NBA Player News
|5/28/2015||Klay Thompson, GS, G-F|
|Thompson has a concussion after getting kneed in the side of the head by Houston's Trevor Ariza. Thompson received stitches in his right ear and passed a concussion test during the game that would have allowed him to return. The Warriors did not need him as they won the game 104-90 to clinch the series.
Analysis: The Warriors said Thompson developed concussion symptoms after the game and will be evaluated by the medical staff. Thompson must pass the concussion protocol before he can return to play.
|5/27/2015||LeBron James, Cle, F|
|James wrapped up Cleveland's four-game sweep of Atlanta with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Analysis: James now heads to the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive year.
|5/27/2015||Al Horford, Atl, F-C|
|Horford scored only two points Tuesday as Atlanta was eliminated from the postseason.
Analysis: Horford wasn't the only member of the Hawks to disappoint, but his point total in Game 4 was a steep decline from his previous average of 15.3 this postseason.
|5/27/2015||J.R. Smith, Cle, G-F|
|Smith had 18 points and 10 rebounds Tuesday in Cleveland's Game 4 victory.
Analysis: It was the second consecutive double-double for Smith, who heads to the NBA Finals for the first time in his career.
|5/26/2015||James Harden, Hou, G-F|
|Harden was outstanding in Houston's Game 4 win on Monday.
Analysis: Harden scored 45 points with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks to keep the Rockets alive in the Western Conference Finals. It was a career-high postseason scoring total for Harden.
|5/26/2015||Draymond Green, GS, F|
|Green played well in a losing effort Monday.
Analysis: Green posted a double-double with 21 points and 15 rebounds in Golden State's Game 4 loss. He also tallied five blocks, despite the Warriors' lackluster defensive effort.
|5/25/2015||Stephen Curry, GS, G|
|Curry says he has no lingering effects from his frightening fall and is ready to play Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.
Analysis: Curry said he was coherent and ''ready to go'' after the Warriors held their morning shootaround Wednesday in preparation for a potential clincher against the Rockets. Golden State leads the series 3-1.
|5/24/2015||Stephen Curry, GS, G|
|Curry was scintillating and sensational Saturday night to help the Warriors take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
Analysis: Curry scored 40 points as he was unstoppable, making seven 3-pointers to break the NBA record for most 3s in the playoffs in a season with 64. The baby-faced MVP had 37 points after three quarters and finished with seven assists and five boards. Game 4 is Memorial Day at Toyota Center.
|5/24/2015||James Harden, Hou, G-F|
|Harden misfired early and often Saturday night.
Analysis: Harden finished with 17 points behind 10-of-11 free-throw shooting, but made just 3 of 16 shots as the Rockets dropped three straight for the first time all season. Their season is on the line in Game 4 is Memorial Day at Toyota Center.
|5/24/2015||Dwight Howard, Hou, F-C|
|Howard had a double-double Saturday night.
Analysis: Howard, who played despite a knee injury suffered in Game 1, had 14 points and 14 rebounds. Game 4 is Memorial Day at Toyota Center.
|5/24/2015||Al Horford, Atl, F-C|
|Horford was ejected in the second quarter of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals for throwing an elbow at Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova. It's the second time in this series Dellavedova has been involved in a loose-ball situation. While diving for a ball in Game 2, he accidentally injured Atlanta's Kyle Korver, knocking him out of the playoffs with a severely sprained ankle.
Analysis: Horford and Dellavedova got tangled on the floor while scrambling for a loose ball. As Dellavedvoa was rolling up on his right knee, Horford brought his right arm down hard to the side of the scrappy guard's head. The officials took several minutes looking at the play on a video monitor before assessing Horford with a Flagrant 2 foul and ejecting him. He had 14 points.
|5/23/2015||Terrence Ross, Tor, G-F|
|Ross has had ankle surgery to remove bone spurs. The team says he had surgery in California on Friday, and he'll undergo rehabilitation in Toronto.
Analysis: Ross has averaged 9.8 points in a career-best 82 games this season. He's shot .373 from 3-point range in his career. No timetable has been set for a return to basketball activities.
|5/23/2015||Kyle Korver, Atl, G-F|
|Korver is facing a recovery period of three months after having surgery to repair ligament damage in his right ankle.
Analysis: The NBA's best 3-point shooter in the regular season, Korver was injured in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals when he was scrambling for a loose ball and his ankle was rolled on by Cleveland's Matthew Dellavedova.
|5/22/2015||Kyrie Irving, Cle, G|
|Irving returned from an ailing left knee to assist the Cavaliers' Eastern Conference finals sweep of Atlanta on Tuesday.
Analysis: After missing the prior two games, Irving had 16 points and five assists in an 118-88 romp in Cleveland.
|5/22/2015||DeMarre Carroll, Atl, F|
|Carroll was a surprise starter in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. The Hawks waited until seeing Carroll test his sprained left knee before finalizing their starting lineup less than 30 minutes before the game.
Analysis: Carroll took part in shootaround Friday morning and was questionable against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Carroll was injured with about 5 minutes left in Cleveland's Game 1 victory.
|5/21/2015||LeBron James, Cle, F|
|James led Cleveland with 31 points in Wednesday's win.
Analysis: James added eight boards and six assists to move one step closer to a fifth consecutive NBA Finals appearance.
|5/21/2015||J.R. Smith, Cle, G-F|
|Smith exploded for 28 points as he drilled eight 3-pointers in Wednesday's win.
Analysis: Smith has been a huge addition for the Cavaliers since he was acquired in January as part of a three-team trade with New York and Oklahoma City. A player once known for his selfishness, he had learned to work with within the confines of a team led by the effervescent LeBron James.
|5/21/2015||Jeff Teague, Atl, PG|
|Teague scored 27 points Wednesday as the Hawks coughed up home-court advantage.
Analysis: Teague finished two points shy of his highest effort in a playoff game and will match wits with the LeBron James-led Cavs again in Friday night's critical Game 2 at "The Highlight Factory."
|5/20/2015||Stephen Curry, GS, G|
|Curry had 34 points, six rebounds and five assists in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Analysis: Curry won another duel with fellow MVP candidate James Harden, who was magnificent in defeat.
|5/20/2015||James Harden, Hou, G-F|
|Harden was magnificent in defeat Tuesday.
Analysis: Harden just missed a triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals as he showed why he's a force and one of the game's most exciting talents.
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