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  • Donovan Mitchell scores 39, Jazz eliminated
    Donovan Mitchell's 39 points weren't enough as the Jazz were eliminated by the Clippers in Game 6 on Friday. 

    Advice: Mitchell was much more mobile in this game and the ankle looked good, but the Jazz threw a 25-point lead as a tribute to the 76ers and Bucks. They were lit up by Terence Mann and Rudy Gobert looked helpless in the second half with the small-ball Clippers punishing him at will. The Jazz had the No. 1 record in the West but they will need to go back to the drawing board after blowing a 2-0 series lead. Today, 9:48 pm
  • Terance Mann drops 39 points, LAC advance to WCF
    Terance Mann erupted for a career-high 39 points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals and seven triples in a 131-119 Game 6 win as the Clippers advanced past the Jazz. 

    Advice: After playing a combined nine minutes in Games 1 and 2, Mann emerged as a hero in this series with Kawhi Leonard (knee) watching from the sidelines. “I’m not trying to fill Kawhi’s role at all, man. That’s Kawhi Leonard,” Mann said. “But I’m just trying to be me, make things happen on the defensive end and be myself on the offensive end and whatever happens, happens after that." Mann had 20 points alone in the third quarter and put the Clippers up by 10 with five minutes to go with a dagger triple. Mann, who is extension eligible this summer, is making a name for himself at the best possible time. Next up is a matchup vs. the Suns in the Western Conference Finals. Today, 9:46 pm
  • Bogdan Bogdanovic dealing with right knee soreness
    Bogdan Bogdanovic left Friday's Game 6 early with right knee soreness and did not return. 

    Advice: He clearly wasn't right, going 3-of-11 for seven points in 29 minutes. Game 7 is scheduled for Sunday so it's another quick turnaround, so hopefully he can get clearance after round-the-clock treatment. For what it's worth, Bogdan's left knee is the troublesome one (he had meniscus surgery in 2018). If he misses time, the Hawks will need even more from guys like Kevin Huerter and Danilo Gallinari who both played fantastic in the loss. Trae Young was on another level though, dropping 34 points with 12 assists and five triples. Today, 7:28 pm
  • Tyrese Maxey provides spark as 76ers force Game 7
    Tyrese Maxey gave the 76ers a huge lift in their 104-99 Game 6 win over Atlanta, scoring 16 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one triple in 29 minutes. 

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers went away from Shake Milton (four minutes) tonight and Ben Simmons had another nightmare showing, but the rookie stepped up on both ends and made Trae Young work for every basket. This was an excellent adjustment for Philly and they are back in the driver's seat with the series heading back home for Game 7. Seth Curry added 24 points and six triples for the 76ers, while Joel Embiid notched 22 points with 13 rebounds but had some shaky play in the clutch. Today, 7:22 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell (ankle) will play in Game 6
    Donovan Mitchell (ankle) is in the starting lineup for Friday's Game 6 vs. the Clippers. 

    Advice: He was called a game-time decision and hasn't been 100 percent, but his status was never in doubt with Utah's season on the line. The Jazz will also have Mike Conley (hamstring) available for the first time this series. Today, 6:39 pm
  • Mike Conley (hamstring) available for Game 6
    Mike Conley (hamstring) is available for Game 6 vs. the Clippers. 

    Advice: He's officially back after picking up the injury back on June 2nd. Whether or not he starts is up in the air, and he's likely to have restrictions as well, but the Jazz are just thrilled to see their PG back with their season on the line. Today, 6:24 pm
  • Trae Young (shoulder) starting in closeout game
    Trae Young (sore right shoulder) is starting vs. Philly in Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: There was never any suspense about his status but this makes it official. Trae is coming off a 39-point gem during Game 5's epic 26-point comeback, so there's ample reason to be confident in his shoulder's health. Today, 4:16 pm
  • Joel Embiid (right knee) ready to go for Game 6
    Joel Embiid (right knee) is starting Game 6 on Friday, as expected.

    Advice: Embiid has played through discomfort in his right knee, which has a slightly torn meniscus, and he wasn't about to sit out with Philly's season hanging in the balance. The Sixers will need short memories after their unbelievable collapse in Game 5. Today, 4:11 pm
  • Cam Reddish (right Achilles) still out for Game 6
    Cam Reddish (sore right Achilles) is out again for Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: Reddish is rebuilding his conditioning and hasn't progressed beyond 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 work at practice, though fortunately his Achilles has been medically cleared. We'll assume he's still 'out indefinitely' until the Hawks upgrade him on the official injury report. Today, 4:08 pm
  • Klay Thompson (Achilles) targeting 'early' season
    Klay Thompson (right Achilles surgery) is hopeful to return "early next season."

    Advice: Thompson had optimistically floated the Warriors' 2021-22 season opener as a potential return date, but team president Bob Myers was "skeptical" of that claim and now Thompson seems to be walking it back. "The Achilles is like a 12-month recovery phase. I also have to factor in my left knee," he said. "I don't want to come back and be half myself." He had surgery in late November, so his cited 12-month recovery basically confirms we won't see him until closer to 2022. Today, 2:48 pm
  • James Harden (hamstring) 'fine' after 40+ minutes
    James Harden (right hamstring) "came through fine" after playing 40 minutes in Game 6, according to Nets coach Steve Nash.

    Advice: Harden has averaged 43.0 minutes in two games since returning from a hamstring injury. He's laboring to move and has little explosion in his legs, but still dropped 16 points, seven assists, five boards, four steals and 3-pointers in Thursday's defeat. There's little doubt that he'll play 40+ minutes with the Nets' season on the line in Game 7 on Saturday. Today, 1:52 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (ankle) officially out for Game 7
    Kyrie Irving (right ankle sprain) is out for Game 7 on Saturday, but the Nets do expect him to play if they advance in the postseason.

    Advice: Nets coach Steve Nash said that although Kyrie "still has some miles to make up" before he's cleared to play, "It is not a season-threatening situation." Irving is getting treatment on his ankle and his ongoing absence in this series vs. the Bucks aligns with initial expectations. The Nets haven't provided a target return date and until they do we'll assume he's day-to-day, though it won't matter if his teammates don't get a win this weekend. Nash used a tight six-man rotation during Game 6, with Landry Shamet the only reserve to play more than five minutes, so expect a similar look without Irving on Saturday. Today, 1:24 pm
  • Bradley Beal commits to playing for Team USA
    Bradley Beal has reportedly committed to playing for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics.

    Advice: Coach Gregg Popovich secures another elite player for the national team, whose roster already includes Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum and Draymond Green. Beal has averaged at least 35.8 minutes in four straight seasons, so additional wear-and-tear in the summer isn't ideal for fantasy purposes. He's missed a combined 27 games the past two years. Then again, if Beal weren't playing for Team USA he'd probably be doing some comparably strenuous training anyway. Players who will not be joining the national team include LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Jimmy Butler, while a host of other All-Star players haven't publicly announced a decision Today, 12:17 pm
  • Mike Conley (hamstring) 'working toward a return'
    Mike Conley (right hamstring strain) is "working toward a return to the lineup," according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

    Advice: Conley has been sidelined since straining his hamstring back on June 2nd in Game 5 vs. the Grizzlies and acknowledged earlier this week that he suffered a "small setback" on June 10. On Wednesday, Conley told reporters: “With the way things have been progressing and obviously with the series as close as it is and as tight as it is, I think that [playing in] this series is possible, depending on the situation. I’ve played through a lot of things in my career and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again." With the Jazz facing elimination in Game 6 in L.A. on Friday night, and Donovan Mitchell nursing a troublesome ankle injury, it certainly wouldn't be surprising to see Conley give it a go tonight. Today, 9:07 am
  • Woj: Donovan Mitchell (ankle) likely a GTD Friday
    Donovan Mitchell (ankle) is "progressing to be a game-time decision," for Game 6 vs. the Clippers on Friday night, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. 

    Advice: Mitchell started out the postseason on fire, but his nagging right ankle injury has limited him significantly in the Clippers series, robbing Mitchell of his explosiveness. "It's just something I'm going to have to deal with," Mitchell said after Wednesday night's loss in Game 5. "It bleeping sucks." He is officially listed as questionable on the injury report. The fact that his availability is still up in the air less than 10 hours before the start of the most important game of Utah's season speaks volumes. We will keep a close eye out for updates on his status throughout the day. Today, 8:58 am
  • Jokic won't play for Serbia in Summer Olympics
    Nikola Jokic said he has decided not to compete in the Olympics Games this summer.

    Advice: “With my great regret, this is the moment when I have to announce that despite my great desire, I am not able to play for the national team,” Jokic told Serbian news agency Tanjug. “Simply, the condition of my body requires a longer absence from the court for recovery.” Remarkably, dating back to last season, Jokic had played in 109 consecutive contests. The Nuggets front office and coaching staff is undoubtedly relieved to learn the MVP will give his body some much-needed rest. Today, 8:20 am
  • Woj: Moses Brown traded to Boston
    Moses Brown is being traded to Boston, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. 

