Murray was the fourth player to tear his A.C.L. this season, after the Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie, Orlando’s Markelle Fultz and Washington’s Thomas Bryant. The N.B.A. has averaged roughly three A.C.L. tears per season since 2005-6, according to data maintained by Jeff Stotts on his In Street Clothes website. “We are still in the collecting phase regarding the effects of the compressed schedule at this point of the year,” Stotts said. “I am concerned we will see more soft-tissue injuries here in April. They appear to be on the rise from the rest of the season.”
May 7, 2021 | 7:58 pm EDT Update
Eric Nehm: The Bucks have officially listed Giannis Antetokounmpo in their starting lineup for tonight’s game, despite his stomach illness. He’ll start alongside Jrue Holiday, Donte DiVincenzo, Khris Middleton, and Brook Lopez.
Rick Bonnell: Former Hornets coach Steve Clifford reflecting on his time here: “I still have a really great relationship with Michael (Jordan), we communicate from time to time.” Cliff left on good terms; no bitterness from either side.
Michael Singer: [Nuggets pre-game Zoom] Moderator: Sounds like you’re muted. Can you say something? Michael Malone: “It smells like sh*t in here.” Moderator: We heard you on that one. First question …
May 7, 2021 | 7:32 pm EDT Update
Andrew Lopez: Just now on NBA Countdown: @Adrian Wojnarowski said he believes the expectation is Zion Williamson is done for the regular season. It’s possible he could return if the Pelicans make the play-in or beyond. But this isn’t a quick return type injury.