Tencent restores some NBA games after China controversy
There may be a bit of a truce forming between the NBA and some aspects of the China controversy. © Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY SportsChinese technology company Tencent, the NBA’s exclusive digital partner in the country, quietly returned a pair of preseason games to streaming status. They did, however, leave most other games — including those of the Houston Rockets — blocked off.Tencent quietly puts two pre-season games from play-by-play back to video-streaming status. Houston Rockets still "behind the bars". pic.twitter.
Philadelphia 76 ers forward Tobias Harris (12) reaches in on Detroit Pistons forward Markieff Morris during the first half. Detroit Pistons guard Tim Frazier (12) looks to shoot over the defense of Philadelphia 76 ers Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose chases the loose ball during the second half.
Philadelphia 76 ers forward Tobias Harris (12) high fives guard Ben Simmons (25) during the second half against the Pistons All-Star forward Blake Griffin (hamstring, knee) remained sidelined , and starting point guard Reggie Jackson Derrick Rose carried the Pistons with 31 points off the bench.
Jalen Rose is still finding ways to contribute to the Detroit Pistons organization, even after 13 years in retirement.
The former Pistons star and current NBA analyst stood from his seat at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Saturday night to yell during one of Detroit's offensive possessions against the Philadelphia 76ers.
It's not clear what Rose was saying. UPROXX's Andy Isaac, who took the video, suggested Rose was taunting the Sixers. That's easy to imagine. He's the- Rose could probably conjure a few biting words for this Philly squad. Then again, Rose may have been simply cheering or coaching the Pistons. Unfortunately for Rose, the 76ers defeated the Pistons, 114-111, led by a combined 52 points from Tobias Harris and Al Horford.
Lonzo, Zion connect on absurd alley-oop
New Orleans Pelicans rookie No. 1 pick Zion Williamson has made several highlight-reel plays thus far during the preseason. © Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsThat did not change Sunday afternoon against the San Antonio Spurs. Check out Mt. Zion throwing down an alley-oop on a pass from Lonzo Ball from beyond half court.Lonzo Ball to Zion three quarter court alley-oop. Just filthy. pic.twitter.com/55lW4tZLmR— Sportsnaut (@Sportsnaut) October 13, 2019That’s just absurd from both Ball and Williamson. The two are going to be so much fun to watch once the regular season tips off.
But the 76 ers immediately answered with a 12-0 run and the game was tied after three quarters. Philadelphia took a 10-point lead before the Pistons rallied within four in the final minute. Derrick Rose had another strong game with 31 points on 14 of 21 shooting.
76 ers forward Tobias Harris reaches in on Pistons forward Markieff Morris on Saturday at LCA. Philadelphia 76 ers guard Ben Simmons dunks during the first half against the Detroit Pistons The Pistons host Indiana on Monday. [ Why D- Rose 's true value for Pistons won't be seen until Blake
There didn't seem to be hard feelings between Rose and the Sixers after the game. A photo (see above) showed that Rose approached Horford on the court for a quick chat.
Jalen Rose out here as the 6th man, taunting the Sixers on D
- Isaac (@WorldofIsaac)
Rose's efforts were quite the spectacle. It's odd to see an analyst look like such a fan. But Rose's chirping or coaching was no match for The Process.
Sixers’ Joel Embiid to miss game versus Pistons
Joel Embiid will miss Saturday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons with a sprained right ankle. The 76ers big man reported discomfort in his ankle following Wednesday’s season-opening victory over the Boston Celtics. The two-time All-Star didn’t practice Friday and was only able to partake in a portion of Saturday morning’s shootaround at Detroit Country Day School. Afterward, he told the team medical staff that he would be unable to play Saturday. Power forward Al Horford will start in Embiid’s place at center versus the Pistons. Tobias Harris is expected to move from small forward to power forward.
Highlights of the Philadelphia 76 ers ' visit to the Detroit Pistons in Week 1 of the NBA season. Tobias Harris had 29 points and Al Horford tossed in 23 points, including a Derrick Rose carried the Pistons with 31 points off the bench. Markieff Morris had 17 points and six rebounds, Luke Kennard tossed in
With Joel Embiid sidelined with an ankle injury, the 76 ers still had too much height and speed for Rose led Detroit with 31 points in 27 minutes, but his history of injuries doesn't allow Casey to use Harris, a fan favorite during his time in Detroit, playfully waved to the crowd after one of his 3-pointers.
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Report: Blake Griffin to make season debut on Monday .
Griffin has not played at all this season due to knee and hamstring injuries. He was cleared for all basketball activities and was practicing during the week, suggesting a return was close. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says the debut will happen in the Pistons’ home game against Minnesota.Griffin underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in April and has a history of knee injuries. The Pistons have said they will handle the forward carefully this season due to the issues.