|Tue Apr 28||01:27||Batum scored 12 points (3-13 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 4-6 FT) with 13 reboun...||Nicolas Batum||SF||Trailblazers||Buchanalia|
Batum scored 12 points (3-13 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 4-6 FT) with 13 rebounds, four assists and a steal in 42 minutes during Monday's Game 4 win over the Grizzlies.
He wasn't effective on the offensive end, but Batum still provided his usual well-rounded stat line to help the Blazers avoid a sweep. He may need to step up his game on Wednesday if the Blazers are going to stay alive, as the series shifts back to Memphis.
|Tue Apr 28||01:17||Lee scored 19 points (8-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with two rebound...||Courtney Lee||SG||NJ Nets||Team Erik|
Lee scored 19 points (8-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with two rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes during Monday's Game 4 loss to the Trail Blazers.
It's his third straight game scoring at least 18 points, as Lee has emerged as a strong complementary weapon for the Grizzlies. He'll try to stay in rhythm on Wednesday as Memphis looks to close out the series.
|Tue Apr 28||01:15||Augustin traded from Pistons to Thunder at February trade deadli...||D.J. Augustin||PG||Bobcats||Buchanalia|
Augustin was traded from the Pistons to the Thunder at the February trade deadline. In 28 appearances (one start) for Oklahoma City, Augustin averaged 7.3 points, 3.1 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 three-pointers in 24.2 minutes per game.
Augustin averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 assists in 54 games for the Pistons prior to being traded in February. However, at that time, Augustin was enjoying a brilliant stretch as Detroit's starting point guard, in the absence of former teammate Brandon Jennings (Achilles). In 10 starts following Jennings' season-ending injury, Augustin posted 20.3 points and 8.2 assists per night. However, once arriving in Oklahoma City to play behind perennial All Star point guard Russell Westbrook, Augustin's production dropped off more than expected, as he barely shot 37 percent from the field. That dip evidenced Augustin's post-trade struggles, but since he's still under contract with the Thunder for next season, Augustin should be better acclimated as Oklahoma City's second-string point guard in 2015-16.
|Tue Apr 28||01:14||Gasol scored 21 points (7-16 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-8 FT) with seven reb...||Marc Gasol||C||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Gasol scored 21 points (7-16 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-8 FT) with seven rebounds, six assists and a block in 41 minutes during Monday's Game 4 loss to the Trail Blazers.
His strong playoff run continues, and Gasol is now averaging 19.0 points, 8.0 boards and 5.5 assists through four games. He'll try to lead the Grizzlies to a series victory on Wednesday.
|Mon Apr 27||23:54||Noah scored 10 points (5-9 FG, 0-2 FT) with 13 rebounds, six ass...||Joakim Noah||C/PF||Bulls||The Sith Lords|
Noah scored 10 points (5-9 FG, 0-2 FT) with 13 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and a steal in 32 minutes during Monday's Game 5 loss to the Bucks.
Although he's pulled down double digit boards in four of five games so far in the series, this was Noah's first game scoring in double digits as well. He'll continue to focus on cleaning the glass Thursday in Game 6.
|Mon Apr 27||23:33||Smith played all 82 games this season, posting averages of 8.0 p...||Jason Smith||PF||76ers||Free Agent|
Smith played all 82 games this season, posting averages of 8.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 21.8 minutes per game for the Knicks.
Smith signed a one-year deal with the Knicks last offseason, but joined New York with considerable injury concerns, having averaged under 41 games played over his previous three seasons. As a result, Smith's complete 82-game 2014-15 campaign can be a source of pride for the big man, who also started 31 games for the Knicks. Nonetheless, with mild production elsewhere, Smith was a non-factor in the majority of fantasy leagues and now enters free agency heading into next season.
|Mon Apr 27||23:32||Gasol scored 25 points (9-15 FG, 7-9 FT) with 10 rebounds, four ...||Pau Gasol||PF||Lakers||The Sith Lords|
Gasol scored 25 points (9-15 FG, 7-9 FT) with 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal in 33 minutes during Monday's Game 5 loss to the Bucks.
The Bulls weren't able to close the deal on Monday, but you can't fault Gasol for the loss. Expect him to come up big once again on Thursday in Game 6.
|Mon Apr 27||22:24||Udrih (ankle) will play off bench Monday in Game 4 against Blaze...||Beno Udrih||PG||Kings||Buchanalia|
Udrih (ankle) will play off the bench Monday in Game 4 against the Blazers.
