The second round of NBA playoffs tipped off last night with the Golden State Warriors cruising to an easy 121-103 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, while the Boston Celtics advanced to the second round with a 112-96 Game 7 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. However, there is also plenty of happenings off-the-court as well as teams look towards the offseason and injuries that could impact the rest of the postseason. Here are all the latest NBA news & rumors you need to know:
Paul George "would love" to stay in Oklahoma City
Paul George is set to enter unrestricted free agency this offseason, and while the Oklahoma City Thunder largely underachieved this season, George said he "would love" to stay with the team.
"There was a lot to be happy about: the fans, the city, the organization," George said. "Everything has been unbelievable. It's too soon. I'd love to remain a Thunder, but that's what this summer is for. We'll address that in the summer."
George has expressed interest in signing with the Los Angeles Lakers dating back to last season and is the reason why the Indiana Pacers traded him to OKC last summer. The Lakers are still expected to heavily pursue George once he hits the open market.
He averaged 21.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per game this season.
Stephen Curry could come off bench in Game 2
Though Stephen Curry did not play in Golden State's Game 1 win over New Orleans, he is expected to play in Game 2 on Tuesday - and he may even come off the bench, according to Colin Ward-Henninger of CBS Sports.
Kerr says there could be a minutes restriction for Curry on Tuesday, and coming off the bench is a possibility— Colin Ward-Henninger (@ColinCBSSports) April 29, 2018
Curry averaged 26.4 points, 6.1 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game this season.
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Ricky Rubio to miss nearly two weeks with hamstring injury
Utah Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio suffered a hamstring injury in their series-clinching Game 6 victory over OKC, but that injury is expected to keep him out for 10 days, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
With an early estimation of 10 days on injury following MRI today, Jazz will be challenged to win against Houston without Rubio -- who has been playing some of the best basketball of his career. https://t.co/oBcacpbfzx— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 28, 2018
Rubio averaged 14.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per game in the first round.Back to the NBA Newsfeed