No big man is going to be battling in the paint with Roy Hibbert and the physical front line of the pacers and not get a little banged up.
After the Knicks win in Game 5 center Tyson Chandler said his back and his knee were bothering him.
But this isn’t the time of year when players sit out for things that bother them, so Chandler says he is “fine” and will be ready to play on Saturday in a must-win Game 6 for the Knicks.
Both Chandler and Felton will go for the Knicks, with coach Mike Woodson promising we will again see a lot more Chris Copeland. As we should. Basically, what you saw from the Knicks in Game 5 that worked we will see in Game 6.
The biggest question for Game 6 is the status of Pacers point guard George Hill, who missed Game 5 with a concussion. There is no update on him yet, but he is listed officially as doubtful for Game 6. The Pacers were disoriented on offense without him, having 19 turnovers and 12 assists on the night.
Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:
Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:
Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.