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Marcin Gortat, C, WAS4/20/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Wizards center Marcin Gortat collected 15 points and 13 rebounds Sunday in a win over Chicago.
Insight: It's Gortat's second career postseason double-double. He's averaged 13.5 ppg on 59 percent shooting in four contests against the Bulls this season.
Nene , PF/C, WAS4/20/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Washington forward Nene put up 24 points before fouling out Sunday against the Bulls.
Insight: He was the game's high scorer. Today marked the Wizards' first playoff victory since April 30, 2008. Washington will have a chance to go up 2-0 Tuesday night in the Windy City.
Tim Duncan, F/C, SAN4/20/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: Spurs PF/C Tim Duncan said Sunday that he only has "a couple more" playoff runs in him. SOURCE: Marc Stein, ESPN
Insight: The implication is that Duncan won't retire at the end of this season as many have speculated. Duncan's 4,641 career points in the postseason put him sixth all-time behind Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal and Karl Malone. Those six players have combined for 25 NBA titles.
Al Jefferson, C, CHA4/20/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Updating an earlier story, Bobcats center Al Jefferson left the arena Sunday wearing a walking boot on his left foot. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: Jefferson said he heard a "pop," which is never good. He's officially been diagnosed with a strained plantar fascia and it's 50/50 whether he suits up for Game 2 on Wednesday night.
Mario Chalmers, G, MIA4/20/2014 7:31:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers bruised his shin Sunday in a Game 1 win over Charlotte. SOURCE: Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report
Insight: Chalmers left the game briefly in the first half but returned to score seven points in 25 minutes of action. He should be fine for Game 2 on Wednesday night.
Al Jefferson, C, CHA4/20/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson strained his left plantar fascia Sunday in a Game 1 loss to Miami. SOURCE: Bobcats on PR
Insight: He played through the injury and finished with 18 points on 9-of-17 shooting. The Bobcats are going to have their work cut out for them if Jefferson is hobbled throughout this first round series.
Kemba Walker, G, CHA4/20/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker had an eventful afternoon Sunday against the Heat.
Insight: In his first ever playoff game, Walker finished with 20 points, five rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes. Unfortunately, he shot a dismal 6-of-15 from the floor (40 percent) while committing six turnovers. The Bobcats, now in their 11th year in existence, have still never won a playoff game (0-5 all-time).
Dirk Nowitzki, F, DALCold4/20/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki had an awful game Sunday versus San Antonio.
Insight: Dirk (11 points, eight rebounds) made just four of his 14 field goal attempts and was invisible when the Mavs needed him most in the fourth quarter (0-for-4, two fouls, one turnover in the final six minutes of regulation). The Spurs have given him trouble all season as the seven-footer is averaging just 17 ppg in five games against them in 2013-14 (season average is 21.7 ppg).
Tim Duncan, F/C, SAN4/20/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Tim Duncan delivered a sensational effort Sunday in a Game 1 victory over Dallas.
Insight: Nine of Duncan's game-high 27 points came in the fourth quarter as the Spurs quickly erased a ten-point deficit to win by five. The veteran has averaged 20.2 ppg against the Mavericks this season (five games).
DeMar DeRozan, G/F, TOR4/19/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan couldn't find his shot and went 3-for-13, including 0-for-4 from beyond the arc, in Game 1 versus Brooklyn.
Insight: DeRozan will have to produce as he did in the regular season (22.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.1 spg) if Toronto is to do anything in the series.
Jonas Valanciunas, C, TORHot4/19/2014 4:10:00 PM
Description: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas did his best to keep Toronto in Game 1 of the series with Brooklyn, grabbing 18 rebounds to go along with 17 points, two assists and a pair of blocks.
Insight: The 18 rebounds was a team record for the postseason. He averaged 11.3 ppg and 8.8 rpg during the regular season, so Game 1 was a huge step up.
Joe Johnson, G/F, BRK4/19/2014 4:05:00 PM
Description: Nets G/F Joe Johnson was certainly ready for the start of the playoffs, putting up 24 points on 8-for-13 shooting with eight rebounds, four assists and a couple of steals.
Insight: He played close to 45 minutes which likely isn't sustainable if the Nets get past the first series, but we like his production.
Danny Granger, SF, LAC4/19/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Danny Granger is probable for Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Golden State.
Insight: He hasn't played since Mar 27 due to a strained hamstring. once a 20 ppg scorrt, Granger has no fantasy value these days averaging 16 mpg and 8.0 ppg in 12 contests with the Clippers.
