NBA Player News

Sunday, April 20

  • 04/20/14 - 4:01PM ETAl Jefferson : (Foot) Plans to Keep Playing
    Jefferson suffered a tear in relation to the plantar fasciitis in his foot Sunday and left the arena in a walking boot; however, he plans to continue to play with the injury, the AP reports.
    Jefferson left briefly in the first quarter and was given an injection to help with the injury before returning to play 35 minutes and post an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double to go with two blocks. This should make anyone who played Jefferson in a survivor pool very happy. While we hope Jefferson can fight through the injury to give the Bobcats at least their due against the Heat, virtually every report that has ever come out about plantar fasciitis injuries in the NBA has included a paragraph or two about how problematic and painful the injury can be. This is a big blow to the Bobcats.
  • 04/20/14 - 3:24PM ETNene Hilario : Starting at Power Forward Sunday
    Nene will start at power forward Sunday, the Washington Post reports.
    Nene missed nearly two months with a sprained MCL in his left knee this season and has been held to a minutes limit in a bench role since returning. We're unclear whether the minutes limit has been lifted, but the fact that Nene is back in the starting lineup looks promising for his fantasy value in playoffs leagues.
  • 04/20/14 - 1:20PM ETTayshaun Prince : (Illness) Expected To Start Monday
    Prince (illness) practiced Sunday and is expected to start Monday's Game 2 against the Thunder, FOX Sports Memphis reports.
    Prince's stomach illness limited him to just four minutes in Game 1, which allowed Tony Allen to play more extensively. While Allen should continue to receive significant minutes, Prince is expected to start Monday night now that he's feeling better.
  • 04/20/14 - 1:05PM ETAl Jefferson : (Foot) Suffered Left Plantar Fascia Sprain
    Jefferson suffered a left plantar fascia sprain during the first quarter of Sunday's playoff game in Miami, the Bobcats' official Twitter account reports.
    Jefferson scored eight points (4-4 FG) in 10 minutes prior to leaving Sunday's game. After a visit to Charlotte's locker room, it appears he will be able to return, representing a boost for both the Bobcats and Jefferson's fantasy owners.
  • 04/20/14 - 12:00PM ETTim Duncan : Bypasses Injury Scare
    Duncan took a brief visit to the Spurs' locker room after bumping knees with Mavericks guard Monta Ellis during the third quarter of Sunday's playoff opener, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
    Duncan limped away from the scene and took a quick trip to the locker room after spending a few minutes stretching his knee on the bench. By all indications, Duncan appears to be fine and he was able to re-enter the game, but following a hyper-extension in the same knee earlier this month, it's a situation worth taking note of.
  • 04/20/14 - 10:58AM ETMichael Beasley : (Ankle) Did Not Play In Game 1
    Beasley (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's Game 1 against the Bobcats, the Charlotte Observer reports.
    Beasley exited Wednesday's regular season finale after spraining his right ankle, which apparently has not healed enough for him to be available for Miami's playoff opener. Over the past month, Beasley had not featured much in the Heat's rotation, so his absence doesn't hold many fantasy implications. Nonetheless, expect Beasley to have his status updated ahead of Wednesday's Game 2.
  • 04/20/14 - 6:26AM ETAlan Anderson : (Abdomen) Returned Saturday
    Anderson (abdomen) returned to the court Saturday after a four-game absence. He finished Game 1 with six points, two rebounds, one assist and two steals in 19 minutes.
    Anderson was able to make a timely return to the court and helped lift his Nets over the Raptors in Game 1 of their series. He will likely provide a similar box score when the teams clash again Tuesday.

Saturday, April 19

  • 04/19/14 - 7:22PM ETPaul George : (Quad) Scores 24 In Loss
    George led the Pacers with 24 points (6-18 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 9-12 FT) in addition to 10 rebounds, five assists, four steals, and two blocks in 41 minutes in the loss to Atlanta on Saturday. He suffered a left quad contusion in the third quarter, but was able to return.
