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Ja Morant upgraded to questionable, could return Tuesday vs. Kings Report: Knicks want a first-round pick in any Quickley trade After hard fouls to Antetokounmpo, Bucks’ Budenholzer says NBA needs to protect players Three things to know: LaVine, Bulls bounce back to snap Celtics win streak Watch Jalen Brunson score 32, help Knicks get some revenge with win over Thunder

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I am Morant had to be out week after week with a first degree ankle sprain, but he might not even miss a week.

Morant has been promoted to questionable and could return tonight when the Grizzlies play the Kings.

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While there is no certainty that he is playing, this leaves the door open to possibility. Memphis needs him — especially against a hot Sacramento team — the Grizzlies were a shockingly impressive 20-5 when Morant missed games last season but are 0-3 this season.

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The Grizzlies are already without partner Morant in the backcourt Desmond Bain aside with a dislocated toe. Morant plays at the All-NBA level to open the season, averaging 28.6 points per game along with 7.1 assists and 6.2 rebounds per night.

The Knicks need draft picks – they were scooping up future picks in the NBA draft – not going to use them for picking, but rather to pack them in exchange for a star. (If you’re asking “then why not put more picks in exchange for Donovan Mitchell trade, well, you’re not the only one asking this question.)

Knicks ready to trade backup guard Immanuel Quickly but they want to return the pick of the first round in exchange, reported by Fred Katz in The Athletic.

According to league sources, the Knicks are targeting a future first-round pick in exchange for Quickley, who is eligible for an extension this summer.

Whether the Knicks can get Quickley in the first round is a matter of debate. He has struggled to score this season, shooting 36.5% overall (49 percent correct) and scoring just 8.9 points per night. However, he is a reliable perimeter defender and only 23 years old, he will qualify for an extension next offseason and whoever changes him must also have the intention of paying him.

The Knicks need assets to go after the next superstar to go on sale. Whoever it was. And next time they need to go all-in on the go.

In Philadelphia, the Bucks’ Antetokounmpo received a hard foul from Joel Emnbiid, but there was little discussion after the game because there were stairs on the court.

On Monday night, he received another hard foul, this time from the Trail Blazers. Straw Grant (Justice Winslow tries to ease the fall, but possibly exacerbates it).

The referees reviewed the play and retained her regular foul. After the game, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said the league needed to do more to protect players. via Jack Maloney on CBS Sports.

“Guys, you have reporters from the pool, you can ask again,” he said. “Last night’s shot in Philadelphia was an important shot, they don’t improve on it. I just sometimes think that the league should look at the shots that Giannis takes, the league should protect him. Not only him, anyone takes these blows, the league must protect the players …

“So live it definitely looked like they wrapped him up, they went over his head, hit him in the forehead,” Budenholzer said. “Live it looked like a blatant foul. Although it goes to the other end of the yard, it happened live that I don’t see how it’s not blatant. If replays were shown in the arena, I didn’t see them and haven’t seen replays since. But when you get high, above the shoulder and wrap someone around – it looked like a non-basketball game, it looked like it was obviously blatant.

Antetokounmpo is one of the league’s toughest and most tireless offensive players under the rim, and as such teams see hard fouls as one of the only ways to slow him down. But there’s a fine line between allowing the kind of physical play that Antetokumbō helps to initiate and declaring that it’s gone too far and could lead to serious injury. Grant’s foul was hard in this game, but was it more clumsy or blatant?

Portland had little success in slowing down Antetokounmpo as he lost 37 points on 16-of-24 shooting to lead the Bucks to a 119–111 win.

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1) LaVine and the Bulls bounced back and broke the Celtics’ winning streak

The Boston Celtics came out Monday night winning nine games in a row and looking the best team in the league in every way.

The Chicago Bulls entered the game with four consecutive losses and a star player. Zach LaVine on the bench for the last 3:43 of his last loss after a night of 1 of 14 shooting.

The tables turned on Monday night. Chicago played desperately and couldn’t seem to miss with 3 (LaVine and DeMar DeRozan a total of 8 out of 13 came out of the deep), while the Celtics looked even. The Bulls attack was in full swing on Monday night.

The result was a 121-107 win for Chicago, which the Celtics might throw away and call a bad night, but the Bulls needed it.

It was just such a night. The Celtics followed a pattern that has worked for many teams, such as Patrick Williams as well as Alex Caruso and daring the duo to shoot 3s. They teamed up to hit 5 out of 8 from deep. It was just such a night.

Chicago essential Zach LaVine had a solid night, scoring 22 goals and looking active at both ends of the floor. It looks like his spare in the final stretch of the game against Orlando worked, forcing him to quit and sending a signal to the team.

Another note from this game: Jaylen Brown turned to his twitter around Kyrie Irvingreturned to Brooklyn saying he did not support the protesters.

Those “energy” protesters were members of Israel United in Christ, which supports many of the things from the film that Irving tweeted about that gave him hot water…



Source: nba.nbcsports.com

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