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Head coach Doc Rivers said that he doubts Chris Paul will be able to play in Game 2 vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

Paul will likely be a game-time decision tonight, and he will reportedly test out his hamstring prior to tip-off. The Clippers have already stolen home-court advantage from the Rockets, so it would make some sense to hold CP3 out if he isn't ready. Austin Rivers will likely draw another start if Paul sits, but Blake Griffin will be the primary beneficiary after logging a triple-double in Game 1 with 26 points, 14 boards, 13 assists and one steal. Paul has made progress and will do everything he can to play tonight, but his owners will have to stay on alert for an update.
May 6 - 12:35 PM

Joakim Noah missed all four of his shots and finished scoreless in Game 1 on Monday, but head coach Tom Thibodeau isn't concerned and pointed out that Noah contributed nine boards, four assists and two blocks.

"I don’t want anyone to get lost in his scoring because it’s never been a strong suit," Thibodeau said. "It’s all the other stuff he brings to the team. It’s not the emotion, it’s the activity. When he does that, he’s very, very effective for us. It’s how the team functions when he’s on the floor. He doesn’t have to shoot well to play well. It’ll come around for him. All players go through it. Don’t let it take away from the things." Noah will look to get back on track tonight as the Bulls try to take a 2-0 series lead over the Cavaliers.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 6 - 12:22 PM

Manu Ginobili will take the next month or so to decide whether or not to keep playing in the NBA.

During the regular season Ginobili averaged 10.5 points, 4.2 assists, 3.0 boards, 1.0 steal and 1.3 3-pointers in 22.7 minutes per game, but he saw an average of just 18.7 minutes in the playoffs. He would likely see a limited role if he did return for another season, so he won't be a target in standard leagues. Ginobili will likely wait until head coach Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan make their decisions, but it would be fun to see the Spurs make at least one more run.
May 6 - 12:08 PM

Alan Anderson may need to have surgery on his ankle this summer to clean up some bone spurs.

It isn't clear how much time he would miss if he decided to undergo surgery, but we will update his status as soon as we know more. Anderson is set to become a free agent and all indications point to him leaving Brooklyn, so we will continue to follow this story closely. At this point in his career, Anderson likely wouldn't have a substantial role regardless of where he lands.
May 6 - 11:44 AM

The Nets will extend a qualifying offer to Mirza Teletovic, making him a restricted free agent this summer.

Nets general manager Billy King said that the market will dictate whether or not they will be able to keep Teletovic, so there is no guarantee that we will see him back in Brooklyn next season. Teletovic should garner plenty of interest from other teams for his ability to space the floor, so it will be interesting to see what happens this summer. As of right now, Teletovic won't be a target in standard fantasy leagues.
May 6 - 11:38 AM

According to Nets general manager Billy King, Mason Plumlee will play in the summer league.

Plumlee's role was very sporadic this season and he hasn't developed as quickly as the Nets would have liked. He averaged just 8.7 points, 6.2 boards, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks in 21.8 minutes per game in the regular season, but head coach Lionel Hollis was often very critical of him. Plumlee will definitely benefit from some additional experience in the offseason, but his fantasy value will hinge on what the Nets decide to do with players such as Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez this summer.
May 6 - 11:31 AM

Nets general manager Billy King was not happy with the season Brooklyn had and said that he will explore all options this summer.

King reportedly met with head coach Lionel Hollins for five hours to talk about the roster, and he made it pretty obvious that the Nets could make some trades this summer. King wants to build around Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young moving forward, but it should be noted that both players hold player options for next season (though both players seem intent on staying in Brooklyn). Deron Williams and Joe Johnson could be shopped around in trade talks, and the Nets will likely try to move up in the draft as well. Head coach Lionel Hollins' job is safe for now, but another poor showing next season could change things.
May 6 - 11:23 AM

Mike Conley (facial surgery) said that people don't understand what he has been going through for the past week.

