|Thu Apr 17||10:51||Varejao dresses, gets DNP in home finale||Anderson Varejao||PF||Cavaliers||Team Lorin|
Anderson Varejao was dressed and ready to play to make one final appearance in front of his home fans on Wednesday, but was left on the bench by coach Mike Brown, who simply chose not to play Varejao in a meaningless blowout win over the Nets. .
That was likely Varejao's last game as a Cavalier and Brown also failed to play Zydrunas Ilgauskas back in 2009 on a night he would have broken the team's all-time games played record, a move that drew the public ire of LeBron James at the time. Michael Curry also points out that Brown, in fact, has never really made a true "significant relationship" with one of his players in his entire career. While Brown is a respected NBA coach, his treatment of Ilgauskas and Varejao will not go unnoticed by some players around the league and could impact Cleveland's ability to sign free agents at some point down the line.
|Source: Michael Curry on Twitter|
|Thu Apr 17||03:28||Josh Powell was claimed off waivers by HOU on Wednesday April 16.||Josh Powell||PF||Lakers||Free Agent|
Josh Powell was claimed off waivers by HOU on Wednesday April 16.
|Thu Apr 17||01:37||Jordan Crawford drops career-high 41||Jordan Crawford||G||Hawks||Free Agent|
Jordan Crawford scored a career-high 41 points along with five rebounds, two assists and a steal in Wednesday's win over the Nuggets.
You could see him having a big game with the Warriors resting the regulars, but this was better than any of us could have imagined. Harrison Barnes chipped in with 30, while Randy Foye scored 32 and had 11 assists for the Nuggets in the loss. The Warriors are healthy, with the exception of Andrew Bogut, and ready to take on the Clippers in Round 1 of the playoffs. And that, our friends, is a wrap on the 2013-14 regular season.
|Thu Apr 17||01:17||Jamal Crawford scores 34 in finale loss||Jamal Crawford||SG||Hawks||Iavaronis|
Jamal Crawford hit 10-of-25 shots and three 3-pointers for 34 points, five rebounds, eight assists and two steals in Wednesday's meaningless loss to the Blazers.
The Clips secured the No. 3 seed when the Thunder beat the Pistons earlier, and the regulars took this one off. Crawford was great, but wasn't even the best J. Crawford of the night, as GSW's Jordan had a monster night. Darren Collison and Matt Barnes each added 19 points on the night and Blake Griffin's suspension is over. The Clippers are healthy and ready for their first-round match up with the Warriors.
|Thu Apr 17||01:14||DeAndre Jordan starts, then sits for Clips||DeAndre Jordan||C||Clippers||Team Lorin|
DeAndre Jordan started on Wednesday, but played just one minute before leaving with no stats.
He's not hurt. He just wanted to say he started all 82 games this season, as well as keep his streak of 241 straight games played alive. He's good to go for the playoffs, along with Blake Griffin and the rest of the Clippers. They'll face the Warriors in Round 1.
|Thu Apr 17||01:05||Rudy Gay played just 16 minutes on Wednesday||Rudy Gay||SF||Grizzlies||Iavaronis|
Rudy Gay played 16 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday, scoring six points with six boards, two assists and one turnover.
It was a bit of a surprise to even see him in the lineup after missing Sunday's game due to a back injury. Gay had a tremendous turnaround with the Kings after putting up some horrible efficiency with the Raptors earlier this year. The Kings got him more buckets in transition and he was much better off screens, so he could keep it up in 2014-15.
|Thu Apr 17||00:59||DeMar DeRozan returns in time for playoffs||DeMar DeRozan||SG||Raptors||The Schellackers|
DeMar DeRozan returned from a night of rest and played 22 minutes on Wednesday, finishing with nine points and five rebounds.
He's good to go for the Raps' Round 1 meeting with the Nets, and he's surely looking forward to it.
|Thu Apr 17||00:51||Duncan, others ready for Spurs playoffs||Tim Duncan||C||Spurs||The Sith Lords|
Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter sat out on Wednesday, but the Spurs are healthy and ready for their first-round match up with the Mavericks.
The Spurs were 4-0 vs. the Mavs this season and the old guys got plenty of rest down the stretch.
|Thu Apr 17||00:48||Aldridge, Mo Williams should be ready||LaMarcus Aldridge||PF||Trailblazers||Iavaronis|
LaMarcus Aldridge and Mo Williams sat out Wednesday's finale, but both should be ready to go for the playoffs.
The Blazers will get the Rockets in Round 1 and it will be all hands on deck in what should be a thrilling playoff match up.
|Thu Apr 17||00:43||Greg Oden plays 14 minutes in finale||Greg Oden||C||Trailblazers||Free Agent|
Greg Oden played 14 minutes in Wednesday's finale and had two points and five rebounds.
