• Kyrie's injury won't impact Harden's timetable
    Nets coach Steve Nash said Kyrie Irving's ankle injury will not impact James Harden's potential return from his troublesome hamstring issue. 

    Advice: “I think it’s an independent case. I don’t want James to be rushed back,” Nash said. “If he’s able to play next game and the game after, that’s fantastic.” Prior to this update, Nash said Harden has a "gap to make up" before returning and that he wanted him to get in several full practices before clearance. Hopefully we get more clarity on both Harden and Kyrie on Monday afternoon. NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:36 am
  • Will Barton scores 25 as Nuggets eliminated by PHO
    Will Barton entered the starting lineup for Game 4 on Sunday, finishing with 25 points, five rebounds, two dimes, two steals and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes of a season-ending 125-118 loss.

    Advice: Michael Malone tweaked his approach by placing Barton and Monte Morris (19 points, six assists in 35 minutes) in the starting lineup in favor of Facundo Campazzo and Austin Rivers, but unfortunately for Denver, they were not able to avoid a sweep and are now officially eliminated from championship contention. Barton tried to put the team on his back late after Nikola Jokic got ejected for a Flagrant 2 in the third quarter, but it just wasn’t enough against this incredible Phoenix team. Michael Porter Jr. played well with 20 points, three steals and three triples, while Campazzo sank four of his seven three-point attempts off the bench for 14 points and a dime in 20 minutes. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Chris Paul torches Nuggets for 37 as Suns sweep
    Chris Paul went nuts in a series-clinching Game 4 on Sunday, finishing with 37 points, three rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 39 minutes of a 125-118 win against the Nuggets. 

    Advice: CP3 had a magical third quarter, going 6-of-6 from the floor for 12 points and just toying with the Nuggets in that period in particular. He’s the third player of at least 36 years of age to score at least 35 in a playoff game, joining elite company of Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (twice). He also passed Isiah Thomas to move into 13th place on the playoffs all-time assists list, but most important to Paul, he has led his team to the Western Conference Finals for their first time since the 2009-2010 season. This squad looks like a force to be reckoned with after defeating the defending champions in the first round and making light work of the Nuggets in a 4-0 sweep, and they’ll make for a tough opponent for the Clippers or Jazz in the WCF. Devin Booker helped the cause to the tune of 34 points, 11 rebounds, four dimes and a steal, while Jae Crowder blocked a career-high-tying four shots (regular season and playoffs) to go with nine points, 10 rebounds and a pair of triples in 38 minutes.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • Nikola Jokic ejected for Flagrant 2 foul in Game 4
    Nikola Jokic was ejected after receiving a Flagrant 2 foul with just under four minutes left in the third quarter of Game 4 against the Suns. 

    Advice: Jokic committed a frustration foul against Cameron Payne by aggressively slapping down on the ball, hitting Payne’s nose in the process. The reason for the Flagrant 2 penalty was due to “windup, impact, and follow through”, and while it's a bit surprising that this was called as such in an elimination game, Jokic is done for this fine Sunday evening and will end his night with 22 points, 11 rebounds and four dimes in 28 minutes. Not only will this be the last we see of the MVP tonight, but very possibly the last we see of him this season as the Suns’ chances of completing a sweep tonight just increased extravagantly.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 6:48 pm
  • Mike Conley questionable for Monday's Game 4
    Mike Conley (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Monday's Game 4 against the Clippers in L.A. 

    Advice: Conley has yet to play in this series and the Clippers looked very good in Game 3 when they won 132-106 to get back into it. In short, the Jazz could really use Conley's help. If he's able to play, Joe Ingles would likely see his role reduced slightly, while Jordan Clarkson might also take a small hit in that scenario.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 5:00 pm
  • Kyrie Irving leaves arena on crutches with boot
    Kyrie Irving left the arena on crutches and with his right foot in a walking boot after being injured in Sunday's game. 

    Advice: X-rays were negative and he'll likely have an MRI once the team is back home in Brooklyn. Regardless of what the MRI says, it's hard to imagine seeing Irving being healthy enough to play in Tuesday's Game 5 and his entire playoffs are likely in jeopardy. Mike James and Bruce Brown are going to have to step up in Game 5, especially if James Harden can't go. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 4:39 pm
  • Kyrie Irving's X-rays negative, iffy for Game 5
    X-rays were negative on Kyrie Irving's right ankle injury and he'll be questionable for Tuesday's Game 5 in Brooklyn. 

    Advice: Irving turned his ankle badly after landing on the foot of Giannis Antetokounmpo and it will be mildly surprising if he is able to play in Game 5. Mike James started the second half over Irving and could be a key player on Tuesday if Irving is out again. James finished with five points and one assist on 2-of-6 shooting on Sunday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 3:13 pm
  • Jeff Green starts second half in return for Nets
    Jeff Green (foot) finally returned to action on Sunday and hit 2-of-4 shots and a 3-pointer for eight points, five rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes of a 107-96 loss to the Bucks. 

    Advice: Green started the second half over Bruce Brown in his first game since May 25, when he suffered a foot injury against the Celtics in Round 1. The Nets are hurting and will need Green to step up for the rest of this series, especially if Kyrie Irving and James Harden continue to miss games for the Nets. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 3:09 pm
  • P.J. Tucker scores season-high 13 for Bucks
    P.J. Tucker hit 5-of-8 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points, seven rebounds, an assist and a steal in 29 minutes of Sunday's 107-96 win over the Nets on Sunday. 

