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Updating a previous item, J.R. Smith will play on Thursday against the Lakers.

A previous report had Smith's status 'up in the air,' but it seems as if the back was never a big issue for Smith. JR was listed as probable, but Mike Woodson said that he'd play. Smith should play his usual reserve role, and on a night where there are just three games, you're playing him if you own him.
Thu, Dec 13, 2012 10:22:00 AM

Terrence Jones made 6-of-15 from the field and 7-of-11 from the line for 19 points against the Mavs on Saturday with nine rebounds, six assists and one steal

The shot total is almost shocking and this was the first time in Jones' career he's had more than 10 shots from the field and from the line. Jones saw a little more playing time than expected because of Dwight Howard getting into foul trouble, but he's still a good bet to play over 30 minutes per game in this series. Jones' season flew a little under the radar due to injuries, so he'll be a difference maker if he can stay on the court.
Apr 19 - 12:35 AM

Trevor Ariza was a wonderful two-way player against the Mavs on Saturday with 12 points, 10 boards, six assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

The points don't tell the story. Ariza was a terror on defense and getting a double-double with six dimes went a long way. On the injury side of things, Ariza did have some cramping in both of his calves and he did receive some treatment. There's been no indication that he'll need to miss time going forward and this hasn't been a habitual problem for him. We're expecting him to be ready for Tuesday.
Apr 19 - 12:33 AM

Dirk Nowitzki made 10-of-14 from the field for 24 points during a 118-108 loss to the Rockets on Saturday, adding eight boards, two assists, six turnovers and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

The turnovers were a bit much, but Nowitzki was money with his jumper. The Mavs did give Dirk a little breather in the fourth quarter, but his playing time in this game is a good sign. Expect him to be a big part of the offense to help space the Rockets' defense.
Apr 19 - 12:27 AM

Devin Harris aggravated his toe injury on Saturday and is doubtful to return.

He was listed as questionable to go into this game and he suffered the aggravation in the second half. Harris seemed to be bothered by the injury throughout the game and he could miss some time. If that's the case, J.J. Barea would be looking at more playing time. Harris left the game with two points, two boards and one assist in 10 minutes.
Apr 18 - 11:27 PM

Chandler Parsons went to the locker room in the second quarter on Saturday and has returned to action.

He threw down an emphatic slam in transition, but didn't look right following that play. Parsons walked back without a significant limp and he's likely just dealing with some soreness to his knee, which kept him out of action since Apr. 4.
Apr 18 - 10:35 PM

Derrick Rose looked 100 percent during a 103-91 win over the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 23 points with seven assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

He made 9-of-16 from the field and made the most of the Bucks not bringing double-teams to him. Rose said multiple times in the post-game interview on ESPN that he had open looks because the Bucks didn't double, so expect that message to be received loud and clear in Game 2 on Monday. Of course, Rose looking great tonight is a top-five story from the day.
Apr 18 - 10:11 PM

Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career-high 25 points against the Bucks on Saturday with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers on 8-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line in 35 minutes.

He wasn't in foul trouble and the Bulls having some depth in their frontcourt may have taken away a couple minutes from Butler. Of course, his increased efficiency and usage rate offset the decrease in playing time. The Bulls are going to be a dangerous team with Butler making his case for the Most Improved Player this season.
Apr 18 - 10:08 PM

Dwight Howard is expected to play more in the postseason than he did in the regular season.

Coach Kevin McHale said the Rockets will play it by ear with Dwight's minutes. Dwight was up to 28 minutes on Apr. 12 and he should get over the 30-minute plateau tonight. There will be less minutes going to Joey Dorsey.
Apr 18 - 7:49 PM

Stephen Curry scored 34 points during a 106-99 Game 1 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, adding four rebounds, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

He had 13 attempts from deep and snapped a six-game streak of making at least 45 percent from that range heading into today. The Warriors looked like they were going to have one of their patented blowouts with a fast start in the third quarter, but credit the Pelicans for not going away. Now that Curry will be logging big minutes more often, expect him to have plenty of 30-point games.
Apr 18 - 7:17 PM

Draymond Green stuffed the stat sheet against the Pelicans on Saturday with 15 points, 12 boards, seven assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

Up until the last five minutes of the game, Green did a great job on Anthony Davis. Green only played 30.3 minutes per game in March and April, so he's clearly set for a major bump in playing time. He had his coming out party in the postseason last year and he could take yet another big step forward this time around.
Apr 18 - 7:11 PM

Andrew Bogut played 30 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday with 12 points, 14 boards, five assists, two steals and two blocks.

His help defense was great at times and his presence in the paint on both ends is huge for the Warriors. Bogut only played 23.6 minutes per game in the regular season, but he'll see his minutes rise to 30 now. Subsequently, Marreese Speights could play less and was essentially out of the rotation today.
Apr 18 - 6:57 PM




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