The Timberwolves will be without guards Jimmy Butler and Jamal Crawford on Monday when they travel to play the Clippers.
It brings some comfort to Cozart knowing that Simmons, the best defensive shortstop of his generation, is right by his side as a security blanket.
Myers hit a career-high 30 homers last year, but he also struck out 180 times and batted .229 after the All-Star break. He went home to Charlotte, North Carolina, in October, worked with a personal trainer, loaded up on protein shakes and increased his weight from 201 pounds to a bulked-up 226.
“I’m tired of being tall and skinny,” Myers said. “I wanted to be tall and big.”
Elfrid Payton led the Magic with 22 points and six rebounds. Evan Fournier added 19 points, and Aaron Gordon poured in 11 points with 13 rebounds. The Magic have now won two of their last three games (Celtics and Timberwolves) and lost by just one point to the Cavaliers in between.
While other losing teams like the Kings have essentially given up on the season, Orlando (14-32) has decided to fight despite owning the league’s third-worst record.
The Celtics, now losers of three straight, still hold a two-game lead over the Raptors for top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Pacers guard Victor Oladipo has played like an All-Star all season, and he continued his run of good form by scoring 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, four rebounds and three steals in a 94-86 win over the Spurs. Oladipo, averaging over 24 points per game this season, has been a steal for the Pacers.
Lillard is currently averaging 25.0 points, four rebounds and six assists per game. He also has the Trail Blazers (23-21) in playoff contention.
This year’s All-Star Game takes place next month, and starters will be announced Thursday night. Coaches then select the reserves Tuesday. More disappointment could be ahead for Lillard, who currently ranks behind even Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball in the voting.