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Stanley Johnson: ‘It’s time to do my thing’

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A storage company sits behind the place where athletes from three of the four major professional sports come to stay in game shape and work on injury prevention.

And it’s here where Stanley Johnson has returned after a one-summer absence to regain his groove.

Aside from a short period of time in late June when he joined the Detroit Pistons summer league team in Orlando, Johnson has been a daily presence at P3.

The decision came before the Pistons’ off-season roster upheaval, but in the aftermath, Johnson returns to the spotlight that greeted him when the franchise passed on Devin Booker and Myles Turner to select Johnson with the eighth pick of the 2015 NBA draft.

And in the short walk to his vehicle after his mid-day workout earlier this month, one word came to mind in the brief talk with Johnson.

Excitement.

“Obviously coming off the year I had, having the opportunity to play extended minutes and a role that I aim to be at in my career, it’s going to be awesome,” Johnson told the Free Press. “I’m excited to see what I’m going to be. I don’t know what I’m going to do. It could be really, really amazing; it could be mediocre. I feel like I’m the only real, full, natural (small forward) on the team that can do both ways on it.

“It’s time to shine, it’s time to do my thing.”

Source: Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press

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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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