Tim Bontemps: Brad Stevens indicates it is likely Jayson Tatum will play tonight, but says he will be out there in shorter stints than usual.
Tim Bontemps: Celtics say Aron Baynes and Gordon Hayward are both questionable for tonight’s game against the Spurs, while Jayson Tatum is doubtful after taking a hard fall late in last night’s loss in Charlotte and Al Horford remains out to rest his knee.
Steve Bulpett: Jayson Tatum's back injury doesn't appear to be too bad. He's waiting on his exam back in Boston, but when I asked him if he's going to try to play Sunday against San Antonio, he said, "If they let me."
Brian Robb: Rozier and Theis are out due to illness tonight. Tatum (shoulder) and Smart (illness) are expected to play, per Celtics.
Gary Washburn: Jayson Tatum participated in practice and is expected to play Thursday vs. #Kings. #Celtics
According to Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, Tatum underwent tests after missing Saturday's practice. He was cleared to practice two days later after the imaging showed no serious damage. "Jayson's X-rays and MRI whatever came back looking good," Stevens said after Monday's practice. "I don't know what officially he was diagnosed as but he went through most of practice today and he'll be at least questionable, probably probable, for tomorrow."
Sean Grande: Unless something happens in warmups. Jayson Tatum will play tonight. Al Horford is out. So, there you go.
Steve Bulpett: Celtics will be listing @Jayson Tatum as questionable for tomorrow night's game v. Charlotte. ... MRI must have revealed no major problem with his ankle.
Abby Chin: Jayson Tatum heading to the locker room with team trainer Art Horne. Stay tuned. #CelticsTalk
June 2, 2023 | 2:53 pm EDT Update
Jovan Buha: The Lakers’ pre-draft workout participants on Friday: Nadir Hifi – France, Jalen Wilson – Kansas, Morris Udeze – New Mexico, Cam Shelton – LMU, Terquavion Smith – NC State, Oscar Tshiebwe – Kentucky
Madeline Kenney: Prospects invited for a pre-draft workout with the Warriors on Monday: Colin Castleton (Florida), Keyontae Johnson (Kansas State), Arthur Kaluma (Creighton), Dereck Lively II (Duke), Jalen Wilson (Kansas)
June 2, 2023 | 12:55 pm EDT Update
The Phoenix Suns are finalizing a five-year, $31 million deal with Frank Vogel to hire him as their coach, league sources tell The Athletic. Vogel, who guided the Lakers to the 2020 NBA championship, is known for his defensive acumen and detail-oriented approach.
After parting ways with Monty Williams on May 14, the Suns had a thorough coaching search process that led to five finalists. Vogel, former Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers, now-76ers coach Nick Nurse, Kings assistant Jordi Fernandez and Suns assistant Kevin Young each met with Suns owner Mat Ishbia, president of basketball operations James Jones and other team officials in the final stage of the search over the past couple weeks. For the Suns, Vogel’s connectivity and collaborative approach provided the organization confidence that this could be a long-lasting partnership with staying power.
Evan Sidery: Frank Vogel is one of the best defensive tacticians in the NBA. Consistently has his teams elite on that end of the floor. Vogel also puts a heavy emphasis on rim protecting bigs (ex: Roy Hibbert and Anthony Davis). The big question now pivots to whether Deandre Ayton is a fit…