Throughout the game (between Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers), there was competitive barking between the teams. And after, there seemed to be a bit of animosity brewing between the contenders who matched up four times before the All-Star break.
“We respect this team, they respect us,” (Kevin) Durant said postgame. “But we don’t like this team and they don’t like us. That’s point blank.”
“We don’t care to like them,” (LaMarcus) Aldridge said when told of Durant’s quote. “We’re not trying to make friends out there. We’re trying to win games.”
Report: Deandre Ayton Officially Declares for 2018 NBA Draft
I’m just a kid from the Bahamas who came to the States when I was 12 years old with a dream. I can’t say anything about this journey other than that it’s God’s Plan Next Stop: 2018 NBA Draft
I’m just a kid from the Bahamas who came to the States when I was 12 years old with a dream. I can’t say anything about this journey other than that it’s God’s Plan 🙏🏾 Next Stop: 2018 NBA Draft #BullySeason #242toTheWorld pic.twitter.com/6f9igjMrU8
— Deandre Ayton (@DeandreAyton) March 21, 2018
Source: Deandre Ayton on Twitter
Manu Ginobili on Kawhi Leonard: ‘We have to think that he’s not coming back’
The San Antonio Spurs continue to operate under the assumption that star forward Kawhi Leonard will not return over the final 11 games of the regular season.
Leonard showed up at the AT&T Center for the team’s annual picture but wasn’t present minutes later when the Spurs took part in their shootaround ahead of Wednesday’s matchup against the Washington Wizards.
“He is not coming back,” veteran guard Manu Ginobili said. “For me, he’s not coming back because it’s not helping [to think Leonard is returning]. We fell for it a week ago again. I guess you guys made us fall for it. But we have to think that he’s not coming back, that we are who we are, and that we got to fight without him. That shouldn’t be changing, at least until he is ready for the jump ball.”
Source: Michael C. Wright of ESPN
Sources: Kyrie Irving Getting Second Opinion on Left Knee
My understanding is that Kyrie Irving is getting a 2nd opinion on his left knee, perhaps as soon as tomorrow. Bottom line: he needs the screws out. Knee is flaring up. He will either play thru it going forward or … he will get thee screws out and won’t play at all. Stay tuned.
— Tony Massarotti (@TonyMassarotti) March 20, 2018
Source: Tony Massarotti on Twitter