Shooting guard J.R. Smith will not attend the Cleveland Cavaliers’ minicamp this week in California as he and the team remain at an impasse in contract talks, sources told ESPN.com.
Cavs players and coaches are gathering for workouts for several days this week in Santa Barbara ahead of the start of training camp next week. The session is meant to create camaraderie ahead of the season.
Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN
Curry’s Status Remains Up in Air for Second Round
Steve Kerr asked if they were ruling out Steph Curry for this weekend (either for Game 7 vs Spurs or Game 1 vs Pelicans), says it’s just “day-to-day,” didn’t want to “make predictions.”
Milwaukee Frustrated With Non-Call on Celtics Violation
Members of the Milwaukee Bucks expressed frustration that referees missed what appeared to be an obvious 24-second violation on the Boston Celtics late in Game 5.
Al Horford’s 3-point attempt with 1:18 remaining seemed to come after the 24-second clock had expired in a five-point game. Instead, Celtics rookie Semi Ojeleye tapped out a rebound as Bucks players motioned for a whistle and Terry Rozier hustled to secure the ball.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN
Giannis Ready to Come Out Agressive in Game 6
After attempting just 10 shots in Tuesday’s Game 5 loss to the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo vowed to come out more aggressively in Thursday’s Game 6 in Milwaukee.
“It’s on me,” Antetokounmpo said. “As I said, I had open shots, but they wasn’t my shots, so I didn’t feel comfortable to take them. I think my teammates did a great job finding me, but come the next game, in Game 6, I got to be more aggressive, make more plays because definitely my teammates need me.”
Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN