September 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Bam Adebayo Aggravates Wrist Injury, Will Play In Game 5

Sep 24, 2020 8:34 AM

Bam Adebayo aggravated a wrist injury at the end of Game 4 in which he was in visible pain.

Sources tell Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press that Adebayo is fine and will play in Game 5 on Friday. Adebayo will receive treatment for the injury between now and Game 5.

Adebayo initially injured his wrist in Game 3.

Adebayo is averaging 17.9 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 36.5 minutes per game in the playoffs.

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Romeo Langford Out For Season After Wrist Surgery

Sep 23, 2020 1:13 AM

Romeo Langford underwent successful wrist surgery, the Boston Celtics announced.

Langford will miss the rest of the playoffs.

Langford tore ligaments in his wrist during the Celtics' final seeding game in August.

The guard played just 32 games this season due to other injuries. 

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Nikola Jokic Says Nuggets Miscommunicated On Defense During Final Play

Sep 21, 2020 1:23 AM

Nikola Jokic said that the Denver Nuggets miscommunicated on defense on Anthony Davis' game-winning three during their 105-103 game 2 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Mason Plumlee started the final possession guarding Davis, with Jerami Grant guarding LeBron James.

Plumlee and Grant both ended up on James, giving Davis space to receive and shoot the ball.

"Either going to be him or LeBron [James to take the last shot], so we kind of knew it. Just happened, a little bit of miscommunication. I think I had a really good contest, to be honest. I think I was right there. As soon as he shot the ball, he shot it really well. Like, I kind of felt it going in," said Jokic of Davis' shot.

The Nuggets are now down 2-0 in the series.

Jokic and Michael Malone said that the Nuggets needs to continue fighting in the series, though Malone found a positive in that the Lakers needed a last second shot to win the game.

"The only thing you can talk about tonight is we were in the game. They had to rely on a great shot by a great player to beat us at the buzzer. But as long as we're putting ourselves in position to win games, that's all you can ask for. One thing I know about our group, even though we are disappointed, frustrated, angry, we'll use that motivation to come out and try to take Game 3."

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JaVale McGee To Start In Game 2 Against Nuggets

Sep 20, 2020 7:09 PM

JaVale McGee will start again for the Los Angeles Lakers in game 2 against the Denver Nuggets.

McGee didn't score in 11 minutes in game 1, adding 1 block.

Frank Vogel was reportedly considering starting Dwight Howard for game 2 after scoring 13 points in game 1. 

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Bam Adebayo Says Heat 'Got To Start The Game How We Start The Fourth' After Game 3 Loss

Sep 20, 2020 12:41 PM

Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler said that slow starts are hurting the Miami Heat following their 117-106 loss to the Boston Celtics in game 3.

The Heat now lead the series 2-1.

"I think it gets old, playing from behind consistently," said Butler after the game.

The Heat have trailed by double-digits in all three games, including going down by 20 in game 3.

They were down by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter of game 1, and 15 points in the third quarter of game 2. 

"We've got to start the game how we start the fourth.  feel like we're not the type of team where we can go through the motions and try and figure out everything in the first half, and then in the third or fourth, we just try to turn it on. It's not like that. We are not that type of team," said Adebayo following the loss.

Brad Stevens credited the Celtics' renewed aggression for the win. 

Butler added that the Heat have to go back to basics for game 4.

"We didn't play hard enough. I think we didn't do anything that we said that we were going to do. We knew how they were going to attack us. We weren't helping each other. We weren't making an extra pass a lot of the times. We have to play basketball the way we have been playing the games that we have been winning. We understand that."

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Gordon Hayward To Remain In Bubble For Remainder Of Playoffs

Sep 20, 2020 1:41 AM

Gordon Hayward will remain in the Orlando bubble for the remainder of the Boston Celtics' playoff run.

Hayward, who returned to the court in game 3 following an ankle injury that kept him out for over a month, had originally planned to leave the bubble for the birth of his fourth child.

Hayward had left the bubble to rehab his injury. 

"Robyn could be having a baby at any point in time, so I think it's probably something that I'll be here and by the time I get back, I might miss the birth if she just goes in and rushes into the hospital. So we discussed it, we prayed about it, and I think it's probably best if I stay here and help our team," said Hayward.

Hayward finished with 6 points and 5 rebounds in 31 minutes in his return. 

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Brad Stevens Credits Celtics' Aggression For Game 3 Win

Sep 20, 2020 1:34 AM

The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 117-106 in game 3, outscoring the Heat 60-36 in the paint.

