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Richard Jefferson (calf) did not play on Friday against the Nets.

Jefferson said he would play, but like most players he was over-optimistic. His absence does not impact the rotation much, if at all in Golden State, though the $11 million the Warriors inexplicably took on for RJ just to rid themselves of Stephen Jackson will hurt them for another year and a half.
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 08:19:00 PM

David Lee looked great in the Warriors' Game 1 victory on Saturday, scoring 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting with 13 rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes.

Lee played solid post defense and drew a number of fouls against Blake Griffin, who eventually fouled out in 19 minutes. His recent hamstring injury led to some concern about his conditioning, as he hadn't played more than 33 minutes in the past three weeks, but Saturday's performance was a clear indication that the ambidextrous PF is healthy and ready to go.
Apr 19 - 6:49 PM

Draymond Green headed into the Warriors locker room with an apparent right knee injury before halftime on Saturday, but he has since returned.

Green was crossed over by Matt Barnes and fell awkwardly, and after a few moments he left to be evaluated by the training staff. His return is great news for Golden State, as the absence of Andrew Bogut (ribs) has already left them more reliant upon guys like Green, Harrison Barnes and Marreese Speights.
Apr 19 - 4:38 PM

Joe Johnson and Deron Williams each scored 24 points in Saturday's road win vs. the Raptors, with Johnson connecting on 8-of-13 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs.

D-Will carried the Nets in the first half and they wisely fed Johnson while he was hot in the third quarter, but it was their locked-in team defense that earned them a tough victory. They'll try to take a stranglehold on the series with another win in Toronto on Tuesday before heading to Brooklyn for Games 3 and 4.
Apr 19 - 3:51 PM

Paul Pierce got hot in the fourth quarter on Saturday, finishing with 15 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in a 94-87 win in Toronto.

Pierce's late surge helped keep the Raptors at bay and he already looks like a matchup nightmare, as Toronto's PFs aren't nimble enough to chase him off the 3-point line without giving up easy driving and passing lanes. Fellow 'dinosaur' Kevin Garnett had five points, eight rebounds, two steals and one block in 20 minutes, and his lone field goal was a dagger in the final minutes.
Apr 19 - 3:47 PM

Jonas Valanciunas set a new Raptors' postseason record with 18 rebounds in Saturday's tough home loss to the Nets, while scoring 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting.

Valanciunas added two assists and two blocks. He turned the ball over six times but the Raptors wouldn't have stood a chance without his activity in the paint. JV's playing time and production have steadily increased since the All-Star break and he'll need to have a great series for Toronto to overcome their early 0-1 deficit.
Apr 19 - 3:43 PM

Joakim Noah (bereavement) returned to practice on Saturday after sitting out on Friday.

Noah will be ready for the Bulls' playoff opener vs. Washington on Sunday, which Chicago is heavily favored to win. Wizards center Marcin Gortat averaged 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds after the All-Star break, but he's unlikely to have so much success while facing Noah on a nightly basis.
Apr 19 - 1:39 PM

Nick Calathes will be suspended 20 games for violation of the NBA's Anti-Drug Policy.

The suspension starts now which means he won't be see postseason action. Calathes tested positive for Tamoxifen, an over-the-counter athletic supplement. He was solid this year and filled in admirably while Mike Conley was out earlier this season, averaging 14.7 points, 4.7 boards, 4.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.3 triples in his seven starts. Beno Udrih will back up Mike Conley, who figures to get more than 40 minutes per night vs. OKC in round one.
Apr 18 - 7:33 PM

The Jazz will not bring Ty Corbin back for the 2014-15 season, according to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News.

It seemed like Corbin was on thin ice considering how his team was the worst in the Western Conference. Plus, he wasn't even a lock to make it through the season in the last year of his deal. With Corbin out, the team doesn't seem to have any candidates that jump right out, but there should be some reports in the coming days.
Apr 18 - 5:23 PM

General manager Mitch Kupchak said on Friday that Pau Gasol is a "priority" this offseason.

"If you look at the free agents, there probably isn't anyone as good as Pau on the board," Kupchak said. While this isn't a surprising quote, the Lakers should certainly look to bring Pau back despite their ending result on the standings. He finished with averages of 17.4 points, 9.7 boards and 1.5 blocks, so he'll be a high pick in fantasy leagues next year.
Apr 18 - 2:45 PM

Duke SF Rodney Hood has declared for the NBA draft.

Hood joins fellow Blue Devil Jabari Parker in fleeing Coach K's program. But unlike Parker, Hood is merely a borderline lottery pick at best. In his first season at Duke after transferring from Mississippi State, Hood averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists while showing excellent range (2.0 3-pointers per game on 42.0 percent shooting). He needs to prove he can guard NBA wings in order to raise his draft stock.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 18 - 12:37 PM

Thaddeus Young said it's "a possibility" that he'll ask management to trade him this summer.

Young has repeatedly said all he wants to do is win, and the Sixers are at least two years away from doing that. The 25-year-old is under contract for $9.1 million next season and then has a player option for $9.7 million in 2015-16. Given those reasonable cap hits and Young's unique ability to score without plays called for him, he'd attract plenty of attention on the trade market. Thadd averaged career-highs in points (17.9), assists (2.3), steals (2.1) and 3-pointers (1.1) this season.
Source: Phillyburbs
Apr 18 - 10:54 AM




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