NBA News

Al Horford    F/C  Celtics



Al Horford scored 11 points with five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes in a loss to the Cavs on Friday. What happened to the Horford from the last round? He didn't make any field goals in the first half today and he's also been a no-show on the defensive end. The Celtics can't figure out what to put next to Horford with Amir Johnson being next to him in Game 1 and Jae Crowder shifting to the four in this ugly loss. He really needs to play better in Game 3.

May 19 - 10:52 PM

Marcus Smart    G  Celtics



Marcus Smart missed all six shots from the field and made all four from the line against the Cavs on Friday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 25 minutes. Isaiah Thomas (right hip strain) didn't play in the second half, but the Celtics being down 41 points at halftime was likely a factor here. Smart continues to get open looks, but he's just been terrible at converting those chances. He did start the second half on Friday night for IT.

May 19 - 10:51 PM

Terry Rozier    G  Celtics



Terry Rozier scored six points with one rebound, three assists and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes against the Cavs on Friday. Isaiah Thomas (right hip strain) was hobbling a bit during this game and he didn't play in the second half. If IT can't play in Game 3, Rozier figures to be the next man up and he may even start to keep Marcus Smart in the second unit -- Smart is the heavy favorite to start. Rozier has played better than expected lately, so he may be a factor regardless as the Celtics are now in desperation mode.

May 19 - 10:50 PM

Gerald Green    G/F  Celtics



Gerald Green scored six points in a start against the Cavs on Friday, adding two 3-pointers and one turnover in 14 minutes. He actually played well early with a couple big threes in the first quarter. Green was probably the best player in the first quarter before things got out of hand, but coach Brad Stevens still didn't start Green in the second half. There will probably be a change in Game 3.

May 19 - 10:49 PM

Isaiah Thomas    G  Celtics



Thomas will not return to Friday's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers due to a hip strain, Chris Forsberg of ESPN reports.


May 19 - 10:22 PM

Isaiah Thomas    G  Celtics



Isaiah Thomas (right hip) will not return to Friday's game against the Cavs. He was limping at the end of the first half and the team is calling it a right hip strain. The Celtics were dominated 72-31 for the biggest halftime deficit in the history of the NBA playoffs, so there's no reason to bring IT back. He was terrible in this game, scoring just two points in 18 minutes. Marcus Smart started the third quarter for Thomas.

May 19 - 9:55 PM

Russell Westbrook    G  Thunder



Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard are the finalists for Most Valuable Player. It just feels weird to not see LeBron James in this group, but there's no denying the three finalists turned in magnificent seasons. The NBA world became obsessed with triple-doubles as Westbrook averaged one for the entire season while also breaking Oscar Robertson's record for most trip-dubs on the year.

May 19 - 8:14 PM

Mike D'Antoni    C  Rockets



Mike D'Antoni, Erik Spoelstra and Gregg Popovich are the finalists for Coach of the Year. D'Antoni's system and James Harden busting out led to the Rockets rising to No. 3 in the Western Conference from not making the playoffs last year. Coach Spo continues to turn trash to treasure with a litany of players turning their careers around as his Heat team just missed the playoffs. Of course, Pop is arguably the best coach of all time.

May 19 - 8:10 PM

Dario Saric    F  76ers



Dario Saric, Joel Embiid and Malcolm Brogdon are the finalists for Rookie of the Year. This one is going to be a close one with The Process clearly being the best rookie last season, but only playing in 31 games is definitely going to cost him some votes. Meanwhile, Saric went off as arguably Philly's best player after the break, averaging 17.3 points, 7.3 boards, 3.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.4 treys in his final 25 games. Brogdon was very consistent all year as a secondary weapon on the Bucks, but he'll certainly get some consideration.

May 19 - 8:03 PM

Rudy Gobert    C  Jazz



Rudy Gobert, Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green are the finalists for Defensive Player of the Year. These are the only three options here with each having some clear strengths over the others. Gobert is the best rim protector in the league, Kawhi is as good as it gets on the perimeter, and no player is better at team defense than Draymond. This will likely be one of the closest awards on June 26.

May 19 - 7:55 PM