"It goes without saying that we're banged up right now," the pseudo Dr. J said Saturday.
As they prepare to meet the
Kyrie Irving has a tender left knee and sore right foot, James played the past two games on a sprained left ankle and has "other nicks and bruises," guard
Fortunately for the Cavs, they've got time to ice those injuries and heal before Game 1 on Wednesday night in Atlanta.
Of all Cleveland's aches and pains, Irving's knee injury is the most significant and bears watching. The All-Star point guard has been dealing with tendinitis in the knee for several weeks, and he aggravated the condition on Thursday in the first half of Game 6 in Chicago. He sat out the final 33 minutes as the Cavs closed out the
Irving was seen Friday by team doctors, who prescribed rest and Cleveland's playmaker did not participate in Saturday's workout at
"We sat Ky out and he's going through a lot of treatment and we're monitoring and just hoping that he progresses from here until game time," Blatt said. "We're very much on top of this obviously and Ky is doing everything he possibly can to get well."
Blatt could not guarantee Irving will play.
"For sure? No," Blatt said. "But we hope so.
Knowingly or not,
"Until they tell me I'm not, I expect to be here," Thibodeau said after the Bulls' season-ending loss to the Cavaliers. "That's the way I approach it."
The executives, coaches and agents at Quest Multisport Complex for the
With two years remaining on Thibodeau's deal, management views him as an asset. It will seek compensation for him, although with the rest of the league mindful of how badly the relationship has deteriorated, leverage for high - if any - compensation would seem to be minimal.
The other option is to fire him over philosophical differences, assume he lands a job in which the offset in his Bulls contract would be utilized and try to lure Fred Hoiberg from Iowa State. That's no lock given Hoiberg's happiness coaching his alma mater in his hometown, according to sources.
Websites Bleacher Report and Basketball Insiders reported Warriors assistant
For the first time, the Hawks are headed to the Eastern Conference finals, just one step away from playing for the first championship since the franchise moved from St. Louis to the Deep South in 1968.
"They deserve it," said Wilkins, a Hall of Famer and probably the greatest player in team history. "They really just came together as one."
Wilkins was part of another memorable era in Atlanta history, the leader of a high-flying team that, until now, came the closest to advancing past the second round.
The Hawks were up 3-2 on
He missed, of course, and the Celtics wrapped up the series in the deciding game, an epic duel between Wilkins and Bird in which Boston held on for a 118-116 victory.