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Mike Miller had an extended workout after shootaround, which would suggest that he may be able to get into the rotation for Sunday's Game 3 in Cleveland.

Of the Cavs 12 playoff games thus far, Miller has only left the bench for three of them. He may step into a minimal role for Game 3, but he's extremely unlikely to show up in any meaningful way on the stat sheet. He's not a fantasy option.
May 24 - 5:32 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) got in an early workout prior to Sunday's Game 3 vs. the Hawks, but according to a source of Yahoo's Marc J. Spears, it would be surprising if he plays.

Irving reportedly looked good and was moving well during his workout, but with the Cavs up 2-0 in the series, it wouldn't be shocking to see him spend another game on the sidelines, especially with how well Matthew Dellavedova has played in his absence. Irving will likely be a game-time decision tonight, and if he can’t give it a go, LeBron James will be very busy on offense.
May 24 - 5:22 PM

DeMarre Carroll (knee) said that he cherishes the opportunity to go toe-to-toe against LeBron James in the Eastern Conference Finals, and he has no intention of taking any days off to get his knee right.

"I've been getting a million calls and emails about me, why am I there, this might be the biggest contract of my life," said Carroll. "But at the end of the day this game isn't promised to you. So whenever you've got an opportunity to play basketball, a lot of people say it's bigger than money and it feels like that to me. I cherish this game and I want to be out there fighting, and if I have to fight on one leg, I'm gonna fight on one leg. I can't let this opportunity pass me by. Eastern Conference finals, playing against LeBron James. I don't care if I have to do it on one leg, I'll hobble out there." He'll be out there for Sunday's Game 3, and he may have some shots coming his way with Kyle Korver (ankle) done for the rest of the postseason.
May 24 - 4:19 PM

Stephen Curry described the importance of being fearless in his shot selection during a recent interview.

"It’s important [to be fearless taking your shots] because you don’t know exactly where you’re going to get your shots from, especially in our offense," said Curry. "Every possession is kind of balanced, so we try to move it around. You’ve got to be ready when you have an open shot and just have the ultimate confidence." The Rockets didn't give Steph much to fear at all during Saturday's Game 3 beat down, as over half his shot attempts were open looks. The Rockets will need to put forth a better overall effort during Game 4 on Monday if they hope to push the series back to Oakland.
May 24 - 4:04 PM

There is a rumor out there that if both the Warriors and Cavs sweep their Conference Finals series, the Finals may be moved up to June 2.

If both the Warriors and Cavaliers sweep, NBA fans would be without basketball for nine days based on the current scheduling. It needs to be noted that on the official NBA website, it explicitly states the Finals will not be moved up, but as Kevin Garnett would bellow from the depths of his lungs, anything is possible.
May 24 - 3:37 PM

Patrick Beverley (wrist) was spotted shooting around wearing a cast during Sunday's practice.

To be clear, there still have not been any indications that Beverley will be able to play during the Western Conference Finals. He is going to be a restricted free agent when the offseason hits, and his value would likely dip if he re-injured his wrist attempting to play at the 8-week mark of a 10-week timetable. The Rockets are just going to have to make do without their best perimeter defender, which hasn't really worked out too well up to this point.
May 24 - 3:31 PM

Andrew Bogut praised Festuz Ezeli's effort after Saturday's Game 3 win over the Rockets.

"[Ezeli] was huge for us. He's been playing great all series in my opinion," Bogut said. "He has stayed professional and when he gets limited minutes he stays ready. He got some extended minute [Saturday] and did a hell of a job for us. That's what we're going to need." Ezeli stepped up on Saturday night when Bogut got into foul trouble, playing some excellent defense against Dwight Howard while scoring 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with six boards and a block. The Warriors need his size to battle with big D12, and so far, he's gotten the job done.
May 24 - 3:22 PM

Marreese Speights (calf) is making progress, but he will not play in Game 4 against the Rockets on Monday.

