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  • Josh Smith catches fire, scores 23 pts Sunday
    Josh Smith caught fire down the stretch of Sunday's Game 4 loss in Dallas, finishing with 23 points (8-of-10 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), four 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Smoove's shot selection tonight is a testament to the Rockets' offensive system -- he had five attempts beyond the arc, four attempts in the paint, and one "mid-range shawty" look from 11 feet. The Rockets are still firmly in control of the series with a 3-1 lead and they'll look to close out the Mavs with a win in Houston on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Corey Brewer scores 22 points on 9-of-15 FGs
    Corey Brewer drained 9-of-15 shots to finish Sunday's Game 4 loss with 22 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 32 minutes off the Rockets' bench.

    Advice: Brewer hit one 3-pointer and went 3-of-4 at the free throw line. He was a 26.8 percent shooter from downtown during the regular season yet he's averaging 2.0 triples on 60.0 percent shooting from deep in four games vs. Dallas. That's less surprising when you consider that Dallas gave up 9.1 triples per game to opponents this season, the highest mark of any team in the league. The Mavs were also below-average vs. opponent's bench players, so this is a tailor-made matchup for Brewer. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu excels as starter in Game 4
    Al-Farouq Aminu started Sunday's must-win Game 4 and made a career-high three 3-pointers to finish with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, 12 rebounds, two assists and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Injuries forced Rick Carlisle to start Aminu tonight but it was a logical move, as Aminu had been playing far less than his excellent per-minute production warranted. Tonight's 3-point accuracy seems like a fluke but Aminu should have locked down a starting job for Game 5 with this performance, as Chandler Parsons (knee) is done for the season and Richard Jefferson is best utilized in short spurts off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Raymond Felton (hamstring) logs six minutes
    Raymond Felton played through a mild hamstring injury on Sunday but he finished with only two points and one rebound in six minutes.

    Advice: Felton didn't have any assists or defensive stats and he's unlikely to play more than 10-15 minutes on Tuesday even if his hamstring is 100 percent healthy. Even with Rajon Rondo unavailable, Felton is buried on the depth chart behind J.J. Barea and Devin Harris at PG. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Mavs win Game 4 behind J.J. Barea's 17 & 13
    J.J. Barea thrived as a starter on Sunday with 17 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, 13 assists and one steal, helping the Mavericks stave off a season-ending loss by beating the Rockets 121-109.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle pulled the right strings tonight, enabling his short-handed squad to avoid a first-round sweep. When asked about Barea's excellent postseason play during his Mavs career, Carlisle said, "He's relished playoff opportunities ... I think that's how he's wired." Dallas will need Barea at his disruptive best when they try to extend the series to six games in Houston on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Richard Jefferson (calf) quiet in 10 minutes
    Richard Jefferson (calf) came off the Mavs' bench on Sunday to finish with five points, one 3-pointer and one turnover in only 10 minutes of action.

    Advice: RJ didn't contribute any rebounds, assists, steals or blocks. His calf injury may have been the cause of tonight's dud but either way he's likely to play a reserve role again in Game 5, since Al-Farouq Aminu exploded tonight for 16 points and 12 rebounds as a starter. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Dwight Howard shoots just 3-of-13 at FT line
    Dwight Howard's free throw struggles were on full display in Sunday's Game 4 defeat, as he went 3-of-13 at the line to finish with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Howard missed two months with a knee injury and the Rockets limited him as a precaution down the stretch, a decision which has already paid off with solid production in the playoffs. He's averaging 16.3 points on 61.0 percent shooting, 12.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 blocks through four postseason games. He'd even made 12-of-18 free throws prior to tonight's struggles on the road. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores 31 pts in must-win Game 4
    Monta Ellis dropped a game-high 31 points to help the Mavericks win at home on Sunday, hitting 13-of-21 field goals and 3-of-5 free throws with two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Ellis turned the ball over five times but he also had six rebounds, three assists and one steal. He looked very comfortable as the Mavs' unquestioned go-to offensive player with both Rajon Rondo and Chandler Parsons out of commission, and his usage rate (28.1 percent on Sunday) should be through the roof again during Tuesday's Game 5 in Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Tyson Chandler snares 14 rebounds in Gm 4 win
    Tyson Chandler was on a mission during Sunday's win vs. the Rockets, piling up 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting, 14 rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

