NBA News

Shaun Livingston    G  Warriors

 

 

Shaun Livingston (hand) is questionable to play against the Blazers on Saturday. He has a right index finger sprain and a hand contusion, but is only day-to-day. If Livingston can't go, Ian Clark will look to add to his 12.5 points per game over the first two playoff outings.

Matt Barnes    G/F  Warriors

 

 

Matt Barnes (ankle) is questionable to play in Game 3 against the Blazers on Saturday. With Andre Iguodala getting a minutes increase and Ian Clark feasting against the Blazers, there really hasn't been much of a need for Barnes. Pat McCaw could get another start if Kevin Durant (calf) and Barnes can't make it.

Jusuf Nurkic    C  Trail Blazers

 

 

Jusuf Nurkic (right leg) has been upgraded to doubtful for Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday. Progress. Nurkic has said he's been pain free for over a week, but it sounds like he'll be out for at least one more game. Nurkic suffered the injury about a month ago, but non-displaced leg fractures have a wide range for a prognosis. If he's out again, Moe Harkless, Noah Vonleh, Al-Farouq Aminu and Meyers Leonard should soak up most of the minutes at the PF and C spots.

Vlade Divac    C  Kings

 

 

The Kings are hiring Scott Perry to a high-ranking front office job, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. He will be an executive VP and work closely with general manager Vlade Divac. Perry was an assistant GM with the Magic and it sounds like he'll do most of the leg work on the GM duties, but Divac will have the final say. It would appear the Kings aren't going after Sam Hinkie after all.

Kevin Durant    F  Warriors

 

 

Durant (calf) participated in practice Friday and has been ruled questionable for Saturday's Game 3 against the Trail Blazers, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.

RotoWire

Apr 21 - 3:00 PM

Kevin Durant    F  Warriors

 

 

Kevin Durant (calf) went through practice on Friday and is questionable to play against the Blazers in Game 3 on Saturday. Coach Steve Kerr said that if KD isn't 100 percent, the Warriors would be cautious with him. Durant posted a video on his YouTube page to show some treatment on his calf, and he also admitted he could've played in a must-win scenario. Considering how long the playoffs go, the Warriors may opt to hold Durant out for most of the first round. If he's out again, Andre Iguodala, Ian Clark and Patrick McCaw should pick up some added playing time.

Victor Oladipo    G  Thunder

 

 

The Thunder are hoping Victor Oladipo can break out of his shooting slump in Game 3 Friday night in OKC. Oladipo has struggled mightily in the series' first two games. He is just 5-of-26 (19.2 percent) from the field, including 1-of-13 (6.5 percent) from 3-point territory, over Games 1 and 2 vs. Houston. Coach Billy Donovan stated that despite his offensive struggles, Oladipo has been solid overall. "Victor's not a one-dimensional player — he can do a lot of different things," Donovan said. Nonetheless, OKC will need more out of their second-leading scorer if they want to advance past the Rockets.

USA Today

Apr 21 - 1:49 PM

Russell Westbrook    G  Thunder

 

 

Thunder coach Billy Donovan defended Russell Westbrook on Thursday. Westbrook has taken some heat in the media after attempting 18 shots in the final quarter of Game 2's defeat. Donovan, as expected, stood up for his superstar. "I have an enormous amount of trust and confidence after being with Russell this season for 82 games and seeing the ways he's closed out games," Donovan said. "I trust him when he's got the ball in terms of making decisions." Don't expect Westbrook to be bashful merely because some reporters questioned his approach. Russ will come out firing in Game 3, stuffing the stat sheet in the process, playing the only way he knows hows to.

ESPN.com

Apr 21 - 1:04 PM

Ian Mahinmi    C  Wizards

 

 

Mahinmi (calf) has been ruled for Saturday's Game 3 and Monday's Game 4 against the Hawks, Ava Wallace of The Washington Post reports.

RotoWire

Apr 21 - 12:44 PM

Ian Mahinmi    F/C  Wizards

 

 

Coach Scott Brooks said that Ian Mahinmi (calf) has been re-evaluated and will miss at least two more games. Mahinmi initially injured his calf back on April 10th and has not been able to suit up since. Mahinmi will travel with the team to Atlanta, but will not have a chance to play until Game 5 back in D.C. on April 26. Starter Marcin Gortat will continue to log heavy minutes, and Jason Smith will see additional minutes off the bench as well.

Ava Wallace on Twitter

Apr 21 - 12:23 PM