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Marcus Smart (thumb) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's Game 5 against Milwaukee.

Smart said that the plan was for him to get back to the court for Game 6, so we'd consider him closer to the doubtful tag for Tuesday's game. Either way, he's on the cusp of a return, and once he does get back out there, Shane Larkin could drop from the rotation entirely. Check back for another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround.
Apr 23 - 5:17 PM

John Wall said he sprained his right ankle during the fourth quarter of Sunday's win over the Raptors.

Wall not only played through the ankle tweak, but went on to score eight of the Wizards' final 14 points in the Game 4 win, so this shouldn't be anything that impacts his status for Wednesday's Game 5 in Toronto. After all, this is the same guy who played through a badly fractured wrist during the 2015 post-season.
Apr 23 - 4:47 PM

The Suns have reportedly spoken with Jason Kidd and Vinny Del Negro regarding their open head coaching position.

The Suns are still in the early stages of their coaching search, and there are sure to be more names added to the list. Kidd has been an unfavorable coach in terms of fantasy hoops in the past with his wonky rotations, so the Rotoworld staff would be pleased if he didn't land this particular gig.
Apr 23 - 4:31 PM

Josh Richardson (shoulder) is questionable for Game 5 on Tuesday.

The Heat called his injury a contusion on Sunday, but now they've changed it to a sprain. Richardson previously said that he was planning to play, and he was able to play through the issue in Game 4. If Richardson can't play, that would be a huge blow to Miami as he's one of their only hopes to contain Ben Simmons.
Apr 23 - 1:57 PM

Fred VanVleet (shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Game 5 on Wednesday.

Getting listed as doubtful two days before tip-off is a pretty bad sign. FVV was able to get some shots up after Monday's practice, but the Raptors will continue to play it safe with the backup PG.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 23 - 1:25 PM

Andrew Bogut has signed with the Sydney Kings of Australia's NBL.

This could be the end of Bogut's 13-year NBA career. Now 33, Bogut was unable to land a job in the NBA after being waived by the Lakers in January.
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 12:20 PM

Damian Lillard shot down the idea of Portland trading C.J. McCollum.

"I mean, I don't agree with it. I think it's that simple," Lillard said. "That's the easiest thing to say, but I don't agree with it." The Lillard and McCollum duo had a net rating of 4.8 during the regular season, but that number dropped to -12.7 during the playoffs and they were outplayed by Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo. Lillard still believes that the Blazers can turn things around and become a contender just like the Warriors did after their first round loss to the Clippers in 2014. "I honestly feel like our team is capable of something like that," Lillard said.
Source: Real GM
Apr 23 - 12:17 PM

Ed Davis said he "100%" wants to re-sign with the Blazers.

Jusuf Nurkic will be a restricted free agent and Davis will be unrestricted, but the Blazers already have $110.5 million in guaranteed salary on the books and likely can't afford to keep both. Davis gave the Portland second unit a huge lift this season, posting averages of 5.3 points, 7.4 boards and 0.7 blocks in 18.9 minutes. If Davis does return and Nurkic doesn't, we'd rather take a flier on Zach Collins.
Source: Oregon Live
Apr 23 - 12:10 PM

Mike Conley (heel surgery) expects to be a full go for 2018-19.

"Thankfully I had the surgery early enough to where I have a full summer of work and getting my body ready for an 82-game season," Conley said. His ADP should be way down after making it through just 12 games with 17.1 points, 4.1 assists and 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.0 triples on 38.1% shooting. He will be entering the third year of his five-year, $153 million deal, but carries a lot of risk because of his durability and the potential for Memphis to tank again.
Apr 23 - 10:08 AM

According to a source of Marc Berman of The New York Post, the Knicks are Mike Budenholzer's top choice.

"If they offered him the job, he’d say yes. He wants to live in New York.’’ Budenholzer was in advanced talks with the Suns before turning them down for unknown reasons, so we'll see if the Knicks can close the deal. Coach Bud has two years and $13 million remaining on his deal with the Hawks, so the Knicks may have to offer some compensation to pry him away.
Source: NY Post
Apr 23 - 10:02 AM

Jusuf Nurkic said he would like to remain in Portland next season.

"I want to be here," he said. "It's no secret." Nurkic will be a restricted free agent this summer, but the Blazers already have $110.5 million in guaranteed money on the books. The Blazers have some intriguing young talent behind Nurk in Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan, so it wouldn't be a surprise if they let him walk if his price gets out of hand. After a monster finish to the 2016-17 season, Nurkic didn't live up to expectations in 2017-18.
Source: Oregon Live
Apr 23 - 9:56 AM

Marcus Smart (thumb) is only expected to miss one more game.

"Right now, [a Game 6 return is] the plan and we’re still on the same track," Smart said. "I’ve been doing everything but contact, so I will be able to go and start that." He will have to wear a splint on his hand, but Smart doesn't think it will be an issue. "It feels like nothing’s there," he said. "To have that comfortability, especially in my dominant hand, my shooting hand, that’s a good feeling to have."
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 9:50 AM

Dirk Nowitzki (left ankle surgery) is progressing on schedule and has begun walking without a protective boot.

He's still expected to wear the boot for a few more weeks when he leaves his house, but it's encouraging that he's on pace in his recovery. "The foot is not great," Dirk said. "That's obvious after 20 years in the league. I got arthritis in every joint I have in the body ... But they corrected that one area that was bothering me all season and hopefully it'll be a lot better next season." The future Hall-of-Famer has never wavered in his commitment to play in 2018-19.
Apr 23 - 2:01 AM

Myles Turner was bogged down by fouls on Sunday, playing 23 minutes to finish with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, three rebounds, one steal and one turnover.

Turner was hot from the field and drained 3-of-4 triples, and it's a shame he couldn't stay on the court longer. Backup big man Domantas Sabonis was terrific, but the Pacers still lost 104-100 to even the series at two games each. Turner's foul trouble is the latest culprit in a series that's defied easy fantasy value, with Victor Oladipo the only Pacers player inside the top-50 for DFS production this postseason. He's followed by Bojan Bogdanovic (No. 52), Thaddeus Young (No. 55), Turner (No. 63) and Darren Collison (No. 65). Tread carefully.

Bojan Bogdanovic was held to 10 points, six rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes on Sunday, going 4-of-13 from the field with two 3-pointers.

Bogdanovic dropped 30 points in Game 3 and the Cavaliers obviously focused on that tonight, with their defense aggressively closing out on Bojan whenever he touched the ball. He's also being tasked with the primary defensive assignment vs. LeBron James, so we'll forgive him for an off-night shooting the ball. He'll look to regain the touch in Cleveland on Wednesday.
Apr 22 - 11:50 PM



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