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Antetokounmpo talks about plans for his 28th birthday while holding Simpsons plush Watch Donovan Mitchell drop 43, upstage LeBron return as Cavs top Lakers Ben Simmons targeting Friday vs. Hawks to return from calf strain Suns, Hawks reportedly show interest in Kuzma trade, Wizards see him as cornerstone Magic send Jonathan Isaac to G-League for practice, rehabilitation

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Happy birthday, Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek freak turns 28 today.

After losing an accidental (to him) 34-13-5 line last night in the Bucks’ win over the Magic, Antetokounmpo discussed plans for his birthday. He doesn’t go out, maybe he just has lunch, plays with his kids, and once they’re asleep… well, you know.

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I can safely say that Antetokounmpo is the first NBA player to talk about birthday sex while holding a Homer J. Simpson plush doll.

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If you’re asking why the Simpson doll…why not? Bucks reserve forward Sandro Mamukelashvili won it at Universal Studios, brought it to the gameleft it in the locker room and Antetokumbō stole it.

In a world where most post-match press conferences are formulaic and filled with clichés, it’s nice to see a player willing to just be himself and have some fun on the mic.

CLEVELAND (AP) – As a kid growing up in New York Donovan Mitchell idolized LeBron James. On Tuesday evening, he pushed it into the background.

Mitchell scored a season-high 43 points and Jarrett Allen returned from injury to add 24, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 116–102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in James’ only home visit this season.

FROM Anthony Davis after missing the last three quarters due to illness, the Cavs improved to an NBA lead 11-1 at home, their best start at home since 2015–16 when James led them to the championship.

Mitchell, with Cleveland fans dreaming of another title, took the lead in the second half and scored 29 points, the same scoring that James had in 11 seasons with the Cavs.

“You always want to ruin your homecoming,” Mitchell said with a smile.

With Cleveland leading 12 in the fourth round, Mitchell hit a three-pointer from the left flank to finish off the Lakers. After taking the shot, the All-Star guard paced the floor of the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, nodding as James watched helplessly.

“This is Mitchell,” James said. “He’s a special kid.”

Darius Garland added 21 points and 11 assists for Cleveland.

James finished with 21 points and 17 rebounds, losing just the third time in 20 games against the Cavs.

Dennis Schroeder and Russell Westbrook added 16 points each as Los Angeles snapped their four-game winning streak.

Davis came out eight minutes later with flu-like symptoms. The eight-time All-Star scored 99 points in his previous two games and played just as well as he did in several seasons after injury.

Davis didn’t score from the field and scored just one point before retiring.

“It got worse as the day progressed,” the Lakers coach said. Darwin Ham said. “He had a temperature of 101 and some changes. AD wanted to try to play but felt too weak. He is emaciated and dehydrated.

“It’s obviously a huge loss given the way he’s been playing lately.”

Without Davis scoring center, Allen, who missed the last five games with a back injury, made his first 10 shots and helped the Cavs to a 57–49 halftime lead.

“The next player,” James said when asked how he reacted to the loss of Davis. “It’s a tough task, literally and figuratively.”

The Cavs welcomed the return of James with a video tribute during an early timeout. After editing the clips, including some from 2016, James waved to the crowd and then blew kisses to show his appreciation.

The lukewarm scene contrasted with what happened almost exactly 12 years ago when he returned with the Miami Heat and was met with boos and worse on a night James said he would never forget.

James said he was taken by surprise by the tribute.

“It’s always nice to come back here,” he said. “The memories I have here will never be forgotten.”

Ben Simmons missed the Nets’ last three games with knee pain related to a left calf sprain, and he also won’t be out on Wednesday when Brooklyn faces Charlotte.

However, he plans to return on Friday (December 9) against the Hawks.

Simmons was adjusting to his new role in Brooklyn. In Philadelphia, he was a ball point guard. Joel Embiid (at least at first), but in Brooklyn, the ball had to be in the hands Kevin Duran as well as Kyrie Irving in a half court. Simmons is more of a five-man smallball player and is asked to be aggressive and attack when he gets the ball, rather than throwing jumpers and pushing a rock in transition. It took some time for Simmons to settle into that space, but he seemed to succeed in games against Philadelphia (11 points, 11 assists), Toronto (14 points, 6 assists) and Indiana (20 points). . Then the injuries followed.

Brooklyn is 13-12 with an average offense and defense this season. While there are doubts about the ceiling for this team, it has a level of talent that should be better than this record, it has just been beset by injuries, controversies that saw Kyrie Irving miss time and a change in coach. The Nets haven’t reached their success yet.

But they could have a clean injury record on Friday night and maybe that could be the start for this team.

Kyle Kuzma was the kind of quality two-way role player the Lakers needed. LeBron James as well as Anthony Davis to win a 2020 NBA title (the type of player the Lakers would love to have now).

In Washington, his role has risen – he scores 20 points per game (to be exact, 20.6 points per game this season), which plays a key role in forming an attack, and not just playing with the stars Bradley Beal as well as Kristaps Porzingis. As he told Shams Charania of The Athletic:

“As soon as I was traded, I was ready for more,” Kuzma told The Athletic.

That was enough to draw the attention of several teams looking for a trade, adds Charania. However, Wizards are not necessarily interested in moving on.

According to league sources, several teams such as the Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns have expressed trading interest in Kuzma. In addition, the Wizards have shown interest in the Hawks forward. John Collinsand the parties were seriously discussing a potential deal in the off-season, league sources added…

However, the Wizards front office, led by general manager Tommy Sheppard, has made it clear that they see Kuzma as a cornerstone in moving forward as the franchise has seen him flourish after a mega-trade in the 2021 off-season. Westbrook’s deal provided future flexibility and assets for the Wizards, who are known for being aggressive and active in research across the league.

Kuzma has a $13 million player option for next season, which he will no doubt waive, making him a free agent looking for a solid raise (north of $20 million a year, though expect something more within a four-year contract). $104 million Jalen Brunson agreement). If the Wizards are willing to pay, they can probably keep him (they have his rights to the bird). But if Washington isn’t sure it wants to pay market value, or if management sees changes in future seasons, it…



Source: nba.nbcsports.com

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