December 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Scott Brooks Says Deni Avdija Has 'Good Chance' To Start At Small Forward

Dec 17, 2020 1:39 AM

Scott Brooks said that Deni Avdija "has a good chance to be" the starting small forward for the Washington Wizards this season.

Brooks noted that the competition is still open.

Avdija scored 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting in his preseason debut. 

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Tags: Deni Avdija, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ, NBA Preseason

Stephen Silas Says James Harden Was 'Good' In Preseason Debut

Dec 16, 2020 1:25 AM

James Harden scored 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting in his preseason debut against the San Antonio Spurs.

"He's obviously a great player and can do so many things on the floor, on and off the ball. Defensively, he has great hands and makes plays and is smart. So to have him out there was great," said Stephen Silas after the game.

Harden, who has yet to speak to the media since returning to the Rockets, declined to make himself available to reporters.

John Wall, who finished the game with 15 points and 3 assists, discussed the importance of focusing the attention back on the court. 

"At the end of the day, he's going to do what's best for him and the organization is going to do what's best for them also. The most important thing is when we step on that floor, we step into practice, we're focusing ourselves on basketball," said Wall. 

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Preseason