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  • George Hill to play more at shooting guard
    Head coach Frank Vogel said on Wednesday that he will continue to play George Hill and C.J. Watson together.

    Advice: With the way C.J. Watson has performed this postseason, Frank Vogel said to expect "a lot more" two point guard lineups. Watson is not scoring at huge rate, but his accuracy from beyond the arc, 4-of-6 this series, spaces the floor well and creates driving lanes for George Hill. Hill had his best game of the series in Tuesday's win, scoring 15 points in 33 minutes. With Vogel committed to a two point guard look, Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson may see a decrease in minutes.
    Today, 12:16 pm
  • Nicolas Batum did a lot of running this year
    Nicolas Batum led the NBA in distance traveled this season at 216 miles.

    Advice: He had an avulsion fracture on his finger back in January and was still able to play in all 82 games. Batum and the rest of the Blazers starting five played a whopping 1,373 minutes together this season, which ranked second in the NBA behind the Pacers' starting unit. The Frenchman ranked third among small forwards in assists per game this season while also ranking 18th in effective field goal percentage. He's a fantasy stud and probably doesn't get enough credit for the Blazers' success this season.
    Today, 12:09 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."
    Today, 10:46 am
  • Jeremy Lin (illness) ready to play in Game 2
    Jeremy Lin (illness) is feeling much better on Wednesday and he's ready to play in Game 2.

    Advice: Lin sat out Tuesday's practice but his illness is behind him, which is good news for Houston since Pat Beverley (knee) is likely to be playing at less than 100 percent.
    Today, 8:48 am
  • Goran Dragic named NBA's Most Improved Player
    Goran Dragic was named the NBA's Most Improved Player for 2013-14 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Dragic averaged numerous career-highs with 20.3 points, 1.6 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game, though his brilliant season wasn't enough for the Suns to make the playoffs. He posted a True Shooting percentage of 60.4 percent which trailed only Stephen Curry among players averaging at least 20 minutes per game, and he's poised for another huge season with the Suns before likely opting for free agency in 2015. Lance Stephenson finished second in MIP voting, while Anthony Davis finished third.
    Today, 8:27 am
  • Kyle Korver stifled in Hawks' Game 2 defeat
    Kyle Korver finished Tuesday's Game 2 defeat with only three points on 1-of-5 shooting, while being primarily defended by George Hill.

    Advice: Pacers coach Frank Vogel tweaked his gameplan by siccing Paul George on Jeff Teague, and the ploy held Atlanta to 85 points on 39.2 percent shooting. "You got to have speed to contain the basketball down there and to scramble to shooters," said Vogel, who also paired C.J. Watson with Hill for long stretches. "That's what we were trying to achieve." Now it is the Hawks' turn to make adjustments for Game 3.
    Today, 6:29 am
  • Evan Turner, Lance Stephenson in fistfight
    Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson reportedly got into a fistfight during a Pacers' practice on Friday.

    Advice: "This stuff happens, but the timing wasn't ideal," said one witness to the scuffle. The Pacers were crushed in Game 1 but they bounced back to even the series at 1-1 on Tuesday. Stephenson had seven points, five assists and three turnovers in 25 minutes during Game 2, Turner had three points in 11 minutes off the bench, and Roy Hibbert had another awful game with six points on 1-of-7 shooting. Paul George (27 points) and Luis Scola (20 points) bailed them out, and they'll need a more balanced team effort to keep their momentum in Atlanta on Thursday.
    Today, 6:16 am
  • Jimmy Butler scores 6 in 53 minutes of loss
    Jimmy Butler played 53 minutes in Tuesday's overtime loss, but hit just 2-of-9 shots for six points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.

    Advice: Butler tied for ninth in the league in minutes this season with 44.0 per game and it's been more of the same in the playoffs. And it's showing in his play, as he should simply be doing more with his minutes. He has to be wearing down and the Bulls are now down 2-0 to the Wizards, and head to Washington for Games 3 & 4.
    Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich misses free throw, Bulls lose
    Kirk Hinrich went to the line with less than three seconds remaining in overtime of Tuesday's Game 2 and the Bulls down 101-99, but missed both free throws in the loss.

    Advice: He missed the first one, then intentionally missed the second one and the Bulls weren't able to get the rebound. Hinrich had 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals on 5-of-13 shooting, but this game might have ended differently had he hit the free throws at the end of the game. The Bulls are now down 0-2 and heading to Washington for Games 3 & 4.
    Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Brad Beal scores 26, Wiz up 2-0 on Bulls
    Bradley Beal bounced back from an off game and hit 9-of-20 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to 26 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block as the Wizards beat the Bulls again in Chicago on Tuesday, taking an improbable 2-0 lead as the series shifts to Washington for Game 3.

