Ira Winderman: Heat’s Duncan Robinson, on his ongoing Reddit AMA, “I think the general sentiment is that everyone wants to play but also everyone wants to be safe first. The league is obviously doing everything they can to ensure both.”
January 29, 2022 | 5:47 am EST Update
“He looks like money,” the big man said of Harden after practice on Friday. Harden will not have any limitations upon returning after a one-game absence because of hamstring tightness, Nash said, meaning the Nets will take on the Warriors with two of their three stars. Kevin Durant is out with a sprained left MCL, but Kyrie Irving, who is not able to play at home, will be able to suit up for the five-game road trip. Harden had reported left hamstring tightness after the Nets lost to the Lakers on Tuesday in Brooklyn, then watched as his team lost at home to the Nuggets on Wednesday. Claxton was also out against Denver, sitting on the second end of the back-to-back after missing seven consecutive games with a left hamstring injury.
Harrison Faigen: The Lakers’ starting lineup was so bad that Russell Westbrook had 35 points and finished a -11 in a game the Lakers lost by 3. To be clear, Russ was clearly not the problem tonight, it just shows how bad that unit fit together.
Kyle Goon: Frank Vogel: “We were a frustrated team last night. You can become disconnected. I’ve seen it over the years.” While the Lakers did not win, Vogel says he saw a lot of positive spirit and resilience from the group without LeBron and AD, and that the huddles were very passionate.
Ryan Miller: Mike Conley on the non-calls: “It’s always one of the things I wonder if I’m more of a guy that gets techs and argues a lot maybe I get more respect in that manner. For me, it just seems pretty A to B, like you should be able to make the easy call.”
Ryan Miller: Mike Conley: “No moral victories but we feel like we’re getting closer and closer to being back to who we are. I think this time is gonna make us tougher and stronger mentally. Especially when we get Donovan and Rudy and everybody back.”