Brian Lewis: The #Cavs expect Darius Garland to play tonight vs. the #Nets. #NBA
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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland could miss up to one week with a right shoulder sprain, the team announced. An MRI on Tuesday confirmed the injury after he was held out of Monday night’s game against the Orlando Magic. The team also confirmed that he’ll be reevaluated daily after first experiencing discomfort following Cleveland’s 96-91 win against Atlanta on Saturday.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Darius Garland is expected to play in tomorrow’s scrimmage. But John Beilein hasn’t decided who his starting group will be yet. Beilein said nothing should be inferred based on that tomorrow night.
Rick Noland: Darius Garland, who has had some soreness in his foot, did more things at the team’s morning practice but wasn’t a total participant. Beilein said the No. 5 pick is “almost there.”
Darius Garland didn’t participate in the Cavaliers’ first training camp practice Tuesday morning because of soreness in his right foot. The Cavs are scheduled to take the court for a second session later this evening, which will be mostly on-court shooting. That part wasn’t a problem for Garland, who was able to hoist both standstill and off-the-dribble jumpers, going all around the floor, inside and outside the arc, following Monday’s practice.
According to those familiar with the workouts, Garland looked great, wowing the staff with his shooting prowess, floor game and playmaking. Beilein said Garland — and others — got a “head start on everybody.”
Marla Ridenour: #Cavs coach John Beilein said Darius Garland (foot) and Larry Nance Jr. (didn’t feel well) did not practice today. Said Garland’s foot issue minor. Beilein upbeat about how first session went.
Chris Fedor: Sources: #Cavs Darius Garland is unlikely to play summer league. He’s healthy, but the organization doesn’t want to push it.
Andy Katz: Darius Garland told us he left @VandyMBB once he got hurt for business reasons. He said he hopes his injury won’t hurt his status in the lottery. He said he’s good to go. He said what he missed most this season was being with his peers. @NBATV @ALaForce
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February 28, 2021 | 6:15 am EST Update
Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is on this quick two-game trip with his teammates so he can continue to rehab a high-grade strained right calf, but the five-time All-Star is “unlikely” to return until after the NBA All-Star break, league sources tell cleveland.com.
Given the Cavs only have two games remaining — Monday in Houston and Wednesday at home against the Indiana Pacers — before a needed nine-day break, sources said the team doesn’t see the upside in pushing it. They want to use the extra days to get his calf better, so he can be 100 percent for the Second Half.
The Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant will still serve as an NBA All-Star Game captain despite a hamstring injury that will keep him from playing. Durant and fellow All-Star Game captain LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers will each draft a roster out of the pool of selected All-Stars. The All-Star draft will air on TNT on March 4. It remained unclear whether Durant will travel to Atlanta for the game on March 7.
A Knicks official said Rivers was at the Garden, but in the back getting treatment for a sore ankle. Rivers was not listed on the pregame injury report submitted to the NBA. On the box score, Rivers was listed with a DNP-Coach’s Decision. Earlier this week, Rivers said of his situation: “I can’t control if I’m traded today, tomorrow or the next day. What I can control is how I am as a player.’’
His father, Mychal Thompson, believes Klay’s basketball lifespan could run until he’s 40 years old. “I said, if you really want to, you can play till you’re 40 years of age, but the key to that is you have to take care of your body, as you go into your 30s,” Mychal said, recounting to NBC Sports Bay Area a conversation he had with Klay.
That doesn’t mean he’s a finished product. There’s a reason the Raptors signed him with G League intentions and not for the NBA roster. The 10-day contract (about $82,000) affords them six games to see how he can fit and progress in their environment. It’s an audition by another name, and not the first time the Raptors have used a 10-day to get a 905 look at a prospect. “This gives us a chance to get Donta down in our system, teach him our ins and outs and the way we operate our offence, our defence, our schemes, and see how he looks running those,” general manager Chad Sanders said. “With Tampa just down the street, it’s a chance for us to get him out there and get some reps and get a chance to evaluate him for the big club.”
Callie Caplan: Luka, on ABC, asked about recent comparisons to Larry Bird’s game: “More, more games to go. A long time before you can compare me to Larry Bird. I just want to keep hooping, have fun playing basketball.”