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Bulls' Nikola Mirotic not believed to have ligament damage
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:54 am ET) Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic is not believed to have ligament damage after suffering a left quad strain Monday, CBSSports.com NBA Insider Ken Beger reports.

Mirotic left Monday's game after tweaking his leg during a battle for a loose ball in the fourth quarter. He is being re-evaluated, and if he needs to miss time, the Bulls would have to go smaller with their second unit, meaning more time for Tony Snell and possibly playoff minutes for rookie Doug McDermott.


Pelicans' Evans plays through knee injury to finish with double-double
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:23 am ET) Despite a bone bruise in his left knee, Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans played 41 minutes Monday in Game 2 of a Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Warriors. Unfortunately, the Pelicans lost, 97-87, and are in a 0-2 deficit in the series.

Evans went 4 of 13 from the field Monday. He also went 7 of 12 from the free-throw line, as he finished with 16 points. He also had 10 rebounds and seven assists, giving him a double-double for the game.

Evans only played 12 minutes in the series opener because of the knee injury.


Warriors' Green battles through ankle injury to play 42 minutes
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:17 am ET) Warriors forward Draymond Green rolled his left ankle twice in the first half of Monday's playoff game against the Pelicans, per the San Jose Mercury News. However, Green battled through the injury to play 42 minutes and a key part in the 97-87 win, giving Golden State a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Quarterfinal series. 

Green totaled 14 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. He went 4 of 12 from the field and 4 of 6 from the free-throw line.

Green had a similar stat line in the series opener, totaling 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in 42 minutes. He went 5 of 11 from the field and 4 of 6 from the line.


Pelicans' Omer Asik receives stitches to neck during Monday's game
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Pelicans center Omer Asik required stitches to close a laceration on his neck, reports Fox Sports.

Asik suffered the laceration near the end of the first half and went to the locker room for treatment. However, the laceration will not prevent him from playing in the second half.


Bulls F Nikola Mirotic injures quad in win over Bucks
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic was forced to exit Monday's 91-82 playoff win over the Bucks with what the team announced to be a strained left quadricep.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Mirotic was seen limping in the postgame locker room. ESPN Chicago reports that a large knot could be seen around his knee. 

Mirotic was injured late in the fourth quarter after a collision with O.J. Mayo. He was also involved in a skirmish with Zaza Pachulia that resulted in Pachulia's second technical foul and subsequent ejection. 

Mirotic scored eight points and brought down four rebounds in the game. 


Bulls G Jimmy Butler has big fourth quarter in win over Bucks
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler scored a game-high 31 points in Monday's 91-82 win over the Bucks in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs. 

Butler scored 14 of his points in the fourth quarter, which included sinking three three-point field goals. The first three-pointer tied the game up at 74-74 and Butler took over from there. His third three of the quarter put the Bulls up 89-80 with 2:20 left in the game. 

Butler also had nine rebounds and two assists. He went 10 of 19 from the field and 8 of 14 from the free-throw line. He finished 3 of 9 from behind the arc. 


Bucks center Zaza Pachulia ejected from Game 2 on Monday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Bucks center Zaza Pachulia was ejected from Game 2's loss to the Bulls after receiving his second technical foul of the game, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Pachulia got into a confrontation with Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic in the fourth quarter and both players were assessed technical fouls. Pachulia scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds before being ejected.


Pelicans G Tyreke Evans in, G Jrue Holiday out vs. Warriors
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans will play while Jrue Holiday has been ruled out of Monday's Game 2 matchup against the Warriors, the team announced

Evans was able to participate in pre-game warmups. He's dealing with a bone bruise in his knee sustained in Saturday's Game 1 loss to Golden State. Evans came into the day questionable and was a game-time decision.

Holiday is dealing with lingering pain from a stress reaction in his leg. He was hopeful of playing but was also deemed questionable and a game-time decision. In games Holiday has played in since returning from the injury, he's seen his minutes limited. 


Bucks F Jabari Parker won't play in summer league
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Bucks forward Jabari Parker said he will not play in this offseason's summer league, according to Racine Journal Times

Parker is still recovering from ACL surgery in December, making the decision for him not to play in summer league understandable. Parker has previously been non-committal on when he'll be able to return from the injury. 


Clippers G Jamal Crawford starting to find shooting stroke
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) After missing 17 games due to a calf injury, Clippers guard Jamal Crawford said he's starting to find his shooting rhythm, reports NBA.com.

"The days in between last game and this game, I was able to get some work in, get my conditioning right, get the work in," Crawford said. "It just felt normal."

Crawford scored 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting during Game 1's win over the Spurs.

"To be out five weeks and not be able to do anything but watch, I mean, you can take some good things from it, but it was more bad than good for me," Crawford said. "You want to be out there so bad and help your team and just be part of the guys."


 
 
 
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