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Chris Paul (hamstring) will not play in Game 1 on Monday.

Ouch. Coach Doc Rivers expects Paul to play at some point in this series, but it won't be tonight. He's also at risk of missing Game 2 on Wednesday. The Clippers will have to count on Austin Rivers a ton tonight. Blake Griffin also has a great chance for a triple-double.
May 4 - 8:05 PM

Mike Conley (face) said he believes he'll play on Tuesday.

He did warm up on Sunday and did go through practice on Monday. However, the sense around the team is that he won't be able to play in Game 2. The Grizzlies will host Game 3 on Saturday, so all that time off should help Conley get out there. For now, Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes will get some run on Tuesday, but consider Conley a 50/50 guy to play. There will be another update at shootaround tomorrow.
May 4 - 6:08 PM

Iman Shumpert and Mike Miller will start against the Bulls on Monday, according to Chris Haynes of the Plain Dealer.

It's not a surprise whatsoever to see Miller get the start over Tristan Thompson. LeBron James played a lot of power forward in Game 4 against the Celtics, so expect that to continue going forward. Shumpert will get minutes, but his usage rate will be very tiny in the next two games. Miller is not a great fantasy option either. With Love out, the biggest beneficiary might be Kyrie Irving.
May 4 - 5:36 PM

Coach Randy Wittman said Bradley Beal (ankle) should be fine for Game 2 on Tuesday.

Beal is getting treatment on his right ankle, but the good news is that he didn't need an MRI to check for damage. He may be listed as questionable for Tuesday, but it sounds like he'll be able to go. Beal was terrific with 28 points on Sunday. If he's out, expect Otto Porter, Garrett Temple and Martell Webster to get more minutes.
May 4 - 2:23 PM

J.J. Barea is hoping to sign with the Mavs on a multi-year deal that pays $3 million annually, a source told ESPN Dallas.

Barea said it would be easier for the Mavs to keep him this time, and that translates to the fact that Dallas won't have to overpay him to keep him now that his free-agent stock is significantly lower. It would be a surprise if Barea got more than a two-year offer from any team, including Dallas, so he may have to be a little more realistic about his contract desires.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 4 - 1:18 PM

Updating a previous item, Bradley Beal was walking "without a noticeable limp" on Monday.

This is good news considering Beal's availability for Game 2 remains up in the air, but all signs point to him playing right now. Just like John Wall's wrist injury, Beal's ankle injury looked a lot worse than initially anticipated. Although the Wiz Kids are dinged up, it sure seems like the backcourt will be good to go for Game 2 vs. Atlanta.
May 4 - 1:14 PM

John Wall (wrist) was wearing a protective wrap at practice on Monday.

Wall has already vowed to play in Game 2 and finished Game 1 without issue, so we don't expect the concern to slow him down. After sustaining the injury, Wall played with both hands and had no trouble utilizing his left, indicating that he wasn't playing compromised like Kobe Bryant did earlier in the season when he played one-handed basketball. Expect Wall to start Game 2 as usual.
May 4 - 1:10 PM

Chris Paul (hamstring) went through shootaround, but he remains a game-time decision on Monday for Game 1 vs. the Rockets.

When asked for a CP3 update, Doc Rivers said, "Uh, he's alive." Paul is expected to test his hamstring to see if he can give it a go, and Doc Rivers will rely on the training staff to make the call. If CP3 sits, Austin Rivers could draw the Game 1 start. That's a weird sentence.
May 4 - 1:06 PM

Stephen Curry has officially been named the 2014-15 NBA MVP.

Chef Curry is indeed cooking with the pot. After unofficial word slipped out on Sunday, the league wasted no time in making the announcement official on Monday. James Harden finished second, LeBron James finished third and Russell Westbrook finished fourth with Anthony Davis (fifth) and Chris Paul (sixth) rounding out the order.

Mike Conley (face, eye) is unlikely to play in Game 2 vs. the Warriors, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.

The Grizzlies and Warriors don't square off until Tuesday night for Game 2, but with Conley still being bothered by noise and bright lights in addition to continued facial swelling, it would be miraculous if we saw him before Game 3 at the very earliest. It's also unclear if Conley will have to go through the NBA's concussion protocol, which could potentially push his return date back further. Nick Calathes and Beno Udrih will continue to try and fill in for Conley.
May 4 - 10:32 AM

Jerel McNeal is expected to play in summer league with the Suns.

"I'll probably end up doing Summer League with Phoenix and just use that as another opportunity to show what I can do and go do what the coaching staff asks. I'll do whatever I need to do to stick around," he said. McNeal is conditionally under contract next season, but he'll have to make an incredible impression this offseason to last beyond training camp.
Source: NBA.com
May 4 - 10:25 AM

Alan Crabbe's contract for next season with the Blazers is non-guaranteed.

Although Crabbe is expected to play in summer league for the Blazers, it's not clear if he'll be on the roster next season. He's been a mostly disappointing player at the pro level, but he hasn't really received an extended opportunity to showcase his skills, either.
Source: CSNNW
May 4 - 10:12 AM

Mirza Teletovic said he'll leave his future up to his agent.

Teletovic will be an unrestricted free agent if the Nets don't extend a qualifying contract offer, but that seems unlikely. After returning from blood clots on his lungs this season, Teletovic's future in Brooklyn is a question mark.
Source: Newsday
May 4 - 10:09 AM

When asked about his impending free agency, Alan Anderson offered a lukewarm endorsement of his future with the Nets.

"I'm free, so..." he said. "I would love to stay in Brooklyn, but I am a free agent. So I will be free." Anderson should have no problem clearing offers north of $3M annually, more than twice what he made in 2014-15. We don't expect him back with the Nets.
Source: Newsday
May 4 - 10:07 AM

Thad Young admitted that Brook Lopez's free-agent decision will impact his future with the Nets.

Lopez has a player option for next season, and Young, who has an early termination option, admitted that Lopez's decision has influence on what his next move will be. "I definitely want to see what the big fella is going to do also, but we've already been told that they expect us back next year and they want us back next year no matter if we pick up our options or opt out," Young said.
Source: Newsday
May 4 - 10:06 AM


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