Following shootaround on Wednesday morning, Kevin Durant tried to recall the last time he played in Boston. “It’s been a while, right?” he said, rubbing the side of his face. “I haven’t played here in a while. Before this game, I was hoping that everything would go well in our last game so I could play here. It’s been three years since I played [here].”
It might have been three years, but Celtics fans certainly hadn’t forgotten. With some light Boston buzz flying around about Durant’s future free agency, the arena roared when his name was announced pregame. Fans even cheered his first made bucket, a wing 3-pointer. And with Durant at the free throw line in the third quarter, the section of fans behind the basket chanted, “Come to Boston!”
Source: Royce Young of ESPN
Jazz Forward Thabo Sefolosha Opts for Knee Surgery on MCL
The Utah Jazz say starting forward Thabo Sefolosha has opted to have right knee surgery to repair an avulsion of his MCL.
The procedure will take place Wednesday. The Jazz did not offer a timetable for his return.
Sources: Cavs Players Concerned About Current State of Team
Following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 118-108 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday, multiple players acknowledged growing discontent and a strong sense of concern that unlike past seasons, the team does not have the capability to fix its problems and get back on a championship track.
Several prominent players, speaking on condition of anonymity to ESPN, Cleveland.com and The Athletic, expressed doubt that the problems — an aging roster, defensively challenged personnel and a glut of redundant role players — could simply be worked out through patience and a chance to coalesce when fully healthy.
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
Lakers’ Lonzo Ball Likely Out vs OKC For Wednesday
Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball is unlikely to play against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday because of a sore left knee, but Brandon Ingram is expected to return from an ankle injury.
“He got treatment,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said of Ball on Tuesday. “He’ll get treatment again later today, but it’s still just too sore for him to get on the basketball court. Technically, he’s questionable. But he didn’t practice today, so I wouldn’t expect him to play [Wednesday].”
Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN