Fellow guard Shaun Livingston said that Stephen Curry (knee) did not practice on Thursday, Diamond Leung of Bay Area News Group reports.
Curry was considered doubtful going into Thursday's practice, and should be monitored on a similar basis until Saturday's Game 3 against the Trail Blazers. The Golden State Warriors will have one more practice before that game to evaluate Curry's status. Curry has yet to test his knee by cutting or driving in practice since he sprained his right knee in the Warriors' first-round series against the Rockets. Should Curry miss practice on Friday, it is likely that he will sit out of Game 3 with the Warriors up two games to none despite his absence.
John Wall underwent an procedure on his left knee Thursday to "excise calcific deposits in his patella tendon," Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today reports.
According to a release from the Washington Wizards , Wall will begin rehabbing immediately and is expected to have no trouble being available for the start of the 2016-17 season. The team also announced that Wall underwent another arthroscopic procedure on his right knee in order to "remove loose bodies." The Wizards didn't provide any sort of concrete return timeline beyond suggesting that he'll be ready to go for the start of next season, so at this point, it's unclear if Wall's availability for June's Team USA minicamp or the team's training camp in the fall will be impacted. Wall was limited by the injury throughout the final month of the 2015-16 campaign and was reportedly still having trouble bending his knee, according to J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic, so it's probably for the best that he undergoes an operation to avoid the knee becoming a recurring issue in the future.
Iman Shumpert scored seven points (3-3 FG, 1-1 3Pt) and added three assists and two rebounds across 19 minutes in Wednesday's 123-98 Game 2 victory over the Hawks.
Shumpert saw a little extra run Wednesday with the Cavs turning the game into a blowout by halftime, but he's still only averaging 15.8 minutes across six postseason outings. With starting shooting guard J.R. Smith thriving thus far in the playoffs and LeBron James taking on more minutes than he did in the regular season, there doesn't appear to be much room for Shumpert to pick up extra playing time.
Hardaway scored four points (1-5 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and added two rebounds and one assist across 18 minutes in Wednesday's 123-98 Game 2 loss to the Cavaliers.
Hardaway ended up seeing his most minutes of the postseason Wednesday, but it's not exactly an encouraging sign that it came during a contest in which the Atlanta Hawks trailed by 36 points at halftime. The shooting guard still seems to be a member of coach Mike Budenholzer's rotation, but he's probably only hanging on to a spot by a thread. He's averaging just 2.3 points on 26.9 percent shooting from the field in eight playoff games.
Jeff Teague tallied 14 points (3-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 8-9 FT), six assists, and three rebounds across 23 minutes in Wednesday's 123-98 loss in Game 2 of the series.
After ceding minutes to the hot-shooting Dennis Schroder in the Atlanta Hawks ' Game 1 loss, Teague saw less than 30 minutes for the fourth straight postseason contest, but it certainly wasn't the point guard's own doing this time. While Teague didn't help matters by shooting only 3-for-10 from the floor, the Hawks could do absolutely nothing to counter the Cavs' historic proficiency from three-point range, as the opponents hit an astonishing 18 three-pointers in the first half to go into the break with a 74-38 lead. That huge advantage prompted coach Mike Budenholzer to concede defeat and rest Teague and his other starters for much of the second half. The Hawks should be more competitive as the series shifts to Atlanta for Friday's Game 3, but Teague will probably need to step up his game in a big way if his team is to claim a win in the second round.
J.R. Smith recorded 23 points (8-14 FG, 7-13 3Pt), two rebounds, and two steals across 28 minutes during the Cleveland Cavaliers ' 123-98 win over the Hawks in Wednesday's Game 2.
Smith accounted for a hefty portion of the Cavaliers' playoff record 25 three-pointers in the Game 2 massacre. It continued a trend of excellent play from Smith, who has averaged 14.8 points, 4.7 threes, 4.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and one steal across 35 minutes in the playoffs, all while shooting 49.2 percent from the field and a stellar 52.8 percent from three-point range.
Stephen Curry (knee) is expected to be upgraded from "out" to "doubtful" heading into Thursday's practice, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The Golden State Warriors have two practices before Saturday's Game 3 against the Trail Blazers, giving them ample time to evaluate Curry. The next step is to get him doing more than taking stand-still shots. The point guard has yet to test out his knee by cutting or even driving to the basket in a straight line. If he clears those hurdles, coach Steve Kerr would like to see Curry play in some three-on-three drills before returning him to game action.
Dwyane Wade received treatment on a knee injury sustained in Tuesday's Game 1 win and will be reevaluated Thursday.
Wade sustained a bruise after knee-to-knee contact in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's Game 1, but he has already stated to the Palm Beach Post that he intends to play through it. The 34 year-old veteran is a gamer, and it would be shocking to see him face any limitations in a crucial Game 2 on Thursday.
Pat Connaughton (coach's decision) didn't leave the bench in the Tuesday's 110-99 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of the series.
Connaughton has only seen garbage time thus far in the postseason, which was largely the case for the rookie during the regular season. He'll retain a low standing on the team's depth chart unless either Damian Lillard or C.J. McCollum succumb to an injury.
Brian Roberts played five minutes and finished with no points (0-2 FG) and one assist in Tuesday's 110-99 Game 2 loss to the Warriors.
Roberts typically only sees the floor when either Damian Lillard or C.J. McCollum need a breather while running the offense, but coach Terry Stotts rarely leans on Roberts for more than a few minutes. The 30-year-old hasn't played more than six minutes while appearing in seven of the Blazers' eight postseason games.