    Advice: Tucker played tremendous defense against Kevin Durant today and KD hit just 3-of-12 shots while the wily old veteran was guarding him. Tucker had scored a total of nine points in his previous three playoff games and the 13 points are the most he's scored in a Bucks' uniform since joining the team back in March. Tucker will look to limit KD again in Tuesday's crucial Game 5.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 3:02 pm
  • Will Barton, Monte Morris to start for Nuggets
    Will Barton and Monte Morris will move into the starting lineup for the Nuggets on Sunday, sending Facundo Campazzo and Austin Rivers to the bench. 

    Advice: The Nuggets have simply been manhandled by the Suns thus far and find themselves in an 0-3 hole without Jamal Murray. Campazzo and Rivers were pretty quiet in Game 3, although the Nuggets just haven't looked great in this entire series. Whether a minutes-restricted Barton and Morris can provide a spark for the Nuggets remains to be seen, but given the way the series has gone thus far, it's not surprising that Michael Malone is shaking things up.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 2:57 pm
  • Kevin Durant's 28 not enough as Bucks even series
    Kevin Durant hit 9-of-25 shots, 1-of-8 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws for 28 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in 42 minutes of Sunday's 107-96 Game 4 loss to the Bucks.

    Advice: The series is now knotted at 2-2 and while it looked like the Bucks were going to be defeated easily by Brooklyn, injuries to James Harden and Kyrie Irving have flipped the script in this one. No one knows when Harden will be back from his hamstring injury and Irving dropped on Sunday with an ugly-looking right ankle sprain after coming down on the foot of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Irving scored 11 points in 17 minutes before departing and was the only other Net to score in double digits today. And that's a big problem. Steve Nash went with Jeff Green over Bruce Brown to start the second half but the Nets are going to have to hope that at least one of their injured stars are back and also find someone to help KD. P.J. Tucker played great defense against Durant today and KD hit just 3-of-12 shots when being guarded by him.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 2:50 pm
  • Giannis & Bucks even injured Nets at 2-2
    Giannis Antetokounmpo hit 14-of-26 shots, a 3-pointer and 5-of-10 free throws for 34 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and a block in Sunday's easy 107-96 win over an injured Brooklyn Nets team to even the series at 2-2. 

    Advice: The Nets, who were already without James Harden, lost Kyrie Irving to an ankle injury and didn't have the firepower to hang with the Bucks on Sunday. Khris Middleton was solid with 19 points, four rebounds, eight assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3- pointers, P.J. Tucker played great defense and finished with 13 points, seven boards and three triples, and Jrue Holiday came through with 14 points, three boards, nine dimes and two 3-pointers. Game 5 will take place on Tuesday back in Brooklyn and the Bucks can smell blood in the water with both Harden and Irving hurting for the Nets in what is now a three-game series.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 2:41 pm
  • Irving (ankle) out; Mike James starts second half
    Kyrie Irving (right ankle sprain) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's Game 4 vs. Milwaukee.

    Advice: Irving couldn't put much pressure on his right leg as he limped back to the locker room, so it's not surprising to see him ruled out for the remainder of the game, and it was Mike James who started the second half with Irving unavailable. If Kyrie needs to skip Game 5 on Tuesday, then Kevin Durant will be asked to shoulder a heavy load on offense while guys like James, Landry Shamet and Bruce Brown will be asked to step up. Stay tuned. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 1:14 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (right ankle) headed to locker room
    Kyrie Irving (right ankle) is headed back to the locker room.

    Advice: Irving landed on Giannis Antetokounmpo's foot following a shot attempt and he rolled his right ankle pretty good. He was down in a good amount of pain and didn't run back on defense, prompting Brooklyn to call a timeout in order to get him out of the game. After staying down for a bit, he slowly limped his way back to the locker room under his own power, and for now, we'll be considering him questionable to return. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • Jeff Green (foot) is available for Sunday's Game 4
    Jeff Green (foot) will be active for Sunday's Game 4 vs. the Milwaukee Bucks, the Nets announced.

    Advice: Green went through warmups to test out the foot and has been given the okay to give it go. Nets coach Steve Nash said that they do not expect a lot of minutes from Green, but given the way that Milwaukee has dominated Brooklyn in the paint, having another big body will certainly not hurt the Nets, who will look to take a 3-1 lead on Sunday afternoon. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:29 am
  • Nash: Harden still has "a gap to make up"
    Nets head coach Steve Nash said that James Harden must string together multiple "high-intensity loads" on consecutive days before he will be cleared to return to the lineup, per Brian Lewis of the New York Post.

    Advice: Nash said that Harden is doing on-court work, shooting and working through his rehab but that he still has "a gap to make up" according to Malika Andrews of ESPN. With each game the remainder of the series coming after just one day of rest, should Milwaukee make this a long series, best case scenario still says that Harden will likely miss at least Game 5 and depending on the progression of his rehab, possibly a Game 6 on Thursday, should the series go that long. For Brooklyn, the earlier they can wrap this series up, the better.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:50 am
  • Jeff Green will be a game-time decision Game 4
    Brookyn Nets head coach Steve Nash says Jeff Green will test out his left foot in warmups and see how it feels before a decision is made on whether or not he will play in Sunday's Game 4. 

    Advice: “Jeff still has a chance but he’s got to go through his whole pregame thing and see,” said Nash when asked about Green's availability ahead of Sunday's Game 4. He added that even if Green is cleared, they don't expect him to play a ton of minutes. Green would, even in limited spurts, give the Nets another body in the frontcourt to guard Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, but it's looking like that decision will not be made until tipoff so stay tuned for updates.    NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:36 am
  • Donovan Mitchell says he will be good to go Game 4
    Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (ankle) says "I'll be ready for Game 4" against the Clippers on Monday night.  

    Advice: “I’m good. That’s all I got for you. I’m good. The situation happened. I felt like I was good to come back, but no need to risk it down 18. Time to rest up and get ready for the next game.” Mitchell said that landing is the issue for him and that he has been trying to manage it but he assured that he will be on the court on Monday. What has not been determined yet is the status of Mike Conley who missed his third straight game on Saturday. The Clippers have now made this series a lot more interesting as they now trail 2-1 with a home game pending to potentially tie the series and the health of the Utah backcourt in question.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:34 am
  • Donovan Mitchell scores 30, hurts ankle late
    Donovan Mitchell scored a team-high 30 points in a Game 3 loss to the Clippers on Saturday, also chipping in five rebounds, four assists, two steals, five 3-pointers and two turnovers to make the series a 2-1 count in favor of Utah.

    Advice: The big story here is that he appeared to tweak his ankle in the fourth quarter, limping to the locker room and not returning to the game. Per Jazz PR, he was in fact available to return, but the coaching staff decided not to let him back in, and he’ll almost definitely pop up on the next Utah injury report. Despite not playing down the stretch, Mitchell’s five triples tonight made it four straight playoff games with at least that many, joining only Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to accomplish such a feat. Joe Ingles started hot and finished with 19 points and five triples, Rudy Gobert had an underwhelming 12-point, 10-board double-double and Jordan Clarkson had 14 off the bench with four 3-pointers. We’ll see if the Clippers get things done again in Monday’s Game 4 to even the series, or if the Jazz pull ahead to take a commanding 3-1 lead. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:08 pm
  • Paul George drops in 31 as Clips win Game 3
    Paul George had his best game of the playoffs thus far, leading his team to a much-needed Game 3 win with 31 points, three rebounds, five assists, a steal, six triples and four turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He went from “Playoff P” to “Lay Off Me P” real quick, including 20 points in the first half to lead his team to what was basically a must-win for the Clippers. LA was just consistently better on both ends of the floor tonight and forced Utah into 16 turnovers, scoring 24 points off of these mistakes. This is familiar territory for Los Angeles as they identically trailed Dallas 2-0 and then won Game 3 to ensure the series stayed competitive, so let’s see if they continue the replication by tying things up in Game 4 on Monday. Kawhi Leonard shot 4-of-12 in the first half but had a huge second half to end his night with 34 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block, while Nicolas Batum (17 points, seven rebounds) and Reggie Jackson (17 points, five 3-pointers) helped out as well.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:05 pm
  • Batum starting Saturday, Zubac to bench
    Nicolas Batum will enter the starting lineup for Saturday’s Game 3 vs. the Jazz, sending Ivica Zubac to the bench.

    Advice: The Jazz were constantly targeting Zubac on the pick and roll to get a ton of easy shots in Game 2, so Batum is a sensible sub. Zubac should still see minutes in the high teens or low 20s, but neither he or Batum are strong DFS options. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 5:11 pm
  • Danny Green (calf) expected to miss 2-3 weeks
    Danny Green (right calf strain) is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: This is a tough blow for Philly but they have plenty of players capable of stepping up. Look for the 76ers to use a committee approach to soak up Green's minutes with Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle and Furkan Korkmaz getting more opportunities.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 12:35 pm
  • Jeff Green questionable Sunday, Harden remains out
    Jeff Green (foot) has been upgraded to questionable, while James Harden (hamstring) remains out for Sunday's Game 4 against the Bucks.

    Advice: Nets coach Steve Nash said that Harden is "progressing" but that he will not be on the court on Sunday as the Nets will look to bounce back from Thursday's loss in Game 3. Both Green and Harden have recently been trending in the right direction, with Green looking like he will be the first to return out of the two. Green has been sidelined since Game 2 of the Nets' first-round series against Boston with plantar fasciitis, but should he return, he will give the Nets some depth in the frontcourt, which they could certainly use against the Bucks, who have dominated the Nets in the paint through three Games. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 12:03 pm
  • Mike Conley (hamstring) out for Saturday's Game 3
    The Utah Jazz say Mike Conley (mild right hamstring strain) is out for Saturday's Game 3 against the Clippers.

    Advice: Conley has missed the last two games and will now miss a third consecutive on Saturday evening. With the Jazz holding a commanding 2-0 lead over the Clippers, even if Conley could give it a go, there is no need in risking it at this time in the series. There also has been no word on Conley even returning to practice yet, so it is safe to say, this could not be the last game that he misses. In his absence, Joe Ingles will likely start for Conley again. Ingles is coming off a solid performance in Game 2, where he scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting (4-of-7 3-pointers) with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers in 33 minutes of action. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 11:46 am
  • Spencer Dinwiddie eyeing return for NBA Finals
    Spencer Dinwiddie is eyeing a return to the court, should the Brooklyn Nets reach the NBA Finals, a source close to Dinwiddie confirmed to Kristian Whitfield of the New York Daily News.

    Advice: Dinwiddie suffered a partial tear of his right ACL when he bumped knees with Charlotte's Bismack Biyombo in late December. It was a partial tear with no other structural damage, which allowed Dinwiddie to begin weight-bearing activities very shortly after surgery. The backup guard has been rehabbing in L.A. for the last six months, routinely sharing videos of his progression on Instagram, but according to reports, Dinwiddie plans to rejoin the team "very soon." Nets general manager Sean Marks had this to say back in April when asked about the possibility of Dinwiddie returning: “I would never bet against Spencer Dinwiddie...That’s what we saw four years ago with him. He has a chip on his shoulder, he loves to prove people wrong, so who am I to sit up here and say he’s not going to be able to do something? I think that’s only going to backfire. So if there’s an opportunity for him to come back and play during this playoffs, we’ll have to evaluate at that time.” Well, it seems like that time could be drawing near, so we will see how this shall play out should Brooklyn advance to the NBA Finals.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 10:32 am
  • Danny Green unlikely to play in Monday's Game 4
    According to 76ers head coach Doc Rivers, it is doubtful that Danny Green will play in Monday's Game 4 in Atlanta.