Coach Erik Spoelstra hasn't ruled out starting Oden in playoffs, but says it depends on who they're playing. LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Chris Andersen all took Wednesday off, but it looks like the Heat will be at full strength when they take on the Bobcats in Round 1 of the playoffs.
|Thu Apr 17||00:37||Blake Griffin serves suspension, ready to go||Blake Griffin||PF||Clippers||Free Agent|
Blake Griffin served his one-game suspension in Wednesday's finale and should be ready to go in Round 1 of the playoffs against the Warriors.
Chris Paul took Wednesday off as well, along with J.J. Redick. All three players should be back in the starting lineup for Round 1 against the Warriors, although Redick is still not quite at 100 percent after a back injury.
|Thu Apr 17||00:34||David Lee, other Warriors ready to go||David Lee||C||Knicks||Buchanalia|
David Lee, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jermaine O'Neal and Draymond Green all got a rest on Wednesday, but all should be ready to go for the playoffs.
Lee is the most banged up of this bunch with a sore hamstring, while Andrew Bogut isn't likely to play in the postseason with a fractured rib. Expect everyone but Bogut to be ready to face the Clippers in Round 1.
|Thu Apr 17||00:30||Harden, other Rockets should be ready||James Harden||SG||Thunder||The Schellackers|
James Harden, Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik all took Wednesday off in preparation for the playoffs.
None of them have a real injury that we know of and it should be all hands on deck as they prepare for the Blazers in Round 1.
|Thu Apr 17||00:26||DeMar DeRozan plays just 22 minutes||DeMar DeRozan||SG||Raptors||The Schellackers|
DeMar DeRozan played 22 minutes in his return to the lineup during a 95-92 loss to the Knicks on Wednesday, scoring nine points with five boards, one assist and three turnovers.
He rested on Monday and coach Dwane Casey took it easy on his All-Star tonight -- deservedly so. Only Kevin Durant and Monta Ellis logged more minutes this season than DeRozan while DD also ranked third in free throw makes. He had a breakout season and has really become a nice, well-rounded scorer.
|Thu Apr 17||00:20||Amir Johnson rolls ankle on Wednesday||Amir Johnson||PF||Raptors||The Schellackers|
Amir Johnson looked to suffer an ankle injury against the Knicks on Wednesday.
There has been no word from the team just yet, but he did play only 15 minutes after he seemed a bit hobbled. Johnson scored just two points with four boards, one assist and two turnovers in a loss. He'll need the two days off as the Raptors head into the playoffs. They'll face the Nets this weekend.
|Thu Apr 17||00:17||Deron Wiliams should be ready for playoffs||Deron Williams||PG||Jazz||The Schellackers|
Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Mirza Teletovic, along with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett all appear to be healthy and ready for the playoffs.
They all got some rest in preparation for the postseason and should all be good to go after Wednesday. Teletovic has missed a pair of games after his wife gave birth, but we expect him to be available for Game 1 against the Raptors, as well.
|Thu Apr 17||00:09||Amare Stoudemire plays in finale||Amare Stoudemire||PF||Suns||Team Lorin|
Amare Stoudemire played 20 minutes in Wednesday's finale against the Raptors, scoring eight points with five boards and one assist.
It was a big positive to see him even suit up in both games of a back-to-back set and he finished this season quite well. Stoudemire only missed two games since Mar. 1 and they were as a precaution, so the Knicks managing his minutes earlier worked out nicely. He had very little fantasy value coming into the season, but this year will put him on the radar as a late-round pick next year.
|Thu Apr 17||00:05||Paul Millsap should be ready for playoffs||Paul Millsap||PF||Jazz||Team Erik|
Paul Millsap rested on Wednesday, but all indications are that he's ready to go for the playoffs.
He's dealing with a sore thumb, but it will take a lot more than that to keep him out of the postseason. If you're in a playoff league, draft him as you normally would.
|Thu Apr 17||00:01||Dwayne Wade scores 16 in meaningless loss||Dwyane Wade||SG||Heat||Buchanalia|
Dwyane Wade hit 6-of-14 shots for 16 points, two rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes on Wednesday.
His owners probably couldn't care less that he showed up for the final two games of the season, as he was simply a headache to own all year. And if you owned Wade this season, chances are you won't be touching him next year. And we're right there with you. Toney Douglas and Ray Allen were the only other Heat players to score in double figures, as LeBron James, Chris Bosh and some others took the night off to rest. The Heat will play the Bobcats in Round 1, and will have to find an answer for Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson if they're going to breeze into Round 2.
|Wed Apr 16||23:56||Thaddeus Young drops 20 & 9 in win over Heat||Thaddeus Young||SF||76ers||Doppelganger|
Thaddeus Young had 20 points, nine rebounds and two more steals in Wednesday's season finale win over the Heat.
The Sixers somehow beat the Heat twice this season, although it's not fair to call the Miami team that took the court tonight the Heat. Henry Sims, MCW, James Anderson, Brandon Davies and Caspar Ware all scored in double figures in the meaningless game. Young had a great season and his steals and threes, along with his strong offense and rebounding, were pleasant surprises this season.