That the playoff success came at the Clippers’ expense made it even a bit sweeter for Ingles.
That playoff series for me was kind of like the closing of the door, Ingles says. It’s been, ‘It’s gone. I don’t really need to talk about the Clippers anymore because I’m here and it’s four years ago now.’ And we beat ’em, which was a nice way to kind of close that door.
Every mention of Ingles’ free agency last summer seemingly included a reference to him being Gordon Hayward’s best friend in the NBA, as well as the fact they shared an agent, Mark Bartelstein.
I thought my free-agency story might have been a bit bigger [story] than his, but he took the cake on that one, Ingles jokes in his usual self-deprecating style.
Philadelphia 76ers: The Markelle Fultz saga isn’t over. The No. 1 overall pick still hasn’t played since the opening week of the season, but if recent pregame videos are any indication, there is some positive news coming out of all this. Fultz’s shooting form is starting to round into shape, looking a lot more like it did in his one season at Washington than it did the previous five months. This is great to see, but there is still no indication as to whether he’ll play again this season.
Without many needs this offseason, the Jaguars could be a team looking to move up to draft Josh Allen. If not, look for them to focus on the offensive line, a signature Tom Coughlin move.
Denver Nuggets: With triple-doubles in each of the past two games, Nikola Jokic is up to five for the season, which puts him fourth in the league. What’s more impressive is the fact that he is averaging 19.9 PPG, 11.6 RPG and 9.1 APG in the past 10 games. Pairing Jokic with a well-rounded forward who can pass is a tough combination to contend with in fantasy this season and is something to aim for in your future fantasy drafts.
Detroit Pistons: Reggie Jackson (ankle) isn’t ready to return to game action as some had originally hoped, but he has been cleared to do light running in his rehab. Jackson is likely still a few weeks away from making it back to the court, which means more time for Ish Smith to handle the point guard duties. Smith has averaged 13.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 5.5 APG and 1.3 SPG in his past eight games, but he isn’t much of a 3-point threat.