James’ initial attempt to remain on the court after the injury (he even made a 3-pointer on the next possession) recalled his strong track record of playing through more common ankle sprains, which involve a different group of ligaments. As Stotts noted on Twitter on Saturday, his database showed James missing just three games total with eight previous ankle sprains. In this case, there’s reason for the Lakers to be more cautions with James’ health — certainly as compared to Thompson’s desire to rush back during the NBA Finals. Where the Lakers finish in the Western Conference standings is less important than having their stars healthy for the postseason.
June 15, 2021 | 2:33 pm EDT Update
The Celtics have had their eye on Anderson for quite some time according to league sources. With Memphis having plenty of younger talent on the wing, they may opt to simply add some more assets for the 27-year-old wing entering a contract year. Anderson’s improvement as a 3-point shooter last season, along with his passing, would provide the skillset that makes him a nice fit for Boston.
Michael Singer: The Nuggets support Nikola Jokic’s Olympic decision either way, but the team has real (& valid) concerns about his rest & recovery this summer, per source. Since start of the Bubble on Aug. 1st, he’s played 109 of 109 poss. games & finished 3rd in total mins (2488) this season.
Chris Grenham: Texas A&M’s Jordan Hall will work out with the Celtics on Thursday, per source. Hall recently transferred from St. Joseph’s to A&M.
June 15, 2021 | 1:23 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Nets‘ James Harden plans to play tonight in Game 5 vs. Milwaukee barring a setback in pregame warmups, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium . He’s been upgraded to questionable.