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The Lakers are leaning toward starting Steve Blake and Steve Nash in the same backcourt against the Spurs.

That's assuming of course that Nash's hamstring is good enough for him to play. The idea is an intriguing one considering how hot Blake has been of late. It also wouldn't be the strangest backcourt the Lakers have tried this season considering they turned Kobe Bryant into the point guard and made Nash the shooting guard for long stretches. Also, it's not like Bryant's replacement, Jodie Meeks, has been lighting things up since Kobe went down.
Sat, Apr 20, 2013 12:46:00 PM

The Jazz announced on Friday that they have officially signed head coach Quin Snyder to a long-term contract extension.

"We have continued to take significant steps as a team under Quin’s direction," Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey said. "His work ethic, basketball intelligence and ability to connect with and develop our players make him the ideal head coach of the Jazz." Snyder will be entering his third season as the head coach of the Jazz and will look to get his promising young team into the postseason.
Source: NBA.com
May 6 - 12:12 PM

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said on the Dan Patrick Show that Stephen Curry (knee) will not play in Game 3 vs. the Blazers on Saturday.

Kerr added that Curry has a "slight chance" of playing in Game 4 on Monday, but keep in mind that the Warriors are probably just being cautious since they have a 2-0 series lead. Most reports seem to indicate that Curry is making excellent progress, but the next step for him is to participate in some 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 work. Shaun Livingston will start at point guard again on Saturday. We might get another update this afternoon.
May 6 - 11:54 AM

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Spurs will chase Kevin Durant in free agency this summer.

Why wouldn't they? According to Stein's sources, the Spurs are just as "intrigued" as Golden State by the thought of adding KD to the mix. A trio of Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Durant would be a frightening sight for opposing teams, but Durant is probably more focused on what he needs to do in Game 3 on Friday vs. San Antonio at the moment.
Source: ESPN
May 6 - 11:35 AM

John Wall's (knee surgeries) status for training camp is currently unknown.

He obviously won't play for Team USA this summer, but he is expected to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season. The surgery on Wall's right knee is reportedly pretty minor and routine, but the operation on his left knee in which he had calcium deposits removed would have sidelined him for months if he underwent the procedure during the season. Fantasy owners would feel a lot more confident about drafting him if he's ready in time for camp, but we'll be tracking his progress closely.
May 6 - 10:59 AM

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said he wants to get Jonas Valanciunas more touches.

"We would [have liked to get him more touches]," Casey said after Game 2. "I think once we do go into him he’s done a decent job, but [Hassan] Whiteside is a force down there and they’re doing a good job digging, pushing him off his sweet spot. We can find more touches for him down there but I think he’s doing a heckuva job, screening, rolling, in-between game is probably what it’s going to be." J-Val was 7-of-9 from in Game 2 and grabbed six offensive boards, so expect the Raptors to utilize him more in this series moving forward.
Source: TSN
May 6 - 10:53 AM

Heat reporter Ira Winderman told 560 WQAM that he doesn't believe Chris Bosh (blood clots) will play in the NBA again.

Bosh was trying to get clearance from doctors to return to the Heat for the playoffs and even asked the NBPA to step in, but the Heat announced on Wednesday that he has been ruled out for the rest of the postseason. There was simply too much risk for Bosh to return this season, but to be clear his status for the 2016-17 season has yet to be determined.
May 6 - 10:00 AM

Jonas Valanciunas was the hero during a 96-92 overtime Game 2 win over the Heat on Thursday, scoring 15 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 38 minutes.

He was 7-of-9 from the field and pulled down six offensive rebounds. Valanciunas only has a 21.1 usage rate with a very good 59.3 true shooting percentage in the postseason, so the Raptors should be finding ways to get him more shots. He is feasting in the paint with 68.7 percent of his shots coming from within three feet. Coach Dwane Casey praised him after the game, so maybe the Raptors make him more of an offensive focal point.
May 5 - 11:37 PM

DeMarre Carroll scored 21 points with five rebounds, one assist, four steals and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Heat on Thursday.

The scoring output ties his best for the season. While Carroll's offense was great, his defense wasn't quite up to his high standards. He's now played at least 37 minutes in three straight games and seems locked in as the main option at power forward now in this series. He's still a nice value play in DFS.
May 5 - 11:21 PM

LSU forward Ben Simmons has chosen not to attend the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

The event will be held May 11-15 and Simmons is the highest-profile player to skip it, presumably because the possible No. 1 pick feels he'd have little to gain by submitting to a thorough physical and on-court scrutiny. Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.8 blocks for LSU last season, and he'll be an interesting gamble in fantasy drafts.
Source: NBC Sports
May 5 - 6:59 PM

Stephen Curry (sprained right knee) didn't practice on Thursday and Steve Kerr doesn't expect him to play in Game 3 on Saturday.

Curry did some on-court work after practice but his status for Saturday's Game 3 remains doubtful. Warriors GM Bob Myers said earlier in the week that Curry needs to play "a little bit of 3-on-3 or 5-on-5" before returning to action, which he's yet to do. We'll have a better feel for his status after Friday's practice.
May 5 - 3:38 PM

John Wall (knee) has undergone a successful procedure on both of his knees, according to the Washington Wizards.

Wall's procedure was to excise calcific deposits in his left patella tendon in order to eliminate pain and he will begin the rehabilitation process immediately. "I am determined to lead this team back to the playoffs and getting healthy is the best way for me to accomplish that," said Wall. "I can promise the fans, my teammates and the organization that I will be focused on that goal throughout the summer and it will drive me to do everything I can to be ready for next season." Wall also underwent an arthroscopic lavage on his right knee in order to remove loose bodies, according to the team, and is expected to be available for the start of the 2016-17 season.
May 5 - 11:22 AM




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