Brooklyn will face the league-worst Timberwolves (11-35) at home in the outing. The losses of Irving and Kevin Durant (hamstring) have caused James Harden to see an increased workload, with the former MVP most recently recording 44 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists in a win over Detroit.
Here are some other notes out of the Eastern Conference:
- Celtics guard Marcus Smart was prepared for anything on trade deadline day last week, as relayed by A. Sherrod Blakely of Bleacher Report (Twitter link). The team ultimately chose to keep Smart and trade for veteran Evan Fournier. “Anytime you hear your name in trade talk, you prepare for the worst and pray for the best,” Smart said. “It’s nothing new. It’s a business. But you’re human. I wasn’t concerned but I was prepared.”
- Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. is continuing to support the franchise’s decision to reject trade proposals involving him, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com writes. Nance finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the team’s 100-98 loss to Sacramento on Saturday. “We know what Larry is going to do. We know what he’s going to bring. He does a lot for us,” teammate Collin Sexton said. “Larry passes the ball, he rebounds, blocks shots, dunks. Larry does it all. Whenever you look at the stat sheet you always see him playing a full, complete game, touching everything. That’s Larry Nance. We can count on him anytime it’s time to put that jersey on.”
- The Pacers are pushing for Myles Turner to receive recognition for his impressive defense this season, J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star writes. “I think that’s what people don’t talk about with our team is Myles and his impact. His impact is astronomical,” Malcolm Brogdon said of Turner. “He’s the reason our defense is so good. His ability to block shots, it deters people from even driving to the rim so he’s Defensive Player of the Year.” Turner is averaging 12.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and a career-high 3.5 blocks per game this season.