He decided to play for the Americans partly as a showcase in hopes of earning his way back into the NBA, where he most recently played for Washington last February. Thomas — like many NBA players — had some trouble adjusting to the ball and the way the international game is officiated. But he was pleased with his movement and conditioning and said he’ll clean up his mistakes Saturday. “The world knows I’ve got what it takes. So ,it’s just about showing that I’m healthy,” Thomas said. “My skill didn’t go anywhere, it was just about getting a hundred percent healthy, which I am right now.”
June 24, 2021 | 7:52 pm EDT Update
Gerald Bourguet: Monty Williams on the Suns’ focus after an emotional Game 2: “Our guys understand that every game has a life of its own. We came in with a great deal of focus and looked at a number of things that we did poorly in Game 2.”
Andrew Greif: Asked Ty Lue if there was a point in the last day or so when he saw that his players were over Game 2’s bitter ending, and he said he called players once the flight home landed and talked about it. He said he was hurting, too, but they had to leave it in the past.
Giannis Antetokounmpo should have been whistled for a 10-second violation on each of his two free throws with 5.3 seconds left in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 116-113 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 on Wednesday, meaning the two made shots should not have counted, the NBA said in its “Last Two Minute Report” on Thursday.
Tim MacMahon: The Mavericks are progressing in talks to make Jason Kidd the franchise’s new head coach, sources told @Adrian Wojnarowski and me. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is also close to hiring a new head of basketball operations, who has signed off on the Kidd candidacy.