For Jokic, any talk of resting in the finale — even after Malone had given nights off to other members of the rotation in recent days — was a non-starter. Why? “Because I’m not hurt,” he said after Sunday’s game. “I’m trying to be honest with myself. If I’m not hurt, I want to play and I want to be available for my team. Just to be out there and be available, it’s a big thing, maybe, for the rest of the guys in our group that they can follow.” Jokic’s raw numbers did most of the heavy lifting in his soft-spoken MVP candidacy this season. He finished the year averaging 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists with shooting splits of 56.6 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from 3-point range and 86.8 percent from the free-throw line.
June 21, 2021 | 5:57 pm EDT Update
Mark Medina: Clippers coach Ty Lue said Kawhi Leonard is out for Game 2. He added Marcus Morris Sr. “is still experiencing soreness” and “getting treatment around the clock.” His status unclear for Game 2
Law Murray: Tyronn Lue says that Rajon Rondo’s “pace” is very important, especially with Leonard out. Sounds like he’ll continue in a similar role tomorrow as we saw in Game 1 yesterday. “Rondo brings more than scoring and shooting… we need all of the other intangibles that he brings.”
June 21, 2021 | 5:16 pm EDT Update
Brian Windhorst: Ben Simmons is doubtful to play for Australia in Tokyo Olympics, sources said. Will spend offseason working on skill development. Aussies scheduled to begin training this week in L.A.