|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||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|
|Thu Apr 24||12:56||Shaun Livingston will play in Game 3||Shaun Livingston||PG||Bucks||Free Agent|
Nets' coach Jason Kidd said that Shaun Livingston (illness) will play in Game 3.
Well that solves that. Livingston missed Thursday's practice with his illness, but Kidd's words left no open questions as to whether the 28-year-old will suit up for Friday's Game 3 matchup against the Raptors. Livingston is averaging 11.5 points in 28 minutes per game in the series so far, so he should see plenty of minutes on Friday as the Nets attempt to take the series lead at home.
|Source: Andy Vasquez on Twitter|
|Thu Apr 24||11:34||Shaun Livingston misses Thursday practice||Shaun Livingston||PG||Bucks||Free Agent|
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|
|Wed Apr 23||22:30||Mario Chalmers looks fine in win vs. CHA||Mario Chalmers||PG||Heat||Free Agent|
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.
|Wed Apr 23||21:56||Al Jefferson plays 40 minutes in Game 2 loss||Jeremy Lin||SG||Warriors||Free Agent|
Al Jefferson (foot) labored through his strained plantar fascia on Wednesday during Game 2's loss to the Heat, playing 40 minutes for 18 points, 13 boards, one assist and one turnover.
It was hard to watch as he was clearly playing through pain throughout the game. Jefferson went to the to the locker room in the the first quarter to get re-taped before returning in the second quarter. He wasn't the same player and his limp got worse as the game went on. He'll have until Saturday to heal up for Game 3. The Bobcats made a game of this, but they're down 2-0.
|Wed Apr 23||17:59||Mario Chalmers (knee) will play in Game 2||Mario Chalmers||PG||Heat||Free Agent|
Mario Chalmers (knee) will play against the Bobcats for Wednesday's Game 2 vs. the Bobcats.
|Source: Ethan Skolnick on Twitter|
|Wed Apr 23||11:48||Jeremy Lin (illness) ready to play in Game 2||Jeremy Lin||SG||Warriors||Free Agent|
Jeremy Lin (illness) is feeling much better on Wednesday and he's ready to play in Game 2.
Lin sat out Tuesday's practice but his illness is behind him, which is good news for Houston since Pat Beverley (knee) is likely to be playing at less than 100 percent.
|Source: Houston Rockets on Twitter|
|Wed Apr 23||11:03||Mario Chalmers (knee) game-time for Wednesday||Mario Chalmers||PG||Heat||Free Agent|
Mario Chalmers (bruised knee) participated in the walkthrough portion of Wednesday's shootaround and he remains a game-time decision for Game 2.
"We're trying to keep him off his feet as much as possible," said coach Erik Spoelstra. He played through the injury during Game 1, finishing with seven points in 25 minutes, but if he can't suit up the Heat will deploy either Norris Cole or Toney Douglas as a fill-in starting PG.
|Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel|
|Wed Apr 23||09:29||Kyle Korver stifled in Hawks' Game 2 defeat||Kyle Korver||SG||Bulls||Free Agent|
Kyle Korver finished Tuesday's Game 2 defeat with only three points on 1-of-5 shooting, while being primarily defended by George Hill.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel tweaked his gameplan by siccing Paul George on Jeff Teague, and the ploy held Atlanta to 85 points on 39.2 percent shooting. "You got to have speed to contain the basketball down there and to scramble to shooters," said Vogel, who also paired C.J. Watson with Hill for long stretches. "That's what we were trying to achieve." Now it is the Hawks' turn to make adjustments for Game 3.
|Wed Apr 23||09:16||Evan Turner, Lance Stephenson in fistfight||Lance Stephenson||SG||Pacers||Free Agent|
Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson reportedly got into a fistfight during a Pacers' practice on Friday.
"This stuff happens, but the timing wasn't ideal," said one witness to the scuffle. The Pacers were crushed in Game 1 but they bounced back to even the series at 1-1 on Tuesday. Stephenson had seven points, five assists and three turnovers in 25 minutes during Game 2, Turner had three points in 11 minutes off the bench, and Roy Hibbert had another awful game with six points on 1-of-7 shooting. Paul George (27 points) and Luis Scola (20 points) bailed them out, and they'll need a more balanced team effort to keep their momentum in Atlanta on Thursday.
|Source: Yahoo! Sports|
|Tue Apr 22||22:34||Andrei Kirilenko plays 20 minutes in Game 2||Andrei Kirilenko||SF||Jazz||Free Agent|
Andrei Kirilenko played 20 minutes and had four points, three rebounds, one assist and four steals on 2-of-3 shooting in Tuesday's Game 2 loss.
