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Al Jefferson (leg) goes to the locker room 04-16-2014
Al Jefferson C CHA
Al Jefferson went to the locker room against the Bulls on Wednesday due to a left leg injury. It's unclear what happened and it looked like he pulled a muscle. The team doctor had to go to the locker room to check on him, so he's almost certainly done for the night. Jefferson did walk back to the locker room under his own power. This would be devastating for the Bobcats if something is wrong. Stay tuned.
Ronny Turiaf is available to play on Wed. 04-16-2014
Ronny Turiaf F MIN
Ronny Turiaf is available to play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

Jerry Zgoda on Twitter
His knee injury kept him out of the lineup on Monday and chances are he'll be limited tonight. It's been the Gorgui Dieng Show at center and he should have a big night in a great matchup.
J.J. Barea is a late scratch on Wednesday 04-16-2014
Jose Juan Barea G MIN
J.J. Barea (back) will sit out of Wednesday's season finale due to back spasms.

TWolves PR on Twitter
He was a late scratch and his back has caused him some problems this month. With Barea out, Alexey Shved could get more run, but he's been horrible this year and is not a fantasy option. Shabazz Muhammad could also get some more looks.
Cisco Garcia will not play on Wednesday 04-16-2014
Francisco Garcia G HOU
Francisco Garcia will not play vs. the Pelicans on Wednesday.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
The Rockets are short on players tonight and we may get to see some serious run out of Troy Daniels and Omri Casspi. Garcia's DNP will likely be more precautionary than anything.
Brian Roberts available to play on Wednesday 04-16-2014
Brian Roberts G NO
Brian Roberts (ankle) is available to play against the Rockets on Wednesday.

Jim Eichenhofer on Twitter
He was a game-time call and it's unclear how much playing time he'll see off the bench. Roberts probably isn't at 100 percent and will be looking to get to the line if he's able to.
Parker in the starting lineup 04-16-2014
Tony Parker G SA
Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Aron Baynes and Tiago Splitter are starting vs. the Lakers on Wednesday.

Jeff McDonald on Twitter
Parker went to the locker room on Monday, but coach Gregg Popovich shot down any concern about his All-Star point guard. There's a good chance his minutes will be down tonight.
Josh Smith not in the starting lineup Wed. 04-16-2014
Josh Smith F DET
Josh Smith is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday. Presumably, he's not going to play tonight and we'll have an update hopefully in the next few minutes. Kyle Singler will get another start at small forward and gets the fun task of guarding Kevin Durant.
Rodney Stuckey will not play on Wednesday 04-16-2014
Rodney Stuckey G DET
Rodney Stuckey will not play against the Thunder on Wednesday.

Mark Champion on Twitter
There has been no reason given on his status and it might just be rest. Stuckey finished the season on a high note with some solid scoring performances, but his game just doesn't translate to fantasy very well. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is starting tonight.
Will Bynum will not play on Wednesday 04-16-2014
Will Bynum G DET
Will Bynum (foot) will not play against the Thunder on Wednesday.

Keith Langlois on Twitter
His foot injury will have kept him out for the final seven games of the season. Bynum has been effective off the bench and the Pistons play better team ball when he's out there.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will start 04-16-2014
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope G DET
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will start on Wednesday night vs. the Thunder.

Keith Langlois on Twitter
Rodney Stuckey moves to the bench as the Pistons shake things up a bit. Caldwell-Pope's rookie season has been a bit of a letdown and he'll have to learn how to do things outside of shooting to be a better player.
Troy Daniels getting the start 04-16-2014
Troy Daniels G HOU
Troy Daniels will start with Pat Beverley, Omri Casspi, Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones.

Rockets on Twitter
With Chandler Parsons and James Harden resting, the Rockets will get some of their bench guys some run. Daniels has been bombing triples all year in the D-League and will have his best chance to have a good game in the NBA tonight.
Austin Rivers is starting on Wednesday 04-16-2014
Austin Rivers G NO
Austin Rivers is starting on Wednesday vs. the Rockets. Brian Roberts (ankle) is a game-time call and could sit, so we'll be looking for an update on that front. Rivers joins Tyreke Evans, Alexis Ajinca, Jeff Withey and Darius Miller in the first unit.
MCW, Thadd Young starting for 76ers 04-16-2014
Michael Carter-Williams G PHI
Michael Carter-Williams, James Anderson, Adonis Thomas, Thaddeus Young and Henry Sims are starting for the Sixers on tank day.

