NBA Power Rankings: Nets still on top, Bucks climbing fast, Lakers slide


Injuries and the trade deadline are shaking up the NBA Power Rankings — the Bucks are climbing, while the shorthanded Lakers are losing and falling. Though it all, Brooklyn just keeps winning games and looking like the team to beat in the East.

Nets small icon 1. Nets (30-14, Last Week No. 1). Weird stat of the season: Brooklyn is 22-3 in weeknight games and just 8-11 on Friday/Saturday/Sunday games. The Nets are without Kyrie Irving on the current three-game road trip, and Kevin Durant remains out (but is getting closer, Steve Nash said), so it remains the James Harden show — and he has played his way into the MVP conversation. However, Nash has admitted concerns about all the minutes and load on Harden and the long-term impacts. Blake Griffin hadn’t dunked in a couple of years, but how did he get his first bucket as a Net?

Bucks small icon 2. Bucks (28-14, LW 4). The hottest team in the land, having won 12-of-13, and Giannis Antetokounmpo is playing like an MVP again during this stretch. However, the real key to the run is Milwaukee got back to being an elite defensive team — second-best in the NBA over the last six games. They are doing it differently than years past, switching more, but this is still an elite defensive team. P.J. Tucker will help on that end (particularly in the non-Antetokounmpo minutes), but will he hit open shots (he didn’t in Houston)? Will Tucker close games?

Sixers small icon 3. 76ers (31-13 LW 2). Philadelphia has gone 5-1 without Joel Embiid, a sign of the depth of this roster (and a credit to Tobias Harris). This run also is a boost to Doc Rivers’ Coach of the Year candidacy. Still, GM Daryl Morey knows this team could use one more steady hand and shot creator, which is why they continue to go hard after Toronto’s Kyle Lowry as the deadline nears, trying to bring the Philly native home. But Lowry makes $30 million, which means surrendering real value and depth to make a trade work.

Suns small icon 4. Suns (29-13 LW 3). Phoenix keeps on winning and has been quiet heading into the trade deadline — they are going to ride with Chris Paul and Devin Booker. The concern with Phoenix is the lack of easy points: Their 18.4 free throw attempts a game are the lowest in the league (they have the lowest free throw rate, too), and they are 20th in the league in points added in transition per 100 possessions (they don’t get a lot of fast break buckets). They will need those easy points in the playoffs.

Jazz small icon 5. Jazz (31-11, LW 6). Utah has not looked dominant the past few weeks, at least compared to how they did earlier in the season. The biggest difference in those early games and the recent one is defense — the Jazz are 16th in the league defensively over their last six games. Some big nights from Donovan Mitchell helped cover things up, but the concern is real. There has been very little trade buzz around Utah, but this is a tight-lipped organization where leaks are rare anyway.

Nuggets small icon 6. Nuggets (26-17 LW 7). Denver has quietly been one of the more active teams heading into the trade deadline, having reportedly been in conversations for Harrison Barnes and Aaron Gordon at the four, and about Evan Fournier. Nikola Jokic racked up another triple-double on Tuesday night and — with LeBron and Embiid out — he has the chance to take the lead in the MVP race with a strong couple of weeks. If Denver can move past the Lakers in the standings to the top four, that will help with some voters.

Clippers small icon7. Clippers (28-16, LW 9). The Clippers need a shot creator at the trade deadline — meaning someone who can get to the rim. The Clippers get 20.4% of their shots at the rim, third lowest in the league, and they don’t shoot the three like Utah to make up the difference. Los Angeles also is pretty average at getting to the free throw line and the easy points there. They need some non-midrange buckets. Lonzo Ball helps (but a trade would be hard to put together), George Hill could be a good backup plan, but right now this jump-shooting Clippers team does not look like a title threat, even with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard healthy.

Lakers small icon 8. Lakers (28-16, LW 5). The Lakers have dropped three straight without both LeBron and Anthony Davis, and the question becomes how many wins can the role players steal while the two stars are out? Los Angeles has struggled on both ends of the court without their stars (as expected), and suddenly landing Andre Drummond on the buyout market — as they are favorited to do — seems almost imperative because of the boost he can bring on both ends of the court.

