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|Report: Rockets may sign PF Furkan Aldemir||05-05-2013|
|Furkan Aldemir F UTH|
There is reportedly a "good chance" that the Rockets will sign Turkish PF Furkan Aldemir next season.
|Aldemir is an impressive rebounder and defender, but his offensive game remains very raw. He's just 21 years old and averaged a mere 17 minutes per game for his Turkish team in 2012-13, and fantasy owners can safely assume he won't help their teams as a rookie.|
|Bogdanovic may join Nets for 2013-14 season?||05-05-2013|
|Bojan Bogdanovic G MIN|
The Nets may sign G/F Bojan Bogdanovic out of the Euroleague next season, according to GM Billy King.
ESPN New York
|Bogdanovic signed a multi-year deal with Fenerbahce in Turkey in 2011, but that is no longer an impediment to his joining the NBA. He averaged 15.9 points while shooting 40.5 percent from downtown this year, but we don't expect him to have fantasy value if he joins Brooklyn for the 2013-14 season.|
|Grizzlies hope Tayshaun can contain Durant||05-05-2013|
|Tony Allen G MEM|
Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins doesn't plan to have Tony Allen defend Kevin Durant in the second round, citing Durant's size advantage and ability to force double-teams in the post.
|The idea in Game 1 was to have Tayshaun Prince defend KD straight up, but that resulted in a massive 35/15/6 line for the league's second-leading scorer. With the Thunder short-handed and leaning heavily on their resident MVP, we wouldn't be surprised to see the Grizzlies throw him some curveballs in Game 2.|
|Kirk Hinrich (calf) questionable for Game 1||05-05-2013|
|Kirk Hinrich G CHI|
Kirk Hinrich (bruised calf) remains questionable to play on Monday.
|"I've been doing everything I can," Hinrich said on Saturday night, "but it isn't ready yet." The veteran guard has missed three straight games and his absence would be a huge blow for the Bulls in their bid to upset Miami.|
|Luol Deng (illness) out for at least Game 1||05-05-2013|
|Luol Deng F CLE|
Luol Deng (illness) was re-hospitalized on Sunday morning and he has been ruled out for at least Monday's Game 1 vs. the Heat.
|Deng's headaches have subsided and he's expected to rejoin the team in time for tipoff, but multiple sources are reporting that he won't play in Game 1. His back is still sore after complications following a spinal tap and he feels "groggy," which should ensure that Marco Belinelli and Jimmy Butler will again play heavy minutes as the starting SG and SF, respectively.|
|Update: Luol Deng (illness) not yet in Miami||05-05-2013|
|Luol Deng F CLE|
Reversing a previous report, Luol Deng (illness) has not joined the Bulls in Miami as of Sunday night.
Aggrey Sam on Twitter
|Deng is officially 'day-to-day' heading into Game 1 on Monday. His status originally seemed dubious considering he was hospitalized until Saturday, and the fact that he hasn't joined the team doesn't bode well. We should have injury updates after Chicago's shootaround, so check back Monday afternoon for the latest on Deng and Kirk Hinrich (calf).|
|Joe Johnson (feet) won't need surgery||05-05-2013|
|Joe Johnson G BKN|
Joe Johnson (plantar fasciitis) will not require surgery this summer.
ESPN New York
|Johnson struggled down the stretch and was awful in the Nets' Game 7 loss, and GM Billy King said that Johnson wouldn't have played in Games 1 and 2 if Brooklyn had advanced. "It was getting to the point where we were getting diminishing returns," said King. Injuries aside, that quote applies to Johnson's entire repertoire at this point in his career.|
|Bucks contact HOU to interview Kelvin Sampson||05-05-2013|
|Ersan Ilyasova F MIL|
The Bucks have reportedly contacted the Rockets for permission to interview assistant coach Kelvin Sampson.
Mark Berman on Twitter
|Beat writer Gery Woelfel reports that Sampson "has been and still is the Bucks' top choice" to fill the vacant head coaching job, though the Bobcats are also interested in his services. Nate McMillan is rumored to be a candidate for Milwaukee and it's noteworthy that both guys have far more head coaching experience than former coach Jim Boylan.|
|D.J. Augustin lights up Knicks off the bench||05-05-2013|
|D.J. Augustin G CHI|
|D.J. Augustin provided a spark off the bench in Sunday's 102-95 win at Madison Square Garden with 16 points, one assist and four 3-pointers on 5-of-6 shooting in 13 minutes.||He was left wide open by NY and made them pay, making his first five field goal attempts. Augustin shoots a respectable 37.0 percent from downtown in his career, so this is something the Knicks will need to be aware of for the rest of the series. Paul George had a quiet game on offense, making 5-of-14 from the field for 19 points with five boards, four assists and two 3-pointers, but he shut down J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony on the defensive side. Indiana will look to take a commanding lead in Game 2 on Tuesday.|
|Roy Hibbert blocks five shots on Sunday||05-05-2013|
|Roy Hibbert C IND|
|Roy Hibbert blocked six shots in a Game 1's 102-95 win over the Knicks, while adding 14 points, five boards and four assists on 6-of-9 shooting.||Hibbert owned the paint on defense and the Knicks rarely got any easy buckets in halfcourt sets. Hibbert blocked just 1.5 shots in his four games against the Knicks this season, which is the second lowest average among Eastern Conference teams, so this was a surprising outburst. If Hibbert stays out of foul trouble, the Knicks will have a tough time getting uncontested short-range shots.|
|Lance Stephenson grabs 13 boards in win||05-05-2013|
|Lance Stephenson G IND|
|Lance Stephenson was in the right place at the right time for the Pacers in their win on Sunday with a game-high 13 boards to go with 11 points, three assists and three steals in 38 minutes.||The Knicks threw the ball directly to Stephenson on two occasions and the ball seemed to bounce his way on the glass, as well. Stephenson went to high school in Brooklyn and had an efficient game in his home state, shooting 5-of-9 from the field. He can be a bit inconsistent, but he figures to get major minutes at shooting guard in this series.|
|David West scores 20 points in Game 1 win||05-05-2013|
|David West F IND|
|David West scored a team-high 20 points in Sunday's Game 1 win over the Knicks to go with four boards, two assists and two blocks in 37 minutes.||The Pacers were getting great shots all afternoon and outscored the Knicks in the paint 46-32. Even though they didn't record any fastbreak points, the Pacers were able to put up 102 points in the win. The Knicks put Carmelo Anthony on West for a large portion of the game and that looks to be more than a mismatch for the undersized Knicks. New York did a bang-up job on West in their four games against him during the regular season with West averaging just 13.8 points per game.|
|Raymond Felton continues strong play Sunday||05-05-2013|
|Raymond Felton G NY|
|Raymond Felton continued his strong play in Game 1's loss to the Pacers with 18 points, two boards, three assists and one 3-pointer on 8-of-12 shooting.||He shot 46.9 percent against the Celtics and his contributions may have been necessary for New York to advance to the second round. Felton was a little slow with rotations on defense and the Pacers and the Knicks gave up eight 3-pointers compared to their seven. The Knicks had just 15 assists in the loss and they may need to have a better team game to crack Indy's stout defense.|
|Anthony's shooting woes continue in loss||05-05-2013|
|Carmelo Anthony F NY|
|Carmelo Anthony shot 10-of-28 from the field for 27 points with 11 boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the Pacers on Sunday.||His shooting was a disaster in the last three games against the Celtics, making just 30.5 percent from the field and 5.5 percent of attempts from downtown. Melo shot 41.4 percent in NY's losses this year compared to 46.5 percent in wins, which doesn't seem too bad considering his sub-par play lately. He'll look to turn it around on Tuesday.|
|Kevin Martin explodes for 25 points on Sunday||05-05-2013|
|Kevin Martin G MIN|
|Kevin Mart shot 8-of-14 from the field for 25 points with seven boards, one block and three 3-pointers in Game 1's 93-91 victory over the Grizzlies.||His perimeter game is going to be an important part of OKC's offensive formula in this series. The Grizzlies allowed the least amount of points outside of the paint in the NBA while OKC led that category on offense. It was his second game in a row with 25 points, so Lionel Hollins and his coaching staff will have to incorporate a new plan to limit Martin's open looks.|
