Kevin Durant ruled out for Nets game; in Covid-19 health and safety protocol — Daily Republic

Nets star Kevin Durant will not play in Tuesday’s matchup against the Utah Jazz, the team announced. He is out due to the NBA’s coronavirus health and safety protocol. The team did not explain why Durant needed to enter the league’s health and safety protocol; whether he was diagnosed with the virus again or was […]

Kevin Durant ruled out for Nets game; in Covid-19 health and safety protocol — Daily Republic

Commentary: K.C. Jones may have been part of Boston sports lore, but he left his mark in Hartford, too — Daily Republic

Lori Riley, Hartford Courant The first time John Gallagher met K.C. Jones, Jones walked up to Gallagher, then an assistant for the Hartford men’s basketball team, and introduced himself. “He said, ‘Hey, how you doing? I’m K.C. Jones,’” Gallagher, now the head coach at Hartford, recalled Thursday. He was still incredulous, after all these years. “First […]

Commentary: K.C. Jones may have been part of Boston sports lore, but he left his mark in Hartford, too — Daily Republic

Doc Rivers inspires others while hitting a coaching milestone — Daily Republic

Glenn Anton Rivers is a lot of things to a lot of people. He’s a father of four. He’s the son of a former Chicago police officer. But to most people, he’s Doc Rivers, highly successful 22-year NBA coach who just ascended to 10th on the league’s all-time coaching regular-season wins list. Rivers hit that […]

Doc Rivers inspires others while hitting a coaching milestone — Daily Republic

Kings’ and Ducks’ minor league teams to play upcoming season at practice rinks — San Gabriel Valley Tribune

The Ontario Reign and San Diego Gulls, the Kings’ and Ducks’ American Hockey League teams, will shift their games to their El Segundo and Irvine training facilities, respectively, for the upcoming season, the league announced Monday. Fans will not be in attendance when the Reign and Gulls begin their coronavirus-delayed and -shortened seasons Feb. 5.…

Kings’ and Ducks’ minor league teams to play upcoming season at practice rinks — San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Get Ready For A Lot Of Payton Pritchard When Celtics Play Raptors Monday Night — CBS Boston

With Jeff Teague out and Marcus Smart questionable, Payton Pritchard is in line for a lot of playing time Monday night when the Celtics visit the Raptors.

Get Ready For A Lot Of Payton Pritchard When Celtics Play Raptors Monday Night — CBS Boston

Police: Raiders Josh Jacobs arrested on DUI charge — WRBL

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs was arrested early Monday morning on a DUI charge, according to police. Officers responded to a single vehicle crash near the Airport Connector and East Sunset Road around 4:45 a.m. The driver, later identified as 22-year-old Joshua Jacobs, was impaired, police said. He was…

Police: Raiders Josh Jacobs arrested on DUI charge — WRBL

Raptors notes vs. Celtics


• The Toronto Raptors host the Boston Celtics at Amalie Arena in Tampa. This is the first of four meetings between the teams, who last met Sept. 11 in Game 7 of a second-round playoff series at the NBA Restart in Orlando. It marked the first playoff series between the Raptors and Celtics, with Boston winning 4-3. Following this game, the Raptors and Celtics will not face each other again until Feb. 12 at TD Garden in Boston.
Fred VanVleet has led the team in scoring in consecutive games with 27 points Jan. 2 at New Orleans and 25 on Dec. 31 vs. New York. He has recorded a career-best 96 points through the first five games to start a season. It marks the fourth consecutive season VanVleet has increased his point total through the first five games of the season – THROUGH FIRST FIVE GAMES – 2020-21: 96 points, 30 assists; 2019-20: 85 points, 36 assists; 2018-19: 54 points, 27 assists; 2017-18: 14 points, 11 assists; 2016-17: 7 points, 2 assists.
Fred VanVleet has made at least one 3-pointer in 37 consecutive games (Dec. 20, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2020). His streak ranks second in franchise history, trailing only C.J. Miles who made a 3-pointer in 38 consecutive games (Dec. 10, 2017 – Mar. 15, 2018).
Chris Boucher led the bench in scoring for the third time this season with 24 points Jan. 2 at New Orleans. He is averaging 13.4 points (all as a reserve) through the first five games of the season. Only Tracy Murray (16.4 points
in 1995-96), Serge Ibaka (14.2 points in 2019-20) and Morris Peterson (13.6 points in 2005-06) averaged more
points to start a season while coming off the bench.
• Toronto’s defence held New York to a season-low 83 points Dec. 31 in Tampa. It marked the third time during the 2020 calendar year (regular season or playoffs) the Raptors held an opponent under 85 points. Over the past five
seasons Toronto ranks second in the NBA for games holding opponents under 85 points – Utah (29), Toronto (23) and San Antonio (20). The Raptors also held New York to 3-of-36 (.083) shooting from 3-point range. It was
the fewest 3-pointers made by an opponent in franchise history with at least 30 attempts.
Kyle Lowry is the longest serving players on the Raptors roster (nine seasons) and the franchise’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made (1,403), assists (3,980) and steals (834). He is currently 157 points away from joining DeMar DeRozan (13,296) and Chris Bosh (10,275) as the only players in franchise history to reach 10,000 points. He also needs 20 assists to reach 4,000. According to the Elias Sports Bureau only three active players have recorded 10,000 points and 4,000 assists with their current team – James Harden (Houston), Stephen
Curry (Golden State) and Damian Lillard (Portland).

