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  •  NEW YORK AP Cam Thomas scored a career high 44 points off the bench and the short handed Brooklyn Nets rallied from a 23 point deficit to stun the Washington Wizards 125 123 on Saturday night Edmond Sumner also set a personal best with 29 points and Nic Claxton had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Nets who had their largest comeback win of the season and swept the regular season series against the Wizards Washington also lost to Portland 124 116 on Friday night after blowing a 20 point lead The Wizards became the first NBA team in the last 25 seasons to lose on consecutive days after being up by 20 or more points in each according to ESPN Stats and Info Patty Mills added 13 points and Royce O Neale had 10 for the Nets who trailed 44 21 late in the first quarter We responded Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said Definitely a shift in our mentality and we got rewarded for it The victory came despite Brooklyn being without Kyrie Irving who was out with what the team said was right calf soreness a day after he told the Nets he wants to be traded a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press Vaughn said after the win that Irving didn t attend the game and that the player s absence was excused We were all in agreement on him not being here tonight Vaughn said The Nets who also played without Kevin Durant right knee MCL sprain T J Warren left shin contusion and Ben Simmons left knee soreness also lost Seth Curry left adductor and Markieff Morris sore left knee in the game Kristaps Porzingis led the Wizards with 38 points before fouling out Deni Avdija finished with 23 points Monte Morris added 18 and Corey Kispert had 15 for beleaguered Washington What can I say Porzingis told The Washington Post It s very similar games with Friday s loss right The Nets played together stayed together throughout everything And not that we didn t give our all not that we didn t play hard just some stupid mistakes maybe And again it slipped out of our hands Entering the fourth quarter Washington was clinging to a 99 92 lead but Mills Thomas and Yuta Watanabe scored eight points to help Brooklyn close to 102 100 Porzingis replied with a 14 footer and two free throws to extend the Wizards lead to 106 101 It didn t last long Mills and Sumner made baskets to cut it to 106 105 but Porzingis three point play pushed the lead back to four Thomas converted a layup and a two handed dunk on Brooklyn s next two possessions to tie it at 109 109 After Washington took a 110 109 lead on a free throw by Porzingis Brooklyn went ahead for the first time in the game on Thomas 3 pointer with 5 46 left Porzingis knocked down two free throws to tie it again With the Nets ahead 120 119 Morris gave the Wizards the lead again on a pair of free throws But Thomas made a jumper Morris had a pull up jumper and Thomas made a layup and then a free throw after Daniel Gafford was called for goaltending and Avdija whistled for a foul giving Brooklyn a 125 123 lead Washington had a chance to tie when Thomas was called for a foul but Morris missed both foul shots and the Nets got the rebound and ran out the clock We re all pros at the end of the day It s not like only two people can play Thomas said A lot of guys contribute and play and help at any time Wizards Coach Wes Unseld Jr said before the game Bradley Beal was out with left foot soreness At some point during the Wizards 124 116 loss to Portland on Friday night Beal landed on Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons foot He was able to get through but you could tell there were some moments throughout the third or fourth quarter when he just didn t move correctly Unseld Jr said So he ll get re evaluated this afternoon this evening and tomorrow Beal in his 10th season is averaging 22 4 points 3 5 rebounds and 5 1 assists per game Nets Much of Vaughn s pregame availability was spent discussing Irving s trade demand which became public Friday afternoon The Nets entered the game third in the Atlantic Division fourth in the Eastern Conference and sixth overall in the NBA I think you make this as simple as possible Vaughn said With the group you re extremely honest with these guys So I think that s the approach with this group focus on today That doesn t change We ve been really good at just locking in and doing our jobs Wizards Host Cleveland on Monday night Nets Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night Credit tsn ca You can read the original article here
    Thomas helps Nets rally from 23 down to beat Wizards
     NEW YORK AP Cam Thomas scored a career high 44 points off the bench and the short handed Brooklyn Nets rallied from a 23 point deficit to stun the Washington Wizards 125 123 on Saturday night Edmond Sumner also set a personal best with 29 points and Nic Claxton had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Nets who had their largest comeback win of the season and swept the regular season series against the Wizards Washington also lost to Portland 124 116 on Friday night after blowing a 20 point lead The Wizards became the first NBA team in the last 25 seasons to lose on consecutive days after being up by 20 or more points in each according to ESPN Stats and Info Patty Mills added 13 points and Royce O Neale had 10 for the Nets who trailed 44 21 late in the first quarter We responded Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said Definitely a shift in our mentality and we got rewarded for it The victory came despite Brooklyn being without Kyrie Irving who was out with what the team said was right calf soreness a day after he told the Nets he wants to be traded a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press Vaughn said after the win that Irving didn t attend the game and that the player s absence was excused We were all in agreement on him not being here tonight Vaughn said The Nets who also played without Kevin Durant right knee MCL sprain T J Warren left shin contusion and Ben Simmons left knee soreness also lost Seth Curry left adductor and Markieff Morris sore left knee in the game Kristaps Porzingis led the Wizards with 38 points before fouling out Deni Avdija finished with 23 points Monte Morris added 18 and Corey Kispert had 15 for beleaguered Washington What can I say Porzingis told The Washington Post It s very similar games with Friday s loss right The Nets played together stayed together throughout everything And not that we didn t give our all not that we didn t play hard just some stupid mistakes maybe And again it slipped out of our hands Entering the fourth quarter Washington was clinging to a 99 92 lead but Mills Thomas and Yuta Watanabe scored eight points to help Brooklyn close to 102 100 Porzingis replied with a 14 footer and two free throws to extend the Wizards lead to 106 101 It didn t last long Mills and Sumner made baskets to cut it to 106 105 but Porzingis three point play pushed the lead back to four Thomas converted a layup and a two handed dunk on Brooklyn s next two possessions to tie it at 109 109 After Washington took a 110 109 lead on a free throw by Porzingis Brooklyn went ahead for the first time in the game on Thomas 3 pointer with 5 46 left Porzingis knocked down two free throws to tie it again With the Nets ahead 120 119 Morris gave the Wizards the lead again on a pair of free throws But Thomas made a jumper Morris had a pull up jumper and Thomas made a layup and then a free throw after Daniel Gafford was called for goaltending and Avdija whistled for a foul giving Brooklyn a 125 123 lead Washington had a chance to tie when Thomas was called for a foul but Morris missed both foul shots and the Nets got the rebound and ran out the clock We re all pros at the end of the day It s not like only two people can play Thomas said A lot of guys contribute and play and help at any time Wizards Coach Wes Unseld Jr said before the game Bradley Beal was out with left foot soreness At some point during the Wizards 124 116 loss to Portland on Friday night Beal landed on Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons foot He was able to get through but you could tell there were some moments throughout the third or fourth quarter when he just didn t move correctly Unseld Jr said So he ll get re evaluated this afternoon this evening and tomorrow Beal in his 10th season is averaging 22 4 points 3 5 rebounds and 5 1 assists per game Nets Much of Vaughn s pregame availability was spent discussing Irving s trade demand which became public Friday afternoon The Nets entered the game third in the Atlantic Division fourth in the Eastern Conference and sixth overall in the NBA I think you make this as simple as possible Vaughn said With the group you re extremely honest with these guys So I think that s the approach with this group focus on today That doesn t change We ve been really good at just locking in and doing our jobs Wizards Host Cleveland on Monday night Nets Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night Credit tsn ca You can read the original article here
    Thomas helps Nets rally from 23 down to beat Wizards
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    Thomas helps Nets rally from 23 down to beat Wizards

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cam Thomas scored a career-high 44 points off the bench and the short-handed Brooklyn Nets rallied from a 23-point deficit to stun the Washington Wizards 125-123 on Saturday night.

    Edmond Sumner also set a personal best with 29 points and Nic Claxton had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Nets, who had their largest comeback win of the season and swept the regular-season series against the Wizards.

    Washington also lost to Portland 124-116 on Friday night after blowing a 20-point lead. The Wizards became the first NBA team in the last 25 seasons to lose on consecutive days after being up by 20 or more points in each, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

    Patty Mills added 13 points and Royce O’Neale had 10 for the Nets, who trailed 44-21 late in the first quarter.

    “We responded,” Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said. "Definitely a shift in our mentality and we got rewarded for it.”

    The victory came despite Brooklyn being without Kyrie Irving, who was out with what the team said was right calf soreness — a day after he told the Nets he wants to be traded, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press. Vaughn said after the win that Irving didn't attend the game and that the player’s absence was excused.

    “We were all in agreement on him not being here tonight,” Vaughn said.

    The Nets, who also played without Kevin Durant (right knee MCL sprain), T.J. Warren (left shin contusion) and Ben Simmons (left knee soreness), also lost Seth Curry (left adductor) and Markieff Morris (sore left knee) in the game.

    Kristaps Porzingis led the Wizards with 38 points before fouling out. Deni Avdija finished with 23 points, Monte Morris added 18 and Corey Kispert had 15 for beleaguered Washington.

    “What can I say?” Porzingis told The Washington Post. “It’s very similar games (with Friday’s loss), right? (The Nets) played together, stayed together throughout everything. And not that we didn’t give our all, not that we didn’t play hard — just some stupid mistakes maybe. And, again, it slipped out of our hands.”

    Entering the fourth quarter, Washington was clinging to a 99-92 lead but Mills, Thomas, and Yuta Watanabe scored eight points to help Brooklyn close to 102-100. Porzingis replied with a 14-footer and two free throws to extend the Wizards' lead to 106-101.

    It didn’t last long.

    Mills and Sumner made baskets to cut it to 106-105, but Porzingis’ three-point play pushed the lead back to four. Thomas converted a layup and a two-handed dunk on Brooklyn’s next two possessions to tie it at 109-109.

    After Washington took a 110-109 lead on a free throw by Porzingis, Brooklyn went ahead for the first time in the game on Thomas' 3-pointer with 5:46 left. Porzingis knocked down two free throws to tie it again.

    With the Nets ahead 120-119, Morris gave the Wizards the lead again on a pair of free throws. But Thomas made a jumper, Morris had a pull-up jumper and Thomas made a layup and then a free throw after Daniel Gafford was called for goaltending and Avdija whistled for a foul — giving Brooklyn a 125-123 lead.

    Washington had a chance to tie when Thomas was called for a foul, but Morris missed both foul shots and the Nets got the rebound and ran out the clock.

    “We’re all pros at the end of the day. It’s not like only two people can play,” Thomas said. “A lot of guys contribute and play and help at any time.”

    Wizards: Coach Wes Unseld Jr. said before the game Bradley Beal was out with "left foot soreness.” At some point during the Wizards’ 124-116 loss to Portland on Friday night, Beal landed on Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons’ foot. “He was able to get through, (but) you could tell there were some moments throughout the third or fourth quarter when he just didn’t move correctly,” Unseld Jr. said. “So he’ll get re-evaluated this afternoon, this evening and tomorrow.” Beal, in his 10th season, is averaging 22.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game.

    Nets: Much of Vaughn’s pregame availability was spent discussing Irving’s trade demand, which became public Friday afternoon. The Nets entered the game third in the Atlantic Division, fourth in the Eastern Conference, and sixth overall in the NBA. “I think you make this as simple as possible,” Vaughn said. “With the group, you’re extremely honest with these guys. ... So I think that’s the approach with this group: focus on today. That doesn’t change. We’ve been really good at just locking in and doing our jobs.”

    Wizards: Host Cleveland on Monday night.

    Nets: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.

    Credit: tsn.ca. You can read the original article here.

