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Joe Johnson is taking a painkilling shot before every game to treat his plantar fasciitis.

It's time to be concerned heading into Thursday's Game 6 regarding Johnson's health. He admitted on Wednesday that he's "basically playing on one leg," and the fact that he's not practicing at all coupled with the painkilling injections has us worried about his long-term outlook. "I just try to get through it as much as possible," Johnson said.
Source: Newsday
Thu, May 2, 2013 09:45:00 AM

Kevin Durant made 10-of-19 from the field for 27 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers during a 96-88 Game 7 loss to the Warriors on Monday.

He attempted at least 30 shots from the field in the previous two games, but he wasn't looking for his shot at much until late in the game. Plus, Durant took tough shots for basically the entire game with Andre Iguodala playing suffocating defense. He's heading into free agency this summer and this loss will make that a very popular topic in the next month. Durant and Russell Westbrook are close, so he has a very good chance to stay in OKC.
May 31 - 12:03 AM

Russell Westbrook scored 19 points during a Game 7 loss to the Warriors on Monday, adding seven rebounds, 13 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

He had some uncharacteristic misses in this game, especially around the rim. Westbrook made just 28-of-76 (36.8 percent) in the three losses with a ton of isolation. Heading into the series, the Thunder shook off the narrative of struggling to close games, but it came back to bite them again with the Warriors beating up on them in the second half in the last three. Westbrook is still 27 and it'll be intriguing to see how he ages. He's a freak, so he could dominate with his athleticism for a long time.
May 30 - 11:59 PM

Stephen Curry was phenomenal during a series-clinching 96-88 victory over the Thunder on Monday, scoring 36 points with five rebounds, eight assists, and seven 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

The MVP lived up to the billing with his best game of the series and the most triples he's hit all postseason. Curry's threes will get all the headlines, but he really got into a groove on drives to discombobulate the OKC defense. His defense was very solid yet again as the Warriors were swarming on the perimeter and were excellent on switching. The MVP will get a few days off before Game 1 of The Finals on Thursday.
May 30 - 11:32 PM

Andre Iguodala is starting for Harrison Barnes in Game 7 on Monday.

It's the right move after Iguodala played arguably one of the best defensive games one can play on Saturday. Iguodala hit 38 minutes on Saturday and should approach 40 minutes again. He'll see plenty of time on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
May 30 - 8:49 PM

The Raptors are preparing to give Jonas Valanciunas a larger role in the offense.

Finally. Valanciunas was Toronto's best player in the postseason before sustaining his ankle injury, and at 24 years old, JV is ready to carry more weight on his shoulders. "Yes he is," GM Masai Ujiri said when asked if Valanciunas was prepared for an increased role. "Even from talking to [Casey] we feel that way, Jonas feels that way, players feel that way." After averaging career bests in points (12.8) and rebounds (9.1), expect another step forward in 2016-17.
May 30 - 11:43 AM

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri hinted that re-signing Bismack Biyombo could be a difficult proposition.

"We want to bring them back," Ujiri said of Biyombo and DeMar DeRozan. "Sometimes those things are difficult or challenging." While the Raptors have a very strong chance to re-sign DeRozan, retaining Biyombo—who broke out on a national stage in the playoffs and should receive offers in free agency upwards of $10 million annually—could prove to be quite the task.
May 30 - 11:31 AM

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri would not commit to giving DeMar DeRozan a max contract.

Although Ujiri made it clear the Raptors would like to re-sign DeRozan in calling it the team's "No. 1 goal," the GM refused to answer whether or not he was prepared to offer DD a max deal. "That question is for later," Ujiri said. The answer will be interpreted in a number of ways, but the reality is that there is no need for Ujiri to box himself into a corner by definitively answering one way or the other at this time. As is typical in free agency, the marketplace will determine DeRozan's value. Having said that, all signs point to a max deal.
May 30 - 11:26 AM

Dwight Howard and the Rockets were at odds over his role during the season.

"I felt like my role was being reduced," Howard said. "I went to [Rockets general manager] Daryl [Morey] and said, 'I want to be more involved.' Daryl said, 'No, we don't want you to be.' My response was, 'Why not? Why am I here?' It was shocking to me that it came from him instead of our coach. So I said to him, 'No disrespect to what you do, but you've never played the game. I've been in this game a long time. I know what it takes to be effective.'" Howard, for his part, admitted his mistake in allowing not getting the ball to impact other areas of his play, but it's easy to understand his frustration in this situation. Given all of this combined with the fact that the Rockets are expected to hire Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach, it would be nothing short of shocking to see D12 back in Houston for 2016-17 and beyond.
Source: ESPN
May 30 - 10:15 AM

Pau Gasol is considering skipping the Olympics due to fears over the Zika virus.

Gasol cited uncertainty about the situation and cautioned anyone participating to "think about" the risk involved. "It wouldn't surprise me to see some athletes deciding not to participate in the games to avoid putting their health and the health of their families at risk," Gasol said. "We need to understand the seriousness of the situation. I feel responsible to know more about the situation and to inform everyone about it."
May 30 - 9:49 AM

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, "the Heat's preference" is to re-sign Dwyane Wade to a one-year contract.

Such a move would be done in order to preserve 2017 flexibility, not because Miami isn't committed to its franchise player. Wade has made no secret of the fact that he wants and plans to spend the rest of his career with the Heat, so this is more of an update than an evolving part of an uncertain narrative. Per Jackson, the Heat expect Wade's salary to come in between $15-$20 million annually for next year.
May 30 - 9:14 AM

Hassan Whiteside's preference is to re-sign with the Heat "if all things are equal financially," according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

This has been the expectation all along, but it's still unclear if Miami is willing to bid what another team—or teams—will put on the table. There is chatter that the Heat will attempt to sell Whiteside on taking less than the max, but there will surely be at least one other club willing to give him a max contract. Pat Riley has previously said that Whiteside will be his team's No. 1 offseason priority, and there's no question that the best rim protector in the league will be in high demand.
May 30 - 9:10 AM




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