Without Steph Curry and Draymond Green, who were nursing injuries, Golden State got blitzed by Toronto, trailing by as many as 61 points — yes, sixty-one — and eventually losing by 53 points, 130-77. While Curry and Green have addressed their teammates after recent losses, it was Thompson whose voice was heard by a few teammates after the game Friday. “It’s a hard pill for them to swallow,” veteran guard Kent Bazemore told reporters on a video conference call after the game. “You’re talking about [them] … and Klay. Klay was back there as well.
May 8, 2021 | 6:38 pm EDT Update
Fred Katz: How crazy is this run Westbrook has been on of late? He has a chance to tie Oscar Robertson’s all-time triple-double record of 181 tonight. He has been in the NBA for 13 years. And more than 11 percent of his career triple-doubles have come in the last six weeks.
Jon Krawczynski: Asked Rubio if he’d try to get @Alex Rodriguez to pay his technical fine: “I will definitely call the league to see if they can take the fine out. Should he be the one to take it? I don’t think that’s a good way to introduce myself, to be honest with you.”
Josh Lewenberg: Nurse tells a story about going fishing with Jonas Valanciunas in Lithuania one time. “I have never seen a guy so happy when he was reeling in a fish. So intense, so excited. I just told him next year when we’re out on the floor I’m going to tell you to rebound like it’s a fish.”
May 8, 2021 | 5:28 pm EDT Update
Scott Agness: Pacers assistant coach Greg Foster is back, and continues working with Goga Bitadze. They hugged before beginning pre-game warmups.