Gill received more playing time largely due to the absence of Deni Avdija (season-ending fibula fracture) and finished with nine points and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was just his 19th appearance of the season.
“AG, I’m proud of him. He hasn’t played much,” head coach Scott Brooks said. “The guy works harder than anybody on our team. He comes in every day. He comes in early. He’s always cheering his teammates on, he’s the first one up [off the bench].”
Gill will have a bigger opportunity on Sunday as he starts in place of injured forward Rui Hachimura against the Cavaliers.
There’s more from the Southeast Division tonight:
- Heat star Jimmy Butler re-affirmed his loyalty to his teammates after a disappointing 118-103 loss to the Hawks on Friday, Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel writes. Miami bounced back with a 106-101 home victory against the Bulls on Saturday. “I’m telling you,” Butler said, “I’ll ride with these guys ‘til wheels fall off.”
- Several key players remain out for the Heat, Winderman writes in a different story for the Sun Sentinel. Miami played without Goran Dragic (injury recovery), Tyler Herro (sore right foot) and Victor Oladipo (knee soreness) against Chicago. All three guards play significant roles in the team’s rotation when healthy.
- Hornets coach James Borrego could stick with a variation of his new starting lineup for the rest of the season, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer explores. Borrego opted to start Terry Rozier, Devonte’ Graham, Cody Martin, Miles Bridges and P.J. Washington against Cleveland on Friday. The team, which has been playing without the likes of LaMelo Ball (wrist) and Gordon Hayward (foot), notched a 108-102 victory.