Greek national team seemed to have everything under control as they won all five games in the first stage of FIBA World Cup Qualifiers. Head coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos was very satisfied and believes things will improve as he expects more players to be available for the second round, especially Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo: “I think Giannis will be with us in September. Unless something extraordinary and very serious arises, I think he will come to the national team. He is aware of everything about the camp, he has the training program. He has shown interest and I think he will be in the national team for the first games of the next phase.”, Skourtopoulos told fiba.basketball.
February 23, 2019 | 8:52 pm EST Update
Karl-Anthony Towns remains in concussion protocol and will not play for Minnesota against Milwaukee, a night after missing a game for the first time in his career. The All-Star forward was in a car accident Thursday and didn’t play Friday in New York, ending his streak of 303 consecutive games started. He traveled with the Timberwolves for the game in Milwaukee on Saturday, rather than return to Minnesota, but hadn’t been cleared to play again.
Being unable to play has troubled Towns, coach Ryan Saunders said. “People asked me if he cared about his [consecutive games] streak,” Saunders said. “He hasn’t and didn’t mention one thing along those lines. It was all about being there for his teammates and contributing. He even had somebody run out and make sure he could get a sport coat so he was dressed properly on the bench so he could be there with his teammates. That says a lot about Karl.”
Jason Anderson: Worth noting: Joerger said his exchange with Hield “wasn’t about shot selection,” but it WAS about Hield not running the play he called. Kind of a distinction without a difference. Anyway, the words you all probably want to hear Joerger say about Buddy: “I love him to death.”
February 23, 2019 | 7:52 pm EST Update
Anthony Slater: Sense from some around Warriors is a bit of disappointment that James Harden isn’t going tonight. They were craving a test, but mostly wanted Cousins to get as much pre-playoff experience as possible facing Harden’s target attacks. They meet again in Houston in mid-March.