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  • Vogel won't say for sure that Hibbert starts
    Coach Frank Vogel said "we'll see" during Thursday's post-game press conference when asked about starting Roy Hibbert for Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: He added he "probably" would start Hibbert, but the Pacers seriously have to consider making a change. The matchup against the Hawks and how they're being spread out has basically rendered Hibbert obsolete. Plus, it doesn't help he's shot a pathetic 18 percent in the paint over his last nine games, which doesn't even make sense. He has completely lost his confidence and there is a legitimate chance he gets bumped to the second unit.
    Yesterday, 11:35 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan continues to play big in win
    DeAndre Jordan grabbed 22 boards against the Warriors during Thursday's Game 3 98-96 win to go with 14 points and five blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: His 22 boards and five blocks matched franchise playoff records and he has been unbelievable in the paint this season. Jordan had a stretch of 22 consecutive games with at least 10 boards and one block this season, which is the second longest in NBA history behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 24. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin get a ton of press, but Jordan's improved play has gone a long way to the Clippers' success.
    Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 32 points in Game 3 win
    Blake Griffin scored a game-high 32 points during Thursday's 98-96 win over the Warriors to go with eight boards, three assists, two steals and one block in 44 minutes.

    Advice: He shot just 2-of-9 from the line and the Clippers made just 10-of-23 as a team, but that was really their only major negative. Interestingly, they shot better from the field at 46.5 percent than they did at the line at 43.5 percent. Griffin has almost been unstoppable and became the first Clipper since Elton Brand in 2006 to score 30 points in back-to-back games.
    Yesterday, 11:16 pm
  • Chris Paul double-doubles in win over GSW
    Chris Paul (hamstring) played 35 minutes during Thursday's 98-96 win over the Warriors with 15 points, two boards, 10 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been dealing with a very minor hamstring issue and it doesn't seem apparent when he's out there. Paul has really opened up his offensive game and he's attempted 20 treys in the three games, which is well above his season average of 3.4. He was also responsible for sticking Stephen Curry on the last shot and played tight defense to help seal the win.
    Yesterday, 11:11 pm
  • Matt Barnes hurts toe in win over Warriors
    Matt Barnes suffered a jammed left big toe on Thursday and was able to return, finishing with no points, three boards, two assists and four steals.

    Advice: After sustaining the injury, he was on the bench in serious pain while the training staff was adjusting his toe. Barnes isn't having a great series against one of his teams, averaging 5.0 points, 2.7 boards and 2.0 assists in three games. He will likely miss some practice time and should be considered questionable for Game 4.
    Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 26 points in loss
    Klay Thompson scored a team-high 26 points vs. the Clippers in Thursday's Game 3 loss, adding six boards, one assist, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers on 10-of-22 from the field.

    Advice: He shot just 2-of-11 from deep and the Warriors uncharacteristically shot just 6-of-31 (19.4 percent) from that range tonight. They also turned the ball over 17 times which led to 25 points from the Clippers, so they were lucky to be even be in this game. Thompson only attempted four shots in 20 minutes in Game 2 with just seven points. He'll likely fall between the two extremes from Game 2 and 3 with respect to shot total for Sunday's Game 4 at ORACLE Arena.
    Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores just 16, adds 15 dimes
    Stephen Curry couldn't get clean looks for much of Thursday's 98-96 loss to the Clippers, making 5-of-12 from the field for 16 points with two boards, 15 assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He set a career playoff-high with his 15 dimes and this was the ninth time in any game he handed out that many. Curry had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but Chris Paul was able to close out and deny Curry a good look from beyond the arc. He's been below his 17.7 shot-per-game average from the regular season in each of the three games and the Clippers are clearly trying to keep the sharp-shooting guard in check.
    Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Draymond Green fills the stat sheet in loss
    Draymond Green filled the stat sheet against the Clippers on Thursday with 13 points, 11 boards, two assists, three steals, four blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: After playing just 23.0 minutes per game in his previous two games, Green went up to 33 tonight. He's shooting the ball well and his contributions on defense have gone a long way. He did commit a flagrant-1 foul tonight for hacking Blake Griffin, but Griffin sold it a bit and Green won't be fined or anything. The Warriors can't play Jermaine O'Neal big minutes, so there should be plenty of Draymond up front.
    Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Tony Allen plays well in win over OKC
    Tony Allen scored 16 points during Game 3's 98-95 overtime win over the Thunder on Thursday with nine boards, three assists and two steals in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He did commit a dumb foul on a Russell Westbrook halfcourt shot with the Grizzlies up four with 0.9 seconds, but Allen was great on both ends tonight. The Grizzlies were actually running plays for him -- they didn't really work -- while he played some decent defense on Kevin Durant. He's not known as the Grindfather for nothing and he personifies the style of play Memphis brings to the table.
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Jeff Teague drops 22 and 10, Hawks go up 2-1
    Jeff Teague dominated the Pacers during Thursday's Game 3 98-85 win with 22 points, two boards, 10 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: His 10 dimes were a playoff career-high and he absolutely gashed the Pacers with his penetration. Teague hit a wild one-handed 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down in the fourth quarter which helped carry the Hawks to the win. He's had an up-and-down season due to a prolonged slump in the middle of the year, but he did shoot 52.7 percent from the field in April and is playing his best ball since November. The Hawks will look to take a commanding 3-1 lead in Game 4 at home on Saturday. The video of the 3-point shot is attached in the link below.
    Yesterday, 7:31 pm
  • Paul George looks horrible in loss to Hawks
    Paul George did not score in the first half of Thursday's Game 3 loss to the Hawks, shooting 3-of-11 from the field for 12 points with 14 boards, four assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He came out hot to start the season and was an early candidate for MVP, but George has completely fallen off a cliff. He's shooting way too many off-balance shots, has been pointlessly dribbling the ball, and only had two shots from within five feet tonight -- both makes. The Hawks have just been letting George beat himself and he needs to figure out other ways to score outside of jumpers. The Pacers have to get him a film session ASAP and maybe come up with more set plays. They'll try to even the series on Saturday in Atlanta.
    Yesterday, 7:10 pm
  • Roy Hibbert gets benched in loss to Hawks
    Roy Hibbert was on the bench for the final 4:37 of Thursday's Game 3 loss to the Hawks, finishing with four points, two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Yikes. He was one of the biggest disappointments in the second half of the year and it's carried into the postseason. Hibbert has lost the ability to rebound, he can't score outside of three feet from the basket and has been a major liability on the low block while the Pacers are in a halfcourt set. On top of that, he doesn't have a block in any game during this series. It's hard to believe he was an All-Star and his minutes may actually go down on Saturday for Game 4.
    Yesterday, 6:51 pm
  • GS to 'unequivocally' re-sign Klay Thompson
    Warriors owner Joe Lacob said on Thursday that the team "unequivocally" plans to re-sign Klay Thompson.

    Advice: Thompson does not hit restricted free agency until the 2015-2016 season, but the Warriors are committed to making him and Steph Curry the backcourt duo in Golden State for the foreseeable future. Thompson has increased his scoring average each year of his career, and was second in the league this season in 3-pointers made with 223. If Thompson continues to improve his game, not only will he be one of the top fantasy shooting guards, he will also be in line for a huge pay day.
    Yesterday, 2:29 pm
  • Chris Paul (hamstring) will play in Game 3
    Chris Paul (hamstring) will play in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He was a partial participant in Wednesday's practice and seems to have avoided any serious damage after tweaking his hamstring in the Clippers' Game 1 defeat, which they avenged with a blowout victory on Monday. Jamal Crawford (calf) is also ready to play, so the Clippers will take the court for Game 3 at full strength.
    Yesterday, 11:53 am
  • Jason Collins named 100 most influential
    Jason Collins has been named to Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential list.

    Advice: This honor comes as a nice ending to what has been an extremely turbulent year for Collins off the court. He hasn't played in either of the Nets' two playoff games so far, but did speak briefly about being named to the list, "It's a cool honor, but I know I'm not doing this just by myself."
    Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Knicks set to move forward if Carmelo leaves
    Knicks president is ready to move forward if Carmelo Anthony leaves as a free agent this summer.

