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Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia has practiced with the team over the last three days and appears to be on track to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. What It Means: The Warriors practiced on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and after taking Sunday off they should be back at it to start the week. Assuming Pachulia doesn't suffer any setbacks during these practices, expect him to be read ...

The Boston Celtics are "focused on landing an All-Star caliber talent in the frontcourt," according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE. What It Means: According to the report, the Celtics may try to go after the Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, the Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward or another target. The Celtics have some cap space along with a litany of draft picks, including the top ...

The Los Angeles Clippers are "widely regarded as strong favorites" to retain forward/center Blake Griffin (toe), according to ESPN's Marc Stein. What It Means: Point guard Chris Paul is being courted by other teams, and his status might also affect Griffin's decision to stay with the Clippers. Griffin's durability has fallen off with only 35 games played in 2015-16 and 61 ...

The San Antonio Spurs are "exploring the feasibility" of making a free-agent run at Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. What It Means: If the Spurs do make a run at CP3, it likely means they'll have a really tough time bringing back Jonathon Simmons and some of their other veterans. The Clippers are still expected to bring CP3 back, and ...

Golden State Warriors guard/forward Matt Barnes said that he does not plan on retiring at the end of the season. What It Means: This is Barnes' 14th season in the league. He has played for nine teams. "I think I’ve still got a little bit left in the tank," Barnes said. "Obviously, I’d like to come back here and finish up here, but I feel like I’ve got another year or two left i ...

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas reiterated his desire to stay in Boston, speaking with reporters on Friday. What It Means: "Boston's changed my career, changed my life. I would love to win championships here," said Thomas. General manager Danny Ainge and the Celtics have some tough decisions to make over the next year. Thomas has just one season left on his contract before ...

San Antonio Spurs forward/center David Lee (left knee) doesn't need surgery on his partially torn patellar tendon. What It Means: This is definitely the best news that Lee could have hoped for, because he is expected to miss only six weeks with the injury. Lee is entering a year where he can opt out and become a free agent and it appears he will be more likely to do that with the news that hi ...

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving racked up 24 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals in 32 minutes of action as the Cavs crushed the Boston Celtics 135-102 in Game 5 on Thursday, advancing them to the NBA Finals. What It Means: Irving was outstanding in the Eastern Conference Finals, averaging 25.8 points, 5.4 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game while shooting .622 from t ...

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James went off for 35 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals and 1 block on Thursday as the Cavs scored a 135-102 blowout win over the Boston Celtics, advancing to the NBA Finals. What It Means: This will make the seventh consecutive finals with a LeBron-led team representing the Eastern Conference -- tying LeBron (and teammate James Jones) for the sixth-longest ...

Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown (hip) is good to go for Game 5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. What It Means: Brown is dealing with a right hip pointer and is clearly not 100 percent. However, with the Celtics' season possibly ending on Thursday, Brown will give all that he has against Cleveland. Expect between 15 to 20 minutes for the rookie in Game 5. numberFire's mode ...

Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown (right hip pointer) is questionable for Game 5 on Thursday versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. What It Means: With Isaiah Thomas (hip) out for the remainder of the postseason, the Celtics need Brown to be healthy and productive, although his production has fallen off in the last two contests with the increased production. He logged 20 minutes in Game 4 and could see ...

Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder has said that he is "fine" after straining his left thigh on Tuesday as Boston dropped Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. What It Means: Crowder was able to return to the game after suffering the injury, and he ended up playing 40 minutes in Game 4. Don't look for him to be limited at all in a do-or-die Game 5 ...

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James bounced back from a shaky Game 3 with 34 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in Game 4 as the Cavs beat the Boston Celtics 112-99. What It Means: The way he has been producing in these playoffs, it was no surprise to see James bounce back after his first poor performance of the postseason. He is averaging 32.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.9 assist ...

