NBA Player News
|3/2/2015||Chris Paul, PG|
|Paul had 28 points and 12 assists Sunday, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 96-86 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
Analysis: The Clippers point guard is averaging 24.8 points on 54.8 percent shooting and 12.3 assists in his last four games.
|3/2/2015||Mo Williams, G|
|Williams had 23 points and 11 assists, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Orlando Magic 98-83 on Sunday night.
Analysis: It was the fifth straight double-digit scoring game for Williams and his second time with double-digit assists since being dealt to Charlotte at the trade deadline. He's averaging 23.4 points and 7.0 assists with the Hornets.
|3/2/2015||Damian Lillard, PG|
|Lillard scored nine of his 31 points in the fourth quarter in Portland's 110-99 win over Sacramento on Sunday.
Analysis: Lillard has a combined 60 points in his past two games after totaling 70 in his prior four.
|3/2/2015||Stephen Curry, G|
|Curry scored 37 points, making four straight free throws to clinch it in the final seconds and the Golden State Warriors erased a 26-point deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 106-101 on Sunday night.
Analysis: It was the third-best scoring performance this season for the Warriors superstar, who is shooting 54.3 percent in his four games since returning from an ankle injury. Curry has made 16 of 30 shots from 3-point range (53.3 percent) in that stretch.
|3/2/2015||Danilo Gallinari, SF|
|Gallinari had 21 points in a 99-92 loss to New Orleans on Sunday, including a half-court shot to end the third quarter that revved up the crowd.
Analysis: The forward is averaging 19.0 points in his last four games, raising his season mark to 9.5.
|3/2/2015||Kostas Papanikolaou, F|
|Papanikolaou is out because of a sore ankle.
Analysis: The Houston Rockets forward is averaging 4.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in his first NBA season.
|3/2/2015||Aaron Gordon, PF|
|Gordon is out with a sprained right ankle.
Analysis: The Orlando Magic rookie forward was hurt in a 93-90 overtime loss to Miami on Feb. 25.
|3/2/2015||Nikola Mirotic, F|
|Mirotic scored a career-high 29 points in a 96-86 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.
Analysis: Mirotic was averaging 5.2 points and shooting 34.1 percent in his prior 19 games.
|3/2/2015||Jimmy Butler, G-F|
|Butler will miss three to six weeks because of a sprained ligament in his left elbow and join the injured Derrick Rose on the sideline.
Analysis: Butler, Chicago's scoring leader, was injured during Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. He missed most of the second half after he ran into a pick by DeAndre Jordan, the latest blow to a team that has shuffled players in and out of the rotation because of various ailments.
|3/2/2015||Tyson Chandler, C|
|Chandler and Chandler Parsons will miss Monday night's game against New Orleans because of injuries, leaving the Mavericks without two of their frontcourt starters for the second straight game. Chandler has a bruised left hip that kept him out of Saturday's loss to Brooklyn.
Analysis: Coach Rick Carlisle said Monday he was optimistic both could return when Dallas plays three games in four nights on the West Coast starting with Portland on Thursday night. The 7-1 Chandler leads the Mavericks with 25 double-doubles and is an important defensive presence around the basket.
|3/2/2015||Jose Calderon, PG|
|Calderon has a sore left Achilles.
Analysis: Calderon could miss a game or two.
|3/2/2015||James Harden, G-F|
|The NBA has suspended Harden one game without pay for kicking LeBron James in the groin.
Analysis: The All-Stars and Olympic teammates became tangled in the third quarter of Houston's 105-103 victory over Cleveland on Sunday and Harden fell back to the court, then kicked his foot up into James.
|3/2/2015||Matt Barnes, SF|
|Barnes is out with a strained right hamstring.
Analysis: It's unclear how long Barnes will be out.
|3/2/2015||Kevin Martin, G-F|
|Martin is out with an illness.
Analysis: Martin is considered day-to-day.
|3/2/2015||O.J. Mayo, G|
|Mayo is out with soreness in his right hamstring.
Analysis: There's no time table for Mayo's return.
|3/2/2015||Nikola Pekovic, C|
|Pekovic has a sore right ankle.
Analysis: The injury isn't considered serious, so Pekovic is day-to-day.
|3/1/2015||Jimmy Butler, G-F|
|Butler hurt his left elbow in a 96-86 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday and was sidelined for much of the second half.
Analysis: Butler's status is unknown pending the results of an MRI on Monday.
|2/28/2015||Isaiah Thomas, PG|
|Thomas scored a season-high 28 points and the Boston Celtics recovered from a 16-point third-quarter deficit to defeat the Charlotte Hornets 106-98 on Friday night.
Analysis: Thomas is averaging 22.3 points in his first four games with Boston despite shooting a subpar 39.3 percent.
|2/28/2015||Mo Williams, G|
|Williams had 31 points in a 106-98 loss to Boston on Friday night.
Analysis: Williams is averaging 23.5 points in four games since joining the Charlotte Hornets after a trade with Minnesota on Feb. 10.
|2/28/2015||Marcin Gortat, C|
|Gortat scored 16 points and added 17 rebounds Saturday.
Analysis: Gortat has gobbled up 67 rebounds in his last five games so he is on a hot streak.
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