NBA Player News
|5/18/2015||John Wall, Was, PG|
|Wall says he does not need surgery for the fractures in his left hand and wrist that kept him out of three playoff games.
Analysis: Wall says Monday that he will head to Cleveland this week or next to see a specialist about the injury and find out what he needs to do to heal properly. He was hurt during Game 1 of Washington's second-round series against the Atlanta Hawks and sat out Games 2, 3, 4, then returned for Games 5 and 6. The Hawks took the final three games of the series to win it 4-2.
|5/15/2015||James Harden, Hou, G-F|
|Harden scored 23 points in Thursday's win.
Analysis: Harden wasn't on the floor for just about all of the Rockets' astounding 40-15 fourth quarter that forced Game 7 in this rip-roaring, thrill-a-minute series.
|5/15/2015||Chris Paul, LAC, PG|
|Paul finished with 31 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds Thursday.
Analysis: Paul and the Clippers have been pushed to a Game 7 for the second straight series.
|5/15/2015||Blake Griffin, LAC, F-C|
|Griffin finished with 28 points and eight boards Thursday.
Analysis: Griffin and the Clippers have been pushed to a Game 7 for the second straight series.
|5/15/2015||Tony Allen, Mem, G-F|
|Allen says he's definitely playing Game 6 against the Golden State Warriors with Memphis needing a win to avoid elimination trailing their Western Conference semifinal 3-2.
Analysis: The guard missed the final nine games of the season with a strained left hamstring before returning for the postseason. He has 24 steals in nine playoff games before sitting out Wednesday night's 98-78 loss to Golden State. Memphis coach Dave Joerger says they rested Allen in Game 5 to give the guard three days of rehabilitation but says Allen's injury is 'pretty severe' and won't heal until the season ends.
|5/15/2015||Tony Allen, Mem, G-F|
|Allen started Game 6 on Friday night and managed to play all of 5 minutes before his injured left hamstring sent him to the bench against the Golden State Warriors.
Analysis: Allen said after Friday morning's shootaround that he was at about 60 percent. But he tried to play with Memphis facing elimination. He hit one of three shots before going to the bench. He was limping noticeably when he came out for the second half and stayed on the bench. He missed the final nine games of the season with a strained left hamstring before returning for the postseason. He has 24 steals in nine playoff games before sitting out Wednesday night's 98-78 loss
|5/14/2015||Bradley Beal, Was, SG|
|Beal scored 23 on Wednesday.
Analysis: Beal will be playing to keep his season alive Friday at home.
|5/14/2015||Paul Pierce, Was, F|
|Pierce, nicknamed 'The Truth,' was spreading some falsehoods Wednesday.
Analysis: Pierce scored 11 points, though he hit a clutch 3-pointer to put Washington ahead late and yelled "Series!" to the crowd. Alas, his Wizards lost the game. Game 6 is Friday night in Washington.
|5/14/2015||Al Horford, Atl, F-C|
|Horford had 23 points and 11 rebounds Wednesday.
Analysis: Horford notched his seventh double-double of the playoffs. Game 6 is Friday night in Washington.
|5/14/2015||Stephen Curry, GS, G|
|Curry turned in an MVP-worthy performance Wednesday.
Analysis: Curry made six 3-pointers for all of his 18 points and added seven boards, six steals and five assists as well as some intense, in-your-face defense. Game 6 is Friday in Memphis.
|5/14/2015||Klay Thompson, GS, G-F|
|Thompson scored a team-high 21 points Wednesday.
Analysis: Thompson turned in his highest point total of this series. Game 6 is Friday in Memphis.
|5/14/2015||Marc Gasol, Mem, C|
|Gasol showcased his mad skills Wednesday.
Analysis: Gasol had 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Game 6 is Friday in Memphis.
|5/14/2015||Kyrie Irving, Cle, G|
|Irving was not on the court to start the second half of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Chicago Bulls, and ESPN reported he is doubtful to return.
Analysis: Irving, playing on two injured legs, crumbled to the court grimacing in pain after he came down on teammate Tristan Thompson's foot with 9:47 left in the first half. He limped to the sideline and then to the locker room. Losing Irving is a big blow for Cleveland as it tries to close out this series and avoid a decisive Game 7 at home on Sunday.
|5/14/2015||LeBron James, Cle, F|
|James struggled to score 15 points Thursday, though he nearly had a triple-double with nine boards and 11 assists.
Analysis: 'The King' made 7 of 23 shots and was outscored by the unheralded Matthew Dellavedova in an astounding development. Still, James and the Cavs are moving onto the conference finals to face Atlanta or Washington.
|5/14/2015||Matthew Dellavedova, Cle, G|
|Dellavedova scored 19 points in an astounding performance Thursday.
Analysis: Dellavedova was the Cavs' leading scorer and will be able to tell his grandchildren one day that he carried a LeBron James-led team to victory on a night when 'The King' struggled. Cleveland took the series in six games.
|5/14/2015||Tristan Thompson, Cle, F-C|
|Thompson turned in a strong performance Thursday.
Analysis: Thompson patrolled the paint by amassing 13 points and 17 rebounds as the Canadian helped the Cavs eliminate the cold-shooting Bulls in six games.
|5/14/2015||Jimmy Butler, Chi, G-F|
|Butler's strong season ended Thursday.
Analysis: Butler scored 20 points as the Bulls were blown out on their home floor to see a once-promising season come to a crashing and humiliating end.
|5/14/2015||Derrick Rose, Chi, PG|
|Rose and the Bulls saw their season end Thursday.
Analysis: Rose finished with 14 points and six assists in a beating at the hands of the Cavs as Chicago lost the series in six games.
|5/13/2015||James Harden, Hou, G-F|
|Harden notched his first career postseason triple-double Tuesday.
Analysis: Harden had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to send this series to Game 6 on Thursday night at Staples Center.
|5/13/2015||Dwight Howard, Hou, F-C|
|Howard was solid down low Tuesday.
Analysis: Howard had 20 points and 15 rebounds to send this series to Game 6 on Thursday night at Staples Center.
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