Jessica Camerato: Dario Saric still is feeling discomfort in his elbow. Mindset is to play through it. #sixers #heat #nba
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Keith Pompey: #Sixers PF @Dario Saric is available to play tonight vs. #Milwaukee #Bucks.
Michael Cunningham: Dario Saric left the game and will not return. He has a cut lip and chipped tooth.
Joe Vardon: Dario Saric will play for the Sixers
Christopher A. Vito: Dario Saric (out tonight vs Brooklyn) will not return until the matchup vs. Cleveland later this week, says Brett Brown
Ramona Shelburne: Sixers Dario Saric (cellulitis in his right elbow) is out for tomorrow night’s game vs. Brooklyn. He’s receiving treatment today intravenously and will be reevaluated tomorrow.
Dario Saric will miss Sunday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets with right elbow soreness. The 76ers power forward suffered the injury in Friday’s victory over the Atlanta Hawks at the Phillips Arena. Ersan Ilyasova will start in his place at the Spectrum Center.
Jon Johnson: Dario Saric (gastroenteritis) will play tonight.
Keith Pompey: To be clear, Saric is AVAILABLE to play.
Jessica Camerato: Dario Saric is out tonight. T.J. McConnell will play. #Sixers starters vs. #Lakers: Simmons, Bayless, Redick, Covington, Embiid.
Keith Pompey: Dario Saric has plantar fasciitis.
Jessica Camerato: Dario Saric will not play tonight (precautionary).
Dario Saric is battered and fatigued. The 76ers power forward has played in 157 games of organized basketball in the last 17 months. Not only is he fatigued, it was revealed Tuesday that the rookie has been hampered with plantar fasciitis. Those are the reasons why the Sixers on Sunday instituted a 24-minute per game restriction on him for the rest of the season.
“I’m tired a little bit mentally, physically,” Saric said. “But I try to push myself to what is possible in this part of the season, in this kind of minute restriction. Of course, I have pain in the foot. But I really want to play. I really want to help the team.”
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But D’Antoni dismissed the criticism as “noise,” wondering whether those whining about isos had watched the top-seeded Rockets all season. “We are who we are, and we had to be who we are,” D’Antoni said after the Rockets’ victory in Game 2, in which Houston ran 46 isos. “We just did it better, longer. Guys believe it, and we’re not going to change anything up. That would be silly on my part to panic. ... “We can beat anybody anywhere at any time playing the way we play. Some people might not like it, you know? Hey, sorry. You know, it might not look good to some people. But it’s effective. It’s efficient.”
The most 3s the Suns attempted during D’Antoni’s tenure was 25.6 per game in 2005-06, an unheard of number at the time. That would have ranked 25th in the NBA this season, when D’Antoni’s Rockets shot 42.3 3s per night, breaking the league record they set last season. “If we’d shoot 30-something 3s back then, it was like, ‘Oh my gosh!'” D’Antoni said. “That was like stepping out of the box back then. But that was like putting our toes in the water. I should have dove in, and I really regret that.”
As the deadline approaches for college basketball players entered in the NBA Draft to decide whether to turn pro or remain in college, Kentucky’s Wenyen Gabriel is a busy man. The sophomore from Sudan was not invited to last week’s pre-draft Combine in Chicago like five of his UK teammates, but that doesn’t mean Gabriel hasn’t been seen by NBA teams. During a pre-draft workout at Sacramento’s facility on Monday, Gabriel said the Kings were his fifth NBA visit. The 6-foot-9 forward said he previously stopped in Oklahoma City, Utah, Milwaukee and Brooklyn.
The Hawks have reached an agreement with Melvin Hunt to join head coach Lloyd Pierce’s staff as an assistant, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The hiring is expected to become official later Tuesday. Hunt will be the first assistant coach to be hired for Pierce’s staff since he was named Hawks head coach on May 11.
You’ve said you’d like to own an NBA team. Kevin Durant: I wish I had the money. It’s crazy. Obviously, the financial part is definitely going to be the hardest part. I’ve been part of two great organizations. I know the game inside and out and I know the players. And I feel like these NBA franchises just change lives. They change cities. I would love to do that. All the aspects of owning a team, I would love to be involved in — from the financial and marketing side to the team-building to the camaraderie to the coaching.
Clearly, Durant has been dropping dimes of the literal kind. So we sat down with him to discuss his presence in Silicon Valley, his growing empire and whether his ultimate investment might come in the form of an owner’s suite. ESPN: How much smarter of a businessman are you than you were, say, two years ago? Kevin Durant: I have mentors like Ron Conway [early-stage Google and PayPal investor] and Ben Horowitz [co-founder of Silicon Valley venture capital fund Andreessen Horowitz] and good friendships with guys like Chris Lyons [chief of staff for Andreessen Horowitz]. I mean, you just go to dinner with these guys, hang out with them. You start to meet these types of people at games. It’s a little easier being here than saying, “Let’s meet up when I come in from Oklahoma.”