    Advice: When asked if it would be a "disaster" if Melo leaves this summer, Jackson didn't sound like he was ready to hit the panic button, "I'm all about moving forward. Just deal with what is and move forward. If it's in the cards, man, are we fortunate. If it's not in the cards, man, are we fortunate. We're going forward anyway." The Knicks can offer Anthony approximately $33 million more than any other team in free agency, but Jackson has also said he expects Melo to stick to his word about taking a pay cut to stay in New York so it will be interesting to see how this situation unfolds.
    Yesterday, 6:11 am
    W, 95-92 vs Tor
  • Al Jefferson could be iffy for rest of series
    Al Jefferson (18 points, 13 rebounds), who aggravated his plantar fasciitis injury on Wednesday, could be forced to sit out the rest of Charlotte's series against the Heat, according to Charles Barkley.

    Advice: Barkley's theory is that the Bobcats aren't going to beat the Heat after digging an 0-2 hole, and the team needs to start preparing for next season and get Jefferson healthy. Shaquille O'Neal said he would play through the injury because he's 'old school,' but resting Jefferson is probably the best plan of action at this point. Consider Jefferson, who was noticeably laboring tonight, a game-time call for Game 3, and don't be surprised whether he plays or sits. This one could go either way.
    Wednesday, 10:12 pm
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Harden, Parsons struggle with shot in loss
    James Harden hit just 6-of-19 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Chandler Parsons also struggled, hitting just 5-of-15 shots for 15 points and seven rebounds. Dwight Howard was great in the first half and Houston was in this one until the end, but the poor shooting in the second half by all three players was too much for the Rockets to overcome. Harden is the only player in these playoffs to attempt at least 19 shots in each game, and shoot less than 33 percent, which is a big reason the Rockets find themselves heading to Portland down two games to none.
    Wednesday, 10:09 pm
  • Al Jefferson (left foot) returns to action
    Al Jefferson (foot) went to the locker room with about two minutes left in the first quarter of Wednesday's game to get re-taped and returned in the second quarter.

    Advice: He went back to the locker room due to tearing his plantar fascia "a little bit more," according to coach Steve Clifford. His strained plantar fascia is clearly bothering him tonight. He's been slow getting up and down in transition while he has very little agility. Jefferson is not getting additional pain-killing treatment and we'll let you know if he gets any better.
    Wednesday, 4:35 pm
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Update: Chris Paul does go through practice
    Chris Paul (hamstring) was able to participate in part of Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: He wasn't expected to practice, but there was never really any concern here. Paul's hamstring issue appears to be very minor, which is unfortunate for the Warriors. Game 3 on Thursday should be a fast-paced game with Chris Paul touching the ball more than any other player.
    Wednesday, 4:08 pm
  • Al Jefferson (foot) listed as the starter
    Al Jefferson (foot) is listed as a starter against the Heat in Wednesday's Game 2.

    Advice: He went through warmups for about 10 minutes with coach Patrick Ewing and reportedly looked to be doing so without a limp, according to Charlotte beat writer Rick Bonnell. Jefferson may have had a pain-killing shot and he might get another one after showing up to the arena in a walking boot. The Heat will likely test Jefferson and we'll know quickly how he looks tonight.
    Wednesday, 3:26 pm
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Al Jefferson (foot) shows up to arena in boot
    Al Jefferson (foot) arrived to American Airlines Arena in a walking boot for Wednesday's Game 2 vs. the Heat.

    Advice: He said he is going to play earlier today and there has been nothing to suggest otherwise. Jefferson is obviously going to have to play through some pain and may require some pain-killing shots like he did in Game 1's loss. If he's not close to 100 percent, the Bobcats are in big trouble. Stay tuned for an official word on his status.
    Wednesday, 2:26 pm
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Phil wants Carmelo to take less than max
    Knicks president Phil Jackson said Wednesday that Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) will need to take less than a maximum contract to allow the team to have spending flexibility in the future.

