J. R. Smith SG/SF CLE 13 hours ago
Smith was ejected in the third quarter of Game 4 against the Celtics on Sunday for striking a blow to the head of Boston's Jae Crowder.
Smith managed to spend 16 minutes on the court and compiled eight points before getting unceremoniously ejected Sunday. Most importantly, he may ultimately get suspended by the NBA for his actions. With Cleveland's upcoming schedule uncertain, look for James Jones and Shawn Marion to see more playing time if Smith is in fact suspended.
Hedo Turkoglu SF LAC 13 hours ago
Turkoglu sprained his ankle but coach Doc Rivers said he's fine for Game 4 against the Spurs on Sunday, the Orange County Register reports.
Turkoglu has played a total of 16 minutes through the first three games of the playoffs so he can manage his normal role off the bench even with a bum ankle. Although, coach Doc Rivers may decide to leave him on the shelf depending on the flow of the game. Either way, Turkoglu is not an ideal option moving forward.
Kevin Love PF/C CLE 14 hours ago
Love will not return to Sunday's Game 4 against the Celtics after suffering what appeared to be a dislocated left shoulder, Heather Cox of ESPN reports.
Love got tangled up with Boston's Kelly Olynyk during Sunday's game and Love came away from the tussle clutching his left shoulder while running back to the locker room. The Cavaliers haven't officially announced the specificity or severity of the injury but Love is in danger of missing significant time off the court if it indeed was a separated shoulder that caused ligament damage. Further news should be released in due time after Love is evaluated by the medical staff.
Deron Williams PG BKN 15 hours ago
Williams (back) is dealing with "severe" tendinitis according to his teammate Joe Johnson, the New York Daily News reports.
This news comes after Williams sat on the bench through the fourth quarter of Game 3 against the Hawks. At this point Williams should be considered a game-time decision for Game 4 on Monday. Fellow point guard Jarrett Jack is in line to compensate for Williams if the tendinitis is a factor yet again Monday and moving forward.
Richard Jefferson SF DAL 15 hours ago
Jefferson is a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Rockets, Earl Sneed of Mavs.com reports.
Given that Rick Carlisle was willing to say Raymond Felton was likely to play, but not Jefferson, there could be some decent doubt that the forward is close enough to 100 percent to be effective. Al-Farouq Aminu would see highly increased minutes if Jefferson is limited.
Raymond Felton PG DAL 15 hours ago
Felton (hamstring) is likely to play, but still a game-time decision, Earl Sneed of Mavs.com reports.
If he plays, Felton is still a decent risk given that he could see limited minutes for a team doing whatever it needs to avoid elimination. J.J. Barea and Devin Harris can both be expected to see extra minutes.
Jared Sullinger PF/C BOS 16 hours ago
Sullinger (tailbone) is available for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers, Mark D'Amico of Celtics.com reports.
Previous indications were that Sullinger would be a game-time decision, so there's still a possibility he stays on the bench. However, one game from elimination logically means Brad Stevens will do what needs to avoid a sweep and try to spark an improbable comeback.
Marcus Smart PG BOS 16 hours ago
Smart will not be out in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers, Dave NcMenamin of ESPN reports.
This decision was even easier for Brad Stevens after Smart showed up late to shootaround, reported by ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Registering four total assists across three playoff games probably didn't help either. Jae Crowder will take Smart's starting spot as the Celtics go big to try to prevent a sweep.
Draymond Green SF GS 17 hours ago
Green scored 22 points (9-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT) with 10 rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block in the game four win over the Pelicans.
the Defensive Player of the Year runner-up did major damage again on Saturday, coming just two assists shy of a triple double. With Green set to hit free agency this summer, the Warriors will have to break the bank and likely match a max contract offer from multiple suitors. We'll see just how much luxury tax Golden State is actually willing to pay.
Klay Thompson SG GS 18 hours ago
Thompson scored 25 points (11-19 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT) with three rebounds and one steal in the game four win over the Pelicans.
Thompson was once again efficient and effective, combining with Steph Curry to hit 10 treys and shoot above 50% from the field together on the night. He'll make a strong case for first round draft-status coming into next season.