“Nobody can criticize anything about my fitness,’’ (Raymond) Felton said before recording 15 points and eight assists in 45 minutes Friday. “My weight is down. Even lower than it was earlier in the season. Earlier in the season I was hurting, playing with an injury. That’s just a cop-out thing. Somebody wants to talk about it.
“I had one year where I was out of [shape]. Now everybody wants to talk about my weight every year. It kind of gets old, kind of getting on my nerves. That’s all they want to talk about. Don’t make no excuses for me. If you want to say I’m not making shots and not doing something as far as basketball, fine, but stop trying to attack my weight all the time. I had one year when I was out of shape. That was it.’’
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Marcus Smart to Undergo Surgery on Thumb, May Return for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart will undergo surgery on his thumb today, but there’s hope he can return sometime in the playoffs, league source tells ESPN.
Surgery will be to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
76ers’ Simmons Joins Magic, Big O in Milestone Club
Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons recorded his eighth triple-double on Thursday night in a win over the New York Knicks, the second-highest total for a rookie in NBA history.
With 13 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists against the Knicks, Simmons broke a tie with Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, who had seven triple-doubles as a rookie. Oscar Robertson holds the NBA record with 26 triple-doubles in his rookie season.
Source: Ian Begley of ESPN