04/17/14 - 5:06PM ETTrey Burke
: (Finger) Still Stiff Despite Surgery
Burke said his surgically repaired finger remains stiff and incapable of bending fully, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. "It's still stiff," he said. "... It healed, but I'm not able to bend it all the way yet. I'm going to work on that a lot."
Burke averaged 5.7 assists per game in 32 minutes per game despite having to share distribution duties with Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks. During this offseason, Burke has said he will work on his three-point shooting, ability to finish at the rim, and his defense, admitting to currently lacking the mindset it takes to play great defense every play.
Wade (knee) says he feels better going into this postseason than he did last postseason, the Sun-Sentinal reports.
Wade missed Game 4 of the Heat's first-round series against the Bucks last season to rest his knee, but the absence may have been tied to the fact that the Heat were up 3-0 in the series and ended up sweeping the Bucks without Wade in the final game of the series. Wade averaged 22 minutes per game over the Heat's final three games of the regular season, but the minutes limit he was held to in those games will be lifted for the playoffs. If you're playing in any playoff leagues, it should be safe to draft Wade high. It appears the 28 games of rest the Heat gave Wade this season may just payoff.
04/17/14 - 4:01PM ETThaddeus Young
: Could Play Small Forward Next Season
Young could shift down and start at the small forward spot next season, Calkins Media reports.
With teams doing exit interviews, a lot of questions about next season are being asked. The Sixers are projected to have the second overall pick in this year's draft, and if they draft an impact player at power forward, there's the possibility that Young could move down to the three. Such a move would probably include Young taking even more three-pointers next season and possibly getting an extra assist or two per game, while his rebounds would likely decrease.
04/17/14 - 3:24PM ETJoel Anthony
: Exercising Player Option For 2014-15
Anthony will exercise his player option for the 2014-15 season, CSN Northwest reports.
The deadline to make such a call isn't imminent, landing on July 1, but considering he'd make substantially less on the open market than the $3.8 million he's slated to earn next season, he'll remain in green and white. Since arriving in a January deal from Miami, he's been a forgotten man, appearing in just 21 of 43 outings, while averaging one point (on 38.5 percent shooting) and 1.5 rebounds in 7.1 minutes.
04/17/14 - 2:45PM ETDanny Granger
: (Hamstring) Expects To Play In Game One
Granger (hamstring) is expected to take the court for Game 1 of Saturday's first-round series against the Warriors, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Sidelined the final nine games of the regular season due to a left hamstring strain, Granger should be available to the Clippers' wing ranks, after three weeks of inactivity. Prior to the injury, he contributed a healthy eight points (on 42.9 percent shooting), 2.3 rebounds, one three-pointer, and 0.7 assists in 16.2 minutes. Because the rotation will be full intact, though, he may not receive a consistent role right off the bat.
04/17/14 - 2:16PM ETAndrew Bynum
: (Knee) Won't Play In First Round
Bynum (knee) has been ruled out of the Pacers' first-round playoff series against the Hawks, the Pacers' official site reports.
After Indiana's first postseason practice Thursday -- minus Bynum, despite his presence on the sideline -- coach Frank Vogel said that there's "still a chance [Bynum plays in the playoffs]." If the Pacers survive the Hawks, which is expected considering the 1 versus 8 nature of the matchup, Bynum may be able to fill in as a reserve for Roy Hibbert in the second round.
04/17/14 - 12:38PM ETSteve Nash
: 3-4 Weeks From Full Health
Nash (hamstring) said in Thursday's exit interview that he's 3-to-4 weeks from getting healthy, Yahoo! Sports reports. Looking ahead to next season, he relayed, "I proved to myself I can still play at a high level. It's just how many minutes and how often. That's what I have to figure out."
Nash will do everything in his power to be injury-free heading into the fall, but at 40 years old, he's unsure if his body will hold up during another offseason of preparation for an NBA campaign. With ample cap space imminent, the Lakers' summer will be one of change, but the final season of Nash's contract guarantees he'll at least be around to lend his services at the point, if healthy.
04/17/14 - 10:48AM ET
Anthony embarked upon rehabilitation of the slight tear of the labrum in his right shoulder Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Anthony's production scaled back significantly once the injury became evident in April, during which he recorded 18.6 points (on 41.6 percent shooting), 6.4 boards, four assists, 2.2 steals, and 0.6 three-pointers in 37.4 minutes per game. Although he'll be contained to treatment on the shoulder for the next month, an exam slated for mid-May could alter the course of his offseason plans if, say, surgery is suddenly deemed appropriate for the long term. Nevertheless, there are no plans to travel that path at the moment, with the status quo reigning for one of the potential prizes of free agency this summer.
