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Atlantic Notes: Celtics, Knicks, Embiid

The Nets made a roster move earlier today, announcing in a press release that they’ve waived Greivis Vasquez, who will reportedly require surgery on his injured ankle. The team is set to bring back training camp invitee Yogi Ferrell, an undrafted rookie out of Indiana, who had been preparing to play for Brooklyn’s D-League affiliate this season.

Here are some more notes and news items from out of the Atlantic division:

  • Celtics general manager Danny Ainge admits that his team might have been a little overconfident heading into the regular season, acknowledging that the club needs to address or work around its issues with rim protection and interior defense, as Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald details. “We knew before the season that we don’t have the great rim protectors and we’re not a great defensive rebounding team,” Ainge said. “We have to win in other ways. We’re still trying to improve our team, and we know that we have some holes, but that’s not the reason why we’re not putting forth the effort that we need to, and I think that Sunday night, to me, rather than overreacting, is a good awakening for our players.” Boston suffered a 123-107 loss to Denver on Sunday.
  • A Tuesday report indicated that Knicks president Phil Jackson isn’t thrilled with the lack of triangle sets in his team’s offense, but head coach Jeff Hornacek says Jackson hasn’t expressed any such displeasure to him. Hornacek added that he appreciates getting input from Jackson, telling Ian Begley of ESPN.com (Twitter link), “Obviously he won championships, he knows what he’s talking about.”
  • Joel Embiid is off to an impressive start for the Sixers this season, but the team is still taking a cautious approach to his playing time, opting not to bring him to Indiana for tonight’s game against the Pacers. Although the decision caught Embiid off guard, he’s ready to go along with the 76ers’ plan for him, writes Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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