Blake Griffin, F, LAC4/19/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin did not play in the regular season finale Wednesday after picking up his 16th technical foul Tuesday, but will be ready for Game 1 of the series with Golden State.
Insight: Griffin has had his best season in 2013-14, posting 24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He averaged 26 ppg in his final 55 contests.
Alan Anderson, F, BRK4/19/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Nets have SF Alan Anderson is questionable for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Toronto.
Insight: He's dealing with a sore abdominal muscle and missed four consecutive games to end the season. Anderson (7.2 ppg) should be ready to go for the playoffs but has little fantasy value.
Joe Johnson, G/F, BRK4/19/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Nets G/F Joe Johnson sat out Wednesday versus the Cavaliers, but he'll be ready for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Toronto.
Insight: He was officially listed as having a calf injury though we know Jason Kidd was just resting his starter. Johnson finished the regular season averaging 15.8 ppg, 2.7 apg and 3.4 rpg in 79 appearances.
Shaun Livingston, G, BRK4/19/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: Brooklyn guard Shaun Livingston practiced on Friday and is probable for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Toronto.
Insight: He sat out the final five games of the regular season with a big toe injury to be ready for this game. He's not a great scorer, but is a solid low-end contributor (8.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg).
Landry Fields, G, TOR4/19/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Raptors swingman Landry Fields (illness) is probable for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Brooklyn.
Insight: Fields is a non-factor in fantasy who is averaging just 11 minutes per game in the 30 contests he participated in.
Amir Johnson, F, TOR4/19/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Raptors power forward Amir Johnson (right ankle sprain) is probable for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Brooklyn.
Insight: Johnson (10.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg) will have a tough defensive assignment - Paul Pierce. Patrick Patterson will go back to a reserve role.
Nick Calathes, G, MEM4/18/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes has been handed a 20-game suspension effective immediately for violating the league's drug policy. SOURCE: Sam Amick, USA Today
Insight: He tested positive for Tamoxifen, a drug commonly associated with steroid use. Unless the Grizzlies make it to the finals, we won't be seeing Calathes (4.9 ppg) during this year's postseason.
Andrew Bynum, C, IND4/17/2014 8:48:00 PM
Description: Pacers center Andrew Bynum won't play in the first round against Atlanta. SOURCE: Scott Agness, Pacers.com
Insight: Fluid buildup in Bynum's knee has kept him out since March 15th. It would be very surprising to see Bynum (8.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg) play at any point during Indiana's postseason run.
Michael Beasley, F, MIA4/16/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Heat forward Michael Beasley had to leave Wednesday's game against the Sixers after spraining his ankle. SOURCE: Heat on Twitter
Insight: Beasley notched eight points on 3-of-4 shooting before exiting. Consider him questionable for Miami's playoff opener against Charlotte.
Jordan Hill, PF, LALHot4/16/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles PF/C Jordan Hill finished the season in style, scoring 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting Wednesday in a win over San Antonio.
Insight: He also contributed 14 rebounds in his 28 minutes of action. It's Hill's 15th double-double of the season and his third in the last four games.
DeAndre Jordan, C, LAC4/16/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan will play Wednesday against Portland but not for very long. SOURCE: Arash Markazi, ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: He's just trying to keep his games played streak alive. Ryan Hollins (2.3 ppg) and Big Baby Davis (9.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg) should see most of the playing time at center Wednesday in the regular season finale.
Ty Lawson, G, DEN4/16/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Ty Lawson won't compete Wednesday in Denver's regular season finale versus Golden State. SOURCE: Chris Dempsey, Denver Post
Insight: He's missed five games in a row with a sprained ankle. Aaron Brooks (9.0 ppg) will continue to start in Lawson's place.
Isaiah Thomas, G, SAC4/16/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Sacramento guard Isaiah Thomas is active for Wednesday's regular season finale against Phoenix. SOURCE: James Ham, Cowbell Kingdom
Insight: It's his second game back from a quad injury. He's one of three Kings averaging over 20 ppg this season (DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay).
Rudy Gay, F, SAC4/16/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: Kings forward Rudy Gay is back in the lineup for Wednesday's game against Phoenix. SOURCE: James Ham, Cowbell Kingdom
Insight: He's been in and out of the lineup with back issues. If Gay scores nine points on Wednesday, it will be the second time in his career he's averaged at least 20 ppg.
Mo Williams, PG, POR4/16/2014 9:25:00 PM
Description: Blazers guard Mo Williams won't be available Wednesday against L.A. SOURCE: Casey Holdahl, Blazers.com
Insight: Williams and LaMarcus Aldridge are both getting some rest with the playoffs just four days away. He'll finish the regular season with 9.4 ppg in 74 contests.
LaMarcus Aldridge, F, POR4/16/2014 9:13:00 PM
Description: Portland won't play LaMarcus Aldridge Wednesday against the Clippers. SOURCE: Caset Holdahl, Blazers.com
Insight: He's just getting some rest. Aldridge slumped a bit in the second half (21.0 ppg on 42.9 percent shooting) but he's still one of the top power forwards in fantasy basketball. The Trail Blazers open their postseason slate Sunday against Houston.
Lamar Odom, F, NYK4/16/2014 9:08:00 PM
Description: Lamar Odom is officially a New York Knick. SOURCE: NBA.com
Insight: For now at least, His contract includes an option for next season. Odom averaged 4.0 ppg for the Clippers last season and probably won't fare much better in New York in 2014-15.
Brian Roberts, G, NOP4/16/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: New Orleans point guard Brian Roberts looks ready to play Wednesday against Houston. SOURCE: John Reid, New Orleans Times-Picayune
Insight: He's missed the past couple games with a sprained ankle. The 28-year-old has averaged 11.9 ppg in 42 starts for the Pelicans this season.
Enes Kanter, C, UTA4/16/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Quad tendinitis will prevent Jazz center Enes Kanter from suiting up Wednesday against Minnesota. SOURCE: David Locke, Jazz radio play-by-play
Insight: It's only Kanter's second absence of the year. Erik Murphy (0.3 ppg, 0.3 rpg) is active and could wind up starting in Kanter's place.
Rodney Stuckey, G, DET4/16/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey won't be available Wednesday against OKC. SOURCE: Mark Champion, Pistons radio play-by-play
Insight: No reason has been given for his absence. Stuckey (13.9 ppg) will be replaced in the starting lineup by rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5.6 ppg).
Omer Asik, C, HOU4/16/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: Rockets center Omer Asik is getting the night off Wednesday versus New Orleans. SOURCE: Craig Ackerman, Rockets play-by-play
Insight: Asik (5.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg) was relevant for two weeks when Dwight Howard was out with an ankle injury but that's already come and gone. He'll play sparingly during the postseason.
Jeremy Lin, G, HOU4/16/2014 7:44:00 PM
Description: Houston guard Jeremy Lin won't be active for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans. SOURCE: Craig Ackerman, Rockets play-by-play
Insight: Lin's scoring average is down for the third year in a row. With Patrick Beverley (10.2 ppg, 2.7 apg, 3.5 rpg) getting most of the minutes at point guard, Lin is a pretty unexciting fantasy option.
Marco Belinelli, G, SAN4/16/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Spurs G/F Marco Belinelli is resting Wednesday against the Lakers. SOURCE: Jeff McDonald, San Antonio Express-News
Insight: It's only Belinelli's second absence of the season. His three-point field goal percentage (43.0) ranks seventh in the NBA.
Tim Duncan, F/C, SAN4/16/2014 6:47:00 PM
Description: San Antonio F/C Tim Duncan won't be available for Wednesday's regular season finale. SOURCE: Jeff McDonald, San Antonio Express-News
Insight: He's getting a breather before the playoffs. Boris Diaw (9.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg) is going to see more minutes with Duncan (15.1 ppg, 9.7 rpg) out.
Kevin Garnett, C, BRK4/16/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Nets center Kevin Garnett won't be in the lineup Wednesday for the regular season finale. SOURCE: Rod Boone, Newsday
Insight: Garnett barely played in the second half, sitting out 19 games because of back spasms. Mason Plumlee (7.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg) and Andray Blatche (11.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg) are both better fantasy options than KG at this point.
Joe Johnson, G/F, BRK4/16/2014 6:40:00 PM
Description: Nets G/F Joe Johnson will take a seat Wednesday versus the Cavaliers. SOURCE: Rod Boone, Newsday
Insight: He's officially listed as having a calf injury though we know Jason Kidd is just resting his starters before the playoffs. Johnson will finish the year with 15.8 ppg, 2.7 apg and 3.4 rpg in 79 appearances.
