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Wizards’ Scott Brooks Discusses Playing Without John Wall

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The Washington Wizards have a tough task ahead of them as the team embarks on a grind for the next two months as they await the return of John Wall.

Wall is expected to miss 2 months due to injury and head coach Scott Brooks knows that there is a lofty challenge ahead of the time as they try to stay afloat during that time frame.

“I mean, I know that’s been a hot topic the last couple of days” Brooks said, in a video posted on the Wizards official Twitter page.

“First of all, I mean, anyone who thinks we’re better without John hasn’t seen John play. [They] don’t really know what we do as a team. He’s a superstar player. He carried our team in a lot of the success we had last year because of the way he plays. He’s been battling. His knee’s been sore for a big part of the year, and he’s still stayed with it and did the best he could play. We have to play different.

We don’t have a superstar, All-Star point guard, and there is only a few guys in the league that can do what he does. I don’t pay much attention to that.

I know our team is focused to win every game and try to put us in a great position to have a great playoffs scene.”

Washington has seen some promise from Tomas Satoransky, who is filling in for Wall, but it is impossible to expect anyone to truly fill Wall’s shoes during his absence.

 

Chicago Bulls

Bulls Pulling Jabari Parker from Regular Rotation

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It appears that the Chicago Bulls are souring on Jabari Parker, who will reportedly be pulled from the regular rotation, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews.

The 23-year old Parker came to Chicago via a two-year, $40 million deal during the offseason, and marked a return to his hometown and a chance to re-ignite his career.

Now, it appears certain that the Bulls will decline his option, sending Parker back to free agency next summer.

“Jabari has been great,” Bulls head coach Jim Boylen said, according to Andrews. “He understands. Jabari wants to make it about helping the team win. And that’s what I’ve asked him to do.”

Parker has averaged 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds for Chicago this season.

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Detroit Pistons

Pistons Interested in 76ers’ Markelle Fultz

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The Detroit Pistons may be in the market for a point guard and are apparently eyeing struggling Philadelpha 76ers’ point guard Markelle Fultz, according to The Detroit Free Press’ Vince Ellis.

Detroit is reportedly eyeing a young point guard in preparation for the potential departure of Reggie Jackson via free agency following next season.

The report pointed out that in order to take on Fultz, the Pistons would have to move money around to avoid the luxury tax.

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Cleveland Cavaliers

Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Out 2-4 Weeks

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without center Tristan Thompson for two-to-four weeks with a sprained left foot, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Thompson exited Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter after he landed awkwardly on the foot of Bucks’ guard Malcolm Brogdon.

Thompson, 27, is averaging 12 points and 11.6 rebounds per game this season for Cleveland.

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