Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson (foot) returned to Wednesday's game against the Heat in the second quarter.
Insight: Jefferson had a pain-killing injection prior to the game for his plantar fascia injury but had to go to the locker room with two minutes left in the first quarter. Coach Steve Clifford told Rachel Nichols of Turner Sports during a sideline interview that Jefferson said he felt his foot tear a little more, but the center will attempt to play through the pain.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson (foot) participated in pre-game warmups and is expected to play Wednesday in Game 2 against the Heat. SOURCE: Michael Wallace, ESPN
Insight: He's been assured that playing on his strained plantar fascia won't make the injury worse, though it's still going to be very painful. The Bobcats will try to avoid a 2-0 deficit against Miami.
Description: Heat guard Mario Chalmers went through the team's walkthrough on Wednesday but remains a game-time decision tonight against Charlotte. SOURCE: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: The reality is, Miami doesn't need Chalmers (9.8 ppg, 4.9 apg) to beat the seventh-seeded Bobcats. It might ultimately benefit the team more to have him healthy for the next round when the Heat are likely to face a much tougher opponent. Norris Cole would fill in at point guard if Chalmers sits this one out.
Description: Congratulations to Suns guard Goran Dragic, who was just named the NBA's Most Improved Player for 2013-14.
Insight: Lance Stephenson (second) and Anthony Davis (third) would have been fine choices also but Dragic was probably the most deserving of the three. He took a Phoenix squad that was supposed to be one of league's worst and almost made it a playoff team (finished one game behind Dallas for eighth in the Western Conference). Dragic (20.3 ppg, 5.9 apg) will be on everyone's radar next season.
Description: Chicago PF/C Taj Gibson recorded his fourth career postseason double-double Tuesday against Washington.
Insight: He finished with 22 points, ten boards and three blocked shots. Despite Gibson's efforts, the Bulls are down 0-2 and will have to win the next couple on the road to have any chance of coming back in this series.
Description: Paul George led Indiana with a game-high 27 points Tuesday in a win over Atlanta.
Insight: George's stat line was almost identical to the one he posted in Game 1 (24 points, ten rebounds, five assists). The only difference was the Pacers won this game by 16 after losing the opener by eight. Paul, a 36.4 percent three-point shooter during the regular season, has made 8-of-15 from that distance in his first two playoff games (53.3 percent).
Description: Toronto G/F DeMar DeRozan looked much better in Tuesday night's win over the Nets.
Insight: DeRozan couldn't get much going in Game 1 (14 points on 3-of-13 shooting) but Game 2 was a completely different story. He ended up with 30 points in 38 minutes of court time. He shot 12-of-14 from the free throw line and is now 20-of-22 from that distance in this series (90.9 percent). Game 3 will be played Friday in Brooklyn.
Description: Sacramento will extend a qualifying offer to point guard Isaiah Thomas this offseason. SOURCE: Jonathan Santiago, Cowbell Kingdom
Insight: That means that he'll be a restricted free agent and the team can match any offer he receives from another team. After the season Thomas (20.3 ppg, 6.3 apg) had in 2013-14, the Kings would have been crazy to let him walk.
Description: Indiana forward Paul George (bruised left quadriceps) is probable for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Tuesday against Atlanta.
Insight: George was forced to the sidelines for part of Game 1, but did return to post 24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks. He didn't shoot well (6-for-18), but he's an across-the-board contributor and a must start.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson says he'll be active for Wednesday's Game 2 against Miami. SOURCE: Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer
Insight: He's been assured that playing on his strained plantar fascia won't make the injury worse, though it's still going to be very painful. Big Al logged 35 minutes in the opener on Sunday and will probably see a similar workload in Game 2.
Description: Chicago center Joakim Noah is your 2013-14 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. SOURCE: Bulls on Twitter
Insight: He received 100 of 125 first place votes. Noah had a tremendous season, setting new career-highs in points (12.6 ppg), rebounds (11.3 rpg), assists (5.4 apg) and steals (1.2 spg). Don't be surprised if he gets a few MVP votes.
Description: ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reports Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (knee) has been cleared to run and shoot.
Insight: Bryant will begin a six-month program and should be ready for 2014-15. Whether we will ever see the "old" Bryant again is a question for later in his recovery. He averaged 13.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 6.3 apg for the six games he played this season.
Description: Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick was solid in the series opener, shooting 8-for-11, including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc, for 22 points.
Insight: Redick played 30 minutes which indicates he's healthy after missing a lot of time with a bad back. Solid outside shooting from Redick and Chris Paul would make life a lot easier for Blake Griffin on the inside.
Description: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry didn't play up to expectation in Game 1 against the Clippers, posting just 14 points and seven assists.
Insight: Yet the Warriors still won the game which is a good sign for Golden State. Curry took 16 shots in Game 1, but didn't get to the free throw line at all. He set career highs with 24 points and 8.5 assists per game this season and added 3.3 threes, 1.6 steals and an .885 free-throw percentage.
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin should rebound after an ugly game against Golden State in the series opener.
Insight: Griffin could only stay on the floor for 19 minutes due to foul trouble and managed just 16 points and three rebounds. He had his best season in 2013-14, posting 24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Expect him to stay away from foul trouble and return to form.
Description: Spurs PF/C Tim Duncan said Sunday that he only has "a couple more" playoff runs in him. SOURCE: Marc Stein, ESPN
Insight: The implication is that Duncan won't retire at the end of this season as many have speculated. Duncan's 4,641 career points in the postseason put him sixth all-time behind Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal and Karl Malone. Those six players have combined for 25 NBA titles.
Description: Charlotte center Al Jefferson strained his left plantar fascia Sunday in a Game 1 loss to Miami. SOURCE: Bobcats on PR
Insight: He played through the injury and finished with 18 points on 9-of-17 shooting. The Bobcats are going to have their work cut out for them if Jefferson is hobbled throughout this first round series.
Description: Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker had an eventful afternoon Sunday against the Heat.
Insight: In his first ever playoff game, Walker finished with 20 points, five rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes. Unfortunately, he shot a dismal 6-of-15 from the floor (40 percent) while committing six turnovers. The Bobcats, now in their 11th year in existence, have still never won a playoff game (0-5 all-time).
Description: Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki had an awful game Sunday versus San Antonio.
Insight: Dirk (11 points, eight rebounds) made just four of his 14 field goal attempts and was invisible when the Mavs needed him most in the fourth quarter (0-for-4, two fouls, one turnover in the final six minutes of regulation). The Spurs have given him trouble all season as the seven-footer is averaging just 17 ppg in five games against them in 2013-14 (season average is 21.7 ppg).
Description: Tim Duncan delivered a sensational effort Sunday in a Game 1 victory over Dallas.
Insight: Nine of Duncan's game-high 27 points came in the fourth quarter as the Spurs quickly erased a ten-point deficit to win by five. The veteran has averaged 20.2 ppg against the Mavericks this season (five games).
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin did not play in the regular season finale Wednesday after picking up his 16th technical foul Tuesday, but will be ready for Game 1 of the series with Golden State.
Insight: Griffin has had his best season in 2013-14, posting 24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He averaged 26 ppg in his final 55 contests.
Description: Nets G/F Joe Johnson sat out Wednesday versus the Cavaliers, but he'll be ready for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Toronto.
Insight: He was officially listed as having a calf injury though we know Jason Kidd was just resting his starter. Johnson finished the regular season averaging 15.8 ppg, 2.7 apg and 3.4 rpg in 79 appearances.
Description: Brooklyn guard Shaun Livingston practiced on Friday and is probable for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Toronto.
Insight: He sat out the final five games of the regular season with a big toe injury to be ready for this game. He's not a great scorer, but is a solid low-end contributor (8.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg).
Description: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan will play Wednesday against Portland but not for very long. SOURCE: Arash Markazi, ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: He's just trying to keep his games played streak alive. Ryan Hollins (2.3 ppg) and Big Baby Davis (9.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg) should see most of the playing time at center Wednesday in the regular season finale.
