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Rondae Hollis-Jefferson floors Malcolm Brogdon with crossover (video)

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To be fair, Malcolm Brogdon was already off-balance before Rondae Hollis-Jefferson began his crossover.


NBA: Lakers should’ve been called for committing late shooting foul on Jimmy Butler in win over Bulls


Dwyane Wade insisted there were no excuses for the Bulls’ “ugly” loss to the Lakers on Wednesday.

But here’s one: A key missed shooting foul down the stretch.

Lakers forward Brandon Ingram should’ve been whistled for committing a shooting foul on Jimmy Butler with 1:09 left, according to the Last Two Minute Report:

Ingram (LAL) makes contact with Butler (CHI) that affects his drive to the basket and shot attempt.

A correct call would’ve sent Butler – who’s making 89% of his free throws this season and 82% in his career – to the line for two attempts.

Instead, the Lakers grabbed the defensive rebound and pushed their lead to three, leaving Butler to miss a forced a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left. The absence of those Butler free throws made the Bulls easier to defend, because at that point, the Lakers knew Chicago needed a 3.

Following Butler’s miss from beyond the arc, the Bulls committed a couple intentional fouls and the Lakers expanded their lead in a 96-90 win.

At least Chicago can’t claim the refs were out to get the Bulls. Robin Lopez got away with an illegal screen on the inbound that preceded Butler’s 3. But, again, Chicago was stuck in a desperate situation due in part to the previous missed call.

NBA: Knicks got away with key foul late in win over Timberwolves


The Knicks beat the Timberwolves on Wednesday, but maybe New York doesn’t deserve all the blame for spoiling Karl-Anthony Towns‘ 47-point, 18-rebound night.

A late officiating error also factored into the Knicks’ 106-104 win.

Towns missed with 1:28 left, and Gorgui Dieng should’ve drawn a loose-ball foul on Kristaps Porzingis while they jostled for a rebound, according to the Last Two Minute Report:

Porzingis (NYK) clamps Dieng’s (MIN) arm and affects his ability to retrieve the rebound

The Knicks were in the penalty, so a correct call would’ve sent Dieng – a career 78% free-throw shooter – to the line for two attempts.

Instead, the Knicks secured the defensive rebound – and, eventually, the win.

Brett Brown: Ben Simmons will be 76ers’ point guard when he returns

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The 76ers are waiting for their point guard to get healthy.

No, not Jerryd Bayless.

Ben Simmons.

Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly:

When Simmons is cleared, Brown has a vision of how to utilize the 6-foot-10 point-forward.

“My intention is to give him the ball and let him be the point guard,” Brown said. “That’s the plan. That doesn’t just happen. It takes a little bit of time to introduce him.”

76ers coach Brett Brown has previously mentioned using Simmons at point guard, but this sounds like that will be Simmons’ primary position.

This would help alleviate a frontcourt logjam so dense, not even trading a player – probably Nerlens Noel – would solve it. But it also comes with complications.

The No. 1 pick has tremendous ball-handling and passing skills, but his 6-foot-10 frame could make guarding opposing point guards difficult. It will take a well-crafted lineup around Simmons to make this work. So far, Philadelphia’s roster-building plan has been based on asset-accumulation.

There’s time to experiment, for the 76ers to learn what type of players would best complement Simmons as point guard. Whenever Simmons returns, that process can continue.

Isiah Thomas holds up giant Crying Jordan cutout to celebrate Indiana’s win over North Carolina (photo)

Isiah Thomas
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Indiana beat North Carolina last night, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone more excited than Isiah Thomas.

Thomas, the former Hoosier who battled Jordan’s Bulls while with the Pistons, gleefully held up a giant Crying Jordan cutout depicting the former Tar Heel.

Emphasis on gleefully.

Jordan Heck of Sporting News: