NBA Rumors for Saturday, May 23
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LeBron James had 30 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists and the Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 94-82 Friday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. And they did it without Kyrie Irving. Akron Beacon Journal
Irving was held out of Friday’s game because of tendinitis in his left knee, yet his absence was barely noticeable. Matthew Dellavedova had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists in place of Irving, Iman Shumpert scored 16 points and the Cavs held the high-powered Hawks to 42 percent shooting while dismantling the best team in the East on their own floor. Akron Beacon Journal
Tristan Thompson grabbed 16 rebounds and Timofey Mozgov had 10 points and seven rebounds. Akron Beacon Journal
Korver sprained his right ankle late in the third quarter when Dellavedova rolled up his leg while diving for a loose ball, then Horford had to be helped off the floor early in the fourth with what appeared to be a left foot injury. Horford seemed to have problems with the foot throughout the night. Akron Beacon Journal
After coming through Game 2 without any setbacks in his comeback from a sprained knee, Rockets center Dwight Howard was upgraded from questionable to probable to play in Saturday’s Game 3. “Him going out in (Game 1) and responding the way he did, that’s championship heart and determination,” Rockets guard Jason Terry said. “He gave us everything he had and will continue to do so for the rest of this series.” Houston Chronicle
Howard was a game-time decision on Thursday, but had 19 points and 17 rebounds in a battle inside with Warriors center Andrew Bogut. Bogut got loose several times behind the Rockets defense, going from a scoreless Game 1 to score 14 points with eight rebounds and five blocked shots. Houston Chronicle
Late last week, [Gordon] Hayward underwent a minor outpatient surgical procedure to address inflammation in his right heel. The procedure was at the Methodist Sports Medicine Clinic in Indianapolis by Dr. David Porter on May 15. According to a release by the Utah Jazz, Hayward is expected to resume “full basketball activity early this summer.’’ Deseret News
The New York Knicks are enamored with D'Angelo Russell and have scouted Emmanuel Mudiay extensively. But they’re considering more than just point guards in the 2015 NBA Draft. ESPN.com’s Chad Ford tweeted on the night of the NBA Draft Lottery that the Knicks are "big Justise Winslow fans." ESPN NY
One reason the Knicks should take a long look at Winslow is his potential to make an impact on defense. New York ranked 28th in defensive efficiency last season and last in opponent 3-point field goal percentage. The Knicks also ranked 27th in opponent field goal attempts per game. ESPN NY
But the NBA hasn’t done what a couple WNBA teams are set to do on Tuesday. The Washington Mystics and Minnesota Lynx are scheduled to play what is being billed as an “analytic” scrimmage at 2 p.m. at Verizon Center after a “normal” scrimmage at 1 p.m. Owner Ted Leonsis, also owner of the Wizards, will be available to the media before the scrimmages to discuss the unique event. Washington Post Blog
The analytic session will consist of two 10-minute periods with different rules. The first period will be played with “modified location scoring” that will completely negate midrange field goals — the least efficient shot in basketball. Made midrange jumpers will not count. Instead, they will result in a loss of possession. The second period will feature “modified pacing rules,” notably a 20-second shot clock. Washington Post Blog
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