    Advice: Brown will be packaged with Al Horford and a 2023 second-round pick in exchange for Kemba Walker, the No. 16 overall pick in the 2021 draft and a 2025 second-round draft pick. Brown was a very pleasant surprise for the Thunder this past season. In 43 appearances (32 starts), he averaged 8.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 1.1 blocks in 21.4 minutes a night. Brown shot 54.5% from the floor and 61.9% from the free-throw stripe. With Robert Williams' difficultly staying healthy, Brown could be a valuable backup big for Boston, who didn't have a reliable center behind The Time Lord last season. Today, 7:20 am
  • Al Horford traded to Celtics in exchange for Kemba
    Al Horford is being traded to Boston, along with Moses Brown and a 2023 second-round pick, in exchange for Kemba Walker, the No. 16 overall pick in the 2021 draft and a 2025 second-round draft pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

    Advice: Horford was rested frequently last season and sat out the final six weeks of the 2020-21 campaign after the Thunder went in tank mode. In the 28 games he did play, Horford averaged 14.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and a career-high 2.0 made 3-pointers per game, while shooting 45% from the floor, 36.8% from downtown and 81.8% from the free-throw line. At 35 years of age, Horford is obviously not the All-Star caliber player he once was, but is still certainly capable of posting solid all-around numbers. The Celtics will make more moves this summer, but Horford should see plenty of playing time next season on a Boston squad lacking front-court depth. Today, 6:43 am
  • Mike Conley (ankle) questionable for Game 6
    Mike Conley (right hamstring strain) is listed as questionable for Game 6 against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: The Jazz are crossing their fingers that Conley’s hammy is in good enough shape to play in Game 6 as this series has quickly turned around and made Friday’s contest a win-or-go-home scenario. Joe Ingles will continue to start and get plenty of touches if Conley has to sit this one out. Yesterday, 5:40 pm
  • Mitchell, Conley both questionable for Game 6
    Donovan Mitchell (ankle) and Mike Conley (hamstring) are both listed as questionable for Game 6 vs. the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: Mitchell didn’t look quite right in the tough Game 5 loss on Wednesday evening, but he has already mentioned making adjustments to his game due to the condition of his ankle, so it would be shocking to see him not give it a shot. Conley has yet to play this series, so he carries the “questionable” tag a little bit more literally, but this is a step in the right direction for the veteran point guard, who they could really use in their first elimination game of the season. Yesterday, 5:34 pm
  • No restrictions for James Harden or Kevin Durant
    Steve Nash said that James Harden and Kevin Durant will be without any restrictions for Game 6 vs. Milwaukee on Thursday.

    Advice: Harden played 46 minutes in his return from the hamstring injury in Game 5, while KD logged 48 minutes, and they'll likely again see a similar workload tonight as Brooklyn attempts to send Milwaukee packing. Yesterday, 3:30 pm
  • Joel Embiid (knee) questionable for Game 6
    Joel Embiid (right knee) is questionable for Game 6 vs. the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: Expect official confirmation on his status shortly before tomorrow's tip. Yesterday, 2:23 pm
  • Trae Young (shoulder) probable for Game 6
    Trae Young (sore right shoulder) is probable for Game 6 vs. the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: He'll play, but we'll have to wait for official confirmation closer towards tomorrow's tip. Yesterday, 1:16 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell scores 21, ankle still not right
    Donovan Mitchell hit 6-of-19 shots and 4-of-14 3-pointers for 21 points, five rebounds, five assists and a steal in Wednesday's Game 5 119-111 loss to the Clippers to fall into a 2-3 hole. 

    Advice: Mitchell's bum right ankle is still bothering him and he doesn't have his normal explosiveness. "It's just something I'm going to have to deal with," Mitchell said. "It bleeping sucks." Mitchell is hurting, but playing through it and the Jazz are without Mike Conley (hamstring), while the Clippers are dealing with the loss of Kawhi Leonard (knee). Both players are extremely iffy for Game 6 in L.A. on Friday, although it sounds like Conley has a much better chance at playing than Leonard does. The Jazz could use a boost and Conley could provide it, but he wasn't moving great in pre-game tonight, so we're not exactly expecting him to play on Friday. The Jazz could easily win in L.A. on Friday and force a Game 7 in Utah if Leonard's out again, but the Clippers will do everything they can to end it on Friday night. Wednesday, 10:36 pm
  • Joel Embiid's 37 & 13, 26-point lead not enough
    Joel Embiid hit 12-of-20 shots, two 3-pointers and 11-of-13 free throws for 37 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals and four blocks, but it wasn't enough for the Sixers, who blew a 26-point lead and lost to the Hawks in Philly 109-106 on Wednesday as the Hawks stunned the Sixers to take a 3-2 lead in their series. 

