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Date: Team: Pos:
Al Horford - F/C - Hawks

Al Horford exited Sunday's game after appearing to dislocate his right pinky finger, leaving him questionable to return.

The Hawks were leading by double-digits in the fourth quarter at the time of Horford's injury so it wouldn't be surprising if he's held out. We'll update his status once more is known -- if he's forced to miss any time, Pero Antic, Elton Brand and Mike Muscala would all be asked to play more minutes.
Apr 19 - 7:33 PM

Masai Ujiri has been hit with a $35,000 fine "using obscene language in a public setting," and the Raptors organization has been issued an additional $25,000 fine.

In responding to Paul Pierce's "it" comment, Ujiri said he "didn't give a s--- about it," while addressing fans outside the arena before Saturday's game against the Wizards. In total, Ujiri and the Raptors organization has been fined $85,000 over the past two years for the GM's profanity, so perhaps he'll think twice before expressing his next expletive... probably not though.
Apr 19 - 7:24 PM

Isaiah Thomas finished Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Cavaliers with a team-high 22 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in 32 minutes off the bench.

It was Thomas' first double-double with the Celtics, but more impressively he joined Oscar Robertson and LeBron James as the only players to get at least 20 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in their NBA playoffs debut. His acquisition was a catalyst for the Celtics' playoff push after the All-Star break, and Boston got a bargain with three years remaining on his contract at a total of $19.7 million.
Apr 19 - 7:21 PM

Kelly Olynyk started the second half of Sunday's game in Cleveland, finishing with 12 points, two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 18 minutes of action.

Olynyk wasn't bothered despite playing with five stitches in his head after being elbowed in the Celts' regular-season finale. He was hot offensively in the first half and bumped Tyler Zeller to the bench, but it's unclear whether this was a temporary switch or something Brad Stevens will stick with on Tuesday. We'll pass along an update once Stevens discusses the decision.
Apr 19 - 7:20 PM

Tyler Zeller started Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Cavaliers but he played only 15 minutes and was benched to begin the second half.

He finished with six points on 3-of-5 shooting, two rebounds and one steal, giving way after halftime to a frontcourt of Kelly Olynyk and Brandon Bass. The Cavs' proclivity for small lineups may make it hard for Zeller to match the 22.7 minutes he averaged after the All-Star break.
Apr 19 - 7:19 PM

Avery Bradley returned from a bruised quad on Sunday to score seven points on 3-of-10 shooting with two rebounds, three assists and one turnover.

He went 1-of-6 from downtown in 31 minutes and seemed a bit out of sorts after missing Boston's final game of the regular season. Bradley also struggled to contain Kyrie Irving defensively and he'll need to have a better game for the Celtics to even the series at 1-1 on Tuesday.
Apr 19 - 7:19 PM

Jared Sullinger came off the bench for four points, four rebounds and one block in 14 minutes on Sunday, as the Celtics fell 100-113 to the Cavaliers.

Sullinger posted a nice line in 28 minutes on Wednesday, suggesting that he could play heavy minutes if required. He was one of three Celtics' players without a negative +/- rating tonight, joining Isaiah Thomas and Jonas Jerebko, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him closer to the 20-minute mark during Tuesday's critical Game 2.
Apr 19 - 7:18 PM

Ognjen Kuzmic has been sent down to the Warriors' D-League affiliate.

Kizmic hasn't gotten into any game-time action since Jan 31, and unless an injury strikes the Warriors frontcourt, he has no shot of playing significant minutes this postseason.
Apr 19 - 7:12 PM

Jeff Green (back) was spotted going through pregame warmups, and he's expected to play Game 1 against Portland on Sunday.

Green has been playing through the pain, and all signs are pointing towards him being available tonight. Check back for another update closer to tip-off, but it's very likely Green will be active tonight.
Apr 19 - 6:51 PM

Tony Allen (hamstring) is a go for Sunday's Game 1 against the Trail Blazers.

With Allen active, he'll take away some minutes from Courtney Lee, Jeff Green and Vince Carter. Allen spent the last nine games of the season on the sidelines, so he may have his minutes limited tonight.
Apr 19 - 6:41 PM

Mike Conley (foot) will play Game 1 on Sunday against Portland, as expected.

Conley was listed as a game-time call, but there was never really any doubt that he'd suit up for Game 1 of the playoffs. Head coach Dave Joerger said he'd play Conley as close to 45 minutes as possible, so he's looking like a quality guy to target in daily leagues.
Apr 19 - 6:37 PM

Updating a previous report, Arron Afflalo (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Game 1 against the Grizzlies.

Head coach Terry Stotts said that Afflalo is getting better every day, and that he's getting his range of motion back, so it sounds like he's getting close to being available. However, he’ll be forced to spend Game 1 on the sidelines, and it'll be Allen Crabbe and C.J. McCollum being asked to fill the void in his absence, with McCollum offering the most upside.
Apr 19 - 6:34 PM

Arron Afflalo (shoulder) was spotted going through a pregame workout at full speed, and it's looking like he'll be a game-time decision for Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Grizzlies.

Afflalo is still being listed as doubtful, but the fact that he's going through a workout at full speed is certainly a positive sign. He's currently in the second week of his initial 1-2 week timetable, so there is a chance he takes the floor tonight, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. If he is able to play, C.J. McCollum's value would take a sizable hit, and Allen Crabbe may fall entirely out of the rotation.
Apr 19 - 6:28 PM

Kevin Love looked great in his playoff debut on Sunday, scoring 19 points (5-of-14 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), with a game-high 12 rebounds, four assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one turnover through 33 minutes of action.

Love struggled from the field a bit, but he made shots when it really counted, and his aggressive play on the glass was a big boost for Cleveland. Boston isn't a great team at defending the power forward position, so Love should continue to put up quality numbers throughout the series. It'll be interesting to see if a deep playoff run tilts Love's hand towards re-signing with the Cavs this offseason.
Apr 19 - 6:19 PM

LeBron James filled up the stat sheet during his 42 minutes of action on Sunday, scoring 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting (3-of-4 from the stripe), with six rebounds, seven assists, one 3-pointer, two steals, one block and five turnovers.

LeBron also passed Michael Jordan for ninth-most assists in the NBA post-season history with this performance, so there's yet another accolade James can add to his Hall of Fame resume. He did bump knees with Tyler Zeller at one point and limped back to the bench, but he played through it, and his 42 minutes would suggest that this will be a non-issue moving forward.
Apr 19 - 6:04 PM



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