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Kevin Durant    F  Warriors



Kevin Durant (calf) went through shootaround on Saturday and remains questionable to face the Blazers in Game 3. After going through practice on Friday, going through shootaround isn't a major development for his status. Durant is somewhat close to 100 percent, but the Warriors want to get him all the way back for what is likely to be a two-month playoff run. If KD can't go, Stephen Curry Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will have added responsibility while guys like Andre Iguodala, Pat McCaw and maybe even Ian Clark get some added run. Matt Barnes (ankle) and Shaun Livingston (hand) are also still questionable.

Chris Haynes on Twitter

Apr 22 - 2:22 PM

Patrick Beverley    G  Rockets



The NBA is investigating an incident between a fan and Patrick Beverley after Game 3. It appeared Beverley had an argument with a fan just behind the basket, but there didn't appear to be any physical contact in the argument. As of Saturday afternoon, the NBA has not requested any video from Chesapeake Energy Arena. At worst, Beverley is likely just looking at a fine for this incident.

Apr 22 - 2:09 PM

Jerian Grant    G  Bulls



Jerian Grant said he is expecting to start in Game 4 on Sunday. He probably doesn't deserve it after a brutal Game 3, scoring six points with four turnovers and terrible defense. Coach Fred Hoiberg said he still has some confidence in Grant and that he is still evaluating his options. Grant will be a risky DFS play regardless.

P.J. Tucker    G/F  Raptors



The Raptors will make a change to starting lineup on Saturday. The Raptors have talked a lot about limiting Giannis Antetokounmpo, so Tucker is the heavy favorite to be starting here. While he did play just 14 minutes in Game 3, it was more because of how the Raptors desperately needed offense. It could also be someone like Norman Powell or even Delon Wright for either Jonas Valanciunas or DeMarre Carroll. After Gerald Green started for Boston on Friday, anything is possible.

Jusuf Nurkic    C  Blazers



Nurkic (leg) remains doubtful for Game 3 against the Warriors but has been able to go through some non-contact work in recent practices, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports.


Apr 22 - 1:40 PM

J.J. Barea    G  Mavericks



J.J. Barea said he was happy to finish the regular season healthy. Barea played in just 35 games in 2016-17 due to a nagging calf injury. "Personally, it was tough. I’ve never went through what I went through this year," Barea said. "But I was able to finish healthy. I’m going to be able to have a good summer, and I’m going to really work more on my body than basketball." The Mavs have a crowded backcourt, but Barea should be able to carve out a consistent role in 2017-18 if he can stay healthy.

Apr 22 - 11:38 AM

Blake Griffin    F  Clippers



Griffin (toe) underwent an MRI following Friday's Game 3 win over the Jazz, but his status for Sunday's Game 4 has yet to be determined, the Los Angeles Times' Broderick Turner reports.


Apr 22 - 10:43 AM

Blake Griffin    F  Clippers



Griffin (toe) has been ruled out for the remainder of the postseason due to an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.


Apr 22 - 10:43 AM

Tony Allen    G  Grizzlies



Allen (calf) is out of his walking boot, but remains doubtful for the Grizzlies' first round series against the Spurs, Michael Wallace of reports.


Apr 22 - 10:43 AM

Blake Griffin    F  Clippers



Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the 2017 NBA Playoffs with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe. The Clippers simply can't catch a break, as this is yet another postseason in which they have to deal with a debilitating injury to one of their star players. Griffin injured the toe late in the first half on Friday. Marreese Speights started the second half in place of Blake and will continue to see an uptick in minutes going forward, but Speights may still come off the bench if Austin Rivers (hamstring) is healthy enough to return. Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan will be asked to shoulder the offensive load going forward. CP3's usage rate will spike, just as it did in the second half of Game 3.

Marc Spears on Twitter

Apr 22 - 10:36 AM