Bob Cooney on Twitter
MCW will hopefully go out with a bang, while Young might be playing his last game as a Sixer. And Sims could have another solid line tonight, while this will be one of the first times we'll get a long look at Thomas.
Kenyon Martin to have ankle surgery 04-16-2014
Kenyon Martin F NY
Kenyon Martin will have surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle in the near future.

Frank Isola on Twitter
He was hoping to play again this season, which is why he put off the surgery. He also says he's not retiring and would like to return to the Knicks next season. so there's that.
Lamar Odom signs with the Knicks 04-16-2014
Lamar Odom F LAC
Knicks sign F Lamar Odom.
Leave it to the Knicks to sign Odom on the last day of the season, but there is a team option for next year. Odom is from New York, but the vast majority of his career came in Los Angeles. He'll have his work cut out for him to get minutes next season. Odom will make $8,500 for the one game.
Dwyane Wade in starting lineup vs. Philly 04-16-2014
Dwyane Wade G MIA
Dwyane Wade will start next to Toney Douglas, James Jones, Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem on Wednesday vs. the Sixers.

Ira Winderman on Twitter
Wade is expected to see a nominal amount of minutes, but it's still a great sign for the Heat to even see him suit up. He had to play through injuries last postseason and chances are he will have to again.
Brian Roberts is a game-time call for Wed. 04-16-2014
Brian Roberts G NO
Brian Roberts is a game-time call for Wednesday vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

Jim Eichenhofer on Twitter
He needs three more free throws to qualify for the free-throw percentage title, so that is likely a priority for him. If he's out, Austin Rivers will start and could have success with big minutes.
Jeremy Lin will not play on Wednesday 04-16-2014
Jeremy Lin G HOU
Jeremy Lin will not play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

Craig Ackerman on Twitter
He'll get some rest in the finale and it will allow Isaiah Canaan another chance at minutes. Lin is healthy and should be ready to go against the Blazers in the first round.
Enes Kanter out with sore knee 04-16-2014
Enes Kanter C UTH
Enes Kanter will miss Wednesday's finale with a sore knee.

David Locke on Twitter
Here's a late benching we didn't see coming, and of course, news broke right at 7 p.m., making it nearly impossible to get him replaced in lineups. Kanter had a nice season, but it would have been a lot better had he not been stuck on the bench behind the likes of Marvin Williams. Next season should be a different story. Erik Murphy is available for the Jazz tonight.
Omer Asik will not play on Wednesday 04-16-2014
Omer Asik C HOU
Omer Asik will not play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

Craig Ackerman on Twitter
He's getting some rest tonight as the Rockets prepare for the Blazers in the first round of the playoffs. Donatas Motiejunas will back up Dwight Howard tonight.
LaMarcus Aldridge still iffy for Wednesday 04-16-2014
LaMarcus Aldridge F POR
The Blazers have still not announced who is in and out of the lineup for Wednesday, but there's a chance LaMarcus Aldridge won't play.

Pinwheel Empire on Twitter
If you have options, the safe route would be to find someone else to use, but there is still a chance he could play tonight. It just doesn't seem like the odds are in favor of that happening.
Luis Scola, Roy Hibbert starting for Pacers 04-16-2014
Luis Scola F IND
Luis Scola will join George Hill, Evan Turner, Rasual Butler and Roy Hibbert in the starting five for the Pacers tonight.

Scott Agness on Twitter
Scola and Turner look like decent fantasy plays tonight, but we'd stay away from the rest of them.
Alan Anderson expected to play Wed. 04-16-2014
Alan Anderson G BKN
Alan Anderson is expected to play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

Tim Bontemps on Twitter
He had an ab injury over the weekend, but coach Jason Kidd said Anderson will play "very little." With Paul Pierce out, expect Marcus Thornton to get a lot of shots.
Thornton in odd starting lineup for Nets 04-16-2014
Marcus Thornton G BKN
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are out for the Nets on Wednesday, while they'll use a makeshift starting lineup of Marquis Teague, Jorge Gutierrez, Marcus Thornton, Jason Collins and Andray Blatche.

