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|4/23/2014||Al Jefferson, F-C||Jefferson says he plans to play in Game 2 on Wednesday night. He says he has been getting some treatment, but has largely been relying on rest in an effort to get ready.
Analysis: He was still in his walking boot when the Charlotte Bobcats arrived for their shootaround hours before facing the Miami Heat in Game 2 of an Eastern Conference first-round series. Bobcats coach Steve Clifford says the team was planning to have Jefferson participate in at least some of Wednesday morning's shootaround, but not in anything involving contact. Jefferson was diagnosed with a plantar fascia strain in his left foot Sunday, when the Bobcats lost Game 1.
|4/22/2014||LeBron James, F||James grabbed a basketball off a rack as he left the practice court Tuesday, then turned and took a 40-footer without so much as jumping. Swish.
Analysis: James and the Heat aren't worried about much right now even though he was held to a playoff career-low one assist in Game 1 against Charlotte. James is seven minutes shy of becoming the 22nd player with 6,000 in a playoff career. Game 2 is Wednesday in South Beach.
|4/22/2014||Terrence Jones, F||Jones has agreed to pay $10,000 to a charitable organization that benefits the homeless in exchange for having a misdemeanor harassment charge dismissed.
Analysis: The 6-foot-9 Jones was arrested outside a Portland, Ore., nightclub last summer after a police sergeant saw him walk by a doorway where two homeless men were sleeping and yell ''Wake Up!'' before stomping on one man's leg. The Rockets selected Jones in the 2012 draft, and he averaged 12 points this season.
|4/21/2014||Al Jefferson, F-C||Bobcats coach Steve Clifford says Al Jefferson's left foot remains in a walking boot and the team's star center is "day-to-day" for Wednesday night's playoff game against the Miami Heat. Jefferson received treatment Monday and didn't participate in a light workout.
Analysis: Clifford says "he has a lot of soreness and he's in a walking boot to help with his recovery." Jefferson, Charlotte's leading scorer, strained the plantar fascia in his left foot in the first quarter of Sunday's 99-88 Game 1 loss to the Heat. He returned and finished the game with 18 points and 10 rebounds but played with a noticeable limp. Clifford says the medical staff informed him that Jefferson can't injure the foot anymore if he plays.
|4/21/2014||Joakim Noah, F-C||The NBA announced Monday afternoon that Noah is the Defensive Player of the Year. He joins Michael Jordan in 1988 as the only Chicago Bulls players to win the award.
Analysis: The recognition comes after Noah helped Chicago win 48 games and capture homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs despite losing Derrick Rose to a season-ending knee injury and trading away Luol Deng. Noah got 555 out of a possible 1,125 points, including 100 out of a possible 125 first-place votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. He averaged career highs of 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists this season.
|4/21/2014||Patrick Beverley, G||Beverley has been cleared to play in Game 2 on Wednesday night after injuring his right knee in the opening game of the first-round playoff series against Portland. The Houston point guard was hurt when LaMarcus Aldridge knocked him down setting a pick with about a minute left in the Trail Blazers' 122-120 overtime win on Sunday night. He missed eight games late in the season because of a torn meniscus in the same knee.
Analysis: Beverley says he felt pain in the same area where he was injured before when he was knocked down on Sunday night. He didn't feel any pain on Monday morning and says he'll be ready to play on Wednesday. He had nine points and six rebounds in Game 1.
|4/21/2014||Dwight Howard, F-C||The NBA says the call that resulted in Houston's Dwight Howard fouling out Sunday was incorrect. Instead, the All-Star center should have received two free throws that could have given the Rockets the lead.
