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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says perennially hobbled point guard Tony Parker will play in Game 3 tonight against the L.A. Clippers. Given Parker left Game 2 in the fourth quarter with soreness in his right Achilles tendon — to go with a rolled ankle and thigh contusion suffered in Game 1 — it is fair to wonder how effective he might be. The matchup between a limping Parker and Clippers All-Star Chris Paul has not been a fair fight so far. Paul has outscored Parker 53-11 in two games, a gulf the Spurs have been forced to make up in other areas. San Antonio Express-News

nba rumors [Tim Hardaway Jr] still has trade value — perhaps he can net a late first-rounder or early second-rounder. But why other than saving a smidgen of cap space? He stands to make $1.3 million next season, and the Knicks can exercise the rookie option on his fourth year in October at just $2.2 million for 2016-17. Some scouts see him now as a legitimate top scorer on the second unit for a good team instead of a budding All-Star but at least it’s a known quantity. NY Post

The Knicks already have 10 roster spots to fill as Hardaway is one of just five players with contracts next season, including surprise rookie guard Langston Galloway. The undrafted combo guard is assuredly returning, has a $20,000 guarantee and Jackson praised Galloway Tuesday as the season’s “bright spot’’ who showed his “mettle.’’ NY Post

nba rumors NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday he is "on the fence" about intentional fouling away from the ball and expects the league to be "very engaged" about the tactic over the coming months. A day after the San Antonio Spurs sent the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan to the foul line 17 times in a playoff victory, Silver said he once favored a rule change but now isn't pushing for one. "I've gone back and forth," Silver said during a meeting with a group of Associated Press Sports Editors. AP

"I've sat in meetings with some of the greatest players like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird who said that players should learn to make their free throws and it's part of the game. At the same time, it doesn't make for great television, so I'm on the fence right now." Silver said he finds it to be a "fascinating" strategy in some cases. "But in other games I watch it and I think, 'Oh my god, I feel people changing the channels,' " he said. AP

nba rumors Mavericks center Tyson Chandler said he was surprised to hear that point guard Rajon Rondo had sustained an injury during Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday night. “I was surprised,” Chandler said. “It is what it is.” Houston Chronicle

A day after the Mavericks announced that he would be out for the remainder of the season, forward Chandler Parsons said he will require surgery on his right knee. Parsons will meet with more doctors and will have more information next week. He said the knee injury – which he sustained March 29 when the Mavericks played in Indiana – has only gotten worse over the past several weeks. He said there is no tear or structural damage, but that the knee will need repair. Houston Chronicle

With Rajon Rondo out indefinitely and not expected to ever play for the Mavericks again, the Mavericks will have to make a lineup change. Devin Harris, who missed Game 2, was upgraded to probable, but J.J. Barea started during the season when Rondo was out to keep Harris in his role off the bench. The lineup change could impact James Harden most. The Mavericks had assigned Rondo to defend Harden, but that change began in Game 2 when Rondo played less than one second-half minute. With Chandler Parsons out, the Mavericks often used forward Al-Farouk Aminu or guard Monta Ellis on Harden. Houston Chronicle

The Thunder coaching search is in full gear, and Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel have taken to The Oklahoman studio to give their review of the candidates. Even though Kevin Ollie has reportedly removed his name from the discussion, both Carlson and Tramel like the UConn coach as a potential Thunder coach because of his background with the team. Two thumbs up for Ollie. Oklahoman

Celtics reserve forward Jae Crowder didn't expect to sleep much in advance of Thursday's game. "I heard a lot of great things about [postseason basketball in Boston]," Crowder said. "I'm looking forward to it; probably won’t sleep good tonight because I’m so anxious to get Game 3 underway. I love playing in the Garden, I love the energy that the fans bring. It’s amazing." ESPN Boston

U.S. women's basketball star Brittney Griner and her fiancee, fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson, have been arrested on disorderly conduct and assault charges after a fight at their Phoenix home, police said. Griner, who has played with the Phoenix Mercury WNBA team since 2013, and Johnson, who plays for the WNBA's Tulsa Shock, were booked into the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix on Wednesday and released early on Thursday, authorities said. Reuters

WNBA superstar Brittney Griner says her engagement to Glory Johnson is STILL ON ... despite their domestic violence arrests this morning ... TMZ Sports has learned. Griner's attorney Michael Cantor tells us ... "The last few months have been an extremely stressful time for Brittney and Glory. They will continue to work through these hardships together." TMZ


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