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Trevor Ariza will meet with Wizards doctors on Wednesday to determine the root of soreness in his knee.

Ariza's knee has apparently been bothering him for "weeks," but it worsened during Washington's game against the Celtics on Sunday and then admitted that his knee is "bothering me a little bit." "It was just sore. Kind of sore. Hurts pretty bad." It wouldn't be a surprise if Ariza shut it down for the season, and if that happens, Martell Webster would have a clear path to major minutes at small forward.
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 09:02:00 AM

Jonas Valanciunas is coming off the bench again on Friday for Game 6.

It's the same starting lineup of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Luis Scola and Bismack Biyombo. With two more days off, we might see Valaciunas get to 20 minutes tonight. He is not expected to see time next to Biyombo.
May 27 - 8:22 PM

According to sources of the Washington Post, the Wizards are expected to offer Bradley Beal a five-year max deal.

We already knew the Wizards wanted to re-sign Beal, but he's been adamant about receiving a max deal and it sounds like Washington will give it to him. His durability issues are a major red flag, but the Wizards don't really have any alternative options and the rising salary cap will allow them to take some risks. He's a restricted free agent, so the Wizards will still be able to match any opposing offers if they change their mind about giving him the max. Free agency begins on July 1st.
May 27 - 10:37 AM

Stephen Curry looked healthy during a Game 5 120-11 victory over the Thunder on Thursday, making 9-of-20 from the field for 31 points with seven rebounds, six assists, five steals and three 3-pointers.

With all the rumors swirling around Curry saying he's only at 70 percent, he looked much better. After the game, coach Steve Kerr said Curry "looked like 91 percent" in what was his best scoring output in this series. A big difference for Curry was his on-ball plays as he was able to get to the rim more often with his eight shots within three feet. He'll have Friday off, so maybe he'll be at 95 percent for Game 6 in OKC as the Warriors look to tie the series at three.
May 27 - 12:30 AM

Andrew Bogut was a huge part of Thursday's Game 5 win over the Thunder, scoring a postseason career-high 15 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

His increased minutes tonight may have been the difference. Bogut played just 23 minutes combined in the last two games, but the Warriors went much bigger in this game. Bogut's presence around the rim on defense was a big part of limiting easy buckets for OKC while his passing and four offensive boards went a long way for the Dubs' offense. The Aussie is probably going to be a bit sore after this one, but expect him to get some extended run again on Saturday. Coach Steve Kerr gets a lot of credit for this rotation change.
May 26 - 11:55 PM

Kevin Durant's 40 points were not enough during a 120-111 Game 5 loss to the Warriors on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

It's the most points he's scored in this series and his second most of this postseason (41 vs. Spurs). While Durant was 12-of-31 from the field, he went 13-of-13 from the line gave him a respectable 54.4 true shooting percentage. The Thunder didn't go small nearly as much, so not exerting more energy on the defensive low block may have helped Durant's offensive usage. Based on the adjustment from the Warriors, we should be looking at a lot of scoring chances from Durant in Game 6.
May 26 - 11:54 PM

Russell Westbrook scored 31 points during a loss to the Warriors on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, eight assists, five steals, seven turnovers and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

It was a very Westbrook game with lots of highs and lows. He had a couple bad stretches with careless turnovers while he hit a number of impressive off-the-dribble jumpers. The Thunder will live and die by Westbrook with the All-NBA First Team guard playing some of his best ball of his career. In this series, he's averaging 28.0 points, 6.6 boards, 11.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 2.2 treys. His numbers are better at home, so we have high expectations for his stat output in Game 6.
May 26 - 11:52 PM

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut will start against the Thunder in Game 5.

The Warriors have to make some adjustments tonight, but it won't be out of the gate. Harrison Barnes made several mistakes in the last two while Bogut has been in a tough spot with all this pace. We should still see plenty of Andre Iguodala and possibly more Festus Ezeli.
May 26 - 8:24 PM

The Rockets are reportedly finalizing a four-year deal to install Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach.

D'Antoni officially beats out Stephen Silas for the head coaching gig in Houston, and the D'Antoni hire all but guarantees that Dwight Howard will be donning a different jersey next season. D'Antoni is a fantasy friendly coach, and his uptempo style will lead to more fantasy goodness for all those involved. With Howard assuredly gone and both Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas bound for free agency, Clint Capela could find himself in a starting role next season. As for James Harden, his numbers are sure to be ridiculous with D'Antoni at the helm.
May 26 - 5:18 PM

Grizzlies sign David Fizdale as head coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Grizzlies offered the position to Fizdale on Wednesday, so it didn't take long for him to accept their offer. The former Heat assistant will sign a four-year deal to become the Grizzlies next head coach, according to Woj.
May 26 - 1:07 PM

LeBron James racked up 23 points, eight assists and six steals in just 32 minutes on Wednesday, as the Cavs rolled to a dominant 116-78 victory.

LeBron was on pace for a triple-double if it weren't a blowout, and he's now scored at least 20 points in 23 consecutive postseason games. Needless to say, he's been one of the steadiest DFS options in the playoffs this year. He's one win away from his sixth consecutive Finals appearance, and one free throw away from passing Kobe Bryant for second place in career postseason free throws (1,320), trailing only Michael Jordan (1,463).
May 25 - 11:35 PM

Kyle Lowry scored only 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting during Wednesday's crushing road loss, adding six assists, three rebounds and five turnovers in 29 minutes.

The Cavs trapped Lowry at every opportunity and he struggled as a result, going scoreless for the first 18 minutes of the game. It's been a tale of two cities for Lowry in the series -- he's averaging 27.5 points in two home games, but just 11.3 points in three road games. Toronto has now been outscored in 11 of 12 quarters in Cleveland during the series, which is a huge hurdle even if they tie it up with a home win in Game 6.
May 25 - 11:20 PM




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