04/17/14 - 9:58AM ETEric Gordon
: Possible Bench Role In '14-15
Gordon (knee) may come off the bench next season in order for Tyreke Evans to remain in the starting five, the Pelicans' official site reports. During Thursday's set of exit interviews, coach Monty Williams confirmed the sentiment, stating, "It's a valid question."
What was eventually a season-ending knee injury for Gordon was a boon for Evans' prospects, allowing him to reestablish his ability when taking on a large portion of the ballhandling. Meanwhile, Gordon, who has started all but two of 115 appearances since joining the former Hornets prior to the lockout-shortened campaign in December of 2011, could incur a further hit to his waning relevance. On the other hand, he knocked down a career-high 39.1 percent from beyond the arc this season, with an increase in wide-open looks likely from the outside as Anthony Davis continues his development into a basketball monster. If the 25-year-old sharpshooter accepts a specific gig, New Orleans' bench would certainly profit from the viable and varied scoring option that is Gordon.
04/17/14 - 7:00AM ETKobe Bryant
: (Knee) Beginning Six-Month Training
Bryant (knee) will begin a six-month training program now that he has been cleared to shoot and run, ESPN reports.
Bryant hadn't been traveling with the team towards the end of the season as he was already focusing on next year. He has a long road to recovery which will surely be detailed along the way.
Wednesday, April 16
04/16/14 - 8:10PM ETDwayne Wade
: (Hamstring) Scores 16 In Finale
Wade scored 16 points (6-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT) to go along with four assists and two rebounds against the Sixers on Wednesday night.
Prior to Saturday, Wade had missed nine straight games nursing a hamstring injury. Since then, he's averaged 16.5 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 21 minutes over three games. It's hard to get a real read on him considering these games didn't mean anything and LeBron missed two of them. But he looks healthy for what it's worth and with a few days off before Game 1, he should be as close to 100 percent as he's going to get.
04/16/14 - 6:10PM ETRudy Gay
: (Back) Will Play Wednesday
Gay (back) will play Wednesday against the Suns, Cowbell Kingdom reports.
After missing three of the last four games, including Sunday's win over Minnesota, Gay will take the floor for Sacramento's season finale. Gay last played Saturday versus the Clippers, scoring 16 points (6-18 FG) in 34 minutes.
Aldridge (rest) will not play in Wednesday's season finale against the Clippers, CSN Northwest reports.
The Blazers will rest their All-Star, as they're locked into a first-round matchup with the Rockets as the five seed out West. Aldridge will finish the regular season with averages of 23.2 points (career high) and 11.1 rebounds (career high) while shooting 45.8 percent from the field.
04/16/14 - 4:45PM ETLamar Odom
: Signs With The Knicks
Odom signed a contract with the Knicks on Wednesday, the New York Post reports.
While Odom will not play in Wednesday's finale, unfortunately, he'll be a part of the team over the summer, giving management a chance to evaluate his progress since falling out of the league. Odom thrived under Phil Jackson as a member of the Lakers, and with Jackson now in a front office role with New York, he may look to revive the athletic forward's career.
Williams (knee) will not play in Wednesday's season finale against the Wolves.
Williams joins Enes Kanter (quad) on the sidelines for the final game of the season. It will be the fourth straight absence for Williams, as he continues to deal with a bone bruise in his left knee.
04/16/14 - 4:04PM ETAlan Anderson
: (Abdomen) Available Wednesday
Anderson (abdomen) is available on a limited basis Wednesday against the Cavs, the New York Post reports.
An abdominal strain has kept Anderson out of the last three games, but he'll be available on a limited basis for the season finale. With the Nets only dressing eight total players (including Anderson), it figures to be a busy night for the backcourt of Jorge Gutierrez, Marcus Thornton and Marquis Teague.
Belinelli (rest) will not play in Wednesday's season finale against the Lakers, Project Spurs reports.
It's simply a day off for Belinelli, who will conclude the season averaging 11.4 points on a career-high 48.5 percent shooting. The Italian also shot a career-best 43.0 percent from beyond the arc.
04/16/14 - 3:42PM ETTim Duncan
: (Rest) Won't Play Wednesday
Duncan (rest) will not play Wednesday against the Lakers, Project Spurs reports.
To no one's surprise, the veteran will be held out of the lineup for Wednesday's season finale with the Spurs holding a four-game lead over Oklahoma City for the top seed in the West. Boris Diaw or Jeff Ayres figure to get the start in his place. Duncan will end his 17th NBA season with averages of 15.1 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 29.2 minutes.