  •  NEW ORLEANS With the trade deadline just five days away and Kyrie Irving having already informed the Brooklyn Nets he wants out LeBron James was asked if Irving whom he teamed up with for three NBA Finals appearances and a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers is the type of player who can stamp the Los Angeles Lakers title chances Last month Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka declared If there s an opportunity to get all the way to the end and win a championship there s no resource we ll hold onto if we feel like that s there Trading for Irving almost assuredly would require the Lakers to include both their 2027 and 2029 first round picks in the package especially with other teams like the Dallas Mavericks Phoenix Suns and LA Clippers also preparing trade bids for Brooklyn according to ESPN s Adrian Wojnarowski That s a Rob question James said Saturday after the Lakers 131 126 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans You got to see him when y all get back to L A I ve told y all a couple weeks I don t speak for our front office My mindset is whatever lineup or whatever group that we have is to make sure we prepare ourselves the best way we can to go out and win Obviously that s a what s the word you use duh question when you talk about a player like that James answer might have been a knowing nod to an answer he gave in December 2018 when asked by ESPN if the Lakers should trade for Anthony Davis That would be amazing James said at the time That would be amazing like duh That would be incredible L A traded for Davis six months later and the Lakers won a championship with Davis and James syncing perfectly in 2020 If the Lakers manage to land Irving it also will mean parting with Russell Westbrook for salary matching purposes and ending a tumultuous chapter in team history that has been a tough fit for the 2016 league MVP and the franchise Westbrook was listed as questionable on Saturday morning with an illness leading some to speculate he was going to be held out with a trade imminent but he ended up suiting up He had 15 points on 6 for 11 shooting four rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes with just one minute of that playing time coming in the fourth quarter as Lakers coach Darvin Ham benched him down the stretch Westbrook was asked if he feels any pressure hearing his name in trade rumors once again after being included in a myriad of trade talks both in the offseason and leading up to last season s deadline I do not he said That s not up to me Like I said I ve known this was a business since I was 18 19 years old since I got into it My dad taught me that at that age getting to this league is a business and people make whatever decision they make And I ll make sure I m ready and professional like I always have been and always will be The Lakers as a team looked borderline unprofessional on Saturday allowing the Pelicans to score 70 points in the second half erase a 12 point L A lead and snap a 10 game losing streak The sense of urgency is at an all time high said Davis whose 34 points and 14 rebounds were wasted in the defeat It has to happen now Guys know that James scored 27 points to draw within 36 of passing Kareem Abdul Jabbar for the all time scoring record setting himself up to do so at home this week against either the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday or the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday But James played 40 minutes in doing so It was the third time in the four games James played on the Lakers road trip that he logged 40 minutes or more Well guys have to come in and play better in those stretches where we don t have to lean on him that heavy Ham said of James You want him on the floor because he s playing at a high level and making plays so we just have to control ourselves a little bit James who rarely complains about his workload admitted the toll the extended playing time is having with 28 regular season games and a potential playoff run still on the horizon It s catching up right now James said I m tired as hell But I ll be ready to go on Tuesday Credit espn com You can read the original article here
    Would Kyrie boost Lakers? LeBron answers, ‘duh’
     NEW ORLEANS With the trade deadline just five days away and Kyrie Irving having already informed the Brooklyn Nets he wants out LeBron James was asked if Irving whom he teamed up with for three NBA Finals appearances and a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers is the type of player who can stamp the Los Angeles Lakers title chances Last month Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka declared If there s an opportunity to get all the way to the end and win a championship there s no resource we ll hold onto if we feel like that s there Trading for Irving almost assuredly would require the Lakers to include both their 2027 and 2029 first round picks in the package especially with other teams like the Dallas Mavericks Phoenix Suns and LA Clippers also preparing trade bids for Brooklyn according to ESPN s Adrian Wojnarowski That s a Rob question James said Saturday after the Lakers 131 126 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans You got to see him when y all get back to L A I ve told y all a couple weeks I don t speak for our front office My mindset is whatever lineup or whatever group that we have is to make sure we prepare ourselves the best way we can to go out and win Obviously that s a what s the word you use duh question when you talk about a player like that James answer might have been a knowing nod to an answer he gave in December 2018 when asked by ESPN if the Lakers should trade for Anthony Davis That would be amazing James said at the time That would be amazing like duh That would be incredible L A traded for Davis six months later and the Lakers won a championship with Davis and James syncing perfectly in 2020 If the Lakers manage to land Irving it also will mean parting with Russell Westbrook for salary matching purposes and ending a tumultuous chapter in team history that has been a tough fit for the 2016 league MVP and the franchise Westbrook was listed as questionable on Saturday morning with an illness leading some to speculate he was going to be held out with a trade imminent but he ended up suiting up He had 15 points on 6 for 11 shooting four rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes with just one minute of that playing time coming in the fourth quarter as Lakers coach Darvin Ham benched him down the stretch Westbrook was asked if he feels any pressure hearing his name in trade rumors once again after being included in a myriad of trade talks both in the offseason and leading up to last season s deadline I do not he said That s not up to me Like I said I ve known this was a business since I was 18 19 years old since I got into it My dad taught me that at that age getting to this league is a business and people make whatever decision they make And I ll make sure I m ready and professional like I always have been and always will be The Lakers as a team looked borderline unprofessional on Saturday allowing the Pelicans to score 70 points in the second half erase a 12 point L A lead and snap a 10 game losing streak The sense of urgency is at an all time high said Davis whose 34 points and 14 rebounds were wasted in the defeat It has to happen now Guys know that James scored 27 points to draw within 36 of passing Kareem Abdul Jabbar for the all time scoring record setting himself up to do so at home this week against either the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday or the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday But James played 40 minutes in doing so It was the third time in the four games James played on the Lakers road trip that he logged 40 minutes or more Well guys have to come in and play better in those stretches where we don t have to lean on him that heavy Ham said of James You want him on the floor because he s playing at a high level and making plays so we just have to control ourselves a little bit James who rarely complains about his workload admitted the toll the extended playing time is having with 28 regular season games and a potential playoff run still on the horizon It s catching up right now James said I m tired as hell But I ll be ready to go on Tuesday Credit espn com You can read the original article here
    Would Kyrie boost Lakers? LeBron answers, ‘duh’
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    Would Kyrie boost Lakers? LeBron answers, ‘duh’

    NEW ORLEANS - With the trade deadline just five days away and Kyrie Irving having already informed the Brooklyn Nets he wants out, LeBron James was asked if Irving -- whom he teamed up with for three NBA Finals appearances and a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers -- is the type of player who can stamp the Los Angeles Lakers' title chances.

    Last month, Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka declared, "If there's an opportunity to get all the way to the end and win a championship, there's no resource we'll hold onto if we feel like that's there."

    Trading for Irving almost assuredly would require the Lakers to include both their 2027 and 2029 first-round picks in the package, especially with other teams like the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and LA Clippers also preparing trade bids for Brooklyn, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    "That's a Rob question," James said Saturday after the Lakers' 131-126 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. "You got to see him when y'all get back to L.A. I've told y'all a couple weeks, I don't speak for our front office. My mindset is whatever lineup or whatever group that we have is to make sure we prepare ourselves the best way we can to go out and win. Obviously, that's a -- what's the word you use -- 'duh' question when you talk about a player like that."

    James' answer might have been a knowing nod to an answer he gave in December 2018 when asked by ESPN if the Lakers should trade for Anthony Davis.

    "That would be amazing," James said at the time. "That would be amazing, like, duh. That would be incredible."

    L.A. traded for Davis six months later, and the Lakers won a championship with Davis and James syncing perfectly in 2020.

    If the Lakers manage to land Irving, it also will mean parting with Russell Westbrook, for salary-matching purposes, and ending a tumultuous chapter in team history that has been a tough fit for the 2016 league MVP and the franchise.

    Westbrook was listed as questionable on Saturday morning with an illness, leading some to speculate he was going to be held out with a trade imminent, but he ended up suiting up. He had 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting, four rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes -- with just one minute of that playing time coming in the fourth quarter, as Lakers coach Darvin Ham benched him down the stretch.

    Westbrook was asked if he feels any pressure hearing his name in trade rumors once again, after being included in a myriad of trade talks both in the offseason and leading up to last season's deadline.

    "I do not," he said. "That's not up to me. Like I said, I've known this was a business since I was 18, 19 years old, since I got into it. My dad taught me that at that age, getting to this league is a business, and people make whatever decision they make. And I'll make sure I'm ready and professional, like I always have been and always will be."

    The Lakers, as a team, looked borderline unprofessional on Saturday, allowing the Pelicans to score 70 points in the second half, erase a 12-point L.A. lead and snap a 10-game losing streak.

    "The sense of urgency is at an all-time high," said Davis, whose 34 points and 14 rebounds were wasted in the defeat. "It has to happen now. Guys know that."

    James scored 27 points to draw within 36 of passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time scoring record, setting himself up to do so at home this week against either the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday or the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.

    But James played 40 minutes in doing so.

    It was the third time in the four games James played on the Lakers' road trip that he logged 40 minutes or more.

    "Well, guys have to come in and play better in those stretches where we don't have to lean on him that heavy," Ham said of James. "You want him on the floor because he's playing at a high level and making plays, so we just have to control ourselves a little bit."

    James, who rarely complains about his workload, admitted the toll the extended playing time is having, with 28 regular-season games and a potential playoff run still on the horizon.

    "It's catching up right now," James said. "I'm tired as hell. But I'll be ready to go on Tuesday."

    Credit: espn.com. You can read the original article here.

  •  NEW YORK Brooklyn Nets guard Cam Thomas has been through a lot in his second season in the NBA Despite having to deal with inconsistent playing time and with the buzz that comes with being a teammate of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving Thomas has remained mentally strong enough to be ready for his time and he took advantage of it Yeah that was kind of my mindset coming in Thomas said after scoring a career high 44 points in Saturday s 125 123 win over the Washington Wizards But I think towards when I got in in the third quarter I knew I had to turn up So we were still down Ed Edmond Sumner came out and played real well to start the quarter But you know we was still down so I know how to come in turn up a notch So we get the win Before Saturday Thomas next highest scoring performance was when he had 33 points against the Indiana Pacers on Dec 10 In most instances when Thomas has gotten the playing time he has delivered for Brooklyn However not only did he have to overcome the inconsistent playing time he also had to overcome his big brother Irving possibly being gone Yeah of course everybody was surprised Thomas said in response to being asked his reaction when Irving s trade request became public on Friday But it s not my business That s still my brother at the end of the day He s one of the few guys who I really consider a brother in basketball Just a big brother who I could look up to and ask anything to so whatever happens happens that s still my brother no matter what at the end of the day According to the Brooklyn Nets PR staff Thomas joins Stephon Marbury as the only players in franchise history to score 40 points in fewer than 30 minutes Thomas is also one of only eight players in NBA history to score at least 44 points in 29 or fewer minutes Credit netswire usatoday com You can read the original article here
    Nets’ Cam Thomas reacts to career night in win over Wizards; Kyrie Irving trade request
     NEW YORK Brooklyn Nets guard Cam Thomas has been through a lot in his second season in the NBA Despite having to deal with inconsistent playing time and with the buzz that comes with being a teammate of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving Thomas has remained mentally strong enough to be ready for his time and he took advantage of it Yeah that was kind of my mindset coming in Thomas said after scoring a career high 44 points in Saturday s 125 123 win over the Washington Wizards But I think towards when I got in in the third quarter I knew I had to turn up So we were still down Ed Edmond Sumner came out and played real well to start the quarter But you know we was still down so I know how to come in turn up a notch So we get the win Before Saturday Thomas next highest scoring performance was when he had 33 points against the Indiana Pacers on Dec 10 In most instances when Thomas has gotten the playing time he has delivered for Brooklyn However not only did he have to overcome the inconsistent playing time he also had to overcome his big brother Irving possibly being gone Yeah of course everybody was surprised Thomas said in response to being asked his reaction when Irving s trade request became public on Friday But it s not my business That s still my brother at the end of the day He s one of the few guys who I really consider a brother in basketball Just a big brother who I could look up to and ask anything to so whatever happens happens that s still my brother no matter what at the end of the day According to the Brooklyn Nets PR staff Thomas joins Stephon Marbury as the only players in franchise history to score 40 points in fewer than 30 minutes Thomas is also one of only eight players in NBA history to score at least 44 points in 29 or fewer minutes Credit netswire usatoday com You can read the original article here
    Nets’ Cam Thomas reacts to career night in win over Wizards; Kyrie Irving trade request
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    Nets’ Cam Thomas reacts to career night in win over Wizards; Kyrie Irving trade request

    NEW YORK — Brooklyn Nets guard Cam Thomas has been through a lot in his second season in the NBA. Despite having to deal with inconsistent playing time and with the buzz that comes with being a teammate of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, Thomas has remained mentally strong enough to be ready for his time and he took advantage of it.

    “Yeah, that was kind of my mindset coming in,” Thomas said after scoring a career-high 44 points in Saturday’s 125-123 win over the Washington Wizards. “But I think towards when I got in in the third quarter, I knew I had to turn up. So, we were still down, Ed (Edmond Sumner) came out and played real well to start the quarter. But you know, we was still down, so I know how to come in turn up a notch. So we get the win.”

    Before Saturday, Thomas’ next highest-scoring performance was when he had 33 points against the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 10. In most instances, when Thomas has gotten the playing time, he has delivered for Brooklyn. However, not only did he have to overcome the inconsistent playing time, he also had to overcome his big brother Irving possibly being gone.

    “Yeah, of course, everybody was surprised,” Thomas said in response to being asked his reaction when Irving’s trade request became public on Friday. “But, it’s not my business. That’s still my brother at the end of the day. He’s one of the few guys who I really consider a brother in basketball. Just a big brother who I could look up to and ask anything to so, whatever happens happens, that’s still my brother, no matter what, at the end of the day.”

    According to the Brooklyn Nets PR staff, Thomas joins Stephon Marbury as the only players in franchise history to score 40 points in fewer than 30 minutes. Thomas is also one of only eight players in NBA history to score at least 44 points in 29 or fewer minutes.

    Credit: netswire.usatoday.com. You can read the original article here.

