Danny Granger expects to play in first postseason game
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Clippers forward Danny Granger took part in practice Thursday and plans to be available for the start of the team's first round playoff matchup against the Warriors Saturday.

Granger missed the final nine games of the regular season with a hamstring strain, and ended up playing just 41 regular season games. He averaged 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for the Clippers.  

 


Danilo Gallinari will be ready for training camp
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) 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. 


Anthony Bennett returns off bench in finale
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett was back in action after missing more than a month with a knee injury Wednesday, and played well in the team's final win over the Nets, 114-85.

Bennett was limited to 15 minutes off the bench but shot the ball well, scoring seven points on 3 of 6 shooting. He added seven rebounds and turned the ball over just once in the win.

Bennett's rookie season was an unqualified disaster, as he showed little more than brief flashes of competence in 52 appearances. The No. 1 overall pick struggled with injuries and conditioning, and finished averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, while shooting just 35.2 percent from the field and 24.5 percent from three-point range.  


Alan Anderson available, not needed in tuneup
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Nets guard Alan Anderson was in uniform and available to return from an abdominal injury for Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers, but he was never needed in a 114-85 loss.

Anderson ended up missing the final four games of the regular season due to the injury, but appears healthy enough to contribute for the postseason. He finishes the regular season averaging 7.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in 78 games. 


Ekpe Udoh sits out final game
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Bucks forward Ekpe Udoh did not take the floor for the seventh game in a row Wednesday, in the team's season finale against the Hawks. Udoh was a DNP Coach's Decision yet again, as he fell out of the rotation over the season's final few weeks.

Udoh struggled to play through knee issues for stretches this season, and had trouble earning consistent playing time. He finished the season averaging 3.4 points and 3.5 rebounds in 42 games played. 


Illness ends Landry Fields' regular season
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Raptors guard Landry Fields was unable to return to action in Wednesday's game against the Knicks, as he was inactive due to an illness. The illness kept Fields out for the final three games, though he hadn't been a member of the rotation before that either.

Fields ended up appearing in just 30 games this season, and was rarely a consistent contributor. He finished the season averaging 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game, and is unlikely to be much of a factor in the playoffs.


Darrell Arthur can't return from knee issue
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur was unable to return from his knee injury in the team's last two games, as he did not come off the bench despite dressing for Wednesday's finale against the Warriors.

Arthur played 68 games for the Nuggets this season, averaging 5.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. Arthur has a player option worth $3.46 million next season, and should be back with the Nuggets.  


LaMarcus Aldridge, Mo Williams resting Wednesday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) The Trail Blazers will rest two rotation players for Wednesday's season finale against the Clippers, with LaMarcus Aldridge and Mo Williams getting the night off. Both players will be back in time for the start of the postseason this weekend.

Josh Smith sitting out fifth and final game
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Pistons forward Josh Smith is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Thunder, the final game of the season. Smith ended up missing the last five games of the season due to tendinitis in his knee, after appearing in each of the season's first 77.

Smith struggles through a disastrous first season as a Piston, averaging 16.4 points per game but shooting just 41.9 percent from the field and 26.4 percent from three-point range. He added 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 blocks and steals in 35.5 minutes per game.  


Tim Duncan, Marco Belinelli sitting out Wednesday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) The Spurs will be resting just two players for the regular season finale Wednesday against the Lakers, with Tim Duncan and Marco Belinelli getting the night off. Both players will be back for the start of the postseason Sunday. 

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