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Carmelo Anthony is uncertain if he will play for Team USA in the Olympics this summer.

Melo and the Knicks are entering a critical offseason together as the team looks to find a clear direction, and Anthony isn't sure he wants to "put his body through that grind" at this stage of his career. As for his commitment to New York, despite reiterating his desire to have a say in the coaching search, Melo hasn't yet been consulted. "I would want to be involved," he said. "I hope I'm involved. Just to have my opinion heard. But I've already laid out how I feel and put everything out there on the table. Now, it's just on them." Additionally, Anthony wants the Knicks to acquire a "competing attitude" rather than settling for "being mediocre." Phil Jackson's next head coach will set the stage for what comes next between New York and their supposed franchise building block.
May 2 - 9:18 AM

Tyler Johnson said he's now "comfortable" heading into the second round.

Johnson got back on the floor on Sunday for the first time after shoulder surgery, and now that he's been in the fire he's ready to step up when his number is called. Despite the confidence, Johnson is unlikely to have a significant role and there should be better second round DFS options.
May 2 - 9:07 AM

Bernard James has left Galatasaray to tend to his ailing father, according to international basketball scribe David Pick.

We wish James and his family the best in a trying situation. As for his NBA career, James is likely destined for international competition at this stage of the game.
May 2 - 9:00 AM

Frank Vogel and the Pacers have had "no discussion of a contract extension," sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Although this doesn't outright mean that the Pacers will move on from their head coach, the door is at least cracked ajar for the scenario to play out. If Vogel hits the open market, he'll immediately be one of the more desired candidates for any remaining openings. It's a situation to watch with Indiana's season now over and the Pacers needing to quickly shift into offseason mode. Stay tuned.
May 2 - 8:49 AM

Myles Turner's shot wasn't falling on Sunday as he went just 2-of-11 from the field for four points during a season-ending loss in Toronto.

Turner was visibly frustrated after missing shots and he didn't fare too well on the boards either, grabbing six rebounds as his team lost the battle 49-38. Nerves may have played a role in Turner's Game 7 struggles, but his rookie season was nevertheless a triumph, as he displayed all the skills the Pacers could have asked for when drafting him No. 11 overall. "He just had a great series," coach Frank Vogel said after the game. "There's a lot of reason to be excited and hopeful about our future because of that kid."
May 1 - 11:05 PM

Paul George finished the Pacers' tense 89-84 defeat in Game 7 on Sunday with 26 points (8-of-18 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), 12 rebounds, four 3-pointers, three steals and one assist.

George got off to a torrid start, including a 360 dunk in the first quarter, but Toronto zeroed in on him defensively (forcing seven turnovers) and his singular brilliance wasn't enough tonight. It was nevertheless a tremendous year for PG-13, who bounced back from a lost season to average 23.1 points, 2.6 threes, 7.0 boards, 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals while playing in 81 games during the 2015-16 regular season.
May 1 - 11:05 PM

George Hill made 8-of-11 shots on Sunday to finish with 19 points and three 3-pointers, but he added just one rebound and two assists during the Pacers' Game 7 defeat in Toronto.

"For this basketball team to succeed, we need to run," Frank Vogel said before the game. "Forcing turnovers is a part of that." Indiana wound up with only eight points in transition, while committing five more turnovers than Toronto. They used a 15-2 surge to come within three points late in the fourth quarter, but ultimately it wasn't enough for Hill and co. to advance past the first round.
May 1 - 11:03 PM

Ty Lawson's season ended on Sunday with just one point, one rebound and one assist in five minutes off the Pacers' bench.

Lawson's decline has been precipitous and he finishes with averages of 5.7 points, 3.6 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 66 regular-season games with the Rockets and Pacers. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer, but given his struggles on and off the court, he's a long-shot to reclaim a starting job in 2016-17.
May 1 - 11:02 PM

DeMarre Carroll scored three points on 1-of-6 shooting on Sunday, adding four boards, two steals and two blocks in 37 minutes of action.

Carroll came in averaging just 8.1 points on 42.6 percent shooting in the series, as he's yet to regain his typical form after missing three months due to arthroscopic knee surgery. His defense and physicality will be paramount if Toronto hopes to beat the Heat and advance to the Conference finals, but he'll also need to find his touch from the perimeter.
May 1 - 11:01 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 30 points to help Toronto advance to the second round on Sunday, making 10-of-32 shots with five boards, two assists, three steals, two blocks and just one turnover in 40 minutes.

DeRozan ranked third in the NBA for free throw attempts this season, at 8.4 per game, but he averaged just 5.0 freebies in Games 1-6 vs. the Pacers. He got hot early tonight with 13 first-quarter points and wound up 9-of-9 at the line, while his 32 field goal attempts set a franchise playoff-high for Toronto. His first-round inefficiency is water under the bridge now that he's helped his team advance in the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
May 1 - 11:00 PM

Bismack Biyombo gave the Raptors a lift off the bench during Game 7, hauling in 11 rebounds (four offensive) with three points and no other stats in 20 minutes of action.

Biyombo came into the game with a postseason-leading rebound rate of 26.8 percent, with teammate Jonas Valanciunas (25.4 percent) not far behind. He and JV combined for 26 boards tonight, a critical difference in the game, with Valanciunas contributing 10 points and 15 boards in 28 minutes. Toronto's formidable center duo now advances to face Hassan Whiteside and Miami's frontcourt in the Conference semis.
May 1 - 10:50 PM

Cory Joseph had another terrific game on Sunday, posting eight points, three rebounds, four assists and one block in the Raptors' series-clinching 89-84 home victory.

Joseph is shining in the national spotlight, and his two-way play off the bench is a big reason Toronto won their first playoff series since 2001. His penetration helped Toronto win the fastbreak battle for the first time all series, 12-8, and he was even more critical with Kyle Lowry (11 points on 5-of-14 FGs) struggling for most of the game.
May 1 - 10:48 PM

Norman Powell played like a seasoned veteran during Sunday's thrilling Game 7 victory, posting 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting with three 3-pointers, three boards, one assist, one steal, one block and zero turnovers in 23 minutes.

Powell was a throw-in when the Raptors traded Greivis Vasquez to the Bucks for a 2017 first-round pick, but he's proven to be a diamond in the rough for Toronto. The former No. 46 pick bodied up Paul George defensively despite giving up five inches, he thrived in catch-and-shoot situations, and he consistently made smart decisions. He'll be on Miami's radar when the Raptors host the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern semi-finals.
May 1 - 10:43 PM

The Kings reportedly plan to interview David Blatt for their vacant head coach position.

The interview will take place on Monday and Blatt is one of many candidates for the Kings job, joining already-interviewed coaches Sam Mitchell, Mike Woodson and Vinny Del Negro. Blatt has also been linked to vacant head coaching jobs with the Knicks and Lakers, so there's a good chance that he'll be pacing the sidelines for an NBA team in 2016-17.
May 1 - 9:25 PM

Harrison Barnes double-doubled on Sunday with 10 points, 12 rebounds and two steals in 38 minutes, shooting 4-of-7 from the field with one 3-pointer.

It was Barnes' highest playing time in more than a month, and his shot finally started falling after a lousy first round (29.4 percent shooting). He's earning a bigger offensive role with Stephen Curry out of commission, which keeps him on the DFS radar for Game 2 on Tuesday.
May 1 - 6:41 PM



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