    Advice: “It’s a calf injury. With my doctor’s degree, I would tell you that calf injuries aren’t great…” Rivers said. “I’m not ruling Danny out, but I’m pretty much ruling him out. I doubt if he plays the next game.” Green has underperformed this postseason, with averages of 7.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.0 steals per game, while shooting just 43.8% from the floor and 37.8% from three. He has though, been one of Philadelphia's most important players on the defensive side of the ball. Should Green be out, expect Matisse Thybulle, Shake Milton, and Furkan Korkmaz to all see increases in their playing time. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 7:09 am
  • Chris Paul scores 27 as Suns take 3-0 lead
    Chris Paul racked up 27 points, eight assists, six rebounds, three steals and two triples in Friday's 116-102 Game 3 win. 

    Advice: This comes on the heels of CP3 putting up 15 assists without a single turnover in Game 2. "Obviously 15 assists, zero turnovers is unheard of," Devin Booker said. "But for Chris Paul, it's a thing that he does and makes it look normal." The Suns have a commanding 3-0 lead and are on a completely different level, so they will like their chances of ending this series in Denver on Tuesday. "We're cool," Paul said. "We have guys who understand the moment." NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 9:41 pm
  • Jokic puts up 32 points and 20 rebounds in loss
    Nikola Jokic posted a monster line of 32 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists, one block and a triple, but it somehow wasn't enough in a 116-102 Game 3 loss. 

    Advice: The MVP has now almost singlehandedly outproduced the other four Denver starters for the second game in a row which has been the story of the series for the Nuggets so far. None of the games have been close and the Nuggets look like their out of gas, but that's understandable given the sheer amount of injuries they've dealt with. The Nuggets will try to avoid a sweep in Game 4 on Tuesday.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 9:35 pm
  • Mike Conley gets another questionable tag
    Mike Conley (hamstring) is questionable for Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: This will be his third questionable tag in a row but nothing has changed as far as we know. Until we hear that Mitchell has returned to practice, he's likely closer to doubtful. Plus, the Jazz may be a little more cautious with a commanding 2-0 series lead.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 5:08 pm
  • Danny Green (right calf) will not return
    Danny Green suffered a right calf strain vs. Atlanta in Game 3 and will not return. 

    Advice: He hobbled off the court in the first quarter and was ruled out for good about 10 minutes after. The severity is not known yet but he could obviously miss a chunk of time here. Look for Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle and possibly Furkan Korkmaz to pick up some run with this news.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 5:04 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell says his ankle feels 'fine'
    Donovan Mitchell told reporters that his ankle feels "fine" after it was hit in the final minute of Game 2 Thursday night. 

    Advice: Mitchell remained red hot in Game 2, tallying 37 points, three rebounds, four assists, six triples and three turnovers in 39 minutes. However, with just 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Mitchell looked to be in significant pain as he grabbed the right ankle that he sprained several weeks ago. However, speaking with the media after the game, Mitchell said: "I got hit and it hurt, but I'm fine now. I walked in here. If you want me to sprint for you, I can. I'm good. You know, s--- happens. Thankfully, it wasn't bad. Move on and get ready for Game 3." Over Utah's past 13 playoff games, dating back to their first-round series vs. Denver in the bubble last year, Micthell is averaging 34.6 points, 5.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 4.5 made 3-pointers, while shooting 50.7% from the floor, 46.8% from downtown and 91.9% on FT's. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 7:15 am
  • Report: Jeff Green (foot) making progress
    Jeff Green (foot) is "making progress" and has not yet been ruled out of Sunday’s Game 4, according to Brian Lewis of the NY Post. 

    Advice: Green is dealing with a left plantar fascia strain, which he initially suffered in Game 2 of the Nets first-round series vs. Boston. The Nets have said they are hopeful Green will return to action at some point during the Bucks series, which Brooklyn leads 2-1.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 7:10 am
  • Donovan Mitchell powers Jazz to win with 37 points
    Donovan Mitchell powered the Jazz to a 117-111 Game 2 win over the Clippers on Thursday with 37 points, three rebounds, four assists, six triples and three turnovers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Mitchell was locked in from the jump, drilling his first four buckets and dropping in a quick 14 points in his first eight minutes of play. He did tweak his right ankle during the first half, but he played through it and finished the game on 15-of-29 shooting, so it didn’t seem to affect him all that much. The Clippers have had zero answers for Spida in Games 1 and 2, and if they can’t figure out how to at least contain him, this could turn out to be a rather short series; despite Utah missing Mike Conley. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 10:12 pm
  • Paul George scores 27 points in Game 2 loss
    Paul George recorded 27 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two triples and four turnovers across 44 minutes in Thursday's Game 2 loss to Utah.

    Advice: George was a bit better than he was in Game 1, but he still wasn’t great tonight, finishing 8-of-18 from the floor with a plus/minus rating of minus-12. His defense wasn't really there, as Donovan Mitchell essentially got whatever he wanted, and things simply cannot continue to trend in this direction if the Clippers hope to have any chance of advancing to the Western Conference Finals. They did drop the first two games of their First Round series, though, so we wouldn’t count them out just yet. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 10:03 pm
  • Kyrie Irving needs 22 shots to score 22 points
    Kyrie Irving scored 22 points on 9-of-22 shooting in Thursday's Game 3 loss to the Bucks, adding five rebounds, one assist, two triples and three steals over 45 minutes.

    Advice: Both Kyrie and Kevin Durant struggled offensively throughout the game, with the superstar duo combining to go 20-of-50 from the floor, and while Irving didn’t commit any turnovers — KD coughed up the rock four times. Despite the Brooklyn stars struggling, the Nets only lost this one by three points, and Durant nearly sent the game to overtime with a shot at the buzzer that just happened to rim out. Durant finished with 30 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three triples, four steals and one block in the loss. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 7:12 pm
  • Mike Conley (right hamstring) will sit out Game 2
    Mike Conley (strained right hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Conley, who was injured during Utah's series-clinching win over the Grizzlies, will sit for a second consecutive game. Joe Ingles will once again fill the resulting void alongside Donovan Mitchell. This news also impacts Mitchell's usage, as he stands to have the ball in his hands even more when it comes to initiating offense for both himself and his teammates.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 10:31 am
  • Will Barton (hamstring) scores 10 in 16 minutes
    Will Barton returned from his hamstring injury on Wednesday and hit 4-of-8 shots and a couple 3-pointers for 10 points, one rebound and three assists in 16 minutes of a 123-98 blowout loss to the Suns in Game 2. 

    Advice: We last saw him on April 23 when he lasted just one minute before injuring his hamstring and while the Nuggets are excited to have him back, he made no impact in tonight's blowout loss. He's going to be on a tight minutes watch until further notice and he might only have a couple more opportunities to play if the Nuggets don't get something figured out quickly for Games 3 and 4 in Denver.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 8:58 pm
  • Chris Paul leads Suns to easy 123-98 Game 2 win
    Chris Paul hit 6-of-10 shots, 2-of-2 3-pointers and 3-of-3 free throws for 17 points, five rebounds, 15 assists, a block and zero turnovers in Wednesday's Game 2 123-98 blowout win over the Nuggets to take a 2-0 lead in the series. 

    Advice: CP3 is just the third player to have a 15-point, 15-assist game with zero turnovers in the playoffs since 1984 and he's done it three times. Magic Johnson and Jason Kidd are the other guys to do it. The Suns have absolutely dominated the Nuggets through two games and Paul now has 26 assists with just one turnover in the series. All five Suns' starters scored in double figures for the second straight game, Phoenix outshot Denver 48 percent to 39 percent, and the Nuggets don't appear to have any answers for now. They'll have to find a way to stop the Suns in Games 3 and 4 in Denver, but it doesn't look like the Nuggets think they can beat this team right now. Game 3 is Friday night in Denver. Deandre Ayton (15 & 10) and Devin Booker (18 points, 10 rebounds) also double-doubled for the Suns.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Will Barton (hamstring) active for Game 2
    Will Barton (hamstring) is active for the Nuggets on Wednesday and expected to play in Game 2 against the Suns. 

    Advice: We haven't seen him in action since April and while the Nuggets need him to play a big role as soon as possible, he's expected to be on a very tight minutes restriction tonight. In any case, it will be nice to see him back on the floor and the Nuggets will just be hoping that he doesn't aggravate the injury.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 5:31 pm
  • Will Barton's (hamstring) status still up in air
    While the Nuggets are hoping Will Barton will return to action Wednesday night from his hamstring injury, it's not a guarantee that he'll be able to play in Game 2. 

    Advice: It's "kind of up in the air," coach Michael Malone said in pre-game. The team will wait and see how he feels after pre-game warmups and then make the call. If Barton does play, he will be on a very tight minutes restriction so he's not an ideal fantasy candidate either way.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 5:03 pm
  • Mike Conley gets questionable tag for Game 2
    Mike Conley (hamstring) is questionable for Game 2 vs. the Clippers on Thursday. 

    Advice: Conley was also listed as questionable for Game 1 before getting ruled out, and we don't have anything else to work with in terms of his progress. The last real update we had is that Conley was a partial participant in practice. Joe Ingles and Jordan Clarkson will continue to see increased usage for as long as Conley remains out.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 4:00 pm
  • Will Barton (hamstring) is expected to play
    Will Barton (hamstring) is expected to return for Game 2 vs. the Suns on Wednesday. 

    Advice: Barton has been out since April, but barring a setback in warmups, look for him to return this evening. It will be interesting to see how quickly he can find his rhythm and we'd expect some type of restrictions, so he's a risky option in fantasy formats.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 1:09 pm
  • James Harden, Jeff Green out for Thursday's Game 3
    James Harden (right hamstring) and Jeff Green (left foot) have both been ruled out for Thursday's Game 3 against the Milwaukee Bucks, per Malika Andrews of ESPN.

    Advice: Nets head coach Steve Nash said that both Harden and Green are "progressing nicely" as they both rehab from injuries. Both Nash and Green hinted that he could possibly return as early as Sunday's Game 4, but when asked about Harden, Nash had this to say: "He's progressing well... So we're optimistic that we can have him back at some point." Harden reportedly wants to "be back ASAP" but the Nets are trying to balance their desire to have the former league MVP back, while also protecting him from any type of long-term injury. Harden missed 18 games in the regular season with a right hamstring strain and two additional games with right hamstring tightness. Green on the other hand says he has dealt with plantar fascia issues all season long, but after landing awkwardly after catching a lob in Game 2 of the Nets' first-round series against the Celtics, Green has had pain in the foot and has yet to return to practice since the injury.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 11:38 am
  • Will Barton (hamstring) doubtful to play Wednesday
    Will Barton (hamstring) has been listed as doubtful to play Wednesday night against the Suns.

