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Tim Duncan (knee) is questionable to play on Wednesday against the Bobcats, but Coach Gregg Popovich will return to the sidelines.

Pop had been away from the team due to an illness, but he's feeling better. Duncan, meanwhile, is still having issues with his knee and could be rested against the Bobcats, though he did practice in full on Tuesday. If Duncan does sit, Tiago Splitter should have another solid game.
Tue, Jan 29, 2013 01:10:00 PM

Derrick Rose made 6-of-20 from the field for 14 points against the Cavs during a 106-91 loss in Game 2 on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, 10 assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

He still hasn't been to the line in this series while Kyrie Irving has been there 21 times. Coach Tom Thibodeau addressed this after the game. "I guess he's gotta go harder," Thibodeau said. "Looks like there's a lot of contact to me." Rose continues to play poorly on one day of rest while he's been very good in each of the four games with more than one day off. Unfortunately for the Bulls, Game 3 is on Friday, so Rose will need to figure out how to buck this trend.
May 6 - 9:46 PM

Iman Shumpert suffered a left groin strain in the third quarter on Wednesday and is probable to return.

This is almost shocking to hear Shumpert is fine. Based on some lip reading, it looked like Shumpert said he felt something "pop" in his upper leg. Also, the TNT broadcast reported that owner Dan Gilbert and general manager David Griffin went back to the locker room. For now, it sounds like Shumpert dodged a bullet.
May 6 - 8:31 PM

Jrue Holiday had successful surgery to remove a screw from a previously placed rod in his lower right leg, according to the Pelicans.

This sounds like it was a scheduled surgery to remove the rod and the team will have a timetable for his return in the future. This is Holiday's second surgery on his leg, which ended his season last year and kept him limited this season dating back to Jan. 12. In the playoffs, he played just 18.3 minutes per game with averages of 6.3 points, 1.0 boards, 4.3 assists and 0.7 steals. He'll be sliding in drafts next year for obvious reasons.
Source: NBA.com
May 6 - 8:22 PM

Chris Paul (hamstring) will not play against the Rockets on Wednesday night in Game 2.

Coach Doc Rivers said he doesn't know if CP3 can play in Game 3. The Clippers are already playing with house money with a Game 1 win at Houston on Monday, so there's no need to rush Paul back. Blake Griffin will have another chance for a monster stat line while Austin Rivers gets the start. Expect a better game from Jamal Crawford as well.
May 6 - 8:03 PM

Jimmy Butler will be named as the NBA's Most Improved Player for the 2014-15 season.

This year might have been the toughest race for this award in quite some time. Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert, Hassan Whiteside, Kawhi Leonard and Donatas Motijeunas all deserve some consideration. Although, it was really just a two-horse race with Butler and Draymond Green, who also finished second for Defensive Player of the Year. Butler's improvement off the dribble has gone a long way and he quickly became a go-to scorer. For fantasy, Butler was a steal in drafts this season and he's likely going to be off the board in the second round next season.
May 6 - 7:41 PM

Quincy Pondexter had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday morning and a return timetable will be announced soon.

While the prognosis is not yet known, this procedure is usually a 4-6 week recovering time. He played a little more while the Pelicans were missing guys like Jrue Holiday and will likely just see minutes in the teens while the team is at full strength. His contract is through the 2017-18 season.
May 6 - 3:29 PM

Head coach Doc Rivers said that he doubts Chris Paul will be able to play in Game 2 vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

Paul will likely be a game-time decision tonight, and he will reportedly test out his hamstring prior to tip-off. The Clippers have already stolen home-court advantage from the Rockets, so it would make some sense to hold CP3 out if he isn't ready. Austin Rivers will likely draw another start if Paul sits, but Blake Griffin will be the primary beneficiary after logging a triple-double in Game 1 with 26 points, 14 boards, 13 assists and one steal. Paul has made progress and will do everything he can to play tonight, but his owners will have to stay on alert for an update.
May 6 - 12:35 PM

Alan Anderson may need to have surgery on his ankle this summer to clean up some bone spurs.

It isn't clear how much time he would miss if he decided to undergo surgery, but we will update his status as soon as we know more. Anderson is set to become a free agent and all indications point to him leaving Brooklyn, so we will continue to follow this story closely. At this point in his career, Anderson likely wouldn't have a substantial role regardless of where he lands.
May 6 - 11:44 AM

Nets general manager Billy King was not happy with the season Brooklyn had and said that he will explore all options this summer.

King reportedly met with head coach Lionel Hollins for five hours to talk about the roster, and he made it pretty obvious that the Nets could make some trades this summer. King wants to build around Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young moving forward, but it should be noted that both players hold player options for next season (though both players seem intent on staying in Brooklyn). Deron Williams and Joe Johnson could be shopped around in trade talks, and the Nets will likely try to move up in the draft as well. Head coach Lionel Hollins' job is safe for now, but another poor showing next season could change things.
May 6 - 11:23 AM

Derrick Rose said that he hasn't felt any lingering effects from his shoulder injury, and he is ready to go for Game 2 against the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

Rose was never really in danger of missing any action, but it's nice to have confirmation that he is feeling better well before tip-off. Rose scored 25 points with five boards, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in Game 1, and he will try to help the Bulls take a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Cavaliers tonight. Get him in your lineup.
May 6 - 10:15 AM

John Wall will seek another opinion on his injured wrist prior to Game 3 on Saturday.

Wall has already been evaluated by two different doctors, and the good news is that he isn't dealing with any breaks, fractures, ligament or structural damage. He tried to warmup and play in Game 2, but his wrist was causing him too much discomfort. "It's real, real tough. I came and did what I usually do before the games, try to do like more ball-handling, trying to pound it. Real tough to do," Wall said. "It's a real, real bad sprain." The Wizards don't play again until Saturday, so Wall should have plenty of time to recover and hopefully the swelling in his wrist will start to subside. If he can't play, Ramon Sessions will have to step up again after dropping 21 points in Game 2 on Tuesday.
May 6 - 9:27 AM




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