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Joakim Noah (foot) is targeting Thursday's game in Denver for his return.

When Noah first battled plantar fasciitis back in 2009-10, he tried to play through it for a month before shutting it down. He's learned from his mistake and is taking a proactive approach this time. "I feel pretty good, but just give it a couple more days and try to go on Thursday," Noah said "... I'm just moving in the right direction and hopefully by Thursday I'll be ready to go." Taj Gibson will remain a strong hold until we actually see Noah back on the floor.
Tue, Feb 5, 2013 04:18:00 PM

The Pelicans will offer Anthony Davis a five-year max deal this summer that could approach $140 million according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

This is probably the easiest decision the Pelicans will ever make, as Davis has quickly become one of the best players in the NBA. The details of the contract could change depending on the new cap rules, but the Pelicans plan on offering him as much money as possible.
Source: ESPN
Apr 26 - 12:53 PM

According to teammate Joe Johnson, Deron Williams is dealing with a "severe" case of tendinitis in his knee.

Williams also suffered a bruised tailbone in Game 3 on Saturday, but he has been banged up for a while now and this news isn't too surprising given his injury history. Head coach Lionel Hollins doesn't know if Williams will be able to play in Game 4 on Monday, but we will update his status once we know more. Jarrett Jack will step into the starting lineup if Williams is forced to miss any action, and he would be a popular option for owners in daily leagues.
Apr 26 - 12:39 PM

Richard Jefferson (calf) is planning on playing in Game 4 vs. the Rockets on Sunday, though head coach Rick Carlisle said he will be a game-time decision.

Jefferson has been poor in the playoffs so far, averaging just 3.3 points in 13.0 minutes per game. It sounds like he is good to go on Sunday, but Al-Farouq Aminu should continue to see the bulk of the minutes at small forward after producing 15 points, five boards, two blocks and two steals in 34 minutes during Game 3. We will update Jefferson's status as soon as we know more.
Apr 26 - 12:12 PM

Jared Sullinger (bruised tailbone) will be available to play in Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

Sullinger was unable to practice on Saturday and was supposedly a game-time decision, but it's a good sign that the Celtics cleared him to play with over an hour before tip-off. Sullinger is averaging 9.3 points and 5.7 boards while shooting 57 percent from the field in the series, so he is going to have to continue to provide solid minutes off the bench if the Celtics want to avoid getting swept by the Cavaliers.
Apr 26 - 11:51 AM

Marcus Smart was reportedly late to practice on Saturday because he overslept, but head coach Brad Stevens said that Jae Crowder was always going to start in Game 4.

There have been some indications that Smart will see reduced minutes for disciplinary reasons, so it's probably best for owners in fantasy leagues to look at other options. Jae Crowder is starting because his physical presence is needed to guard LeBron James, but there is no word on whether or not the switch is temporary.
Apr 26 - 11:35 AM

Jae Crowder will be replacing Marcus Smart in the starting lineup for Game 4 against the Cavaliers on Sunday.

Crowder pretty much made it clear in practice on Saturday that he would be in the starting lineup, so this news was expected. There could be additional changes to the lineup as well, so be sure to stay tuned for updates. Smart hasn't played that well in this series so far, and it makes sense to get a physical presence in the lineup such as Crowder to help contain LeBron James. Expect Evan Turner and Avery Bradley to have some extra ball-handling responsibilities as well.
Apr 26 - 10:55 AM

ESPN's Chris Broussard reported on Saturday that when he asked LaMarcus Aldridge if Portland will be his No.1 choice in free agency, Aldridge said "we'll see".

To make this story even more interesting, Blazers general manager Neil Olshey gave his team the option of flying home separately after their Game 2 defeat in Memphis, and Aldridge was the only player to take a separate flight from the team. This certainly doesn't bode well for Aldridge's future in Portland, and it's already being reported that teams such as the Spurs, Mavericks, Lakers and Knicks will pursue him hard this summer. The Blazers have lost the first three games of the series to the Grizzlies, so an early-round exit likely won't help Portland's chances of retaining their star power forward. We will continue to pass along updates as necessary.
Apr 26 - 10:50 AM

Deron Williams left Saturday's game against the Hawks after landing hard on his tailbone, but he is expected to be fine moving forward.

"It’s frustrating," Williams said. "It’s frustrating for me to be banged up, but we won tonight. And like I said, that’s the only thing that matters. Brook [Lopez] had a heck of a game tonight, you know, on both ends of the floor, rebounding. He did everything tonight. Joe [Johnson], big plays." Jarrett Jack took over when Williams left the game and led the Nets to an 18-0 run, so it looks like Williams' injury may have actually been a blessing in disguise for Brooklyn. Williams finished with just three points on 1-of-8 shooting to go with six assists, seven boards and two steals, but he will have to step it up if he doesn't want to lose playing time to Jack.
Apr 26 - 9:51 AM

C.J. McCollum exploded off the bench for 26 points in Saturday's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies, adding four boards, two steals and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

Finally. McCollum was awful in his previous two outings against the Grizzlies, scoring a combined eight points on just 4-of-21 shooting. McCollum is starting to make a name for himself with the Blazers, and even though he got a few extra minutes tonight due to Arron Afflalo getting into some foul trouble, he looks destined for a larger role heading into next season.
Apr 26 - 1:58 AM

Nicolas Batum was on fire from beyond the arc in Portland's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, sinking six 3-pointers on 12 attempts.

He finished the game with 27 points, six boards and four assists, but it wasn't enough to keep the Grizzlies from capturing a 3-0 series lead. Batum has been hesitant on his jumpers all season (mostly 3-pointers), so it was nice to see him in attack mode tonight. The Blazers will need Batum to continue to be aggressive if they have any hope of competing with the Grizzlies.
Apr 26 - 1:53 AM

Marc Gasol scored 25 points with seven boards, four assists and three blocks in a decisive win over the Blazers on Saturday to give the Grizzlies a 3-0 series lead.

Gasol shot just 6-of-17 from the field, but he was a bully in the paint and held Robin Lopez to just four points and four boards on the night. The Grizzlies will look to sweep the series on Monday in Portland, but it might be a lot tougher than they think if Mike Conley (eye) is unable to suit up for that one.
Apr 26 - 1:39 AM




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