Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith suffered a left knee injury in the first quarter of the Cavs’ 116-112 win over the Toronto Raptors on Monday and did not return.
Smith scored a floater with 1:52 remaining in the first quarter and his left leg buckled as he tried to collect himself upon landing. The 13-year veteran initially attempted to limp down the court before falling to the floor in a heap in front of the Raptors bench and pulling his jersey up over his face to mask his pained expression. Following a Cavs timeout, Smith limped to the locker room on his own power, biting a towel as he made his way through the tunnel. “I just landed wrong,” said a despondent Smith after the game. “Was just trying to shoot my normal floater and I came down on it wrong.”
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
Joel Embiid Not Happy With Early Minutes Restriction
The Philadelphia 76ers will be cautious with Joel Embiid early on this season, and the star center isn’t thrilled with that plan.
Sixers coach Brett Brown, when asked how much Embiid would play in Wednesday’s season opener against the Wizards, told reporters that he didn’t have a set number of minutes in mind before acknowledging “somewhere like in the teens.” “That’s f—ing bulls—. I wish I was playing more minutes,” Embiid told reporters on Tuesday. “I think I’m ready. I think I’m ready for more than whatever number they have. I don’t know. I wish I was playing more, but we’re going to see how that goes.”
Report: Bulls’ Mirotic, Portis Involved in Serious Practice Altercation
Chicago Bulls forwards Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis engaged in a physical altercation in practice Tuesday that resulted in Mirotic being hospitalized and sidelined indefinitely, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Mirotic was taken to the hospital Tuesday after their shoving altercation during practice ended with an alleged cheap shot from Portis to Mirotic’s face, league sources told The Vertical.
In practice scuffle with Bobby Portis in Bulls practice, Nikola Mirotic suffered a fractured bone in his face, league source tells ESPN.
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Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical
Warriors Receive 2017 Championship Rings, Unveil Banner
The Golden State Warriors held their much-anticipated ring ceremony prior to tipoff against the Houston Rockets on opening night. Commissioner Adam Silver started the event by introducing the 2016-17 champions.
The Larry O’Brien Trophy was stationed at center court, with the players camped around it. The Warriors wore white and gold hoodies, which will be signed by the players and auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Bay Area wildfire relief efforts.
Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN