The Knicks recalled guard Chris Smith from D-League Erie. Smith averaged 11.3 points and 2.7 assists in 24.7 minutes per game.
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Who knows, other than those three men, what was said Monday within those four Barclays Center walls. But the visual of 76ers coach Brett Brown heading into his office, trailed by general manager Sam Hinkie and small forward Evan Turner, seemed suspicious.
“Nothing much right now,” Hinkie responded, when asked about what’s new on the trade front.
Turner scoffed at a similar question.
“We were watching film. We watch film before every game,” Turner said. “I wasn’t in trouble. Whatever happens behind closed doors is private.
Does Jared Sullinger remind you at all of Minnesota’s Kevin Love? Celtics coach Brad Stevens hopes he does eventually.
“I think a really good guy for him to study,” Stevens said, “when we get into the offseason will be Love. I think you talk about guy who is an outstanding post scorer, his skill level has increased every year, body is phenomenal, has completely done a 180 in his body.”
“Sullinger’s a guy that can score the ball,” Stevens said. “Those guys, they’re not a lot of them in the world that score at this level, especially when they’re undersized and he’s got a nice knack for it. There’s still things he can get better at and he will get better at, but studying Love would be a goodplace to start.”
Dante Cunningham, who leads with minutes off the bench, paced the reserves with 12 points in 21 minutes. He looked to sprain his left ankle badly in the fourth quarter, but then walked it off. “Looked like he broke his ankle,” Adelman said afterward. “Sure he is gonna be out.” His loss would cut into a shallow bench that is usually needed to produce more. The pain Monday was it wasn’t the bench.
In the Boston Celtics’ crowded frontcourt, the next opportunity is never guaranteed, particularly for those on the back side of the depth chart. It’s part of the reason veteran Kris Humphries initially played through the pain of a sore right knee that needed to be drained and caused him to miss a couple of games.
“That’s the hardest thing in the NBA: being ready to play, staying ready, mentally and physically, all those things,” Humphries said. “Our staff does a great job of preparing us and working with us.”
“I really focus on the team and what we’re doing as a team,” Humphries said. “Personally, it doesn’t really matter. I think everyone on this team wants to play 38 minutes, get the ball every time, shoot 20 shots — that’s the way the NBA is, and that’s the way if people had the choice, they’d choose that.”