  •  NEW YORK AP The NBA has suspended Orlando s Mo Bamba for four games and Minnesota s Austin Rivers for three games for their roles in an on court altercation on Friday night Jalen Suggs of the Magic will miss one game the league said for escalating the incident The league announced the suspensions Saturday Bamba will forfeit 1 Credit https www tsn ca mo bamba austin rivers suspended for brawl 1 1915263284 138 in salary while Rivers will lose about 1 Credit https www tsn ca mo bamba austin rivers suspended for brawl 1 191526360 121 and Suggs will lose 1 Credit https www tsn ca mo bamba austin rivers suspended for brawl 1 191526347 740 Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels was fined 1 Credit https www tsn ca mo bamba austin rivers suspended for brawl 1 191526320 000 for getting involved in the altercation Bamba Rivers Suggs and McDaniels were all ejected as was Minnesota s Taurean Prince The NBA did not give Prince any additional sanction on Saturday Bamba and Rivers threw punches during the incident and the NBA said Suggs and McDaniels then entered the altercation as non peacemakers The league also said Bamba attempted to continue to engage with Rivers in a hostile manner in the corridor outside the locker rooms where he also aggressively shoved a security representative Both Rivers and Bamba had social media posts about the incident which the league said continued the escalation Credit tsn ca You can read the original article here
    Bamba suspended four games, Rivers gets three for brawl
     NEW YORK AP The NBA has suspended Orlando s Mo Bamba for four games and Minnesota s Austin Rivers for three games for their roles in an on court altercation on Friday night Jalen Suggs of the Magic will miss one game the league said for escalating the incident The league announced the suspensions Saturday Bamba will forfeit 1 Credit https www tsn ca mo bamba austin rivers suspended for brawl 1 1915263284 138 in salary while Rivers will lose about 1 Credit https www tsn ca mo bamba austin rivers suspended for brawl 1 191526360 121 and Suggs will lose 1 Credit https www tsn ca mo bamba austin rivers suspended for brawl 1 191526347 740 Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels was fined 1 Credit https www tsn ca mo bamba austin rivers suspended for brawl 1 191526320 000 for getting involved in the altercation Bamba Rivers Suggs and McDaniels were all ejected as was Minnesota s Taurean Prince The NBA did not give Prince any additional sanction on Saturday Bamba and Rivers threw punches during the incident and the NBA said Suggs and McDaniels then entered the altercation as non peacemakers The league also said Bamba attempted to continue to engage with Rivers in a hostile manner in the corridor outside the locker rooms where he also aggressively shoved a security representative Both Rivers and Bamba had social media posts about the incident which the league said continued the escalation Credit tsn ca You can read the original article here
    Bamba suspended four games, Rivers gets three for brawl
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    Bamba suspended four games, Rivers gets three for brawl

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has suspended Orlando's Mo Bamba for four games and Minnesota's Austin Rivers for three games for their roles in an on-court altercation on Friday night.

    Jalen Suggs of the Magic will miss one game, the league said, for escalating the incident.

    The league announced the suspensions Saturday. Bamba will forfeit $1

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    284,138 in salary, while Rivers will lose about $1

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    60,121 and Suggs will lose $1

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    47,740.

    Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels was fined $1

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    20,000 for getting involved in the altercation. Bamba, Rivers, Suggs and McDaniels were all ejected, as was Minnesota's Taurean Prince. The NBA did not give Prince any additional sanction on Saturday.

    Bamba and Rivers threw punches during the incident, and the NBA said Suggs and McDaniels “then entered the altercation as non-peacemakers." The league also said Bamba “attempted to continue to engage with Rivers in a hostile manner in the corridor outside the locker rooms where he also aggressively shoved a security representative."

    Both Rivers and Bamba had social media posts about the incident, which the league said continued the escalation.

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  •  NEW YORK AP Cam Thomas scored a career high 44 points off the bench and the short handed Brooklyn Nets rallied from a 23 point deficit to stun the Washington Wizards 125 123 on Saturday night Edmond Sumner also set a personal best with 29 points and Nic Claxton had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Nets who had their largest comeback win of the season and swept the regular season series against the Wizards Patty Mills added 13 points and Royce O Neale had 10 for the Nets who trailed 44 21 late in the first quarter The victory came despite Brooklyn being without Kyrie Irving who was out with what the team said was right calf soreness a day after he told the Nets he wants to be traded The Nets who also played without Kevin Durant right knee MCL sprain T J Warren left shin contusion and Ben Simmons left knee soreness also lost Seth Curry left adductor and Markieff Morris sore left knee in the game Kristaps Porzingis led the Wizards with 38 points before fouling out Deni Avdija finished with 23 points Monte Morris added 18 and Corey Kispert had 15 as Washington lost its second in a row Entering the fourth quarter Washington was clinging to a 99 92 lead but Mills Thomas and Yuta Watanabe scored eight points to help Brooklyn close to 102 100 Porzingis replied with a 14 footer and two free throws to extend the Wizards lead to 106 101 It didn t last long Mills and Sumner made baskets to cut it to 106 105 but Porzingis three point play pushed the lead back to four Thomas converted a layup and a two handed dunk on Brooklyn s next two possessions to tie it at 109 109 After Washington took a 110 109 lead on a free throw by Porzingis Brooklyn went ahead for the first time in the game on Thomas 3 pointer with 5 46 left Porzingis knocked down two free throws to tie it again With the Nets ahead 120 119 Morris gave the Wizards the lead again on a pair of free throws But Thomas made a jumper Morris had a pull up jumper and Thomas made a layup and then a free throw after Daniel Gafford was called for goaltending and Avdija whistled for a foul giving Brooklyn a 125 123 lead Washington had a chance to tie when Thomas was called for a foul but Morris missed both foul shots and the Nets got the rebound and ran out the clock Wizards Coach Wes Unseld Jr said before the game Bradley Beal was out with left foot soreness At some point during the Wizards 124 116 loss to Portland on Friday night Beal landed on Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons foot He was able to get through but you could tell there were some moments throughout the third or fourth quarter when he just didn t move correctly Unseld Jr said So he ll get re evaluated this afternoon this evening and tomorrow Beal in his 10th season is averaging 22 4 points 3 5 rebounds and 5 1 assists per game Nets Much of coach Jacque Vaughn s pregame availability was spent discussing Irving s trade demand which became public Friday afternoon The Nets entered the game third in the Atlantic Division fourth in the Eastern Conference and sixth overall in the NBA I think you make this as simple as possible Vaughn said With the group you re extremely honest with these guys So I think that s the approach with this group focus on today That doesn t change We ve been really good at just locking in and doing our jobs Wizards Host Cleveland on Monday night Nets Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night Credit basketballnews com You can read the original article here
    Cam Thomas helps Nets rally from 23 down to beat Wizards 125-123
     NEW YORK AP Cam Thomas scored a career high 44 points off the bench and the short handed Brooklyn Nets rallied from a 23 point deficit to stun the Washington Wizards 125 123 on Saturday night Edmond Sumner also set a personal best with 29 points and Nic Claxton had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Nets who had their largest comeback win of the season and swept the regular season series against the Wizards Patty Mills added 13 points and Royce O Neale had 10 for the Nets who trailed 44 21 late in the first quarter The victory came despite Brooklyn being without Kyrie Irving who was out with what the team said was right calf soreness a day after he told the Nets he wants to be traded The Nets who also played without Kevin Durant right knee MCL sprain T J Warren left shin contusion and Ben Simmons left knee soreness also lost Seth Curry left adductor and Markieff Morris sore left knee in the game Kristaps Porzingis led the Wizards with 38 points before fouling out Deni Avdija finished with 23 points Monte Morris added 18 and Corey Kispert had 15 as Washington lost its second in a row Entering the fourth quarter Washington was clinging to a 99 92 lead but Mills Thomas and Yuta Watanabe scored eight points to help Brooklyn close to 102 100 Porzingis replied with a 14 footer and two free throws to extend the Wizards lead to 106 101 It didn t last long Mills and Sumner made baskets to cut it to 106 105 but Porzingis three point play pushed the lead back to four Thomas converted a layup and a two handed dunk on Brooklyn s next two possessions to tie it at 109 109 After Washington took a 110 109 lead on a free throw by Porzingis Brooklyn went ahead for the first time in the game on Thomas 3 pointer with 5 46 left Porzingis knocked down two free throws to tie it again With the Nets ahead 120 119 Morris gave the Wizards the lead again on a pair of free throws But Thomas made a jumper Morris had a pull up jumper and Thomas made a layup and then a free throw after Daniel Gafford was called for goaltending and Avdija whistled for a foul giving Brooklyn a 125 123 lead Washington had a chance to tie when Thomas was called for a foul but Morris missed both foul shots and the Nets got the rebound and ran out the clock Wizards Coach Wes Unseld Jr said before the game Bradley Beal was out with left foot soreness At some point during the Wizards 124 116 loss to Portland on Friday night Beal landed on Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons foot He was able to get through but you could tell there were some moments throughout the third or fourth quarter when he just didn t move correctly Unseld Jr said So he ll get re evaluated this afternoon this evening and tomorrow Beal in his 10th season is averaging 22 4 points 3 5 rebounds and 5 1 assists per game Nets Much of coach Jacque Vaughn s pregame availability was spent discussing Irving s trade demand which became public Friday afternoon The Nets entered the game third in the Atlantic Division fourth in the Eastern Conference and sixth overall in the NBA I think you make this as simple as possible Vaughn said With the group you re extremely honest with these guys So I think that s the approach with this group focus on today That doesn t change We ve been really good at just locking in and doing our jobs Wizards Host Cleveland on Monday night Nets Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night Credit basketballnews com You can read the original article here
    Cam Thomas helps Nets rally from 23 down to beat Wizards 125-123
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    Cam Thomas helps Nets rally from 23 down to beat Wizards 125-123

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cam Thomas scored a career-high 44 points off the bench and the short-handed Brooklyn Nets rallied from a 23-point deficit to stun the Washington Wizards 125-123 on Saturday night.

    Edmond Sumner also set a personal best with 29 points and Nic Claxton had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Nets, who had their largest comeback win of the season and swept the regular-season series against the Wizards. Patty Mills added 13 points and Royce O’Neale had 10 for the Nets, who trailed 44-21 late in the first quarter.

    The victory came despite Brooklyn being without Kyrie Irving, who was out with what the team said was right calf soreness — a day after he told the Nets he wants to be traded.

    The Nets, who also played without Kevin Durant (right knee MCL sprain), T.J. Warren (left shin contusion) and Ben Simmons (left knee soreness), also lost Seth Curry (left adductor) and Markieff Morris (sore left knee) in the game.

    Kristaps Porzingis led the Wizards with 38 points before fouling out. Deni Avdija finished with 23 points, Monte Morris added 18 and Corey Kispert had 15 as Washington lost its second in a row.

    Entering the fourth quarter, Washington was clinging to a 99-92 lead but Mills, Thomas, and Yuta Watanabe scored eight points to help Brooklyn close to 102-100. Porzingis replied with a 14-footer and two free throws to extend the Wizards’ lead to 106-101.

    It didn’t last long.

    Mills and Sumner made baskets to cut it to 106-105, but Porzingis’ three-point play pushed the lead back to four. Thomas converted a layup and a two-handed dunk on Brooklyn’s next two possessions to tie it at 109-109.

    After Washington took a 110-109 lead on a free throw by Porzingis, Brooklyn went ahead for the first time in the game on Thomas’ 3-pointer with 5:46 left. Porzingis knocked down two free throws to tie it again.

    With the Nets ahead 120-119, Morris gave the Wizards the lead again on a pair of free throws. But Thomas made a jumper, Morris had a pull-up jumper and Thomas made a layup and then a free throw after Daniel Gafford was called for goaltending and Avdija whistled for a foul — giving Brooklyn a 125-123 lead.

    Washington had a chance to tie when Thomas was called for a foul, but Morris missed both foul shots and the Nets got the rebound and ran out the clock.

    Wizards: Coach Wes Unseld Jr. said before the game Bradley Beal was out with “left foot soreness.” At some point during the Wizards’ 124-116 loss to Portland on Friday night, Beal landed on Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons’ foot. “He was able to get through, (but) you could tell there were some moments throughout the third or fourth quarter when he just didn’t move correctly,” Unseld Jr. said. “So he’ll get re-evaluated this afternoon, this evening and tomorrow.” Beal, in his 10th season, is averaging 22.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game.

    Nets: Much of coach Jacque Vaughn’s pregame availability was spent discussing Irving’s trade demand, which became public Friday afternoon. The Nets entered the game third in the Atlantic Division, fourth in the Eastern Conference, and sixth overall in the NBA. “I think you make this as simple as possible,” Vaughn said. “With the group, you’re extremely honest with these guys. ... So I think that’s the approach with this group: focus on today. That doesn’t change. We’ve been really good at just locking in and doing our jobs.”

    Wizards: Host Cleveland on Monday night.

    Nets: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.

    Credit: basketballnews.com. You can read the original article here.

