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Coach Monty Williams confirmed that Anthony Davis' absence due to a groin injury was precautionary prior to Friday's game.

"He responded to treatment, but (head trainer) Jon Ishop didn't like the way he looked before the game," said Williams. "We're just going to make sure he's right. We have a lot of days before our next game, so we don't want to chance him hurting himself." Injuries have not been a strong suit of the Hornets organization, as Williams regularly did not know his players' injury status last year, but we're not going to sound the alarm until we see much more proof that it's necessary.
Fri, Oct 12, 2012 08:19:00 PM

Kevin Durant made 10-of-31 from the field for 29 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 45 minutes in a Game 6 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.

He was trying to do a little too much and had a really bad fourth quarter. In his 11 fourth-quarter minutes, Durant made 1-of-7 from the field and turned the ball over twice. He joins LeBron James as the only player this decade with back-to-back games with at least 30 field goal attempts in a playoff game. On the other side of the ball, Durant's defense was great once again and has been one of the most unheralded stories in these playoffs. He'll need to be more careful with the ball on Monday.
May 29 - 12:15 AM

Klay Thompson was unbelievable during a 108-101 win over the Thunder in Game 6 on Saturday, scoring a playoff career-high 41 points with four rebounds, one steal, one block and 11 3-pointers.

What. A. Game. The Warriors were down seven points with five minutes left and pulled off a thrilling comeback. Thompson set an NBA playoff record with his 11 treys and scored the most points for a Warrior in these playoffs, making 14-of-30 from the field with 18 attempts from deep. The triples were the story with the Warriors, outscoring the Thunder 63-9 from the 3-point line. You'll want to clear your schedule for Game 7 on Monday.
May 28 - 11:50 PM

Andre Iguodala started the third quarter for Harrison Barnes in Game 6 on Saturday.

Finally.
May 28 - 10:28 PM

Bryce Dejean-Jones has died.

He suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen late Friday and bled to death. Dejean-Jones was 23 and got his big break into the league last year as one of the most exciting esoteric players in the league. Our thoughts are with his family.
May 28 - 3:11 PM

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said that Jonas Valanciunas is a year or two away from stretching out his game to the 3-point line.

The big man just turned 24 years old in May, and while he's yet to hit a 3-pointer in his four-year career, Casey sounded pretty confident that he could add that to his game. That would be huge for his fantasy value, but it's probably too early to expect him to have the green light from deep next season. As always, there should be plenty of updates on his progress over the summer.
May 28 - 1:29 PM

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Knicks will try to acquire a pick in the upcoming draft.

Begley says the best-case scenario would be for the Knicks to purchase a late first-round pick, but he added that a second-round pick is more likely. The Knicks have shown interest in quite a few prospects recently including Kansas guard Wayne Selden, Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell and St. Bonaventure guard Marcus Posley. They are also expected to attend the workouts of Seton Hall's Isaiah Whitehead and Syracuse's Malachi Richardson and they have already attended Cheick Diallo's workout.
Source: ESPN
May 28 - 9:44 AM

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Bismack Biyombo will decline his $2.9 million player option for the 2016-17 season.

This will make him an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Biyombo's stock has grown significantly during the postseason and Stein is hearing that he will make at least $15 million per year. The Raptors will likely offer DeMar DeRozan a max deal this summer, so this would mean that they won't be able to retain Biyombo and it's also worth noting that they already have Jonas Valanciunas under contract for several more years. If Biyombo lands a starting job this summer, his fantasy value would get a significant boost.
May 28 - 9:31 AM

Kyrie Irving was terrific during a 113-87 series-clinching win over the Raptors on Friday, scoring 30 points with four rebounds, nine assists, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

Irving really buckled down on offense and put on a display of his full arsenal. On the downside, he has struggled on the defensive end, so that doesn't bode well against either Stephen Curry or Russell Westbrook. Additionally, LeBron James said after the game that Kyrie was banged up for all four rounds of the playoffs last year and added Irving is healthier this time around. Last year, Irving went down after 44 minutes due to a fractured knee in Game 1 of The Finals, so things should be different. Expect him to play heavy minutes in an up-tempo style.
May 27 - 11:40 PM

Kevin Love scored 20 points in a Game 6 win over the Raptors on Friday, adding 12 rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

The Cavs big three of Love, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James all cleared the 20-point mark for the sixth time these playoffs after only doing so twice during the regular season. Love gets tons of open looks in this offense, so he has a lot of pressure on him to knock them down against a better team in The Finals. The good news is he looks healthy, but expect the Warriors or Thunder to target him in pick-and-roll plays.
May 27 - 11:36 PM

Kyle Lowry scored 35 points during a season-ending 113-87 loss to the Cavs on Friday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one block and six 3-pointers.

He's been terrible in almost all of the losses in this postseason, but not even this terrific game could help his team. Lowry was a late bloomer in his career, posting career highs in points, steals and tying his best total in rebounds during his All-Star campaign this season. Lowry turned 30 years old this past season and his fantasy owners saw him post first-round value. He has a very good chance to repeat next year.
May 27 - 11:33 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points with three rebounds, three assists and four turnovers in a season-ending loss to the Cavs on Friday.

The contested shots were the story all month for DeRozan. In the first five games of this series, DeRozan was only open on 36.5 percent of his shots beyond 10 feet. He still showed some flashes and didn't really lose any appeal as a high-end wing. DeRozan has a huge summer ahead of him as he looks for a max contract in free agency after he opts out of the last year of his deal. He's coming off career highs in points and efficiency and will turn 27 in August. The Raptors will likely be in the mix to bring him back next season, but watch out for the Lakers.
May 27 - 11:32 PM




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