Chris Grenham: Robert Williams (right hip contusion) and Guerschon Yabusele (left pinkie injury) are both out tonight vs. Denver, per the team.
Chris Grenham: Terry Rozier, Daniel Theis, and Guerschon Yabusele are all sick and questionable for tomorrow's game vs Atlanta, per the Celtics.
A. Sherrod Blakely: "It was frustrating but I tried to focus on coming back stronger." - #Celtics Guerschon Yabusele when I asked him about being out with an injury with Boston already decimated by big man injuries.
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Guerschon Yabusele will play tonight. Coach not willing to reveal starting lineup.
Mark Murphy: Yabusele has received a rough time frame for a return: "They were saying two to four weeks, but it’s about how I feel. It was definitely less painful than the night I sprained it, and today was even better."
Scott Souza: #Celtics Brad Stevens: Al Horford OUT tonight; Aron Baynes better but not enough to play; no high ankle sprain for Guerschon Yabusele, but will be out a couple of weeks.
Sean Grande: Aron Baynes and Al Horford questionable, Guerschon Yabusele out tomorrow against New Orleans. The Pelicans about to tip off in Detroit, front-end of a back-to-back.
Boston Celtics: #NEBHInjuryReport: Guerschon Yabusele suffered a “bad (ankle) sprain,” according to Stevens. “No break, so that’s good. But he’ll probably out awhile.”
Jay King: Yabusele’s MRI came back “clear,” according to Stevens. He still has knee soreness though so he won’t play today.
Stevens said the team wasn't particularly worried about Yabusele's knee. "They don't think it's anything," Stevens said, "but they're going to get some imaging just to make sure."
Jay King: Marcus Morris (rest) will not play tomorrow against the Hawks. Guerschon Yabusele (knee) is doubtful. The usual suspects (Irving, Hayward, Smart, Theis) are all out, obviously.
Adam Himmelsbach: Guerschon has a sore knee. Team doesn’t have great concern but he’ll have MRI to be sure.
Celtics rookie Guerschon Yabusele said he is “feeling great” as he continues to recover from May surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankles. Yabusele has yet to go full-speed in an on-court workout, but he has almost reached that point. “I’ve been running a little bit and doing some bike stuff and just keeping my ankle moving,” Yabusele said Thursday. “But I’m ready to go.”
“I had to still walk and do some stuff on my ankle to keep the motion moving and then have increased the mobility, too,” Yabusele said. “But yeah, most of the part was like relax and not be on the court and shooting. So it was tough, but I have to become stronger.”
But 6-foot-9-inch forward Guerschon Yabusele remains sidelined after undergoing surgery last month to have bone spurs removed from his ankles. Ainge said that Yabusele will not accompany the team during summer league play, instead remaining in Boston to maintain his rehabilitation schedule.
Guerschon Yabusele, a 2016 first-round pick of the Boston Celtics, underwent surgery recently to remove bone spurs from the top of both feet and will not participate in summer league, according to a league source.
Scott Souza: #Celtics draftee Guerschon Yabusele said he's still feeling little pain in ankle, will be evaluated before determining next step this year.
Austin Ainge, Celtics director of player personnel, said because of the ankle sprain, no decision has been made as to whether the 6-foot-8, 260-pound big man will be in town to play or whether the focus will be on treating his ankle injury and not putting him on the floor. “He will come and be evaluated by medical staff and we will make a plan from there,” Ainge told CSNNE.com.
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.