  •  NEW YORK The Brooklyn Nets welcomed the Washington Wizards to Barclays Center on Saturday and won 125 123 Brooklyn has swept the regular season series between the two teams at 4 0 For the Nets Cam Thomas had 44 points and five assists off the bench while Edmond Sumner had 29 points and three assists Nic Claxton had 15 points and three blocks and Patty Mills had 13 points For the Wizards Kristaps Porzingis had 38 points and five rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter while Deni Avdija had 23 points and four steals off the bench Monte Morris had 18 points and Corey Kispert had 15 points The Brooklyn Nets looked lifeless in the first half as it looks like Kyrie Irving s trade request has taken at least some of the team s energy The Nets allowed Kristaps Porzingis to score 20 points on just nine shots in the first 24 minutes The second half was a different story for both teams as Brooklyn won the second half 70 50 That massive comeback was because of Cam Thomas and Edmond Sumner reaching career highs in scoring and Nic Claxton being the stabilizing force for Brooklyn like he has been all season Sumner was awesome in this game He was aggressive from the opening tip despite not being able to hit his threes with good efficiency He made things happen driving to the rim and in the third quarter Sumner went off on both ends of the floor He did a wonderful job stepping in for Kyrie Irving Curry did a good job of scoring the basketball during his time on the floor He was lights out from three and he made some good plays on defense However he left the game in the third quarter with left adductor tightness and did not return Harris did not do much in this game as he struggled shooting the ball His three ball was not falling in this one and he was unable to make anything happen on any spot on the floor Harris did a decent job on the glass and made some nice passes to set up his teammates Harris played better defense in this one than he usually does O Neale had a good game against the Wizards He was effective in scoring the ball from behind the three point line and at the rim He did a great job helping on the glass and as he has done all season O Neale did a wonderful job of finding his teammates for open shots He was great on the defensive end as it was his own block party for once Claxton was great in this game for the Nets He did not shoot much in this one but he was efficient with his scoring thanks to the amount of free throws he shot from being aggressive and going at Kristaps Porzingis He was awesome on the boards and he had more than a few nice passes to set up his teammates for easy buckets Claxton was awesome on the defensive end and he was critical to Brooklyn s comeback in the second half Mills was solid for the Nets in this contest While he did not shoot well from the field he did make timely shots during the Nets comeback from a 23 point deficit He did a good job of helping out on the glass and his defense was passable Sharpe had a game to forget against the Wizards He wasn t able to get anything going on the offensive end and he didn t establish a presence on the glass Also he had some real trouble defending in this game as he couldn t stay out of foul trouble Cam Thomas was electric in this one Seemingly from the opening tip Thomas couldn t miss from any area of the floor He was driving to the rim with force and either drew free throws or made tough finishes Thomas also was unconscious from three point land Not only was Thomas scoring at an elite level he was also rebounding well and was giving out some impressive dishes too Watanabe did not do much in this game as he did not have anything going on the offensive end in this one Other than doing a good job on the glass Watanabe did not provide value anywhere else Morris did not get much time in the first half but during that span he wasn t able to make anything happen on either end of the floor He did leave the game in the third quarter because of left knee soreness Here s how NBA Twitter reacted to the Nets comeback win over the Wizards on Saturday Here s what you need to know to bet on Nets Wizards on Saturday Here s the preview of Nets Wizards on Saturday Thanks for signing up Please check your email for a confirmation Credit netswire usatoday com You can read the original article here
    Cam Thomas scores 44 points in 23-point comeback win over the Wizards
     NEW YORK The Brooklyn Nets welcomed the Washington Wizards to Barclays Center on Saturday and won 125 123 Brooklyn has swept the regular season series between the two teams at 4 0 For the Nets Cam Thomas had 44 points and five assists off the bench while Edmond Sumner had 29 points and three assists Nic Claxton had 15 points and three blocks and Patty Mills had 13 points For the Wizards Kristaps Porzingis had 38 points and five rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter while Deni Avdija had 23 points and four steals off the bench Monte Morris had 18 points and Corey Kispert had 15 points The Brooklyn Nets looked lifeless in the first half as it looks like Kyrie Irving s trade request has taken at least some of the team s energy The Nets allowed Kristaps Porzingis to score 20 points on just nine shots in the first 24 minutes The second half was a different story for both teams as Brooklyn won the second half 70 50 That massive comeback was because of Cam Thomas and Edmond Sumner reaching career highs in scoring and Nic Claxton being the stabilizing force for Brooklyn like he has been all season Sumner was awesome in this game He was aggressive from the opening tip despite not being able to hit his threes with good efficiency He made things happen driving to the rim and in the third quarter Sumner went off on both ends of the floor He did a wonderful job stepping in for Kyrie Irving Curry did a good job of scoring the basketball during his time on the floor He was lights out from three and he made some good plays on defense However he left the game in the third quarter with left adductor tightness and did not return Harris did not do much in this game as he struggled shooting the ball His three ball was not falling in this one and he was unable to make anything happen on any spot on the floor Harris did a decent job on the glass and made some nice passes to set up his teammates Harris played better defense in this one than he usually does O Neale had a good game against the Wizards He was effective in scoring the ball from behind the three point line and at the rim He did a great job helping on the glass and as he has done all season O Neale did a wonderful job of finding his teammates for open shots He was great on the defensive end as it was his own block party for once Claxton was great in this game for the Nets He did not shoot much in this one but he was efficient with his scoring thanks to the amount of free throws he shot from being aggressive and going at Kristaps Porzingis He was awesome on the boards and he had more than a few nice passes to set up his teammates for easy buckets Claxton was awesome on the defensive end and he was critical to Brooklyn s comeback in the second half Mills was solid for the Nets in this contest While he did not shoot well from the field he did make timely shots during the Nets comeback from a 23 point deficit He did a good job of helping out on the glass and his defense was passable Sharpe had a game to forget against the Wizards He wasn t able to get anything going on the offensive end and he didn t establish a presence on the glass Also he had some real trouble defending in this game as he couldn t stay out of foul trouble Cam Thomas was electric in this one Seemingly from the opening tip Thomas couldn t miss from any area of the floor He was driving to the rim with force and either drew free throws or made tough finishes Thomas also was unconscious from three point land Not only was Thomas scoring at an elite level he was also rebounding well and was giving out some impressive dishes too Watanabe did not do much in this game as he did not have anything going on the offensive end in this one Other than doing a good job on the glass Watanabe did not provide value anywhere else Morris did not get much time in the first half but during that span he wasn t able to make anything happen on either end of the floor He did leave the game in the third quarter because of left knee soreness Here s how NBA Twitter reacted to the Nets comeback win over the Wizards on Saturday Here s what you need to know to bet on Nets Wizards on Saturday Here s the preview of Nets Wizards on Saturday Thanks for signing up Please check your email for a confirmation Credit netswire usatoday com You can read the original article here
    Cam Thomas scores 44 points in 23-point comeback win over the Wizards
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    Cam Thomas scores 44 points in 23-point comeback win over the Wizards

    NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets welcomed the Washington Wizards to Barclays Center on Saturday and won 125-123. Brooklyn has swept the regular-season series between the two teams at 4-0.

    For the Nets, Cam Thomas had 44 points and five assists off the bench while Edmond Sumner had 29 points and three assists. Nic Claxton had 15 points and three blocks and Patty Mills had 13 points.

    For the Wizards, Kristaps Porzingis had 38 points and five rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter while Deni Avdija had 23 points and four steals off the bench. Monte Morris had 18 points and Corey Kispert had 15 points.

    The Brooklyn Nets looked lifeless in the first half as it looks like Kyrie Irving’s trade request has taken at least some of the team’s energy. The Nets allowed Kristaps Porzingis to score 20 points on just nine shots in the first 24 minutes.

    The second half was a different story for both teams as Brooklyn won the second half 70-50. That massive comeback was because of Cam Thomas and Edmond Sumner reaching career-highs in scoring and Nic Claxton being the stabilizing force for Brooklyn like he has been all season.

    Sumner was awesome in this game. He was aggressive from the opening tip despite not being able to hit his threes with good efficiency. He made things happen driving to the rim and in the third quarter, Sumner went off on both ends of the floor. He did a wonderful job stepping in for Kyrie Irving.

    Curry did a good job of scoring the basketball during his time on the floor. He was lights out from three and he made some good plays on defense. However, he left the game in the third quarter with left adductor tightness and did not return.

    Harris did not do much in this game as he struggled shooting the ball. His three-ball was not falling in this one and he was unable to make anything happen on any spot on the floor. Harris did a decent job on the glass and made some nice passes to set up his teammates. Harris played better defense in this one than he usually does.

    O’Neale had a good game against the Wizards. He was effective in scoring the ball from behind the three-point line and at the rim. He did a great job helping on the glass and as he has done all season, O’Neale did a wonderful job of finding his teammates for open shots. He was great on the defensive end as it was his own block party for once.

    Claxton was great in this game for the Nets. He did not shoot much in this one, but he was efficient with his scoring thanks to the amount of free-throws he shot from being aggressive and going at Kristaps Porzingis. He was awesome on the boards and he had more than a few nice passes to set up his teammates for easy buckets. Claxton was awesome on the defensive end and he was critical to Brooklyn’s comeback in the second half.

    Mills was solid for the Nets in this contest. While he did not shoot well from the field, he did make timely shots during the Nets’ comeback from a 23-point deficit. He did a good job of helping out on the glass and his defense was passable.

    Sharpe had a game to forget against the Wizards. He wasn’t able to get anything going on the offensive end and he didn’t establish a presence on the glass. Also, he had some real trouble defending in this game as he couldn’t stay out of foul trouble.

    Cam Thomas was electric in this one. Seemingly from the opening tip, Thomas couldn’t miss from any area of the floor. He was driving to the rim with force and either drew free-throws or made tough finishes. Thomas also was unconscious from three-point land. Not only was Thomas scoring at an elite level, he was also rebounding well and was giving out some impressive dishes too.

    Watanabe did not do much in this game as he did not have anything going on the offensive end in this one. Other than doing a good job on the glass, Watanabe did not provide value anywhere else.

    Morris did not get much time in the first half, but during that span, he wasn’t able to make anything happen on either end of the floor. He did leave the game in the third quarter because of left knee soreness.

