NBA Player News
|5/19/2016||Kyrie Irving, Cle, G|
|Irving had 26 points in Game 2 for the Cavs.
Analysis: Irving has averaged 24.8 points and gone 29 of 58 from 3-point range this postseason.
|5/19/2016||DeMar DeRozan, Tor, G-F|
|DeRozan had 22 points in Game 2 on Thursday.
Analysis: He's averaged 25 points in the last five playoff games.
|5/18/2016||Hassan Whiteside, Mia, C|
|Heat President Pat Riley says that Whiteside will be the team's top priority in free agency, noting Wednesday that the center will be contacted by the team at 12:01 a.m. on July 1.
Analysis: Riley says Whiteside's upside cannot be ignored. Whiteside averaged 14.2 points and was the NBA's blocked-shot leader this season.
|5/17/2016||Kelly Olynyk, Bos, C|
|Olynyk has undergone successful surgery on his injured right shoulder which bothered him late in the season.
Analysis: The team said Tuesday that the 7-footer had arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder on Monday. The procedure was for recurrent subluxations, or when the shoulder partially slips in and out of the socket.
|5/17/2016||Kyle Lowry, Tor, PG|
|Lowry struggled in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, finishing with eight points on 4-of-14 shooting in a 31-point loss at Cleveland.
Analysis: Lowry had been outstanding in closing out Miami, totaling 71 points on 23-of-47 shooting in his previous two games.
|5/17/2016||Kyrie Irving, Cle, G|
|With Kyrie Irving helping to lead the way, the Cavaliers continued to roll through the Eastern Conference playoffs on Tuesday night.
Analysis: The star point guard finished with 27 points, two steals and two blocks as Cleveland moved to 9-0 in the postseason with a 115-84 rout of Toronto in Game 1 of the East finals.
|5/17/2016||LeBron James, Cle, F|
|James hardly missed and scored 24 points in three quarters, and Cleveland picked up where it left off before a long layoff by thumping the Toronto Raptors 115-84 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night.
Analysis: James made his first nine shots - one an arena-rattling powerhouse dunk - and the Cavs, healthy and hungry after losing in the Finals a year ago, shot 67 percent from the field in the first half while improving to 9-0 this postseason. Cleveland is the first team to start the playoffs with nine straight wins since San Antonio reeled off 10 in a row in 2012.
|5/16/2016||Russell Westbrook, OKC, PG|
|Westbrook came up big with 27 points, 12 assists and seven steals in Oklahoma City's stunning 108-102 win at Golden State in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Analysis: Westbrook is averaging 30 points, 11 assists and 6.7 rebounds over his last three games.
|5/16/2016||Kevin Durant, OKC, F|
|Durant contributed 26 points, 10 rebounds and three steals in a 108-102 win at Golden State in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. He went 10 for 30 from the field, but hit a big shot down the stretch.
Analysis: Durant has averaged 30.2 points over his last six playoff games.
|5/16/2016||Stephen Curry, GS, G|
|Curry finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in Monday's loss to Oklahoma City in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. He went 6 for 14 from 3-point range and wasn't much of a factor in the final minutes.
Analysis: Curry has averaged 31.7 points, 8.7 assists and 8 rebounds in three games since returning from injury.
|5/16/2016||Klay Thompson, GS, G-F|
|Thompson had 25 points and nine rebounds in Monday's loss to the Thunder in the opening game of the Western Conference finals. He went 3 for 8 from beyond the arc.
Analysis: Thompson has scored 30 points per game and hit 48.4 percent from 3-point range over his last six games.
|5/15/2016||Karl-Anthony Towns, Min, C|
|Towns is the unanimous winner of the NBA Rookie of the Year award. The league made the announcement Monday, giving the Timberwolves back-to-back honorees after forward Andrew Wiggins took the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy last season.
Analysis: The 7-foot Towns received all 130 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters in the United States and Canada, joining Damian Lillard (2013), Blake Griffin (2011), David Robinson (1990) and Ralph Sampson (1984) as recent unanimous winners. New York's Kristaps Porzingis finished second, and Denver's Nikola Jokic was third. The first pick in the 2015 draft, Towns ranked eighth in the NBA in rebounds and field-goal percentage.
|5/14/2016||Kyle Lowry, Tor, PG|
|Lowry played a leading role Friday with 36 points on 12-of-27 shooting, but it wasn't enough in a 103-91 loss at Miami in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Analysis: Lowry has totaled 61 points while hitting 9 of 14 from 3-point range in the last two games. Game 7 is on Sunday in Toronto.
|5/14/2016||DeMar DeRozan, Tor, G-F|
|DeRozan had returned to his poor-shooting ways Friday. He finished with 21 points but shot 8 for 21 in a 103-91 loss at Miami in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Analysis: DeRozan is averaging 19.4 points on 34.9 percent shooting in 13 playoff games. He's just 4 for 21 from 3-point range.
|5/14/2016||Goran Dragic, Mia, G|
|Dragic finished with a postseason career-high 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists as Miami forced a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 103-91 victory over the Raptors.
Analysis: He keyed the Heat's big second quarter by scoring 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
|5/12/2016||Klay Thompson, GS, G-F|
|Thompson came up big Wednesday with 33 points on 13-of-17 shooting in Wednesday's 125-121 win over Portland in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals. He also went 6 for 9 from 3-point range.
Analysis: Thompson was huge in helping eliminate Portland, averaging 31 points in the five games.
|5/12/2016||Stephen Curry, GS, G|
|Curry finished with 29 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and five 3-pointers in Wednesday's 125-121 win in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals. As usual, he hit some big shots down the stretch.
Analysis: Since returning from injury, Curry has totaled 69 points, 19 assists, 14 boards and 10 3-pointers in the past two games. Golden State moves on.
|5/12/2016||Luol Deng, Mia, F|
|Deng is expected to play on Friday the 13th with Miami's season on the brink.
Analysis: Deng has a bruised wrist. The Heat are in South Beach for Game 6 facing a 3-2 deficit.
|5/11/2016||Goran Dragic, Mia, G|
|Dragic has been assessed a technical foul and fined $2,000 for swinging at Toronto guard Cory Joseph under the basket late in the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The NBA announced the ruling Wednesday after a review.
Analysis: "It was just a physical play," Dragic told reporters Wednesday. "I was trying to get a rebound and he was holding my arm. I kind of tried to let it go. I swung it a bit but there was no contact, nothing." Joseph refused to comment too much on the incident Wednesday before Game 5. "Ah, I got nothing to say. I'm just focused on tonight," he said. The series is tied 2-2.
|5/11/2016||Dwyane Wade, Mia, G|
|Wade led Miami with 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists in Wednesday's 99-91 loss at Toronto in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Analysis: Wade is averaging 29.3 points on 50.8 percent shooting in his last three games. Perhaps most remarkably, he's also gone 5 for 10 from beyond the arc.
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