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Updating a previous item, James Harden (ankle) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Clippers.

After warming up, Harden felt soreness in his ankle and the Rockets will keep him out of the lineup. The good news is that he should be ready to go following the All-Star break. Chandler Parsons and Carlos Delfino should slide over to shooting guard more often and guys like Marcus Morris and Patrick Patterson will get more playing time, too. Basically, it'll be a team effort to replace Harden tonight.
Wed, Feb 13, 2013 10:01:00 PM

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

LeBron James said he might have to change his mindset a bit for Game 2 against the Bulls on Wednesday with Kevin Love (shoulder) out.

"I've never kind of went into a game saying, 'OK. I'm going to be ultra aggressive to start a game,'" James said. "I've always had that feel-out thing, but [during Game 1] it was little bit too much feel-out. I think I only had two shots at one point. I just was not [as aggressive] offensively as I was defensively." James shot just 9-of-22 from the field during the Cavs' Game 1 loss to the Bulls, and also turned the ball over six times. Cleveland will need a more aggressive and efficient LeBron James in order to have a chance at evening up the series during Game 2 on Wednesday.
May 5 - 3:54 PM

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Nikola Mirotic will be a "situational player" for Chicago's second-round series against Cleveland.

Mirotic only left the bench for two minutes during Game 1, and it sounds like unless there's a major injury to the Bulls frontcourt, he's not going to be a steady rotation player during Chicago's second-round series. Those playing daily leagues should probably avoid playing Mirotic.
May 5 - 3:28 PM

Derrick Rose (shoulder) will play in Game 2 against the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

Rose's status was never really in doubt after he suffered a shoulder stinger during Monday's Game 1 win, but it's nice to get early confirmation that he'll be able to play. Rose has had a strong showing thus far in the playoffs and should be started in all playoff fantasy games as long as he's healthy.
May 5 - 1:53 PM




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