Paul Pierce, F, BRK4/16/2014 6:37:00 PM
Description: Brooklyn forward Paul Pierce is getting the night off Wednesday against Cleveland. SOURCE: Rod Boone, Newsday
Insight: So are veterans Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett and Joe Johnson. Pierce's 28 minutes per game this season respresent a career-low. His fantasy value seems to be shrinking by the minute.
Chris Andersen, F/C, MIA4/16/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Miami F/C Chris Andersen won't be in action Wednesday against Philadelphia. SOURCE: Keith Pompey, Philly Inquirer
Insight: Birdman is getting some much needed rest before the playoffs. His absence will open up minutes for Rashard Lewis (4.5 ppg) and Udonis Haslem (3.7 ppg) at power forward.
Mario Chalmers, G, MIA4/16/2014 6:28:00 PM
Description: Miami point guard Mario Chalmers won't play Wednesday against the Sixers. SOURCE: Keith Pompey, Philly Inquirer
Insight: He's one of three Heat starters getting the night off. Chalmers (9.8 ppg, 4.9 apg) hasn't averaged double-digit points since his rookie season and has never been a particularly appealing fantasy option.
Paul Millsap, F, ATL4/16/2014 6:12:00 PM
Description: Atlanta forward Paul Millsap will not participate in Wednesday's game against Milwaukee. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: With the Hawks slated to play top-seeded Indiana in the first round, they'll need their best player fully-rested. Look for Mike Scott (9.5 ppg) to fill in at power forward.
Deron Williams, G, BRK4/16/2014 6:07:00 PM
Description: Brooklyn will be without point guard Deron Williams Wednesday versus Cleveland. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: D-Will's just getting a breather before the playoffs. Jorge Gutierrez (3.5 ppg) is a candidate to start in his place.
Dwyane Wade, G, MIA4/16/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade will play on a minutes restriction Wednesday versus Philadelphia. SOURCE: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: We're not sure what that minutes restriction is, but it will probably be close to the 18 minutes he saw Monday against Washington. Wade (19.1 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.5 rpg) has been in and out of the lineup for the last month because of hamstring issues.
Jameer Nelson, G, ORL4/16/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Orlando point guard Jameer Nelson won't suit up Wednesday against Indiana. SOURCE: John Denton, OrlandoMagic.com
Insight: He's been out with a groin injury. Victor Oladipo (13.9 ppg, 4.1 apg, 4.1 rpg) started at point guard Monday against Chicago and should do the same on Wednesday.
Jerryd Bayless, G, BOS4/16/2014 5:47:00 PM
Description: Boston will be without shooting guard Jerryd Bayless Wednesday in the season finale. SOURCE: Gary Washburn, Boston Globe
Insight: Bayless is dealing with a bruised knee. With Rajon Rondo out as well, Phil Pressey (2.8 ppg) and Avery Bradley (14.8 ppg) are likely to start at guard for the Celtics.
Jared Sullinger, C, BOS4/16/2014 5:44:00 PM
Description: Boston PF/C Jared Sullinger will sit Wednesday versus the Wizards. SOURCE: Gary Washburn, Boston Globe
Insight: He's missed the last two games with a sprained ankle. Sullinger (13.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg) took major steps in 2013-14 and could be in for a breakout season if Kris Humphires leaves in free agency as he's expected to.
Kris Humphries, F, BOS4/16/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Celtics PF/C Kris Humphries won't be available Wednesday against Washington. SOURCE: Gary Washburn, Boston Globe
Insight: He's been battling knee tendinitis. It was an up and down season for Humphries, who averaged 8.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg in 69 appearances. He'll hit free agency this summer and has likely played his final game with the Celtics.
Rajon Rondo, G, BOS4/16/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (bruised shin) won't compete in Wednesday night's season finale. SOURCE: Gary Washburn, Boston Globe
Insight: The C's are keeping Jared Sullinger (ankle), Kris Humphries (knee) and Jerryd Bayless (knee) out as well. Rondo will finish the year with 11.7 ppg, 9.8 apg, 5.5 rpg and 1.3 spg in 30 contests.
Chris Paul, G, LAC4/16/2014 2:57:00 PM
Description: Clippers point guard Chris Paul (rest) will sit out Wednesday against the Blazers, according to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick are not with the team so they can rest for the playoffs. Paul averaged 19.1 points, 10.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals in 62 games this season.
