Steven Leung: “Right now I want to play.” – Khem Birch on playing for Team Canada in the Olympics. He adds that he can’t make any promises (probably because of his impending free agency), but the desire is definitely there. “The Olympics are on my bucket list.”
May 12, 2021 | 1:51 am EDT Update
After missing five weeks with a hamstring injury, Nets star James Harden’s return is expected to be a game-time decision before Brooklyn faces San Antonio on Wednesday night, sources told ESPN. Harden is expected to gauge his readiness along with team officials ahead of the Nets’ return to Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday, sources said.
James visited an ankle specialist last week, sources told ESPN, and has made considerable improvement in his on-court workouts without experiencing the “sharp pain” he reported in the losses to the Raptors and Kings. He previously had difficulty making hard cuts and elevating, sources told Wojnarowski.
Bobby Marks: Jrue Holiday has now played 1,823 minutes and will earn a $255K bonus. This is the 4th year in a row that the Milwaukee point guard has reached the minutes criteria bonus in his contract.
Kristian Winfield: Kevin Durant says he likes the Bulls and think they have a good future: “Zach [LaVine], Vooch [Nikola Vucevic] and Coby [White], I feel like, are the key pieces to this team — and Patrick Williams.”
Porter, 22, understood the idea of resting but said he wanted to maintain a rhythm heading into the playoffs. Porter’s 45% 3-point shooting clip is, by far, the best on the team. Following Tuesday’s 6-of-10 3-point display, Porter’s got 16 treys in the last three games. “I don’t see a big need to rest right now,” he said, even though he admitted he’s still not fully healthy after two back surgeries delayed the start of his NBA career. Not that he’s currently battling ailments, only that he feels he’ll be healthier the more removed he is from his surgeries.