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Ricky Rubio had season highs with 15 points, 14 assists and 33 minutes on Monday, adding two rebounds and one steal against the Blazers on Monday.

He's finally turning it on and his owners probably feel like it's been an eternity. Rubio's minute restriction is done and he should be able to shake some of his inconsistencies. Although, he was the second worst player to own for field goal percentage last year and that's not likely going to change much this season.
Tue, Feb 5, 2013 01:06:00 AM

Deron Williams matched his playoff career-high 35 points during an overtime 120-115 Game 4 win over the Hawks on Monday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and seven 3-pointers.

It was nothing like we've seen from Deron this series. He was loose, played with a lot of confidence and hit the most 3-pointers he's ever made in a game. Williams didn't seem to be bothered by his knee tendinitis or a tailbone injury, and he also had another minor injury today. The Nets have tied this series up 2-2 and have exposed some weaknesses to the Eastern Conference's top seed. This series will go back to Atlanta on Wednesday for Game 5.
Apr 27 - 10:29 PM

Brook Lopez dominated against the Hawks on Monday with 26 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocks in 43 minutes.

He made 11-of-19 from the field and is using his size extremely well on offense in this series. Lopez continues to be a force in the postseason with 20 points in nine out of his 11 postseason games (3-of-4 this year). He's been outstanding since the break and the Nets will have at least one more game at home with the series tied.
Apr 27 - 10:25 PM

Nick Calathes will start at point guard against the Blazers on Monday.

Beno Udrih arrived in a walking boot to the arena, so he's not at 100 percent. Based on that information, it's hard to like either guy with so much uncertainty. The two might split the minutes down the middle, but it could go either way depending on Udrih's ankle.
Apr 27 - 10:17 PM

Michael Carter-Williams rolled his ankle in the third quarter on Monday and will return to action.

He hobbled back to the locker room under his own power. Carter-Williams might be at less than 100 percent, but he'll do his best to keep the Bucks in it.
Apr 27 - 9:36 PM

J.R. Smith has been suspended for two games for his shot to Jae Crowder's face on Sunday.

He won't play in Game 1 or 2 in the second round. Considering his history, the suspension could have been a lot worse for Smith and at least the Cavs will have him back when they go on the road for Game 3. The Cavs are also not going to have Kevin Love (shoulder), so expect more from Iman Shumpert, Tristan Thompson, James Jones and Matthew Dellavedova. Thompson and Shumpert are the two most attractive fantasy options.
Apr 27 - 7:02 PM

Kevin Love (shoulder) will not be able to play in the second round of the playoffs.

The team is calling it "an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising." In simpler terms, he suffered damage to several parts of his shoulder and has tearing, so he is likely out beyond the second round, as well. Love is undergoing treatment while other opinions are being considered. For now, there will be a combination of Tristan Thompson, James Jones and Iman Shumpert getting more run. The Cavs also used LeBron James at the four a lot on Sunday.
Apr 27 - 6:04 PM

Deron Williams (knee) will start against the Hawks in Game 4 on Monday.

He also suffered a bruised tailbone and is coming off a horrific game from Saturday. Williams might have a short leash today, so he could play anywhere from 18-28 minutes. If he struggles, expect Jarrett Jack to also get more run at the point. Bojan Bogdanovic would also get more playing time.
Apr 27 - 5:19 PM

Blake Griffin is dealing with a right shoulder stinger and will play in Game 5 on Tuesday.

This is the first we've heard of the injury and it sounds minor. Griffin logged 43 minutes on Sunday with 20 points and 19 boards. He's also posting terrific averages of 22.3 points, 13.3 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals in the first round.
Apr 27 - 4:37 PM

Mike Conley (eye) is out of surgery, but there is no timetable for his return.

Conley had a "successful surgery" and is recovering well, but he remains out for at least Game 4 and possibly longer than that. Beno Udrih (ankle) is expected to play after sitting out Game 3, so that means he and Nick Calathes should split point guard duties in Conley's absence.
Apr 27 - 1:24 PM

Kyle Lowry failed to endorse Dwane Casey as Raptors head coach on Monday.

It sure sounds like Lowry is throwing his coach under the bus. "There is a few things internally that probably need to be fixed," Lowry said. And when asked for his opinion about Casey, Lowry said, "I respect Casey as a man." Casey is skating on thin ice, and his meeting with GM Masai Ujiri promises to be an uncomfortable one.
Apr 27 - 12:07 PM

Jae Crowder (knee) has been diagnosed with an ACL sprain and bone bruise, and he's expected to avoid surgery.

This is fantastic news for Crowder ahead of his restricted free agency, and it's a nice development after Crowder was maliciously taken out of the game by J.R. Smith. Crowder will need rest and rehab in order to recover, and he will have a ton of suitors on the open market after breaking out in a big way with the Celtics. For what it's worth, Boston GM Danny Ainge has said repeatedly that the team wants to re-sign No. 99. He's quickly turned into a fan favorite, as well.
Apr 27 - 11:52 AM




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