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Ryan Anderson has brutal shooting game 04-18-2015
Ryan Anderson F NO
Ryan Anderson made 1-of-6 from the field for three points with five boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes. The Pelicans just couldn't get anything out of their other big men besides Anthony Davis. It does make a lot of sense to add some spacing to their offense, but Quincy Pondexter actually did a decent job in that regard today. Anderson will need to play better on defense to earn more minutes.
Matt Bonner (calf) questionable for Sunday 04-18-2015
Matt Bonner F SA
Matt Bonner (calf) is questionable to play against the Clippers on Sunday.

Spurs on Twitter
He was well enough to direct a Spurs music video, but he hasn't played since suffering the injury on Apr. 10. The Spurs will give more minutes to Tim Duncan, so Bonner won't be needed as much.
Tyreke Evans (knee bruise) will not return 04-18-2015
Tyreke Evans G NO
Tyreke Evans suffered a left knee bruise on Saturday and will not return. Evans' main issue with respect to injuries has been his left ankle, but he did have a knee injury back in December and he's had some other knee problems in the past. The Pelicans still went with Norris Cole to start the second half, so coach Monty Williams clearly wants to keep Jrue Holiday in the second unit. Cole is really going to have to play well against Stephen Curry. Evans finished with one point and one rebound.
Paul Pierce scores 20 points in OT win 04-18-2015
Paul Pierce F WAS
Paul Pierce was fantastic against the Raptors during a 93-86 overtime win on Saturday, scoring a game-high 20 points with four rebounds, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers on 7-of-10 from the field in 37 minutes. After the game, Pierce said he felt good and that he needed the rest heading into the postseason. Pierce didn't play 37 minutes in any game during the 2015 part of the schedule, so clearly the Wizards had planned on increasing his minutes going into this postseason run. He also moved past James Worthy for 22nd on the all-time postseason scoring list.
John Wall scores just 10 points in win vs TOR 04-18-2015
John Wall G WAS
John Wall scored 10 points with six boards, eight assists, one block and one turnover against the Raptors on Saturday in his 44 minutes of action. He missed a 19-foot contested jumper at the end of regulation and the Wall isolation plays were coming early and often. They didn't really work because he made just 5-of-18 from the field today. Wall hasn't been settling for jumpers nearly as much these days and the Wizards are at their best when he's breaking down defenses. Wall and Bradley Beal had bad games today and they were still able to win, so the Wizards have to be happy about that.
Bradley Beal scores 16 points in 48 minutes 04-18-2015
Bradley Beal G WAS
Bradley Beal made 6-of-23 from the field for 16 points against the Raptors during an overtime 93-86 win on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, six assists, one steal, four turnovers and one 3-pointer in 48 minutes. Coach Randy Wittman went to a Beal pick-and-roll quite a bit in this game, but it wasn't really a productive play for them. He really struggled down the stretch today and that's been a problem for him in his career. On the lighter side, Kyle Lowry fouled Beal for Lowry's sixth foul and Beal waved goodbye to Lowry. Beal might play off the ball a little more should he have another off game like this one.
Nene puts up a double-double in 21 minutes 04-18-2015
Nene Hilario C WAS
Nene scored 12 points with 13 boards, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday. He was on the injury report for foot, shoulder and ankle issues, but you wouldn't know it based on his seven offensive boards and effective rim protection. Nene didn't play in five of the final seven games in the regular season to help him get ready for the postseason. He did mention earlier this week that his plantar fascia isn't healthy, so he'll be an injury risk going forward.
Marcin Gortat gets just 26 minutes 04-18-2015
Marcin Gortat C WAS
Marcin Gortat played just 26 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday with eight points, eight boards, one assist and two turnovers. In the playoffs last year, Gortat running pick-and-rolls was a very popular play and he logged 35 minutes per night. Today, he didn't play down the stretch at times, was in a little foul trouble early and wasn't used nearly as much on offense. He'll likely play more on Tuesday.
