• Elfrid Payton - G - New Orleans Pelicans

    Elfrid Payton fractured the small finger on his left hand during Friday’s game and will not return.

    That was fast. In his first game back from an ankle injury, Payton gets hit again with an ailment. We’re not yet sure of the long term prognosis, but Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore will continue to start and get heavy usage. Wesley Johnson might rejoin the starting lineup but was at zero percent ownership and for good reason.

    Source: Jennifer Hale on Twitter

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  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart was able to do some light shooting during Tuesday's practice.

    Smart was able to run on the treadmill before shooting, as he increases his activity level as the day goes on. Smart is looking to return to the Celtics earlier than projected.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter

  • Marcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics

    Marcus Smart (torn oblique) was spotted doing treadmill work during Tuesday's practice.

    This is significant progress for Smart, as he recovers from his oblique tear. It looks like Smart has a real chance to get back on the court if the Celtics can get past the Bucks and continue to advance in the playoffs.

    Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter

  • Blake Griffin - F - Detroit Pistons

    Blake Griffin joined the Piston fans in the "refs you suck" chant that took place in Game 4 on Monday.

    Griffin continued to pour it on the refs in his postgame press conference, referencing how Giannis Antetokounmpo alone took more free throws than the entire Pistons team in Game 4. While the free throw disparity is a disheartening development for the Pistons, they would have needed a lot more than a few calls to make this a series.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo - F - Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks posted a 23.5 net rating, the second-best first-round net rating since the NBA changed the first-round to a best-of-seven series in 2003.

    Behind Giannis Antetokounmpo the Bucks decimated the Pistons in their four-game sweep, winning by an average of 23.8 points a game. For the playoffs so far, the Bucks are the top-rated offense with 102.2 points per 100 possessions and the fourth-best defense with 96.8 points allowed per 100 possessions. The Bucks will now turn their attention to the Celtics, in what should be an exciting second-round matchup.

    Source: USA Today

  • Luke Walton - Team - Sacramento Kings

    The Lakers offered to retain Luke Walton as head coach following Magic Johnson's resignation, but he declined because he was aware that Jeanie Buss previously gave Magic full authority to fire him.

    This is an interesting development as it seemed that Walton was a lame-duck coach for a while. Every loss exasperated the media and the hot seat grew hotter, as Lebron James' camp reportedly did not want Walton to stay. The report also states that the Lakers had no idea about the legal accusations being sanctioned on Walton. This new wrinkle would lend credence to those claims.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • Andre Drummond - C - Detroit Pistons

    After the Pistons were swept on Monday night, Andre Drummond said he hurt his quad in Game 1 and lacked explosion for the rest of the seriers.

    Even with the quad injury, Drummond was able to post a double-double in every game in the series with an average of 14.2 points, 13.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. Though, his 44.4 percent shooting did show he was a little off in his game. The Pistons were overmatched in this series, especially with Blake Griffin banged up, and it likely wouldn't have made a difference in the end results.

    Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter

  • Donovan Mitchell - G - Utah Jazz

    On the way home from practice prior to Game 4, Donovan Mitchell stopped to help as he witnessed a two-car crash in downtown Salt Lake City.

    Mitchell saw the accident and stopped driving to run over and assist a woman whose airbags went off and was falling out of the car. Mitchell called 911 and waited until the police and ambulances arrived. Maybe this good karma is what the Jazz needed for Mitchell to have his best game of the series and get their first win.

    Source: Yahoo Sports

  • Tyronn Lue - Team - Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Lakers have scheduled a second meeting with Tyronn Lue for Wednesday.

    The Lakers are closing in on their search for a new head coach, and it seems that the two likeliest choices are Lue and Monty Williams. With the Suns also expressing interest in Williams for their head coach vacancy, the Lakers have some incentive to move quickly with their decision.

    Source: LA Times

  • Andrew Bogut - C - Golden State Warriors

    Andrew Bogut plans on returning to the Sydney Kings of the NBL for the 2019-20 season, regardless of what happens the rest of the way during the NBA playoffs.

    Bogut agreed to a two-year pact with the Kings last April and he intends to honor that agreement and return to his native Australia, even though other NBA teams may be interested in his services. “The be all and end all is that I gave my word to the Kings,” Bogut said, via the NBL. “Someone outside of the Warriors could offer me a deal that would be pretty lucrative and a decent one-year deal. But I’m sold and locked in on coming to the Sydney Kings again to try and better what we did last season.” Bogut’s time in Australia has made wonders as he lost the extra weight and looks to be in tremendous shape for his age while averaging 4.7 points, 8.0 boards, 2.7 dimes and 1.0 blocked shots in 14.7 minutes against the Clippers. The Warriors will continue to rely on him and Kevon Looney with DeMarcus Cousins expected to remain sidelined throughout the playoffs.

    Source: Nbl.com

  • Juwan Howard - Team - Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cavs have scheduled meetings this week with Mavs assistant coach Jamahl Mosley and the Heat’s Juwan Howard, a person familiar with the team’s plans told the Associated Press on Monday.

    Mosley has some connections with the Cavs, spending four seasons as an assistant with the club before joining the Mavs in 2014. He just completed his fifth season with Dallas, who promoted him to the position of defensive coordinator before last season. Mosley has risen through the coaching ranks and has extensive background in player development, an essential for the Cavs, who have a young roster. After a 19-year NBA playing career, Howard joined Erik Spoelstra’s Heat staff in 2013. He has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Lakers’ vacancy while he interviewed for the Pistons’ opening last year. General manager Koby Altman has not put any timeline on a search that he promised would be expansive. The Cavs intend to speak with many assistants currently in the postseason, with the Nuggets’ Jordi Fernandez, the Jazz’s Alex Jensen and the Blazers’ David Vanterpool among the coaches expected to be contacted by Cleveland in the next few weeks.

    Source: Akron-Beacon Journal