    Advice: If you had the Wizards up 2-0 at this point, congratulations are in order. This one went to overtime as the Wizards pulled off a nice, late comeback, and then saw Kirk Hinrich miss a pair of free throws at the end of overtime to give the Wizards the win. Beal was just 3-of-11 for 13 points in Game 1 and the Bulls have already been backed into a corner against the upstart Wizards.
    Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Joe Johnson leads balanced attack in loss
    Joe Johnson led the Nets with 18 points, three rebounds, two assists and a 3-pointer in Tuesday's 100-95 Game 2 loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: The series is tied 1-1 and the Nets saw double-digit scoring four starters, as well as Mirza Teletovic off the bench. Paul Pierce was 2-of-11 for seven points, but had a full stat line, Kevin Garnett scored 13 in 19 minutes, Deron Williams added 15 points and five assists on 4-of-14 shooting, Shaun Livingston added 12 points and five assists, and Teletovic hit three 3-pointers and scored 14 points. The series heads to Brooklyn for Game 3 & 4, where the Raptors will need to win one to regain homecourt advantage.
    Yesterday, 7:31 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 30 as Raps even 1-1
    DeMar DeRozan hit 9-of-21 shots and 12-of-14 free throws for 30 points, three rebounds, two assists, six turnovers and five personal fouls in Tuesday's 100-95 win over the Nets in Game 2 to tie their series 1-1.

    Advice: DeRozan was seen pouting at the end of the bench, ignoring his team's huddle after he picked up his fifth foul, but came back strong to hit some big buckets and help the Raptors get the win. This game was back and forth all night, and the Raptors got a game they needed to have as the series heads to Brooklyn for the next two games. DeRozan had 17 in the fourth quarter tonight.
    Yesterday, 7:21 pm
  • George Hill plays well in second half of win
    George Hill hit 5-of-8 shots for 15 points, four rebounds and two assists in Tuesday's big Game 2 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: Hill's offense was key to the Pacers' 17-0 run in the third quarter that ended the game, but he didn't score a point in the first half. Hill will have to keep it going in Atlanta for Games 3 & 4 on Thursday and Saturday. C.J. Watson had 10 points, five rebounds and two assists off the bench tonight.
    Yesterday, 6:41 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.
    Yesterday, 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.
    Yesterday, 3:47 pm
  • Reggie Jackson comes up empty in Game 2
    Reggie Jackson only managed two points in 14 minutes in the Thunder's Game 2 overtime loss to the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: Jackson had not been held to two points since January 11th, but couldn't get anything to fall on Monday, going 0-of-5, including 0-of-2 from downtown. He is off to a rough start this postseason, going 1-of-10 from the field in a mere 19 minutes per game. The Thunder will need Jackson to play at a high level if they want to make a deep playoff run.
    Yesterday, 2:42 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (illness) misses practice Tuesday
    Jeremy Lin (illness) did not practice with the Rockets on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lin played 34 minutes in the Rockets' Game 1 loss to the Blazers on Sunday, scoring 14 points and grabbing six rebounds. The Rockets need Lin's scoring off the bench, and his ability to be the third ball-handler behind James Harden and Patrick Beverley. If the Rockets want to even the series, they will need a productive Lin in Game 2 on Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 11:50 am
  • Cavs trying to be realistic with Kyrie Irving
    The Cavaliers don't want to set expectations too high with Kyrie Irving.

    Advice: Cavs acting GM, David Griffin, spoke about the state of the team on Tuesday and made sure he didn't heap unrealistic expectations on Kyrie, "He's 22 years old. We have to have very realistic expectations for him." He also tangentially addressed the Irving-Dion Waiters rift by saying, "This is not something that is done in a vacuum. It's not the two of them. It's not about their fit. It's about our fit." There have been rumors that Irving wants out of Cleveland, but it sounds like the Cavs are doing everything possible to make him feel comfortable in an effort to build around the young star.
    Yesterday, 10:34 am
  • Paul Pierce says you can't buy clutch
    Paul Pierce thinks certain players are inherently more clutch than others.

    Advice: In one of the better quotes of the young postseason, Pierce spoke briefly about being clutch, "Everybody don't have it. Everybody is not born with it. You can't buy it at Costco or Walgreens." Pierce had a solid performance in Brooklyn's Game 1 win over Toronto and his 36 minutes played should come as good sign for a Nets team that will likely need The Truth's clutch genes sooner or later.
    Yesterday, 8:32 am
    Player Note
    Paul Pierce Bkn - SG,SF,PF
    L, 114-85 @ Cle
  • Kobe Bryant frustrated with Lakers situation
    Kobe Bryant (knee) is frustrated with the Lakers according to sources close to Bryant.

