Marreese Speights PF/C GS 3 days ago
Speights (calf) will not play in Game 3 against the Rockets on Saturday, Jimmy Spencer of FOX Sports reports.
This comes as no surprise, as Speights is without a timetable to return. He said earlier in the week that he hopes to be back for Game 6 or 7 of the Western Conference Finals, but with the Warriors up 2-0. a potential return could be pushed to the Finals.
DeMarre Carroll F ATL 3 days ago
Carroll (knee) is considered a game-time decision for Friday's Game 2, but the feeling around the organization is that he will not play, Sam Amico of FOX Sports reports.
Carroll took part in a light shootaround Friday morning, but he was seen walking gingerly less than 48 hours after injuring his knee in Game 1. If Carroll does play, he'll likely be well below 100 percent, and considering he'd be tasked with guarding LeBron James, it may be in the Hawks' best interest to wait until he's closer to full health. If Carroll does not play, Kent Bazemore is expected to step into a more significant role.
Kobe Bryant SG LAL 3 days ago
Bryant (shoulder) intimated recently that the 2015-16 season will be his last with the Lakers, ESPN reports. "He has indicated to me that this is it," Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said.
Bryant, who will make an league-high $25 million next season, enters his 20th NBA season and the final year of his contract. The 36-year-old has been plagued by injuries over the last three season, and a shoulder injury limited him to just 35 games in 2014-15. He's expected to return healthy for the start of the 2015-16 season and will play a major role for a Lakers team that could look drastically different come October. Los Angeles holds the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, gets Julius Randle (leg) back from injury, and has loads of cap room with which to play this summer. The Lakers figure to compete for a playoff berth, but the team's success may ultimately hinge on Bryant's health. The same can be said about Bryant potentially continuing his career beyond 2015-16. He said he hasn't ruled out the possibility of playing beyond next season, but it's unclear whether that would entail moving to another franchise.
Dwight Howard C HOU 3 days ago
Howard (knee) is officially listed as probable for Saturday's Game 3 against the Warriors, Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Howard was a game-time decision for Game 2 after spraining his knee in Game 1, and he played well, putting up 19 points and 17 rebounds in 40 minutes. It doesn't look as though he'll miss any time going forward, so expect more big production from Howard as the series shifts to Houston. The center is averaging 16.6 points, 14.0 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.4 steals in the postseason.
LeBron James SF CLE 3 days ago
James indicated that his ankle "has been better," but the ailment won't prevent him from playing in Friday's Game 2, NBA.com reports.
James appeared to roll his ankle on the foot of a courtside cameraman during Game 1, but he returned to the game and did not appear to be overly hampered. Don't expect James' usage or style of play to be impacted, as he's time and again proven to be one of the most durable players in the league.
Jordan Adams SG MEM 3 days ago
Adams averaged 3.1 points (40.7 FG, 40.0 3Pt, 60.9 FT), 0.9 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.2 blocks in 8 minutes per game during 30 regular season games.
The rookie appeared in four playoff games, averaging 1.8 points (66.7 FG, 100.0 3Pt, 50.0 FT), 0.3 rebounds and 0.3 steals in 3 minutes per game. Adams didn't have much luck cracking Grizzlies' coach Dave Joerger's regular rotation, but he did get the chance to develop his game some playing for the team's D-League affiliate. In 11 games with the Iowa Energy Adams averaged 18.1 points (46.2 FG, 38.8 3Pt, 79.5 FT), 6.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.5 blocks in 32 minutes per game. Expect him to see considerable playing time in the summer league as he looks to improve and earn more time in his sophomore season.
Vince Carter SG/SF MEM 3 days ago
Carter averaged 5.8 points (33.3 FG, 29.7 3Pt, 78.9 FT), 2.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.2 blocks in 17 minutes per game during 66 regular season games in 2014-15.
In 11 playoff games he averaged 6.3 points (40.3 FG, 25.0 3Pt, 88.9 FT), 4.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocks in 18 minutes per game. Carter began the regular season at less than 100 percent following offseason ankle surgery and suffered a torn tendon in late January on his way to career lows in minutes, shot attempts per game, field goal percentage, rebounds per game and assists per game. The 38-year-old veteran is on the Grizzlies' books for $4.1 million in 2015-16.
Beno Udrih PG MEM 3 days ago
Udrih averaged 7.7 points (48.7 FG, 26.8 3Pt, 85.3 FT), 1.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.1 blocks in 19 minutes per game during 79 regular season games in 2014-15.
In 10 playoff games he averaged 7.6 points (42.5 FG, 25.0 3Pt, 83.3 FT), 2.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 0.5 steals in 18 minutes per game. Udrih's $2.1 million contract ($0.9 million guaranteed) for 2015-16 becomes fully guaranteed if he's not waived on or before July 5, the same day he'll turn 33.
Royce White F SAC 3 days ago
White is drawing interest from teams and has an offer to play for the Clippers summer league team, Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports.
The former lottery pick has appeared in only three career NBA games while battling a well-publicized anxiety issue. He's still just 24 years old, however, and is an intriguing combination of size and playmaking ability when focused and healthy. Any team willing to take a chance on White will have to navigate through his character issues, but if the Iowa State product proves willing to cooperate, he could be a cheap steal for a team in need of wing depth.
DeMarre Carroll F ATL 3 days ago
Carroll (knee) was spotted moving gingerly after Friday's shootaround, KL Chouinard of Hawks.com reports. He is considered a game-time call for Game 2.
Carroll took part in the light shootaround but is clearly still hampered by the knee injury that forced him out of Game 1. Considering how the injury looked at the time, the Hawks are happy to see Carroll on his feet, but it's possible they could be without their leading postseason scorer in Game 2 if doctors rule him out later this afternoon. More information should be available closer to the 8:30 PM ET tip.