|Durant finishes strong for 35 points in win||05-05-2013|
|Kevin Durant F OKC|
|Kevin Durant was a one-man wrecking crew in Sunday's 93-91 win over the Grizzlies with 35 points, 15 boards, six assist, one steal and two blocks in 44 minutes.||KD scored 12 of his points in the final eight minutes of the game and he put the team on his back. "I just gotta get it," Durant said in the post-game interview on ABC and he's right. His shots per game have jumped up to 23.6 attempts per game since Russell Westbrook went down, which is well above his regular-season average of 17.7 per game. He's going to be busy against Memphis' tough defense in this series.|
|Zach Randolph scores 18 with 10 boards||05-05-2013|
|Zach Randolph F MEM|
|Zach Randolph double-doubled with 18 points and 10 boards in Sunday's 93-91 loss to the Thunder in 37 minutes.||The game was played at Memphis' pace for the most part, but they were outscored in the paint 36-32 and had just three fast break points. The Thunder ranked just 29th in the NBA for points in the paint while Memphis allowed the least amount of points in the paint in the Western Conference. The Grizzlies match up nicely against the Westbrook-less Thunder, but they'll need to limit their mistakes on Tuesday.|
|Marc Gasol scores 20 points on Sunday||05-05-2013|
|Marc Gasol C MEM|
|Marc Gasol scored a team-high 20 points in Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Thunder, while adding 10 boards, three assists, three steals and two blocks in 40 minutes.||He shot the ball well from the field, making 8-of-14 from the field, but made just 4-of-7 from the line. The missed free throws were the story for Memphis with just 14-of-24 makes (58.3 percent) in this game. Quincy Pondexter (13 points, five boards, three assists and three 3-pointers) was fouled on a 3-point attempt with the Grizzlies down three, but he missed his first attempt. Memphis will look to rebound in Game 2 on Tuesday.|
|Mike Conley has a tough start to series||05-05-2013|
|Mike Conley G MEM|
|Mike Conley shot 5-of-15 from the field for 13 points with five boards, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes during Game 1's loss to the Thunder.||He didn't shoot the ball well against the Clippers in the first round, making just 40.8 percent from the field. Conley has never been much of an efficient shooter, but he was terrific after the All-Star break with field goal shooting of 46.0 percent. He should have better luck against Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher in the rest of this series.|
|LeBron James officially named NBA MVP||05-05-2013|
|LeBron James F MIA|
|LeBron James was officially named the NBA's Most Valuable Player Sunday.||He received 120 of the 121 first-place votes with Carmelo Anthony getting one vote. LeBron was simply unstoppable this season, leading the NBA with field goals despite ranking seventh in attempts. He shot an impressive 40.6 percent from beyond the arc this year while his 8.0 assists led all non-PG players. The Heat rattled off 27 consecutive wins this year and are expected to win back-to-back NBA titles thanks largely to LeBron's spectacular play.|
|Steve Novak aiming for Game 3 return||05-05-2013|
|Steve Novak F TOR|
Steve Novak is hoping to return for Game 3 on Saturday.
Marc Berman on Twitter
|The Knicks play Game 2 on Saturday, then have a huge break by not playing in Indiana until Saturday night. Novak played just 8.4 minutes per game during the series against the Celtics, so his loss won't impact the Knicks rotation too much in Game 1 and 2.|
|Tayshaun Prince gets treatment on back||05-05-2013|
|Tayshaun Prince F MEM|
Tayshaun Prince received treatment on his back and started the second half.
Ronald Tillery on Twitter
|This doesn't appear to be a serious issue for the 33-year-old forward. Prince made just 3.9 field goals during the regular season with Memphis and isn't a big part of their offense.|
|Luol Deng will join team on Sunday in Miami||05-05-2013|
|Luol Deng F CLE|
Luol Deng (illness) will join the Bulls in Miami on Sunday and he is questionable for Game 1.
K.C. Johnson on Twitter
|The Heat will host the Bulls in Game 1 on Monday and it would appear the Deng could suit up for that contest. Deng had a spinal tap complication and was released from the hospital on Saturday. The Bulls will need all the help they can get against the heavy favorite.|
|Bogut (ankle) doesn't plan more shots||05-05-2013|
|Andrew Bogut C GS|
Andrew Bogut took an anti-inflammatory shot in his ankle before Game 6 on Thursday, but he doesn't intend to have any more shots in the playoffs.