Stoudemire (knee) is in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Raptors.
Initially expected not to play in the season finale, Stoudemire's back is apparently feeling well enough, and the veteran will start in the frontcourt alongside Cole Aldrich. Stoudemire has played in each of New York's last six games, averaging 15.2 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 66.0 percent from the field in 29.2 minutes over that span.
Humphries (knee) will miss the Celtics' season finale against the Wizards on Wednesday, the team's official site reports.
This will be Humphries third straight game that he will miss due to knee tendinitis. With Jared Sullinger also out due to an ankle injury, Kelly Olyny and Brandon Bass should see heavy run on Wednesday.
Sullinger (ankle) will miss the Celtics' regular season finale against the Wizards, the team's official site reports.
Sullinger has missed the Celtics' last two game and will now miss his third. Sullinger averaged 13.3 points and 8.1 rebounds in 27.6 minutes of action, including 44 starts.
04/16/14 - 2:50PM ETRajon Rondo
: (Hamstring) To Miss Wednesday
Rondo (hamstring) will not play in the Celtics' season finale against the Wizards, the team's official site reports.
Rondo returned to action Monday after missing a few games during the weekend prior. However, a sore left hamstring will hold him out of Wednesday's game. Rondo played in just 30 games this season, averaging 11.7 points, 9.8 assists, and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Celtics.
Nelson (groin) will not play in the Magic's season finale on Wednesday, the team's official site reports.
There was hope that Nelson would be able to suit up in possibly his last game as a member of the Magic, but will miss with the groin injury. Victor Oladipo will start at point guard again while Nelson sits. Nelson finishes the season averaging 12.1 points, seven assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game.
04/16/14 - 11:49AM ETChris Paul
: Did Not Travel With Team
Paul did not travel with the team for their final regular season game in Portland Wednesday, the Orange County Register reports.
It appears that Paul will get the night off to rest up for the playoffs. It is likely that Darren Collison will get the start at point guard in Paul's absence.
04/16/14 - 11:03AM ETStephen Curry
: (Rest) Will Sit Out Wednesday
Curry (rest) will sit out Wednesday's regular season finale against the Nuggets, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Curry will get an extra day to rest before the start of the playoffs. Steve Blake will start in his place.
04/16/14 - 10:57AM ETDavid Lee
: (Rest) Will Sit Wednesday
Lee (rest) will sit out Wednesday's game against the Nuggets, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Lee will get a night off in preparation for the playoffs. Look for Marreese Speights to pick up most of the minutes left in his absence.
Coach Kevin McHale says that Parsons will not play in Wednesday regular season finale against the Pelicans in order to rest for the playoffs, the Rockets' official twitter reports.
With a playoff spot all locked up, the Rockets will rest both Parsons and James Harden Wednesday. Expect the likes of Francisco Garcia, Jordan Hamilton, and Omri Casspi to get extended minutes in their absence.
Johnson (calf) is out for the team's regular season finale on Wednesday, ESPN New York reports.
It seems the Nets are less worried about their seed and more about resting their players for the playoffs as Johnson is one of four players sitting on Wednesday. The veteran guard will finish the regular season averaging 15.8 points, 2.7 assists, and 3.4 boards in 33 minutes.
04/16/14 - 8:51AM ETD.J. Augustin
: (Personal) Will Play Wednesday
Augustin (personal) will rejoin the team on Wednesday for the season finale following the birth of his son, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Augustin missed Monday's game for the birth of his son but will play again Wednesday. He has averaged 20.5 points, 3.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 30 minutes over the past four games, and will look to keep things rolling heading into the playoffs.
Bennett (knee) could play Wednesday after participating in the team's contact practice on Tuesday, The News-Herald reports.
Bennett hasn't played in a game since March 8, but he could take the floor for the team's season finale. The game has no purpose for the team, so they wouldn't risk Bennett's future health at this point. He will look to live up to the first overall draft status in 2014-15 after a disappointing rookie season.
James (rest) will sit out the team's regular season finale Wednesday.
The Heat's priority of health over seed was evident when they sat both James and Bosh on Monday, so sitting them Wednesday is no surprise. James should be well rested going into the Heat's playoff run.
04/16/14 - 7:57AM ETDwyane Wade
: Expected To Play Wednesday
Wade will likely suit up for the Heat in their final regular season on Wednesday, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
Wade has been playing limited minutes in the last two games and sat out the nine previous to that. It seems as though he will work in some minutes on the season finale, but since the Heat have nothing to play for, he will probably play limited minutes again.
