Anthony Slater: It’s official: Steph Curry is active tonight in Toronto tonight. Andre Iguodala playing, Omri Casspi out.
The Warriors may finally have Stephen Curry back in the lineup. But the Warriors are not completely absolved from injuries. The Warriors (29-8) ruled out key reserves Andre Iguodala (low back & hip strain) and Omri Casspi (mid back strain) for Wednesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks (13-25). Meanwhile the Warriors still list Draymond Green (sprained left ankle) and Zaza Pachulia (illness) as questionable.
Connor Letourneau: Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) is probable for tonight's game vs. Charlotte.
Mark Medina: Warriors have upgraded Draymond Green (sore right shoulder) to probable for tomorrow vs. Pistons. They have ruled out Patrick McCaw (concussion). Zaza Pachulia (sore left shoulder) remains questionable. Andre Iguodala is now probable (sore left knee).
Anthony Slater: Andre Iguodala will return to the lineup in New Orleans tomorrow night, Steve Kerr says.
Chris Haynes: Golden State says Stephen Curry (right hand contusion), Kevin Durant (sprained left ankle), David West (left lateral knee soreness) and Klay Thompson (sprained right ankle) are a go tonight at Orlando. Andre Iguodala (sore left knee) will sit it out.
Mark Medina: Steve Kerr: Andre Iguodala will play tonight. Omri Casspi and Patrick McCaw will start in place of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry.
Anthony Slater: Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are out tonight. Andre Iguodala is doubtful. Draymond Green will play.
Mark Medina: Warriors still list Kevin Durant as doubtful for tonight's game vs. Pelicans (sprained left ankle). Andre Iguodala listed as probable (sore left knee).
Chris Haynes: Golden State forwards Draymond Green (knee) and Andre Iguodala (back) will both play tonight against New Orleans.
Mark Medina: Steve Kerr said Iguodala tweaked his back in the weight room this weekend. Kerr expects him to be fine for team's three-game trip
Logan Murdock: Warriors forward Omri Casspi has been upgraded to probable for tomorrow's game against Houston. Iguodala remains questionable.
Chris Haynes: Golden State offered Andre Iguodala a 3-year, $45 million deal and he's deliberating, league sources tell ESPN. No options are attached.
Michael Gallagher: Woj on ESPN: Iguodala reached out to the Spurs about the meeting. Also Rudy Gay looks to be the backup plan for GSW.
Ben Golliver: Mike Brown on health of Iguodala & Pachulia: "They're good to go. They've had a week or two weeks off, or a month off, whatever it's been."
Marc J. Spears: Warriors say Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) is probable for Game 4 at Spurs while Zaza Pachulia (right heel contusion) is questionable.
Marc J. Spears: Warriors say Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) probable and Zaza Pachulia (right heel contusion) is out for Game 3 against Spurs.
Marc J. Spears: The Warriors say Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) & Zaza Pachulia (right heel contusion) are questionable for Game 3 at Spurs.
Anthony Slater: Andre Iguodala went through full practice in San Antonio, Zaza Pachulia didn't do much. Both questionable for Game 3, Iguodala more likely.
Chris Haynes: Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (knee soreness) will not play tonight against San Antonio Spurs.
Monte Poole: Andre Iguodala (L knee soreness) still uncertain for Gm 2 of WC Finals, per #Warriors coach Mike Brown.
Chris Haynes: Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) questionable for Game 2 on Tuesday against Spurs. The team hasn't received MRI results.
According to a source, Iguodala didn't participate in many of the up-and-down court work leading up to Sunday's Western Conference finals opener because of his knee soreness.
Andre Iguodala said he will get an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the left knee discomfort that kept him out the entire second half. He could very well miss Game 2 on Tuesday.
The team is officially calling it a sore left knee. But there is a concern Iguodala may have something more serious going on. The MRI will determine if he needs to miss any time. But even if it comes back clean, there is a strong chance Iguodala will be held out for rest and treatment just as a precaution.
Iguodala said the trainer’s told him he was out. He didn’t disagree with the decision even though he’s played through stuff before. Iguodala, known for being meticulously in tune with his body, has had past knee injuries and said he recognizes this feeling. He said it might be more than just normal soreness. He too is waiting for the MRI results to rule out a tear or a bad sprain.
Ben Golliver: Warriors PR says "left knee soreness" for Andre Iguodala. Mike Brown said he "looked a little hobbled" in first half so sat him for stretch
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude: Kerr: Andre Iguodala hip tight last couple days/games. Gave Andre few days off. Matt Barnes could play extended minutes, Draymond too...
Chris Haynes: Golden State Warriors say Andre Iguodala (left hip strain) is out for tonight's game against the Dallas Mavericks.
Marc Stein: To date, I'm told, Iguodala has required NO cortisone shots in his back, relying instead on treatment from athletic trainer Chelsea Lane. The Warriors' Chelsea Lane, to be more precise, is a physiotherapist by trade.
Of course, it figures that Iguodala's health will have a greater impact on Game 7 than his pre-game viewing options. He spoke about his condition after skipping the more strenuous parts of practice to receive treatment: I was able to do a lot. I've been getting treatment around the clock. The training staff have been doing a helluva of a job, just making sure I'm good. I just had a really long flight, and it just kind of built up on me a little bit. But the staff has done a great job. It kind of just popped up. Like I said, a long flight and bed and just fatigue, and a lot of minutes lately. It's just a perfect storm. But I'm glad we caught it early as opposed to happening in a Game 7. [...]
It remains to be seen what kind of condition Iguodala will be for Sunday's Game 7 at Oracle Arena and he offered no hints himself, departing Quicken Loans Arena without speaking to the media. "I continued to talk to the trainers throughout the game," coach Steve Kerr said. "I wanted to make sure it wasn't anything that was going to get worse. So his back was tight, but we tried to limit his minutes as much as we could."
Marc J. Spears: Warriors coach Steve Kerr says Andre Iguodala is still "a ways away from playing" and Festus Ezeli is "progressing nicely" & playing 2-on-2.
Golden State forward Andre Iguodala will miss at least two weeks due to a sprained left ankle. Iguodala got hurt in the second half of the league-leading Warriors' 128-112 win against Portland on Friday. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks. "It's a big deal. It's a really big deal," Kerr said before Saturday's game against Phoenix. "Andre's so important to everything we do. Not only just in terms of schematically, but just emotionally."
May 28, 2023 | 10:23 am EDT Update
The early around-the-league reaction to Washington’s hiring of Michael Winger to take over its front office: Pretty much every rival team I’ve spoken to is already expecting aggressive activity from the Winger-led Wizards. Don’t forget, though, that Bradley Beal can’t be in play for a trade unless he wants to be. Beal holds the NBA’s only active and full no-trade clause as he enters Year 2 of a five-year, $251 million contract, so Washington can’t send him anywhere without Beal’s consent. Also TBD: Is Kristaps Porziņģis still a near-lock to receive a contract extension from the Wizards, as it appeared earlier this season, or likely to join the in-demand Kyle Kuzma on the Wizards’ list of marquee unrestricted free agents?
Justin Kubatko: Jayson Tatum last night: ✅ 31 PTS ✅ 12 REB ✅ 5 AST It’s the seventh time Tatum has recorded at least 30p/10r/5a in a game in the 2023 NBA Playoffs, tying LeBron James (2018) for the most such games in a single postseason. Read and subscribe: open.substack.com/pub/statitudes…
NBA on ESPN: Al Horford is set to play in his 10th career Game 7. He’ll join Ray Allen (11), Paul Pierce (10) and Bill Russell (10) as players who’ve played in 10+ Game 7s. All of them played for the Celtics 🍀 pic.twitter.com/SNQWBtGTIi
One week after shocking the world in Kaunas with the two-pointer that gave Real Madrid the win against Olympiacos and the 11th EuroLeague in the club’s history, Sergio Llull wrote that history once again. The 35-year-old Spanish veteran just became Real Madrid‘s leading scorer in the ACB. With a three-pointer to give Real Madrid the 25-point lead in the last minutes of the second quarter against Gran Canaria, in Game 1 of the ACB Quarter-Finals between the EuroLeague and EuroCup champions, Sergio Llull overcame Felipe Reyes in this special ranking, crossing the line of 6.019 points.
May 28, 2023 | 7:43 am EDT Update
Mavericks not interested in Kyrie Irving sign-and-trade with Lakers for D’Angelo Russell
A popular topic all week, in the wake of Denver sweeping the Lakers out of the Western Conference finals, was the notion that L.A. could emerge as a potential sign-and-trade destination for Dallas’ free agent-to-be Kyrie Irving. While we await a clear indication about the Lakers’ intentions there, with no verifiable signal to date that pursuing Irving is among their offseason priorities, league sources say that the Mavericks would have no interest in a sign-and-trade with the Lakers that features D’Angelo Russell as the primary Dallas-bound player. All indications are that the Mavericks remain intent on re-signing Irving.
The former No. 2 overall pick has already expressed a desire to return to Los Angeles, but his future with the team remains unclear especially after Darvin Ham decided to bring him off the bench in Game 4 against the Denver Nuggets. Russell acknowledged it was a tough situation for him but wanted to remain as professional as possible about it. “I mean, it was tough,” Russell admitted. “It was tough to agree with it obviously, but in a short period of time to not become a distraction to your teammates and to everybody else that’s preparing just like you to get the one goal done which is win. I knew that was where you had to be professional. You can’t be a distraction at this point of the season and things like that, so that’s kind of how I went about it. I wanted to be professional and try to dominate my minutes when there were minutes for me.”
Lakers preferred offseason course is retaining Austin Reaves, Rui Hachimura
Retaining restricted free agents Austin Reaves and Rui Hachimura, continues to be regarded as the Lakers’ preferred offseason course. Less clear is the extent of their appetite to re-sign Russell, who averaged 6.3 points per game and shot 32.3% from the field (including 13.3% from 3-point range) during Denver’s four-game sweep.
The Celtics had to find their togetherness and it was his job as the OG to make that happen. Horford told Mazzulla to ditch the film session, organizing a team trip to Topgolf instead. They needed to have fun with each other and feel the joy again. “We completely skipped film,” Grant Williams told The Athletic. “We kept basketball away and we just focused on each other and getting that camaraderie and team back. We disconnected from the actual pressures and we were able to just enjoy one another. We’ve done movies before, we’ve done dinners. But that was our first time doing something active like that. Then we hit the film the next day.”