David Kahn: So we now had the Nos. 5 and 6 picks in the draft. Taking not one, but two players who might not want to play in Minnesota? That would have taken real cojones. We took Rubio and Jonny Flynn, a ready-to-play point guard who started 81 games for us as a rookie and then fell victim to a terrible hip injury. At the time, drafting Flynn made a lot of sense: we didn’t have a single point guard on the roster and our staff had ranked him No. 1 among all point-guard prospects for not only his on-court play, but also his strong leadership qualities, a significant team need.
February 18, 2018 | 9:59 pm EST Update
Marc J. Spears: To start the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, Anthony Davis is wearing injured New Orleans Pelicans teammate DeMarcus Cousins’ All-Star jersey. Davis will wear his familiar No. 23 jersey later in the game.
Ben Golliver: East and West combined for an ASG quarter record 101 first-quarter points in 2017. Team LeBron and Team Steph combined for 73 first-quarter points in 2018, fewest in first quarter since 2013 (57).
Ramona Shelburne: Jimmy Butler is the only All Star who hasn’t played yet. He says he’s fine, so this is just a rest thing. He told D’Antoni not to worry about playing time or getting him into the rotations.