Chris Forsberg: Celtics say Kyrie Irving is questionable vs Timberwolves due to right eye irritation. Aron Baynes and Robert Williams both remain out.
Gary Washburn: Robert Williams said his injury is near the left quad area and he has no idea how it happened, said he felt pain in shootaround. Unsure if he'll be available Saturday vs. #Grizzlies. #Celtics
Williams -- speaking at the unveiling of an Arbella Home Court Makeover in Kingston, MA -- said he has been working out on his own, rather than participating in 5-on-5 drills. "Still taking it day by day," Williams said. "There's people that have a lot of time, a lot of money invested in you now, they don't want to mess up what they got going. But I'm thankful for the trainers and the coaches, just taking it day by day."
Jay King: Robert Williams said he’s still working on strengthening his knee. “It’s a case of tendinitis. ... It’s been coming good so far. I’ve been working hard to get back to where I’ve been, where I was at.”
Tom Westerholm: Rob Williams on taking his time with his rehab: “These people got a lot of time, a lot of money invested in you now. They don’t want to mess up what they got going.”
Gary Washburn: No Semi Ojeleye and Jabari Bird (rest), no Robert Williams (knee) and no Kadeem Allen (waived) for the #Celtics today against #Blazers
Jay King: Jay Larranaga said Robert Williams has been progressing well but the Celtics will be cautious with his potential return.
Celtics rookie Robert Williams on Tuesday confirmed that he has played through an artery condition in his legs that can cause cramping and calf pain, but he said the issue has dissipated recently and is not a major concern moving forward. “Yeah, it was just a time-to-time thing,” Williams told the Globe. “I haven’t been dealing with it for a while really. The last time was in the middle of my college season last year.”
Williams, who was drafted 27th overall by the Celtics last month, said that NBA teams were aware of his issue and that it came up frequently during the pre-draft process. “Definitely, they asked me about it,” he said. “Every team is supposed to have concerns about what they’re investing money in, and I tell them it’s under control. I’ve been playing with it for two years in college and playing pretty well. It starts like a little burning sensation and then it’ll just cramp up. It goes away though. I play through it.”
Fred Katz: Larranaga on Williams’ status: “I think they said yesterday he was at around 65, 70 percent he felt, which is good.” pic.twitter.com/gvSZdIpc7e
Jay King: Robert Williams won’t be practicing today with the group. He’ll go through an individual workout.
Boston Celtics rookie Robert Williams has an artery condition in both of his legs, multiple sources tell MassLive. A source described the condition as, "not too serious." It could, however, require a procedure if it were to degenerate down the line.
NBA teams, including the Celtics, were aware of Williams' condition at the time of the draft -- as was Texas A&M, where Williams went to college. The rookie has been playing with the condition for years, sources told MassLive. The L.A. Clippers' doctors performed his predraft physical and disseminated results to other organizations upon request, standard procedure for a prospect. The Celtics have also done their own physicals on Williams.
Fred Katz: Brad Stevens on Robert Williams: "Everyday, I get an update on where he’s at. So every morning, they say, can he play or can’t play? So far, it’s been can’t play. So, I don’t want him to play if he’s hurting at all, but we’ll reassess it whenever our next game is."
Marc D'Amico: #NEBHInjuryReport Robert Williams III (left knee contusion) is OUT for tonight’s #NBASummer League game against Charlotte.
Jared Weiss: Robert Williams had knee soreness coming into the game and bumped it today, exacerbating the soreness. He’s going to stay off his feet tonight to try to play tomorrow.
Jared Weiss: Celtics coach Jay Larranaga didn’t get a medical update after the game on Robert Williams. This is your medical update on Robert Williams.
Fred Katz: Robert Williams bumped knees with a player on the Sixers, the Celtics said. He's being evaluated now. Not sure which knee it was.
Jared Weiss: Williams is back out of the locker room now but is sitting on the bench with a big ice pack on his left knee. Looks out for the game.
June 12, 2021 | 8:31 am EDT Update
Sergio Scariolo is a strong candidate for Virtus Bologna head coaching job, as reported by Il Corriere dello Sport and confirmed to Sportando. Sasha Djordjevic’s departure from Virtus Bologna was almost certain when Serie A playoffs started, also considering the elimination in EuroCup semifinals against Unics Kazan and the missed chance to play in EuroLeague next season.
In the locker room after the Nets’ 86-83 loss, there were lots of “atta boys” and “pick your head ups” and “we’ll live with that shot” from teammates, but Irving had a little piece of extra advice. Be like dad. Dunk it. “Kyrie was like, ‘Hey, you gotta try and dunk it, get a foul or something,’” Brown said. “That’s definitely what I should have done. I had the lane and the angle too, so maybe if I did that I’d have gotten a foul call, gotten to the line. If I had taken my two steps toward the rim, I probably could’ve dunked the ball.”
The available replays call into question this very idea. Lopez is 7-feet tall, and he’d recovered quickly from where he was on the sideline to get in Brown’s way. Brown faded left as he shot the ball, and, “I shot it too hard, I was trying to get it up a little higher, but he was nowhere near the ball, looking at the pictures and the film. “I could’ve just really did a simple layup and made the shot,” he said. “I made it difficult for myself just thinking too much during the shot.”
Harris wasn’t the only one misfiring in the Nets’ 86-83 loss. Add in Landry Shamet (1-for-4) and Mike James (1-for-5), and three Nets who can make a defense pay for double-teaming Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were a combined 3-for-20 from the field, including 2-for-11 from 3-point range. If those supporting cast numbers are repeated Sunday in Game 4, the series soon could be tied. “If you look at it, only one or two buckets in the last three or four minutes that we needed to fall and they just didn’t,” coach Steve Nash said. “I thought plenty of opportunities. Now, would I want Kevin or Ky shooting every single ball? Of course, but that’s not always the way it works out. We can learn from it.”
Phoenix went on a 14-2 run to build a 20-point lead on the way to a 116-102 win Friday to take a commanding 3-0 series lead in this best-of-7 conference semifinal series. “We have our eyes on the prize,” All-Star guard Devin Booker said.
Durant is 25 of 45 in the 10- to 14-foot range in these playoffs. No other player has made more than 17 playoff jumpers in that zone. Durant is 17 of 32 from the 15- to 19-foot range. No other player has made more than 12 playoff jumpers in that zone. Who is that next player? Devin Booker. He’s not quite Durant, from a potency or accuracy standpoint. But he’s the closest thing the NBA has to Durant right now. Booker is 17 of 33 in that 10- to 14-foot range and 12 of 26 in that 15- to 19-foot range. Combine both zones and Durant has made 42, Booker has made 29 and Kawhi Leonard has made 24 in these playoffs. That’s one, two, three in the rankings. Decent company for Phoenix’s rising three-level scorer.
Paul’s stabilizing presence has been a huge reason why the Suns are a game away from ending Denver’s season. He has scored 30 points on 12-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range, with eight assists and no turnovers combined in the three fourth quarters in this series, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. “We just got to make it more difficult on him,” Nuggets guard Monte Morris said. “He’s a Hall of Fame point guard, top five easily, still playing in the NBA. … He’s getting everybody involved. CP is a tough cover for anybody, but we have to just stick to our game plan and try to execute it the best way we can.
The Lakers had the best regular-season defense in the NBA and still gave up 106.8 points per 100 possessions. This is the steroid era of offensive efficiency. Ratings have spiked the past half-decade. But Phoenix is defending at a playoff rate equivalent to the 2014 title Spurs. They have a 101.6 defensive rating during this six-game win streak and 103.9 rating in these playoffs.