The 49ers, winners of their last five regular-season games to finish the 2017 season 6-10, continued their streak into the offseason, winning a coinflip Friday to get the ninth pick of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
But that’s all about basketball, and Embiid makes a point to always stick to the game. (His personal favorite trash-talking moment was his reply after Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns called the caption and picture quality trash when Embiid posted a photo on Instagram of him scoring on the Timberwolves after a win. Better quality than your defense, Embiid fired back at his friend.)
I’m not disrespecting them, Embiid said. This game is about being competitive and having fun. When I get on the court, I want to win and also I want to have fun. Trash talk is a way for me to do that. So it’s not really disrespectful. At the end of the day, I’m sure these guys know that. … This is a brotherhood. I’m just looking to have fun.
You’re not in the game, 20-year veteran Vince Carter said. You have nothing to do with it. Unless you’ve been activated to where somebody says something to you to bring you in it, stay out of it. Or, as Randolph put it: Just shut the hell up.
Price was a three-year starter on Ohio State’s offensive line, breaking Luke Fickell’s school record for most consecutive starts with 55.
The Warriors had entered this contest having won 37 straight games when leading entering the fourth quarter, their last such loss coming Oct. 17, 2017 vs. Houston.
But this fourth quarter occurred with the Warriors in the midst of the most feared travel scenario in all the NBA — traveling to Denver to close out the second of a back-to-back set.
The Warriors had played Sacramento the night before, after which head coach Steve Kerr called his team mentally fried, then headed out for Denver — losing an hour in the process — and, while reportedly enduring heavy turbulence during the trip, didn’t arrive at their team hotel until just past 4 a.m. local time.