David Lee was initially the one getting the minutes with Speights sidelined, but he's nearly fallen out of the rotation entirely during the Houston series. Festus Ezeli has earned himself a nice role off the bench in the Conference Finals, but with averages of just 6.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 block over 13.6 minutes of action, he's not much of an asset in fantasy basketball. Speights is unlikely to be a factor the rest of the way.
May 24 - 2:21 PM

Frank Kaminsky said that he wants to be a stretch four in the NBA after playing center for Wisconsin.

"[I’m] turning myself into a four," Kaminsky said. "In college, I played the five for so long. I know I can play the four. I just have to pick up the nuances. The NBA values big guys that can stretch the floor." Kaminsky averaged 18.7 points and 8.1 rebounds during his senior season at Wisconsin and was also named the 2015 Naismith Player of the Year. He will likely be a lottery selection in this year's draft and has the ability to contribute on an NBA team right away.
May 24 - 1:56 PM

Brandon Knight, who is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, said that he enjoyed playing alongside Eric Bledsoe in an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio.

"I thought it was fine," Knight said. "I think it's really just about making the right play. I enjoy playing with Eric because Eric is, first, he's a great talent and he's not a selfish player. He's very, very unselfish. He's trying to make the right play, trying to win. As far as playing with Eric goes, I think it's a great thing because you have two players who can attack at any time." All signs point to Knight staying in Phoenix, but that could certainly change if another team floats him a massive offer. On a side note, Knight is still recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, so we will continue to monitor his progress closely.
May 24 - 12:38 PM

DeMarre Carroll admitted that his knee is "nowhere near" 100 percent, but he is ready to go to battle with his teammates in Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

"I’m standing here," Carroll said in regards to his knee. "I put myself out there to help my team, whatever it takes. I know my knee is nowhere near 100 (percent). But at the end of the day if I’m out there I’m going to give it my all and hopefully my team has my back." You have to admire the guy's heart, and it's obvious that his knee was giving him a lot of problems in Game 2. Carroll will spend a lot of time guarding LeBron James again tonight, but he could be forced to shoot more with Kyle Korver (ankle) on the shelf.
May 24 - 12:19 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) went through shootaround, but he remains questionable for Game 3 vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

Irving also went through a light workout on Saturday, so his knee must have responded well. For now, it looks like Irving will be a game-time decision, but the Cavaliers could err on the side of caution considering they have a comfortable 2-0 lead over the Hawks with the series shifting to Cleveland. We will update his status once we know more, but Matthew Dellavedova would likely draw another start if Irving can't play. LeBron James would continue to have more ball-handling responsibilities as well.
May 24 - 12:07 PM

With Houston facing a 3-0 deficit to the Warriors , Dwight Howard said that the only thing the Rockets can do is fight.

"There’s a lot of words I could say about tonight, but I’ve got to keep my teammates together," Howard said after Game 3 on Saturday. "We can’t fold. We can’t quit. It’s easy to give up and say they’re playing great. It’s easy to do that. They’re going to have to take all of us out on a stretcher. We ain’t going down lightly. We’re down 3-0 in the Western Conference finals. The only thing we can do is fight." Howard contributed 14 points, 14 boards and one block in the loss, and the good news is that his knee doesn't appear to be giving him any problems. Game 4 is set to take place in Houston on Monday, and Howard should be in line for a big game with the Rockets facing elimination.
May 24 - 11:37 AM

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak confirmed that this is likely Kobe Bryant's last season in the NBA, but Kupchak said he is willing to reassess in a year.

When asked what he expected to see from Bryant next season, Kupchak said, "I don't know... Father Time is the enemy." While Kupchak left open the possibility of Bryant playing beyond next season, the Black Mamba has been pretty clear that he will only play one more year. Bryant was limited to just six games in the 2013-14 season and just 35 games last season, so it's obvious that the mileage on his body is catching up to him.
May 24 - 11:12 AM

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said that it looks like Julius Randle (leg) "has recovered completely".

This is definitely exciting news for Randle, and it appears that his recovery is going very smoothly. All signs point to him playing during the Las Vegas Summer League, and it will be interesting to see how he does after such a long time on the shelf. Randle could potentially be the starting power forward next season if he impresses this summer, so we will be sure to track his progress very closely.
May 24 - 10:49 AM



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