Tim Kawakami on Twitter
|Bogut said this was the first shot he's taken in his career and it's anyone's guess how he'll hold up vs. the Spurs in the second round. His presence is critical for the short-handed Warriors, who may only have David Lee (hip) available for a few minutes per game.|
|Andray Blatche planning to re-sign w/ Nets?||05-05-2013|
|Andray Blatche F BKN|
Andray Blatche said that his plan "as of now" is to re-sign with Brooklyn as an unrestricted free agent.
Rod Boone on Twitter
|Blatche helped rehab his image with solid play off the Nets' bench this season, averaging 10.3 points on 51.2 percent shooting, with 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.7 blocks in just 19 minutes per game. Assuming he does stay with the Nets, he'll be a solid handcuff for Brook Lopez in fantasy leagues.|
|Dwyane Wade (knee) goes full-contact Sunday||05-05-2013|
|Dwyane Wade G MIA|
Dwyane Wade (knee) went through full-contact practice on Sunday, and he still expects to play in Monday's Game 1.
Vaughn McClure on Twitter
|Wade is officially listed as day-to-day but all signs point to him being in the starting lineup when Miami returns from their week-long hiatus to face the visiting Bulls.|
|Suns GM search narrows to two candidates||05-05-2013|
|Goran Dragic G PHO|
The Suns search for a new GM has reportedly been whittled down to two options -- Bucks assistant GM Jeff Weltman and Celtics assistant GM Ryan McDonough.
|Weltman was the early favorite for the job but McDonough may have gained ground after interviewing with Suns president Lon Babby and owner Robert Sarver this week. The Suns want a GM who will emphasize "advanced metrics," a welcome change for the team that inked Michael Beasley last summer.|
|Report: Derrick Rose won't return in playoffs||05-05-2013|
|Derrick Rose G CHI|
Derrick Rose said his status for the rest of the playoffs is "up in the air," but Adrian Wojnarowski contends that Rose has decided not to play this season.
|Wojo cites "sources with the direct knowledge" who claim Rose has made a choice to rest his surgically-repaired left knee for the duration of the playoffs. The Bulls are used to playing without their resident MVP and they're simply hoping to have Kirk Hinrich (calf) and Luol Deng (illness) in uniform for Game 1 on Monday.|
|Report: Lakers' Plan A is to keep Pau Gasol||05-05-2013|
|Pau Gasol F LAL|
The Lakers' "Plan A" this summer is to keep Pau Gasol and maintain the core of their current roster, according to Mark Heisler.
Mark Heisler on Twitter
|Gasol has an expiring $19.3 million contract which the Lakers were widely expected to shop around, but it's anybody's guess how L.A.'s summer will play out. Kobe is recovering from Achilles surgery, Metta World Peace has a $7.7 million early-termination option, and three key frontcourt players are heading into unrestricted free agency -- Dwight Howard, Earl Clark and Antawn Jamison.|
|Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) ready for Game 1||05-05-2013|
|Carmelo Anthony F NY|
Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) reiterated that he'll be fine for the Knicks' Game 1 matinee vs. the Pacers on Sunday.
New York Post
|"Only time I really feel it is when it's getting hit extremely hard, getting yanked on or something like that," Melo said. "I'll be ready to rock at 3:30." The Pacers' elite defense held the Knicks to 91.8 points in four games this season, and Melo himself shot under 40 percent. We're likely to see some brutal low-scoring games, and Melo's individual matchup with Paul George could be the deciding factor in the series.|
|Matt Barnes recruited to Clips by Chris Paul?||05-05-2013|
|Matt Barnes F LAC|
Matt Barnes suggested that he and fellow free agent Chris Paul "have already been talking about" re-signing with the Clippers next season.
ESPN Los Angeles
|"He's obviously the franchise player but we also talked about what I was thinking about doing," said Barnes. "Without giving anything away, he was doing his job [in recruiting me]." For his part, CP3 has consistently said that he's unsure what he'll do this summer.|
|Chauncey Billups hopes to play two more years||05-05-2013|
|Chauncey Billups G DET|
Chauncey Billups said he feels "as good as he has in two years," and he hopes to play two more years in the NBA.
|The 37-year-old veteran hopes to re-sign with the Clippers, after which he wants to move into a front-office job. "My desire has never been to coach," he said. "I would feel better about being in management and putting a team together." As for the rest of his playing career, staying healthy remains the obvious key to Billups' success.|