Kanter said his focus this summer has been adding a three-point shot to his offensive repertoire, HoopsHype reports. "With the league changing, everybody has to be able to make three-point shots now," Kanter said. "That's why my focus this summer is my three-point shooting. When I talked to Brad Stevens, he told me he wanted me to shoot threes."
Kanter went on to note that Danny Ainge also spoke with him about expanding his range, so this appears to be a serious point of emphasis for the 27-year-old, who signed with the Celtics as a free agent. Kanter has attempted only 143 three-pointers in his NBA career, and while he's never taken more than 45 in a single season, he's a good bet to exceed that number -- and likely by a wide margin -- in 2019-20 with Boston in need of a replacement for Al Horford. A career 29.4 percent shooter from outside, the expected increase in volume may not end up being a strength for Kanter's fantasy profile, but his made threes could be an asset in leagues that don't value percentages.
Kanter and the Celtics agreed to terms Monday on a two-year, $10 million contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Kanter waited out the initial rush of signings and will now head to Boston, where he'll join a Celtics team rebuilding on the fly following the departures of Al Horford and Kyrie Irving. Kanter is far from a Horford-caliber defender, but he'll bring scoring and rebounding to the frontcourt and could be in position to open the season as the starter. Splitting last season between the Knicks and Blazers, Kanter finished with combined averages of 13.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.
Kanter managed six points (3-4 FG), two rebounds and one steal across 13 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 119-117 loss to the Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Monday.
Kanter shifted to the bench for the final two games of the series, and his production took an unsurprising hit. The big man scored in single digits in each of the last three contests overall, and a lingering shoulder injury certainly may have played a part in some inconsistent showings from the midway point of the semifinal round onward. Kanter will be an unrestricted free agent this coming offseason, and a return to the Trail Blazers appears unlikely with Jusuf Nurkic (leg) expected to be ready for the start of the 2019-20 season and talented backups Meyers Leonard and Zach Collins also under contract.
Kanter will come off the bench for Saturday's Game 3 against the Warriors, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
After two losses at the hands of Golden State, coach Terry Stotts will opt to start Meyers Leonard over Kanter. Kanter played just 19 minutes during Game 2, and it's possible he sees less time in Game 2.
Kanter had 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-2 FT), 16 rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 116-94 loss to the Warriors.
Kanter played 30 minutes Tuesday, coming away with a 10-and-16 double-double. The matchup with the Warriors is certainly not going to be an easy one for Kanter but he managed to acquit himself quite well in this one. However, while the numbers are decent enough on the surface, he did struggle mightily with a number of high screens, constantly leaving both Steph Curry and Klay Thompson open from the perimeter. This could have something to do with his ongoing shoulder injury and if that is the case, may become a concern moving forward.
Kanter totaled 12 points (6-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 13 rebounds, and one assist in 40 minutes during Sunday's 100-96 victory over Denver.
Kanter racked up another double-double Sunday, helping the Trail Blazers take care of the Nuggets, advancing to the Conference Finals. Kanter's shoulder continues to be an issue but there have been no excuses and his 40 minutes were certainly important in what was a back-and-forth matchup. The Trail Blazers will now face the Warriors in what is typically a tough matchup for opposing centers. His playing time may reduce depending on the mindset of the Warriors but his production thus far can certainly not be understated.
Kanter tallied just six points (2-9 FG, 2-4 FT) but added 14 rebounds and one assist across 29 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 119-108 win over the Nuggets in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Thursday.
Kanter continued to tough out his shoulder issues Thursday, and his poor shooting night could well have been a reflection of the physical limitations he's currently under. The big man was a force on the boards, however, turning in his third double-digit rebound effort of the last four contests. Kanter now has back-to-back 22.2 percent showings from the floor, but he'll look to overcome his offensive struggles in Sunday's critical Game 7.
Kanter managed seven points (2-9 FG, 3-6 FT), eight rebounds and three assists across 26 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 124-98 loss to the Nuggets in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Tuesday.
Kanter continues to fight through shoulder issues, and the injury likely has played at least a part in the big man taking single-digit shot attempts in each of the last two contests. Kanter has remained a steady force on the boards, however, and all indications is he'll be slated for a normal allotment of minutes in Thursday's critical Game 6.
Kanter (shoulder) has been cleared to play Sunday against the Nuggets in Game 4, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Kanter has put on an impressive display of toughness throughout the series, and he'll continue to do so Sunday after logging 56 minutes in a quadruple-overtime victory Friday. He's been able to make an impact even with a separated shoulder and is averaging 19.7 points. 10.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals through the first three contests of the Western Conference Semifinals.
Kanter turned in 18 points (8-16 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 15 rebounds, three steals and one block across 56 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 140-137 quadruple-overtime win over the Nuggets in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal-round series Friday.
