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Hassan Whiteside (right knee strain) will return to Tuesday's Game 1 vs. the Raptors.

He was only in the locker room for a few moments before quickly returning to the bench. He gave his teammates a thumbs up and appears to be OK, but we'll be sure to have an update after the game. The Heat just dodged a bullet considering how bad the fall looked.
May 3 - 8:29 PM

Hassan Whiteside (knee) left Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors and went to the locker room.

He fell awkwardly on his right leg and his knee got caught underneath his body, but he quickly returned to the Miami bench. There should be an update soon.
May 3 - 8:23 PM

Patrick Patterson will come off the bench on Tuesday vs. the Heat.

The move makes sense because the Heat play a lot of small ball with Luol Deng at the four. Patterson should still be the first big off the bench, but his minutes will likely take a small hit in this series. Luis Scola may not play at all.
May 3 - 7:24 PM

Norman Powell will move into the starting lineup for Game 1 vs. the Heat on Tuesday, sending Patrick Patterson to the bench.

The Heat utilize a small-ball lineup with Luol Deng at the four, so the Raptors will slide DeMarre Carroll over to power forward. Powell only averaged 18.0 minutes per game in round one vs. the Pacers, but he should see a lot more minutes in this series and he's definitely earned them too. Patterson should still be the first big off the bench.
May 3 - 7:23 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns said that he will work to improve all aspects of his game this offseason.

"I've always been a big philosopher of in the offseason you work on every single facet of your game," said Towns. "Don't pinpoint something. Because you limit yourself if you specialize in something, and I'm not a specialist in anything. I'm a person and a player who bases off of versatility, trying to do every single thing really well." KAT was a first-round stud during his rookie campaign, and he figures to take another leap next year under Tom Thibodeau. He'll likely cost you a top-7 pick on draft day.
May 3 - 6:42 PM

Warriors' GM Bob Myers said that Stephen Curry (knee) could return for Saturday's Game 3 or Monday's Game 4.

"I know everybody wants to know is it going to be Saturday, is it going to be Monday?" said Meyers of Curry's timetable. "It's in that range, but it's hard to say. But those games [3 and 4] are so close together... He's got to play a little bit of 3-on-3 or 5-on-5. He hasn't done any of that stuff yet." Steve Kerr is hopeful that Curry can go through a full scrimmage on Thursday, and if he can get through that scrimmage, it sounds like he has a decent chance of suiting up for Game 3. Stay tuned.
May 3 - 6:24 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

Chris Bosh (blood clots) will be in attendance for Tuesday's Game 1 against the Raptors, although he remains "out indefinitely."

Bosh caught a flight up to Toronto with Heat owner Micky Arison on Tuesday, but he did not go through shootaround, and it remains unlikely that he'll be able to return at any point during Miami's playoff run. He still has not practiced with the team in any capacity since hitting the sidelines back in February.
May 3 - 6:10 PM

Ian Mahinmi said that he would like to re-sign with the Pacers as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"I’m hoping to stay here," Mahinmi said. "It’s a very good system. It’s a very good organization." Mahinmi had a career-year as the Pacers' starting center, compiling averages of 9.3 points, 7.1 boards and 1.1 blocks per contest. It'll be interesting to see what kind of deal he can earn on the open market, but if the Pacers are unable to retain him, that would open up a ton of opportunity for Myles Turner.
May 3 - 6:02 PM
Chris Bosh - F/C - Heat

The NBPA has released a statement on Chris Bosh (blood clots), saying that their top priority is Bosh's health and well being.

"Our top priority is Chris' health and well being," read the statement. "We have spoken with Chris and his agent, and have reached out to the Miami Heat. We are hopeful that all parties involved can meet as soon as possible to resolve the situation." Bosh is trying to force his way back onto the basketball court, and has reportedly found a doctor outside of Miami's medical staff that may clear him. However, Miami will have the final call in this situation and given that a reoccurrence of the blood clot issue could have "catastrophic" consequences, it would be surprising to see Bosh back on the court this postseason.
May 3 - 5:41 PM

Steve Kerr said that he's hopeful Stephen Curry (knee) will be able to scrimmage with the team during Thursday's practice.

"Thursday, we will definitely get up and down and hopefully he'll be able to take part, but we don't know yet," Kerr said. "I don't know how it'll play out here. It's not like if we're 2-2 or something we're not going to bring him back. We can't let the series score determine whether we bring him back, it's really based on his health and his rhythm." Curry is set to spend Tuesday's Game 2 on the sidelines, but the Dubs are holding out hope that he can return for Saturday's Game 3. Kerr also added that Curry's minutes will likely be limited upon his return, but he wouldn't put an exact figure on the potential minutes cap.
Source: NBA.com
May 3 - 5:27 PM

Tyronn Lue said that he'll make shutting down Kyle Korver a priority for the Cavs during their second-round series with the Hawks.

"When we take [Korver] out of the game, they have a tough time scoring," Lue said. "We know in the last series [against the Celtics], they were a plus-78 when he was on the floor and a minus-24 when he was off the floor. He’s a big part of what they do and we have to lock into him and try to take him out of the series." The Cavs made Korver a non-factor during Game 1, holding him to just one shot attempt, so the Hawks will need to do a better job of trying to get him involved during Wednesday's Game 2.
May 3 - 4:39 PM

Tyler Johnson said that his conditioning still isn't quite where it needs to be.

"It's obviously not where I would want it to be," Johnson said of his conditioning, "but I don't think it's too far behind. I don't think it's anything that I can't get back." It's not surprising at all that Johnson still needs to work on his conditioning as he just returned from a three-month absence. He'll likely be used sparingly during Miami's second-round series against Toronto, and with Josh Richardson healthy, Johnson can't be considered a viable target in most settings.
May 3 - 4:04 PM

Damian Lillard (chest cold) said after Tuesday morning's shootaround that he's feeling "a little better."

Lillard acknowledged after Game 1 that he's been dealing with a bit of a chest cold, but there's no way a minor illness will force Lillard to the sidelines for Tuesday's Game 2. Lillard went just 8-of-26 from the field during Game 1, so he'll need to have a much more efficient outing on Tuesday night if the Blazers hope to secure a Game 2 upset over the Dubs.
Source: CSN NW
May 3 - 3:18 PM

Anderson Varejao has been assessed a Flagrant Foul 1 for tripping Gerald Henderson during Game 1.

On the flagrant foul points scale, a Flagrant 1 is one point and a Flagrant 2 is two points. During the postseason, a player must accumulate four points in order to receive a one-game suspension. While Varejao did say that the play was completely unintentional, he acknowledged after looking at the tape that it looked bad and he understood why Henderson responded in the way he did.
May 3 - 3:02 PM

Hassan Whiteside said that his bruised right thigh is at about 85 percent, but he has no intention of missing any time with the injury.

"It's not 100 percent, but I'm going to keep playing," said Whiteside. The thigh injury didn't appear to limit him much during Sunday's blowout win over the Hornets, and he should be receiving a full compliment of minutes for Tuesday's Game 1 against the Raptors. He's one of the better centers to target in DFS.
May 3 - 2:20 PM



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