Paul Millsap will not need shoulder surgery
Paul Millsap | ATL
(May 28, 2015 3:38 PM EDT)
Paul Millsap said that he will require shoulder surgery this offseason, just rest.
Millsap is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and he's sure to have no shortage of suitors. He's put together a strong two years in Atlanta, and he finished the 2014-15 season with averages of 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.1 three-pointers per game on 47.6 percent shooting from the field. Regardless of what uniform he's wearing next season, he's a safe bet to put up early-round value for his across-the-board contributions to the stat sheet.
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Klay Thompson feeling better on Thursday
Klay Thompson | GS
(May 28, 2015 1:57 PM EDT)
Klay Thompson (concussion) is feeling OK after experiencing concussion-like symptoms on Wednesday night, according to his father Mychal Thompaon.
Thompson will have a week to recover and make it through the concussion protocol, but it's good news to hear that he's feeling better. "He threw up a lot late last night but he felt much better afterwards," said Mychal Thompson. "He was a little woozy after the game but very cognizant of what was going on around him. He's OK. He's doing much better after a good night's sleep." We'll keep a close eye on Thompson's status leading up to the June 4 start of the NBA Finals, but it sounds like the Warriors will have their sharpshooter available for Game 1.
Tom Thibodeau out as Bulls head coach
Tom Thibodeau | CHI
(May 28, 2015 12:24 PM EDT)
Tom Thibodeau has been informed by the Bulls that he will not be retained as the team's head coach.
This isn't Earth-shattering news as Thibodeau has been rumored to be on his way out for quite some time now. "I appreciate the contributions that Tom Thibodeau made to the Bulls organization," Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a team statement. "I have always respected his love of the game and wish him well in the future." Thibodeau will now jump to the front of the line as the most sought after free agent head coach, so we'll his status updated as things could move very quickly.
Kevin Love reportedly considering FA options
Kevin Love | CLE
(May 28, 2015 11:09 AM EDT)
Kevin Love is reportedly considering his options in potential free agency this summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
While the first domino to fall would be Love opting out of his current contract with the Cavaliers, the 26-year-old is reportedly considering the Celtics, Lakers, and Rockets as potential free agency destinations. "I think he’s going to look around," Wojnarowski said. "I think he’s going to look closely at Boston. I think he’ll look at LA. I’m sure the Texas teams are going to try and get involved." We'll keep Love's status updated as soon as more information becomes available as it looks like the NBA is in for another Summer of Love.
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Marc Gasol hasn't thought about a new team
Marc Gasol | MEM
(May 28, 2015 10:37 AM EDT)
Marc Gasol said he hasn't thought about changing teams this summer.
While Gasol will be one of the top free agent targets this offseason, he said he hasn't given any thought to joining a new team. "I have not considered changing equipment," Gasol said. "Everyone knows the relationship of Memphis with the whole family. It is special and has marked us. You have to put everything in balance. The decision is good because I do good." While Gasol also added that the Grizzlies need to make improvements, all signs are currently pointing to the 30-year-old staying in Memphis.
Harrison Barnes burns Rockets, scores 24
Harrison Barnes | GS
(May 28, 2015 12:29 AM EDT)
Harrison Barnes was superb against the Rockets to help the Warriors advance to the NBA Finals on Wednesday, scoring 24 points with seven rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers.
It was Playoff Barnes after he struggled in the previous two games. The Warriors used him more at the power forward spot tonight, which is something that should continue in the NBA Finals. Plus, he attacked the basket at will tonight and did a very nice job on James Harden. If the Warriors get this Barnes vs. the Cavs, Dub Nation has to like its chances.
Stephen Curry sheds elbow sleeve, scores 26
Stephen Curry | GS
(May 28, 2015 12:27 AM EDT)
Stephen Curry scored 26 points with eight rebounds, six assists, five steals, three turnovers and three 3-pointers on 7-of-21 from the field against the Rockets in a series-clinching win on Wednesday.
He ditched his elbow sleeve in the third quarter after messing with it throughout the game. Curry had plenty of clean looks and the Warriors gave him a slew of off-ball screens to get him loose. He is going to have a week to recover before Game 1 in Oakland on June 4. In two games against the Cavs this season, Curry averaged 20.5 points, 8.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.0 treys. It'll be a treat watching him face off against Kyrie Irving.
Feats of Strength: Festus Ezeli scores 12
Festus Ezeli | GS
(May 28, 2015 12:16 AM EDT)
Festus Ezeli scored a playoff career-high 12 points against the Rockets on Wednesday, adding nine rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 28 minutes.
Andrew Bogut was in foul trouble and the Warriors were lucky to get a massive game out of their backup center. Ezeli was only playing 7.5 minutes per game in these playoffs before this win and he's likely earned some extra playing time in the NBA Finals. Considering how much LeBron James likes to get into the paint, the Warriors are likely going to have some fouling issues. Of course, don't expect Festus to play this much.
James Harden has 13 turnovers in loss to GSW
James Harden | HOU
(May 28, 2015 12:04 AM EDT)
James Harden turned the ball over an NBA Playoffs record 13 times during a 104-90 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday, adding 14 points with six rebounds, five assists, three steals and no 3-pointers.
To make matters worse, he was just 2-of-11 from the field in what may have been his worst game of his season. Although, Houston's worst stretch tonight was with Harden on the bench. They just went up against a better team and Harden's Rockets should be able to make another playoff run next year. He'll be a top-three pick in fantasy leagues next season, as well.
Dwight Howard picks up 7th tech of playoffs
Dwight Howard | HOU
(May 27, 2015 10:06 PM EDT)
Dwight Howard picked up his seventh technical foul of the postseason on Wednesday.
If this technical is not rescinded, he would be suspended for Game 6 in Houston. Of course, the Rockets would have to win tonight's game for this to be relevant.