    Advice: He made only 2-of-6 free throws and Dallas as a team was an abysmal 9-of-21 at the line, but they still racked up 121 points to make it a 3-1 series vs. the heavily-favored Rockets. Chandler's double-digit scoring is a bonus for the Mavs, who could live with zero points as long as the former Defensive Player of the Year stays active on the glass -- Dallas won tonight's battle of the boards 52-38. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Devin Harris quiet in 16 minutes on Sunday
    Devin Harris played only 16 minutes off the Mavs' bench on Sunday, scoring four points on 2-of-5 shooting with one rebound, one steal and three personal fouls.

    Advice: This isn't what we expected to see from Harris with Rajon Rondo out, but he took a backseat to the effective starting duo of Monta Ellis (31 points) and J.J. Barea (17 points, 13 assists). Considering how much success the Mavs had with that backcourt tonight, owners in daily leagues may want to shy away from Harris during Tuesday's potential elimination game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Terrence Jones held to 18 minutes in Game 4
    Terrence Jones started Game 4 on Sunday but he played only 18 minutes to finish with 13 points, six rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: With Donatas Motiejunas out for the playoffs following back surgery, we've been expecting bigger postseason numbers from T-Jones as the Rockets' starting power forward. He was again overshadowed by Josh Smith, however, and through four games he's averaging only 12.3 points on 38.1 percent shooting. He also has zero assists or blocks in his past three games and owners should at least temper expectations while Houston is matched up with the Mavericks. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 14 pts w/ two 3-pointers
    Lou Williams' terrific 2014-15 season ended on Sunday, as he racked up 14 points, two 3-pointers and one rebound in 25 minutes during a Game 4 loss in D.C.

    Advice: Williams beat a tough field to earn Sixth Man of the Year honors and he'll have plenty of suitors when he hits free agency this summer. The 28-year-old combo guard averaged a career-high 15.5 points this season with 1.9 three-pointers, 1.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals in only 25.2 minutes per game. He's a solid fantasy target in the late rounds, though his value depends largely on his decisions as a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:00 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard sparkles in tough Game 4 defeat
    Kawhi Leonard followed up Friday's career game with another sparkling performance on Sunday, finishing with 26 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists, one block and zero turnovers.

    Advice: He reached the 40-minute mark for only the third time this season and continues to establish himself as a go-to offensive weapon in addition to being the league's Defensive Player of the Year. A pair of clutch 3-pointers from Kawhi kept his team competitive down the stretch, but the Spurs' defeat means they've again ceded homecourt advantage to the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:48 pm
  • Raymond Felton (hamstring) will play Sunday
    Raymond Felton (hamstring) is expected to play in Sunday's Game 4.

    Advice: The absence of Rajon Rondo has thrust Felton into a bigger role in the playoffs, averaging 15.0 minutes in Games 2 and 3. He's a dubious source of daily fantasy value, however, at least while Monta Ellis, Devin Harris and J.J. Barea are in uniform. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:29 pm
  • Aron Baynes (ankle) available for Game 4
    Gregg Popovich said that everyone will be available to play for Sunday's Game 4 against the Clippers.

    Advice: Baynes spent Friday's Game 3 on the sidelines with a sprained ankle, but he'll return to action on Sunday. With the rest of the Spurs healthy, Baynes doesn't offer much fantasy value at all. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:00 pm
  • Raymond Felton (ankle) is a game-time call
    Raymond Felton (ankle) is still planning to play against the Rockets on Sunday, but head coach Rick Carlisle said he will be a game-time decision.