Udrih sat out Game 3 as a precaution, but in his return Monday (even with Mike Conley out), Udrih will come off the bench behind fill-in starter Nick Calathes. Both players are decent plays in daily games, but neither is a sure thing.
|Mon Apr 27||22:19||Nick Calathes: Starting At Point Guard Monday||Nick Calathes||G||Timberwolves||Free Agent|
Calathes will start at point guard Monday with Mike Conley (face) out.
Calathes played 27 minutes in Saturday's Game 3 win over Portland after Conley was forced out of the game. Calathes put up 13 points, four rebounds, and three assists in the game. Ben Udrih (ankle) arrived to the arena in a boot, but he will play off the bench.
|Mon Apr 27||21:39||Udrih (ankle) will play in Monday's Game 4 against Portland||Beno Udrih||PG||Kings||Buchanalia|
Udrih (ankle) will play in Monday's Game 4 against Portland, Rob Fischer of Sports 56 WHBQ in Memphis reports.
As expected, Udrih will be available Monday after missing Saturday's Game 3 with a sprained right ankle. With Mike Conley (face) ruled out, Udrih is the expected starter at point guard.
|Mon Apr 27||20:24||Nowitzki scored 16 points (7-14 FG, 2-2 FT) in win over Rockets ...||Dirk Nowitzki||PF||Mavericks||Team Erik|
Nowitzki scored 16 points (7-14 FG, 2-2 FT) in a win over the Rockets on Sunday. He added eight rebounds and four assists as Dallas avoided a sweep.
Nowitzki has been swept just once during his illustrious career. Now he and his Dallas teammates will look to extend the series Tuesday in Houston.
|Mon Apr 27||20:23||Chandler scored 10 points (4-4 FG, 2-6 FT) in Game 4 win over Ro...||Tyson Chandler||C||Bobcats||Free Agent|
Chandler scored 10 points (4-4 FG, 2-6 FT) in a Game 4 win over the Rockets on Sunday. He added 14 rebounds to secure his third double-double of the series.
Chandler is averaging 12.4 points and 12.6 rebounds so far this year. He will be available for Game 5 despite a minor dust-up with Houston's Dwight Howard.
|Mon Apr 27||19:25||Bargnani played just 29 games (22 starts) due to various injurie...||Andrea Bargnani||C||Raptors||The Sith Lords|
Bargnani played just 29 games (22 starts) due to various injuries during the 2014-15 NBA season, when he averaged 14.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 27.1 minutes per game for the Knicks.
Bargnani made his season debut on New Year's Eve, but quickly followed a hamstring injury with a calf problem that sidelined him until mid-February. Later on, Bargnani missed the Knicks' final four games due to illness and also reported to playing with a torn ligament in his left thumb during the season. While the much-maligned former No. 1 pick hasn't played more than 42 games since the 2010-11 campaign, this year his efficiency improved thanks to attempting far fewer three-point shots. To that point, Bargnani shot just 1.4 triples per game, a dramatic decrease from his 3.5 career average. In doing so, a more selective Bargnani shot 45.4 percent from the field and finished second on the Knicks in scoring average. However, with his hefty contract now expired, it's unclear where Bargnani's future lies next season. Whenever he lands, staying healthy will be a key ingredient toward providing help to fantasy owners.
|Mon Apr 27||19:18||Perkins will not be suspended for his shove on Boston's Jae Crow...||Kendrick Perkins||C||Celtics||Team Lorin|
Perkins will not be suspended for his shove on Boston's Jae Crowder on Sunday, TNT's David Aldridge reports.
Perkins overtly shoved Crowder while setting a screen during Sunday's Game 4, a play that earned him a flagrant-1. The league has since upgraded the foul to a flagrant-2 while also assessing a $15,000 fine.
|Mon Apr 27||19:09||J.R. Smith: Suspended For Games 1 And 2||J.R. Smith||SG||Nuggets||Iavaronis|
Smith has been suspended for two games after striking Boston's Jae Crowder in the face during Sunday's series-clinching Game 4, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports.
