Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Lin non-participant at Tuesday practice
Jeremy Lin, PG, HOU
4/22/2014
News: The Rockets practiced Tuesday without guard Jeremy Lin, who was sidelined with an illness according to the Houston Chronicle. He is listed as day-to-day ahead of Wednesday's Game 2 against Portland.

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. 

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Mario Chalmers
Mario Chalmers questionable for Game 2
Mario Chalmers, PG, MIA
4/22/2014
News: Miami may have won its playoff opener, but the team did not come away unscathed. Guard Mario Chalmers is considered questionable for Wednesday's Game 2 dealing with a bruised knee, the Miami Herald reports.

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.

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Patrick Beverley
Patrick Beverley likely OK to play Game 2
Patrick Beverley, PG, HOU
4/21/2014
News: The Rockets got a scare following their Game 1 loss to Portland, as the team scheduled guard Patrick Beverley to undergo an MRI on his sprained knee Monday. Luckily, Fox 26 reports that no serious damage was found, allowing doctors to clear him for action.

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. 

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Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant begins six-month training program
Kobe Bryant, SG, LAL
4/21/2014
News: A frustrating season of watching from the sidelines has ended for Kobe Bryant, and the Lakers' franchise guard began a six-month training program Monday to rehabilitate his injured left knee, ESPN Los Angeles reports. 

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. 

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Al Jefferson
Al Jefferson questionable for Game 2
Al Jefferson, C, CHA
4/21/2014
News: Bobcats center Al Jefferson is dealing with a strained plantar fascia, but coach Steve Clifford says that playing Jefferson this series won't cause any "long-term" problems.

"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. 

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Nick Calathes
Nick Calathes hit with 20-game suspension prior to postseason
Nick Calathes, SG, MEM
4/18/2014
News: Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes will begin serving a 20-game suspension when the team's first-round playoff series begins against the Thunder Saturday, reports Yahoo.com.

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.  

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Steve Nash
Steve Nash plans to get healthy in offseason
Steve Nash, PG, LAL
4/17/2014
News: Lakers guard Steve Nash was rarely healthy while appearing in just 15 games this season, but he told reporters in exit interviews Thursday he is in better shape than he was at this point a year ago.

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. 

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Andrew Bynum
Andrew Bynum out for first round
Andrew Bynum, C, IND
4/17/2014
News: Pacers center Andrew Bynum has not played since the middle of March, and even a month off has not given him enough time to recover from knee troubles. Pacers.com reports Thursday Bynum has already been ruled out for the first round of the playoffs against the Hawks.

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. 

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Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari will be ready for training camp
Danilo Gallinari, SF, DEN
4/17/2014
News: Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari was with the team over the last few games of the season, and he has reportedly made great strides in his recovery from ACL surgery.

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. 

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Kent Bazemore
Kent Bazemore goes under the knife
Kent Bazemore, SG, LAL
4/16/2014
News: Lakers guard Kent Bazemore underwent successful surgery on his right foot Wednesday, the team announced. Bazemore's surgery was to repair a torn peroneus longus tendon, an injury which cost him the final five games of the season.

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. 

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