    George suffered through another poor shooting performance which took away from his fine all-around game. Granted, he did not get much offensive help, but George is going to have to be more judicious with his shot selection. He did get plenty of free throws, but will need more help on offense.
  • 04/19/14 - 7:01PM ETJeff Teague : Scores Game-High 28 In Win
    Teague burned Indiana for 28 points (9-19 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 9-10 FT) with five assists in 35 minutes in the win over Indiana on Saturday.
    Teague's quickness, particularly to the basket, appeared to be a problem for the once defensively stout Pacers. His forays to the rim helped get Roy Hibbert in foul trouble. If Teague can continue to play this well, the Hawks could pull off the big upset.
  • 04/19/14 - 6:53PM ETPaul Millsap : Scores 25 In Win
    Millsap scored 25 points (7-17 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 9-11 FT) with eight rebounds in 36 minutes in the win over Indiana in Game 1 on Saturday.
    Millsap had not played well during the regular season against Indiana, but he threw off past performances and came through with a big game. To pull the 8-1 upset, the Hawks will need Millsap to continue to play effectively.
  • 04/19/14 - 4:04PM ETDanny Granger : (Hamstring) Able To Play in Game 1
    Granger (hamstring) played 12 minutes and scored three points (1-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT) in the Game 1 loss to Golden State on Saturday.
    Granger missed the last nine games of the regular season. Prior to that, he played limited minutes off the Clippers' bench when he was healthy and is unlikely to be a major force in this series.
  • 04/19/14 - 3:59PM ETDeAndre Jordan : Tallies Double-Double Saturday
    Jordan provided 11 points (4-5 FG, 3-8 FT) with 14 rebounds and five blocks in 45 minutes in the Game 1 loss to Golden State on Saturday. He had seven turnovers.
    Jordan had a nice game on the defensive end, and the Clippers don't have a viable backup, if coach Doc Rivers doesn't want to play Ryan Hollis and Glen Davis in important minutes. The center has the potential to get double-doubles in every game of the series.
  • 04/19/14 - 3:52PM ETChris Paul : Team-High 28 Points Saturday
    Paul scored a team-high 28 points (10-23 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 3-6 FT) with seven rebounds, eight assists, and four steals in 36 minutes in the Game 1 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.
    Paul nearly brought the Clippers back from an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter. He made up for a foul-plagued Blake Griffin and scored his most points since recording 30 against the Rockets on Mar. 29.
  • 04/19/14 - 3:49PM ETBlake Griffin : Fouls Out Saturday
    Griffin was limited to 19 minutes, before fouling out in the Game 1 loss to the Warriors on Saturday. He had 16 points (6-13 FG, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, and three assists.
    Griffin was taken out of the game in the early going. While he scored well on a per-minute basis, the Clippers will need one of their two superstars to stay on the court. He only fouled out four times during the regular season.
  • 04/19/14 - 1:12PM ETRobert Covington : Sent Back to D-League
    Covington has been optioned back to Rio Grande Valley of the D-League.
    Covington will once again head back to the D-League, enabling him to join the Vipers for Saturday's playoff game against the Santa Cruz Warriors. He'll likely rejoin the Rockets on Sunday for Game 1 versus the Blazers. While Covington is one of Rio Grande Valley's top players -- he was named D-League Rookie of the Year on Saturday -- chances are he won't see the floor in the NBA postseason.
  • 04/19/14 - 11:21AM ETFestus Ezeli : (Knee) Unlikely To Play This Postseason
    Ezeli (knee) is unlikely to take the court this postseason, as coach Mark Jackson said that he's out Saturday and there is "no hope anytime soon," Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears reports.
    Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely, and Jermaine O'Neal will get the start at center, with the Warriors using a small-ball lineup frequently with Draymond Green.
