Embiid responds to Harden’s ‘shadow’ leaving Philly
Natalie and Callie Lawson-Freeman analyze Joel Embiid’s reaction to James Harden’s “shady” comments after he left Philadelphia. They praised him, but also repeatedly mentioned the team that fed Harden the ball.
After a five-game Sunday, Monday will be far more crowded in the NBA. Due to Election Day, there will be no games on Tuesday, so there will be 12 games on Monday and 14 games on Wednesday. When there are so many games, there usually isn’t much need for streaming options since most of your stars should be playing. However, here are seven players worth considering for a roster spot.
Dyson Daniels – 5%
CJ McCollum was diagnosed with a pneumothorax in his right lung on Sunday and suffered the same thing in the same lung in December 2021. That led to him missing 18 straight games during that span. He will have to undergo further testing, but if he ends up missing a large chunk of games, it will be worth bringing Daniels into the squad. In their last game, he posted a 7/3/5/1/1 line with one three-pointer in 22 minutes off the bench. If he starts in place of McCollum, he should play more than enough to hit a league-standard mark.
Malaki Branham – 3%
It’s unclear how long Devin Vassell (groin injury) will be sidelined, but Branham started the last game in his place. Vassell is not expected to play on Monday, so Branham is expected to make another start after finishing 16/6/2 on 8-for-9 shooting against Toronto on Sunday.
Marcus Sasser – 11%
With Jaden Ivey out, Sasser was able to play a larger role off the bench on Sunday. In 30 minutes, Sasser finished the game with 22 points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal and four triples. They play again on Monday, and Sasser should again have a big role assuming Ivey stays out. Even with Ivey back, Sasser has played too well not to see many more minutes.
Goga Bitadze – 10%
Although many expected Moritz Wagner to start in place of Wendell Carter Jr. (finger), it was Bitadze who scored first at center as WCJ is expected to be out for at least the next three weeks. Bitadze played 26 minutes against the Lakers on Saturday and finished the game with 10 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and five blocks.
Cason Wallace – 3%
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will continue to be sidelined on Monday, meaning Wallace should remain in the starting lineup. Against the Warriors on Friday, he contributed 13 points, two rebounds, one assist and a triple. The production doesn’t stand out, but both the protocols and the starting role are encouraging.
Reggie Jackson – 6%
Jamal Murray had to leave Saturday’s game against Chicago due to a hamstring strain. He will remain out Monday, meaning Jackson should start at point guard in his place. The veteran played 25 minutes off the bench in his last game and posted a 16/1/3 line with a block and three 3-pointers.
Bismack Biyombo – 2%
Right off the bat, the Grizzlies ruled out Xavier Tillman (knee), despite reports that he would start at center. That led to Biyombo starting and contributing eight points, eleven rebounds, four assists and three blocks. If Tillman continues to be sidelined, Biyombo will be a solid streaming option.