Plain Dealer on Twitter
Mysteriously absent from that list is Mason Plumlee, who has been playing well, although he could still come off the bench. Deron Williams is also out, while Alan Anderson could play a few minutes. And if you're still trying to figure out who Gutierrez is, you're not alone.
Korver starting, starters to see fewer mins. 04-16-2014
Kyle Korver G ATL
Kyle Korver, Jeff Teague, DeMarre Carroll, Mike Scott and Pero Antic will start against the Bucks on Wednesday.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
The starters will likely have some limited minutes tonight, so fantasy owners might want to watch out for guys like Jeff Teague, DeMarre Carroll and Kyle Korver. Mike Scott should still be solid and could have a nice line.
Tim Duncan, Marco Belinelli out for Spurs 04-16-2014
Tim Duncan F SA
Tim Duncan and Marco Belinelli are out for the Spurs on Wednesday.

Jeff McDonald on Twitter
The kicker is that Gregg Popovich says he has no idea who he's going to start tonight. Stay tuned.
Cole Aldrich will start on Wednesday 04-16-2014
Cole Aldrich C NY
Updating a previous item, Cole Aldrich will start against the Raptors on Wednesday. He had a double-double on Tuesday and will carry some momentum into tonight. He's a fantasy option with Tyson Chandler sitting out.
Anthony Bennett is available to play 04-16-2014
Anthony Bennett F CLE
Anthony Bennett (knee) is available to play vs. the Nets on Wednesday.

Bob Finnan on Twitter
His rookie season has been a disaster, but at least he'll get one more chance to show what he can do. His fitness will likely be a problem for much of his career and the deck is stacked against him to have a breakout year.
Westbrook, Durant starting, OKC trying to win 04-16-2014
Russell Westbrook G OKC
The Thunder will start their normal crew in Wednesday's finale and are trying to beat the Pistons to secure the No. 2 seed in the West.

Royce Young on Twitter
This should mean that Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka all play pretty normal minutes. However, if the Thunder get up big anytime after halftime, it could be bench city for all of them. Additionally, Brooks said that once the playoffs start, any minutes restrictions that Westbrook has been under will be lifted.
Carrick Felix is available to play 04-16-2014
Carrick Felix G CLE
Carrick Felix is available to play against the Nets on Wednesday.

Bob Finnan on Twitter
He's been out since January due to a stress fracture in his knee and this is a surprise. Felix likes to get his buckets in transition and had a decent offseason, but he has a lot of growing to do. He's no lock to play tonight.
Chris Andersen to rest on Wednesday 04-16-2014
Chris Andersen F MIA
Chris Andersen will not play on Wednesday.

Shandel Richardson on Twitter
No surprise here, but Birdman should be ready to roll once the playoffs start.
Mario Chalmers won't play on Wednesday 04-16-2014
Mario Chalmers G MIA
Mario Chalmers (rest) will not play on Wednesday against the Sixers.

Heat on Twitter
He's just getting some rest and had a great season in his sixth year. Chalmers had a career-high 45.4 percent from the field while adding some nice steals and triples for his fantasy owners. Expect Norris Cole and Toney Douglas to play point guard vs. a soft Philly D.
Cole Aldrich won't play on Monday 04-16-2014
Cole Aldrich C NY
Cole Aldrich will not play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

Knicks on Twitter
The Knicks won't have Tyson Chandler tonight and will likely give Jeremy Tyler some extra playing time. Aldrich looked good with a double-double on Tuesday, so his last game of the season was arguably one of his best.
Tyson Chandler out for Knicks 04-16-2014
Tyson Chandler C NY
Tyson Chandler will sit out Wednesday's meaningless finale for the Knicks.

Knicks on Twitter
The starting lineup is Pablo Prigioni, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Amare Stoudmire and Cole Aldrich. Aldrich had 13 points and 13 boards on Tuesday, so we expect more of the same from him tonight.
Raymond Felton will not play on Wednesday 04-16-2014
Raymond Felton G NY
Raymond Felton (ankle) will not play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

Knicks on Twitter
The Knicks will start Pablo Prigioni in his place and Felton's season has ended. It was a disaster both on and off the court, but he'll likely be back with the Knicks next season. This year was his first with a single-digit points-per-game scoring average of his career and he probably won't be worth drafting in standard leagues next year.
Ian Mahinmi will not play on Wednesday 04-16-2014
Ian Mahinmi C IND
Ian Mahinmi will rest on Wednesday night vs. the Magic.

Candace Buckner on Twitter
He is healthy and did not aggravate his hip injury from March. Mahinmi sitting out means Lavoy Allen will get in the rotation tonight, but he's not much of a fantasy option.
Paul Millsap out for ATL, others 'available' 04-16-2014
Paul Millsap F ATL
Paul Millsap is expected to rest on Wednesday night against the Bucks, while the rest of the Hawks should be "available."

