“My foot was hurting the last week, so I needed to take care of this problem and now it’s going to be fine,” said the Italian forward, whose absence prior to Tuesday’s loss was described by team personnel as “rest,” and afterward by coach Doc Rivers as a “very light” twisted ankle. “I mean, I don’t know about rest,” Gallinari added. “I don’t think that ‘rest’ is in our vocabulary right now. Just so you guys know, I didn’t take any rest the last game. I don’t know what the (physical trainers) told you, or what anybody told you, it wasn’t rest.”
May 18, 2019 | 9:05 pm EDT Update
For now it is all speculation, but there were anonymous whispers asking if it was true that the Knicks and Durant had already held a secret meeting, that a handshake deal was already in place and that endorsement deals were already ironed out. It wasn’t just talk about the Knicks securing the services of Durant, but that the elite scorer is bolting the Warriors despite all of the success. No one would put a name on their thoughts, but they did at least in their minds, figure out the hardest part of the Durant free agency question: why would he leave the Warriors?