Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA Nick Nurse says that they’ll probably start Scottie Barnes in place of the injured Fred VanVleet. He also says that they may change things up center. Khem Birch has started the last two games at center for the Raptors. – 6:34 PM
Noah Levick @NoahLevick Nick Nurse said the Raptors plan to start Scottie Barnes in Fred VanVleet’s spot, and that they’re still deciding on the five position (Birch, Achiuwa or Young). – 6:33 PM
Mark Haynes, a beat reporter covering the Golden State Warriors, was put on indefinite leave after a group of angry fans unearthed his past homophobic, sexist and racist tweets. Haynes caught the ire of Warriors fans after he answered a question about Warriors point guard Steph Curry being a “frontrunner” – someone who only celebrates and performs well when their team is in the lead – during the recent Western Conference Finals Game 3 against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night, which saw the Warriors win with a final score of 126 to 117. “Why was Curry [a] frontrunner today?” someone asked Haynes during a live audio conversation via Twitter Spaces.
Filipino NBA prospect Kai Sotto is set to work out with the New York Knicks and at least 11 other teams during this year’s NBA draft. Despite carrying the dream of “millions of Filipinos” back home on his shoulders, the 7-foot-2-inch center told Lakers Nation that he does not “really feel pressure anymore” since he loves what he is doing. “Ever since I’ve played basketball a lot of people have been watching me, especially from the Philippines back home,” Sotto was quoted as saying.
Jim “Bones” Mackay finished his laundry, packed his car and began the four-hour drive from Southern Hills to Colonial, this time with a special souvenir riding shotgun. This was the first time he left the golf course with the pin flag from the 18th hole, where Justin Thomas rapped in the final par putt to capture the PGA Championship in a three-hole playoff. The tradition is for the caddie to get the flag — his trophy — except that Phil Mickelson had his own tradition of flags going on the kitchen wall of his late grandfather, starting with his first PGA Tour title he won as an amateur.