Rick Noland: Bazemore (knee), Millsap (knee), Sefolosha (groin) out for Hawks; Hardaway (wrist, knee), Schroder (foot) doubtful. TT out for Cavs
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Chris Vivlamore: Hawks undecided on starting lineup. Paul Millsap will not play tomorrow at Cavs.
Chris Vivlamore: Paul Millsap will play and come off bench.
Chris Vivlamore: Millsap will be under minutes restriction. Part of the reason he will come off bench. Delaney and Sefolosha will be inactives.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer offered not definitive word as to whether Paul Millsap will return for Sunday’s game against the Nets. However, there are positive signs that the starting power forward will be able to play after missing eight games with left knee synovitis. Millsap did not play against the Bulls but did a pregame workout on Saturday. He took part in much of a practice on Friday.
Chris Vivlamore: Paul Millsap is here in Philadelphia so he made the three-game trip.
Chris Vivlamore: Paul Millsap diagnosed with left knee synovitis. Had non-surgical procedure. Out three games. Then re-evaluated.
Paul Millsap recently had an MRI on his left knee and the results of the exam showed no damage, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said Sunday. However, Millsap missed his fifth straight game due to left knee tightness. The Hawks, in the midst of a six-game losing streak, have lost every game in the absence of the starting power forward. The Hawks are 0-7 overall this season without Millsap. Budenholzer said Millsap has seen team doctors but did not indicate whether the all-star has seen a specialist concerning the injury.
Chris Vivlamore: Hawks officially release injury report. Millsap and Bazemore out. Dunleavy off the report.
Chris Vivlamore: Paul Millsap OUT next two games with left knee tightness.
The Hawks will be without Paul Millsap for at least two more games as their leading scorer will not play against the Pistons Friday and the Raptors on Saturday. Millsap has a sore left hip that also cost him Wednesday’s game against the Suns.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer confirmed Tuesday that Paul Millsap and Jarrett Jack will miss the team’s first two exhibition games at the Grizzlies on Thursday and at the Spurs on Saturday. The move of holding both players out of the games was expected as each return from knee issues. The games are on the same road trip as the Hawks will fly directly to San Antonio after playing in Memphis.
Chris Vivlamore: Paul Millsap recently underwent a preventative knee procedure and will miss three weeks. Details to come.
Chris Vivlamore: Procedure on Paul Millsap’s knee was not surgical.
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July 20, 2017 | 10:06 pm EDT Update
Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said Tuesday that he has plans to give DeMar DeRozan more time at point guard during the 2017-18 season. “We got to have a better mentality of ball movement, man movement and spacing,” Casey said on Wednesday while on The Andrew Walker Show on Sportsnet 590 The FAN.
Casey also said that he’s not going to shy away from allowing DeRozan to create in the mid-range in iso situations, knowing it helps him draw fouls. But the focus is clear: the Raptors are looking to create more ball movement. “Everyone and their brother knows we want better ball movement,” said Casey.
Brett Dawson: Lot of questions about Dakari Johnson’s role. He’ll be 15th man. Your 15th man doesn’t play much. Still likely will spend some time w/ Blue. Johnson is an inexpensive guy who has grown a ton as a player, and the Thunder likes him. This is the logical next step for him.
Trail Blazers teammates Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have been trying to sell Carmelo Anthony on joining Portland in a potential trade. They see Anthony as a missing piece to a team that was the No. 8 seed in a now-stacked Western Conference. Lillard went as far as to imply that Anthony joining Portland would make the Blazers at Golden State’s level or better.
The Warriors swept the Trail Blazers (easily) in the first round of the NBA playoffs last season. With that in mind, Draymond Green had himself a good laugh upon hearing of Lillard’s comments.
July 20, 2017 | 9:19 pm EDT Update
The Lakers met with free-agent guard Ian Clark for 45 minutes on Thursday afternoon, according to a league source familiar with the situation.The Lakers have expressed interest in Clark in recent weeks for various reasons, but no offer was made.
The Lakers view the 26-year-old Clark as a good mentor for rookie point guard Lonzo Ball after helping the Warriors win the 2017 NBA championship. After only playing four years in the NBA, Clark still could further cement his career with the Lakers should he have a productive season.