- Philadelphia 76ers 106 – Miami Heat 102 (PHI leads 3-1)
- Portland Trail Blazers 123 – New Orleans Pelicans 131 (NO wins series 4-0)
- Houston Rockets 105 – Minnesota Timberwolves 121 (HOU leads 2-1)
- Oklahoma City Thunder 102 – Utah Jazz 115 (UTAH leads 2-1)
- Cleveland Cavaliers 90 – Indiana Pacers 92 (IND leads 2-1)
- Toronto Raptors 103 – Washington Wizards 122 (TOR leads 2-1)
- Boston Celtics 92 – Milwaukee Bucks 116 (BOS leads 2-1)
UPDATE: Curry To Begins Practicing As Rehab Continues – Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is making progress from a Grade 2 left MCL sprain and will begin participating in portions of practices starting on Saturday. He will be re-evaluated in one week. Curry, who has traveled with the team on the last two road trips, underwent his second re-evaluation on Friday and it indicated he’s ready to increase his on-court rehabilitation. The intensity level will gradually grow for the two-time MVP. Warriors officials are taking a precautionary approach. They will hold Curry out as long as possible to ensure that he’s closer to 100 percent upon re-entering the lineup, sources say.
- Philadelphia 76ers 128 – Miami Heat 108 (PHI leads 2-1)
- Portland Trail Blazers 102 – New Orleans Pelicans 119 (NO leads 3-0)
- Golden State Warriors 110 – San Antonio Spurs 97 (GS leads 3-0)
UPDATE: Sixers’ Embiid Cleared For Game 3 – Barring a setback in pregame warm-ups, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has been cleared to play in Thursday night’s Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat, sources tell ESPN. Embiid has been cleared both as having healed from an orbital fracture suffered last month, and for the style of protective mask he’ll wear, sources said. Coach Brett Brown said that if Embiid plays, he’ll be in the starting lineup. The team upgraded his status to probable, from doubtful, late in the afternoon.
UPDATE: Popovich To Miss Game 3 After Wife’s Death – Gregg Popovich, whose wife, Erin, died Wednesday, will not coach Game 3 of the San Antonio Spurs‘ first-round playoff series on Thursday night, the team announced. Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina will fill in for Popovich against the Golden State Warriors. Erin Popovich died early Wednesday at the age of 67. She had been battling an illness for an extended period. The couple was married for four decades and had two children, Jill and Mickey, as well as two grandchildren.
Erin Popovich, the wife of San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, died early Wednesday, the team announced. She was 67 and had been battling an illness for an extended period. The couple was married for four decades and had two children, Jill and Mickey, as well as two grandchildren. “We mourn the loss of Erin,” Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said. “She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.” Erin and Gregg Popovich got married while he worked as an assistant coach at the Air Force Academy from 1973 to 1979. Erin’s father, Jim Conboy, was a former athletic trainer for the Falcons. Popovich ran the Spurs’ practice Wednesday. Assistant coach Ettore Messina would likely lead the Spurs if Popovich were to miss Game 3.
- Indiana Pacers 97 – Cleveland Cavaliers 100 (Series tied 1-1)
- Utah Jazz 102 – Oklahoma City Thunder 95 (Series tied 1-1)
- Minnesota Timberwolves 82 – Houston Rockets 102 (HOU leads 2-0)