Two weeks ago, the biggest question facing the Miami Heat entering the playoffs was whether they had enough collective experience and resolve to win on the road. Two series into the postseason, those doubts are dissipating. “We’ve proved through the season that in tough moments, we regroup and play as a team,” Heat point guard Goran Dragic said. “I’m proud of our team and how we respond. Everybody responds.”
The Heat’s latest response left them weary and literally limping out of the Air Canada Centre late Tuesday night, largely because pain was essentially the cost of progress. Heat guard Dwyane Wade confirmed after Miami’s 102-96 Game 1 overtime victory against the Toronto Raptors that his left knee is bruised and probably will require treatment Wednesday.
Source: Michael Wallace 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