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Derrick Favors isn't worried about Trey Burke's slow start and added that he hopes the rookie is in the gym.

"[His summer league doesn't] worry me, because I had a tough summer league too," Favors said. "Hopefully, he’s in the gym working on it, getting his mind right. I think he’ll be ready for the season." Burke shot 24 percent in Orlando and really couldn't deal with the bigger bodies from inside of 12 feet of the basket. The Jazz are likely going to give him a long leash since they don't have much behind him, so don't jump off the bandwagon just yet.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 12:19:00 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

Joe Johnson will play on Tuesday despite a minor calf injury.

Johnson isn't worth the $48 million he'll earn over the next two seasons, but he's averaging a solid 15.8 points, 2.1 threes, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists during an All-Star season in Brooklyn. Regardless of how he looks on Tuesday, fantasy owners should consider him a DNP risk in Wednesday's finale.
Apr 15 - 6:32 PM

Deron Williams (knee) will play vs. the Knicks on Tuesday.

D-Will has been dealing with tendinitis in his right knee and it wouldn't be surprising to see him rest during Wednesday's game, as the Nets aren't likely to take risks with their oft-injured PG.
Apr 15 - 6:29 PM

Blazers coach Terry Stotts said that he may rest LaMarcus Aldridge and Mo Williams for Portland's season finale on Wednesday.

We should learn Stotts' plan after shootaround on Wednesday, and some precautionary DNPs aren't unexpected since the Blazers cannot move up or down in the playoff standings. Even if they win on Wednesday while the fourth-place Rockets lose, the Rockets will retain home-court advantage because they own the tie-breaker over the Blazers.
Apr 15 - 4:51 PM

Goran Dragic (ankle) will not play in the Suns' season finale on Wednesday.

Dragic has been playing on an injured ankle for the past few games and he was a DNP candidate the moment the Suns were eliminated from the playoffs on Monday. He'll finish the season with numerous career-highs, averaging 20.3 points on 50.5 percent shooting, 1.6 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals.
Apr 15 - 4:22 PM

Paul George, David West, Lance Stephenson and C.J. Watson will all rest during Wednesday's season finale vs. the Magic.

With the first seed in the East locked up, the Pacers are just trying to give their key players some rest while hoping to reclaim the elusive chemistry that abandoned them after the All-Star break. After shooting a mere 37.2 percent from the field in March, George is still stuck at 40.2 percent in April.
Apr 15 - 2:30 PM




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