|Thu Apr 24||11:34||Shaun Livingston misses Thursday practice||Shaun Livingston||PG||Wizards||Team Erik|
Shaun Livingston (illness) missed Thursday's practice.
Livingston started and scored 12 points in 27 minutes of action during Tuesday's Game 2 loss, but could be in danger of missing Friday's Game 3 if his illness persists. We'll update his status after shootaround on Friday, but Marcus Thornton and Alan Anderson would be in line to pick up some minutes if Livingston is unable to suit up.
|Source: Rod Boone on Twitter|
|Thu Apr 24||11:22||Mike Conley wins NBA sportsmanship trophy||Mike Conley||PG||Grizzlies||Iavaronis|
Mike Conley has won the NBA's Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship.
Conley received 77 first-place votes out of a possible 334 and finished just ahead of Jeff Green and Channing Frye. The award is voted on by the players and is given to the player who reflects the ideals of sportsmanship, including ethical behavior, fair play and integrity. Despite the fact that he's locked into a playoff battle with the Thunder right now, this award comes as a nice personal reward for Conley as it was voted on by his peers.
|Thu Apr 24||10:59||Jose Calderon comes through in second half||Jose Calderon||PG||Raptors||Doppelganger|
Jose Calderon scored all 12 of his points in the third quarter of Wednesday's Game 2 win over San Antonio.
Calderon played 28 minutes Wednesday night after seeing only 16 during the Mavericks' Game 1 loss. "Listen, Calderon has been great for us all year," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "We need him. ... He's played in a lot of big games. He knows what this is all about. My message to him has been, `Hey, you stay aggressive and keep doing what you do. That's what we need you to do.'" Devin Harris had another strong game with 18 points in 24 minutes, but Calderon may have held onto his starting spot for Game 3 with his performance Wednesday night.
|Source: ESPN Dallas|
|Thu Apr 24||10:34||Rick Carlisle pleased w/ DeJuan Blair's play||DeJuan Blair||PF||Spurs||Doppelganger|
Mavericks' coach Rick Carlisle was pleased with DeJuan Blair's play Wednesday night.
Blair provided an energy boost with eight points and eight boards in fifteen minutes during Dallas' Game 2 victory Wednesday night and Rick Carlisle was a big fan of his play, ""He had a physical impact," Carlisle said. "He gave us a huge lift. He was on the boards, he got deflections. The only way we win a series against a team like this is to have guys play at full capacity, and he did that." Blair's playing time is certain to fluctuate going forward as the Mavs try to work in Brandan Wright and Samuel Dalembert, but he should serve as a good energy player against his former team for the rest of the series.
|Source: Spurs Nation|
|Thu Apr 24||10:14||LaMarcus Aldridge comfortable with Blazers||LaMarcus Aldridge||PF||Trailblazers||Iavaronis|
LaMarcus Aldridge is happier than ever with his Trail Blazers team.
Happy might be the understatement of the century following Aldridge's second 40-plus point performance in two games. "This is the first time I felt where 1 through 15 on the roster is happy for me. And this is the first time where 1 through 15 knows when I'm going, they want to ride that wave," Aldridge said. "This team believes in me to every extent. From the first guy to the last guy, they support me 100 percent. When I'm going good, there's not one guy who won't give me the ball.'' Aldridge's two huge games have the Blazers up 2-0 headed back to Portland and there is no reason to think that LA isn't correct when he says that his team will keep giving him the ball.
|Source: The Oregonian|
|Thu Apr 24||09:48||Pau Gasol wants significant change for Lakers||Pau Gasol||PF||Lakers||The Sith Lords|
Pau Gasol says his return to the Lakers hinges on significant changes.
"Re-signing for the Lakers is a possibility, but I'm not sure whether to say it's a remote one," Gasol wrote on his site. "If there's anything or anyone who could make me stay it's Kobe Bryant. I'd stay for him, but there'd have to be significant changes." Continuing like a man intent on leaving Los Angeles, Gasol also addressed his feelings on Lakers' coach Mike D'Antoni, "I've never concealed the fact that D'Antoni's style doesn't suit my game. Everybody knows this. I don't know if my decision will be swayed by whether Mike stays or leaves. Obviously, the coach is a very important factor for any team." The Lakers have money to spend, but it's starting to sound like it won't be spent on Gasol.
|Source: Inside SoCal|
|Thu Apr 24||09:11||Knicks set to move forward if Carmelo leaves||Carmelo Anthony||SF||Nuggets||Buchanalia|
Knicks president is ready to move forward if Carmelo Anthony leaves as a free agent this summer.
