Westbrook, Barea and Serge Ibaka also picked up technical fouls.
Johnson is a seasoned veteran. He swats it away.
How is Lakers coach Byron Scott handling his hobbled 37-year-old star?
Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times:
Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:
I understand and respect Kobe’s desire to play as much as possible before he retires. But if he keeps pressing now, he faces significant risk of a setback that costs him far more than a week or two.
Heat guard Goran Dragic was just starting to find his scoring touch after a rough start to the season. He has averaged 15 points on 54% shooting, including 50% on 3-pointers, in his last 10 games.
But now he’s sidelined.
Dragic will miss the Clippers tonight, Nuggets on Friday and Thunder on Sunday.
He missed only one other game due to injury this season, and Beno Udrih started in his place. But Tyler Johnson was also out for that game, a loss to the Pistons, so it’s unclear how Miami will handle its point guards now.
My guess is Udrih starts. It’s a small sample (26 minutes), but the Heat have dominated (137.9 offensive rating/104.1 defensive rating/+33.8 net rating) when he has played with their other starters (Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside). That would also allow Johnson to play more with the other reserves, with whom he has developed a chemistry.
Either way, Dragic is a significant loss. Miami’s point guard depth is now merely enough to tread water.
If Dragic’s injury weren’t enough, Hassan Whiteside isn’t certain to play at Denver tonight:
The Nets reportedly have a strong candidate for their next general manager, Bryan Colangelo.
Do they also have a top coaching target?
Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News:
I’m dubious of any reports on the Nets’ next coach until they hire a general manager. Although it isn’t always the case, when a team has both jobs vacant, it picks the general manager first and allows him to choose the coach.
But Mikhail Prokhorov does things his own way. And even if the Nets owner doesn’t hire a coach first, any potential general manager will pitch his plans for a coach. Likely, the general manager will have already talked to potential coaches before presenting Brooklyn with the idea. Perhaps, the Colangelo and Thibodeau rumors are leaking in tandem.
Thibodeau might be the coach most qualified to lead the talent-and-draft-pick-strapped Nets through the next few years. When the Bulls were depleted by injuries, he still had them playing hard and defending sharply. That style can turn a bad team into a decent one.
There are still major questions about Thibodeau, namely his interpersonal skills and willingness to rest players. But barring a miracle free agent signing or two, Brooklyn is facing a major talent deficit in the years ahead.
Perhaps, this partnership could help both sides repair their images.