    Advice: Anthony has said he'd be willing to take less than a five-year, $129 million deal at max in the past, which would obviously put a huge dent in the Knicks' salary cap and limit their options to build a contender. The Knicks don't have much else to go on besides that while Melo's name will continue to pop up all offseason. Meanwhlie, he'll be reevaluated for his torn labrum in May and should be ready to go to start the season.
    Wednesday, 1:00 pm
    W, 95-92 vs Tor
  • Chris Paul (hamstring) not practicing
    Chris Paul (hamstring) is not expected to practice on Wednesday because of his injured hamstring but it won't affect his status for Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: If he does practice, coach Doc Rivers said CP3 would not take contact. He's been dealing with his hamstring for much of this series, but it hasn't shown on the court. Paul has created 22.5 points per game off his assists while also scoring 14.5 on his own in 35.5 minutes per game, and he'll continue running the offense. The Warriors will have their hands full on Thursday at home after the Clippers crushed them by 40 on Monday.
    Wednesday, 12:27 pm
  • James Harden vows to improve offense in Gm 2
    James Harden admitted that he "didn't play well offensively" in Game 1, when he scored 27 points but shot only 8-of-28 from the field.

    Advice: That included a 3-of-14 mark from downtown and while much credit is due to Wes Matthews' defense, Harden knows he needs to have better shot selection. "I just have to be more precise on my shots and be aggressive," Harden said. "The first half, I didn't really attack and get to the rim like I wanted to."
    Wednesday, 10:46 am
  • Al Jefferson (foot) expects to play Wednesday
    Al Jefferson (plantar fascia) said that he "should be good" to play in Wednesday's Game 2.

    Advice: "I can't say there won't be some kind of pain," Jefferson said. "But I feel like every hour it's getting better and better." We'll confirm his status before tip-off but it sounds like he'll be in uniform. The bigger question is how effective he'll be, especially since the Heat will test his mobility with Chris Bosh at center and what's sure to be an endless stream of pick-and-rolls.
    Wednesday, 7:42 am
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Green not happy with physical play of Clips
    Draymond Green said on the radio Tuesday that he's upset about all the contact Stephen Curry took against the Clippers in Game 2 on Monday.

    Advice: "It pissed me off, and we'll remember that," Green said on KNBR radio. Curry and the Warriors were dominated in Game 2 and the series is now tied 1-1, with Game 3 set for Thursday at Golden State. These two teams didn't like each other before the series started, and tempers could flare before it's over.
    Tuesday, 9:12 pm
  • Jeff Teague sits most of second half in loss
    Jeff Teague was guarded by Paul George on Tuesday and hit 6-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer for 14 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He hardly played in the third quarter, when the Pacers blew it open with a 17-0 run, and wasn't really needed by the time he was ready to re-enter the game. George didn't do much to slow down Teague in the first half and you have to think Teague will play a bigger role in the third quarter of Game 3 in Atlanta on Thursday. The series is tied 1-1 with Games 3 & 5 set in Atlanta.
    Tuesday, 6:48 pm
  • Roy Hibbert hits 1-of-7 shots in Game 2
    Roy Hibbert hit just 1-of-7 shots for six points, four rebounds and zero blocks in Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: The Pacers might be resigned to Hibbert sitting on the bench for most of this series, as Ian Mahinmi played 20 minutes, but was even more ineffective than Hibbert. The series is tied 1-1 and Game 3 is Thursday in Atlanta, but we wouldn't recommend using Hibbert in daily leagues until this series is over - assuming the Pacers end up winning.
    Tuesday, 6:39 pm
  • Paul George's big game leads Indy to 1-1 tie
    Paul George hit 9-of-16 shots and five 3-pointers for 27 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, four steals, a block and just one turnover in Tuesday's easy 101-85 Game 2 win over the Hawks to tie their series at 1-1.

    Advice: George was great tonight and the Pacers dominated the third quarter after being down four at halftime. They went on a 17-0 run and won the game easily, despite not getting much from Roy Hibbert (1-of-7 shooting) and Lance Stephenson (seven points). The series heads to Atlanta for Game 3 on Thursday.
    Tuesday, 6:36 pm
  • Paul George may defend Jeff Teague in Game 2
    Pacers coach Frank Vogel hinted that Paul George may be asked to defend Jeff Teague at times during Tuesday's Game 2.