    Advice: Bryant missed an appearance to thank fans due to a migraine and was in Paris while the rest of his team was conducting exit interviews, so Bryant's frustration is becoming more apparent. There is no word on exactly who Kobe's people are, but said people acknowledged the 35-year-old is "frustrated" with the Lakers and the prospect of rebuilding for two more seasons. The bad news for Bryant is that he's committed to the Lakers for two more seasons, but there is a silver lining as the Lakers will have a lottery pick and plenty of cap space to work with this offseason.
    Yesterday, 6:16 am
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG
  • 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
  • Courtney Lee plays through minor injuries
    Courtney Lee tweaked his left ankle and right thumb during Monday's game vs. the Thunder, but he kept playing to finish with 16 points, three rebounds and one assist in 42 minutes.

    Advice: The Grizzlies have minimal depth and even less reliable perimeter shooting, so they're fortunate that Lee's injury wasn't more serious. Equally important was backup PG Beno Udrih chipping in 14 points in 14 minutes off the bench in place of Nick Calathes, who is serving a 20-game suspension.
    Monday, 8:20 pm
  • J.J. Redick (back) could miss playoff game
    Doc Rivers said that he's prepared to rest J.J. Redick (back) for a game if necessary.

    Advice: For now there's no indication that Redick might sit out but the possibility of it looms as a threat for the Clippers, especially with Chris Paul (hamstring) possibly playing at less than 100 percent. Redick scored 22 points in Saturday's Game 1 defeat and if he eventually sits out the Clips will need more production from Jamal Crawford and Darren Collison.
    Monday, 6:08 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
  • Manu Ginobili (personal) practices on Monday
    Manu Ginobili (personal) was back at practice on Monday after his wife gave birth to a baby boy.

    Advice: He should be ready to go for Wednesday's Game 2 now that he's already back at practice. Ginobili didn't have his best game on Sunday with four turnovers and shooting 4-of-10 from the field, but he did score 17 points with three 3-pointers in 31 minutes in the win. He played just 22.8 minutes per game on the season and should be closer to 30 as the Spurs make a run.
    Monday, 11:36 am
  • Landry Fields may return to rotation in Gm 2
    Landry Fields may return to the Raptors' rotation for Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Fields "could get some time" defending Paul Pierce or Joe Johnson, according to beat writer Ryan Wolstat. He recently missed time with an upper respiratory illness but he's since fully recovered, and if he does play his minutes should come at the expense of Terrence Ross or John Salmons.
    Monday, 11:01 am
  • Kobe Bryant (knee) begins workouts on Monday
    Kobe Bryant (knee) has been cleared to run and shoot, and his workout on Monday signaled the beginning of a six-month training program.

    Advice: Bryant received encouraging news from doctors in Germany who previously performed platelet-rich plasma treatment on his knees, and he's expected to be ready for the start of next season. He has been blunt about his desire to compete for a championship in 2014-15 and the Lakers' roster and salary cap is wide open, so they'll undoubtedly be one of the most active teams in free agency and the trade market this summer.
    Monday, 10:34 am
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) cleared for Game 2
    Rockets doctors determined that Patrick Beverley suffered no serious damage on Sunday, and he's reportedly been cleared to play in Wednesday's Game 2.

    Advice: Beverley recently returned from a torn meniscus in the same knee which he sprained on Sunday, but fortunately he avoided any major setbacks. His pesky defense was missed by Houston down the stretch of Game 1, as Damian Lillard carried Portland once LaMarcus Aldridge fouled out. We should have a better idea of his status on Tuesday but early reports suggest he'll be in uniform on Wednesday.
    Monday, 9:37 am
  • Pacers struggle on both ends in Game 1 loss
    Frank Vogel said that during Saturday's Game 1 defeat the Pacers "didn't trust the passes well enough, didn't move the ball well enough."

    Advice: A lack of ball movement has characterized the Pacers' late-season collapse, but the problems weren't contained to the offensive end. Vogel also highlighted breakdowns in one-on-one defense and the Hawks' relentless ability to get into the paint, which is largely due to Jeff Teague's penetration and the Hawks' frontcourt spreading the court out to the 3-point line.
    Monday, 7:00 am
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) to have MRI on Monday
    Patrick Beverley will have an MRI on Monday after spraining his right knee during Sunday's game.

    Advice: Beverley tore his right meniscus on March 27 but he was able to avoid surgery and return to action just two weeks later, and there is reportedly "a great deal of fear" that he's seriously aggravated his injury. He's questionable to play on Wednesday and if he can't suit up the Rockets will shift Jeremy Lin into the starting lineup.
    Sunday, 11:57 pm
  • Blazers win despite poor bench production
    Mo Williams scored three points on 1-of-6 shooting in Sunday's comeback, as the Blazers won in OT despite their bench combining for seven points on 14.3 percent shooting.

