Ohm Youngmisuk: Ty Lue says the hope is that Serge Ibaka will return at some point on this road trip and play in a couple games before the postseason. Patrick Beverley will also start at point guard tonight.
Andrew Greif: While hosting an IG Live today to promote his new track, Serge Ibaka says “I’m doing good, my back is getting better.” pic.twitter.com/M447ilwbg6
Ohm Youngmisuk: Ty Lue says Rajon Rondo is out tonight. Serge Ibaka has progressed to 4-on-4 but is not with the Clippers on this road trip. Lue said he has given thought to keeping Ivica Zubac as the starter when Ibaka returns after how well Zubac has been in the starting five.
Andrew Greif: Serge Ibaka will not join the Clippers on their upcoming three-game road trip, Tyronn Lue says.
Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka was wearing a protective boot on his left ankle Tuesday morning and said he doesn't know whether he'll play in Wednesday's Game 6 against the Boston Celtics. Ibaka injured the ankle in Monday's Game 5 blowout loss to the Celtics. "I'm just trying to see how I feel tomorrow," Ibaka said.
Toronto is officially listing Ibaka as questionable for Game 6. However, Toronto coach Nick Nurse said the team is optimistic that Ibaka will be able to go. "We'll just wait and see on that. But same as always, if he's there, we'll play him. I think there's a good chance of that," Nurse said. "If not, we'll move on to the next guy and get them ready to go."
Josh Lewenberg: Ibaka didn't practice today. He'll travel with the team to Atlanta but is unlikely to play. He's close but Nurse wants him to get a practice in before he returns. Lowry is about a week away from being game ready, Nurse estimates a Dec. 1 target date.
Kyle Goon: Nick Nurse says Kyle Lowry will probably take a few weeks to heal; Serge Ibaka has a sprain that's severe enough for him to fly home from the road trip early.
Kyle Lowry suffered a small fracture in his left thumb and Serge Ibaka suffered a "pretty bad" sprained ankle, coach Nick Nurse said after Friday's 122-104 win over the Pelicans. Lowry is set to see a hand specialist when the team travels to Los Angeles on Saturday.
"It felt weird from the rip," Lowry said. "I kept playing through it and kept playing through it. Originally we thought it was something in the nailbed because the nailbed turned black and blue. We got some X-rays and we sent the X-rays off to the doctors and there was a small fracture in the thumb."
Serena Winters: After Serge Ibaka received 3 stitches (took a Kawhi elbow to the dome), Ibaka has returned to the game (with a bandage & quite the lump on his forehead).
Josh Lewenberg: For the second straight game, the Raptors will be without Lowry, Ibaka and Valanciunas tonight.
Eric Smith: CJ Miles is out tonight. Dental procedure. Serge Ibaka (knee) is probable. #RTZ #Raptors
Josh Lewenberg: C.J. Miles (shoulder) returns from his one-game absence today but the Raptors will sit Serge Ibaka out with a sore left knee.
Michael Grange: Raps vs. Knicks: Delon Wright (shoulder) is out; Norm Powell (hip) is out; Serge Ibaka (knee) not expected to play.
Mike Ganter: Ibaka's knee apparently started swelling after the game in Los Angeles. They don't know exactly how he injured it.
Eric Smith: Serge Ibaka (ankle) "should be able to go" tonight according to Dwane Casey. Great news for the @raptors. #raptors #rtz
Charles F. Gardner: Serge Ibaka said if Game 2 had to be played Monday, he might not have been able to go due to ankle sprain. But he thinks he can play Tues.
Eric Koreen: Ibaka on his ankle: “It’s day by day. I woke up this morning and was walking perfect.” Said it would be tough to play if game were today.
Josh Robbins: A precautionary MRI on Serge Ibaka's sore knee showed no structural problems, Frank Vogel said.
September 16, 2021 | 8:59 am EDT Update
Jorge Sierra: Free agent guard Isaiah Thomas will be working out with the Warriors next week, sources tell me and @Michael Scotto.
With the understanding that things can change — it’s a business, things can change with you, things change with the organization — as we sit here right now, do you see yourself in Toronto long term? Pascal Siakam: I do. I’m a really prideful person and I always want to be the best player that I can be, and the bubble wasn’t that. So I get it, I understand it, but also for me what really hurt me is one of those things about my dad or like, “Oh, your dad wouldn’t have been proud of this.” [Siakam’s father died in a car accident in 2014.]
Was there any irritation from you toward the Raptors that your name was surfacing so much in trade rumors? Pascal Siakam: It didn’t bother me really, because I never really heard anything from the Raptors. Even all the news I was seeing it was never like: “Oh. The Raptors wanted to give up Siakam for this.” It was always like, “The Warriors like Pascal,” or it was always, “The Kings like Pascal,” or this. There was never nothing where it was like, “The Raptors wanted to give away Pascal.”
Were you surprised that Kyle Lowry left for Miami? Pascal Siakam: I wouldn’t say I was surprised by it because obviously I could see it coming. When I was a rookie, these were the people that we look up to, right? It was Kyle. It was DeMar [DeRozan]. Kyle was like our big brother. We looked up to him and DeMar. So it was weird, obviously, to see them go. Sometimes, I’ll be thinking, “OK, Kyle is not here anymore, right?” You don’t really put it in perspective. Some of the questions obviously about what the team wants to do and things like that, they ask you. And before you felt like all those questions, I didn’t really have to answer them, because I felt like Kyle was there and now he’s not there.
How is rehab going? Pascal Siakam: I was expecting it to be worse, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I would say just, I think the first two weeks or three weeks was the worst, just because I couldn’t sleep. I have to find a position to get comfortable. I had to sleep on the couch for two weeks because I couldn’t sleep on the bed. I’m a side sleeper. So I couldn’t do that. Are you even shooting or doing anything basketball-wise? Pascal Siakam: Yes. I’m shooting, ball handling. I think at this point in the process I look better than I thought I was expecting at least or I’m doing more than I thought I would do at that time.
September 16, 2021 | 8:32 am EDT Update
Dusan Ivkovic passed away in the early hours of Thursday morning in a Belgrade hospital, with the first information from the Serbian media reporting that he had collected fluid in his lungs. Ivkovic was known as one of the most influential coaches in European and world basketball, having won numerous titles in his 46 years active.
Pau Gasol: “I keep thinking about my future, I don’t see myself on any team other than Barça.” On retirement: “I keep thinking about whether to continue or not. It will not be an easy decision and when I know it I will let you know. I have been a professional for 23 years and I am considering all the factors to make a decision soon and be able to communicate it. I have not made a decision 100 percent. If I look back it has been many years enjoying very interesting things.”
AS Monaco is adding guard Mike James to their bolstered roster for the 2021-22 season, as first reported by Home of Glory and Donatas Urbonas, also confirmed by Eurohoops sources. James, 31, who recently parted ways with CSKA Moscow was on the lookout for a new team while training individually in Moscow in the meantime.