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DeMarcus Cousins didn't travel with the Kings to Portland for Wednesday's game.

The team said it was coach Keith Smart's decision to leave Cousins behind. The news comes only a day after a source told beat writer Jason Jones that Cousins was likely to play Wednesday as long as he apologized. It remains to be seen whether this will extend beyond Wednesday's game, but something tells us this whole mess is a long way from being over.
Wed, Dec 26, 2012 03:28:00 PM

LeBron James dominated again during a series-clinching 135-102 win over the Celtics on Thursday, scoring 35 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block and four 3-pointers.

He racked up the records tonight. Most notably, LeBron passed Michael Jordan for the most points scored in the NBA playoffs, and he also passed Manu Ginobili for the third-most playoff 3-pointers in his career. James also has scored more points against the Celtics in the playoffs than any player has scored against any team. He owns the Eastern Conference and will head to his seventh straight NBA Finals, which is tied for the fourth longest streak ever. Get ready for the three-match starting on June 1.
May 25 - 11:01 PM

Kyrie Irving scored 24 points with two rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

The Cavs exploded in the first half with 75 points to set a playoff franchise record. Irving just continues to cook up Boston, especially in the second half. He scored 11 points in the first five minutes of the second half today after he dropped 21 points in the third quarter during Game 4. Irving didn't have the best series against the Raptors, but he'll head into the Golden State series with a ton of momentum. The Warriors probably don't want Kyrie taking on shots from the right wing.
May 25 - 11:00 PM

Jaylen Brown (hip) is good to go for Game 5 against the Cavs on Thursday.

He did wince a little at shootaround, so he's not 100 percent. Brown played 20 minutes in Game 4 and just 13 in Game 3, so he's likely looking at minutes in the teens for today. The Celtics will likely have a similar nine-man rotation today.
May 25 - 6:51 PM

Zaza Pachulia (heel) went through a full practice on Thursday.

He has another week to get healthy and should be ready to roll for Game 1 at home. Pachulia actually leads the Warriors for net rating in the playoffs with his +28.4, which is a testament to how much the starters are dominating. He has missed the last two games to give JaVale McGee, Pat McCaw and David West get some added run.
May 25 - 3:41 PM

According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, "most everyone associated with the Bulls" believes that Dwyane Wade will pick up his player option.

Wade will be 36 in January and is scheduled to make $23.8 million in 2017-18, so that's going to be hard to walk away from. He played a career-low 29.9 minutes with the Bulls and there's even some talk about him moving to the second unit if he remains in Chicago -- Wade said during his exit meeting that he would be "open" to the idea if it's the best thing for the team. His decision on his player option is due by June 27.
May 25 - 10:20 AM

Danny Ainge said that Lonzo Ball told the Celtics that he will not work out for them prior to the draft.

Wow. Ball must be really confident that Markelle Fultz is going to be the No. 1 pick or he just really wants to play for the Lakers. Lonzo's father, LaVar, previously said that his son will only work out for the Lakers who own the No. 2 pick, but he later walked back those comments. The Lakers are in the process of scheduling a workout with the UCLA guard according to Magic Johnson, so he better hope he impresses because his father is burning a lot of bridges. For what it's worth, Johnson and Lakers GM Rob Pelinka said that LaVar won't factor into their decision.
May 25 - 10:01 AM

Kentucky G Hamidou Diallo has withdrawn from the NBA Draft.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that "several teams in the 20s were serious about selecting Diallo," but he couldn't get a guarantee. Another strong season with the Wildcats could position him as a lottery pick in the 2018 draft.
May 25 - 12:06 AM

Jaylen Brown (right hip pointer) is questionable for Game 5 on Thursday.

He's been a key piece to the Celtics these days, especially with Isaiah Thomas (hip) out for the season. Brown played 20 minutes in Game 4 and he's likely looking at more minutes, assuming he's healthy enough to go. If he can't go at home, there should be more big-ball lineups with Jonas Jerebko while Kelly Olynyk may play more.
May 24 - 5:09 PM

Jae Crowder strained his left thigh in Tuesday's Game 4 loss to the Cavaliers, but he said after the game that he's "fine."

Crowder went back to the locker room for a few minutes, but quickly returned and appeared to be moving around OK. He was effective on offense with 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes, but he didn't have a prayer against LeBron James on the defensive end yet again. We'll get an update at Wednesday's practice, but consider Crowder probable for Game 5 on Thursday as the Celtics try to keep their season alive.
May 24 - 12:04 AM

LeBron James bounced back with 34 points on 15-of-27 shooting in Tuesday's Game 4 win over Boston, adding six assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block and one triple in 38 minutes.

After an 11-point dud in Game 3 on 4-of-13 shooting, LeBron got off to another tough start with four fouls in the first half -- he was forced to sit the final seven minutes of the second quarter. However, he came alive after the break with 24 of his 34 points, helping the Cavaliers outscore the Celtics 65-42 in the second half. J.R. Smith added five points, three assists, one rebound, two steals and one triple for the Cavaliers, while Tristan Thompson notched seven points with seven rebounds and one block.
May 23 - 11:24 PM

Kyrie Irving went off for a playoff career-high 42 points in Tuesday's 112-99 Game 4 win, giving his team a 3-1 series lead.

With LeBron James in foul trouble for most of the night, Irving helped the Cavaliers erase a 16-point deficit and dropped 21 of his 42 points in the third quarter. The entire arena went silent when Irving rolled his left ankle near the end of the third quarter, but he was able to stay in and said after the game that he felt "great." Maybe he sits out of Wednesday's practice to be safe, but expect him to be ready for Game 5 on Thursday in Boston as the Cavs look to close out this series. You can check out the incident in the link below.
May 23 - 11:08 PM




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