Blazers small icon 9. Trail Blazers (25-18, LW 8). Damian Lillard‘s MVP candidacy — which could see a boost while LeBron and Embiid are out injured — rests on the fact he has led Portland to an 18-7 record in clutch games (games within five points in the final five minutes). The problem is the Blazers are 7-11 in the other games; they are not just blowing the doors off teams and getting easy wins (which is what elite teams do). CJ McCollum is back and Portland needs a few of those wins as they head out on the road for four in a row and 6-of-8.

Mavericks small icon 10. Mavericks (22-19, LW 11). Luka Doncic is playing at an MVP level of late and is hitting his threes again, while Kristaps Porzingis has looked like a quality rim protector in recent wins, all of which gives Dallas fans hope their team could climb up the West standings. The Mavs sit eighth in the conference as you read this, but just two games out of sixth (and avoiding the play-in games). Not a lot of trade deadline buzz around Dallas; they may be more likely to make offseason moves.

Hawks small icon 11. Hawks (22-21 LW 16). Atlanta deserves credit for its recent eight-game winning streak, with a lot of people patting interim coach Nate McMillan on the back. That streak came as the roster got healthy through a soft part of the schedule, something that changed with the loss Monday to the Clippers as part of an eight-game road trip through the Western Conference. Lots of trade buzz about John Collins, but with Atlanta driving a hard bargain for the young forward, many teams are thinking more about an off-season sign-and-trade rather than a deal now.

Spurs small icon 12. Spurs (22-18, LW 10). Keldon Johnson has become the latest in the lengthy “where did the Spurs find this guy?” history. He was taken 29th out of Kentucky a year ago, and he has had breakout moments in his second season (including 23 points and 21 rebounds against Cleveland last week), averaging 13.9 points in almost 30 minutes a night. Johnson is a quality rotation player the Spurs found and developed. After hosting the Clippers for a two-game set starting Wednesday, the schedule softens up for San Antonio over the next week, facing some of the lesser teams in the East plus Sacramento twice.

Knicks small icon 13. Knicks (22-22, LW 17). It may be a quiet trade deadline for the Knicks, patience remains the watchword under Leon Rose. They may have interest in Lonzo Ball and Victor Oladipo, but not as much as has been reported, and not enough to surrender what the Pelicans and Rockets are asking in deals (a first-round pick). If New York wants, it can chase both as free agents. In the short term, Julius Randle is doing his best to lock down the Most Improved Player award — he hit seven 3s against the Wizards “defense” on Tuesday night.

Warriors small icon 14. Warriors (22-22, LW 15). Suddenly, Jordan Poole — back from a stint in the G-League — is playing like a guy who should be a core part of the Warriors’ future. Since his return to the big club, he is averaging 19.9 points a game in the seven games, shooting 39.2% from three and with an impressive 637 true shooting percentage. He’s gotten more of an opportunity, but he’s taken advantage of it. With Stephen Curry out for another week with a bruised tailbone, the Warriors are going to need more Jordan Poole.

Grizzlies small icon 15. Grizzlies (20-20 LW 18). Memphis’ offense continues to be pedestrian but Memphis appears headed to the play-in games thanks to a quality defense — coach Taylor Jenkins deserves a lot of credit for that. The offense will improve as guys get healthy. How special is Ja Morant? How about “drive from half court with Jimmy Butler in my jersey and still hit the game winner” special.

Celtics small icon 16. Celtics (21-22, LW 13). Boston needs an upgrade and the Aaron Gordon trade talk has been hot and heavy around the team for a week now, but whether the sides can reach a deal (Orlando is talking to multiple Gordon suitors) remains to be seen (as of this writing). Boston needs to do something, this is not a contending team as constructed — the Celtics are 2-5 since the All-Star break, with the 25th-ranked defense in the league during that time, and next up on the schedule is a two-game set against the red-hot Bucks.

Heat small icon 17. Heat (22-22 LW 12). Losers of four in a row as the offense continues to stumble — bottom 10 in the league and playing worse of late — Miami is another team in need of a shake-up at the trade deadline (there have been a lot of Kyle Lowry rumors). If nothing else, the Heat are considered the heavy favorites to land LaMarcus Aldridge on the buyout market. Three important road games are coming up starting Friday: Charlotte, New York, and Indiana — all teams in the bottom half of the East playoff bracket, all looking to move up.

