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Stephen Curry Has Highest Conference Finals PER Since Amar'e In 2005

May 24, 2015 2:57 PM

Stephen Curry has a PER of 39.3 in the 2015 Western Conference Finals after the first three games. Curry is averaging 35.7 points on 58.1 percent shooting from three (TS% of 77.5 percent), 4.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists.

Curry's PER is the highest in this round of the playoffs since Amar'e Stoudemire had a PER of 40.5 in the 2005 Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. Stoudemire averaged 37.0 points and 9.8 rebounds per game with a TS% of 61.1 percent.

The Golden State Warriors are up 3-0 against the Houston Rockets in the series.

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Kyle Korver Out For Playoffs, May Need Ankle Surgery

May 23, 2015 2:49 PM

Kyle Korver is out for the remainder of the playoffs with an ankle injury that may also need surgery.

Korver was injured in the third quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals Friday night when he and Matthew Dellavedova got tangled up chasing a loose ball.

Korver hobbled up the floor on an offensive possession for the Atlanta Hawks and then went straight to the locker room.

Korver was an All-Star for the first time in his career in 2015.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

Tags: Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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Conference Finals Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-2)

May 23, 2015 12:30 AM

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are each up 2-0 in their Conference Finals' matchups against the Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks.

Points Per 100 Possessions (Game 1/Game 2)

Warriors: 113.8 / 110.1

Rockets: 109.6 / 109.0

Hawks: 98.6 / 98.4

Cavaliers:  107.5 / 108.2

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Kyrie Irving Out For Game 2, Questionable For Game 3

May 22, 2015 7:06 PM

Kyrie Irving won't play in Game 2 due to knee tendonitis. 

Irving is also questionable for Game 3 on Sunday back in Cleveland.

Irving was also seen on Friday by Dr. James Andrews.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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Report: DeMarre Carroll Won't Play Game 2

May 22, 2015 6:05 PM

DeMarre Carroll will not play in Game 2, according to Fred Kalil of CBS Atlanta.

Carroll suffered a knee injury in Game 1 late in the fourth quarter.

The injury is not as serious as initially feared with no ligament damage.

The Atlanta Hawks will likely have Kent Bazemore defend LeBron James with Carroll out.

David Aldridge reports that "the likelihood is Carroll is going to try to play."

Fred Kalil/CBS Atlanta

Tags: DeMarre Carroll, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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Kyrie Irving Misses Shootaround, Questionable For Game

May 22, 2015 12:27 PM

Kyrie Irving skipped the Cleveland Cavaliers' shootaround on Friday morning in Atlanta in order to undergo additional evaluation with head team physician Dr. Richard Parker.

After continuing his treatment following Wednesday night’s game, symptoms related to his left knee tendinitis had not diminished and additional evaluation was recommended.

Irving will be listed as Questionable for Game 2.

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Kyrie Irving: I Just Don't Have It Right Now

May 22, 2015 1:32 AM

Kyrie Irving is battling an injured foot and knee, severely limiting his effectiveness.

"I just don't have it right now," said Irving.

"The most frustrating thing is seeing holes in the defenses that I'm used to attacking," he said. "I tried to make one move and I accelerated and then I stopped and passed it."


With his mobility limited, Irving may have to rely on jumpers.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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LeBron Admits Playing Too Much ISO-Ball In Game 1

May 21, 2015 3:10 PM

LeBron James had a good floor game and scored 31 points, but he continued his postseason inefficiency as a scorer in Game 1.

The Cleveland Cavaliers' 18-point fourth quarter lead was cut down to four by the Atlanta Hawks.

“We can’t worry about how many points we’re up or how many points we’re down; we have to continue to play our game. It starts with me. I take all the responsibility for it,” James said. “In the fourth quarter, I played way too much isolation basketball, one-on-one basketball [with] a lot of the defenses set, and I was letting the clock run down way too much. I just had to take the shot or I was giving it to my guys late in the shot clock, and they couldn’t do nothing with it besides shoot it or turn the ball over.”

He used even stronger language during his interview on the court with Fox Sports Ohio’s Allie Clifton immediately after the game, saying, "I allowed them back into the game with my offensive nonsense."


James' 18 isolation possessions in Game 1 were the most by any player during the 2015 playoffs, according to SportVu. While he had some success with it, shooting 8-for-17 on those possessions, it clearly took the rest of the Cavs out of any sort of flow. 

Thirty-five percent of Cleveland’s possessions in Game 1 came out of isolation play, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

James vowed a more team-centric approach to the offense he'll initiate should that occur.

“I’ll be more conscious about that in Game 2 if that opportunity presents itself, where at least I can get the ball moving to start [the possession] and then maybe at the back side or like the third option, I can get it back at the end,” James said. “At least we get the defense moving instead of them just watching me pound the ball for 24 seconds. That’s not good basketball.”

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ, NBA Playoffs

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DeMarre Carroll's Left Knee Has No Structural Damage

May 21, 2015 11:24 AM

DeMarre Carroll escaped structural damage to his left knee following an MRI test.

Carroll suffered a scary non-contact injury during the second half of Game 1 on Wednesday.

Carroll is listed as day-to-day.

