A costly technical foul assessed to Chris Paul in the Clippers’ 108-102 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night conjured up the point guard’s history with referee Lauren Holtkamp. Trailing by two points with 20 seconds remaining in regulation, Paul and Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick attempted to trap Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio against the sideline.
Though the pair of Clippers defenders stifled Rubio, Holtkamp whistled Redick for a bump. Paul instantly clapped his hands in Holtkamp’s direction. Just as Paul turned away, Holtkamp called the technical. Asked if the Clippers were provided with an explanation from officials, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, “Overt clap. That was the explanation. Overt clap.”
Source: Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN
Report: Stephen Curry to Begin Practicing, to be Re-evaluated Next Week
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is making progress from a Grade 2 left MCL sprain and will begin participating in portions of practices starting on Saturday. He will be re-evaluated in one week.
Curry, who has traveled with the team on the last two road trips, underwent his second re-evaluation on Friday and it indicated he’s ready to increase his on-court rehabilitation. The intensity level will gradually grow for the two-time MVP.
Golden State has a 3-0 lead in its first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs. Curry is expected to return to action during the second round.
Warriors officials are taking a precautionary approach. They will hold Curry out as long as possible to ensure that he’s closer to 100 percent upon re-entering the lineup, sources say.
Sources: Chris Haynes of ESPN
Sources: Knicks to Interview David Blatt for Head Coach Vacancy, Meet with Mike Budenholzer
The New York Knicks plan to interview former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt in Europe next week, league sources told ESPN.
After the trip overseas, the Knicks are expected to meet with San Antonio Spurs assistant coach James Borrego in New York, league sources said. The Spurs granted permission to New York to interview Borrego, sources said.
The Knicks also will meet with Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer on Sunday, sources said.
Among the Knicks’ head-coaching interviews already completed, David Fizdale and Jerry Stackhouse made strong cases for themselves, league sources told ESPN.
Report: Justise Winslow Fined $15,000 for Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow has been fined $15,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct for intentionally stepping on and attempting to damage the facemask of Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The incident, which took place after Embiid’s facemask had fallen onto the playing court, occurred with 7:51 remaining in the second quarter of the 76ers’ 128-108 win over the Heat on Thursday, April 19 at AmericanAirlines Arena.