The Heat center had 16 points and 14 rebounds in a 101-84 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Miami, two nights after needing 13 stitches to seal a cut to his right hand. The NBA's leading rebounder needed padding and bandages to protect the injury. He seemed a bit limited -- his first two shots were rather gentle dunks, not his usual make-the-backboard-shake variety. Then his injury situation got worse: Whiteside sprained his left ankle late in the game.
"Not even thinking money. I've got more than enough money saved. If I stopped playing basketball now, I'll be all right," Rose told reporters in Utah on Wednesday night. "I want to win. I want to be happy and feel at peace with myself wherever I'm at. But being at the negotiating table, you never know. I'm not going to negotiate with people where money is the No. 1 thing I'm asking for. I want to win."
The Suns' starting lineup Thursday night was the youngest ever for an NBA team, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Phoenix started Tyler Ulis (21), Devin Booker (20), Derrick Jones Jr. (20), Marquese Chriss (19) and Alex Len (23) -- who combined have an average age of 21 years, 14 days.
Barnes' new team will play host to his former squad Friday. The Sacramento-area native was released by the Kings last month during the blockbuster trade that sent DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. "It was frustrating because being back home and really taking pride in trying to put that team back on the map, and then just in a day's time you're no longer a part of the organization," Barnes told the Sacramento Bee. "It was kind of a rude awakening."
"Watching Griffin's cat-ate-the-canary smile tells you the story of that play," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "That's all you have to look at." Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki called Barea's ejection "just weak" and complained about the confusion regarding what constitutes a flagrant foul.
Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN
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Van Gundy, who also serves as the Pistons' president of basketball operations, called this "as frustrating a stretch as we've had in the three years I've been here."
Source: Nick Freidell of ESPN
"It ain't about a group. It's about individuals," James said after Cleveland allowed Denver to put up 73 points in the first half, score a whopping 70 points in the paint in the game and shoot 53.1 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from 3. "We've got to be more, just do more. It ain't about no group. You can't preach toughness. You've got to have it."
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
Westbrook shot 6-of-6 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the free throw line, finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in 28 minutes.
Source: Royce Young of ESPN
"Obviously, if we go into it like we did this year -- no," Hornacek told reporters in Utah when asked if the Rose-Anthony-Porzingis trio can be playoff caliber.
"Do we have the right fit of guys running the system?" Hornacek said. "If we think that we can somehow -- with a fresh start of training camp and go to it right off the bat, if that helps us and Phil [Jackson] and Steve [Mills] -- we think maybe the same guys on this team could have a different outlook on it, then we'll stay the same. If not, they'll look at other guys."
George has sounded dissatisfied throughout the season. Asked about the campaign Wednesday, he called it "probably one of the toughest seasons for me" before admitting he thinks back to the years when the Pacers threatened to win the Eastern Conference.
Source: Jay King of Mass.live
Of course, anything can still happen over the final three weeks of the season, but (Magic coach Frank) Vogel is holding out hope that all 30 coaches that started the season with their teams will finish it.'
'I noticed it a couple of weeks ago and I just kind of thought to myself, 'Has anybody been let go?’ The fact that no one has, it’s a shock,’’ Vogel admitted.
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Robin Lopez knew punishment was coming and he was right.
The center was nailed with a one-game suspension without pay for his altercation with Raptors forward Serge Ibaka on Tuesday night in Toronto. He served the suspension Wednesday against the visiting Pistons.
(Said Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg:) “He’s got a fire to him that you just don’t ever want to take away. This game gets very competitive obviously, it gets heated at times. That happened [Tuesday] night. It’s unfortunate what went down, but we’ve all got Robin’s back.’’
Source: Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times
“There’s a lot of upside,” Carlisle said. “I think when you think from the standpoint of his physical makeup, he can get stronger certainly.
“He is stronger than you would think looking at him. He has wiry strength, on weight-lifting tests and things like that, his legs are strong even though he’s a slender guy. I think he can put on a little more weight as time goes on.”
Source: Dwain Price of The Star-Telegram
Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire has been fined $15,000 for pushing Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic and acting as other than a peacemaker as part of the same altercation.
The incident, for which Ibaka and Lopez were assessed technical fouls and ejected from the game, occurred with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter of the Raptors’ 122-120 overtime win over the Bulls at Air Canada Centre on March 21.
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