    Advice: Embiid and Seth Curry were unreal for most of the night, as neither could miss and Embiid was dominating after some bulletin-board material courtesy of Clint Capela. "Whenever you wear him out, everything becomes tougher for him," Capela said of Embiid recently. "When the fatigue comes in, it's a different ballgame." Embiid made it personal and dominated Capela in the first half when he hit 9-of-11 shots for 24 points and 10 boards, but missed two free throws late after hitting 20 in a row. And Curry finished with a playoff career-high 36 points on 13-of-19 shooting with seven 3-pointers and seven rebounds, but it wasn't enough in the end. The Hawks won the fourth quarter 40-19 and scored 15 unanswered points late to shock the Sixers and take advantage in the series. If you turned it off early, we're sorry. And for the record, Embiid's knee looked perfectly fine tonight. As Capela may have predicted, he might have just gotten tired. Game 6 is in Atlanta on Friday night when the Hawks will have a chance to slam the door on the Sixers. Wednesday, 7:52 pm
  • Trae Young leads Hawks to incredible Gm 5 comeback
    Trae Young hit 10-of-23 shots, two 3-pointers and 17-of-19 free throws for 39 points, one rebound, seven assists and three steals as the Hawks overcame a 26-point deficit to shock the Sixers 109-106 in Philly for a Game 5 win to take a 3-2 lead in the series. 

    Advice: The Hawks were all but dead, down by as many as 26 points and trailed 62-40 at halftime and 87-69 at the end of the third quarter. The Hawks went on a 15-0 run to close out the game until Seth Curry hit a meaningless jumper at the buzzer to stop the Hawks' scoring streak. Lou Williams, who was finally brought into the fold in order to foul Ben Simmons after Kevin Huerter and Bogi Bogdanovic got into foul trouble, was the catalyst in the comeback and scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. The Hawks won the fourth quarter 40-19 and the Sixers were simply stunned in one of the biggest playoff collapses in NBA history. The Hawks will head home with a chance to clinch the series in Game 6 on Friday night and to loosely quote the legendary Joe Buck, "we don't believe what we just saw." Wednesday, 7:33 pm
  • Terance Mann replaces Kawhi Leonard for Game 5
    Terance Mann will start in place of Kahwi Leonard (knee) in Wednesday's Game 5. 

    Advice: The Clippers will also start Reggie Jackson, Paul George, Marcus Morris and Nicolas Batum as they look to take a 3-2 lead with a win at Utah. It won't be easy without Leonard, who flew to Utah and then went back to L.A. on Wednesday once his diagnosis of a right knee sprain came in. Leonard will undergo more tests and we'll hopefully have a time estimate for his return in the next couple days. But as it stands, it sounds like there's a decent chance he won't play again in this series and he's currently listed without a timetable for a return. Wednesday, 6:39 pm
  • Joel Embiid (right knee) ready to go for Game 5
    Joel Embiid (right knee) is in the Sixers' starting lineup for Game 5.

    Advice: Embiid was officially 'questionable' for this game and he was obviously laboring for stretches of Game 4 on Monday. He's already playing on a slightly torn meniscus and it's simply a matter of pain management, so barring a major setback we'd expect him to keep soldiering on for the Sixers. After shooting 0-of-12 in the second half of Philly's loss in Game 4, he'll be looking to amend in front of the home crowd tonight. Wednesday, 4:10 pm
  • Trae Young (right shoulder) available for Game 5
    Trae Young (right shoulder soreness) is officially available for Game 5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: This confirms the expectation all along, since Young was listed as 'probable' and there was never any real doubt about his status. He comes in averaging 27.3 points, 11.8 dimes, 2.8 triples, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals in the series vs. Philly. Both teams are sticking with the starting lineups they used in Game 4, which means Kevin Huerter for the Hawks and Furkan Korkmaz for the Sixers. Wednesday, 4:06 pm
  • Trae Young (shoulder) still probable for Game 5
    Hawks coach Nate McMillan confirmed that Trae Young (right shoulder soreness) "should be ready to go" for Game 5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: This doesn't add new information, since Trae was already officially probable, but at least it confirms that Atlanta's star hasn't had a setback. Feel free to fire him up in DFS. Wednesday, 3:16 pm
  • Mike Conley (hamstring) could return this series
    Mike Conley (right hamstring strain) said he "feels close" to a return, and that it's "possible" he'll play in Utah's current series vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Conley has already been ruled out for Game 5 and he revealed on Wednesday that he suffered a "small setback" on June 10, which has delayed his expected return. “With the way things have been progressing and obviously with the series as close as it is and as tight as it is, I think that [playing in] this series is possible, depending on the situation,” he said. “I’ve played through a lot of things in my career and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again ... if we can find a way to get a win here and there [in Games 5 and 6] it’d give me a couple more days to hopefully feel a bit better going forward." As usual, we expect to see him listed as 'questionable' prior to Game 6 on Friday. Wednesday, 2:52 pm
  • Cam Reddish's Achilles OK, conditioning an issue
    Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) is listed 'out' for Game 5 on Wednesday, but he has been medically cleared by the Hawks' training staff.

    Advice: The Hawks' official report still has Reddish out due to the Achilles injury, but GM Travis Schlenk clarified that the final hurdle is conditioning. "Cam has been out two-and-a-half or three months now," Schlenk said. "To ask him to go out and there in a game of this magnitude wouldn't be fair to him because he hasn't been able to get that up-and-down run in. He's still playing 2-on-2, 3-on-3." It seems unlikely that we'll see Reddish vs. the Sixers, but maybe he'll be ready if Atlanta makes the Conference finals. Wednesday, 12:10 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (ankle) out for Thursday's Game 6
    Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (ankle) remains out for Thursday's Game 6 against the Bucks, per Malika Andrew's of ESPN.

    Advice: Irving injured his ankle in Sunday's Game 4 loss in Milwaukee when he landed on Giannis Antetokounmpo's foot. He then missed Game 5, but luckily the Nets got Harden back and were able to take a 3-2 lead over the Bucks. On Tuesday morning Nash said that he had "no idea" if Irving would be able to return during this series against Milwaukee, and if one had to guess, it is likely that he is done for the remainder of this series at minimum. On Wednesday, he said that Kyrie will not travel with the team and that instead, he will stay in Brooklyn to get treatment on the ankle. Expect Harden to again be in the starting lineup joined by Joe Harris, Kevin Durant, Bruce Brown, and Blake Griffin on Thursday. Wednesday, 11:01 am
  • James Harden (hamstring) available to play Game 6
    Steve Nash says James Harden (hamstring) is available to play in Thursday's Game 6 against the Bucks after playing 46 minutes in Tuesday night's Game 5 win. 

    Advice: Nash said that Harden and Durant both feel good after Tuesday's win. Durant played 48 minutes, tallying 49 points with 17 rebounds and 10 assists in one of the best playoff performances of all time. Harden in 46 minutes went 1-of-10  from the floor (0-of-8 3-pointers) with eight assists and six rebounds. Durant and Harden will try to close out the Bucks on Thursday night in Milwaukee. Wednesday, 10:53 am
  • Mike Conley (hamstring) out for Wednesday's Game 5
    Jazz guard Mike Conley (hamstring) will miss Wednesday's Game 5 vs. The Clippers according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

    Advice: Conley had been listed as questionable on Tuesday night's injury report and had seemed to be trending in the right direction, which he likely still is. But with the news that Kawhi Leonard will be out for at least Game 5, the Jazz likely feel confident that they can beat the Clippers even without Conley's services. Should Leonard continue to be out, Conley might continue to be cautious with his recovery, unless the Clippers can find a way to win without Kawhi in the lineup. For now though, continue to expect to see Joe Ingles in the starting lineup for Conley with Donovan Mitchell, Jordan Clarkson, and Ingles continuing to assume more playmaking responsibilities. Wednesday, 10:12 am
  • James Harden struggles in return to the lineup
    James Harden scored 5 points on 1-of-10 shooting (0-of-8 3-pointers) with eight assists, six rebounds and four turnovers in 46 minutes of Tuesday night's 114-108 Game 5 win over Milwaukee. 

    Advice: Harden struggled offensively to say the least, as eight of his shots on the evening came from beyond the three-point line. Harden couldn't get by anyone offensively, but his simple presence on the court provided a boost for the Nets and their confidence in Tuesday's Game 5. Before tipoff, it was unknown if Harden would be on a minute restriction, but Harden put those questions to rest as he played 46 of a possible 48 minutes. He even had a possession where he was matched up with Giannis Antetokounmpo in the post and waved off a double team to force Giannis into a contested fade away, which he missed. Harden's performance on Tuesday was admirable, and all attention will now turn to how he recovers over the next 48 hours as the Nets will attempt to close out the Bucks in Milwaukee on Thursday. Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Embiid, Lillard, CP3, Randle, LeBron make 2nd team
    Joel Embiid, who was the runner-up for NBA MVP was joined on the 2020-2021 second-team All-NBA by Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Julius Randle and LeBron James, the NBA announced on Tuesday.

    Advice: LeBron made an All-NBA team for the 17th time, which is the most in the history of the league. One of his closest friends in Paul made an All-NBA team for the 10th time in his career. His teammate, and Suns leading scorer, Devin Booker was left off of an All-NBA team to the chagrin of many. With Embiid making an All-NBA team this season, he is now eligible for a super-max extension that would pay him $191 million from 2023-2027.  It was the first career All-NBA selection for Julius Randle, who led the Knicks to a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference this season. Randle is the first Knick to make All-NBA since Carmelo Anthony is 2012-2013. Lastly for Lillard, this is his sixth All-NBA selection, and his fourth time making the second team. Tuesday, 5:40 pm
  • Jokic, Luka, Giannis, Kawhi, Steph make 1st team
    NBA MVP Nikola Jokic highlights the 2020-2021 1st Team All-NBA team and was joined by Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, and Kawhi Leonard, the NBA announced on Tuesday.

