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Phoenix, at 17-3, has separated itself as the most relevant conference competitor. They won the West a season ago and have ripped off an in-progress 16-game win streak to caution the league against labeling it a fluke. They’re a complete operation in a league riddled with flawed rosters. “Sixteen in a row,” Draymond Green said. “You want to go be the team to stop that.”
“Guys believe we can play and beat anybody, and I think we’ve shown that, regardless of what the circumstances are,” said Finch, who politely declined to discuss Carlisle’s apology. “We just have to keep doing that every night. Our problem is as a young team we aren’t always there mentally, and we have to get dialed back in and be a little more business-like in our approach sometimes.” Suddenly, the Wolves are tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for fifth in the West, and it is not just the players who are getting noticed. When asked by Wolves play-by-play announcer Dave Benz about Finch before the game, Carlisle said he had great respect for him. “He’s coached all over the world,” Carlisle said. “His resume is a little bit like (Toronto Raptors coach) Nick Nurse. He’s coached all kinds of different places, all kinds of different situations.”
Sarah K. Spencer: Onyeka Okongwu has been doing more live work, per Nate McMillan. In the next couple days, he’ll go to the Skyhawks to play 5-on-5 in practice. “We slowly are trying to build him up.” After a couple practices, they’ll see if Okongwu can play in a G League game, per McMillan.
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Paying homage to his Grandmother’s advice to him at an early age, Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. announced today an initial $150,000 personal commitment to his ‘Much Required’ fundraising campaign to support organizations that align with the fourth-year player’s passion for supporting local youth. “This all started with my Grandmother, Eva Carmichael, who constantly reminds me, to whom much is given, much is required, and I’ve taken that to heart. It’s how I want to live my life and honor how my Grandmother lives hers,” said Jackson Jr.