Atlantic Notes: Jordan, Celtics, Sixers, Kobe

Nets center DeAndre Jordan is set to make his return to the court on Wednesday against Detroit, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com tweets. Jordan has been out since January 20 with a dislocated finger.

Here’s more from out of the Atlantic Division:

  • The Celtics could benefit from having one more experienced role player, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports contends. Boston’s need for an eighth or ninth man could be exposed come playoff time.
  • Javonte Green‘s play has made Brad Stevens‘ rotation decisions more difficult, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald writes. “I’m just here to do what the coach asks. Even if I’m not playing I’m going to do my best to pick up my teammates from the bench. He put me in there to just do my job,” said Green.
  • The Sixers paid tribute to Kobe Bryant in multiple ways on Tuesday, as I wrote for Heavy.com. Joel Embiid wore No. 24 in the game against the Warriors, scoring 24 points. The big man hit a fadeaway and yelled “KOBE” during the contest.
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16 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Jordan, Celtics, Sixers, Kobe

  1. Bc1219

    For basketball reference can someone just keep Embiids number at 21, instead of having 24? I mean I’m not trying to be mean or anything but it was a tribute not his actual number

    • SheltonMatthews

      It shows a number for you if you appeared in a game wearing it. It even has 12 for Jordan bc of the time his jersey was stolen and that was all they had as a fallback. Trae just took the tip in a #8 jersey and then immediately switched out into his normal 11, and it shows 8 for him. Technically all are correct bc they appeared in an NBA game and box score wearing those numbers. Dumb but cool at the same time.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Everyone keeps talking about Boston and Philly being contenders, but the only teams that can beat the Bucks are Miami and Toronto.

      • Curtisrowe

        No one said it was their only problem, no one said they could beat Milwaukee. It said they needed more depth, and they do.

      • turner9

        Raptors are going to be the heat AND the bucks.

        Then hopefully the clippers to end a story book campaign

      • I give no fox

        I guess you weren’t watching Christmas Day when philly manhandled the bucks and were up 27 going into the 4th quarter. Or that they have split the season series over the last 3 years…but yea, Miami and toronto

  2. turner9

    How is this Raptors team a bit worse,

    Imho they are better as a team,

    Everything Kawahi did, someone else on the team can do collectively.

    He played 35-40 plus minutes in the playoffs
    Lowry Siakam and Vanvleet can do that

    He Scored 30 a game
    Lowry Siakam and Vanvleet will likely rotate doing that

    He played stellar D
    Name me a Raptors player who isnt above average to great! OG and Norman Powell can lock any G or F down not named Giannis

    He facilitates the offense
    Lowry Siakam and Vanvleet can do that too. Gasol probably best at it

    He drew doubles and got guys wide open shots
    Siakam can do that

    Is Kawahi amazing? YES

    Did he do something anyone else cant? NO

    Our team is capable of filling every hole he supposedly left behind

    The Raptors being in 2nd with a top 3 record while missing our entire starting unit for like 100 plus man games lost should tell you all you need to know

    But keep overlooking the Raptors, plays to our strength

    • SheltonMatthews

      You’re not seriously saying this team is just as good without Kawhi right? C’mon man, be honest with yourself. It’s not close. He’s a beast when he has to be and is one of the best players in the game. If they were just as good without him, they would’ve let him walk without even worrying about paying him money. They got very lucky last year with other teams injuries, not having to play LeBron finally, a great and very lucky bounce, etc. Good for them, they won, but this team is nowhere near winning a championship this season.

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