The Nets announced Tuesday that Markel Brown will not play in preseason –a total of six games over three weeks– because of a strain in his left oblique muscle. He will be reevaluated at the start of the regular season. Brown strained it last Thursday in what he has called a “freak accident.” He flew home on the weekend and was evaluated by Dr. Riley, J. Williams, the team medical director. Brown missed some time last preseason due to a severe stomach flu.
November 30, 2015 | 7:12 pm EST Update
Sam Smith: Popovich on Jimmy Butler: “He’s been on the same trajectory as Kawhi Leonard; they get better every year and play both ends of the court. You can look at teams and start counting how many players play at both ends at a high level. There are not that many.”