Kyle Goon: Mike Muscala is AVAILABLE to play tonight.
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Serena Winters: Jimmy Butler (strained groin) will not play tonight. Furkan will start in his place. Mike Muscala will play tonight.
Serena Winters: Wilson Chandler & Mike Muscala are both available tonight.
Philadelphia 76ers reserve forward Mike Muscala will be sidelined for approximately one week after suffering a fractured nose and cut on his face during a collision in practice Tuesday. The 76ers said Wednesday that Muscala received six stiches and will wear a protective mask when he is cleared to return.
Serena Winters: Some good injury news for the #Sixers. Mike Muscala is available tonight.
Kyle Neubeck: Brett Brown just said the Sixers are going to be without Mike Muscala and Wilson Chandler “for a while” while discussing what they want to accomplish tonight, which does not seem great
Michael Cunningham: Budenholzer says plan is for Muscala to play 2 gms rehab for Erie (Thurs and Sat) before rejoining Hawks after holiday.
Michael Cunningham: Babbitt (back) and Muscala (ankle) out vs TOR..
Michael Cunningham: Babbitt (back) and Muscala (ankle) out vs Knicks Fri.
Michael Cunningham: Babbitt (back) and Muscala (ankle) ruled out for Hawks vs LAC on Wed
Michael Cunningham: Muscala (ankle) out for Hawks at Spurs. Babbitt, Bembry, Plumlee all available to play.
Michael Cunningham: Muscala (ankle) says he’ll be available to play vs BOS tonight.
Michael Cunningham: Ilyasova (knee) probable vs SAC tomorrow. Muscala (ankle) doubtful.
Michael Cunningham: Budenholzer says Muscala (ankle) is out. Belinelli (Achilles), Schröder (ankle), Delaney (ankle) are good to go.
Michael Cunningham: Muscala (ankle) is out vs. DET. Babbitt to start again at PF.
Michael Cunningham: Muscala (ankle) listed as out for Hawks at CLE Sun. Delaney (ankle) is doubtful. Schroder (ankle) and Belinelli (Achilles) are probable.
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February 18, 2019 | 6:00 am EST Update
The Wizards’ sole All-Star representative is looking three-and-a-half months ahead to the start of free agency — and maybe even beyond that. Beal joked to The Athletic on Friday that he may have to spend the weekend tampering with the other 25 All-Stars in Charlotte. Then again, maybe he wasn’t joking too much. The two-way recruiting has already begun, as he admitted following Sunday’s game. “It was really crazy,” Beal said. “A lot of guys were coming to talk to me and asking me how I feel. The recruiting process is really going all right. It’s going all right. I’m trying. This is new for me. So, I’m definitely getting some ears and seeing where guys’ minds are at.”
Still, the league does not enforce player-on-player recruiting as if it were tampering. So, in this case, Beal can “tamper” away. And opponents can return the favor. “Guys were, ‘So, what y’all doing in D.C.? How is D.C.?’ Or I’m asking, ‘What’s your situation? What you thinking about? How you feeling? Any changes need to be made?’” he said.
So, uhhh, who was it? “I can’t name no names. I’m not gonna name no names. I ain’t gonna name no names. You’re not gonna have me out here for tampering. I ain’t gonna throw no names out. I’m keeping them in my piggy bank, my back pocket right here,” Beal said. “But in July, hopefully we can do something.” Beal, who has two seasons remaining on his contract with the Wizards and says he wants to stick around, is a known shooter, but this is a halfcourt heave. Props to him for at least being the guy who chucks before the end-of-quarter buzzer sounds.
Scott Kushner: AD said the weekend really wasn’t any different for him than typical All-Star Games despite the scrutiny surrounding his trade request. “Great to be around family and the other All Stars” He also doesn’t think it will be an issue returning to New Orleans to finish the season.
Scott Kushner: I just spoke to AD. He said the plan was to just play a limited amount so he wouldn’t “mess the shoulder up” any further. But he said of the shoulder, “it’s fine”. He also said he expects to play when the Pelicans’ schedule resumes next week and will play his normal workload.
Matt Velazquez: Khris Middleton was asked about his future postgame: “I’ll think about the summertime in the summertime. We have a lot more work to do, hopefully. The second half of the season is going to be tough. We’ve been playing great basketball, so that’s the only thing I’m worried about.”
James said he’s healthy and focused on the stretch run. “I feel great,” James said. “Looking forward to the second half of the season. Looking forward to seeing what we can do to get back in this playoff race. That’s my only mindset. That’s the only thing that’s going to happen in my mental space for these next two months, pretty much on how I can get this team playing the type of level of basketball we were playing before my injury.”