Rob Schaefer: Bulls list Garrett Temple (ankle sprain) out vs. Spurs. His third game missed with the injury Spurs list DeMar DeRozan (personal) out
Greg Logan: Garrett Temple & Joe Harris are off injury report for #Nets against 76ers, but Wilson Chandler is out: Chandler (left hamstring tightness) - OUT, Jordan (right middle finger dislocation) - OUT.
Brian Lewis: #Nets are tentatively expecting Garrett Temple back on Monday, according to a source. #nba
Malika Andrews: The Nets announce that Kyrie Irving is available to play tonight for the first time since Nov. 14. Wilson Chandler (left hamstring tightness) and Garrett Temple (right knee contusion), who both missed the Nets game against the Heat on Friday are also available to play.
Jason Jones: Tomorrow vs Atlanta: Garrett Temple (Sprained Left Ankle)-OUT Zach Randolph (Gastroenteritis)- QUESTIONABLE Bogdan Bogdanovic (Sore Left Hamstring)- PROBABLE
James Ham: Garrett Temple (oral surgery) is probable this evening. Jack Cooley is up with the team as well. Looks like 10 healthy bodies in uniform.
Temple has not played since partially tearing his left hamstring Jan. 31 against Houston. Before Monday’s game against Minnesota at Golden 1 Center, he said the hamstring has greatly improved but he likely is still at least a week from playing. “I feel like I’m progressing well – I’ve had no setbacks, which is the biggest thing in soft tissue injuries,” Temple said. “I’m going to go about a week after I feel 100 percent. So I feel pretty good right now. If I come back sometime beginning of next week or middle of next week, I think I’d be happy with that.”
May 17, 2021 | 12:14 am EDT Update
Ryan Ward: Jared Dudley on the Lakers trying to win a title as the 7th seed: “It will be the hardest challenge any team has had in NBA history.” CORRECTION: No NBA team lower than the 6th seed has won the title. 5th seed: 1969 Boston Celtics 6th seed: 1995 Houston Rockets
Dave McMenamin: Jared Dudley, without naming names, said teams were “managing” their schedules down the stretch to avoid the Lakers. He thinks it’s a bad strategy: says the Lakers will be most susceptible to an upset in the first round and will only get stronger from there.
Eric Walden: Rudy Gobert, on the play-in tournament: “Those games are gonna be fun to watch. I’m excited to watch those games. And whoever we face, it’s gonna be a long journey, and we’re gonna be ready.”
Rob Schaefer: Billy Donovan described himself as “disappointed” with Bulls missing playoffs with 31-41 record. Said he’s going to assess what he could have done better. Added that the missed opportunities were most difficult thing to overcome. Being close to play-in adds to disappointment.
The executive said since James has been and still is the face of the NBA, he has exceptional clout, that he’s been granted considerably more latitude to complain about officials. “Whatever LeBron wants, LeBron gets,’’ the exec said. “He’s beyond reproach. He really is. And he knows it.’’
While James remains the king of whiners, there may be, according those surveyed, an heir apparent. That’s Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks’ abundantly talented young guard. “Don’t get me started on Doncic,’’ one scout said. “He just doesn’t stop b——g. It’s unbelievable. Every game I’ve scouted, that’s all he does.’’