Rockets C Dwight Howard doubles up in Game 1 loss
by Jason Butt |
(12:43 am ET) Rockets center Dwight Howard scored 22 points and brought down 10 rebounds in Tuesday night's 117-101 loss to the Clippers. 

Howard made 9 of 13 shots from the field and went 4 for 9 from the free-throw line. He added five blocks, one steal and one assist in 39 minutes of playing time. 

Rockets PF Dwight Howard could be X-factor against Clippers
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) As the Rockets prepare to begin their Western Conference playoff series against the Clippers on Monday, forward Dwight Howard could play a major role in determining how the series will go, per the Houston Chronicle

Howard did not play in any of the four regular season contests between the teams due to his knee issues, and so his return for the playoffs will create a set of matchup problems for the Clippers. 

"Obviously, with the Clippers, they have two guys who can catch all the lobs at the rim," Howard said. "It's very important not only that I play great defense but that we have great help defense against this team."

Marc Gasol's solid game not enough for Grizzlies
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/3/2015) The Grizzlies have an interior advantage in their Western Conference semifinal series against the Warriors and on Sunday, center Marc Gasol was able to make a living at the free throw line, but it wasn't enough in Memphis 101-86 loss. 

Gasol finished with 21 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals. He was 11-of-12 from the charity stripe, the only Grizzlies player to shoot more than four free throws. 

G Joe Johnson: Nets likely to be broken up in offseason
by Marty Gitlin |
(5/2/2015) Nets veteran guard Joe Johnson doesn't know how the roster will change next season. But he does believe that it will be quite different.

His team finished under .500 and lost in the first round of the playoffs despite boasting such talent as Johnson, Brook Lopez and Deron Williams. The Nets simply didn't mesh.

"I don't see us coming back as the same team," Johnson told the New York Daily News. "This is my third year here. I could see if we were getting better each year, but it's been kind of the opposite. So to not even be a .500 ball club in the East, it's disheartening and I don't know. I think everyone in the locker room is unsure of the future here."

The Nets have no cap space and pick 29th in the draft. Lopez and Thaddeus Young appear destined for free agency. Johnson could be traded. So could Williams, whom coach Lionel Hollins recently claimed is not worthy of a max contract.

Hollins was still complaining Saturday.

"I thought we had a higher basketball IQ as a group than we did," he said. "That was a big thing. I thought we had more toughness and all of that. But as a coach, looking from the outside, that's what I always say until you come in and coach a team you don't know for sure. I thought the skill level was better ... but we worked around it and that's part of coaching."

Williams declined to to speak to the media as he and his teammates gathered their bags and took off.

Bulls C Joakim Noah ready to roll despite illness
by Marty Gitlin |
(5/2/2015) Bulls center Joakim Noah did not pick an ideal time to be ill with a second-round playoff series against Cleveland, but Tom Thibodeau told the Chicago Tribune that he worked most of Saturday practice and declared him ready to go for the Monday opener.

Noah played just over 33 minutes per game in the first round against Milwaukee. He averaged 6.5 points and 11.6 rebounds per game.

Nets look to resign Lopez, Young; may lose Anderson to free agency
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) The Nets will attempt to resign center Brook Lopez and forward Thaddeus Young this offseason while probably losing guard Alan Anderson to free agency, reports 

Lopez and Young will most likely opt out of their current contracts and get multi-year deals if they're to remain in Brooklyn.

Anderson will exercise his option to become a free agent, reports the New York Post

Nets G Joe Johnson says chemistry to blame for disappointing season
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Guard Joe Johnson said that the Nets' coaching change this season was not the reason the team underperformed, citing chemistry issues with teammates Brook Lopez and Deron Williams as the reason, according to the Wall Street Journal

The Nets were a five seed in last season's Eastern Conference playoffs but fell to No. 8 this year, losing in the first round to the Hawks.

Bucks' John Henson to use offseason to change diet to keep weight on
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) As the Bucks prepare for their offseason, center John Henson said he'll be concentrating more on his diet, per

Henson struggled to keep weight on during the season and wants to better maintain it in 2015-16.

Report: Kings not looking to ship DeMarcus Cousins to Celtics
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Although the Celtics have strong interest in acquiring DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings have no interest in trading their center, sources tell

According to an ESPN report, the Celtics would be willing to package a number of draft picks to land Cousins.

Cousins is under contract with the Kings through the 2017-18 season.

Report: Celtics likely to get offers for Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk
by Shawn Krest |
(5/1/2015) Celtics forwards Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk will be among the players most in demand over the offseason. Multiple league sources told CSN New England that those two players would garner heavy trade interest.

The two players on the roster least likely to be traded are reportedly guard Marcus Smart and center Tyler Zeller

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