The Lakers survived the Nets — barely — without Andrew Bynum, but the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday would be another matter.
Bynum said Tuesday he would try to go Wednesday despite his sprained ankle, reports Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. Ding also adds that Bynum seemed to be walking around fairly well on his ankle Tuesday night.
But of course, that’s not the only issue going on around Andrew Bynum — there is always drama around the Lakers. The latest is Bynum being fined for the team for some immature and insubordinate comments, then not showing up to a meeting with GM Mitch Kupchak to discuss it.
Lakers coach Mike Brown is on the front line of any Bynum issue, and he says he doesn’t have one. Even through Bynum disrespects Brown’s team huddles. Again from Ding at the Register.
“I don’t have a problem with Bynum,” Brown said while fielding a series of questions about Bynum and a perceived lack of professionalism.
Brown said he wasn’t about to “overreact … I’m not about to do that right now.”
But later maybe?
Bynum is going to do what he wants because he has the leverage right now — the Lakers are going to pick up his option for next season ($16.1 million) and after that he becomes a free agent in 2013. The Lakers will try to sign him to a max extension, but Bynum has a lot of leverage here. And things clearly frustrate him
But for now, he’s likely going to go on Wednesday night against the athletic Clippers front line.
Markieff Morris‘ frustrations last night didn’t end with his scuffle with teammate Archie Goodwin. They didn’t end with the Suns’ loss to the Warriors, either.
As Morris was leaving the court, a fan heckled him: “Markieff, you f—ing suck. I can’t wait until you’re traded.” Though Morris probably agrees with the second sentence, he flipped off the fan:
Though it’s difficult to confirm that video was from last night, it jibes with a previous report of the incident.
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Morris will likely at least be fined. Considering his previous behavioral problems this season – he threw a towel at Jeff Hornacek – I wouldn’t completely rule out a suspension. But a fine seems most likely.
An embarrassing lack of focus by the Rockets? I can hardly believe it.
Late in a game against a team Houston is battling for playoff position, Dwight Howard was just careless, stepping on the baseline as he inbounded the ball. It’s a needless goof, and he’ll get plenty of deserved criticism for it.
But don’t overlook Patrick Beverley‘s frustration foul on Damian Lillard before the ensuing inbound. That was nearly as foolish and even more costly.
The sequence sparked a 7-0 run for the Trail Blazers, who seized control of the game en route to a 116-103 win.
Marcus Smart went to tag DeAndre Jordan on the pick-and-roll, and Jordan took off from so far from the basket, he was dunking on Smart before the Celtics guard could do a thing.
The slow-motion replays are absolutely brutal.