MISCELLANEOUS: Aron Baynes played two seasons (2017-19) with Boston … He appeared in 132 games, averaging 5.8 points and 5.1 rebounds … Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin broke into the NBA as a player
with Boston and played two seasons for the Celtics (1999-01) … He appeared in 116 games for Boston, averaging 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds … Celtics forward Tristan Thompson (Brampton, Ontario) and assistant coach
Scott Morrison (Morell, Prince Edward Island) are both Canadian.


PROBABLE STARTERS


F – OG ANUNOBY #3

MIN: 35.9 REB: 6.8 AST: 2.0 STL: 2.2 TO: 1.6 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 12.0
• Finished with 17 points (5-11 FG, 2-8 3FG, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds and three assists Jan. 2 at New Orleans.
• Signed a multi-year contract extension Dec. 21.
• Averaged career highs of 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 29.9 minutes in 69 games last season.


F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43

MIN: 35.3 REB: 7.8 AST: 3.8 STL: 1.0 TO: 3.5 BLK: 0.5 PTS: 16.5
• Recorded 10 points (4-10 FG, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and one assist Jan. 2 at New Orleans.
• Averaged career highs of 22.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 35.2 minutes in 60 games last season.
• Selected to 2019-20 All-NBA Second Team and was named a starter for first NBA All-Star Game in Chicago.

C – ARON BAYNES #46

MIN: 35.3 REB: 7.8 AST: 3.8 STL: 1.0 TO: 3.5 BLK: 0.5 PTS: 16.5
• Contributed eight points (4-7 FG), five rebounds, one assist and one steal Jan. 2 at New Orleans.
• Averaged career highs of 11.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 22.2 minutes in 42 games with Phoenix last season.
• Has made 80 threes over the last two seasons after making just four in his first six NBA seasons combined.


G – KYLE LOWRY #7

MIN: 37.5 REB: 4.4 AST: 8.2 STL: 1.2 TO: 3.6 BLK: 0.0 PTS: 18. 8

• Recorded 16 points (4-14 FG, 3-11 3FG, 5-5 FT), eight assists and six rebounds Jan. 2 at New Orleans.
• In 58 games (all starts) last season, averaged 19.4 points (+5.2 ppg from 2018-19).
• Has participated in six NBA All-Star Games – the most in franchise history.


G – FRED VANVLEET #23

MIN: 35.4 REB: 5.0 AST: 6.0 STL: 1.4 TO: 1.2 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 19.2
• Led the team with 27 points (9-23 FG, 4-13 3FG, 5-5 FT) and eight rebounds Jan. 2 at New Orleans.
• Averaged career highs of 17.6 points, 6.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 35.7 minutes in 54 games last season.
• Led all undrafted players in scoring (17.6 ppg) in 2019-20.

