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Jared Dudley, who had been starting at shooting guard, traded spots with P.J. Tucker and slid over to small forward Tuesday, finishing with 18 points, five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 6-of-14 shooting in 42 minutes.

The move back to small forward apparently helped Dudley, who had scored eight or fewer points in three of his previous four games. Obviously the 42 minutes also helped, but the bottom line is that Dudley looked much better tonight at SF. He's averaging 16.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 3-pointers in 12 starts at forward this season, but just 8.9 points, 2.5 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.9 3-pointers as a starting guard. Hopefully, Alvin Gentry is aware of the disparity and will leave him at small forward the rest of the way. We sure would.
Tue, Jan 8, 2013 11:06:00 PM

Stephen Curry couldn't get clean looks for much of Thursday's 98-96 loss to the Clippers, making 5-of-12 from the field for 16 points with two boards, 15 assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

He set a career playoff-high with his 15 dimes and this was the ninth time in any game he handed out that many. Curry had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but Chris Paul was able to close out and deny Curry a good look from beyond the arc. He's been below his 17.7 shot-per-game average from the regular season in each of the three games and the Clippers are clearly trying to keep the sharp-shooting guard in check.
Apr 25 - 1:48 AM

Mike Conley turned in a great game during a huge 98-95 win on Thursday with 20 points, five boards, three assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and one turnover on 8-of-14 from the field.

The Thunder may have made a mistake by not putting Russell Westbrook on Conley for a sizable portion of this game and Conley played mistake-free for basically the whole game. Conley is better known for his output in steals, but his offense came around nicely this year with a solid effective field goal percentage of 50.0. Even though he missed nine games in the regular season, Conley was still able to put up third-round value in standard fantasy leagues.
Apr 24 - 11:59 PM

Kevin Durant shot 10-of-27 from the field for 30 points during Game 3's 98-95 overtime loss to the Grizzlies on Thursday, adding nine boards, two steals, five blocks and five turnovers.

KD did have a very minor ankle tweak late in the game and it didn't seem to bother him. He shot 0-of-8 from downtown and 10-of-13 from the line in one of his least efficient games of the season. In fact, tonight was the first time he missed 100 percent of his eight or more 3-point attempts while also missing multiple free throws in any game of his career. Tony Allen does get some credit here, but Durant just didn't bring his best and is struggling right now. He and the Thunder are down 2-1 and will look to even the series on Saturday at Memphis.
Apr 24 - 11:45 PM

Jeff Teague dominated the Pacers during Thursday's Game 3 98-85 win with 22 points, two boards, 10 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

His 10 dimes were a playoff career-high and he absolutely gashed the Pacers with his penetration. Teague hit a wild one-handed 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down in the fourth quarter which helped carry the Hawks to the win. He's had an up-and-down season due to a prolonged slump in the middle of the year, but he did shoot 52.7 percent from the field in April and is playing his best ball since November. The Hawks will look to take a commanding 3-1 lead in Game 4 at home on Saturday. The video of the 3-point shot is attached in the link below.
Apr 24 - 10:31 PM

Josh McRoberts has been given a Flagrant-2 foul and fined $20,000 for elbowing LeBron James during Wednesday's game.

The Bobcats are fortunate that their starting PF avoided a suspension, as he crushed LeBron's throat without making any real play on the ball. The Bobcats face a daunting 0-2 deficit in their first round series, and they'll look to gain some traction at home for Game 3 on Saturday.
Apr 24 - 5:02 PM

Jamal Crawford (calf) will play in Game 3 on Thursday, as the Clippers look to take a 2-1 lead over the Warriors.

Crawford aggravated his strained calf during Game 2 but still finished 4-of-8 from the field, far more efficient than his 2-of-11 performance in Game 1. The injury cost him 14 games during the regular season and we'll keep a close eye on him in case he does further damage by playing at less than 100 percent.
Apr 24 - 2:55 PM

Chris Paul (hamstring) will play in Game 3 on Thursday.

He was a partial participant in Wednesday's practice and seems to have avoided any serious damage after tweaking his hamstring in the Clippers' Game 1 defeat, which they avenged with a blowout victory on Monday. Jamal Crawford (calf) is also ready to play, so the Clippers will take the court for Game 3 at full strength.
Apr 24 - 2:53 PM

Nets' coach Jason Kidd said that Shaun Livingston (illness) will play in Game 3.

Well that solves that. Livingston missed Thursday's practice with his illness, but Kidd's words left no open questions as to whether the 28-year-old will suit up for Friday's Game 3 matchup against the Raptors. Livingston is averaging 11.5 points in 28 minutes per game in the series so far, so he should see plenty of minutes on Friday as the Nets attempt to take the series lead at home.
Apr 24 - 12:56 PM

Pacers' GM Kevin Pritchard tweeted that Larry Bird's sources say that Frank Vogel's job is safe.

This tweet comes as a tongue-in-cheek reply to reports that Vogel may be "coaching for his job" in the first round of the playoffs. The Pacers head to Atlanta tied 1-1 with Game 3 looming on Saturday. Vogel may very well be coaching for his job, but it's obvious that Bird and Pritchard want to grab control of this situation before the media runs wild with it. Well played, Mr. Pritchard.
Apr 24 - 11:38 AM

Shaun Livingston (illness) missed Thursday's practice.

Livingston started and scored 12 points in 27 minutes of action during Tuesday's Game 2 loss, but could be in danger of missing Friday's Game 3 if his illness persists. We'll update his status after shootaround on Friday, but Marcus Thornton and Alan Anderson would be in line to pick up some minutes if Livingston is unable to suit up.
Apr 24 - 11:34 AM

Mike Conley has won the NBA's Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship.

Conley received 77 first-place votes out of a possible 334 and finished just ahead of Jeff Green and Channing Frye. The award is voted on by the players and is given to the player who reflects the ideals of sportsmanship, including ethical behavior, fair play and integrity. Despite the fact that he's locked into a playoff battle with the Thunder right now, this award comes as a nice personal reward for Conley as it was voted on by his peers.
Source: ESPN
Apr 24 - 11:22 AM




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