Hornets small icon 18. Hornets (21-21, LW 14). Losing LaMelo Ball to the fractured wrist, likely for the season (he wants to get back on the court for the play-in/playoffs, but Charlotte needs to think long-term and not let the player be his own worst enemy), is a punch to the gut. He still likely will win Rookie of the Year just because he is so far ahead of the field. No LaMelo also should keep the Hornets quiet at the trade deadline, no reason to make a short-term move. Not that Mitch Kupchak ever makes in-season trades anyway.

Pelicans small icon 19. Pelicans (19-24, LW 20). One of the few sellers at the trade deadline, there is a lot of Lonzo Ball buzz, in part because the Pelicans don’t want to pay him starting point guard money starting next year ($18 million a season or more). New Orleans has pushed to get a first-rounder for Lonzo but may end up having to settle for less. J.J. Redick could help some contending/playoff teams, but he is headed for the buyout market (and then likely Philadelphia or another team in the Northeast close to his Brooklyn roots).

Bulls small icon 20. Bulls (19-23, LW 18). The Bulls were outscored by Utah in the fourth quarter on Monday night, but that is part of a troubling trend — Chicago has been outscored in the fourth in 14 of their last 17 games. The Bulls remain an interesting team on the eve of the trade deadline — what do they really think of Lauri Markkanen and do they want to pay him as a restricted free agent this offseason? While they would seem ripe for a trade, the buzz around the league is they want to make moves that help them in the playoffs this season, not making long-term moves.

Pacers small icon 21. Pacers (19-23, LW 21). Coach Nate Bjorkgren seems to be trusting and testing Caris LeVert more and more as he returns to form — he had the ball in his hands as the primary shot creator against the Heat in overtime recently. Malcolm Brogdon has been balling out of late as well, which has been interesting as the trade deadline approaches and rumors swirl about the Pacers listening to offers for him (a team would have to blow them away to make that deal happen). Indiana also has had teams call about Myles Turner, but can they afford to send out the anchor of their defense and a guy playing at a Defensive Player of the Year level?

Kings small icon 22. Kings (18-25, LW 24). Maybe the most-watched team at the trade deadline as sellers, with teams calling about Harrison Barnes, Nemanja Bjelica, and Buddy Hield. Of those three, Bjelica seems the most likely to be on the move, in part because of the demand for help at the four across the league. However, the sense around the league is that Vivek Ranadive sees a team just 3.5 games out of the play-in games and would rather push for that than make a big trade. Marvin Bagley is available, but the offers are now second-round picks for him.

Thunder small icon 23. Thunder (19-24, LW 23). In addition to the obvious brilliance of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, every game it seems some other Thunder player is turning heads. Luguentz Dort is blocking a John Wall shot to preserve a win one night, Moses Brown is putting up solid numbers another night (a few in a row for him), and even Svi Mykhailiuk had a 15 point game Sunday. Expect Oklahoma City to trade George Hill by the deadline; other teams know it’s not the Thunder/Presti way to buy a guy out after the deadline. Teams will have to give up a pick for him.

Wizards small icon 24. Wizards (15-27 LW 25). Washington seems to rise up to the level of their opponents: The Wizards have 10 of their wins this season against teams over .500 and they have gone 10-8 against the deeper Western Conference (5-19 against the East). The recent win against Utah is an example of that, but it’s the Wizards only win in their last eight games. Russell Westbrook keeps racking up triple-doubles this season (14) but it’s not leading to wins.

Raptors small icon 25. Raptors (17-25, LW 22). Kyle Lowry trade talk is heating up again. This has always been in Lowry’s court, if he wants to leave the Raptors will work to get him where he wants to be — Lowry is a Toronto icon and they will treat him with the respect he deserves. Toronto has lost nine in a row and hit a new low for the season on Monday night, losing to the stumbling Rockets while shooting 15-of-45 in the second half, missing 17 three-point attempts. The one silver lining this season in Toronto is Norman Powell, who is averaging 22.8 points a game while shooting 44.6% from three since moving into the starting lineup (teams are calling about him in a trade as well, he may be more likely to be traded than Lowry).

Pistons small icon 26. Pistons (11-30 LW 28). How well is rookie Saddiq Bey playing? When the Pistons beat the Raptors last week, Nick Nurse pulled out the “box-and-1” defense and Bay was the one. That’s respect. Bay had 48 points in wins against Toronto and Houston, but the rookie returned to earth against Chicago with three points on 1-of-9 shooting. Still, he’s making progress and that’s a good sign for a Detroit team looking for pieces for its future.

