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.
— Grizzlies PR (@GrizzliesPR) November 22, 2022
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.
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.)
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.
It’s really a mystery why Giannis scores so many free throws. pic.twitter.com/65epWWry49
— Hoops (@HoopMixOnly) November 22, 2022
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.
Giannis went to work in @bucks win 💪
— NBA (@NBA) November 22, 2022
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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.
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) November 22, 2022
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.
— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) November 20, 2022
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…