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
Mike Scott looks like a good bet for success tonight, but while guys like Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver and Pero Antic are available, that doesn't mean they'll play heavy minutes. Be careful when selecting Hawks in daily lineups.
Sullinger won't play on Wednesday night 04-16-2014
Jared Sullinger F BOS
Jared Sullinger (ankle) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wizards.

Gary Washburn on Twitter
He rolled his ankle on Friday night and will miss three games. Sullinger has dealt with a slew of injuries in his career, but his 2013-14 season went much better than 2012-13. Kelly Olynyk and Brandon Bass should be busy in the paint tonight.
Kris Humphries not playing on Wednesday 04-16-2014
Kris Humphries F BOS
Kris Humphries (knee) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wizards.

Gary Washburn on Twitter
He's had some tendinitis in his knee and played just 11 minutes in the final six games of the season because of it. With Humphries out, Kelly Olynyk will look to build off his career night and should be in all fantasy lineups. Brandon Bass will also get some extra chances.
Jerryd Bayless will not play on Wednesday 04-16-2014
Jerryd Bayless G BOS
Jerryd Bayless (knee) will not play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

Gary Washburn on Twitter
There is nothing structurally wrong with Bayless' knee, but this injury has cost him the final three games of the season. He'll head into the summer as a free agent and will likely have less value than he did this season. Expect Phil Pressey and Avery Bradley to carry the load in the backcourt.
Rondo, Sullinger, Bayless & Humphries out 04-16-2014
Rajon Rondo G BOS
Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger, Kris Humphries and Jerryd Bayless will not play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

Gary Washburn on Twitter
The Celtics announced he's dealing with a hamstring injury, which is not the same as his shin injury from earlier this month. He was back in the lineup on Monday night after missing some action over the weekend, but he won't play tonight. Rondo played just 30 games this season, averaging 11.7 points, 5.5 boards, 9.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.9 triples. He'll have the entire offseason to get ready for next year, which wasn't the case this year.
Jameer Nelson will not play Wednesday night 04-16-2014
Jameer Nelson G ORL
Jameer Nelson (groin) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

John Denton on Twitter
His season ends with averages of 12.1 points, 3.4 boards, 7.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 triples. With Nelson out, guys like Doron Lamb and Andrew Nicholson have stepped up, but both are risky plays in fantasy leagues. Victor Oladipo will start again.
Kent Bazemore has surgery on Wednesday 04-16-2014
Kent Bazemore G LAL
Kent Bazemore underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair the torn peroneus longus tendon in his right foot.
He's expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the 2014-15 opener. It's unclear what his offseason plan is yet, but Bazemore was electric at Las Vegas Summer League last offseason and could wind up there again. His fantasy value figures to take a hit on a team with a full complement of players.
Kobe Bryant starts offseason a bit early 04-16-2014
Kobe Bryant G LAL
Kobe Bryant travelled to France on Tuesday or Wednesday with his family, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Los Angeles Times
It looks like he started his offseason a bit early and won't be with the team as their season concludes. Bryant reportedly doesn't like being associated with the Lakers' horrific season and it's hard to blame him considering it's the worst year they've ever had. He'll be ready to go for 2014-15 after playing in just six games this season.
Chris Paul not with the team for Wednesday 04-16-2014
Chris Paul G LAC
Chris Paul is not with the team for Wednesday's game vs. the Blazers.

Dan Woike on Twitter
J.J. Redick and Blake Griffin are also not with the team. The Clippers can still move up to the two seed with a win and a Thunder loss, so they apparently would rather rest their guys tonight. With Paul out, Darren Collison is likely looking at a very busy night.
Jermaine O'Neal out Wednesday for rest 04-16-2014
Jermaine O'Neal C GS
Jermaine O'Neal will rest on Wednesday.

Diamond Leung on Twitter
Marreese Speights and Hilton Armstrong will man the frontcourt for the Warriors, whose frontcourt is extremely short-handed without O'Neal, David Lee (rest), Draymond Green (rest) and Andrew Bogut (ribs).
Nene to play under 20 minutes on Wednesday 04-16-2014
Nene Hilario C WAS
Nene will play on Wednesday but he has "insisted" that the Wizards keep him under 20 minutes.

