NBA News

David Lee    F/C  Spurs

 

 

David Lee (knee) is not expected to play in Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday. That's the bad news. The good news is that the injury isn't believed to be as serious as initially thought. Michael C. Wright and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported on Saturday that Lee has a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee, but that was before his MRI on Sunday morning. We'll have an update when we know more, but look for Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans to see a bump in minutes in Game 4.

David Lee    F/C  Spurs

 

 

David Lee (knee) has been officially ruled out for Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday. That's the bad news. The good news is that the injury isn't believed to be as serious as initially thought. Michael C. Wright and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported on Saturday that Lee has a partially torn patellar tendon in his left knee, but that was before his MRI on Sunday morning. We'll have an update when we know more, but look for Pau Gasol and Davis Bertans to see a bump in minutes in Game 4.

Enes Kanter    F/C  Thunder

 

 

Enes Kanter has made it back to the United States. Kanter was detained in Romania because his Turkish passport was suddenly canceled, but he's convinced that he was held because of his political views. Kanter is scheduled to hold a press conference later this afternoon.

Enes Kanter on Twitter

May 21 - 12:53 PM

Nick Collison    F/C  Thunder

 

 

Nick Collison said he plans to play next season and is hoping to stick with the Thunder. "I plan to play [next year] for sure," Collison said. "I wasn't sure going into the season how I would feel at the end of the year, but I still enjoy playing, and I enjoy being around the group. I enjoy being on the team, and I still think I have something to offer." Collison will be 37 years old next season and only made 20 appearances for the Thunder in 2016-17, so if he returns he will simply be a locker room guy.

Norman Transcript

May 21 - 11:50 AM

Amir Johnson    F/C  Celtics

 

 

Amir Johnson is expected to start in Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday. Coach Brad Stevens just can't seem to settle on his starting five in the playoffs. Johnson is only averaging 10.6 minutes per game in the postseason, so DFS owners will want to look the other direction. Expect Gerald Green to return to the bench.

Isaiah Thomas    G  Celtics

 

 

Isaiah Thomas (hip) will begin meeting with specialists on Monday. Thomas was ruled out of the postseason following an aggravation of a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear, but he won't have a treatment plan set in stone until he meets with his doctors. Coach Brad Stevens said surgery is an option, so Thomas could be looking a lengthy rehab this summer. Marcus Smart will start Game 3 vs. Cleveland in Thomas' absence.

Jay King on Twitter

May 21 - 11:34 AM

Marcus Smart    G  Celtics

 

 

Marcus Smart will draw the start at point guard in Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday. No surprise here, as Smart started the second half of Game 2 when Isaiah Thomas (hip) left the game for good. Smart isn't in a rhythm right now and is shooting 34.6 percent from the field in the playoffs, but his minutes will likely be in the high 30s as he looks to contain Kyrie Irving -- he said wants to force Irving to be more of a facilitator. In addition to Smart, expect a heavier workload for Terry Rozier.

P.J. Tucker    G/F  Raptors

 

 

ESPN's Darren Wolfson said that he has heard Minnesota is "very much" on P.J. Tucker's radar. The 32-year-old veteran will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and it will be tough for the Raptors to bring him back to Toronto with Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka also hitting the open market. The Wolves could definitely use some of Tucker's 3-point shooting and defense on the wings, so this report makes sense. He will have a number of suitors this summer, but a move away from Toronto would likely be good news for his fantasy value.

ESPN

May 21 - 11:18 AM

Al Horford    C  Celtics

 

 

Horford supplied 16 points (7-18 FG, 2-6 3Pt), six assists, two rebounds and one steal across 36 minutes in Sunday's 111-108 Game 3 win in Cleveland.

RotoWire

May 21 - 10:55 AM

Jae Crowder    F  Celtics

 

 

Marc Berman of the New York Post is reporting that the Knicks will want Jae Crowder if the Celtics try to trade for Carmelo Anthony this summer. The Celtics have been heavily linked to Gordon Hayward and could also make another run at Jimmy Butler or Paul George, so Carmelo probably isn't too high on their wish list (if they even want him at all). Jaylen Brown has really emerged during the postseason, but it's not clear if Crowder and his bargain of a contract is expendable -- he's owed $22 million over the next three seasons.

NY Post

May 21 - 9:44 AM