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Tyson Chandler (bulging disc) is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Wizards.

Chandler's got bulging disc in his spine that apparently flared up again, which isn't a huge surprise considering the injury and the fact that he played 39 minutes on Sunday. With Kenyon Martin (knee) questionable and Marcus Camby (foot) out, the Knicks will again utilize a small lineup. Beyond Carmelo Anthony, guys like J.R. Smith, Chris Copeland and Jason Kidd will pick up extra minutes.
Tue, Apr 9, 2013 10:24:00 AM

Dwight Howard not only played through his sore left knee, but went off for 19 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and a block, hitting 8-of-11 shots and 3-of-7 free throws in Thursday's tough loss to the Warriors.

Howard looked great, but so did the Warriors' Andrew Bogut, and you can expect these two to continue to battle each other throughout this series. Yes, there's a chance that Howard's knee could swell up and leave him questionable for Saturday's Game 3 in Houston, but if tonight was any indication, it would be very surprising if he's in street clothes on Saturday.
May 22 - 12:14 AM

James Harden went off by hitting 13-of-21 shots, three 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws for 38 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, a block and just two turnovers in Thursday's tough Game 2 loss at Golden State.

Harden got off to a slow start and saw his team fall into a 17-point hole in the second quarter, but heated up and led the Rockets on a furious 23-6 run to close out the first half and tying the score. Harden had the ball in his hands with seven seconds on the clock and trailing by one point, but couldn't get through a double team of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and never even got a shot off. Look for him to continue to go nuts in this series, especially at home for Games 3 and 4.
May 22 - 12:09 AM

Stephen Curry hit 13-of-21 shots and five 3-pointers for 33 points, three rebounds, six assists, a steal and six turnovers in Thursday's 99-98 thrilling win in Game 2 of the WCF as the Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the series.

The Warriors turned it over 16 times to Houston's 10 and the Dubs are going to have to do a better job of protecting the ball in Houston. Curry was electric tonight, but the Warriors lost a 17-point second-quarter lead to fall into a tie with Houston at halftime. James Harden had a chance to win it for the Rockets on the game's final play, but Curry and Klay Thompson effectively doubled him and Harden never even got a shot up. Game 3 is Saturday in Houston, and the only thing left to do is wait for Riley on the podium with Steph in a few minutes.
May 21 - 11:47 PM

Tyreke Evans (knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday morning, and a timetable for his return to basketball activities will be announced in the near future.

Arthroscopic surgery is of the minor variety, and the recovery period on these things tends to be around 4-6 weeks. He should be fine for next year's training camp, but we'll let you know when an official timeline on his recovery is released. Evans put together a pretty nice season this year with averages of 16.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.1 turnovers per game on 44.7 percent shooting from the field. His fantasy value takes a leap every time Jrue Holiday goes down, so if Holiday can put together a healthy season next year, expect Evans' numbers to take a hit.
Source: NBA.com
May 21 - 2:25 PM

Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said that Dwight Howard (knee) went through about half of Thursday's shootaround, and he will be a game-time decision for Game 2 vs. the Warriors.

Howard has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain of the inside ligament of his left knee, although he was spotted making post moves and dunking during shootaround, which is a major improvement from yesterday when James Harden said he could barely bend his leg. However, Howard did not do any running during shootaround, so a key to his playing status for Game 2 will be how his knee responds to pregame sprints. If Dwight can't go, Clint Capela will start, with Josh Smith and Terrence Jones likely logging heavy minutes. Houston's medical staff said that players typically would need 7-10 days to recover from a knee sprain, so if he plays, he's definitely not going to be 100 percent.
Source: ESPN
May 21 - 2:22 PM

DeMarre Carroll's MRI on his left knee reportedly revealed no structural damage.

Early reports are that Carroll hyperextended his knee and is also dealing with a bone bruise. Carroll will now begin around the clock treatment on his left knee, and he is being listed as questionable for Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs. For what it's worth, Kent Bazemore said he was "optimistic" about Carroll being able to play on Friday after seeing him Thursday morning, and we will be monitoring this situation very closely. Bazemore will be the primary beneficiary if Carroll is unable to suit up for Game 2.
Source: USA Today
May 21 - 11:24 AM

Clippers vice president and head coach Doc Rivers said the team will offer DeAndre Jordan a max contract.

While Jordan has said he'll test open market and reportedly has some issues with Chris Paul, it may be tough for him to pass up the extra dollars that the Clippers can offer. Jordan can make around $109 million over five years with the Clips, while other teams will only be able to offer him $81 million over four years. It's no sure thing that Jordan stays with the Clippers, but this makes it all the more likely he won't be wearing a new uniform next season.
May 21 - 11:11 AM

The Atlanta Hawks will be anxiously awaiting the results of DeMarre Carroll's MRI on his left knee on Thursday.

The Hawks will be holding their breath for the results as Carroll represents their best chance at slowing down LeBron James. "The doctors are saying it’s a knee sprain," said head coach Mike Budenholzer. "We’ll see what we learn [Thursday], and figure out what gives us our best chance [regarding potential roster combinations should Carroll not be able to play in Game 2 on Friday]." If the Junkyard Dog is unable to play in Game 2 on Friday, Kent Bazemore would likely get the start for Atlanta and see all the minutes he can handle.
May 21 - 9:41 AM

DeMarre Carroll (left knee) has a knee sprain and will have an MRI on Thursday.

This is a brutal blow for the Hawks. Carroll has turned it up on the offensive end thanks to improved shooting beyond the arc and getting many more shots at the rim. The Hawks are also extremely thin on the wing now with Thabo Sefolosha (broken leg) out for the season. While the TNT broadcast said there is some optimism on him, Carroll was on crutches after the game and the non-contact nature of this injury does not bode well. Expect Kent Bazemore to step up the most while the Hawks also go with more two-point guard lineups.
May 20 - 11:56 PM

LeBron James made 12-of-26 from the field for 31 points during a 97-89 Game 1 win on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and four turnovers in 38 minutes.

He almost blew the game late because of an isolation festival and the Hawks defended him fairly well. James did have more trouble with Paul Millsap than any other Hawk and he'll likely see a lot more of him in Game 2. Tonight was LeBron's first ever Game 1 road win, failing to accomplish that feat in his eight tries. He and the Cavs will look to take a commanding lead on Friday in Atlanta.
May 20 - 11:52 PM

Kyrie Irving played 27 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday, scoring 10 points with three rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers.

He wasn't his highlight-reel self with dribbling, but that was probably by design because he wasn't 100 percent. Coach David Blatt said Irving was "banged up a little bit" and that's why his minutes were lower than expected. He may be limited for the rest of this series and also admitted he aggravated his knee injury today.
May 20 - 11:45 PM




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