Michael Kaskey-Blomain

In Ben Simmons' absence, 76ers' Tyrese Maxey taking advantage of increased opportunity

Maxey has looked increasingly comfortable as Philadelphia's starting point guard

Mavericks announce plans to retire Dirk Nowitzki's No. 41 jersey on Jan. 5

Nowitzki played 21 seasons in Dallas and is the team's all-time leader in points, rebounds and blocks

NBA Eastern Conference temperature check: Heat, 76ers look like contenders; Bulls, Cavs could end droughts

The East appears to be as deep as it has been in recent memory

NBA injury tracker: LeBron James, Jaylen Brown among those forced to the sideline early on in 2021-22 season

Several key contributors from across the league's landscape are currently dealing with injury issues

Anthony Davis calls out Lakers after latest loss: 'We're not winning a championship the way we're playing'

Minnesota outscored L.A. 40-12 in the third quarter on Friday night

Ben Simmons' beef with 76ers explained: A complete timeline of ongoing drama between both sides

A whole lot has happened between Simmons and the Sixers during 2021

Wizards' Kyle Kuzma had perfect response for Cavaliers fan with 'LeBron won Kuzma his ring' sign

Kuzma helped lead the Wizards to a win over the Cavaliers on Wednesday night

Kings' Luke Walton addresses report that Marvin Bagley III refused to enter game vs. Suns

Bagley III has only appeared in one game for Sacramento this season

Knicks vs. 76ers takeaways: Julius Randle finds his range, Nerlens Noel injures knee in win over Philadelphia

Also, Andre Drummond did something that no Sixers player since Charles Barkley had done

76ers' Doc Rivers becomes 10th coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 career wins

San Antonio's Gregg Popovich is the only other active coach that has reached the milestone

Michael Kaskey-Blomain covers the NBA for CBS Sports. He has covered the league in some capacity since 2009 for a variety of outlets including Philly.com, ESPN 97.3, and 247 Sports. Michael hails from Scranton, Pennsylvania (yes, he is a fan of The Office), and he currently resides in Philadelphia.

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