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Marcus Thornton kept his foot on the gas in Friday's blowout loss to the Spurs, scoring 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting (2-of-5 3PTs, 7-of-7 FTs) with one rebound, five assists and one steal in 32 minutes.

Thornton has been blistering hot lately and you have to know he loves sticking it to Keith Smart, who had this scoring available to him all season but chose to enact plans highlighting the offensive prowess of Chuck Hayes, John Salmons, James Johnson, and never, never forget amnesty albatross Travis Outlaw. With early round upside and a massive week under his belt, he's a must-add player even though Smart might pick his lineup out of a hat next time out.
Sat, Mar 2, 2013 01:09:00 AM

Kentucky G Hamidou Diallo has withdrawn from the NBA Draft.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that "several teams in the 20s were serious about selecting Diallo," but he couldn't get a guarantee. Another strong season with the Wildcats could position him as a lottery pick in the 2018 draft.
May 25 - 12:06 AM

Jaylen Brown (right hip pointer) is questionable for Game 5 on Thursday.

He's been a key piece to the Celtics these days, especially with Isaiah Thomas (hip) out for the season. Brown played 20 minutes in Game 4 and he's likely looking at more minutes, assuming he's healthy enough to go. If he can't go at home, there should be more big-ball lineups with Jonas Jerebko while Kelly Olynyk may play more.
May 24 - 5:09 PM

Jae Crowder strained his left thigh in Tuesday's Game 4 loss to the Cavaliers, but he said after the game that he's "fine."

Crowder went back to the locker room for a few minutes, but quickly returned and appeared to be moving around OK. He was effective on offense with 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes, but he didn't have a prayer against LeBron James on the defensive end yet again. We'll get an update at Wednesday's practice, but consider Crowder probable for Game 5 on Thursday as the Celtics try to keep their season alive.
May 24 - 12:04 AM

LeBron James bounced back with 34 points on 15-of-27 shooting in Tuesday's Game 4 win over Boston, adding six assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block and one triple in 38 minutes.

After an 11-point dud in Game 3 on 4-of-13 shooting, LeBron got off to another tough start with four fouls in the first half -- he was forced to sit the final seven minutes of the second quarter. However, he came alive after the break with 24 of his 34 points, helping the Cavaliers outscore the Celtics 65-42 in the second half. J.R. Smith added five points, three assists, one rebound, two steals and one triple for the Cavaliers, while Tristan Thompson notched seven points with seven rebounds and one block.
May 23 - 11:24 PM

Kyrie Irving went off for a playoff career-high 42 points in Tuesday's 112-99 Game 4 win, giving his team a 3-1 series lead.

With LeBron James in foul trouble for most of the night, Irving helped the Cavaliers erase a 16-point deficit and dropped 21 of his 42 points in the third quarter. The entire arena went silent when Irving rolled his left ankle near the end of the third quarter, but he was able to stay in and said after the game that he felt "great." Maybe he sits out of Wednesday's practice to be safe, but expect him to be ready for Game 5 on Thursday in Boston as the Cavs look to close out this series. You can check out the incident in the link below.
May 23 - 11:08 PM

Kelly Olynyk will start Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

With Amir Johnson (shoulder) out, Olynyk should see a slight bump in minutes tonight in addition to Jonas Jerebko. After being held to a combined two points in Games 1 and 2, Olynyk gave the Celtics a nice spark in Game 3 with 15 points in 23 minutes. Boston needs offense and floor spacing with Isaiah Thomas (hip) out, so Olynyk should be heavily involved unless he starts out cold from the field.
May 23 - 7:05 PM

Amir Johnson (right shoulder) will not suit up for Game 4 against the Cavs on Tuesday, according to sources of Michael Eaves of ESPN.

With Johnson set to spend Game 4 on the sidelines, we could see Kelly Olynyk move into the starting five, and there should be some more playing time available for Jonas Jerebko. For now, we'll be considering Johnson questionable for Game 5 on Thursday.
May 23 - 6:27 PM

Manu Ginobili scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting with seven assists, one rebound, three steals and one 3-pointer in Monday's 129-115 Game 4 loss as the Spurs were eliminated from the postseason.

Making his first playoff start since 2013, Ginobili became the 24th player in NBA history to score 3,000+ postseason points. Ginobili will be 40 years old in July, but he hasn't decided if his NBA career is over -- he said he will take 3-4 weeks to discuss it over with his family. "I'll have to choose between two truly wonderful options," he said. One of the craftiest players in NBA history and a four-time champion, Ginobili should have a spot in the Hall of Fame waiting for him regardless of what he decides.
May 23 - 12:21 AM

Stephen Curry dropped a game-high 36 points in Monday's 129-115 Game 4 win as the Warriors swept the Spurs.

The Warriors will be back in the finals for the third year in a row. Curry shot 14-of-24 from the field with six rebounds, five assists and five 3-pointers and has never looked better, averaging 27.9 points per game in his previous 11 playoff games. Curry said after Game 3 that he's been battling a sore right (shooting) elbow for a little while, so the extra time off will be key -- Game 1 of the NBA Finals isn't until June 1. He will be looking to redeem himself after a poor showing in the Finals in 2015-16.
May 22 - 11:54 PM

Manu Ginobili was a surprise starter for Game 4 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

He wasn't listed as the official starter, but coach Gregg Popovich isn't the most transparent coach with his lineups. With San Antonio trailing 3-0, this could be a great time for the Spurs to showcase Ginobili in what could be his final NBA game. Kyle Anderson will return to the bench.
May 22 - 9:08 PM

Patrick McCaw will start Game 4 vs. the Spurs on Monday with JaVale McGee returning to the bench.

The Spurs are starting a small-ball lineup with Patty Mills, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Jonathon Simmons and LaMarcus Aldridge, so the Warriors will counter with Stephen Curry, Patrick McCaw, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. JaVale McGee will come off the bench, but he should still be involved with Zaza Pachulia (heel) out again.
May 22 - 9:05 PM




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