    Advice: Felton's presence is very important now that Rajon Rondo (back) is away from the team, but he still probably won't see too many minutes if he is cleared to play. Instead, Monta Ellis will handle the bulk of the ball-handling responsibilities, while J.J. Barea and Devin Harris will play more as well. Expect an update on Dallas' lineup prior to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:13 am
  • Richard Jefferson is a game-time decision
    Richard Jefferson (calf) is planning on playing in Game 4 vs. the Rockets on Sunday, though head coach Rick Carlisle said he will be a game-time decision.

    Advice: Jefferson has been poor in the playoffs so far, averaging just 3.3 points in 13.0 minutes per game. It sounds like he is good to go on Sunday, but Al-Farouq Aminu should continue to see the bulk of the minutes at small forward after producing 15 points, five boards, two blocks and two steals in 34 minutes during Game 3. We will update Jefferson's status as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:12 am
  • Brandon Bass will remain with the first unit
    Brandon Bass will keep his spot in the starting lineup for Game 4 against the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: jonas Jerebko practiced with the first unit on Saturday and actually started the second half of Game 3, but it looks like head coach Brad Stevens will continue to roll with Bass. However, Bass has been playing poor and is averaging just 5.3 points, 2.7 assists, 1.7 boards and 1.0 block per game through the first three games of the series, so owners in daily leagues should probably ignore him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:21 am
  • Richard Jefferson (calf) iffy for Game 4
    Richard Jefferson (calf) is up in the air to play against the Rockets on Sunday and is listed as questionable.

    Advice: The Mavs were not very forthcoming on Jefferson's injury immediately following the game, but now it sounds like he could miss Game 4. Jefferson was severely outplayed by Al-Farouq Aminu, who played 34 minutes with 15 points, five boards, two blocks and two steals. Aminu will be a popular play in daily fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:50 am
  • Raymond Felton (hamstring) expected to play
    Raymond Felton (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 4 on Sunday, but is listed as questionable.

    Advice: He suffered the injury in the first quarter and was able to return. Felton played just 13 minutes and didn't score. J.J. Barea was by far the best point guard for the Mavs and he could wind up starting. Felton is not likely to play more than 20 minutes in any game the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:47 am
  • Kawhi Leonard is going nowhere in free agency
    Kawhi Leonard isn't expected to pursue offer sheets when he becomes a restricted free agent this summer, as the Spurs are planning on offering him a max contract.

    Advice: Leonard is quickly becoming one of the top players in the NBA due to his contributions on both sides of the court, so it's not surprising in the slightest that he is expected to get a max deal. The Spurs took a 2-1 series lead over the Clippers on Friday night thanks to a career-high 32 points from Leonard, and he also added four boards, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers to his name. Spiderman is going to be a fantasy stud for many years to come, and he is going to be off the board early in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:13 am
  • Spiderman scores career-high 32 in SA win
    Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the Spurs 100-73 Game 3 win over the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to float Spiderman out there as a nickname and see if it sticks. He was the best player on the floor tonight and it wasn't close, as we see the blossoming of a top-10 NBA player before our eyes. Tim Duncan added four points, seven boards, four assists, one steal and three blocks in the blowout win. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:00 pm
  • Jefferson leaves with mysterious ailment
    Richard Jefferson left Friday's Game 3 loss with a calf ailment and did not return.

    Advice: Jefferson logged 12 minutes and scored three points with one rebound, one assist and two steals while on the floor. If he can't go then Al-Farouq Aminu will get all the run he can handle, which probably should have been the case to start the series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:20 pm
  • Raymond Felton starts, hurts hamstring
    Raymond Felton suffered a right hamstring tweak in the first quarter and returned to action on Friday, finishing with no points, four rebounds, one assist and one foul in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He got the start and just looked a step slow. It might not have been due to the hamstring tweak and it may have just been because he had to guard James Harden. Felton did have a right hamstring injury back in 2008, but there really hasn't been a trend here. Considering how poorly he played, he probably won't start in Game 4 and his status is questionable. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:19 pm
  • Aminu posts solid line over 34 minutes
    Al-Farouq Aminu scored 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 5-of-6 FTs) with five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 34 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: We're not sure why Rick Carlisle waited so long to get him onto the court for heavy minutes this series, especially since the Mavs' defense is historically bad right now. Richard Jefferson had some sort of ailment during the game and AFA should be on owners' radars for Sunday's action. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:08 pm
  • Harris plays 21 minutes in Game 3 loss
    Devin Harris logged 21 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss, scoring 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting with one rebound and two assists.

