Hawks' Al Horford won't face additional discipline after ejection
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There will not be any additional discipline
subjected to Hawks forward Al Horford
following his ejection from Sunday's Game 3 loss to the Cavaliers, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Horford was tossed afterd delivering an elbow above the shoulders of Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova after the two were tangled up with one another. This appeared to be in retaliation after Dellavedova dove toward Horford's knees.
Horford received a Flagrant 2 and Dellavedova received a technical foul.
With the NBA making this decision, Horford will be available for Game 4. The Cavaliers lead the series 3-0.
Rockets center Dwight Howard doubles up Warriors in losing effort
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Rockets center Dwight Howard
scored 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting from the field and pulled down 14 rebounds in Houston's 115-80 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.
It was Howard's 11th double-double in the playoffs this season and fifth in his last six games. Howard is averaging 16.4 points and 14 rebounds per game in the postseason. He and the Rockets will look to stave off elimination on Monday in Houston.
Doc Rivers: Clippers will offer DeAndre Jordan max contract
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Clippers center DeAndre Jordan
will be a free agent this summer. The team can offer him an estimated $109 million over five years, according to Pro Basketball Talk
, that's a year longer and $28 million more than Jordan could get if he changes teams.
Coach Doc Rivers is confident that the Clippers will offer Jordan a max contract, saying, "Yeah, I think we can do that," per ESPN.
Nuggets' Jusuf Nurkic undergoes successful knee surgery
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Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic
underwent successful surgery
to repair a torn left patellar tendon on Wednesday, the team announced.
Nurkic averaged 6.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks this season. It was reported earlier Wednesday that he would need three-to-four months to recover.
Kosta Koufos wants to start, could impact looming free agency
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News: Kosta Koufos
wants to showcase his skills from a starting role
, according to ESPN.com
Koufos displayed his talents in front of a national audience during the Grizzlies' playoff series against the Warriors, providing relief for Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph in the post.
The 26-year-old averaged 5.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game this season.
Grizzlies GM believes team will re-sign Gasol
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Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace is confident
the team will be able to retain center Marc Gasol
this offseason, according to Real Sports Talk
"I firmly believe we will [re-sign] Marc Gasol this summer," Wallace said.
Gasol recently said he's still focused on what went wrong in the playoff loss to the Warriors rather than with his pending free agency.
Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 blocks this season, and was voted an All-Star for the second time in his career.
Vlade Divac says Kings 'want to build around' Cousins
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News: DeMarcus Cousins
will be with the Kings for the long haul, if Vlade Divac has his way with things. Divac, the vice president of basketball and franchise operations, said Cousins is a key piece within the organization
, according to SiriusXM NBA Radio.
"DeMarcus is untradeable and a guy who we want to build around," Divac said.
Cousins had his best statistical season of his career last year, averaging 24.1 points, 12.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
Tristan Thompson: 'Ready to bang' against Hawks
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Center Tristan Thompson
is ready for the physicality
that awaits his Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Hawks, despite his bruised left shoulder, according to the Associated Press.
"I'm ready to bang," Thompson said.
Since entering the starting lineup in Game 2 of the Chicago series, he has averaged 8.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
The Cavs and Hawks will tip-off Game 1 of the series on Wednesday.
Warriors C Ognjen Kuzmic cleared to play in conference finals
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The Warriors will have Ognjen Kuzmic
available for Friday's Western Conference playoff game against the Rockets.
Kuzmic hasn't played in the playoffs yet due to a sprained left ankle injury. In 16 games, Kuzmic averaged 1.2 points and 1.1 rebounds.
Wizards F Nene: I don't want to play center, but can be sub
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Wizards forward Nene
has declared his distaste for the center position
as well as a willingness to come off the bench next season, per the Washington Post
Asked if he would mind playing center, he replied "I hope not."
Nene, who was outfought by Atlanta forward Al Horford for a critical rebound that cost his team Game 5 of its second-round series, struggled through most of the postseason. Aside from the two middle games against the Hawks, he shot just 21-of-59 from the field.