Joe Johnson will be a game-time decision Thursday night for Game 3 vs. the Bulls as he battles plantar fasciitis which he aggravated in Game 2.
According to ESPN:
Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson did not practice Wednesday due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot and will be listed as a game-time decision for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Chicago...
Former Piston, Lindsey Hunter (1993-2000 and 2003-08), will likely interview for the head coaching position with the team. Hunter served as interim head coach for the Suns this season when Alvin Gentry was fired in January.
According to The Detroit News:
A report by CBS radio Detroit stated Hunter, interim head coach for Phoenix, has asked the Suns for permission to interview for...
Jeremy Lin left Game 2 prior to halftime with a muscle contusion in his right chest – his status for Game 3 remains unknown. The Rockets are down 2-0 to the Thunder who will play again on Saturday.
According to CSN Houston:
“This is easily the most frustrating thing that’s happened this entire season,” Lin said. “Having been healthy the whole season, and then the second...
The Pacers are putting on a dunk show in Indiana on Wednesday night. After Roy Hibbert demolished Ivan Johnson, Gerald Green one-upped his teammate with a driving dunk all over Josh Smith, which may be the best dunk of the playoffs thus far:
Pacers Roy Hibbert put Hawks Ivan Johnson on a poster during the first half of Game 2 in Indiana on Wednesday night. Hibbert elevated for the one-handed power slam as Johnson attempted to draw a charge – but instead got called for the foul and was put on a nasty poster:
Joakim Noah explained what playing through plantar fasciitis in his right foot feels like prior to Game 3 vs. the Nets in Chicago.
According to CSN Chicago:
“It really sucks. Plantar fasciitis sucks. It feels like you have needles underneath your foot while you’re playing. That’s what it feels like, so you can imagine. You need to jump, you need to run, you need to do a lot...
Marc Gasol accepted his 2012-13 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award Wednesday afternoon in Memphis.
“I’m the first European ever to accomplish this,” Gasol said at the presser. “It’s really an honor. Now I think my kids will believe me when I tell them I played in the NBA.”
Gasol anchored the Grizzlies defense, which allowed 88.7 points per game, fewest in the league.
Russell Westbrook stars in this new “We Are All Watching” ad, the second in the series of 2013 NBA Playoffs commercials – the first one featured LeBron James. In the latest commercial, people all around the world watch Russell Westbrook as he dominates and wins big against the Lakers.
J.R. Smith’s high school yearbook quote is so J.R. Smith. The Saint Benedict’s graduate chose this quote to pair with his senior picture: “Get chicks or die trying.” We’re confident he’s spent everyday since living up to that quote.
via Terez Owens
Jordan Hill, who underwent surgery on January 23 after suffering a tear in his hip, has been cleared to play and will be available for the Lakers in Game 2 vs. the Spurs on Wednesday night.
According to Yahoo! Sports:
After three months of rehabilitation for hip surgery, Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill will be available to play in Game 2 against the San Antonio Spurs, league...
If the Knicks, who currently hold a 2-0 series lead over the Boston Celtics, advance to the second round of the playoffs, they may have Amar’e Stoudemire back in the rotation. Stoudemire was expected to miss approximately six weeks after undergoing a knee debridement on March 11. Now just past the six-week mark, the forward is targeting a second-round return.
According to Ian Begley...
After snapping Denver’s 24-game home win streak and stealing back home court by evening up the first round series 1-1, Mark Jackson called his starting backcourt of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson who combined for 51 points (21-for-34) and shot 9 of 16 from 3-point range, the greatest shooting tandem in NBA history.
According to Mercury News:
“In my opinion, they’re the greatest...
Warriors’ Harrison Barnes took Nuggets’ Anthony Randolph to the rack Tuesday night in the fourth quarter of Game 2 and finished with a nasty reverse slam. Barnes came up big for the Warriors with 24 points and 6 rebounds as they evened up the series 1-1. Game 3 will be in Golden State on Friday night.
Awkward: Craig Sager asked Lebron James about shutting down his cell phone for the playoffs after the Game 2 98-86 victory over the Bucks. After James confirmed he’s living as if “cell phones weren’t invented,” Sager offers to let him use his and ends the postgame interview quoting singer Carly Rae Jepsen: “Call me maybe.”
Dwyane Wade flies to the rim on a Mario Chalmers miss during the third quarter of Game 2 vs. the Bucks on Tuesday night and throws down a ridiculous putback dunk over Monta Ellis:
Kevin Durant, who is on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, revealed that he often checks good friend LeBron James’ box score after games for motivation and tips to raise his own game.
According to SI.com:
“I don’t watch a lot of other basketball away from the gym,” Durant says. “But I do look at LeBron’s box score. I want to see how many points, rebounds and...
Last summer, the Knicks retained J.R. Smith for a bargain, signing him to a two-year/$2.8 million contract with a player option in the second season. The free-agent-to-be, who was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Monday, will likely receive higher paying offers from around the league come the offseason but the New Jersey native says he’d love to retire a Knick.
Marc Gasol is reportedly set to win the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award – something OKC’s Kendrick Perkins doesn’t agree with. While he meant no disrespect to the Grizzlies center, Perkins thinks his teammate and the league’s leading shot blocker for the second straight season, Serge Ibaka, was more deserving of the honor, citing politics as the reason the 2012...
Bulls backup point guard, Nate Robinson, who was signed to replace former backup, C.J. Watson who was waived last summer, says their is mutual animosity between the two guards who are matched up with one another in the first round Bulls-Nets series.
According to ESPN Chicago:
“We’re just competitors,” Robinson said Monday after helping the Bulls even their Eastern Conference...
Lenny Cooke & Taj Gibson after Game 2 on Monday night in Brooklyn
New York native Lenny Cooke was considered one of the top basketball prospects in the country alongside LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony – he was supposed to be a superstar. Cooke’s troubles with academics and a lack of discipline led to his demise. Former A.A.U teammate Joakim Noah...
Mike Brown, who coached the Cleveland Cavaliers for five seasons from 2005-2010, is expected to return and be named head coach again. Brown coached 71 games for the Lakers before being replaced by Mike D’Antoni 5 games into the 2012-13 season.
According to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:
Mike Brown has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Byron Scott as #Cavs...
According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, the Charlotte Bobcats have fired head coach Mike Dunlap.
The Bobcats finished with the NBA’s second worst record this season at 21-61 in Dunlap’s first season as head coach.
Kevin Durant is on this week’s Sports Illustrated cover which features a shot of him taking a free throw surrounded by a quote explaining his tiredness with being second-best is entire life, “I’m done with it.” Is this the year for Kevin Durant to finally finish first?
Pelicans GM, Dell Demps, won’t rule out the possibility that the team could trade fifth-year shooting guard, Eric Gordon, this summer. Due to a right knee injury, Gordon, who the team signed to a four-year/$58 million contract last offseason, played just 40 games this season.
According to John Reid, The Times-Picayune:
“To say if I anticipate him being back – I don’t know...
Paul George accepted his 2012-13 NBA Most Improved Player award Tuesday morning. “This summer…Paul said ‘Coach, I’m going to work harder than I ever have this summer. I’m going to come back a completely different player, just wait and see, you are going to be so impressed,” gushed Pacers head coach Frank Vogel. George lived up to his promise posting career high averages...