Otto Porter gets 34 minutes vs. Raptors 04-18-2015
Otto Porter Jr. F WAS
Otto Porter played a surprising 34 minutes off the bench against the Raptors on Saturday with five points, five boards, one assist and two steals. It's taken two years for coach Randy Wittman to trust Porter with important minutes and he didn't disappoint with impressive defense on DeMar DeRozan. The Wizards went small for several parts of this game with a forward combo of Porter next to Paul Pierce. They hardly played well in this game, but Porter should see close to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday.
Drew Gooden gets 23 minutes vs. Toronto 04-18-2015
Drew Gooden F WAS
Drew Gooden played 23 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday with six points, 10 boards, two assists and one block. The Raptors actually made Gooden look good today and his line could have been a lot better than this. Gooden had four offensive rebounds and looked as spry as ever. He'll likely be looking at minutes around 20 on Tuesday.
Kris Humphries gets a DNP-CD on Saturday 04-18-2015
Kris Humphries F WAS
Kris Humphries was a DNP-CD on Saturday against the Raptors. Coach Randy Wittman went with Kevin Seraphin and Drew Gooden today. Humphries looks like he'll just be Nene insurance for now because all three aforementioned players had decent games today.
DeMar DeRozan has a rough start to series 04-18-2015
DeMar DeRozan G TOR
DeMar DeRozan made 6-of-20 from the field for 15 points against the Wizards during a Game 1 93-86 overtime loss on Saturday, adding 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and three turnovers. Otto Porter provided some great defense on DeRozan today. If the Wizards can keep DeMar from getting to the line and force him to take contested jumpers, they are likely going to have some great defensive numbers. Additionally, this was one of the worst offensive showings from the Raptors and the made just 6-of-29 from deep today.
Lou Williams' late surge isn't enough 04-18-2015
Louis Williams G TOR
Lou Williams made 4-of-16 from the field for 10 points against the Wizards on Saturday, adding three rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers. He had just two points going into the fourth quarter and helped get this game to overtime. Williams was also guarding John Wall in this game, which created some problems for the Raptors late and caused some defensive breakdowns. Williams will struggle with consistency going forward, but he'll likely have a huge game or two in this series.
Amir Johnson plays 34 minutes 04-18-2015
Amir Johnson F TOR
Amir Johnson played 34 minutes off the bench against the Wizards on Saturday, scoring a team-high 18 points with eight boards, one assist, one block and two turnovers. He was arguably the best player on the Raptors today and he'll likely be in the starting lineup for Game 2 on Tuesday. Johnson was rested for basically the last two weeks of the season due to his habitual ankle issues. Expect him to play close to 30 minutes going forward, assuming he avoids injuries and foul trouble.
Tyler Hanbrough scores four in 13 minutes 04-18-2015
Tyler Hansbrough F TOR
Tyler Hansbrough started on Saturday against the Wizards and played just 13 minutes, scoring four points with one block. He didn't grab any rebounds and didn't play in the final 26 minutes of this game. It's safe to assume Hansbrough won't be starting on on Tuesday for Game 2.
Terrence Ross scores just 6 points in 11 FGAs 04-18-2015
Terrence Ross G TOR
Terrence Ross scored just six points on 3-of-11 from the field against the Wizards on Saturday with three rebounds and two blocks. He missed all six attempts from deep and didn't get to the free throw line. Ross is a fairly big liability when his shot isn't falling and he'll wind up losing minutes with another game like this one.
James Johnson gets a DNP-CD in Game 1 04-18-2015
James Johnson F TOR
James Johnson was a DNP-CD on Saturday against the Wizards. Ouch. Coach Dwane Casey went with a nine-man rotation and went small quite a bit today. Johnson is one of the team's best defenders and he's also adapt at the hustle side of the game, which the Raptors could have really used today. Maybe Casey will change his mind for Game 2.
Chris Kaman is probable to play on Sunday 04-18-2015
Chris Kaman C POR
Chris Kaman (back) is probable to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

