How frustrating has it been this year to not get as much playing time as maybe you thought you were going to get and seeing a vet like Brook Lopez come in and scoop up minutes, even as well as he’s playing? Has this year gone a bit differently than you expected? Thon Maker: “I’m a competitive guy, very. I don’t like saying that about myself but people in the locker room say that about me. But I’m a competitive person and the GM, the coaches, those guys, they wouldn’t like it if I was happy not to be playing. They’ve wouldn’t like that. For me, as a competitor, I’ve got to stay locked in. I’ve always been a winner since the first time I started playing basketball. In high school, you can check my record, I played to win no matter what. There were media, articles and stuff talking about me I’m a YouTube guy, this and that. I’ve always focused on playing the game the right way and the real basketball fans when they saw that they actually loved that more than the highlights I produced. The highlights just happen within the game. I’m trying to win the game. I’ve always been that same person.”
June 15, 2021 | 1:23 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Nets‘ James Harden plans to play tonight in Game 5 vs. Milwaukee barring a setback in pregame warmups, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium . He’s been upgraded to questionable.
June 15, 2021 | 12:30 pm EDT Update
Gary Washburn: #Celtics assistant coach Jerome Allen has officially accepted an offer to join Dwane Casey’s staff with the Detroit #Pistons according to an NBA source. Allen was one of Brad Stevens’ assistants who interviewed for the BOS job.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Detroit is finalizing deals to hire three new assistants to Dwane Casey’s staff: Boston’s Jerome Allen, ex-Indiana assistant Bill Bayno and Sacramento’s Rex Kalamian, sources tell ESPN. Kalamian, Bayno worked for Casey in Toronto. Allen interviewed for Celtics HC job last week.
Sarah K. Spencer: I asked Nate McMillan what stood out to him the most about Trae Young’s performance last night (18 assists, just 2 turnovers, 25 points). “He called a lot of plays last night on his own, & we want to build off of that, giving him the freedom to call sets & get guys involved.”