Langston Galloway, Lance Thomas, Kevin Seraphin, Derrick Williams, Jerian Grant, Kyle O’Quinn and Lou Amundson had strong performances earlier but have tailed off lately. “I’m still going to rely on them,” Anthony said. “I think it’s a just a matter of guys being confident, being a little more confident when they get in the game. You don’t know who’s going to play on any given night. I think guys are thinking about that a little bit too much instead of focusing on when they do get in the game giving productive minutes.”
For a long time, basketball separated the family, with the brothers scattered around Europe in pursuit. Now it is bringing them together in New York. The brothers, including the middle one, Martins, speak fluent English, so the transition should be easy. The father, Talis, a former bus driver in Latvia, is eager to learn the language, but his wife Ingrida is stubborn about these things. “Mom doesn’t want to learn,” Kristaps said. “She lived in Spain for a year without knowing the language. She still found a way to live there.”
So how does one prepare for an NBA game the day after Thanksgiving? By eating with the enemy. That had the Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and their wives spending the holiday alongside Carmelo Anthony and his wife in advance of the Miami Heat’s Friday night game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Photo evidence of the get-together was supplied by Instagram accounts of both Adrienne Bosh and Gabrielle Union, Wade’s wife.
Garnett is known more for trash-talking than helping out opponents, but he stopped Porzingis. “You hear the boos and KG gave me great advice,’’ Porzingis said at the Knicks’ morning shootaround in Orlando’s Amway Center. “He came up to me in the summer league and (said): ‘Use that as motivation. Just let that drive you every day when you step on the floor.’ That’s what I’m trying to do. I don’t focus on it. It’s not the only thing that drives me and it still sits inside me. I just want to prove those fans wrong, prove I could be a good player.’’