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Date Player
5/22/2015 Kyrie Irving, Cle, G
Irving missed Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night after he had his ailing left knee examined by Dr. James Andrews.

Analysis: The Cavaliers listed Irving as questionable for Game 3 in Cleveland on Sunday night.
5/22/2015 DeMarre Carroll, Atl, F
Carroll was a surprise starter in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. The Hawks waited until seeing Carroll test his sprained left knee before finalizing their starting lineup less than 30 minutes before the game.

Analysis: Carroll took part in shootaround Friday morning and was questionable against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Carroll was injured with about 5 minutes left in Cleveland's Game 1 victory.
5/21/2015 LeBron James, Cle, F
James led Cleveland with 31 points in Wednesday's win.

Analysis: James added eight boards and six assists to move one step closer to a fifth consecutive NBA Finals appearance.
5/21/2015 J.R. Smith, Cle, G-F
Smith exploded for 28 points as he drilled eight 3-pointers in Wednesday's win.

Analysis: Smith has been a huge addition for the Cavaliers since he was acquired in January as part of a three-team trade with New York and Oklahoma City. A player once known for his selfishness, he had learned to work with within the confines of a team led by the effervescent LeBron James.
5/21/2015 Jeff Teague, Atl, PG
Teague scored 27 points Wednesday as the Hawks coughed up home-court advantage.

Analysis: Teague finished two points shy of his highest effort in a playoff game and will match wits with the LeBron James-led Cavs again in Friday night's critical Game 2 at "The Highlight Factory."
5/20/2015 Stephen Curry, GS, G
Curry had 34 points, six rebounds and five assists in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

Analysis: Curry won another duel with fellow MVP candidate James Harden, who was magnificent in defeat.
5/20/2015 James Harden, Hou, G-F
Harden was magnificent in defeat Tuesday.

Analysis: Harden just missed a triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals as he showed why he's a force and one of the game's most exciting talents.
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: Kuzmic's status for the remainder of the Western Conference finals is in doubt.
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
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