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Kevin Love (shoulder) will not be able to play in the second round of the playoffs.

The team is calling it "an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising." In simpler terms, he suffered damage to several parts of his shoulder and has tearing, so he is likely out beyond the second round, as well. Love is undergoing treatment while other opinions are being considered. For now, there will be a combination of Tristan Thompson, James Jones and Iman Shumpert getting more run. The Cavs also used LeBron James at the four a lot on Sunday.
Apr 27 - 6:04 PM

Deron Williams (knee) will start against the Hawks in Game 4 on Monday.

He also suffered a bruised tailbone and is coming off a horrific game from Saturday. Williams might have a short leash today, so he could play anywhere from 18-28 minutes. If he struggles, expect Jarrett Jack to also get more run at the point. Bojan Bogdanovic would also get more playing time.
Apr 27 - 5:19 PM

Matt Barnes (sore right shoulder) will play on Tuesday in Game 5.

He had an ice pack on his shoulder and should be able to resume his normal role. In four games against the Spurs in the playoffs, Barnes averaged 5.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 treys on 28.6 percent from the field in 28.0 minutes per game.
Apr 27 - 4:41 PM

Blake Griffin is dealing with a right shoulder stinger and will play in Game 5 on Tuesday.

This is the first we've heard of the injury and it sounds minor. Griffin logged 43 minutes on Sunday with 20 points and 19 boards. He's also posting terrific averages of 22.3 points, 13.3 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals in the first round.
Apr 27 - 4:37 PM

Patrick Beverley (wrist) was taking some shots while wearing his cast on Monday.

He is still nowhere near close to a return and will be in a cast for another six weeks. Beverley has been on the bench with the team and will likely be out for the rest of the playoffs. He does hope to return later in the playoffs, but the Rockets would have to advance very far to make this even a possibility.
Apr 27 - 4:35 PM

The Grizzlies will have a timetable on Mike Conley (face) after the swelling goes down in his face in 48 hours.

Basically, this is a timetable for a timetable. Conley did have successful surgery on his face on Monday and he's not going to play on Monday night. Most indications around the team are that he'll need to miss more games. With Conley out, the Grizzlies will have Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes handle the point guard duties. Udrih is a better weapon on offense and has better fantasy value.
Apr 27 - 2:27 PM

Stephen Curry had an excused absence from practice on Monday.

He's not injured and may have just earned some time off. The Warriors will start playing again on Sunday at the earliest or it could be later if the Blazers can win three in a row.
Apr 27 - 2:22 PM

Mike Conley (eye) is out of surgery, but there is no timetable for his return.

Conley had a "successful surgery" and is recovering well, but he remains out for at least Game 4 and possibly longer than that. Beno Udrih (ankle) is expected to play after sitting out Game 3, so that means he and Nick Calathes should split point guard duties in Conley's absence.
Apr 27 - 1:24 PM

Dwane Casey said that Kyle Lowry has to get his "weight back down this summer."

This comes minutes after Lowry failed to endorse Casey as the head coach, so things are going well in Toronto. Casey said that Lowry came into the season in great shape, but struggled to regain that form after his injury late in the season. We don't have any reason to doubt Lowry will be motivated heading into next season.
Apr 27 - 1:05 PM

Jae Crowder described J.R. Smith's play against him as a cheap shot.

"Cheap shots. But it is what it is." The good news is that Crowder is expected to avoid surgery and appears to have avoided a major injury, but his ACL sprain will take several weeks of rest and rehab.
Apr 27 - 12:56 PM

The Lakers want Jordan Clarkson to work on his skills as a scorer and become more aware as a passer in addition to adding more muscle to his body.

Finally, the team wants Clarkson to work more off the ball as well in order to improve his versatility in the backcourt. However, Clarkson earned praise from Byron Scott and General Manager Mitch Kupchak, a familiar theme during his rookie season, and also credited Scott for his development. "I want to better myself every day," Clarkson said. "I want to be around winners and guys that want to go out there and get it." As for Clarkson, one goal he has for improvement is to become more vocal on both sides of the ball, something that would be a welcomed development for the Lakers.
Apr 27 - 12:43 PM

Patrick Patterson revealed that he'd prefer to start, but he's happy to play any role the Raptors ask of him.

"Of course I'd love to start. What NBA player wouldn't want to start?" Patterson's reiteration that he's willing to play any role for the Raptors so long as it's consistent is going to save him here, and with Amir Johnson's impending free agency, it's very possible Patterson gets his wish as soon as next season.
Apr 27 - 12:16 PM

Kyle Lowry failed to endorse Dwane Casey as Raptors head coach on Monday.

It sure sounds like Lowry is throwing his coach under the bus. "There is a few things internally that probably need to be fixed," Lowry said. And when asked for his opinion about Casey, Lowry said, "I respect Casey as a man." Casey is skating on thin ice, and his meeting with GM Masai Ujiri promises to be an uncomfortable one.
Apr 27 - 12:07 PM

Jae Crowder (knee) has been diagnosed with an ACL sprain and bone bruise, and he's expected to avoid surgery.

This is fantastic news for Crowder ahead of his restricted free agency, and it's a nice development after Crowder was maliciously taken out of the game by J.R. Smith. Crowder will need rest and rehab in order to recover, and he will have a ton of suitors on the open market after breaking out in a big way with the Celtics. For what it's worth, Boston GM Danny Ainge has said repeatedly that the team wants to re-sign No. 99. He's quickly turned into a fan favorite, as well.
Apr 27 - 11:52 AM

In his defense of Deron Williams, Lionel Hollins said that his starting point guard is no longer the player he once was.

No player is the way he was four years ago." Williams has become a punching bag for the Nets since his tenure in Brooklyn began, and Hollins said it's become "totally unfair." Williams has made 2-of-15 shots over his last two games for a combined five points, but he has averaged 8.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.0 steals during that same stretch. He's expected to be able to play in Game 4 and going forward, but D-Will's effectiveness remains in question.
Apr 27 - 10:30 AM



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