    Advice: Barton has been listed as "out" on every injury report since injuring the hamstring in late April so the upgrade is certainly encouraging. Nuggets coach, Mike Malone even stated that Barton had "another really good day" in practice on Tuesday and that he was hopeful that Barton would be able to play on Wednesday. If Barton does not go in Game 2, all signs are indicating that we should see him at some point in this series, with the next opportunity being Friday's Game 3 in Denver.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 10:31 am
  • Donovan Mitchell's 45 leads Jazz to 1-0 lead
    Donovan Mitchell torched the Clippers to the tune of 45 points on 16-of-30 shooting from the floor (6-of-15 3-pointers) and added five assists, three rebounds, one steal, one block and three turnovers to lead the Jazz to a 112-109 win over the Clippers in Tuesday's Game 1.  

    Advice: The Jazz are now 5-0 this postseason with Mitchell in the lineup, and even without starting point guard Mike Conley, Utah was able to defeat a hot Clippers team on Tuesday night. Entering this second-round series, Mitchell boasted the third-highest playoff points-per-game average among active players with 27.5 points per game (minimum 25 games played). That trails only LeBron James and Kevin Durant and is a shade over Anthony Davis who sits at 27.3 points per game. That is some great company to be in for the 4th-year guard out of Louisville. After trailing by 13 at the half, Mitchell came out and opened the second half on a 10-2 run by himself to cut into the Clipper lead and from that point on he and the Jazz never looked back. Spida and the Jazz will look to take a 2-0 lead on Thursday from Utah. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 8:05 pm
  • Malone: Will Barton (Hamstring) could play Game 2
    Will Barton (right hamstring) is "a candidate to play" Wednesday night's Game 2, per Nuggets head coach Mike Malone on Tuesday.

    Advice: Malone said that Barton "another really good day" in practice on Tuesday, and is hopeful that he could be available for Wednesday night's Game 2 in Phoenix. Barton has not played since injuring the hamstring in late April. but has been trending towards getting back in the lineup in recent weeks. Should Barton be able to go, he will provide even more depth to what is already one of the deepest teams in the NBA. Malone also said that Michael Porter Jr. (back) will be "good to go" for Game 2. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 5:37 pm
  • Nikola Jokic wins 2020-2021 NBA MVP Award
    Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets has been named the Most Valuable Player of the 2020-2021 NBA Season, per Shams Charania on Twitter.

    Advice: While guys like Joel Embiid and Stephen Curry could have taken home the award, we saw this one coming from a mile away from a guy that had one of the most consistent and dominant seasons that we've seen from a center in a long time. Jokic finished the season behind averages of 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, 8.3 assists, 1.3 triples, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks on 56.6% from the floor, all while not missing a single game in this crazy and condensed 72-game season. The former 41st pick in the 2014 draft is the lowest drafted player to ever win it, and the first in Nuggets history as well. Jokic is incredibly deserving of the award, and anyone who likes basketball in the slightest has to admire his unique and elite set of skills. His next stop will be to try and bring his No. 3 seeded Nuggets team out of a 1-0 series deficit in favor of the Suns, and continue to make a playoff run in his dreamy season. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 2:38 pm
  • Mike Conley (hamstring) ruled out of Game 1 Tues
    Mike Conley (right hamstring strain) has been ruled out of Game 1 vs. the Clippers Tuesday night  

    Advice: Conley's right hamstring has been bothering him all season and he re-injured it in Utah's Game 5 victory last Wednesday. The Jazz have diagnosed it as a "mild hamstring strain," and he wasn't able to get in a full practice on Monday. This is a significant loss for Utah, as Conley was playing at a very high level this season when healthy and in the first round of playoffs, averaging 17.4 points, 8.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game in the postseason. Joe Ingles will likely slide into the starting lineup. Jordan Clarkson will also soak up extra minutes off the Utah bench.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 10:32 am
  • Nikola Jokic puts up 22 and 9, Nuggets lose Game 1
    Nikola Jokic put up 22 points on 10-of-23 shooting (2-of-5 3-pointers) and added nine rebounds, three assists, three blocks, two steals, and four turnovers as the Nuggets fell 122-105 to Phoenix in Monday's Game 1. 

    Advice: In games that Nikola Jokic has tallied at least five assists this postseason, the Nuggets are 4-0. In games that he does not, they are 0-3. The Suns were hesitant to double Jokic in Monday's Game 1 because of the way that Jokic is able to make plays for his teammates, specifically out of double teams, and it worked on Monday as Jokic had just three assists and four turnovers being guarded almost solely by Deandre Ayton. The Nuggets did though, get a solid performance off the bench from JaMychal Green, who tallied 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting (2-of-3 3-pointers) to go with 11 rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes. Aaron Gordon took advantage of smaller matchups and scored 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting in 29 minutes, while Michael Porter Jr. scored 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting (3-of-8 3-pointers) with seven rebounds and two assists. Game 2 will take place Wednesday night in Phoenix, as the Nuggets will, for the second straight series, look to bounce back and tie things up at one apiece.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 10:13 pm
  • Chris Paul's 21 and 11 helps Suns to Game 1 win
    Chris Paul tallied his first double-double of the postseason with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting (2-of-3 3-pointers) and 11 assists to go with six rebounds, one steal, and one turnover as Phoenix defeated Denver 122-105 in Monday's Game 1. 

