Eli Apple’s brother says family strife is reason for his dramatic spirals
Just one day after Landon Collins publicly expressed his opinion that teammate Eli Apple is a cancer who needs to grow up, Apple’s half-brother, Dane Blackson, is coming to his defense.
Thomas showed flashes of what made him an All-Star in his long-awaited debut for the Cavaliers, who snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 127-110 on Tuesday night.
It’s been a long journey for me, Thomas said. I couldn’t really see the light at the end of the tunnel. For that day to come the first couple days of 2018, it’s going to be a special year.
It was a special night for Thomas, who scored 17 points and played 19 minutes in his first game in seven months, an impressive return to action for the dynamic point guard traded to Cleveland last summer. He added three 3-pointers and three assists before leaving with 8:10 remaining and the Cavs up by 12.
The Bucs are 4-11 this season and have lost five in a row. Although Koetter has three years remaining on his contract, the Bucs ownership, the Glazer family, has never been shy about pulling the plug on a coach. The team has had four different head coaches since Jon Gruden departed following the 2008 season.
A game in March between the Washington Wizards and Portland Trail Blazers ended in similar controversial fashion to Friday’s contest. The Blazers pleaded to officials that Markieff Morris stepped out of bounds before his go-ahead baseline jumper with 0.4 seconds left. The officials said there was nothing they could do.
As ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported, a recent meeting was held to address escalating tension between officials and players. Two of the three officials in Friday’s game — Leon Wood and Stafford — were on the Christmas Day crew for the Golden State Warriors-Cleveland Cavaliers tilt in Oakland, California, that missed two foul calls Kevin Durant committed on LeBron James. Wood was standing a couple of feet from the play with Antetokounmpo.
I look at things totally differently, Thunder coach Billy Donovan said of Friday’s replay controversy following the Bucks’ winning play. The league, and the officials, have to deal with that. That’s what they’re in control of; we’re not. I’m more concerned about the fact that we didn’t play well in the first quarter and there are some things we need to do better.