Washington Wizards small forward Otto Porter Jr. will miss another week of action due to a Grade II strain of his right Vastus medialis, according to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post.
Porter underwent an MRI on Monday.
Porter has averaged 11.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game over 25 games this season for Washington.
Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Credits Long Plane Ride for Big Win Over Warriors
Celtics guard Kyrie Irving credits a long plane ride, in which he had a lengthy talk with Celtics’ head coach Brad Stevens, for helping the team snap out of their recent funk, and the good feeling has spread throughout the team.
“I understand it’s one game,” Hayward said, according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “You are going to have ups and downs in the season. I’ll try to build off the things I did correctly tonight, and the next time you have a bad game, try to learn from that one.”
Hayward’s recent play has provided a spark for the team.
“It makes our team even better when he’s the confident Gordon and playing like the Gordon we know,” Celtics guard Marcus Smart said.
“We know it’s been tough on him. That’s one thing about him, you have to give it to him: That man keeps working and working. Even though things aren’t going for him, he continues to work, he doesn’t quit, and that’s why we’re so, so optimistic about getting the old Gordon back, because we see how hard he works.”
“That long plane ride helped us out,” Celtics guard Kyrie Irving said. “I’ll just say that. That long plane ride helped us out.
“We needed it. It was just we were going to get to a point where we were just going to get tired of fighting each other, fighting the outside world. And it doesn’t even really matter. So, we just wanted to come out here and just play basketball. This is our sanctuary. And we have to do everything to protect it. We can’t let anybody infiltrate it.”
Irving opened up about the conversations he had with both Stevens and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.
“Well, I mean, it gets a little overwhelming, like I said, but this is just the business I’m in,” Irving said. “The business part of it is what makes it terrible for me, honestly, dealing with all this s—. I’m going to be honest with you guys. The basketball part, I have to keep that fun. That’s where I’m great, that’s where I love to play and be around my teammates, that’s what makes me happy.
“The business part of it is going to be the business. Personal side of being out here with my teammates is the only thing that should matter. It wasn’t really a change of perspective; it was letting the guard down completely and just not thinking I’m at odds with everybody. It’s not a competition in this locker room; it’s a competition out there. That’s the most important thing.”
“Talking with Brad was very helpful, talking with Danny was very helpful, and just expressing myself rather than keeping it all in,” Irving continued. “That made it very easy to just go out and just have fun playing basketball.”
Sixers’ Brett Brown Raves About Tobias Harris, J.J. Redick
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown has enjoyed having forward Tobias Harris on his team, calling the veteran a “quiet assassin” on the court.
“He just plays with grace,” Brown said, according to Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times. “He’s like a quiet assassin. I just like coaching him.”
Brown also praised the recent resurgence of guard J.J. Redick, who has seem to have found his groove recently.
“Great shooters shoot. It’s 82 games,” Brown said, according to Mcall.com.
“He had a few games where he was not himself. Some of that you give credit, to the Golden State Warriors as an example. Other bits, it’s just part of the flow of an 82-game, six-month season. He will respond. He’s that competitive, and that good.”
Pistons’ Blake Griffin, Reggie Jackson Clear the Air
According to the Detroit News’ Rob Beard, Griffin and Jackson spoke to clear the air about the incident and are now on the same page again.
“I was pissed in general and he knew that,” Griffin said. “Since I’ve been here, I’ve tried to hold everybody probably to a higher standard than needs to be, because I know what it takes to build that foundation of where we want to go. That’s all that is.
“I hold myself to that same standard — probably higher.”
The Pistons are currently locked in on a playoff spot, their first since 2016.
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