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Ersan Ilyasova filled the stat sheet on Friday with 19 points, seven boards, three assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Knicks.

Since the fantasy world was put on Ersanity alert back on January 19, he's averaged 21.4 points, 9.1 boards, 1.7 steals and 2.5 triples. Ilyasova is red hot and he looks primed to have his second big second half in a row.
Sat, Feb 2, 2013 12:10:00 AM

Tony Allen racked up four steals during Tuesday's impressive win at Golden State, adding nine points, four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 37 minutes.

Few things in the NBA are better than the Grindfather in playoffs-mode. Throughout the game, Allen followed up key defensive plays by turning to the TNT announcers and yelling, "First-Team All Defense!" It's hard to argue after tonight's display and Allen has even picked up the pace offensively in the second round, averaging 12.0 points on 55.6 percent shooting in two games vs. the Warriors. When asked if he'd prefer to defend Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson, Allen replied, "It really don't matter. I'm paid to be a defender, and I'm ready to defend."
May 6 - 1:52 AM

Stephen Curry received his league MVP award prior to Game 2 on Tuesday but the celebration didn't last long, as the Warriors fell 90-97 to tie their second-round series at 1-1.

Curry shot 2-of-11 from downtown and 7-of-19 overall, adding five rebounds, six assists, three turnovers and zero defensive stats. He missed some shots he normally makes but he was also harried on the perimeter by the Grizzlies' defense, including an unreal play from Tony Allen which you can watch via the link below.
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May 6 - 1:49 AM

Mike Conley (facial surgery) thrived in his return during Game 2, scoring 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting with three 3-pointers and three assists to help the Grizzlies pull out a rare win in Oracle Arena.

Conley's sprained right foot is a lingering issue, his left eye remains swollen and red after recent facial surgery, he was exhausted due to a lack of conditioning, and he finished the game in obvious pain due to apparent cramping in his left calf. The good news is that he survived a hit to the face from Draymond Green and none of the above ailments prevented him from playing 27 brilliant minutes at the NBA's highest level of competition. All signs point to him being ready on Saturday, when the series shifts to Memphis for Game 3.
May 6 - 1:40 AM

John Wall described his left wrist injury as a "really bad sprain" and decided not to play in Game 2 because he couldn't dribble effectively.

Wall will receive treatment over the next three off-days to reduce the swelling in his wrist and his status for Game 3 may not be known until Saturday. It's worth mentioning that new reports say Wall was doubtful to play in Game 2 all along, even though multiple sources said he would play and coach Randy Wittman confirmed his status just 90 minutes before tip-off. If Wall does miss another game, Ramon Sessions cemented his status as the fill-in starter with a 21-point performance on Tuesday.
May 5 - 11:26 PM

Ramon Sessions poured in a playoff-career-high 21 points as a fill-in starter for John Wall (wrist) during Game 2, going 8-of-14 from the field with three 3-pointers, three rebounds and four assists.

Wall nearly suited up tonight and the Wizards don't play again until Saturday, so there's a chance this will be Sessions' only start of the series. He did all that he could tonight but as a natural scorer he can't replace Wall's extraordinary playmaking, and his scoring was all for naught as the Wizards fell 90-106 on the road.
May 5 - 10:55 PM

Nene, who went scoreless in 17 minutes on Sunday, finished the Wizards' Game 2 loss with two points, four rebounds, one assist, four turnovers and zero defensive stats.

His disappearing act was even more problematic with Marcin Gortat (10 points, nine rebounds) in foul trouble, eventually fouling out with five minutes left. Nene has yet to make a field goal in the series (a combined 0-of-9) and the Wizards desperately need him to get going, as reserve big men Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin can't consistently make up for a void of production at the starting PF spot.
May 5 - 10:53 PM

DeMarre Carroll led the Hawks with 22 points in Tuesday's Game 2 win, hitting 9-of-16 shots with one 3-pointer, six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover.

Carroll has been phenomenal in the postseason. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer and he's ensured himself a massive raise from this year's $2.4 million salary. Amazingly, Carroll is now the first Hawks player to score 20+ points in six straight games since Dominique Wilkins accomplished the feat in 1988.
May 5 - 10:51 PM

Mike Conley (facial surgery) confirmed that he feels "good enough" to play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

Conley's foot is also bothering him and he was dealing with sensitivity to light and sound as recently as Sunday's Game 1 matchup, but he'll give it a go with a protective mask tonight. "I'm going to do what I always do. I'm going to play to win," he said. He will start with Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes serving as a tandem backup at PG.
May 5 - 9:27 PM

Updating a previous report, John Wall (wrist) will not play in Game 2 vs. the Hawks on Tuesday.

This is a shocking reversal after multiple reports stated throughout the day that Wall would play, but he felt more discomfort than expected during warmups. Tests have ruled out a break but his wrist is extremely swollen and we're forced to consider him questionable for Game 3 in D.C., which won't be played until Saturday. Ramon Sessions should earn heavy playing time as the starting PG in Wall's absence, with Garrett Temple picking up some slack as his primary backup. Expect a big night from Jeff Teague as the Hawks look to even the series at 1-1.
May 5 - 7:09 PM

The Clippers have downgraded Chris Paul (hamstring) to doubtful for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Rockets.

There are some conflicting reports about whether Paul is "doubtful" or "questionable," but regardless of his official status he's very likely to be a game-time call on Wednesday. For what it's worth, Clippers' head coach Doc Rivers said that he feels there's a 50-50 chance CP3 is able to play in Game 2, so it sounds like he's leaning more towards the questionable tag. However, if Paul is unable to suit up for Game 2, Blake Griffin will be the primary beneficiary, while Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick, Matt Barnes, and Austin Rivers will see some increased opportunity on offense.
May 5 - 5:51 PM

Doc Rivers said that his gut it telling him that Chris Paul (hamstring) has a 50-50 chance of suiting up for Wednesday's Game 2 in Houston, and he will be a game-time decision.

Rivers also said that if CP3 can play, he will play, so it sounds like Rivers is more interested in having Paul back in order to put Houston in an 0-2 hole, rather than giving CP3 an additional rest day. Reports are that Paul is walking around better today than he was on Monday, with less of a limp, so it sounds like he is making progress in his recovery from the hamstring injury. If he's able to play, he will start, sending Austin Rivers back to the bench. Blake Griffin would also be less likely to put up a triple-double.
May 5 - 4:11 PM




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