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Kevin Love (shoulder) will be unavailable for the Conference Semifinals.

The Cavs are going to miss Love desperately, but still have a good chance to defeat their second round opponent (Bucks or Bulls) without him. Tristian Thompson may not be Kevin Love, but he is no slouch either. Expect the Cavs to improvise, adapt, and overcome in the second round.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Pat Beverley, still in a cast, was taking a few shots on the court at Rockets practice on Monday.

Beverley is adamant that once his cast comes off, he will be back out on the court for the Rockets. The cast is supposedly coming off around May 20th, so if the Rockets are still in contention, Beverley will be a factor.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Blake Griffin has a stinger in his right shoulder, but will play in Game 5.

The Clips have rode Griffin pretty hard so far in this series, so no surprise that the big man is banged up a bit. At this point in the series, there is no turing back or taking it easy, as either side's season could be over in a blink of an eye. Expect Griffin to leave it all our on the floor going forward.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

The Celtics are willing to trade a first rounder to dump Gerald Wallace.

Wallace played just 32 games this season for a Celtics team largely devoid of talent. The Celtics have a couple of first-rounders to spare, but that still seems like a high price to pay just to get rid of him. Wallace is unlikely to play much wherever he ends up, but it is always possible a change of scenery could be just what he needs. Wallace and a pick could be an enticing package for the Knicks and Lakers, both teams with cap space desperately in need of warm bodies and draft picks. Wallace could even have fringe fantasy value with one of those teams. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Jae Crowder has been diagnosed with a left ACL sprain.

Depending on the severity of the sprain, Crowder could miss a significant part of next season, but with all summer off to recover he has a pretty good chance to be ready to go from day one. Crowder has a ton of potential, but he is mostly a deep-league play for fantasy at this stage of his career. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Beno Udrih is listed as the starter at PG for Monday's Game 4. Udrih was inactive for Game 3 with a sprained ankle.

This is also goes towards the status of Mike Conley, who looks set to miss game 4 as well. The Grizzlies are looking to lock up a first round sweep and get healthy and will have to rely on Udrih to be the guy leading the offense. Analysis: Rob Trayah

J.J. Barea scored 17 points (7-15 FGA, 1-2 FTA) going 2-for-6 from three-point range with three rebounds, 13 assists and one steal in Sunday's 121-109 Game 4 win over the Rockets.

Barea had himself a great game on Sunday night as he managed to post a double-double starting in the place on Rajon Rondo, who was shut down for the rest of the season. Although the Mavericks have a tough hill to climb after losing the first three games of the series, Barea will certainly give it everything he has like we have seen from him through his eight year career.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Monta Ellis scored 31 points (13-21 FGA, 3-5 FTA) going 2-for-6 from three-point range with six rebounds, three assists and one steal in Sunday's 121-109 win over the Rockets.

Ellis was on fire Sunday as he managed to connect on 61.9 percent of his field goals for his second straight 30-point performance. Whether or not the Mavericks will be able to scrap back after falling 0-3 to the Rockets, Ellis will certainly be a big part of their run if able to string together a few good games.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

James Harden scored 24 points (7-15 FGA, 9-9 FTA) going 1-for-7 from three-point range with five rebounds, five assists and two steals in Sunday's 121-109 loss to the Mavericks.

After posting 42 points in Game 3, Harden fell back to earth on Sunday, scoring 24 points for the third time in four games. With only needing one game to take the series expect to see Harden and the rest of the Rockets bounce back at home on Tuesday.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

John Wall scored 14 points (3-5 FGA, 7-7 FTA) going 1-for-2 form three-point range with four rebounds, 10 assists, one steal and one block in Sunday's 125-94 win over the Raptors.

Wall may not have been the team's top scorer, but he managed to have himself a great series as he lead the Wizards to a series sweep on Sunday night. Now Wall and the rest of the Wizards will wait to see the outcome of the Hawks/Nets series to see who their second round matchup will be against.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Kyle Lowry scored 21 points (8-15 FGA, 3-3 FTA) going 2-for-7 from three-point range with eight rebounds and four assists in Sunday's 125-94 loss to the Wizards.

Lowry may have had his best game of the series on Sunday but his teammates didn't do much to help out as they fell to the Wizards by 31 points ending their season. The Raptors will have many questions to answer with offseason after a major collapse, but one thing is for sure, Lowry will be a big part of the team no matter what ends up happening.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points (10-19 FGA, 3-4 FTA) going 3-for-6 from three-point range with seven rebounds, five assists and one block in Sunday's 114-105 loss to the Clippers.

Leonard has been a beast this postseason as he has now scored 23 or more points in each of his last three games. With the series now tied up at two games a piece, expect Leonard and the rest of the Spurs to pick up the pace when they return home for Game 5.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Tim Duncan scored 22 points (8-13 FGA, 6-10 FTA) with 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks in Sunday's 114-105 loss to the Clippers.

Duncan posted his third double-double of the series on Sunday night but it wasn't enough to give the Spurs a commanding 3-1 series lead. Now with a return back to San Antonio for Game 5, expect to see much of the same production from this future Hall of Famer.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Chris Paul scored 34 points (11-19 FGA, 10-10 FTA) going 2-for-6 from three-point range with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block in Sunday's 114-105 win over the Spurs.

After scoring only seven points in Game 3, Paul managed to bounce back in a big way on Sunday, posting his second 30-point game of the series. If the Clippers are to advance to the next round Paul's production will have to be more consistent and that shouldn't be a problem as the Spurs defense appears to be no match for one fo the league's best point guards.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

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