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Nicolas Batum (flu) "sounds like" he will play on Wednesday against the Suns.

Batum is just the most recent player to be ravaged by the flu and we've seen varying results across the league. On a busy 14-game night owners may want to weigh their options, but in most cases we'd like him in our lineups despite the risk he struggles.
Wed, Nov 21, 2012 07:45:00 PM

Andre Iguodala (knee soreness) is being listed as doubtful for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Rockets.

Iguodala hurt his left knee during the closing seconds of Sunday's Game 3 win, and it sounds like it may have swelled up on him overnight. He's headed for an X-ray and we'll be awaiting those results, but we'll have a better idea on his status following Tuesday morning's shootaround. If Iguodala is forced to sit out Tuesday's game, Kevon Looney would likely move into the starting lineup and there would be more minutes available for guys like Nick Young and Shaun Livingston. Stay tuned.
May 21 - 3:38 PM

Chris Paul needed 16 shots to score 13 points on Sunday, making five of his attempts with 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 33 minutes.

CP3 battled soreness in his lower right leg during Game 2 and may not have been 100 percent, but he was playing without any medical restrictions. He began the game 0-of-6 from the field and didn't score until the 2:59 mark in the second quarter, and much of his production came with the game out of reach in the second half. Game 4 looms large on Tuesday, giving Paul one day to regain his rhythm.
May 20 - 10:43 PM

James Harden led the Rockets with 20 points on Sunday, adding nine assists, five rebounds and two 3-pointers in a blowout Game 3 road loss.

Golden State closed the first quarter on an 11-0 run, then opened the second half with another 10-0 spurt to claim a 21-point lead. The Rockets never got within single-digits after that and wound up losing by 41 points, which was the largest margin of defeat in franchise playoff history. Harden made 7-of-16 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws, but he also committed four of his team's 19 turnovers. The Rockets will need much more from their MVP to even the series at 2-2 on Tuesday.
May 20 - 10:42 PM

Draymond Green racked up 10 points, 17 rebounds and six assists during the Warriors' blowout Game 3 victory on Sunday.

Draymond shot 3-of-9 from the field but he was spectacular otherwise, going 3-of-3 from the line with one 3-pointer, one steal, one block and only one turnover in 37 minutes. He's notched at least 10/10/5 in 22 postseason games, which is fourth-most in the league since 2000 -- he trails only Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and LeBron James. As a side note, Dray also picked up his third technical foul of the playoffs tonight, but he's still four techs away from a one-game suspension.
May 20 - 10:39 PM

Stephen Curry lit up in the second half of Sunday's Game 3 victory, finishing with 35 points (13-of-23 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), six rebounds, five 3-pointers, one assist and one block in 34 minutes.

Steph was a combined 2-of-13 from deep in Games 1 and 2, and began this game 1-of-6 in the first quarter alone, which tied his playoff career-high for 3-point misses in a single quarter. He couldn't be stopped after halftime, however, and got his offense going despite being relentlessly targeted on defense. Before the game, Steve Kerr dismissed concerns about the health of Curry's knee, saying, "Steph is healthy, he’s moving fine ... Steph and Oracle [Arena], it’s a good combination." Sure enough, he served up some home cooking tonight and helped Golden State earn their 16th straight home playoff victory.
May 20 - 10:23 PM

LeBron James made 8-of-12 from the field and 8-of-10 from the line for 27 points during an easy 116-86 Game 3 victory over the Celtics on Saturday, adding five rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, two blocks and two steals in 38 minutes.

The Cavs had a double-digit lead for 42 minutes during this wire-to-wire victory, but LeBron stayed in the game until 6:49 with the Cavs up 30 -- their biggest lead of the night. He's never been down 0-3 in a playoff series and that's still true after the Cavs were run out of Boston to start this series. LeBron cited the defense in this win, but he didn't mention that the Celtics weren't as locked in as they were in the first two. The Celtics still haven't lost a postseason game at home in these playoffs, so the Cavs will have some work to do even if they can hold serve at The Q on Monday.
May 19 - 11:02 PM

Al Horford scored seven points with seven rebounds, four assists, and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Cavs in Game 3 on Saturday.

The Cavs took him out of the game plan in the first half and at that point it was too late with the Celtics down 20 for much of the third quarter. Horford's scoring output has dropped in each game during this series while he hasn't been involved as a facilitator as much. He'll be busier in Game 4 on Monday.
May 19 - 10:59 PM

While the Lakers "like their young core and would prefer to keep those players growing together, they have told teams no player is untouchable in trades," according to Tania Ganguli of the L.A. Times.

The report states that Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle or Josh Hart could all be had for the right price. This isn't shocking, as the Lakers have long been planning to make a major push for LeBron James and/or Paul George this summer. If it takes moving one of their young studs to make that happen, the Lakers won't hesitate.
May 19 - 1:29 PM

Chris Paul has no lingering issues from the soreness he experienced in his left calf late in Game 2.

Paul was seen limping slightly in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's win over the Warriors, and had an ice pack on his lower leg at the end of the game. However, he is good to go for Sunday's Game 3. "His foot was bothering him a little bit," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "It shouldn't be a problem. Just normal. Nothing that would sideline him or anything. He's good." Paul also told reported that he's "all right."
May 19 - 1:20 PM

Coach Brad Stevens said that Shane Larkin (shoulder) is with the team in Cleveland but will not play in Games 3 and 4 and is unlikely to return this series.

Earlier in the week, Stevens said that Larkin was "progressing well" and that he was able to do some running, but still had some discomfort catching and swinging the ball. With Larkin sideline, Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart will continue to log extended minutes.
May 19 - 11:27 AM

Trae Young said he has put on 10 pounds of muscle in five weeks.

He's not even in the league yet and he already has #MuscleWatch going. Young is one of the best scorers in the draft after leading the NCAA in points and dimes per game, but he did only register a 6'3" wingspan as one of the smallest players in the draft. He's met with the Bulls, Knicks and others, and there's almost no doubt he'll be going in the top 10.
May 18 - 6:09 PM




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