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Jamal Murray (groin) had successful surgery to repair core muscle-related injuries.

The surgery was performed on Thursday in Philadelphia and general manager Tim Connelly said it was for a "couple" injuries. Murray will resume basketball related activities this summer and is expected to be at full strength when the Nuggets open training camp this fall. There is no word on if Murray will be at Summer League, but it's possible he won't be all the way back.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 27 - 7:29 PM

Rajon Rondo (thumb) is listed as out for Game 6 against the Celtics on Friday.

This isn't a surprise after Rondo said his thumb was still broken before Game 5. Assuming there are not any changes, Isaiah Canaan will look to build off his 35.0 minutes per game over his last two, scoring 13 points in each. Wade's time at the point has also gone way up, but the Bulls really need to get Jimmy Butler going.
Apr 27 - 6:55 PM

Coach Brad Stevens said Amir Johnson has been a "total team guy" for picking up two DNP-CDs in a row.

Stevens told Johnson before the games that the plan was to DNP-CD him, and Johnson said he understood. Much like the Raptors, the Celtics have gone with more small-ball lineups to lock up the perimeter better on the defensive end while helping the spacing on offense with their Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford PNR pet plays. Johnson will almost certainly be a DNP-CD again.
Apr 27 - 6:51 PM

Coach Brad Stevens said he intends to start Gerald Green in Game 6 on Friday.

He played just 12 minutes in Game 5 and 23 minutes in Game 4 during his two starts. Stevens talked up Terry Rozier before the game, and the backup came through with some big plays in 18 minutes. Expect to see a similar distribution in Game 6.
Apr 27 - 6:47 PM

Kristaps Porzingis wants Knicks assistant coach Joshua Longstaff as an assistant with the Latvian national team this summer.

Longstaff has been an assistant coach since the Derek Fisher days and he also worked with Porzingis last summer. Porzingis has said he will try to come back to NY when he can, but he won't be setting a date. The Carmelo Anthony drama will be the main story for the Knicks this summer, but there will be plenty of KP rumors.
Apr 27 - 6:42 PM

Khris Middleton (illness) will start in Game 6 against the Raptors.

He is feeling better and was able to play through his illness from Game 5 on Monday. Middleton didn't look right on both ends of the court on Monday, playing 36 minutes with eight points, six assists, five steals and one turnover. He's only made 38.5 percent from the field with 0.8 treys per game in this series, so his offense isn't as good as it was during the regular season. He'll see a lot of Norman Powell and could have a bounce-back game.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Although he’s had some issues with his shot, he’s been able to improve as a facilitator this postseason. His assist rate is up 5.7% to 23.2% and he leads the team with 5.4 assists per game. He took at least 13 shots in the first four games and dropped 20 points twice. His price has dropped a bit across the industry and if he can put together a complete game as a passer and scorer now that he’s feeling better, he could be a huge asset.
Apr 27 - 5:23 PM

Dwyane Wade said he felt better as a point guard in Game 5 against the Celtics.

Isaiah Canaan started and played off the ball to allow the extra touches for Wade. "Now that I'm the point guard, it has to be led by me," Wade said. He's not kidding either. In Game 5, Wade had a time of possession with the ball of 6.4 minutes. In the first 4 games, it was just 3.1 minutes. Wade also went off in Game 5 with 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists during his 35 minutes. While his defense wasn't really there, he should have ample opportunity to have another strong offensive game on Friday.
Apr 27 - 3:52 PM

Coach Doc Rivers said Paul Pierce or Marreese Speights will start Game 6 on Friday.

If Pierce does start, he has played 35 of his 58 postseason minutes next to Chris Paul. The Truth has not been very good in that small sample as far as fantasy performance goes with only a 10.5 usage rate and a 30.0 true shooting percentage, but the Clippers do have a +6.7 net rating -- also a snail's pace of 84.8. Even if Pierce does start, he's still a risky DFS play.
Apr 27 - 3:13 PM

Jason Smith (calf) is a game-time call for Game 6 in Atlanta on Friday.

He suffered a left calf contusion during Wednesday's Game 5 and wasn't able to return. He's considered day-to-day and received treatment on Thursday instead of practicing. We'll have a better idea of his status after Friday's morning shootaround. If he's out, Marcin Gortat will have to play more and the Wizards may have to use smaller lineups with Markieff Morris logging some center minutes.
Apr 27 - 12:24 PM

Pacers coach Nate McMillan said he's "open" to the idea of Lance Stephenson starting at shooting guard next season.

Stephenson may have saved his career after his move back to the Pacers, and after a solid finish to the regular season, he was even better in the playoffs with averages of 16.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 50.9 percent shooting. "We really needed that boost, that energy, that kind of passion," McMillan said. Still only 26 years old, Stephenson has an excellent chance to hit the ground running in 2017-18.
Apr 27 - 11:51 AM

Domantas Sabonis said he will play in the Orlando Summer League.

He said he has a "specific schedule" with the Thunder for improving his game and he's also planning to suit up for the Lithuanian National Team. Sabonis had a decent role with the Thunder in 2016-17, but his minutes trailed off following the arrival of Taj Gibson. It's worth noting that Gibson is a free agent this summer, so Sabonis' role for 2017-18 hinges on the status of his 31-year-old teammate. Sabonis finished the season with averages of 5.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.5 steals and 0.6 triples in 20.1 minutes per game.
Source: Oklahoman
Apr 27 - 11:06 AM

Andre Roberson said he would "definitely" like to stick with the Thunder this summer.

The 25-year-old defensive stopper averaged 6.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.2 steals and 0.6 triples in 80 regular-season games, but played the best basketball of his career in the playoffs. In the first-round series vs. Houston, Roberson averaged an impressive 11.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 3.4 blocks, 2.4 steals and 1.4 triples. Those defensive stats are intriguing, but fantasy owners are still waiting for his offensive game to come around. He should be looking at a significant raise this summer and hopefully he expands his game during the offseason.
Source: Oklahoman
Apr 27 - 10:58 AM

Portland GM Neil Olshey said Noah Vonleh's development excited him the most of any player this season.

Vonleh will only be 22 years old in August and played well for Portland down the stretch, averaging 6.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.5 steals on 57.5 percent shooting after the All-Star break. Barring some trades, the Blazers are basically returning their entire frontcourt with the exception of Festus Ezeli (knee) for 2017-18, but Vonleh has made a decent case to remain in the rotation.
Apr 27 - 10:49 AM

Sim Bhullar has signed a deal with Guangxi in the Chinese NBL.

The 7'5" center spent the 2016-17 season in Taiwan and averaged 19.7 points, 15.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. He's only 24 years old, but his conditioning has a long way to go if he hopes to make it back to the NBA.
Apr 27 - 9:47 AM

Jimmy Butler has been playing through a left knee issue.

He reportedly picked up the injury in Game 4 when he collided with a Celtics player. "I'm good. Everyone's a little nicked up," Butler said. "I'll be all right." Butler seemed fine in Game 5 on Thursday up until the fourth quarter, as he only attempted two shots in that frame and didn't have his usual lift. He has been playing 41.4 minutes per game in this series, but with Chicago's season on the line, expect another massive workload in Game 6 on Friday even if he's less than 100 percent.
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 27 - 9:41 AM



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