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Spurs assistant coaches Ettore Messina and Ime Udoka interviewed with the Raptors for the franchise's head coaching job on Thursday and Friday, respectively, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

The Raptors went to the Texas assistant well the last time, but it was with Dwane Casey and the Mavs. Messina and Udoka are two of the top three assistant coaches with Messina taking the head job while Gregg Popovich was away from the team in April. The Raptors have also looked into internal options with Nick Nurse, Rex Kalamian and G-League coach Jerry Stackhouse. Hopefully, they have a hire well before the NBA Draft.
May 26 - 12:21 AM

The Cavs did not declare if Kevin Love (head) is in the concussion protocol on Friday night.

This is important to note because if he's in the protocol, it'll be really tough for Love to play in Game 7 due to all the testing. Love hurt his head in the middle of the first quarter, was ruled out for the game at half, and the Cavs didn't provide much of an update at all after the game. Considering Love had two concussions since 2016, it's possible he's out. That would mean Jeff Green likely starts with more Larry Nance.
May 26 - 12:16 AM

LeBron James displayed his greatness again during a Game 6 109-99 win in Cleveland on Friday, scoring 46 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, one block and five 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

GOAT? Make that his 13th playoff game with at least a 40/10/5 line in his career, which is way more than anyone else ever (Michael Jordan had four, per basketballreference.com). He's also been unreal in elimination games with either a 40-point game or a triple-double in each of his last seven of such games. LeBron did tweak his lower right leg after Larry Nance fell on him, but James stayed in the game because he's LeBron James. He hasn't missed any of his 234 playoff games in his career, and now he'll be playing in his 100th game of the season on Sunday. We're going to Game 7, baby.
May 25 - 11:40 PM

J.R. Smith scored five points with three rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

He did tweak his right ankle as his foot made contact with Marcus Smart's foot, but Smith stayed in the game and looked fine. If Kevin Love does need to miss time, Smith would likely have more shots coming his way to help space the floor. He hasn't played well in Boston, so that would have to change.
May 25 - 11:28 PM

Jeff Green scored 14 points with three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

He started the second half for Kevin Love (head) and gave the Cavs some of his best minutes of the series. Green had been playing well against the Raptors, but he was losing minutes up until today. He was terrific in the post on offense to take at least a little pressure of LeBron James, and he was in the right spots on D. Coach Ty Lue would almost certainly have to extend Green's minutes while Love is on the shelf. He'd be a DFS play on Sunday.
May 25 - 11:27 PM

Larry Nance scored 10 points with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and no turnovers in 22 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

The Cavs bench with LeBron was the difference in the second quarter with Nance getting plenty of time in the paint on both ends. Coach Ty Lue said earlier in the week that Nance knows his role now, but that role could expand now that Kevin Love (head) is banged up. Nance almost certainly would come off the bench regardless, but he could hit minutes around 20-25 with Love out.
May 25 - 11:24 PM

Terry Rozier was terrific in a 109-99 losing effort in Cleveland on Friday, scoring 28 points with three rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one turnover and six 3-pointers.

He was 10-of-16 from the field and made both free throws to get him to a sterling 1.56 points per possession. The Cavs were really limiting Al Horford on screen-and-roll plays, so that helped get Rozier open. Maybe the Cavs dared Rozier to shoot the ball because of his road woes, so perhaps they won't have a similar plan in Game 7. He's been awesome at home all postseason.
May 25 - 11:23 PM

Jaylen Brown made 11-of-18 from the field for 27 points with three rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Cavs in Game 6 on Friday.

He was on a heater in the first quarter, scoring 15 of Boston's 25 points with Brown scoring the final nine of the frame. Brown was extremely aggressive on the offensive end and he didn't turn the ball over, but it wasn't his best defensive game. If Marcus Morris plays poorly again, Brown may have to defend LeBron James more, which could hurt his offensive output.
May 25 - 11:18 PM

Jayson Tatum scored 15 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes against the Cavs on Friday in Game 6.

He collided with Kevin Love in the first quarter and he may have tweaked his left shoulder or taken a slight hit to the head. Tatum wasn't nearly as aggressive for about two quarters after that, but he eventually started getting to the rim in the fourth. He thrived in Game 5, so he could have a signature moment in Game 7.
May 25 - 11:14 PM

Al Horford scored six points with nine rebounds, four assists, one block and two turnovers in 37 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

The Cavs really focused on taking Horford out of the game as they stuck with him on pick-and-roll plays -- that partially explains why the guards fared well. A downside on the Kevin Love (head) injury is that Horford may have a tougher time scoring, especially after a strong game from Jeff Green on defense -- yes, we know that sounds weird. He did play well in the previous two, so maybe he gets back on track in Game 7 in Boston.
May 25 - 11:12 PM

Kevin Love (head) has been ruled out for the rest of the game on Friday.

He is being evaluated from a concussion and has been out since the middle of the first quarter. Love had a concussion back in March, had another one back in the 2016 NBA Finals, and has a history beyond that, too. Luckily for the Cavs tonight, Jeff Green and Larry Nance have stepped up. That'll continue tonight while Love is questionable to play on Sunday.
May 25 - 9:44 PM

Kevin Love (head) went to the locker room in the first quarter on Friday.

Jayson Tatum's left shoulder caught Love in the head and he called for a sub right away while he was on the ground. He was down for at least a minute and had the training staff look at him. After he got up, he went to the bench first to sit down, and then went to the locker room. He's likely getting a concussion check, so we'll have an update shortly.
May 25 - 8:51 PM

Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Aron Baynes and Al Horford will start again on Friday against the Cavs.

This time, coach Ty Lue should be expecting Semi Ojeleye to be on the bench. Kidding aside, Lue also gave credit to coach Brad Stevens for the Baynes move, which helped out Horford in Game 5. Marcus Morris is still going to see minutes in the up 30 and will be the main defender on LeBron James.
May 25 - 7:03 PM

Brandon Ingram has been working out in North Carolina and has looked stronger this offseason, according to former college teammate Grayson Allen.

Muscle Watch: Hearsay Edition? Ingram has been expected to add some weight this summer in hopes he can play more four. His thinner frame may also have affected his health this season. The Lakers almost certainly won't be trading him unless it's to set up a super-team roster. If he can improve his shooting, he could take a step forward in fantasy.
May 25 - 5:08 PM

On ESPN's Get Up, Danny Green said he thinks Kawhi Leonard wants to stay in San Antonio.

Green did say he has to check on Kawhi to see how he's doing, which means he may not have talked to him recently. Green added Leonard was on and off track with his leg injury, so it's possible that's a factor in all of this. There really hasn't been a revealing report on this situation to date, and we likely won't get anything concrete until at least July.
May 25 - 3:51 PM



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