|Thu Apr 24||23:59||Mike Conley scores 20 points, Memphis up 2-1||Mike Conley||PG||Grizzlies||Doppelganger|
Mike Conley turned in a great game during a huge 98-95 win on Thursday with 20 points, five boards, three assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and one turnover on 8-of-14 from the field.
The Thunder may have made a mistake by not putting Russell Westbrook on Conley for a sizable portion of this game and Conley played mistake-free for basically the whole game. Conley is more well known for his output in steals, but his offense came around nicely this year with a solid effective field goal percentage of 50.0. Even though he missed nine games in the regular season, Conley was still able to put up third-round value in standard fantasy leagues.
|Thu Apr 24||23:45||Kevin Durant scores 30 points in loss to MEM||Kevin Durant||SF||Thunder||The Schellackers|
Kevin Durant shot 10-of-27 from the field for 30 points during Game 3's 98-95 overtime loss to the Grizzlies on Thursday, adding nine boards, two steals, five blocks and five turnovers.
KD did have a very minor ankle tweak late in the game and it didn't seem to bother him. He shot 0-of-8 from downtown and 10-of-13 from the line in one of his least efficient games of the season. In fact, tonight was the first time he missed 100 percent of his eight or more 3-point attempts while also missing multiple free throws in any game of his career. Tony Allen does get some credit here, but Durant just didn't bring his best and is struggling right now. He and the Thunder are down 2-1 and will look to even the series on Saturday at Memphis.
|Thu Apr 24||23:32||Russell Westbrook scores 30 in sloppy fashion||Russell Westbrook||PG||Thunder||Buchanalia|
Russell Westbrook was his usual wild self during Thursday's loss to the Grizzlies, shooting 9-of-26 from the field for 30 points with 13 boards, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.
The medical staff gave him some attention to both of his knees and his left one seemed to be worse. Of course, it's worth mentioning he's had problems with his right knee with three surgeries in the past year. As far as the game goes, he launched 13 triples tonight which is broke his previous high of any game in his NBA career of 10. Westbrook missed some wide open passes to teammates and didn't hand out his first assist until 6:35 left in the fourth quarter. He'll need to play better on Game 4 on Saturday.
|Thu Apr 24||22:31||Jeff Teague drops 22 and 10, Hawks go up 2-1||Jeff Teague||PG||Hawks||Free Agent|
Jeff Teague dominated the Pacers during Thursday's Game 3 98-85 win with 22 points, two boards, 10 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.
His 10 dimes were a playoff career-high and he absolutely gashed the Pacers with his penetration. Teague hit a wild one-legged 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down in the fourth quarter which helped carry the Hawks to the win. He's had an up-and-down season due to a prolonged slump in the middle of the year, but he did shoot 52.7 percent from the field in April and is playing his best ball since November. The Hawks will look to take a commanding 3-1 lead in Game 4 at home on Saturday.
|Thu Apr 24||22:23||Kyle Korver scores 20 points vs. Pacers||Kyle Korver||SG||Bulls||Free Agent|
Kyle Korver made four 3-pointers and shot 6-of-9 from the field against the Pacers on Thursday for 20 points with six boards, one steal and two turnovers.
Maybe the Pacers missed the memo, but Korver led the NBA in 3-point percentage this season and he torched them tonight. In particular, he had three of his four treys from the corner, which is his strength thanks to a ridiculous 52.7 percent on his 131 attempts from there this regular season. The sharp-shooting swingman hit a dagger three in the win and the Pacers will have to do a better job of closing out on Korver's 3-point shots.
|Thu Apr 24||22:14||Lance Stephenson plays well in loss on Thurs.||Lance Stephenson||SG||Pacers||Free Agent|
Lance Stephenson scored a team-high 21 points vs. the Hawks during Thursday's 98-85 loss, adding 13 boards, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers.
He was Indiana's closer tonight, which is almost shocking considering where he was last year. Stephenson was really the only perimeter player on the Pacers that actually cared about getting to the rim and his team would have absolutely blown out without his output tonight. George Hill shot 1-of-11 from the field tonight and was benched in favor of C.J. Watson, who added six points off the bench. The Pacers are down 2-1 in this series and will try to even the series in Atlanta on Saturday.
|Thu Apr 24||22:10||Paul George looks horrible in loss to Hawks||Paul George||SF||Pacers||The Schellackers|
Paul George did not score in the first half of Thursday's Game 4 loss to the Hawks, shooting 3-of-11 from the field for 12 points with 14 boards, four assists and one 3-pointer.
