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DeMarre Carroll (knee) will start in Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs.

Carroll was wincing throughout warmups and owners have to plan for some sort of limitation. Kent Bazemore and Paul Millsap may end up picking up the slack on LeBron James. If Carroll falters then Bazemore stands to gain the most here in terms of playing time, but his numbers could suffer if he has to cover LeBron a lot. Kyle Korver could also get some time on the King.
May 22 - 7:59 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) will not play against the Hawks on Friday night.

Coach David Blatt called it a "medical decision" for Irving to sit tonight. He went to visit Dr. James Andrews today to confirm the tendinitis issue. With Irving out, Matthew Dellavedova will get the start with J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert getting more run.
May 22 - 7:00 PM

Kyrie Irving arrived at the Philips Arena with a suit bag and it "seems like he'll be in street clothes," according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

We'll let you know if Kyrie is going to warm up for this one, but most signs point to him getting some rest today. If he's out, Matthew Dellavedova would start while Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith would play more.
May 22 - 6:54 PM

DeMarre Carroll (knee) is still a game-time decision to play against the Cavs on Friday night in Game 2.

There is an unconfirmed report that Carroll won't be playing, which wouldn't be a surprise. Of course, there's some added risk because Carroll is headed to free agency this summer and has a lot riding on that left knee of his. If he is out, Kent Bazemore will likely move into the starting lineup. Expect to see Dennis Schroder log more minutes along with Paul Millsap guarding LeBron James more often.
May 22 - 6:52 PM

Gordon Hayward had minor outpatient surgery on his right heel.

He is expected to make a full recovery in the early part of the summer. Hayward missed some game action near the end of the season due to an Achilles issue, so that likely explains his procedure. It shouldn't affect his fantasy value as an early-round target. The Jazz will have decent depth at all their positions, so their draft selection won't be easy.
May 22 - 6:41 PM

General manager Mitch Kupchak compared Jordan Clarkson to Russell Westbrook.

"If there’s a player in the league that plays like him, it’s Russell Westbrook," Kupchak said. "Now, I’m not saying for a second that Jordan Clarkson is the next Russell Westbrook, but he’s that kind of a ball-handling guard." On the downside, Kupchak said "the jury is still out" on Clarkson, so it's not like he's locked in as the starter. The Lakers may wind up picking up a point guard in free agency to go with a PF/C in the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 4:40 PM

Nuggets president Josh Kroenke said he didn't see the lack of communication between Brian Shaw and the players until later in Shaw's tenure.

"The thing I thought was the most surprising is I thought communication was going to be one of our strong points between our staff and our players, and it turned out to be that it wasn’t one of our strong points," Kroenke said. "Communication from coaching staff to players was something that I thought was lacking." The Nuggets had much better success with Melvin Hunt and he might be able to keep his job even with Mike D'Antoni making a push. As for Shaw, he is going to need to do a lot of things to go right to get a head coaching job.
Source: Denver Post
May 22 - 3:23 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) said he doesn't "have it right now" and remains questionable to play against the Hawks on Friday.

"The most frustrating thing is seeing holes in the defenses that I'm used to attacking," Irving said. "I tried to make one move and I accelerated and then I stopped and passed it." Luckily for the Cavs, Matthew Dellavedova has played beyond expectations and could start in Game 2 tonight. Irving missed shootaround and maybe the Cavs allow him to rest for a few days. Although, earlier this month he said rest isn't going to help him. Expect an update around 7:15 EDT.
Source: NBA.com
May 22 - 2:44 PM

Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger spoke highly of rookie Jordan Adams during a recent interview, saying he's gotten much better as a shooter.

Adams was used sparingly during his rookie season, averaging just 8.3 minutes, 3.1 points and 0.3 three-pointers a game on 40.7 percent shooting from the field. He did, however, have a very nice outing towards the end of the regular-season, going off for 19 points with two 3-pointers. The Grizzlies seriously need to add some 3-point shooting to their roster if they hope to compete at a championship level in today's NBA, and perhaps Adams could fill that role for Memphis. We'll be tracking his progress this offseason, but until he becomes a regular part of the rotation, he won't have any standard league value.
May 22 - 2:03 PM

Dwight Howard (knee) is being listed as probable for Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday.

Howard went off for 19 points and 17 rebounds during Game 2's loss, so there's absolutely no reason to think he won't be in uniform for a crucial Game 3 in Houston. His probable tag would suggest he didn't experience any setbacks during his 40 minutes of action on Thursday, and Houston will need all they can get from Dwight if they hope to climb out of their current 0-2 hole.
May 22 - 1:39 PM

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said during a recent interview that Kobe Bryant indicated to him that the 2015-16 season will be his last.

"I think first and foremost, he's on the last year of a deal," Kupchak said. "There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don't think there will be." Kupchak has made similar statements regarding Kobe's impending retirement numerous times, and it sounds like after 20 seasons of NBA basketball, The Black Mamba is ready to sub-out. Kobe will be paid a league-high $25 million during his final year in the league, a bit of a thank you bonus from the Lakers organization, but after making it through just 41 games over the past two seasons, he's going to be an extremely risky selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN
May 22 - 1:36 PM

Mitch Kupchak hinted during a recent interview that the Lakers are more likely to use their draft pick this year rather than trade it away, and they will likely go after a big man.

"If we do end up using this pick in the draft, and let’s just assume we get a big player – which if you look at our roster, you might say, well, that’s what they need -- then you can say, hey, they have three young players going forward that might be fun to build around," Kupchak said. Kupchak added that it'll take more than a top selection in the draft to lead the Lakers back to a championship, and they will still look to build through free agency this offseason. LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, and Marc Gasol will all be atop the Lakers wish-list during free agency.
Source: ESPN
May 22 - 1:18 PM

Kent Bazemore is ready to step into the starting lineup as LeBron James' primary defender if DeMarre Carroll (knee) can't give it a go for Friday's Game 2.

"It’s great," Bazemore said regarding the opportunity to enter the starting lineup and guard James. "It’s a great platform to show what you can do. They brought me here as a defender and that’s my job. What a great measuring stick to go up against one of the best." The energy exerted while guarding one of the best players in the league will likely lead to a limited offensive output from Bazemore, so even if he slides into a starting role, he's not going to be a great daily league play.
May 22 - 12:53 PM

LeBron James said that his ankle "has been better," but he's in no danger of sitting out Game 2 vs. the Hawks on Friday.

At this point in the season, almost everyone is a little banged up, but James will continue to fight through the pain in order to give his squad the best chance at coming away with a Game 2 win in Atlanta. With Kyrie Irving's (knee, foot) status up in the air for Game 2, and DeMarre Carroll (knee) sounding unlikely, LeBron James could be in for a monster game. He'll make for a fine daily league play tonight.
Source: NBA.com
May 22 - 12:45 PM

DeMarre Carroll (knee) will be a game-time decision for Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs, although it appears unlikely he'll be able to play.

Carroll was spotted walking with a slight limp after Friday morning's shootaround, and head coach Mike Budenholzer sounded pessimistic when discussing Carroll's availability for Game 2. "We’ll see how he does the rest of the day and if he progresses," Budenholzer said. "He did some things this morning and we are hopeful for the best." Expect Kent Bazemore to start if Carroll can’t give it a go, with him and Paul Millsap serving as LeBron James’ primary defenders.
May 22 - 12:37 PM



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