Embiid and Simmons traveled by themselves on private planes into Atlanta, per Charania, and were not exposed to any other players or individuals around the game atmosphere there. Wojnarowski reported the two will do media sessions virtually from their rooms.Los Angeles Lakers face coverings
This is a welcome dose of humility and humor from George, who says too many things that make him sound insufferable.
“It actually wasn’t,” he said. “I was just trying to just play. When you’re around guys like [Damian Lillard] and [Stephen Curry] and Chris Paul, it’s just easy. Nobody is worrying about me. I’m just playing one-on-one, nobody is double-teaming. If you feel good, then I feel good that it will be good. I just get up and have fun and just try to get as many shots as I can.”
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said last month that “shooting with size” was a need for the team to address before the trade deadline.New York Knicks face coverings
Lillard came into the All-Star break having played 71 clutch minutes for the Portland Trail Blazers. In those minutes, he’s scored an almost unbelievable 104 points. To put that in context, that rate of points scored per minute would work out to roughly 52.7 points per game if he was sustaining it across all the minutes he had played this season. But the efficiency is even more impressive than the volume.Philadelphia 76ers face coverings
This week on the Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast, Jason and Rich take a deep dive into teams with big one-season jumps where the team didn’t have a major fundamental change like a new star or new head coach.
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Frank Ntilikina started in Rose’s place and performed well against the Spurs, scoring 13 points including going 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. He saw less time against the Pistons, but had another good shooting performance, making three three-pointers.Memphis Grizzlies face coverings