Friday's games (MIA/CHA, LAC/POR, TOR/IND) plus previews of Spurs/Thunder and Blazers/Warriors and analysis of Luke Walton getting hired by the Lakers.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will attempt to return faster than the two week absence projected when his sprained MCL was diagnosed on Monday.
Curry did not play in Wednesday's Game Five win over Houston and previously missed Games Two and Three with an ankle sprain.
Luke Walton has agreed to become the team's next Head Coach.
Walton currently serves as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors and will take over the Lakers once Golden State's season is over.
Walton played for the Lakers from 2003-2012.
Deron Williams intends to decline the second-year player option on his contract with the Dallas Mavericks and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The option was worth approximately $5.6 million.
Williams agreed to a buyout of the final two seasons of his contract with the Brooklyn Nets last July and signed with the Mavericks, averaging 14.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 rebounds per game this season. He turns 32 this offseason.
Miami Heat guard Tyler Johnson was active for Game Five but served as an emergency option and did not play. He will be active and part of the rotation according to Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra.
Johnson had surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his left shoulder on February 3 and has not played in a game since January 26.
He averaged 8.7 points, 2.2 assists and 3 rebounds in 36 games for Miami this season.
Spencer Hawes of the Charlotte Hornets had an MRI that revealed a sprained MCL in his right knee which will be re-evaluated in a week.
Hawes played 15 minutes in Game 5, scoring six points and grabbing four rebounds.
Stephen Curry is starting to feel better a few days after injuring his MCL.
Curry is expected to begin testing his knee on the court next week.
The Golden State Warriors announced Curry would be reevaluated in two weeks after his MRI results were known.
The Golden State Warriors have granted permission to the Los Angeles Lakers to interview Luke Walton.
Steve Kerr said the Lakers will be able to meet with Walton now that the Warriors have advanced to the second round.
"We told Mitch that he's perfectly welcome to talk to Luke as soon as the series is over and we have a little break," Kerr said of Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak.
Walton is considered a prime candidate for the Lakers' vacancy.
Walton spent the vast part of his playing career with the Lakers.
BCharlotte guts out Game 5 in Miami, Golden State rolls into the next round, a Houston postmortem, plus Nate and Danny pick their Worst Team All-Defense rosters from the 2015-16 season.
The Sacramento Kings have chosen Ken Catanella to be their new Assistant General Manager.
Cantanella has been the Assistant General Manager for the Pistons since August 2014 and previously served as their Director of Basketball Operations.
Before joining Detroit's front office in 2011, Cantanella worked for the NBA as their Manager of Basketball Analytics.
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