James Harden SG HOU 1 Day
James Harden admitted that he "didn't play well offensively" in Game 1, when he scored 27 points but shot only 8-of-28 from the field.
That included a 3-of-14 mark from downtown and while much credit is due to Wes Matthews' defense, Harden knows he needs to have better shot selection. "I just have to be more precise on my shots and be aggressive," Harden said. "The first half, I didn't really attack and get to the rim like I wanted to."
Terrence Jones F HOU 1 Day
Terrence Jones was cleared of misdemeanor harassment charges on Tuesday, stemming from an incident that occurred in July.
A police officer accused Jones of "stomping" on a homeless man who was sleeping in a doorway, but Jones said in a recent interview, "An officer's word is going to be worth more than mine ... What he saw didn't happen." As part of the case's dismissal Jones agreed to pay $10,000 to a charity that benefits the homeless.
Festus Ezeli C GS 1 Day
Warriors center Festus Ezeli admitted frustration over the slow recovery of his surgically-repaired right knee.
Ezeli had surgery 10 months ago with an expected recovery time of 6-9 months, but he only recently was cleared to bend his knee. It's very unlikely that he'll be healthy enough to appear in the playoffs, which is unfortunate for the Warriors since they're already without Andrew Bogut (rib).
LaMarcus Aldridge PF/C POR 1 Day
Rockets coach Kevin McHale said his team will "do some things differently" in Game 2, but LaMarcus Aldridge doesn't expect to be constantly double-teamed.
"I don't think they doubled me all year," Aldridge said. "I had some good games versus them. I think they're a traditional team that wants to go one-on-one ... if they double me, I'll make the reads." Aldridge torched the Rockets for 46 points in Game 1, and at the very least the Rockets are likely to give Terrence Jones some help defending Aldridge on the post.
Jeremy Lin PG HOU 1 Day
Jeremy Lin (illness) is feeling much better on Wednesday and he's ready to play in Game 2.
Lin sat out Tuesday's practice but his illness is behind him, which is good news for Houston since Pat Beverley (knee) is likely to be playing at less than 100 percent.
Goran Dragic PG PHO 1 Day
Goran Dragic was named the NBA's Most Improved Player for 2013-14 on Wednesday.
Dragic averaged numerous career-highs with 20.3 points, 1.6 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game, though his brilliant season wasn't enough for the Suns to make the playoffs. He posted a True Shooting percentage of 60.4 percent which trailed only Stephen Curry among players averaging at least 20 minutes per game, and he's poised for another huge season with the Suns before likely opting for free agency in 2015. Lance Stephenson finished second in MIP voting, while Anthony Davis finished third.
Mario Chalmers PG MIA 1 Day
Mario Chalmers (bruised knee) participated in the walkthrough portion of Wednesday's shootaround and he remains a game-time decision for Game 2.
"We're trying to keep him off his feet as much as possible," said coach Erik Spoelstra. He played through the injury during Game 1, finishing with seven points in 25 minutes, but if he can't suit up the Heat will deploy either Norris Cole or Toney Douglas as a fill-in starting PG.
Al Jefferson PF/C CHA 1 Day
Al Jefferson (plantar fascia) said that he "should be good" to play in Wednesday's Game 2.
"I can't say there won't be some kind of pain," Jefferson said. "But I feel like every hour it's getting better and better." We'll confirm his status before tip-off but it sounds like he'll be in uniform. The bigger question is how effective he'll be, especially since the Heat will test his mobility with Chris Bosh at center and what's sure to be an endless stream of pick-and-rolls.
Pau Gasol PF/C LAL 1 Day
Pau Gasol said that he's found "common ground" with coach Mike D'Antoni, and wouldn't rule out re-signing with the Lakers if D'Antoni remains the head coach.
"The last few years I always kept on my mind that this could be my last day [with the Lakers], so let me try to enjoy it," said Gasol. "I'm going to listen closely to what the Lakers will have to offer and say about the team's situation and position [after the NBA draft]." He also said that he'll "listen" to offers from the Knicks, but he'd have to take a huge pay cut to join Phil Jackson in New York.
Steve Nash PG LAL 1 Day
Steve Nash is confident that he'll remain with the Lakers next season, but due to his health concerns he admitted that the team "can't rely on [him]."
The Lakers could waive Nash via the stretch provision, thus reducing the cap impact of his $9.7 million final year, but the 40 year old sounds certain that he'll still be in L.A. He said that he's 3-4 weeks away from being healthy and wants to contribute in any way possible next season, even if he doesn't play and only serves as a mentor to young Lakers' players.