FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Jeff Green (back) is questionable for Game 1 against the Blazers on Sunday.

Check Green's status closer to tip-off of Sunday's game, but it does not seem likely that he will sit. The 28-year-old forward scored 14 points while playing north of 34 minutes in Wednesday's regular season finale. Analysis: Nate Miller

C.J. McCollum (ankle) was making hard cuts and quick moves off the dribble on the court Friday.

McCollum was held out of the Trail Blazers' last game due to a left ankle injury, but he has looked great on Friday and the injury is not expected to present an issue in the playoffs. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Kyrie Irving said his hip is not a concern as he heads into his first playoff run.

Irving has lost a couple of games due to hip soreness, but the fact that he missed some games was more likely due to the Cavaliers being careful and assuring that Irving is right for the playoffs than anything else. He should not be bothered by the issue in the playoffs and will likely see his normal helping of minutes. Analysis: Ben Diamond

David Lee will not play Game 1 on Saturday against the Pelicans because of lower back strain.

The Pelicans will be no stroll in the park for the Warriors in the first round, so they will need all hands on deck if they plan on making it to the second round. They have dealt with Lee being injured plenty of times before, but they surely would feel more comfortable with him in the rotation. Hopefully he will be healthy for game two.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Mirza Teletovic participated in full 5-on-5 drills Friday. Aside from fitness and chemistry concerns, there's no reason he can't play Sunday.

The Nets will be happy to get his size and versatility back out on the floor, as he could figure to be a matchup issue for some of the Hawks players. Ultimately Teletovic will not be the difference between winning and losing the series for the Nets, but he will be a nice player to get back in the rotation.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Spurs say center Tiago Splitter (calf) is a gametime decision for Game 1 against the Clippers.

The Spurs starting Center was able to take part in practice today, but coach Gregg Popovich is still not offering any word as to whether or not Splitter will be able to go in tomorrow's playoff game. During the 2014-15 season, Splitter averaged 8.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Nic Batum (knee) went through a three-hour workout Friday and said he will play in Game 1 against Memphis.

This is good news for the Trailblazers, as this will allow their starting Small Forward to be in the lineup for the start of this year's playoffs. Batum averaged 9.4 points, 4.8 assists, and 5.9 rebounds per game in 2014-15. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Coach Kevin McHale said Dwight Howard will play a little over 30 minutes in Game 1 Saturday.

After missing the second-to-last game of the season, Howard only played 21 minutes in the final game of the season against the Utah Jazz. His limited time was due to the fact that the Rockets were blowing out the Jazz (final score was 117-91) and there was just no reason to use the big man more than they did.  Analysis: Brad Costilo

Kirk Hinrich (knee) is listed as questionable for Game 1 on Saturday.

Hinrich did not practice with the Bulls today, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago, due to a swollen knee. Coach Tom Thibodeau has said that he's unsure as to whether or not Hinrich will be available tomorrow night. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Joakim Noah (hamstring) will play in Game 1 on Saturday.

After sitting out the last two games of the regular season, to give his knee and hamstring a rest, Noah is expected to play in the Bulls Playoff opener tomorrow. Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau has said that Noah should see his usual workload in this game. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Update: Chandler Parsons was a full participant in practice Friday and is good to go for Game 1.

Having Parsons back for Game One will be huge boost for the Mavericks in terms of production as well as team morale. The 26-year-old Small Forward averaged 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists a game this year. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Thabo Sefolosha should be back to full basketball activities in about six months.

This is related to Sefolosha's broken ankle, which occurred during an incident in New York City on Wednesday morning, at which time Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed multiple times. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Devin Harris (left great toe injury) is listed as questionable for Game 1 on Saturday.

While it's normally a bad sign to see a player listed as questionable before the day of his next game, in this case it sounds like the designation is likely a situation where the team is being cautious. Harris has said that he expects to play tomorrow, and the Mavericks are homing to have his 8.8 points, 3.1 assists, and 1.8 rebounds per game available off the bench. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Chandler Parsons (right knee injury) is listed as questionable for Game 1 on Saturday.

Getting Parsons back for Game One would be huge for the Mavericks, as his 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists a game would certainly help against a high-powered Houston Rockets team. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Tony Allen (hamstring) returned to practice Friday and intends to play in Game 1 vs the Blazers.

Allen missed the last nine games of the regular season due to this hamstring issue, but is planning to return to action for the start of the playoffs. This season, Allen averaged 8.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game coming off the bench. Analysis: Brad Costilo

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