27. Timberwolves (10-33, LW 26). Chris Finch has had an impact — the Minnesota offense has gotten better. It is 11th best in the NBA since the All-Star break (it was bottom five in the league before that), and Anthony Edwards is showing signs going off for 42 against the Suns this week (third-youngest player ever to score 40+ in an NBA game, behind some guys named LeBron and Durant). Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns are starting to show some chemistry.

Cavaliers small icon 28. Cavaliers (16-27, LW 27). Andre Drummond is likely headed to the buyout market (despite the trade rumors), and then likely the Lakers. The trade to watch is JaVale McGee, Cleveland is looking to find a new home for him as well. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff has started to take a long look at a Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, Isaac Okoro, Larry Nance Jr., Jarrett Allen starting lineup, but so far that group is -16.3 points per 100 possessions.

Magic small icon 29. Magic (14-29, LW 29). What will the Orlando roster look like in 48 hours with trade rumors swirling around Aaron Gordon (he asked for a trade), Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier, and more. Expect to see more Chuma Okeke going forward as Orlando looks for players that can be part of a future with Jonathan Isaac (once he gets healthy next season). If all these trades come together it could be a rough rest of the season for the Magic, but one that sets the team up better for the future.

Rockets small icon 30. Rockets (12-30, LW 30). Houston snapped the ugly 20-game losing streak thanks to a triple-double from John Wall (8-of-30 shooting, but he put up points), and some ice-cold second half shooting from Toronto. The Rockets will take it. Lots of trade buzz around the Rockets, but teams are not willing to give up much for Victor Oladipo (Houston reportedly was asking for a player and a pick, if that’s a mid-first-round pick it would be a huge win).

Reported optimism Towns, Edwards to return to Timberwolves Wednesday


The Timberwolves could finally get their roster whole this week — just in time for a final postseason push — with the return of both Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards.

That could happen as soon as Wednesday, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Facing the Hawks and their bottom-10 defense could be a soft landing spot to bring Towns and Edwards back.

Towns suffered a strained calf in November that was expected to keep him out for 4-6 weeks. However, he had a setback in January, reports Jon Krawczynski at The Athletic, and it has taken until now to get back. Towns averaged 21.4 points and 8.5 rebounds a game this season before the injury, but his efficiency was down (32.8% from 3), and his fit with Rudy Gobert and Edwards was clunky. The trio needed more time to sort everything out, but the injury robbed them of that.

Edwards rolled his ankle last week and it looked much more severe at the time, but he was listed as day-to-day and has bounced back quickly. Edwards is a player who prides himself on playing nightly and pushing through nagging injuries.

The return has come at a critical time for the Timberwolves, who sit as the No.8 seed as of this writing (tied for 8-10, officially) in a West where 1.5 games separate the No. 7 and 12 seeds. The Timberwolves need wins and getting their two best offensive players back should be a boost.

However, the fit of this Timberwolves roster — radically overhauled last offseason — was rough in the season’s opening month before Towns was injured. Now the players are being thrown back together for the first time since then. Having a real floor general and pass-first point guard in Mike Conley now should smooth the transition, but the Timberwolves don’t have a lot of season left to work out the kinks, and they need wins now to ensure they make the postseason (ideally as a No.7-8 seed to have an easier path out of the play-in).

Watch Dillon Brooks pick up 18th technical, will get suspended another game

Dallas Mavericks v Memphis Grizzlies
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Dillon Brooks sat out the Grizzlies’ March 5 loss to the Clippers after reaching 16 technical fouls this season — hit that number and the league gives a player an automatic one-game suspension. After that, with every two more technicals a player earns another suspension.

Brooks had gotten another and was up to 17 heading into a critical game Monday night against Dallas, when he did this:

Brooks will likely be suspended by the league Wednesday against Houston, the game where it appears Ja Morant will return to the court. Don’t look for the Grizzlies to appeal and try to get this technical rescinded, as coach Taylor Jenkins said, via Joe Varden of The Athletic.

“At this point, I don’t think we even try anymore,” Brooks said.

What was Brooks doing? Telling Theo Pinson he was a cheerleader.

