Following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 100-96 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday that snapped a two-game losing streak, guard Kyrie Irving responded to remarks by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that Irving was unhappy playing for the Cavs. Earlier Monday, Smith, speaking on ESPN’s First Take, said the 23-year-old Irving would prefer to be out of Cleveland and suit up for another franchise.
“There’s nothing to really address,” Irving said after putting up 22 points, six assists and an 11-for-11 mark from the free throw line against the Pacers. “Obviously there’s going to be some misunderstandings; it’s part of being on a team”.
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
James Harden Could Return as Soon as Thursday?
The Houston Rockets hope star guard James Harden can return from a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring within a week, coach Mike D’Antoni said.
“It could be Thursday or Saturday, I don’t know,” D’Antoni said before the Rockets’ practice Sunday at UCLA. “He’s got to get better. We’ll see. Whenever he’s ready.”
Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN
Anthony Davis Posts Season High 48 Points in Win vs Knicks
New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis had a simple explanation for his 48-point, 17-rebound performance against the New York Knicks on Sunday. “I just tried to get us going on both ends of the floor. I was able just to continue to make shots,” Davis said. That’s quite an understatement.
Davis set a season-high for points on Sunday and compiled a stat line rarely seen in the NBA. In the process, he helped the New Orleans Pelicans rebound from a 19-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Knicks in overtime.
Source: Ian Begley of ESPN
Lakers’ Lonzo Ball (Knee) Questionable vs Grizzlies
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball has a minor left-knee sprain after the rookie underwent an MRI, the team said Sunday. Ball is questionable for Monday’s game against the Grizzlies.
Ball woke up feeling soreness in the knee on Sunday, and the team sent the No. 2 overall pick to undergo an MRI in Memphis.
Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN