Paul George
Pacers' Larry Bird wants Paul George to play some power forward
Paul George, SF, IND
4:55 PM
News: Pacers president Larry Bird is hoping Paul George can add a skill set to his overall game. 

Bird said, via the Indianapolis Star, that he wants George to learn how to play the power forward position by next season. It wouldn't be a move where George switches positions, but one where the Pacers could gain an advantage with a smaller lineup. 

"David (West) is our starter, but when we go smaller we'd like to see Paul maybe play some '4' and you know everybody says, 'You'll have a problem on the defensive end,' well, I don't think so," Bird said. "He can guard about anybody, and then on the other end, it's a major plus for us."

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Mike Scott
Hawks F Mike Scott will play Sunday against Nets
Mike Scott, PF, ATL
4:30 PM
News: Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said forward Mike Scott will be available for Sunday night's first-round opener against the Nets, according to the team's website. 

Budenholzer previously stated that he expected Scott to be able to play in this game. Scott has averaged 7.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 68 regular-season games. He missed the regular-season finale with a back injury. 

The Hawks are 10-point favorites in the game. 

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Chandler Parsons
Mavericks' Chandler Parsons aggravates knee injury
Chandler Parsons, SF, DAL
9:33 AM
News: Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons scored 10 points on 5 of 15 shooting in Saturday's Game 1 loss to the Rockets but reaggravated his knee injury and expressed concern about the knee potentially swelling up after the game, the Dallas Morning News reports.

"I just landed and felt some pain," he said. "My leg just kind of gave out on me. I couldn’t really shake it. It didn’t feel great."

Parsons missed the final six games of the regular season with the injury but was able to practice in full Friday and said he felt fine during the first six-to-eight minutes of Saturday's game.

"I think that was partly due to adrenaline," he said. "Something happened when I landed on it and it was real painful. We have a lot of work to do here and hopefully it doesn’t swell up overnight. I’ll visit the doctors and trainers (Sunday) and hope the the best."

Despite the injury, Parsons was able to play 36 minutes in Saturday's loss. He'll have a few days to rest and recover before the Mavericks face the Rockets in Game 2 Tuesday.

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Matt Bonner
Spurs' Matt Bonner, Tiago Splitter questionable for Game 1
Matt Bonner, PF, SA
4/18/2015
News: Spurs forward Matt Bonner (calf) and center Tiago Splitter (calf) are listed as questionable for Sunday's opening round game against the Clippers Sunday, the team announced Saturday. 

Bonner missed the final two games of the season with the injury while Splitter was out for the last six. The Spurs are currently 1-point underdogs against the Clippers.

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Jeff Green
Grizzlies unsure if Jeff Green (back) will play in Game 1
Jeff Green, PF, MEM
4/17/2015
News: Grizzlies forward Jeff Green is considered questionable for Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Trail Blazers on Sunday, the team announced.

Green is dealing with tightness in his lower back. Green has been bothered by a back issue for most of April, but it did not cause him to miss any of the last regular-season games.

The Grizzlies are 4 1/2-point favorites.

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James Ennis
Heat F James Ennis plans to improve ballhandling
James Ennis, SF, MIA
4/17/2015
News: Heat forward James Ennis said his primary focus during the offseason will be gaining muscle and improving his ballhandling, the team announced.

In 62 games during his rookie season, Ennis averaged 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds.

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Kyle Anderson
Spurs assign forward Kyle Anderson to NBADL
Kyle Anderson, SF, SA
4/17/2015
News: The Spurs sent forward Kyle Anderson back to the NBA Development League on Friday, the team announced.

During his rookie season with the Spurs, Anderson averaged 2.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 33 games.

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Carmelo Anthony
Knicks' Carmelo Anthony ahead of schedule, should be back by June
Carmelo Anthony, SF, NY
4/17/2015
News: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said that he was ahead of schedule in his rehab from left knee surgery in February, per the New York Post

Anthony said, "I’ll be ready in June. I’ll probably be ready a little before June, back to my regular program and working out. … The rehab is going extremely well. I feel very positive where I will be about next training camp. I’m actually excited about the progress I’ve made in a short period of time." 

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Chris Bosh
Heat's Chris Bosh hopes to start shooting in June or July
Chris Bosh, PF, MIA
4/17/2015
News: Heat PF Chris Bosh hasn't shot a ball since the All Star Break, he said during his post-season exit interview, per Turner/Bleacher Report.

Bosh plans to start shooting again in June or July, which would be ahead of his recovery schedule. 

Bosh missed the second half of the season with blood clots in his lungs.

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LaMarcus Aldridge
Allen Crabbe could get start for Trail Blazers in Game 1
LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, POR
4/17/2015
News: Shooting guard Allen Crabbe could get the call to start the first game of the Trail Blazers' playoff series against Memphis, per Oregon Live.

Assuming Arron Afflalo remains out with a shoulder injury, coach Terry Stotts likes Crabbe's fit in the lineup better than C.J. McCollum, who started the last three games of the season. 

"I think Allen complements Damian (Lillard) and (LaMarcus Aldridge)," Stotts said, "as far as being defensive minded, not needing shots, not needing the ball."

"We need to be good at both ends of the court and it needs to mesh at both ends of the court," Stotts added. "And Allen brings a defensive mindset. And I think you've seen he's shooting the ball with confidence. It's not like he can't play offense. There are players in the league who come in and they're strictly defenders. But he was a scorer in college and he can help us at the offensive end. I think he plays off the ball a little bit more, whereas CJ plays with the ball. I think it's all about trying to maximize what each guy can bring."

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