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Kellan Olson: Williams said today that Baynes, Bridges and Oubre practiced. That would be a first for Bridges and Oubre from what we know. He wouldn’t commit to whether or not they will play tomorrow night in Sacramento.
Duane Rankin: Aron Baynes won’t play with nasal fracture. #Suns.
Chris Forsberg: Celtics officially upgrade Aron Baynes to available. Like there was any doubt.
John Karalis: Brad Stevens says he hasn’t been told that Baynes isn’t playing so he expects him to give it a go tonight. Baynes is currently listed as questionable but he was on the floor for the team’s morning shoot around
A. Sherrod Blakely: Spoke to #Celtics center Aron Baynes (left ankle) shortly after today’s game. I asked him how the ankle feels and whether he’s playing in Game 2. “Mate,” Baynes said. “I was ready to keep going then (in Game 1); keep going.”
Chris Grenham: Celtics officially announce that Baynes and Hayward are available tonight.
Jay King: Brad Stevens said Aron Baynes will be on a 15-20 minutes restriction. Al Horford was a little bit more sore after the Philly game, could play Tuesday. He isn’t sitting today as part of the previous plan to rest him for a few games down the stretch.
Tim Bontemps: Celtics say Aron Baynes and Gordon Hayward are both questionable for tonight’s game against the Spurs, while Jayson Tatum is doubtful after taking a hard fall late in last night’s loss in Charlotte and Al Horford remains out to rest his knee.
Jared Weiss: Horford will rest against Charlotte while Hayward remains out due to his concussion per the team. Baynes remains out, but all 3 could be back Sunday vs. SA.
Steve Bulpett: Stevens on Baynes (ankle): “He had an MRI [Thursday] that actually came back more positive… I’ve been told, pending the results of it, he’s not an automatic out on Sunday (v San Antonio). I’d say he’s unlikely, but he’s not automatically out.”
John Karalis: Brad Stevens says Gordon Hayward has progressed well and might be available tomorrow. Aron Baynes had an MRI that was very encouraging and he might not be out as long as originally feared
Tim Bontemps: Aron Baynes will not return with a sprained left ankle. Entering tonight, Boston is 27-15 when Baynes is in the lineup this season. When he sits? Celtics are just 16-13.
John Karalis: Celtics upgrade Aron Baynes to questionable for Sunday
Jay King: Daniel Theis and Terry Rozier are both good to go. Aron Baynes is close, and a possibility to return Sunday, per Stevens.
Jay King: Brad Stevens said Aron Baynes will not play on this trip. Gordon Hayward is day to day, did not practice, listed as questionable for tomorrow. He twisted his ankle playing 1-on-1 against Ojeleye over the break.
Jared Weiss: Celtics list Aron Baynes as questionable for tomorrow’s clash against the Raptors.
Tim Bontemps: Brad Stevens says Aron Baynes will be re-evaluated by the team’s doctors tomorrow.
Scott Souza: #Celtics Aron Baynes said he hopes to be back in another 10 days. Comes down to plate staying in place as he ramps up activity.
Jared Weiss: Celtics injury report just down to Aron Baynes being out for tomorrow. Shortest it’s been in ages.
Scott Souza: #Celtics Brad Stevens on Aron Baynes (hand surgery): He’s back home doing well. He wishes he was at the shootaround, and then at the game. In typical Aron fashion, he wants to be around. But he’s going to have to take a few days to let that thing heal.
Matt Velazquez: Brad Stevens confirms Al Horford, Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes are all out tonight. Those three have all spent time guarding Giannis in the past, leaving Semi Ojeleye as one of the only C’s left with experience regularly covering him. Should make things interesting tonight.
Jared Weiss: Aron Baynes is expected to return in 4-6 weeks after having surgery on his broken left fourth metacarpal today, per the Celtics.
Adam Himmelsbach: Baynes has a left hand injury and won’t return.
John Karalis: Best I can tell is Baynes got hurt on this rebound tussle with Ayton at the 10:32 mark of the first pic.twitter.com/Hf3Y1mL6ob
A. Sherrod Blakely: The #Celtics Aron Baynes will likely play tonight with no minutes restrictions against the #Pistons.
Scott Souza: #Celtics Brad Stevens: Aron Baynes on 12-15 minutes restriction again tonight.
Tom Westerholm: The Celtics’ injury report for Washington includes Baynes and Horford (both questionable) and Hayward (doubtful with his illness). No Kyrie, however, which is a good sign.
Scott Souza: #Celtics Brad Stevens: Al Horford OUT tonight; Aron Baynes better but not enough to play; no high ankle sprain for Guerschon Yabusele, but will be out a couple of weeks.
Sean Grande: Aron Baynes and Al Horford questionable, Guerschon Yabusele out tomorrow against New Orleans. The Pelicans about to tip off in Detroit, front-end of a back-to-back.
Jay King: Aron Baynes will play tonight. He’ll come off the bench as usual. No restrictions.
Tom Westerholm: The Celtics announce Aron Baynes is now probable for tomorrow.
Jay King: Aron Baynes with his normal status update: “I feel 100 percent of what I can be.” He said he’s feeling good though.
