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  • Rudy Gobert won't play for France
    Rudy Gobert won't play for France during the qualifying tournament for the Olympics this summer.

    Advice: "This season I had several injuries, so Jazz want me to stay in Salt Lake in June to work on my body," Gobert said. He did add that he will play in Rio if France qualifies, but it makes sense for the big man to get as much rest as possible after battling knee and ankle issues this season. He will be a bounce-back candidate for the 2016-17 campaign. Today, 11:14 am
  • Pau Gasol says Spurs could be an option
    In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, Pau Gasol said that the Spurs would be an "interesting option" in free agency this summer.

    Advice: "There’s talk about passing of the torch with San Antonio and a hypothetical passing of the torch with [Tim] Duncan," Gasol said. "For starters, nobody knows if Tim is retiring and he’s somebody whom I have maximum respect for. In closing, I have to admit the Spurs would be an interesting option for me." The Bulls took a massive risk by not dealing Gasol at the trade deadline, and there's a good chance that he leaves Chicago this summer in the pursuit of another ring. To be clear, a move to San Antonio wouldn't be great for his fantasy value. Today, 9:11 am
  • Hassan Whiteside says his hand isn't an issue
    Hassan Whiteside said that his hand won't be an issue in Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: He is dealing with some swelling, but X-rays came back negative and the injury isn't believed to be serious. Whiteside is averaging 14.0 points, 12.2 boards and 3.0 blocks during the postseason and is safe to leave in all active lineups. Today, 8:59 am
  • Olynyk says shoulder surgery is a possibility
    Kelly Olynyk said that he will consider undergoing shoulder surgery this summer.

    Advice: He admitted that his shoulder wasn't even 80 percent during the playoffs, so give him credit for playing though the injury. Olynyk is still evaluating different options and is getting a second opinion as well, so it's not a lock that he will need surgery. Olynyk only averaged 10.0 points, 4.1 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers this season in 20.2 minutes per game in Boston's crowded frontcourt, so the Celtics would likely have to move some pieces around in order for him to have a larger role. Today, 8:35 am
  • Al Horford scores 15 points; Hawks advance
    Al Horford scored 15 points to help the Hawks advance in a Game 6 104-92 win in Boston on Thursday, adding four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The blocks were the story with the Hawk putting up 12 of those to shut down the Celtics offense in the first three quarters. Horford was terrific on defense in this series, but he didn't bring it on the stat sheet. In the six games, he averaged 12.5 points, 8.5 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.7 blocks and 1.0 treys. His groin injury looks like it's behind him as he gets ready for a tougher matchup against the Cavs. Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 17 points vs. Boston
    Paul Millsap scored 17 points in a series-clinching win over the Celtics on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and four blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It wasn't the best series for Millsap, but he put a stamp on this series with his defense. It'll be very interesting to see what happens in the series against the Cavs because coach Mike Budenholzer will likely put him on LeBron James quite a bit. The stats will obviously be there. Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Amir Johnson plays just 18 minutes
    Amir Johnson played 18 minutes with three points, four rebounds and two turnovers against the Hawks on Thursday.

    Advice: He did have a hand injury during this game, but it didn't cost him time. Johnson didn't have a great regular season with multiple cold runs due to a lack of offense despite being solid on D all year. The problem is coach Brad Stevens takes him out when the Celtics are trailing. Johnson will enter the last year of his deal in the 2016-17 season, but expect him to move down the depth chart with the Celtics likely to add some pieces. Yesterday, 7:47 pm
  • Jared Sullinger gets just seven minutes
    Jared Sullinger played just seven minutes with two points, four rebounds and one turnover in a loss to the Hawks on Thursday.

    Advice: He had an off night on both ends. Sullinger had a bumpy ride this season, starting with a terrible training camp and even falling to the fifth big on the roster. However, he did get it going to become the primary offensive big man for most of the year. The Celtics are almost certainly going to address their frontcourt in the offseason, which will likely push Sullinger out of the standard-league convo to start the 2016-17 season. Yesterday, 7:46 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk says shoulder feeling better
    Kelly Olynyk said after Thursday's shootaround that his right shoulder is feeling the best it's felt through Boston's first-round series.

