Dwyane Wade said his current knee injury is more painful than the one he played through last postseason.
Wade's injury was bad enough last summer that he required surgery in the offseason. While that's unlikely to be the case with the bone bruises he's playing through, it's clear the injury is extremely painful. Wade said his role will develop on a night-to-night basis depending on how his knee feels. If it feels strong, he'll take on more of an attacking role, but if the knee is weak Wade said he'll become more of a facilitator.
Mario Chalmers (shoulder) said he expects to play in Friday's Game 2.
Chalmers suffered the injury during the third quarter of Game 1 and did not return. Despite planning to play, Chalmers said he'll want to see how the shoulder feels when he wakes up tomorrow before making any final decisions. Norris Cole replaced Chalmers on Wednesday and would continue to man the point along with LeBron James if Chalmers is sidelined Friday.
Roy Hibbert says he might need to start speaking up more after he sat out the final two possessions of Indiana's overtime loss to Miami on Wednesday night.
"They pay me (max-contract money) for a reason. I didn't say anything, and I wish I did. From now on, I need to speak up," Hibbert said after the game. LeBron James got two easy layups on back-to-back possessions as Pacers coach Frank Vogel kept Hibbert on the bench at the end of overtime. It's a decision Vogel's been ridiculed for ever since the final buzzer sounded and probably rightly so. Hibbert does have holes in his game defensively -- holes coach Erik Spoelstra and Heat big man Chris Bosh can definitely exploit -- but we expect this is the last time something like this will happen in the series.
Tony Parker's calf MRI came and went without a whimper, and Gregg Popovich said Parker is "fine."
"He's fine. It's the playoffs," said Popovich. We didn't expect much more than this given the MRI was precautionary, and it's good news that the injury is progressing as expected. Parker said the contusion is "dissipating well," so it's as we expected.
LeBron James headlined the All-NBA First Team when it was announced by the league on Thursday.
Joining him on the first team will be Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Kevin Durant, while the second team will be comprised of Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, Marc Gasol, Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook. The Third team is James Harden, Dwyane Wade, David Lee, Paul George and Dwight Howard.
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak reiterated that Mike D'Antoni "did not come up" in his meeting with Dwight Howard following Howard's exit interview.
ESPN Los Angeles reported that Howard specifically complained about D'Antoni, but that doesn't appear to be the case. "Criticism of a coach did not come up," Kupchak said. "Our coach did not come up. I think in general they all felt that there are ways to utilize their talent better going forward. That would include Dwight in that group." Kupchak added that "players don't have to like coaches. They just have to play hard."
J.R. Smith played through the postseason with a swollen left knee "that contained fluid buildup," a source told the New York Post.
According to the source, Smith is "likely" to have his knee drained at some point during the next two weeks. While this would certainly help to explain Smith's struggles in the playoffs, we're not buying into the idea that the knee was solely responsible for his shortcomings. He's expected to be fine well in advance of training camp, but it's unknown where he'll be. He has until June 25 to exercise his player option for next year, or he'll be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.