With the Celtics having lost six of their last seven games and Brad Stevens seeking viable combinations, especially in the fourth quarter, the coach told the Globe on Saturday that he’s considering lineup changes for Sunday’s matchup with the San Antonio Spurs.
The subject of the change could be center Kelly Olynyk, who has been mired in a two-week slump.
“I’m not dead set on them yet,” Stevens said. “There’s a chance that I will make lineup changes. The way that I look at it, it’s temporary, because I really look at the guys that are in that starting lineup as guys that we need to play well for us to be good. I don’t look at it as long-term changes.”
When asked if Olynyk could be involved in the changes, Stevens said, “He would be one. But hey, we’re 4-9, so we’ve all got to play well. That certainly is an option.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo to Miss Game With Knee Soreness
The Milwaukee Bucks have listed All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo as out for Saturday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers because of right knee soreness.
Antetokounmpo will be missing his third game this season with the same ailment, having sat out a Nov. 22 contest at Phoenix and a Dec. 23 matchup in Charlotte.
Hornets Make Kemba Walker Available via Trade
Overloaded with bad contracts and untradeable assets, the Charlotte Hornets have made All-Star point guard Kemba Walker available in trade discussions, league sources told ESPN.
Charlotte has been encouraging teams to make offers and appears eager to discuss attaching Walker to a larger trade in which another team would take on one of the Hornets’ several less desirable contracts, sources said.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
Bulls’ Kris Dunn in Concussion Protocol After Hard Fall
Point guard Kris Dunn was re-evaluated for concussion symptoms and has been placed in the NBA concussion protocol, the Chicago Bulls announced Thursday.
Dunn will be out indefinitely and will not travel with the Bulls to Atlanta for their Saturday game. Dunn took a hard fall late in Wednesday night’s 119-112 loss to the Golden State Warriors, landing face first after a dunk.