    Advice: As is the case every season, there is always much debate when the All-NBA teams are revealed. Perhaps the biggest gripe one could have with the first team is that Joel Embiid, who finished second in MVP voting to Jokic, failed to make the first team. There could also be arguments made for Donovan Mitchell, who failed to make any All-NBA teams, despite leading the Jazz to the best record in the NBA this season. The other gripe that has been thrown around is that Jayson Tatum did not make an All-NBA team and along with Mitchell, will miss out on $33 million bonuses for not getting the All-NBA tag this season. Tuesday, 5:22 pm
  • Harden, Durant, Harris, Brown and Griffin to Start
    James Harden will be in the starting lineup and will be joined by Joe Harris, Bruce Brown, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin for Tuesday night's Game 5 against the Bucks.

    Advice: Nash has still not announced if Harden will be on a minutes restriction or not, so one should assume that it will depend on the way that he looks physically, and of course the score of the game. Should the game be close and Harden looks physically ready to go, he will likely go as long as he can, but the moment that the game gets out of hand in favor of either team or if Harden begins to favor the hamstring, he will likely take a seat. Tuesday, 5:09 pm
  • James Harden (hamstring) will play in Game 5
    James Harden (hamstring) will play in Game 5 vs. the Bucks on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Nets didn't make the final announcement until he got through his pregame routine, and Steve Nash wouldn't say if Harden would start or be on a minutes restriction, but he will be playing tonight. Even if he's on some restrictions, Harden should see a heavy usage while he's on the floor with Kyrie Irving (ankle) watching from the sidelines tonight. Tuesday, 4:45 pm
  • Joel Embiid (knee) listed as questionable for G5
    Joel Embiid (knee) is again being listed as questionable for Game 5 vs. the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: We'd be shocked if he didn't play, but we'll likely continue to see him pop up on the injury report with the questionable tag for the remainder of the postseason. Tuesday, 2:12 pm
  • Trae Young (shoulder) probable for Game 5
    Trae Young (right shoulder soreness) is probable for Game 5 vs. the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's dealing with a minor shoulder issue, but obviously, he has no intention of taking any games off. Tuesday, 12:44 pm
  • Woj: Nets expect Kyrie to miss rest of MIL series
    The Nets are preparing to be without guard Kyrie Irving (right ankle sprain) for the remainder of their second-round series with Milwaukee, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. 

    Advice: This news certainly not shocking, considering the Nets announced Monday that an MRI confirmed Irving was dealing with a sprained right ankle and was ruled out of Game 5. However, it's disheartening for Nets fans, as Brooklyn will have their hands full beating a healthy Bucks squad without the uber-talented Irving. Fortunately for the Nets, James Harden (hamstring) has been upgraded to questionable and reportedly plans to play Tuesday night vs. Milwaukee. Tuesday, 11:02 am
  • Report: Wiz to offer Beal an extension this summer
    The Wizards are expected to attempt to negotiate a new contract extension with Bradley Beal this offseason, according to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports.

    Advice: Beal will have the opportunity to sign an extension with the Wizards this summer worth roughly $182 million over four years. His other option would be waiting until the end of the upcoming 2021-22 season and declining his $37 million player option for the 2022-23 campaign, thus becoming an unrestricted free agent. At that point, he would be eligible to sign a 5-year deal worth $235 million with the Wizards or a four-year max contract with another team. Tuesday, 10:50 am
  • James Harden (hamstring) plans to play Tuesday
    James Harden (hamstring) has been upgraded to questionable and, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, plans to play Tuesday night in Game 5 vs. Milwaukee, "barring a setback in pregame warmups."

    Advice: Harden was initially ruled out in Monday's injury report. However, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Tuesday morning that Harden was "determined to try and find a way to get cleared to play" and would test his hamstring in shootaround. This afternoon, Woj tweeted that Harden "worked his hamstring through shootaround without an issue, and will do the same on the court prior to tip" tonight, as he's now "moved one step closer" to suiting up. We are headed towards a game-time decision, but it certainly seems Harden is committed to at least starting Game 5 and seeing how the hamstring responds. Yet, it's worth noting he lasted less than a minute in Game 1 before being forced to the locker room in pain. Tuesday, 10:14 am
  • Embiid not "able to jump" due to ailing knee
    Joel Embiid acknowledged that his ailing right knee significantly limited his effectiveness in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Hawks. 