Erik Gundersen on Twitter
He didn't play on Wednesday due to a lingering back injury. The Blazers are somewhat healthy up front as far as active players go, so expect Kaman to log minutes in the mid-teens. He won't be able to do much on offense with his low usage rate and will have to do his damage on the glass.
C.J. McCollum, Nicolas Batum are probable 04-18-2015
C.J. McCollum G POR
C.J. McCollum (ankle) and Nicolas Batum (knee) are probable to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

Erik Gundersen on Twitter
They're both already practicing in full and have said they're definitely playing. With Arron Afflalo (shoulder) not expected to play, these two will be the primary wing options for the Blazers. The bad news is that Tony Allen (hamstring) will be ready to roll, so it won't be easy for the Blazers to score from the perimeter.
Alonzo Gee (foot) questionable for Sunday 04-18-2015
Alonzo Gee G POR
Alonzo Gee (foot) is questionable to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

Erik Gundersen on Twitter
With Arron Afflalo (shoulder) doubtful, Gee would likely have been looking at some minutes in the playoff game. If he's out, there should be more time available for C.J. McCollum, Nicolas Batum and Allen Crabbe.
Arron Afflalo listed as doubtful for Sunday 04-18-2015
Arron Afflalo G POR
Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is listed as doubtful to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

Erik Gundersen on Twitter
The good news is that he's getting closer and is even getting his shots up on Friday, but Afflalo might need two weeks to heal from his shoulder strain suffered on Apr. 9. C.J. McCollum will benefit most even if the Blazers opt to go with Allen Crabbe as the starter, which could definitely happen.
Pelicans sticking with Pondexter as starter 04-18-2015
Quincy Pondexter F NO
Quincy Pondexter will start against the Warriors on Saturday and Jrue Holiday will come off the bench.

Warriors Stats on Twitter
Holiday isn't quite ready for his usual role, but he should play minutes in the high 20s. That means there will be less minutes for Pondexter in this huge game.
Kyle Lowry fouls out with seven points 04-18-2015
Kyle Lowry G TOR
Kyle Lowry fouled out in 33 minutes of action against the Wizards on Saturday, making 2-of-10 from the field for seven points with eight boards, four assists and three turnovers. What an horrible game from Lowry. His fouls were lazy at times and he didn't do a good job on the offensive end whatsoever. He was 1-of-8 on his shots from beyond three feet today and he'll need to attack better. Of course, John Wall is a better defender than most people give him credit for. If the Raptors get this kind of Lowry in the playoffs, they'll be extinct after the first round.
Mike Scott is not on the injury report 04-18-2015
Mike Scott F ATL
Mike Scott (back) is not on the injury report for Game 1 against the Nets on Sunday. That means he should be ready to go. Scott suffered his back injury on Monday and missed the finale on Wednesday. He should have minutes in the mid-teens, but that's assuming Paul Millsap's shoulder holds up.
James Michael McAdoo could get some run 04-18-2015
James Michael McAdoo F GS
James Michael McAdoo could spend some time defending Anthony Davis if the Warriors have trouble slowing him down according to head coach Steve Kerr.

Marc. J Spears on Twitter
Davis is one of the toughest covers in the league, and the Warriors will probably be trying out a variety of defenders on him throughout the series. Regardless, McAdoo will likely have a very limited role in the postseason, but it says a lot that Kerr has this much faith in him.
Brandon Knight had surgery on ankle Friday 04-18-2015
Brandon Knight G PHO
Brandon Knight underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle on Friday.