He didn't even get off the bench in Game 1, so tonight's performance was clearly an improvement. Mason Plumlee also came off the bench for four points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in the loss.
|Tue Apr 22||22:23||Amir Johnson bounces back in Game 2 win||Amir Johnson||PF||Raptors||Free Agent|
Amir Johnson bounced back from a poor Game 1 showing for 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocks on 8-of-10 shooting in Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Nets.
Johnson looked like a different player tonight and it's possible his ankle is feeling better. Patrick Patterson was also effective again with 12 points, nine rebounds and a 3-pointer, while Greivis Vasquez added 11 points, eight assists and a steal in 25 minutes. It looks like these three players will share time for the rest of this series.
|Tue Apr 22||21:48||Jeff Teague sits most of second half in loss||Jeff Teague||PG||Hawks||Free Agent|
Jeff Teague was guarded by Paul George on Tuesday and hit 6-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer for 14 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 28 minutes.
He hardly played in the third quarter, when the Pacers blew it open with a 17-0 run, and wasn't really needed by the time he was ready to re-enter the game. George didn't do much to slow down Teague in the first half and you have to think Teague will play a bigger role in the third quarter of Game 3 in Atlanta on Thursday. The series is tied 1-1 with Games 3 & 5 set in Atlanta.
|Tue Apr 22||19:48||Omer Asik says he wants to guard Aldridge||Omer Asik||C||Bulls||Free Agent|
Omer Asik said on Tuesday that he wants another chance to guard LaMarcus Aldridge in Game 2 on Wednesday.
"The first thing is to stop LaMarcus Aldridge," Asik said. "He killed us almost last game and going into this game, we have to do our best to help him stop a little bit more." Coach Kevin McHale added his team will do some stuff differently and and sounds like he could make some calls on the fly. Aldridge got way too deep in the paint against Terrence Jones quite often in Game 1, so look for the Rockets to use that defensive matchup less.
|Source: Houston Chronicle|
|Tue Apr 22||15:29||Mario Chalmers (knee) questionable for Game 2||Mario Chalmers||PG||Heat||Free Agent|
Mario Chalmers (bruised knee) was limited during Tuesday's practice and he's questionable to play in Game 2 vs. the Bobcats on Wednesday.
He injured himself in the first quarter of Sunday's Game 1 matchup vs. the Bobcats but continued to play through the injury, and coach Erik Spoelstra said that Chalmers "did make progress from [Monday]." If he's forced to sit out the Heat could start Norris Cole at PG, but Spoelstra has shown a preference to keep his second unit intact this season, so Toney Douglas could also get the start. We should have a more definitive update following Wednesday's shootaround.
|Source: Miami Herald|
|Tue Apr 22||14:50||Jeremy Lin (illness) misses practice Tuesday||Jeremy Lin||SG||Warriors||Free Agent|
Jeremy Lin (illness) did not practice with the Rockets on Tuesday.
Lin played 34 minutes in the Rockets' Game 1 loss to the Blazers on Sunday, scoring 14 points and grabbing six rebounds. The Rockets need Lin's scoring off the bench, and his ability to be the third ball-handler behind James Harden and Patrick Beverley. If the Rockets want to even the series, they will need a productive Lin in Game 2 on Wednesday.
|Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter|
|Tue Apr 22||12:56||Mario Chalmers misses Tuesday practice||Mario Chalmers||PG||Heat||Free Agent|
Mario Chalmers (shin) missed Tuesday's practice.
Chalmers took a shot to his right shin during Sunday's Game 1 win over the Bobcats and was the only Heat player to miss Tuesday's practice. The 27-year-old scored seven points in 25 minutes on Sunday and should be be available to suit up for Game 2 on Wednesday, but Norris Cole would get a bump in minutes if Chalmers is unable to play.
|Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter|
|Tue Apr 22||09:45||Jermaine O'Neal gets technical w/ Doc Rivers||Jermaine O`Neal||C||Celtics||Free Agent|
Jermaine O'Neal received a double technical with Doc Rivers after their verbal altercation during Monday's loss to the Clippers.
The verbal sparring happened during the second quarter of the Clippers' Game 2 blowout of the Warriors on Monday and was essentially limited to O'Neal and Rivers jawing at each other before receiving matching technical fouls. "It's very intense right now," O'Neal said. "Everyone wants to win. Everybody is looking for that blood. This league is about trying to smell what the weakness is. I don't care if it's the scorekeeper - there are going to be scenarios where you are trying to find an edge and keep yourself going." There is no love lost between this two teams, but let's hope O'Neal limits his frustrations to the court for the scorekeeper's sake.
|Source: Yahoo Sports|