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Dirk Nowitzki had a season-high 26 points, four rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers on 11-of-21 shooting in Tuesday's tough loss at Portland.

Dirk hit a clutch 3-pointer to put the Mavs up by three near the end of the game, but LaMarcus Aldridge also hit a big 3-pointer, and then hit a fadeaway 12-footer to win the game at the buzzer as the Mavs blew a 21-point lead. Dirk is back and is averaging nearly 18 points, six boards and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five, but is shooting just 42 percent from the floor. He's getting better every week.
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 01:19:00 AM

Kyle Korver scored 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting (including two threes) with one rebound and one steal in 32 minutes, but left the game late after hurting an ankle and did not return.

Korver left with the game basically in Cleveland's hands so it's possible the injury is less serious than more serious, and X-rays taken after the game were negative. Kent Bazemore (12 minutes, seven points, one steal) would step into some more minutes if Korver can't play in Game 3, and Dennis Schroder (13 points, 6-of-11 FGs, 12 minutes) could also get more minutes as long as he didn't shoot himself into the doghouse tonight. We'll update Korver's status as soon as we learn more.
May 22 - 11:14 PM

LeBron James scored 30 points on 10-of-22 shooting (2-of-7 3PTs, 8-of-11 FTs) with nine rebounds, 11 assists and one block as the Cavs trounced the Hawks in Friday's Game 2 win.

It's unfair to ask any one player to guard LeBron and the Hawks' scheme has been borderline belligerent on top of that. The scary part is that he is appears to be toying with the Hawks, settling for outside looks rather than punishing Atlanta for their lack of size. Game 3 is Sunday in Cleveland.
May 22 - 11:09 PM

DeMarre Carroll (knee) will start in Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs.

Carroll was wincing throughout warmups and owners have to plan for some sort of limitation. Kent Bazemore and Paul Millsap may end up picking up the slack on LeBron James. If Carroll falters then Bazemore stands to gain the most here in terms of playing time, but his numbers could suffer if he has to cover LeBron a lot. Kyle Korver could also get some time on the King.
May 22 - 7:59 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) will not play against the Hawks on Friday night.

Coach David Blatt called it a "medical decision" for Irving to sit tonight. He went to visit Dr. James Andrews today to confirm the tendinitis issue. With Irving out, Matthew Dellavedova will get the start with J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert getting more run.
May 22 - 7:00 PM

Kyrie Irving arrived at the Philips Arena with a suit bag and it "seems like he'll be in street clothes," according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

We'll let you know if Kyrie is going to warm up for this one, but most signs point to him getting some rest today. If he's out, Matthew Dellavedova would start while Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith would play more.
May 22 - 6:54 PM

DeMarre Carroll (knee) is still a game-time decision to play against the Cavs on Friday night in Game 2.

There is an unconfirmed report that Carroll won't be playing, which wouldn't be a surprise. Of course, there's some added risk because Carroll is headed to free agency this summer and has a lot riding on that left knee of his. If he is out, Kent Bazemore will likely move into the starting lineup. Expect to see Dennis Schroder log more minutes along with Paul Millsap guarding LeBron James more often.
May 22 - 6:52 PM

Gordon Hayward had minor outpatient surgery on his right heel.

He is expected to make a full recovery in the early part of the summer. Hayward missed some game action near the end of the season due to an Achilles issue, so that likely explains his procedure. It shouldn't affect his fantasy value as an early-round target. The Jazz will have decent depth at all their positions, so their draft selection won't be easy.
May 22 - 6:41 PM

Dwight Howard (knee) is being listed as probable for Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday.

Howard went off for 19 points and 17 rebounds during Game 2's loss, so there's absolutely no reason to think he won't be in uniform for a crucial Game 3 in Houston. His probable tag would suggest he didn't experience any setbacks during his 40 minutes of action on Thursday, and Houston will need all they can get from Dwight if they hope to climb out of their current 0-2 hole.
May 22 - 1:39 PM

DeMarre Carroll (knee) will be a game-time decision for Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs, although it appears unlikely he'll be able to play.

Carroll was spotted walking with a slight limp after Friday morning's shootaround, and head coach Mike Budenholzer sounded pessimistic when discussing Carroll's availability for Game 2. "We’ll see how he does the rest of the day and if he progresses," Budenholzer said. "He did some things this morning and we are hopeful for the best." Expect Kent Bazemore to start if Carroll can’t give it a go, with him and Paul Millsap serving as LeBron James’ primary defenders.
May 22 - 12:37 PM

DeMarre Carroll (knee) was spotted walking gingerly after Friday morning's shootaround, and he will be a game-time decision for Game 2 against the Cavs.

Carroll was not made available to the media after shootaround, and it sounds like he'll be a true game-time decision on Friday, meaning we likely won't know his status until minutes before the tip. If he's forced to sit, Kent Bazemore and Paul Millsap would be given the unfortunate task of guarding LeBron James. With Kyrie Irving (knee, foot) also questionable for this one, James could be in line for a monster game going up against the lesser defense of the aforementioned players. Stay tuned.
May 22 - 11:10 AM

DeMarre Carroll walked out to the court for the Hawks' Friday morning shootaround wearing a knee brace on his injured left knee.

While Carroll remains questionable for Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs, him participating in shootaround can be viewed as a positive sign. Atlanta absolutely needs Carroll as he's their best defender against LeBron James (he's holding James to just 31 percent shooting from the field), and this is a situation we'll be following very closely. If Carroll is unable to go, Kent Bazemore would likely slide into the starting lineup, and both he and Paul Millsap would be tasked with guarding James. All that effort guarding James on defense would likely take away from each players offensive output.
May 22 - 10:50 AM




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