Cavaliers backup center Walter Tavares broke his right hands during practice now.
As the injuries is not likely to hurt Cleveland moving forward, it reinforced coach Tyronn Lue’s plan to not scrimmage as the
protecting champions await a rival within the Eastern Conference finals.
The 7-feet-3 Tavares, who had been signed around the final day’s the standard season, broke his hands throughout an informal
scrimmage Thursday. An
X-ray and bone scan confirmed the injuries. They stated the rookie has gone out indefinitely.
Lue stated the Cavaliers, who taken their first couple of series, will not scrimmage before playing either Washington or Boston
conference finals beginning Wednesday. The Wizards and Celtics play Game 7 of the semifinal series Monday.
Cleveland has already established a rash of injuries to centers, with Chris “Birdman” Andersen and Andrew Bogut suffering season-
ending knee injuries
The Nashville Predators will face Oilers-Ducks Game 7 winner
The Nashville Predators are trying to strike the right balance between rest and preparation heading into their first Western
The Predators will play the winner of Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round between the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks on
Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports). Nashville will start the conference final at either Edmonton or Anaheim.
After staying off the ice Tuesday, the Predators practiced Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena. They defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-1 in
Game 6 of their second-round series Sunday.
“We didn’t do much [Tuesday],” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. “I think that not only the physical break but the mental break
for the players was important. We had that opportunity, so we took it. [Wednesday] was a work day, [Thursday] will be a real good
work day, both in the room and on the ice. And then we’ll be moving somewhere and we’ll continue to work at it Toronto Blue Jays Store.
“While you think there’s a lot of time to prepare the team, we’re not going to prepare them for two teams. So we’ve got to be patient
and just find out where we’re going (Edmonton or Anaheim) and who we’re playing and then we’ll get the guys ready from there.”
The Predators plan to watch the Oilers and Ducks on Wednesday and try to pick up details they can use to their advantage during the
“It is unique in the fact that I’ll sit down tonight and watch a hockey game knowing that we’re going to move forward and play one of
those teams,” Laviolette said. “I think for me it’ll just be, and the other coaches as well I guess, just the comfort of watching a
game. You can see the whole thing play out from a systems standpoint.”
The Predators feel like they have been able to find a good balance between managing their rest and making sure they stay sharp and
ready for what comes next. They had five days between finishing their four-game sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round
and the start of the second round against the Blues. They showed no rust, winning Game 1 4-3 at St. Louis.
“I think we’re in a fortunate position where even in the last round, we used all of our forwards,” Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne
said. “Guys are ready to go all the time and we’ve been able to rotate guys and stay fresh, I guess. It’s a big thing. We have more
depth than maybe before, but also it helps that after the first round we had some time off and had time to recover and heal up.”
Edmonton and Anaheim present different challenges stylistically, which makes their game even more intriguing for Nashville.
“I’m very excited,” Rinne said. “It’s going to be an interesting game. Like all of those games, when you feel like Anaheim’s got the
momentum, the next game the Oilers come out and put up a 5-0 lead in the first [period]. That just goes to show how much firepower
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