Last Update on June 02, 2015 05:31 GMT
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has been kept out of portions of practice as the team tries to get him ready for the NBA Finals.
Irving has been slowed by left knee tendinitis and a sprained right foot throughout the playoffs. He sat out two games in the Eastern Conference finals because of his knee. Irving said Monday he feels he's in a good place as he recovers. He's continued to receive medical treatment during the long break before the Cavs play Game 1 at Golden State on Thursday.
Irving says he won't be 100 percent in the finals "unless something miraculous happens."
Irving played 22 minutes in Cleveland's series-clinching win over Atlanta in the conference finals after missing two games. The All-Star is averaging 18.7 points in his first postseason.
With Irving not himself, backup Matthew Dellavedova has stepped up and provided big plays.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has returned to practice after suffering a concussion last week.
Thompson was a full participant in Monday's practice, a major step in the All-Star shooting guard's recovery. The Warriors say Thompson still needs to receive final clearance from doctors to play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he expects Thompson will be cleared to play.
Thompson suffered a concussion after getting kneed in the head by Houston's Trevor Ariza in Golden State's Western Conference finals clinching win Wednesday night. Team doctors initially cleared Thompson to return to the game. He ended up not playing, and the team said he started developing symptoms after the game.
MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat is going back to the NBA Finals -- as an analyst.
The three-time NBA champion will join ABC for pregame and halftime shows during Games 2 and 3 of the Cleveland-Golden State series. Wade also will have the same arrangement for Games 6 and 7 if those games are played.
Wade has played in five NBA Finals, winning titles in 2006, 2012 and 2013. He and the Heat were in each of the last four title series, and Wade has remained close friends with former Miami teammate LeBron James -- who has led the Cavaliers to this year's finals.
Earlier this offseason, Wade told The Associated Press that he was considering TV work, "but only if it was right and made sense for me."