Description: Portland won't play LaMarcus Aldridge Wednesday against the Clippers. SOURCE: Caset Holdahl, Blazers.com
Insight: He's just getting some rest. Aldridge slumped a bit in the second half (21.0 ppg on 42.9 percent shooting) but he's still one of the top power forwards in fantasy basketball. The Trail Blazers open their postseason slate Sunday against Houston.
Description: Houston guard Jeremy Lin won't be active for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans. SOURCE: Craig Ackerman, Rockets play-by-play
Insight: Lin's scoring average is down for the third year in a row. With Patrick Beverley (10.2 ppg, 2.7 apg, 3.5 rpg) getting most of the minutes at point guard, Lin is a pretty unexciting fantasy option.
Description: Nets center Kevin Garnett won't be in the lineup Wednesday for the regular season finale. SOURCE: Rod Boone, Newsday
Insight: Garnett barely played in the second half, sitting out 19 games because of back spasms. Mason Plumlee (7.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg) and Andray Blatche (11.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg) are both better fantasy options than KG at this point.
Description: Nets G/F Joe Johnson will take a seat Wednesday versus the Cavaliers. SOURCE: Rod Boone, Newsday
Insight: He's officially listed as having a calf injury though we know Jason Kidd is just resting his starters before the playoffs. Johnson will finish the year with 15.8 ppg, 2.7 apg and 3.4 rpg in 79 appearances.
Description: Miami point guard Mario Chalmers won't play Wednesday against the Sixers. SOURCE: Keith Pompey, Philly Inquirer
Insight: He's one of three Heat starters getting the night off. Chalmers (9.8 ppg, 4.9 apg) hasn't averaged double-digit points since his rookie season and has never been a particularly appealing fantasy option.
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade will play on a minutes restriction Wednesday versus Philadelphia. SOURCE: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Insight: We're not sure what that minutes restriction is, but it will probably be close to the 18 minutes he saw Monday against Washington. Wade (19.1 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.5 rpg) has been in and out of the lineup for the last month because of hamstring issues.
Description: Boston PF/C Jared Sullinger will sit Wednesday versus the Wizards. SOURCE: Gary Washburn, Boston Globe
Insight: He's missed the last two games with a sprained ankle. Sullinger (13.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg) took major steps in 2013-14 and could be in for a breakout season if Kris Humphires leaves in free agency as he's expected to.
Description: Celtics PF/C Kris Humphries won't be available Wednesday against Washington. SOURCE: Gary Washburn, Boston Globe
Insight: He's been battling knee tendinitis. It was an up and down season for Humphries, who averaged 8.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg in 69 appearances. He'll hit free agency this summer and has likely played his final game with the Celtics.
Description: Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (bruised shin) won't compete in Wednesday night's season finale. SOURCE: Gary Washburn, Boston Globe
Insight: The C's are keeping Jared Sullinger (ankle), Kris Humphries (knee) and Jerryd Bayless (knee) out as well. Rondo will finish the year with 11.7 ppg, 9.8 apg, 5.5 rpg and 1.3 spg in 30 contests.
Description: Golden State forward Draymond Green isn't expected to play Wednesday in the final game of the regular season, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: The Warriors have already announced that Stephen Curry, David Lee, Andre Iguodala and Jermaine O'Neal will sit out to rest for the playoffs. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will probably dress for the game but won't play, leaving Steve Blake, Jordan Crawford, Harrison Barnes, Marreese Speights and Hilton Armstrong to get most of the minutes for Golden State against the Nuggets.
Description: Golden State small forward Andre Iguodala (rest) will miss Wednesday's game, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Iguodala has been dealing with some knee tendinitis and he'll get a chance to rest up before the postseason. Iggy averaged 9.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 threes in 63 games this season.
Description: Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson may suit up but he isn't expected to play Wednesday, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: The Warriors are resting Stephen Curry, David Lee, Andre Iguodala and Jermaine O'Neal in the final game of the regular season and are expected to keep Thompson and Draymond Green on the bench too. Thompson has averaged a career-high 18.5 points with 3.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.8 threes in 80 games this season. The only game he missed prior to Wednesday was due to the death of his grandfather back in March.