    Advice: Harris has been dealing with a toe injury and had his foot stepped on tonight, but the Mavs desperately need him on the floor and he'll probably try to gut through another game on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:06 pm
  • Barea scores 11 points with full stat line
    J.J. Barea scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 25 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss.

    Advice: Barea could be looking at an even bigger workload in Sunday's Game 4 with Devin Harris banged up and Raymond Felton only able to handle 13 minutes tonight. He'll be a popular target in DFS as long as his price doesn't rise too much. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:05 pm
  • Howard grabs career-high 26 rebounds in win
    Dwight Howard grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds in Friday's Game 3 win over the Mavs, and also chipped in with 13 points, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Howard has looked great so far in the playoffs and owners can deal with his long-term knee issues over the summer at this rate. Terrence Jones went for 12 and six, Corey Brewer scored 15 points, and Josh Smith added 18 points, three rebounds, four assists and two triples in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:58 pm
  • Aron Baynes (ankle) will not play on Friday
    Coach Gregg Popovich said Aron Baynes (ankle) will not play on Friday against the Clippers.

    Advice: Not even a mask can get Baynes to play, apparently. It's a little interesting and unusual for Pop to reveal Baynes' status for this game. As we all know, theatricality and deception are powerful agents to the uninitiated. It sounds like Baynes will be out for a couple games. Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw will play more. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:54 pm
  • Raymond Felton will start at point guard
    Raymond Felton will start against the Rockets on Friday in place of Rajon Rondo (back).

    Advice: Usually, the Mavs would go with J.J. Barea, but they're so thin that they need to get Felton in the rotation because of Chandler Parsons (knee) also out. Felton is likely going to act as an off-ball guard while Monta Ellis handles the offense. Barea is not as attractive in fantasy leagues because it's going to be tough for him to log at least 24 minutes. Additionally, the Mavs used a three-guard lineup of Monta, Felton and Barea three minutes in the second half in Game 2, so coach Rick Carlisle will likely go that route again. Devin Harris should also get minutes close to 20. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:49 pm
  • Aron Baynes (ankle) doubtful for Game 3
    Aron Baynes (sprained ankle) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's Game 3 against the Clippers.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly when Baynes suffered this ankle injury, but it's sounding like he's not going to be able to play tonight. Head coach Gregg Popovich said that Tiago Splitter will be available for as many minutes as needed tonight, so he looks like the primary beneficiary with Baynes on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:14 am
  • Devin Harris (toe) will play in Game 3 Friday
    Updating a previous report, Devin Harris (toe) will play in Friday's Game 3 against Houston.

