Dirk Nowitzki joined another exclusive NBA club when he reached the 50,000-minute milestone on Monday night.
Nowitzki, who has played for the Dallas Mavericks his entire 20-year career, became the sixth player to play at least 50,000 minutes in his NBA career when he logged seven minutes in Monday’s game against the LA Clippers.
Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN
Celtics’ Smart (Thumb) Confident He’ll be Back for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he’s confident he’ll be back on the court for the postseason after undergoing thumb surgery last week.
Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand while diving to the floor in a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. A hand specialist in New York advised immediate surgery with hopes that Smart might be able to return even quicker than the six- to eight-week timeline the team announced after surgery.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN
Tyronn Lue (Health) Steps Away From Team, Hopes to Return in a Week
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is stepping away from coaching to focus on his health, the team said Monday.
Lue told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols via text message that his goal is to return in about a week.
Cavs’ Kevin Love Returns to Lineup After Wrist Injury
All-Star forward Kevin Love scored 18 points in his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ lineup Monday night after missing 21 games with a broken left hand.
Love went 5-for-13 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. He added seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks as the Cavs beat the Bucks 124-117.