Description: Warriors forward David Lee will miss Wednesday's game to rest for the playoffs, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Lee returned from a seven-game absence caused by a nerve irritation three games ago and had 25 points and nine boards Monday. He'll finish with averages of 18.2 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 2.1 apg in 69 games.
Description: Rockets guard James Harden will miss the last game of the regular season Wednesday to rest, the team announced via Twitter.
Insight: Harden followed up his breakout 2012-13 season with a nearly identical 2013-14. He averaged 25.4 points, 6.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 threes and 1.6 steals. Harden produced 28 ppg and 7.3 rpg over his last 29 games.
Description: Lakers guard Steve Nash (nerve irritation) will miss the last game of the regular season Wednesday, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Insight: Nash has appeared in just 15 games this season due to a nerve irritation. He moved into third place on the all-time NBA assists list in his last game on April 8 and is under contract for one more season.
Description: Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick did not travel to Portland for Wednesday's game, according to espn.com.
Insight: Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday that Redick wouldn't play in the final game of the regular season. Redick played just 35 games due to injuries and averaged 28.2 minutes, 15.2 points, 2.2 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 3-pointers per game.
Description: Heat forward LeBron James (rest) will not play Wednesday, the team announced via Twitter.
Insight: The Heat are locked into the No. 2 seed in the East and James will rest up for the postseason. With Dwyane Wade ailing for most of the season, James carried Miami with averages of 37.7 minutes, 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 77 games. He increased his field-goal percentage for the seventh consecutive season.
Description: Clippers power forward Blake Griffin will not play in the regular season finale Wednesday, according to ESPN. He picked up his 16th technical foul Tuesday, earning a one-game suspension.
Insight: The NBA may rescind the technical, but coach Doc Rivers said Griffin won't travel with the team to Portland. Griffin has had his best season in 2013-14, posting 24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He averaged 26 ppg in his final 55 contests.
Description: Nuggers center Timofey Mozgov went to the locker room with a right knee injury during Tuesday's game, according to ESPN.com.
Insight: The Nuggets have been crushed by injuries this season. Mozgov entered Tuesday's game having averaged 15.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over his previous 10 games. He's questionable to return.
Description: Brooklyn F/C Mason Plumlee did a little bit of everything Tuesday in a loss to New York.
Insight: The rookie out of Duke contributed 16 points, nine rebounds, four assists and one steal in 30 minutes of action. He's been deadly accurate over his last five games, making 81.1 percent of his field goal tries over that span. Look for Plumlee (7.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg) to have a big role in the Nets' upcoming postseason run.
Description: Indiana center Roy Hibbert will start the regular season finale Wednesday against the Magic, but he is only expected to play the first half, according to Scott Agness of pacers.com.
Insight: Paul George, Lance Stephenson and David West will rest tomorrow, but the Pacers need Hibbert to have a positive performance going into the playoffs. He went 2-for-22 from he field over his last three games and averaged 8.6 ppg on .356 shooting his last 17 games. That's unacceptable for a 7-foot-2 player.
Description: Cole Aldrich was New York's top performer Tuesday in a win over Brooklyn.
Insight: He netted 13 points to go with 13 rebounds. Both totals were season-highs. Aldrich played 25 minutes for the Knicks and should see a similar workload in tomorrow's season finale against the Raptors.
Description: Indiana point guard C.J. Watson will not play in the final game of the regular season for rest purposes, according to Scott Agness of pacers.com.
Insight: Watson missed most of March and three games in April due to injuries. The Pacers may have realized how much they will need him in the postseason when he scored 20 points in 25 minutes Sunday against the Thunder.
Description: Indiana forward Paul George (rest) will not play in Wednesday's regular season finale, according to Scott Agness of pacers.com.
Insight: He'll join David West, Lance Stephenson and C.J. Watson on the bench. The 23-year-old George will finish with averages of 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.3 threes, but he only shot 37.7 percent from the field and averaged 19.6 ppg in his final 38 contests. He averaged 23.6 ppg on .464 shooting his first 42 games and was an early MVP candidate.