Dragic has been named the NBA's Most Improved Player, The Arizona Republic reports.
Dragic recieved 65 of 125 first-place votes and 408 of a possible 1,134 points. He lead the Suns to a 48-34 record, a 23 game improvement over the previous year, and one game out of a playoff berth. Dragic averaged 20.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals in 35.1 minutes per game this season.
04/23/14 - 9:45AM ETJoakim Noah
: Defensive Player Of The Year
Noah has been named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, ESPN Chicago reports.
Noah recieved 100 first place votes and earned 555 of a possible 1,125 points to win the award. He is the first Chicago Bull to win the award since Michael Jordan in 1988. Noah averaged 7.7 defensive rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steal per game while anchoring a defense that gave up the fewest opponent points per game and was second in defensive efficiency in the regular season.
Beverley (knee) will play in Game 2 on Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Beverley played 38 minutes in Games 1 and was cleared to play for Game 2 after undergoing an MRI on Monday. The report also indicates Beverley missed Wednesday morning's shoot around with a family issue, but it shouldn't affect his availability for Game 2.
04/23/14 - 9:01AM ETJeremy Lin
: (Illness) Could Return In Game 2
Lin (illness) said he was feeling better on Wednesday and will be ready to go for Game 2.
Lin missed Tuesday's due to the illness but appears to be over it enough that he is willing to play. He scored 14 points, grabbed six rebounds and had four assists in Game 1, and will look to get the series even on Wednesday with another solid performance assuming he suits up as it appears he will.
04/23/14 - 7:50AM ETAl Jefferson
: (Foot) Confident He'll Play Wednesday
Jefferson (foot) is confident he will play on Wednesday, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Jefferson was reportedly still wearing a boot on Wednesday morning, but believes he'll be ready to go on Wednesday night. The center suffered the injury in the first quarter of Game 1, but still managed to log 35 effective minutes, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 boards to go along with two blocks, an assist and a steal. Jefferson is still considered a game-time decision for Wednesday, but it looks more likely that he will suit up for Game 2.
Tuesday, April 22
04/22/14 - 2:20PM ETAndrew Bogut
: (Ribs) Out Indefinitely, No Change In Status
Bogut (ribs) remains listed as out indefinitely. There has been no change in his status, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Bogut has a broken rib and is doubtful to return during the playoffs. Our guess is that the Warriors would have to make it fairly deep into the playoffs for there to even be a chance of Bogut returning to action this season.
04/22/14 - 2:17PM ETAl Jefferson
: (Foot) Might Be Game-Time Decision Wednesday
Jefferson (foot) might be a game-time decision for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Heat, the Charlotte Observer reports.
This report is largely speculation on the part of the beat writer from the Observer. Apparently, coach Steve Clifford seemed "less than certain" that Jefferson would play Wednesday, but given that all we've heard out of Jefferson is that he will indeed play, it seems more likely that Jefferson does his best to fight through the injury.
04/22/14 - 11:39AM ETJeremy Lin
: (Illness) Did Not Practice Tuesday
Lin did not participate in practice Tuesday as he was experiencing flu-like symptoms, Rockets.com reports.
Lin played well in Game 1, scoring 14 points, grabbing six boards and dishing out four assists. But his status for Game 2 may be in jeopardy with this illness. Consider him day-to-day and a game-time decision for Wednesday's Game 2.
04/22/14 - 10:41AM ETAl Jefferson
: (Foot) May Miss Shootaround Tuesday
According to coach Steve Clifford, Jefferson may not participate in shootaround Wednesday before the team's Game 2 matchup with the Heat, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Jefferson did not participate in practice Tuesday because of the tear in his plantar fascia that he suffered in Game 1. He has come out and said that he will play through the injury, but it would be wise to check on his status before Wednesday's game. The Bobcats certainly need Jefferson in the lineup, as they are already down a game to the second-seeded Heat in the series.
Chalmers (shin) did not practice Tuesday and is considered day-to-day ahead of Wednesday's Game 2 versus Charlotte, the Heat's official Twitter account reports.
Chalmers suffered a right shin contusion early in Sunday's playoff opener. Not considered serious, Chalmers played through the ailment, recording seven points and two assists in 25 minutes against the Bobcats. By not participating in Tuesday's practice, Chalmers should be rested for Game 2. Although he's listed as day-to-day, it's a near certainty Chalmers will play and keep his starting point guard position.
