September 6, 2020 | 7:14 pm EDT Update
Marc J. Spears: Injured #Bucks star @Giannis Antetokounmpo walked out of the arena wearing a protective boot over his injured right ankle.
Adrian Wojnarowski: After leaving Game 4, Giannis Antetokounmpo was encouraging the Bucks to tape up his right ankle and let him return — but he couldn’t plant or jump off the sprain, per sources. Around the Bucks, many didn’t expect he could play today. No one dares rule him out yet for Game 5.
Kane Pitman: Brook Lopez on DiVincenzo knocking down the tying free-throw to save the season: “I had faith he would make it. That was obviously so mentally tough. He’s been in situations like that before obviously in college. He’s risen to the occasion before and we were all 100% behind him.”
Nick Friedell: Jimmy, when asked if Heat took their foot off the gas: “Yeah, I think so. I think that was it. We did what we always say we can’t do which is get comfortable. We thought this one was going to be easy and it was not … so going into the next one we just got to put them away.”
Nick Friedell: Adebayo: “I feel like we played like we was up 3-0 … At the end of the day we should have played like we was in Game 1, Game 2 and Game 3 … We didn’t play as hard as we should have. I feel like we didn’t play a maximum effort the whole game.”
Ben Golliver: Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni on whether he always knew small ball would be an effective strategy: “You know I’ve had about four or five different jobs, right? There’s plenty of times I could have sworn it would work and it didn’t.”
Salman Ali: Mike D’Antoni gets another question about playing small. Interrupts: “Let me ask you a question. I just watched Miami for example. Adebayo’s the only guy they have that’s bigger than us. He’s what 6’8″, 6’9″?… I’m watching and I go ‘Why don’t they say that’s small ball?’”
Chris Haynes: Los Angeles Lakers plan to go with their usual starting lineup in Game 2 tonight against the Houston Rockets, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
September 6, 2020 | 7:00 pm EDT Update
Scotto: “I think they definitely re-sign Joe Harris, and I think he doubles his salary to somewhere around $15 million, give a couple million more or less.”
Scotto: “You’ve got Dinwiddie who’s got a guaranteed deal next year, and then he’s got a $12.3 million player option the year after that. He’s opting out of that, barring any injury. He’s going to opt out of that to try and get more money, survey the market and be a potential starting point guard. I’d be shocked if he didn’t.”
Puccio: “I think you definitely see Jamal Crawford come back next year. I’m very confident that he’ll be back, and also Tyler Johnson as well after what he did in the Orlando bubble. We know Sean Marks likes him a lot after the contract that he threw at him when he was in Miami. I think, with Chandler, it’s kind of a coin flip. I personally don’t think that he’s coming back, but we’ll have to see on that front.”
Malika Andrews: Mike Budenholzer said that Giannis will get treatment and they will “see how he does over the next 24-48 hours” to determine his status for Game 5. “When he went down,” Budenholzer said, “All our hearts just stopped for a second.”
Ben Golliver: Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said “no consideration” given to bringing Giannis Antetokounmpo (right ankle sprain) back into Game 4 win over Heat & no update yet on Game 5 status.
Lori Nickel: Budenholzer on Giannis: “I hope it’s not lost what he did in those first 10 or 12 minutes on an ankle is not fully 100 percent, he was phenomenal to start the game and gave us a huge boost. And when he went down you know all our hearts… They stopped for a second.”
Barry Jackson: Bam: “In the last six minutes,… we fell apart, couldn’t execute. We didn’t play as hard as we should have. We didn’t play maximum effort the whole game.”
September 6, 2020 | 6:56 pm EDT Update
Eric Nehm: Final: Bucks 118, Heat 115 Down in the series 3-1, but somehow pull one out without Antetokounmpo for the final three quarters. Middleton with 36 in 48 minutes.
Malika Andrews: Giannis Antetokounmpo has been diagnosed with a right ankle sprain and is out for the game, per team.
September 6, 2020 | 4:25 pm EDT Update
Ben Golliver: Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo down on the baseline after a drive. He screamed a profanity in pain and appeared to hold right ankle, which he sprained in Game 3. Entire team huddled around him as he gets up. He is being helped by his brother Thanasis and George Hill to the sideline
Kane Pitman: Bucks assistant coach Charles Lee seen mouthing “God damn” as Giannis yells in pain on the ground. The disaster continues for Milwaukee.
