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The Pistons might be getting back to full strength. After playing most of the season with piecemeal lineups and rotations, the Pistons could be playing their first game with their full starting lineup and reserves since November. Jerami Grant, the team’s leading scorer, and Kelly Olynyk were not on the injury report and appear poised to return to the lineup for Tuesday’s matchup at Little Caesars Arena against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Dwane Casey says “hopefully” Kelly Olynyk is able to return during the western road trip. He said that Olynyk could possibly return today.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Kelly Olynyk is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s home game vs. the #Suns … that’s something of an upgrade, which conceivably could mean he could return for the west coast trip. Frank Jackson is listed as back in health and safety protocols.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Dwane Casey says there’s no timetable on Jerami Grant’s return, but he is working out in the gym. He said Kelly Olynyk worked out with the G League team this week also.
Pistons power forward Kelly Olynyk will miss at least six weeks with a sprained left knee. Olynyk was hurt Wednesday in the Pistons’ 112-104 victory over the Houston Rockets, limping off the court in the fourth quarter.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says Kelly Olynyk (knee) will warm up and Heat will decide his status from there.
Anthony Chiang: On 5:30 p.m. injury report: Heat listing Tyler Herro (right hip bruise) as probable, Kelly Olynyk (right knee bruise) as questionable and Chris Silva (groin) as out for Sunday’s Game 4. Bucks listing Giannis Antetokounmpo (sprained right ankle) as questionable.
Anthony Chiang: Erik Spoelstra says James Johnson (illness) and Tyler Herro (ankle) are out tonight vs. Pistons. Kelly Olynyk (knee) will play.
Ira Winderman: Heat update: — Jimmy Butler is expected to play Tuesday. Not on Heat list of unavailable — Dion Waiters and James Johnson are both listed as out for Tuesday. That could change Tuesday. — Derrick Jones Jr listed as out due to groin. — Kelly Olynyk probable, with quad contusion.
Ira Winderman: Heat now listing Kelly Olynyk as probable for Thursday in Orlando. In other words, he will be available for the first time this preseason.
Shandel Richardson: Kelly Olynk was back at practice today. Limited
Ira Winderman: As expected, it will be Heat Lite tonight in Charlotte on second night of preseason back-to-back: Jimmy Butler (Illness) Out; Goran Dragić (Load Management, Right Knee) Out; James Johnson (Conditioning) Out; Kelly Olynyk (Right Knee Bruise) Out; Justise Winslow (Rest) Out
Shandel Richardson: Erik Spoelstra said Kelly Olynyk will be ready at some point during the preseason.
Michael Grange: Kelly Olynyk is OUT of the World Cup for Canada due to a bone bruise on his knee after being examined Heat doctors in Miami today, per agent Greg Lawrence.
Adrian Wojnarowski: After suffering a knee injury in competition last week, Miami Heat F Kelly Olynyk will be unable to compete for Canada in the FIBA World Cup, source tells ESPN. Olynyk is expected to be ready for the start of the NBA season.
Michael Grange: Kelly Olynyk is in Miami being evaluated by Heat re: bone bruise he suffered on his knee in Canada’s exhibition game vs. Nigeria last Thursday. As much as Olynyk wants to play at World Cup I can only presume the team will have a lot of input on what ends up happening.
Michael Grange: So Chris Boucher is confirmed OUT for the @FIBAWC (personal reasons). Kelly Olynyk (bruised knee) will take a week off but will continue on to Worlds as planned.
Ira Winderman: Kelly Olynyk injured during Canada exhibition, initial report is not feared serious sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…
Josh Lewenberg: Kelly Olynyk just limped to the locker room. Looked like he slipped and got up (slowly) favouring his leg. Not what you want to see in a FIBA exhibition game. Not what you want to see ever, but especially not in a FIBA exhibition game.
Anthony Chiang: Goran Dragic (left calf strain), James Johnson (slight left AC sprain), Kelly Olynyk (right ankle sprain), Hassan Whiteside (left hip strain) all QUESTIONABLE for tomorrow’s game vs. Nets. Derrick Jones Jr. probable with bruised right knee.
Anthony Chiang: Kelly Olynyk is good to go for tonight.
Anthony Chiang: Kelly Olynyk will play tonight, but will not start and will not play big minutes. Rodney McGruder is available and will dress tonight, but Spo not sure he will play.
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says Olynyk, who was upgraded to questionable earlier in the day, will not play tonight.
Kelly Olynyk went through the morning shootaround but was held out for a fifth consecutive game due to a strained left shoulder. The Heat next play Saturday night against the Memphis Grizzlies at AmericanAirlines Arena, before a two-day break. “He’s not ready to play, but he’s progressing. He’s getting better — still not full contact,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It’ll heal on its own time. He is getting better. He’s making progress. He’s getting ready to play. As long as he’s getting better, that’s a good sign for me.”
