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Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney will start again for Thursday's Game 5.

Coach Steve Kerr doesn't hit the panic button and will roll with this unit again. It did not work out for the Warriors in Game 4 and burned them in the fourth, but Looney is the most familiar among the available players with the four All-Stars with his 40 minutes in that five-man unit during this series. Kerr did hint he'll tweak his rotation, so we could see more Jordan Bell or even Quinn Cook over Nick Young.
May 24 - 8:41 PM

Klay Thompson (knee) will play against the Rockets on Thursday.

No surprise here after coach Steve Kerr said Klay was moving around well on Wednesday. Thompson did also play through his knee injury on Tuesday and there was never really much concern he'd even be limited, especially considering Klay's durability. He'll likely have to play a ton of minutes with Andre Iguodala (leg) out for this one.
May 24 - 7:35 PM

Andre Iguodala (leg) has been ruled out for Game 5 against the Rockets on Thursday.

He gets ruled out before warmups, which is potentially bad news for Game 6, as well. The Warriors are really short on wings and they may have to roll with Shaun Livingston and Nick Young to help more. Plus, we'll almost certainly see Jordan Bell, who may get 20 minutes. Kevon Looney figures to start and get minutes in the 20s, but coach Steve Kerr could change that.
May 24 - 7:33 PM

According to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com, a few Warriors players "didn't sound optimistic" on Andre Iguodala (leg) playing on Thursday.

This report is about as credible as it gets, but Iguodala is still going to be a game-time call and maybe this changes after warmups. Coach Steve Kerr said Iguodala did improve on Wednesday, and Iggy did get shots up at shootaround today. If he isn't a go, that means Jordan Bell would likely have to play more minutes again while Nick Young could help. It's possible Kevon Looney doesn't make another start, but he should still get decent run.
May 24 - 7:21 PM

Bobby Portis thinks he and the Bulls will "get everything worked out" in the next year.

"But if not, I'll play my fourth year and still try to ball out as much as possible," Portis said. He added he likes the fit with the city of Chicago and he'll be working as hard as he can again this summer. It was a rocky start for the Arkansas product, but he say big minutes after the Nikola Mirotic trade. Free Bobby Portis happened over a long period after the break, averaging 14.6 points, 7.6 boards, 1.7 dimes, 1.4 treys and 0.8 steals in his last 25 games.
May 24 - 5:26 PM

Kristaps Porzingis had a phone conversation with coach David Fizdale and said he's "excited" after the call.

Fizdale is doing all he can to build a bond with his guys, including attending last night's game in Boston with Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Damyean Dotson. The new coach also met with KP's agent in NYC, so he's building his rep as a players' coach. As for KP, he is still rehabbing and likely won't be 100 percent for the rest of 2018.
May 24 - 3:46 PM

Nikola Jokic appears to have lost weight already this offseason, and he will not play in international basketball this summer.

There's a picture of Jokic in the column link below. Additionally from Mile High Sports, Jokic has not started his offseason workout regiment, but he will in the next 10 days or so. Jokic's summer will be an interesting one with him being in line for an extension. Regardless, he'll be a top-eight pick in standard fantasy drafts next year.
May 24 - 2:52 PM

Damian Lillard, James Harden, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis were named to the 2017-18 All-NBA First Team.

Harden, LeBron and AD were absolute locks to make the First Team with Harden and LeBron being unanimous, but Dame over Russell Westbrook and KD getting in there over someone like Giannis Antetokounmpo were the questions we needed answered today. Lillard's Blazers held the No. 3 see in the Western Conference, which no doubt affected the voters. Lillard did have a wonderful year with a career high in dimes at 6.6 and with his 59.4 TS%. Dame Dolla will be going platinum in fantasy drafts as a top-eight pick next year.
May 24 - 2:31 PM

Russell Westbrook, DeMar DeRozan, Giannis Antetokounmpo, LaMarcus Aldridge and Joel Embiid made the 2017-18 All-NBA Second Team.

After just 31 games in his rookie season, The Process doubled that with 63 games, averaging 22.9 points, 11.0 boards, 3.2 dimes, 1.8 blocks and 1.0 treys in 30.3 minutes per game. Westbrook somewhat surprisingly doesn't get on the First Team despite how he averaged a triple-double on the year after his MVP season with the same feat. Giannis also made his second All-NBA Team after last season and he'll have a better shot to be First Team next year while LMA earned his fifth All-NBA nod and DeMar added his second in his career.
May 24 - 2:29 PM

Stephen Curry, Victor Oladipo, Jimmy Butler, Paul George and Karl-Anthony Towns were named to the 2017-18 All-NBA Third Team.

Both KAT and Oladipo earn their first All-NBA honors with Jimmy Butler getting his second of his career, which may be a slight surprise due to Butler not hitting 60 games and his team barely making the postseason. Butler did finish with 54 points in the voting, which tied Chris Paul and was just over Rudy Gobert (51), but those two played different positions to keep them off the All-NBA squads. Curry did lead the Third Team with 164 points, which put him just behind DeMar DeRozan (165) on the second team. PG-13 also picked up his fourth All-NBA nod.
May 24 - 2:29 PM

Andre Iguodala was seen shooting around but is still a game-time decision for Game 5 in Houston on Thursday.

When asked about Iggy's status Steve Kerr said, "Incremental progress. Still a game-time decision." Iguodala was out for Game 4 and it clearly had an impact on the Warriors as they lost their first home game since the 2016 NBA Finals. It'll be a tough test to go without him on the road if he's sidelined for Game 5.
May 24 - 1:45 PM

When asked about Klay Thompson's (left knee strain) status for Game 5 on Thursday Steve Kerr said, "I believe Klay will play."

After injuring his knee in Game 4 on Tuesday, Klay was able to return to the game but was listed as questionable for Game 5. Kerr believes he'll play which is huge news for the Warriors as they head on the road for a pivotal game in Houston.
May 24 - 1:31 PM

Stephen Silas has agreed to a multi-year deal to join the Mavericks coaching staff as Rick Carlise's lead assistant.

Silas was in the running for the Hawks head coaching job, but with Lloyd Pierce getting hired he's decided to join the Mavs. He'll replace Melvin Hunt, who's leaving for Atlanta.
May 24 - 12:58 PM

Amar'e Stoudemire said Wednesday that he's considering a return to the NBA.

Stoudemire says he's been training as if he was returning to the NBA. Though 35 isn't an outrageous age to still be playing, he hasn't played a game in the Association in over two years. In his last season, 2015-16 with the Heat, he only averaged 5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds so there's probably no reason to go running to draft him in your league if he does make a return.
Source: ESPN.com
May 24 - 11:19 AM

The Magic are interviewing former Hornets coach Steve Clifford this week, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

The Magic continue to deny comment during their coaching search, but Tom Izzo is another name that has worked its way into the rumor mill. They haven't won more than 35 games or made the playoffs since the 2011-12 season, so you can't blame them for taking their time with this coaching search.
May 24 - 11:11 AM



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