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04-17-2014
Josh Powell F HOU
Josh Powell was claimed off waivers by HOU on Wednesday April 16.
04-17-2014
Joel Freeland F POR
Joel Freeland returned to action on Wednesday April 16.
04-17-2014
Anthony Bennett F CLE
Anthony Bennett returned to action on Wednesday April 16.
Jordan Crawford drops career-high 41 04-17-2014
Jordan Crawford G GS
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 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.
Marcus Morris scores 22 points in finale 04-17-2014
Marcus Morris F PHO
Marcus Morris scored 22 points against the Kings during Wednesday's 104-99 win with six boards, two steals and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes. He's played well against the Kings this season with a 13.0 points per game average in his previous three. Morris didn't quite have the year his brother Markieff had, but he made some nice strides as an offensive weapon. He'll be on the radar in deeper leagues depending on how the Suns handle their business in the offseason.
Archie Goodwin busts out with 29 points 04-17-2014
Archie Goodwin G PHO
Archie Goodwin busted out for a career-high 29 points vs. the Kings on Wednesday, adding four boards, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer on 11-of-13 from the field in 31 minutes. He made a huge splash in Las Vegas Summer League, but he was extremely quiet until tonight. If not for Gerald Green making a strong case for Most Improved Player, we might have seen more of Goodwin. He's a plus defender and showed tonight that he can really get to the rim. His jumper needs work and he's unlikely to be a target in fantasy drafts next season.
Barton w/ career night, Blazers starters sit 04-17-2014
Will Barton G POR
Will Barton came off the bench for a career-high 23 points, 10 rebounds and three 3-pointers on 7-of-20 shooting. Robin Lopez led the starters in minutes with just 14 of them tonight, but still managed 15 points and nine rebounds, while LaMarcus Aldridge took the entire night off. The Blazers are healthy and ready for their first-round match up against the Warriors, so don't let tonight's strange box score fool you.
Jamal Crawford scores 34 in finale loss 04-17-2014
Jamal Crawford G LAC
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.
Ben McLemore scores career-high 31 points 04-17-2014
Ben McLemore G SAC
Ben McLemore ended his season with a bang on Wednesday during a 104-99 loss to the Suns, scoring a career-high 31 points with five boards, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes. He scored 19 points on Sunday and figured out how to get his own shot to close the season. McLemore's off-the-ball game needed some work throughout the year and his isolation game was non-existent for much of the season, but he showed some promise. Still, the sample size is too small to make him a target in drafts next season.
DeAndre Jordan starts, then sits for Clips 04-17-2014
DeAndre Jordan C LAC
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.
Rudy Gay played just 16 minutes on Wednesday 04-17-2014
Rudy Gay F SAC
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.
DeMar DeRozan returns in time for playoffs 04-17-2014
DeMar DeRozan G TOR
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.
Duncan, others ready for Spurs playoffs 04-17-2014
Tim Duncan F SA
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.
Aldridge, Mo Williams should be ready 04-17-2014
LaMarcus Aldridge F POR
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.
Greg Oden plays 14 minutes in finale 04-17-2014
Greg Oden C MIA
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.
Blake Griffin serves suspension, ready to go 04-17-2014
Blake Griffin F LAC
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.
David Lee, other Warriors ready to go 04-17-2014
David Lee F GS
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.
Harden, other Rockets should be ready 04-17-2014
James Harden G HOU
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.
DeMar DeRozan plays just 22 minutes 04-17-2014
DeMar DeRozan G TOR
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.
Amir Johnson rolls ankle on Wednesday 04-17-2014
Amir Johnson F TOR
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.
Mirza Teletovic should be ready for playoffs 04-17-2014
Mirza Teletovic F BKN
Mirza Teletovic has missed a couple games after his wife gave birth to twins, but we're guessing he's ready to go for the playoffs. He might have missed at least one of those games in order to rest, but his family should be situated by the time they face the Raptors in Round 1.
Deron Wiliams should be ready for playoffs 04-17-2014
Deron Williams G BKN
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.
Cole Aldrich looks great on Wednesday night 04-17-2014
Cole Aldrich C NY
Cole Aldrich filled the stat sheet against the Raptors during a 95-92 win with 13 points, 16 boards, one assist, two steals and five blocks in 40 minutes. He had a double-double on Tuesday and finished the season about as well as anyone would have thought. Tyson Chandler did not play tonight and it allowed Aldrich to get serious run as the primary option in the paint. Aldrich was a lottery pick with the Thunder and there's a decent chance this will be his best game of his career from a fantasy standpoint.
Amare Stoudemire plays in finale 04-17-2014
Amar'e Stoudemire F NY
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.
Paul Millsap should be ready for playoffs 04-17-2014
Paul Millsap F ATL
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.
Dwayne Wade scores 16 in meaningless loss 04-17-2014
Dwyane Wade G MIA
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.