Paul Coro on Twitter
Mike Conley (foot) thinks he will play Sunday 04-18-2015
Mike Conley G MEM
Mike Conley (foot) continues to make progress, and he believes he will hear his name announced in the starting lineup on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

Rob Fischer on Twitter
Conley returned to practice on Friday, and it's clear that the time on the shelf sped up his recovery. He added that his foot is still sore every morning, but he does feel better when he moves around. It sounds like he will be a game-time decision, but we should have an official update after the team's shootaround on Sunday. Beno Udrih will move back to the bench if Conley plays.
Mike Scott (back) expected to play Sunday 04-18-2015
Mike Scott F ATL
Mike Scott (back) made it through practice on Saturday and is expected to be available for Sunday's game vs. the Nets.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
Tony Allen (hamstring) plans to play Sunday 04-18-2015
Tony Allen G MEM
Tony Allen (hamstring) plans to play on Sunday vs. the Blazers despite not being 100 percent.

Rob Fischer on Twitter
"I feel alright," Allen said. "I'm getting better day by day. I'm far from where I want to be, but I can tolerate the little pain I'm having." Allen is a warrior and it will take a lot for him to miss Sunday's game, so we expect to see him out there. We will consider him a game-time decision for now, but we should know more after shootaround. If Allen continues to sit out, Courtney Lee, Vince Carter and Jeff Green will have to step up.
Update: Chandler Parsons will start Saturday 04-18-2015
Chandler Parsons F DAL
Updating a previous report, Chandler Parsons (knee) said that he will definitely be in the starting lineup vs. the Rockets on Saturday.

Brad Townsend on Twitter
Parsons said he had no setbacks after practicing in full on Friday, and the Mavericks will be thrilled to see him back after he missed the last six games of the season. His minutes might be held in check, but he is expected to spend some time defending James Harden. Richard Jefferson moves to the bench following this news while Al-Farouq Aminu should see a decreased role.
Darius Morris (illness) returns to practice 04-18-2015
Darius Morris G BKN
Darius Morris (illness) returned to practice on Saturday.

Tim Bontemps on Twitter
It looks like he will be ready for Game 1 on Sunday, but he won't see more than a few minutes as long as Jarrett Jack and Deron Williams are healthy. We should have another update after shootaround.
Ognjen Kuzmic recalled from D-League 04-18-2015
Ognjen Kuzmic C GS
Ognjen Kuzmic has been recalled from the D-League.

Diamond Leung on Twitter
Kuzmic will provide emergency depth for the Warriors' bench, but he isn't going to be in the rotation this postseason.
Nene (shoulder) will start vs. the Raptors. 04-18-2015
Nene Hilario C WAS
Nene (shoulder, ankle, foot) will start vs. the Raptors on Saturday.
Tyler Hansbrough will start over Amir Johnson 04-18-2015
Tyler Hansbrough F TOR
Tyler Hansbrough will continue to start over Amir Johnson against the Wizards on Saturday.

Eric Koreen on Twitter
Johnson recently returned from an ankle injury and has come off the bench for the last two games, but it is a little surprising to see head coach Dwane Casey go with Psycho T again. Johnson should still see minutes in the mid 20s, but owners in daily leagues should probably avoid both players for now. Hansbrough started the last six games of the regular season, so the Raptors are probably just looking for some continuity.
Jerryd Bayless, Jared Dudley will play on Sat 04-18-2015
Jerryd Bayless G MIL
Jerryd Bayless (sore neck) and Jared Dudley (back) will play vs. the Bulls on Saturday.

CF Gardner on Twitter
Bayless missed Wednesday's regular-season finale vs. the Celtics because of his sore neck, but he has since returned to practice and was never in danger of missing this contest. He averages over 22 minutes per game off the bench, and his return will likely push rookie Tyler Ennis out of the rotation.
Jared Dudley (back) will play on Saturday 04-18-2015
Jared Dudley G MIL
Jared Dudley (back) will play on Saturday vs. the Bulls.

