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Carmelo Anthony (knee) is probable to return on Wednesday against the Magic, and he said that he expects to play.

We noted that Anthony was targeting a return on Wednesday against Orlando, and it looks like he'll be back in action. Melo's return comes not one day too soon with Tyson Chandler (neck) out of the lineup, and he'll play as many minutes as his health will allow him to on Wednesday. Melo added that he is pain-free, and the Knicks will start Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Pablo Prigioni and Kenyon Martin with Anthony.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 10:09:00 AM

Mike Conley (face) said he believes he'll play on Tuesday.

He did warm up on Sunday and did go through practice on Monday. However, the sense around the team is that he won't be able to play in Game 2. The Grizzlies will host Game 3 on Saturday, so all that time off should help Conley get out there. For now, Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes will get some run on Tuesday, but consider Conley a 50/50 guy to play. There will be another update at shootaround tomorrow.
May 4 - 6:08 PM

Iman Shumpert and Mike Miller will start against the Bulls on Monday, according to Chris Haynes of the Plain Dealer.

It's not a surprise whatsoever to see Miller get the start over Tristan Thompson. LeBron James played a lot of power forward in Game 4 against the Celtics, so expect that to continue going forward. Shumpert will get minutes, but his usage rate will be very tiny in the next two games. Miller is not a great fantasy option either. With Love out, the biggest beneficiary might be Kyrie Irving.
May 4 - 5:36 PM

Chris Paul (hamstring) went through shootaround, but he remains a game-time decision on Monday for Game 1 vs. the Rockets.

When asked for a CP3 update, Doc Rivers said, "Uh, he's alive." Paul is expected to test his hamstring to see if he can give it a go, and Doc Rivers will rely on the training staff to make the call. If CP3 sits, Austin Rivers could draw the Game 1 start. That's a weird sentence.
May 4 - 1:06 PM

Stephen Curry has officially been named the 2014-15 NBA MVP.

Chef Curry is indeed cooking with the pot. After unofficial word slipped out on Sunday, the league wasted no time in making the announcement official on Monday. James Harden finished second, LeBron James finished third and Russell Westbrook finished fourth with Anthony Davis (fifth) and Chris Paul (sixth) rounding out the order.
May 4 - 11:05 AM

Mike Conley (face, eye) is unlikely to play in Game 2 vs. the Warriors, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.

The Grizzlies and Warriors don't square off until Tuesday night for Game 2, but with Conley still being bothered by noise and bright lights in addition to continued facial swelling, it would be miraculous if we saw him before Game 3 at the very earliest. It's also unclear if Conley will have to go through the NBA's concussion protocol, which could potentially push his return date back further. Nick Calathes and Beno Udrih will continue to try and fill in for Conley.
May 4 - 10:32 AM

Blazers GM Neil Olshey wouldn't commit to re-signing Wesley Matthews this offseason.

"We know his value to us; we also know he's going to have market value around the league," he said. Matthews is coming off a torn Achilles, and after the Blazers absolutely fell apart without him, his free-agent case looks pretty good despite the injury. He should have no problem getting a variety of multi-year offers, and his future could very well be outside of Portland. If he leaves, the Blazers are going to have a very tough time replacing what he brings to the table. Both the player and the team have now been noncommittal about remaining together.
May 4 - 9:37 AM

Danny Green said that he hopes to re-sign with the Spurs this offseason.

Green will be an unrestricted free agent, but San Antonio also has to address Kawhi Leonard's free agency as well as a potential new deal for Tim Duncan and/or Manu Ginobili. Green should get some really solid offers in free agency after averaging 11.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.1 blocks and 2.4 triples (41.8 percent) on 43.6 percent shooting overall.
May 4 - 9:31 AM

With J.R. Smith serving a two-game suspension, Iman Shumpert is expected to start at shooting guard for Monday's Game 1 vs. the Bulls.

"I think I’ll get more opportunities just playing more minutes," Shumpert said. "But as far as going in with a different mindset, it’s not like I’m going to transform into J.R. for the team." The Cavs are very short-handed with Smith out two games and Kevin Love (shoulder) done for the playoffs, so in addition to Shump they'll need more production from Tristan Thompson, James Jones, Matthew Dellavedova and possibly Shawn Marion or Mike Miller.
May 3 - 8:15 PM

John Wall injured his left wrist and hand during a hard fall on Sunday, but he told reporters, "I'll be ready on Tuesday."

Early indications are that X-rays were negative but the team has yet to officially update his status. "My wrist will be alright. If it ain't broke I'll play through anything," Wall said. "It's more in my hand now. The pressure went to my hand." He'll have one day to rest before going for a 2-0 series lead vs. the top-seeded Hawks.
May 3 - 8:05 PM

Tony Allen drew the ire of Warriors fans by accidentally interrupting a children's dance group during Sunday's Game 1 defeat, which he finished with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals and zero turnovers.

Allen was terrific, shooting 6-of-11 from the field in 38 high-energy minutes, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 15-point road loss. Golden State's fans booed Allen for the rest of the game after he meandered onto the court in the middle of the kids' dance routine during a timeout, a moment Draymond Green described as "hilarious." The Grizzlies won't be laughing after the convincing defeat.
May 3 - 7:50 PM

Nick Calathes started at PG on Sunday but he failed to score in 21 minutes, going 0-of-4 from the field and 0-of-2 at the FT line with one rebound, two assists, three steals and three turnovers.

Paging Mike Conley. The Warriors also held Beno Udrih to seven points and one assist in 19 minutes off the bench, while their own MVP point guard pitched in a game-high 22 points. It's a wildly lopsided matchup but Calathes, who played well in the first round, will need to have a short memory with Game 2 looming on Tuesday.
May 3 - 7:45 PM




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