TORONTO RAPTORS
PLAYER # POS HT WT BIRTHDATE AGE EXP SCHOOL

Terence Davis 0 G 6-4 201 MAY 16, 1997 23 1 Mississippi
Paul Watson 1 G 6-6 210 DEC 30, 1994 26 1 Fresno State
Jalen Harris 2 G 6-5 195 AUG 14, 1998 22 R Nevada
OG Anunoby 3 F 6-7 232 JUL 17, 1997 23 3 Indiana
Stanley Johnson 5 F-G 6-6 242 MAY 29, 1996 24 5 Arizona
Kyle Lowry 7 G 6-0 196 MAR 25, 1986 34 14 Villanova
Malachi Flynn 8 G 6-1 175 MAY 10, 1998 22 R San Diego State
Yuta Watanabe 18 G-F 6-9 215 OCT 13, 1994 26 2 George Washington
Matt Thomas 21 G 6-4 190 AUG 04, 1994 26 1 Iowa State
Patrick McCaw 22 G 6-7 181 OCT 25, 1995 25 4 UNLV
Fred VanVleet 23 G 6-1 197 FEB 25, 1994 26 4 Wichita State
Norman Powell 24 G 6-3 215 MAY 25, 1993 27 5 UCLA
Chris Boucher 25 F-C 6-9 200 JAN 11, 1993 27 3 Oregon
Alex Len 27 C 7-0 250 JUN 16, 1993 27 7 Maryland
Pascal Siakam 43 F 6-9 230 APR 02, 1994 26 4 New Mexico State
Aron Baynes 46 C-F 6-10 260 DEC 09, 1986 34 8 Washington State
DeAndre’ Bembry 95 G-F 6-5 210 JUL 04, 1994 26 4 St. Joseph’s (PA)
Head Coach: Nick Nurse
Assistant Coaches: Adrian Griffin, Sergio Scariolo, Chris Finch, Jim Sann, Jama Mahlalela, Jon Goodwillie


BOSTON CELTICS
PLAYER # POS HT WT BIRTHDATE AGE EXP SCHOOL

Jayson Tatum 0 F-G 6-8 210 MAR 03, 1998 22 3 Duke
Carsen Edwards 4 G 5-11 200 MAR 12, 1998 22 1 Purdue
Jaylen Brown 7 G-F 6-6 223 OCT 24, 1996 24 4 California
Kemba Walker 8 G 6-0 184 MAY 08, 1990 30 9 Connecticut
Payton Pritchard 11 G 6-1 195 JAN 28, 1998 22 R Oregon
Grant Williams 12 F 6-6 236 NOV 30, 1998 22 1 Tennessee
Tristan Thompson 13 C-F 6-9 254 MAR 13, 1991 29 9 Texas
Aaron Nesmith 24 G-F 6-5 215 OCT 16, 1999 21 R Vanderbilt
Daniel Theis 27 F-C 6-8 245 APR 04, 1992 28 3 Brose Bamberg
Marcus Smart 36 G 6-3 220 MAR 06, 1994 26 6 Oklahoma State
Semi Ojeleye 37 F 6-6 240 DEC 05, 1994 26 3 Southern Methodist
Javonte Green 43 G-F 6-4 205 JUL 23, 1993 27 1 Radford
Robert Williams III 44 C-F 6-8 237 OCT 17, 1997 23 2 Texas A&M
Romeo Langford 45 G-F 6-4 216 OCT 25, 1999 21 1 Indiana
Tremont Waters 51 G 5-10 175 JAN 10, 1998 22 1 Louisiana State
Jeff Teague 55 G 6-3 195 JUN 10, 1988 32 11 Wake Forest
Tacko Fall 99 C 7-5 311 DEC 10, 1995 25 1 Central Florida
Head Coach: Brad Stevens
Assistant Coaches: Brandon Bailey, Jamie Young, Scott Morrison, Jerome Allen, Joe Mazzulla, Jay Larranaga



Tyronn Lue says Clippers’ quarantining staffers are ‘healthy and feeling pretty good’ — Pasadena Star News

Ahead of the Clippers’ game Sunday in Phoenix, Coach Tyronn Lue said all seven of the staffers who had to return to L.A. to quarantine in accordance with the NBA’s coronavirus protocols are “healthy and feeling pretty good, that’s the most important thing.” Nothing in the team’s preparation for their game against Suns — a…

Tyronn Lue says Clippers’ quarantining staffers are ‘healthy and feeling pretty good’ — Pasadena Star News

Jaylen Brown Ranks At Top Of These NBA Scoring Categories For Celtics — NESN.com

Jaylen Brown can’t seem to miss. Seriously. The Boston Celtics wing has been on fire offensively this season, playing like a deserving All-Star candidate playing with a chip on his shoulder after being on the fringe last year. On Sunday against the Detroit Pistons, Brown led the Celtics in scoring with 31 points, shooting 81.3% […]

Jaylen Brown Ranks At Top Of These NBA Scoring Categories For Celtics — NESN.com

Warriors’ Steve Kerr tempering expectations for James Wiseman: ‘You can’t rush it’ — East Bay Times

When rookie center James Wiseman curled around a screen and drilled an open jumper with near-textbook form on the first play of Friday’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, he impressed more than just Warriors coaches and teammates. “Everybody can see that he’s a very talented young man,” said Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts…

Warriors’ Steve Kerr tempering expectations for James Wiseman: ‘You can’t rush it’ — East Bay Times