Mbah a Moute out 8 weeks with injured knee

The L.A. Clippers today announced that forward Luc Mbah a Moute underwent a partial medial meniscectomy on his left knee, with medial femoral condyle chondroplasty.

Mbah a Moute was injured during the Clippers game versus New Orleans on October 23, 2018. Luc at first underwent various non-surgical treatment options this season for his left knee injury which ultimately required a procedure. Mbah a Moute will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 NBA season. The expected timetable is a return to basketball-related activity in 8 weeks, which means Mbah a Moute will more than likely miss the playoffs.

Mbah a Moute, 32, has appeared in four games for the Clippers this season, averaging 5.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 15.3 minutes per game.

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Hawks’ Young named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young was named NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played March 18-24, it was announced today. The first-year guard from the University of Oklahoma averaged 25.3 points and 11.3 assists in three games, leading the Hawks to a 2-1 record against foes who entered the contests with a combined .628 winning percentage, capped by a game-winning shot in a 129-127 victory over Philadelphia. 

Young compiled three straight games with at least 20 points and 10 assists, tied for the longest streak in the Eastern Conference this season. The six-foot-two point guard opened the week with his highest assist total of the stretch, handing out 12 helpers and scoring 21 points against Houston on March 19. On March 21, Young scored a team-high 23 points and recorded a game-high 11 assists in a 117-114 victory over Utah.

The No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Young totaled 32 points (11-20 FGs, 4-9 3FGs, 6-7 FTs), 11 assists, six boards and a block against the Sixers on March 23. Young sealed the victory with a game-winning floater with 0.1 seconds remaining on the clock. Young’s 32 points and 11 assists marked the fifth time this season he’s totaled at least 30 points and 10 assists in a game, tying him with Stephen Curry and Michael Jordan for the second-most such contests by a rookie in NBA history.

Young, who took home Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors for November, January and February, is the first rookie in either conference to win Player of the Week this season and the first Hawks player to win the award since Paul Millsap on April 11, 2016. 

Through 74 starts, Young is averaging 18.7 points, 7.9 assists (fourth in the NBA) and 3.6 rebounds this season. Young’s 583 total assists lead all Eastern Conference players this season (second in the NBA)

76ers’ Milton on relationship with HOF coach Larry Brown: ‘That’s my guy'(VIDEO)

76ers two-way player Shake Milton is tearing up the G League.  In his last 10 games, Milton scored 23 points or more nine times with the Delaware Blue Coats after returning from a hand injury on March 8, and with G League season now over, the second-round pick out of SMU will end the regular season with the 76ers.

One of the biggest reasons for Milton’s success at SMU and in the G League is Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown, who coached Milton at SMU, and was the coach of the 76ers(1997-2003), which included a trip to the NBA Finals in 2001.

Milton and Brown continue to have a solid relationship, and according to Milton, the two talk regularly.

“That’s my guy. I still call him,” Milton recently told Paul Gant. “We talk to each other probably a couple of times every week. He’s always giving me words of encouragement, anything he sees. I know if I ever have trouble, or if I’m ever bothered about anything on the court or off the court, I can always come to him, and he will be a resource for me, so that’s my guy.”

Having a resource like Brown should be valuable for Milton as he continues to navigate the NBA, and at this point, you could argue that the 76ers might be able to use what Milton brings to the table. The 6’6 guard averaged 24.9 ppg(second in G League in scoring), 4.9 apg, and 4.9 rbg in 27 games with the Delaware Blue Coats, and he has shown the ability to score in many different ways, which has been on full display in Delaware.

However, since Milton is a two-way player, he is not eligible for the playoffs, so unless the 76ers sign him to an NBA contract this season, Milton will not be available for the playoffs. However, this is not a concern for Milton.

“That’s something I really don’t even try to concern myself with,” Milton said about the possibility of suiting up for the playoffs. “I just try to do the best with whatever opportunity I’m given, so for me, that just means to keep working, keep putting work in every single day. It will eventually pay off and show itself.”

Don’t expect the 22-year-old Milton to have a huge impact with 76ers this season, but next year, if he continues to “play the right way,” Milton should have an opportunity to have a more significant role with the 76ers.

