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Mike Conley To Undergo Surgery For Facial Fractures

Apr 26, 2015 4:51 PM

Mike Conley has been ruled out for Game 4 and is already on his way back to Memphis after suffering a serious facial injury below his left eye.

Game 5 will be played in Memphis if the Portland Trail Blazers extend the series.

TNT's Lewis Johnson reports that Conley will undergo surgery to repair multiple fractures on Monday. It is unclear how much time Conley will miss.

The Grizzlies' next round opponent will be the Golden State Warriors should they get past the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Tags: Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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J.R. Smith Ejected For Hit On Jae Crowder

Apr 26, 2015 3:31 PM

J.R. Smith was ejected from Game 4 for hitting Jae Crowder in the head underneath the basket.

Crowder suffered a left knee injury on the play.

Smith will likely receive a suspension for the hit.

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Tags: J.R. Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Suspension, NBA Playoffs

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Marcus Smart Late To Shootaround, Minutes In Game 4 May Be Reduced

Apr 26, 2015 11:25 AM

Marcus Smart overslept and was late arriving for shootaround.

Smart was going to come off the bench for the Boston Celtics anyways for Game 4 with Jae Crowder in the starting five.

Brad Stevens said Smart may not come off the bench early as a result.

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Tags: Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Report: Referee Would Have Called Foul On Curry Shot If He Had Missed

Apr 24, 2015 12:21 PM

Stephen Curry sent Game 3 into overtime with a game-tying three-pointer when Marreese Speights recovered Curry's previous attempt. Curry appeared to get fouled as he released the shot (Vine).

According to sources, referees explained that a foul would have been called if Curry had missed the three-point attempt. Curry would have then had to make all three free throws to extend the game.

The Golden State Warriors ultimately won the game in overtime.

The NBA said that while a foul should have been called on Anthony Davis, referees also missed a travel by Curry on his previous shot attempt.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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LeBron Has Hour-Long Workout Before Cavs' Shootaround

Apr 23, 2015 12:51 PM

LeBron James arrived an hour early for the Cleveland Cavaliers' shootaround on Thursday ahead of Game 3 at the Boston Celtics to get extra work in.

"I don't do it often, but that's just the mode I'm in right now," James said.

James put himself through an hour-long intense workout.

"He's a very focused guy," Tristan Thompson said. "He understands what it takes to win at this level and he leads by example for us. That's important to have. We know he's not going to tell us to do anything that he wouldn't do."

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Tony Parker Optimistic Achilles Will Be Okay For Game 3

Apr 23, 2015 12:46 PM

Tony Parker left the San Antonio Spurs' Game 2 win at the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter with an Achilles injury.

Parker was seen limping after the game, but he expects to play in Game 3.

"It's been a tough year, but I think I'll be all right," said Parker.

Parker said the injury was the same as that which he suffered in a game in Oklahoma City on April 7.

"Same thing, same thing," he said. "I think I put too much pressure on the right ankle because of the soreness in my left ankle."

Mike Monroe/San Antonio Express-News

Tags: Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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Josh Smith Following 9-Assist 2nd Half: This Is Why I Came Here

Apr 22, 2015 11:26 AM

Josh Smith controlled the second half of the Houston Rockets' Game 2 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

Smith had 13 points, six rebounds and nine assists in 20 minutes in the second half. Of those nine assists, six were on dunks and five were lobs to Dwight Howard. 

Toni Kukoc is the only other forward since 1985 to record nine or more assists as a reserve in a playoff game.

"This is why I came here," Smith told Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Seth Partnow/Washington Post

Tags: Josh Smith, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ, NBA Playoffs

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Chandler Parsons Likely Out For Series Against Rockets

Apr 22, 2015 11:19 AM

Chandler Parsons' knee injury is expected to keep him out of the Dallas Mavericks' first round series against the Houston Rockets entirely. Sources said that Parsons returning for this series is "impossible."

Parsons' sore right knee hasn't responded to treatment since he left a game on April 2.

Parsons had to miss the final six games of the regular season before returning for Game 1.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Chandler Parsons, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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Draymond: Focus Is To Just Make Anthony Davis Take Tough Shots

Apr 21, 2015 10:51 AM

Draymond Green is one of the NBA's most versatile defenders, but Anthony Davis represents a special challenge for him in the Golden State Warriors' first round series against the New Orleans Pelicans.

“It’s tough–most guys I give up length to who I guard, most of them aren’t as quick as me, though," said Green. "He’s both. Special athlete, man. So it’s always tough because he’s the not the type that’s really trying to back me down; he’s going to face up every time.

“And he uses his speed to his advantage. But even if I cut him off, he’s so long, he’ll still try to shoot over the top.

“But that’s what you have to make him do, though. You have to to make him take tough shots with you in between him and the basket. When he’s getting dunks and lay-ups, he’s unstoppable. But if you can make him tough shots with you in between you and the basket, you’ve got a much better chance of stopping him.

“That was my focus the entire night, just trying to make him tough shots. If he hits them, he hits them.”

Green hopes to eventually wear down Davis each game.

”You’re making him take those tough shots, eventually he’ll wear down. Once he started to wear down, those tough shots don’t go in as easily. And that’s really what you want to do as a defender.

“It’s a 48-minute marathon. It’s not a 12-minute race. For 48 minutes you’ve got to continue to grind and grind and grind.

“At some point he’ll wear down and those tough shots won’t fall as consistently.”

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ, NBA Playoffs

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Masai Ujiri Receives $35,000 Fine From NBA

Apr 19, 2015 5:38 PM

Masai Ujiri has received a $35,000 fine from the NBA for using obscene language during a public appearance on Saturday.

The Toronto Raptors also received a $25,000 fine.

"I don't give a s--- about 'it'," Uriji said in response to comments made earlier in the week by Paul Pierce.

"We haven't done particularly well against Toronto, but I don't feel they have the 'it' that makes you worried," Pierce said. "There isn't a team I look at in the Eastern Conference that makes me say, 'They are intimidating; we don't have a chance.'"

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Tags: Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Fines, NBA Playoffs

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Doc Rivers: Players Want To Be Like Mike, Coaches Want To Be Like Pop
Doc Rivers nearly replaced Gregg Popovich as head coach of the Spurs in 1999.

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Derrick Rose On Playoff Return: It Felt Good
Derrick Rose had 23 points and seven assists in his first playoff game in almost three years.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

LeBron Concerned By Cavs' Lack Of Playoff Experience
Half of the Cavaliers' eight-man rotation has zero playoff experience, including Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

RealGM Radio: Previewing The NBA Playoffs With Seth Partnow
Daniel Leroux and Seth Partnow work through all eight series in the opening round and give preliminary predictions all the way through to the championship.

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Durant, Westbrook Won't Watch NBA Playoffs
The Thunder were one win short of reaching the playoffs, losing a tiebreaker with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Stephen Curry: Warriors In Title Or Bust Mode Entering Playoffs
The Warriors won a franchise record 67 games in the regular season.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups
Anthony Davis will be making his first appearance in the playoffs.

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