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Amir Johnson hit 6-of-11 shots on his way to 19 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in 40 minutes in another start at center for the Raptors.

Johnson is cruising again, although he's helped by the fact that Aaron Gray was out with the flu last game, and didn't play again tonight, while Andrea Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas are both out with injuries. It's entirely possible that Johnson will hang onto the starting job going forward, and he's averaging 18 points, nine boards, a steal and 1.3 blocks over his last three games, if you throw out his nine-minute foul-out job on Friday. Pick him up.
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 10:36:00 PM

The Wolves are expected to announce coach Rick Adelman's retirement at a press conference on Monday.

Adelman has compiled 1,042 victories during his 23-year career as an NBA head coach, which ranks No. 8 all-time. His teams made it to the Finals twice but never took home the ultimate prize, much like contemporary colleagues George Karl, Jerry Sloan and Don Nelson. The Wolves have big shoes to fill when looking for their next coach, especially since their success or failure next season could impact Kevin Love's decision as a potential free agent in 2015.
Apr 21 - 10:36 AM

The Knicks fired Mike Woodson and his coaching staff on Monday.

Phil Jackson made the announcement and it comes as no surprise given New York's inability to make the playoffs this season and the prevailing belief that Jackson will hire a coach familiar with the triangle offense. Steve Kerr, who is covering the playoffs as an analyst for TNT, is a leading candidate for the Knicks' head coaching job. In addition to Woodson, the Knicks parted ways with assistants James Todd, Darrell Walker and Herb Williams.
Apr 21 - 10:07 AM

Patrick Beverley will have an MRI on Monday after spraining his right knee during Sunday's game.

Beverley tore his right meniscus on March 27 but he was able to avoid surgery and return to action just two weeks later, and there is reportedly "a great deal of fear" that he's seriously aggravated his injury. He's questionable to play on Wednesday and if he can't suit up the Rockets will shift Jeremy Lin into the starting lineup.
Apr 21 - 2:57 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge set a Blazers franchise record with 46 points on Sunday, adding 18 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a thrilling OT road victory in Game 1.

Aldridge averaged 26.5 points and 15.5 rebounds vs. the Rockets this season and he clearly has their number, as neither Terrence Jones nor Dwight Howard could contain him defensively. He made 17-of-30 FGs and 10-of-13 FTs and even sank both of his 3-point attempts, despite having made just three during the entire regular season. The Rockets' official Twitter account summed things up late in the game, saying, "We finally stopped LaMarcus Aldridge. He fouled out."
Apr 21 - 1:22 AM

Damian Lillard was kneed in the thigh by Dwight Howard on Sunday, but he kept playing and finished with 31 points, nine rebounds and five assists in his first NBA playoff game.

Lillard didn't seem bothered by the injury, catching fire down the stretch and sinking a clutch 3-pointer to tie the game with 29 seconds remaining, en route to a thrilling OT victory. He'll probably be stiff and sore in the morning but with Game 2 scheduled for Wednesday the Blazers' dynamic second-year PG should be ready to go.
Apr 21 - 1:20 AM

Nene started on Sunday for the first time since spraining his MCL in late February, finishing the Wizards' Game 1 victory with 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

Nene had insisted on playing no more than 20 minutes once he returned from his injury, but he logged 35 minutes on Sunday and his conditioning didn't seem to be a problem. He feasted on the Bulls with a sequence of wide open mid-range jumpers and he was the key to stealing home court advantage. That's no big surprise since the Wizards had a 30-23 record with Nene in the lineup this season, but just 14-15 without him.
Apr 20 - 9:56 PM

Al Jefferson (strained plantar fascia) left Game 1's loss at Miami in a walking boot after feeling a rip in his left plantar fascia.

He admitted he had to "suck it up" after the game and mentioned he felt a pop. Jefferson needed a pain-killing shot after the injury and at halftime, so he's probably not going to feel great on Monday. The Bobcats will likely hold him out of practice in the next couple days and he should be considered questionable for Wednesday. If he's limited, Bismack Biymobo will have some massive shoes to fill.
Apr 20 - 6:56 PM

LeBron James made four 3-pointers during Game 1's 99-88 win over the Bobcats on Sunday, scoring a total of 27 points with nine boards, one assist and three turnovers.

The Heat had 11 3-pointers today and that was a big part of the win. Their offense clearly wasn't in rhythm with only 14 assists on their 35 field goals and only had 24 points in the paint. LeBron had a couple huge 3-pointers in the third quarter, which helped swing the momentum to help the Heat dominate the early fourth quarter. He owned the Bobcats all season with 37.8 points per game in four games, so he's likely going to put up some massive numbers in this series.
Apr 20 - 6:45 PM

Dwyane Wade was superb in his 34 minutes of action on Sunday vs. the Bobcats, making 10-of-16 from the field for 23 points with one board, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

He played with a ton of confidence and made his first 3-pointer since Feb. 3. Wade looked completely healthy and the Heat taking their foot of the pedal with Wade's workload seems like it's going to pay dividends. Of course, the Heat still have to win 15 more games if they want to have win their third consecutive title.
Apr 20 - 6:29 PM

Nene is listed as a starter against the Bulls for Game 1 on Sunday.

He's been coming off the bench in the past four games since returning from injury and the Wizards seem to be comfortable putting him back in his usual role. Nene runs the offense quite a bit to take some pressure of John Wall and the team will need him to stay on the court in this series. Trevor Booker moves back to the bench.
Apr 20 - 6:24 PM

Tony Parker put the Spurs on his back in Game 1's 90-85 win over the Mavericks Sunday, scoring 21 points with four boards, six assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

The Spurs just took over late to win this game. They were getting all sorts of easy buckets and almost doubled up the Mavs in the points-in-the-paint battle 56-32. Parker had a big hand in that with four of his assists leading to layups while eight of his nine makes were layups. He's a marvel with respect to efficiency while he and coach Gregg Popovich are on the same page like few others.
Apr 20 - 4:02 PM




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