Sam Amick/USA Today

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Dwight Howard Questionable For Game 2, Rockets Preparing For Him Not To Play

May 20, 2015 7:17 PM

Dwight Howard is questionable for Game 2 with a sprained left knee. Howard sat out the Houston Rockets' practice on Wednesday.

Howard and Kevin McHale both said that his availability will depend how he feels Thursday throughout the day and before game time.

"I have to listen to my body," Howard said. "The most important thing is that I'm healthy. Nobody can understand an injury but the person that's injured. So, it's going to be on how I feel. If I feel I can tolerate and go out and play through it, then I will. But my career is the most important thing.

"I want to do whatever I can to help this team, but I can't help the team if I'm hurt."

McHale said he isn't sure what adjustments he'll have to make if Howard can't play.

"We'll deal with that (Thursday), I'm not sure what it's going to be," he said. "I'm not going to speculate. We'll see where Dwight's at tomorrow and make our adjustments accordingly. I want Dwight to play tomorrow, but today is not tomorrow, and we'll find out what that is tomorrow."

Most of the Rockets' players said they were gearing their mindsets toward Howard not playing.

"Yeah, we'll see how the rest of the day goes and tomorrow's shootaround," said star guard James Harden. "Hopefully, the big fella can be out there helping us out. But we'll take it for what it is in the morning."

"We've dealt with injuries and uncertainty all year and we've always come out on top our situation," forward Trevor Ariza said. "It's no different now. We just have to step up and take a bigger role in what we're doing if Dwight can't go. You can't worry about if he's going to play or not. Of course, he's a big part of what we're doing and a big part of our team, but if he can't go, we can't use that as an excuse not to try to win the game."

Carl Steward/Mercury News

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Game 1 Of WCF On ESPN Up 38 Percent Compared To 2013
The Warriors and Rockets play in the sixth largest and 10th largest markets in the county.

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Patrick Beverley Ruled Out For WCF After Testing Wrist
Patrick Beverley had surgery March 31, and the plan has been for him to take four months for a full recovery.

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-6)
All four Conference Semifinals have played six games with the Warriors, Cavaliers and Hawks eliminating the Grizzlies, Bulls and Wizards, while the Clippers and Rockets will meet in Game 7.

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Tony Allen Says He'll Play In Game 6
Tony Allen has made a huge impact on defense for the Grizzlies in their two victories in the series.

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-5)
All four Conference Semifinals have played five games with the Warriors, Cavaliers, Clippers and Hawks holding three games to two series leads over the Grizzlies, Bulls, Rockets and Wizards respectively.

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Paul Pierce Yelled 'Series' At Hawks' Bench After Go-Ahead Shot
When Paul Pierce hit a go-ahead three-pointer in the closing seconds of Game 5, he reportedly looked at the Hawks' bench and said "Series."

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

Game 5 Winner Of 2-2 Series Has Advanced At 82 Percent Rate
In NBA history, the winner of Game 5 is 147-33 to go on to win the entire series.


Pau Gasol Misses Game 5 With Strained Hamstring
Pau Gasol has a strained left hamstring.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Timofey Mozgov Leads In Rim Protection During Playoffs
Timofey Mozgov is holding opponents to shooting just 34 percent at the rim.

Seth Partnow/Nylon Calculus

Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-4)
All four Conference Semifinals have played four games with the Cavaliers/Bulls, Hawks/Wizards and Warriors/Grizzlies tied at 2-2, and the Clippers holding a 3-1 series lead over the Rockets.

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DeMarre Carroll Believed To Have Injured Hip Pointer On Nene Screen
DeMarre Carroll received a physical screen from Nene when trying to defend Paul Pierce.

Zach Klein/WSB

James Harden Doesn't Like Hack-A-DJ Strategy
DeAndre Jordan attempted 28 free throws in the first half, which broke up the rhythm of the game.

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Kerr Wants Curry To Trust Teammates While Freeing Him Up For Better Looks
Stephen Curry has combined over the past two losses to shoot 4-for-21 from 3-point range.

Diamond Leung/San Jose Mercury News

LeBron James: I Hate Being This Inefficient
LeBron James had 25 points on 10-for-30 shooting along with eight turnovers.

Rick Telander/Chicago Sun-Times

Kyrie Irving Asked Teammates If They Wanted Him On Floor With Injury
Kyrie Irving continues to try to battle through a right foot strain in which he's hobbling and isn't as explosive as he usually is.

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Marreese Speights Out At Least One Week With Strained Right Calf
The Warriors said Sunday that Marreese Speights had an MRI exam that showed a moderate strain.


DeMarre Carroll Clarifies Comments Explaining Why He Was Out Of Game
DeMarre Carroll attributed his absence on the final play to physical discomfort.

Kevin Arnovitz/ESPN

Wittman: John Wall's Injury 'Headed In Right Direction'
John Wall still hasn't dribbled a basketball because the swelling in his left hand has not subsided.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Blatt Tried To Call Timeout; Have LeBron Take Ball Out On Final Play
David Blatt made two potentially disastrous coaching mistakes in the final seconds of the Cavaliers' 86-84 win in Game 4 at the Bulls.

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Kyrie Irving Downplays Strained Right Foot
Kyrie Irving downplayed the seriousness of his strained right foot and is confident he will rebound in Game 4.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

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