|Sun May 26||00:07||Tayshaun Prince returns after spraining ankle||Tayshaun Prince||SF||Pistons||The Sith Lords|
Tayshaun Prince sprained his ankle during Saturday's Game 3 defeat, finishing with only seven points and one rebound in 21 minutes.
Prince played 16 minutes in Game 2 when he was healthy, and he was on the court late in the fourth quarter and overtime, but his ankle could swell overnight. The Grizzlies return on Monday with their playoff lives at stake, so keep an eye out for updates -- if Tayshaun is limited in any way, Quincy Pondexter (16 points, three 3-pointers) will step into an even bigger role.
|Sun May 26||00:06||Spurs win Game 3 with series sweep in sights||Tony Parker||PG||Spurs||Buchanalia|
Tony Parker (calf) overcame a slow start to finish Game 3's comeback victory with 26 points on 11-of-22 shooting, four rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Parker also turned the ball over seven times, tying his season high, and his sputtering start was part of the reason Memphis roared to an 18-point lead in the first quarter. His calf didn't seem to be a problem after that, however, as the Spurs rallied for the win in overtime behind Parker and a brilliant effort from Tim Duncan, who had 24 points, 10 boards, five assists and two blocks. San Antonio will try for a series sweep in Game 4 on Monday.
|Sat May 25||22:02||Tayshaun Prince sprains ankle in Game 3||Tayshaun Prince||SF||Pistons||The Sith Lords|
Tayshaun Prince sprained his right ankle during Game 3 vs. the Spurs on Saturday, but he's expected to return.
Prince limped off in the second quarter, after the Grizzlies' big early lead had been chipped down to single-digits, but it sounds like he avoided any serious injury.
|Sat May 25||20:29||Wade, West under review for Game 2 hits||Dwyane Wade||SG||Heat||Buchanalia|
The NBA is reviewing several plays from Game 2 of the Heat vs. Pacers series, including one in which Dwyane Wade collided with Lance Stephenson.
Wade was running back on defense and somewhat inexplicably jumped into Stephenson, knocking him to the court with an elbow to the head. David West is also under review for clobbering Mario Chalmers, but neither play seemed malicious or egregious enough to warrant more than a technical foul.
|Sat May 25||14:58||Amare will work with Olajuwon in the summer||Amare Stoudemire||PF/C||Knicks||Doppelganger|
Amare Stoudemire will work with Hakeem Olajuwon in August.
It will be the second summer in a row in which STAT works with The Dream on low-post moves and defense. Interestingly, Olajuwon reportedly charges $50,000 per week for the instruction at his private basketball court just outside of Houston. Despite the injuries, Stoudemire had his best shooting season as a Knick, making 57.7 percent of his shots from the floor. Of course, fantasy owners will be reluctant to draft Stoudemire next year considering he had a surgery on each knee last season.
|Source: ESPN NY|
|Sat May 25||13:36||Terrence Williams back at practice on Sat.||Terrence Williams||SG||Rockets||Free Agent|
Terrence Williams was back at the practice facility on Saturday.
He was arrested for second-degree domestic violence on Sunday and made some comments about the alleged altercation. "It's very frustrating, because I was there, I know what happened, and I know what didn't happen," Williams said. "To anybody reading, and everybody that's writing these stories, it makes me out to be this bandit." His status for next year is up in the air and he might have had trouble joining an NBA team even before his legal troubles.
|Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter|
|Sat May 25||11:37||Vasquez says he'll be back in 12-16 weeks||Greivis Vasquez||PG||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Greivis Vasquez (right ankle surgery) said on his Twitter account that he'll be back in 12-16 weeks.
That would make him ready to go in the middle of August or mid-September at the latest. Vasquez had surgery to remove bone spurs out of his right ankle, so the lengthy timetable suggests he'll be taking it easy. He should be close to 100 percent for training camp next season.
|Source: Greivis Vasquez on Twitter|
|Sat May 25||09:36||Kosta Koufos won't play for Greece this year||Kosta Koufos||C||Nuggets||Free Agent|
Kosta Koufos will not play for the Greek national team this summer.
Koufos will instead spend the summer working with Nuggets coaches trying to improve on his career year. Although he struggled in the postseason, Koufos started all 81 games he played in as part of a platoon with JaVale McGee. It's unclear who will start next season between McGee and Koufos, but it's likely going to be a battle that lasts well into training camp. The 24-year-old Koufos averaged 8.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 22.4 minutes per game.
|Source: Denver Post|
|Sat May 25||09:17||Report: Malone also a candidate for Clips job||Chris Paul||PG||Hornets||Def Fresh Flow|
Warriors assistant Mike Malone is one of the primary candidates for the Clippers' head coach job, ESPN Los Angeles reports.
Malone has also been linked to the Warriors and 76ers jobs. Chris Paul knows Malone from New Orleans, where Malone was the lead assistant on Monty Williams' staff. Although Paul is very fond of Williams, it remains to be seen what Paul thinks of Malone. The Clippers are desperate to re-sign CP3, who is scheduled for free agency this summer, and he'll likely have a very big say in the coaching search if he wants to return to the L.A.
|Source: ESPN Los Angeles|
|Sat May 25||00:46||Shane Battier has no response to Hibbert||Shane Battier||SF||Grizzlies||Def Fresh Flow|
Shane Battier said he had no response to Roy Hibbert's accusation of intentionally kneeing him in the groin.