When asked if it would be a "disaster" if Melo leaves this summer, Jackson didn't sound like he was ready to hit the panic button, "I'm all about moving forward. Just deal with what is and move forward. If it's in the cards, man, are we fortunate. If it's not in the cards, man, are we fortunate. We're going forward anyway." The Knicks can offer Anthony approximately $33 million more than any other team in free agency, but Jackson has also said he expects Melo to stick to his word about taking a pay cut to stay in New York so it will be interesting to see how this situation unfolds.
|Source: New York Daily News|
|Thu Apr 24||01:46||Shawn Marion lights it up for 20 points||Shawn Marion||SF||Mavericks||The Sith Lords|
Shawn Marion shot 8-of-10 from the field for 20 points vs. the Spurs on Wednesday to go with five boards, two assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
He was outstanding after getting limiting run in Game 1. The Mavericks were able to play a faster tempo which has been Marion's bread and butter since his days with the Suns. He is 35 years, but still has a few good years left in the tank.
|Thu Apr 24||01:16||Josh McRoberts could be suspended for Game 3||Josh McRoberts||PF||Pacers||Free Agent|
Josh McRoberts, who had eight points, one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Heat, also appeared to get away with a flagrant foul against LeBron James.
A flagrant wasn't called during the game, but he clearly led with his elbow to James' face on the play. A suspension could be coming, or he could just be assessed with a retro-flagrant foul. Either way, the Bobcats are down 0-2 to the Heat and it's not looking goof for them bouncing back against the champs, even though the next two games are in Charlotte.
|Thu Apr 24||01:12||Al Jefferson could be iffy for rest of series||Al Jefferson||PF||Timberwolves||Back in the Saddle|
Al Jefferson, who aggravated his plantar fasciitis injury on Wednesday, could be forced to sit out the rest of Charlotte's series against the Heat, according to Charles Barkley.
Barkley's theory is that the Bobcats aren't going to beat the Heat after digging an 0-2 hole, and the team needs to start preparing for next season and get Jefferson healthy. Shaquille O'Neal said he would play through the injury because he's 'old school,' but resting Jefferson is probably the best plan of action at this point. Consider Jefferson a game-time call for Game 3, and don't be surprised whether he plays or sits. This one could go either way.
|Thu Apr 24||01:09||Harden, Parsons struggle with shot in loss||James Harden||SG||Thunder||The Schellackers|
James Harden hit just 6-of-19 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Blazers.
Chandler Parsons also struggled, hitting just 5-of-15 shots for 15 points and seven rebounds. Dwight Howard was great in the first half and Houston was in this one until the end, but the poor shooting in the second half by all three players was too much for the Rockets to overcome. Harden is the only player in these playoffs to attempt at least 19 shots in each game, and shoot less than 33 percent, which is a big reason the Rockets find themselves heading to Portland down two games to none.
|Source: Ben Golliver on Twitter|
|Thu Apr 24||01:05||Dwight Howard quiet after huge first half||Dwight Howard||C||Magic||Doppelganger|
Dwight Howard got off to a blazing start and went off in the first quarter, and kept it going in the second quarter, but cooled off and got into foul trouble, finishing with 32 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Blazers.
Charles Barkley was raving about Howard's 25-point first half, but the second-half shut down (7 points) is a big reason why the Rockets lost. They have to find a way to slow down LaMarcus Aldridge and starting Omer Asik might be a viable solution, although that's just speculation on our part. As for Howard, he looked as good as he ever has in the first half of this one, and the Rockets will need him to continue to play at a high level going forward if they're going to climb out of the 0-2 hole. Howard did hit 6-of-7 free throws on the night, including a couple clutch ones late, but they weren't enough. Howard has also lost 10 straight playoff games, which won't do much to help his legacy, although he has plenty of time to turn things around for his career.
|Thu Apr 24||00:59||Dorell Wright provides huge spark in 18 min.||Dorell Wright||SF||Heat||Free Agent|
Dorell Wright played just 18 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's Game 2 win, but was highly effective with 15 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks and three 3-pointers.
That was what we were looking for a few weeks ago when Wright was filling in for Aldridge late in the regular season, but he was never nearly this good. If you took a flier on him in a daily money league, he might have been a lifesaver. Just don't expect him to do it again anytime soon.
|Thu Apr 24||00:41||LaMarcus Aldridge goes for 43 in Game 2 win||LaMarcus Aldridge||PF||Trailblazers||Iavaronis|
LaMarcus Aldridge backed up an amazing Game 1 by hitting 18-of-28 shots and 7-of-8 free throws for 43 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 road win by the Blazers, who now head home with a 2-0 lead over the Rockets.