    Advice: Olynyk has been used sparingly through Boston's first-round matchup against the Hawks, and he'll be battling Jared Sullinger for reserve minutes on Thursday night. His shoulder may be feeling better, but it's unlikely we see him earn much more than 10 minutes tonight. Yesterday, 3:53 pm
  • Spencer Hawes diagnosed with MCL sprain
    Spencer Hawes has been diagnosed with a right MCL sprain, and he will miss at least the next week of action.

    Advice: Hawes will obviously miss Friday's Game 6 against the Heat, and he's going to be re-evaluated in one week, although it wouldn't be surprising at all to see his absence extend beyond that one-week timeline. Tyler Hansbrough, Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky should pick up some extra minutes in Hawes' absence. Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • Rumor: MIN could be an option for Joakim Noah
    The Timberwolves may try and go after Joakim Noah as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Noah's agent Bill Duffy also represents Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine, and given the mutual respect between Noah and newly appointed head coach Tom Thibodeau, Minnesota could be on the radar for Noah. If Noah does wind up in Minnesota, that wouldn't be great news for Gorgui Dieng's fantasy outlook. Yesterday, 1:45 pm
  • Report: Dwight Howard could return to ORL?
    Dwight Howard is reportedly "strongly" considering returning to the Magic as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Howard is expected to opt out of his deal this offseason in order to hit free agency, and with the way things ended for the Rockets this season, it would be surprising to see D-12 back in Houston. The Bucks, Hornets and Blazers have also been mentioned as potential landing spots for Howard, and there's sure to be a few more names added to this list as we get closer to free agency. It's worth noting, however, that Orlando to this point has not expressed interest in a reunion. Yesterday, 1:38 pm
  • Blake Griffin (quad) will not require surgery
    Blake Griffin will not require surgery to repair his left quad.

    Advice: Griffin underwent a bone marrow procedure on Wednesday, which is similar to a PRP injection and effectively eliminates the need for surgery. He's going to be sidelined for at least the next three months, so in addition to missing the remainder of the postseason, he won't be able to participate during the 2016 Olympic Games. He should be fine for the 2016-17 season, though. Yesterday, 1:07 pm
  • Spencer Hawes (knee) doubtful for Game 6
    Spencer Hawes (right knee sprain) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's Game 6 against Miami.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly when Hawes suffered the knee injury, but it's looking like he'll be spending Game 6 on the sidelines. His minutes will likely be divvied up between Tyler Hansbrough, Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky, but Hawes' absence won't have a dramatic impact on the fantasy landscape. Yesterday, 12:42 pm
  • Cody Zeller (knee) expected to play in Game 6
    Cody Zeller (knee) is expected to play in Friday's Game 6 against Miami.

    Advice: Zeller tweaked his right knee during Game 5, but it doesn't sound like he's dealing with anything serious. He should play around 20 minutes off the bench, which isn't enough floor time for him to put up a meaningful stat line. Yesterday, 12:26 pm
  • Andre Drummond open to shooting underhand FTs
    Stan Van Gundy said that Andre Drummond is open to shooting underhanded free throws.

    Advice: "As far as shooting underhand or anything else, it’s fair to say my discussion with Andre yesterday and the discussions Jeff and I have had and staff — everything is on the table," Van Gundy said. Drummond's inability to knock down shots at the stripe forced SVG to pull him during crunch time for much of the year, something that Drummond was not all that fond of. It'll be interesting to see if Drummond goes with the underhand method, but we wouldn't expect a dramatic improvement from the 38.0 percent free throw shooter next season. Yesterday, 12:23 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) says he'll play Fri
    Hassan Whiteside said that his right hand is swollen, but he will fight through the pain and play in Friday's Game 6 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Whiteside hurt his hand during Game 5's loss, but it doesn't appear to be anything serious enough to force him to the sidelines. Check back for another update on his status closer to Friday's tip. Yesterday, 11:55 am
  • Jason Maxiell signs in United Arab Emirates
    Jason Maxiell has signed a one-month deal to play in the United Arab Emirates.

