One day after Charles Barkley said the Atlanta Hawks need to “take somebody out” on the Cleveland Cavaliers to make their Eastern Conference semifinals series competitive again, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue admonished TNT’s popular NBA analyst for his stance.
“I don’t think there’s any place in our game to take someone out if they’re playing well,” Lue said on a conference call with reporters Thursday. “I think you can take it upon yourself to play harder and do things to stop it or stop a team from playing well.
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
Sources: Jazz’s Gobert Out A Month With Sprained PCL
Sources: Rudy Gobert Diagnosed with Grade 1 MCL Sprain
An initial evaluation of the injured left knee of Utah Jazz star center Rudy Gobert revealed a Grade 1 MCL sprain, league sources told ESPN.
X-rays on Gobert’s knee were negative, sources said. He will undergo an MRI on Saturday to confirm the initial diagnosis, and the timetable on a possible return will be clearer after that test.
Gobert went to the floor awkwardly after appearing to get rolled into by teammate Derrick Favors early in the first quarter against the Celtics. As he tried to get back to his feet, Gobert fell back to the floor and rolled to his back before clutching his left knee.
Gobert missed 11 games earlier this season with a bone bruise in his right knee.
The 7-foot-1 Gobert is averaging 12.2 points and 10.1 rebounds in 17 games for the Jazz this season.
Report: DeMarcus Cousins Expects to Stay with Pelicans Through Trade Deadline
While the Pelicans have a lot to consider with the unrestricted free agent, [DeMarcus] Cousins says he is confident that he will still be playing for New Orleans after the Feb. 8 trade deadline.
“I am confident in my team,” Cousins said. “I am starting to understand this business a lot more than I did before. You can kind of tell when things are about to come about. We’re a very competitive team. A talented team. I don’t think that will be the case at all.”
Cousins also said Davis has been in his ear about re-signing with New Orleans.
Source: Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated