Basketball Wiretap

Mike Brown Encouraging Steve Kerr To Play More 'Mismatch Basketball'

May 23, 2017 10:26 AM

The Golden State Warriors' pick and roll combo of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have perhaps more potential than any other duo in the NBA.

The Warriors haven't used it with much frequency unlike the Cleveland Cavaliers with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

"Steve (Kerr) isn't really into this much," Mike Brown said. "He's more about spacing and movement -- and that's fantastic. I love Steve, and wherever I might go, I'm going to incorporate a lot of stuff he does. But in the playoffs, sometimes you have to attack a mismatch. When I need a bucket, that's what I'm going to do."

Kerr says the two coaches have talked recently about playing mismatch basketball in the right doses. "Mike is right about me, but I also recognize the need to do it more as defenses get tougher," Kerr says. "It's about finding the right balance between isolating when we need to, and keeping the flow that makes us who we are."

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Celtics Lose Isaiah Thomas For Rest Of Playoffs

May 20, 2017 8:32 PM

Isaiah Thomas will miss the remainder of the postseason after aggravating a right hip injury during Friday's Game 2 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Celtics announced Saturday that Thomas suffered a "re-aggravation of a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear" during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

The Celtics trail Cleveland 2-0 heading into Game 3. 

“Isaiah has worked tirelessly to manage this injury since it first occurred,” said Celtics Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian McKeon. “The swelling increased during the first two games against Cleveland, and in order to avoid more significant long-term damage to his hip, we could no longer allow him to continue.”

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Isaiah Thomas Misses 2nd Half Of Game 2 With Right Hip Strain

May 20, 2017 3:27 AM

Isaiah Thomas missed the entire second half of Game 2 with a right hip strain.

Thomas played 17 minutes in the first half and didn't score a single field goal on six attempts.

“I think he's going to be reevaluated tomorrow, “ said Stevens, “and ‘we'll see’ is what I was told. I don't know anything further to that. I don't know if somebody out of our PR group will communicate that tomorrow or early Sunday, whatever the determination is.”

According to Stevens, Thomas has been battling the injury for a while.

“He's had a nagging hip injury,” said Stevens. “He aggravated it pretty significantly on Friday in Washington Game 6, went through a bunch of different testing on Saturday and Sunday, was able to play Monday, hasn't felt great either of the two days. But today I thought he looked much different in the first half. When we went back to the locker room, our training staff and doctors got with him. He was pretty despondent not to be able to play. I mean, that guy is a tough guy, and he plays through a lot. For him to have to sit is really hard.”

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Tags: Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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MRI Reveals Only Heel Contusion For Zaza Pachulia

May 18, 2017 2:36 AM

Zaza Pachulia underwent an MRI on his sore right heel Wednesday, and the results came back clean. The injury is described as a heel contusion. 

Pachulia is listed as day-to-day.

Pachulia suffered the injury in Game 2 and was limited to seven minutes.

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Tags: Zaza Pachulia, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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Kawhi Leonard Out For Game 2, Questionable For Game 3

May 16, 2017 8:03 PM

The San Antonio Spurs held out Kawhi Leonard from Game 2 due to an aggravated ankle injury.

Gregg Popovich also announced Leonard is questionable for Game 3 on Saturday.

Jonathon Simmons was inserted into the starting lineup in place of Leonard.

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Gregg Popovich Critical Of Zaza Pachulia Undercutting Leonard

May 16, 2017 2:14 AM

Gregg Popovich criticized the defensive play by Zaza Pachulia on Kawhi Leonard when he stepped into his landing space following a jump shot. Leonard aggravated his ankle injury and left the game after the play.

"Two step, lead with your foot closeout, is not appropriate. It’s dangerous, it’s unsportsmanlike, it’s just not what anybody does to anybody else," said Popovich.

"This particular individual has a history of that kind of action. You can go back and look at Dallas games for elbowing Patty Mills. The play where he took Kawhi down and locked his arm in Dallas, and could’ve broken his arm. Ask David West, his current teammate, how things went when Zaza was playing for Dallas, and he and David got into it.

"And then think about the history he’s had, and what that means to a team, when it happens last night. Totally unnatural closeout that the league has outlawed years ago and pays great attention to, and Kawhi’s not there.

"And you want to know how we feel about it? You want to know if it lessens our chances or not? We’re playing very possibly the best team in the league. We don’t know what’s going to happen in the East. And 9.75 people out of 10 will figure the Warriors will beat the Spurs. Well, we’ve had a pretty damn good seasons, we’ve played fairly well in the playoffs, and I think we’re getting better. We’re up 23 points in the third quarter and Kawhi goes down, like that. And you want to know if our chances are less? And you want to know how we feel? That’s how we feel."

Pachulia has contended he meant no harm by the dangerous play.

"Who gives a damn about what his intent was. You ever heard of manslaughter? You still go to jail, I think, when you’re texting and you kill someone. All I care is all I saw. All I care about is what happened. And the history there exacerbates the whole situation and makes me very angry."

