Kyrie Irving PG CLE 22 minutes ago
Irving (knee) will not play in Sunday's Game 3 against the Hawks, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal reports.
Despite going through pregame warmups, Irving will unsurprisingly miss a second straight game, which means Matthew Dellavedova figures to get another start at point guard. While Irving's increased activity level hints at a potential return for Tuesday's Game 4, the Cavs may not want to push things if they grab a 3-0 lead Sunday night.
Kyrie Irving PG CLE 1 hour ago
Irving (knee) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's Game 3 matchup with the Hawks, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal reports.
Irving will meet with doctors before the game to determine his status, but the decision probably won't come until the opening tip draws near. After sitting out Game 2, he did participate in morning shootaround Sunday, but it's believed he's more likely to sit than to play.
Kyrie Irving PG CLE 3 hours ago
Irving (knee) worked out again before Game 3, however one source said it would be surprising if he played in the game, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reports.
With the Cavs up 2-0 in their series with the Hawks, the logical move would be to rest Irving if he's still in pain. It appears that Cleveland will take that strategy going into Game 3 at home, but keep an eye out for an official announcement closer to tip off.
Paul George SG/SF IND 4 hours ago
George (calf) is still working his way back from the calf injury he suffered at the end of the season, Vigiliant Sports reports.
George left the Pacers' regular-season finale with a left calf strain, and he's still working his way back to full health. After sitting out the first 76 games of the regular season, he played in the final six games for the Pacers, averaging 8.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.8 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 1.5 three-pointers in 15 minutes per game. The leg fractures George suffered while playing with Team USA last summer shouldn't hindered his career moving forward, so when drafting George next season, it should be safe to treat him as if the injury had never happened and look to draft him in the first round.
Kevin Love PF/C CLE 4 hours ago
Love (shoulder) got in a light workout Saturday, the AP reports.
Love will remain out for the next 3-5 months after he underwent surgery almost a month ago to repair his dislocated left shoulder. His workout Saturday likely simply consisted of work on a stationary bike. It's good to hear he's working with the Cavaliers' staff, but until we get closer to his return, it's unlikely many details regarding his rehab will be reported on.
Julius Randle PF LAL 4 hours ago
Randle (leg) has looked 100 percent healthy recently, Bleacher Report reports. "It looks like Julius Randle has recovered completely," general manager Mitch Kupchak said.
Randle fell to the Lakers at the seventh overall pick in last year's 2014 NBA Draft after concerns about the health of his right foot came up during the pre-draft process. He averaged 12.5 points (42% FG, 64% FT), 4.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 3.3 turnovers in four Summer League games last summer, disappointing on the boards while showing a surprising, and possibly misguided, proclivity for putting the ball on the floor and trying to facilitate. Entering the regular season, Randle appeared healthy, but bad luck struck on Opening Night when he suffered a fractured right tibia that then held him out of the remainder of his rookie season. Carlos Boozer is expected to leave the Lakers in free agency this offseason, and if Randle is healthy going into next season, he'll likely be one of the starters in the frontcourt.
Goran Dragic G MIA 5 hours ago
Dragic has told the Heat that he would want the team to play at a faster pace if he re-signs with them this offseason, the Miami Herald reports.
Dragic is an unrestricted free agent and has the freedom to sign with any team he chooses, but the Heat have a leg up on other teams because they can offer him a fifth year on their contract offers, as opposed to the four years all other teams are allowed to offer him in free agency.
DeMarre Carroll F ATL 7 hours ago
Carroll (knee) will play Sunday against the Cavs, Sam Amico of Fox Sports reports.
Carroll was able to give his team 34 minutes in Game 2; however, the injury he suffered in Game 1 was clearly still affecting him. His scoring and rebounding has been down in the first two games of this series, and daily players will likely want to avoid the banged up swingman Sunday.
Kyrie Irving PG CLE 8 hours ago
Irving (knee) participated in practice Sunday, and is questionable for Game 3 against the Hawks,
Kent Bazemore SG ATL 10 hours ago
Bazemore will start Sunday against the Cavs
With teammate Kyle Korver out for the remainder of the playoffs with an ankle injury, Bazemore figures to start all of Atlanta's future playoffs games this year. He's scored efficiently in limited playing time in the Eastern Conference Finals, but will need to play well in extended court time from here on out to help the Hawks come back in the series.