Looking back on the countless times he had been jeered mercilessly, Irving could only laugh when discussing the vicious white noise the NBA’s biggest stars encounter on a daily basis. After Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook became the latest high-profile victim of racial abuse from a fan in Utah on Monday, Irving wanted to make it clear that this was not just some nefarious outlier. “It’s funny, man, it’s just funny,” Irving said with a laugh, trying to collect himself. “I’m sorry, this is just — because it happens so often, just, most of the time it doesn’t get documented.”
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Eddie Sefko: Rick Carlisle says Tim Hardaway Jr. will be shut down for the season to let his stress reaction in his leg heal.
Connor Letourneau: Steve Kerr on Kevin Durant: “I did speak with Kevin. Obviously, a very difficult time for Kevin and Kevin’s family. Quinn Cook was very close with the victim as well. Very somber mood at shoot-around today. … For most of us who play this game, this is kind of our refuge.”
Logan Murdock: Steve Kerr on what he think the reaction will be when Andrew Bogut takes the floor tonight: “I think he’s going to get more than a warm reception. I think he’s going to get a raucous reception.”
Kyle Ratke: With this bucket, Karl-Anthony Towns passes Kevin Love for fourth in team history in total points with 6,990 points. Up next is Sam Mitchell and his 7,161 points.
Anthony Chiang: Bam Adebayo (right hip bruise) questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. Bucks. Justise Winslow (right thigh bruise) and Rodney McGruder (left knee soreness) doubtful.
Ja Morant led the way for the Racers with 17 points, 16 assists and 12 rebounds in a dominant 83-64 win to advance to the NCAA tournament’s second round. It marked the first triple-double in NCAA tournament play since Draymond Green logged one for Michigan St. in 2012. It was the ninth triple-double in NCAA tournament history.