Brandon Rahbar: Mark Daigneault on SGA, who is on the court lightly shooting around right now: "He's on a return to play. A lot of his stuff is in the weight room. He's like an addict. I don't know if we can keep him away from the court. (Laughs). In terms of the time table, I'm not sure."
Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will miss a significant amount of time due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot. “Obviously when we’ve got a guy out for maintenance or for rest, it’s easy to be in the moment and wonder why we’re doing that, but I think this makes it very tangible,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said Wednesday.
Daigneault was referencing the wear and tear of a condensed 2020-21 schedule which followed a shortened offseason. Gilgeous-Alexander has had two “maintenance” days since the All-Star break, but Wednesday night against the Grizzlies was not one of those. “This one is an injury that we need to now take a look at,” Daigneault said.
Joe Mussatto: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is listed as out tonight with right foot plantar fasciitis. George Hill, Darius Bazley and Josh Hall remain out. It looks like Al Horford will play.
Brandon Rahbar: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will play today. The other four usual starters Lu Dort, Theo Maledon, Darius Bazley and Al Horford are out. Mark Daigneault will wait until closer to game time to announce the starters.
Joe Mussatto: Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be available tonight after missing the last four games with a left knee sprain. Al Horford (rest) is out on the second night of a back-to-back.
Joe Mussatto: The Thunder will once again be down to eight players tonight. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is back on the injury report with a left knee sprain. pic.twitter.com/0CV5k2LGDk
Brandon Rahbar: Mark Daigneault says the team is just exercising caution with Shai: “It’s nothing really serious.” Thunder will see how SGA responds to treatment. Seems like it’s nothing to worry about.
June 8, 2023 | 5:53 pm EDT Update
Tyler Herro remains out for Game 4
Anthony Chiang: Tyler Herro listed as out for Game 4. Erik Spoelstra said earlier today that Herro has still not been cleared to return.
Mike Miller has always been a strong Nikola Jokic advocate. but did he ever see this happening? Did he see this level of greatness coming? “I’m not going to sound like I’m crazy and say that I thought he’d be a two-time MVP and be on this stage like this. But I did. I really did,” Miller told DNVR after the Nuggets’ Game 3 win in Miami. “That’s just how good he was and how good he is.”
“He hasn’t changed much, to be honest,” Miller told DNVR about Jokic. “The game’s still slow for him. He still makes everyone around him better, and he goes and gets what he wants. He’s just an impossible guard. He’s a similar player to the guy he was back then. But now he’s just in better shape. He was always so skilled. Unbelievable size. Playmaking. Scorer. Touch has always been great. Just a great basketball player.”
Miller, whose second season in Denver in 2016-17 coincided with Jamal Murray’s rookie year, remembers his initial impression of the Blue Arrow too. “Jamal has taken huge strides,” Miller told DNVR. “He was always a guy that believed in himself. The moment was never too big, and he’s showing that here.”
Katy Winge: Michael Porter Jr on his shooting: “I wouldn’t even say I’m not feeling confident in my shot, I’m feeling pressure, anything like that. I’m just missing, you know what I mean? Sometimes the ball just doesn’t go in. I think a lot of shots have been right there, I’ve just missed.”
Ben Cafardo: 🏀 #NBAFinals viewership success on ABC continues as Game 3 averages 11,237,000 viewers, peaking with 12,389,000 viewers at 10:45 p.m. ET. 📺The NBA Finals on ABC tripled its competition as the most-viewed show of the night for June 7, including in all key demos. (Nielsen)
NBA G League:🚨BREAKING 🚨 The new @trailblazers NBA G League team selected 14 unprotected Returning Players in the 2023-24 Expansion Draft. Portland will retain the League rights to these selected players for two seasons, beginning with the 2023-24 season.
June 8, 2023 | 3:59 pm EDT Update
Joe Prunty, Patrick Mutombo join Adrian Griffin's coaching staff in Milwaukee
Adrian Wojnarowski: Joe Prunty and Patrick Mutombo are joining the Milwaukee Bucks as assistant coaches, sources tell ESPN. Prunty had been a Bucks interim HC (2018) and Hawks interim last season. Mutombo worked most recently under Monty Williams with Suns.