Watch what likely No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz said after his Sixers workout (VIDEO)

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You want to know the truth? The “workout” part of a prospect’s workout for a team doesn’t matter that much. The best teams have already done the homework on his game.

You can be sure the Sixers did their homework on Markelle Fultz long before he stepped into the Philadelphia training center Saturday night for his workout. They were impressed enough with what they saw before this to get deep into trade talks with the Celtics for the No. 1 pick. Which is why they brought him in.

After his workout, Fultz spoke to the media — and sounded polished with these kinds of interviews. He said exactly what he should: Fultz thought he could fit into the Sixers system well, he could play on or off the ball with Ben Simmons and be whatever the team needed, that his knee is feeling good, he wants to be focused on defense, and he was going out to get a Philly cheesesteak after the workout and meetings were over.

Fultz also posed with Simmons, Joel Embiid and Robert Covington — all of whom came to watch the workout.

What the Sixers likely cared most about was his medical reports — there have been knee issues — and how coachable he was.

The Sixers put a portion of the workout live up on periscope, which led to some ridiculous commentary on Twitter who seemed to think this workout was an audition that mattered. It didn’t, not the shooting part (for the record, the journalists below did not rip Fultz, I’m just using their tweets here).

Any team drafting this high has already done its homework on Fultz and the other top prospects. The Sixers know Fultz shot 41.3 percent from three this season and 50.2 percent overall, and that while being the focus of every defensive game plan. If teams read more into a workout rather than their season of study/film watching, that speaks to management. And it doesn’t speak well. Bobby Marks of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports, who used to work in the Nets front office, put it very well.

Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan fined $15,000 for criticizing referees

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The Raptors lost to the Warriors on Saturday, and DeMar DeRozan – despite his own brilliant performance – was irked.

The Toronto guard seemed particularly upset about a review of an out-of-bounds call in the final seconds. After initially giving the ball to the Raptors, officials said it touched DeRozan while he was out of bounds and granted Golden State possession:

The NBA’s replay guidelines say (emphasis mine): “Referees can only initiate a review on a called out-of-bounds play (for example, not one where an out-of-bounds might have occurred) and only those involving doubt as to which player caused the ball to go out (not those, for example, where a player stepped on the line).”

DeRozan

I mean, it’s frustrating being out there feeling like you playing 5-on-8. It’s just what it feel like, period. Some of them calls was terrible, period.

I thought you couldn’t even do that. I’m not even a referee, and I know that rule. So, somebody correct me if I’m wrong.

The NBA corrected him in the two-minute report, saying “After communicating with the Replay Center, the ruling on the floor of Raptors possession is overturned and the Warriors are awarded possession because the ball touches DeRozan’s (TOR) leg while his body is out of bounds before Curry (GSW) knocks the ball out. Referees were able to review two aspects of this out-of-bounds play since they were part of the same sequence.”

Then, the league fined him.

NBA release:

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has been fined $15,000 for public criticism of the officiating, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The comments were made following the Raptors’ 127-125 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, Jan. 13

Saying “5-on-8” seems to be a secret code word for getting fined. I’m not sure whether the rest of DeRozan’s comments would have gotten him fined, but that phrase almost certainly did him in.

Kyle Lowry on plan to meet Ben Simmons after ejections: ‘Put it this way, I was back there’

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As Kyle Lowry and Ben Simmons were ejected late in the 76ers’ win over the Raptors yesterday, the players appeared to challenge each other to meet in back.

Lowry eagerly left the court and headed through the tunnel. Simmons appeared much more reluctant at that point.

Despite a report of a confrontation in the hallway, Simmons said nothing escalated, as he went to his locker room.

Michael Grange of Sportsnet

TKO.

Warriors complained of no hot water in showers in Cleveland

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The Cavaliers are clearly frustrated.

Did someone in Cleveland take out that frustration on the Warriors after they beat the Cavs last night?

Chris Haynes of ESPN:

Players were complaining about there being no hot water in the visiting locker room showers. When they walked in, they could be heard screaming in discomfort. Most of the players emerged shivering from taking a quick wash-off.

“Man, they got to do something in ‘The Q.’ Somebody call Bron!” Kevin Durant yelled, referring to LeBron James.

No one seemed angry; the situation was more humorous.

That’s the right approach. Whenever the hot water is out in a visiting locker room, the finger is pointed at the home team for sabotage. Sometimes, heating systems just fail.

Giannis Antetokounmpo assists fastbreak dunk with football-style long snap (video)

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is scoring more in the post, the basketball analogue of football’s trenches.

Apparently, he’s taking the comparison to the next level.

In the Bucks’ win over the Wizards yesterday, Antetokounmpo played the part of a long-snapping center to set up Khris Middleton in transition.

NBC Sports Washington: