“We see that the team to get past is Cleveland, and right now we’re not there,” said Celtics big man Al Horford, who is now 1-15 against James in his postseason career and has been eliminated by James’ teams in each of the past three seasons.
“I’m proud of our group. It felt like we grew as the year went on. Not the way we wanted to finish, but we came a long ways from the beginning of the year, came together. We still have to keep growing as a group and getting better.”
The Celtics enter the offseason optimistic; they own the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, and there’s potential to add another impact player on the free-agent market. But Boston players acknowledged there is still work to be done to catch the Cavaliers.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN
Sources: Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge Agree on Extension
San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. The deal includes a partial guarantee in the third year.
Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a three-year, $72.3M contract extension, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 16, 2017
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
LeBron James Still Uncertain for Season Opener
LeBron James tested his injured left ankle during a portion of practice Sunday, but it’s still not known if he’ll play in Cleveland’s season opener.
James has been slowed since spraining his ankle in practice on Sept. 27. The three-time NBA champion sat out the Cavaliers’ first three exhibition games before making his debut last week against Chicago. He played 30 minutes but may have aggravated his ankle while making a spin move in the loss.
Source: USA Today Sports
Rodney Hood, Jazz Don’t Come to Agreement on Extension
Rodney Hood and the Utah Jazz will not come to an agreement on a contract extension, barring a last minute change, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune, clearing the way for Hood to become a restricted free agent next summer.