"I have no response. You'll read about it in my book one day," Battier said. He was quiet in Game 2 and failed to score in 14 minutes, so Hibbert certainly has the last word at this point.
|Source: Chris Tomasson on Twitter|
|Sat May 25||00:01||Paul George lights up Miami for 22 points||Paul George||SF||Pacers||The Schellackers|
Paul George put on a show again in Friday's win over the Heat, scoring 22 points with two boards, six assists and one 3-pointer on 9-of-16 shooting.
He's having a terrific series and is on his way to becoming a household name. George isn't usually very effective on the road, shooting 39.1 percent compared to 44.6 percent in home games, so it should be interesting to see how well he plays on Sunday. He has a little bit of everything to his game and he'll likely be going off the board in the first six picks of fantasy drafts next year.
|Fri May 24||23:57||George Hill shows up in win at Miami||George Hill||PG||Pacers||The Schellackers|
George Hill had a nice bounce-back game on Friday, shooting 6-of-8 from the field for 18 points with five boards, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 41 minutes.
Hill was on a milk carton in Game 1 and his improved play went a long way in the win tonight. He had struggled with Miami even before this game, shooting 33.3 percent from the field in his three regular-season matchups. Hill's big toe injury didn't seem like an issue and he'll be good to go for Sunday.
|Fri May 24||23:47||Chris Bosh puts up 17 points in 37 minutes||Chris Bosh||PF||Heat||The Schellackers|
Chris Bosh scored 17 points with five boards, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes on Friday.
He's playing very well in the postseason and shooting 52 percent from the field in the three series. Interestingly, Bosh has been dynamite in knocking down triples, making 47 percent of his 34 attempts from downtown over the past two seasons.
|Fri May 24||23:41||LeBron James scores 36 points in Game 2 loss||LeBron James||SF||Heat||Buchanalia|
LeBron James shot 14-of-20 from the field for 36 points during Friday's loss to the Pacers, adding eight boards, three assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers.
He turned the ball over five times with two of them coming in big spots in the fourth quarter. LeBron is usually the beneficiary of his opponent's turnovers and he led the NBA in points off turnovers during the regular season. He got plenty of easy shots in this game, had a spectacular reverse breakaway dunk in the second half and hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter, so it obviously wasn't all bad for King James. Miami will look to take back home-court advantage on Sunday in Indiana.
|Fri May 24||23:33||Roy Hibbert scores 29 in Indy's Game 2 win||Roy Hibbert||C||Pacers||Def Fresh Flow|
Roy Hibbert was dominant during Indiana's 97-93 victory over the Heat on Friday with 29 points, 10 boards and one assist in 39 minutes.
The pick-and-roll was working extremely well for Hibbert and the Pacers to level the series at one. He shot 10-of-15 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line to put him just one point shy of his career high. Hibbert has been getting plenty of playing time at 35 minutes per game in the postseason, which is up from his regular-season average of 28.7 minutes. Erik Spoelstra will have to plan better for Game 3 on Sunday night.
|Fri May 24||22:42||Sam Young (ankle) heads to the locker room||Sam Young||SF||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Sam Young suffered a sprained left ankle in the third quarter of Friday's game and is questionable to return.
He landed awkwardly near the basket on the defensive side of the court, then hobbled his way to halfcourt before heading to the locker room. Young has been getting plenty of burn and has been on the wrong end of a lot of big plays so far in this series. Lance Stephenson and Paul George will continue to get plenty of work on the wings.
|Source: Scott Agness on Twitter|
|Fri May 24||21:55||Mike Miller suffers injury to end first half||Mike Miller||SG||Heat||Free Agent|
Mike Miller suffered an injury at the end of the first half on Friday.
He hit a huge 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the half and was grimacing in pain as the Heat went to the locker room. It's unclear what happened, but he didn't appear to roll an ankle and perhaps he tweaked something in his troublesome back. Check back for updates.
|Fri May 24||20:32||Greivis Vasquez has ankle surgery on Friday||Greivis Vasquez||PG||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Greivis Vasquez had surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle on Friday.
He will begin his rehab immediately and should be ready to go for the start of next season. Vasquez's ankle cost him the last two games of the season and he missed some time with left ankle issues in March, as well. He should be the starter next season even though Brian Roberts had a strong second half.
|Source: Jeff Zillgitt on Twitter|
|Fri May 24||18:49||Mario Chalmers ready to play, start in Game 2||Mario Chalmers||PG||Heat||Free Agent|
Mario Chalmers (shoulder) will play and start in Friday's Game 2 against the Pacers, as expected.
Chalmers dinged his left (non-shooting) shoulder during Game 1 and ended up playing just 21 minutes. We'd expect him to be back around his usual 26-28 minutes Friday night as the Heat try to seize a 2-0 lead. Chalmers is averaging 7.3 points and 3.9 assists in the playoffs so far.
|Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter|
|Fri May 24||17:27||Tony Allen fined $5,000 for flop in Game 2||Tony Allen||SG||Grizzlies||Team Erik|
Tony Allen was fined $5,000 for overreacting to a Manu Ginobili flagrant foul in the fourth quarter of Game 2.
Ginobili took Allen down hard with 26 seconds left, preventing a layup on a fastbreak. Allen proceeded to stay on the floor, holding his head even though he never hit his head. It was a classic acting job that helped draw the flagrant.