NBA Rumors for Sunday, May 3
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The Trail Blazers, who faced the Spurs in the conference semis last year were bounced by Memphis in the first round this year, and now await the free-agency decision of LaMarcus Aldridge. One scenario floating around the league has Aldridge going to the Spurs and sitting shotgun for Tim Duncan's last ride. They give Kawhi Leonard a maximum contract at about $90 million, keep Tony Parker and come back as strong as ever. ESPN.com
Ginobili, 37, said retirement "could happen easily" for him. "I still don't know what I want to do and I don't want to make decisions right after the disappointment [of] a game like this," Ginobili said. ESPN.com
That is why [Chris] Paul sat on the Clippers' bench late in the first quarter of Saturdayís Game 7 against the Spurs with tears in his eyes as he spoke to the teamís head athletic trainer, Jasen Powell, about his strained left hamstring. He buried his face in his hands and shook his head before finally heading back to the locker room. ESPN LA
Paul felt a pull in his left hamstring as he was dribbling the ball up the court and grabbed it just before hitting a 3-pointer to give the Clippers a 23-22 lead with 2:11 left in the first quarter before being taken out. After playing in all 82 games for the first time in his 10-year career, Paulís body was seemingly giving up on him when he needed it most. ESPN LA
Paul returned to the game midway through the second quarter but was clearly favoring his right leg as he limped, jogged and occasionally skipped down the court. He wasnít himself but he was good enough to put up a game-high 27 points, including the game-winner with 1 second left on the clock that delivered a 111-109 win. ESPN LA
Might the Warriors be a bit rusty? "I'd prefer to look at as we had a week off and we'll play two games, so we'll get into our rhythm," coach Steve Kerr said after practice Saturday. "And then we've got a few days off. My glass is half-full. I don't think this is going to be a problem." CSN Bay Area
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