Longtime Spurs' player Bruce Bowen was defended by Popovich in the past for similar actions.

“The league is just trying to cover its ass,” Popovich said at the time. “I told Bruce, ‘You be Bruce Bowen. You’re the best (expletive) defender in this league. You will NOT change the way you play defense.’

“Stu Jackson is not going to change my team just because he thinks he’s doing the right thing.”

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Steve Kerr Addressed Warriors At Halftime Before Game 1 Comeback

May 15, 2017 2:05 AM

Steve Kerr addressed the Golden State Warriors in the locker room of Game 1 of their comeback win over the San Antonio Spurs.

While still unable to coach from the sidelines, Kerr addressed the Warriors wearing a team sweatshirt and imploring his players to generate tempo by focusing on defensive stops.

“We’ve got to find that balance between pace and discipline,” Kerr said in a clip that was broadcast by ABC. He added, “Settle in, and we’ll be all right.”

Mike Brown is serving as interim head coach but Kerr continues to exert his influence.

“His voice has never gone away," David West said. “He’s still our head guy. He’s still our leader.”

"(Kerr) inspired us," said Stephen Curry.

“He was calm. He wasn’t yelling at anybody,” said Kevin Durant.

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Andre Iguodala To Undergo MRI On 'Sore Left Knee'

May 15, 2017 2:01 AM

Andre Iguodala will undergo an MRI on his left knee on Monday.

The Golden State Warriors will evaluate the best course of action for Iguodala following the MRI, with resting a game as a precautionary measure a possibility. The Warriors describe the ailment as a "sore left knee."

Iguodala didn't participate much in court work leading to the start of the Western Conference Finals.

Iguodala played in only 10 minutes of Game 1.

The Warriors would likely need Iguodala to play more minutes in a possible Finals matchup against LeBron james and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Kawhi Leonard To Play In Game 1 Of WCF

May 14, 2017 3:41 AM

Kawhi Leonard will play for the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors.

Leonard sustained a sprained left ankle in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals and sat out Game 6.

Gregg Popovich said Leonard "absolutely" fully participated in Saturday's practice in San Antonio.

The Spurs are already without Tony Parker for the remainder of the playoffs.

 

Melissa Rohlin/San Antonio Express-News

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Celtics Should Have Had Extra Second At End Of Game 6

May 14, 2017 3:37 AM

The Last Two Minute Report indicated that the Boston Celtics should have had an extra second on the clock to run a final play in their loss to the Washington Wizards in Game 6.

John Wall hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds to go and, with a foul to give.

Isaiah Thomas missed an off-balance three-pointer that would have won the game for the Celtics.

The league also noted: "Instant replay is not permitted in this situation."

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Cavs Want Kevin Love To Have Bigger Role Within Offense
Kevin Love has averaged 13.8 points on 9.9 shots per game in the postseason.

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Kawhi Leonard Expected To Play In Game 1
Kawhi Leonard could have played in Game 6 if it was an elimination game for them but they wanted him healthy for Sunday.

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James Harden Takes Blame For Rockets' Playoff Exit
James Harden scored 10 points on 2-for-11 shooting to go with seven assists and six turnovers.

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Kawhi Leonard Suffers Knee, Ankle Injuries In Spurs' OT Win
Kawhi Leonard sat out much of the fourth quarter and didn't play during OT in the team's win over the Rockets on Tuesday night.

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Rajon Rondo Believes Bulls Would Have Swept Celtics If He Didn't Get Hurt
The Bulls struggled to manufacture efficient offense once Rajon Rondo was hurt.

Chris Kuc/Chicago Tribune

Dunc'd On: Ranking The Free Agent Bigs, BOS/WAS, GSW/UTA Game 2s
Where will the free agent bigs end up, and how much should they make? Plus a wrap-up of Thursday's playoff action.

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Steve Kerr Won't Coach Games 3, 4 In Utah
Mike Brown will coach the Warriors for both Games 3 and 4 with Steve Kerr still out.

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Gerald Green: We're Gonna Beat Wizards Ass In Game 4
Gerald Green started in Game 3 after not playing in Game 2.

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George Hill Out For Game 2 With Sore Big Toe
George Hill will not play in Game 2 for the Jazz due to a sore big toe.

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Tony Parker Out For Playoffs With Ruptured Quad Tendon
Tony Parker will miss the remainder of the playoffs with a ruptured quadriceps tendon.

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Markieff Morris To Play In Game 2, Ask Al Horford About Play On Injury
Markieff Morris landed on the foot of Al Horford after attempting a jump shot.

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NBA Playoffs: Conference Semifinals Efficiency Capsules
The infographics show the Net Rating, Offensive Rating and Defensive Rating for all eight teams in the Conference Semifinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

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Thunder Were +5 In Series When Both Westbrook, Harden Were On Floor
The Thunder were +15 when Russell Westbrook was on the floor and -58 with him on the bench in their five-game series

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Rajon Rondo Shoots At Practice, Could Return For Boston Series
Fred Hoiberg has already ruled out Rajon Rondo for Game 5.

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