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  •  NEW YORK One day after he requested a trade Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving will not play in Saturday s game against the Washington Wizards because of right calf soreness the team announced On Friday Irving told the Nets he wants out of Brooklyn ahead of Thursday s trade deadline after failing to negotiate terms on a long term contract extension sources told ESPN s Adrian Wojnarowski Irving did not attend the pregame walkthrough Saturday and Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said it was unclear whether Irving would attend Saturday s game Vaughn said he spent Friday speaking to each player on the roster individually including Irving but Vaughn said he did not ask Irving why he had requested a trade I didn t ask those questions Vaughn said Saturday There s a business side to this thing and there s a human side to this thing I elected to touch on the human side and check on him as an individual I ll leave the business side to Sean Marks the general manager and that group Irving was not initially listed on the first injury report Friday but he will now miss his third game this season because of injury he also missed eight games because of his suspension in November as the drama and intrigue around his future in Brooklyn grows prior to next week s trade deadline Vaughn said he was approaching Irving s absence on a day to day basis and wasn t sure when Irving would return to the floor Vaughn also had a simple response when asked what he said to the rest of the group to make sure news of Irving s request doesn t become a distraction So I said to them We re not going to make this weird Vaughn said We re here to play we re here to do a job Show up and do your job You ve done the first step of this thing we re here we re showing up And let s do the work to get a win tonight That s what I m going to continue to try and focus them on That s what I m focused on and look forward to try and get a win Irving 30 is averaging 27 1 points 5 3 assists and 5 1 rebounds this season Nets big man Ben Simmons also will miss his fourth straight game Saturday because of left knee soreness Vaughn said Simmons went through an individual workout Friday and is expected to do another workout Saturday but it remains unclear when he ll be able to return to the floor The Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns are already expressing interest in discussing an Irving trade and the Dallas Mavericks are expected to do so soon sources told ESPN on Friday Irving did not furnish a list of preferred teams but his marketplace is small and it s clear he is hoping that a team will trade for him with the intention of signing him to an extension in the offseason For their part Irving s teammates admitted they were surprised when they found out about news of his request We were like everybody else We were caught off guard center Nic Claxton said Saturday But we can t I can t judge a grown man for his decisions At the end of the day he s doing what s best for him And I stand by him and I stand with my teammates here in this locker room Claxton who said he had been in contact with Irving has spoken several times over the last year about how Irving has been a solid teammate At the end of the day we re all our own individuals and we have to do what s best for us Claxton said And if that s what a grown man thinks is best for him to do then that s what s best for him to do I can t judge anybody for what they want to do Said Vaughn I think you have responsibility as a basketball player Like I do as a coach I show up I do my job every single day That s what I signed up for and that s my expectations for 1 17 Irving who is in the final year of a deal that pays him 1 Credit https www espn com nba story _ id 35587968 nets kyrie irving calf soreness trade request36 9 million has been seeking in the neighborhood of a four year 1 Credit https www espn com nba story _ id 35587968 nets kyrie irving calf soreness trade request198 5 million maximum extension available to him until June 30 sources said If Irving is traded he will be eligible to sign a two year 1 Credit https www espn com nba story _ id 35587968 nets kyrie irving calf soreness trade request78 6 million extension with his new team until June 30 Credit espn com You can read the original article here
    Nets’ Irving out with sore calf after trade request
     NEW YORK One day after he requested a trade Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving will not play in Saturday s game against the Washington Wizards because of right calf soreness the team announced On Friday Irving told the Nets he wants out of Brooklyn ahead of Thursday s trade deadline after failing to negotiate terms on a long term contract extension sources told ESPN s Adrian Wojnarowski Irving did not attend the pregame walkthrough Saturday and Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said it was unclear whether Irving would attend Saturday s game Vaughn said he spent Friday speaking to each player on the roster individually including Irving but Vaughn said he did not ask Irving why he had requested a trade I didn t ask those questions Vaughn said Saturday There s a business side to this thing and there s a human side to this thing I elected to touch on the human side and check on him as an individual I ll leave the business side to Sean Marks the general manager and that group Irving was not initially listed on the first injury report Friday but he will now miss his third game this season because of injury he also missed eight games because of his suspension in November as the drama and intrigue around his future in Brooklyn grows prior to next week s trade deadline Vaughn said he was approaching Irving s absence on a day to day basis and wasn t sure when Irving would return to the floor Vaughn also had a simple response when asked what he said to the rest of the group to make sure news of Irving s request doesn t become a distraction So I said to them We re not going to make this weird Vaughn said We re here to play we re here to do a job Show up and do your job You ve done the first step of this thing we re here we re showing up And let s do the work to get a win tonight That s what I m going to continue to try and focus them on That s what I m focused on and look forward to try and get a win Irving 30 is averaging 27 1 points 5 3 assists and 5 1 rebounds this season Nets big man Ben Simmons also will miss his fourth straight game Saturday because of left knee soreness Vaughn said Simmons went through an individual workout Friday and is expected to do another workout Saturday but it remains unclear when he ll be able to return to the floor The Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns are already expressing interest in discussing an Irving trade and the Dallas Mavericks are expected to do so soon sources told ESPN on Friday Irving did not furnish a list of preferred teams but his marketplace is small and it s clear he is hoping that a team will trade for him with the intention of signing him to an extension in the offseason For their part Irving s teammates admitted they were surprised when they found out about news of his request We were like everybody else We were caught off guard center Nic Claxton said Saturday But we can t I can t judge a grown man for his decisions At the end of the day he s doing what s best for him And I stand by him and I stand with my teammates here in this locker room Claxton who said he had been in contact with Irving has spoken several times over the last year about how Irving has been a solid teammate At the end of the day we re all our own individuals and we have to do what s best for us Claxton said And if that s what a grown man thinks is best for him to do then that s what s best for him to do I can t judge anybody for what they want to do Said Vaughn I think you have responsibility as a basketball player Like I do as a coach I show up I do my job every single day That s what I signed up for and that s my expectations for 1 17 Irving who is in the final year of a deal that pays him 1 Credit https www espn com nba story _ id 35587968 nets kyrie irving calf soreness trade request36 9 million has been seeking in the neighborhood of a four year 1 Credit https www espn com nba story _ id 35587968 nets kyrie irving calf soreness trade request198 5 million maximum extension available to him until June 30 sources said If Irving is traded he will be eligible to sign a two year 1 Credit https www espn com nba story _ id 35587968 nets kyrie irving calf soreness trade request78 6 million extension with his new team until June 30 Credit espn com You can read the original article here
    Nets’ Irving out with sore calf after trade request
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    Nets’ Irving out with sore calf after trade request

    NEW YORK -- One day after he requested a trade, Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving will not play in Saturday's game against the Washington Wizards because of right calf soreness, the team announced.

    On Friday, Irving told the Nets he wants out of Brooklyn ahead of Thursday's trade deadline after failing to negotiate terms on a long-term contract extension, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Irving did not attend the pregame walkthrough Saturday, and Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said it was unclear whether Irving would attend Saturday's game. Vaughn said he spent Friday speaking to each player on the roster individually, including Irving, but Vaughn said he did not ask Irving why he had requested a trade.

    "I didn't ask those questions," Vaughn said Saturday. "There's a business side to this thing and there's a human side to this thing. I elected to touch on the human side and check on him as an individual. I'll leave the business side to Sean [Marks, the general manager] and that group."

    Irving was not initially listed on the first injury report Friday, but he will now miss his third game this season because of injury -- he also missed eight games because of his suspension in November -- as the drama and intrigue around his future in Brooklyn grows prior to next week's trade deadline.

    Vaughn said he was approaching Irving's absence on a day-to-day basis and wasn't sure when Irving would return to the floor. Vaughn also had a simple response when asked what he said to the rest of the group to make sure news of Irving's request doesn't become a distraction.

    "So I said to them, 'We're not going to make this weird,'" Vaughn said. "'We're here to play, we're here to do a job. Show up and do your job. You've done the first step of this thing, we're here, we're showing up. And let's do the work to get a win tonight.' That's what I'm going to continue to try and focus them on. That's what I'm focused on and look forward to try and get a win."

    Irving, 30, is averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds this season.

    Nets big man Ben Simmons also will miss his fourth straight game Saturday because of left knee soreness. Vaughn said Simmons went through an individual workout Friday and is expected to do another workout Saturday, but it remains unclear when he'll be able to return to the floor.

    The Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns are already expressing interest in discussing an Irving trade and the Dallas Mavericks are expected to do so soon, sources told ESPN on Friday.

    Irving did not furnish a list of preferred teams, but his marketplace is small and it's clear he is hoping that a team will trade for him with the intention of signing him to an extension in the offseason.

    For their part, Irving's teammates admitted they were surprised when they found out about news of his request.

    "We were like everybody else. We were caught off guard," center Nic Claxton said Saturday. "But we can't -- I can't -- judge a grown man for his decisions. At the end of the day, he's doing what's best for him. And I stand by him and I stand with my teammates here in this locker room."

    Claxton, who said he had been in contact with Irving, has spoken several times over the last year about how Irving has been a solid teammate.

    "At the end of the day, we're all our own individuals and we have to do what's best for us," Claxton said. "And if that's what a grown man thinks is best for him to do, then that's what's best for him to do. I can't judge anybody for what they want to do."

    Said Vaughn: "I think you have responsibility as a basketball player. Like I do as a coach. I show up, I do my job every single day. That's what I signed up for and that's my expectations for 1-17."

    Irving, who is in the final year of a deal that pays him $1

    Credit: https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/35587968/nets-kyrie-irving-calf-soreness-trade-request

    36.9 million, has been seeking in the neighborhood of a four-year, $1

    Credit: https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/35587968/nets-kyrie-irving-calf-soreness-trade-request

    198.5 million maximum extension available to him until June 30, sources said. If Irving is traded, he will be eligible to sign a two-year, $1

    Credit: https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/35587968/nets-kyrie-irving-calf-soreness-trade-request

    78.6 million extension with his new team until June 30.

    Credit: espn.com. You can read the original article here.

  •  NEW YORK If Rutgers was going to beat Michigan State it needed to bring the toughness and grit that s defined Steve Pikiell s team all season across the river The stage was set Madison Square Garden National television Two Big Ten teams who have had plenty of battles And from the opening minutes this game was the type of grind it out momentum shifting defense first fight that Rutgers so often thrives in The Scarlet Knights delivered the latest proof on Saturday It was far from pretty it wasn t the cleanest game But in the end Rutgers escaped the World s Most Famous Arena with a 61 55 victory over Tom Izzo s Spartans It wasn t a thing of beauty that s for sure Pikiell said But it was beautiful to me We figured out a way to win Paul Mulcahy took over in the closing minutes at one point scoring five consecutive points to give the Scarlet Knights some separation he ultimately finished with 17 points Cliff Omoruyi had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Rutgers Caleb McConnell had nine points but his greatest contributions came on the defensive end in another trademark performance The win also meant the Scarlet Knights split the season series with Michigan States after losing in the Breslin Center last month Neither team shot well Rutgers shot 37 5 percent Michigan State 34 5 percent McConnell drained a three pointer from the right wing with 6 44 to go in the second half to put Rutgers up 42 40 It came during a dreadful offensive stretch for Michigan State the Spartans unable to make shots from outside or around the rim The Scarlet Knights extended their lead to six points with five minutes to go but Michigan State cut it back to two a minute later After hitting one of two from the line Mulcahy made a tough move inside for a layup to put the Scarlet Knights up five with about three minutes to go then on Rutgers next possession drove toward the basket for another bucket to make it 51 44 with just more than two minutes remaining With Rutgers up six with 34 5 seconds left Cam Spencer got a critical rebound off a Michigan State miss The Spartans fouled him Spencer made both and the Scarlet Knights were on their way to a win All year if we re connected on the defensive end we cause havoc we cause problems McConnell said A lot of teams have struggled against our half court defense Coming into this game that s something that we wanted to do we wanted to smother them we wanted to be in help defense get rebounds and push the ball I feel like if we re all connected on the defensive end we re hard to beat Neither team shot well in the first half Michigan State went 37 9 percent from the field and Rutgers shot just 7 of 29 24 1 percent The Spartans especially struggled from the three point line 1 of 9 but the Scarlet Knights couldn t take advantage they missed several close attempts around the rim and were just 1 of 10 from deep and ultimately went into the break trailing the Spartans 25 19 to close a defense filled first half The Scarlet Knights were down eight points with 16 49 left in the second half It looked like Michigan State was putting itself in position to win Rutgers was having trouble closing the gap But the Scarlet Knights clamped down defensively and completely took over the game I just loved that we kept hanging in there Pikiell said I talked to our guys a lot about just Stay the course I thought in the second half we really started getting downhill Paul did an unbelievable job Cliff rebounding and rolling hard and Caleb the best defender in the country He really is He has to guard a million different people Rutgers isn t a team that goes down easily That was on display against Michigan State Rutgers in my humble opinion is the second best team in this league right now Izzo said They re not as good as Purdue and they beat Purdue so you figure that out I do think they re a very good team Mawot Mag who s really stepped up for Rutgers this season on both ends of the floor suffered a knee injury with just more than six minutes to go in the first half He was attempting a layup but was hit by Michigan State s Jaden Akins Akins got called for the foul and fell hard to the court He was on the floor for a couple minutes while trainer Richard Campbell tended to him Mag eventually got up and limped off the court into the locker room under his own power before returning to the bench shortly after But Mag didn t start the second half Oskar Palmquist replaced him and never returned to the court He eventually returned to the bench in street clothes with a wrap on his leg Losing Mag for any period of time would certainly hurt the Scarlet Knights That s really tough especially what he brings to this team McConnell said He brings a lot more Everyone looks at the stat sheet and everyone looks at offense He brings way more He absolutely stuffs the stat sheet He comes through when you need him Hard worker and he s kind of our anchor on both ends Rutgers overcame it so in the end it didn t cost it too badly but the Scarlet Knights didn t shoot well from the free throw line at least for most of the game They finished 22 of 34 from the line missing some chances to expand their lead But Rutgers managed to make some key foul shots late including two big ones from Derek Simpson with just more than a minute left to help seal the win This wasn t Jersey Mike s Arena but it certainly felt that way at least when it came to the amount of Scarlet clad fans in the stands The Michigan State faithful though did make itself heard at times The Spartans also brought their cheerleaders and pep band But the Rutgers fans were far more vocal especially in the second half It was a good environment from the start inside the Mecca Super thankful for Rutgers Nation Mulcahy said There was scarlet all over Great atmosphere Kudos to them Really thankful for them This was considered a home game for Rutgers a debatable decision and one that many if not all Rutgers supporters disagreed with A neutral site victory means more when it comes to the NET rankings and a loss doesn t sting quite as much Still this was a Quad 2 win for Rutgers It certainly helps the resume Credit app com You can read the original article here
    Rutgers grinds out win over Michigan State at Madison Square Garden
     NEW YORK If Rutgers was going to beat Michigan State it needed to bring the toughness and grit that s defined Steve Pikiell s team all season across the river The stage was set Madison Square Garden National television Two Big Ten teams who have had plenty of battles And from the opening minutes this game was the type of grind it out momentum shifting defense first fight that Rutgers so often thrives in The Scarlet Knights delivered the latest proof on Saturday It was far from pretty it wasn t the cleanest game But in the end Rutgers escaped the World s Most Famous Arena with a 61 55 victory over Tom Izzo s Spartans It wasn t a thing of beauty that s for sure Pikiell said But it was beautiful to me We figured out a way to win Paul Mulcahy took over in the closing minutes at one point scoring five consecutive points to give the Scarlet Knights some separation he ultimately finished with 17 points Cliff Omoruyi had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Rutgers Caleb McConnell had nine points but his greatest contributions came on the defensive end in another trademark performance The win also meant the Scarlet Knights split the season series with Michigan States after losing in the Breslin Center last month Neither team shot well Rutgers shot 37 5 percent Michigan State 34 5 percent McConnell drained a three pointer from the right wing with 6 44 to go in the second half to put Rutgers up 42 40 It came during a dreadful offensive stretch for Michigan State the Spartans unable to make shots from outside or around the rim The Scarlet Knights extended their lead to six points with five minutes to go but Michigan State cut it back to two a minute later After hitting one of two from the line Mulcahy made a tough move inside for a layup to put the Scarlet Knights up five with about three minutes to go then on Rutgers next possession drove toward the basket for another bucket to make it 51 44 with just more than two minutes remaining With Rutgers up six with 34 5 seconds left Cam Spencer got a critical rebound off a Michigan State miss The Spartans fouled him Spencer made both and the Scarlet Knights were on their way to a win All year if we re connected on the defensive end we cause havoc we cause problems McConnell said A lot of teams have struggled against our half court defense Coming into this game that s something that we wanted to do we wanted to smother them we wanted to be in help defense get rebounds and push the ball I feel like if we re all connected on the defensive end we re hard to beat Neither team shot well in the first half Michigan State went 37 9 percent from the field and Rutgers shot just 7 of 29 24 1 percent The Spartans especially struggled from the three point line 1 of 9 but the Scarlet Knights couldn t take advantage they missed several close attempts around the rim and were just 1 of 10 from deep and ultimately went into the break trailing the Spartans 25 19 to close a defense filled first half The Scarlet Knights were down eight points with 16 49 left in the second half It looked like Michigan State was putting itself in position to win Rutgers was having trouble closing the gap But the Scarlet Knights clamped down defensively and completely took over the game I just loved that we kept hanging in there Pikiell said I talked to our guys a lot about just Stay the course I thought in the second half we really started getting downhill Paul did an unbelievable job Cliff rebounding and rolling hard and Caleb the best defender in the country He really is He has to guard a million different people Rutgers isn t a team that goes down easily That was on display against Michigan State Rutgers in my humble opinion is the second best team in this league right now Izzo said They re not as good as Purdue and they beat Purdue so you figure that out I do think they re a very good team Mawot Mag who s really stepped up for Rutgers this season on both ends of the floor suffered a knee injury with just more than six minutes to go in the first half He was attempting a layup but was hit by Michigan State s Jaden Akins Akins got called for the foul and fell hard to the court He was on the floor for a couple minutes while trainer Richard Campbell tended to him Mag eventually got up and limped off the court into the locker room under his own power before returning to the bench shortly after But Mag didn t start the second half Oskar Palmquist replaced him and never returned to the court He eventually returned to the bench in street clothes with a wrap on his leg Losing Mag for any period of time would certainly hurt the Scarlet Knights That s really tough especially what he brings to this team McConnell said He brings a lot more Everyone looks at the stat sheet and everyone looks at offense He brings way more He absolutely stuffs the stat sheet He comes through when you need him Hard worker and he s kind of our anchor on both ends Rutgers overcame it so in the end it didn t cost it too badly but the Scarlet Knights didn t shoot well from the free throw line at least for most of the game They finished 22 of 34 from the line missing some chances to expand their lead But Rutgers managed to make some key foul shots late including two big ones from Derek Simpson with just more than a minute left to help seal the win This wasn t Jersey Mike s Arena but it certainly felt that way at least when it came to the amount of Scarlet clad fans in the stands The Michigan State faithful though did make itself heard at times The Spartans also brought their cheerleaders and pep band But the Rutgers fans were far more vocal especially in the second half It was a good environment from the start inside the Mecca Super thankful for Rutgers Nation Mulcahy said There was scarlet all over Great atmosphere Kudos to them Really thankful for them This was considered a home game for Rutgers a debatable decision and one that many if not all Rutgers supporters disagreed with A neutral site victory means more when it comes to the NET rankings and a loss doesn t sting quite as much Still this was a Quad 2 win for Rutgers It certainly helps the resume Credit app com You can read the original article here
    Rutgers grinds out win over Michigan State at Madison Square Garden
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    Rutgers grinds out win over Michigan State at Madison Square Garden