Nelson (groin) has sat out the last two games, but he has not been ruled out of playing Wednesday, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Nelson has one more year on his contract, but of the $10 million he'd make next season, only $2 million is guaranteed, which could lead to the team waiving Nelson or using his contract as a trade chip this offseason. Considering that Wednesday might be his last game as a member of the Magic, we're expecting that Nelson will play.
04/16/14 - 6:16AM ETBlake Griffin
: (Suspension) Will Not Play Wednesday
Griffin (suspension) will not travel with the team to Portland for their game Wednesday, the Clippers' official site reports.
Griffin was assessed his 16th technical foul of the season Tuesday and will be suspended for Wednesday's game. While it may have been possible for Griffin to ask the league to rescind the foul and clear him to play Wednesday, the Clippers aren't even pursuing that route. They chose to leave Griffin home so that he didn't even have to travel with the team. Given that he suffered from back spasms a couple weeks ago, it's not a bad thing that Griffin get some rest heading into the playoffs.
Griffin was assessed his 16th technical foul of the season Tuesday and will be suspended for Wednesday's game unless the NBA decides to rescind the foul, the Clippers' official site reports.
Griffin has had three other technical fouls rescinded by the league this season, so the Clippers are familiar with the appeals process. With 15 games on Wednesday, it'll be important to make sure you have healthy bodies in all possible positions. Griffin's status for Wednesday's game should be resolved by the middle of the afternoon Wednesday.
04/15/14 - 6:34PM ETDanny Granger
: (Hamstring) Could Practice This Week
Granger (hamstring) may return to practice Thursday or Friday, the Clippers' official site reports.
Granger will not play in either of the Clippers' final two games Tuesday or Wednesday. He is aiming to return for the playoffs, but it is unknown when that might happen and if the Clippers would aim to use him much even when he does.
04/15/14 - 6:16PM ETJ.J. Redick
: Will Play Tuesday, Sit Out Wednesday
Redick is playing Tuesday, but he will sit out Wednesday's game, the Clippers' official site reports.
Redick just returned from a back injury on April 4 and was having his minutes limited as well prior to the team's game last Saturday. The Clippers want him rested going into the playoffs.
04/15/14 - 4:01PM ETJoe Johnson
: (Calf) Starting Tuesday
Johnson (calf) will take the floor Tuesday against the Knicks, the Bergen Record reports.
The Nets are seemingly setting up Johnson to sit out the second of their back-to-back set Tuesday and Wednesday, with the season finale taking place in Cleveland. In the last five contests, he's averaged 17.6 points (on 47.9 percent shooting), 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.8 three-pointers in 32.6 minutes.
04/15/14 - 3:54PM ETPaul Pierce
: (Shoulder) Playing Tuesday
Pierce (shoulder) will take the court Tuesday against the Knicks, the Bergen Record reports.
Among the menagerie of injuries he's dealt with in his career, Pierce has rarely suffered through a shoulder concern. However, a quick search of his medical history reveals just two other instances across 16 seasons with the particular body part. The output from his last five appearances -- 13 points (on 50 percent shooting), 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.2 treys in 25.8 minutes per game -- approximates his potential output. Moreover, don't be surprised if he sits out the second game of the team's back-to-back set Wednesday at Cleveland.
Stoudemire (knee) will play and is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game, the Knicks' official site reports. He is unlikely to play Wednesday with the game being the second part of a back-to-back.
Stoudemire was a game-time decision Tuesday simply because the Knicks are out of playoff contention, and there's little long-term incentive in playing for the veteran. Daily games players may want to consider using Stoudemire. He's played 30-or-more minutes in each of the Knicks' last four games.
Williams (knee) will suit up Tuesday against the Knicks, the Bergen Record reports.
Williams' bout with patella tendinitis in his right knee continues, but he'll gut it out for a second game in a row. With the Nets' rotation mostly intact, he shouldn't deviate much from his typical line on the season: 14.4 points (on 45 percent shooting), 6.2 dimes, 2.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 three-pointers in 32.2 minutes. Moreover, don't be surprised if he's ruled out for the back end of the team's back-to-back set Wednesday in Cleveland.
Anthony won't suit up for the Knicks' final two games of the season Tuesday and Wednesday due to a slight tear to his labrum, the Bergen Record reports.
Anthony will avoid surgery for now, but an examination approximately one month from now will likely determine the rest of his offseason progresses. He's barely holding off LeBron James for the No. 2 spot among the league's top scorers, finishing the season with 27.4 points (on 45.2 percent shooting), 8.1 boards, 3.1 assists, 2.2 treys, and 1.2 swipes in 38.7 minutes per outing.
