Report: Sullinger medically flagged

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Report: Sullinger medically flagged

Colin Becht
CSNBayArea.com
Potential NBA draft lottery pick Jared Sullinger has beenmedically flagged by NBA doctors, according to a report by ESPN.com.Sullinger, who averaged 17.5 points and 9.2 rebounds pergame during his sophomore season at Ohio State, has back problemsthat NBA team doctors fear could shorten his career.Related: Warrior workouts: Jared SullingerSullinger worked out for the Warriors on Thursday, andWarriors Insider Matt Steinmetz projected that Golden State would select the six-foot,nine-inch forward with the seventh overall pick in the NBA draft.RELATED: Matt Steinmetz NBA mock draft 2.0Now Sullingers draft stock is likely to tumble because ofthe medical red flag. The report noted that some team doctors have advisedtheir organizations to not draft Sullinger in the first round.
Sullingers father said the two-time AP All-American had a bulging area that was due to hishamstring and quads being so tight but that it wasnt serious.It pulled on his hip flexor and he's been taking care of itto loosen it, Satch Sullinger said to Katz. You can call it a red flag if youwant. But it's tight hamstring and tight quads. He's been to doctors, he'sdoing yoga and deep tissue massage. The flexibility is helping take thepressure off the area.
Sullinger missed two games for Ohio Statein December due to back spasms but averaged 30.4 minutes per game last season.He dropped nearly 30 pounds before the season to help him move better.Former Pittsburghforward DeJuan Blair was medically flagged prior to the 2009 NBA Draft whenmedical tests at the NBA combine showed he didnt have ACLs in his knees. Thatrevelation caused Blair to fall from a projected lottery pick to the secondround.
Colin Becht is an intern with CSNBayArea.com and a senior at Northwestern University

LeBron doesn't want to discuss Warriors yet: 'They cause a lot of stress'

LeBron doesn't want to discuss Warriors yet: 'They cause a lot of stress'

On Thursday night, the Cavs beat the Celtics 135-102 to punch a ticket to their third straight NBA Finals.

LeBron James racked up 35 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals in 35 minutes.

After the win, he was asked about the challenge of facing the Warriors.

"I'm gonna be honest -- I'm not in the right mind to even talk about Golden State," LeBron told reporters. "It's too stressful and I'm not stressed right now. I'm very happy about our accomplishment ... they've been the best team in our league the last three years and then they added an MVP.

"That's all I can get you right now because I'm happy and I don't want to be stressed."

On Christmas Day, the Cavs erased a 14-point fourth quarter deficit and Kyrie Irving hit the game-winner with 3.4 seconds remaining.

On MLK Day, Golden State jumped on the Cavs early -- leading 37-22 at the end of the first quarter and 78-49 at the half -- en route to a 126-91 victory.

For the first time in NBA history, the same two teams are facing off in the Finals for the third straight year.

Cleveland boasts a postsesaon record of 12-1.

Golden State is the only team ever to enter the Finals with a record of 12-0.

"They cause a lot of stress," LeBron added. "And I'll get to that point when we start to prepare for them."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Warriors, Cavs to square off in ultimate NBA Finals trilogy

Warriors, Cavs to square off in ultimate NBA Finals trilogy

The Trilogy has arrived.

The Warriors. The Cavaliers. Facing each other in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive postseason. The series begins June 1 with Game 1 at Oracle Arena.

With a 135-102 victory over the Celtics Thursday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavs advance to face a Warriors team riding the wave created by being the first club in NBA history to start the postseason with 12 straight wins.

With the teams splitting the first two Finals, the Warriors winning in 2015 and the Cavs prevailing last June, this one is to break the tie.

In the meantime, both teams have done some significant retooling.

The Warriors last summer added four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant, along with veterans JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and David West.

Though LeBron James remains the hub of the Cavs, the team made several in-season changes, most notably adding veterans Kyle Korver and Deron Williams.

The Warriors came into the playoffs having earned the No. 1 overall seed by virtue of their NBA-best 67-15 record. They’re 27-1 since March 11, having ended the regular season by winning 15 of their last 16 games before taking out Portland, Utah and San Antonio in four games each to reach The Finals.

The Cavaliers (51-31) held the top seed in the East for most of the season before staggering over the final six weeks, going 9-12 over their final 21 games, including four consecutive losses to end the season.

Cleveland seems to have recovered from its late-season slump, sweeping Indiana and Toronto in the first two rounds before ousting the Celtics in five.

The Warriors and Cavs split two games in the regular season, each team winning on its home floor. Cleveland took a 109-108 decision on Christmas Day, while the Warriors came back for a 126-91 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Oakland.

The NBA Finals schedule can be seen below. 

Game 1 – Thu  June  1  Cleveland at Golden State          6:00PM  

Game 2 – Sun  June  4  Cleveland at Golden State          5:00PM  

Game 3 – Wed  June  7  Golden State at Cleveland          6:00PM  

Game 4 – Fri  June  9  Golden State at Cleveland             6:00PM  

Game 5 * Mon  June 12  Cleveland at Golden State          6:00PM  

Game 6 * Thu  June 15  Golden State at Cleveland          6:00PM  

Game 7 * Sun  June 18  Cleveland at Golden State          5:00PM