Clint Capela C ATL
Wed 9/23/20 6:03 PM
Capela has had no restrictions at Hawks minicamp, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
Capela, who never made his Hawks debut this season due to plantar fasciitis, noted that he's working to get stronger in certain leg movements to put less pressure on his heel. By the time next season rolls around, he'll have had plenty of time to fully recover and continue getting stronger and working on his game.
DTDDion Waiters SG/SF LAL
Wed 9/23/20 5:41 PM
Waiters (groin) is doubtful for Thursday's Game 4 against the Nuggets.
Waiters continues to be listed as doubtful due to a left groin injury, so it's unlikely he'll take the court Thursday. Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso (wrist) and Danny Green (finger) should continue seeing all of the Lakers' backcourt minutes.
DTDLeBron James PG/F LAL
Wed 9/23/20 5:38 PM
James (groin) is probable for Thursday's Game 4 against the Nuggets.
James continues to show up as probable due to a groin injury, but he hasn't missed any time in the postseason. Through the first three games against Denver, he's averaging 23.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 9.0 assists and 2.0 combined blocks-plus-steals.
DTDDanny Green SG/SF LAL
Wed 9/23/20 3:47 PM
Green is probable for Thursday's Game 4 due to a ring finger injury on his left hand, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The exact nature of Green's injury is unclear. However, it's on his off-hand and he's still expected to see the court for Thursday's Game 4. In the series, he's averaging 7.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.0 assists while shooting a mere 28.6 percent from the field and 29.4 percent from beyond the arc.
DTDAlex Caruso G LAL
Wed 9/23/20 3:44 PM
Caruso is probable for Thursday's Game 4 due to right wrist soreness and will also undergo a precautionary MRI on Wednesday, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Caruso has emerged from Tuesday's Game 3 loss with a wrist injury. He's struggled shooting the ball in the playoffs, hitting just 40.3 percent of his field-goal attempts and 23.8 percent of his threes, so a wrist issue certainly won't help the issue. That said, he's still expected to play.
Andre Drummond C CLE
Wed 9/23/20 3:39 PM
Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Wednesday that Drummond wouldn't join the team for its in-market minicamp this month due to a "personal situation," Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
So long as Drummond is able to complete his normal offseason conditioning work at home, his absence from the minicamp shouldn't affect his readiness for the Cavaliers' 2020-21 training camp, which may not begin until December or January. Already on the books for the upcoming season after informing the Cavaliers he would exercise his $28.75 million player option, Drummond should open the season as Cleveland's starting center. After coming over in a deal with Detroit at the trade deadline, Drummond appeared in eight games for Cleveland and averaged 17.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals in 28.3 minutes per contest.
Dragan Bender PF/C FA
Wed 9/23/20 3:31 PM
Bender has signed a contract to play in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Nemanja Zoric reports.
Bender saw action with both Milwaukee and Golden State in 2019-20, averaging 6.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 17.9 minutes. However, there was going to be little interest for Bender in the NBA after four underwhelming campaigns. As a result, he's opted to go overseas, where he should see a bigger role.
Anthony Davis PF/C LAL
Wed 9/23/20 1:09 AM
Davis had 27 points (9-17 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 9-10 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 43 minutes during Tuesday's 114-106 Game 3 loss to Denver.
Davis shot the ball well in general on Tuesday, but failed to hit a single three-pointer and added very little else outside of his 27 points. Both he and LeBron James did their thing on the offensive end of the floor; however, the support from elsewhere was certainly lacking. Both teams will get a day off before lining up once again on Thursday in what could be the most important game of the series thus far.
Rajon Rondo PG LAL
Wed 9/23/20 1:05 AM
Rondo finished with nine points (4-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-3 FT), eight assists, three steals and two rebounds in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 114-106 loss to Denver.
Rondo played key minutes down the stretch for the Lakers, almost guiding them to an unlikely victory. After trailing by as much as 20 points, the Lakers rattled off a 19-2 run to get within one basket late in the game. Rondo turned back the clock during this stretch, garnering three steals in a matter of minutes. Some hot shooting from Jamal Murray thwarted the Lakers' efforts and we will now go to Game 4 with the series certainly alive and well.
DTDLeBron James PG/F LAL
Wed 9/23/20 12:59 AM
James compiled 30 points (14-23 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 assists, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 114-106 loss to the Nuggets.
James recorded his 26th career playoff triple-double but it wasn't enough as the Lakers fell short in Game 3. He added four defensive stats to what was an outstanding all-around performance, continuing to prove that age is merely a number. Unfortunately, he also turned the ball over six times and and only got to the free throw line twice during the entire game.