Dave McMenamin: The Cavs say that George Hill remains q…

Dave McMenamin: The Cavs say that George Hill remains questionable for Game 7. He has missed the last three games with back spasms stemming from a pick by Trevor Booker.

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Dave McMenamin: George Hill (back spasms) is out for Game 6. ESPN has learned that Hill received another anti-inflammatory injection in his buttocks prior to his pregame workout, but the team decided to hold him out. Jose Calderon will start again at point guard.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs George Hill is OUT tonight. Jose Calderon will be getting the start.
Marla Ridenour: #Cavs G George Hill said he tried everything, including getting 4 shots in his back, to play in Game 4. Can hardly sleep, has been little improvement with treatment. All stems from Trevor Booker screen in Game 1.
Marla Ridenour: #Cavs coach Tyronn Lue may cut down 10-man rotation, although injuries could play a part. Lue said George Hill (back) needed a lot of treatment today
Jordan Zirm: George Hill said his ankle was feeling “a lot better” as he walked out of the locker room. Ty Lue was dapping players up in the locker room postgame too. Cavs are close to being whole
Andy Larsen: George Hill's status remains unchanged for Game 4. In other words, they'll see how he's feeling tomorrow.
The Utah Jazz will be shorthanded against the Golden State Warriors yet again. Point guard George Hill went through pregame warmups and drills, but he will not play because of ongoing issues with his left big toe.
Mack, who played sparingly in the first round win over the Clippers, will be the Jazz's starter again as the team tries to bounce back at Vivint Arena after losing the first two games of the Western Conference semifinals in Oakland. "I’m feeling good with the situation I’m at," Mack said.
Chris Miller: Both Derrick Favors (Knee) and George Hill (groin) ruled out Friday vs. @Washington Wizards #DCFamily #WizJazz
Jody Genessy: The Jazz will be without Derrick Favors, George Hill and Raul Neto tonight. Gordon Hayward participated in shootaround but is questionable.
The injury report still lists him as being out, but there is a chance Jazz point guard George Hill could suit up tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves. "I think he's progressing," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "Concussions are a tricky thing. You're more able to discern other injuries, as opposed to concussions. But hopefully if he's not able to play, he's getting really close."
Aaron Falk: Being told that barring a significant change in the coming hours, George Hill will NOT be available tonight in Boston
Tim MacMahon: Jazz PG George Hill is out Monday vs. Nets due to concussion-like symptoms and a lip laceration. SG Alec Burks is questionable to make his season debut coming off ankle surgery.
Utah Jazz point guard George Hill went to the locker room with 0.6 seconds left in the first quarter Saturday night after being elbowed in the face by Phoenix Suns center Alex Len. Hill received stitches for a lower lip laceration and underwent concussion testing. He did not return for the second half of the Jazz's 91-86 win in Salt Lake City. There is no timetable for Hill's return. He exhibited concussion-like symptoms and now will go through league-mandated concussion protocol before he's cleared to play.
Tim MacMahon: George Hill could return as soon as Thursday against the 76ers, according to a league source, confirming a Salt Lake Tribune report. Hill's availability will be determined based on how he feels after a Wednesday workout. He has missed the last 13 games due to a sprained left big toe. The Jazz are 8-3 with Hill, who missed eight games in November due to a sprained right thumb.
Tim MacMahon: Jazz PG George Hill (toe) will miss his sixth straight game Wednesday against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder.
Tim MacMahon: Utah PG George Hill (sprained right thumb) will miss his eighth straight game tonight against the Nuggets. The Jazz are 3-4 without Hill, who was off to a spectacular start before the injury.
Tim MacMahon: The Jazz won't have their starting backcourt tonight against the Grizzlies. Rodney Hood (illness) joins George Hill (thumb) on the inactive list. PF Derrick Favors (knee) is a game-time decision. PF/C Boris Diaw is returning after an extended absence due to a leg contusion.
Aaron Falk: George Hill is OUT tonight in Miami. Boris Diaw is QUESTIONABLE for tonight
David Locke: George Hill will not play for the Utah Jazz tonight v Philadelphia. George Hill sprained his thumb in the game v the Knicks. Got hit by Derrick Rose. Checked out of game and returned later. Shelvin Mack will get the start at the point guard for the Utah Jazz.
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Derrick Favors on being traded to Thunder: 'I knew it was nothing personal'

