Giannis Antetokounmpo spoke with the Spanish newspaper “Marca” and referred to Luka Doncic and the young Slovenian’s great potential. The “Greek Freak” said Doncic is ready to play in the NBA, as he won the Spanish League, the Euroleague and the EuroBasket last season, while he also was the MVP of the regular season and the Final Four in the Euroleague. “He is the most exciting player that has appeared in basketball… in the recent years. People in the NBA sometimes forget that in the EuroLeague competition, they play very well and very hard. You have to play very well to stand out in the Euroleague,” said Antetokounmpo.
November 16, 2018 | 9:33 pm EST Update
Jim Eichenhofer: Hard to believe some of the injury luck with this team at times. Elfrid Payton had played in 305 out of a possible 328 games of his four-year #NBA career prior to 2018-19, but just missed nine games with ankle sprain and now has broken finger only 8 minutes into return from it
Barry Jackson: Heat (6-9) loses 99-91 in Indy despite Richardson’s 28, Whiteside’s 12 & 17. Indy has won seven more games than Heat since trading Paul George. Of teams ahead of Heat in East in past year-plus, that’s the most disappointing one from Heat perspective. Pacers are simply better.
November 16, 2018 | 8:39 pm EST Update
Bulls injury update per Fred Hoiberg: Lauri Markkanen is shooting from deeper range, but is still 1-2 weeks away from playing with contact. Hoiberg says they will likely utilize the Windy City Bulls — the G League affiliate — to help get him back into game shape. Denzel Valentine’s time frame is still “up in the air.”