    Advice: While the 33-year-old is trying to work his way back to the NBA, he hasn't played in the league since the end of the 2014-15 season and doesn't have any fantasy value. Yesterday, 10:32 am
  • Blake Griffin played through hamstring risk
    Blake Griffin (left quad tendon) was reportedly told he could re-tear his left quad by playing through injury.

    Advice: We have to give Griffin credit on this one as many players would have elected for surgery and missed the rest of the season. Griffin had a bone marrow procedure on his injured quad Wednesday morning, but shouldn't have any issue returning in time for training camp. The 27-year-old will continue to be a high-risk, high-reward pick in 2016-17 fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 8:07 am
  • Chris Bosh wants to play in 15-16 postseason
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) would like to return for the 2015-16 postseason.

    Advice: While Bosh would like to return, the Heat continue to insist that he is out indefinitely. Bosh has been traveling with the Heat, but hasn't played since February 9 and would likely have a bit of rust to shake off. We'll keep an eye on the situation, but it doesn't look as though a return is imminent for Bosh. Yesterday, 6:50 am
  • Dwight Howard coy about Rockets future
    Dwight Howard declined to comment on his future with the Rockets.

    Advice: Howard can opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but declined to discuss his plans. "It didn’t go the way we wanted to go," D-12 said. "We had a lot of ups and downs and I’m sure all of us are going to take some time to reflect on what we can do to better ourselves." After a season of rumored feuding with James Harden, it would be a surprise to see Howard return to the Rockets. Yesterday, 6:45 am
  • Dwight Howard gets 21 boards, shoots 3-of-13
    The Rockets collapsed on Wednesday, losing 114-81, with Dwight Howard contributing eight points (3-of-13 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), 21 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 45 minutes.

    Advice: This is the first time in the series that Howard attempted more than 10 field goals, a fact that wasn't lost on coach J.B. Bickerstaff. "We just gotta get him the ball," Bickerstaff said before the game. "We feel like we have an advantage in the post." More touches didn't help Howard tonight and his season ends on a dour note. He has a $23.3 million player option this summer and will likely go for another long-term deal in free agency, so it will be interesting to see how hard teams pursue him at this stage of his career. Wednesday, 10:23 pm
  • Blake Griffin (quad) w/ bone marrow procedure
    Blake Griffin had a bone marrow procedure on his injured left quad Wednesday morning.

    Advice: Griffin isn't on the Clippers' bench during Game 5 on Wednesday, and now we know why. A recent MRI revealed no further damage to his quad but there could be more to Griffin's injury than the Clippers have disclosed. He's already been ruled out for the playoffs, and the only good news is that he has a full offseason to rest and recuperate. Wednesday, 8:48 pm
  • X-rays negative on Hassan Whiteside's hand
    Hassan Whiteside is dealing with a right hand injury but X-rays were negative.

    Advice: There aren't any details about the injury, which Whiteside may have suffered during Wednesday's Game 5 loss in Miami. It sounds like he avoided any structural damage but we'll add him to the injury report as a precaution -- for what it's worth, his recent thigh injury no longer seems to be an issue. Wednesday, 8:44 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside double-doubles in Game 5
    Hassan Whiteside finished Wednesday's Game 5 defeat with 11 points, 12 boards, three blocks and one turnover in 32 minutes, making 5-of-8 FGs and 1-of-2 FTs.

    Advice: Whiteside has struggled defensively against Al Jefferson's shifty post play, and a lingering thigh bruise may be limiting him, but he's still an impact player. Only Al Horford has contested more 2-point field goals per game in the playoffs, and Horford is averaging eight more minutes per game than Whiteside. He'll need to bring his 'A' game for Game 6. Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Josh McRoberts logs 16 minutes in Game 5 loss
    Josh McRoberts played a postseason-high 16 minutes during Game 5, but he failed to score and had just three rebounds, two steals and one assist to his credit.

