Gary Washburn: Official James Williams was the target of Marcus Smart’s ire. Williams gave him a tech with 7:48 left in the 4Q Tuesday and Smart had some more words for Williams postgame. With Smart’s long track record with issues with officials and other players, he got suspended. #Celtics
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Sean Grande: Brad on whether the notification on the Marcus Smart suspension was too late in the day. “I’d agree with that. I knew they were looking into it but I thought when we got the late afternoon, there wouldn’t be anything.”
Mark Medina: NBA announces that Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will miss tonight’s game vs Charlotte Hornets because of a one-game suspension for “directing threatening language toward a game official” during Tuesday’s loss to OKC.
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June 20, 2021 | 1:02 am EDT Update
Shortly after his hiring, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer called Lue “the best coach in the NBA” considering he coached the Cleveland Cavaliers when they won the 2016 NBA title and appeared in four consecutive Finals. No pressure, but the Clippers have expected the same thing since acquiring Leonard and George two years ago. “I’m big on pressure,” Lue said. “If you don’t have pressure, that means you don’t have a chance at winning a championship. When you talk about pressure, that means you’re in a situation to win. That’s what I want to do. I want to be one of the greatest coaches. In order to be great, you have to win.”
Throughout the Clippers’ playoff series against Dallas and Utah, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, Jazz coach Quin Snyder and Clippers players all praised Lue for his in-game adjustments while convincing players to accept the changes. ““I try to think two or three steps ahead. I think my coaching staff does a great job of that,” Lue said. “We want to make sure when they make adjustments, we already know the adjustments they’re going to make and have a counter for it. So just try to prepare for it before they do it, understand what they’re trying to do and anticipate what their adjustments might be.”
Michael Scotto: James Harden on playing injured against the Bucks: “It’s basically a grade 2 hamstring strain, so the first possession of Game 1 up until Game 5, that was the first time I did any basketball competition against anybody. I was literally going out there on a limb.”
Royce Young: Did you know: KD actually wears a full size bigger in games than his actual shoe size. From @Herring_NBA’s 2018 story about why KD’s shoes fall off all the time:
Anthony Puccio: Brook Lopez smacks the Brooklyn logo on his way out. The franchise’s leading scorer finally got his revenge
June 20, 2021 | 12:41 am EDT Update
Ajayi Browne: “I’m still happy with my decision.” ⁃Blake Griffin on his decision to join the Brooklyn Nets this year.