As expected, Smith will face additional discipline from the league after he was ejected from Sunday's game. He'll sit out the first two games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, joining Kevin Love (shoulder), who has been ruled out for the series, on the sideline. Iman Shumpert is the top candidate to move into the starting lineup in Smith's place, and shooters James Jones and Mike Miller could also pick up some extra minutes.
|Mon Apr 27||18:18||Kevin Love: (Shoulder) Will Not Play In Conference Semis||Kevin Love||C||Timberwolves||The Schellackers|
Love (shoulder) has been ruled out for the entirety of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.
Love dislocated his left shoulder during the first quarter of Sunday's series-clinching win over the Celtics while battling Kelly Olynyk for a loose ball. Love immediately headed to the locker room to undergo further testing, and it has since been revealed that he also suffered "corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising." The fact that Love has been ruled out for the series is not overly encouraging, but if the Cavaliers are able to get past the Bulls or Bucks in Round 2, it seems likely Love will be able to re-enter the fold later in the postseason. Cleveland will have several options to replace Love in the starting lineup. Tristan Thompson is the obvious candidate to slide into the power forward spot, but coach David Blatt could instead opt to move LeBron James up to the four and insert Shawn Marion or James Jones at small forward. The Cavs will also likely be dealing with the absence of J.R. Smith, who is expected to be suspended at least one game after being ejected for striking Boston's Jae Crowder on Sunday.
|Mon Apr 27||17:36||Garnett appeared in total of 47 games for Timberwolves and Nets ...||Kevin Garnett||PF||Celtics||Back in the Saddle|
Garnett appeared in a total of 47 games for the Timberwolves and Nets in 2014-15, averaging 6.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 20.3 minutes per game.
Garnett started all 42 games in which he played for the Nets before being traded to Minnesota at the deadline. His return to the city where he began his NBA career sparked a brief morale boost for one of the league's worst teams, but Garnett would appear in only five games for Minnesota before hitting the shelf for the rest of the season on Mar. 7. It's somewhat unclear whether Garnett was injured or simply receiving veteran rest, but even as he turns 39 next month, he said he plans to return to the Timberwolves in 2015-16. At this point, if he does return, it seems likely he'll be limited in terms of a game-to-game workload, and he could serve in a player/coach type of role as the young Timberwolves look to emerge from the Western Conference cellar.
|Mon Apr 27||17:29||Williams (knee) in starting lineup for Monday's Game 4 against H...||Deron Williams||PG||Jazz||The Schellackers|
Williams (knee) is in the starting lineup for Monday's Game 4 against the Hawks, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN reports.
Williams was limited in Game 3 by what teammate Joe Johnson called "severe knee tendinitis," but it appears he'll play through the ailment Monday. The veteran has turned in some decent all-around performances in the playoffs thus far - he's averaging 7.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists for the series - but he's struggled to score the ball, going just 2-of-15 from the field in Games 2 and 3. If Williams' knee becomes an issue Monday, expect Jarrett Jack to pick up his minutes.
|Mon Apr 27||17:05||Budinger finished 2014-15 season with averages of 6.8 points, 3....||Chase Budinger||SF||Rockets||Free Agent|
Budinger finished the 2014-15 season with averages of 6.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 19.2 minutes per game (67 games).
In his third year with the Timberwolves, Budinger was in and out of the rotation for the first few months of the season. His role seemed to change on a night-to-night basis, which likely impacted his ability to find a rhythm. His chance finally came late in the season when the Wolves encountered a number of key injuries. After seeing just 6.0 minutes per game in February, Budinger's workload jumped to 27.0 minutes in March and 33.9 in April. His numbers were impressive over that time, as he put up 12.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting just under 50 percent from the floor over the final 20 games of the season. Budinger's future with the Wolves is up in the air at this point, and he'll have a decision to make this summer facing a $5 million player option for the 2015-16 campaign.
|Mon Apr 27||16:58||Griffin has stinger in his right shoulder but will play in Tuesd...||Blake Griffin||PF||Clippers||Free Agent|
Griffin has a stinger in his right shoulder but will play in Tuesday's Game 5, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
It's unclear exactly when Griffin sustained the injury in Sunday's Game 4, but it did not look to affect his performance, as he finished with 20 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists in 43 minutes. It doesn't look to be anything major, so expect Griffin to produce as usual going forward.