The Raptors announced Wednesday that Dwane Casey will return as coach next season.
There had been speculation regarding Casey's future after new GM Masai Ujiri stopped short of guaranteeing his job security for 2013-14. However, it's clear Ujiri was content with what he heard from Casey in their one-on-one meetings to keep him in place to at least begin the year. It should be noted that Casey has only one year left on his contract and Ujiri likely won't be shy pushing him out the door during or after the season if things go poorly.
Dwyane Wade says he missed the start of the third quarter Tuesday night because his surgically repaired left knee swelled up at halftime.
Wade said Wednesday afternoon his left knee, which he had operated on following last season, was still swollen and sore after Tuesday's Game 6 overtime win. The Heat guard is already dealing with bone bruises in his right knee, which Wade said is more painful than last season's knee injury. Wade only managed 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting in 36 minutes Tuesday night, but we can't foresee any injury or ailment keeping him off the court for Thursday's Game 7. Whether Wade is healthy enough to make a difference is another issue entirely.
Bradley Beal (leg) is expected to receive clearance to resume basketball activities in early July, sources told the Washington Post.
Beal's season ended early due to a stress fracture in his fibula, and after nearly three months of inactivity, Beal is almost ready to return. However, Beal's status for summer league is up in the air, and there's a chance he winds up missing it in order to recover. The Wizards will treat their shooting guard of the future with kid gloves. Beal is expected to be ready for Team USA minicamp.
The Mavericks are "almost certain" to trade the No. 13 overall pick to make a run at Dwight Howard in free agency, a source told the Dallas Morning News.
We've heard previously that the Mavs are likely to move their draft pick, and this confirms that chatter. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Mavs trade the pick or take someone from the international ranks and stash him overseas during the 2013/14 season.
LeBron James triple-doubled with 32 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and a block -- and hit just 11-of-26 shots -- but he constantly resurrected the Heat from the dead as they took Game 6 in overtime in one of the greatest NBA Finals games ever played.
It's going to take a while to sort through all of the mayhem, and James' status as a choker and world beater on Twitter swung like a metronome throughout the game -- most notably when he lost his headband and turned into the flying death machine. Dwyane Wade's stat line of 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting with four rebounds and four assists isn't going to stand out, but he was awful tonight on both sides of the floor. Mario Chalmers was the team's second best player for most of the game and finished with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and four treys, while Chris Bosh's defense picked up down the stretch as he finished with 10 and 11 to go with three steals and two blocks. If Thursday's Game 7 has even half of the excitement of Game 6, the Internet might break.
Tim Duncan scored 25 points in the first half and finished with 30 points and 17 rebounds, but it wasn't enough for the Spurs in their Game 6 overtime loss to the Heat on Tuesday.
The Heat had no answer for Duncan in the first half and the Spurs looked primed to take the title before Duncan and Tony Parker both pooped out down the stretch. Parker finished with 19 points and eight assists, but hit just 6-of-23 shots and despite that his trips to the bench late in overtime will be something reporters (timidly) ask Pop about in the post-game. Kawhi Leonard played great with 22 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, but his missed free throw that could've iced the game will haunt him unless the Spurs pull out Thursday's Game 7. Danny Green finally regressed with a 1-of-7 mark from the field and Manu Ginobili was terrible with eight turnovers.
Dwyane Wade didn't start the second half of Tuesday's Game 6 for the Heat, but entered the game shortly after the start of the third quarter.
He banged his left knee on the knee of Manu Ginobili early in the first half, and has had issues with his right knee for some time. Either way, he's back in the game and it appears that, barring a setback, he'll be able to finish this game. The Heat announced that the exact nature of the problem won't be revealed until after the game.