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George Hill suffered a left shoulder contusion in the fourth quarter of Friday's game and went to the locker room.

Dwyane Wade committed a foul on Hill and he was in a lot of pain. He was trying to stay in the game, but he was pulled and walked back to the locker room with the training staff. D.J. Augustin replaced Hill and would be a solid speculative add for PG-needy owners in deeper leagues. Hill finished with 12 points, two boards, four assists and two 3-pointers.
Fri, Feb 1, 2013 09:35:00 PM

Tristan Thompson was tremendous in the starting lineup against the Bulls on Wednesday with five points, 12 rebounds, one assist and no turnovers on 2-of-5 from the field in 35 minutes.

He was up to his old tricks with six offensive boards. It is worth noting that none of his five shots were putbacks and he was actually had some involvement in halfcourt plays. Needless to say, he'll be in the starting lineup on Friday and he could actually get even more playing time and push Mike Miller out of the rotation.
May 6 - 9:50 PM

Iman Shumpert did return from a groin injury and left the game early again on Wednesday against the Bulls, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds, one assist, three steals and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

It was a surprise to see the Cavs bring him back into the game despite the team being up big in the fourth. Shumpert returned to the locker room about 10 minutes before his teammates in real time and perhaps it was just to get a jump on some treatment. With J.R. Smith set to return on Friday, Shumpert isn't going to be as important to the rotation. Still, he deserves some credit for his play tonight. Check back for an update tomorrow.
May 6 - 9:48 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




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