The storylines will be plentiful Wednesday night when the two teams playing the best basketball so far at the Rio Olympics square off, but no subplot was generating more discussion on the eve of the Group A showdown between the United States and Australia than Kyrie Irving versus Matthew Dellavedova.
As recently as late June, Irving and Dellavedova were teammates celebrating their first NBA championship together with the Cleveland Cavaliers. But Dellavedova has since moved on in free agency to the Milwaukee Bucks and, coming off the finest game of his national team career, will now go head to head with Irving in the most anticipated game to date in the men’s tournament.
Source: Marc Stein 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.