    NEW YORK – If Rutgers was going to beat Michigan State, it needed to bring the toughness and grit that’s defined Steve Pikiell’s team all season across the river.

    The stage was set.

    Madison Square Garden. National television. Two Big Ten teams who have had plenty of battles.

    And from the opening minutes, this game was the type of grind-it-out, momentum-shifting, defense-first fight that Rutgers so often thrives in.

    The Scarlet Knights delivered the latest proof on Saturday.

    It was far from pretty, it wasn’t the cleanest game. But in the end Rutgers escaped the World’s Most Famous Arena with a 61-55 victory over Tom Izzo’s Spartans.

    "It wasn’t a thing of beauty, that’s for sure," Pikiell said. "But it was beautiful to me. We figured out a way to win."

    Paul Mulcahy took over in the closing minutes, at one point scoring five consecutive points to give the Scarlet Knights some separation – he ultimately finished with 17 points.

    Cliff Omoruyi had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Rutgers.

    Caleb McConnell had nine points but his greatest contributions came on the defensive end in another trademark performance.

    The win also meant the Scarlet Knights split the season series with Michigan States after losing in the Breslin Center last month.

    Neither team shot well −Rutgers shot 37.5 percent, Michigan State 34.5 percent.

    McConnell drained a three-pointer from the right wing with 6:44 to go in the second half to put Rutgers up 42-40. It came during a dreadful offensive stretch for Michigan State, the Spartans unable to make shots from outside or around the rim.

    The Scarlet Knights extended their lead to six points with five minutes to go, but Michigan State cut it back to two a minute later.

    After hitting one of two from the line, Mulcahy made a tough move inside for a layup to put the Scarlet Knights up five with about three minutes to go, then on Rutgers’ next possession drove toward the basket for another bucket to make it 51-44 with just more than two minutes remaining.

    With Rutgers up six with 34.5 seconds left, Cam Spencer got a critical rebound off a Michigan State miss.

    The Spartans fouled him, Spencer made both and the Scarlet Knights were on their way to a win.

    "All year, if we’re connected on the defensive end we cause havoc, we cause problems," McConnell said. "A lot of teams have struggled against our half-court defense. Coming into this game, that’s something that we wanted to do – we wanted to smother them, we wanted to be in help defense, get rebounds and push the ball. I feel like if we’re all connected on the defensive end, we’re hard to beat."

    Neither team shot well in the first half – Michigan State went 37.9 percent from the field and Rutgers shot just 7-of-29 (24.1 percent). The Spartans especially struggled from the three-point line (1-of-9) but the Scarlet Knights couldn’t take advantage – they missed several close attempts around the rim and were just 1-of-10 from deep – and ultimately went into the break trailing the Spartans 25-19 to close a defense-filled first half.

    The Scarlet Knights were down eight points with 16:49 left in the second half.

    It looked like Michigan State was putting itself in position to win. Rutgers was having trouble closing the gap.

    But the Scarlet Knights clamped down defensively and completely took over the game.

    "I just loved that we kept hanging in there," Pikiell said. "I talked to our guys a lot about just, ‘Stay the course.’ I thought in the second half we really started getting downhill. Paul did an unbelievable job. Cliff rebounding and rolling hard, and Caleb, the best defender in the country. He really is. He has to guard a million different people."

    Rutgers isn’t a team that goes down easily. That was on display against Michigan State.

    "Rutgers, in my humble opinion, is the second-best team in this league right now," Izzo said. "They’re not as good as Purdue, and they beat Purdue, so you figure that out. I do think they’re a very good team."

    Mawot Mag, who’s really stepped up for Rutgers this season on both ends of the floor, suffered a knee injury with just more than six minutes to go in the first half. He was attempting a layup, but was hit by Michigan State’s Jaden Akins (Akins got called for the foul) and fell hard to the court.

    He was on the floor for a couple minutes while trainer Richard Campbell tended to him. Mag eventually got up and limped off the court into the locker room under his own power before returning to the bench shortly after.

    But Mag didn’t start the second half (Oskar Palmquist replaced him) and never returned to the court. He eventually returned to the bench in street clothes with a wrap on his leg.

    Losing Mag for any period of time would certainly hurt the Scarlet Knights.

    "That’s really tough, especially what he brings to this team," McConnell said. "He brings a lot more. Everyone looks at the stat sheet and everyone looks at (offense). He brings way more. He absolutely stuffs the stat sheet. He comes through when you need him. Hard worker and he’s kind of our anchor on both ends."

    Rutgers overcame it, so in the end it didn’t cost it too badly, but the Scarlet Knights didn’t shoot well from the free-throw line – at least for most of the game.

    They finished 22-of-34 from the line, missing some chances to expand their lead.

    But Rutgers managed to make some key foul shots late – including two big ones from Derek Simpson with just more than a minute left – to help seal the win.

    This wasn’t Jersey Mike’s Arena but it certainly felt that way – at least when it came to the amount of Scarlet-clad fans in the stands.

    The Michigan State faithful, though, did make itself heard at times. The Spartans also brought their cheerleaders and pep band.

    But the Rutgers fans were far more vocal, especially in the second half.

    It was a good environment from the start inside the Mecca.

    "Super thankful for Rutgers Nation," Mulcahy said. "There was scarlet all over. Great atmosphere. Kudos to them. Really thankful for them."

    This was considered a home game for Rutgers – a debatable decision and one that many (if not all) Rutgers supporters disagreed with.

    A neutral site victory means more when it comes to the NET rankings, and a loss doesn’t sting quite as much.

    Still, this was a Quad 2 win for Rutgers. It certainly helps the resume.

    Credit: app.com. You can read the original article here.

  •  NEW YORK Tom Izzo on Thursday said Michigan State basketball spent much its extra time off working on improving its offense Back to the drawing board In a game that at times sent Madison Square Garden back to the chicken wire and peach basket era the Spartans and Rutgers engaged in a nasty back alley brawl that featured missed shot after missed shot almost all afternoon That was before the Scarlet Knights used a clutch closing stretch from guard Paul Mulcahy who scored 12 of his 17 points in the final 10 minutes to hand MSU a 61 55 defeat on Saturday Mulcahy scored five straight points after the Spartans pulled within 46 44 including back to back layups in the final three minutes that proved to be a knockout punch in a game in which neither team sustained any rhythm or found any success shooting from long range From there the Scarlet Knights put it away at the free throw line where they were 22 for 34 in the game and 18 for 27 in the final half They got downhill and got to the hole Izzo said I mean it s not bad enough they didn t just get fouled they got to the hole and got layups And that s not very good defense And yet with all that being said they still shot 37 so it s hard for me to complain too much about my defense until that end of game part of it There s a lot of reasons to complain about the offense and the turnovers and I ll do that for the next couple of days Tyson Walker had 12 points on 5 for 10 shooting to lead MSU 14 9 6 6 Big Ten which faces Maryland for the only time this season Tuesday night in East Lansing Tipoff is 9 p m at Breslin Center ESPN2 Joey Hauser added 10 points but went just 4 for 11 Jaden Akins scored nine with six boards while A J Hoggard was 3 for 10 for eight points and committed five of the Spartans 14 turnovers MSU made just 34 5 from the field and went 4 for 21 from 3 point range The Spartans did manage a 44 34 rebounding advantage with Malik Hall grabbing 13 but the senior also made just one of nine shots to finish with four points I think we did everything we were supposed to do in our game plan Hoggard said We just didn t make shots And then we didn t do what we were supposed to down the stretch There s always something to learn from Clifford Omoruyi had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Rutgers 16 7 8 4 which won despite going 3 for 16 from 3 point range The Scarlet Knights shot 57 9 in the second half to finish at 37 5 I mean it wasn t a thing of beauty that s for sure But that was beautiful to me Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said We figured out a way to win MSU won the first meeting between the two teams on Jan 19 70 57 in East Lansing Izzo described it as a rockfight before that game Saturday began as a brick fest Both teams struggled with the MSG sightlines and depth of the crowd early starting a combined 4 for 23 in the opening 8 minutes Refs allowed physical play inside which compounded the outside shooting problems with errant flips and floaters around the rim Hauser struggled early from deep missing his first five shot attempts before hitting a pair of layups Hall also kept drawing iron in and around the paint I feel like some of them weren t bad shots Hall said Some of them on my behalf I forced But I feel like overall we didn t have many bad bad ones I think it s just part of the game Everybody has an off shooting night But MSU s defense bothered the Scarlet Knights holding them to 1 for 10 from 3 point range and just 24 1 overall in the half And the Spartans fought to own a near even battle on the boards 22 20 rebounding was a major emphasis for Izzo coming into this game after Rutgers dominated the first game MSU wasn t faring much better The Spartans went 1 for 9 from 3 point range and shot 37 9 in the half It was tough We had some really good looks early that I thought would go down Hauser said I missed my first five shots and all five of them I thought were good shots So it s not easy when you re not making shots But you gotta find a way MSU center Mady Sissoko went to the bench with two fouls and sat the final 12 54 of the period But the Scarlet Knights suffered a big loss when Mawot Mag collided on a drive with Akins and appeared to suffer a knee injury with 6 25 left before halftime Mag had seven points on 3 for 4 shooting at the time the only Scarlet Knight who made more than half his shots in the opening period Rutgers would score just six points and make two field goals the rest of the half the last a Spencer jumper to tie the game at 19 19 The Spartans then scored the final three buckets in the last 1 49 starting with a Jaxon Kohler up and under layup and Hauser s second layup Akins missed a jumper with about 20 seconds to go giving Rutgers one final chance for a shot But Walker plucked a steal and flicked the ball ahead to Akins on a breakout who released his layup just as time expired to send MSU into half with a 25 19 lead Walker had seven first half points a short jumper to open the game then back to back buckets with a short floater and a 3 pointer with 4 27 before halftime He appeared to suffer a right hand injury after making the deep shot but played through it The offensive misery remained in the second half and some of it continued because of the scrappy physical defense both teams applied But much of it came due to the Spartans and Scarlet Knights suffering bouts of poor shooting puzzling decision making and imprecise attempts at execution MSU attacked inside to go up eight early with Hoggard and Walker penetrating for driving layups Yet Rutgers countered with a 7 0 run and tied it on Mulcahy s 3 pointer with 13 30 to go Akins drained a 3 pointer just the second of the game for MSU and Hoggard s two free throws pushed the cushion back to five But the Scarlet Knights ripped off a 13 2 run after that going on a 9 0 run over a 2 50 span capped by five free throws to make it 46 40 with 4 55 left whipping the pro Rutgers crowd in the Garden into a frenzy I thought the second half they got downhill and got to the free throw line Izzo said And we didn t cover that with a fishnet So some of that s our fault But Hall hit a pair of free throws then set up Sissoko for a dunk to make it a one possession game and get the Spartan fans back into it for another close late game finish for MSU And another close loss in the tightly contested Big Ten standings behind first place Purdue The Spartans have lost five of their past seven games with eight games left in the regular season It s a major concern Hauser said We gotta have those wins if we want to get to where we want to go Those are wins we have to have Contact Chris Solari csolari freepress com Follow him on Twitter chrissolari Read more on the Michigan State Spartans and sign up for our Spartans newsletter Credit freep com You can read the original article here
    Michigan State basketball can’t find late shots in 61-55 loss to Rutgers in NYC
     NEW YORK Tom Izzo on Thursday said Michigan State basketball spent much its extra time off working on improving its offense Back to the drawing board In a game that at times sent Madison Square Garden back to the chicken wire and peach basket era the Spartans and Rutgers engaged in a nasty back alley brawl that featured missed shot after missed shot almost all afternoon That was before the Scarlet Knights used a clutch closing stretch from guard Paul Mulcahy who scored 12 of his 17 points in the final 10 minutes to hand MSU a 61 55 defeat on Saturday Mulcahy scored five straight points after the Spartans pulled within 46 44 including back to back layups in the final three minutes that proved to be a knockout punch in a game in which neither team sustained any rhythm or found any success shooting from long range From there the Scarlet Knights put it away at the free throw line where they were 22 for 34 in the game and 18 for 27 in the final half They got downhill and got to the hole Izzo said I mean it s not bad enough they didn t just get fouled they got to the hole and got layups And that s not very good defense And yet with all that being said they still shot 37 so it s hard for me to complain too much about my defense until that end of game part of it There s a lot of reasons to complain about the offense and the turnovers and I ll do that for the next couple of days Tyson Walker had 12 points on 5 for 10 shooting to lead MSU 14 9 6 6 Big Ten which faces Maryland for the only time this season Tuesday night in East Lansing Tipoff is 9 p m at Breslin Center ESPN2 Joey Hauser added 10 points but went just 4 for 11 Jaden Akins scored nine with six boards while A J Hoggard was 3 for 10 for eight points and committed five of the Spartans 14 turnovers MSU made just 34 5 from the field and went 4 for 21 from 3 point range The Spartans did manage a 44 34 rebounding advantage with Malik Hall grabbing 13 but the senior also made just one of nine shots to finish with four points I think we did everything we were supposed to do in our game plan Hoggard said We just didn t make shots And then we didn t do what we were supposed to down the stretch There s always something to learn from Clifford Omoruyi had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Rutgers 16 7 8 4 which won despite going 3 for 16 from 3 point range The Scarlet Knights shot 57 9 in the second half to finish at 37 5 I mean it wasn t a thing of beauty that s for sure But that was beautiful to me Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said We figured out a way to win MSU won the first meeting between the two teams on Jan 19 70 57 in East Lansing Izzo described it as a rockfight before that game Saturday began as a brick fest Both teams struggled with the MSG sightlines and depth of the crowd early starting a combined 4 for 23 in the opening 8 minutes Refs allowed physical play inside which compounded the outside shooting problems with errant flips and floaters around the rim Hauser struggled early from deep missing his first five shot attempts before hitting a pair of layups Hall also kept drawing iron in and around the paint I feel like some of them weren t bad shots Hall said Some of them on my behalf I forced But I feel like overall we didn t have many bad bad ones I think it s just part of the game Everybody has an off shooting night But MSU s defense bothered the Scarlet Knights holding them to 1 for 10 from 3 point range and just 24 1 overall in the half And the Spartans fought to own a near even battle on the boards 22 20 rebounding was a major emphasis for Izzo coming into this game after Rutgers dominated the first game MSU wasn t faring much better The Spartans went 1 for 9 from 3 point range and shot 37 9 in the half It was tough We had some really good looks early that I thought would go down Hauser said I missed my first five shots and all five of them I thought were good shots So it s not easy when you re not making shots But you gotta find a way MSU center Mady Sissoko went to the bench with two fouls and sat the final 12 54 of the period But the Scarlet Knights suffered a big loss when Mawot Mag collided on a drive with Akins and appeared to suffer a knee injury with 6 25 left before halftime Mag had seven points on 3 for 4 shooting at the time the only Scarlet Knight who made more than half his shots in the opening period Rutgers would score just six points and make two field goals the rest of the half the last a Spencer jumper to tie the game at 19 19 The Spartans then scored the final three buckets in the last 1 49 starting with a Jaxon Kohler up and under layup and Hauser s second layup Akins missed a jumper with about 20 seconds to go giving Rutgers one final chance for a shot But Walker plucked a steal and flicked the ball ahead to Akins on a breakout who released his layup just as time expired to send MSU into half with a 25 19 lead Walker had seven first half points a short jumper to open the game then back to back buckets with a short floater and a 3 pointer with 4 27 before halftime He appeared to suffer a right hand injury after making the deep shot but played through it The offensive misery remained in the second half and some of it continued because of the scrappy physical defense both teams applied But much of it came due to the Spartans and Scarlet Knights suffering bouts of poor shooting puzzling decision making and imprecise attempts at execution MSU attacked inside to go up eight early with Hoggard and Walker penetrating for driving layups Yet Rutgers countered with a 7 0 run and tied it on Mulcahy s 3 pointer with 13 30 to go Akins drained a 3 pointer just the second of the game for MSU and Hoggard s two free throws pushed the cushion back to five But the Scarlet Knights ripped off a 13 2 run after that going on a 9 0 run over a 2 50 span capped by five free throws to make it 46 40 with 4 55 left whipping the pro Rutgers crowd in the Garden into a frenzy I thought the second half they got downhill and got to the free throw line Izzo said And we didn t cover that with a fishnet So some of that s our fault But Hall hit a pair of free throws then set up Sissoko for a dunk to make it a one possession game and get the Spartan fans back into it for another close late game finish for MSU And another close loss in the tightly contested Big Ten standings behind first place Purdue The Spartans have lost five of their past seven games with eight games left in the regular season It s a major concern Hauser said We gotta have those wins if we want to get to where we want to go Those are wins we have to have Contact Chris Solari csolari freepress com Follow him on Twitter chrissolari Read more on the Michigan State Spartans and sign up for our Spartans newsletter Credit freep com You can read the original article here
    Michigan State basketball can’t find late shots in 61-55 loss to Rutgers in NYC
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    Michigan State basketball can’t find late shots in 61-55 loss to Rutgers in NYC

    NEW YORK – Tom Izzo on Thursday said Michigan State basketball spent much its extra time off working on improving its offense.

    Back to the drawing board.

    In a game that at times sent Madison Square Garden back to the chicken wire and peach basket era, the Spartans and Rutgers engaged in a nasty back-alley brawl that featured missed shot after missed shot almost all afternoon.

    That was before the Scarlet Knights used a clutch closing stretch from guard Paul Mulcahy, who scored 12 of his 17 points in the final 10 minutes to hand MSU a 61-55 defeat on Saturday.

    Mulcahy scored five straight points after the Spartans pulled within 46-44, including back-to-back layups in the final three minutes that proved to be a knockout punch in a game in which neither team sustained any rhythm or found any success shooting from long range. From there, the Scarlet Knights put it away at the free throw line, where they were 22-for-34 in the game and 18-for-27 in the final half.

    "They got downhill and got to the hole," Izzo said. "I mean, it's not bad enough they didn't (just) get fouled, they got to the hole and got layups. And that's not very good (defense). And yet, with all that being said, they still shot 37%, so it's hard for me to complain too much about my defense until that (end-of-game) part of it.

    "There's a lot of reasons to complain about the offense and the turnovers, and I'll do that for the next couple of days."

    Tyson Walker had 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting to lead MSU (14-9, 6-6 Big Ten), which faces Maryland for the only time this season Tuesday night in East Lansing.

    Tipoff is 9 p.m. at Breslin Center (ESPN2).

    Joey Hauser added 10 points but went just 4-for-11, Jaden Akins scored nine with six boards, while A.J. Hoggard was 3-for-10 for eight points and committed five of the Spartans’ 14 turnovers.

    MSU made just 34.5% from the field and went 4-for-21 from 3-point range. The Spartans did manage a 44-34 rebounding advantage, with Malik Hall grabbing 13, but the senior also made just one of nine shots to finish with four points.

    "I think we did everything we were supposed to do in our game plan," Hoggard said. "We just didn't make shots. And then we didn't do what we were supposed to down the stretch. There's always something to learn from."

    Clifford Omoruyi had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Rutgers (16-7, 8-4), which won despite going 3-for-16 from 3-point range. The Scarlet Knights shot 57.9% in the second half to finish at 37.5%.

    "I mean, it wasn't a thing of beauty, that's for sure. But that was beautiful to me," Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell said. "We figured out a way to win."

    MSU won the first meeting between the two teams on Jan. 19, 70-57, in East Lansing. Izzo described it as “a rockfight” before that game.

    Saturday began as a brick-fest.

    Both teams struggled with the MSG sightlines and depth of the crowd early, starting a combined 4-for-23 in the opening 8 minutes. Refs allowed physical play inside, which compounded the outside shooting problems with errant flips and floaters around the rim.

    Hauser struggled early from deep, missing his first five shot attempts before hitting a pair of layups. Hall also kept drawing iron in and around the paint.

    "I feel like some of them weren't bad shots," Hall said. "Some of them, on my behalf, I forced. But I feel like overall, we didn't have many bad bad ones. ... I think it's just part of the game. Everybody has an off shooting night."

    But MSU’s defense bothered the Scarlet Knights, holding them to 1-for-10 from 3-point range and just 24.1% overall in the half. And the Spartans fought to own a near-even battle on the boards, 22-20 — rebounding was a major emphasis for Izzo coming into this game after Rutgers dominated the first game.

    MSU wasn’t faring much better. The Spartans went 1-for-9 from 3-point range and shot 37.9% in the half.

    "It was tough. We had some really good looks early that I thought would go down," Hauser said. "I missed my first five shots, and all five of them I thought were good shots. So it's not easy when you're not making shots. But you gotta find a way."

    MSU center Mady Sissoko went to the bench with two fouls and sat the final 12:54 of the period. But the Scarlet Knights suffered a big loss when Mawot Mag collided on a drive with Akins and appeared to suffer a knee injury with 6:25 left before halftime. Mag had seven points on 3-for-4 shooting at the time, the only Scarlet Knight who made more than half his shots in the opening period.

    Rutgers would score just six points and make two field goals the rest of the half, the last a Spencer jumper to tie the game at 19-19. The Spartans then scored the final three buckets in the last 1:49, starting with a Jaxon Kohler up-and-under layup and Hauser’s second layup.

    Akins missed a jumper with about 20 seconds to go, giving Rutgers one final chance for a shot. But Walker plucked a steal and flicked the ball ahead to Akins on a breakout, who released his layup just as time expired to send MSU into half with a 25-19 lead.

    Walker had seven first-half points — a short jumper to open the game then back-to-back buckets with a short floater and a 3-pointer with 4:27 before halftime. He appeared to suffer a right hand injury after making the deep shot but played through it.

    The offensive misery remained in the second half, and some of it continued because of the scrappy, physical defense both teams applied. But much of it came due to the Spartans and Scarlet Knights suffering bouts of poor shooting, puzzling decision-making and imprecise attempts at execution.

    MSU attacked inside to go up eight early, with Hoggard and Walker penetrating for driving layups. Yet Rutgers countered with a 7-0 run and tied it on Mulcahy’s 3-pointer with 13:30 to go.