Draymond Green, F, GSW4/16/2014 2:29:00 PM
Description: Golden State forward Draymond Green isn't expected to play Wednesday in the final game of the regular season, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: The Warriors have already announced that Stephen Curry, David Lee, Andre Iguodala and Jermaine O'Neal will sit out to rest for the playoffs. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will probably dress for the game but won't play, leaving Steve Blake, Jordan Crawford, Harrison Barnes, Marreese Speights and Hilton Armstrong to get most of the minutes for Golden State against the Nuggets.
Andre Iguodala, SF, GSW4/16/2014 2:27:00 PM
Description: Golden State small forward Andre Iguodala (rest) will miss Wednesday's game, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Iguodala has been dealing with some knee tendinitis and he'll get a chance to rest up before the postseason. Iggy averaged 9.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 threes in 63 games this season.
Klay Thompson, G, GSW4/16/2014 2:23:00 PM
Description: Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson may suit up but he isn't expected to play Wednesday, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: The Warriors are resting Stephen Curry, David Lee, Andre Iguodala and Jermaine O'Neal in the final game of the regular season and are expected to keep Thompson and Draymond Green on the bench too. Thompson has averaged a career-high 18.5 points with 3.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.8 threes in 80 games this season. The only game he missed prior to Wednesday was due to the death of his grandfather back in March.
Jermaine O'Neal, C, GSW4/16/2014 2:21:00 PM
Description: Warriors C/PF Jermaine O'Neal (rest) will miss the last game of the regular season Wednesday against the Nuggets, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely with a fractured rib, so Golden State is going to need to get a lot out of the 35-year-old O'Neal (7.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg) in the postseason.
David Lee, PF, GSW4/16/2014 2:19:00 PM
Description: Warriors forward David Lee will miss Wednesday's game to rest for the playoffs, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Lee returned from a seven-game absence caused by a nerve irritation three games ago and had 25 points and nine boards Monday. He'll finish with averages of 18.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 2.1 apg in 69 games.
Stephen Curry, G, GSWHot4/16/2014 2:17:00 PM
Description: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry will not play Wednesday, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: He's resting for the playoffs. Curry set career highs with 24 points and 8.5 assists per game this season and added 3.3 threes, 1.6 steals and an .885 free-throw percentage.
Chandler Parsons, F, HOU4/16/2014 1:47:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Chandler Parsons will sit out Wednesday's season finale for rest, the team announced via Twitter.
Insight: Parsons raised his scoring from 15.5 ppg last season to 16.6 ppg in 2013-14 and added 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.8 triples and 1.2 steals in 74 games.
James Harden, G, HOUHot4/16/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Rockets guard James Harden will miss the last game of the regular season Wednesday to rest, the team announced via Twitter.
Insight: Harden followed up his breakout 2012-13 season with a nearly identical 2013-14. He averaged 25.4 points, 6.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 threes and 1.6 steals. Harden produced 28 ppg and 7.3 rpg over his last 29 games.
Steve Nash, G, LAL4/16/2014 1:21:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Steve Nash (nerve irritation) will miss the last game of the regular season Wednesday, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: Nash has appeared in just 15 games this season due to a nerve irritation. He moved into third place on the all-time NBA assists list in his last game on April 8 and is under contract for one more season.
Chris Kaman, C, LAL4/16/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Lakers center Chris Kaman (strained calf) will not play Wednesday in the regular season finale, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: This is his eighth straight absence. With Pau Gasol (vertigo) also out, Jordan Hill, Ryan Kelly and Robert Sacre will continue to handle the frontcourt minutes for Los Angeles.
C.J. Miles, G, CLE4/16/2014 1:18:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers shooting guard C.J. Miles (ankle) will not play Wednesday, according to Bob Finnan of the News-Herald.
Insight: Miles will end up missing 26 of the final 27 games of the season with a sprained ankle. He started 34 of his 51 games and averaged 9.9 points and 1.6 threes per game.
J.J. Redick, G, LAC4/16/2014 11:39:00 AM
Description: Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick did not travel to Portland for Wednesday's game, according to espn.com.
Insight: Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday that Redick wouldn't play in the final game of the regular season. Redick played just 35 games due to injuries and averaged 28.2 minutes, 15.2 points, 2.2 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 3-pointers per game.
Chris Bosh, C, MIA4/16/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Heat center Chris Bosh (rest) will miss the last game of the regular season on Wednesday, the team announced via Twitter.
Insight: Miami is letting Bosh rest for the playoff run. He averaged 32 minutes, 16.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.0 blocks, 1.0 steals and a career-high 0.9 threes per game in 79 contests.
LeBron James, F, MIA4/16/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Heat forward LeBron James (rest) will not play Wednesday, the team announced via Twitter.
Insight: The Heat are locked into the No. 2 seed in the East and James will rest up for the postseason. With Dwyane Wade ailing for most of the season, James carried Miami with averages of 37.7 minutes, 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 77 games. He increased his field-goal percentage for the seventh consecutive season.
Blake Griffin, F, LAC4/16/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin will not play in the regular season finale Wednesday, according to ESPN. He picked up his 16th technical foul Tuesday, earning a one-game suspension.
Insight: The NBA may rescind the technical, but coach Doc Rivers said Griffin won't travel with the team to Portland. Griffin has had his best season in 2013-14, posting 24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He averaged 26 ppg in his final 55 contests.
Timofey Mozgov, C, DENHot4/16/2014 9:15:00 AM
Description: Nuggers center Timofey Mozgov went to the locker room during Tuesday's game due to a knee injury but he returned and finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Insight: Mozgov has averaged 17.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over his last eight games and has double-doubled in three straight.
Timofey Mozgov, C, DENHot4/15/2014 11:06:00 PM
Description: Nuggers center Timofey Mozgov went to the locker room with a right knee injury during Tuesday's game, according to ESPN.com.
Insight: The Nuggets have been crushed by injuries this season. Mozgov entered Tuesday's game having averaged 15.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over his previous 10 games. He's questionable to return.
Mason Plumlee, PF, BRK4/15/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Brooklyn F/C Mason Plumlee did a little bit of everything Tuesday in a loss to New York.
Insight: The rookie out of Duke contributed 16 points, nine rebounds, four assists and one steal in 30 minutes of action. He's been deadly accurate over his last five games, making 81.1 percent of his field goal tries over that span. Look for Plumlee (7.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg) to have a big role in the Nets' upcoming postseason run.
Marcus Thornton, G, BRK4/15/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Nets shooting guard Marcus Thornton put in a game-high 24 points Tuesday in a loss to the Knicks.
Insight: He played more minutes (30) than most of Brooklyn's starters on Tuesday. The high-scoring two-guard should be in for another big game Wednesday against Cleveland.
Roy Hibbert, C, INDCold4/15/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Indiana center Roy Hibbert will start the regular season finale Wednesday against the Magic, but he is only expected to play the first half, according to Scott Agness of pacers.com.
Insight: Paul George, Lance Stephenson and David West will rest tomorrow, but the Pacers need Hibbert to have a positive performance going into the playoffs. He went 2-for-22 from he field over his last three games and averaged 8.6 ppg on .356 shooting his last 17 games. That's unacceptable for a 7-foot-2 player.
Cole Aldrich, C, NYK4/15/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Cole Aldrich was New York's top performer Tuesday in a win over Brooklyn.
Insight: He netted 13 points to go with 13 rebounds. Both totals were season-highs. Aldrich played 25 minutes for the Knicks and should see a similar workload in tomorrow's season finale against the Raptors.
David West, F, IND4/15/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Pacers power forward David West (rest) will not play Wednesday, according to Scott Agness of pacers.com.
Insight: West will rest up for the postseason. The power forward averaged 15.4 ppg and 6.7 rpg over his final 45 games, compared to 12.2 ppg and 6.9 rpg the first 35.
C.J. Watson, G, IND4/15/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Indiana point guard C.J. Watson will not play in the final game of the regular season for rest purposes, according to Scott Agness of pacers.com.
Insight: Watson missed most of March and three games in April due to injuries. The Pacers may have realized how much they will need him in the postseason when he scored 20 points in 25 minutes Sunday against the Thunder.
Paul George, G/F, IND4/15/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Indiana forward Paul George (rest) will not play in Wednesday's regular season finale, according to Scott Agness of pacers.com.
Insight: He'll join David West, Lance Stephenson and C.J. Watson on the bench. The 23-year-old George will finish with averages of 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.3 threes, but he only shot 37.7 percent from the field and averaged 19.6 ppg in his final 38 contests. He averaged 23.6 ppg on .464 shooting his first 42 games and was an early MVP candidate.
J.J. Redick, G, LAC4/15/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick will start Tuesday but won't play in the regular season finale Wednesday, according to Madelyn Burke of clippers.com.
Insight: Redick has averaged 26.6 minutes, 11 points, 3.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 threes over four games since he returned from his back injury.
