June 12, 2021 | 1:33 pm EDT Update
After more than six months on the sidelines due to an ACL injury, Dinwiddie is eyeing a return to play if the Nets make it to the Finals, the Daily News has learned. A source close to the Netsâ combo guard also says after spending most of the regular season rehabbing in Los Angeles, Dinwiddie is planning to return to the team âsooner than later.â âHeâs going to be in Brooklyn to support his team,â the source said. âHe definitely is.â
Justin Kubatko: Chris Paul has 61 assists and six turnovers over his last six games. Since the NBA started tracking individual turnovers in 1977-78, Paul is the only player to record 60 or more assists with six or fewer turnovers over a six-game postseason span. He also did so in 2008 and 2015. pic.twitter.com/B4aQFCrQAc
Chris Grenham: Ohio State guard Duane Washington Jr. participated in the Celticsâ pre-draft workout on Thursday, per source. He has received a G League Elite Camp invite, which begins next weekend in Chicago prior to the NBA Draft Combine.
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 Djordjevicâs 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 Netsâ 86-83 loss, there were lots of âatta boysâ and âpick your head upsâ and âweâll live with that shotâ from teammates, but Irving had a little piece of extra advice. Be like dad. Dunk it. âKyrie was like, âHey, you gotta try and dunk it, get a foul or something,ââ Brown said. âThatâs definitely what I should have done. I had the lane and the angle too, so maybe if I did that Iâd have gotten a foul call, gotten to the line. If I had taken my two steps toward the rim, I probably couldâve dunked the ball.â
The available replays call into question this very idea. Lopez is 7-feet tall, and heâd recovered quickly from where he was on the sideline to get in Brownâs way. Brown faded left as he shot the ball, and, âI 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. âI couldâve just really did a simple layup and made the shot,â he said. âI made it difficult for myself just thinking too much during the shot.â
Harris wasnât the only one misfiring in the Netsâ 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. âIf you look at it, only one or two buckets in the last three or four minutes that we needed to fall and they just didnât,â coach Steve Nash said. âI thought plenty of opportunities. Now, would I want Kevin or Ky shooting every single ball? Of course, but thatâs not always the way it works out. We can learn from it.â
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.