The Nets were fined $50,000 for allowing Kyrie Irving into the locker room during their 110-107 win over the Knicks Sunday afternoon, per NBA Communications.
Irving, who is still unvaccinated, is now allowed to show up to games at the Barclays Center, but only as a fan, meaning that he’s not allowed to sit with the team on the bench.
Much has been made about the new rules, with many people, including LeBron James, voicing their displeasure about how they feel the new rule makes no sense.
Despite the heat NYC Mayor Eric Adams has been taking for the new rules, he doesn’t seem willing to make an exception for Irving, as he recently called for Irving to get vaccinated.
Optimism is waning on Irving’s ability to play in home games this season, but oddsmakers at PointsBet still have the Nets ranked with the third-best odds (best in the Eastern Conference) to win the championship at +600 this season.
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- Kevin Durant was also one to voice his displeasure at the current rule Adams put into place, calling for him to “figure something out” after the Nets’ win over the Knicks. However, he walked back his comments in a recent statement, saying “I do appreciate the task the Mayor has in front of him with all the city has been through” as part of his statement.
Karl-Anthony Towns became the first center since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000 to drop 60 points in a game, which also marks a Timberwolves franchise record and the most points scored by a player this season. Towns dropped 32 points in the third quarter alone in Minnesota’s 149-139 win over the Spurs.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who recently set the record for most wins as an NBA head coach in history, is likely to coach one more year, according to longtime NBA Journalist Marc Stein. Current Jazz coach Quin Snyder is seen as a potential successor.
Tyreke Evans is signing a G-League contract with the Wisconsin Herd, which is the Bucks’ affiliate, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Evans, who last appeared in an NBA game in 2019, will be evaluated for a potential contract with the big league team.
The Pistons are interested in Mitchell Robinson, according to Stein (same article). Detroit will have $31 million in cap space this offseason, as Robinson will be an unrestricted free agent.
- Darius Garland has attracted even more attention from opposing defenses lately, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com observes. Garland put up 24 points and 13 assists in the Cavaliers’ overtime win over the Clippers Monday night.
Mike Conley is feeling worn down after trying to carry the Jazz earlier this season, Tony Jones of The Athletic writes. Conley snapped out of his funk Monday night with 29 points on 10-of-13 shooting to go along with seven assists but was averaging just 4.5 points per game on 14.7 percent shooting in the four games prior to that one.
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