    Advice: The Mavericks will likely go with a three point guard rotation of Harris, J.J. Barea, and Raymond Felton. Barea is the likely starter for tonight's game, with Harris expected to slot into his standard sixth man role off the bench. Felton will more than likely lose some minutes with Harris back in the rotation, and he can't be viewed as a viable option in any format. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:33 am
  • Carlisle expects Devin Harris to play Friday
    Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that he expects Devin Harris (toe) to play in Game 3 against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: This is the third positive update we've had on Harris, and all signs are pointing towards him being available tonight. Harris should be able to get around 20 minutes of action tonight, which will likely come at the expense of Raymond Felton. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:26 am
  • Carlisle says Harris making good progress
    Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that Devin Harris is making good progress with his toe injury, and signs are good for him being available for Game 3 against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: Harris was able to go through a full practice on Thursday, and he said he expects to play in Game 3 on Friday. With Rajon Rondo (back) out of commission, Harris and J.J. Barea will run the show at point guard for Dallas, with Raymond Felton seeing some extended minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:25 am
  • Devin Harris able to practice Thursday
    Devin Harris (toe) was able to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: While Harris was already listed as probable to play in Game 3 agains the Rockets, this is a good sign for his availability for Friday. Harris and J.J. Barea will see big minutes with Rajon Rondo (back/ego) out indefinitely and both should have a chance at decent fantasy production as the Mavericks' only solid point guard options. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:01 am
  • Kawhi Leonard named Defensive Player of Year
    Kawhi Leonard has been named the 2014-15 Defensive Player of the Year.

    Advice: Leonard finished ahead of Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Anthony Davis, and Rudy Gobert, respectively, on his way to winning his first DPOY Award. After a slow start to the 2014-15 season, Leonard was still able to finish as a top-25 player in standard fantasy leagues and should be a popular early-round pick next season. Now the only thing to do is keep an eye on Draymond Green's Twitter feed. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:19 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 23 points vs. Clippers
    Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points against the Clippers on Wednesday with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: This time last year, we were just starting to see the Kawhi ISO plays and he's really grown as a scorer. Leonard also made it very tough on the wings for the Clippers tonight and he also was guarding Chris Paul during this game. It's hard to overrate Kawhi and he's arguably a top-five player in the NBA for his contributions on both sides of the ball. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:08 pm
  • Devin Harris (toe) is probable for Game 3
    Devin Harris (toe) is probable to play against the Rockets in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Finally, the Mavs get some good news. Harris will have to really step up in the second unit because 40 percent of the starters are out indefinitely. As long as Harris stays healthy, he'll have a decent chance to score in the teens with some full stat lines. It's very possible he'll exceed the production of J.J. Barea and Richard Jefferson. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:36 pm
  • Devin Harris 'optimistic' to play in Game 3
    Devin Harris said that his toe still hasn't improved, but he is "optimistic" that he will be able to play in Game 3 vs. Houston on Friday.

    Advice: Harris played just nine minutes in Game 1 and was held out of Game 2, so it's pretty obvious that his toe injury is a real concern. The good news is that Harris has a couple days off to rest, so we will continue to provide updates as soon as we know more. If Harris continues to miss time, Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea will have even more responsibility off the bench, especially considering how disappointing Rajon Rondo has been. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:44 am
  • Josh Smith gets 15/8/9 in playoff gem vs Mavs
    Josh Smith dominated the second half of Tuesday's win vs. the Mavericks, finishing with 15 points, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one block off the bench.

    Advice: The nine dimes tied Smith's playoff-high and he looked Smoove indeed, sealing the victory with a barrage of alley-oop passes to Dwight Howard. Smith committed five fouls in 26 minutes and this might stand as his best performance of the postseason, but he's already justified Daryl Morey's decision to claim him after the Pistons jettisoned his contract in mid-December. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:01 pm
  • Dwight Howard leads Rockets to Game 2 win
    Dwight Howard played a fear-inducing Game 2 on Tuesday with 28 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 33 minutes vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Howard made 8-of-11 free throws, spoiling any "Hack-a-Howard" strategy, and he finished 10-of-15 from the field after a barrage of alley-oops in the second half. The Rockets can take a bullet-proof series lead if they win in Dallas on Friday or Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • J.J. Barea logs 34 minutes off Mavs' bench
    J.J. Barea played 34 minutes during Game 2 on Tuesday, his highest playing time since Feb. 11, finishing a road loss in Houston with 13 points, one 3-pointer, six rebounds, two assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Barea's speed makes him deadly as a matchup-oriented bench player, but he was forced into a huge role tonight with Devin Harris (toe) unavailable and Rajon Rondo struggling with fouls and inefficiency. Dallas isn't likely to climb out of an 0-2 series deficit with Barea logging 30+ minutes, though they may be forced to try if Harris can't suit up for Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:48 pm
  • Richard Jefferson starts at SF w/ Parsons out
    Richard Jefferson started Game 2 with Chandler Parsons (knee) unavailable, but he finished with seven points on 2-of-6 shooting with one 3-pointer in 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Parsons' status going forward is uncertain and Rick Carlisle suggested that he might miss more games, thrusting the 34-year-old Jefferson into a critical role. RJ didn't rise to the challenge tonight, failing to record a single rebound, assist, steal or block, and the Mavs are in serious trouble whether or not Parsons can play again in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:45 pm
  • Terrence Jones returns from face injury Tues
    Terrence Jones left Tuesday's game in the third quarter after being elbowed in the face by Dwight Howard, but he quickly returned to action.

