Golden State Warriors backup big man Anderson Varejao insists he didn’t deliberately trip Portland Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series. Yet after watching the replay, Varejao understands that it looked like he did it on purpose — which is what Henderson thought.
“When I looked at the play, I was like, ‘Oh, it looked like I was trying to do that,'” Varejao said. “How can I try to do something like that? I’m going down and my foot got stuck. That’s all.” Portland coach Terry Stotts on Monday called it a “dirty play.” On Tuesday, the NBA ruled it a flagrant foul 1 on Varejao.
Source: The Associated Press
76ers’ Joel Embiid Listed as Doubtful for Game 3 in Miami
All-Star center Joel Embiid is doubtful for Game 3 of the Philadelphia 76ers’ first-round series against the Heat on Thursday.
The series is tied 1-1, and Embiid has missed both games.
Source: Ian Begley of ESPN
Cavs’ Love Suffers Torn Ligament in Thumb, Will Play in Game 3
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love suffered a partially torn ligament in his left thumb in Wednesday night’s Game 2 against the Indiana Pacers, sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
Despite the injury, head coach Tyronn Lue said Love will be “ready to go” in Game 3 on Friday in Indianapolis. X-rays taken after the game came back negative. The Cavs won 100-97 to tie the Eastern Conference first-round series at 1-1.
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN