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Kyrie Irving (finger) has not been cleared for contact drills yet.

Irving is "getting closer to returning," and he's been cleared for everything except contact drills. The initial timetable had him missing four weeks, so as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks, Irving should be back in mid-to-late December. Patient owners must continue to wait, while Jeremy Pargo and Dion Waiters should be owned in all leagues.
Mon, Dec 3, 2012 10:24:00 AM

Derrick Rose said that he hasn't felt any lingering effects from his shoulder injury, and he is ready to go for Game 2 against the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

Rose was never really in danger of missing any action, but it's nice to have confirmation that he is feeling better well before tip-off. Rose scored 25 points with five boards, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in Game 1, and he will try to help the Bulls take a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Cavaliers tonight. Get him in your lineup.
May 6 - 10:15 AM

John Wall will seek another opinion on his injured wrist prior to Game 3 on Saturday.

Wall has already been evaluated by two different doctors, and the good news is that he isn't dealing with any breaks, fractures, ligament or structural damage. He tried to warmup and play in Game 2, but his wrist was causing him too much discomfort. "It's real, real tough. I came and did what I usually do before the games, try to do like more ball-handling, trying to pound it. Real tough to do," Wall said. "It's a real, real bad sprain." The Wizards don't play again until Saturday, so Wall should have plenty of time to recover and hopefully the swelling in his wrist will start to subside. If he can't play, Ramon Sessions will have to step up again after dropping 21 points in Game 2 on Tuesday.
May 6 - 9:27 AM

Tristan Thompson will move into the starting lineup for Game 2 against the Bulls on Wednesday, sending Mike Miller back to the bench.

The move makes a lot of sense for the Cavaliers, as they will now match up better with the Bulls' imposing frontcourt tandem of Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah. In 15 previous starts in the regular season, Thompson averaged 12.6 points, 9.7 boards and 0.9 blocks per game, so he is certainly worth a look in daily leagues.
May 6 - 9:07 AM

Tony Allen racked up four steals during Tuesday's impressive win at Golden State, adding nine points, four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 37 minutes.

Few things in the NBA are better than the Grindfather in playoffs-mode. Throughout the game, Allen followed up key defensive plays by turning to the TNT announcers and yelling, "First-Team All Defense!" It's hard to argue after tonight's display and Allen has even picked up the pace offensively in the second round, averaging 12.0 points on 55.6 percent shooting in two games vs. the Warriors. When asked if he'd prefer to defend Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson, Allen replied, "It really don't matter. I'm paid to be a defender, and I'm ready to defend."
May 6 - 1:52 AM

Stephen Curry received his league MVP award prior to Game 2 on Tuesday but the celebration didn't last long, as the Warriors fell 90-97 to tie their second-round series at 1-1.

Curry shot 2-of-11 from downtown and 7-of-19 overall, adding five rebounds, six assists, three turnovers and zero defensive stats. He missed some shots he normally makes but he was also harried on the perimeter by the Grizzlies' defense, including an unreal play from Tony Allen which you can watch via the link below.
Source: Vine
May 6 - 1:49 AM

Mike Conley (facial surgery) thrived in his return during Game 2, scoring 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting with three 3-pointers and three assists to help the Grizzlies pull out a rare win in Oracle Arena.

Conley's sprained right foot is a lingering issue, his left eye remains swollen and red after recent facial surgery, he was exhausted due to a lack of conditioning, and he finished the game in obvious pain due to apparent cramping in his left calf. The good news is that he survived a hit to the face from Draymond Green and none of the above ailments prevented him from playing 27 brilliant minutes at the NBA's highest level of competition. All signs point to him being ready on Saturday, when the series shifts to Memphis for Game 3.
May 6 - 1:40 AM

John Wall described his left wrist injury as a "really bad sprain" and decided not to play in Game 2 because he couldn't dribble effectively.

Wall will receive treatment over the next three off-days to reduce the swelling in his wrist and his status for Game 3 may not be known until Saturday. It's worth mentioning that new reports say Wall was doubtful to play in Game 2 all along, even though multiple sources said he would play and coach Randy Wittman confirmed his status just 90 minutes before tip-off. If Wall does miss another game, Ramon Sessions cemented his status as the fill-in starter with a 21-point performance on Tuesday.
May 5 - 11:26 PM

Ramon Sessions poured in a playoff-career-high 21 points as a fill-in starter for John Wall (wrist) during Game 2, going 8-of-14 from the field with three 3-pointers, three rebounds and four assists.

Wall nearly suited up tonight and the Wizards don't play again until Saturday, so there's a chance this will be Sessions' only start of the series. He did all that he could tonight but as a natural scorer he can't replace Wall's extraordinary playmaking, and his scoring was all for naught as the Wizards fell 90-106 on the road.
May 5 - 10:55 PM

Nene, who went scoreless in 17 minutes on Sunday, finished the Wizards' Game 2 loss with two points, four rebounds, one assist, four turnovers and zero defensive stats.

His disappearing act was even more problematic with Marcin Gortat (10 points, nine rebounds) in foul trouble, eventually fouling out with five minutes left. Nene has yet to make a field goal in the series (a combined 0-of-9) and the Wizards desperately need him to get going, as reserve big men Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin can't consistently make up for a void of production at the starting PF spot.
May 5 - 10:53 PM

DeMarre Carroll led the Hawks with 22 points in Tuesday's Game 2 win, hitting 9-of-16 shots with one 3-pointer, six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover.

Carroll has been phenomenal in the postseason. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer and he's ensured himself a massive raise from this year's $2.4 million salary. Amazingly, Carroll is now the first Hawks player to score 20+ points in six straight games since Dominique Wilkins accomplished the feat in 1988.
May 5 - 10:51 PM

Mike Conley (facial surgery) confirmed that he feels "good enough" to play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

Conley's foot is also bothering him and he was dealing with sensitivity to light and sound as recently as Sunday's Game 1 matchup, but he'll give it a go with a protective mask tonight. "I'm going to do what I always do. I'm going to play to win," he said. He will start with Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes serving as a tandem backup at PG.
May 5 - 9:27 PM




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