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Joel Embiid clears concussion protocol, ruled out for Game 2 for Philadelphia 76ers

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The Philadelphia 76ers are close to getting Joel Embiid back, but it won’t be for Game 2. The Sixers announced Sunday that Embiid has cleared the concussion protocol, but will not play in Monday’s Game 2 vs. the Heat. 

Before Saturday’s 130-103 Game 1 win over Miami, Embiid told reporters that “there’s a pretty good chance” he could play in Game 2 or Game 3 of the Sixers’ first-round series. Game 2 is on Monday, while Game 3 would not be until Thursday.

The All-Star big man warmed up before Game 1 on Saturday, but had already been ruled out for that night’s contest. The former No. 1 overall pick underwent surgery for a fractured orbital bone suffered in late March and has not played since.The 76ers finished the regular season on a 16-game winning streak despite his absence. He must pass concussion protocol and contact drills before being cleared to play.

In just his second season, Embiid averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 reboundsd and 1.8 blocks per game while leading Philadelphia to its first playoff berth since 2012.



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About Last Night: Commemorating MLK

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The NBA’s annual commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day took center stage on Monday, with generational connections brought to the fore and players coming together to share personal memories and meaningful moments across the league.

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Doncic second teenager to record triple-double

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With 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Mavs’ 116-106 loss in Milwaukee, Luka Doncic became the second-youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. Donic, who turns 20 next month, joins Markelle Fultz as the only teenagers to accomplish the feat.

Fultz was 10 days younger when he collected 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on the final day of the the 2017-18 season, also against the Bucks.

Youngest NBA Players To Record Triple-Doubles

 • Markelle Fultz, 76ers — 19 years, 317 days
 • Luka Doncic, Mavericks — 19 years, 327 days
 • Lonzo Ball,  Lakers — 20 years, 15 days
 • LeBron James, Cavs — 20 years, 20 days
 • Dennis Smith Jr.,     Mavs –20 years, 34 days
 • Lamar Odom, Clippers — 20 years, 65 days
 • John Wall, Wizards –20 years, 65 days
 • Magic Johnson, Lakers — 20 years, 75 days

Donic was in no mood to celebrate after the game. “I played bad for sure,” he said. “I didn’t feel good. I am happy for my triple-double, but I would prefer a win for sure and I didn’t play good at all. I missed some shots that I shouldn’t miss.”

Doncic is leading all rookies in scoring (20.0) points per game, is third in rebounds (6.7) and second in assists at 5.1. 

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Report: Rockets trade Carmelo Anthony to Bulls

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The Houston Rockets have agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony and cash considerations to the Chicago Bulls, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Anthony reportedly will be waived by the Bulls and become a free agent if he clears waivers.

Anthony and the Rockets agreed to part ways in mid-November after the team’s slow start to the season. The 10-time All-Star played just 10 games for Houston after signing a one-year, $2.4 million deal during the offseason.

The Rockets reportedly will sign Kenneth Faried with the open roster spot.

Anthony was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks last July before the Hawks released him to clear the way for him to sign with the Rockets.

Houston thought he could be the piece it needed to finally get past Golden State and win its first championship since back-to-back titles in 1994-95. Instead the Rockets limped out to a 6-7 start and the emergence of undrafted rookie Gary Clark made it appear that Anthony would have to take a reduced role.

In the end the Rockets decided it would be better to move on than to force Anthony to do that.

“We just had to see how things worked out,” D’Antoni said at the time. “And the way we play probably wasn’t conducive to his game and he was trying to make the necessary sacrifices and it wasn’t fair to him as a Hall of Fame player to play in a way that wasn’t good for him, wasn’t good for us. It just wasn’t a fit.”

The 34-year-old Anthony has had a tough time over the last two seasons. He averaged a career-low 16.2 points in 78 starts in a tumultuous season for the Thunder last season before coming to Houston — and accepting a reserve role for the first time in his 16-year career.

Eight of Anthony’s 10 appearances for the Rockets came off the bench after he had started all 1,054 games he’d played in his first 15 NBA seasons.

D’Antoni said he feels for Anthony that things ended this way and made it clear that it wasn’t a matter of Anthony not having the right attitude in Houston.

“In the summer we tried to hit a home run and it didn’t work out,” D’Antoni said. “He tried everything he could. He was great while he was here. It just didn’t work out for whatever reason. I just thank him for his professionalism. It was good. He tried everything he could to make it work and it just didn’t work out.”

The third overall pick in the 2003 draft has averaged 24 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists in a career that also included stints with the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks.

Anthony sat out Houston’s last three games with what the team called an illness. His last appearance for Houston came in a blowout loss to Oklahoma City on Nov. 8 when he had two points and five rebounds.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.



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