Brandon Rahbar: Mark Daigneault on SGA, who is on the c…

Brandon Rahbar: Mark Daigneault on SGA, who is on the court lightly shooting around right now: “He’s on a return to play. A lot of his stuff is in the weight room. He’s like an addict. I don’t know if we can keep him away from the court. (Laughs). In terms of the time table, I’m not sure.”

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Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will miss a significant amount of time due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot. “Obviously when we’ve got a guy out for maintenance or for rest, it’s easy to be in the moment and wonder why we’re doing that, but I think this makes it very tangible,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said Wednesday.
Joe Mussatto: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is listed as out tonight with right foot plantar fasciitis. George Hill, Darius Bazley and Josh Hall remain out. It looks like Al Horford will play.
Brandon Rahbar: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will play today. The other four usual starters Lu Dort, Theo Maledon, Darius Bazley and Al Horford are out. Mark Daigneault will wait until closer to game time to announce the starters.
Joe Mussatto: The Thunder will once again be down to eight players tonight. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is back on the injury report with a left knee sprain. pic.twitter.com/0CV5k2LGDk
Brandon Rahbar: Mark Daigneault says the team is just exercising caution with Shai: “It’s nothing really serious.” Thunder will see how SGA responds to treatment. Seems like it’s nothing to worry about.
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Magic interested in Suns assistant coach Willie Green

The Athletic has learned through league sources that the Magic have asked permission to interview Phoenix Suns assistant coach Willie Green, Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Charles Lee and Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Ime Udoka. Green, 39, is completing his fifth season as an NBA assistant coach. A former NBA shooting guard, Green worked three seasons as an assistant coach/player development for the Golden State Warriors under Steve Kerr before he joined Monty Williams’ coaching staff in Phoenix in 2019.
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The Magic have begun their interview process, sources said, but their coaching search is expected to be wide-ranging and almost certainly will include candidates in addition to Green, Hammon, Kidd, Lee, Udoka and Unseld. Tyrone Corbin, Pat Delany and Steve Hetzel — assistant coaches under Clifford who currently remain under contract with Orlando — could be interviewed, if they haven’t been interviewed already. Many league insiders who work for other teams think the Magic could have interest in as many as three members of the LA Clippers’ coaching staff: associate head coach Dan Craig and assistant coaches Kenny Atkinson and Chauncey Billups.

Penny Hardaway a candidate for Magic coaching job?

Last week, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Penny was receiving interest from NBA teams. On his podcast this week, FOX Sports college basketball analyst Aaron Torres said that he has heard similar talk. Torres specifically said there is some buzz about Hardaway possibly going to the Magic. There is history between Hardaway and the Magic that makes sense for him to be a candidate.
Later on Thursday, Doncic said Nelson’s exit was “tough” for him. “There are feasible scenarios, where you start looking at, where will Luka want to go and build if it doesn’t work out in Dallas,” Williams continued, noting that “New York isn’t the only option. “But I will say there’s a lot of rumblings, and [Mavericks owner] Mark Cuban needs to put water on that fire.”

Bucks force Game 7 with 104-89 win

Playing a desperate team facing elimination, the Nets got off to yet another maddeningly slow start. And it cost them dearly in a 104-89 Eastern Conference semifinal Game 6 loss before a sellout crowd of 16,310 at Fiserv Forum. Kevin Durant, who’d been superhuman in carrying the Nets to a Game 5 comeback two days earlier, was merely brilliant Thursday. He had 32 points and 11 rebounds. James Harden looked more like himself in his second game back from a hamstring injury, with 21 points, eight boards and five assists. But it wasn’t enough.
Brooklyn went big with Jeff Green at power forward next to Durant, Joe Harris sliding down to off-guard and Bruce Brown going to the bench. But the Nets still got beaten on the boards, run off the court 26-4 in fast-break points, and left in an 11-2 early hole that reached 21 and proved too much to overcome. “The biggest thing is just how we start,” Landry Shamet had warned beforehand. “Even going back to the other night in Game 5, slow start, struggled to find our rhythm early, didn’t play with the right physicality. Things really that we can control that we did really, really well in Game 1 and Game 2, jump out to a big lead. “Those are the biggest things that we’re missing in the two road losses. It’s our energy, how we start the game. That’s all we can control, so that’s our plan going forward.”