Omer Asik
Pelicans' Omer Asik receives stitches to neck during Monday's game
Omer Asik, C, NO
4/20/2015
News: 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.

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Zaza Pachulia
Bucks center Zaza Pachulia ejected from Game 2 on Monday
Zaza Pachulia, C, MIL
4/20/2015
News: 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.

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Tiago Splitter
Spurs C Tiago Splitter hoping to contribute more in Game 2
Tiago Splitter, C, SA
4/20/2015
News: Center Tiago Splitter believes he'll be able to put in a better performance on Wednesday when the Spurs take on the Clippers in Game 2. 

Splitter is dealing with an injured right calf that limited him to less than 10 minutes in Sunday's Game 1 loss. Splitter beliefs the injury will be more manageable after two full days of rest. 

“I feel like at least least it didn’t get worse,” Splitter said, via the San Antonio Express-News. “I got some minutes. That’s good. Even in the practices, I didn’t go hard. So it was good to feel myself in the game and running.”

Splitter had 4 points and 3 rebounds in Sunday's game. 

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Al Horford
Hawks C Al Horford still questionable for Game 2
Al Horford, C, ATL
4/20/2015
News: Hawks forward Al Horford, who suffered a dislocated pinky finger in the second half of Sunday's victory over the Nets, said there was "still some question" about whether he would be available for Game 2 of the playoff series Wednesday, per TNT's David Aldridge. 

X-rays on the finger came back negative and Horford played in the second half of the game with the digit heavily bandaged. But after undergoing treatment all night, Horford remains in pain. 

He finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds in Game 1. 

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Al Jefferson
Hornets C Al Jefferson will not opt out of contract
Al Jefferson, C, CHA
4/20/2015
News: Center Al Jefferson had the opportunity to opt out of his contract with the Hornets, but he told the Charlotte Observer that he has "unfinished business" with the team. 

Jefferson averaged 16.6 points and 8.4 rebounds, numbers way down from the 2013-14 campaign, when he carried the then-Bobcats to the playoffs after averaging 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds. 

"I've got unfinished business here. That's not even an option for me," Jefferson said. "Unless something dramatic changed, I can't see myself opting out, and leaving that bad taste in my mouth. And in the Charlotte Hornets' mouth. I can't walk away from that."

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Ognjen Kuzmic
Warriors C Ognjen Kuzmic assigned to NBA D-League
Ognjen Kuzmic, C, GS
4/19/2015
News: Warriors center Ognjen Kuzmic was assigned to NBA D-League affiliate Santa Cruz on Sunday, according to the Bay Area News Group. 

In 16 games, Kuzmic has averaged 1.2 points and 1.1 rebounds. 

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David Lee
Warriors C David Lee ruled out for Monday's playoff game
David Lee, C, GS
4/19/2015
News: The Warriors announced center David Lee will not play in Monday night's Game 2 contest against the Pelicans, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Lee has a lower back injury that sidelined him two of the past three regular-season games, as well as Game 1 of the playoffs. 

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DeAndre Jordan
Clippers' DeAndre Jordan not concerned about free-throw woes
DeAndre Jordan, C, LAC
4/19/2015
News: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has had his fair share of issues from the free-throw line. 

For the season, Jordan has only made 39.7 percent of his free-throw attempts. Only Detroit's Andre Drummond's 38.9 percent ranks worse in the NBA. As a result, teams have fouled Jordan to put him on the line late in games. 

Jordan said he's been working on his free throws and that he's not concerned about them heading into the playoffs. 

“It’s happened all season, and I feel like a lot of the games that they’ve done it we’ve won,” Jordan said, via the San Antonio Express-News. “I’m not really worried about it. When it does happen, which I know it will, I’ll just go to the line and shoot the basketball. It’s not something that I’m dreading, but I’m prepared for it. I’m ready.”

The Clippers will face the Spurs on Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round series at 10:30 p.m.

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Chris Kaman
Trail Blazers list guard Arron Afflalo as doubtful for Sunday's game
Chris Kaman, C, POR
4/18/2015
News: The Trail Blazers have listed guard Arron Afflalo as doubtful for Sunday's opening round game against the Grizzlies with a shoulder injury, the team announced. 

Afflalo missed the final three games of the regular season with the injury. If he is unable to go, CJ McCollum would likely fill in. Also listed on the injury report are Alonzo Gee (foot) as questionable, McCollum (ankle), Nicolas Batum (knee) and Chris Kaman (back) as probable.

The Trail Blazers are currently 5 1/2-point underdogs against Memphis

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Andre Drummond
Pistons' owner: Andre Drummond is a max player
Andre Drummond, C, DET
4/17/2015
News: The Pistons' Andre Drummond is still on his rookie contract, and the team could head off his restricted free agency in 2016 by offering him a maximum extension. 

The team tipped its hand on Friday, when owner Tom Gores said Drummond deserved the maximum. 

"Andre's a maximum guy," Gores said, per MLive. "He's a maximum guy. He's not only a great player, he's a great person."

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