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Monty Williams is reportedly "considering bumping up" Eric Gordon's minutes for Saturday's game against Dallas, but there could be "more restrictions ahead."

While the report states that Williams is considering bumping Gordon's minutes up, the team "may choose" to have him sit out "occasional games, especially the second game of back-to-back sets." Gordon sat out Wednesday's game as part of a plan to rest him on the second half of back-to-backs, but the Hornets don't have another back-to-back until Jan. 15-16. Gordon hasn't reported issues with his right knee beyond some normal soreness, and says that "I’m looking forward to playing for the rest of the year." There are still no guarantees given that he has played just 11 games since the start of last season, but so far all signs are good. Gordon is averaging 17.5 points, 5.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 3s in 24 minutes through his first two games.
Thu, Jan 3, 2013 06:18:00 PM

Zach Randolph posted 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting in Sunday's loss in Oracle Arena, adding nine rebounds, five assists and one turnover in 36 minutes.

Z-Bo and Marc Gasol (21 points, nine rebounds) will need to have a huge series for the Grizzlies to hang with the Warriors, especially if Mike Conley (facial surgery) misses more games. Randolph has a size and strength advantage in the post vs. Draymond Green and the Warriors' small lineups, but his difficulty defending the perimeter will be a key to the series -- Green shot 4-of-8 beyond the arc on Sunday.
May 3 - 7:27 PM

Stephen Curry will be named MVP for the 2014-15 season, according to CSN Bay Area.

An official announcement is expected to be made this week, possibly as soon as Monday, and it makes sense for him to receive the award prior to Tuesday's Game 2 vs. the Grizzlies. Curry averaged only 32.7 minutes per game this season, yet he beat out MVP candidates like James Harden and LeBron James by leading his team to a league-best 67-15 record. He averaged 23.8 points, 3.6 triples, 4.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 2.0 steals during the regular season, and has somehow been even better in the playoffs. Congrats, Steph.
May 3 - 7:18 PM

Harrison Barnes did not miss a single shot during Sunday's Game 1 victory over Memphis, scoring 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting (2-of-2 from the stripe), to go with three rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and one block over 25 minutes.

Barnes is the Warriors' X-factor, and he finished Sunday's win with a plus/minus rating of plus-18. He does a little bit of everything for Golden State, and through the first five games of the playoffs he's compiled averages of 9.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.8 three-pointers, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. Those numbers, however, aren't really cutting it for ownership in standard leagues.
May 3 - 6:51 PM

X-rays taken on Bradley Beal's right ankle came back negative.

Beal said that out of all the ankle sprains he's had, this one was the most painful, and he was spotted limping around Washington's locker room after the game. We're going to be considering him questionable for Game 2 on Tuesday, and owners can expect to get more than a few updates between now and then. If he's forced to sit, Otto Porter would be the primary beneficiary.
May 3 - 5:53 PM

Paul Millsap flirted with a triple-double during Sunday's Game 1 loss, scoring 15 points on 6-of-17 shooting, to go with 12 rebounds, eight assists, one three-pointer, two steals, two blocks and four turnovers over 39 minutes of action.

Washington is one of the best teams in the league at defending the power forward position, so Millsap could be in for a rough second-round series. He's still going to play heavy minutes, as a crucial part of what Atlanta does, but when 64.7 percent of your shot attempts come with a defender within 0-4 feet of you, it's going to be difficult to shoot a high percentage. The Hawks will need a better all-around effort if they hope to even the series up during Tuesday's Game 2 in Atlanta.
May 3 - 5:45 PM

DeMarre Carroll's ridiculous postseason run continued on Sunday, as he scored 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting (3-of-5 from the stripe), with five 3-pointers, three rebounds and just one turnover through 38 minutes of action.

Carroll become the first Hawks player to score 20+ points in five consecutive postseason games since the great Dominique Wilkins, and he's been phenomenal over Atlanta's past five games shooting a remarkable 63.5 percent from the field, and 60.7 percent from beyond the arc. Atlanta lost Game 1, but no one will be pointing the finger at DeMarre.
May 3 - 5:19 PM

Al Horford had a strong showing during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Wizards, scoring 17 points to go with a game-high 17 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block, one 3-pointer and three turnovers through 30 minutes of action.

Horford's make from beyond the arc was just his second-career make from 3-point range, and while Horford did have quite the stat line on Sunday, he also shot just 7-of-19 from the field. He does have a tough matchup against Marcin Gortat, so Horford's field goal percentage may dip during Atlanta's second-round series.
May 3 - 4:45 PM

Otto Porter continued his fantastic postseason run on Sunday, coming away with his first-career playoff double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds, two 3-pointers and one assist through 34 minutes of action.

Porter has been a completely different player this postseason, averaging 9.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.4 three-pointers and 1.0 steal per game improving upon all of his regular-season averages. He's also averaging a plus/minus rating of plus-11.8, and his gritty defense continues to earn him steady minutes in the Wizards' rotation. Bradley Beal suffered an ankle injury during Game 1, and if that forces him to sit out Game 2 on Tuesday, Porter will have plenty of opportunity coming his way.
May 3 - 4:30 PM

John Wall double-doubled during Sunday's Game 1 road win over the Hawks, putting up 18 points on 8-of-19 shooting, 13 assists, seven rebounds, three blocks, one steal and just two turnovers through 39 minutes of action.

Wall injured his left wrist in this one, but he was able to fight through the pain, staying in the game with nothing more than a wrap on his wrist. He's currently getting X-rays to determine if anything more severe is there, so we'll be watching for updates on that. Wall did appear to be in a lot of pain following the injury, but given the heavy playing time, we’d expect him to be fine for Game 2 on Tuesday.
May 3 - 3:51 PM

Bradley Beal (ankle) put up a game-high 28 points (9-of-22 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs) during Washington's impressive Game 1 victory over the Hawks.

Beal rounded out Sunday's line with seven rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist, one steal and one turnover through 40 minutes of action. He briefly left the game after suffering a sprained right ankle, but he was able to return during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter to finish the game. Beal will likely be questionable heading into Tuesday's Game 2, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. If he's forced to sit, Otto Porter would likely slide into the starting lineup.
May 3 - 3:37 PM

Bradley Beal (ankle) has returned to the floor to closeout the fourth quarter.

This is obviously great news after it looked like his ankle injury may have been more severe, but he may carry a questionable tag into Game 2 on Tuesday.
May 3 - 3:19 PM




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