(New York Knicks) J.R. Smith and his teammates never expected to be entering Christmas Day with a pathetic 5-25 record, and he hopes he can suit up on Thursday to help trigger a turnaround.
“I mean, it’s a nightmare, we just gotta wake up from it,” Smith said 48 hours before the Knicks face John Wall and the Washington Wizards on national TV on Christmas. “Hopefully try to figure it out, turn it around, whatever it takes. We’re losing by such a small margin we gotta figure out how to win those games.”
Bulls Suspend Bobby Portis 8 Games
The Chicago Bulls have suspended forward Bobby Portis for eight games following his role in a practice altercation that left teammate Nikola Mirotic in the hospital, the team announced Wednesday. Portis will be eligible to return for a Nov. 7 game against Toronto, and will be eligible to practice during his extension.
Source: Chicago Bulls
Joel Embiid Not Happy With Early Minutes Restriction
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.”
Report: Bulls’ Mirotic, Portis Involved in Serious Practice Altercation
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.
In practice scuffle with Bobby Portis in Bulls practice, Nikola Mirotic suffered a fractured bone in his face, league source tells ESPN.
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Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical