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Bill Doyle: Brad Stevens said Marcus Smart (hand) will be out until after All-Star break. Shane Larkin (knee) also out today.
Bill Doyle: Of the injured Celtics, Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris are the most likely to play Sunday against Portland, according to Brad Stevens. Marcus Smart and Shane Larkin aren’t as close to returning.
Abby Chin: Shane Larkin is available for the #Celtics tonight. #CelticsTalk
Marc D’Amico: #NEBHInjuryReport for tonight in NY: Jaylen Brown – QUESTIONABLE (left Achilles soreness) Shane Larkin – OUT (left knee soreness) Marcus Morris – OUT (left knee rehab)
Scott Souza: #Celtics Shane Larkin was in the locker room pregame and is out on the floor for warmups, so he would seem available tonight after taking a shot on a fall Wednesday in Miami.
Brooklyn Nets guard Shane Larkin has been diagnosed with a concussion, which he sustained at practice on Tuesday, December 15. He will not return to action until he is cleared to play under the NBA’s concussion protocol guidelines. Towards the end of practice Tuesday, Shane was knocked to the floor during play. At the time, Shane only complained of upper back and neck stiffness. Tuesday night, he alerted team medical personnel that he was beginning to develop symptoms consistent with those of a concussion and was subsequently sent for an evaluation Wednesday morning. While CT scans for head and neck injuries were negative, Shane was diagnosed with a concussion. Once he is symptom free, he will enter into the NBA’s return-to-play concussion protocol. Since recovery time varies in each individual case, there is no timetable for his return.
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Sam Amick: Milwaukee and Toronto among possibilities for an Ersan Ilyasova landing spot once Hawks buyout is complete, but sense is it could open to other teams too.
Logan Murdock: Steve Kerr very complimentary of Paul George: “The perfect modern day defender.” “He’s got the length and the speed, got the strength to guard on the post and can pretty much guard 1 through 4. “And where the league’s going, he can probably guard some 5s.”
Damian Lillard still holds a close bond to Johnny Bryant, now an assistant coach for the Jazz. As fellow Oakland, California, natives, their friendship is bigger than hoops. “That’s my big brother,” Lillard said. “I remember barely being in the seventh grade, getting ready for an AAU tournament and Johnny was in college at Utah and they would come back and scrimmage us on outside courts with no net. “That type of struggle, that type of background and I’m happy to see his success as a coach as well,” he added.
Lillard’s bond first formed with Bryant as early as middle school. At the time, Bryant was still playing for the University of Utah while Lillard was making a name for himself in their hometown. They would train in the offseason together at California’s Berkeley Adult School, also known as “West Campus.” Literally nothing in the crackerbox gym was state of the art from the wooden backboards with black tape to form the boxes to the dusty floor and old-school rims.
“I don’t look at him as Damian Lillard. I look at him as Damian, my little brother I’ve been knowing for so long and when we talk it’s not about basketball,” Bryant said. “It’s about life, just how to become better people. He has a baby on the way and things other than basketball. If he wants to talk basketball, we will, but for the most part, a lot of it is just old memories.”