“I (Russell Westbrook) missed a shot and tried to come back up and get a rebound and I hit my hand on [teammate Kendrick Perkins’] elbow,” Westbrook said. “I knew I hurt something. I thought I dislocated my finger or something. I couldn’t tell until I got the ball back when I ran back down the court and couldn’t dribble.
“I was already mad once I hit my hand because I knew it wasn’t gonna be good, so I was instantly upset and frustrated. Obviously, I was ready to go and ready to help my team go out and get wins, especially since we were down some guys already. It was frustrating for me, but it’ll be all right. I’ll get back to where I was at.”
Cavs D-Wade Volunteers to Move to Bench Role
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade approached coach Tyronn Lue over the weekend and requested to come off the bench for the defending Eastern Conference champions, returning JR Smith to the starting shooting guard role he occupied for most of the past three seasons.
“I just decided, earlier than later, just to get to the unit where I’d be more comfortable in and can probably be better with this team in that lineup,” Wade said after practice Monday. “Why wait? Three games in, why wait? Wanted to get in there with those guys.”
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
Suns GM: Bledsoe Has Likely Played Last Game for PHX
Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe has likely played his final game for the team, general manager Ryan McDonough told reporters Monday.
McDonough said he, interim coach Jay Triano and Bledsoe met Monday morning and that Bledsoe was sent home at the end of the discussion. He will not play in Monday’s home game against the Sacramento Kings. Bledsoe “won’t be with us going forward,” McDonough said.
Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN
Ben Simmons Registers Triple-Double, 76ers Win
Four games into his NBA career, Ben Simmons already has a triple-double to his credit.
And with some help from Joel Embiid, he finally led the Philadelphia 76ers to a victory. Simmons had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and Embiid scored 30 points to lift the 76ers to a 97-86 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.
Source: The Associated Press on ESPN