Atlantic Notes: Allen, Langford, Knicks, Sixers

Nets starting center Jarrett Allen has accepted his recent benching in fourth quarters, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post. Coach Kenny Atkinson has favored $40MM backup center DeAndre Jordan to close out games.

“You get the feeling of what’s going to happen when you hit around the eight-minute mark, whether you’re going to go in or not,” Allen told Lewis. “If they’re vibing then go ahead and let them vibe, let them go out and win it. So I’m not tripping over that.”

There’s more out of the Atlantic Division:

  • Rookie Celtics shooting guard Romeo Langford has closed out three Boston victories thus far in February as a defensive stopper, per Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe. The 6’4″ wing out of Indiana, the No. 14 pick in the 2019 lottery, appreciates the faith that coach Brad Stevens has in Langford’s growing abilities on that side of the ball. “It’s good that (Stevens) already, like, trusts me,” Langord said. “So I’ve just got to go out there and deliver.”
  • As the Knicks continue to rework their public perception under newly-hired brand consultant Steve Stoute, they may try to improve relations with past New York heroes, according to Steve Popper of Newsday. “As a New York fan, as a friend of Charles Oakley, as somebody a part of the Knicks organization, of course, I would love to see that subsided and bring that back,” Stoute mentioned in an appearance on ESPN’s First Take.
  • The Sixers have underperformed relative to preseason expectations this year, but the dynamic between All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons may not be the root of the issue, per ESPN’s Kirk Goldsberry. Goldsberry points to their club’s unending roster churn over the years and a lack of sharpshooting depth as the prime culprits. That said, at 35-22, the Sixers sit just 1.5 games behind the 36-20 Heat in competing for a top-four Eastern Conference playoff seed.
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19 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Allen, Langford, Knicks, Sixers

  1. harden-westbrook-mvps

    Maybe the Rockets will go easy on the Knicks tomorrow night when they come to town, and try to avoid further embarrassment to the franchise.

  2. rgreen

    6ers haven’t just had roster turnover,but they’re on the 3rd or 4th gm.3rd or 4th depending on where Brett Browns summer as interim fits in.Brett Brown has really been the only steady presence throughout the whole process.And it’s gonna be difficult filling out the roster now,with so much money tied up in what they have now.Gonna need to hit on atleast a few 2nd Rd picks.

  3. braveshomer

    man that fro and headband combo is on point….the 70’s would be proud

  4. dynasty in boston

    Sixers never met an excuse they didn’t like using.

    Their favorite “someone should check the ping pong balls, we didn’t get the number 1 pick in the draft”.

    1983. And counting

  5. Tazza

    I know the Clippers are already really stacked but they do kinda lack a big man centre.
    I wonder if DeAndre Jordan would ever consider going back there. He would be a great rim protector with experience but obviously the Clippers don’t have much/any picks to give up.

    Maybe because Marcus Morris is on a 15mil expiring deal they use that 15mil as money for a sign and trade with Brooklyn. Or even Marcus Morris and a pair of second rounders for Jordan.

    Beverly PG Kawhi Green Jordan
    Shamet Sweet Lou McGruder Harrell Zubac

  6. Norm Chouinard

    Why has it felt from the beginning that Steve Stoute is primarily about branding Steve Stoute.

  7. formerlyz

    I said it in the offseason that at some point, 1 of Horford or Harris would have to come off the bench, and they would need to use their versatile young depth, like Milton, Smith, Thybulle, etc. It took a lot longer than I thought it would for them to figure that out. Now they need to manage those guys and the guys they got in the trade, and figure out what they want out of their rotation, although I guess GR3 pretty much replaces Ennis. Korkmaz has shot the ball well recently. I wonder if they’ll be able to add a buyout guy, but I dont think they’ve found how they want to play

    • phillyballers

      Neto and O’Quinn are two guys they could have easily upgraded by now. They are not getting anyone via BO that will be an upgrade at this point imo, they keep whiffing. They got Ersan and Marco 2 years ago and since then not much. They have always had bench guys that can put up 15, 20, 25 or even 30 pts in garbage games but somehow never mold them into a rotation piece. Korkmaz is a guy they will need to rely on. Shake better start with Simmons out. Neto has no business starting or even playing but will because they are down 2 guys. Still think they should give Waiters and JR a call.

      Harris is out for tonight, so that further complicated the lineup.

      I think well see them start Shake, JRich, Korkmaz, Scott, and Embiid and then run the 2nd unit with Burks, Thybulle, GR3, Horford, Pelle

      Horford prob starts though, which will mean Embiid is gassed another game.

  8. Tazza

    Personally I like the line up when Embiid is out of the game and Horford plays centre and its a lot more pace and space with Simmons dishing out dimes and slashing into the paint. Mayne enroll this line as a third quarter type unit, it would then allow Embiid to be fresh for a last quarter where he can just go all out and Simmons can have a rest at the start of the fourth and finish strong.

    However, to start games I’d play Horford off the bench and start Harris at PF, and GR3 at SF.
    Off the bench have Horford and Korkmaz lead along with Thybulle Burks and Scott or Pelle. Having the 3 SGs play together would be alright defensively and Korkmaz and Burks can handle the ball. Then in the bigs Horford can play inside and out, and depending on match ups you can play Scott for spacing or Pelle for defence and energy in the paint. I’d particularly like Korkmaz and Horford pick and rolls and pick and pops.
    Simmons could easily move into this line up with his pace and space style or you could alternatively have Embiid as the other big next to Horford.

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