Analysis: Howard was called for his sixth foul with 10.8 seconds left in overtime while trying to get the rebound of James Harden's missed 3-pointer. Portland's Joel Freeland made one free throw, the final point in the Trail Blazers' 122-120 victory. But replays showed Freeland with an arm around Howard's back holding him. NBA president of operations Rod Thorn says in a statement Monday the foul should have been on Freeland.
|4/18/2014||Jermaine O'Neal, C||Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson says O'Neal will start in place of injured center Andrew Bogut for Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
Analysis: Jackson said Friday that he wants O'Neal to start because it's easier for the 35-year-old veteran to stay loose. He also says O'Neal provides a similar skill set to Bogut, who is out indefinitely with a fractured right rib. O'Neal averaged 7.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 44 games this season, his 18th in the NBA. He sat out 25 games following surgery on his right wrist in December and also missed time with injuries to his right foot, groin and both knees.
|4/18/2014||Andrew Bogut, C||Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson says Jermaine O'Neal will start in place of Bogut for Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
Analysis: Jackson said Friday that he wants O'Neal to start because it's easier for the 35-year-old veteran to stay loose. He also says O'Neal provides a similar skill set to Bogut, who is out indefinitely with a fractured right rib.
|4/18/2014||Nick Calathes, G||Calathes has been suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy.
Analysis: The league said Friday night in a release that Calathes tested positive for tamoxifen. The suspension begins Saturday night when the Grizzlies take on Oklahoma City in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Calathes, a 25-year-old rookie reserve, averaged 4.9 points and 2.9 assists in 71 games this season.
|4/17/2014||Tyler Zeller, F-C||Tyler Zeller scored 22 points with 11 rebounds, helping Cleveland to a 114-85 over a depleted Brooklyn team on Wednesday night.
Analysis: Zeller was 9 of 11 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free throw line in the victory.
|4/17/2014||Ben McLemore, SG||McLemore closed out his rookie season by scoring a career-high 31 points in Wednesday's 104-99 loss to Phoenix.
Analysis: The first-round pick finished the year scoring in double figures in each of his last five games.
|4/17/2014||Jordan Crawford, G||Crawford scored 41 points, helping Golden State to a 116-112 victory over Denver in the final regular season game of the year.
Analysis: Crawford was 16 of 28 from the field in the victory.
|4/16/2014||Tim Hardaway Jr., SG||Hardaway came off the bench and scored a team-high 16 points, leading New York to a 109-98 victory over Brooklyn on Tuesday night.
Analysis: The rookie, who is shooting 35.3 percent from 3-point range on the season, made 4 of 5 from behind the arc in the win.
|4/16/2014||Mason Plumlee, F-C||Plumlee was effective off the bench on Tuesday, scoring 16 points and grabbing nine rebounds in a loss to the New York Knicks.
Analysis: The rookie was efficient down low, going 7 of 9 from the field.
|4/16/2014||Blake Griffin, F-C||Blake Griffin scored a game-high 24 points, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 117-105 win on Tuesday versus Denver.
Analysis: Blake Griffin has picked up his 16th technical foul of the season in the game, triggering a league-mandated one-game suspension. He will miss the regular season finale versus Portland on Wednesday unless the call is rescinded by the league office.
|4/16/2014||Blake Griffin, F-C||Griffin has been suspended for a game after getting his 16th technical foul this season.
Analysis: NBA president of operations Rod Thorn announced the suspension, and Griffin will sit out the regular-season finale on Wednesday night against Portland. Regardless, Griffin planned to skip the last game to rest before the playoffs. It shows how useless this 'punishment' really is, but that's the NBA for you, it's not the first time nor will it be the last that they make such a dumb decision.
|4/16/2014||Paul Millsap, F-C||Millsap will sit out the team's regular season finale Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks to rest for the playoffs.
Analysis: Millsap averages 17.9 points and 8.5 rebounds. He was also held out of Monday night's home finale against Charlotte, a 95-93 loss, along with Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll.
|4/16/2014||Lamar Odom, F||The New York Knicks have signed Odom, who was out of the league this season.
Analysis: The move gives new president Phil Jackson an offseason to look at the versatile forward who thrived in his system. Odom helped the Los Angeles Lakers win NBA titles in 2009 and 2010, and was the Sixth Man of the Year in 2011, Jackson's final season as coach.
|4/16/2014||Kemba Walker, PG||Kemba Walker scored 22 points, helping the Charlotte Bobcats close out the season with a win as they head to the playoffs for the second time in franchise history. He also added eight assists and seven rebounds.
Analysis: Walker came through when Charlotte needed him most, scoring eight points in overtime as the team beat Chicago 91-86.
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