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Rod Boone: Malik Monk hasn’t yet progressed to the point where he is able to do any on-court work, but Borrego remains “hopeful” Monk can be back within two weeks. Said he’s hopefully a fast healer.
Rick Bonnell: James Borrego didn’t know anything specific about Malik Monk’s ankle, but you get the sense they’re preparing for him to be out a while. Mentioned Wanamaker potentially picking up some minutes.
Rod Boone: James Borrego on Malik Monk’s sprained ankle: “I feel bad for the kid. He’s been battling, he’s given us a tremendous lift this season. So hopefully it’s not too severe. We’ll find out more tonight and tomorrow.” Borrego said if Monk is out, Brad Wanamaker could see some time.
Rick Bonnell: The Hornets still list Malik Monk (sore foot) as probable for tonight. Wizards list Bradley Beal as questionable (hip contusion) and Daniel Gafford as out (ankle sprain).
Rick Bonnell: .@Malik Monk will play tonight for @hornets, after missing game in Boston with a toe injury, per James Borrego.
Rick Bonnell: Malik Monk will play tonight. Missed second half Wednesday with a quad contusion.
Rick Bonnell: The @Charlotte Hornets list two injuries heading into the Friday exhibition against the @Marc D’Amico: Malik Monk (pelvic contusion) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (left ankle sprain) both listed as probable.
Rick Bonnell: Malik Monk has re-aggravated the pelvic contusion that kept him out of practice Wednesday morning. Sounds like he’s iffy to play versus Celtics Friday.
Rick Bonnell: The diagnosis on @Malik Monk has changed. Turns out his right thumb is sprained, not fractured. No indication yet if he could play again at summer league. @Charlotte Hornets would play at least 2 more games in Las Vegas.
Spencer Percy: Source: Malik Monk’s right thumb is not broken. Original diagnosis was given in Las Vegas at UNLV. Upon a second opinion, determination is thumb isn’t broken. Updated recovery timetable unknown currently. #BuzzCity
Malik Monk: 😒
Rick Bonnell: No cast…waiting on a report
Rick Bonnell: Malik Monk has a fractured right thumb. 6-8 weeks
Monk suffered from upper-body soreness when he arrived for Tuesday’s late-afternoon practice, so a team doctor checked him out. Monk returned to practice at Spectrum Center in time to put up some jump shots after most of the other players left the practice court.
Rick Bonnell: .@hornets rookie Malik Monk’s ankle sprain was a “significant injury,” according to coach Steve Clifford, that is still affecting him (MORE)
Marc J. Spears: Hornets say rookie G Malik Monk doubtful to play at Orlando Summer League due to sprained left ankle suffered in the draft workout process.
Rick Bonnell: The @Charlotte Hornets say Monk injured his ankle in one of his pre-draft workouts. Looks to be out 2-4 weeks.
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April 16, 2021 | 5:36 am EDT Update
While Jokic is miles ahead of the field, his point total is right in line with where the winners landed each of the past few seasons. What is different, however, is that there is no clear second-place finisher. Since the league shifted to the current voting format in 2017, second place has earned at least 738 points. Embiid, who received five of the remaining 11 first-place votes, was second with 401 points — not much more than half of that typical amount. Antetokounmpo (no first-place votes, 375 points), the two-time reigning MVP, was a close third, with Damian Lillard (two first-place votes, 67 total votes, 283 points) in fourth and Harden (one first-place vote, 62 total votes, 231 points) in fifth.
James, meanwhile, went from getting more than half of the first-place votes in the last straw poll to getting none this time. He was left off nearly two-thirds of the ballots entirely, garnering just 37 total votes and 105 points. He was just ahead of Chris Paul, who had two first-place votes and 98 total points, with Kawhi Leonard (80 points, including one first-place vote) in eighth, Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (28 points) in ninth and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (26 points) in 10th.
Duane Rankin: Kings coach Luke Walton said there “is room” to put Chris Paul in the MVP conversation. Paul on his way to his 17th double-double this season. Has nine points and eight assists as #Suns have 84-77 lead with 6:51 left in the 3rd quarter.
Enter Deck, who not coincidentally signed for $3.9 million. Is he an NBA player? Probably not. He had failed to make an impression as a younger player, going scoreless in the 2013 Hoop Summit and going undrafted in 2017. Now 26 years old and playing in Spain as a 6-foot-6 power forward with limited athleticism, nobody I talked to is that excited about him as an NBA prospect. His best-case scenario would be to get by enough on smarts and craftiness to carve out a back-end rotation spot. Deck’s main utility was that he was available via an in-season buyout, a rarity with European contracts.
In 2014, he said he wanted to stay in Portland and cement his legacy as the greatest Blazer of all time… then he chose to leave for San Antonio less than a year later in free agency. And while in San Antonio, he said he would like to one day reunite with Damian Lillard and end his career in Portland … then when presented with just that chance after a San Antonio buyout this spring, he instead chose Brooklyn. In between his mixed messages, there were some incredible moments. Some incredible production. And some real growth as a person. But there was also a lot of bitterness, pettiness and moodiness that led to much of the hurt.
Behind the scenes, though, it was a struggle. He battled insecurity, never feeling he was valued as much as Brandon Roy or even Greg Oden. He brooded during his early years with Roy, much of it stemming from him not being asked to a dinner in Memphis, which turned out to be more of a miscommunication than a slight.
And he struggled with bitterness and pettiness as he felt threatened by Lillard’s emergence in 2012, and the adoration of the city that was quickly heaped upon the young guard. He would turn down NBA public service announcements, then complain when Lillard did them, pointing it out as proof the organization favored Lillard.