Kanter turned in a gutsy performance during the overtime victory, even after re-injuring his left shoulder during the contest. The veteran's double-double was his first of the series and third overall this postseason. Kanter's status is presumably day-to-day ahead of Sunday's Game 4, with additional updates on his condition likely forthcoming ahead of that contest.
Kanter finished with 15 points (5-10 FG, 5-5 FT), nine rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 97-90 victory over the Nuggets.
Kanter had another solid performance despite continuing to battle a shoulder injury. He fell one rebound short of a double-double, but perhaps the most surprising aspect was his strong play on the defensive end. The Trail Blazers now have homecourt advantage and will look to ride their momentum as the series heads back to Portland for games 3 and 4. His ailment will likely hang around for some time but there is no indication he will be forced to miss time.
Kanter (shoulder) is not on the injury report ahead of Wednesday's Game 2 in Denver.
This is good news for Portland, but at the same time it's hard to believe Kanter won't be bothered by the shoulder injury that visibly hampered him on both ends during Game 1. It didn't stop him from being effective on offense, however, as Kanter finished with 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting to go with seven rebounds in 33 minutes.
Kanter managed 26 points (11-14 FG, 4-4 FT), and seven rebounds in 33 minutes during Monday's 121-113 loss to the Nuggets.
Kanter played well in his 33 minutes Monday, ending the loss with 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting. His shoulder injury was clearly causing him discomfort and certainly limited his rebounding ability on both ends of the floor. It would appear that this is going to be an ongoing issue and something that he is simply going to have to play through. Despite the injury, he was still able to impact the game on the offensive end and with no specific updates, should be good to go Wednesday for Game 2.
Kanter will start Game 1 against the Nuggets on Monday despite dealing with a separated left shoulder, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
Kanter suffered the injury during the final game of the first round against the Thunder, and even though he appeared to be in some serious pain during warmups, he's going to start the contest. It remains to be seen if the issue will limit his playing time, although it may simply be a matter of pain tolerance.
Kanter (shoulder) is available to play in Game 1 against Denver on Monday, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports.
Portland has yet to announce it's starting five, so it's possible that Kanter could come off the bench, considering he appeared to be in some pain during pregame warmups. If this turns out to be the case, Zach Collins figures to draw the start at center to open the series.
Kanter (shoulder) is on the court for pregame warmups ahead of Game 1 against the Nuggets on Monday, Royce Young of ESPN.com reports.
Kanter was spotted going through his usual pregame routine, and although he was noticeably in some pain, it appears as though he's going to play. The Trail Blazers should make an official announcement on his status shortly before tipoff.
Kanter (shoulder) is questionable for Game 1 against the Nuggets, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Kanter's status remains in question for Portland's upcoming series, as he separated his left shoulder in the final game of the first round. His shoulder won't be completely healthy for at least another month, but he'll attempt to play through the pain throughout the playoffs. A decision on Kanter's availability will likely be made following pregame warmups.
Kanter (shoulder) is considered day-to-day heading into Round 2 against either the Nuggets or the Spurs, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports. "It's getting there," Kanter said Friday. "It's a process. I'm not going to lie, it hurts pretty bad. We're just taking it day-by-day to see how it feels."
Kanter separated his shoulder during the Blazers' series-clinching victory over the Thunder, and he noted that it's tough for him to even slip his shorts on and off and eat food. Team doctors say that a separated shoulder normally takes about a month to heal, but obviously Portland doesn't want to wait that long to get Kanter back out there.
Kanter, during Tuesday's Game 5 win over the Thunder, was playing through a separated shoulder, Kevin Pelton of ESPN reports. "I just tried to play through it," Kanter said afterward. "We'll see what happens in the future."
Kanter suffered the injury during the first quarter, and he went on to play 32 minutes after receiving an injection at halftime. In waiting for the Nuggets-Spurs series to wrap up, the Blazers will have off at least through Saturday. Considering he played through the injury Tuesday, Kanter should be good to go for Round 2. However, until that's confirmed, he should be considered questionable for Game 1.
Kanter posted 13 points (6-9 FG, 1-1 FT), 13 rebounds, four assists and one block across 32 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 118-115 win over the Thunder in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Tuesday.
Kanter sustained a left shoulder injury late in the first half after falling hard to the court, but he started the second half and turned in a gutsy performance down low against Steven Adams. Kanter generated two double-doubles overall in the series, and even though he saw a downturn while dealing with foul trouble in Game 2, he still averaged 13.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 29.2 minutes over the five games against the Thunder. He'll look to rest up ahead of a semifinal-round matchup against either the Spurs or Nuggets.
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