    Akins drained a 3-pointer — just the second of the game for MSU — and Hoggard’s two free throws pushed the cushion back to five. But the Scarlet Knights ripped off a 13-2 run after that, going on a 9-0 run over a 2:50 span capped by five free throws to make it 46-40 with 4:55 left, whipping the pro-Rutgers crowd in the Garden into a frenzy.

    "I thought the second half, they got downhill and got to the free throw line," Izzo said. "And we didn't cover that with a fishnet. So some of that's our fault."

    But Hall hit a pair of free throws, then set up Sissoko for a dunk to make it a one-possession game and get the Spartan fans back into it for another close late-game finish for MSU.

    And another close loss in the tightly contested Big Ten standings behind first-place Purdue. The Spartans have lost five of their past seven games, with eight games left in the regular season.

    "It's a major concern," Hauser said. "We gotta have those wins if we want to get to where we want to go. Those are wins we have to have."

    Contact Chris Solari:[email protected] Follow him on Twitter @chrissolari.

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  •  NEW YORK AP Unable to get a new contract Kyrie Irving is looking for a new address The All Star guard has asked the Brooklyn Nets for a trade a person with knowledge of the details said Friday The request comes less than a week before the trade deadline and possibly signals an ending to his tenure with the franchise either then or after this season ends Irving made the request after talks about a new contract did not go to his liking the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because talks were to remain private It was first reported by ESPN and The Athletic Irving is eligible for a contract extension but the Nets refused to give him one last summer Irving s agent and stepmother Shetellia Irving told Bleacher Report last week that she had reached out to the Nets regarding a new deal Kyrie Irving whose current deal with the Nets expires after this season is eligible for a four year contract worth as much as 1 Credit https www wokv com sports ap source kyrie QNXG62GNS5UTQ27I6IA76GBEOY 200 million I have reached out to the Nets regarding this Shetellia Irving told Bleacher Report We have had no significant conversations to date The desire is to make Brooklyn home with the right type of extension which means the ball is in the Nets court to communicate now if their desire is the same Irving and the Nets were thought to be moving toward a long term extension in 2021 when Kevin Durant signed one Instead Irving proved himself to be unreliable missing games for reasons unrelated to basketball and the Nets changed their thoughts about locking into a lengthy future with the point guard The Nets coming off a 43 point loss at Boston on Wednesday open a five game homestand Saturday against Washington Irving isn t listed on their injury report meaning he is available to play They play six of their last seven games before the All Star break at home the only road game in that stretch is at the New York Knicks But whether Irving will be part of any of that is unclear now A tweet was posted to Irving s account shortly before the first reports of the trade request came out as often is the case with Irving when it comes to social media posts it was not certain what exactly he was referring to in that post To my Peers JUST BE YOURSelf and GROW Keep people around who CELEBRATE YOU unconditionally and appreciates all of the hard work that gets put in Distance yourself from the folks who manipulate hate and hurt read the tweet Brooklyn is 31 20 this season fourth in the Eastern Conference standings entering Friday and has gone 4 7 since fellow All Star Durant hurt his knee in a game at Miami on Jan 8 Durant could return during this homestand since he s on record saying he wants to play in the All Star Game on Feb 19 so presumably he ll be back with the Nets before then Irving is playing well in Durant s absence averaging 30 3 points in the last 10 games Perhaps that would interest teams who were reluctant to make a deal for Irving last summer when he acknowledged he didn t find much of a market because of his perceived unreliability Durant also had asked the Nets for a trade this past summer before cooler heads prevailed And it was at this time last year that Brooklyn traded James Harden who was part of what the Nets thought would be a Big Three of him Durant and Irving to the Philadelphia 76ers in a deal that brought Ben Simmons to Brooklyn Whatever happens between now and Thursday this is officially the start of yet another new saga surrounding Irving who signed with his hometown team along with Durant in the summer of 2019 He was suspended by the Nets for what became eight games earlier this season after the team said it was dismayed by his repeated failure to unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs That came shortly after Irving refused to issue the apology that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sought for posting a link to an antisemitic work on his Twitter feed Irving also wound up losing his long relationship with Nike as part of the massive fallout from what he tweeted and the reactions that followed I don t stand for anything close to hate speech or antisemitism or anything that is going against the human race Irving said on the day the Nets reinstated him in November Irving also missed much of the 2021 22 season because of his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID 19 which left him essentially ineligible to play in Brooklyn s home games for much of the season because of New York City rules put in place in response to the pandemic He has also expressed no shortage of controversial opinions during his career including repeated questioning whether the Earth was round before eventually apologizing to science teachers Irving also took a leave of absence during the 20 21 season and general manager Sean Marks said this past summer that being available to play was going to be something the organization considered as it weighed an extension for Irving AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds contributed to this report Your browser does not support HTML5 audio Sign up below to be added to our mailing list for the latest news updates access to exclusive contests and more Everything you love about wokv com and more Tap on any of the buttons below to download our app Enable our Skill today to listen live at home on your Alexa Devices You may be offline Please check your connection and try again using the Retry button Credit wokv com You can read the original article here
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     NEW YORK AP Unable to get a new contract Kyrie Irving is looking for a new address The All Star guard has asked the Brooklyn Nets for a trade a person with knowledge of the details said Friday The request comes less than a week before the trade deadline and possibly signals an ending to his tenure with the franchise either then or after this season ends Irving made the request after talks about a new contract did not go to his liking the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because talks were to remain private It was first reported by ESPN and The Athletic Irving is eligible for a contract extension but the Nets refused to give him one last summer Irving s agent and stepmother Shetellia Irving told Bleacher Report last week that she had reached out to the Nets regarding a new deal Kyrie Irving whose current deal with the Nets expires after this season is eligible for a four year contract worth as much as 1 Credit https www wokv com sports ap source kyrie QNXG62GNS5UTQ27I6IA76GBEOY 200 million I have reached out to the Nets regarding this Shetellia Irving told Bleacher Report We have had no significant conversations to date The desire is to make Brooklyn home with the right type of extension which means the ball is in the Nets court to communicate now if their desire is the same Irving and the Nets were thought to be moving toward a long term extension in 2021 when Kevin Durant signed one Instead Irving proved himself to be unreliable missing games for reasons unrelated to basketball and the Nets changed their thoughts about locking into a lengthy future with the point guard The Nets coming off a 43 point loss at Boston on Wednesday open a five game homestand Saturday against Washington Irving isn t listed on their injury report meaning he is available to play They play six of their last seven games before the All Star break at home the only road game in that stretch is at the New York Knicks But whether Irving will be part of any of that is unclear now A tweet was posted to Irving s account shortly before the first reports of the trade request came out as often is the case with Irving when it comes to social media posts it was not certain what exactly he was referring to in that post To my Peers JUST BE YOURSelf and GROW Keep people around who CELEBRATE YOU unconditionally and appreciates all of the hard work that gets put in Distance yourself from the folks who manipulate hate and hurt read the tweet Brooklyn is 31 20 this season fourth in the Eastern Conference standings entering Friday and has gone 4 7 since fellow All Star Durant hurt his knee in a game at Miami on Jan 8 Durant could return during this homestand since he s on record saying he wants to play in the All Star Game on Feb 19 so presumably he ll be back with the Nets before then Irving is playing well in Durant s absence averaging 30 3 points in the last 10 games Perhaps that would interest teams who were reluctant to make a deal for Irving last summer when he acknowledged he didn t find much of a market because of his perceived unreliability Durant also had asked the Nets for a trade this past summer before cooler heads prevailed And it was at this time last year that Brooklyn traded James Harden who was part of what the Nets thought would be a Big Three of him Durant and Irving to the Philadelphia 76ers in a deal that brought Ben Simmons to Brooklyn Whatever happens between now and Thursday this is officially the start of yet another new saga surrounding Irving who signed with his hometown team along with Durant in the summer of 2019 He was suspended by the Nets for what became eight games earlier this season after the team said it was dismayed by his repeated failure to unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs That came shortly after Irving refused to issue the apology that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sought for posting a link to an antisemitic work on his Twitter feed Irving also wound up losing his long relationship with Nike as part of the massive fallout from what he tweeted and the reactions that followed I don t stand for anything close to hate speech or antisemitism or anything that is going against the human race Irving said on the day the Nets reinstated him in November Irving also missed much of the 2021 22 season because of his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID 19 which left him essentially ineligible to play in Brooklyn s home games for much of the season because of New York City rules put in place in response to the pandemic He has also expressed no shortage of controversial opinions during his career including repeated questioning whether the Earth was round before eventually apologizing to science teachers Irving also took a leave of absence during the 20 21 season and general manager Sean Marks said this past summer that being available to play was going to be something the organization considered as it weighed an extension for Irving AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds contributed to this report Your browser does not support HTML5 audio Sign up below to be added to our mailing list for the latest news updates access to exclusive contests and more Everything you love about wokv com and more Tap on any of the buttons below to download our app Enable our Skill today to listen live at home on your Alexa Devices You may be offline Please check your connection and try again using the Retry button Credit wokv com You can read the original article here
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    Kyrie Irving requests trade from Nets

    NEW YORK — (AP) — Unable to get a new contract, Kyrie Irving is looking for a new address.

    The All-Star guard has asked the Brooklyn Nets for a trade, a person with knowledge of the details said Friday.

    The request comes less than a week before the trade deadline and possibly signals an ending to his tenure with the franchise, either then or after this season ends.

    Irving made the request after talks about a new contract did not go to his liking, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because talks were to remain private. It was first reported by ESPN and The Athletic.

    Irving is eligible for a contract extension, but the Nets refused to give him one last summer. Irving’s agent and stepmother, Shetellia Irving, told Bleacher Report last week that she had reached out to the Nets regarding a new deal. Kyrie Irving — whose current deal with the Nets expires after this season — is eligible for a four-year contract worth as much as $1

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    200 million.

    “I have reached out to the Nets regarding this,” Shetellia Irving told Bleacher Report. “We have had no significant conversations to date. The desire is to make Brooklyn home, with the right type of extension, which means the ball is in the Nets’ court to communicate now if their desire is the same.”

    Irving and the Nets were thought to be moving toward a long-term extension in 2021, when Kevin Durant signed one. Instead, Irving proved himself to be unreliable, missing games for reasons unrelated to basketball, and the Nets changed their thoughts about locking into a lengthy future with the point guard.

    The Nets — coming off a 43-point loss at Boston on Wednesday — open a five-game homestand Saturday against Washington. Irving isn't listed on their injury report, meaning he is available to play. They play six of their last seven games before the All-Star break at home; the only “road” game in that stretch is at the New York Knicks.

    But whether Irving will be part of any of that is unclear now.

    A tweet was posted to Irving's account shortly before the first reports of the trade request came out; as often is the case with Irving when it comes to social media posts, it was not certain what exactly he was referring to in that post.

    “To my Peers: JUST BE YOURSelf and GROW! Keep people around who CELEBRATE YOU unconditionally and appreciates all of the hard work that gets put in. Distance yourself from the folks who manipulate, hate, and hurt,” read the tweet.

    Brooklyn is 31-20 this season, fourth in the Eastern Conference standings entering Friday, and has gone 4-7 since fellow All-Star Durant hurt his knee in a game at Miami on Jan. 8. Durant could return during this homestand, since he’s on record saying he wants to play in the All-Star Game on Feb. 19 — so, presumably, he’ll be back with the Nets before then.

    Irving is playing well in Durant's absence, averaging 30.3 points in the last 10 games. Perhaps that would interest teams who were reluctant to make a deal for Irving last summer, when he acknowledged he didn't find much of a market because of his perceived unreliability.

    Durant also had asked the Nets for a trade this past summer, before cooler heads prevailed. And it was at this time last year that Brooklyn traded James Harden — who was part of what the Nets thought would be a Big Three of him, Durant and Irving — to the Philadelphia 76ers in a deal that brought Ben Simmons to Brooklyn.

    Whatever happens between now and Thursday, this is officially the start of yet another new saga surrounding Irving, who signed with his hometown team along with Durant in the summer of 2019.

    He was suspended by the Nets for what became eight games earlier this season after the team said it was dismayed by his repeated failure to "unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs." That came shortly after Irving refused to issue the apology that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sought for posting a link to an antisemitic work on his Twitter feed. Irving also wound up losing his long relationship with Nike as part of the massive fallout from what he tweeted and the reactions that followed.

    “I don’t stand for anything close to hate speech or antisemitism or anything that is going against the human race,” Irving said on the day the Nets reinstated him in November.

    Irving also missed much of the 2021-22 season because of his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19, which left him essentially ineligible to play in Brooklyn’s home games for much of the season because of New York City rules put in place in response to the pandemic.

    He has also expressed no shortage of controversial opinions during his career — including repeated questioning whether the Earth was round before eventually apologizing to science teachers.

    Irving also took a leave of absence during the 20-21 season, and general manager Sean Marks said this past summer that being available to play was going to be something the organization considered as it weighed an extension for Irving.

    AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds contributed to this report.

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