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Jermaine O'Neal (calf, flu) will not play on Friday, and Jared Dudley (flu) is doubtful to suit up against the Timberwolves.

O'Neal was considered doubtful at best coming in due to his calf contusion, so that isn't really much of a surprise. Dudley played a whopping 8.5 minutes against the Wizards in the Suns last game due to the flu, so his absence shouldn't impact many fantasy leagues, but it will open up some minutes on the wing. Luis Scola will start at center in place of O'Neal with Hamed Haddadi seeing a boost off the bench.
Fri, Mar 22, 2013 02:25:00 PM

Deron Williams (knee) will start against the Hawks in Game 4 on Monday.

He also suffered a bruised tailbone and is coming off a horrific game from Saturday. Williams might have a short leash today, so he could play anywhere from 18-28 minutes. If he struggles, expect Jarrett Jack to also get more run at the point. Bojan Bogdanovic would also get more playing time.
Apr 27 - 5:19 PM

Blake Griffin is dealing with a right shoulder stinger and will play in Game 5 on Tuesday.

This is the first we've heard of the injury and it sounds minor. Griffin logged 43 minutes on Sunday with 20 points and 19 boards. He's also posting terrific averages of 22.3 points, 13.3 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals in the first round.
Apr 27 - 4:37 PM

Mike Conley (eye) is out of surgery, but there is no timetable for his return.

Conley had a "successful surgery" and is recovering well, but he remains out for at least Game 4 and possibly longer than that. Beno Udrih (ankle) is expected to play after sitting out Game 3, so that means he and Nick Calathes should split point guard duties in Conley's absence.
Apr 27 - 1:24 PM

Kyle Lowry failed to endorse Dwane Casey as Raptors head coach on Monday.

It sure sounds like Lowry is throwing his coach under the bus. "There is a few things internally that probably need to be fixed," Lowry said. And when asked for his opinion about Casey, Lowry said, "I respect Casey as a man." Casey is skating on thin ice, and his meeting with GM Masai Ujiri promises to be an uncomfortable one.
Apr 27 - 12:07 PM

Jae Crowder (knee) has been diagnosed with an ACL sprain and bone bruise, and he's expected to avoid surgery.

This is fantastic news for Crowder ahead of his restricted free agency, and it's a nice development after Crowder was maliciously taken out of the game by J.R. Smith. Crowder will need rest and rehab in order to recover, and he will have a ton of suitors on the open market after breaking out in a big way with the Celtics. For what it's worth, Boston GM Danny Ainge has said repeatedly that the team wants to re-sign No. 99. He's quickly turned into a fan favorite, as well.
Apr 27 - 11:52 AM

In his defense of Deron Williams, Lionel Hollins said that his starting point guard is no longer the player he once was.

No player is the way he was four years ago." Williams has become a punching bag for the Nets since his tenure in Brooklyn began, and Hollins said it's become "totally unfair." Williams has made 2-of-15 shots over his last two games for a combined five points, but he has averaged 8.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.0 steals during that same stretch. He's expected to be able to play in Game 4 and going forward, but D-Will's effectiveness remains in question.
Apr 27 - 10:30 AM

David Lee is expected to return for the second round of the playoffs.

"It's a team that plays big and that we're going to need every big on the roster ready to go, myself included," Lee said. Lee was actually available for Game 4 on an emergency basis, but now he's good to go in any capacity. The team's highest-paid player will continue to play a support role as the rest of the club has taken off without him.
Apr 27 - 10:22 AM

Chandler Parsons (knee) is expected to get a third opinion this week.

Parsons is traveling to Chicago, and it's not a good sign that he needs a third opinion in order to determine what's exactly wrong with his knee. "Trying to stay positive with it," Parsons said. There is a serious chance that Parsons will not be ready for training camp depending on the severity of the surgery he has to undergo.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 27 - 9:05 AM

Al-Farouq Aminu started Sunday's must-win Game 4 and made a career-high three 3-pointers to finish with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, 12 rebounds, two assists and one block in 38 minutes.

Injuries forced Rick Carlisle to start Aminu tonight but it was a logical move, as Aminu had been playing far less than his excellent per-minute production warranted. Tonight's 3-point accuracy seems like a fluke but Aminu should have locked down a starting job for Game 5 with this performance, as Chandler Parsons (knee) is done for the season and Richard Jefferson is best utilized in short spurts off the bench.
Apr 27 - 12:41 AM

J.J. Barea thrived as a starter on Sunday with 17 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, 13 assists and one steal, helping the Mavericks stave off a season-ending loss by beating the Rockets 121-109.

Rick Carlisle pulled the right strings tonight, enabling his short-handed squad to avoid a first-round sweep. When asked about Barea's excellent postseason play during his Mavs career, Carlisle said, "He's relished playoff opportunities ... I think that's how he's wired." Dallas will need Barea at his disruptive best when they try to extend the series to six games in Houston on Tuesday.
Apr 27 - 12:35 AM

Dwight Howard's free throw struggles were on full display in Sunday's Game 4 defeat, as he went 3-of-13 at the line to finish with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 36 minutes.

Howard missed two months with a knee injury and the Rockets limited him as a precaution down the stretch, a decision which has already paid off with solid production in the playoffs. He's averaging 16.3 points on 61.0 percent shooting, 12.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 blocks through four postseason games. He'd even made 12-of-18 free throws prior to tonight's struggles on the road.
Apr 27 - 12:30 AM




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