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Adam Silver: NBA needs 'more data' before determining reboot of the season

Adam Silver: NBA needs 'more data' before determining reboot of the season

BOSTON -- For those looking for the NBA season to resume in the near future, you might want to pump the brakes on that optimism. 

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver made it clear that the league very much remains in the dark as to when - if at all - games will resume after play was suspended indefinitely on March 11 following Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz testing positive for the COVID-19 virus.

“Based on the reports we got from various outside officials, current health officials…we are not in any position to make any decisions and it’s unclear when we will be,” Silver told reporters on a conference call following the NBA’s annual Board of Governors meeting, which was also conducted via conference call. “We just need more data.”

Some of the “data” Silver referred to includes:

  • Decreasing the number of new infections
  • Availability of testing on a large scale
  • Clearer path towards a vaccine and/or anti-viral treatments

And while Silver repeatedly emphasized the importance of the health of the players and all those around the game remains paramount to any potential return, there’s no escaping the economic impact that the shutdown due to the COVID-19 virus has had on the NBA’s bottom line. 

Toward that end, the NBA and its Players Association have agreed to a plan to withhold 25 percent of each player's paycheck starting May 15.

The held-back money would be returned to the players should all the remaining regular-season games be played if and when the season resumes. The owners keep a percentage of the money based on the cancellation of games. 

“Our revenue, in essence, has dropped to zero,” Sliver said. 

Despite swelling, injection, Kemba Walker's knee not expected to keep him out of Celtics' lineup long-term

Despite swelling, injection, Kemba Walker's knee not expected to keep him out of Celtics' lineup long-term

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Boston Celtics have been short-handed all season because of injuries, so why would Friday night against Minnesota - the first game after the All-Star break - be any different?

Kemba Walker was ruled out Thursday because of left knee soreness that led to his knee swelling up and having to be drained. 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens added that Walker also was injected with Synvisc, a pain relief treatment used for knee soreness. 

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"That put him back for a couple of days," Stevens said. "We'll see how it goes from here. He's been dealing with knee soreness all year. He'll be out at least tonight and we will have a better game plan after that."

More than anything, the injury likely means the Celtics will be even tighter in their monitoring of Walker's minutes, which are significantly lower than they were in his first eight NBA seasons with the Charlotte Hornets (34.1) before this first season with Boston (32.2).

Walker, who will miss his ninth game this season with the knee issue and an early-season concussion, played 29 minutes Sunday in the All-Star Game in Chicago, finishing with 23 points for Team Giannis, which lost 157-155 to Team LeBron.

After the game, Walker acknowledged that he was on a minutes restriction for the game but wound up exceeding that due to the game's down-to-the-wire finish and his play in helping lead Team Giannis' comeback.

Stevens said that the difference with Walker's knee when he came back from the break was the amount of swelling.

"That was an indicator we needed to check it, " said Stevens who added that additional tests were performed and the knee remains structurally sound. "But he's going to be managing and dealing with it, as he has all year. It's unfortunate but it doesn't sound as if it's long-term or anything like that."

The Celtics' trip continues with games Sunday afternoon against the Lakers in Los Angeles and a back-to-back in Portland and Utah on Tuesday and Wednesday night. 


 

Celtics share the (basketball) wealth en route to seventh straight victory

Celtics share the (basketball) wealth en route to seventh straight victory

OKLAHOMA CITY -- We hear all the time about whether there are enough basketballs to go around to keep Boston Celtics and their bevy of scorers, happy. 

And then there are games like the one we saw on Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder when the Celtics delivered the kind of balanced scoring attack that reminds us all how dangerous a team they can be.

Indeed, Boston’s ability to spread the wealth was instrumental in their 112-111 win at Oklahoma City on Sunday. 

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The Celtics (37-15), winners of seven in a row now, had all five starters score in double figures. 

More telling was the balance on display when it came to shot attempts from the first group. 

All five Boston starters took at least 10 shots, with Gordon Hayward (10 shot attempts) at one end of that shot-taking spectrum and Jayson Tatum (19) at the other. 

“It’s gonna be different every night,” said Hayward. “We got so many different guys that can really go.”

What the Celtics often do, is recognize a mismatch and try and exploit it as much as they can down the stretch. 

The Thunder had a hard time matching up against Kemba Walker, who had 27 points which included eight in the final three minutes of play. 

In the third quarter, the matchup-of-choice was whoever they threw on Jayson Tatum time who scored 12 of his 26 points in the third.

Off the dribble getting to the basket, pull-up jumpers or behind-the-arc 3’s, Tatum was a problem that the Thunder simply had no answer for in the second half. 

“He’s an All-Star,” said Oklahoma City guard Dennis Schroder. “He deserves it, and we didn’t contain him very well. But like I said, we’re going to look at film and then we’re going to get better at it.”

And coming out the gates setting the tone early for Boston was Gordon Hayward, whose seven points in the first quarter were key to the Celtics staying within striking distance of the Thunder who led 32-28 after the first. 

No one anticipates the Celtics will play this well for the rest of the season, but the threat of having a floor full of scorers certainly gives opponents plenty to think about in containing one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now. 

“I see the talent we have; we have so many scorers,” said Boston’s Daniel Theis who had 13 points on 5-for-11 shooting to go with 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double this season. “I try to get them open shots and if teams double team them and leave me open, I have to take and hopefully make that shot. They did that a few times tonight and I was able to make a few which helped the team.”

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