    Advice: Teague's penetration was disastrous for Indiana in Game 1 and Vogel may make a few other strategic changes, including the use of zone defense to keep Roy Hibbert closer to the paint. The Hawks' offense may be ideally suited to exploit the Pacers, but on a broader scale Indiana has gone from a 93.6 defensive rating before the All-Star break to a 102.3 defensive rating after the break. They'll need to sort things out quickly to avoid losing to the No. 8 seed in the first round.
    Tuesday, 3:47 pm
  • Pacers keep same starters for Game 2 vs. ATL
    The Pacers will not change their starting lineup for Game 2 vs. the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Head coach Frank Vogel said prior to the series that he'll tweak his rotations on a "game-by-game" basis, but the Pacers' collapse in Game 1 wasn't enough to swap out Roy Hibbert for a more mobile big man like Ian Mahinmi. Hibbert's ability (or inability) to defend Pero Antic on the perimeter will be a key to the series and it prompted him to say that he's the "weak link on defense," so all eyes will be on that matchup for Game 2.
    Tuesday, 2:20 pm
  • Al Jefferson (foot) may miss Wed. shootaround
    Bobcats coach Steve Clifford is unsure if Al Jefferson (foot) will be able to participate in Wednesday's shootaround.

    Advice: Clifford seemed "less than certain" that Jefferson will play in Game 2 and it sounds like he may be a game-time decision for Wednesday's rematch vs. the Heat. The Bobcats desperately need Jefferson if they have any hope of stealing this series, but a strained plantar fascia is a painful injury and Big Al has been getting around in a walking boot since hurting himself on Sunday. If Jefferson is unable to play, Bismack Biyombo would be in line for a minutes bump.
    Tuesday, 10:14 am
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Stephen Curry and the Warriors get destroyed
    Stephen Curry came out flat against the Clippers during Game 2's embarrassing 138-98 loss on Monday, shooting 9-of-17 from the field for 24 points with one board, eight assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Warriors committed 33 fouls, had 26 turnovers and shot 4-of-19 from deep, so those three issues alone pretty much knocked them out for the night. Curry was the only player on his team with more than 11 points while he and Draymond Green were the only two players over 50 percent shooting of the 12 Warriors in action tonight. The good news is they're still tied 1-1 with the series heading to ORACLE Arena on Thursday, but Blake Griffin avoiding foul trouble tonight was a huge difference and his domination tonight raises a big concern.
    Monday, 10:51 pm
  • Klay Thompson gets into foul trouble on Mon.
    Klay Thompson got into foul trouble during Monday's Game 2 138-98 drubbing by the Clippers, finishing with seven points, two assists, one block and two steals.

    Advice: He committed three fouls in the first eight minutes of the game and it spelled trouble for his playing time the rest of the night. Thompson has seen a lot of time on Chris Paul in this series and it kind of worked in Game 1, but his fouling issues were on display tonight. He led all shooting guards with 2.9 fouls per game this season and he's now averaged 4.5 per game in his last four games in which he's played at least nine minutes. The Clippers killed the Warriors at the line tonight and they might want to address this before Thursday's Game 3.
    Monday, 10:40 pm
  • Chris Paul (hamstring) plays 27 minutes
    Chris Paul (hamstring) played 27 minutes during Monday's easy 138-98 win over the Warriors, scoring 12 points with six boards, 10 assists, five steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He has been receiving some treatment on his hamstring, but you wouldn't know it based on how fast and efficient the Clippers were on offense. The efficiency is nothing new for Clippers with their top-ranked offensive efficiency rating this season while also running at the seventh-fasted pace. Danny Granger also got hot in garbage time for 15 total points while Hedo Turkoglu chipped in 13. The Clippers will look to take back home-court advantage on Thursday's at ORACLE Arena.
    Monday, 10:32 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 35, Clippers roll 138-98
    Blake Griffin was unstoppable against the Warriors on Monday during Game 2's 138-98 win over the Warriors, making 13-of-17 from the field for 35 points, six boards, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: He shot 9-of-10 from the line in his highest scoring output of his career. It's also worth mentioning Griffin didn't commit a single foul, which was an issue in Game 1 due to fouling out in 19 minutes. The Clippers were outstanding as a team at the line, making 32-of-35 while also burying 12-of-25 from deep. They'll be carrying some momentum to Golden State in this 1-1 series.
    Monday, 10:26 pm
  • Al Jefferson will play in Game 2 on Wednesday
    Al Jefferson (foot) said on Monday he will play in Game 2 against Miami despite dealing with a strained plantar fascia.

