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Draymond Green made 3-of-15 from the field for nine points against the Rockets on Wednesday, adding 13 rebounds, four assists and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

He had some fantastic isolation defense tonight, but his offensive game wasn't there. Green is likely going to guard LeBron James on occasion in the next series and he'll also be extremely important when he's not on LeBron because of how Tristan Thompson is crashing the boards.
May 28 - 12:24 AM

After scoring 20 points with one rebound, four assists and four 3-pointers on Wednesday, Klay Thompson (ear laceration) said he was "a little dizzy" in a post-game interview on ESPN.

He needed three stitches to his ear to stop the bleeding, but it's certainly troubling to hear he was dizzy following the game. Thompson didn't need a concussion test despite taking a very tough blow to his head. He also was in foul trouble tonight with four of the five being of the inexcusable variety. Klay won't be able to get away with that vs. the Cavs, assuming he's healthy. Thompson scored 18.5 points per game against the Cavs this season in his two games, so it's fair to expect him to average over 20 with extra playing time. We'll also be tracking Klay in the next couple days to make sure he's fine.
May 28 - 12:19 AM

Festus Ezeli scored a playoff career-high 12 points against the Rockets on Wednesday, adding nine rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 28 minutes.

Andrew Bogut was in foul trouble and the Warriors were lucky to get a massive game out of their backup center. Ezeli was only playing 7.5 minutes per game in these playoffs before this win and he's likely earned some extra playing time in the NBA Finals. Considering how much LeBron James likes to get into the paint, the Warriors are likely going to have some fouling issues. Of course, don't expect Festus to play this much.
May 28 - 12:16 AM

Josh Smith made 3-of-14 from the field for 11 points during a season-ending 104-90 loss on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

He was cold and didn't come in for the for the final 16 minutes of this game. Smith was a pleasant surprise for the Rockets and it'll be interesting to see if the Rockets are bringing him back. They do already have two serviceable power forwards in Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas. Plus, Clint Capela playing well also gives them some frontcourt depth.
May 28 - 12:13 AM

Dwight Howard was a beast under the glass during a Game 5 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with 16 rebounds, one assist, two steals and four blocks in 42 minutes.

He had a couple dirty plays tonight and he would have been suspended had the Rockets been able to pull out a win tonight because of his seventh technical foul of the playoffs. Bad stuff aside, Howard looked like his old self under the glass, but he did make just 5-of-13 from the field. Considering all the knee problems he had this season, there's a decent chance he has a minor procedure this offseason.
May 28 - 12:09 AM

James Harden turned the ball over an NBA Playoffs record 13 times during a 104-90 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday, adding 14 points with six rebounds, five assists, three steals and no 3-pointers.

To make matters worse, he was just 2-of-11 from the field in what may have been his worst game of his season. Although, Houston's worst stretch tonight was with Harden on the bench. They just went up against a better team and Harden's Rockets should be able to make another playoff run next year. He'll be a top-three pick in fantasy leagues next season, as well.
May 28 - 12:04 AM

Klay Thompson suffered an ear laceration on Wednesday and will return.

The Warriors dodged another concussion bullet and Klay didn't even need concussion testing, according to ESPN's Doris Burke. It looks like he'll be ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
May 27 - 11:27 PM

Klay Thompson went to the locker room in the fourth quarter due to an apparent head injury.

After a pump fake, Trevor Ariza went flying and caught Thompson with a knee to the side of the head. Thompson walked back to the locker room under his own power and will likely have some concussion testing.
May 27 - 11:19 PM

Scott Skiles interviewed with the Pelicans this week.

He is considered as the favorite to take over as the next Magic head coach, but these interviews could also be used as a catalyst for the Bulls to fire Tom Thibodeau. If Skiles' next run as a coach is anything it was with the Bucks, fantasy owners are going to be extremely annoyed with his rotation.
May 27 - 11:11 PM

Dwyane Wade dropped 12 pounds in one month.

He was up to 228 pounds and dropped it to 216, which is below his listed playing weight of 220. Wade has never had any fitness issues, but it's rarely a bad thing for a 33-year-old guard to show he can still drop weight. He'll be risky in drafts again next season and he's not someone we'll be aggressively targeting.
May 27 - 10:56 PM

Dwight Howard picked up his seventh technical foul of the postseason on Wednesday.

If this technical is not rescinded, he would be suspended for Game 6 in Houston. Of course, the Rockets would have to win tonight's game for this to be relevant.
May 27 - 10:06 PM

Shelvin Mack will have surgery on his right shoulder.

The Hawks are really, really banged up with the season ending. Mack separated his shoulder and the surgery should take place next week. He'll be nothing more than a backup next season.
May 27 - 9:37 PM

Kyle Korver had right ankle surgery on Wednesday and will be out for three months.

He had surgery to repair ligament damage and should be back for training camp. Teams took a different approach on Korver during the postseason and did a much better job being aware of where he was without the ball. It'll be interesting to see if teams use this strategy next season. Korver is still going to be a middle-round target in fantasy leagues next season.
May 27 - 9:36 PM

The Knicks are "looking strongly" at Willie Cauley-Stein with their fourth pick in the draft, according to ESPN's Chad Ford.

The Knicks would have been looking at Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns had they not fallen in the lottery, but now they're really in a tough spot. They've reportedly been interested in D'Angelo Russell, Emmanuel Mudiay, Justise Winslow and now Cauley-Stein. Russell is the heavy favorite to go No. 3 to Philly.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 8:42 PM

The Pelicans had a formal interview with Jeff Van Gundy on Tuesday.

This was the first face-to-face meeting for JVG. If he's willing to leave his broadcasting gig, he'd likely compete with Alvin Gentry to coach Anthony Davis.
May 27 - 7:39 PM



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