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The Raptors acquired Patrick Patterson as part of Sunday's seven-player trade with the Kings.

Patterson has a $4.3 million qualifying option for next season, so he'll have a few months to show the Raptors' brass what he's capable of doing. Tyler Hansbrough (shoulder) may not stick as the starting PF and Amir Johnson was recently demoted to the bench for lackluster play, which leaves the door cracked open for Patterson to possibly earn the PF job. In six starts for the Kings this season, he averaged 5.7 points, 0.7 threes, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 26 minutes.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 07:44:00 PM

Fred VanVleet (shoulder) will not play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

Coach Dwane Casey said the medical people are not ready to put FVV back out there, so he may need to miss additional time. With him out, Delon Wright should get a chance to bounce back after a drop in production in D.C. He was terrific in the last two home games and should see minutes in the mid 20s.
Apr 25 - 5:24 PM

George Hill (back spasms) will not play in Game 5 vs. the Pacers, and Jose Calderon will get another start.

It'll be Hill's second game out of the lineup and his durability continues to hold him back. For tonight, Calderon is likely looking at around 20 minutes while J.R. Smith and Jordan Clarkson should see additional time. Smith is a DFS punt option while Clarkson and Calderon are possible tourney plays.
Apr 25 - 5:19 PM

Coach Tom Thibodeau said that Tyus Jones (right knee soreness) participated in shootaround and will "hopefully" be available to play in Game 5 Wednesday night vs. Houston.

Jones only logged seven minutes in Game 3 and was ruled out of Game 4 on Monday. "I think he’s feeling better," said Thibs after shootaround. "He will go through [preagme] warmups tonight. Hopefully, he’ll be available." Derrick Rose will continue to see extended minutes if Jones is ruled out. Over the first four games of the series, Rose is averaging 14.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 23.7 minutes per contest.
Apr 25 - 1:39 PM

The Warriors didn't have Stephen Curry, but they did have Kevin Durant (25 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal, 2 blocks and a 3-pointer), Klay Thompson (24 points, 5 boards, 4 assists, a 3-pointer) and Draymond Green (17 points, 19 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 3-pointers) to beat the Spurs 99-91 in Tuesday's Game 5, eliminating San Antonio from the postseason.

Durant hit a pair of free throws and a clutch jumper to halt a LaMarcus Aldridge late run that saw the Spurs cut GSW's lead to just two points with 57 seconds left in the game, and scored 10 of 12 GSW points in a late fourth quarter run that iced the game. Green's 19 rebounds were a career playoff high and Durant hit 35-of-37 free throws in the series and was 8-of-8 tonight. The Warriors will get Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and the Pelicans in Round 2, which should be a blast to watch.
Apr 25 - 1:17 AM

J.J. Redick hit 6-of-13 shots, five 3-pointers and 10-of-10 free throws on his way to 27 points, two assists and nothing else in Tuesday's 104-91 win, helping the Sixers close out their series against the Heat 4-1.

With guys like Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Belinelli doing the dirty work, the Sixers are quite content to let Redick bomb away from downtown and stay out of the way. His 27 points led the team tonight and he scored at least 24 points in three of the five games in this series. Redick and the Sixers will get the winner of the Bucks-Celtics series next.
Apr 24 - 10:57 PM

Joel Embiid had 19 points, 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block in 29 minutes as the Sixers beat the Heat 104-91 in Tuesday's Game 5, winning the series by a count of 4-1.

This is the Sixers' first trip to the second round since 2012 and Embiid's strong play is a big reason why the Sixers might not only win the East, but might even have a chance to win the entire shebang this year. Embiid has been back for three games since his orbital injury and is averaging 18.7 points, 10.3 boards, 3.0 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.0 3-pointers since returning. The Sixers will get the winner of the Celtics-Bucks series in the semis and the Celtics currently hold a 3-2 advantage in that one.
Apr 24 - 10:52 PM

Josh Richardson (shoulder) is starting Game 5 on Tuesday.

He made it through the pre-game warmups without any setbacks and just received clearance from the training staff. With Miami's season on the line, we wouldn't expect Richardson to have restrictions unless his shoulder acts up.
Apr 24 - 7:20 PM

Semi Ojeleye is listed with the starters on Tuesday for Game 5.

Barring another late change, Ojeleye will move into the starting five in place of Aron Baynes. Coach Brad Stevens hinted that he was considering a change based on the matchup, and Ojeleye will give them a better defensive option on the likes of Giannis and Middleton. There aren't many fantasy implications here.
Apr 24 - 7:06 PM

An MRI revealed a slight tear of the medial meniscus in Bogdan Bogdanovic's left knee, and he will undergo a minimally invasive meniscus debridement procedure on Tuesday.

We should get an official timetable for Bogdanovic's return date after the procedure is performed, but a knee scope isn't anything to be too terribly worried about and he'll have plenty of time to get himself ready for the 2018-19 season. After posting averages of 11.8 points, 3.3 dimes, 1.7 triples, 0.9 steals and 1.6 turnovers per game on 44.6% shooting during his rookie season, he'll be someone to think about snatching up towards the later rounds on draft day next year.
Source: NBA
Apr 24 - 6:57 PM

Marcus Smart (thumb) is a go for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Bucks.

Smart got through shootaround and his pregame routine without issue, so he'll be back in action following a six-week absence tonight, sporting a small splint on his surgically repaired right thumb. He's been informed by the Celtics medical staff that he's in no danger of suffering a setback, and said he's "not at all" concerned about being tentative in his first game back, although he could have a bit of a minutes limit as his conditioning might not be where it needs to be.
Apr 24 - 6:29 PM

Jeff Teague (dislocated finger) is not being listed on the injury report for Wednesday's Game 5 in Houston.

Teague hurt his finger during Monday's Game 4 loss, but he was available to return, and there was never much doubt about his availability for tomorrow's game. We'll have official confirmation on his status closer to Wednesday's tip.
Apr 24 - 6:10 PM




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