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Dwane Casey: DeRozan to Play More Point Guard Next Year

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Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said Tuesday that he has plans to give DeMar DeRozan more time at point guard during the 2017-18 season.

“DeMar DeRozan, have him handle the ball a bit more as a point guard, a facilitator, a passer. Kyle Lowry moving the ball a bit more, spacing up. We don’t want to give our whole ‘what we’re going to try to do next year’ away, but again it comes down to passing the basketball and better spacing more so, than we know, one-on-one play.”

DeRozan proved himself as a capable and willing facilitator when Lowry was out for a 20-game stretch during the 2016-17 season. The three-time all-star shooting guard averaged 4.4 assists over that stretch, which would set a career-high if compared to his regular season statistics.

Casey also said that he’s not going to shy away from allowing DeRozan to create in the mid-range in iso situations, knowing it helps him draw fouls. But the focus is clear: the Raptors are looking to create more ball movement.

Source: The Andrew Walker Show via Bryan Meler of Sportsnet

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Sources: ‘Less likely than likely’ Chris Paul Plays Game 7

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On the chances of a Chris Paul comeback with right hamstring injury for Game 7, source tells ESPN: “Less likely than likely, but working every angle to try.”

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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Steve Kerr: Warriors Operating like Andre Iguodala Out for Game 7

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Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala sat out Game 6 of the Western Conference finals over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night in Oakland, California, and his ability to suit up for Game 7 on Monday is in doubt, as well.

Speaking after the Warriors’ 115-86 win, coach Steve Kerr cast doubt on whether the veteran forward will play in the decisive Game 7 in Houston.

“We’re operating under the assumption that he will not play, but he is literally day-to-day,” Kerr said. “It’s a bone bruise, there’s not sort of a timetable, it’s more just up to the individual and how he’s feeling, and we don’t really know. So we’ll just keep taking it day by day and see what happens.”

Source: ESPN

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Report: Kevin Love Out Game 7 after Entering Concussion Protocol

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Kevin Love will not play in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ decisive Game 7 on Sunday against the Boston Celtics, as the All-Star forward has been placed in the concussion protocol.

The Cavaliers announced that Love is experiencing concussion-like symptoms after his collision with the Celtics’ Jayson Tatum in the first quarter of Friday’s game.

Just before the team’s announcement, confusion had reigned over Love’s status. Coach Tyronn Lue initially stated during a conference call that Love was in the concussion protocol. He then backtracked after further questioning to say that Love was still being evaluated and that he didn’t know about the protocol process or whether Love would go into it.

Source: ESPN

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