This looked like one of the better series on the docket and it's lived up to the hype, while Aldrich joins Michael Jordan and Tracy McGrady as the only other players to score at least 40 points in Games 1 & 2 on the road in a playoff series. He also just missed joining MJ as the only guy with back-to-back 45-point playoff games, along with a few other historical accolades. He's racked up 89 points and 26 rebounds in two games and helped road teams in these playoffs get off to an amazing 9-7 record thus far. The series heads to Rip City for the next two games, and if Kevin McHale doesn't come up with a plan for stopping LMA, it might not make it back to Houston.
|Wed Apr 23||23:31||Devin Harris plays well in 24 minutes||Devin Harris||PG||NJ Nets||The Schellackers|
Devin Harris played well in his 24 minutes off the bench against the Spurs during Game 2's 113-92 win with 18 points, four boards, five assists, one steal and one block.
He shot 7-of-9 from the field with two 3-pointers for a stellar 88.9 effective field goal percentage. Harris played great with 19 points in Game 1 and he's certainly earning his playing time with his ability to get to the rim. The Mavericks have been managing his minutes all season and he looks like he'll be scoring in the teens more often than not during this series.
|Wed Apr 23||23:24||Monta has it all: Ellis scores 21 in Game 2 W||Monta Ellis||PG||Warriors||The Schellackers|
Monta Ellis played terrific in Game 2's 113-92 win on Wednesday with 21 points, three boards, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.
He only had one turnover and the Mavericks turned the ball over just eight times while making 15-of-16 from the field. They basically beat the Spurs at their own game with fewer mistakes and their 13 steals certainly helped. Ellis has looked great in the playoffs and has stayed aggressive, which isn't a surprise considering he led the NBA in total points on drives this season. The Mavs head home for Game 3 on Saturday with the series at 1-1.
|Wed Apr 23||23:13||Tim Duncan plays 30 minutes vs. Mavs||Tim Duncan||C||Spurs||The Sith Lords|
Tim Duncan (knee) played 30 minutes during Wednesday's 113-92 loss to the Mavericks with 11 points, seven boards, one assist, two blocks and one turnover.
He had a minor knee injury and that's not what bothered Duncan tonight. The Mavericks didn't let him dominate the paint like he did in Game 1 and also shockingly kept the Spurs to just 28 points in the paint. Coach Greeg Popovich will have dozens of new ways to score for Game 3 in Dallas with the series now at 1-1.
|Wed Apr 23||23:03||Manu Ginobili drops 27 points in loss||Manu Ginobili||SG||Spurs||Team Lorin|
Manu Ginobili scored 27 points off the bench against the Mavericks on Wednesday with two boards, four assists, five 3-pointers and six turnovers.
The Spurs turned the ball over 24 times tonight and had nine in the first quarter. They also didn't get to the line at all in the first frame, but did end up shooting 18-of-29 in the following three. Ginobili's minutes were at just 23 and they probably would have been higher had this game been close. The Spurs will head to Dallas for Game 3 on Saturday.
|Wed Apr 23||22:39||LeBron James scores 32 points, Heat up 2-0||LeBron James||SF||Cavaliers||Back in the Saddle|
LeBron James was outstanding again during Game 2's 101-97 win over the Bobcats on Wednesday, shooting 11-of-17 from the field for 32 points with six boards, eight assists, four steals and one 3-pointer.
He did get popped in the neck by Josh McRoberts, but it didn't cost him any playing time. McRoberts probably should have received a flagrant foul for in infraction and he might get a fine from the league. As for LeBron, he continues to own the Bobcats and has beat them every single time he's played them since joining Miami in 2010. The Heat will take a 2-0 lead to Charlotte for Game 3 on Saturday.
|Wed Apr 23||22:30||Mario Chalmers looks fine in win vs. CHA||Mario Chalmers||PG||Heat||Buchanalia|
Mario Chalmers (knee) played 30 minutes vs. the Bobcats on Wednesday with 11 points, two boards, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers.
He shot 3-of-3 to open the game, then missed his last four shots. Chalmers was a game-time call tonight due to a leg bruise, but it didn't seem like an issue. He was active on both ends of the court and is unlikely to be a game-time call again on Saturday.