Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons called his team “too soft” for the second time this season after Friday night’s 123-121 home loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Playing without star center Joel Embiid, who missed the game with a sore ankle, the Sixers allowed Atlanta to rack up 62 points in the paint while outrebounding Philadelphia 44-30. “Definitely,” Simmons said when asked whether physicality was the Sixers’ biggest problem. “I think we were too soft.”
March 18, 2019 | 9:33 pm EDT Update
James Edwards III: Blake Griffin-less #Pistons fall to the Kevin Love-less #Cavs, 126-119. Detroit is 0-3 in games in which Griffin has missed with rest. Pistons move to 36-34 on season and begin a West Coast excursion on Thursday, starting in Phoenix.
March 18, 2019 | 9:24 pm EDT Update
Eddie Sefko: Dirk Nowitzki hecks out at 7:23, hugs Rick Carlisle and high-fives pretty much anybody within his long arm’s reach. Mission accomplished by moving up to No. 6 on the all-time scoring list.