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Kevin Durant scored a team-high 34 points in Thursday's 95-94 win at Madison Square Garden, adding eight boards, six assists and two 3-pointers in 44 minutes.

He shot 9-of-20 from the field and made a living at the line, making 14-of-15 of his attempts. Durant did turn the ball over seven times, but he gave the Knicks his whole offensive repertoire with shots at the rim and soft-touch jumpers. He leads the NBA in scoring and Carmelo Anthony and company will have a tough time catching him.
Thu, Mar 7, 2013 11:13:00 PM

Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose are not being listed as starters in the game notes for Wednesday's matchup with Miami.

First and foremost, the game notes are notoriously unreliable, so things certainly could change as we get closer to Wednesday's tip, but it does seem like New York is at least contemplating dishing out rest days to their veterans. The game notes list Ron Baker, Courtney Lee, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez as the starters for Wednesday night, and owners can expect to get a more official update following Wednesday morning's shootaround.
Mar 28 - 4:55 PM

J.J. Redick (sprained right ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.

Redick initially suffered this ankle injury on Saturday tripping over a basketball, which forced him to the sidelines on Sunday, and it's slightly concerning that his status is still up in the air despite having a full three days off to recover. We should have a better idea on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but with Wednesday being the first game of a back-to-back set, the Clippers may want to err on the side of caution. Austin Rivers benefits most when Redick hits the sidelines.
Mar 28 - 2:28 PM

Brandon Ingram (right knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Wizards.

With Ingram on the sidelines, Corey Brewer could be looking at another start, and guys like David Nwaba and Larry Nance should see some increased minutes with the second unit. Ingram will be traveling with the team to Minnesota for Thursday's matchup with the Wolves, so for now, we'll be considering him questionable for that one.
Mar 28 - 2:09 PM

Khris Middleton (stomach virus) missed shootaround this morning and is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Hornets.

The flu bug has claimed many a victim this season. Here's hoping that Middleton is not added to the list of players that have been forced to miss a game. If Middleton is unable to suit up, Mirza Teletovic would likely see the biggest bump in playing time. Tony Snell and Jason Terry may log a few extra minutes as well.
Mar 28 - 1:05 PM

Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. the Nets.

This will be the third straight game Okafor has missed due to his troublesome right knee. Okafor has downplayed the severity of the injury and said that he could suit up if the Sixers were making a playoff push, but that coach Brett Brown and management want to err on the side of caution. Okafor should be left on waivers. Richaun Holmes and Shawn Long will continue to split minutes in Okafor's absence.
Mar 28 - 11:24 AM

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue hinted on Monday that he may be willing to sacrifice the top seed in the East in order to rest his best players.

The Cavs are currently a half game behind Boston; however, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are second and 14th in the NBA in minutes, respectively. Speaking with reporters, Lue explained he had been a part of teams in the past where the coaching staff decided resting key players was more important than playoff positioning. "It's crossed my mind," Lue said. "I might get in trouble [with NBA commissioner Adam Silver], so I don't know." For what it's worth, LeBron said: "Coach is going to have his logic of things, but at the end of the day, we need to play."
Mar 28 - 10:36 AM

Reggie Jackson (knee) is unlikely to play Tuesday vs. Miami and the Pistons may elect to shut him down for the remainder of the season.

Jackson has been fighting through a knee tendinitis injury all season after the platelet-rich plasma injections caused him to miss the first 21 games of the year. "We’ve been thinking about this for a long time. It’s hard to put a percentage, but he’s been playing at probably about 80 percent and as we get into this stretch of games in March where we’re playing a lot, the fatigue is making it worse," coach Stan Van Gundy said. Ish Smith will continue to start and play heavy minutes, with Beno Udrih backing him up.
Mar 28 - 10:03 AM

LeBron James (neck) said he will be ready to play on Thursday vs. the Bulls.

LeBron took an elbow to the spine near the base of his neck in the third quarter of Monday night's loss to the Spurs. He did not return to the game. However, James downplayed the injury afterward, and he will have two full days to rest before the Cavs next contest. It's safe to assume the Cavs would prefer to limit LeBron's minutes and potentially rest him to keep him fresh for the playoffs, but with Boston overtaking Cleveland for the top seed in the East, they may not have that luxury.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 28 - 9:06 AM

Anthony Davis' 36 points weren't enough in a 108-100 loss to the Jazz on Monday.

AD did everything he could, finishing 12-of-23 from the field and 11-of-14 from the line with 17 rebounds, three assists, three steals, three blocks and one triple in 41 minutes. This was his third straight game with 30+ points and 15+ rebounds which is tied for the 2nd longest streak in the last 20 seasons. The loss means the Pelicans are now 4.5 games behind the No. 8 seed (Blazers) with eight games remaining, so Davis' owners do have to worry about a potential shut-down once his team is mathematically eliminated.
Mar 28 - 1:47 AM

Rudy Gobert was dominant against the Pelicans on Monday with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, 19 rebounds, one assist, one steal and five blocks in 40 minutes.

Gobert publicly called out some of his teammates after Saturday's loss to the Clippers for not competing, but the Jazz held a team meeting after those comments and Gobert later apologized to his teammates. "For us to have players that have passion is a good thing," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "We’ve talked about the best way to communication to one another. In that moment, I think Rudy was emotional and enthusiastic after the game." The Jazz looked cohesive tonight and Gobert was "set straight" by his teammates, so this shouldn't be an issue going forward.
Mar 28 - 1:25 AM

Joe Ingles started in place of Gordon Hayward (quad) in Monday's 108-100 win over the Pelicans and scored 19 points in 35 minutes.

The Jazz were running a lot of offense through him down the stretch and he delivered, scoring 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter -- he even hit a step-back jumper over Anthony Davis in the final two minutes. He finished 7-of-13 from the field and hit all five of his 3-pointers, adding four rebounds, four assists and one steal. He won't be this good, but give him a look if we learn that Hayward will miss more time. Ingles averaged 9.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.0 triples in 20 previous starts this season.
Mar 28 - 1:12 AM




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