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John Wall scored a game-high 24 points to help the Wizards advance to the second round of the playoffs with a 75-69 win over the Bulls on Tuesday.

Wall made 7-of-19 FGs and 9-of-12 FTs with seven rebounds, four assists, one block and one turnover, and his growth as a point guard was never more evident than during Washington's first-round victories. The Wizards are committing a mere 9.8 turnovers per game, lowest of any team in the playoffs, which speaks to Wall's poise against an elite defense.
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 10:54:00 PM

Blake Griffin has fully recovered from the quad issue that sidelined him for a majority of the 2015-16 season.

"It just looks like a brand new tendon," Griffin said, after seeing the results with his doctor. "No tendinitis, no anything…The doctor was like, ‘This is probably as healthy as your tendon’s been since high school,’ just because of the nature of how much basketball we have to play." Doc Rivers said that Griffin "looked great" during his first full practice with the team at camp, and Griffin added that he's cleared all the mental hurdles of the recovery process. He's in a contract year and entering his prime at 27 years old, so Griffin could be in for a career-year with the Clippers.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 28 - 12:59 PM

Tryonn Lue said that he wants to keep LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love's minutes down this season.

Lue added that the number one goal for the Cavs this season will be going into the postseason with a clean bill of health, so don't be surprised to see these guys (particularly LBJ) pick up some random rest days down the stretch once Cleveland has locked up their seeding. While you could still make the argument that James is one of the best basketball players currently residing on this planet, the assured maintenance days make him more of a late-first, early-second round target.
Sep 28 - 12:41 PM

Josh McRoberts revealed on Wednesday that he's dealing with a stress reaction in his left foot stemming from a fracture he sustained during Game 6 of Miami's second-round series against Toronto.

The Heat have a massive hole to fill at the power forward position with Chris Bosh's (blood clots) tenure in Miami likely reaching its conclusion, but as per usual, the injured McRoberts won't be able to help much. Once he is healthy, he'll be competing for minutes with the likes of Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Justise Winslow and Udonis Haslem, so it'll be tough for him to see the floor enough to make a difference in standard settings.
Sep 28 - 12:24 PM

Magic head coach Frank Vogel said that Elfrid Payton is day-to-day after suffering a strained hip flexor.

Payton hasn't had any issues with his hip in the past, and he's been very durable through the first two years of his career, so this isn't an issue we'd expect to linger into the regular season. Vogel has been making flowery comments about Payton this offseason, which is a stark contrast from the relationship that Payton had with Scott Skiles, so perhaps he can take a step forward during Year-3. The shooting percentages will likely remain an issue, but if you’re seeking some production in the steals and assists categories during the later rounds, go ahead and give him a look.
Sep 28 - 10:53 AM

Anthony Davis (knee surgery) is not under any medical restrictions at training camp.

Davis underwent a procedure on his left knee cap this summer, and also revealed during his exit interview that he dealt with a torn labrum for the past three years, but he's reportedly fully recovered from both those issues and is looking to enter the 2016-17 season with a clean bill of health. Davis was withheld from competing in Tuesday's scrimmage, but Alvin Gentry described the absence as precautionary saying everything the Pelicans do with Davis is predicated on him being "1000 percent" healthy for opening night. Target him towards the end of Round 1.
Sep 28 - 10:47 AM

Cameron Payne suffered a right ankle sprain during Tuesday's scrimmage.

The severity of the injury is not currently known, but it's worth pointing out that this is the same foot that Payne had surgery on this summer to correct the Jones fracture. We should have an update on Payne soon enough, but with a full month to go until the regular season tips, he has plenty of time to make a full recovery.
Sep 28 - 9:38 AM

John Wall (knees) said he felt "great" following his first day of practice at training camp.

"I feel great," Wall said. "I’m a little fatigued but other than that I feel really good." While Wall didn't go through the live portions of Tuesday's practice, head coach Scott Brooks estimated that he got through about 70 percent of the work, and Kelly Oubre said that he was dunking during some drills. It sounds like Wall is making solid progress in his recovery from the two knee surgeries he underwent this summer, but until he's officially cleared to play, he'll remain a risky early-round pick.
Sep 28 - 9:23 AM

Noah Vonleh (thigh) still doesn't have a clear timetable to return.

He was given an original timetable of about 3-4 weeks on Aug. 31, so this is worrying. "I guess you could say I'm a little behind," Vonleh said. "But I'll catch up quick." He had a bone fragment removed from his right thigh, so the Blazers won't be in a hurry to rush him back. For now, he's been limited to light running and shooting. He's the fourth PF on the depth chart, so fantasy owners can ignore him.
Source: Oregon Live
Sep 28 - 2:34 AM

Josh McRoberts was limited at the opening day of camp due to a foot injury.

The guy just can't seem to stay healthy. The Heat have a huge hole at power forward due to the uncertainty around Chris Bosh, but McRoberts isn't off to a great start. For now, Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Udonis Haslem and Luke Babbitt will compete for minutes at the four, while Justise Winslow should spend some time there as well.
Sep 28 - 2:04 AM

Patrick Beverley is expected to start next to James Harden this season according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

There was some concern that Beverley might move to the bench with James Harden running the offense, but Mike D'Antoni wants his defense and 3-point shooting in the first unit. The Rockets will basically use a three-guard rotation that includes Eric Gordon, but Beverley is just a late-round target for owners in need of steals and treys. He missed some workouts earlier in the week with a cut on his foot, but he has since been cleared to return to full practice.
Sep 28 - 1:56 AM

Stephen Curry made it clear that he intends to re-sign with the Warriors next summer.

"I want to be back here. I like playing here, and that's it," Curry said. He's hoping that his contract situation won't be an issue or a distraction, and he said that he will have the same answer throughout the year. Curry will earn over $12 million this season in the final year of his deal, but he will get a max contract if he wants it during the summer of 2017.
Source: ESPN
Sep 28 - 1:48 AM




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