CSN Washington
He recently returned from a sprained MCL which he tweaked in his first game back, and Washington will proceed with due caution. He would sit out entirely if there were nothing at stake, but a win combined with a Nets loss would shift Washington up a seed in the playoff standings.
Draymond Green likely out vs. Nuggets 04-16-2014
Draymond Green F GS
Draymond Green is expected to sit out Wednesday's game as a precaution.

Rusty Simmons on Twitter
Green is coming off a massive game on Monday and with nothing at stake on Wednesday the Warriors will give him some rest. His health and stamina will be crucial for their playoff hopes, since Andrew Bogut's absence with a broken rib means we'll see plenty of small frontcourts with Green alongside David Lee.
Klay Thompson likely out on Wednesday 04-16-2014
Klay Thompson G GS
Klay Thompson is unlikely to play in Wednesday's season finale.

Rusty Simmons on Twitter
He's missed one game all season and deserves some rest, having averaged 18.5 points, 2.8 threes, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists to help Golden State secure the sixth seed in the competitive West.
David Lee will be rested Wed. vs. Nuggets 04-16-2014
David Lee F GS
David Lee will sit out Wednesday's game to get some rest.

Rusty Simmons on Twitter
Lee's hamstring responded well to his recent return, and he dropped 25 points on 12-of-14 shooting on Monday, so his absence is truly a precaution. Marreese Speights will assume the starting PF job in his absence.
Andre Iguodala (rest) won't play Wednesday 04-16-2014
Andre Iguodala G GS
Andre Iguodala (rest) will not play on Wednesday.

Rusty Simmons on Twitter
Iguodala recently dealt with a knee injury and his minutes have been monitored in recent weeks, so he was a top candidate for a precautionary day of rest. He'll be ready to go for the postseason.
Warriors rest Steph Curry, Iguodala and D-Lee 04-16-2014
Stephen Curry G GS
The Warriors will play Wednesday's game without Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala and David Lee, and they may also rest Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Rusty Simmons on Twitter
They'll go with a second-string starting unit of Steve Blake, Jordan Crawford, Harrison Barnes, Marreese Speights and Hilton Armstrong. This leaves them with a threadbare bench all available players are likely to play huge minutes in the season finale, while the typical starters get some well-deserved rest.
Raptors to deploy regular starters Wednesday 04-16-2014
Kyle Lowry G TOR
The Raptors will use their regular starting lineup on Wednesday, though coach Dwane Casey will monitor his key players' minutes.

Josh Lewenberg on Twitter
"We don't want to run them into the ground but we're competing," Casey said. "We want to stay in compete mode." He's been consistent in the opinion that his team isn't good enough to flip a switch in the playoffs, so guys like Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have continued to play heavy minutes as the Raptors fought their way into the East's third seed.
Chandler Parsons out Wednesday for rest 04-16-2014
Chandler Parsons F HOU
Chandler Parsons will rest during Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

Houston Rockets on Twitter
Parsons recently battled minor hip and wrist injuries but he'll have enough time to recover before the start of the playoffs. Guys like Francisco Garcia and Omri Casspi will take on bigger roles with Parsons and James Harden (rest) both out on Wednesday.
James Harden, Chandler Parsons out Wednesday 04-16-2014
James Harden G HOU
James Harden and Chandler Parsons will both be rested for the Rockets' season finale.

Rockets on Twitter
The Rockets own the tie-breaker over the Blazers so Houston can't drop down the seeding, which makes it perfectly reasonable for Harden and Parsons to get some rest. Neither guy is in danger of missing Game 1 of their first-round series vs. Portland.
Dwyane Wade expected to play Wednesday 04-16-2014
Dwyane Wade G MIA
Dwyane Wade is expected to play "nominal minutes" in Miami's final game of the regular season on Wednesday.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Wade logged 23 minutes in his return on Saturday, then followed that up with an 18-minute game on Monday, and he's not likely to get much more vs. the 76ers. The good news for Miami is that he doesn't seem to have had any setbacks with his hamstring or knee since returning, while slowly improving his conditioning in the lead-up to the playoffs.
Bucks to make 'major announcement' on Wed. 04-16-2014
Brandon Knight G MIL
The Bucks will make a "major announcement" at the Bradley Center on Wednesday, and they're expected to announce the sale of the franchise.

Charles Gardner on Twitter
Owner Herb Kohl has made keeping the team in Milwaukee a pre-condition to any sale, so presumably the new ownership group will keep the team in town. We'll have more details after the announcement at 2:30 ET.
Chris Kaman (calf) out Wednesday vs. Spurs 04-16-2014
Chris Kaman C LAL
Chris Kaman (calf) will not play vs. the Spurs on Wednesday.