Listen below to the complete interview with Milton as he talks his development, and he tells us the biggest difference between playing in the NBA and playing in the G League.:

 

Miami’s Johnson on Wade: ‘I don’t think no one wants to make the playoffs more than him’

With 9 games left, the Miami Heat are playing their best basketball of the season. The Heat have won 9 of their last 12 games, including a 113-108 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night in D.C.  With the victory, Miami moved to 36-37, and they are in sole possession of the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Obviously, every team wants to make the playoffs, but for the Heat, making the playoffs would be even sweeter. After 16 seasons, the great Dwyane Wade has decided to retire from the NBA, which means making the playoffs is a big deal for Miami.

“I don’t think nobody wants to make it(playoffs) more than him,”  Heat F James Johnson told goforitradio’s Paul Gant about Wade on Saturday night. “And we’re fighting. I think everybody already has the mentality of we want to make it. I just think with D-Wade, being his last dance, it just makes it more special if we do.”

Based on his performance on Saturday night against Washington, Wade is doing everything in his power to make the playoffs, and while he is no longer a superstar, the 37-year-old is still playing at a reasonably high level. In 63 games this season, Wade is averaging 14.3 ppg off the bench, and late in the game against the Wizards, where Wade scored 11 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter, Miami was running their offense through him, and he delivered, so it’s clear, If he wanted to, Wade could still keep playing.

“I know for sure I see he can still go,” Johnson said about Wade. “But when your heart and your mind is not into it no more, it’s not about the body after that.”

The Heat hold a one-game lead over the Orlando Magic, who Miami plays on Tuesday night at home. Miami is 1-2 against the Magic this season, which means if they lose to Magic on Tuesday, Orlando would win the season series and hold the tie-breaker against the Heat. Therefore, if Miami wants to make the playoffs, in D-Wade’s final season, it’s imperative that they beat Orlando on Tuesday night.

76ers’ Smith scores 19 points for Blue Coats on Friday night

The Delaware Blue Coats (20-29), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, fell to the Long Island Nets (33-16), 142-133, on Friday night at 76ers Fieldhouse. Seven Blue Coats scored in double figures as the team connected on 20 or more three-point field goals for the fifth time this season.

Rashad Vaughn posted a game-high 27 points (10-16 fg, 6-7 3fg, 1-1 ft) with four rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes off the bench for the Blue Coats. 76ers two-way contract player Shake Milton recorded 26 points (10-19 fg, 3-9 3fg, 3-4 ft), one rebound and four assists in 32 minutes, while Jared Brownridge added 20 points (7-13 fg, 4-9 3fg, 2-2 ft) in 26 minutes as a reserve.

76ers assignment player Zhaire Smith scored a season-high 19 points (7-16 fg, 3-8 3fg, 2-2 ft) to go along with three rebounds and two blocked shots in 28 minutes for the Blue Coats. Jonah Bolden, also on assignment from the 76ers, neared a double-double with nine points (3-11 fg, 1-3 3fg, 2-3 ft) and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes in his seventh NBA G League game of the season.

The Blue Coats, which trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half, took a 70-68 lead into the halftime break. Vaughn scored 20 of his 27 points, including a last-second layup to give the home team its first lead, in the second quarter.

Brooklyn Nets assignment player Dzanan Musa paced Long Island with 26 points (11-21 fg, 3-7 3fg, 1-3 ft), six rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes. Brooklyn two-way contract player Alan Williams notched his 30th double-double of the season with 25 points (10-16 fg, 1-3 3fg, 4-5 ft) and 15 rebounds in 32 minutes, while fellow two-way contract player Theo Pinson neared a triple-double with 20 points (6-14 fg, 2-6 3fg, 6-9 ft), nine rebounds and eight assists in 35 minutes. Mitch Creek totaled 22 points (8-15 fg, 2-4 3fg, 4-8 ft), five rebounds and four assists in 37 minutes.

 

 

Baron Davis believes Kobe Bryant could have led the Lakers to the playoffs

The Los Angeles will most likely miss the playoffs this season, which is a shocker. When they signed LeBron James in the offseason, the thought was that Los Angeles would at least make the playoffs, but then, things started to go wrong.

James would miss 17 games with a groin injury. Lonzo Ball went down with an ankle injury, and finally, Kyle Kuzma(ankle) and Brandon Ingram(deep vein thrombosis) have had injuries as well.

On top of injuries, the Anthony Davis trade talks seem to hurt this team, but most people want to blame James. However, according to former NBA player Baron Davis, it’s not all on LeBron.

