According to league sources, Brooklyn Nets’ star D’Angelo Russell has been cited for use of marijuana. In an article first reported on USA Today, league sources reportedly told the media that officials had found the drug in a can fashioned to look like an Arizona Tea container.
Going into the first game of their round 1 matchup, the Brooklyn Nets weren’t expected to come out and steal a game from the three-seeded Philadelphia 76ers, but that’s exactly what they did.
Brooklyn came out and took care of business on Saturday as they defeated the 76ers by a score of 111-102. D’Angelo Russell scored 26 points, grabbed three rebounds, and dished out four assists while teammates Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie had big games as well, scoring 23 and 18 respectively.
Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler would not go out without a fight, scoring 36 points and grabbing nine boards. Superstar big-man Joel Embiid also had a nice game, one in which the 76ers’ crowd witnessed him drop 22 points, grab 15 rebounds, and dish out four assists. Even though several of their stars played well, Philadelphia still struggled to deal with the explosive drives and lightning quick offense of the Nets, which resulted in Philly losing the opening game of the series on their home floor.
Game 1 MVP: D’Angelo Russell
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Philadelphia 76ers’ star Joel Embiid will be available to play against the Nets on Saturday. It was originally reported earlier in the week that the superstar would likely miss game 1 of their opening series versus the Nets due to knee soreness.
The Nets, Hawks, and Nuggets have engaged in a three-team deal that sends Jeremy Lin to the Hawks and Faried to the Nets. The Nets also received Darrell Arthur and a 2019 1st-round pick. In this trade, the Nets also received a second-round from the Nuggets. It can also be noted that the 1st-round pick the Nets received is protected 1-12 in the upcoming draft.
Nets and Hawks will also exchange future second-round picks in the deal, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/n5qooxLmQJ
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 13, 2018
Update: The second-round pick was traded to the NETS in the deal.
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