The day after the Atlanta Hawks’ death by 3’s in Cleveland during Game 2, Mike Budenholzer had his team relive the nightmare by watching some of the film. It might actually be a good thing considering the mood the Hawks were already in after surrendering an NBA-record 25 3-pointers to the Cleveland Cavaliers in an Eastern Conference semifinal whipping on Wednesday night.
“I think they all know they have more to give and are looking forward to playing in Atlanta,” Budenholzer said on a conference call when asked about the team’s mood. “I think there is a certain degree of frustration, a certain degree of — I don’t want to say pissed off, I am sure that is not appropriate for print — whatever the right word is for pissed off, as you should be going into a Game 3.”
Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN
Agent: Gordon Hayward Unlikely to Return this Season Following Surgery
Celtics All-Star forward Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return during the 2017-18 season, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Hayward underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia in Boston on Wednesday night, a procedure that Bartelstein labeled a success.
“We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form,” Bartelstein said.
Ben Simmons on NBA Debut: ‘It felt like I was playing 2K’
Ben Simmons finally made his long-awaited NBA regular-season debut against the Wizards in Washington on Wednesday night. And after his extended wait to wear the Philadelphia 76ers jersey in a meaningful game, he said he felt initially like he was in a video game.
“It felt like I was playing 2K, honestly,” Simmons said postgame.
“Just looking at Joel Embiid out there with the lights on his jersey. I was like, ‘man, I’m actually here.'”
Simmons was drafted with the first overall pick by the Sixers in the 2016 draft, but he missed the entire 2016-17 season while recovering from foot surgery to repair a Jones fracture. He suffered the injury on Sept. 30, 2016, less than a month before the start of the regular season. The Australian was originally expected to miss three months, but was eventually ruled out for the entire season.
Source: Nick Metallinos of ESPN