Eric Smith: CJ Miles is out tonight. Dental procedure. Serge Ibaka (knee) is probable. #RTZ #Raptors
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Josh Lewenberg: C.J. Miles (shoulder) returns from his one-game absence today but the Raptors will sit Serge Ibaka out with a sore left knee.
Josh Lewenberg: Ibaka (knee) returns today vs Wizards. Powell (hip) is out again
Michael Grange: Raps vs. Knicks: Delon Wright (shoulder) is out; Norm Powell (hip) is out; Serge Ibaka (knee) not expected to play.
Mike Ganter: Ibaka’s knee apparently started swelling after the game in Los Angeles. They don’t know exactly how he injured it.
Eric Smith: Serge Ibaka (ankle) “should be able to go” tonight according to Dwane Casey. Great news for the @raptors. #raptors #rtz
Charles F. Gardner: Serge Ibaka said if Game 2 had to be played Monday, he might not have been able to go due to ankle sprain. But he thinks he can play Tues.
Eric Koreen: Ibaka on his ankle: “It’s day by day. I woke up this morning and was walking perfect.” Said it would be tough to play if game were today.
Josh Robbins: A precautionary MRI on Serge Ibaka’s sore knee showed no structural problems, Frank Vogel said.
Josh Robbins: Serge Ibaka did not practice today because of knee soreness—the 3rd practice day he’s missed. Ibaka is day-to-day, Frank Vogel said.
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James’ numbers were strong — he scored 26 points with 10 rebounds and five assists on 11-of-22 shooting — but his energy seemed to lag at times, and it might’ve contributed to his six turnovers. “I had my moments,” James said when asked if he was tired. “I think everybody at this point is tired or worn down.” James later dismissed the issue. “I’m fine,” he said. “I didn’t mention fatigue, [the media] did.”
LeBron James says he does away with social media and most TV during the playoffs and focuses by reading a good, old fashioned book. The paperback he’s carrying around during the Eastern Conference finals is ‘The Alchemist,’ the world renowned novel from Paulo Coehlo about a boy who looks for and finds his destiny. In the book, published in 1988, the main character, Santiago, a shepherd, has recurring dreams that he will discover his treasure in life in the Egyptian pyramids.
“I never played in a series where home court seems to matter so much,” Kyle Korver said. “We’ve just played really bad here in Boston. They probably feel the same way how they played in Cleveland. Thank God we’re going home next.”
Marcus Morris is “that guy” for the Celtics. He’s one of the enforcers and dominant personalities on a team that doesn’t take a scintilla of disrespect from anybody. He’s also sometimes guilty of riling up his opponents, prodding and pressing and working to get a rise out of his foes. It was there in his clapping in the face of Tristan Thompson in Game 2, and it was there again on Wednesday when he uttered something inaudible — but clearly inflammatory — to Larry Nance Jr. in Boston’s 96-83 Game 5 win . “Man, I’m just competing at a high level,” said Morris. “I’m blessed to be able to come out here and play in games of this magnitude. Things get chippy — hey, it’s the conference finals.”
Rozier, with a smirk on his face, said he didn’t push anyone when pressed by reporters. “I ain’t see nothing,” said Rozier. “I ain’t push nobody. I don’t think I push nobody. Larry my guy, we both from Ohio, so it’s all good. Just having fun.”