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Kevin Durant (ankle) said he's "good" from his ankle issue on Thursday night, and he will play on Sunday.

"It’s nothing," KD said. "It was a quick roll. It didn’t completely turn. I’m fine." He did go to the locker room just before the game ended, but the Warriors had the game in the bag. He may get treatment, but this ankle injury didn't look bad as he just lost his footing. Expect him to be a full go for a closeout game.
Apr 20 - 12:44 AM

Coach Steve Kerr said Shaun Livingston (ankle) should be OK.

He added that Livingston's ankle is worse than Kevin Durant, who also tweaked his ankle. Livingston suffered the injury in the fourth quarter and it didn't look too bad.
Apr 20 - 12:42 AM

Kevin Durant scored 26 points during a 110-97 win over the Spurs on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

He did tweak his left ankle as he was going for loose ball and he did not return. Although, he didn't have a bad limp and the Warriors had the game in hand. Ankle injuries have been a major problem for the Warriors this year, but for now this one doesn't sound serious. As for the Warriors team, they've now won 18 straight Western Conference games and will go for the sweep on Sunday.
Apr 20 - 12:03 AM

Kevon Looney scored four points with two rebounds, one block and two steals in 18 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

His defense was terrific in this game and he continues to see around 20 minutes per night. Looney is probably coming off the bench for Game 4, but he could be an option to start against the Pelicans. He's played really well for the last two months.
Apr 20 - 12:03 AM

JaVale McGee (quad) scored six points with four rebounds and one assist in 15 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

Kevon Looney was superb again, but McGee was solid in his usual playing time after missing practice due to a quad issue. McGee is expected to start for the rest of this series, but that may change against Anthony Davis in the second round.
Apr 20 - 12:03 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points with 10 rebounds, four assists and two turnovers during a Game 3 loss to the Warriors on Thursday.

The Spurs just don't have the offense right now and the Warriors know that limiting Aldridge likely means they'll be getting a win. San Antonio will try to avoid a sweep on Sunday night at home, but things aren't looking good for a team that typically makes a postseason run.
Apr 20 - 12:02 AM

Anthony Davis scored 28 points with 11 boards, two assists, three steals, two blocks and no turnovers in 36 minutes during a 119-102 win over the Blazers to take a dominating 3-0 lead in the series on Thursday.

He did have to go to the locker room at the end of the first quarter because of a minor left thumb injury, but returned for his normal playing time -- he checked out with 7:05 in the fourth thanks to garbage time. Davis did also take a shot to his right side near the basket, but he stayed in the game to shoot the free throws. The Pelicans have some important pieces around AD and their perimeter defense has made The Brow even more valuable as a rim protector. We might get a long series against the Warriors in the second round, assuming the Pelicans win just one more game in their series with the Blazers. Game 4 is at New Orleans on Saturday.
Apr 19 - 11:35 PM

Nikola Mirotic had a playoff career-high 30 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one block, three steals and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Blazers during a Game 3 win on Thursday.

All those Smoothie King Center struggles went away as Niko got off to a hot start to give the Pelicans a massive lead to start the game. He continues to be an outstanding fit with Anthony Davis and he continues to show he's more than just a perimeter player. Plus, his defense doesn't get enough attention. It'll be interesting to see how the Warriors guard him in the second round.
Apr 19 - 11:34 PM

Damian Lillard made 5-of-14 from the field for 20 points with three rebounds, two assists, eight turnovers and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes during a loss to the Pelicans on Thursday.

Yeah, the Blazers are about done and a lot of it is on Dame. He keeps dribbling into double teams and Jrue Holiday has dominated him in basically every facet. Since Game 1, coach Terry Stotts has needed to find a way to get Dame off Jrue and it still hasn't happened yet. The Blazers are down 0-3 and will have to start a miracle comeback in New Orleans on Saturday.
Apr 19 - 11:33 PM

Jusuf Nurkic scored five points with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in 20 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday.

Coach Terry Stotts almost has to bench him for Game 4 because he's been torched game after game. Nurkic really shouldn't guard Anthony Davis at any point for the rest of this series and it wouldn't be a total shock to see him be a DNP-CD. You really can't use him in DFS because he'll be on a short leash.
Apr 19 - 11:32 PM

Mike Budenholzer has withdrawn from consideration for the Phoenix Suns head coaching job, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

This isn't the best look for the Suns, or it could be that Budenholzer is getting interest from teams like the Knicks. With the Hawks making some changes to their front office, it's possible Coach Bud is headed out of the ATL.
Apr 19 - 10:27 PM

Joel Embiid returned to action with a high-tech mask during a 128-108 win over the Heat in Game 3 on Thursday, scoring 23 points with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

This hero should probably should get a cape to go with the mask. Embiid needed three masks to get through this game with Justise Winslow stepping on one, and a second one breaking after he was fouled on the baseline. Embiid's defensive impact was highly apparent as he changed shots, while he and Ben Simmons put up a whopping 135.0 offensive rating in 24 minutes together. It's also worth a mention that he didn't play the final 1:59, so Embiid was likely headed to 32 minutes had the game been close. With The Process back, a run the NBA Finals could be in the cards for Philly.
Apr 19 - 10:22 PM

Ben Simmons did his thing with 19 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and four steals in 40 minutes against the Heat during a 128-108 win on Thursday.

He terrorized the Heat with cuts and drives to the basket, and the Heat really don't have anyone who can guard him. Simmons was also 7-of-8 from the line to up his postseason free throw shooting to 75.0 percent -- up from 56.0 in the regular season. He and Joel Embiid were incredible together today with 24 minutes together, posting a 135.0 offensive rating to get them to a +33.7 net rating. This team is going to be really good for a long time.
Apr 19 - 10:16 PM

Markelle Fultz did not score with one rebound and one assist in four minutes against the Heat on Thursday.

He did get some run next to Joel Embiid, which is rare because those two only played 31 minutes together in their careers before tonight. However, he was lost on defense, so coach Brett Brown couldn't go back to him.
Apr 19 - 10:05 PM

Marco Belinelli scored 21 points with four rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Heat on Thursday.

He takes some wild shots, but that's who he is and it's part of the reason Belinelli had the best offensive rating among 76ers rotation players in the regular season and why the 76ers offense looks great when he's out there. Plus, he's put up a 60 eFG% on his shots from 25-29 feet in the previous 17 games, so he gets them to go in. He'll have a few more big games as the 76ers make a run.
Apr 19 - 10:04 PM



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