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving exploded for a playoff career-high 42 points, adding 3 rebounds and 4 assists as the Cavs scored a 112-99 win over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. What It Means: That gives Cleveland a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals, putting them one game away from another Finals berth. Irving has been excellent in this series, averaging 26.3 points, 5.0 assis ...

The Boston Celtics are starting Kelly Olynyk in place of Amir Johnson in Game 4 of their series with the Cleveland Cavaliers. What It Means: After totaling just two points in Games 1 and 2, Olynyk found success with Isaiah Thomas sidelined, scoring 15 points in 23 minutes in Game 3. Expect the Celtics to lean on the big man to stretch the floor on Tuesday while seeing possibly his most extensive m ...

Boston Celtics forward/center Amir Johnson (right shoulder) will not suit up for Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, according to Michael Eaves of ESPN. What It Means: Johnson sprained his shoulder in the first quarter of Game 3, limiting him to just nine minutes played. Kelly Olynk could be moved into the starting lineup on Tuesday with Johnson out. Jonas Jerebko should see extra c ...

Boston Celtics forward/center Amir Johnson (shoulder) will be a game-time decision for Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. What It Means: Johnson suffered the injury in Game 3, though he was able to return to that game. He has also said that he is feeling better, and it looks like there's a pretty good chance he suits up on Tuesday. If he doesn't, look for Gerald Green to ...

San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili went 6-of-12 from the field on Monday, finishing with 15 points, 7 assists and 1 rebound as the Spurs fell 129-115 to the Golden State Warriors, eliminating them from playoff contention What It Means: This was the first playoff game Ginobili has started since 2013, and the 32 minutes he played marked a season-high. Ginobili turns 40 over the summer, a ...

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry went off for 36 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in 34 minutes of action as the Warriors cruised to a 129-115 win over the San Antonio Spurs, completing the series sweep and advancing to the NBA finals. What It Means: The Warriors' playoff run has been phenomenal, sweeping all three of their opponents so far for a perfect 12-0 record. Curry has ...

Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia (heel) will not play in Game 4 versus the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. What It Means: The Warriors are playing it safe with Pachulia as they lead 3-0 over the Spurs. The big man sat out Game 3 as well with JaVale McGee earning the starting nod but playing just 13 minutes. David West and Patrick McCaw stand to earn extra playing time on Monday as well. McG ...

San Antonio Spurs guard/forward Kawhi Leonard (ankle) will not play in Game 4 on Monday against the Golden State Warriors. What It Means: Leonard was never expected to play. The Spurs are down 3-0 in the series and face elimination tonight at home in San Antonio. Jonathon Simmons will be busy in the first unit while Kyle Anderson sees more run as well. numberFire's models project Simmons to t ...

Golden State Warriors guard/forward Andre Iguodala (knee) will suit up for Monday's game against the San Antonio Spurs. What It Means: Iguodala is dealing with left knee soreness, and after being limited to 19 minutes in Game 3, it would be a surprise if he played much more than that on Monday as the Warriors have a big 3-0 cushion over San Antonio. If he does end up seeing a full workload, n ...

Atlanta Hawks forward/center Paul Millsap has opted out of his contract for the 2017-2018 season, meaning he will be a free agent this off-season, per The Vertical's Shams Charania. What It Means: This doesn't necessarily mean Millsap is leaving Atlanta -- he said in April that he wants to be back with the Hawks, and he is likely to command a max contract, which is more than the $21.4 mi ...

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart played 41 minutes as a starter on Sunday, scoring a career-high 27 points to go with 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block as Boston took Game 3 111-108 over the Cleveland Cavaliers. What It Means: Smart was starting in place of Isaiah Thomas (hip), and it sounds like Thomas may be facing a lengthy absence, meaning Smart should continue to play a big role fo ...

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James was held to only 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting, adding 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 turnovers as the Cavs fell 111-108 to the Boston Celtics on Sunday. What It Means: LeBron has been phenomenal in the postseason, and even with the poor showing in Game 3, he's averaging 32.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.5 blocks per game in the 201 ...

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