John Karalis: Brad Stevens says he hasn't been told that Baynes isn't playing so he expects him to give it a go tonight. Baynes is currently listed as questionable but he was on the floor for the team's morning shoot around
A. Sherrod Blakely: Spoke to #Celtics center Aron Baynes (left ankle) shortly after today's game. I asked him how the ankle feels and whether he's playing in Game 2. "Mate," Baynes said. "I was ready to keep going then (in Game 1); keep going."
Jay King: Brad Stevens said Aron Baynes will be on a 15-20 minutes restriction. Al Horford was a little bit more sore after the Philly game, could play Tuesday. He isn’t sitting today as part of the previous plan to rest him for a few games down the stretch.
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.
Jared Weiss: Horford will rest against Charlotte while Hayward remains out due to his concussion per the team. Baynes remains out, but all 3 could be back Sunday vs. SA.
Steve Bulpett: Stevens on Baynes (ankle): "He had an MRI [Thursday] that actually came back more positive... I've been told, pending the results of it, he's not an automatic out on Sunday (v San Antonio). I'd say he's unlikely, but he's not automatically out."
John Karalis: Brad Stevens says Gordon Hayward has progressed well and might be available tomorrow. Aron Baynes had an MRI that was very encouraging and he might not be out as long as originally feared
Tim Bontemps: Aron Baynes will not return with a sprained left ankle. Entering tonight, Boston is 27-15 when Baynes is in the lineup this season. When he sits? Celtics are just 16-13.
Jay King: Daniel Theis and Terry Rozier are both good to go. Aron Baynes is close, and a possibility to return Sunday, per Stevens.
Jay King: Brad Stevens said Aron Baynes will not play on this trip. Gordon Hayward is day to day, did not practice, listed as questionable for tomorrow. He twisted his ankle playing 1-on-1 against Ojeleye over the break.
Scott Souza: #Celtics Aron Baynes said he hopes to be back in another 10 days. Comes down to plate staying in place as he ramps up activity.
Jared Weiss: Celtics injury report just down to Aron Baynes being out for tomorrow. Shortest it’s been in ages.
Scott Souza: #Celtics Brad Stevens on Aron Baynes (hand surgery): He’s back home doing well. He wishes he was at the shootaround, and then at the game. In typical Aron fashion, he wants to be around. But he’s going to have to take a few days to let that thing heal.
Matt Velazquez: Brad Stevens confirms Al Horford, Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes are all out tonight. Those three have all spent time guarding Giannis in the past, leaving Semi Ojeleye as one of the only C’s left with experience regularly covering him. Should make things interesting tonight.
Jared Weiss: Aron Baynes is expected to return in 4-6 weeks after having surgery on his broken left fourth metacarpal today, per the Celtics.
John Karalis: Best I can tell is Baynes got hurt on this rebound tussle with Ayton at the 10:32 mark of the first pic.twitter.com/Hf3Y1mL6ob
A. Sherrod Blakely: The #Celtics Aron Baynes will likely play tonight with no minutes restrictions against the #Pistons.
Tom Westerholm: The Celtics’ injury report for Washington includes Baynes and Horford (both questionable) and Hayward (doubtful with his illness). No Kyrie, however, which is a good sign.
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.
Jay King: Aron Baynes with his normal status update: “I feel 100 percent of what I can be.” He said he’s feeling good though.
Jay King: Aron Baynes, messing around: “I’m 100 percent of what I can be at this present time.” Said he does not feel hamstring pain. “If it was playoff time there would be no doubt.”
Jared Weiss: Aron Baynes upgraded to questionable for tomorrow night and Theis is also listed as questionable with a foot sprain.
Chris Forsberg: Aron Baynes is 50/50 to play in Detroit. Brad Stevens: “Baynes wants to play all the time. He still tries to race people off the bus after a hamstring injury. You love that part about him. He’s a competitive guy, he’s a fun guy. It kills him to not be able to play." 🚍🏃🏻♂️💨
Brian Robb: Aron Baynes has a hamstring strain. Brad Stevens says it doesn’t sound like a long term thing. He did some running at 70 percent today.