    Advice: Portland's bench averaged a league-low 24.7 points per game during the regular season, so the lack of production is nothing new, but to come back in the series they'll need to get some production from Williams, Thomas Robinson, Dorell Wright and Joel Freeland.
    Sunday, 10:21 pm
    Player Note
    Mo Williams Por - PG,SG
    W, 110-104 vs LAC
  • George Hill abused by Jeff Teague in Game 1
    George Hill hit 5-of-8 shots for 12 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal in Saturday's Game 1 loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: Hill was abused by Jeff Teague tonight (28 points, five assists) and isn't a good matchup for Atlanta's point guard. He could end up giving way to C.J. Watson for the rest of the series, as Hill and Roy Hibbert haven't looked right since the All-Star break. The Pacers no longer have homecourt advantage in this series, nor have they figured out how to match up with Atlanta.
    Saturday, 6:57 pm
  • Paul George injures quad in ugly Game 1 loss
    Paul George hit just 6-of-18 shots and left Saturday's Game 1 loss briefly with a left quad/knee injury, finishing with 24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, four steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Despite the poor shooting, that's a pretty stellar fantasy line from George, but the Pacers were down by about 20 for most of the second half, and lost 101-93. There's no word on the severity of his knee injury, but given that he quickly returned after a trip to the locker room, we're guessing it's no big deal. The No. 1 seeded Pacers turned over homecourt advantage to the Hawks tonight, and don't match up well with Atlanta. If the Hawks hang on to win the series, they'll become just the third No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 in a seven-game series, joining the 2007 Warriors (over the Mavericks), and the 2011 Grizzlies (over the Spurs).
    Saturday, 6:51 pm
  • Paul George leaves, returns from knee injury
    Paul George went from having his left knee rubbed down on the bench to the locker room during the third quarter of Game 1, but returned a short time later.

    Advice: It's either his knee or his quad, but the injury doesn't appear to be serious. We'll know more after the game, but if he does end up coming up lame, Evan Turner is going to become a big factor for the Pacers.
    Saturday, 5:45 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 22 points in Game 1 loss
    J.J. Redick got hot in Saturday's Game 1 home loss, scoring 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting with four 3-pointers, two rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: Redick was subbed out during plenty of defensive possessions in the fourth quarter and it may have taken him out of rhythm, as he didn't so much as attempt a field goal in the period. He recently returned from a bulging disc in his back but the injury didn't seem to affect him whatsoever, and his conditioning seemed fine as he played well in 30 minutes at SG.
    Saturday, 3:52 pm
  • Joe Johnson, Deron Williams each score 24 pts
    Joe Johnson and Deron Williams each scored 24 points in Saturday's road win vs. the Raptors, with Johnson connecting on 8-of-13 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs.

    Advice: D-Will carried the Nets in the first half and they wisely fed Johnson while he was hot in the third quarter, but it was their locked-in team defense that earned them a tough victory. They'll try to take a stranglehold on the series with another win in Toronto on Tuesday before heading to Brooklyn for Games 3 and 4.
    Saturday, 12:51 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan shoots poorly in Game 1 loss
    DeMar DeRozan didn't score a field goal in the first half of Saturday's loss, and he finished with 14 points on 3-of-13 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs.

    Advice: The Raptors' entire offense struggled, shooting 39.4 percent with 17 turnovers, and DeRozan was part of the problem by continually forcing up contested shots. As his team's lone All-Star and leading scorer, DeRozan needs to score closer to his season average 22.7 points per game for Toronto's offense to really succeed.
    Saturday, 12:50 pm
  • Paul Pierce's surge helps Nets steal Game 1
    Paul Pierce got hot in the fourth quarter on Saturday, finishing with 15 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in a 94-87 win in Toronto.

    Advice: Pierce's late surge helped keep the Raptors at bay and he already looks like a matchup nightmare, as Toronto's PFs aren't nimble enough to chase him off the 3-point line without giving up easy driving and passing lanes. Fellow 'dinosaur' Kevin Garnett had five points, eight rebounds, two steals and one block in 20 minutes, and his lone field goal was a dagger in the final minutes.
    Saturday, 12:47 pm
    Player Note
    Paul Pierce Bkn - SG,SF,PF
    L, 114-85 @ Cle
  • J.J. Redick feeling refreshed for playoff run
    J.J. Redick said he feels "refreshed" on Friday as the Clippers prepare for a deep playoff run.

    Advice: He has been dealing with a bulging disc in his back, missing 25 games while rehabbing. When asked if he anticipates head coach Doc Rivers placing a limit on his minutes, Redick said he will remain ready when his number is called. "If we look at it from need in the game, needing every win we can get, if he needs me, I'm available." Redick posted a career-high 15.2 points per game in his first season in Los Angeles.
    Friday, 2:01 pm