Dave McMenamin on Twitter
Kaman struggled to find favor with coach Mike D'Antoni and he wasn't shy about expressing his displeasure. The few times he did step into a big role it was short-lived, which made him very hard to roster in fantasy leagues. Hopefully he'll find a more suitable role next season, whether in L.A. or elsewhere.
Steve Nash, Chris Kaman both out Wednesday 04-16-2014
Steve Nash G LAL
Steve Nash (hamstring) and Chris Kaman (calf) will not return for the Lakers' final game on Wednesday.

Dave McMenamin on Twitter
The 40-year-old Nash was never expected to return after taking over the third spot on the NBA's all-time assist leaderboard, and it's uncertain whether he'll retire this summer or attempt a return in 2014-15. Even if he does attempt to return, fantasy owners should be very leery of him on draft day.
Joe Johnson (calf) reportedly out Wednesday 04-16-2014
Joe Johnson G BKN
Joe Johnson's sore calf will reportedly sideline him on Wednesday.

Devin Kharpertian on Twitter
He played through the injury in Tuesday's loss and it doesn't sound very serious, but the Nets will err on the side of caution with the playoffs right around the corner. It sounds as though the Nets will have Alan Anderson (abdomen) back in action to fill the gaps at SG, along with Marcus Thornton and Marquis Teague.
Shaun Livingston (toe) out again vs. Cavs 04-16-2014
Shaun Livingston G BKN
Shaun Livingston (toe) will sit out Wednesday's road game in Cleveland.

Devin Kharpertian on Twitter
This marks Livingston's fifth straight DNP and the Nets can only hope that he's ready for the first round of the playoffs, as he's been an invaluable part of their backcourt rotation all season long. Marcus Thornton and Alan Anderson will take on more minutes and responsibilities in his continued absence.
Report: Deron Williams (knee) out Wednesday 04-16-2014
Deron Williams G BKN
Deron Williams (knee) reportedly will not play on Wednesday.

Devin Kharpertian on Twitter
D-Will played through a sore knee on Tuesday and it must be a real concern if he's sitting out Wednesday's game, as the Nets aren't locked into the fifth seed -- the Wizards can still catch them with a victory and a loss by Brooklyn. With Shaun Livingston (toe) also expected to sit out, Jorge Gutierrez and Marquis Teague will have to take on bigger roles at PG.
C.J. Miles (ankle) out for Cavs' final game 04-16-2014
C.J. Miles G CLE
C.J. Miles (ankle) will not play in the Cavaliers' season finale.

Bob Finnan on Twitter
Miles hasn't played since mid-February and his absence is no surprise. He's heading into free agency and the Cavaliers have expressed an interest in re-signing him, as his 39.3 percent shooting from downtown this season gives him consistent appeal as a perimeter specialist.
Mike Conley (hamstring) feeling better Wed. 04-16-2014
Mike Conley G MEM
Mike Conley said that his right hamstring injury has improved, though his status for Wednesday's game remains uncertain.

Rob Fischer on Twitter
"I'm doing a lot of stretching and keeping heat on it, so it should be loose," Conley said. Fantasy owners relying on Conley for production in the season's final game should check back closer to tip-off for the final word on his status.
Eric Gordon to have knee surgery Wednesday 04-16-2014
Eric Gordon G NO
Eric Gordon will have arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday to clean up his left knee, but he's expected to be 100 percent healthy for training camp.

Jennifer Hale on Twitter
Gordon has never had surgery on his left knee before, though his right knee has given him trouble throughout his brief career. He averaged 15.4 points per game this season but shot only 43.6 percent from the field, and returned season-long 10th-round value.
D.J. Augustin (personal) back in action Wed. 04-16-2014
D.J. Augustin G CHI
D.J. Augustin (personal) has rejoined the Bulls after the birth of their son.

K.C. Johnson on Twitter
He should be active vs. the Bobcats in Chicago's final game of the season, as the Bulls get ready to face either the Nets or Wizards in the first round.
Jeff Green to start 82nd game on Wednesday 04-16-2014
Jeff Green F BOS
Jeff Green will start his 82nd game of the season on Wednesday.
After missing the entire 2011-12 season, Green has now missed one game over the past two seasons. He's averaging a career-high 16.8 points, 1.6 threes, 4.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.7 steals on the season, but admitted that trying to be a go-to scorer has been a difficult transition.
Greg Oden (illness, back) could return Wed. 04-16-2014
Greg Oden C MIA
Greg Oden (stomach virus, back) is listed as a game-time decision on Wednesday.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel
He hasn't played since March 26 and isn't likely to play more than a handful of minutes, but his return would be a welcome sight for the Heat as they prepare for a first-round matchup vs. either the Wizards or Bobcats.
Chris Bosh (rest) will not play Wednesday 04-16-2014
Chris Bosh F MIA
Chris Bosh (rest) will not play in Wednesday's season finale.