    Advice: Jones' body language wasn't encouraging but the team said that he only suffered a bloody nose, and he was only limited in the second half due to Josh Smith's proficiency. He should be fine for Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:25 pm
  • Sixth Man of Year Lou Williams scores 20 pts
    Lou Williams received his Sixth Man of the Year award on Tuesday but the celebration didn't last long as the Raptors dropped Game 2 despite his contribution of 20 points and three steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Williams' ACL surgery is a fading memory after an impressive 2014-15 campaign and he's set himself up for a nice payday in unrestricted free agency this summer. The Wizards are dominating the glass through two games and they're rolling offensively, however, and the Raptors will need more players than Williams to step up if they hope to advance to the Conference semi-finals. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:02 pm
  • Brandon Bass shoots 0-of-6 in Game 2 defeat
    Brandon Bass struggled on Tuesday with two points, two rebounds and three assists, going 0-of-6 from the field and 2-of-2 at the free throw line in 15 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Celtics were out-rebounded 34-46 in Game 1 and they lost the battle 39-47 tonight, though they did collect 13 on the offensive glass. Jared Sullinger's return has taken a chunk out of Bass' playing time and this is the third time he's logged under 15 minutes in the past five games, so this isn't a fluke occurrence. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:00 pm
  • Devin Harris sidelined Tuesday w/ turf toe
    Devin Harris (turf toe) will not play during Tuesday's Game 2 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: The Mavs are already without Chandler Parsons (knee) and the absence of Harris will force Raymond Felton to play a substantial role off the bench. Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis will also get fewer breathers as Dallas tries to even the series with a road win on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:16 pm
  • Devin Harris present at Tuesday shootaround
    Devin Harris (toe) was able to participate in Tuesday's shootaround.

    Advice: Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said he wouldn't have a decision on Harris' availability for Tuesday's Game 2 until pre-game, but his participation in shootaround is a good sign for Harris. We'll have an update on Harris once Carlisle and the training staff make a decision, but J.J. Barea would be in line to see a minutes bump if Harris is unable to suit up. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 am
  • Lou Williams wins Sixth Man of the Year
    Lou Williams was named the NBA's 2014-15 Sixth Man of the Year on Monday.

    Advice: Isaiah Thomas finished second in the voting, and Jamal Crawford rounded out the top three. There was a darkhorse case to be made for Andre Iguodala, but he finished fourth in the voting. It's been a pretty good year for Sweet Lou after being traded for John Salmons and Lucas Nogueira last summer. Williams finished the regular season with averages of 15.5 points, 1.1 steals and 1.9 triples on 40.4 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:17 am
  • Dwight Howard a difference-maker in Game 1
    Dwight Howard was a difference-maker in the Game 1 win over the Mavericks on defense.

