“The NCAA isn’t FIBA. It isn’t the NBA. It’s a completely different brand of basketball. The rules are different. The strategies are different. The athletes are different,” said Brown, who expected Saric and TLC to hit the ground running: “What’s common in the world that they came from is the physicality. The grind. The pounding. They’re playing against men.”
December 14, 2017 | 7:11 pm EST Update
Michael Wallace: Bickerstaff simply cut to the chase about Grizzlies’ predicament entering Friday/Sat back-to-back: “You wake up in the morning and you’ve got two choices – you can fight or you can run. Our backs are against the wall. We’ve got nothing to lose. I expect us to come out and fight.”
Mike Trudell: Cavs coach Ty Lue said Dwyane Wade is available to play tonight (he missed Cleveland’s last game with knee soreness).
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas will have his No. 2 jersey retired by the University of Washington. “God is good. God is GREAT,” Thomas posted to his social media accounts Thursday evening.