"What I had to endure the past week, I don't think people really understand what I was going through physically," Conley said after Tuesday's Game 2 victory over the Warriors. "And then mentally with the pressure of playing and knowing that the team needed me to just find a way. And that was the biggest … finding a way regardless to how I was feeling." It was incredible to see Conley score 22 points on Tuesday after having surgery on his face just a week ago, and it's also worth mentioning that he has been bothered by a sprained right foot for several weeks as well. Conley now has three full days to rest before Game 3 on Saturday, so we hope that he continues to make strides in his recovery.
May 6 - 10:59 AM

Derrick Rose said that he hasn't felt any lingering effects from his shoulder injury, and he is ready to go for Game 2 against the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

Rose was never really in danger of missing any action, but it's nice to have confirmation that he is feeling better well before tip-off. Rose scored 25 points with five boards, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in Game 1, and he will try to help the Bulls take a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Cavaliers tonight. Get him in your lineup.
May 6 - 10:15 AM

Interim head coach James Borrego spoke highly of rookie Aaron Gordon, and he believes that he has a bright future in the NBA mainly because of his potential on the defensive end.

"Every good team, every championship team, has that type of player, and Aaron's one of those guys," Borrego said. "He absolutely believes he can be a top-level defender, a premier defender — someone we can put on our opponent's best player, whether it's a 1, 2, 3 or 4. And that's realistic for him. That's not us dreaming something up. That's a reality." Gordon showed flashes this season, and though he averaged just 5.2 points and 3.6 boards in 17.0 minutes per game, it should be noted that he was slowed down by a foot injury. Gordon isn't worth drafting in standard leagues just yet, but his play in the Orlando Summer League could change things.
May 6 - 10:06 AM

Head coach Tom Thibodeau showered praise on Taj Gibson for what he brings to the table.

"Taj is always important," Thibodeau said. "That's the one thing you can't overlook, what he brings to our team, his defense, his rebounding. He's probably our best low-post defender. He's our best guy at moving his feet." Gibson's role in this series is crucial, as he will provide additional defense on LeBron James and will also help to clean up the glass. Nikola Mirotic played just two minutes in Game 1 while Gibson saw 28 minutes, so it looks like he will be the primary big off the bench moving forward in this series.
Source: NBA.com
May 6 - 9:53 AM

John Wall will seek another opinion on his injured wrist prior to Game 3 on Saturday.

Wall has already been evaluated by two different doctors, and the good news is that he isn't dealing with any breaks, fractures, ligament or structural damage. He tried to warmup and play in Game 2, but his wrist was causing him too much discomfort. "It's real, real tough. I came and did what I usually do before the games, try to do like more ball-handling, trying to pound it. Real tough to do," Wall said. "It's a real, real bad sprain." The Wizards don't play again until Saturday, so Wall should have plenty of time to recover and hopefully the swelling in his wrist will start to subside. If he can't play, Ramon Sessions will have to step up again after dropping 21 points in Game 2 on Tuesday.
May 6 - 9:27 AM

Mike Miller will come off the bench on Wednesday for Game 2 against the Bulls, with Tristan Thompson set to move into the starting lineup.

Miller played just 16 minutes in a start during Game 1, but he produced just three points (a 3-pointer) on 1-of-2 shooting with five boards and one block. Miller didn't play at all in the previous series against Boston, so it will be interesting to see if he is still part of the rotation moving forward. J.R. Smith is suspended for one more game, so Miller's best chance for minutes will likely be tonight.
May 6 - 9:19 AM

Tristan Thompson will move into the starting lineup for Game 2 against the Bulls on Wednesday, sending Mike Miller back to the bench.

The move makes a lot of sense for the Cavaliers, as they will now match up better with the Bulls' imposing frontcourt tandem of Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah. In 15 previous starts in the regular season, Thompson averaged 12.6 points, 9.7 boards and 0.9 blocks per game, so he is certainly worth a look in daily leagues.
May 6 - 9:07 AM

Dwight Howard didn't attempt a shot over the final seven minutes of Game 1 vs. the Clippers, but he brushed off concerns about his limited offensive role.

"I can’t focus on that," he said. "I got to continue to be a presence on the defensive end, get more blocked shots, get more rebounds, run the floor more, do all the things I can do." Howard still finished with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting, 10 rebounds, one steal and five blocks in Houston's Game 1 defeat, and Kevin McHale will surely emphasize the need to keep him engaged on Wednesday.
May 6 - 4:02 AM



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