    Advice: Embiid grabbed 21 rebounds Monday night, but struggled mightily on the offensive end, especially in the second half, when he missed all 11 FG's get attempted. His final miss occurred with fewer than ten seconds left in the fourth quarter, when he couldn't convert a lay-up. "Great look. Great look. I just didn't have the lift," Embiid, told reporters after the game. "Thought I got fouled too. But usually, I would go up, especially for a bucket like that, try to dunk it. Try to get fouled and get an and-1. But ... not being able to jump for obvious reasons. ... It's tough." Tuesday, 7:56 am
  • James Harden (hamstring) upgraded to doubtful
    The Nets have upgraded James Harden (hamstring) to doubtful for Tuesday's Game 5 vs. the Bucks, and Harden is "determined to try and find a way to get cleared to play," according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. 

    Advice: The Nets announced Monday that both Harden and Kyrie Irving (ankle) had been ruled out of Game 5. However, Wojnarowski reports this morning that Harden is expected to test his hamstring in shoot-around Tuesday morning. Woj adds that "there are no guarantees on his status but Harden is trying to play with series 2-2." And with that, things just got a bit more interesting. Check back later today, as we'll provide updates as soon as they are available. Tuesday, 6:54 am
  • Donovan Mitchell scores 37 as Jazz drop Game 4
    Donovan Mitchell poured in 37 points on 9-of-26 shooting (6-of-15 3-pointers) with five assists, five rebounds and one steal, but it wasn't enough as Utah fell 118-104 to the Clippers in Monday's Game 4.

    Advice: Entering Monday, many had to question the health of Donovan Mitchell after he injured his ankle in Saturday's Game 3. He silenced those critics in Game 4, as he tied Karl Malone for the most consecutive 30-point playoff games in Jazz history. Mitchell did take some tough falls where he came up gimpy, but for the most part, the ankle did not seem to bother Mitchell much at all. Unfortunately, that was the only bright spot that came out of Monday's loss as Utah did not get too much from anyone else. Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting (2-of-5 3-pointers) with five assists and three rebounds. Joe Ingles scored an efficient 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting (5-of-7 3-pointers) with three rebounds and three assists. Utah will try to regain control of this series as they head home for Game 5 on Wednesday night in Utah. Monday, 10:02 pm
  • Joel Embiid grabs 21 rebounds, Sixers lose 102-100
    Joel Embiid scored 17 points on 4-of-20 shooting from the floor (8-of-8 free throws) and snatched 21 rebounds in 36 minutes in Monday night's 103-100 loss to Atlanta in Game 4.

    Advice: Embiid simply looked banged up on Monday night as his knee injury could finally be catching up to him. The most glaring example of this came on the Sixers second to last possession as Embiid missed a layup that would have given the Sixers a one-point lead. It was a play that Embiid would normally dunk, but he simply didn't have the same explosion getting off the ground. He also briefly went to the locker room in the second quarter to receive some medical attention, but soon returned to the bench. The big man also shot 0-of-12 from the floor in the second half, scoring just four points, all of which came from the free-throw line. Embiid's health will be the biggest thing to monitor over the next few days as this series has now turned into a best-of-3 with Game 5 looming from Philadelphia on Wednesday. Monday, 7:38 pm
  • Trae Young dishes out 18 assists, Hawks tie series
    Trae Young scored 25 points on 8-of-26 shooting (3-of-11 3-pointers) and tallied a playoff career-high with 18 assists with four rebounds, one steal and two turnovers as the Hawks beat the Sixers 103-100 on Monday night to tie the series up at 2-2.

    Advice: The Hawks struggled from three in Games 2 and 3 and again had a sub-par performance from distance in Game 3. Atlanta shot 12-40 from three, but that was enough as the Hawks tallied 24 assists on 37 made field goals with a playoff career-high 18 of them coming from Young. Young set the table for John Collins and Clint Capela in pick-and-roll all night, while also finding Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kevin Huerter for threes on the perimeter. Collins had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds while Bogdanovic scored 22 points on 9-of-24 shooting (4-of-13 3-pointers) and added four rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes. Game 5 is Wednesday in Philadelphia. Monday, 7:34 pm
  • Simmons, Curry, Korkmaz, Harris, Embiid starting
    Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Furkan Korkmaz, Tobia Harris and Joel Embiid will start vs. the Hawks in Game 4 on Monday.

    Advice: Embiid will continue to play through the knee issue, and Korkmaz will replace Danny Green (calf) in the starting unit. Monday, 4:13 pm
  • James Harden (hamstring) won't play in Game 5
    James Harden (right hamstring) will not play in Game 5 vs. the Bucks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Harden did get in a workout on Monday, which suggests he didn't practice, and he'll be missing his fourth straight game tomorrow night. Expect Bruce Brown to get another start, with Kevin Durant running the show on offense. Monday, 2:16 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (ankle) ruled out for Game 5
    An MRI confirmed a sprained right ankle for Kyrie Irving and he has been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 5 matchup with Milwaukee.

