Add in the fact that his Timberwolves team that looked so promising early on is on track to miss for the playoffs for the sixth time in six tries since (Kevin) Love came to town, and it’s the perfect storm of projecting that he would rather avoid altogether. Every sound byte becomes a story, every insinuation by him a declaration by them.
“If I say that I like Charlotte, or I say, ‘Oh yeah, Charlotte’s a great city; I love spending some time there,’ then all of a sudden I’m going to Charlotte,” Love said while — memo to Bobcats fans — picking a hypothetical, not to mention unlikely, example. “Anything I say is going to be a misconception or be sort of a headline. To me, it’s silly because, yeah sure, it’s brought up, it crosses my mind. But in a way I just try to put that aside. It’s just a question that’s always going to be brought up. Really, I would love to not talk about it and focus on winning right now with the team I’m on.”
Derrick Rose Leaves Game with Sprained Left Ankle
Derrick Rose left the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 116-97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday with a sprained left ankle stemming from a hit by Bucks center Greg Monroe that the former MVP said should have been called a flagrant foul.
“I think I’m the only person in the league that’s not getting a flagrant for that call, bro,” Rose said after scoring 12 points in 23 minutes before exiting the game for good with 10:12 remaining in the fourth quarter. “Come on, man. Like, I’m sure I’m the only player, but it is what it is. … That’s a common foul. Wow. Come on.”
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
Chris Paul Could Miss Up to Four Weeks
Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul will likely be sidelined two to four weeks while recovering from his bruised left knee, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Sources said the Rockets are calling agents about available point guards. One such point guard is Jameer Nelson, who was released by the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. He has cleared waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN
Westbrook Notches Triple-Double as OKC Gets Win
It appeared a fitting beginning to Carmelo Anthony’s next chapter, a 3-pointer on his first possession with the Thunder, playing against his former team. Then he missed his next seven shots.
Like the rest of the Thunder, it was a slow burn as Anthony revved up in the second quarter and into the third, scoring 22 on 8-of-20 shooting in a 105-84 win over the Knicks on opening night. In their first regular-season game, there were some rough patches for the Thunder’s new big three, with Paul George missing a number of open looks and Anthony going cold at times, but in the end, talent prevailed. George finished with 28 on 9-of-23 shooting, and Russell Westbrook picked right up where he left off in his historic MVP season notching the first triple-double of this season with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists.
Source: Royce Young of ESPN