Ira Winderman: Kelly Olynyk to be listed as doubtful for Friday due to shoulder. Rodney McGruder practiced today but Spoelstra not committing to him playing Friday.
Anthony Chiang: Spoelstra said Kelly Olynyk will not play in the Heat’s final two games before the All-Star break. He will stay in Miami to rehab.
Anthony Chiang: Olynyk is not playing. Ellington is going to warm up with the intention to play.
The fact the Heat traded for Babbitt could be a sign forward Kelly Olynyk, who strained his right shoulder and missed his first game of the season on Wednesday, could be out for a while. The Heat played Wednesday’s game without Olynyk and leading three-point shooter Wayne Ellington, who also has a shoulder injury.
Anthony Chiang: Kelly Olynyk will not play. Wayne Ellington is doubtful. Justise Winslow will play.
Barry Jackson: Olynyk said unsure of timetable for return. Has pain. Told not to move shoulder for now. Says hopes not serious. Re-evaluation tomorrow
Anthony Chiang: Heat announce Kelly Olynyk (left shoulder strain) will not return to tonight’s game.
Ira Winderman: Per Heat:; Kelly Olynyk suffered a left shoulder strain in the 1st quarter. He will be reevaluated during halftime.
Kyle Draper: No Kelly Olynyk for #Celtics vs #raptors. Strained shoulder. #nba @celticscsn
Marc D’Amico: Kelly Olynyk says “that’s the plan” when asked if he’s going to play tonight. pic.twitter.com/Ep7Zcs93zl
Scott Souza: #Celtics center Kelly Olynyk said he made mistake coming back too early in playoffs last year.
Gary Washburn: Kelly Olynyk won’t commit to returning Wednesday vs. #Wizards but said he’s getting close. #Celtics
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Kelly Olynyk (shoulder), Jae Crowder (ankle), Al Horford (concussion) all out tonight.
The wait is (almost) over when it comes to Kelly Olynyk who could make his regular season debut as early as Sunday’s game against the Denver Nuggets. Olynyk will be listed as questionable for the Nuggets game, a clear indicator that he is on the cusp of seeing his first action this season. The 7-foot big man underwent offseason shoulder surgery in the spring with a return established at that time being the middle of this month.
“When the time comes it will come,” Olynyk said. “You don’t want to force it, you don’t want to push anything and go backwards at all. Every day you come in here, you want to take a step forward. That’s the goal every time you come here and every time I wake up, to take a step forward towards playing a bunch of minutes. … For me, it’s all about when you’re comfortable and when you feel like you’re ready, then we’ll be back. “It’s part of the shoulder — they said it’s going to take five or six months and I think five months was Oct. 16. So we still have about three weeks left, which is probably the middle of November, I guess, is what he’s thinking in terms of the timetable we were told at the start. It’s feeling good and the strength is coming and the stamina is coming. It’s just a matter of getting it to where we want it to be before we put it at risk.”
Scott Souza: #Celtics center Kelly Olynyk indicated 5-6 month recovery seems on track. Nov. 16 would be 6-month mark.
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: From what I’ve been told Kelly Olynyk’s shoulder will be evaluated late this week in NYC.
A. Sherrod Blakely: Kelly Olynyk will be re-evaluated at Oct. 15 mark. Has been cleared for non-contact work, according to HC Brad Stevens. #Celticstalk
Scott Souza: #Celtics center Kelly Olynyk said shoulder feeling good, getting stronger. How much he can do to start camp to be determined.
Scott Souza: #Celtics Kelly Olynyk said he’s been told it will be about 5 months before he’s cleared for contact.
But Olynyk isn’t quite ready to commit to having it surgically repaired this summer, a summer in which the Canadian National team for which he is a key member, is still in the process of trying to qualify for the summer Olympics in Rio. “If I rest it, I would definitely partake in the Olympic (qualifying tournament),” Olynyk told CSN at a fundraising event for Horizons for Homeless on Sunday. “That would be the reason to not get surgery at this point. If you rest it, it’ll get better but never solve the problem. That’s what we’re looking at.”
Getting surgery immediately would still likely result in him missing some or all of training camp. And depending on how his shoulder responds following surgery, he could potentially miss the start of the season. That’s why Olynyk said he’ll make a decision very soon. “I’m still looking at it,” Olynyk said. “Probably make a decision sooner than later because the recovery is so long if you do get it. It’s hard to give up, Olympics, but when you do look at it, if you get hurt it’s even worse to give up the next season. It’s a tough decision.” “The doctors are saying it’s kind of inevitable,” Olynyk said.
