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Derrick Rose (toe) admitted that his turf toe injury from 2012 is still bothering him.

This is a sentence that Derrick Rose owners won't want to hear, but it looks as if D-Rose is dealing with another injury to go along with his knee, hamstring, and neck ailments. Rose expressed confidence that he thinks he can play heavy minutes, but also added that turf toe is an injury that never really goes away. While the former Memphis star has been averaging almost 32 minutes per game this season, he hasn't scored more than 20 points all season and his toe injury could go a long way towards explaining that. If he doesn't start playing better in the very near future, it's going to be time for owners to hit the panic button, if they haven't already.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 01:59:00 PM

Russell Westbrook is upset that that Thunder did not consult with him about the hiring of new head coach Billy Donovan, according to Justin Termine of SiriusXM.

According to Termine's sources, the Thunder consulted with Kevin Durant, but did not include Westbrook in that consultation. Westbrook had previously spoken out in support of ousted head coach Scott Brooks, so there could be some hurt feelings in regards to that as well. Westbrook has two seasons left on his contract with the Thunder, so there may not be much recourse for him here, but we'll keep an eye out for updates on Termine's report.
May 5 - 11:44 AM

Mark Cuban took to Twitter to defend the increased practice of intentionally fouling bad free throw shooters in the playoffs.

In a series of tweets on Monday night, Cuban defended what he called the "Hack-A-Whoever" approach. After questioning if watching a player who gets to the line a lot make free throws is any more interesting than watching a bad free throw shooter miss free throws, Cuban responded to a question about a rule change with, "Teach the guy to make FTs. Problem solved. You don't need to change the rules." There will be plenty of offseason discussion about a potential rule change, but it's becoming pretty clear where the Mavericks' outspoken owner stands on this one.
May 5 - 11:17 AM

Chris Bosh opened about about his blood clot scare on a radio interview and said there were times that he couldn't breathe.

Bosh said he couldn't breathe during a February 1 win over the Celtics, but tried to play through it. "I know, I’ll never do it again," Bosh said. "It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? I wish I could go back and tell myself not to do those things, but I’m lucky to be alive. I am. I took that as a lesson to stop trying to be a tough guy all the time. That’s kinda how we’re trained, to just suck it up and throw some dirt on it and get back out there." We'll keep an eye on his status, but Bosh said he's doing well now and it sounds like he should be healthy for the start of the 2015-16 season.
May 5 - 10:56 AM

Derrick Rose said he isn't worried about the shoulder injury he suffered during Monday's Game 1 win over the Cavaliers.

Rose suffered a shoulder stinger towards the end of the game, but was able to walk it off and didn't sound too worried after the game. "It was a stinger; my first time ever," Rose said. "It went away within 5,10 minutes. It’s something I’m not worried about." Rose had a fantastic Game 1 in scoring 25 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal, and three 3-pointers and Bulls fans can breathe a sign of relief as it sounds like he'll be just fine for Wednesday's Game 2.
May 5 - 10:50 AM

Bradley Beal (ankle) said he expects to play in Game 2 against the Hawks on Tuesday.

Before comparing playing the Hawks to fighting Floyd Mayweather, Beal didn't sound too concerned about his availability for Tuesday night. "I should be good [Tuesday]," Beal said. "I've sprained this ankle 30 times. The swelling has never gone away. [But] it wasn't that bad. Actually, I got to thank my trainers because I feel a lot better today than I did yesterday." The 21-year-old is averaging 22.2 points and 5.6 rebounds in the playoffs and should be all-systems-go for Tuesday's Game 2.
Source: ESPN
May 5 - 10:19 AM

John Wall (wrist) is expected to play in Game 2 against the Hawks on Tuesday.

Wall will be receiving treatment on his swollen wrist up until tipoff, but the star point guard is preparing to play on Tuesday. "I'm all right," Wall said. "My hand hurts. Swollen, but other than that, I am fine." Outside of some swelling, Wall shouldn't be too limited by his wrist in Game 2 and we'll expect him to be in the starting lineup come game-time on Tuesday night.
Source: ESPN
May 5 - 10:12 AM

Blake Griffin triple-doubled with 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting (8-of-10 FTs), 14 rebounds, 13 assists and one steal in the Clippers' 99-92 Game 1 win over the Rockets in Houston.

Griffin looked visibly tired after a long battle with the Spurs, but with Chris Paul (hamstring) out he had a ton of responsibility tonight as you can see. Heck, DeAndre Jordan even chipped in with five assists to go with two steals, four blocks and an otherwise normal 10 points and 13 boards. Griffin has been outstanding during these playoffs and the Rockets looked like a lower class team in tonight's series opener.
May 5 - 1:13 AM

Matt Barnes was everywhere in the Clippers' Game 1 win over the Rockets on Monday, scoring 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks in 42 minutes.

Barnes is a guy that the Clippers would love to rest up in a short series, but for now he's going to be a workhorse and especially while Chris Paul (hamstring) is out. The Rockets didn't exert any of their will on tonight's game and if they have any life in them this type of upside could vanish pretty quickly, and most certainly will when Paul returns.
May 5 - 1:09 AM

Austin Rivers started for injured Chris Paul (hamstring) and scored 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting (including four threes) with one rebound, three assists and four steals in Monday's Game 1 win over the Rockets.

Let's be clear, he had more bad plays than we could count and was a sieve defensively, but he buried open threes and the Rockets were their own brand of terrible. If Paul can't go in Game 2 (or Doc Rivers thinks he can win one without him), then this would be Rivers' high-water mark.
May 5 - 1:06 AM

Jamal Crawford stepped up with Chris Paul (hamstring) out for Monday's Game 1 win over the Rockets, scoring 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 32 minutes.

Crawford showed a tiny bit more explosion than he had in the Spurs series and he's the team's primary ballhandler with Paul out so the numbers will be there if that's the case in Game 2. He had six turnovers but that's a tradeoff owners will take here.
May 5 - 1:03 AM

Dwight Howard scored 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting (4-of-9 FTs) with 10 rebounds, one steal and five blocks in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Clippers.

Howard is going to have a tough matchup with DeAndre Jordan, but there's still plenty of ways for him to get his numbers, especially with some of the lineups the Clippers are forced to play due to a lack of depth.
May 5 - 12:53 AM




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