Lance Stephenson, G, IND4/15/2014 8:56:00 PM
Description: The Pacers will rest all their starters Wednesday against the Magic and that includes shooting guard Lance Stephenson.
Insight: Indiana was able to clinch home court advantage when Miami lost to the Wizards on Monday night. That renders Wednesday's regular season finale meaningless. Stephenson will finish the year with averages of 13.8 ppg, 4.6 apg and 7.2 rpg in 78 contests. He was the NBA's leader in triple-doubles this season with five.
Mo Williams, PG, POR4/15/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Trail Blazers point guard Mo Williams might not play in Wednesday's regular season finale. SOURCE: Mike Tokito, The Oregonian
Insight: The Blazers have already locked up the No. 5 seed and have nothing to gain from winning Wednesday night's contest against the Clippers. It might be in Portland's best interest to rest Williams (9.7 ppg, 4.3 apg) and some of the team's other important players with the postseason only a few days away.
LaMarcus Aldridge, F, POR4/15/2014 8:26:00 PM
Description: The Trail Blazers are considering giving LaMarcus Aldridge the night off Wednesday against the Clippers. SOURCE: Mike Tokito, The Oregonian
Insight: Though Portland is only one game behind Houston for the No. 4 seed, the Rockets hold the tiebreaker because they won three out of four against the Blazers during the regular season. That essentially makes Wednesday's game meaningless. Even if Aldridge (23.2 ppg, 11.1 rpg) and the usual starters do play tomorrow night, they'll probably be on a minutes restriction.
Shaun Livingston, G, BRK4/15/2014 7:18:00 PM
Description: As expected, Brooklyn guard Shaun Livingston won't be in the lineup Tuesday versus the Knicks. SOURCE: Stefan Bondy, New York Daily News
Insight: He's still out with a big toe injury. Backup guard Marcus Thornton (9.4 ppg) has averaged 25.7 mpg during Livingston's three-game absence.
Paul Pierce, F, BRK4/15/2014 7:10:00 PM
Description: Nets power forward Paul Pierce is ready to go Tuesday against the Knicks. SOURCE: Stefan Bondy, New York Daily News
Insight: Pierce, who had been questionable with a shoulder injury, has averaged 13.5 ppg since the All-Star break. That's the same scoring average he had in the first half, though he's been much more efficient in the second half (48.8 percent shooting versus 42.9 before the break).
Deron Williams, G, BRK4/15/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Nets point guard Deron Williams will play Tuesday against New York. SOURCE: Stefan Bondy, New York Daily News
Insight: He had been a game-time decision because of knee tendinitis. A win tonight will give Brooklyn the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference and a date with Chicago in the first round of the playoffs. The Bulls won in seven games when these teams met a year ago.
Joe Johnson, G/F, BRK4/15/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Brooklyn G/F Joe Johnson will be active for Tuesday night's game against the Knicks. SOURCE: Stefan Bondy, New York Daily News
Insight: There had been a rumor the Nets were thinking of resting their starters to try and get the No. 6 seed and a more favorable matchup with Toronto in the first round, though apparently that wasn't the case. A shooting guard for most of his career, Johnson has played primarily as a small forward this season. He leads the team in scoring at 15.8 ppg.
Carmelo Anthony, F, NYK4/15/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: New York forward Carmelo Anthony will not participate in Tuesday's game against Brooklyn.
Insight: He's been playing with a torn labrum, though according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone, the injury will not require surgery. With free agency looming, it's possible that Carmelo has played his final game in a Knicks uniform.
Mirza Teletovic, F, BRK4/15/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: Nets power forward Mirza Teletovic (personal) will sit out Tuesday against the Knicks, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
Insight: His wife gave birth to twins on Tuesday. Teletovic has averaged 2.9 threes, 12.1 points and 4.6 rebounds over his last 11 games and would have been in line to play increased minutes in the final two games of the regular season with Brooklyn looking to rest its stars.
Goran Dragic, G, PHO4/15/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Now that Phoenix has been eliminated, the Suns will rest ailing point guard Goran Dragic Wednesday in the regular season finale. SOURCE: Matt Petersen, Suns.com
Insight: He's been playing through a painful ankle injury. Eric Bledsoe (18.0 ppg, 5.5 apg) will start at point guard with Gerald Green (15.8 ppg) occupying the two-guard spot.
Mike Conley, G, MEM4/15/2014 2:08:00 PM
Description: Memphis point guard Mike Conley injured his right hamstring in Monday's win, but played through the pain.