Scott Souza: #Celtics center Kelly Olynyk said any talk of shoulder surgery won’t take place until after the season.
Adam Himmelsbach: Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is out, Brad Stevens says. Big hit for the Celtics.
Kyle Draper: Brad Stevens says Kelly Olynyk is going to try to give it a go tonight vs #Thunder on @CSNNE #celtics #CelticsTalk
Scott Souza: #Celtics center Kelly Olynyk went through another full practice today, “striving” to play Tuesday.
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: No update on Kelly Olynyk other than he won’t play.
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Kelly Okynyk in “same boat” with shoulder, no contact in practice today, will be reevaluated tomorrow.
Scott Souza: #Celtics center Kelly Olynyk said he’s relatively pain free shooting, has some discomfort with quick movements w/ shoulder.
Jay King: Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will be reexamined Monday. Could potentially up his activity then, per Stevens.
Kelly Olynyk says his right shoulder injury is improving, but the timeline for his return to action remains the same. Olynyk, who suffered a right shoulder sprain injury on Feb. 10 against the Los Angeles Clippers, won’t return until the first week of March at the earliest. When I asked him what he was able to do now, Olynyk told CSNNE.com, “bike, a little lifting, the same old, same old.”
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May 17, 2022 | 10:41 am EDT Update
What was the thought process with not adding a big entering the trade deadline, and how have you seen the team adjust toward not having a traditional center? Myers: The league is realizing that size is really important, but it’s more about positional size than size at the center spot. We didn’t have a great option available to us. Secondly, I was under the impression we would have James Wiseman. He was trending well. We thought he’d be back, ready to go and help us with that vertical space. That didn’t happen and his rehab hit a bump in the road post deadline. That put us in a tough spot, and the market was pretty dry. We had to march forward. Size still matters. But Looney’s been an unbelievable, steadfast guy that often gets overlooked. When we need to go bigger, Draymond and Looney have shown they can do it. They’re capable. They’re not 7-feet tall, but they’re versatile, switchable and very smart. We found a way. We’ll see if it keeps working and if we continue to win.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Fresno State 7-footer Orlando Robinson will stay in the 2022 NBA Draft and hire an agent, sources tell ESPN. He averaged 19 points and 8 rebounds as a junior. Robinson is in Chicago for the Draft Combine this week.
The Knicks need a true point guard and the draft is light in that department. The best point guard available didn’t play in college — Dyson Daniels of the G-League Ignite. Another fascinating prospect is Memphis one-and-done center Jalen Duren, but sources believe he’ll be too much of a project for Thibodeau to sign off on.
David Hardisty: If you think Paolo Banchero will go #1, there’s some money to be made in Vegas right now. Current odds for the top pick of the 2022 NBA Draft: Jabari Smith, Jr. +100 Chet Holmgren +135 Paolo Banchero +420 Jaden Ivey +3500 Shaedon Sharpe +6500
The Timberwolves veteran — who played for the Los Angeles Clippers for four seasons before heading to Minnesota — insisted to JJ Redick on ESPN that the Lakers’ 2020 title deserves an asterisk and that it’s a “Bubble Championship.” Here’s Beverley making his case. Kevin Harlan will sit in a chair courtside Wednesday night that, he feels, does not belong to him. It’s the same way he felt at the All-Star Game in February. “I may be broadcasting this game tonight,” Harlan texted Marv Albert that night. “But this will always be your seat. This will always be your chair.” Harlan is Turner Sports’ replacement for Albert as the play-by-play voice of the conference finals. He’ll be joined by Hall of Fame player Reggie Miller and ex-coach Stan Van Gundy as the Dallas Mavericks face the Golden State Warriors in the opening game of the Western Conference finals.
Even though Harlan has a strong partnership and rapport with Miller, he’s excited by the addition of Van Gundy. Working with a coach is important in big games, Harlan said, because they add another layer of context and perspective that is “so vital.” “And (Van Gundy) does it. He is so knowledgeable and is so well-prepared, I am in awe of his preparation for these games,” Harlan said. “I find him incredibly compelling. His addition will be just absolutely perfect for a game, and games, of this stature.”
May 17, 2022 | 7:54 am EDT Update
The NBA on Monday said it’s in the process of gathering more information after veteran point guard Rajon Rondo allegedly threatened a woman with a gun at her house last week. The woman filed for an emergency protective order against Rondo on Friday in Louisville, Kentucky, a copy of which was obtained by ESPN’s Baxter Holmes. The order was granted later that day. Her allegations were made in the request for the EPO.