The Lakers are the walking wounded and may be without four rotation players for Game 3 against San Antonio. Stephen Curry is a game-time decision for Golden State. Here is a look at some notes for Friday's NBA playoff action to help with your handicapping:
Nash, Meeks, Blake out for Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers will be missing more than Kobe Bryant Friday in Game 3 against the Spurs.
Guards Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks are both doubtful to play and guard Steve Blake is out indefinitely.
Nash aggravated a hamstring injury in Game 2 on Wednesday and got two
epidural shots, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com. Nash had nine points
and six assists in 31 minutes of playing time in Game 2. The Spurs won
"I'm very concerned," Nash said to reporters after Game 2. "It's really
frustrating. Very, very frustrating. Especially because I was at the
point where i was actually excited with the way I felt to start the last
two games even though i still couldn't sprint completely and I was not
moving as well as I'd like, I felt like I could still be effective and
find a way to help the team and impact the game."
An MRI on Jodie Meeks' left ankle shows a partial ligament tear,
according to the Los Angeles Daily News. Meeks didn't play in Game 2.
"I wanted to see if I could go, but I couldn't really move," Meeks said after Game 2.
Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni said that Nash, "has a better chance than Meeks" to play in Game 3.
Blake is out indefinitely with a right hamstring strain, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com. He left Game 2 with 4:51 left.
The Spurs are 5.5-point road favorites Friday at the Lakers. The total is 186.5.
Curry gametime decision for Warriors
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is a game-time decision for Friday's Game 3 against Denver, according to USA Today.
"He's been getting treatment around the clock, will continue to get treatment and will be a game-time decisions," Warriors coach Mark Jackson told reporters at shootaround on Friday.
Curry scored 30 points with 13 assists in Game 2, pacing Golden State in its 131-117 victory.
The Nuggets are 1-point favorites on the road for Game 3. The total is 210.5. The series is tied 1-1.
Garnett probable for Celtics
Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett suffered a hip pointer injury in Game 2 against New York but is not expected to miss Game 3, according to ESPNBoston.com.
Garnett is also battling bone spurs that float between his foot and ankle, according to the article.
"I'm looking forward to tomorrow -- being home, back in Beantown. Very much so." Garnett told reporters on Thursday.
The Celtics are 2.5-point favorites against the Knicks in Game 3. New York is up 2-0 in the series.
Rivers fined for bashing refs
Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers was fined $25,000 by the league for publicly criticizing referees, according to USA Today.
Rivers called the refs "horrendous" for the early fouls they called on forward Kevin Garnett in Game 2 on Tuesday. Garnett played only 24 minutes in the game, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
The refs for Game 3 on Friday are Dan Crawford, Marc Davis and Michael Smith. Crews including these officials called 39.1, 38.8 and 39.8 fouls per game this season, respectively. All are below the league average of 40.2 fouls called per game, according to data at NBAStuffer.com.
Knicks are smoking with Michael Smith blowing whistle
The New York Knicks are on an 8-0 ATS streak when referee Michael Smith officiates their games, going back to 2011.
New York is a 2.5-underdog in Game 3 at Boston.