Pistons’ Ish Smith Out with Adductor Tear
After around 2 weeks, Smith will be re-evaluated, the team announced.
Smith has posted 9.2 ppg and 3.0 apg for Detroit this season.
Celtics’ Jaylen Brown Expects to Come off the Bench
Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown may be returning to action later this week after missing three straight games due to a tailbone injury, but he expects to come off the bench when he finally does return to the court.
“I believe in my ability,” Brown said, according to MassLive’s Tom Westerholm. “Coaching staff believes in my ability. If coming off bench makes sense – people make it a bigger deal than it really is. At end of the day it’s basketball. (Gordon) Hayward came off the bench & had 30 points. It’s a mindset. It’s a choice.”
Hawks’ Vince Carter Won’t Enter Slam Dunk Contest
While NBA fans are pushing for it, Atlanta Hawks veteran guard, and former Slam Dunk Champion, Vince Carter will not be entering this season’s Slam Dunk Content during the NBA All-Star weekend festivities.
“I don’t think about doing it,” Carter said, during an appearance on The Ringer’s “Winging It”podcast (h/t John Chick of TheScore). “We all … go back and talk about the dunk contest from 2000 and what it did for people and where you were and all of that, and I know what it did for me. So I feel like to taint it, 18-19 years later, why?”
Carter had one of the most legendary performances in the Slam Dunk competition back in 2000, in which he put on an absolute display en route to winning the contest.
“I think if I step on the court for someone to see a dunk, the first thing you’re going to think about is 2000,” Carter continued. “And you’re gonna compare that to 18-19 years later. And that’s just too much time in between. What that did for me then, I don’t ever want to tarnish it. And I feel like going out there, I’m just trying to relive something that should be left alone. Just like when we think some of our classic movies, like let’s not reboot or remake, let’s just leave it alone.”
Age is likely the reason Carter would opt to stay out.
“(In 2000) it didn’t matter, I could dunk fresh off the bus, off the plane,” Carter said. “Now, meh, not so much.”
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