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Dwyane Wade (knee) is expected to play in Game 1 vs. Chicago on Monday and confirmed that he's "good to go" in shootaround.

Erik Spoelstra has been cryptic with Wade's health, but beat writer Ira Winderman reports Wade will start on Monday as expected. Wade's knee is worth monitoring as the playoffs move forward, but he's in no danger of missing any time right now. After participating in shootaround, Wade is on track to play in Game 1.
Mon, May 6, 2013 08:31:00 AM

Chris Paul is not with the team for Wednesday's game vs. the Blazers.

J.J. Redick and Blake Griffin are also not with the team. The Clippers can still move up to the two seed with a win and a Thunder loss, so they apparently would rather rest their guys tonight. With Paul out, Darren Collison is likely looking at a very busy night.
Apr 16 - 2:45 PM

The Warriors will play Wednesday's game without Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala and David Lee, and they may also rest Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

They'll go with a second-string starting unit of Steve Blake, Jordan Crawford, Harrison Barnes, Marreese Speights and Hilton Armstrong. This leaves them with a threadbare bench all available players are likely to play huge minutes in the season finale, while the typical starters get some well-deserved rest.
Apr 16 - 1:59 PM

James Harden and Chandler Parsons will both be rested for the Rockets' season finale.

The Rockets own the tie-breaker over the Blazers so Houston can't drop down the seeding, which makes it perfectly reasonable for Harden (ankle) and Parsons (wrist) to get some rest. Neither guy is in danger of missing Game 1 of their first-round series vs. Portland.
Apr 16 - 1:38 PM

Dwyane Wade is expected to play "nominal minutes" in Miami's final game of the regular season on Wednesday.

Wade logged 23 minutes in his return on Saturday, then followed that up with an 18-minute game on Monday, and he's not likely to get much more vs. the 76ers. The good news for Miami is that he doesn't seem to have had any setbacks with his hamstring or knee since returning, while slowly improving his conditioning in the lead-up to the playoffs.
Apr 16 - 1:29 PM

Deron Williams (knee) reportedly will not play on Wednesday.

D-Will played through a sore knee on Tuesday and it must be a real concern if he's sitting out Wednesday's game, as the Nets aren't locked into the fifth seed -- the Wizards can still catch them with a victory and a loss by Brooklyn. With Shaun Livingston (toe) also expected to sit out, Jorge Gutierrez and Marquis Teague will have to take on bigger roles at PG.
Apr 16 - 12:33 PM

LeBron James and Chris Bosh will both be rested for Wednesday's game.

There's no word yet on Dwyane Wade's availability, but Greg Oden (illness, back) has been upgraded to a game-time decision for Miami's final game of the regular season. The Heat will face either the Bobcats or the Wizards in the first round of the playoffs.
Apr 16 - 10:53 AM

Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick will not travel to Portland for Wednesday's game against the Blazers.

Well, that solves that. We knew Redick wouldn't play and Griffin is facing a suspension for picking up his 16th technical, so the move isn't all that surprising. Glen Davis and Darren Collison look like the best bets for success in their absence in Wednesday's finale. This also raises questions about how many minutes guys like Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan will play, but at least they're going to travel.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 16 - 2:28 AM

Timofey Mozgov left Tuesday's game early with a right knee injury and went to the locker room, but was able to return a short time later.

He must have just knocked his knee, avoiding a serious injury. If you need Mozgov in your lineup tonight, a crisis looks to have been avoided.
Apr 15 - 10:58 PM

J.J. Redick will start along with the other Clippers regulars on Tuesday, but Doc Rivers says he won't play on Wednesday.

The Clippers want to win out and hope the Clippers lose again to get the No. 2 seed, but it's still a long shot. It sounds like all systems go for the Clippers tonight, so play them as you normally would. All bets are off for Wednesday, though.
Apr 15 - 9:04 PM

Carmelo Anthony has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, but he will not require surgery.

Melo will be re-evaluated in one month and it's very interesting that an MRI revealed the tear only after he'd played in a number of games to help the Knicks' slim chances of making the playoffs. While his toughness is commendable, the Knicks' medical staff and management have questions to answer about letting their star risk aggravating a serious injury. Carmelo is expected to enter free agency via his early-termination option, and once the playoffs end he'll be the focus of this summer's FA frenzy.
Apr 15 - 6:44 PM

Amare Stoudemire will start at PF vs. the Nets on Tuesday.

He was a game-time decision but coach Mike Woodson said Amare would determine his own status, so apparently he felt good enough to play. Whether he suits up again on Wednesday is less certain, as is his long-term future in the NBA -- Amare said on Tuesday that he'll consider leaving to play for his team in Israel after the 2014-15 season.
Apr 15 - 6:39 PM




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