Isaiah Taylor suffered a setback in his quest for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ final roster spot and could miss a month after a CT scan revealed a stress fracture in his left leg. Taylor said the injury likely occurred at some point during summer workouts and he played at “probably 50 or 60 percent” during training camp. Because of the pain in his lower leg, Taylor received X-rays and multiple MRIs, which didn’t show anything significant. Finally, the CT scan conducted on Thursday revealed the bad news.
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There is no timetable for his return, but Taylor told cleveland.com on Friday morning that a month is most likely. “He’s played so well, competed every single day even though he has felt this for a while,” head coach Tyronn Lue said. “To play the way he has played in feeling that is kind of crazy, unbelievable. Just feel sorry for the kid and the work he’s put in. Hopefully he can get through this and get healthy.”
Michael Cunningham: Budenholzer says Taylor (ankle) and Cavanaugh (ankle) available to play. Cavanaugh last played for Hawks on Jan. 17.
Michael Cunningham: Hawks list Taylor (ankle) as available to play vs IND
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Michael Cunningham: Taylor expected to miss few games. Budenholzer says he got poked in eye during Fri. practice. Will consider promoting Magette from G-League
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August 18, 2019 | 9:06 pm EDT Update
Entering his fifth season, Richardson was involved in a five-game playoff series loss two years ago against the Sixers. There have been many other, heated games with the two teams. His biggest perception of Philadelphia as an opposing player? “The fans, man,” Josh Richardson said during Saturday’s annual Sixers Summer Shore Tour at the PigDog Beach Bar BQ in Wildwood. “The first thing you think about is how hard the fans are to opposing players. It is tough playing against that and I am excited to play on the same side of those fans.”
In looking at his new team, Richardson noted something he thought he would never see, that he will be the smallest player in the starting lineup. The rest of the projected lineup is 6-10 point guard Ben Simmons, 6-9 small forward Tobias Harris, 6-10 power forward Al Horford and 7-2 center Joel Embiid. “I have never been that ever in my life,” Richardson said about being the smallest. “This will be interesting, looking up to my teammates, talking in huddles.”
Not surprisingly, his summer has been spent working overtime on all aspects of his game. “I’ve been grinding,” he said. Smith says he has benefited from extra summer work in the weight room. The Sixers list him at 199 pounds. He said he was about 205 the last time he was weighed before the summer and now says he is 212 pounds. He hopes to become a solid rotation player. “That is the goal,” he said. “Get in the rotation and play hard and do what I do and have fun.”
August 18, 2019 | 7:41 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: The Grizzlies are granting the Los Angeles Lakers permission to speak with Dwight Howard, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Ramona Shelburne: As @VeniceMase and I discussed the other day on @ESPNLosAngeles … Dwight Howard may have left town on bad terms with some in LA. But he always had a good relationship with Jeanie Buss. Remember, Jeanie and Phil tweeting at him during the recruiting process.