  • 04/19/14 - 11:17AM ETDraymond Green : Didn't Start Saturday
    Green won't get the start Saturday, but coach Mark Jackson said he'll "play a lot," the Clippers' official site reports.
    Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely, and Jermaine O'Neal will start at center. Even when Green sees big minutes, he's not necessarily a good option for counting stats, but it's worth noting that he's expected to be a major part of the Warriors' rotation.
  • 04/19/14 - 10:57AM ETDanny Granger : (Hamstring) Available for Game 1
    Granger (hamstring) will be available to take the court for Game 1 of the Clippers' first-round series against the Warriors, the Orange County Register's Dan Woike reports.
    Granger missed the final nine games of the regular season but will take the court in the playoffs, as expected. He's unlikely to see major minutes, so unless it's a deep playoff league, he should go unused.
  • 04/19/14 - 7:05AM ETAndrew Bogut : (Ribs) Out Saturday, Unlikely To Return in Postseason
    Bogut (ribs) will not play Saturday and is unlikely to return during the playoffs, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
    Bogut is officially out indefinitely, but the feeling expressed by some of the Warriors beat writers is that he won't be able to play this postseason. The Warriors would have to get through the Clippers and then likely the Thunder just to get to the Western Conference finals. If they can make it that far, it might be possible that they could go far enough into the playoffs that Bogut could eventually return. We're not holding our breath, though.
  • 04/19/14 - 6:43AM ETJermaine O'Neal : Starting at Center Saturday
    O'Neal will start at center Saturday with Andrew Bogut (ribs) sidelined, FoxNews reports.
    O'Neal started 11 games at center during the regular season, averaging 10.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 26 minutes per game. It's possible the Warriors could extend O'Neal's minutes with the games counting for more in the playoffs, but in general, O'Neal will likely only be an option in daily leagues and in deeper playoff leagues. The Warriors are matching up against the Clippers, and most prognosticators have the Clip Mode Squad advancing.
  • 04/19/14 - 6:42AM ETJoakim Noah : (Personal) Missed Practice Friday
    Noah missed Friday's practice to attend to a personal matter, the Chicago Tribune reports.
    Noah intends to be back with the team Saturday so there's no chance that he'll be unavailable for Sunday's playoff matchup with the Wizards. This will be the first game of the series.

Friday, April 18

  • 04/18/14 - 4:39PM ETNick Calathes : Suspended 20 Games
    Calathes will be suspended 20 games for violating the league's drug policy, Yahoo Sports reports.
    Calathes tested positive for Tamoxifen, a part of an over-the counter athletic supplement, and will serve a 20-game suspension effective immediately. Unless the Grizzlies' make the Western Conference Finals, his suspension should keep him out for the duration of the playoffs. He averaged 15 minutes for the past two weeks, and Mike Conley, Memphis' starting point guard, could play a bit more to make up for the rotation hole. The majority of Calathes' minutes should go to the little-used Beno Udrih.
  • 04/18/14 - 2:23PM ETDarrell Arthur : Likely Exercising Option
    Arthur (knee) is expected to exercise his player option for next season, the Denver Post reports.
    If Arthur does, indeed, exercise the option, it will keep him in Denver for at least one more season while paying him $3.4 million. When asked if he's thought much about the decision, Arthur stated: "Not really. I look on coming back though. I don't see myself going anywhere. We'll see. I really want to stay, so hopefully everything works out." The former Kansas standout averaged 5.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 68 games this season. He sat out the final two contests with a severely bruised knee.
  • 04/18/14 - 11:50AM ETKendall Marshall : Lakers to Pick Up Option
    The Lakers plan to pick up Marshall's team option for next year, Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News reports.
    The move will cost the Lakers under one million dollars and the team needs to keep some players on the roster since they have so many upcoming free agents. In addition to making financial sense, the move will give the Lakers a decent bench point guard for the upcoming season. This past season, Marshall played in 54 games and started 45, where he averaged 8 points, and 8.8 assists in 29 minutes per game.
