Points Per Game-EC, January
DeMar DeRozan 30.8
John Wall 25.9
Giannis Antetokounmpo 25.6

Assists Per Game-NBA, January
John Wall 11.3
Kris Dunn 7.9
Goran Dragic 7.0

Kelly Oubre Jr. notched his 30th game this season with at least 10 points, the third-most on the team this season (Beal-41, Wall-32).

– Wizards Notes

Knicks beat Nets 119-104 in Brooklyn

 

 

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Monday night in Brooklyn, the Knicks beat the Nets 119-104. Here are some postgame notes and quotes:

The Nets fell to 16-28 this season and 8-13 at Barclays Center with today’s loss, while the Knicks improved to 20-24 overall and 3-11 on the road with the win.

Next up for Brooklyn: The Nets will host San Antonio on Wednesday, 1/17, at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Next up for New York: The Knicks will travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies on Wednesday, 1/17, at 8 p.m. EST.

Brooklyn shot .806 (29-of-36) from the free-throw line in today’s game.

The 29 made free throws matched the second-most FTM by the Nets in a game this season (29, now achieved four times, behind a season-high 30 FTM on 10/24 at Orlando).

Nets Player Notes

DeMarre Carroll scored a team-high 22 points with eight rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes today.

Carroll set a new career high with eight made free throws.

He scored 20+ points for the fourth time this season (and the first time since 12/23 at Indiana).

Today’s game marked Carroll’s first 20-point game at Barclays Center this season.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson recorded 16 points and six rebounds in 26 minutes today vs. New York.

Hollis-Jefferson has now scored 15+ points 24 times this season after doing so 10 times in his first two
seasons (2015-17).

Joe Harris posted 10 points and five rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench.

Harris scored in double figures for the third straight game and for the sixth time in his last seven games.

Caris LeVert totaled 20 points and seven rebounds in 30 minutes as a Nets’ reserve this afternoon.

LeVert posted his third game of 20+ points this season and his fourth career game of 20+ points today.

Quincy Acy (13 points) also scored in double figures from Brooklyn’s bench.

Postgame Quotes from Knicks Coach Jeff Hornacek

On what he said to the team to start the fourth quarter: “Well the biggest thing was we gave up 39 points in the third quarter. We said if we’re going to win the game it’s going to be with defense and not trying to outscore Brooklyn. I thought our guys were active. Kristap Porzingis came in there and blocked like two or three straight shots. So that’s what we have to do it with, we have to do it with defense. Then the offense comes and you can get out into transition and get some easy buckets that way.”

On Frank Ntilikina’s play tonight: “He just played. He played with some fire. Loose balls, that he seemed to be tentative going for lately, he got a big one there in that fourth quarter. He ripped it out of that pile. We went out on a break and I think Michael Beasley may have even got a dunk on it. He just played with confidence; he played with some fire and activity. He pushed the ball up the court, he didn’t walk it up. That’s the kind of the Frank that we know and we’ve seen him do it several times this year and we just need more of that.”

On Kristap Pozingis tonight: “He didn’t try to force anything, he let it come to him. I thought our guards did a good job when he was open and finding him. If you give him a couple of easy buckets like that then he doesn’t try to force things. That’s why I thought our guards did great.”

Postgame Quotes from Knicks Forward Kristaps Porzingis

On the fourth quarter: “It was important for us to have a good fourth quarter and that’s what we did. We executed. We played beautiful basketball and that’s how you build a lead and that’s how you win games.”

On his shot selection tonight: “I just try to slow down mentally and that’s helping. Just not thinking I need to score as much, I just want to be involved and when the shots come I’m gonna take them and those are going to be higher percentage shots. You know, not as many contested shots and not as much me fighting to get the bucket.
Just trying to make it easier for myself and I think it’s just mentally, I’m slowing down a little bit and that’s helped me. ”

On Frank Ntilikina tonight: “He played great. The last few games he wasn’t really in rhythm but tonight you could see that he was pushing the ball and making plays. He was close to that triple double that I talked about early in the season and you know I still believe that and moving forward as he keeps growing as a player, he will be that type of player.”

On the Knicks’ upcoming road trip: “It’s going to be huge. It’s going to show us where we are right now and we’ve been so close so many games on the road that we’re right there. All we need is to stick together, finish the games better and I’m sure the wins are going to come.”

 

 

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