He came out hot to start the season and was an early candidate for MVP, but George has completely fallen off a cliff. He's shooting off-balance shots, has been pointlessly dribbling the ball, and only had two shots from within five feet -- both makes. The Hawks have just been letting George beat himself and he needs to figure out other ways to score outside of jumpers. The Pacers have to get him a film session ASAP and maybe come up with more set plays.. They'll try to even the series on Saturday in Atlanta.
|Thu Apr 24||22:02||Luis Scola plays down the stretch||Luis Scola||PF||Rockets||Team Lorin|
Luis Scola picked up some extra playing time during Thursday's loss to the Hawks with 20 minutes, scoring 17 points with three boards and no turnovers.
Roy Hibbert was as about as useless as an ejection seat in a helicopter tonight and it allowed Scola to play much of the fourth quarter. Scola came out hot in the fourth quarter, making 5-of-5 to start the frame and finishing 7-of-11 over the entire game. The Pacers are a complete mess and it wouldn't be a shock to see coach Frank Vogel mix things up and move Scola into the starting lineup.
|Thu Apr 24||21:51||Roy Hibbert gets benched in loss to Hawks||Roy Hibbert||C||Pacers||Def Fresh Flow|
Roy Hibbert was on the bench for the final 4:37 of Thursday's Game 4 loss to the Hawks, finishing with four points, two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 19 minutes.
Yikes. He was one of the biggest disappointments in the second half of the year and it's carried into the postseason. Hibbert has lost the ability to rebound, he can't score outside of three feet from the basket and has been a major liability on the low block while the Pacers are in a halfcourt set. On top of that, he doesn't have a have a block in any game during this series. It's hard to believe he was an All-Star and his minutes may actually go down on Saturday for Game 4.
|Thu Apr 24||17:02||Josh McRoberts gets Flagrant-2 for LeBron hit||Josh McRoberts||PF||Pacers||Def Fresh Flow|
Josh McRoberts has been given a Flagrant-2 foul and fined $20,000 for elbowing LeBron James during Wednesday's game.
The Bobcats are fortunate that their starting PF avoided a suspension, as he crushed LeBron's throat without making any real play on the ball. The Bobcats face a daunting 0-2 deficit in their first round series, and they'll look to gain some traction at home for Game 3 on Saturday.
|Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter|
|Thu Apr 24||16:00||Kevin Garnett won't see additional minutes||Kevin Garnett||PF||Celtics||Buchanalia|
Kevin Garnett will not see more minutes in the playoffs, according to head coach Jason Kidd.
Despite being out-rebounded by 22 in Game 2, Garnett will not see an increase in minutes according to head coach Jason Kidd. KG has been on a minutes restriction all season long, and Kidd is committed to sticking to it. Four reserves played more than Garnett's 19 minutes -- Mirza Teletovic, Mason Plumlee, Andrei Kirilenko and Alan Anderson. To his credit, Garnett made the most of his playing time with 13 points, four rebounds and one block.
|Source: Andy Vasquez on Twitter|
|Thu Apr 24||15:45||Shawn Marion rushes home for child's birth||Shawn Marion||SF||Mavericks||The Schellackers|
Shawn Marion rushed home for the birth of his child after the Mavericks 113-92 win over the Spurs.
Marion was great in the win, as the Mavericks avoided losing two straight to start the series. He notched 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and grabbed five boards in 35 minutes of action. Dallas will need more performances like this from Marion if they hope to upset the top-seeded Spurs, but clearly the best part of his night was making it home to see the birth of his child. Game 3 isn't played until Saturday and there is no indication that Marion is in danger of missing the game.
|Source: ESPN Dallas|
|Thu Apr 24||15:25||Jazz to interview 20-plus candidates||Derrick Favors||PF||Jazz||Free Agent|
Jazz president Randy Rigby said that his team will look at "much more than 20" candidates to fill their vacant head coach position.
