NBA News

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

Andrea Bargnani    F/C  Nets

 

 

Andrea Bargnani is negotiating a buyout with his EuroLeague team, Baskonia. The former No. 1 overall pick signed a two-year deal last July. However, he was injured in February and has yet to return to action. It's unlikely that Bargs ever returns to the NBA. He is expected to seek a new deal to stay in Europe.

Sportando.com

Apr 22 - 10:28 AM

Austin Rivers    G  Clippers

 

 

Coach Doc Rivers said Friday that he doesn't think Austin Rivers (hamstring) will be able to play Sunday vs. Utah. Rivers has been sidelined since initially injuring his hamstring back on March 29th. "I don't think so," Doc said when asked if Austin could be ready in time for Sunday's Game 4. "I don't know. I think he probably thinks that for sure. He's feeling better. He's working out. But I just don't see that. I think that's awfully quick." We should have a formal update regarding Rivers status either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning after shootaround.

Salt Lake Tribune

Apr 22 - 10:12 AM

Derrick Favors    F  Jazz

 

 

Favors provided two points (1-3 FG, 0-2 FT), six rebounds, two assists and one steal across 38 minutes in Friday's 111-106 loss to the Clippers in Game 3 of the series.

RotoWire

Apr 22 - 10:10 AM

DeAndre Jordan    C  Clippers

 

 

Jordan registered 17 points (5-7 FG, 7-14 FT), 13 rebounds, one assist and one block across 39 minutes in Friday's 111-106 win over the Jazz in Game 3 of the series.

RotoWire

Apr 22 - 10:10 AM

Luol Deng    F  Lakers

 

 

Luol Deng said he hopes to play more frequently at power forward next season. 2016-17 was a lost season for Deng. Despite signing a whopping four-year, $72 million contract last summer, Deng averaged career-lows in points (7.6), FG percentage (.387), assists (1.3) and minutes (26.5). He feels part of the problem was playing out position. "In terms of my future," Deng said, "I would like to play at the 4 more. The 3 is more of a spot-up position for a lot of teams. I think I struggle with that." We'll see how the Lakers handle Deng next season, but he should be avoided in standard fantasy leagues until he proves he can still produce.

InsideSocal.com

Apr 22 - 10:03 AM

Blake Griffin    F  Clippers

 

 

Blake Griffin (bruised right big toe) underwent an MRI and his status for Game 4 on Sunday is unknown. Griffin injured his toe after making a layup over Rodney Hood with just under four minutes left in the second quarter. He limped back on defense and slammed his fist into a chair when he got back to the bench, before heading to the locker room. He was subsequently ruled out for the second half. Fortunately, the X-rays were negative, but Griffin may still miss time. We're still waiting to hear word on the result of the MRI. "We should have more news [Saturday]," coach Doc Rivers said. "So we don’t know [how he is doing] is the answer." Check back soon for an update.

Los Angeles Times

Apr 22 - 9:47 AM

George Hill    G  Jazz

 

 

Hill tallied 26 points (9-15 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 4-6 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal across 36 minutes in Friday's 111-106 loss to the Clippers in Game 3 of the series.

RotoWire

Apr 22 - 9:45 AM

Chris Paul    G  Clippers

 

 

Paul compiled 34 points (12-22 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 8-8 FT), 10 assists, seven rebounds and two steals across 36 minutes in Friday's 111-106 win over the Jazz in Game 3 of the series.

RotoWire

Apr 22 - 9:45 AM

Luc Mbah a Moute    F  Clippers

 

 

Mbah a Moute scored 15 points (6-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT) and added six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 37 minutes in Friday's 111-106 win over the Jazz in Game 3 of the series.

RotoWire

Apr 22 - 9:45 AM