The draft-night trade? That was more difficult for Favors. He expected the first trade. He didn’t expect this one. At 30 years old, winning a championship is prevalent on his mind. As most of us know, Oklahoma City is not in win-now mode. Favors’ presence on the Thunder roster is kind of a square peg. He knows that he’s going to have to play as hard as he can and let things fall where they may. “At first, I was kind of confused,” Favors said. “I was caught off guard. But, I knew it was nothing personal. When I reflected on it from a business standpoint, I knew that something had to happen. I accepted it, and I’m in a great place. I love what the Jazz have done for me, and I love the fans there. OKC, we have a very talented team. We have a lot to learn, and a long way to go. But, we have a group of guys that work hard. It’s going to be a journey in this first year. But this is a talented group of guys.”
“I’m going to try and treat it like it’s another game,” Favors said in an interview with The Athletic. “But, I know that it’s not another game. Honestly? I just hope I don’t get emotional.” Favors will make his return to face the Utah Jazz on Wednesday as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. It will be the season-opener for both teams, and, since twice being traded away from the franchise, it will be the first time Favors makes his appearance in a visiting uniform. Many remember he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans two years ago. Twice, he was supposed to come back to Utah with the Pels. Once, he got injured at the last minute. The other? COVID-19 hit that very week.

Magic Johnson on unvaccinated players: 'I would never do that to my teammates'

Lakers legend Magic Johnson wants every NBA player to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Ahead of Opening Night of the league’s 75th anniversary season, Johnson told CBS News that every player should advocate for vaccination of the general public. He also urged non-vaccinated NBA players to get vaccinated. “You have said to your teammates that you are going to be there for them, well you can’t be there if you don’t get vaccinated,” Johnson said. “You letting them down and then that hurts our chances of winning a championship, I would never do that to my teammates. Never.”
Hoops star James Johnson, who just signed with the Brooklyn Nets, has also signed a lease to rent a Tribeca pad at 57 Reade St. Johnson, 34, is a 12-year NBA veteran. “He toured the apartment in late September and signed the lease in early October. He loves the layout and the location,” a source close to the deal told Gimme. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo was asking $16,500 a month to rent.
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The 2018 No. 1 overall pick — who helped lead Phoenix to the 2021 NBA Finals — was reportedly expecting an offer, but it never came. Ayton expressed his disappointment about the development. He can still re-sign with the Suns in restricted free agency after fielding offers from around the league. “My biggest advice for him is: control what you can control and that’s how you go out and hoop,” Paul said, per AZ Central’s Duane Rankin. “Things happen, the business of the game, but I know DA’s heart … and how competitive he is. At the end of the day, he wants to do a good job for our team. And I appreciate him for that. I know when we step out on the court tonight, it’s going to be all about what he’s gotta do to help our team win.”
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Ball also compared his mindset as a player to those who took the court during Jordan’s dominance in the 80s and 90s as we discussed his accelerated return from a broken wrist. He could have been out of action until the summer, but with the Hornets’ postseason chances fading, he was back from the injury in just five weeks. “I feel like I still kind of got that mentality that they had back in the day,” Ball said. “Even with the switching teams and stuff, they never used to do that. You go to one team, you stay there.”
Why he brought it up, players hopping from team to team, including today by forcing a trade with multiple years and millions of dollars left on their contracts, was unclear. But at his tender age, and so early in his career, with a franchise owned by the legendary Jordan trying to build around him, Ball sounds like he wants the responsibility of helping Jordan in Charlotte. “You supposed to just go to a team and build from there — I feel like that’s how it should be,” Ball said. “Especially when you like a high pick too, most likely going to a team that wasn’t as good, so you try to make them better. I feel like that’s the whole process right there.”