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Paul Millsap called Game 3 a must-win game for the Hawks.

Millsap could have gone on to call Games 4 and 5 must-win games as well, but it's obvious that the Hawks are going to go down swinging against the Pacers. For his part, Millsap scored 19 points to go along with four rebounds, a steal, and a block in Tuesday's Game 2 loss and may need to step up his game if he's going to carry his team to a Round 1 upset over the top-seeded Pacers.
Apr 24 - 12:31 PM

Josh McRoberts denied any malicious intent on a hard foul against LeBron James during Wednesday's Game 2 loss.

The Heat were upset with the lack of a flagrant foul call on the play, but McBob denied any intent on the play. "Just kind of got caught up in the air there," he said. "Came for the rotation. I'd have to see it. But I think, for me, in real time, he was coming pretty fast down the lane, he's a big, strong guy. I was just trying to stop him from, first, getting the shot up. But then I think I just kind of got caught up in the air. It probably looked worse than what it was. They didn't call it. So, no. It wasn't intentional, so, no." The league hasn't come out with a statement on the play yet, but there is a good possibility that McRoberts faces a retroactive flagrant foul or even a suspension.
Apr 24 - 11:53 AM

Pacers' GM Kevin Pritchard tweeted that Larry Bird's sources say that Frank Vogel's job is safe.

This tweet comes as a tongue-in-cheek reply to reports that Vogel may be "coaching for his job" in the first round of the playoffs. The Pacers head to Atlanta tied 1-1 with Game 3 looming on Saturday. Vogel may very well be coaching for his job, but it's obvious that Bird and Pritchard want to grab control of this situation before the media runs wild with it. Well played, Mr. Pritchard.
Apr 24 - 11:38 AM

Shaun Livingston (illness) missed Thursday's practice.

Livingston started and scored 12 points in 27 minutes of action during Tuesday's Game 2 loss, but could be in danger of missing Friday's Game 3 if his illness persists. We'll update his status after shootaround on Friday, but Marcus Thornton and Alan Anderson would be in line to pick up some minutes if Livingston is unable to suit up.
Apr 24 - 11:34 AM

Mike Conley has won the NBA's Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship.

Conley received 77 first-place votes out of a possible 334 and finished just ahead of Jeff Green and Channing Frye. The award is voted on by the players and is given to the player who reflects the ideals of sportsmanship, including ethical behavior, fair play and integrity. Despite the fact that he's locked into a playoff battle with the Thunder right now, this award comes as a nice personal reward for Conley as it was voted on by his peers.
Source: ESPN
Apr 24 - 11:22 AM

Jose Calderon scored all 12 of his points in the third quarter of Wednesday's Game 2 win over San Antonio.

Calderon played 28 minutes Wednesday night after seeing only 16 during the Mavericks' Game 1 loss. "Listen, Calderon has been great for us all year," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "We need him. ... He’s played in a lot of big games. He knows what this is all about. My message to him has been, ‘Hey, you stay aggressive and keep doing what you do. That’s what we need you to do.’" Devin Harris had another strong game with 18 points in 24 minutes, but Calderon may have held onto his starting spot for Game 3 with his performance Wednesday night.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 24 - 10:59 AM

Jose Calderon scored all 12 of his points in the third quarter of Wednesday's Game 2 win over San Antonio.

Calderon played 28 minutes Wednesday night after seeing only 16 during the Mavericks' Game 1 loss. "Listen, Calderon has been great for us all year," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "We need him. ... He’s played in a lot of big games. He knows what this is all about. My message to him has been, ‘Hey, you stay aggressive and keep doing what you do. That’s what we need you to do.’" Devin Harris had another strong game with 18 points in 24 minutes, but Calderon may have held onto his starting spot for Game 3 with his performance Wednesday night.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 24 - 10:59 AM

Mavericks' coach Rick Carlisle was pleased with DeJuan Blair's play Wednesday night.

Blair provided an energy boost with eight points and eight boards in fifteen minutes during Dallas' Game 2 victory Wednesday night and Rick Carlisle was a big fan of his play, ""He had a physical impact," Carlisle said. "He gave us a huge lift. He was on the boards, he got deflections. The only way we win a series against a team like this is to have guys play at full capacity, and he did that." Blair's playing time is certain to fluctuate going forward as the Mavs try to work in Brandan Wright and Samuel Dalembert, but he should serve as a good energy player against his former team for the rest of the series.
Apr 24 - 10:34 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge is happier than ever with his Trail Blazers team.

