On the heels of James Dolan publicly declaring his playoff expectations for this season, Knicks’ coach Tom Thibodeau said he doesn’t feel pressure to reach the owner’s goal. “I never feel pressure because I know what I put into each day,” Thibodeau said. “I think anybody who puts everything they have into each day, you never feel pressure.” Dolan told WFAN on Friday that he “fully expects” the Knicks to reach the playoffs and “that will definitely be a benchmark.” Left unsaid was what would occur if the Knicks fail, but coaches are often the first on the chopping block when an owner is displeased.
March 25, 2023 | 9:19 pm EDT Update
De'Aaron Fox will not play against Jazz
Jason Anderson: De’Aaron Fox (hamstring) is out vs. the Jazz tonight. Mike Brown says that’s “more precautionary than anything else.”
Sean Cunningham: Mike Brown is asked about what it would mean to him to earn NBA’s Coach of the Year in his first season with Sacramento. In typical Mike Brown fashion, credits those around him and says it would be celebrated more by the city and the Kings organization. pic.twitter.com/vSlmNuxREn
Gerald Bourguet: Monty Williams’ full response when asked about his approach to calling timeouts during opposing teams’ runs: pic.twitter.com/5m75q3dCMU
Gerald Bourguet: Monty Williams said Deandre Ayton and Kevin Durant “are progressing,” but obviously won’t play tonight. Said DA’s injury after taking a hit and making him miss this many games is just one of those things that happens
KC Johnson: Bulls list Alex Caruso questionable vs. Lakers with left midfoot soreness. Javonte Green is out. DeMar DeRozan, who said after Saturday’s practice that he plans to play, isn’t listed on report.
March 25, 2023 | 7:33 pm EDT Update
LeBron James upgraded to doubtful against Bulls
Dave McMenamin: LeBron James’ status has been upgraded to doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bulls, per the Lakers. His first status change since his foot injury.