Brooks’ rough night included him trying to do a jersey swap with Kyrie Irving after the game, but Irving not accepting Brook’s jersey (Brooks stepped on Irving’s foot during the game, aggravating an injury and had Irving leaving the building in a walking boot). After the game, Brooks admitted he needs to rein things in a little.

“I’ve got to tone it down and get back to my mindfulness practice and find ways to channel it better,” Brooks said.

Brooks needs to do this for the sake of his pocketbook — this is two game checks lost to suspension, and that doesn’t even include the $35,000 fine for shoving a cameraman.

Brooks plays with an edge, it’s part of what makes him effective — he’s the guy that gets under the other team’s skin. However, it’s one thing to walk the line and another to step over it constantly. Brooks needs to do better at knowing where that line is.

The good news for the Grizzlies and Brooks is the technical count gets wiped out for the playoffs and starts over (with suspensions starting at seven).

Three things to Know: Breaking down East playoff race


Three Things To Know is NBC’s five-days-a-week wrap-up of the night before in the NBA. Check out every weekday morning to catch up on what you missed the night before plus the rumors, drama, and dunks that make the NBA must-watch.

1) Breaking down East playoff race

Unlike the wide-open West, the Eastern Conference has settled into pretty clear tiers in the playoff race. Still, there are some races to follow with just three weeks until the play-in tournament starts. Let’s break it down, and start by looking at the standings.

• No.1 seed: The Milwaukee Bucks have this as long as they don’t trip on the way to the finish line. The Bucks have a 2.5-game lead (three in the loss column) over Boston with 11 games to play, and the Bucks don’t have a particularly difficult schedule. The road to the Finals will go through Milwaukee this season, and maybe more importantly, getting the top seed keeps the Celtics and 76ers on the other side of the bracket.

• No.2-3 seeds: Boston and Philadelphia are in a race for the two-seed and home court in the second round (although the two seed could have the more dangerous first-round matchup if Miami is seventh, more on that later). The 76ers have the toughest remaining schedule in the NBA, another advantage for the Celtics in holding on to the No.2 seed and being home in the second round.

The 76ers slipped to third after their double overtime loss to the Bulls on Monday where the teams combined to shoot 25% from 3. It was not James Harden‘s night (2-of-14 shooting, but with 12 dimes) and when Joel Embiid fouled out in the second overtime the game was all but over.

• No.4-5 seeds: This appears locked in — we are going to have New York vs. Cleveland in the first round. The Cavaliers have the No.4 seed by three games and the easiest schedule in the NBA the rest of the way, they’d completely have to fall apart for the Knicks to get home court in the first round. The gritty Knicks, with Jalen Brunson back in the rotation, have a two-game cushion to hold on to the No.5 seeds, which is an accomplishment in and of itself. Tom Thibodeau deserves credit for getting as much out of this roster as possible — and the Knicks will be a tough first-round out.

• No.6-7 seeds: Brooklyn is clinging to the final playoff spot, but the Heat are just one game back (two in the loss column). There are games one watches the Heat and thinks, “this team is catching the Nets,” like the recent win over Memphis. Then they go out and look flat against the Bulls and it’s hard to picture this team avoiding the play-in. The Nets after the trade deadline are a .500 team, but can the Heat play up to their potential and pass them? Or will Miami keep shooting itself in the foot?

• No. 8-10 seeds: The Hawks, Raptors and Bulls are all within a game of each other and it’s going to be a race to see who gets the eighth seed and has to only win one game to get out of the play-in and into the playoffs. Atlanta has the easiest schedule of the three, but the Bulls have been the hottest team with wins over the Heat and 76ers recently. All three are destined for the play-in unless one collapses, but getting the eighth seed matters.

• No.11-12 seeds: The Wizards and Pacers will need some help — and to help themselves — to get into the play-in. Making up a couple of games with 11 to play is a big ask and it means getting on a run and winning games, and Indiana has the second toughest remaining schedule in the East. gives the Wizards a 5% chance of making the playoffs, so it’s not impossible, but they need Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis to carry them to a lot of wins the rest of the way, then get a little help from a team above them.

2) Julius Randle puts on a show with 57, it’s not enough against hot-shooting Wolves

This game was a shooting clinic.

The night’s high scorer was the Knicks’ Julius Randle, who finished the game with 57 points, while hitting 8-of-14 from 3, knocking down shots that should have come with extra points for the degree of difficulty. He was impressive.

