East Notes: Knicks, Jalen Brunson, Wizards, Bulls


  • Guard Jalen Brunson played a fine game in the Knicks’ road loss to the Suns, but his streak of consecutive made free throws came to an end in the fourth quarter. He finished with 46 in a row, six short of a team record.
  • The Knicks have now lost nine straight to the Suns, with their last victory coming on Jan. 26, 2018, at Phoenix.
  • Small forward Cam Reddish (groin) did not play Sunday and is considered day-to-day.
  • In case you missed it, the Knicks reportedly have shown a willingness to trade guards Immanuel Quickley and Derrick Rose. We have that full post here.


The Wizards signed point guard Devon Dotson to a two-way contract, waiving two-way guard/forward Jordan Schakel to create the opening.

Dotson, 23, is 6-foot-2 and had been playing with the Capital City Go-Go, the Wizards’ G League affiliate. In seven games, he averaged 12.7 points and 7.2 assists. He appeared in 11 games with the Bulls in each of the past two seasons.

Schakel, 24, is 6-4 and appeared in two games with the Wizards, as well as four last season. But with several key injuries in the backcourt lately, Washington needed some ballhandling depth.

  • Star guard Bradley Beal scored 26 points in Sunday’s win over the Hornets, but wasn’t in the game for the final 10 seconds, despite the fact the Wizards led by just two. Beal walked to the locker room with a slight limp.


Bulls coach Billy Donovan explained his decision to sit guard Zach LaVine late in loss to the Magic, suggesting that all minutes must be earned.

“There’s a lot he can do to get into the game. If the scoring isn’t there for whatever reason, we’ve got to have a group standard,” Donovan said, via K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. “And it wasn’t all about him. Clearly the whole group in the first half, they scored 66 points and then we gave up 42 in the second half.

“That game was two halves. With the way the game was going, you get caught as a coach thinking, ‘We’ve got to do something different here.’ Sometimes those decisions work and sometimes they don’t.”

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