Storyline: Isaiah Thomas Injury

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“He felt OK through the rest of the game, but was really hurting and swelled up last night,” Brad Stevens said Friday morning ahead of Celtics shootaround. “We’re hopeful to have him back after the trip, but I’m not sure. I think that he’ll be evaluated day-to-day in Boston and he’ll go through as much treatment as possible. “He wants to be back, he wants to be here, he wants to be playing, but he was sore yesterday, and those bone bruises are a little unpredictable.”

With 10:14 remaining in a playoff game the Celtics trailed by 29 points, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas landed awkwardly on his left ankle, suffering a mild ankle sprain. “With this team, I’ve seen just enough crazy stuff to think that we might be able to get back in it and give them a chance from 12 [minutes] to nine or eight, just to see if it could happen,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens after the Game 5 loss. “He had a sub at the table when it happened, so I know that’s quite a task and quite a mountain to overcome, but we’ve all seen this team do some pretty crazy things when they’re down.”
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March 27, 2017 | 12:02 pm EDT Update
Jimmy Butler told members of the Chicago media the choice to return for $23.8 million “is weighing” on Wade, who is out for the rest of the regular season because of an elbow injury. “I still think he’s got a lot more basketball left if you ask me,’’ Butler said last week. “I think everybody knows that I really like the guy as a person. He’s taught me so much on the floor, off the floor, but that’s his decision. You’ve always got to do what’s right and not only for him but for his family. But that choice is weighing on him because it is a player option. “I tell D, ‘You do what you have to do.’’’
Storyline: Dwyane Wade Free Agency
Williams, 30, views Clippers reserve Jamal Crawford as an intriguing career template. Both rely on craftiness, range and a unique ability to score with minimal lift, which can foster career longevity. Crawford, 37, has long envisioned playing into his 40s. “Until the wheels fall off for us,” Williams told The Vertical. “I already have 12 [seasons] in the can. Forty for me probably would be a little farfetched, because of being in my 12th season, being 30. Forty would be, what, 22 seasons? “I don’t know if I got 22 seasons in me, but God willing, I’ll get close.”
Two weeks before the NBA trade deadline, a rival player called Lou Williams. The Houston Rockets’ James Harden watched Williams flourish this season, helping lead the perennial All-Star’s hometown Los Angeles Lakers to a strong start, and he had an idea to pitch. “When James called, he asked me if I was interested in playing with them,” Williams told The Vertical. “I told him that I loved the Lakers, but James and them have a group that fit my personality, fit how I play. He said he was going to make it happen.”
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have recalled forward Davis Bertans and guard Bryn Forbes from the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League. In their one game on assignment with Austin, a 125-109 win over the Oklahoma City Blue yesterday, Bertans registered 8 points, 5 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in 23 minutes, while Forbes posted 16 points and 7 assists in 31 minutes.
Lowry is older than DeRozan, and conventional wisdom would suggest hanging on to the younger of the two stars. But over the last three postseasons, the Raptors perform better when Lowry is on the floor without DeRozan. There are variables, such as opponents’ lineups and game situations, that play a role in that net rating differential, but it’s been a consistent-enough trend that we can safely say the Raptors’ postseason offense sputters with just DeRozan on the floor. Here’s the data, via NBA Wowy: