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Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that Stephen Curry looked "bouncier and livelier" in Game 6.

The MVP is still dealing with ankle and knee pain and also took another shot to his bruised elbow on Saturday, but he said he likes being banged up because it helps him understand the magnitude of the moment. Curry had 31 points with 10 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and six 3-pointers in 41 minutes in Game 6, so he will need a similar effort in Game 7 to help his team advance to the NBA Finals.
May 29 - 8:54 PM

Kevin Durant downplayed his recent shooting struggles, saying, "I tend to figure things out on the offensive end."

"On the offensive end, you don't have to worry about me because I'm a professional scorer," Durant said after Sunday's practice. "And I know how I've been doing this for so long. I'm not saying I'm going to have a great game every night or I'm going to shoot well every night, but I tend to figure things out on the offensive end." Durant has connected on just 34.9 percent of his shot attempts over the past three, and that just won't cut it for OKC if they hope to earn a Game 7 win on Monday.
Source: ESPN
May 29 - 5:05 PM

The Grizzlies officially introduced David Fizdale as their new head coach on Sunday.

"I am extremely excited to be in Memphis and really looking forward to building a legacy with this talented group of players," said Fizdale during his introductory press conference. "In my career, I have been fortunate to have worked with some of the greatest coaches and players in the NBA and am ready for this challenge."
Source: NBA.com
May 29 - 4:59 PM

Steve Kerr said that he's not planning on starting Andre Iguodala for Monday's Game 7 against the Thunder, although he added that his coaching staff won't finalize a plan until later.

Iguodala held Kevin Durant to just 4-of-12 shooting when he was inserted into the starting five in favor of Harrison Barnes to begin the second half of Game 6, and he gives the Dubs a defensive counter that Barnes simply does not offer. Kerr probably doesn't want to give Billy Donovan any sort of clue as to what he'll be rolling out there for Game 7, so this quote could be more of a smoke screen than anything else. We're unlikely to have official confirmation on the Dubs' starters until just prior to Monday's tip, but Iguodala remains the preferred DFS target amongst the Warriors small forwards.
May 29 - 4:29 PM

Steve Kerr praised Andre Iguodala for his defensive effort during the Warriors' Game 6 win over the Thunder.

"He just sees everything kind of before it happens," Kerr said of Iguodala, "and he's blessed with great speed and length and strength. So there's a reason he's been one of the best defenders in the league for a long time." Iguodala played some phenomenal defense against Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant during the Dubs Game 6 win, and after he replaced Harrison Barnes in the starting lineup to begin the second half on Saturday, it wouldn't be surprising to see Kerr just go ahead and give Iguodala a start for Game 7.
May 29 - 4:02 PM

Draymond Green wrote in his basketball diary on The Undefeated that Monday's Game 7 vs. the Thunder will be "one of the hardest games" he's ever competed in.

"It’s Game 7. Game 7s are tough regardless," wrote Green. "Both teams are going to leave everything out there on the floor. I don’t think a home crowd gives you the advantage. It’s Game 7. You got to go out there and give it all you got." Green bounced back in a major way after two disappointing performances in OKC, and over the past two he has compiled averages of 15.3 points, 12.5 boards, 5.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 2.5 swats and 1.0 triples per contest. Green knows the type of effort he's going to need to bring for the Dubs to come out on top in Game 7.
May 29 - 3:25 PM

The Lakers and 76ers will reportedly pursue DeMar DeRozan as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

DeRozan has said time and again that his preference would be to remain with the Raptors, but after shooting just 39.4 percent from the field through Toronto's postseason run, it'll be interesting to see if the Raptors are willing to give DeRozan a max-deal. A max-contract for DeRozan will clock in at around $145 million over five years, which will impact Toronto's ability to bring in additional pieces, such as re-signing Bismack Biyombo. That being said, DeRozan is sure to receive a max offer from someone this summer, so Toronto is going to have some tough decisions to make.
May 29 - 2:52 PM

Quinn Cook attended the Nets' recent mini-camp.

After getting cut from the Cavaliers in October, Cook emerged as one of the best prospects in the D-League where he was named the Rookie of the Year. He averaged 19.6 points, 5.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds for the Canton Charge, shooting 47 percent from the field. The Nets' biggest needs are at point guard next season, so don't be surprised if the 24-year-old PG gets an invite to play for them at summer league.
Source: Nets Daily
May 29 - 11:34 AM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

According to the Miami Herald, the Heat are still hopeful that Chris Bosh (blood clots) will play next season barring a setback.

During the postseason, Bosh's camp reportedly explored the idea of him taking blood thinners during the morning so that the medication would be out of his system by game time, but the Heat didn't want to risk it. The Heat still aren't putting a timetable on Bosh's return, but there should be a ton of updates on his progress this summer.
May 29 - 11:02 AM

The Heat are not expected to re-sign Dorell Wright.

They signed him to provide emergency depth during the playoffs, but he only made five brief appearances. The 30-year-old veteran could get some NBA camp invites or head overseas again.
May 29 - 10:50 AM

Bismack Biyombo said that he doesn't necessarily need to land a starting job this summer.

"It’s not as big as it sounds, really," Biyombo said. "I just want to win and obviously here the opportunity that was given to me was to win. For me it’s about winning. Starting or not starting, it doesn’t matter. I know I can start but with that being said it’s not the most important thing to me." Biyombo will opt out of his $2.94 million player option and become a free agent this summer, but it sounds like he's very open to the idea of returning to Toronto. He would be stuck behind Jonas Valanciunas in that case, so a move away from Toronto would be much better for his fantasy value.
May 29 - 10:42 AM

76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said that it's highly unlikely that they will trade the No. 1 pick.

Additionally, Colangelo indicated that the team won't announce who they will take at No. 1 and it sounds like they haven't decided between Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram "[Simmons] is a ball-handling four, who actually would be in a position to initiate the offense. Very versatile. Plays multiple positions," Colangelo said. "As you look at a Brandon Ingram, more of a shooter, a silky smooth small-forward type. I think you have to look at his versatility. But the one thing that stands out is his ability to shoot the basketball, above all else. There is obviously two very interesting candidates there."
May 29 - 9:58 AM

Jaylen Brown said that his game is better suited for the NBA.

"Absolutely, without a doubt," Brown said. "I feel like in the NBA it’s more open court, it’s more transition. You don’t get penalized for being physical." Brown could be an option for the Celtics with the No. 3 pick in the draft, and it's widely believed that he won't fall out of the top 10. "Coach [Brad] Stevens is great. He talked about how I would fit," Brown said. "I know they want to win right away and [they] feel like they can do that."
May 29 - 9:52 AM

J.B. Bickerstaff is rumored to be in the mix to join the Grizzlies' coaching staff.

The Grizzlies recently hired David Fizdale as head coach, and Bickerstaff reportedly met with him on Friday night. Bickerstaff wasn't able to turn the Rockets season around when he replaced Kevin McHale last season, so a fresh start in Memphis could be a good career move.
May 29 - 9:36 AM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Bucks are expected to extend coach Jason Kidd's contract.

The Bucks were a letdown this season and finished with a 33-49 record, but it sounds like Kidd will be sticking around. Kidd's rotations can be a headache for fantasy owners, but he should continue to be great for the development of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Khris Middleton.
May 29 - 9:19 AM


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