  • 04/18/14 - 11:33AM ETPau Gasol : Lakers Want Him Back
    Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak indicated Friday that the team would like to bring Gasol back next season. "Absolutely he's a priority," Kupchak said. "If you look at the free agents, there probably isn't anyone as good as Pau on the board."
    Gasol's 2013-14 ended early, as a bout with vertigo kept him sidelined for the last few weeks of the season. When in the lineup, though, Gasol provided his typical production, averaging 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 48.0 percent from the field. While it's unclear at this point what direction the Lakers intend to go as a franchise, it appears as though bringing back the free agent center is a distinct possibility. The 33-year-old figures to have no shortage of suitors, however.
  • 04/18/14 - 10:08AM ETRamon Sessions : Interested In Sticking With Bucks
    Sessions, whose contract has expired and is a free agent, would welcome a return to the Bucks, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. He said, "It was my first home and a team that gave me a chance when nobody else did. I want to stay loyal to them like they did to me."
    The Bucks drafted Sessions with the 56th overall pick in 2007, and reacquired him in a trade deadline deal with the Bobcats. It is a good sign that he would like to come back, but with new ownership in Milwaukee, the team may decide to go in another direction. He played in 28 games with the Bucks this season, averaging 15.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 32.5 minutes. It is also interesting to note that because of the trade, Sessions played in 83 games this season.
  • 04/18/14 - 9:52AM ETGiannis Antetokounmpo : Plans To Add Offseason Muscle
    Antetokounmpo says that he plans to work on his body and getting stronger this offseason, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. He said, ""I'm going to continue working on my body for sure because I have to get a lot stronger. Coach said my progress was very nice, so I'm just going to try to get some more progress and get better, stronger and bigger."
    Antetokounmpo is only 19 years old, so he still has time to grow and fill out his 6' 9.5" frame. He also said that he plans to work on his shooting, dribbling, and defensive awareness in the upcoming offseason. Antetokounmpo played in 77 games in his rookie campaign, averaging 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds. 1.9 assists, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 steals in 24.6 minutes per game.
  • 04/18/14 - 8:49AM ETShaun Livingston : (Toe) Practices Friday
    Livingston (toe) practiced Friday and expects to play in Game 1 of Saturday's playoff series against the Raptors, ESPN New York reports.
    Livingston missed the final five games of the regular season due to a sprained toe, but the time off should allow him to return for Saturday's playoff opener. Should that prove true, it's likely Livingston would reclaim his starting position, moving Andrei Kirilenko back to a reserve role.
  • 04/18/14 - 7:43AM ETEnes Kanter : Addresses Disappointing Season
    Kanter addressed his disappointing season by saying that he should have received more playing time (26.7 minutes per game) but that he also thought his body was in better shape in past years, the Jazz's Official Site reports. In addition the third-year player mentioned that he plans on working on his three-point shooting ability during the offseason, even though he's only connected on one three-point attempt in his career.
    Kanter fell below expectations despite being healthy and playing in 80 games. His team continually performed better with him on the sidelines even though he was able to produce well as an individual. This put coach Ty Corbin between a rock and a hard place which resulted in Kanter barely spending more time on the court than the bench this season. The attempt to extend his shooting range seems like it may be a bit audacious in lieu of progressing his game in the paint, but perhaps it will add a beneficial wrinkle to his repertoire that will likely be miniscule at best.
  • 04/18/14 - 6:24AM ETAl Horford : (Shoulder) Will Not Participate In Playoffs
    Horford (shoulder) will not be able to participate at any point during the Hawks' series with the Pacers, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
    This news isn't too surprising considering that it has been unofficially stated up until this point. Of course, the deeper the Hawks go in the playoffs, the possibility of Horford returning grows. However, they have a daunting matchup with the Pacers and Horford would likely still be doubtful heading even further into the postseason.
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