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When is the NBA play in tournament?

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Frank Vogel explains why Montrezl Harrell, Marc Gasol haven’t played together

Silver Screen and Roll 10 May, 2021 - 05:01pm

It doesn’t look like we’ll be getting the Montrezl Harrell-Marc Gasol lineup after all.

The problem is, there’s only 48 minutes at center that can be distributed between Harrell, Gasol and Drummond, so not all of them can play an excess of 20 minutes per game. One possible solution to that problem would be to play one of them at the 4, and Frank Vogel has actually flirted with that idea in the last month. Specifically, he’s mentioned the possibility of Gasol and Harrell playing alongside each other.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t gotten past the flirting phase and Vogel explained why after practice on Wednesday.

“It’s tough to play two bigs in the modern NBA; two centers,” Vogel said. “So there are some things that we like about it. We have talked at length about it, in particular when we first got Drummond. It’s not something that we’ve gone to.

“I think you’d have to do it against certain matchups only. If the other team is playing four guards and a big or five smalls, it’s just really tough to defend at a high level with that type of look, or create the right separation offensively ... So there are some things you can do with that.

“Obviously I played with two bigs a lot back in Indiana, (but) the game is different. We can look at that, it’s just not something that we’ve put into play yet. But it is something that we’ve talked about.”

Vogel has developed a reputation for saving his best lineups for the postseason, but he at leasts tests those lineups in the regular season, Gasol and Harrell have played zero minutes together this season and it’s unlikely that their first minutes together will come in the playoffs.

That means Drummond, Gasol and Harrell will all have to scrap for minutes at center going forward and those minutes will only be harder to come by when Anthony Davis starts getting reps at center in the playoffs. JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard handled that situation gracefully last season; we’ll see if this trio can do the same this season.

Report: LeBron James targeting Tuesday return to Lakers lineup after sore ankle

Yahoo Sports 10 May, 2021 - 05:01pm

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According to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, James is feeling "great" will try to return to the Lakers lineup on Tuesday when they take on the New York Knicks. 

Haynes reported that if James isn't good to go on Tuesday, he'll try for Wednesday against the Houston Rockets.

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