Brian Robb: Aron Baynes (hamstring) will not return tonight. per @Abby Chin. Marcus Smart will start second half in his place.
Celtics center Aron Baynes underwent successful nasal septoplasty surgery for a nasal fracture he suffered during Game 6 of Boston’s Eastern Conference Finals series against Cleveland. Baynes is expected to return to basketball activities in two to four weeks.
Aron Baynes went through a full practice after hyperextending his left knee in last Monday’s game against Philadelphia and missing the preseason finale in Charlotte Wednesday. On if he’ll play Tuesday, he said, “I definitely think I’m on track for that. It’s still day to day, but I’m going to go out on a limb here — literally — and say I should be available.”
Scott Souza: #Celtics Aron Baynes (knee) out on floor for end-of-practice shooting (good sign for Tuesday opener).
Michael Pina: Aron Baynes sprained his left knee and will not return to tonight's game, per the Celtics
Rod Beard: #Pistons SVG says Aron Baynes (ankle, probable) and Tobias Harris (knee, questionable) will try to play tonight vs. #Cavs.
Aaron McMann: X-ray negative for Aron Baynes, who suffered a sprained left ankle. He's in a walking boot. #Pistons
August 11, 2022 | 7:20 pm EDT Update
There is a growing belief among rival teams that Durant knew when he issued that me-or-them ultimatum that Tsai had no intention of yielding to the request and firing Marks and Nash. One resultant theory that the Durant/Tsai meeting spawned is the idea KD has begun trying to manufacture as much behind-the-scenes discord as he can in hopes that it will lead the Nets to lower their asking price and trade him out of exasperation.
Appearing on The Scoop podcast with Darren Wolfson of SKOR North and 5 Eyewitness News, Glen Taylor said new Wolves president of basketball operations Tim Connelly had his eye on multiple impact trade targets, but Gobert was his “number one option.” The input of head coach Chris Finch, who expressed confidence in his ability to use Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns, was also a key factor in Minnesota’s decision to pull the trigger on the blockbuster deal. “What I did when Tim and Chris talked to me about this trade is to ask (Finch) is there a system that he knows how to utilize these players,” Taylor said. “And he was very confident that he did understand how to utilize their skill sets, being two big guys. We talked about a lot, so he convinced me that this is something that is going to take us to a winning situation, and gave us the go-ahead to make the trade.”
Asked if he’d like to see D’Angelo Russell sign an extension before the season begins, Taylor said it might benefit both sides to hold off and see how the 2022/23 season goes. “(Finch) believes that with the new lineup, and with Russell in that lineup, that he’ll have a much better year just because of the way we’re going to play,” Taylor said. “He says he thinks there’s a big upside for Russell with this group of (players). That’s to his advantage and to our advantage if it works out.”
The plan remains for Taylor to hand over control of the franchise to incoming owners Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez in a little over a year. The Wolves’ longtime owner said he’s not having any regrets about giving up control of the team as it becomes a more legitimate contender. “No, I don’t have any second thoughts. I think it’s the right thing to do,” Taylor said. “We’ve left some options open that I’ll continue to be involved if I want to be involved, and that suits me just fine.”
“My favorite NBA player to watch besides Steph is Luka,” Green said on the latest edition of his eponymous podcast. “Luka different. I mean, the way he sees the floor, scores the basketball, gets to his spot, his pace. It’s Luka for sure.”
August 11, 2022 | 5:46 pm EDT Update
The Cleveland Cavaliers will be gathering in Los Angeles for voluntary, player-led pre-training camp workouts next week, sources tell cleveland.com. All-Star point guard Darius Garland and Rookie of the Year runner-up Evan Mobley — two guys who spend time on the West Coast during the offseason — are helping organize the workouts.