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Date Player
5/20/2015 Stephen Curry, GS, G
Curry has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the league's anti-flopping rules against the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

Analysis: The league says the flop occurred after Curry's 3-pointer with 3:07 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Warriors' 110-106 victory on Tuesday night. Curry made the shot and fell to the court after getting bumped by defender Terrence Jones.
5/20/2015 Ognjen Kuzmic, GS, C
Kuzmic has a sprained left ankle for the Warriors.

Analysis: It's unclear when he'll return.
5/20/2015 DeMarre Carroll, Atl, F
An MRI on DeMarre Carroll's left knee showed no structural damage, and he hopes to play for Atlanta in Friday night's Game 2 against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Carroll's agent said Thursday.

Analysis: Carroll was hurt when his knee appeared to buckle as he was driving to the basket with about 5 minutes remaining in the game. Carroll has been Atlanta's leading scorer in the postseason with 17.1 points per game. He also is the team's top defensive player and was assigned to Cavaliers star LeBron James most of the game.
5/19/2015 Dwight Howard, Hou, F-C
Howard will play against the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. The Rockets made the announcement about 30 minutes before Thursday night's game. Howard had been questionable to play with a sprained left knee.

Analysis: He ran sprints to test his knee during pregame warmups at Oracle Arena. During the portion of the morning shootaround in San Francisco open to reporters, Howard worked on his post-up game - turnaround hook shots, short floaters and even a few dunks. Howard hurt his knee in a first-quarter collision with teammate Josh Smith in Golden State's series-opening win Tuesday night.
5/18/2015 Kyrie Irving, Cle, G
Irving returned to practice and says his leg injuries will not keep him off the court for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Analysis: Irving sat out Cleveland's practice Saturday and spent the weekend receiving treatment on tendinitis in his left knee and a sprained right foot as the Cavs rested for their series against the Atlanta Hawks. On Monday, Irving said the time off helped and he feels 'pretty good' going into Wednesday's series opener.
5/18/2015 LaMarcus Aldridge, Por, F-C
Aldridge had surgery Monday to repair a ligament in his left thumb.

Analysis: The team said in a statement that Aldridge is expected to be able to return to basketball activity in about eight weeks. Aldridge, a four-time All-Star, averaged 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds during the regular season, playing with the injured thumb for part of that time. He averaged 21.8 points and 11.2 rebounds in the playoffs.
5/18/2015 Andrew Wiggins, Min, G-F
Wiggins is the only unanimous selection for the NBA's All-Rookie first team.

Analysis: Wiggins received all 130 votes Monday from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters in the U.S. and Canada. He averaged 16.9 points, tops in the class, and his 36.2 minutes per game ranked fourth in the NBA. The rest of the first team was Chicago's Nikola Mirotic, Philadelphia's Nerlens Noel, Orlando's Elfrid Payton and Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson.
5/18/2015 John Wall, Was, PG
Wall says he does not need surgery for the fractures in his left hand and wrist that kept him out of three playoff games.

Analysis: Wall says Monday that he will head to Cleveland this week or next to see a specialist about the injury and find out what he needs to do to heal properly. He was hurt during Game 1 of Washington's second-round series against the Atlanta Hawks and sat out Games 2, 3, 4, then returned for Games 5 and 6. The Hawks took the final three games of the series to win it 4-2.
5/15/2015 James Harden, Hou, G-F
Harden scored 23 points in Thursday's win.

Analysis: Harden wasn't on the floor for just about all of the Rockets' astounding 40-15 fourth quarter that forced Game 7 in this rip-roaring, thrill-a-minute series.
5/15/2015 Chris Paul, LAC, PG
Paul finished with 31 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds Thursday.

Analysis: Paul and the Clippers have been pushed to a Game 7 for the second straight series.
5/15/2015 Blake Griffin, LAC, F-C
Griffin finished with 28 points and eight boards Thursday.

Analysis: Griffin and the Clippers have been pushed to a Game 7 for the second straight series.
5/15/2015 Tony Allen, Mem, G-F
Allen says he's definitely playing Game 6 against the Golden State Warriors with Memphis needing a win to avoid elimination trailing their Western Conference semifinal 3-2.

Analysis: The guard missed the final nine games of the season with a strained left hamstring before returning for the postseason. He has 24 steals in nine playoff games before sitting out Wednesday night's 98-78 loss to Golden State. Memphis coach Dave Joerger says they rested Allen in Game 5 to give the guard three days of rehabilitation but says Allen's injury is 'pretty severe' and won't heal until the season ends.
5/15/2015 Tony Allen, Mem, G-F
Allen started Game 6 on Friday night and managed to play all of 5 minutes before his injured left hamstring sent him to the bench against the Golden State Warriors.

Analysis: Allen said after Friday morning's shootaround that he was at about 60 percent. But he tried to play with Memphis facing elimination. He hit one of three shots before going to the bench. He was limping noticeably when he came out for the second half and stayed on the bench. He missed the final nine games of the season with a strained left hamstring before returning for the postseason. He has 24 steals in nine playoff games before sitting out Wednesday night's 98-78 loss
5/14/2015 Bradley Beal, Was, SG
Beal scored 23 on Wednesday.

Analysis: Beal will be playing to keep his season alive Friday at home.
5/14/2015 Paul Pierce, Was, F
Pierce, nicknamed 'The Truth,' was spreading some falsehoods Wednesday.

Analysis: Pierce scored 11 points, though he hit a clutch 3-pointer to put Washington ahead late and yelled "Series!" to the crowd. Alas, his Wizards lost the game. Game 6 is Friday night in Washington.
5/14/2015 Al Horford, Atl, F-C
Horford had 23 points and 11 rebounds Wednesday.

Analysis: Horford notched his seventh double-double of the playoffs. Game 6 is Friday night in Washington.
5/14/2015 Stephen Curry, GS, G
Curry turned in an MVP-worthy performance Wednesday.

Analysis: Curry made six 3-pointers for all of his 18 points and added seven boards, six steals and five assists as well as some intense, in-your-face defense. Game 6 is Friday in Memphis.
5/14/2015 Klay Thompson, GS, G-F
Thompson scored a team-high 21 points Wednesday.

Analysis: Thompson turned in his highest point total of this series. Game 6 is Friday in Memphis.
5/14/2015 Marc Gasol, Mem, C
Gasol showcased his mad skills Wednesday.

Analysis: Gasol had 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Game 6 is Friday in Memphis.
5/14/2015 Kyrie Irving, Cle, G
Irving was not on the court to start the second half of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Chicago Bulls, and ESPN reported he is doubtful to return.

Analysis: Irving, playing on two injured legs, crumbled to the court grimacing in pain after he came down on teammate Tristan Thompson's foot with 9:47 left in the first half. He limped to the sideline and then to the locker room. Losing Irving is a big blow for Cleveland as it tries to close out this series and avoid a decisive Game 7 at home on Sunday.
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