    Advice: Kevin Durant is going to be asked to shoulder quite a heavy load on offense tomorrow night, and we might see Mike James get the spot start with more minutes falling to guys like Landry Shamet and Bruce Brown. Steve Nash said that he's not going to rush James Harden (hamstring) back just because Irving is missing in action, but there's no denying that these two injuries have put Brooklyn in trouble, and Nash also acknowledged he has "no idea" if Irving will be able to return for this series. We might see a historic performance from KD on Tuesday. Monday, 1:43 pm
  • Mike Conley (hamstring) ruled out for Game 4
    Mike Conley (right hamstring) has been ruled out for Game 4 vs. the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Conley hasn't played since tweaking his hamstring on June 2, and it's unclear if he'll be able to make it back during this series. The Jazz have looked competent without him, but they'll likely need him to get over the hump in a series with Los Angeles. For now, we'll be considering him questionable for Game 5 on Wednesday, and it'll again be Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles and Jordan Clarkson being asked to step it up in his absence. Monday, 12:57 pm
  • 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. Monday, 7:36 am
  • 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. Sunday, 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. Sunday, 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. Sunday, 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. Sunday, 3:13 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. Sunday, 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. Sunday, 1:11 pm
  • 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. Sunday, 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. Saturday, 8:08 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. Saturday, 11:46 am
  • 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. Friday, 9:35 pm
  • Trae Young scores 28 points in loss to Philly
    Trae Young's 28 points wasn't enough in Friday's Game 3 loss to Philly, adding eight assists, two steals and three triples. 

    Advice: Young has been sensational in the playoffs so credit to Philly for keeping him in check. Yes, holding Trae to 28 points is considered a win these days. "Trae Young going downhill is not good for any team, and he did that too much [in Games 1 and 2]" 76ers coach Doc Rivers said earlier in the week. "So we have to slide him off a little bit. That's not really being more physical. That's just body position."  Look for Trae to make some adjustments in Game 4 as his Hawks attempt to even the series. Friday, 7:22 pm
  • Joel Embiid scores 27 points in Game 3 win
    Joel Embiid dominated Game 3 with 27 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, one steal, three blocks and one triple in Friday's 127-111 Game 3 win over Atlanta. 

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers said before the game that Embiid was “feeling great” despite the questionable tag he was carrying, and while he isn’t close to 100 percent, he has still been dominant and the 76ers are feeding him in the post at will. In fact, his usage rate of 39.9% through the first two games was his highest for any of the seven playoff series he’s played in according to’s John Schuhmann. He did have another scare to his left knee this evening (the good one), but despite hobbling around a bit, he remained in the game and seemed fine. Philly is back in the driver’s seat ahead of Game 4 with a 2-1 lead. Friday, 7:19 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. Friday, 5:08 pm
  • Wiz GM not looking to make 'wholesale changes'
    Wizards General Manager Tommy Sheppard said he is "not looking to make wholesale changes” this offseason. 

    Advice: The first decision Sheppard has to make this summer is whether or not to bring back head coach Scott Brooks. Sheppard has said that's a choice that "will not be rushed." As far as the team's own free agents, Robin Lopez, Ish Smith, Raul Neto, and Garrison Mathews are all set to hit the open market. “I’m not looking to make wholesale changes,” Sheppard said. “But we’ve got to do is take what you have and make it better and add pieces in. I think we did that. I keep coming back to what Robin was able to do, what Neto was able to do, what Russell was able to do. Those are three guys that made a big impact that weren’t with us a year ago. And I think Deni is on track to be an impact player in the future. We saw the growth of Rui this year. Those things just happened in the course from a year ago.” Friday, 11:38 am
  • 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. Friday, 7:15 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. Thursday, 10:12 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. Thursday, 7:12 pm
  • Cam Reddish yet to progress to 5-on-5 work
    Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) has still yet to resume 5-on-5 work in practice, Nate McMillan said on Thursday. 

    Advice: While Reddish, who has not appeared in a game since February, has been able to do some 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 work, he still hasn't taken that step to 5-on-5. There remains no timeline for a return to game action, but it appears that he's a way off from the Hawks even entertaining that conversation. With De'Andre Hunter (knee) ruled out for the remainder of the season, Atlanta is down two wings at present time. Solomon Hill will likely remain in the starting lineup for Friday's Game 3 against the 76ers, with Kevin Huerter remaining in the sixth man role. Tony Snell played sparingly in Game 2 Tuesday night. Thursday, 11:20 am
  • 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. Thursday, 10:31 am
  • 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. Tuesday, 2:38 pm
  • 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. Jun 7, 10:13 pm
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