Mavericks' Felton probable, Jefferson questionable for Game 4
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7:35 pm ET) 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. 

Cavaliers' J.R. Smith 'nervous as hell' about possible suspension
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7:22 pm ET) Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith, who was ejected from Sunday's series clinching victory after striking the Celtics' Jae Crowder in the face and drawing a flagrant foul 2, said there was "nothing malicious" about the foul, per

Smith now faces a possible league suspension for the next round of the playoffs after the NBA reviews the penalty. Smith said he was drawn into the action by Crowder pushing him in the back on the play. 

"I know I'm nervous as hell to see what could come out of this," Smith said. 

Chris Paul scores game-high 34 points as Clippers even series
by Jason Butt |
(6:24 pm ET) Guard Chris Paul scored a game-high 34 points Sunday in the Clippers' 114-105 win that evened their Western Conference Quarterfinals series with the Spurs at 2-2.

Paul collected seven assists, three rebounds and went 10 for 10 from the free throw line in the victory.

Grizzlies backup point guard Beno Udrih (ankle) will play in Game 4
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5:21 pm ET) Grizzlies backup point guard Beno Udrih (ankle) said he's a go for Monday's Game 4 in Portland, reports the Oregonian

Udrih sat out Game 3's win over the Trail Blazers with an ankle sprain. 

Udrich will likely see extended minutes on Monday with the unavailability of starting point guard Mike Conley (eye).

Grizzlies' Mike Conley (face) out for Game 4, to undergo more evaluation
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5:04 pm ET) Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley (face) is out for Monday's Game 4 in Portland and will now return to Memphis for further evaluation of the facial injury he suffered Saturday during Game 3's victory, the team has announced. 

Conley left Saturday's game and did not return after getting hit by an inadvertent elbow from the Trail Blazers' CJ McCollum during the third quarter.

"He's in good spirits," Grizzlies center Marc Gasol said.

"He came in, shook everybody's hand, said a little something to everybody individually," added Grizzlies guard Courtney Lee.

Backup point guard Beno Udrih, who sat out Game 3 with an ankle injury, will play Monday and should see extended minutes as a result of Conley's unavailability.

"He's got the biggest heart," Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said of Conley. "He's the purest-hearted guy, he's a true leader, he's a winner, will do whatever's asked of him, and what isn't asked he looks for to help the team win. It's a big blow."

Cavs' J.R. Smith ejected Sunday for hard foul on Celtics' Jae Crowder
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(2:44 pm ET) Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was ejected from Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday for a Flagrant 2 foul, called for knocking down Celtics forward Jae Crowder.

Crowder left the game with a sprained left knee as a result and will not return. 

Nets coach Lionel Hollins steadfastly defends PG Deron Williams
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(2:22 pm ET) Nets coach Lionel Hollins steadfastly defended Deron Williams to the media on Sunday, saying his point guard has played well and has not warranted the negative criticism he's been receiving, according the the New York Daily News.

"Talking about Deron, though, from a playing perspective, Deron has played well," Hollins said. "He's gotten us off to great starts with his pace. He's made passes and when you're getting seven, eight assists in a game and eight to 10 rebounds, you're doing a lot of stuff right."

"I'm disappointed in how everybody is coming down on Deron and treating him like he's a pariah. Deron's a good person, he's a good player," Hollins added.

Nets' Joe Johnson: Deron Williams also dealing with tendinitis
by Jason Butt |
(12:54 pm ET) Nets guard Deron Williams is hoping to play against the Hawks in Game 4 on Monday despite having an injured tailbone. However, there's another injury he's apparently dealing with too.

According to the New York Daily News, teammate Joe Johnson said Williams is enduring a severe case of tendinitis as well. Williams has been banged up for a while so news that he's playing through this injury as well isn't too surprising. 

If Williams sees his minutes limited against the Hawks, Jarrett Jack will step in and run the show at point guard. 


Mavs' Raymond Felton, Richard Jefferson hope to play
by Jason Butt |
(12:35 pm ET) Raymond Felton and Richard Jefferson are both planning to play in Sunday's Game 4 matchup against the Rockets, according to ESPN Dallas. 

Felton has a hamstring injury and Jefferson is dealing with a calf ailment. Both are considered game-time decisions. The Mavericks trail the Rockets 3-0 in the first-round series. 

Celtics insert Jae Crowder into lineup, bench Marcus Smart
by R.J. White |
(11:08 am ET) The Celtics will start small forward Jae Crowder over guard Marcus Smart for Game 4 against the Cavaliers Sunday, per the team's play-by-play announcer.

Crowder has averaged 12.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in three games off the bench during the series while shooting 52 percent from the field and playing 27 minutes per game. Smart has scored 9.3 points per game while shooting 47.6 percent from the field and playing 23 minutes per game in his three straight starts.

The Celtics are 7 1/2-point home underdogs as they look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Cavaliers Sunday.

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