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Danny Granger (knee) will remain on a 15-20 minute cap for at least another week.

Granger's left knee is still not quite at 100 percent, so the limited minutes are part of his rehab plan. Coach Frank Vogel confirmed that as long as Granger can sustain progress for the next two weeks, he will rejoin the starting five and push for 30 minutes nightly. The Pacers know that in order to have a shot at going to the Finals, they need a third scorer to complement Paul George and David West. Current starting shooting guard Lance Stephenson can't provide that.
Source: Pacers.com
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 02:34:00 PM

Ramon Sessions will start at point guard on Tuesday with John Wall (wrist) unable to play.

Garrett Temple will be Sessions' primary backup and Washington may opt to activate Will Bynum. Sessions is the guy to target for temporary value and Bradley Beal should also handle the ball more, assuming his sprained ankle holds up. Sessions started 10 games this season and averaged 10.2 points, 0.8 threes, 3.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 0.2 steals, so fantasy owners should keep their expectations modest.
May 5 - 7:21 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

Mike Conley (face) went through shootaround and he is officially being listed as questionable for Game 2 against the Warriors on Tuesday.

Conley said that he expects to play in Game 2, and he's likely headed for a game-time decision. He underwent a fairly major surgery just last week, so it would be impressive to say the least if he's able to suit up tonight. For what it's worth, Conley still hasn't participated in any contact drills, so even if he is able to play, it would likely be in a very limited capacity. Conley will be the starter if he's able to give it a go, meaning Nick Calathes would head back to the bench where he'd split minutes with Beno Udrih. Stay tuned.
May 5 - 2:33 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

Goran Dragic said the Miami Heat are his first choice in free agency.

Dragic will opt out of his contract before the end of the month, but he said he's hoping to stay with the Heat as long as the two sides are on the same page finanically. "As long as I’m in a happy environment and a healthy organization, that’s the most important thing," Dragic said. "The next three, four, five years — I want to spend it on this kind of team, like the Miami Heat. They have great players, great coaching staff and great training staff." While he didn't return value as a third-round pick in 2014-15 , Dragic should benefit from a full season in a Heat uniform if he returns and is worthy of an early-mid round selection in fantasy drafts.
May 5 - 12:14 PM

Bradley Beal (ankle) will suit up for Game 2 against the Hawks on Tuesday.

Confirming a previous item in which Beal said he expected to play, the 21-year-old will officially be in the Wizards' starting lineup on Tuesday. Beal has dealt with quite a few ankle injuries in his short NBA tenure, but he practiced without much issue on Monday and should be in good enough shape to continue his strong playoff run in Game 2 against the Hawks.
May 5 - 12:00 PM

Russell Westbrook is upset that that Thunder did not consult with him about the hiring of new head coach Billy Donovan, according to Justin Termine of SiriusXM.

According to Termine's sources, the Thunder consulted with Kevin Durant, but did not include Westbrook in that consultation. Westbrook had previously spoken out in support of ousted head coach Scott Brooks, so there could be some hurt feelings in regards to that as well. Westbrook has two seasons left on his contract with the Thunder, so there may not be much recourse for him here, but we'll keep an eye out for updates on Termine's report.
May 5 - 11:44 AM




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