The candidates will run the gamut from "iconic players" to international and NCAA coaches, though Rigby said the Jazz haven't yet narrowed their list to any specific names. Whoever takes the job will have a major project on their hands, as Utah finished 25-57 last season and they could lose leading scorer Gordon Hayward in restricted free agency this summer.
|Source: Deseret News|
|Thu Apr 24||15:02||Magic looking to add new point guard in draft||Jameer Nelson||PG||Magic||Team Lorin|
Jameer Nelson's time as the Magic's starting point guard may be coming to an end soon, as ESPN's Chad Ford believes the Magic will take a point guard in the upcoming draft.
"They want a point guard," said Ford. "They experimented with Victor Oladipo there, but preferably they get a young player that is more of a true point. [Dante] Exum and Marcus Smart are the guys for them." With Nelson's contract only guaranteed for $2 million, he may be an expendable commodity this summer. The Magic have a 15.6 percent chance of winning the lottery, making it likely they will have the opportunity to draft either Smart or Exum this June.
|Source: Orlando Magic Daily|
|Thu Apr 24||14:55||Jamal Crawford (calf) ready to play in Game 3||Jamal Crawford||SG||Hawks||Doppelganger|
Jamal Crawford (calf) will play in Game 3 on Thursday, as the Clippers look to take a 2-1 lead over the Warriors.
Crawford shot just 2-of-11 from the field in Game 1 but he was a more efficient 4-of-8 from the field on Monday, but he also aggravated his strained calf during Game 2. The injury cost him 14 games during the regular season and we'll keep a close eye on him in case he does further damage by playing at less than 100 percent.
|Source: Dan Woike on Twitter|
|Thu Apr 24||14:53||Chris Paul (hamstring) will play in Game 3||Chris Paul||PG||Hornets||Def Fresh Flow|
Chris Paul (hamstring) will play in Game 3 on Thursday.
He was a partial participant in Wednesday's practice and seems to have avoided any serious damage after tweaking his hamstring in the Clippers' Game 1 defeat, which they avenged with a blowout victory on Monday. Jamal Crawford (calf) is also ready to play, so the Clippers will take the court for Game 3 at full strength.
|Source: Dan Woike on Twitter|
|Thu Apr 24||14:44||Brook Lopez (foot) out of boot, taking shots||Brook Lopez||C||NJ Nets||The Schellackers|
Brook Lopez (foot) is out of his walking boot and was seen taking shots at Nets practice on Thursday.
Lopez had left ankle surgery in March in addition to reconstructive surgery on his right foot in January, which lowered his arch and shifted bones to redistribute his weight. It is encouraging news that he is out of his walking boot, and taking shots, but there is no indication that he will try and suit up for the postseason. He has missed an average of 50 games over the past three seasons and his injury problems make him an extremely risky pick in fantasy drafts, no matter how positive reports are about his rehab this summer.
|Source: Nets Daily|
|Thu Apr 24||13:58||Tony Parker ready to be more aggressive||Tony Parker||PG||Spurs||Buchanalia|
Tony Parker is ready to take more of an aggressive shooting approach if needed.
Following Thursday's practice after Wednesday's Game 2 loss, Parker said, "Today, Pop told me if I have to shoot 25 times, I have to shoot 25 times." Parker only took 10 shots during the Game 2 loss as compared to 16 during Game 1 and his season average of 13.4 field goal attempts per game, so it would be a surprise if Parker doesn't up his shot attempts in Game 3 based on his comments.
|Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter|
|Thu Apr 24||13:24||Gilbert Arenas says he's not done yet.||Gilbert Arenas||SG||Magic||Free Agent|
As part of a radio interview, Gilbert Arenas said he told Nick Young that he's working out in an attempt to resurrect his NBA career.
While we'd pay good money to hear a conversation between Agent Zero and Swaggy P, Arenas hasn't played in the NBA since the 2011-12 season and likely carries quite a bit of baggage in most GM's eyes. He's most recently been playing in China and may have to settle for a return to the Chinese Basketball Association rather than a return to the NBA, so fantasy owners can feel free to look the other way here.
|Source: Michael Lee on Twitter|
|Thu Apr 24||13:00||Jason Collins named 100 most influential||Jason Collins||C||Hawks||Free Agent|
Jason Collins has been named to Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential list.
This honor comes as a nice ending to what has been an extremely turbulent year for Collins off the court. He hasn't played in either of the Nets' two playoff games so far, but did speak briefly about being named to the list, "It's a cool honor, but I know I'm not doing this just by myself."
|Source: Andy Vasquez on Twitter|