Matthew Dellavedova G CLE 3 days ago
Dellavedova returned to his role as the Cavaliers' primary backup point guard in Game 4 Tuesday, as Kyrie Irving (foot/knee) returned from a two-game absence and reclaimed his place as a starter. Dellavedova put up 10 points (3-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, and one assist in 17 minutes.
While starting Games 2 (37 minutes) and 3 (45 minutes) in place of Irving, Dellavedova showcased his ability to run the Cavs offense and contribute in a playoff setting. Irving's returning to the starting lineup resulted in Dellavedova playing reduced minutes in his customary backup role. Irving, who was limited to 22 minutes of action Tuesday, will likely be bothered by his knee tendinitis the rest of the playoffs, which means that Delly could continue to see meaningful minutes in the NBA Finals when they begin on June 4.
Kyrie Irving PG CLE 3 days ago
Irving (knee) started Tuesday's Game 4 against the Hawks after sitting out Games 2 and 3 due to injury. He put up 16 points (6-11 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT), four rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block in 22 minutes.
Irving was given a 25-minute limitation for his return to game action, and he came in just under that (22) as the Cavs shellacked the Hawks to close out the Eastern Conference finals. Matthew Dellavedova filled in as the starting point guard in Games 2 and 3 of the series when Irving sat out, but with Irving's return to the starting lineup, Delly moved back to his customary bench role as the Cavs' primary backup point guard. Irving's gait looked a little off at times Tuesday, but overall, he looked healthy, and it'd be surprising if he wasn't ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals when they kick off on June 4.
Beno Udrih PG MEM 3 days ago
Udrih (ankle) will not play with the Slovenian National Team at Eurobasket this summer and will undergo ankle surgery, Sportando reports.
Little is known about the situation at this point, but Udrih dealt with the ankle injury throughout the playoffs, and he figures to miss significant time during the offseason. It's currently unclear whether his status for the start of training camp will be affected.
Kyrie Irving PG CLE 4 days ago
Irving (knee) will play and start in Tuesday's Game 5, but will have a 25-minute time limit, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo reports.
After going through pre-game warmups, Irving has been deemed healthy enough to play but will not play his usual workload. With 25 minutes being the absolute limit, expectations should be tempered for Irving and Matthew Dellavedova should still have some fantasy value seeing as though Irving will be limited.
Brian Roberts G CHA 4 days ago
Roberts, in his third NBA season, posted career-low averages of 6.7 points and 2.3 assists while playing in 72 games for Charlotte in 2014-15.
Roberts was never a strong contributor for the Hornets this season, but he was reliable enough to the point where he could be trusted running the point for the team. It appeared as if Roberts was due for an increase in minutes and production once Kemba Walker went down with a knee injury in late-January, and for a small stretch, he did. In eight games following Walker's injury Roberts played an average of 33 minutes per game and posted averages of 10.4 points and 4.1 assists over that time. Unfortunately for Roberts, Charlotte then traded for Timberwolves point guard Mo Williams, and Williams took over the starting point guard role. This pushed Roberts back into fantasy irrelevancy for pretty much the remainder of the regular season. As for next season, Roberts still has one year left on his contract, but with Walker set to return and the chance that Williams is re-signed, Roberts will remain in a backup role for Charlotte.
Dwight Howard C HOU 4 days ago
Howard's flagrant one foul on Andrew Bogut in Game 4 has been reviewed by the NBA and will not be upgraded to a flagrant two. As a result, Howard will not be suspended for Game 5, Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports.
Rod Thorn said that Howard's contact with Bogut was unnecessary, but not excessive, and he was trying to "extricate himself from the situation." With that, Howard avoids what would have been a costly suspension for his team and will be active in Game 5 as the Rockets face elimination once again down 3-1 to the Warriors.
Kyrie Irving PG CLE 4 days ago
Irving (knee) will warm up before a decision regarding his Game 4 status is made, according to head coach David Blatt, Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated reports.
Earlier reports stated that the Cavaliers were optimistic Irving would play, but it is clear they wish to see him warm up before they know for sure whether their All-Star point guard is healthy enough to play.
Jason Maxiell PF/C CHA 4 days ago
Maxiell played in 61 games this season, but played just 14 minutes per game and averaged 5.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in that time.
Maxiell signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Hornets for 2014-15 and the team decided to fully guarantee his contract in January. The only time Maxiell was on the court playing valuable minutes was when Al Jefferson was out of the rotation with an injury. With that said, when Maxiell was on the court, he was a fairly effective rebounder and interior defender despite his lack of height and length. Regardless, Maxiell will now enter the offseason as a free agent, and while he still, at age 32, should have a few good years left in him after 10 NBA seasons, it is entirely up in the air as to whether a team will need what Maxiell has to offer or not.
Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 4 days ago
Jefferson (knee) dealt with groin and knee injuries throughout the 2014-15 season, but still managed to play 65 games. His numbers, however, did take a dip as a result, as his average of 16.6 points per game is his lowest since the 2006-07 season, while he failed to average at least nine rebounds per game (8.4) for the first time since the 2005-06 season.
Between the injuries and drop in production, it was a disappointing season for Jefferson to say the least, especially after he played like the best big man in the league in the second half of last season. Instead, this year, Jefferson had an up-and-down season following a strong start and finished as the 25th ranked center fantasy-wise. Jefferson posted 21 double-doubles on the season, but there were far too many times where he failed to reach double figures in both points and rebounds. Furthermore, Jefferson ended the season by missing the final seven games with a knee injury, but is expected to make a full recovery. Now, Jefferson will have the opportunity to exercise a $13.5 million player option for next season or choose to opt out of his contract, and given his decline in production, Jefferson says he does not anticipate that he will opt out. Assuming Jefferson does return to Charlotte next season, he will be looked at once again as a key contributor if the Hornets wish to make a return to the playoffs. The team, at this point, does not have many reliable options on offense, and if Jefferson can return to being a big man who can consistently put up at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, it will make Charlotte's offense run much more fluidly.
Kyle Korver SG/SF ATL 4 days ago
Korver (ankle) will undergo surgery on his right ankle on Wednesday, David Aldridge of TNT reports.
Korver suffered from the severe ankle sprain in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, and after seeking a second opinion, Korver and his camp have determined that surgery is the best course of action en route to a full recovery for next season.