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The Jazz listed Rudy Gobert (mild left ankle sprain) as probable to face the Clippers in Game 7 on Sunday.

He said he is going to play and coach Quin Snyder had some comments about Gobert suiting up. "There will be some carry over from that [ankle injury]. He was hurting enough to not be effective," Snyder said. "He didn’t finish the game, so hopefully it’s a quick turn, but sometimes those things in the course of a day or a day-and-a-half, you improve. He knows what’s at stake." Gobert may be somewhat limited, but his rim protection may be the most important factor in Game 7. The Clippers relentlessly attack the rim when he's off the court.
Apr 29 - 9:50 PM

Alec Burks (knee) remains out for Sunday.

He is out indefinitely with his PRP treatment to his left knee. Burks is not in the rotation and staying healthy has been a tough task for the slashing guard.
Apr 29 - 9:46 PM

Marc Gasol said his main goal this offseason is to work on his rebounding.

"Obviously, rebounding is an issue for me," Gasol said. He's actually not bad at getting a rebound when he has a chance, but the stats say he's out of position a lot. Among the 176 players to log at least 24 minutes per game, Gasol ranked 41st in contested rebounding percentage, but he ranked just 91st in rebounding chance percentage. In other words, he should improve on getting better position before the shot hits the rim than after it. If Gasol can add 104 treys this season to his previous career total of just 12, maybe he can increase his boards from 6.4 per game in 2016-17 to closer to 10 in 2017-18.
Apr 29 - 9:16 PM

Restricted free agent JaMychal Green said he wants to return to the Grizzlies next season.

"Memphis feels like home," Green said. The 26-year-old, undrafted power forward had a mini breakout season and had several eye-popping defensive showings. He did tail off a little late in the season, but the Grizzlies should still have a ton of interest in bringing him back, assuming another team doesn't go crazy with an offer sheet.
Apr 29 - 9:04 PM

Julius Randle pledged to work like a "beast" in the offseason.

Beast Mode is apparently back in two spots in Cali. Randle said he will try to develop his jump shot and keep working on his finishing at the rim, particularly with his right hand. Randle was below the league average within eight feet at just 55.0 percent, which is very important for him because 70.4 percent of his shots came in that range. With the Lakers not likely to have much depth up front and being at just 22 years old, Randle could be even better next year.
Apr 29 - 8:55 PM

Ian Mahinmi (calf) remains out for Game 1 against the Celtics.

The Wizards haven't missed him too much. Jason Smith has been serviceable as a backup center to go with his PF minutes, and the Wizards have gone with Markieff Morris at the five on occasion. Marcin Gortat may have a tough time on Al Horford and all the pick-and-roll action the Celtics will be running.
Apr 29 - 7:08 PM

Taurean Prince will play in Summer League.

Even with the Hawks somewhat healthy, Prince ranked fourth on the team for playoff minutes. Prince was still assisted on 79.3 percent of his buckets in the playoffs, so he still needs to work on getting his own shot. He'll get the chance to increase his scoring arsenal in July and could add to his fantasy ceiling. If Paul Millsap leaves, Prince will be a fantasy sleeper.
Apr 29 - 6:58 PM

Avery Bradley said he knows Isaiah Thomas will be prepared for Game 1 on Sunday.

In case you missed it, coach Brad Stevens said he's fine with the idea of Thomas staying with his family following his sister's funeral on Saturday in Washington state. The sense around the team is that Thomas will be back and ready to go. While he didn't bust out in the first round, he was efficient in the second half against the Bulls with a 64.3 true shooting percentage.
Apr 29 - 5:55 PM

Denzel Valentine will play in Summer League.

The Bulls may have just lost four games in a row during the 2016-17 playoffs, but you can't take away their 2016 Las Vegas Summer League championship. Valentine was expected to be a pro-ready guard and he was behind an injury-prone Dwyane Wade, but Valentine's rookie season was a mild letdown. We saw another NBA-ready Michigan State guard, Gary Harris, bust out in his second Summer League to set up two terrific seasons, so maybe Valentine can follow in his footsteps.
Apr 29 - 5:50 PM

DeAndre Bembry will play in Summer League.

The No. 21 pick of the 2016 draft was slightly better than expected. His highlight had to be defending James Harden in a thrilling comeback in Houston on national TV back on Feb. 2. However, Bembry has fallen way behind Taurean Prince, who also has more positional flexibility. Bembry could shine in Summer League.
Apr 29 - 5:45 PM

Coach Brad Stevens said he's not sure if he'll make a lineup change for Game 1 on Sunday.

He has an interesting choice. On the one hand, he has the red-hot starting lineup with Gerald Green in it. On the other, he has the usual starters with Amir Johnson, which killed the Wizards in 17 minutes during the regular season with a 145.6 offensive rating. He could actually even go with Marcus Smart to maximize his time on John Wall.
Apr 29 - 5:41 PM

Bobby Portis played through a third-degree foot burn for the last two months.

He said he burned his foot on a heat pack back on Mar. 4. This isn't "Rajon Rondo fell in the shower" strange, but it's still an odd injury. "The heat pack burned me before the game," Portis said. "I was actually on the [trainer's] table. I couldn't feel it. I had my headphones in, but I didn't feel [the pack] burn through. ... Ever since then, it's been hurting." Portis said he didn't reveal the injury because he didn't want to lose his minutes, so maybe that explains the inconsistent play -- probably not. He'll have added opportunity next year, especially if the Bulls don't bring back Nikola Mirotic. Portis is not planning to play in Summer League to defend his title.
Apr 29 - 5:28 PM

Kevin Durant will be a full go for the first round.

With the Warriors off since Monday, KD has enjoyed his time off and even said the team was banged up. You may have seen a picture of Durant at a San Francisco Giants baseball game taking a picture with cupcakes and Giants mascot Lou Seal -- yeah, that's a seal named Lou. He'll get a tougher matchup in the second round, but KD is likely going to tear it up.
Apr 29 - 3:40 PM

Shaun Livingston (hand, finger) is still questionable for Game 1 on Tuesday.

Even the full week off didn't get him all the way back. The Warriors didn't miss Livingston whatsoever because Ian Clark just kills the Blazers. That may be different in the second round.
Apr 29 - 3:36 PM

Matt Barnes (ankle) is probable for Game 1 on Tuesday.

He did not play at all in the first series due to an ankle sprain way back on Apr. 8. The Warriors added Barnes to help fill the void left from the Kevin Durant injury, so he's probably not going to play much in the playoffs. Plus, Andre Iguodala has been a difference maker.
Apr 29 - 3:33 PM



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