Happy might be the understatement of the century following Aldridge's second 40-plus point performance in two games. "This is the first time I felt where 1 through 15 on the roster is happy for me. And this is the first time where 1 through 15 knows when I’m going, they want to ride that wave," Aldridge said. "This team believes in me to every extent. From the first guy to the last guy, they support me 100 percent. When I’m going good, there’s not one guy who won’t give me the ball.’’ Aldridge's two huge games have the Blazers up 2-0 headed back to Portland and there is no reason to think that LA isn't correct when he says that his team will keep giving him the ball.
Apr 24 - 10:14 AM
Pau Gasol - F/C - Lakers

Pau Gasol says his return to the Lakers hinges on significant changes.

"Re-signing for the Lakers is a possibility, but I’m not sure whether to say it’s a remote one," Gasol wrote on his site. "If there’s anything or anyone who could make me stay it’s Kobe Bryant. I’d stay for him, but there’d have to be significant changes." Continuing like a man intent on leaving Los Angeles, Gasol also addressed his feelings on Lakers' coach Mike D'Antoni, "I’ve never concealed the fact that D’Antoni’s style doesn’t suit my game. Everybody knows this. I don’t know if my decision will be swayed by whether Mike stays or leaves. Obviously, the coach is a very important factor for any team." The Lakers have money to spend, but it's starting to sound like it won't be spent on Gasol.
Apr 24 - 9:48 AM

Knicks president is ready to move forward if Carmelo Anthony leaves as a free agent this summer.

When asked if it would be a "disaster" if Melo leaves this summer, Jackson didn't sound like he was ready to hit the panic button, "I’m all about moving forward. Just deal with what is and move forward. If it’s in the cards, man, are we fortunate. If it’s not in the cards, man, are we fortunate. We’re going forward anyway." The Knicks can offer Anthony approximately $33 million more than any other team in free agency, but Jackson has also said he expects Melo to stick to his word about taking a pay cut to stay in New York so it will be interesting to see how this situation unfolds.
Apr 24 - 9:11 AM

Shawn Marion shot 8-of-10 from the field for 20 points vs. the Spurs on Wednesday to go with five boards, two assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

He was outstanding after getting limiting run in Game 1. The Mavericks were able to play a faster tempo which has been Marion's bread and butter since his days with the Suns. He is 35 years, but still has a few good years left in the tank.
Apr 24 - 1:46 AM

Josh McRoberts, who had eight points, one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Heat, also appeared to get away with a flagrant foul against LeBron James.

A flagrant wasn't called during the game, but he clearly led with his elbow to James' face on the play. A suspension could be coming, or he could just be assessed with a retro-flagrant foul. Either way, the Bobcats are down 0-2 to the Heat and it's not looking good for them bouncing back against the champs, even though the next two games are in Charlotte.
Apr 24 - 1:16 AM

Al Jefferson (18 points, 13 rebounds), who aggravated his plantar fasciitis injury on Wednesday, could be forced to sit out the rest of Charlotte's series against the Heat, according to Charles Barkley.

Barkley's theory is that the Bobcats aren't going to beat the Heat after digging an 0-2 hole, and the team needs to start preparing for next season and get Jefferson healthy. Shaquille O'Neal said he would play through the injury because he's 'old school,' but resting Jefferson is probably the best plan of action at this point. Consider Jefferson, who was noticeably laboring tonight, a game-time call for Game 3, and don't be surprised whether he plays or sits. This one could go either way.
Apr 24 - 1:12 AM

James Harden hit just 6-of-19 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Blazers.

Chandler Parsons also struggled, hitting just 5-of-15 shots for 15 points and seven rebounds. Dwight Howard was great in the first half and Houston was in this one until the end, but the poor shooting in the second half by all three players was too much for the Rockets to overcome. Harden is the only player in these playoffs to attempt at least 19 shots in each game, and shoot less than 33 percent, which is a big reason the Rockets find themselves heading to Portland down two games to none.
Apr 24 - 1:09 AM



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