CF Gardner on Twitter
The Bucks rested him for the final two games of the season, so he should be fresh for the playoffs. Dudley is a seasoned veteran, and his experience will be a huge boost for the young Bucks. Expect Dudley to see minutes in the mid 20s tonight.
Taj Gibson (shoulder) will play on Saturday 04-18-2015
Taj Gibson F CHI
Taj Gibson (shoulder) will play on Saturday vs. the Bucks as expected.

Nick Friedell on Twitter
He was forced to leave Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks early because of soreness in his shoulder, but he practiced in full on Saturday and is ready to go. Gibson will move back into his role as the sixth man now that Joakim Noah is active, but he will still see minutes in the high 20s.
Joakim Noah (hamstring) will play in Game 1 04-18-2015
Joakim Noah C CHI
Joakim Noah (hamstring) will play vs. the Bucks on Saturday as expected.

Nick Friedell on Twitter
He missed the last two games of the regular season because of his nagging hamstring issue, but he practiced in full on Friday and is ready to rejoin the starting lineup. Noah doesn't have any restrictions on his minutes moving forward, but there is no need for the Bulls to push him considering Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic are backing him up. Still, Noah could play more than 32 minutes tonight.
Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Saturday 04-18-2015
Kirk Hinrich G CHI
Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Saturday against the Bucks, and it is unclear if he will be able to play in Game 2 on Monday.

Nick Friedell on Twitter
He has reportedly "plateaued" in his rehab, so it looks like he could miss more time. With Hinrich out of commission, Tony Snell will see some minutes in the rotation Saturday. We will update Hinrich's status when we know more.
Rose, Noah, Gibson all good to go Sunday 04-18-2015
Derrick Rose G CHI
Derrick Rose (knee), Joakim Noah (hamstring) and Taj Gibson (shoulder) are good to go for Saturday's game vs. the Bucks.

Nick Friedell on Twitter
Rose scared the Bulls when he left Wednesday's regular-season finale vs. the Hawks with knee soreness, but he made it clear that he sat out as a precaution. Rose made it through a full practice on Friday and his minutes could be on the rise in the playoffs. We will let you know how he holds up after the game. For what it's worth, this will be his first playoff series since the 2011-12 season.
Chandler Parsons (knee) expected to start Sun 04-18-2015
Chandler Parsons F DAL
Chandler Parsons (knee) is expected to be in the starting lineup vs. the Rockets on Sunday.

He missed the final six games of the regular season due to pain and swelling in his knee, but it looks like he is ready to go after going through a full practice on Friday, Parsons will likely have to spend some time defending James Harden, but his minutes will likely be held in check as he regains his conditioning. Owners in daily leagues should probably avoid him for now. Richard Jefferson will move to the bench Saturday, while Al-Farouq Aminu will play less as well.
Joel Embiid fined several times by the 76ers? 04-18-2015
Joel Embiid C PHI
Joel Embiid was reportedly fined thousands of dollars for showing up late and missing multiple rehab sessions this season.

Howard Eskin on Twitter
Head coach Brett Brown recently said that he questioned Embiid's work ethic at times this season, so this report likely has some validity. This is definitely a story that he will continue to follow, and if you factor in the uncertainties surrounding his foot injury, he will be a high-risk, high-reward option next season. Hopefully, we will get a good chance to evaluate him at the summer league if he is cleared to play.
Allen Crabbe could start vs. Grizzlies on Sunday 04-18-2015
Allen Crabbe G POR
Head coach Terry Stotts said that Allen Crabbe could get the nod over C.J. McCollum in the first unit because of his defense.

The Oregonian
"I think Allen complements Damian [Lillard] and [LaMarcus Aldridge]," Stotts said, "as far as being defensive minded, not needing shots, not needing the ball." This isn't that surprising, as Stotts has been known to frequently alter his rotations. McCollum could still see close to 30 minutes of action, as he has simply been too good to keep off the floor. If Arron Afflalo returns from his shoulder injury soon, Crabbe will likely fall out of the rotation, while McCollum's role should still be safe.