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Markelle Fultz Returned To Action With A Standing Ovation

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Markelle Fultz was the overall number 1 draft pick in 2017 for the Philadelphia 76ers. The rookie found himself following the same trend of being injured his rookie year like Philly’s other No.1 picks Joell Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Fultz had sat out for over 68 games this season. Many expected Philly to keep him off the floor until next season. Instead on Monday night, Fultz returned to the lineup.

Fans roared in anticipation each time he collected the ball on the ensuing possessions in the period.

“There was a little bit of excitement,” Fultz said about entering the game for the first time. “And a little bit of ‘I have to help the team. I don’t want to let the team down.’ Once I stepped out there on the floor, it felt great to be back out there with my brothers.”

Philly Star Joel Embiid spoke about the return.

“He gives us another great pace,” Embiid said. “He can find ways to score and also set guys up. You could tell by his eight assists tonight in 14 minutes. That’s big time. That’s what we need him to do — score the ball, get guys involved, and create.”

Fultz ended the night with 10 points. He looked somewhat rusty but it takes time to bounce back. The real question is will he mature into the scorer that can stretch the floor for Philly. For now, just enjoy the return to the court.

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Donovan Mitchell Leads Jazz To An Unbelievable Game 4 Win

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The Utah Jazz are on the verge of closing out the series against OKC. Just pause and take that all in. No one would have said the Jazz after losing Gordon Hayward in free agency would be up 3-1 against Russell Westbrook and Paul George. But thanks to Donovan Mitchell that is what we have on our hands.

The Jazz won an old-school physical game 4 against Thunder 113-96 on Monday in Vivint Smart Home Arena to take a 3-1 lead.

Donovan Mitchell scored 33 points, with seven rebounds and four assists behind 13-of-28 shooting from the field. The Jazz announced the guard surpassed Karl Malone’s franchise record for the most points in a playoff game, which the Hall of Famer set in 1986 with 31 points.

“We just stayed within ourselves,” Donovan Mitchell said. “We always say the strength of our team is the strength of our team. I said this morning we’re not really worried about one individual comment. I think if we get caught up in that it takes us out of our own game, and our play showed tonight that we really just focused on each other and made the right plays when we needed to.”

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Giannis Saves The Day With A Clutch Tip In

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The Milwaukee Bucks were down the Boston Celtics 2-1 in the series. But in Game 4, Giannis was determined not to let his squad lose.

The Greek Freak come up with a big play in the final seconds on Sunday. He scored 27 points with 5 seconds left and the Bucks looking at an L.  Malcolm Brogdon’s missed a potential game-winning layup,  Antetokounmpo was able to tip the ball in to steal the win.

Antetokounmpo “made a great tip-in and he was battling for the ball. That’s what great players do,” said Boston coach Brad Stevens.

“One of the most important things that we can carry from this game moving forward is that we stayed disciplined and we trusted one another,” Antetokounmpo said.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Boston.

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Should Donovan Mitchell Be The ROY

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This year has been a tight race between Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons. Ben Simmons technically redshirted a year. Mitchell has been balling from the jump.

Mitchell has decided to bring the conversation to the forefront with a little shade in the mix.

“I’ll say this. I’ll put it in perspective for people who obviously don’t play in the NBA and don’t know the life of the NBA. So, let’s say you have an exam to take on June 1 and you have a whole year to study for that exam, you’re going to get a pretty good grade on it, aren’t you? But some people may not have all that time to prepare for that exam. So, that’s how I look at it and I hope that puts it in perspective for people.” said Mitchell, “But at the end of the day, we’re in the fourth seed. I got the Defensive Player of the Year and the Coach of the Year on my team, so I’m happy.”

“It’s not Ben’s fault but [Mitchell] is a TRUE rookie. He didn’t have an entire year to train and practice against NBA talent. He didn’t get to sit on a bench and watch film and dedicate [his] life to basketball.

“Donovan’s next best offensive players are Rudy Gobert (spoiler alert DPOY) and Ricky Rubio….. no disrespect but nuff said. Ben has a wealth of monsters and proven offensive guys around that he does an amazing job facilitating for.

“Donovan also lead his team on a 10+ game winning streak [and] average[d] 20+ pts. If you have never done it you don’t know how hard that is for a TRUE ROOKIE. Ben is a future HOF’er and it’s very close but best and most surprising rookie is DONOVAN MITCHELL.. I’ll only concede CO ala JKIDD and GHILL.”

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