NBA Player News
|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 done for the NBA playoffs because of an ankle injury, dealing another blow to a team that already trails Cleveland 2-0 in the Eastern Conference final. The Hawks announced Saturday that Korver has a severe high right ankle sprain. A foot and ankle specialist will determine the best court of treatment, but he definitely won't play again in the postseason.
Analysis: Korver rolled his right ankle during a scramble for a loose ball late in the third quarter of Game 2 Friday night. He hobbled off the court, went straight to the locker room and didn't return. The 34-year-old Korver was selected for his first All-Star Game this season and became Atlanta's top 3-point threat. But he struggled to get open looks in the playoffs.
|5/22/2015||Kyrie Irving, Cle, G|
|Irving took part in the team's shootaround Sunday but sat out a second straight game in the Eastern Conference finals with an injured left knee.
Analysis: Irving wore a new brace on his knee for the second day in a row. He worked on his shooting and did some cutting at the team's facility. Irving also missed Game 2 in Atlanta on Friday, but the Cavs are 3-0 against the Hawks without him.
|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.
|5/20/2015||Stephen Curry, GS, G|
|Curry has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league's anti-flopping rules against the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Analysis: The league says the flop occurred after Curry's 3-pointer with 3:07 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Warriors' 110-106 victory on Tuesday night. Curry made the shot and fell to the court after getting bumped by defender Terrence Jones.
|5/20/2015||Ognjen Kuzmic, GS, C|
|Kuzmic has a sprained left ankle for the Warriors.
Analysis: Kuzmic's status for the remainder of the Western Conference finals is in doubt.
|5/20/2015||DeMarre Carroll, Atl, F|
|An MRI on DeMarre Carroll's left knee showed no structural damage, and he hopes to play for Atlanta in Friday night's Game 2 against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Carroll's agent said Thursday.
Analysis: Carroll was hurt when his knee appeared to buckle as he was driving to the basket with about 5 minutes remaining in the game. Carroll has been Atlanta's leading scorer in the postseason with 17.1 points per game. He also is the team's top defensive player and was assigned to Cavaliers star LeBron James most of the game.
|5/19/2015||Dwight Howard, Hou, F-C|
|Howard will play against the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. The Rockets made the announcement about 30 minutes before Thursday night's game. Howard had been questionable to play with a sprained left knee.
Analysis: He ran sprints to test his knee during pregame warmups at Oracle Arena. During the portion of the morning shootaround in San Francisco open to reporters, Howard worked on his post-up game - turnaround hook shots, short floaters and even a few dunks. Howard hurt his knee in a first-quarter collision with teammate Josh Smith in Golden State's series-opening win Tuesday night.
|5/18/2015||Kyrie Irving, Cle, G|
|Irving returned to practice and says his leg injuries will not keep him off the court for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Analysis: Irving sat out Cleveland's practice Saturday and spent the weekend receiving treatment on tendinitis in his left knee and a sprained right foot as the Cavs rested for their series against the Atlanta Hawks. On Monday, Irving said the time off helped and he feels 'pretty good' going into Wednesday's series opener.
|5/18/2015||LaMarcus Aldridge, Por, F-C|
|Aldridge had surgery Monday to repair a ligament in his left thumb.
Analysis: The team said in a statement that Aldridge is expected to be able to return to basketball activity in about eight weeks. Aldridge, a four-time All-Star, averaged 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds during the regular season, playing with the injured thumb for part of that time. He averaged 21.8 points and 11.2 rebounds in the playoffs.
|5/18/2015||Andrew Wiggins, Min, G-F|
|Wiggins is the only unanimous selection for the NBA's All-Rookie first team.
Analysis: Wiggins received all 130 votes Monday from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters in the U.S. and Canada. He averaged 16.9 points, tops in the class, and his 36.2 minutes per game ranked fourth in the NBA. The rest of the first team was Chicago's Nikola Mirotic, Philadelphia's Nerlens Noel, Orlando's Elfrid Payton and Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson.
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