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Mike Woodson seems to prefer that J.R. Smith come off the bench as the Knicks sixth man this season, despite not having a true starting shooting guard healthy enough to play.

"Like I told J.R., if he comes off (the bench), ‘Hey, there’s nothing wrong with that. Heck, he can be the best player coming off the bench in the league and perhaps win the Sixth Man Award," Woodson said. It appears that would leave either Mychel Thompson or James White as the starting two guard until Iman Shumpert is healthy. Smith is still the guy to own out of those three, and his career numbers are actually better when he comes off the bench than when he starts.
Wed, Oct 10, 2012 09:32:00 AM

LeBron James scored 26 points (11-of-22 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) with 10 rebounds and five assists, but also had six turnovers in the Cavaliers 96-83 Game 5 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday.

This was a forgettable game by LeBron's standards, the game was never really close or highly competitive after the first quarter and he seemed to lack his normal fire. Head coach Ty Lue said about LeBron, "He looked a little tired to me, yes." The King will have to shake off his lack of energy or his seven-year Finals streak will come to an end. Expect LeBron to bring it and have one of his signature elimination games on Friday.
May 23 - 11:26 PM

Jayson Tatum scored 24 points to along with seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks in Boston’s 96-83 Game 5 win over Cleveland on Wednesday.

With his 24, Tatum has now scored the fourth most points (312) by a rookie in postseason history. He only needs 41 more points to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most ever by a rookie. The rook continues to emerge as a star and is now one win away from a trip to the NBA Finals.
May 23 - 11:05 PM

Klay Thompson (left knee strain) is officially listed as questionable for Game 5 on Thursday, but head coach Steve Kerr says he thinks Klay's "going to be fine."

Klay did return to Game 4 after injuring his knee and Steve Kerr also said he's "moving around really well." It looks unlikely, but if he were to miss Game 5 it could be a series-changing blow to the Warriors. We'll have a better idea of his status after shootaround on Thursday.
May 23 - 9:33 PM

Aron Baynes will reportedly start at center for Game 5 on Wednesday, with Marcus Morris shifting to the bench.

The Celtics are coming off two straight losses in Cleveland, so coach Brad Stevens opted to switch things up. The Cavs pounded Boston on the glass in Games 3 and 4 and Stevens is likely betting that Baynes will help neutralize Tristan Thompson's impact on the boards, while providing superior rim protection.
May 23 - 8:22 PM

Andre Iguodala (left lateral leg contusion) is questionable for Game 5 on Thursday.

Iguodala was ruled out for Game 4 after shooting around during warmups, but was "feeling better" on Thursday. "He's out on the floor [on Thursday] not doing a whole lot, but making progress," Steve Kerr said. Iguodala could once again be a game-time decision -- if he's ruled out, Kevon Looney should draw another start in a bigger lineup.
May 23 - 7:40 PM

The Clippers and Doc Rivers agreed to a contract extension.

Rivers had one year left on his deal, and there was some buzz that Rivers could have hit the market this summer. That obviously won't be the case anymore, but now Rivers will have a new way to approach his job with the Clippers expected to rebuild with their two lottery picks.
May 23 - 2:32 PM

Chris Paul had been dealing with pain in his right foot since Game 2 of the Western Conference FInals, but he doesn't plan on taking any time off.

"It's about as good as it's going to be right now," Paul said. "But for us, it's not about that. It's about going out there and getting stops and making big plays when we needed to." CP3 looked off during Game 3 when he didn't get his first shot to fall until the third quarter, but he was crucial in Houston's Game 4 win with 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting and acknowledged he was feeling much better. He's still not quite 100%, but he's determined to continue to fight through the pain.
Source: ESPN
May 23 - 10:02 AM

Stephen Curry took over Tuesday's Western Conference Playoff game in the third quarter when the Warriors went on a 34-17 run to take control of Game 4, but then saw the Rockets bounce back to steal the 95-92 win in Oakland, tying the series at 2-2.

Curry put on a clinic in the third quarter and finished with 28 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and six 3-pointers on 10-of-26 shooting in 39 minutes on Tuesday. Curry also got a last-second opportunity after Chris Paul oddly made a free throw with 0.5 seconds left on the clock, but couldn't get it to go down. It was, however, a bit shocking to see him as wide open as he was, and Curry was probably as surprised as anyone, as well. Game 5 is Thursday night in Houston.
May 22 - 11:46 PM

Chris Paul hit a monster 3-pointer and finished with 27 points, two rebounds, four assists, a steal and five 3-pointers on 10-of-20 shooting as the Rockets beat the Warriors 95-92 in a thriller to tie their series at 2-2 in the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night.

Paul helped the Rockets go on a 25-12 run to end the game and was the most amped player on the court when it was over, but he curiously made a free throw with 0.5 seconds remaining that left the door open for GSW, but Steph Curry's open look at the buzzer was off target. After Curry led the Warriors to a 34-17 rout in the third quarter it looked like this game, and series, were over, but the Rockets pulled off a miracle. James Harden led the Rockets with 30 points in the win and Game 5 is in Houston on Thursday night.
May 22 - 11:35 PM

Kevon Looney will start in Game 4 vs. the Rockets on Tuesday.

Looney will be replacing Andre Iguodala who is day-to-day with a leg bruise. The rest of the starting lineup remains intact, so Looney will be joining Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. This lineup combo has been very successful during this series with an offensive efficiency rating of 123.8 and a defensive efficiency rating of 76.9.
May 22 - 8:45 PM

Andre Iguodala (bruised leg) has been officially ruled out for Game 4.

He was upgraded from doubtful to questionable on Tuesday morning, but after receiving treatment and getting some shots up during warmups, the Warriors ruled him out. "If he was close, he'd play," coach Steve Kerr said. "He's injured. We'll see what happens in a couple days." In typical Kerr fashion, the Warriors aren't expected to reveal his replacement in the starting five until a few minutes before tip-off. With that said, Kevon Looney is the favorite to draw the start.
May 22 - 7:19 PM




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