Miami Heat on Twitter
Miami can't change their playoff seeding so it makes sense to rest Bosh and LeBron James. If they face the Bobcats in the first round, which seems likely, Bosh will need all the energy he can muster to slow down the reigning Player of the Month, Al Jefferson.
LeBron James, Chris Bosh out Wednesday 04-16-2014
LeBron James F MIA
LeBron James and Chris Bosh will both be rested for Wednesday's game.

Miami Heat on Twitter
There's no word yet on Dwyane Wade's availability, but Greg Oden (illness, back) has been upgraded to a game-time decision for Miami's final game of the regular season. The Heat will face either the Bobcats or the Wizards in the first round of the playoffs.
Anthony Bennett (knee) could return Wed. 04-16-2014
Anthony Bennett F CLE
Anthony Bennett (strained left patellar tendon) went through Tuesday's contact practice and may be available to play on Wednesday.

It would be a token victory for the Cavs if Bennett could suit up, but nothing can dilute the misery of his rookie season. The No. 1 overall pick has appeared in 51 games, averaging 4.1 points on 35.2 percent shooting, with exactly as many turnovers (46) as combined assists (17), steals (21) and blocks (eight). There is little doubt that he'll play for the Cavs' Summer League team.
Magic undecided on Jameer Nelson's future 04-16-2014
Jameer Nelson G ORL
The Magic reportedly haven't decided whether to pick up Jameer Nelson's partially-guaranteed final season, but he hopes to stay in Orlando long-term.

Orlando Sentinel
Nelson's $8 million salary is only guaranteed for $2 million, and the Magic could always try to re-negotiate a longer deal. "It's the team's option. I would like to still be here and finish my career here," Nelson said. "I have a lot more years left in me. Good years. I'm not sure what they have in store for me." He ranks eighth in the NBA with 7.0 assists per game despite the arrival of prized rookie guard Victor Oladipo.
Tony Wroten becoming a more judicious passer 04-16-2014
Tony Wroten G PHI
Tony Wroten said that he's learned to "pick his spots" for passes this season, to cut down on his 2.8 turnovers per game.

Delco Times
"This season, I learned a lot," Wroten said. "I don't try to make the home runs as much. I try to make the right play." While his passing is a work in progress, there's nothing wrong with Wroten's ability to get into the paint -- he took a whopping 72.4 percent of his FG attempts within eight feet of the hoop this season.
Mirza Teletovic out Wed. after birth of twins 04-16-2014
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Mirza Teletovic will not play on Wednesday to be with his wife and newborn twins.

While Teletovic and his wife celebrate, the Nets gear up for a game vs. the Cavaliers that could decide their playoff seeding. If the Nets lose and the Wizards win on Wednesday, Washington will take over the No. 5 seed by virtue of a tie-breaker.
Alex Len, Archie Goodwin will play Wednesday 04-16-2014
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Suns rookies Alex Len and Archie Goodwin will play extended minutes in Wednesday's season finale.

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Goran Dragic is the only starter who will not play, but guys like Eric Bledsoe, Gerald Green, P.J. Tucker and Channing Frye will have their minutes curtailed in favor of player development. Len and Goodwin have played three minutes combined in April, as the Suns were focused on chasing a playoff spot, so it's nice to see them getting an opportunity to play.
Channing Frye hopes to sign extension w/ Suns 04-16-2014
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Channing Frye, who has a $6.8 million player option next season, would like to negotiate a contract extension with the Suns.