Conley injured his right hamstring during Monday's game, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
Conley played through the injury to finish the game, and he doesn't think it will hold him out of Wednesday's game. However, there's a possibility that the Grizzlies simply decide to rest him Wednesday, so owners will want to watch for his status before tip-off.
04/15/14 - 1:46PM ETGoran Dragic
: (Ankle) Will Not Play Wednesday
Dragic (ankle) will not play Wednesday, the Arizona Republic reports.
Dragic was playing through a sprained left ankle, but with the Suns eliminated from the playoff picture like a fading Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future, Gerald Green will start at shooting guard. The Suns plan on playing their young guys more than usual Wednesday, so Green, though starting, may not play a full complement of starter minutes.
04/15/14 - 11:40AM ETPaul George
: (Rest) Out Wednesday
George (rest) will not play Wednesday against the Magic, the Pacers' official site reports.
George will get an extra day to rest before the playoffs. Evan Turner will likely start at small forward, with Chris Copeland also getting some extra minutes.
04/15/14 - 11:38AM ETC.J. Watson
: (Rest) Will Not Play Wednesday
Watson (rest) will not play Wednesday against the Magic, the Pacers' official site reports.
Watson will get a day off to prepare for the playoffs, with the Pacers already having secured the No. 1 seed in the East. George Hill will play the first half, and Donald Sloan will get most of the minutes at point guard in the second half.
Walker, who had been dealing with a sore groin, says he is fine now after returning to the court Monday after a two-game absence, the Charlotte Observer reports.
This is good news for the Bobcats, as well as Walker's fantasy owners, as he will be at full strength for the team's season finale Wednesday against the Bulls.
04/15/14 - 8:56AM ETO.J. Mayo
: (Ankle) Did Not Play Monday
Mayo (ankle) did not play in Monday's loss to the Raptors.
Mayo has not played since March 24 and it seems unlikely that he will see the floor again this season, but he is still day-to-day and could be available to play in Wednesday's season finale against the Hawks.
Stoudemire (rest) is considered a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Nets, Newsday reports.
Stoudemire will reportedly decide himself whether he'll play or not Tuesday. The veteran has averaged over 15 points during his past five games, but with the Knicks out of the playoff picture, his status is really up in the air.
04/15/14 - 7:58AM ETJoe Johnson
: (Calf) Game-Time Decision Tuesday
Johnson (calf) will be a game-time decision to play Tuesday versus the Knicks, the New York Post reports.
Johnson could be rested along with numerous other Nets for Tuesday's second-to-last regular season outing. As a result, Brooklyn could piece together a starting lineup of mostly reserves, so fantasy owners may have to be resourceful with lineup decisions.
DeRozan has been bothered recently by stitches in the webbing of his left hand, the Toronto Sun reports.
He's been playing through the injury since it happened on April 2, but with the Raptors' playoff seed now locked in DeRozan could sit for the final game of the regular season as well to let it heal up as much as possible before the postseason.
Williams (knee) is a game-time decision to play Tuesday, the New York Post reports.
Williams' right patella tendonitis forced him out of a game last week and with the Nets firmly in the playoffs, the point guard could be rested again Tuesday. If Williams is unavailable, the inexperienced combo of Marquis Teague and Jorge Gutierrez would figure to handle extended duties versus the Knicks.
Pierce (shoulder) is considered a game-time decision to play Tuesday versus the Knicks, the New York Post reports.
Pierce could be rested as a precaution to ensure the veteran is in top condition for Brooklyn's upcoming playoff series. Along with Pierce, teammates Deron Williams (knee) and Joe Johnson (calf) are also game-time decisions, so the Nets could trot out an unfamiliar starting five Tuesday night.
Livingston (toe) will miss Tuesday's game against the Knicks, The Record reports.
Livingston's sprained toe will cost him a fourth straight contest, and although he previously hoped to return before the playoffs, that seems unlikely with Wednesday marking Brooklyn's regular season finale. He'll miss Tuesday's game and probably won't play much if he's actually available Wednesday. As a result, Andrei Kirilenko should continue to start, with Marcus Thornton seeing increased action off the bench.
Anthony (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Nets, ESPN New York reports.
Anthony's right shoulder has hampered him for over a week now and with the Knicks officially eliminated from playoff contention, the All-Star risking further aggravation doesn't seem sensible. He did not participate in Tuesday morning's shootaround, so Anthony's status to play versus Brooklyn is probably closer to doubtful. Should he indeed sit out, Iman Shumpert could enter the Knicks' starting lineup.