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Spurs assistant Ettore Messina will coach Game 3 on Thursday night.

Head coach Gregg Popovich's wife, Erin, passed away on Wednesday and it's unclear when he will return to the sidelines. We wish him and his family all the best.
Apr 19 - 11:37 AM

Wesley Matthews (leg) said he expects to be cleared for basketball-related activity this week.

He has an MRI scheduled on Thursday to determine if the stress fracture in his right fibula is healed, so we may get another update this evening. "By the end of the week, I should be good to go," Matthews said. The injury sidelined him for the final 16 games of the season and he finished with averages 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.4 triples on 40.6% shooting. He hasn't decided if he will pick up his $18.6M player option for 2018-19, but it will be hard for him to leave that kind of money on the table.
Source: Sportsday
Apr 19 - 11:34 AM

Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) said he won't rule out a return in Round 1 of the playoffs.

"I wouldn’t say ‘no.’ But I also want to be smart and do the right thing," LMAM said. "It’s feeling better. Continue to do the rehab, get the strength back and see what happens." The Rockets never gave him a timetable, but it sounds like he'll be day-to-day soon. His counting stats may not show it, but LMAM has been terrific this season and his return will give their defense a huge lift.
Apr 19 - 11:30 AM

Chandler Parsons shared his thoughts on his disappointing 2017-18 season.

"I had moments this year where I felt good and felt like myself, and I had moments where the soreness and stiffness were just too much," Parsons said. "I want to play. I want to be healthy. And I’m doing everything in my power to get there." He averaged 7.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 19.2 minutes, playing in a total of 35 games. Needless to say, the Grizzlies should be relieved that he's halfway through his four-year, $94 million contract.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 19 - 11:27 AM

Kyle O'Quinn hasn't decided if he will pick up his player option for 2018-19.

"I came into the season, I don’t want to say without a role, but knowing that anything can happen," KOQ said. "Whether it be trade talks or things like that, I think I handled it well by putting myself in a solid position where I could display what I could do." His player option is worth roughly $4.2M, but he should be able to command a raise this summer after a strong finish to the season. After the All-Star break, KOQ averaged 8.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 blocks in just 21.6 minutes.
Source: Newsday
Apr 19 - 11:22 AM

Kenny Smith will interview for New York's head coaching position on Friday.

Smith has no coaching or front office experience, but this isn't his first interview for a head-coaching job -- he interviewed with the Rockets back in 2016. He joins a long list of candidates that includes Mark Jackson, Jerry Stackhouse, David Fizdale, Mike Woodson and David Blatt.
Source: ESPN
Apr 19 - 11:18 AM

Kristaps Porzingis (knee surgery) could miss the entire 2018-19 season according to Knicks owner James Dolan.

"I’ve been told everything from December to him being out for the season, so I don’t know what to expect on that," Dolan said. "But we can’t just sit on our a-- while he’s away. We need to develop a team and then integrate him into it when he comes back." Porzingis tore his ACL back in February and there's no word of any setbacks, so it's unclear why Dolan is being so pessimistic. KP recently said he was hopeful to be ready for the start of the 2018-19 season, so take Dolan's comments with a grain of salt for now.
Apr 19 - 11:08 AM

Fred VanVleet (shoulder) said he'll be fine for Game 3.

"You're gonna have to cut my arm off to get me to not feel like I can play," FVV said. He played just three minutes in Game 2 and didn't look right according to coach Dwane Casey. "Yeah, he was tentative," Casey said. "It was just too tentative and just felt like we had to get him out and let him rest a little bit more, just see where he was. Just wasn't ready." It's unclear if FVV will be able to handle his normal workload, so look for Delon Wright to step up if he's limited.
Apr 19 - 11:03 AM

Wizards coach Scott Brooks said it's possible he changes his starting lineup for Game 3 on Thursday.

"Who knows? [Mike Scott] might be a starting five," Brooks said. Marcin Gortat played just 12 minutes in Game 2 and has been ineffective in this series, while Mike Scott has been very impressive off the bench and is coming off a 20-point game with four triples. If Washington does make a change, Scott may not reveal it until after warmups.
Apr 19 - 10:54 AM

Joel Embiid (orbital bone fracture) remains doubtful for Thursday's Game 3 vs. Miami.

Embiid is making progress and was able to do a little bit of contact at Wednesday's practice. Coach Brett Brown said "everything is still on the table" in regards to his availability, so it sounds like the 76ers will re-evaluate him after warmups.
Apr 19 - 9:50 AM

Markelle Fultz will be the backup point guard on Thursday for Game 3.

Fultz played just five minutes in Game 2 after playing 14 minutes in Game 1, but coach Brett Brown believes the rookie will have learned from the physicality of the other night. For now, expect Fultz to see minutes in the teens unless he has the hot hand.
Apr 19 - 9:44 AM

Wolves rookie Justin Patton had left foot surgery on Wednesday to repair a fractured metatarsal.

Patton appeared in just one game for the Wolves this season due to his foot injury, and the most recent surgery was intended "to encourage further healing." He is out indefinitely and the team is reportedly "hopeful" he'll be ready for training camp, so it seems unlikely we'll see him at Summer League.
Apr 19 - 1:34 AM

Chris Paul bounced back on Wednesday with 27 points, eight assists, three steals and three rebounds in just 30 minutes during the Rockets' blowout Game 2 victory.

CP3 was unusually inefficient in Game 1, committing six turnovers while shooting 5-of-14 from the field, but it didn't take him long to make amends. He made 10-of-18 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws, made three 3-pointers, committed just one turnover, and sank a variety of circus shots before resting down the stretch. If there were any doubts about his health after Sunday's dud, he erased them with tonight's performance.
Apr 19 - 12:14 AM

Gerald Green racked up 21 points and 12 rebounds off the bench on Wednesday, hitting 7-of-17 shots with five 3-pointers, one assist, one block and zero turnovers in 26 minutes.

All of Green's attempts in the first half were from downtown, but that's nothing new -- he took a whopping 72.3% of his shots from beyond the arc this season, including 17 triples in Houston's regular-season finale. His deft scoring touch helped Houston overcome a brutal 2-of-18 shooting night from James Harden, and they head to Minnesota with a comfortable 2-0 series lead.
Apr 19 - 12:14 AM

James Harden shot 2-of-18 from the field for 12 points on Wednesday, making 7-of-8 free throws with seven assists, four rebounds, three steals and three blocks.

Harden finished 1-of-10 from downtown, yet the Rockets still pulled away for a 102-82 victory thanks to lock-down defense and big games from Chris Paul (27 points) and Gerald Green (21 points). The Wolves threw multiple defenders at Harden all night long and considering they held him to 11.1% percent shooting, it's a strategy we're likely to see again as the series shifts to Minnesota for Game 3 on Saturday.
Apr 19 - 12:13 AM


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