Insight: Conley has averaged just 17.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 6.1 apg this season. The hamstring could tighten before Wednesday's regular season finale as the Grizzlies clinched a playoff spot with Monday's win over the Suns.
Paul Pierce, F, BRK4/15/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Brooklyn forward Paul Pierce (shoulder) will be a game-time decision on Tuesday.
Insight: The Nets have an "old" roster with six players 30-years-old or older, so this isn't a surprise. Starting any of the veterans on Tuesday will be a risky play. Marquis Teague, Marcus Thornton and Mason Plumlee could play big minutes.
Deron Williams, G, BRK4/15/2014 12:02:00 PM
Description: Brooklyn guard Deron Williams along with most of the Nets are game-time decision as the team rests up for the playoffrs.
Insight: The Nets have an "old" roster with six players 30-years-old or older, so this isn't a surprise. Starting any of the veterans on Tuesday will be a risky play. Marquis Teague, Marcus Thornton and Mason Plumlee could play big minutes.
Carmelo Anthony, F, NYK4/15/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) will likely miss Tuesday and Wednesday's game, according to coach Mike Woodson.
Insight: Anthony (27.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.2 spg, 2.2 threes) has been dealing with numbness in his arm due to the shoulder injury and with the Knicks having nothing to play for is not expected to play either night.
Alan Anderson, F, BRK4/15/2014 11:57:00 AM
Description: The Nets have already ruled Alan Anderson out for Tuesday's game with the Knicks, according to Tim Bontemps of the New York Post.
Insight: He's dealing with a sore abdominal muscle and will miss his third consecutive game. Anderson (7.2 ppg) should be ready to go for the playoffs but has very little fantasy value.
Shaun Livingston, G, BRK4/15/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Nets guard Shaun Livingston is not expected to play on Tuesday, according to Tim Bontempts of the New York Post.
Insight: Livingston (8.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg) is still dealing with a bruised toe. He's expected to be ready when the playoffs begin.
Tyreke Evans, G/F, NOP4/14/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: New Orleans swingman Tyreke Evans (knee) was doubtful for Monday's game but he ended up being a last-minute addition to the starting lineup and went bonkers against the Thunder.
Insight: Evans threw up 41 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals to help the shorthanded Pelicans knock off OKC by 12 points after mising Saturday's contest.
Chandler Parsons, F, HOU4/14/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Rockets forward Chandler Parsons (wrist, hip) played 40 minutes Monday and had 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Insight: He missed Saturday's game due to minor wrist and hip injuries, which he suffered in a hard fall on Friday.
Dwight Howard, C, HOU4/14/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Houston center Dwight Howard had 20 points and 17 rebounds in 31 minutes Monday against the Spurs.
Insight: Howard sat out eight games due to an ankle strain before returning to the lineup Saturday with 13 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes.
Al Jefferson, C, CHAHot4/14/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Bobcats center Al Jefferson extended his streak of 20-point, 10-rebound games to seven with 27 points and 15 boards Monday at Atlanta.
Insight: Jefferson has been good for 25.4 points and 11.0 rebounds per game over his last 37 games.
Tony Wroten, G, PHI4/14/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia guard Tony Wroten had 20 points Monday against Boston.
Insight: Wroten has scored double-digit points in five straight games after failing to do so in his first four games back from an ankle injury.
Kelly Olynyk, C, BOSHot4/14/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Boston C/PF Kelly Olynyk had another big game Monday at Philadelphia, scoring a career-high 28 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Insight: Olynyk has played 37 minutes per game over his last two with both Jared Sullinger and Kris Humphries out of the lineup and had 25 points and 12 boards Saturday.
Jeff Adrien, F, MILHot4/14/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Bucks PF Jeff Adrien had 19 points and nine rebounds in 40 minutes Monday at Toronto.
Insight: Adrien has averaged 15.2 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks over his last eight games. The undrafted big man was a throw-in in the deadline trade that sent Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal to Charlotte for Ramon Sessions, but for some reason Milwaukee has played him 33+ mpg instead of giving more minutes to 2012 first-round pick John Henson.
Khris Middleton, F, MILHot4/14/2014 9:36:00 PM
Description: Bucks small forward Khris Middleton has averaged 17.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.0 threes over his last five games.
Insight: The Bucks have been playing Middleton way more minutes than he should be getting over the past month in an attempt to lock down the worst record in the NBA. They clinched it Monday with a loss to the Raptors.


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