Kiri Irving is back with the net, but he won’t travel with the team for Monday’s pre-season game in Philadelphia, and coach Steve Nash seems to have resigned as Irving is going to miss the home game until he gets vaccinated. Brian Lewis of the New York Post.
“I think we admit he’s not playing home gamesNash said. “We’re definitely going to play without him this year; So it depends on when, where and how much. ”
However, Nash further noted that this unprecedented situation could change rapidly, per Lewis.
“At the moment we are assuming that he will not be available for home gamesNash said. “Anything can change. Who’s to say, the city’s ordinance could change? Anything can change. ”
“At the moment we’re just trying to be flexible, open-minded and try to figure it out on the go, because here’s the information coming in half-day, whether it’s Paul. [Millsap’s health and safety protocol] Situation, Kiri situation or law. We learned on Friday that he could come to the building, so things are changing. No one has been through this before, and we’re trying to figure out what’s going on. ”
Here’s more from the Atlantic Division:
- According to Derek Bodner of The Athletic, Ben Simmons is at war with the point-guard spot where Tires Maxi and Shake Milton of the Sixers started. Players start Philly’s first two pre-season games vs. The Raptors, with mixed results for both. However, Bodner feels that Maxi has a lot more side effects and should be given a chance to start because of Milton’s physical limitations.
- In the same article, Bodner notes that second-year defender Isaiah Joe was outstanding so far in the pre-season and is making a strong case for a spot in the Sixers rotation. Joe averaged 16.5 ppg while shooting 7-12 (.583) from three, and he showed growth as a shot-maker and defender. Coach Doc Reverse noticed, every Bodner. “He started throwing balls on the floor. It’s something he couldn’t do (last year)River said. “He made a play on Paint Tonight that he couldn’t do last year. Good for him because he is finishing all the work. ”
- The Toronto Star’s Doug Smith writes that the Raptors have so far been fascinated by the acquisition of free agent Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk.
- Khmer birch may be out of health and safety protocol and available to raptors against Hapton tomorrow, Tweets Josh Lewinberg of TSN_Sports.