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A talented prospect who found his way into the team's playoff rotation last season, Porter was inserted into Denver's starting lineup to begin the year.
The bigger question, of course, is whether the NBA should be playing games at all as COVID cases spike across the league. With teams traveling in this bubble-less setup and an unrelenting schedule, it feels like the league is nearing a point where it has to strongly consider whether it’s prudent to continue playing games.
Utah improved to 3-2 on its seven-game road trip. The Jazz beat Milwaukee on Friday, making a franchise-record 25 3-pointers in the process. Their shooting took a turn for the worse in Detroit, where they went just 11 of 35 from beyond the arc, but the Pistons were even worse at 10 of 42.
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So we have a 21-year-old, second-year wing, sustaining tantalizingly and efficient production while moving into the starting lineup. And he’s doing it by moving up a position, holding his own against players who hold considerable size and strength advantages against him. The Spurs are still lavishing minutes on veterans like DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge and even that might not be enough to get them back in the playoffs. But their young core of Dejounte Murray, Lonnie Walker and, now, Keldon Johnson is looking more and more impressive.
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The 19-year-old continued to impress in just his 11th NBA game (and start). Leonard got his, but Williams’ steadiness and compete level again belied his age. The highlight of the night was him sparking one of the most fun sequences in recent memory for the Bulls with a deflection and steal on Leonard in the second quarter:
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“It has nothing to do with they’re just not playing,” Rivers said. “Ben in the Brooklyn game had some knee stiffness. So we almost probably knew after the game that he wouldn’t play tonight. And then Joel started complaining about his back — started yesterday. And we didn’t know if he was playing or not but honestly, with the minutes we would have to ask (from him), it would be insane to play him tonight.”
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