Atlantic Notes: Harris, Crawford, Ujiri, Sixers, Celtics

The Nets will be without sharpshooter Joe Harris and veteran scorer Jamal Crawford for Game 3 and Game 4 of their series against Toronto, head coach Jacque Vaughn confirmed today. Crawford continues to be hampered by a hamstring strain, while Harris left the NBA’s campus on Wednesday.

According to Marc Berman of The New York Post (Twitter link), teammate Tyler Johnson said today that Harris’ absence is related to an emergency family matter. A source close to Harris tells Brian Lewis of The New York Post (Twitter link) that the situation is “day-to-day,” with the 28-year-old’s return date and quarantine period still up in the air. If the Nets can’t pick up a win over Toronto, Harris’ season will be over and he’ll be headed to unrestricted free agency this fall.

Here’s more from around the Atlantic:

  • Following the release of new footage from last June’s altercation with a security guard at Oracle Arena, Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri said in a statement that the video “sadly demonstrates how horribly I was treated by a law enforcement officer” as Toronto won its first NBA championship. As we noted on Wednesday, Ujiri has filed a countersuit in the matter.
  • In the wake of a dispiriting Game 2 loss to Boston, the Sixers‘ season is on the brink and the team’s disappointment is rising, writes Brian Windhorst of ESPN. Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice.com covers similar ground, suggesting that the post-“Process” 76ers almost look like they need to be blown up.
  • Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston explores how Al Horford‘s departure a year ago created a murky future for the Celtics, and how Kemba Walker‘s arrival brightened that future.
  • Celtics guard Marcus Smart will be under the microscope with Gordon Hayward sidelined, according to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe.
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11 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Harris, Crawford, Ujiri, Sixers, Celtics

  1. acarneglia

    If you saw a guy running onto a basketball court and probably being overcome with emotion and not showing his ID, you would stop them to.

    • weekapaug09

      And when they attempt to show you the ID would you push them? Then when they identify their position and continue to try to show you their ID, would you push them again? Then after you were done bullying would you lie like hell and try to milk the guy for all you can get?

    • Luke Adams

      No need to invent a scenario — the video out there now that shows Ujiri was doing none of those things.

    • C-Daddy

      The cop lied and then had the audacity to sue Ujiri, even though the incident was on camera. There is no defense for this clown.

      • sovietcanuckistanian

        nope, but he’ll walk away with a slap on the wrist. what’s sad is, were the roles reversed, the book would have been thrown at Ujiri. double standards abound.

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    Just follow the money . If you are security. Why wouldn’t you know. Opposing team management and owners. Even their families. All would want to celebrate.

  3. x%sure

    Joel Embiid has been out of sorts, still is. Skip Prosser says he gets winded quickly and loses heart. Reminds me of Shawn Kemp with the Cavs. Can one blame a poor diet? Or— the Bamba thing where, at that frame size, even muscular weight gain can wear one down, and it may be best to stay skinny?

    That is more for a doctor. Here’s a regular sarcastic poster talking:
    Jo, El & Mo to form The Big Stooges, get new radio show.
    Is Embiid related to Shaq? Same flat low voice and big world living.
    Except: Shaq leaned on opponents, making them work, while Embiid stands on his own on the perimeter & tries to be explosive. I would have liked to see Shaq sometimes make a basketball move, but Embiid does too much. Travels too.

    TJ OConnell (PER17) isn’t playing much for the Pacers, JJ Redick(45% 3pt) is done with the Pels, maybe one can wander over to a different bench and take Simmons’s place. Is Boston so good?

  4. wagner13

    That Horford contract completely ruined the Sixers. Now they’re stuck in cap purgatory while they pair their best players with an aging big man. Harris is a nice piece, but they need improved play from the perimeter with no immediate upgrades in sight

  5. htbnm57

    The Sixers are toast and Brown should be fired. It’s not all his fault but something has to change. I
    expect big roster changes this offseason which will be here very soon.

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