NBA Player News
|5/27/2015||LeBron James, Cle, F|
|James wrapped up Cleveland's four-game sweep of Atlanta with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Analysis: James now heads to the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive year.
|5/27/2015||Al Horford, Atl, F-C|
|Horford scored only two points Tuesday as Atlanta was eliminated from the postseason.
Analysis: Horford wasn't the only member of the Hawks to disappoint, but his point total in Game 4 was a steep decline from his previous average of 15.3 this postseason.
|5/27/2015||J.R. Smith, Cle, G-F|
|Smith had 18 points and 10 rebounds Tuesday in Cleveland's Game 4 victory.
Analysis: It was the second consecutive double-double for Smith, who heads to the NBA Finals for the first time in his career.
|5/26/2015||James Harden, Hou, G-F|
|Harden was outstanding in Houston's Game 4 win on Monday.
Analysis: Harden scored 45 points with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks to keep the Rockets alive in the Western Conference Finals. It was a career-high postseason scoring total for Harden.
|5/26/2015||Draymond Green, GS, F|
|Green played well in a losing effort Monday.
Analysis: Green posted a double-double with 21 points and 15 rebounds in Golden State's Game 4 loss. He also tallied five blocks, despite the Warriors' lackluster defensive effort.
|5/25/2015||Stephen Curry, GS, G|
|Curry was able to walk to the locker room after a nasty spill where he flipped over in the air and his head crashed to the court in Golden State's Western Conference finals game against Houston on Monday night.
Analysis: Curry jumped in the air as Trevor Ariza was about to go up for a shot. Ariza saw him and stopped abruptly, causing Curry to be upended in midair when he crashed into Ariza's shoulder. His head hit the court and it propelled him up and back onto the floor where he remained for several minutes. Curry looked dazed as he was attended to before slowly getting up and walking off the court.
|5/24/2015||Stephen Curry, GS, G|
|Curry was scintillating and sensational Saturday night to help the Warriors take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
Analysis: Curry scored 40 points as he was unstoppable, making seven 3-pointers to break the NBA record for most 3s in the playoffs in a season with 64. The baby-faced MVP had 37 points after three quarters and finished with seven assists and five boards. Game 4 is Memorial Day at Toyota Center.
|5/24/2015||James Harden, Hou, G-F|
|Harden misfired early and often Saturday night.
Analysis: Harden finished with 17 points behind 10-of-11 free-throw shooting, but made just 3 of 16 shots as the Rockets dropped three straight for the first time all season. Their season is on the line in Game 4 is Memorial Day at Toyota Center.
|5/24/2015||Dwight Howard, Hou, F-C|
|Howard had a double-double Saturday night.
Analysis: Howard, who played despite a knee injury suffered in Game 1, had 14 points and 14 rebounds. Game 4 is Memorial Day at Toyota Center.
|5/24/2015||Al Horford, Atl, F-C|
|Horford was ejected in the second quarter of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals for throwing an elbow at Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova. It's the second time in this series Dellavedova has been involved in a loose-ball situation. While diving for a ball in Game 2, he accidentally injured Atlanta's Kyle Korver, knocking him out of the playoffs with a severely sprained ankle.
Analysis: Horford and Dellavedova got tangled on the floor while scrambling for a loose ball. As Dellavedvoa was rolling up on his right knee, Horford brought his right arm down hard to the side of the scrappy guard's head. The officials took several minutes looking at the play on a video monitor before assessing Horford with a Flagrant 2 foul and ejecting him. He had 14 points.
|5/23/2015||Terrence Ross, Tor, G-F|
|Ross has had ankle surgery to remove bone spurs. The team says he had surgery in California on Friday, and he'll undergo rehabilitation in Toronto.
Analysis: Ross has averaged 9.8 points in a career-best 82 games this season. He's shot .373 from 3-point range in his career. No timetable has been set for a return to basketball activities.
|5/23/2015||Kyle Korver, Atl, G-F|
|Korver is done for the NBA playoffs because of an ankle injury, dealing another blow to a team that already trails Cleveland 2-0 in the Eastern Conference final. The Hawks announced Saturday that Korver has a severe high right ankle sprain. A foot and ankle specialist will determine the best court of treatment, but he definitely won't play again in the postseason.
Analysis: Korver rolled his right ankle during a scramble for a loose ball late in the third quarter of Game 2 Friday night. He hobbled off the court, went straight to the locker room and didn't return. The 34-year-old Korver was selected for his first All-Star Game this season and became Atlanta's top 3-point threat. But he struggled to get open looks in the playoffs.
|5/22/2015||Kyrie Irving, Cle, G|
|Irving took part in the team's shootaround Sunday but sat out a second straight game in the Eastern Conference finals with an injured left knee.
Analysis: Irving wore a new brace on his knee for the second day in a row. He worked on his shooting and did some cutting at the team's facility. Irving also missed Game 2 in Atlanta on Friday, but the Cavs are 3-0 against the Hawks without him.
|5/22/2015||DeMarre Carroll, Atl, F|
|Carroll was a surprise starter in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. The Hawks waited until seeing Carroll test his sprained left knee before finalizing their starting lineup less than 30 minutes before the game.
Analysis: Carroll took part in shootaround Friday morning and was questionable against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Carroll was injured with about 5 minutes left in Cleveland's Game 1 victory.
|5/21/2015||LeBron James, Cle, F|
|James led Cleveland with 31 points in Wednesday's win.
Analysis: James added eight boards and six assists to move one step closer to a fifth consecutive NBA Finals appearance.
|5/21/2015||J.R. Smith, Cle, G-F|
|Smith exploded for 28 points as he drilled eight 3-pointers in Wednesday's win.
Analysis: Smith has been a huge addition for the Cavaliers since he was acquired in January as part of a three-team trade with New York and Oklahoma City. A player once known for his selfishness, he had learned to work with within the confines of a team led by the effervescent LeBron James.
|5/21/2015||Jeff Teague, Atl, PG|
|Teague scored 27 points Wednesday as the Hawks coughed up home-court advantage.
Analysis: Teague finished two points shy of his highest effort in a playoff game and will match wits with the LeBron James-led Cavs again in Friday night's critical Game 2 at "The Highlight Factory."
|5/20/2015||Stephen Curry, GS, G|
|Curry had 34 points, six rebounds and five assists in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Analysis: Curry won another duel with fellow MVP candidate James Harden, who was magnificent in defeat.
|5/20/2015||James Harden, Hou, G-F|
|Harden was magnificent in defeat Tuesday.
Analysis: Harden just missed a triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals as he showed why he's a force and one of the game's most exciting talents.
|5/20/2015||Stephen Curry, GS, G|
|Curry has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league's anti-flopping rules against the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Analysis: The league says the flop occurred after Curry's 3-pointer with 3:07 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Warriors' 110-106 victory on Tuesday night. Curry made the shot and fell to the court after getting bumped by defender Terrence Jones.
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