The Celtics are now down 2-1 in the series.

"Our whole team was aggressive. Our whole team played with the right mentality," said Brad Stevens.

Responding to the emotions shown after their game 2 loss, Jaylen Brown said that the team had moved on without any lingering effects.

"There are some great guys in that locker room. A lot of emotion, a lot of passion. But we're a family. We're here for each other at the end of the day. We exemplified that when we came out together. We stayed together during some tough moments. But we didn't hang our head. We kept our will high and persevered to win this game," said Brown.

Brown finished the game with 26 points and 7 rebounds.

Marcus Smart, who reportedly clashed with Brown following the loss, added that he was eager to return to the court for game 3.

"I was so antsy to get and play basketball. I don't think the last two games exemplified what this team was about ... I'm glad to be part of this team and this organization and I'm proud of how we responded."

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Gordon Hayward To Come Off Bench On Minutes Restriction, Javonte Green Also Available

Sep 19, 2020 2:12 PM

Brad Stevens said that Gordon Hayward will be available to come off the bench for game 3 against the Miami Heat.

Hayward will be on a minutes restriction. 

Hayward has been out for over a month due to a sprained ankle. 

Javonte Green, who had been out after undergoing knee surgery weeks ago, is also available for game 3. 

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Jamal Murray: Nuggets Have To 'Just Play Through' Foul Calls

Sep 19, 2020 12:30 PM

Jamal Murray said that the Denver Nuggets have to expect that foul calls will go against them following their game 1 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"Just try to play through it. It's tough. They want to talk about every call and have full conversations and try to manipulate what happens, but you can't worry about it.

"We know how it's going to be. We know we're the younger team. We're just going to play through it. We're going to find a way, and we're not going to go away so easy," said Murray, who finished with 21 points and 5 assists.

The Nuggets were called for 16 fouls in the second quarter, leading to 24 Lakers free throws.

The Lakers went to the line 37 times in the game, nine more than the Nuggets. 

Michael Malone said he'll watch the film to "see the fouls that are being called, why they're being called, should they have been called."

Murray added that the Nuggets have to earn the respect of the refs.

"I'm not going to sit here and just blame it on the refs. That's not what I'm doing. We just got to play through it and earn the respect."

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Gordon Hayward Making Progress Towards Game 3 Return

Sep 18, 2020 1:23 AM

Gordon Hayward could return to the Boston Celtics for game 3 on Saturday, sources told Jared Weiss of The Athletic.

Hayward practiced on Wednesday, and is expected to get more on-court work on Friday ahead of a potential Saturday return.

Hayward has not played since suffering a sprained ankle over a month ago.  

The Celtics are currently down 2-0 against the Heat. 

Jared Weiss/The Athletic

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Marcus Smart Heard Yelling At Teammates Following Game 2 Loss

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Frank Vogel On Using Centers Versus Nuggets: 'I Would Expect Us To Return To Form'

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Kawhi Leonard Following Game 7 Loss: Clippers Must 'Get Smarter As A Team'

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Bam Adebayo Calls Overtime Block The 'No. 1' Play Of Career

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Several Clippers Asked Out Of Game In Fourth Quarter Due To Fatigue

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Doc Rivers Says 'There's Nothing Secret Or Magical' About Winning Game 7s

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NBA To Allow More Staff Members, Guests Into Bubble For Finals

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Protesters Block Two Charter Buses Outside Of Bubble Campus

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Rajon Rondo's Brother Ejected From Lakers-Rockets Game After Trash-Talking Russell Westbrook

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Marcus Morris Blames Blown Leads On 'Not Finishing Or Playing Hard'

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'Audible Shouting' In Rockets' Locker Room Following Game 4 Loss

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Jimmy Butler Ahead Of Celtics Series: 'We're In Control Of Our Destiny'

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Pascal Siakam Takes 'A Lot Of The Blame' Following Game 7 Loss

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Gordon Hayward Expected To Return 'At Some Point' In Heat Series

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Frank Vogel Says Lakers' Defense Can Be 'As Powerful As A Superstar'

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Fred VanVleet Says Norman Powell 'Saved Our Season' After 23-Point Performance In Game 6

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Will Barton Rehabbing Knee In Miami, Not Ruled Out For Clippers Series

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Gordon Hayward In Quaratine After Returning To Bubble

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JaVale McGee, Dion Waiters Leave Game 2 Win With Injuries

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Could Not Plant Or Jump Off Ankle, Not Yet Ruled Out For Game 5

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