Harrison Wind: Michael Malone on Gary Harris: “I know there’s a lot of people out there that questioned Gary and have been hating on Gary about his offense. Hopefully after last night’s performance which allowed us to tie the series up, people will give Gary a little bit of a break.”
Dwight Anderson, whose nickname “The Blur” saluted his speed but could also have served as an epitaph for a basketball career that resembled a shooting star flashing through the night sky, died Saturday. He was 59. The cause of death was pending an autopsy. Anderson came to Kentucky in 1978 as the No. 1-ranked freshman recruit in the country.
He transferred to Southern California in December of 1980. The NBA career of “Michael Jordan before Michael Jordan” consisted of five games with the Denver Nuggets.
September 6, 2020 | 3:43 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo (right ankle sprain) is planning to play in Game 4 today vs. Miami, sources tell ESPN. (Tip is on ABC, 3:30 PM ET)
Mirjam Swanson: Denver’s Michael Porter Jr. Zooming on a Sunday: “We saw what (the Clippers) were about (in Game 1), we saw how physical they were, so we knew we had to get our mind right. I was really proud of the team, the way everyone contributed and played with high energy.”
Harrison Wind: Michael Porter Jr. on Gary Harris: “G is a really, really good player and he’s really underappreciated at times. To see him knock down those threes in the fourth quarter. To see him get that big stop against Donovan Mitchell in Game 7…We all missed him a lot.”
NBA star and Port Arthur native Stephen Jackson partnered with the Feed Your City Challenge, an initiative backed by the Ricky Davis Legacy Foundation, to help people whose food security had already been threatened by the coronavirus’ economic damage. “My grandmother and grandfather gave to this community my whole life. They always gave back,” Jackson said. “Over the years, (giving back) is something I fell in love with … because it was already in my heart. This area has been going through so much the last couple of years.”
Jackson implored other NBA players to step up to the challenge. “We talk about supporting each other. We talk about brotherhood. But you have brothers out on the ground doing this work,” Jackson said. “We need y’all’s support. The work is going to get done regardless, but we need y’all’s support. This is really a reality check for everybody who takes things for granted.”
September 6, 2020 | 2:33 pm EDT Update
Anthony Chiang: Mike Budenholzer says Giannis is warming up and testing his injured ankle. But no final decision on Giannis’ status for Game 4 yet. Budenholzer: “He’s giving it everything he can to be available.”
Ira Winderman: Spoelstra says Kelly Olynyk (knee) will warm up and Heat will decide his status from there.
“We are fortunate the NBA bubble is here in Orlando, and have an opportunity to work directly with them,” Gilzean said. “The objective here is our community has access to find out where they are, where they stand, and can be safe and take care of their families. Bring awareness to the community for COVID-19 testing and also assist of slowing the spread of COVID-19 testing.” The NBA supplied the tests for the site.
It’s a big boost for the Boys and Girls Club in Ogdensburg. Saturday, Lisbon native and head coach of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, Rick Carlisle, was in town to announce a major donation to the Boys and Girls Club. Money to build the Preston Carlisle Youth Athletic Center.
Carlisle made the donation in honor of his father, Ogdensburg attorney Preston Carlilse, who was a driving force in getting the original club up and running. “We’re just proud to be able to do it. It’s a great tribute to my dad who turns 90 tomorrow. And this will be an enduring symbol of everything he stood for as a guy that was all about helping people and he was a great friend of the Boys Club,” said Dallas Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle.
September 6, 2020 | 1:40 pm EDT Update
Malika Andrews: Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is listed as questionable with a right ankle sprain, is out on the court warming up ahead of Game 4. Mike Budenholzer and general manager Jon Horst are looking on. Budenholzer doesn’t typically watch warm ups.
Josh Lewenberg: Yesterday, Brad Stevens told us he goes for a “walk of sanity” in the bubble every morning. Nick Nurse says he doesn’t have a regular AM routine. Some days he runs, some he bikes: “Kinda like our coverages I like to mix it up a little bit and go with what I’m feeling on the day.”
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has his full coaching staff with him in the NBA’s Disney bubble. Heat assistant coach Octavio De La Grana, who initially was not among those who traveled to the league’s quarantine campus for the resumption of the season, recently joined the team at Disney in Lake Buena Vista.
Byron Scott thinks top NBA players should take a more active role in advocating for Black coaches … just like Kobe Bryant did for him back in the day. 59-year-old Scott says he likes and respects Steve Nash — but couldn’t help but feel disappointed when he saw the Brooklyn Nets hired Nash as head coach over other well-qualified Black candidates.