Sport Three Things to Know: Embiid waves Durant, Nets off court; shows potential for 76ers
Nets stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, Cavs rookie Evan Mobley enter NBA's health and safety protocols
Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant entered NBA health and safety protocols Saturday, the team announced. The news comes a day after the Nets said they would welcome back guard Kyrie Irving on a part-time basis. Irving is not vaccinated for COVID-19, and will only be allowed to play in road games once he returns. Irving's return was pushed back Saturday as he was also placed in the league's health and safety protocols. Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has been placed in health and safety protocols, team says.
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1) Embiid waves Durant, Nets off court; shows potential for 76ers
Dear basketball gods: Can we get a playoff series between these two teams? Please? We need six or seven games of this.
Thursday night was payback for Philly. Two weeks ago, the Nets beat the 76ers 114-105 and after the gamewaved the Sixers off the floor. Durant believed the 76ers had disrespected the Nets, and he told them to go home.
Kevin Durant enters NBA's COVID-19 protocols; How many games will Nets superstar miss?
Kevin Durant is the eighth Nets player placed in the league's COVID-19 health and safety protocols in the span of a week.On Dec. 18, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Durant had been placed into the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
Thursday night,returned the favor after scoring 34 to lead a 110-102 win over Brooklyn.
After the game,for how they push each other. It was all good competitive fun.
It’s the kind of fun we need to see in a playoff series.
A playoff series that the 76ers could make very interesting, depending on what happens in the next six weeks before the trade deadline.
It’s hard to project what the 76ers will look like after thetrade — — because we don’t know who is coming to Philly. It could be someone to help shore up their rebounding issues and defensive concerns (areas Simmons was important to them). It could be a lot more offense. Maybe both.
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Embiid is a question the Nets can’t answer directly — he is too big, too strong, too quick for their defenders inside.
JOEL WANTED IT MORE
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly)
If the play around Embiid is good enough, the 76ers can beat anyone. Thursday night they got that quality play, withscoring 25, adding 17, and making Durant work for his points. Add a quality player or players to that mix after the Simmons trade, and this 76ers team could be a threat.
The pecking order in the East right now has the Nets — getting— and Bucks at the top, with the Heat looming as a sleeper and the Bulls as a threat as well (especially if they make a move at the deadline and get a quality four). With a healthy Embiid, Philadelphia could vault into that mix with the right deadline move.
Steve Nash Shares Timeline for Return of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving
The All-Star duo was placed in health and safety protocols on December 18. View the original article to see embedded media.Nets coach Steve Nash said that Kevin Durant has “a good chance” to rejoin the team for Thursday’s game against the Sixers once he clears health and safety protocols. Kyrie Irving, however, may need some more time. Durant and Irving were placed in the protocols on Dec. 18, joining a handful of Nets players that also included James Harden, who returned for the Christmas Day win over the Lakers.
Embiid is good enough to lift the 76ers to contender status, and to wave Durant and the Nets off the court. Which is why Daryl Morey knows he can’t waste a year of prime Embiid playing the leverage game in the Simmons deal. A move is coming.
2) COVID latest: Nuggets/Warriors postponed, no fans in Toronto, Randle enters protocols
This latest COVID surge continues to disrupt this NBA season. The league isn’t hitting pause, it will push through, but this season has taken a punch to the gut.
Here’s the latest on the COVID front with the NBA:
• The Knicksenters protocols. When he exits, the Knicks need him to bring his disappeared 3-point shot with him.
• The. Earlier on Thursday, the Nuggets and three players — , and — entered the league’s health and safety protocols. Add in the Nuggets injured players — , and are all out, plus , and were all listed as questionable — and the Nuggets couldn’t dress eight healthy players.
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• The NBA has become a game of “who is that?” and “who does he play for?” because of all the 10-day hardship contracts being signed. How many? That number was at 109 earlier on Thursday but kept climbing.
After consultating with the tireless, I'm now at 109 NBA hardship deals for 99 players counting Stauskas' looming signing with Miami and Davon Reed's expected THIRD Denver 10-day.
Point is clear even if the math is not:fans enjoyed December 2021.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine)
•, making it nine NBA coaches in protocols.
•, which has led to G-League callups on that front as well.
• Thefor the next three weeks.
• If you read all that and thought, “why doesn’t the league just pause for a week or two?” you should know two things. First,
Second, it’s not going to happen. The NBA is going to push through. It has, (matching CDC recommendations), , but hitting
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3) Cavaliers near trade to acquirefrom Lakers
This trade benefits both teams but doesn’t really move the needle in the big picture.
Afterthe Cavaliers went looking for depth at point guard (remember they also lost for the season due to knee surgery).
The Cleveland Cavaliers are in serious talks on a deal to acquire Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, sources tell. In wake of Ricky Rubio’s season-ending ACL injury, Cleveland has need for backcourt help and is working on the potential move.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania)
Rondo is currently in COVID protocols and would not head to Cleveland until he was cleared. Rondo is not a regular part of the Lakers’ rotation — he played in just 18 games for the Lakers, averaging 3.1 points per game and shooting 32.4%, and the Lakers have been 10.1 points per 100 better when he is on the bench — but he could fill a role next toin Cleveland. At the least, he provides veteran depth.
What the Lakers get out of this trade is a cleared roster spot (technically something has to be traded back for Rondo, likely a heavily protected second-round pick). That open roster spot lets Los Angeles keep 10-day contract hardship playeron the roster without taking a substantial luxury tax hit. This trade opens a roster spot, removes Rondo’s salary from the books, and lets the Lakers slot Johnson in that space on a minimum contract.
Highlight of the Night: Pitt football turnover dunk is awesome
It’s college bowl season, and that means we bet on watch teams we barely paid attention to all season. With all due respect to Pitt, they were that team for me, and I had no idea they did a turnover dunk after the Panther defense forces one.
Pitt doing a TURNOVER DUNK is my favorite thing ever ???? (via)
— Overtime (@overtime)
That is awesome.
Last night’s scores:
Philadelphia 119, Brooklyn 102
Milwaukee 136, Orlando 118
Washington 110, Cleveland 93
Golden State at Denver, postponed
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Nets' Kevin Durant on Kyrie Irving's part-time status: 'I'm not about to force somebody to get a vaccine' .
Kevin Durant provided an honest answer when asked if he'd spoken with Kyrie Irving about his availability.After impressing in his season debut against the Pacers, Irving could not take the floor for a home game against the defending champion Bucks due to New York City regulations for persons that are not vaccinated for COVID-19. As a result, the Nets trailed by as many as 24 points as the Bucks cruised to a wire-to-wire victory.