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"I'd love to stay here. It's up to them and their future and what they want to do," Frye said. "I love wearing this uniform. I think I take a little more pride in it than everyone else because I'm from here." He's averaged 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds while starting all 82 games for Phoenix (he's expected to start Wednesday), an amazing feat after missing the 2012-13 season due to an enlarged heart.
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Raymond Felton returned to action on Tuesday April 15.
Griffin, Redick won't travel for Wednesday 04-16-2014
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Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick will not travel to Portland for Wednesday's game against the Blazers.
Well, that solves that. We knew Redick wouldn't play and Griffin is facing a suspension for picking up his 16th technical, so the move isn't all that surprising. Glen Davis and Darren Collison look like the best bets for success in their absence in Wednesday's finale. This also raises questions about how many minutes guys like Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan will play, but at least they're going to travel.
J.J. Redick to be held out Wednesday 04-16-2014
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J.J. Redick had 18 points and four 3-pointers in just 17 minutes, and will take the night off on Wednesday. Jamal Crawford and Darren Collison should pick up his slack, but they could probably use some rest as well. It's probably best to avoid the Clippers' shooting guards in fantasy on Wednesday. Collison had 10 points in 24 minutes on Tuesday, while Crawford hit 3-of-9 shots and zero 3-pointers for nine points in 31 minutes.
Chris Paul Mr. Efficiency again Tuesday 04-16-2014
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Chris Paul hit 8-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 21 points and 10 assists in Tuesday's win. Wow. He's primed and ready to go for the playoffs, and the Clippers are going to be a tough out all the way, and could win it all. Paul's status for Wednesday is up in the air, as their game may not mean anything if the Thunder beat the Pistons early on Wednesday.
DeAndre Jordan with 13 & 6 in win 04-16-2014
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DeAndre Jordan had 13 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in Tuesday's win, and will be getting some votes for the Defensive Player of the Year Award. He was a pleasant fantasy surprise this season, but could take it easy on Wednesday night. The Clippers can get the No. 2 seed with a win and a Thunder loss, but OKC tips off at 8 p.m. ET in Detroit. If they're up big, or have already won when LAC tips off, the Clippers will literally have nothing to play for. And we're guessing Doc Rivers will give his big names a rest if that's the case, and possibly even if the Thunder lose.
Blake Griffin scores 24, suspension looming 04-16-2014
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Blake Griffin had 24 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block on 9-of-17 shooting, but also picked up his 16th technical foul on Tuesday, which will earn him a one-game suspension for Wednesday's game. He hit Timofey Mozgov in the face while following through on a block attempt, and while it wasn't intentional, it fits the definition of a technical foul. It could be rescinded and he could be allowed to play, but we're guessing Doc Rivers will take it easy on all the starters in a somewhat meaningless game. If the Thunder beat the Pistons, the Clippers are locked into the No. 3 seed in the West. Suspension or not, don't expect a lot from Blake on Wednesday. Look for the Thunder to try to beat the Pistons, as they play 2.5 hours prior to the Clippers tip off. And if it appears the Thunder will win when the Clippers tip off, the starters may all get a rest tomorrow.
Wilson Chandler scores seven on Tuesday 04-16-2014
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Wilson Chandler played through his groin injury on Tuesday and had seven points, six rebounds and a 3-pointer on 3-of-7 shooting. If he's not 100 percent, it's easy to see him sitting out in Wednesday's finale, and Evan Fournier (9 points on 3-of-10 shooting) could step up if Chandler is out.
Randy Foye hits just 2-of-12 shots 04-16-2014
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Randy Foye hit just 2-of-12 shots and was 0-for-7 from downtown for 11 points, four rebounds, seven assists and four steals in a loss to the Clippers. Had his shot been falling he would have had a monster line, but as it was, he was still effective at filling the stat sheet. Foye should play solid minutes again on Wednesday.
Aaron Brooks scores 19 in loss 04-16-2014
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Aaron Brooks had 19 points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in Tuesday's loss. He's been great filling in for Ty Lawson and all indications are that he'll get serious minutes again in Wednesday's finale.
Timofey Mozgov with 18 & 11 after injury 04-16-2014
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Timofey Mozgov left Tuesday's game briefly with a right knee injury, but returned to finish with 18 points, 11 rebounds and a block in a loss to the Clippers. He's really turned it on over the last few weeks and his injury is no big deal. All indications are that he'll get solid minutes again in Wednesday's finale against the Warriors.
Quincy Miller scores 11 in loss 04-16-2014
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Quincy Miller had 11 points, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes of Tuesday's loss. The Nuggets have nothing to play for and there's no reason Miller won't see heavy minutes and another start in Wednesday's finale against the Warriors.
Kenneth Faried with 21 & 6 in loss 04-16-2014
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Kenneth Faried had 21 points and six rebounds on 7-of-12 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Clippers. The Nuggets have nothing to play for, but Faried is hot and may want to go out on a high note against the Warriors on Wednesday.