East Notes: Embiid, Bulls, Turner, Allen, Nets

Bulls guard Zach LaVine looks to pass against the Pistons.

Joel Embiid was “in and out” of practice on Tuesday but he is expected to play vs. the Celtics on Wednesday, coach Doc Rivers told FortyEightMinutes.com and other media in Philadelphia.

The Sixers’ game against the Thunder on Sunday was postponed, though Embiid wasn’t slated to play in that game (as he didn’t on Saturday vs. Memphis) because of right knee pain.


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  • The Bulls have had an uneven season to date but Zach LaVine‘s defense is starting to come around, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times writes. While he has some work to go, it appears coach Billy Donovan is reaching the potential All-Star about his defensive tendencies in ways that previous coaches have not been able to. “He challenges you and he puts a big deal of, I don’t want to say pressure, but he makes you step up to the plate,’’ LaVine said of his relationship with Donovan. “For me personally, I like that.’’

  • Myles Turner has a “slight fracture” in his right hand and the Pacers will evaluate the big man to determine whether or not the big man will need surgery in the coming days, Shams Charania reports. Turner was having a strong season before the injury, averaging a monstrous 4.2 blocks per game.

  • Jarrett Allen, who was traded to the Cavs in the James Harden deal, admitted that he would have made the deal if he was running the Nets. “Look at what happened with the Lakers, they did the same thing,” Allen said in reference to the Lakers’ gutting their team of young prospects in the Anthony Davis trade (via Brian Lewis of The New York Post). “The next year they went and got their ring. So take myself out of it, I’d love to stay in Brooklyn, but I understand in the opportunity like that you have to go do it.”

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