Lin scored 14 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists in Game 1 Sunday. The Rockets could be especially thin at point guard if Patrick Beverley misses the game due to his knee injury, but the latest indication is that he'll be able to go.Analysis:
Chalmers sustained the injury in the first quarter of Sunday's game but was able to finish. Coach Erik Spoelstra said he "did make progress" during time off. The Heat takes on the Bobcats at home again on Wednesday.Analysis:
Beverley previously tore his meniscus in the same knee, forcing him to miss eight games toward the end of the season. He only averaged 10.2 points and 2.7 assists per game during the regular season, but Houston would miss his impact on the defensive end more than his offense. He is considered probable for Game 2 on Wednesday.Analysis:
Byrant was cleared for running and shooting for his first training session Monday. He played in just six games last season between returning from offseason Achilles surgery and fracturing his left kneecap. He averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 5.7 turnovers in those six games.Analysis:
"Nothing that could be permanent," Clifford said according to the Charlotte Observer.
Jefferson left Sunday's game momentarily to have his foot looked at only to return and finish with 18 points and 10 rebounds on 9-of-17 shooting. He is considered questionable for Game 2 on Wednesday.Analysis:
Calathes was hit with the suspension for violating the league's Anti-Drug policy, though his failed test reportedly si not due to testosterone or PED use. According to the report, Calathes tested positive for Tamoxifen, part of an over-the-counter athletic supplement Calathes was using.
Calathes appeared in 71 games for the Grizzlies, and his loss will be felt, as he was the team's primary reserve at point guard. He finished his rookie season averaging 4.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 16.5 minutes per game.Analysis:
Nash said he could be fully healthy in three-to-four weeks, after it took him five months last offseason. Despite this, he isn't sure if he will be able to maintain his health by the start of training camp. He plans to be at training camp, but will need to evaluate his health before the start of next season, after being extremely limited by ongoing nerve issues.
Nash finished the season averaging 6.8 points and 5.7 assists per game in his 15 appearances, but has maintained he is not planning to retire. He is under contract for one more season, and will be paid $9.7 million next year.Analysis:
Bynum ended up appearing in just two games for the Pacers and 26 games overall this season, averaging 8.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.Analysis:
Gallinari told the Denver Post he has already progressed to running and jumping as part of his recovery from January surgery. He has progressed so quickly he even dunked for the first time Tuesday, and said he will be fully recovered by the start of training camp.
Gallinari did not play all season after attempting to return from a partially torn ACL, which ultimately required surgery.Analysis:
Bazemore's production took off following a midseason trade to the Lakers. He averaged 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 28 minutes per game in his 23 appearances. Bazemore is a restricted free agent this offseason, and is expected to be fully healed in time for the start of next season.Analysis: