NBA Player News

Tuesday, April 22

  • 04/22/14 - 2:20PM ETAndrew Bogut : (Ribs) Out Indefinitely, No Change In Status
    Bogut (ribs) remains listed as out indefinitely. There has been no change in his status, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
    Bogut has a broken rib and is doubtful to return during the playoffs. Our guess is that the Warriors would have to make it fairly deep into the playoffs for there to even be a chance of Bogut returning to action this season.
  • 04/22/14 - 2:17PM ETAl Jefferson : (Foot) Might Be Game-Time Decision Wednesday
    Jefferson (foot) might be a game-time decision for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Heat, the Charlotte Observer reports.
    This report is largely speculation on the part of the beat writer from the Observer. Apparently, coach Steve Clifford seemed "less than certain" that Jefferson would play Wednesday, but given that all we've heard out of Jefferson is that he will indeed play, it seems more likely that Jefferson does his best to fight through the injury.
  • 04/22/14 - 11:39AM ETJeremy Lin : (Illness) Did Not Practice Tuesday
    Lin did not participate in practice Tuesday as he was experiencing flu-like symptoms, Rockets.com reports.
    Lin played well in Game 1, scoring 14 points, grabbing six boards and dishing out four assists. But his status for Game 2 may be in jeopardy with this illness. Consider him day-to-day and a game-time decision for Wednesday's Game 2.
  • 04/22/14 - 10:41AM ETAl Jefferson : (Foot) May Miss Shootaround Tuesday
    According to coach Steve Clifford, Jefferson may not participate in shootaround Wednesday before the team's Game 2 matchup with the Heat, the Charlotte Observer reports.
    Jefferson did not participate in practice Tuesday because of the tear in his plantar fascia that he suffered in Game 1. He has come out and said that he will play through the injury, but it would be wise to check on his status before Wednesday's game. The Bobcats certainly need Jefferson in the lineup, as they are already down a game to the second-seeded Heat in the series.
  • 04/22/14 - 9:24AM ETMario Chalmers : (Shin) Does Not Practice Tuesday
    Chalmers (shin) did not practice Tuesday and is considered day-to-day ahead of Wednesday's Game 2 versus Charlotte, the Heat's official Twitter account reports.
    Chalmers suffered a right shin contusion early in Sunday's playoff opener. Not considered serious, Chalmers played through the ailment, recording seven points and two assists in 25 minutes against the Bobcats. By not participating in Tuesday's practice, Chalmers should be rested for Game 2. Although he's listed as day-to-day, it's a near certainty Chalmers will play and keep his starting point guard position.

