Josh Richardson
Heat's Josh Richardson: Game-time decision Sunday
Josh Richardson, SG, MIA
2:13 PM
News: Richardson (shoulder) will be a game-time decision in Sunday's Game 7 against the Hornets, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

Richardson injured his shoulder in the closing minutes of Friday's Game 6, and had an MRI done on Saturday. Fortunately, the X-Ray's came back negative showing no dislocation or tear. He is now considered a game-time decision Sunday, but it should be noted that he indicated he intends to play. Expect an update on his status closer to tip-off.

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Nicolas Batum
Hornets' Nicolas Batum: Questionable for Game 7
Nicolas Batum, SF, CHA
1:49 PM
News: Batum (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's Game 7 against Miami, Justin Verrier of ESPN reports.

Batum was removed from Friday's Game 6 after sustaining what the team is calling a strained left foot. Batum, of course, missed Games 3 and 4 of the series with a left ankle sprain, so it's possible the ailments are related. Regardless, Batum will rest and receive treatment Saturday with a more definitive update expected at shootaround Sunday morning.

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Stephen Curry
Warriors' Stephen Curry: Aims to return before May 9
Stephen Curry, PG, GS
4/29/2016
News: Curry is hoping to return to the court before May 9, Monte Poole of CSNAuthentic reports.

After spraining his knee in Game 4 of the first-round series, it was originally believed the reign-MVP would need two weeks to recover before the Warriors would reassess the situation. However, Curry is now hopeful he can return before the two-week protocol as he will begin to test his knee within the coming week. The Warriors are able to buy time for their superstar to heal with Clippers-Trail Blazers series still in full swing, which could potentially run through Sunday if a Game 7 is needed. Look for more updates on Curry's status to come within the week as he continues to make progress.

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Deron Williams
Mavericks' Deron Williams: Will decline player option for next season
Deron Williams, PG, DAL
4/29/2016
News: Williams is expected to decline his $5.6 million player option for the 2016-17 season and enter free agency, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.

Williams wants to secure a multi-year deal before heading into his 12th NBA season. The veteran hasn't ruled out returning to Dallas and even appears to favor that route, although it remains to be seen if the Mavericks want to pony up to a multi-year contract for a player who will undergo offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia. The surgery requires a six-to-eight week recovery, so Williams is still expected to be available at the start of training camp. Once he officially declines the option, Williams will be an unrestricted free agent and will have the option to sign with anyone. In 65 games during the 2015-16 season, he finished with averages of 14.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 0.9 steals over 32 minutes.

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Jarell Martin
Grizzlies' Jarell Martin: Not expected to be ready for Summer League
Jarell Martin, PF, MEM
4/29/2016
News: Martin (foot) isn't expected to be available for Summer League play, Peter Edmiston of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. "Right now, I'd say probably not," Grizzles GM Chris Wallace said Thursday, regarding Martin's possible availability.

Martin, who required surgery on his left foot shortly after being drafted last summer, recently underwent a second procedure on the foot, something that was apparently planned all along. This latest operation is more of a follow-up surgery, so while it will limit Martin's activity during the offseason, he's still expected to be ready to go for the start of training camp in the fall. Thanks to a slew of injuries to the Grizzlies' big men in the second half of the season, coach Dave Joerger was forced to lean more heavily on the raw Martin than expected, as the rookie ended up appearing in 26 consecutive games -- including two playoff contests -- after Feb. 29, averaging 6.2 points (on 47.1% shooting from the field) and 3.6 rebounds over 16 minutes.

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Spencer Hawes
Hornets' Spencer Hawes: Out one week with MCL sprain
Spencer Hawes, C, CHA
4/28/2016
News: Hawes has been ruled out for at least one week after an MRI on Thursday revealed an MCL sprain.

Fortunately the Hornets have the upper hand in their current series with the Heat, leading 3-2, but Hawes won't be able to return to the court until a potential Round 2 matchup with either the Raptors or Pacers. Either way, Hawes has an ancillary role with the Hornets while playing behind Marvin Williams, Frank Kaminsky, Cody Zeller, and Al Jefferson.

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Chris Paul
Clippers' Chris Paul: Out indefinitely
Chris Paul, PG, LAC
4/26/2016
News: Paul (hand) has been ruled out for the next four-to-six weeks after undergoing surgery on his hand Tuesday.

Paul fractured his third metacarpal on his right hand in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Trail Blazers and underwent successful surgery on Tuesday to repair the damage. He will be reevaluated in four to six weeks, which could mark the end of the All-Star's season. The news comes on the heels of the Clippers decision to shut down big man Blake Griffin for the remainder of the season due to a quad injury. The injuries to Paul and Griffin could be the last nail in the coffin to an otherwise promising season for the Clippers as the Trail Blazers have battled back to tie the first-round series 2-2. The team has yet to name a replacement starter at point guard for Game 5 but it appears as though Austin Rivers will be a likely candidate, with Jamal Crawford and Pablo Prigioni also expected to see expanded minutes the remainder of the postseason.

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Blake Griffin
Clippers' Blake Griffin: Ruled out for rest of postseason
Blake Griffin, PF, LAC
4/26/2016
News: The Clippers announced Tuesday that Griffin (quad) has been ruled out for the rest of the postseason, Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today reports.

The news is another crushing blow to a Clippers team that already lost Chris Paul after the point guard fractured his right hand in Monday's Game 4 loss to Portland. Griffin started and played most of Monday's contest before departing in the second half due to pain in his left quad, an area that's hampered him since midway through the regular season. Until Monday night, Griffin, who missed several months earlier in the year with a separate hand issue, had been able to manage the discomfort, but he apparently aggravated the injury in Game 4. An MRI on Tuesday revealed no further damage, but the Clippers will shut Griffin down as their once-promising season now looks to be on the verge of a stunning close. Portland evened the first-round series at 2-2 with Monday's win and would now look to be in the driver's seat with both Paul and Griffin sidelined. The winner of the series will move on to face a Warriors team that's expected to be without Stephen Curry (knee) for at least roughly half of the series.

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J.J. Barea
Mavericks' J.J. Barea: Requires meniscus surgery
J.J. Barea, PG, DAL
4/26/2016
News: Barea will need knee surgery to repair his right medial meniscus, and will let his right groin fully heal, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

Barea suffered the right groin strain at the end of the regular season on April 8, and played through it through the Mavericks first-round playoff series with the Thunder. Now that the season is over, it seems he'll also need a scope on his knee to repair a meniscus issue. This hasn't really been spoken about before, and his meniscus problem doesn't seem severe. The point guard's timetable for return is set at about a month.

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Avery Bradley
Celtics' Avery Bradley: Not with team in Atlanta
Avery Bradley, PG, BOS
4/26/2016
News: Bradley (hamstring) did not make the trip with the team to Atlanta for Tuesday's Game 5, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

The expectation remains that Bradley will not return at any point during the Celtics' first round series, but he could be back later in the postseason, should Boston advance. After dropping the first two games of the series, the Celtics won Games 3 and 4 behind big performances from Isaiah Thomas, Evan Turner and Marcus Smart. All three players saw at least 42 minutes in Game 4, a trend that could continue in Bradley's absence, especially with rookies R.J. Hunter and Terry Rozier struggling to find their playoff footing.

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