January 21, 2021 | 3:35 am EST Update
Marc Stein: The NBA just announced its 17th postponement of the season: Washington at Milwaukee on Friday night is off. It will be the Wizards’ sixth postponement in a row and adds the Bucks to a list that is now at 22 of 30 teams to lose at least one game for health and safety reasons:
Dr. Prins, who reviewed the protocols for The New York Times, noted that in defining close contact, the N.B.A. included a quote from the C.D.C. that said that the transmission from an infected person is based on several factors, including whether they are “likely to generate respiratory aerosols.” “Well what do we think is happening on the court?” Dr. Prins said. “This is not two people sitting across from each other for 10 minutes and they haven’t even been talking or anything. These are people who are breathing hard and calling to each other on the court. I think it is very likely that they are generating a lot of aerosols. For me, I would want a very conservative definition of close contact here.”
Michael Scotto: Kevin Durant on the debut of the Nets Big 3 with James Harden and Kyrie Irving: “It felt right. It felt perfect. It felt like we belong together. It felt like this journey together is going to be fun.”
As an aside, I’m not going to try to guess as to why Irving left the club prior to their Jan. 7 game against the Sixers. Various reports have stated that he was upset over the riots at the Capitol Building on Jan. 6. However, those familiar with Irving’s thinking said that the news that the Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake won’t be facing any criminal charges factored into his absence. That event, more so than the riots at the Capitol Building, contributed to Irving being away from the club, those people say.
“I don’t pay enough attention to what the hell is going on to know the perception about him around the league. But I know I watch him and I don’t know what year this is for me — 17 or 18 — this is not normal. He’s not a regular NBA player. He’s a dynamic scorer,” Bickerstaff told cleveland.com following the 147-135 double-overtime win. “We have to win more games and put him in position to close more games where people respect what he can do and what he’s capable of. That’s our responsibility and that’s our goal. The more he does it when the moments matter most, I think people will gain more respect for him.”
“I am in Cleveland, I do wear No. 2, and I do wear Kyrie’s. That’s gonna be linked together. I just got to take it. I can’t control what people say, but I can control what I do,” Sexton admitted. “It was good to go against him tonight. I definitely accepted the challenge, and I knew it wasn’t gonna be easy. Just the simple fact that it’s Kyrie, he’s coming at you each and every night ready to go and tonight was a good one.”
Jared Weiss: Marcus Smart comes out for his post game presser still in his jersey. “(Embiid) alone shot 21 free throws, we shot 20. Can’t beat that.” Smart: “We got our hands up a lot of the times and (Embiid) flails and he gets the call. Meanwhile on the other end we attack and we don’t get the whistles. It’s tough playing like that.”