Monday, April 21
04/21/14 - 5:38PM ETNerlens Noel
: Intends To Play Summer League
Noel (knee) intends to participate in summer league during the offseason, the Delaware County Daily Times reports.
Noel was unable to participate in any games this season, as he spent the time rehabbing the ACL that he tore while in college. He'll likely be the most interesting player to watch this summer because he has yet to play an NBA game but spent the year with the Sixers nonetheless. Regarding his value heading into the regular season, Noel stands a good chance of getting significant minutes since his team unloaded all of its relevant players to focus on the future. His actual ability on the court really can't be judged until he takes his first reps in summer league against other NBA caliber players.
Lillard was kneed in the thigh during Sunday's playoff game against the Rockets, but it's not serious and he'll be available Wednesday for Game 2, Ultimate Rockets reports.
Lillard said the injury just amounted to a bruise, so there's no need to be concerned about his status heading into Wednesday. He provided a stellar box score in Game 1, and Game 2 could bring more of the same.
Prince (illness) is feeling much better Monday and will take the court against the Thunder for Game 2, after seeing just four minutes in a Game 1 loss, the Grizzlies' official site reports.
Prince said he rarely gets ill to the extent that he did before Game 1, but even when healthy, he's a dicey option in most playoff formats. Still, we would expect him to see plenty of run in Game 2.
04/21/14 - 1:35PM ETChris Paul
: Receiving Treatment On Hammy
Paul has been receiving treatment on his right hamstring but is "okay" to play Monday in Game 2 against the Warriors, the Orange County Register reports.
Any issues that Paul may have had with the hamstring didn't seem to effect him at all in Game 1 as he led the Clippers in scoring with 28 points in 36 minutes. Unless Paul does something to further any injury to his hamstring on Monday, he should still see his usual amount of minutes and fantasy production in Game 2.
04/21/14 - 10:15AM ETAl Jefferson
: (Foot) Day-To-Day, No Practice Tuesday
Jefferson (foot) will not practice Tuesday and is considered day-to-day ahead of Wednesday's Game 2 against the Heat, the Miami Herald reports.
Jefferson reportedly suffered a tear in relation to the plantar fasciitis in his left foot during Sunday's Game 1 in Miami. Although the injury caused Jefferson to make a brief locker room visit, he still recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes of play. Nonetheless, Jefferson was clearly limited by his foot throughout the contest. Now wearing a walking boot, Jefferson has undergone an MRI to further determine the extent of his injury. While he's slated to miss Tuesday's practice, Jefferson still hopes to play Wednesday. With that in mind, Jefferson is considered a game-time decision for Game 2, making him a risky fantasy option or survivor pool selection.
Beverley (knee) has been cleared to play in Wednesday's Game 2 against the Blazers, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Beverley sustained a knock to his injured right knee during Sunday's Game 1 loss, but medical examination afterward revealed no new damage. The point guard recently missed eight games due to a torn meniscus, so it's fortunate that he avoided another extended setback. A tough-minded defender, Beverley is expected to play through whatever discomfort on Wednesday, although his situation will probably result in Jeremy Lin handling additional point guard duties.
04/21/14 - 7:17AM ETManu Ginobili
: Will Be At Practice After Birth Of Child
Ginobili's wife gave birth to their third child Monday, but he is still expected to be at practice Monday afternoon, which means he's unlikely to miss any games, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Ginobili tweeted that his wife and child are happy and healthy, so it seems the timing of the birth is going to make it possible for him to avoid missing any time.
04/21/14 - 7:14AM ETTony Parker
: Fiancee Due Within Next Few Weeks
Parker's fiance is due to give birth sometime in the next few weeks, and depending on the timing of the birth, it's possible that he may miss a game at some point, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Both Manu Ginobili and Parker have a child on the way, with Ginobili's possibly coming as soon as Monday. While there's no specific mention in the story about whether or not either of them have said they would miss a game, that's often left to the player's discretion in these situations.
Beverley has a sprained right knee and will undergo an MRI on Monday to check and see if he aggravated the torn meniscus injury that held him out of eight games near the end of the regular season, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Beverley played 38 minutes in Sunday's Game 1 overtime loss to the Trail Blazers, but his aggressive play appears to have taken its toll on his body. It'd be great if Beverley could find a way to be aggressive and be an agitator without destroying his body, but if you watch him play, it's hard to imagine him dialing it back on the court. While we'll probably get an announcement before the Rockets' next game Wednesday, if you're planning ahead, survivor pool players may want to consider using a Rocket or two in case they don't make it out of the first round.