“To me, sports is all about expectations. You play to…

“To me, sports is all about expectations. You play to win. Nobody should be afraid of it. If you are expected to win, win. It’s that simple. The people that believe in it, that are expected to win, we must win,” Ujiri told The Vertical. “I think we gave ourselves a two-, three-year window, but I think a couple of teams decided to go the other way. I know people say the East is bad, but every NBA team is good. Even the teams that are rebuilding, that’s a game every night. We lost a bunch of games last year to teams that supposedly you’re supposed to beat. Everybody thinks that the East is going to be weaker. I think it’s because of the teams rebuilding.”
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Omer Asik back soon

Asik hasn’t played in a game since February 2017 after falling ill during last year’s All-Star break, and just getting back to this point has been an incredible journey for him. Gentry said the veteran center has worked “extremely hard” to get healthy enough to start working out again and the team hopes to get him back in the rotation within the next few weeks.
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The documentary offers a look at Thomas reacting to being traded, his rehab from the hip injury that has kept him out, as well as life after the loss of his sister Chyna. You might need tissues for this one. The opening scene of the documentary shows Thomas describing the phone call he got from Danny Ainge learning he was traded.
Still, Fournier isn’t feeling too cheery or in the spirit of the season now considering the current plight of his Magic. After all, when you pour as much into your profession as Fournier does, life just isn’t too much fun when things are going unexpectedly poor. “Right now, it’s just like a spiral because losing is bad,’’ a dejected Fournier said late Wednesday after the Magic (8-10) lost to Minnesota and dropped their sixth straight game. “You wake up in the morning and you feel (sickly). Every time you watch the film session everybody is down. It’s just an awful feeling and I can’t wait to get a `W,’ man.’’
It will take a certain level of desperation to win and Fournier hopes his Magic will treat the games ahead that way. Otherwise, Orlando will be left with more misery to digest with its Thanksgiving Day leftovers. “Play like it’s a playoff game for us – that’s the only way I see it right now,’’ Fournier said with conviction. “We have to play extremely hard and with confidence. We’ve just got to find a way to get a `W,’ get this streak over and bounce back.’’
Coach Jeff Hornacek wasn’t happy with New York’s effort on defense, and he wasn’t shy about sharing his thoughts. “We came in here, we watched film and Coach kind of got on me. I really didn’t like what was being said,” Courtney Lee said. “… [It was] a little explicit. I don’t think I can repeat what he said to the media. But we exchanged words and we went from there.” Where the Knicks went from there was remarkable. They outscored the Toronto Raptors by 31 points in the third quarter, at one point scoring 28 straight en route to a 108-100 win.
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