The Brooklyn Nets, who rarely manage to enjoy a normal life for too long, could enjoy a Sunday night when everything really looked like they had drawn it.
“It’s always nice to just focus on the game” Kevin Duran said.
Irving returned from a suspension with 14 points, Simmons prepared to return to Philadelphia with a season-high 22 points, and the Nets beat the understrength Memphis Grizzlies 127–115 on Sunday night.
Durant has 26 points, giving him at least 25 in all 17 games this season. It’s the longest streak at the start of a season since Rick Barry did it in 25 consecutive games in 1966-67.
But in this game, the Nets were ignited by unexpected goals from other players. Simmons had his first 20-point game since playing for the 76ers in the 2021 playoffs, while Yuta Watanabe had 16.
The Nets announced that Irving would be available to play on Sunday morning after he apologized to anyone who felt threatened or offended when he posted a link to an anti-Semitic documentary on his Twitter page. They suspended him a few days after he refused to apologize or clarify his beliefs and he missed eight games.
Irving received a good round of applause after returning to his seat as the last player announced during starting lineups and then making a three-pointer on his first shot attempt. He missed the other four shots in 13 minutes of the first half.
“Felt good, felt good,” Irving said. “I just missed my teammates, missed the coaching staff.”
Dillon Brooks scored 31 points for the Grizzlies, who were not All-Stars. I am Morant, Desmond Bain as well as The Jackson Jr. But they were only three behind after three quarters before Brooklyn opened fourth with an 18–5 rush on four 3s from Watanabe to open the scoring 114–98.
“I thought it was a hell of a tough first three quarters,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “A game with three points, just not enough games in the fourth quarter. They got hot.”
Simmons returned to the starting lineup with a center Nick Claxton left for personal reasons. After his best game of the season on Thursday in Portland, he was even better at it, shooting 11-of-13 with eight assists and five rebounds.
After back surgery that kept him out of action last season, Simmons failed to score even double figures until his 10th game of the season.
“I know what I can do. I know what I’m capable of. I’m not surprised, Simmons said.
The 2016 No. 1 pick is due to face the Sixers on Tuesday for the first time since they granted his trade request last February.
Brooks scored 17 points at halftime as Memphis led 62-57, but Durant scored 14 points in the third and Simmons made all four shots and eight more as Brooklyn tied a season-best 39 points to take a 96-93 lead to fourth.
Morant and Bain both scored 38 points when the Grizzlies beat the Nets on October 24. But Morant has a sprained left ankle, and Bain has a sprained right big toe.
Jaren Jackson Jr. also took a break after playing two games after a 14-game absence to start the season recovering from surgery on his right leg.
The arrest took place in Rhode Island, where McClanagan lives. according to the Boston Police Department. He was transferred to Boston to face charges of “rape and drug use for sexual intercourse.” McClanagan was brought in for arrest on a Boston Municipal Court arrest warrant on November 17.
From the Boston Police:
On Friday, November 18, 2022, officers from the Boston Sexual Assault Unit, the Boston Police Fugitive Unit, and the Warwick, Rhode Island Police Department located and arrested 43-year-old Robert McClanagan of Warwick, Rhode Island, Island), in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. At the time of his arrest, the suspect was wanted under an arrest warrant issued by Boston Municipal Court on November 17, 2022 on charges of rape and drug use for sexual intercourse. The suspect was brought in by the BPD Fugitive Unit in coordination with Warwick Rhode Island Police Department officers to be registered with their unit. McClanagan will appear in court on Monday in the Third District Court for Kent County, Rhode Island, where he will be charged with fugitives.
McClanagan’s attorney declined to comment on ESPN.
McClanagan, 43 says on his website he was a “skills development coach for the NBA’s top players, including the MVP Derrick RoseKevin Durant, Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook“. Curry wrote the foreword for a book for sale on McClanagan’s website. A number of other high-profile NBA players have links to McClanagan, including John WallCarmelo Anthony and Kevin Love. McClanagan also gives speeches to corporate clients. He was an occasional player with Syracuse from 1999 to 2001.
Ben Simmons heard whistling even in street clothes on the bench. He returned to Philadelphia last season as a Brooklyn Nets player after being forced out of Philadelphia in a trade, and Philadelphia fans let him hear it.
On Tuesday night, he’ll take it to a whole new level when Ben Simmons slips the Nets jersey over his head and takes to the court for another team for the first time in Philadelphia. He knows the Sixers fans haven’t left as reported by Tim Bontemps on ESPN.
— In Philadelphia? Simmons said, drawing more laughter. “I know what is coming. This is part of the game. Philadelphia fans, one thing about Philadelphia fans is they are incredible. They are the hardheads of Philadelphia, and they are all of Philadelphia, whatever it may be. I respect it in the city. This is a sports city. I was talking, I think, with Yuta. [Watanabe] before the game about what it’s like to play in Philadelphia and it’s an incredible opportunity to wear any jersey.
“This is Philadelphia and it’s a unique experience.”
Well played with positivity.
But you can be sure that not only are the Sixers’ fans still unhappy with Simmons’ performance for their team (when he was forced to leave in a trade), but the Sixers’ slow 8-8 start to a season that was expected , they will promote. the teams at the top will express their dissatisfaction with Simmons. It won’t be pretty.
The history of Sixers fans being frustrated with Simmons—and Simmons being frustrated with the Sixers front office—is a long one. This goes back to Simmons’ name, which came up in talk of a 2021 deadline trade for Harden, missed free throws in the playoffs that followed, and a much-discussed dunk against the Hawks. Most importantly, though, Simmons pushed for the trade by not playing for Philadelphia at all during the season and essentially wasting Embiid’s heyday.
Simmons is showing his best basketball with the Network, including his 22 points on Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies. He found a level of comfort, he came off the bench, but returned to the starting five and works more without the ball. He finds his role.
Simmons will get off lightly on the court on Tuesday as he won’t have to play against any of Philadelphia’s big three. Joel Embiid (sprained foot), James Harden (stretching the tendon of the right foot) and Tyrese Maxi (fractured left foot) it’s over. Simmons played about 4/5 of the role for the Nets and probably would have equaled on points with Embiid.
But he’s going up against 76ers fans and it won’t be easy.