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Tyshawn Taylor sighting — and not in the D-League

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Brooklyn Nets' Tyshawn Taylor (10) plays against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Brooklyn Nets' Tyshawn Taylor (10) plays against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Earlier this month, Brooklyn Nets second-year guard Tyshawn Taylor heard from team management the letter-and-word combo no player in the NBA wants said to him: D-League.

As in, that's where Taylor was headed.

But his stay with the Springfield Armor only lasted a few days, and by Saturday night in Los Angeles, the KU product made the most of a rare opportunity to play. Going up against the Clippers when most of the Nets' key pieces, including point guard Deron Williams, missed the game with injuries, Taylor logged 15 minutes in a 110-103 loss.

Compare that to four combined minutes in two other appearances this season. (Translation: Taylor usually falls victim to the dreaded DNP-CD.) Not on Saturday, though. Taylor hit a three-pointer, went 6-for-8 at the foul line and racked up 13 points, four assists and three steals in limited action.

There's even video evidence:

Now, this probably doesn't mean Taylor has earned a spot in the Nets' rotation. But the more he makes of these chances, the more he'll be called upon in the future.


Oops upside Dirk's head

Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers (15) reacts after being ejected after referees ruled that he intentionally swung an elbow at the head of Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki of Germany, while trying to fight through a screen set by the Mavs' Samuel Dalembert during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 in Miami. The Heat defeated the Mavericks 110-104. At left is forward LeBron James. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers (15) reacts after being ejected after referees ruled that he intentionally swung an elbow at the head of Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki of Germany, while trying to fight through a screen set by the Mavs' Samuel Dalembert during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 in Miami. The Heat defeated the Mavericks 110-104. At left is forward LeBron James. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Mario Chalmers' weekend wasn't as promising or positive as Taylor's. The Miami Heat guard took his left forearm to Dirk Nowitzki's face on Friday night, and the league kind of frowns upon that kind of thing.

Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel breaks it down:

In essence, the foul cost Chalmers part of Friday's fourth quarter, all of Saturday's game and now basically has him on flagrant-foul probation the balance of the season. Norris Cole started in his place Saturday.

Here's Winderman's full story on the ejection/flagrant foul: Chalmers suspended for foul on Nowitzki

In response to the ejection, Chalmers had this to tweet:


And at least one media member took Chalmers' side:


You can judge for yourself here (quality isn't great, but at least you get the idea):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRfGgMT_TpE

We'll see how Chalmers responds to this situation in the days, weeks and months to come.


Keep in mind, Chalmers is a free agent this coming offseason, and will be looking to get paid.

Here's Winderman's take: Could Chalmers prove too costly for the Heat?


More from the Morrii

Hey, it wouldn't be a 'Hawks in the NBA blog if we didn't catch up with everybody's favorite Wonder Twins. No, not these two. Why would you even make that reference?

We're talking about Marcus and Markieff Morris, of course.

Phoenix Suns power forward Marcus Morris, right, and power forward Markieff Morris, center, battle for a rebound against New Orleans Pelicans small forward Al-Farouq Aminu, left, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. The Suns won 104-98. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Phoenix Suns power forward Marcus Morris, right, and power forward Markieff Morris, center, battle for a rebound against New Orleans Pelicans small forward Al-Farouq Aminu, left, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. The Suns won 104-98. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The NBA Hang Time blog provides some Morrii gems from Phoenix, including this quote from Markieff:

“We’re like the Spurs, how they’ve been together for a long time, so used to each other and playing together.”

Not sure the Morrii will be racking up NBA titles like the Spurs, but you never know, I guess. (Spoiler alert: we do know. This is what the Suns looked like the last time they made the NBA Finals. In 1993.)


Hinrich meshes with D-Rose

Enough about all these young guys. What's up with our favorite spectacle-wearing KU product?

Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (12) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The Bulls won 110-94. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (12) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The Bulls won 110-94. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Well, for one, Kirk Hinrich is healthy, which pleases Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, the Chicago Tribune's Brian Hamilton writes.

As you can read in the Tribune, the Bulls like playing Hinrich and superstar Derrick Rose together in their back court. In fact, Hinrich developed chemistry with the future NBA MVP on his first tour with Chicago.

Hinrich on playing with Rose:

"We play a little faster, we play pick and roll on one side, pick and roll on the other side, make the defense move. It's hard to get locked in to what we're doing because we're both in there. Pick and rolls on both sides of the floor are tough to defend."

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