Atlantic Notes: Blake, Dwight, Knicks Vets, Raptors

Recent Nets addition Blake Griffin has found himself impressed by the club’s depth, according to Peter Botte of the New York Post.

“When you look at this team you see the big three there, but I think something that kind of goes overlooked is how solid the supporting cast is to our three main guys,” Griffin said of his Brooklyn comrades. Joe Harris, DeAndre Jordan, Jeff Green, Bruce [Brown], Tyler [Johnson], all these guys are solid, solid basketball players.”

There’s more out of the Atlantic Division:

  • Veteran Sixers reserve center Dwight Howard said on Monday that he feels like he is being “targeted” by league officials, per Marc Narducci of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Narducci notes that the former Defensive Player of the Year will get a one-game suspension with his next technical foul. He currently has 15 technical fouls.
  • Bench Knicks players Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson are looking forward to helping New York in the playoffs, writes Steve Popper of Newsday. “They’re great guys, they’re team-first guys,” said head coach Tom Thibodeau, who also served as both players’ head coach in Chicago and Minnesota. “So if you want team-first guys, you want hard-playing guys, you go out and find them. They both have proven that.”
  • Standout Raptors power forward Freddie Gillespie has inspired Blake Murphy of The Athletic to assess all 31 players the Raptors have signed to 10-day contracts in team history to determine where Gillespie ranks. A hint: Gillespie does crack the top five.
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