Rockets forward Josh Smith scores 23 points in losing effort
by Brandon Wise |
(12:36 am ET) Rockets forward Josh Smith scored 23 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the field, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range, in Houston's 121-109 loss to the Mavericks Sunday.

It was Smith's first 20-plus point playoff game since 2013 when he scored 29. Smith, who also went 3 of 6 from the free throw line, added six rebounds and three assists to his totals.

He and the Rockets will look to close out Dallas in Game 5 Tuesday.

Marcin Gortat goes for 21 points, 11 rebounds in Wizards' clincher
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Center Marcin Gortat delivered 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in the Wizards' 125-94 victory on Sunday to close out the Raptors in the first round of the playoffs, 4-0.

Gortat shot eight of nine from the floor and also added two steals and a block in the win.

"I guess I'm the weakest link out there, so they're going to leave me open a lot," Gortat said. "One day, if I'm going to play a perfect game, I might crack the Wilt Chamberlain record of 100 points."

Report: Cavaliers F Kevin Love may miss two weeks
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who disclocated his shoulder in Sunday's Game 4 victory over the Celtics, is expected to be out of action for a minimum of two weeks according to a report by Brian Windhorst of

Love still must undergo an MRI on Monday, but the report says that sources within the organization feel the injury is severe enough to keep Love sidelined for a while. 

Love felt that Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk deliberately injured him during the game. 

Blake Griffin grabs playoff career-high 19 rebounds in Clippers' win
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Forward Blake Griffin pulled down a playoff career-high 19 rebounds in the Clippers' Game 4 victory over the Spurs on Sunday.

Griffin scored 20 points and also collected seven assists in the win.

Mavericks' Felton probable, Jefferson questionable for Game 4
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said pregame that he expected guard Raymond Felton (hamstring) to play in tonight's Game 4 against the Rockets but that veteran forward Richard Jefferson (calf) remained a question mark, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  

Felton tweaked his hamstring in Game 3 and did not return after playing 13 minutes. Jefferson has been dealing with a toe injury but has played in all three games of the series thus far. 

The Mavericks are 3-point underdogs. 

Clippers F Matt Barnes (sore right shoulder) probable for Game 5
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) The Clippers have announced that forward Matt Barnes (sore right shoulder) is probable for Tuesday's Game 5 of their Western Conference Quarterfinals series against the Spurs, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Barnes started in the Clippers' Game 4 win on Sunday, scoring four points in 23 minutes.

Cavaliers F Kevin Love has dislocated left shoulder, MRI to follow
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love was diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder and will undergo an MRI at Cleveland Clinic, reports the The News-Herald.

Love suffered the injury after getting tied up with Celtics center Kelly Olynyk during Sunday's Game 4 playoff win over the Celtics.

"I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose," Love said about Olynyk.

"Things got a little chippy," Cavs guard Kyrie Irving said after the game. "I think it was a shared feeling that it just wasn’t a basketball play."

Celtics F Jae Crowder (knee) to get MRI on Sunday
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Celtics coach Brad Stevens said forward Jae Crowder will get an MRI Sunday on his sprained left knee, per

Crowder injured the knee during the Celtics' Game 4 loss to the Cavaliers in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series.

Crowder was fouled hard by Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith, who was ejected as a result.

LeBron James gets 27 points, 10 rebounds in Cavs' Game 4 win
by Jason Butt |
(4/26/2015) LeBron James poured in 27 points on Sunday to lead the Cavaliers past the Celtics 101-93 to earn the four-game series sweep of ther Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup.

James also added 10 rebounds and eight assists in the victory.

James played 46 minutes and his 27 points led all scorers.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says entire team healthy for Game 5
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said his team is healthy and everybody should be ready to play for Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against the Bucks on Monday, reports

Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic missed Game 3 of the series with a bruised left knee and strained quadriceps but played in Game 4, saying afterwards he was not one hundred percent during the contest.

The Bulls lead the series 3-1.

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