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Joe Johnson (heel) is hoping to return on Wednesday against the Cavs.

Johnson has missed four straight games, but he's tentatively targeting a return on Wednesday. "I don't want this thing to linger, but we're making progress," he said. "(Saturday) is probably the best it felt since right before the All-Star break, honestly." However, Johnson followed it up with the following, "I’m able to cut and kinda get up and down the floor and kinda be pain-free, to an extent. . . . We’ll see how it feels after workouts." Not exactly the most inspiring quotes from Johnson, but we should have multiple updates on his health between now and Wednesday.
Mon, Apr 1, 2013 09:25:00 AM

Roy Hibbert was on the bench for the final 4:37 of Thursday's Game 4 loss to the Hawks, finishing with four points, two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 19 minutes.

Yikes. He was one of the biggest disappointments in the second half of the year and it's carried into the postseason. Hibbert has lost the ability to rebound, he can't score outside of three feet from the basket and has been a major liability on the low block while the Pacers are in a halfcourt set. On top of that, he doesn't have a have a block in any game during this series. It's hard to believe he was an All-Star and his minutes may actually go down on Saturday for Game 4.
Apr 24 - 9:51 PM

Josh McRoberts has been given a Flagrant-2 foul and fined $20,000 for elbowing LeBron James during Wednesday's game.

The Bobcats are fortunate that their starting PF avoided a suspension, as he crushed LeBron's throat without making any real play on the ball. The Bobcats face a daunting 0-2 deficit in their first round series, and they'll look to gain some traction at home for Game 3 on Saturday.
Apr 24 - 5:02 PM

Jamal Crawford (calf) will play in Game 3 on Thursday, as the Clippers look to take a 2-1 lead over the Warriors.

Crawford aggravated his strained calf during Game 2 but still finished 4-of-8 from the field, far more efficient than his 2-of-11 performance in Game 1. The injury cost him 14 games during the regular season and we'll keep a close eye on him in case he does further damage by playing at less than 100 percent.
Apr 24 - 2:55 PM

Chris Paul (hamstring) will play in Game 3 on Thursday.

He was a partial participant in Wednesday's practice and seems to have avoided any serious damage after tweaking his hamstring in the Clippers' Game 1 defeat, which they avenged with a blowout victory on Monday. Jamal Crawford (calf) is also ready to play, so the Clippers will take the court for Game 3 at full strength.
Apr 24 - 2:53 PM

Nets' coach Jason Kidd said that Shaun Livingston (illness) will play in Game 3.

Well that solves that. Livingston missed Thursday's practice with his illness, but Kidd's words left no open questions as to whether the 28-year-old will suit up for Friday's Game 3 matchup against the Raptors. Livingston is averaging 11.5 points in 28 minutes per game in the series so far, so he should see plenty of minutes on Friday as the Nets attempt to take the series lead at home.
Apr 24 - 12:56 PM

Pacers' GM Kevin Pritchard tweeted that Larry Bird's sources say that Frank Vogel's job is safe.

This tweet comes as a tongue-in-cheek reply to reports that Vogel may be "coaching for his job" in the first round of the playoffs. The Pacers head to Atlanta tied 1-1 with Game 3 looming on Saturday. Vogel may very well be coaching for his job, but it's obvious that Bird and Pritchard want to grab control of this situation before the media runs wild with it. Well played, Mr. Pritchard.
Apr 24 - 11:38 AM

Shaun Livingston (illness) missed Thursday's practice.

Livingston started and scored 12 points in 27 minutes of action during Tuesday's Game 2 loss, but could be in danger of missing Friday's Game 3 if his illness persists. We'll update his status after shootaround on Friday, but Marcus Thornton and Alan Anderson would be in line to pick up some minutes if Livingston is unable to suit up.
Apr 24 - 11:34 AM

Mike Conley has won the NBA's Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship.

Conley received 77 first-place votes out of a possible 334 and finished just ahead of Jeff Green and Channing Frye. The award is voted on by the players and is given to the player who reflects the ideals of sportsmanship, including ethical behavior, fair play and integrity. Despite the fact that he's locked into a playoff battle with the Thunder right now, this award comes as a nice personal reward for Conley as it was voted on by his peers.
Source: ESPN
Apr 24 - 11:22 AM

Knicks president is ready to move forward if Carmelo Anthony leaves as a free agent this summer.

When asked if it would be a "disaster" if Melo leaves this summer, Jackson didn't sound like he was ready to hit the panic button, "I’m all about moving forward. Just deal with what is and move forward. If it’s in the cards, man, are we fortunate. If it’s not in the cards, man, are we fortunate. We’re going forward anyway." The Knicks can offer Anthony approximately $33 million more than any other team in free agency, but Jackson has also said he expects Melo to stick to his word about taking a pay cut to stay in New York so it will be interesting to see how this situation unfolds.
Apr 24 - 9:11 AM

Josh McRoberts, who had eight points, one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Heat, also appeared to get away with a flagrant foul against LeBron James.

A flagrant wasn't called during the game, but he clearly led with his elbow to James' face on the play. A suspension could be coming, or he could just be assessed with a retro-flagrant foul. Either way, the Bobcats are down 0-2 to the Heat and it's not looking good for them bouncing back against the champs, even though the next two games are in Charlotte.
Apr 24 - 1:16 AM

Al Jefferson (18 points, 13 rebounds), who aggravated his plantar fasciitis injury on Wednesday, could be forced to sit out the rest of Charlotte's series against the Heat, according to Charles Barkley.

Barkley's theory is that the Bobcats aren't going to beat the Heat after digging an 0-2 hole, and the team needs to start preparing for next season and get Jefferson healthy. Shaquille O'Neal said he would play through the injury because he's 'old school,' but resting Jefferson is probably the best plan of action at this point. Consider Jefferson, who was noticeably laboring tonight, a game-time call for Game 3, and don't be surprised whether he plays or sits. This one could go either way.
Apr 24 - 1:12 AM




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