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Michael Cunningham: Ilyasova officially available to play vs. SAC. Budenholzer says no specific minutes restriction but plans to ‘ease him back in’
Michael Cunningham: After participating in shootaround, Ilyasova says: “I’m ready to play.”
Michael Cunningham: Ilyasova (knee) probable vs SAC tomorrow. Muscala (ankle) doubtful.
Michael Cunningham: Hawks say Ilyasova will miss 1-2 weeks because of bone bruise on knee.
Michael Cunningham: Ilyasova (knee) out Sun. vs Bucks. Schröder (ankle) and Belinelli (Achilles) are prob.
Keith Pompey: Richaun Holmes (upper respiratory infection) and Ersan Ilyasova (hip) are available tonight vs. #MiamiHeat
Derek Bodner: Ersan Ilyasova will play and start tonight. Was probable with right hip soreness. #sixers
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February 20, 2018 | 7:40 pm EST Update
Davis said that hearing former players such as Kevin Garnett express regret about not asking sooner for a trade to a more competitive franchise has made him think. “It makes you think, ’cause you’re wondering if you’re following in that same path,” he said. “But then again, you’re like, ‘This year could be the year.’ So, just got to take it year by year and just see, and see where the team is going, what direction they want to go to and just see where their head is.”
As New Orleans star Anthony Davis prepares for the second half of the season with the Pelicans holding on to the eighth seed in the Western Conference, he still thinks about what could have been this year had teammate DeMarcus Cousins not ruptured his Achilles. “We could have gone through the playoffs. No one could really stop us as bigs. We go to the Finals if we went,” Davis told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols in an interview over All-Star weekend. [Teammate Rajon Rondo] reminds us of it: ‘You guys are the two best bigs. I know what it takes to win championships; we got it.’”
Davis said he has been mirroring Russell Westbrook’s approach to keep the Pelicans in the playoff picture. They are 4-5 since Cousins’ injury, compared to 27-21 before that. “You kind of have that Russell Westbrook mentality when [Kevin Durant] went out,” Davis said. “Russ just went out there and played, and he shot 40 shots sometimes, you know, whatever it takes to help your team win, and I’m kind of taking that approach.”
Bulls point guard Cameron Payne is set to make his season debut Thursday against the 76ers after he foot surgery sidelined him for nearly two-thirds of the season. He’ll play secondary to Bulls starting point guard Kris Dunn.