Jay King: Aron Baynes, messing around: “I’m 100 percent of what I can be at this present time.” Said he does not feel hamstring pain. “If it was playoff time there would be no doubt.”
Jared Weiss: Aron Baynes upgraded to questionable for tomorrow night and Theis is also listed as questionable with a foot sprain.
Chris Forsberg: Aron Baynes is 50/50 to play in Detroit. Brad Stevens: “Baynes wants to play all the time. He still tries to race people off the bus after a hamstring injury. You love that part about him. He’s a competitive guy, he’s a fun guy. It kills him to not be able to play.” 🚍🏃🏻♂️💨
Brian Robb: Aron Baynes has a hamstring strain. Brad Stevens says it doesn’t sound like a long term thing. He did some running at 70 percent today.
Jared Weiss: Aron Baynes is ruled out tomorrow night against Orlando with a right hamstring strain.
Brian Robb: Aron Baynes (hamstring) will not return tonight. per @Abby Chin. Marcus Smart will start second half in his place.
Celtics center Aron Baynes underwent successful nasal septoplasty surgery for a nasal fracture he suffered during Game 6 of Boston’s Eastern Conference Finals series against Cleveland. Baynes is expected to return to basketball activities in two to four weeks.
Sean Grande: Aron Baynes (sprain elbow) returns tonight.
Adam Himmelsbach: Shane Larkin is available and Baynes is out. Will be further evaluated tomorrow.
Gary Washburn: #Celtics say Aron Baynes (left elbow injury) will NOT return to game vs #Pistons
Aron Baynes went through a full practice after hyperextending his left knee in last Monday’s game against Philadelphia and missing the preseason finale in Charlotte Wednesday. On if he’ll play Tuesday, he said, “I definitely think I’m on track for that. It’s still day to day, but I’m going to go out on a limb here — literally — and say I should be available.”
Scott Souza: #Celtics Aron Baynes (knee) out on floor for end-of-practice shooting (good sign for Tuesday opener).
Brian Robb: Baynes thinks he will be ready for opening night
Michael Pina: Aron Baynes sprained his left knee and will not return to tonight’s game, per the Celtics
Rod Beard: #Pistons SVG says Aron Baynes (ankle, probable) and Tobias Harris (knee, questionable) will try to play tonight vs. #Cavs.
Aaron McMann: X-ray negative for Aron Baynes, who suffered a sprained left ankle. He’s in a walking boot. #Pistons
Vincent Ellis: #Pistons center Aron Baynes had surgery on his broken nose last night and won’t be available for tonight’s preseason finale vs. #Raptors.
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October 14, 2019 | 1:30 pm EDT Update
Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks have requested waivers on guard Jaylen Adams and forward Luke Maye. Adams appeared in two games this preseason and averaged 4.5 pts and 3.0 rebs in 13.0 mpg. Maye appeared in three games this preseason and averaged 2.3 pts and 1.3 rebs in 5.8 mpg.
The Clippers’ offense has quietly been bad to start the preseason — and that’s with two of their games coming against non-NBA opponents. The team has had sloppy, disjointed offensive performances for large stretches of their four games. The Clippers have posted a 99.8 offensive rating in the preseason, the 19th-best mark in the league. That rating would have been dead last in the league last season — behind the 30th-ranked New York Knicks — by over four points per 100 possessions.
Harrell’s situation is more complicated. Offensively, he’s probably the team’s best option at the 5. Green offers more stretch, and Zubac has the size to screen and crash the glass, but Harrell’s ability to score from the post and bulldoze his way to the rim gives the Clippers a valuable paint presence. His passing is emerging, which may be the element that cements his status as a closer. But on the other end of the floor, Harrell, who is closer to 6-foot-7 than his listed height of 6-8, is limited by his size. His 7-4 wingspan partially makes up for that, but when the Clippers face elite 5s like Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic or Anthony Davis, rolling with Zubac or Green might make more sense because of their larger frames and superior defense and rebounding.
October 14, 2019 | 12:43 pm EDT Update
The Brooklyn Nets have exercised the 2020-21 contract options for center Jarrett Allen and guard/forward Dzanan Musa. Allen appeared in 80 games (all starts) in the 2018-19 season, registering averages of 10.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.4 assists in 26.2 minutes per game. The Texas native was named a MTN DEW ICE Rising Star and participated in the Rising Stars game for Team USA during All-Star weekend in Charlotte. In the 2019 NBA Playoffs, Allen started five games for the Nets, averaging 11.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 22.0 minutes versus the Philadelphia 76ers. The 21-year-old, who was selected by Brooklyn with the 22nd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, has appeared in 152 career games (111 starts), averaging 9.6 points, 7.0 rebounds 1.4 blocks and 1.0 assists in 23.3 minutes per contest.
“We are as excited as we were 20 years ago. The hope is that over time this builds into a 2011-type run,” Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said from his office. A big American flag hangs behind his desk, but when it comes to looking for good players in far-off places, the Mavericks are well traveled. Today, it’s Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis; 20 years ago, it was Dirk Nowitzki, then a 21-year-old German entering his second NBA season. Dirk’s emergence in the 1999-00 season injected hope into a franchise with the NBA’s second-worst record in the 1990s. Since that year, the Mavs have the second-best record, have made many deep playoff runs, and in 2011, finally won a title.