    Advice: With the exception of Game 4 against the Lakers, Paul has not looked like himself all postseason due to his nagging shoulder injury. On Monday night though, Paul looked like Vintage CP3, knocking down step-back three-pointers, finishing at the rim, and setting up his teammates all night long. Paul's 11:1 assist to turnover ratio was as good as it gets, and it showed as he posted a game-high +13 plus/minus. After the game, Paul gave credit to a number of his teammates, one being Jae Crowder, who scored 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting (3-of-9 3-pointers) in 31 minutes. Crowder hit shots in big moments as he has become known to do, and also grabbed five rebounds and dished out one assist. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 9:35 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fall into 0-2 hole
    Giannis Antetokounmpo put up a double-double with 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go with 11 rebounds, four assists, one block and three turnovers as the Bucks were blown out 125-86 by the Nets on Monday night.

    Advice: The Bucks again out-rebounded the Nets and had more points in the paint, but again, neither mattered as Milwaukee was blown out of the gym on Monday. The Bucks shot 8-of-27 from three, while Brooklyn shot 21-42. Through two games, Milwaukee is now 14-of-57 from three, good for just 24.5 percent. Khris Middleton again struggled shooting the ball going 7-of-20 from the floor for 17 points while Brook Lopez went 4-of-10 for 10 points to go with six rebounds and two assists. Jrue Holiday chipped in 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting with four rebounds and three assists in Monday's loss. They will attempt to avoid falling in a 3-0 hole on Thursday night from Milwaukee. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 7:28 pm
  • Kevin Durant leads Nets to 2-0 lead in blowout
    Kevin Durant scored 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the floor (4-of-6 3-pointers) with six assists, four rebounds, one steal, one block, and three turnovers in Monday's 125-86 win over Milwaukee. 

    Advice: Entering Monday night, Durant was averaging 32.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.0 assists on 53.3% from the floor, 46.9% from three, and 92.2% from the free-throw line through six postseason games. Simply put, Durant is one of the most effortless scorers the game has ever seen and Milwaukee has had no answer for the Durantula through two games even without James Harden. Brooklyn set a franchise record for made three-pointers in Game 2 with 21, of which Durant contributed four. His backcourt mate, Kyrie Irving matched him with four to tie a team-high. Irving put up 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting (4-of-8 3-pointers), with six assists, five rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 34 minutes. Game 3 will take place Thursday in Milwaukee as the Bucks will attempt to avoid falling in a 3-0 hole. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 7:02 pm
  • Mike Conley (hamstring) questionable for Game 1
    Mike Conley (right hamstring) is being listed as questionable for Game 1 vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Conley was able to get through some of Monday's practice, but it wouldn't be shocking to see him skip Game 1. We might get another update after tomorrow's shootaround, but he'll likely be a game-time call. If Conley can't give it a go, look for Joe Ingles to get the start. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 4:06 pm
  • Nets hopeful James Harden can return vs. MIL
    The Nets are reportedly hopeful that James Harden (tight right hamstring) can return at some point during Brooklyn's Second Round series vs. Milwaukee.

    Advice: Harden won't play in Game 2 on Monday, and Brooklyn has been vague with the updates, but the good news is that he's currently being listed as "day-to-day." It sounds like there's a chance Harden might not be done for the postseason, but while he's out, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant will do the heavy lifting on offense with Joe Harris and Landry Shamet seeing some increased opportunity. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 3:32 pm
  • Mike Conley goes through partial practice
    Mike Conley (hamstring) participated in "portions" of Monday's practice. 

    Advice: That's the extent of the update from the Jazz, but they will announce his status for Game 1 later this afternoon. He was diagnosed with a "mild" hamstring strain, but like we saw with James Harden, the Jazz will need to tread carefully.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 11:43 am
  • Nash says Dinwiddie isn't with the team
    Nets coach Steve Nash said Spencer Dinwiddie isn't traveling with the team. 

    Advice: Nash said he believes Dinwiddie is in Los Angeles and added that he's had no conversations about returning to the team or playing at some point in the playoffs. There have been rumors that Dinwiddie was hoping to make an appearance in the postseason but that always seemed like wishful thinking.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 9:43 am
  • Jeff Green (foot) out for Game 2
    Jeff Green (foot) won't play in Monday's Game 2. 

    Advice: The Nets are hopeful he'll play at some point in this series but as long as Kevin Durant is healthy, they'll be OK. James Harden is also out on Monday with a hamstring injury, as the Nets look to take a 2-0 lead in the series.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 6, 1:57 pm
  • James Harden (hamstring) ruled out for Game 2
    James Harden (hamstring) has been ruled out for Monday's Game 2 against the Bucks. 

    Advice: This isn't all that surprising and the Nets have to just hope he'll be available at some point during the series. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant will once again have to carry the load in hopes of going up 2-0 in the series.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 6, 1:39 pm
  • Nash says he is "heartbroken" for James Harden
    Nets coach Steve Nash told reporters he is "heartbroken" for James Harden, who injured his hamstring in Game 1 Saturday night. 