    Advice: "I'm suiting up. It'll take more than that to make me sit down," said Jefferson. He was 4-of-4 from the field before suffering the injury on Sunday, but finished the game going 5-of-17. If the Bobcats hope to win a game this series, they will need Jefferson play at an elite level. Bismack Biyombo would get more minutes if Jefferson is limited at all.
    Monday, 2:47 pm
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Chris Paul receiving treatment on hamstring
    Chris Paul (hamstring) has been receiving treatment on his strained right hamstring but will play Monday against the Warriors.

    Advice: Paul almost notched a triple-double in the Clippers' loss to the Warriors on Saturday. He scored 28 points, dished out eight assists, and grabbed seven rebounds, mostly with Blake Griffin on the bench. Despite his sore hamstring, he will need another huge performance in Game 2 if the Clippers want to even the series.
    Monday, 2:15 pm
  • Harden talks about lack of ball movement
    James Harden admitted there was a lack of ball movement in Sunday's loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: "That goes to myself. I have to not be so ball hawking. I have to do a better job," Harden said. In all of the games over the weekend, only six players in the NBA touched the ball more than Harden's 92 times and he was obviously the focal point of Houston's offense. His shot selection wasn't great and he made just 8-of-28 from the field, which was uncharacteristic based on his stellar post-break run. He should get it turned around on Wednesday as Houston looks to even the series at home.
    Monday, 1:43 pm
  • Al Jefferson (foot) questionable for Game 2
    Al Jefferson's strained plantar fascia will not get worse if he continues to play, and his availability for Game 2 on Wednesday is a matter of pain tolerance.

    Advice: Big Al had an MRI and although the test results haven't been announced, the team seems confident that he can play if he feels well enough. He was wearing a walking boot on Monday and will not practice on Tuesday, but he'll warm up during Wednesday's shootaround before deciding his own status. He's played through plenty of injuries this season and we're optimistic that he'll be in uniform, but any dip in his production could be a mortal blow for the Bobcats.
    Monday, 10:01 am
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Al Jefferson leaves arena in walking boot
    Al Jefferson (strained plantar fascia) left Game 1's loss at Miami in a walking boot after feeling a rip in his left plantar fascia.

    Advice: He admitted he had to "suck it up" after the game and mentioned he felt a pop. Jefferson needed a pain-killing shot after the injury and at halftime, so he's probably not going to feel great on Monday. The Bobcats will likely hold him out of practice in the next couple days and he should be considered questionable for Wednesday. If he's limited, Bismack Biymobo will have some massive shoes to fill.
    Sunday, 3:56 pm
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Al Jefferson (foot) struggles after injury
    Al Jefferson suffered a strained left plantar fascia on Sunday and returned in the second quarter of Game 1's 99-88 loss to the Heat, shooting 9-of-17 from the field for 18 points with 10 boards, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He shot 4-of-4 from the field before the injury and just 5-of-13 after. Jefferson looked very slow on defense and he clearly wasn't 100 percent. If he's not going to be healthy this series, the Heat are likely going to sweep the Bobcats because Jefferson's interior presence exploits one of their weaknesses. There should be numerous updates on his status leading up to Wednesday's Game 2.
    Sunday, 3:13 pm
    W, 91-86 vs Chi
  • Roy Hibbert: 'I'm the weak link on defense'
    A dejected Roy Hibbert stated, "I'm the weak link on defense," following Saturday's game one loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

    Advice: Hibbert has been unrecognizable for the past few months, and the last two weeks have been particularly awful. Since being benched versus Atlanta on April 6, Hibbert has shot 7-of-37 (18.9percent) from the field totaling 17 points through five games. To make matters worse Hibbert is being forced out towards the perimeter as he's tasked with guarding Atlanta's Pero Antic, and that has clearly made him uncomfortable. Hibbert is in jeopardy of being benched in favor of Luis Scola or Ian Mahinmi, and that's not exactly what you'd want from a guy who pulled in $14.2 million this season.
    Sunday, 7:21 am