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Jonas Valanciunas will play on Wednesday against the Sixers.

It sounds like the league and the Raptors are going to let the legal process play out before taking any disciplinary action against Valanciunas after he was arrested for DUI early Monday morning.
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 01:06:00 PM

Jonas Valanciunas was the hero during a 96-92 overtime Game 2 win over the Heat on Thursday, scoring 15 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 38 minutes.

He was 7-of-9 from the field and pulled down six offensive rebounds. Valanciunas only has a 21.1 usage rate with a very good 59.3 true shooting percentage in the postseason, so the Raptors should be finding ways to get him more shots. He is feasting in the paint with 68.7 percent of his shots coming from within three feet. Coach Dwane Casey praised him after the game, so maybe the Raptors make him more of an offensive focal point.
May 5 - 11:37 PM

DeMarre Carroll scored 21 points with five rebounds, one assist, four steals and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Heat on Thursday.

The scoring output ties his best for the season. While Carroll's offense was great, his defense wasn't quite up to his high standards. He's now played at least 37 minutes in three straight games and seems locked in as the main option at power forward now in this series. He's still a nice value play in DFS.
May 5 - 11:21 PM

LSU forward Ben Simmons has chosen not to attend the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

The event will be held May 11-15 and Simmons is the highest-profile player to skip it, presumably because the possible No. 1 pick feels he'd have little to gain by submitting to a thorough physical and on-court scrutiny. Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.8 blocks for LSU last season, and he'll be an interesting gamble in fantasy drafts.
Source: NBC Sports
May 5 - 6:59 PM

Stephen Curry (sprained right knee) didn't practice on Thursday and Steve Kerr doesn't expect him to play in Game 3 on Saturday.

Curry did some on-court work after practice but his status for Saturday's Game 3 remains doubtful. Warriors GM Bob Myers said earlier in the week that Curry needs to play "a little bit of 3-on-3 or 5-on-5" before returning to action, which he's yet to do. We'll have a better feel for his status after Friday's practice.
May 5 - 3:38 PM

John Wall (knee) has undergone a successful procedure on both of his knees, according to the Washington Wizards.

Wall's procedure was to excise calcific deposits in his left patella tendon in order to eliminate pain and he will begin the rehabilitation process immediately. "I am determined to lead this team back to the playoffs and getting healthy is the best way for me to accomplish that," said Wall. "I can promise the fans, my teammates and the organization that I will be focused on that goal throughout the summer and it will drive me to do everything I can to be ready for next season." Wall also underwent an arthroscopic lavage on his right knee in order to remove loose bodies, according to the team, and is expected to be available for the start of the 2016-17 season.
May 5 - 11:22 AM

The Pacers have decided not to bring back Frank Vogel as the team's head coach.

Pacers president Larry Bird wants more offense from his squad and has decided to move on from Vogel. While Vogel will have interest around the league, Bird said he doesn't have a candidate in mind and will conduct a wide search for Vogel's replacement.
May 5 - 11:11 AM

LeBron James racked up 27 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals in just 28 minutes on Wednesday, hitting 9-of-15 shots including a 4-of-6 mark from downtown.

Tonight's game was all about 3-point shooting, but LeBron came in averaging a league-high 1.33 points per possession on post-ups during the playoffs (among qualifying players). It's an interesting wrinkle since the Hawks' defense has allowed the third-fewest points off post-ups (0.64 points per possession), behind only the Raptors and Clippers. As tonight's line reiterates, LBJ is simply too versatile to be held in check offensively during the course of a seven-game series.
May 4 - 10:41 PM

The Cavaliers set an all-time NBA record with 25 made 3-pointers during Wednesday's lopsided Game 2 victory, aided by J.R. Smith's 23 points and 7-of-13 shooting from downtown.

The Cavs opened tonight's game with a 3-point avalanche, hitting a postseason-record 18 triples in the first half alone, with six of them coming from Smith. He wound up 8-of-14 from the field with two rebounds and two steals in just 28 minutes of action, and could have had an even bigger line if the game weren't wrapped up by halftime. Smith tweaked his groin during Game 4 vs. the Pistons but his status for the second round was never in doubt, and tonight's eruption confirms that he's feeling fine.
May 4 - 10:37 PM

Mike D'Antoni will reportedly interview for the Rockets' head coach position this week.

D'Antoni is currently an 'associate head coach' with the 76ers and it's not surprising to see him in the mix for the up-tempo Rockets' head coaching gig. Houston has also talked to Sam Cassell and current assistant Chris Finch, and they're reportedly interested in Frank Vogel if he's fired by the Pacers. It's a wide-ranging search and more candidates' names are sure to surface in the coming days.
May 4 - 10:16 PM

Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff has reportedly informed team officials that he's not a candidate for Houston's head coach position.

Team owner Les Alexander and GM Daryl Morey recently met with Bickerstaff, in addition to current assistant coach Chris Finch and Clippers assistant Sam Cassell. Jeff Van Gundy is reportedly still high on their list, which could extend to more than a dozen candidates. Other potential coaches include Jeff Hornacek and Hornets assistant Stephen Silas.
May 4 - 8:48 PM

The Heat ruled out Chris Bosh for the remainder of the postseason, according to a team statement.

The statement said the team, Bosh, doctors and medical staff have been working together through this process. Bosh has reportedly been trying to get clearance, including seeing other doctors to do so. However, the team likely feels there is just too much risk involved here. It'll be Luol Deng manning the power forward spot the rest of the way this year. Bosh's status for next year is undetermined.
May 4 - 4:52 PM




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