At the least, the Raptors will need to get better at holding on to big leads after blowing a 25-point advantage against the Milwaukee Bucks before winning 92-89 on Thursday night. Toronto took a physical, tiring first-round series in six games.
“We’re just a team up north. We don’t get a lot of respect, and I like that,” coach Dwane Casey said. “As a matter of fact, I think we’re better with our backs against the wall.”
Source: Associated Press
Matt Barnes Announces Retirement
Matt Barnes is wrapping up his wild ride through the NBA.
The 37-year-old forward, who won a title with the Golden State Warriors last season but hasn’t played this season, posted his retirement announcement on Instagram on Monday.
Kawhi Leonard Probable for Tuesday Debut
The Spurs listed forward Kawhi Leonard as probable for Tuesday’s road matchup at Dallas, which means it’s likely that the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year will make his season debut against the Mavericks.
The club originally targeted Saturday’s game at Phoenix as a potential debut for Leonard, but sources on Friday said the forward wanted “a couple more days” to recover from the right quadriceps tendinopathy that has kept him out of all 27 of the Spurs’ games thus far this season.
Source: Michael C. Wright of ESPN
Sources: Hornets’ Cody Zeller Undergoes Surgery, to Miss 6 Weeks
Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Tuesday, league sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He’s expected to miss six weeks.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN