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Joakim Noah led Chicago to a Game 7 win in Brooklyn on Saturday, racking up 24 points on 12-of-17 shooting with 14 rebounds (seven offensive), two assists, one steal, six blocks and just one turnover.

Noah's minutes increased throughout the Bulls' first-round series and he said during shootaround that his feet feel "great." He sure looked great tonight -- when he wasn't scoring on unimpeded cuts to the basket, he simply dominated the Nets' weak single coverage. Joakim is averaging 19.0 points, 14.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 5.5 blocks in his past two games, and he'll need to have a huge second round for the Bulls to upset the heavily favored Heat.
Sat, May 4, 2013 10:59:00 PM

Danilo Gallinari (hand) is questionable to face the Suns on Friday.

He suffered a hand injury last night and the training staff got a look at him, but X-rays were negative. It's being called a right hand contusion, so there's a chance this injury could interfere with the right-handed forward's shot. If he's out, that means we'll see a lot of small-ball lineups with more Austin Rivers, Tyrone Wallace and Wes Johnson.
Feb 23 - 2:36 PM

Avery Bradley (groin) has been ruled out against the Suns on Friday.

He is not expected to play and the team is concerned about his status going forward. There's a very good chance Bradley gets shut down for several games and his fantasy owners should have moved on by now. There will be more run for Milos Teodosic and Tyrone Wallace.
Feb 23 - 2:34 PM

Lonzo Ball (knee) will play with a minutes limit in his return to the lineup against the Mavs on Friday, and he will not play on Saturday for rest.

Coach Luke Walton said he's still not sure if Ball is going to start, but the Lakers have been vocal about him being their starting point guard. He's been out for 41 days with this MCL sprain and it could be a while before he's back up to minutes in the upper 30s. His return should take time from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Hart, Corey Brewer, and maybe some of the forwards with the Lakers going smaller at the three.
Feb 23 - 2:30 PM

Rudy Gay will have a minutes limit in his return to the lineup on Friday against the Nuggets.

He didn't say anything specific, but he mentioned maybe 15-20 minutes. Pop also said Gay makes him nervous, but he looked good in practice the last two days and everything seems to be going well. Gay is probably going to have a minutes limit on him for the rest of this month, but he's still worth a look in 12-team leagues. There's a chance he starts, too.
Feb 23 - 2:26 PM

Coach Gregg Popovich said he'll be changing the starting lineup against the Nuggets on Friday.

"We'll tell you later," he said when asked what the starting five will be. LaMarcus Aldridge didn't play in the last game, so it could be something as simple as that with him returning. Davis Bertans could also be moved out for either Pau Gasol or the Spurs could go smaller with Kyle Anderson and Rudy Gay at the forwards.
Feb 23 - 2:23 PM

Ricky Rubio (hip) will be available to play Friday night vs. the Blazers.

Rubio missed Utah's final three games before the All-Star break, but was playing his best ball of the season prior to the hip injury. Over a seven-game stretch from late January through early February, Rubio was averaging 20.7 points, 7.7 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 treys, while shooting 53.8 percent from the floor. Royce O'Neale played well in Rubio's absence but will see his minutes dip with Ricky back in the mix.
Feb 23 - 1:16 PM

Tyson Chandler (neck spasms) is listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Clippers.

Chandler was ruled out of the Suns final game prior to the All-Star break due to the neck ailment and still dealing with the injury. He has been unable to practice and is seeing a neck specialist on Friday. The Suns hope to have an update on his condition by Friday evening. Alex Len is expected to draw the start at center if Chandler is unable to play on Friday.
Feb 23 - 1:09 PM

Coach Brad Stevens said that he expects Marcus Smart (thigh) to play Friday vs. the Pistons.

Smart missed the final 11 games before the All-Star break due to a hand injury. He's been cleared to return from that ailment; however, he sat out Thursday's practice due to a thigh bruise. Yet, the bruise is considered minor and we should see Smart make his return to action on Friday night. Terry Rozier will see his playing time reduced with Smart back in the lineup.
Feb 23 - 11:09 AM

X-rays on Danilo Gallinari's bruised right hand came back negative, and Gallinari is hopeful that he will be able to play Friday night vs. Phoenix.

Gallinari suffered the injury in Thursday's loss to the Warriors. Gallo said there was some swelling in the hand, so we'll see how it responds. We may not get an update until Friday afternoon. If Gallinari is unable to play, Tyrone Wallace and Wes Johnson would soak up additional minutes.
Feb 23 - 9:13 AM

Stephen Curry popped off for 44 points on 14-of-19 shooting in Thursday's 134-127 win over the Clippers, adding eight triples, nine dimes, six boards, two steals and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

The Dubs got off to an incredible start in this one, and Curry had his #StephGonSteph moment early, draining a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to end the first quarter of action. He was also a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe, giving him a remarkable 94.2 true shooting percentage on the evening to accompany his 33.1 usage rate, and it looks like Steph has a decent chance of putting together yet another 50-40-90 season.
Feb 23 - 2:09 AM

Russell Westbrook hit a buzzer-beating jumper to defeat the Kings 110-107 on Thursday, scoring 17 points with 15 rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and seven turnovers in 40 minutes.

He was open for a 3-pointer near the top of the key for one of the flattest triples you'll see this season, but it still counts for three. Before the game-winner, this was the 33rd time he's posted a triple-double before the fourth quarter in his career, and he had plenty of time to spare with it coming at the 7:04 mark in third quarter. Westbrook is up to 97 career triple-doubles and he'll likely be at 100 in the next couple weeks. He's not going to have the historic year like his MVP 2016-17 campaign, but Westbrook has been better after a slow start a couple months ago.
Feb 23 - 1:13 AM




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