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Carter-Williams, Burke Are Rookies of Month

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The Philadelphia 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams and the Utah Jazz’s Trey Burke today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in April.

Carter-Williams led all rookies in scoring (17.6 ppg), ranked third in rebounding (7.5 rpg), fourth in both assists (6.4 apg) and minutes (32.5 mpg), and fifth in field goal percentage (.525). He posted 21 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks on April 14, during a 113-108 win over the Boston Celtics – the first of back-to-back wins for the Sixers to close the season. Carter-Williams garnered four-of-six Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors for the 2013-14 campaign.

Burke ranked third among rookies in scoring (15.6 ppg) and led rookies in assists (9.0 apg) during April. He placed second among first-year players in minutes, having logged 38.3 mpg on the month. He posted double-digit scoring efforts in five-of-seven April games, and handed out seven or more assists six times. Burke capped his rookie campaign with a 32-point, nine-assist, seven-rebound effort on April 16, during a 136-130 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in double overtime.

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Joel Embiid Not Happy With Early Minutes Restriction

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The Philadelphia 76ers will be cautious with Joel Embiid early on this season, and the star center isn’t thrilled with that plan.

Sixers coach Brett Brown, when asked how much Embiid would play in Wednesday’s season opener against the Wizards, told reporters that he didn’t have a set number of minutes in mind before acknowledging “somewhere like in the teens.” “That’s f—ing bulls—. I wish I was playing more minutes,” Embiid told reporters on Tuesday. “I think I’m ready. I think I’m ready for more than whatever number they have. I don’t know. I wish I was playing more, but we’re going to see how that goes.”

Source: ESPN

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Report: Bulls’ Mirotic, Portis Involved in Serious Practice Altercation

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Chicago Bulls forwards Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis engaged in a physical altercation in practice Tuesday that resulted in Mirotic being hospitalized and sidelined indefinitely, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Mirotic was taken to the hospital Tuesday after their shoving altercation during practice ended with an alleged cheap shot from Portis to Mirotic’s face, league sources told The Vertical.

Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical

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Warriors Receive 2017 Championship Rings, Unveil Banner

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The Golden State Warriors held their much-anticipated ring ceremony prior to tipoff against the Houston Rockets on opening night. Commissioner Adam Silver started the event by introducing the 2016-17 champions.

The Larry O’Brien Trophy was stationed at center court, with the players camped around it. The Warriors wore white and gold hoodies, which will be signed by the players and auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Bay Area wildfire relief efforts.

Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN

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