Storyline: Jonas Valanciunas Injury

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The Toronto Raptors will not have starting center Jonas Valanciunas, the team’s third-leading scorer in the postseason, for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. There doesn’t appear to be much optimism for the remainder of the series either. “He’s going to get treatment day to day,” Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said during a conference call on Monday. “I don’t foresee it but I’m not committing to it. Just going to see how his body reacts and comes through rehab. It’s going to be very difficult for Game 2. But to cancel him out for the entire series, I don’t know.”

Lue said the Cavs will prepare as if Valanciunas will play. And as for the extended rest? “I’ve always said anytime you get an opportunity to get some rest throughout the course of our season, it’s always beneficial for anybody,” James said. “Doesn’t matter if you’re a 31-year-old guy who’s played a lot of basketball or you’re a 19-year-old kid who just came into the league. It doesn’t matter; you get a couple days in the postseason, there’s a benefit.”
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June 23, 2018 | 7:10 pm EDT Update
First, you’d have to forgive DeAndre Jordan. Or, more specifically — because if he somehow ends up in a Dallas Mavericks uniform, you, as an MFFL would surely grow to acceptance — first, Mavs management would have to forgive him. [….] Consider it done. The Mavs have, a source tells me, decided to let bygones bygones. And why? Well, they do need a center.
Storyline: DeAndre Jordan Free Agency
Part of the forgiveness is simply a matter of time healing wounds. In recent days, we’ve already seen one of the grandest “hug it outs” in franchise history as Mavs owner Mark Cuban participated in a make-up session with agent Bill Duffy, an organizational nemesis for a decade-and-a-half, the result of Duffy guiding Steve Nash away from the Mavs and to the Suns. The fact that this time around, Duffy was, sources tell me, a key participant in the NBA Draft night swap that brought his client Luka Doncic to Dallas via a trade with Atlanta, is a miracle of sorts. If the Mavs can reunite with Duffy, they can certainly do so with Jordan — who happens to be repped by agent Jeff Schwartz, who unlike Duffy has always been very Mavs-friendly.
On behalf of his foundation, Emmanuel Mudiay hosted dozens of young basketball players for a camp at the National Basketball Players Association on Saturday in conjunction with Go Hoop Day. He took some time to answer a few questions about the Knicks. Here, he talks about how all the players have a fresh start under new coach David Fizdale: “We’re all kind of starting from scratch. But it’s a positive scratch. It’s big to see that people are actually loving what the front office is doing, loving what the coaching staff is doing. Everybody’s supportive. So that’s a good thing.”
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Mudiay was asked if it feels like a ‘new vibe’ under Fizdale. “For sure. It’s like night and day to be honest. You could just see people having confidence in themselves. And Fiz did a great job connecting with the players. Not only him but his coaching staff.” Mudiay plans to spend some time in New York during the rest of the offseason. The NBPA will host camps in New York City with other Knicks, including Tim Hardaway Jr., later this summer.
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June 23, 2018 | 6:00 pm EDT Update