    Advice: Harden suffered a right hamstring injury in the first minute of the first quarter of Game 1 and was ruled out for the rest of the contest.  We are still awaiting the results of an MRI Harden took afterward. "I don't know what's going to happen. I don't know if he's playing the next game, if he's out," Nash said Saturday night. "I have no idea. But I'm heartbroken for him that he had to miss tonight." ESPN reporter Jordan Schultz tweeted that the Nets "won’t risk long-term health issues" with Harden, "after the Lakers drew criticism" for playing a hobbled Anthony Davis in Game 6 earlier this week.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 6, 7:47 am
  • P.J. Tucker scores just seven in start
    P.J. Tucker entered the starting lineup in Saturday’s rough Game 1 loss to the Nets, finishing with just seven points, four rebounds, an assist, two steals and a triple in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He entered the starting lineup predominantly to try and guard Kevin Durant, and while he did a pretty good job of containing KD in the first half, it didn’t last for long. Tucker should continue to start and attempt to guard one of the game’s most pure scorers, and any offense he provides will be a nice bonus. Brook Lopez dominated inside and played well with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting with five boards (all offensive) and an assist, but only saw 28 minutes of action as well.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 5, 7:12 pm
  • Giannis scores 34 as Bucks lose Game 1 to Nets
    Giannis Antetokounmpo finished Saturday’s Game 1 loss to the Nets with a game-high 34 points on 16-of-24 shooting, also adding 11 rebounds four assists, two blocks, two triples and five turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Despite living in the paint with 72 points in that area tonight, the Bucks didn’t have much going outside of Giannis in this one and ultimately fell to a Nets team without James Harden (hamstring injury in the first minute of the game). Milwaukee couldn’t make a triple to save their life tonight with a horrendous 6-of-30 mark from there, and they’ll need to do better if they want to compete with this stacked squad that is the Brooklyn Nets. Khris Middleton had an incredibly inefficient double-double with a 13/13/4 line on 6-of-23 shooting, while Jrue Holiday posted 17 points, nine boards and six dimes in 37 minutes. We’ll see what kinds of adjustments the Bucks make before Game 2 on Monday. NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 5, 7:03 pm
  • Kevin Durant leads Nets to Game 1 win on Saturday
    Kevin Durant led the nets to a Game 1 victory over the Bucks on Saturday, tallying 29 points, 10 boards, three dimes, one steal, two blocks, one triple and three turnovers on 12-of-25 FG in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He only had 12 points at the half due to some good defense by P.J. Tucker, but he made necessary adjustments and looked like vintage KD the rest of the way. We aren’t sure on the severity of James Harden’s hamstring injury that he suffered in the first minute of the game, but if he misses time this series, Durant should be a monster. It’s good news that Brooklyn dominated even without Harden, but we’ll see how Milwaukee responds in Monday’s Game 2 as adjustments will have to be made after being generally outplayed. Kyrie Irving struggled in the second half but still did his thing with 25 points (20 in the first half), five rebounds and eight assists in a game-high 45 minutes. NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 5, 7:01 pm
  • James Harden (hamstring) will not return to Game 1
    James Harden suffered a right hamstring injury and will not return to Saturday’s Game 1 against the Nets, per Shams Charania on Twitter

    Advice: This is a brutal blow for Brooklyn and this just means that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will have to do some more heavy lifting, but no one can say quite yet if Harden’s absence will be longer than just this game. Even worse, this was the same hamstring that kept Harden out for much of the second half of the regular season, so maybe it lingered even longer than expected (as hamstrings tend to do). Per Jared Greenberg on the TNT broadcast, The Beard left the arena immediately to get an MRI on the hamstring as well. Mike James entered the game for him and may get more run than expected. NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 5, 5:07 pm
  • James Harden heads to locker room
    James Harden headed to the locker after appearing to suffer a hamstring injury in the first minute of Game 1 vs. the Nets on Sunday.

    Advice: The game had just started and it looked like it was Harden’s right hamstring that was injured upon driving to the hoop. Stay tuned for an update on his status. NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 5, 4:47 pm
  • P.J. Tucker enters the starting lineup for Game 1
    P.J. Tucker will move into the starting lineup for Game 1 vs. the Nets. 

    Advice: Pat Connaughton will slide to the bench. Tucker is not a fantasy option and will likely be asked to shadow Kevin Durant throughout most of the series.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 5, 4:04 pm
  • Jeff Green (left foot) ruled out again Saturday
    Jeff Green (left plantar fascia strain) won't play in Game 1 vs. the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: The good news is that coach Steve Nash expects to have a timetable for Green "in the next two or three days." He's reportedly progressed well since going down in late May, but until he's cleared to play Brooklyn will rely on Blake Griffin and Nicolas Claxton for extra minutes in the frontcourt. NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 4, 2:11 pm
  • P.J. Tucker may start Game 1 vs. Nets on Saturday
    Jrue Holiday suggested on Friday that P.J. Tucker will start Game 1 vs. the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: "We got somebody like [Tucker] who can step into that starting role," Holiday said while discussing the loss of starter Donte DiVincenzo (foot). "[Tucker] can really make an impact, especially playing against James [Harden], who he's played with for five, six years ... having that experience in the starting lineup really helps us out a lot." Milwaukee finished their first-round series with Pat Connaughton in the starting five, though Tucker logged 24 minutes off the bench in Game 4. All signs point to Tucker and Connaughton reversing roles vs. Brooklyn. NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 4, 2:10 pm
  • Report: CP3 intends to decline player option
    Chris Paul intends to decline his $44.4 million player option for the 2021-22 season, according to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report.  

    Advice: When the Thunder traded CP3 to the Suns last year, it was assumed Paul would opt in to the final year of his contract. However, Paul then delivered an MVP-caliber campaign in his age-35 season, averaging 16.4 points, 8.9 assists, and 4.5 rebounds, and helped lead the Suns to (at least) the second round of the playoffs. Per Pincus' report, Paul hopes to sign a new multiyear deal "perhaps in the $100 million range over three seasons."  NBCSportsEDGE.com Jun 4, 8:43 am
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