Al Horford ejected after Flagrant-2 in Game 3
Al Horford | ATL
(May 24, 2015 9:44 PM EDT)
Al Horford was ejected in the second quarter of Sunday's game after a Flagrant-2 foul when he dropped an elbow on Matthew Dellavedova's neck.
The play was reminiscent of Taj Gibson's highly-questionable Flagrant-2 vs. Dellavedova in the second round of the playoffs. Dellavedova appeared to intentionally undercut Horford to prevent a rebound as he fell to the ground, and Horford used his elbow when he subsequently fell atop Dellavedova. The play didn't warrant an ejection but it fits the league's definition for a Flagrant-2 and will be automatically reviewed for a potential fine or suspension. It's a devastating turn of events for Atlanta as they seek to avoid falling into an 0-3 hole in the Eastern Conference Finals. Mike Muscala will start the second half and Pero Antic will also be asked to play an expanded role with Horford temporarily out of commission.
Kyrie Irving (knee) will not play in Game 3
Kyrie Irving | CLE
(May 24, 2015 7:47 PM EDT)
Kyrie Irving (left knee tendinitis) will not play in Game 3 vs. the Hawks on Sunday.
Matthew Dellavedova will play heavy minutes as Irving's stand-in and LeBron James will have the ball in his hands even more often than usual. The Cavs have a 2-0 lead and if they win at home on Sunday it would be surprising to see Irving back in the lineup for Tuesday's Game 4, especially since his absence was mandated by Irving's doctors. Hopefully some rest will allow him to play at the level we're used to seeing.
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George Thomas on Twitter
Kyrie Irving (knee) a game-time decision Sun
Kyrie Irving | CLE
(May 24, 2015 6:48 PM EDT)
Kyrie Irving (knee) is currently being evaluated by Cleveland's medical staff, and he will be a game-time decision for Game 3 against the Hawks on Sunday.
Irving did go through an "intense" 50-minute pregame workout, but an earlier report indicated he's unlikely to play. We're not expecting official confirmation on Irving's status until right before the tip, but if he's forced to sit Matthew Dellavedova would draw the start, while LeBron James would see a usage rate in the high 30s.
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Sam Amico on Twitter
Mike Miller could get some run during Game 3
Mike Miller | CLE
(May 24, 2015 5:32 PM EDT)
Mike Miller had an extended workout after shootaround, which would suggest that he may be able to get into the rotation for Sunday's Game 3 in Cleveland.
Of the Cavs 12 playoff games thus far, Miller has only left the bench for three of them. He may step into a minimal role for Game 3, but he's extremely unlikely to show up in any meaningful way on the stat sheet. He's not a fantasy option.
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Jeff Zillgitt on Twitter
Report: Kyrie Irving (knee) doubtful for Sun
Kyrie Irving | CLE
(May 24, 2015 5:22 PM EDT)
Kyrie Irving (knee) got in an early workout prior to Sunday's Game 3 vs. the Hawks, but according to a source of Yahoo's Marc J. Spears, it would be surprising if he plays.
Irving reportedly looked good and was moving well during his workout, but with the Cavs up 2-0 in the series, it wouldn't be shocking to see him spend another game on the sidelines, especially with how well Matthew Dellavedova has played in his absence. Irving will likely be a game-time decision tonight, and if he can’t give it a go, LeBron James will be very busy on offense.
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Marc J. Spears on Twitter
Carroll embraces challenge of guarding LBJ
DeMarre Carroll | ATL
(May 24, 2015 4:19 PM EDT)
DeMarre Carroll (knee) said that he cherishes the opportunity to go toe-to-toe against LeBron James in the Eastern Conference Finals, and he has no intention of taking any days off to get his knee right.
"I've been getting a million calls and emails about me, why am I there, this might be the biggest contract of my life," said Carroll. "But at the end of the day this game isn't promised to you. So whenever you've got an opportunity to play basketball, a lot of people say it's bigger than money and it feels like that to me. I cherish this game and I want to be out there fighting, and if I have to fight on one leg, I'm gonna fight on one leg. I can't let this opportunity pass me by. Eastern Conference finals, playing against LeBron James. I don't care if I have to do it on one leg, I'll hobble out there." He'll be out there for Sunday's Game 3, and he may have some shots coming his way with Kyle Korver (ankle) done for the rest of the postseason.
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CBSsports.com
Stephen Curry does not fear taking any shots
Stephen Curry | GS
(May 24, 2015 4:04 PM EDT)
Stephen Curry described the importance of being fearless in his shot selection during a recent interview.
"It’s important [to be fearless taking your shots] because you don’t know exactly where you’re going to get your shots from, especially in our offense," said Curry. "Every possession is kind of balanced, so we try to move it around. You’ve got to be ready when you have an open shot and just have the ultimate confidence." The Rockets didn't give Steph much to fear at all during Saturday's Game 3 beat down, as over half his shot attempts were open looks. The Rockets will need to put forth a better overall effort during Game 4 on Monday if they hope to push the series back to Oakland.
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Mercury News
Rumor: Finals could move up if CLE-GSW sweep
Adam Silver | CLG
(May 24, 2015 3:37 PM EDT)
There is a rumor out there that if both the Warriors and Cavs sweep their Conference Finals series, the Finals may be moved up to June 2.
If both the Warriors and Cavaliers sweep, NBA fans would be without basketball for nine days based on the current scheduling. It needs to be noted that on the official NBA website, it explicitly states the Finals will not be moved up, but as Kevin Garnett would bellow from the depths of his lungs, anything is possible.
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Tim Kawakami on Twitter
Beverley (wrist) gets shots up at practice
Patrick Beverley | HOU
(May 24, 2015 3:31 PM EDT)
Patrick Beverley (wrist) was spotted shooting around wearing a cast during Sunday's practice.
To be clear, there still have not been any indications that Beverley will be able to play during the Western Conference Finals. He is going to be a restricted free agent when the offseason hits, and his value would likely dip if he re-injured his wrist attempting to play at the 8-week mark of a 10-week timetable. The Rockets are just going to have to make do without their best perimeter defender, which hasn't really worked out too well up to this point.
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Diamond Leung on Twitter
Andrew Bogut praises Festuz Ezeli's effort
Festus Ezeli | GS
(May 24, 2015 3:22 PM EDT)
Andrew Bogut praised Festuz Ezeli's effort after Saturday's Game 3 win over the Rockets.
"[Ezeli] was huge for us. He's been playing great all series in my opinion," Bogut said. "He has stayed professional and when he gets limited minutes he stays ready. He got some extended minute [Saturday] and did a hell of a job for us. That's what we're going to need." Ezeli stepped up on Saturday night when Bogut got into foul trouble, playing some excellent defense against Dwight Howard while scoring 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with six boards and a block. The Warriors need his size to battle with big D12, and so far, he's gotten the job done.
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Mercury News

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