04/24/14 - 8:23PM ETTony Allen
: Scores 16 Off Bench
Allen recorded 16 points (8-15 FG, 0-3 3Pt), nine rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 31 minutes Thursday.
Despite not normally being much of a factor offensively, Allen has now scored in double digits in two of the Grizzlies' first three playoff games and led the Grizzlies' bench in scoring Thursday. With Tayshaun Prince recovering from a stomach illness, Allen has been able to play extra minutes but he may continue to do so, even with Prince recovering, while he continues to play so well.
04/24/14 - 7:29PM ETJeff Teague
: Scores 22 In Game 3 Victory
Teague put up 22 points (7-20 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 10 assists, two rebounds, one steal, and one block in 37 minutes Thursday against the Pacers.
Teague led the team in points and assists en route to a Game 3 victory and a 2-1 series lead over the Pacers. If the Hawks want to upset the No. 1 seed Pacers, Teague will need to continue playing this well for the rest of the series.
Stephenson filled out the box score with 21 points (8-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-6 FT), 13 rebounds, four assists, and three steals in 41 minutes in Thursday's Game 3 against the Hawks.
Stephenson led the team with 21 points Thursday and was the only player to record more than 20 points for the Pacers. He also grabbed 13 rebounds for his first double-double of the playoffs, and was one of the few bright spots for a Pacers team that managed just 85 points.
Crawford (calf) will play Game 3 against the Warriors on Thursday, the OC Register reports.
Crawford aggravated his calf issue in Game 2, but it appears he'll be good to go in Game 3. He may be limited in minutes, though he's still an efficient contributor as long as he's scoring off the bench.
04/24/14 - 12:16PM ETChris Paul
: (Hamstring) Playing Thursday
Paul (hamstring) will take the court for Thursday's Game 3 at Golden State, the Orange County Register reports.
Paul played through a sore right hamstring during the blowout that was Game 2, posting 12 points (4-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 assists, six rebounds, and five steals in 27 minutes. With two off-days between outings, another double-double isn't out of the question, though, while boards and swipes may be aplenty against a slight Warriors backcourt.
Crawford aggravated his calf issue during the second half of Monday's Game 2 win versus the Warriors, the Orange County Register reports. After Thursday's morning shootaround, coach Doc Rivers stated that the team is concerned about the ailment.
The blowout nature of the game masked any issue afterward for the Clippers, but Crawford's 18 minutes of court time is a bit more understandable. He still managed to put up nine points (4-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt), three assists, and three steals Monday, but despite his statement that he'll play Thursday at Golden State, it remains to be seen what he'll be able to contribute in his initial outing with the injury evident.
04/24/14 - 10:00AM ETKevin Garnett
: Same Workload Rest Of Series
Garnett will sustain his workload of 19.5 minutes per game from the first two tilts of the Nets' first-round playoff series against the Raptors, the New York Daily News reports.
Coach Jason Kidd confirmed as much following Thursday's practice. So far in the series, Garnett has logged the first 4-to-5 minutes of both halves, the final six minutes of both games, and another 3-to-5 minute stretch in both second quarters. His production is representative of the shifts afforded him, with nine points (on 54.5 percent shooting), six rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block per contest.
Livingston (illness) will take the floor for Friday's Game 3 against the Raptors, Newsday reports.
Absent from Thursday's practice due to an illness, Livingston will gut it out and likely log his typical amount of run. During the first two contests, which the Nets and Raptors split, he was quite consistent, averaging 11 points (on 57.1 percent shooting), four dimes, and three rebounds in 28 minutes.
Chalmers (shin) played his normal compliment of minutes (30) Wednesday during Game 2 against the Bobcats. He ended with 11 points (3-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two rebounds, three assists and one block.
Chalmers suffered a right shin contusion while playing in Game 1, but it obviously didn't bother him enough to stay on the sidelines. The Heat have upcoming games Saturday and Monday with Miami currently having a 2-0 series advantage. If the Heat are able to push it to 3-0, it's not out of the realm of possibilities that Chalmers could sit out that Game 4 on Monday to rest up for a likely second round matchup.
04/24/14 - 5:38AM ETJeremy Lin
: (Illness) Plays Wednesday
Lin (illness) missed Tuesday's practice but he managed to play 25 minutes in Game 2 on Wednesday. He finished with five points (1-5 FG, 3-4 FT, 0-3 3Pt), three rebounds, five assists and one steal.
Now that the playoffs have arrived, it takes a lot to hold guys out of the lineup if they're normal contributors. Lin played four minutes under his season average but you're splitting hairs if you try to attribute that to his illness. It seems likely that he'll be ready when the Rockets play the Blazers once again Friday.
Jefferson (foot) will start Wednesday's Game 2 against the Heat, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Jefferson suffered a foot injury during the first half of Game 1 and was wearing a walking boot earlier this week. However, he likely received a pain-killer injection and, after warming up with no noticeable limp, will take the court for Game 2.
Beasley (ankle) is inactive for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Bobcats, the Associated Press reports.
Beasley continues to deal with the ankle injury that held him out of Sunday's Game 1. However, he's been out of Miami's regular rotation for the last month, and it's not likely he'd see much, if any, playing time if he were healthy. As the playoffs progress, though, Beasley could be utilized as a versatile weapon off the bench against certain matchups.
04/23/14 - 2:45PM ETChris Paul
: (Hamstring) Participates In Practice
Paul (hamstring) was able to participate in some of the Clippers' practice on Wednesday, the Orange County Register reports.
Clippers' head coach Doc Rivers didn't think Paul was going to be able to practice at all on Wednesday, so his limited participation has to be encouraging. Throughout the week Paul has been receiving treatment for his hamstring and played through any soreness in Monday's game, logging 27 minutes. Paul insists that he will be ready to play for the Clippers in Game 3 on Thursday.
04/23/14 - 12:28PM ETChris Paul
: (Hamstring) Will Not Practice Wednesday
Coach Doc Rivers says that Paul (hamstring) probably will not practice Wednesday, the Orange County Register reports. Paul insists he will be ready for Game 3 Thursday against the Warriors.
Paul played through the hamstring soreness in Game 2, scoring 12 points (4-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with six boards, 10 assists and five steals in 27 minutes. Expect much of the same from Paul in Game 3, though he will likely see more minutes as the game should be closer than Game 2 was.
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.
Chalmers (shin) practiced on Wednesday morning but is still considered a game-time decision for Wednesday's Game 2, the Associated Press reports.
Chalmers suffered a right shin contusion in the first quarter of Game 1, but he still managed to log 25 minutes and put up a stat line of seven points, three boards and two assists. Although he is listed as a game-time decision, he's considered likely to play in Game 2 and his participation on Wednesday points toward that outcome.
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.