Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer
A few of the Warriors arriving to the arena.
A few of the Warriors arriving to the arena.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr says Andre Iguodala will not play tonight in Game 5 of the WCF at Houston.
Andre Iguodala is out for Game 5. "He's dying to play, but he's not healthy enough," Steve Kerr said. "We'll just continue to take it day to day."
After speaking with a few players, they didn't sound optimistic Andre Iguodala would be playing tonight.
Statement from the Madison Square Garden Company on the video referenced in a court filing today by Charles Oakley's lawyers that allegedly shows James Dolan giving a ‘thumbs up' after Oakley was ejected from MSG: "Today's claims are nothing more than Oakley's latest attempt to distract from the real reasons why he was ejected. We like the videos – they show what actually happened, which is why Oakley's lawyer continues to fight to exclude them from the court case. As opposed to the edited and manipulated video posted by Oakley's counsel, we filed the entire unedited video with the Court months ago. As we've stated before, we believe this suit has no merit and should be dismissed."
Russell Westbrook was named second team All-NBA, with Paul George making third team. The Thunder were one of three teams to have multiple players make All-NBA. It's Westbrook's seventh All-NBA selection and George's fourth.
Kristaps Porzingis tweets that he "just had a great conversation on the phone with Coach Fiz. Man im excited!!!!! Lets gooo!!!" This would seem to be a good sign for relations between the Knicks and Porzingis going forward. The All-Star big man is eligible for a 5-year, $157 million extension this summer.
Karl-Anthony Towns can receive an extension this summer up to 30% of the salary cap in 2019-20. Towns who earned All-NBA (third team) could earn up to $188M on a possible extension.
Klay Thompson failed to earn All-NBA honors and is not super max eligible this summer. The guard would be eligible in 2019 when he is a free agent but must earn All-NBA for the 2018-19 season.
All NBA Teams were announced today. To no one's suspense, the Knicks did not have a player on any of the three teams. Kristaps Porzingis received one vote for third-team All-NBA.
Anthony Davis has now met the super max criteria (All-NBA in 2 out of 3 seasons) and is eligible to sign the largest contract in NBA history next summer (2019). The extension projects to be worth $230 million with a cap hit in 2020-21 starting at $39.7 million.
Steve Kerr provides his thoughts on the NFL's new anthem policy: "Typical of the NFL. Appealing to their fanbase...trying to use the anthem as fake patriotism, nationalism. Idiotic."
Steve Kerr said he believes Klay Thompson will play tonight. Andre Iguodala is a game-time decision. Both participated in shootaround this morning.
Northwestern point guard Bryant McIntosh is scheduled to be among those who work out for the Lakers on Friday. McIntosh, who is third all-time in the Big Ten in assists, helped lead Northwestern to its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2016-17 and became the first Division 1 player in 13 years to post 16 assists with no turnovers in a game against Minnesota this past season.
According to Rick Carlisle, Stephen Silas has agreed to a multi-year deal to join the Mavs coaching staff. He will replace Melvin Hunt, who is leaving for the Atlanta Hawks.
Ex-Knick Amar'e Stoudemire shared his thoughts on new Knicks coach David Fizdale in an interview with The Michael Kay Show on ESPN 98.7 FM: "Fizdale was great when I was in Miami (in 2015-16). He was great with the veteran players, myself Dwyane Wade, Loul Deng. He was brilliant with the young players, with Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson. So what he would do was, the training regimen for those guys, he brought us all in early. We worked out before practice, we went through the plays, we had a great understanding of the offense and defensive schemes. So he had us well-prepared for when Spoelstra was ready to take over (practice)….So with having coach Fizdale here, he's going to definitely bring a winning mentality, he's going to make sure that the guys are on the same page. He's going to build a chemistry, I think, that's going to be beneficial for the team."
The filing from Charles Oakley's lawyers says that after Oakley was ejected by Garden security "Defendant Dolan can be seen giving a thumbs up to the security guards." MSG lawyers say the video - which was obtained by the NY Daily News and does not contain audio - proves that Oakley's ejection from the arena was warranted. Oakley's lawyers vehemently disagree. Oakley's lawsuit claims that he was defamed and discriminated against, among other claims. Full background on the civil suit and criminal case in the wake of Oakley's removal from the Garden can be found in previous stories on ESPN.com. Defense lawyers are expected to file a reply to Thursday's filing next month and the judge is expected to rule on whether or not the case will proceed to jury in the coming months.
Charles Oakley's lawyers on Thursday argued in court papers that the motion to dismiss Oakley's civil suit against Madison Square Garden and Knicks owner James Dolan be rejected. Lawyers for Dolan and Madison Square Garden have filed a motion requesting that the suit be dismissed. One piece of evidence Oakley's lawyers cited in Thursday's filing is an arena video that shows Dolan ordering Oakley's ejection and then giving a 'thumbs up' after the ejection. (More in subsequent post).
The Knicks are among the teams who've sent an executive to the Next Sports Pro Day in Atlanta on Thursday, where Seton Hall's Khadeen Carrington and others are working out. Full list of players at the workout here:
The Cavs lose 96-83 to fall down 3-2 in the series. Cleveland will need to win two in a row and snap Boston's perfect 10-0 record at home in these playoffs in a Game 7 in order to advance to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year.
The Cavs have a major uphill battle in front of them heading into the 4th Q if they are to break the Celtics' perfect 9-0 home record this postseason. The Celtics are up 76-60 and while Cleveland has held Boston to just 38.1 percent from the floor, the Cavaliers aren't doing much better at 40.4 percent. The difference? Boston is shooting 40.7 percent from 3 while Cleveland is shooting 25 percent from the outside and the Cavs also have 11 turnovers while the Celtics have just eight.
The Cavs shot 25 percent from 3 in Games 1 and 2 in Boston, then shot 43.8 percent from 3 in Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland and are back down to 27.3 percent from 3 (6-for-22) so far in Game 5 at TD Garden.
The Cavs have eight turnovers, LeBron James has four of them (including two costly ones in the 3rd Q). He came into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals averaging 5.4 turnovers per game in the series.
The Cavs stopped the bleeding in the second quarter, but still trail 53-42 heading into halftime. LeBron James has 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting; Kevin Love has 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting' Kyle Korver and Jordan Clarkson combined to score 10 points in the first half off the bench. Jayson Tatum leads the Celtics with 12 points.
Per ESPN's Rachel Nichols: in addition to Frank Ntilikina, new Knicks coach David Fizdale brought Emmanuel Mudiay and Damyean Dotson to Game 5 of Celtics-Cavs to get a taste of a playoff atmosphere.