Then there was the Timberwolves, who were more balanced but equally hot, shooting better than 70% as a team in the first half. They also had Taurean Prince — getting the minutes of the injured Anthony Edwards — who was 8-of-8 on 3-pointers and finished with 35 points.

It was close and dramatic late, but the Timberwolves held on for a 140-134 win. This is a quality win for a Timberwolves team fighting to hand on to a top-eight seed in the West (and an easier path out of the play-in).

3) Warriors win on the road! (It still counts if its Houston)

The Warriors needed a road win, they got a road win. Who cares if it came against the team with the worst record in the West, it counts just the same. Stephen Curry was doing Stephen Curry things on his way to 30 points and the Warriors got the 121-108 win in Houston.

Klay Thompson added 29 for Golden State, which slid above Dallas (losers in Memphis) and into the No.5 seed in the West with the victory. Big showdown is coming Wednesday when the Warriors head to Dallas and face those Mavericks (Luka Dončić could be back for that game).

Watch Julius Randle score 57, Knicks still fall to Timberwolves


NEW YORK — Julius Randle scored 57 points in one of the greatest nights in Knicks history. The Minnesota Timberwolves had the most sizzling start in the NBA this season.

Even in an era where the scoreboard totals seem to balloon higher all the time, this spectacular display of shooting and scoring felt different.

“It was a movie,” Minnesota’s Taurean Prince said.

The Timberwolves overcame Randle’s performance by riding a sizzling start and a steady finish to beat New York 140-134 on Monday night.

Prince scored a season-high 35 points and went 8 for 8 from 3-point range for the Timberwolves, while Mike Conley added 24 points and 11 assists. His three free throws gave Minnesota the lead for good with 2:17 remaining.

Randle’s final basket, a three-point play with 42 seconds remaining, cut it to 137-134, but he was beaten to a rebound by Kyle Anderson on Minnesota’s next possession, and a cutting Prince scored inside with 10.1 seconds left before Conley made a free throw after Randle was called for a technical foul.

That left Randle kicking himself for not making the defensive play on the night the offenses ruled.

“Jalen (Brunson) got a defensive stop, we’re down three, it’s my job to come up with that rebound, 14 seconds left,” Randle said. “If we do that, we have a chance to win the game – or not win the game, but at least tie the game. So I didn’t get the job done.”

The Timberwolves made more than 70% of their shots in the first half and led by 17, before Randle carried the Knicks back with a franchise-record 26 points in the third quarter.

He finished tied with Richie Guerin behind the only two 60-point games in Knicks history, Carmelo Anthony’s 62 on Jan. 24, 2014, and Bernard King’s 60 on Christmas Day in 1984. But the Knicks had their three-game winning streak snapped.

The All-Star forward threw down a powerful driving dunk in the first quarter but did most of his damage from much farther away. Randle made eight 3-pointers in surpassing his previous career high of 46 points.

The Wolves made their first 10 shots and didn’t cool off much the rest of the game, finishing at 61.4% and snapping a three-game skid despite playing without Anthony Edwards for a second straight game because of a sprained right ankle.

“We’ve got shooters, baby,” center Rudy Gobert said.

Gobert’s basket made the Wolves the first team this season to make its first 10 shots, and Knicks fans loudly cheered when Jaden McDaniels missed Minnesota’s next attempt, nearly seven minutes into the game. The Wolves led 42-32 after one, shooting 16 for 22 (72.7%).

Prince’s 3-pointer made it 70-53 with 4:35 left in the first half, but the Knicks finally put together some stops to cut it to 79-70 at the break.

Then Randle came back and went 9 for 10 in the third, hitting 5 for 6 beyond the arc. He raised his hand to fault himself after the one miss, an ill-advised attempt that missed the rim by a couple feet. But he could hardly be blamed for trying the way almost everything else he threw up was going in.

Finch said Edwards hadn’t done anything besides get treatment thus far, but the Wolves didn’t rule him out until Monday, indicating his injury isn’t as bad as originally feared.

“For sure there’s some relief,” Finch said. “But you know Ant, like Ant always wants to play. He never thinks he’s hurt, so hopefully it is feeling better, which he says it is. But in terms of pain tolerance, range of movement, stability, all those things, I think we’re trying to figure out where that really is with him.”