Monday, April 21

  • 04/21/14 - 5:38PM ETNerlens Noel : Intends To Play Summer League
    Noel (knee) intends to participate in summer league during the offseason, the Delaware County Daily Times reports.
    Noel was unable to participate in any games this season, as he spent the time rehabbing the ACL that he tore while in college. He'll likely be the most interesting player to watch this summer because he has yet to play an NBA game but spent the year with the Sixers nonetheless. Regarding his value heading into the regular season, Noel stands a good chance of getting significant minutes since his team unloaded all of its relevant players to focus on the future. His actual ability on the court really can't be judged until he takes his first reps in summer league against other NBA caliber players.
  • 04/21/14 - 4:04PM ETDamian Lillard : (Thigh) Good for Wednesday
    Lillard was kneed in the thigh during Sunday's playoff game against the Rockets, but it's not serious and he'll be available Wednesday for Game 2, Ultimate Rockets reports.
    Lillard said the injury just amounted to a bruise, so there's no need to be concerned about his status heading into Wednesday. He provided a stellar box score in Game 1, and Game 2 could bring more of the same.
  • 04/21/14 - 3:18PM ETTayshaun Prince : (Illness) Will Play Monday
    Prince (illness) is feeling much better Monday and will take the court against the Thunder for Game 2, after seeing just four minutes in a Game 1 loss, the Grizzlies' official site reports.
    Prince said he rarely gets ill to the extent that he did before Game 1, but even when healthy, he's a dicey option in most playoff formats. Still, we would expect him to see plenty of run in Game 2.
  • 04/21/14 - 1:35PM ETChris Paul : Receiving Treatment On Hammy
    Paul has been receiving treatment on his right hamstring but is "okay" to play Monday in Game 2 against the Warriors, the Orange County Register reports.
    Any issues that Paul may have had with the hamstring didn't seem to effect him at all in Game 1 as he led the Clippers in scoring with 28 points in 36 minutes. Unless Paul does something to further any injury to his hamstring on Monday, he should still see his usual amount of minutes and fantasy production in Game 2.
  • 04/21/14 - 10:15AM ETAl Jefferson : (Foot) Day-To-Day, No Practice Tuesday
    Jefferson (foot) will not practice Tuesday and is considered day-to-day ahead of Wednesday's Game 2 against the Heat, the Miami Herald reports.
    Jefferson reportedly suffered a tear in relation to the plantar fasciitis in his left foot during Sunday's Game 1 in Miami. Although the injury caused Jefferson to make a brief locker room visit, he still recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes of play. Nonetheless, Jefferson was clearly limited by his foot throughout the contest. Now wearing a walking boot, Jefferson has undergone an MRI to further determine the extent of his injury. While he's slated to miss Tuesday's practice, Jefferson still hopes to play Wednesday. With that in mind, Jefferson is considered a game-time decision for Game 2, making him a risky fantasy option or survivor pool selection.
  • 04/21/14 - 9:34AM ETPatrick Beverley : Expected To Play In Game 2
    Beverley (knee) has been cleared to play in Wednesday's Game 2 against the Blazers, Yahoo! Sports reports.
    Beverley sustained a knock to his injured right knee during Sunday's Game 1 loss, but medical examination afterward revealed no new damage. The point guard recently missed eight games due to a torn meniscus, so it's fortunate that he avoided another extended setback. A tough-minded defender, Beverley is expected to play through whatever discomfort on Wednesday, although his situation will probably result in Jeremy Lin handling additional point guard duties.
  • 04/21/14 - 7:17AM ETManu Ginobili : Will Be At Practice After Birth Of Child
    Ginobili's wife gave birth to their third child Monday, but he is still expected to be at practice Monday afternoon, which means he's unlikely to miss any games, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
    Ginobili tweeted that his wife and child are happy and healthy, so it seems the timing of the birth is going to make it possible for him to avoid missing any time.
  • 04/21/14 - 7:14AM ETTony Parker : Fiancee Due Within Next Few Weeks
    Parker's fiance is due to give birth sometime in the next few weeks, and depending on the timing of the birth, it's possible that he may miss a game at some point, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
    Both Manu Ginobili and Parker have a child on the way, with Ginobili's possibly coming as soon as Monday. While there's no specific mention in the story about whether or not either of them have said they would miss a game, that's often left to the player's discretion in these situations.
  • 04/21/14 - 6:57AM ETPatrick Beverley : (Knee) To Undergo MRI Monday
    Beverley has a sprained right knee and will undergo an MRI on Monday to check and see if he aggravated the torn meniscus injury that held him out of eight games near the end of the regular season, Yahoo! Sports reports.
    Beverley played 38 minutes in Sunday's Game 1 overtime loss to the Trail Blazers, but his aggressive play appears to have taken its toll on his body. It'd be great if Beverley could find a way to be aggressive and be an agitator without destroying his body, but if you watch him play, it's hard to imagine him dialing it back on the court. While we'll probably get an announcement before the Rockets' next game Wednesday, if you're planning ahead, survivor pool players may want to consider using a Rocket or two in case they don't make it out of the first round.

Sunday, April 20

  • 04/20/14 - 7:19PM ETMarcin Gortat : Records Double-Double Sunday
    Gortat was able to record a double-double during Sunday's 37 minute outing against the Bulls in their Game 1 showdown. He finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and one block.
    Gortat is a double-double threat whenever he steps foot on the court. He was somewhat overshadowed by Nene Hilario's breakout performance, but Gortat was able to get his and will likely continue to do so for as long as the Wizards last in the playoffs.
  • 04/20/14 - 6:57PM ETNene Hilario : Starts and Scores 24 Points Sunday
    Hilario broke free from his minutes limit in the start Sunday by finishing with 24 points (11-17 FG, 2-5 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 35 minutes during Game 1.
    Hilario finished the regular season by coming off the bench and playing no more than 24 minutes in any of the four games since he returned from a two-month absence. That all changed in Sunday's outing. Based from this performance, Hilario looks like he's ready for a full workload throughout the Wizards' run in the playoffs.
  • 04/20/14 - 5:43PM ETShane Battier : A Healthy Scratch Sunday
    Battier was a DNP-CD Sunday in the Heat's Game 1 win over the Bobcats.
    This doesn't mean that we won't see Battier in this series, or in the playoffs, but it does mean that trusting any Heat reserve is a gamble for fantasy players, as the rotations are often inconsistent.
  • 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.
 
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