    Advice: When Howard was on the floor Saturday night, the Rockets allowed 75.1 points per 100 possessions. When he was off, that number ballooned to 112.2 points per 100 possessions. The good news is Howard felt good out there over his 17 minutes, and his playing time should increase moving forward so long as he stays out of foul trouble. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:57 am
  • Aron Baynes benched, bullied in Game 1 loss
    Aron Baynes suffered during Sunday's road loss vs. the Clippers, finishing with five points, five rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Tiago Splitter (calf) was limited so Baynes played a significant role, but in a short span he was viciously dunked on by Blake Griffin, flipped into a row of photographers by Matt Barnes, and then dunked on again by Griffin. Splitter only logged 10 minutes and Baynes' ability to hold down the paint alongside Tim Duncan may be a key to the series, as he's likely to log 20+ minutes regardless of Splitter's status for Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 11:23 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard's +/- rating a team-worst -21
    Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 18 points during a Game 1 loss on Sunday, hitting 7-of-12 shots with six boards, three assists and four steals.

    Advice: Kawhi also turned the ball over four times and missed three of his six FT attempts, finishing with a team-worst +/- rating at -21. That might be a first. The No. 6 seed Spurs lack homecourt advantage and they trail 0-1 in the series with Game 2 looming on Wednesday. The Rockets in 1995 were the last No. 6 seed to win an NBA championship, with a roster that included Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Kenny Smith, Sam Cassell and Robert Horry. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 10:58 pm
  • Dwight Howard battles foul trouble in win
    Dwight Howard played just 17 minutes due to foul trouble against the Mavs on Saturday with 11 points, five boards, one steal and five blocks.

    Advice: If not for the foul trouble, he would have played more. The Rockets didn't really go to Howard in the post much, but Howard looked healthy with respect to his knee. He should be closer to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:37 pm
  • Terrence Jones scores 19 points in 34 minutes
    Terrence Jones made 6-of-15 from the field and 7-of-11 from the line for 19 points against the Mavs on Saturday with nine rebounds, six assists and one steal.

    Advice: The shot total is almost shocking and this was the first time in Jones' career he's had more than 10 shots from the field and from the line. Jones saw a little more playing time than expected because of Dwight Howard getting into foul trouble, but he's still a good bet to play over 30 minutes per game in this series. Jones' season flew a little under the radar due to injuries, so he'll be a difference maker if he can stay on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:35 pm
  • Corey Brewer steps it up down the stretch
    Corey Brewer turned it on down the stretch against the Mavs on Saturday with 15 points, one assist and three 3-poiners in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He killed the Mavs in the fourth quarter with all three 3-pointers coming in that frame. Brewer's versatility at both wing spots should help him get playing time in the 20s. Trevor Ariza did have some cramping issues, but there's no need to worry about him. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:31 pm
  • Tyson Chandler double-doubles vs. Houston
    Tyson Chandler double-doubled against the Rockets on Saturday with 11 points, 18 boards, two steals and one block in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The Mavs went small with four wings next to Chandler and they would have been torched on both ends without him. Chandler had himself a fantastic April, averaging 13.1 points, 12.7 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.3 steals on 75.6 percent from the field. It's fair to expect a double-double in each game during this series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:26 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores just 16 points vs. HOU
    Monta Ellis scored 16 points against the Rockets on Saturday with four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 5-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: This was not Monta's best game outside of a brilliant buzzer beater to end the third quarter. Ellis was able to attack the basket, but he just couldn't finish over the Rockets' size. Expect him to have a better game in Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:25 pm
  • Dwight Howard expected to play more
    Dwight Howard is expected to play more in the postseason than he did in the regular season.

    Advice: Coach Kevin McHale said the Rockets will play it by ear with Dwight's minutes. Dwight was up to 28 minutes on Apr. 12 and he should get over the 30-minute plateau tonight. There will be less minutes going to Joey Dorsey. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 4:49 pm
  • Lou Williams' late surge isn't enough
    Lou Williams made 4-of-16 from the field for 10 points against the Wizards on Saturday, adding three rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had just two points going into the fourth quarter and helped get this game to overtime. Williams was also guarding John Wall in this game, which created some problems for the Raptors late and caused some defensive breakdowns. Williams will struggle with consistency going forward, but he'll likely have a huge game or two in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 12:53 pm
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