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Durant Has MRI, Grizzlies Name Jenkins Coach and More

Jun 10, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol (33) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) in game five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

There’s still no official word on the extent of Kevin Durant’s injury, which he suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night, but no one around the situation seems to expect it to be good news. Durant flew to New York after the game to have an MRI. Meanwhile, among many other what-ifs, the Raptors now have a last-two-minute report that says Marc Gasol should have gone to the foul line when he lost the ball with less than a minute to play. Think that might have been important in a one-point game? Elsewhere, the Grizzlies have a new (interim) coach, the Thunder’s Paul George had another surgery and agents and players alike are gearing up for a crazy summer of free agency.

It can’t be a good sign that Durant’s MRI results haven’t been released yet.

Of course, Gasol getting two free throws means the rest of the game would have changed, which means it might not change the results. But … I’m sure the Raptors would have taken the free throws.

The Grizzlies, who are expected to add Murray State point guard Ja Morant with the second pick in next week’s NBA draft, have officially named the coach who will lead him.

Turns out Paul George was playing the end of the season with a bum shoulder.

The new cover story of Sports Illustrated is on super agent Rich Paul, who represents both LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Among other things, he says Davis will definitely opt for free agency in 2020.


• Sources: Durant flies to New York to undergo MRI |

• NBA says Gasol should have gone to foul line late in Game 5 | Associated Press

• Memphis Grizzlies name Taylor Jenkins head coach |

• Thunder’s Paul George has shoulder procedure | Associated Press

• The King Maker: Why Rich Paul Will Own the NBA Summer | Sports Illustrated

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