Chandler Parsons SF DAL 1 day ago
Parsons (knee) will be back at practice Friday, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.
Parsons missed the final six games of the regular season with swelling his right knee but has since resumed basketball activities. Friday's practice will be telling of his viability ahead of Saturday's opener against the Rockets. If the 26-year-old is kept off the court or limited in his first game back then guys like Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu are in line to see added playing time.
Taj Gibson PF/C CHI 2 days ago
Gibson (shoulder) said he will be ready to play in Game 1 Saturday against the Bucks, CBS Sports reports.
Gibson received a cortisone shot at halftime Wednesday against the Hawks and eventually left the game early. He has dealt with various injuries this season, but appears ready to tough it out for the playoffs.
Dwight Howard C HOU 2 days ago
Howard could approach 32 minutes of playing time in the Rockets' postseason opener Saturday against the Mavericks, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Cleared to log up to 30 minutes in Wednesday's season finale, Howard was capped at 21 minutes due to the blowout nature of the contest. After recording 14 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks, he's averaging 13.8 points (on 68 percent shooting), 8.9 boards, 1.0 block, and 0.8 steals in 22 minutes in nine appearances since his return to the lineup.
K. J. McDaniels SF HOU 2 days ago
McDaniels suffered a wrist injury in Wednesday's regular season finale and is expected to miss the entire playoffs, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Rockets believe McDaniels fractured his wrist, an injury which would likely require surgery and entail a fairly lengthy recovery period. While the rookie likely would not have been much more than an end-of-the-bench option in the postseason, it's another loss for a team already riddled with injuries.
Jerryd Bayless G MIL 2 days ago
Bayless took part in a full practice Thursday, CF Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Bayless was rested for the regular season finale against Boston on Wednesday, so the news of him participating in practice comes as no surprise. The backup point guard will be ready to play when the Bucks and Bulls open play Saturday evening in Chicago.
Jared Dudley SG/SF MIL 2 days ago
Dudley took part in a full practice Thursday, CF Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Dudley rested the final two games of the regular season, but after going through a full practice Thursday there is no reason to believe he won't be available Saturday, as expected. Though he started one game in place of Giannis Antetokounmpo down the stretch, Dudley will likely come off the bench against the Bulls.
Nene PF/C WAS 2 days ago
Hilario (ankle) took part in Thursday's practice, J. Michael of CSN reports.
This is great news for the Wizards after Nene sat out the final two games of the regular season. His ankle injury was never considered serious, but the team obviously wants him as close to 100 percent as possible for the start of the postseason. Barring a setback Friday, Nene should be expected to start Saturday's opener in Toronto.
Otto Porter SF WAS 2 days ago
Porter (ankle) practiced Thursday and said his ankle is fine, CSN's J. Michael reports.
Porter left Wednesday's game against the Cavs with a sprained ankle after playing 20 minutes. It looks like the move to hold him out was precautionary, and his participation in practice indicates the ankle shouldn't be an issue going forward.
Kyrie Irving PG CLE 2 days ago
Irving played 18 minutes and finished with nine points to go with seven assists in Wednesday's win over the Wizards.
Irving departed Monday's game against the Pistons with tightness in his hip, but the team stressed that the move to hold him out was only precautionary. Cleveland rested its starters for most of the second half Wednesday, so all signs point to Irving opening the postseason Sunday at full strength.
Garrett Temple G WAS 2 days ago
Temple (hamstring) has ruled himself out for Game 1 of the Wizards' series with the Raptors, J. Michael of CSN reports.
Temple has not played in more than a month, but he said he hopes to return at some point in the playoffs. The fact that he's already been ruled out for Game 1 indicates that he's not overly close to a return, so it's unlikely he makes much of an impact in the first few games of the opening round series.