The other big roster need, one I was slightly surprised to hear the Sixers are prioritizing, is at the backup five position. It has been a sore spot for the franchise in the Embiid era, and remains one again this season. Philadelphia already has three nominal bigs on the roster, including star center Embiid, but sources say they would be interested in acquiring a safer/more traditional backup to Embiid for certain matchups in the playoffs.
March 30, 2023 | 8:43 pm EDT Update
Dillon Brooks on Russell Westbrook: 'His trash talk is wack'
Law Murray: Dillon Brooks on Friday: “I hope Kawhi plays, I was focused on Kawhi a lot.” Dillon Brooks on Westbrook: “He had a good game. But his trash talk is wack…”
Head coach Jacque Vaughn had high praise for the 26-year-old’s adjustment to the increased usage following Wednesday’s win: “He really has (blossomed),” Vaughn said. “He’s starting for us and playing more minutes than his previous destination. We’ve allowed him to shoot the basketball more than he did previously. He’s handling the basketball in the pick-and-roll. The first play out of halftime was for him and he makes the right decision with it. So we’re really putting more in his hands and he’s responding.”
“It’s just awesome to see the city like this,” Miller said. “I’ve been to many games since I’ve been retired. It’s finally starting to get that playoff atmosphere.”
Sean Highkin: Blazers say Trendon Watford is upgraded to questionable for tomorrow. Cam Reddish and Ryan Arcidiacono are both listed as doubtful.
Tom Orsborn: Sochan (knee) and Collins (foot) are out at Golden State on Friday night, per Spurs. Vassell (knee) and Langford (adductor) are questionable. McDermott (elbow) is probable. Johnson (foot) has been upgraded to available.
March 30, 2023 | 7:21 pm EDT Update
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander could miss third straight game
Brandon Rahbar: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is currently listed as OUT tomorrow vs the Pacers. Tyrese Haliburton is out for the Pacers. Myles Turner is questionable. Indiana still has some young talent is 19-19 at home. OKC is pushing to make the play-in. Big game.
Olgun Uluc: Sam McDaniel has signed a two-year deal with the Brisbane Bullets, sources told ESPN. Both years guaranteed.
Danny Cunningham: #Cavs guard Darius Garland was asked what he would say to NBA Defensive Player of the Year voters to make a case for Evan Mobley. “Watch a basketball game. Watch a Cavaliers game.”