“You can’t just put all the blame on LeBron,” Davis told TMZ Sports. “I think the Lakers got disconnected from what they was trying to do,  what their mission was, and the trades and all that sh**. That sh** don’t bode well for nobody, dog. It’s tough to play for somebody and give your heart and soul to somebody, and your name on the trading block, so when you’re young, it’s hard to bounce back from that sh**.”

Davis does believe that a 34-year-old Kobe Bryant could have led this team to the playoffs, but he does think James could have as well if the Lakers were able to stay healthy.

“LeBron could have got it done, too, but you have to factor in injuries… “It’s hypothetical, but of course, Kobe could do it, it’s f*cking Kobe Bryant.”

The 2012-13 Lakers did have Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, and Pau Gasol. While those guys were not at their best, you could argue that Kobe Bryant had a lot more help than LeBron. Also, like the 2018-19 Lakers, the 2012-13 team had injuries issues as well. Nash played in 50 games that season, while Gasol played only 49 games. Howard had a solid season, but he was struggling to come back from a back injury, and Bryant would eventually go down with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Unfortunately for Lakers fans, Kobe could not have saved the Lakers this season. He barely got the 2012-13 team to the playoffs. In the end, this is all wishful thinking for Laker fans.

Hawks sign Tyler Zeller to 10-day contract

 The Atlanta Hawks signed center Tyler Zeller to a 10-day contract, the team announced today.

A six-year NBA veteran, Zeller has appeared in 406 career regular season contests (165 starts), averaging 7.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in 17.6 minutes (.508 FG%, .764 FT%) with Cleveland, Boston, Brooklyn and Milwaukee. He has participated in 25 postseason contests (seven starts) and has averaged 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 10.9 minutes (.527 FG%, .739 FT%).

Selected by Dallas with the 17th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, Zeller’s rights were traded to Cleveland on draft night, where he earned NBA All-Rookie second team honors in 2013.

Zeller played collegiately at North Carolina, where he capped his four-year career as ACC Player of the Year as well as a consensus second team All-American. He grew up in Washington, Indiana and was the state’s Mr. Basketball in 2008. Zeller’s brother, Cody, plays for the Charlotte Hornets, while his brother, Luke, played for the Phoenix Suns in 2012-13.

76ers’ Boban Marjanovic out with knee sprain, bone bruise

Boban Marjanovic suffered a right knee injury with 1:13 left in the 4th quarter of last night’s game at New Orleans. Marjanovic underwent imaging, an MRI and a CT scan, that revealed a bone bruise and mild sprain of the right knee.
Marjanovic is out and will be re-evaluated in approximately 5-7 days.
Also, Furkan Korkmaz underwent successful arthroscopic surgery this afternoon to address the meniscal tear suffered in his right knee during the team’s Feb. 12 matchup vs. Boston.
Korkmaz is out and will be re-evaluated in approximately four weeks.

Kellerman: ‘If Giannis is knocking down threes, he’s gonna be the best player that ever lived, that includes Jordan'(VIDEO)

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo is having an MVP-caliber season, and at this point, with Bucks having the best record in the NBA, his chances of winning the award are excellent. He can do it all; he can handle, drive and finish in the lane, and in 55 games, Giannis is averaging 27.2 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 6.0 assists.

However, Giannis does have a flaw, and that is his shooting ability. He is shooting just 24% from downtown, but on Saturday, Giannis was on fire. He shot 3-4 from beyond the arc and finished with 27 points as the Bucks beat the Timberwolves 140-128.

According to ESPN’s Max Kellerman, if Giannis can ever gets a consistent jumper, he could be the greatest of all-time.

Listen below as Kellerman talks Giannis:

 

Hawks sign Jaylen Adams to multi-year deal

The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has signed guard Jaylen Adams to a multi-year contract, the team announced today.

Adams, originally signed to a two-way contract by the Hawks on July 1, 2018, has played in 10 games with Atlanta, averaging 1.3 points in 4.5 minutes. In 19 starts with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League, he has averaged 15.8 points, 6.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 32.4 minutes.

Adams, a 6’2” guard, played four years at St. Bonaventure, and as a senior in 2017-18, averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 37.0 minutes (.438 FG%, .436 3FG%, .851 FT%). He was the Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Player of the Year and an AP Honorable Mention All-American last season. He was First Team All-Conference in each of his final three collegiate seasons.