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Dave McMenamin: Kyle Korver checks in for the first time since March 19th after missing time following the death of his brother and then rehabbing a sore right foot.
Korver hasn’t played since March 19 primarily because of the death of his younger brother, but a bruise he was playing with on his right foot is still a little ginger. He’ll miss today’s game against Dallas, his seventh in a row.
Larry Drew: “We don’t want him limping into the playoffs and we’ll allow him all the time he needs to get the soreness out the foot and when he gets back we’ll (welcome him) with open arms.”
Nick Friedell: Kyle Korver remains a game time decision for Cavs.
Erik Gundersen: Kyle Korver out against Bulls
In a bit of good news on the Cavaliers’ injury front, Kyle Korver (right foot bruise) will play against the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday, coach Tyronn Lue said.
Korver told cleveland.com that he has a right foot bruise he’s been dealing with for more than week and aggravated it during the Cavs’ 116-102 loss to the Clippers on Friday. Coach Tyronn Lue said Korver might not play against the Lakers and Korver agreed it was a possibility, though he hopes to give it ago. Korver missed all four shots he took in 24 minutes Friday.
Marla Ridenour: #Cavs Kyle Korver out tonight vs Pacers, Richard Jefferson back
A source said it was unlikely Korver would play against the Pacers.
Kyle Korver will one day again be catching passes from Kyrie Irving and making 3s. And it will be because of a different kind of assist from Irving. Korver’s switching to the Kyrie 3 Nike shoe to solve the foot issue that dogged him for most of March.
Korver believes his foot problems persisted after he returned to the court March 22 because the shoe he’s been wearing, the Nike Kobe A.D., wasn’t designed to fit the cutting and twisting and turning Korver puts himself through while running off screens.
Brian Seltzer: Lue says he expects Cavs regulars to all play tonight. Korver has already been ruled out (left foot).
Marla Ridenour: Cavs say Richard Jefferson out vs Bulls with left knee tendinitis along with Kyle Korver (sore left foot). Iman Shumpert (right knee) a go
Ramona Shelburne: Kyle Korver will rest all week. He’s out AT LEAST next three games.
Marla Ridenour: Korver said he has already had 2 MRIs, foot is improving
Ramona Shelburne: Kyle Korver will miss tonight’s game in San Antonio with foot soreness but says he’s hopeful it’s just “these few days.” Same tendon issue in left foot. Just wants to shut it down for a few days and “let it calm down.” Will re-evaluate before Chicago game on Thursday.
Dave McMenamin: Tyronn Lue says that Kyle Korver will return from a 7-game absence tonight after being cleared w/ a MRI this morning; J.R. Smith to start
Jason Lloyd: Ty Lue reiterated tonight that J.R. Smith will probably return to starting lineup after Kyle Korver returns. Wants a shooter off the bench
Marla Ridenour: Kyle Korver will miss fifth straight game tonight vs Utah with left foot soreness. Kevin Love listed as questionable. #Cavs
ESPN Cleveland: Brian Windhorst: I am a little concerned about Kyle Korver. I saw him the other day and he wasn’t moving very well. #Cavs
Cavs guard Kyle Korver under went an MRI and other tests on his sore right foot this week which showed inflammation of a tendon that Korver said may keep him out a week or so. Meanwhile, LeBron James (hip pointer) is good to go tonight against the Orlando Magic (7 p.m.). Korver, who has been ruled out against the Magic, told cleveland.com he’s had the same injury once or twice throughout his career, and it takes about that long — a week — for it to calm down. He said the MRI was done to make sure there was no deeper issue, such as a fracture.
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New Orleans is trying to prepare for both possible versions of the Warriors, including the one they beat at Oracle Arena on April 7. Curry was sidelined for that game, but Kevin Durant poured in 41 points, going 16/26 from the field. The Pelicans won 126-120 partly because their offense received 25 points or more from Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis and Nikola Mirotic, a trio that has played at an elite level throughout an active nine-game winning streak. “A lot of it is personnel, knowing tendencies,” Holiday said of getting ready to face Golden State. “If Steph comes back, you have to be a lot more aggressive on him (in terms of preventing deep three-point shots). If not, with Andre (Iguodala) you have to be aggressive as well, just not in the same way (against a forward who does more attacking and slashing to the basket). The schemes will stay pretty much the same.
Now the Wolves trail Houston 3-1 in a best-of-seven, first-round playoff series with Game 5 set for tonight at 8:30 p.m. at Toyota Center. “Totally different environment, situation,” Wolves All-Star guard Jimmy Butler said after the team’s shootaround today. “We just have to go out and play basketball. Down 3-1, whatever you want to call it, our back against the walls, still if we do what we’re supposed to do – contest their shots, rebound and we score as well, we can win this game.”
Never will they need to heed that more than tonight, when they’re faced with the daunting prospect of beating a 65-victory Rockets team three times consecutively to advance to the second round. Only 11 teams in NBA teams have done that, most recently by Cleveland in the 2016 NBA Finals against Golden State. “That’s why you try to build that habit all year,” Thibodeau said. “Not to get ahead of yourself, not to get behind, but to concentrate exactly on what’s in front of you. You can’t allow other people to tell you what you think. It’s what you think and what you believe. That’s how you get through these type of things. You go play-by-play, quarter-by-quarter. Once you realize that, it makes things do-able.
Game 6 of the Celtics-Bucks series is the lone matchup on the Thursday night NBA schedule. “Game 6, I’ve got to come out and be more aggressive,” Antetokounmpo said. “It’s on me. I had open shots, but they weren’t my shots so I didn’t feel comfortable taking them. … I’ve got to be more aggressive, make more plays because definitely, my teammates need me.”