Erik Horne: This was Billy Donovan on reports that the Warriors find Russell Westbrook’s style of play easy to defend against: I think Russell is a pretty challenging guy to guard… Russell to me is one of the best players in the world. He’s done it at a very high level for a for a long period of time. I don’t know where it comes from, but I’m not really going to comment on any of that.
July 16, 2018 | 9:43 pm EDT Update
During the latest episode of ESPN’s “The Lowe Post” podcast, ESPN’s NBA Insider Brian Windhorst says Toronto could be in the “driver’s seat” to land San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard and went on to say the Lakers and Sixers have bowed out of the Kawhi sweepstakes.
Brian Windhorst: “I think they’re in the driver’s seat for Kawhi because I think the Lakers have given up.” “The Sixers have given up and with the Nets, Bulls and Hawks spending their cap space, it makes it harder to assemble a multi-team trade. I think the Raptors are in the driver’s seat.”
Matt Velazquez: Marshall Plumlee is no longer on a two-way contract with the Bucks, giving them at least one two-way spot to work with. Bucks extended a qualifying offer to fellow two-way player Xavier Munford earlier this summer.
Walton told ESPN he has been encouraged by their early communication. “He’s about the team. He’s about doing things the right way, and he’s about winning,” Walton said. “I can work with those qualities.”
Mike Trudell: Alex Caruso will not play in tonight’s semifinal game vs. Cleveland due to an illness. He’s back at the team hotel, in fact. Caruso been terrific in L.A.’s 5-0 run in Vegas, and will be missed on both ends of the floor.