Andy Larsen: What was the biggest frustration? Enes Kanter: “I will say almost everything. I didn’t bring it every night. Almost everything was a frustration. It wasn’t just basketball stuff. It was just professionalism. After I see OKC, then I was like, this is how NBA teams are. You know how you’re like in a dream, that you have a superpower and you don’t want to open your eyes? OKC’s been like that for me.”
May 24, 2016 | 6:45 am EDT Update
Ian Begley: Former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett is expected to be among the group of veteran FAs working out at the Nets’ minicamp this week, per sources.
The good news for the Wizards is that Beal has significant incentive to wait them out. If he’s to sign a maximum contract with another team, he is only entitled to 4.5 percent raises on a four-year contract, taking the deal to a total of approximately four years, $91.7 million given current estimates (again, dependent on where the salary cap exactly falls, these figures are approximate). However, if he waits for the Wizards, the team can offer him 7.5 percent raises and a five-year contract worth approximately $123.5 million, including $95.6 million over the course of the first four seasons (note: as Beal’s contract will expire in July, he is no longer subject to the designated player rule).
Only, Lowry kept coming and coming in the final minutes on Monday night, big shots and big passes, bigger steals and the biggest steel of all. “I’ve always been counted out,” Lowry told The Vertical. ” ‘He’s not this, and he’s not that.’ That’s the life, the position, that I’ve always been in. “And here I am.”
The Raptors’ playoff truism played out: If All-Stars Lowry and DeRozan play well, the Raptors play well. Lowry had 35 points, five assists and five rebounds, and DeRozan scored 32 points. They were a combined 28-of-43 from the field. “It’s a cake walk for me once he gets going,” DeRozan said. “It opens up everything for me on the floor. Teams try to focus in on him, and he knows when to get me going. He got the ball, he’s our point guard, he’s our leader of this team and he knows how to orchestrate what needs to be done out there.”
There wasn’t supposed to be a Game 5, was there? Well, there’s a Game 6 coming now, too. The Cavs are in a spot right now where they need to make sure they’re not the ones facing elimination when the series comes back here to the Air Canada Centre for that sixth game. “I think it’s a sense of the outsiders, which I’ve never really got involved with, saying we may never lose another game,” James said.
Then things changed. Love took just six shots the rest of the game, didn’t play in the fourth quarter and finished with 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting in Cleveland’s 105-99 loss to the Toronto Raptors Monday in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. “I had a lot of great shots. Just didn’t knock them down. As simple as that,” Love said. “I have a lot of confidence in shooting the ball.”