According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Doc Rivers has been hired to be the Sixers' new head coach.
Rivers was not without a job for long as he parted ways with the Clippers on September 28, just three days ago. He quickly became one of the most attractive names on the open market and the Sixers were quick to obtain his services. The Sixers have an exciting young core that has some playoff success but the organization is hoping that a new regime can help take them to the next level: a championship contender.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on TwitterOctober 1, 2020, 5:50 pm
Chris Silva (left pubic pone stress fracture) and Gabe Vincent (right knee soreness) are both listed as questionable ahead of Friday's Game 2 vs. the Lakers.
Gabe Vincent has played for 15 seconds of these playoffs while Silva has yet to see the court in the postseason. With Goran Dragić (foot) and Bam Adebayo (neck) unlikely to play, Erik Spoelstra could head to the depths of his bench to find a solution for slowing down Anthony Davis and the Lakers. Silva might be able to defend Davis for stretches but is unlikely to play a key role moving forward. Vincent is also unlikely to play even if he is active.
Source: Ira Winderman on TwitterOctober 1, 2020, 5:44 pm
Jimmy Butler appeared to turn his left ankle in Game 1 on Wednesday but is not listed on the injury report ahead of Friday's Game 2 vs. the Lakers on Friday.
The Heat needed some good news after hearing that both Goran Dragić (left foot torn plantar fascia) and Bam Adebayo (neck strain) are doubtful for Friday. There is no doubt that Butler is in pain but it will take more than an ankle sprain to keep him from competing on the biggest stage. The Heat will need all that he can give them if they hope to compete with Anthony Davis, LeBron James and the rest of the Lakers.
Source: Ira Winderman on TwitterOctober 1, 2020, 5:37 pm
Goran Dragic is officially listed as doubtful for Game 2 against the Lakers with a foot injury.
It's surprising that Dragic isn't listed as out as he tore his plantar fascia in Game 1. He'll most likely remained sidelined for the rest of the Finals. The Heat started Tyler Herro in the second half, but he struggled to get anything going throughout Game 1. He'll bounce back, but Dragic was their leading scorer and one of their best playmakers so it'll be tough for Herro to fill that void.
Source: Shams Charania on TwitterOctober 1, 2020, 2:10 pm
Bam Adebayo has been officially listed as doubtful for Game 2 against the Lakers.
Adebayo injured his left shoulder in the second half of Game 1 and will most likely sit for Game 2. The Heat might have to lean on more Kelly Olynyk which is going to set up big games for Anthony Davis.
Source: Shams Charania on TwitterOctober 1, 2020, 2:08 pm
Celtics GM Danny Ainge said on Thursday that Kemba Walker was "never right" at any point in the bubble.
Walker was playing without limitations in the playoffs after the Celtics slowly ramped him up to what was thought to be full strength during their seeding games. His knees, particularly his left knee, dogged him for most of his first season in Boston and getting Walker fully healthy should be an offseason priority. Surgery isn't expected to be part of the plan here and it's unfortunate that the issue popped up in his first real playoff run after Kemba put together a few healthy years following three early career knee surgeries.
Source: Tim Bontemps on TwitterOctober 1, 2020, 12:30 pm
Jae Crowder bounced back on Wednesday and hit four threes to end with 12 points (4-of-8 FG), two rebounds and two blocks in Game 1.
Crowder's regression was a big storyline in the Eastern Conference Finals, but he finally managed to get his shots to drop tonight. A handful of threes is all the Heat need to get out of Crowder for his minutes to be valuable, but he's usually good for a few more peripherals than he put up tonight. For Miami's sake, hopefully the Crowder Regression storyline has ended for good.October 1, 2020, 1:15 am
Tyler Herro posted a team-worst minus-35 in Game 1 on Wednesday, ending with 14 points on 6-of-18 shooting, four rebounds and three assists.
Herro struggled shooting the ball and was targeted by LeBron James on the defensive end, leading to that ugly plus-minus stat. Herro started for an injured Goran Dragic in the second half, but there is only so much that can be asked of a rookie in the NBA Finals. With Dragic likely to miss more time, Herro will find himself as the team's primary ball handler going forward. His performance in the prior two series have been a great storyline, but he is now facing the biggest challenge of his young career by far.October 1, 2020, 1:08 am
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