    Advice: McBob never looks to score and he passed up some open looks tonight, resulting in empty possessions that can't sit well with coach Erik Spoelstra. He finished 0-of-2 from the field and is a longshot to have DFS appeal in the postseason. Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • Cody Zeller returns despite right knee injury
    Cody Zeller (right knee) scored four points in 21 minutes during Wednesday's road win, adding three boards, one assist and one block.

    Advice: Zeller headed into the Hornets' locker room during the second quarter with a knee injury, and he occasionally favored that leg during the second half. It's a pre-existing injury and we'll include him on the injury report as a precaution for Game 6 -- if he can't suit up there will be more minutes available for Frank Kaminsky, Al Jefferson and Spencer Hawes. Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Cody Zeller heads to locker room Wednesday
    Cody Zeller (knee) headed into the locker room during the second quarter of Wednesday's game, but he has since returned.

    Advice: We should have more details about Zeller's injury after the game, but it doesn't sound like it will be an issue going forward. Wednesday, 5:54 pm
  • Report: Howard expected to leave HOU as UFA
    Dwight Howard is reportedly expected to leave the Rockets as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Thus far, the Magic, Hornets, Bucks and Blazers have been mentioned as the early favorites to land Howard's services, but we still have a long ways to go until free agency begins. For now, Howard will try and help the Rockets to a Game 5 win over the Warriors on Wednesday in order to send the series back to Houston for a Game 6. Wednesday, 10:59 am
  • Enes Kanter (chest) goes through practice
    Enes Kanter (chest) was a full participant during Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Kanter took a knee to the chest via Justin Anderson during Monday's Game 5 win over the Mavericks, but he was moving around well at practice, and he has plenty of time to rest up for Saturday's Game 1 against the Spurs. He should be fine, and we'll have official confirmation on his playing status closer to Saturday's tip. Wednesday, 10:46 am
  • Budenholzer says Horford's groin a non-issue
    Mike Budenholzer said on Wednesday that Al Horford (groin) is not dealing with any health issues.

    Advice: The injury has not forced Horford to miss any time, and he's certainly not looking to use it as an excuse for his lack of scoring as of late. While Horford has been struggling on the offensive end over the past two, he's still managed to produce meaningful stat lines with solid contributions to the rebounding (8.5), assists (4.5), steals (1.5) and shot blocking (1.0) categories. Perhaps he can get going on the offensive end during Thursday's Game 6. Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • Spo says Whiteside (thigh) is himself again
    Erik Spoelstra indicated that Hassan Whiteside (thigh) is back to his usual self for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Whiteside said that the thigh injury limited his explosion during Game 4, but he said after shootaround that the injury is feeling better, so it sounds like he'll be much closer to 100 percent for Game 5. He's a reasonable guy to target in DFS. Wednesday, 8:26 am
  • Paul Millsap scores 10 points in blowout win
    Paul Millsap scored 10 points in Tuesday's blowout win over the Celtics, adding eight rebounds, six assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He obviously would've played a lot more, but the game was over after the Hawks scored 42 points in the third quarter. This was Millsap's second excellent game in a row after scoring 45 points with 13 rebounds, four blocks, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in Game 4, so his slow start to the series is no longer a concern. The Hawks could clinch the series with a win in Game 6 on Thursday in Boston. Tuesday, 8:10 pm
  • Al Horford is quiet in win vs. Boston
    Al Horford was quiet in Tuesday's 110-83 win over the Celtics, scoring six points on 2-of-11 shooting with eight boards, four assists, one block and two steals in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He continues to say that his groin isn't an issue, but he hasn't scored in double digits since Game 2. The good news is that he's still getting it done in other areas of the box score, so hopefully he finds his rhythm on the offensive end in Game 6 on Thursday in Boston. Tuesday, 8:09 pm
  • Myles Turner plays well in Game 5 loss
    Myles Turner looked good in Game 5 on Tuesday vs. Toronto, scoring 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The rookie has been the most consistent big for Indiana in this series apart from a dud in Game 4, so his role as the starting PF is safe. His price should still be relatively low in DFS, so he's worth a long look for Game 6 in Indiana on Friday. Tuesday, 6:59 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) held to four points
    Ian Mahinmi (back) was held to four points on 1-of-2 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Raptors, adding six rebounds with two turnovers in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He got into some foul trouble and never got it going. He was coming off a 22-point, 10-rebound performance in Game 4 with five assists, two steals and one block, but that was really his only bright spot in this series. In fact, if you ignore Game 4 then he only has averages of 4.3 points, 4.5 boards and 0.5 blocks. To be fair, his back has been an issue for a while now and he's playing at less than 100 percent. Tuesday, 6:53 pm
  • Luis Scola picks up a DNP-CD
    Luis Scola picked up a DNP-CD on Tuesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Patrick Patterson played 26 minutes in the starting lineup and while he wasn't great, he will likely be the starter going forward. Scola isn't a fantasy option. Tuesday, 6:39 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo scores 10 w/ 16 boards
    Bismack Biyombo was awesome in Tuesday's Game 5 win over the Pacers, scoring 10 points with 16 rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He was more effective than Jonas Valanciunas tonight, so Biyombo played down the stretch and even grabbed four offensive rebounds. That being said, Biyombo was only averaging 5.8 points, 7.3 boards and 1.3 blocks in the first four games of the series, so we'd like to see him do it again before he becomes an option in most fantasy formats. Valanciunas finished with 10 points, five boards, two assists, one steal and two blocks. Tuesday, 6:37 pm
  • Patrick Patterson held to seven points
    Patrick Patterson started in Game 5 on Tuesday, but scored just seven points (3-of-10 FGs) with two boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was averaging just 5.8 field goal attempts in the first four games of the series, so at least he was more involved on the offensive end tonight. While Patterson's stat line was disappointing, Luis Scola picked up a DNP-CD tonight and it looks like he will be the starting PF moving forward, although coach Dwane Casey wouldn't commit to it when asked after the game. Tuesday, 6:16 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) starting Tuesday vs. TOR
    Ian Mahinmi (back) is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Raptors.

    Advice: George Hill, Monta Ellis, Paul George and Myles Turner will join Mahinmi in the first-unit for tonight's contest. Mahinmi still isn't 100 percent, but he's on the radar in DFS after putting up 22 points, 10 boards, five assists, two steals and one block in Game 4. Tuesday, 3:10 pm
  • Luis Scola will come off the bench for Game 5
    Luis Scola will move to the bench for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Pacers.

    Advice: Scola has been struggling as a starter through Toronto's first-round series, owning meager averages of 2.0 points and 3.0 boards on 21.4 percent shooting. He wasn't worth using as a starter, and it'll only get worse for Scola fantasy-wise with the demotion to the second unit. Tuesday, 2:52 pm
  • Patrick Patterson starting, Scola benched
    Patrick Patterson will move into the starting five for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Pacers, sending Luis Scola to the bench.

    Advice: The Raptors haven't been getting much of anything from Scola through the first four games of the series, so it looks like Dwane Casey would like to infuse some offense into the first unit with Patterson. Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas will join Patterson in the starting five for tonight's game, and Patterson could be someone to consider as a punt in DFS given the increased opportunity. Tuesday, 2:45 pm
  • Blake Griffin, CP3 ruled out for playoffs
    Blake Griffin (quad) and Chris Paul (hand) will miss the remainder of the postseason for the Clippers.

    Advice: This is a crushing blow to the Clippers' postseason run, and it would be shocking to see them advance out of the first-round at this point. With both Paul and Griffin done for the postseason, just about everyone on the Clippers roster will need to step up with guys like Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford and Jeff Green seeing the largest value boost. For what it's worth, the MRI did not reveal any further damage to Griffin's left quad, so it sounds like the Clippers are just being cautious after he aggravated the injury in Game 4. Tuesday, 2:01 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) expected to play Tuesday
    Frank Vogel said that while Ian Mahinmi is still experiencing some soreness in his back, he's expected to play in Tuesday's Game 5 against the Raptors.

    Advice: Mahinmi will continue to fight through the pain, and after putting up 22 points with a full line during Game 4's win, he'll be someone to consider as a potential DFS target. Tuesday, 1:36 pm
  • Blake Griffin (quad) will undergo an MRI Tues
    Blake Griffin (quad) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

    Advice: Griffin is currently listed as questionable for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Blazers, and we should have a better idea on his status after the MRI. With Chris Paul (hand) already out for Game 5, we'll see a ton of Jeff Green, Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford on Wednesday night if Griffin is also forced to the sidelines. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 11:23 am
  • Al Horford on track to play in Game 5 on Tues
    Al Horford (groin) is experiencing no issues ahead of Game 5 on Tuesday, according to Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer.

    Advice: Horford is listed as probable, but his status for Tuesday night was never in doubt. He hasn't been involved in the Hawks offense much in the series, but is still a solid DFS play at home on Tuesday. Tuesday, 8:49 am
  • Hassan Whiteside hoping to heal by Game 6
    Hassan Whiteside (thigh) is hoping he'll be more agile for Game 5.

    Advice: Whiteside said the thigh injury limited his explosion on Monday night, but is planning to play through the pain. "It bothered me, but there's nothing I could do about it, so I just played through the pain," he said. "I couldn't explode on it like I normally can." Whiteside has a day to recover before Wednesday's Game 5, so he should have better production as the Heat head back home. Tuesday, 8:45 am
  • Mavericks won't chase Dwight Howard in FA
    The Mavericks won't pursue Dwight Howard if he becomes a free agent, according to league sources.

    Advice: Howard is expected to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but it doesn't look like the Mavs will be in on D-12 if he is looking for a max contract. While the Mavericks will be in the market for frontcourt help this summer, Howard will have likely have a team offer him max contract after averaging 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 1.0 steals in 2015-16. Tuesday, 6:35 am
  • Blake Griffin questionable for Game 5 on Weds
    Blake Griffin (quad) is questionable for Game 5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Griffin's quad started acting up towards the end of Game 4 and he was having trouble planting on it. "We’re not sure with Blake yet," head coach Doc Rivers said. "I think he’ll get evaluated tomorrow when we get back. I would say 50-50 on the next game with him. I expect him to be back, but we don’t know that yet. So I don’t want to say much." If Griffin is unable to play on Wednesday, we'll see a lot more of Jeff Green, Wes Johnson, and Luc Mbah a Moute. Tuesday, 6:06 am
  • Blake Griffin to be re-evaluated on Tuesday
    Blake Griffin (quad) said he will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers said Griffin's chances of playing in Game 5 are about 50-50. Griffin even had a limp in his post-game conference and wasn't confident about his chances to play. If he is out Jeff Green, Wes Johnson and Luc Mbah a Moute will play more. Monday, 11:30 pm
  • Mason Plumlee turns in another gem
    Mason Plumlee scored two points with 14 rebounds, 10 assists and three blocks in 30 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: That's two huge games as the Blazers are running a ton of offense through Plumlee right now. He is coming off a 21-board, nine-dime game in Game 3. Plumlee was losing some playing time to Ed Davis to end the regular season, but he's cleared the 30-minute mark in each of his last three games. Monday, 10:48 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan grabs 15 boards
    DeAndre Jordan scored seven points with 15 rebounds, one assist, two steals and four blocks against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He's been terrible at the line in his last three, making just 5-of-22 (22.7 percent). Jordan is not really capable of scoring on his own, so losing Chris Paul (hand) is bad for his offensive output. He's probably not someone you'll want to use in DFS on Wednesday. Monday, 10:36 pm
  • Blake Griffin hurts his quad on Monday night
    Blake Griffin hurt his left quad on Monday and was in pain on the bench.

    Advice: He was grabbing just above his knee on the bench as the game was winding down. Griffin had a left quad injury during the season and it would appear this injury will affect him going forward. With Chris Paul (hand) likely out for the postseason, there will be even more pressure on Griffin. However, he might be in jeopardy of missing action, as well. Griffin finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes on Monday. Monday, 10:25 pm
  • Billy Donovan says Enes Kanter is fine
    Coach Billy Donovan said Enes Kanter (chest) should be fine for Game 1 against Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: This is good news because Kanter played well against the Spurs this season. He took a knee from Justin Anderson to his chest and looked like he had some trouble breathing. Kanter obviously won't be quite as good as he was during this series against the Mavs, so DFS owners might want to lower their expectations. Monday, 8:32 pm
  • Enes Kanter goes to the locker room
    Enes Kanter went to the locker room in the fourth quarter on Monday.

    Advice: Justin Anderson went right at him and Kanter may have suffered a contusion. He was in some pain on the bench for about two minutes before he gingerly walked back to the locker room. Steven Adams and Nick Collison would pick up run. Monday, 7:15 pm
  • Whiteside turns in worst game of series
    Hassan Whiteside (thigh) did not play well in his 25 minutes against the Hornets on Monday, scoring eight points with seven rebounds and three blocks.

    Advice: He got off to a good start, but fell off due to foul trouble. Miami really struggled on the glass down the stretch with Whiteside just in unfortunate positions. Whiteside was a game-time call with his bruised thigh, but didn't show much discomfort during this game. He'll be better in Game 5. Monday, 6:54 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi is questionable for Tuesday
    Ian Mahinmi (back) is listed as questionable to play against the Raptors on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was on the injury report for Saturday and exploded for a 22-point gem in a win. Mahinmi likely won't be as good in Game 5, but he's certainly on the radar as a DFS center with his cheap price tag. Monday, 3:29 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside will play on Monday night
    Hassan Whiteside (thigh) will play on Monday night against the Hornets.

    Advice: He is not likely going to have a minutes cap during this game. Whiteside should be getting minutes slightly above 30 with plenty of stats headed his way. We'll see how the Heat respond to their Game 3 loss on Saturday. Monday, 2:56 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside warming up, intends to play
    Hassan Whiteside (thigh) is warming up with the intention to play on Monday.

    Advice: This usually means Whiteside will be ready to roll -- there was an exception on this with Justise Winslow earlier this season. Whiteside did miss practice on Sunday and he might be slightly limited. Still, he's the elite center for DFS tonight and is likely going to be worth his high salary. Monday, 2:34 pm
  • Al Horford is probable for Tuesday
    Al Horford (groin) is probable to play on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's fine and the Hawks called him probable for Game 4. Horford hasn't been involved in the offense much, which should probably change. He'll be a solid contrarian play in DFS on Tuesday. Monday, 2:11 pm
  • Marc Gasol thinks Pau should go to Spurs?
    Marc Gasol said his advice for Pau Gasol would be for him to go to San Antonio at this stage of his career.

    Advice: Interesting. The Bulls are looking less likely to re-sign Pau and could see some changes. If Gasol does go to the Spurs, they would be loaded up front, assuming Tim Duncan hangs around. Gasol would lose fantasy value with a change. Monday, 11:29 am
  • Stevens calls Amir Johnson 'really important'
    Brad Stevens called Amir Johnson "really important" to what the Celtics are doing.

    Advice: "He's really important," Stevens said. "He's really important to our offense to with his rolling, getting to the rim, making himself available at the rim, those types of things. But really in the last two months I feel like he's played at a high, high level. I think there's two things that go with that. No. 1 is his health is obviously a factor with his foot (he had plantar fasciitis), although he didn't complain about it a ton other than those few games he missed, but I think the other thing is just getting used to a new system, getting used to a style of play, getting used to new teammates and everything else. But he's been impactful and his mobility is critical against their bigs." Monday, 11:14 am
  • Stevens hints Olynyk's role could be limited
    Brad Stevens hinted that Kelly Olynyk's role could be limited for the remainder of the first round.

    Advice: "Time will tell. ... We aren't in a position where if a guy has rust you're going to be able to play much," Stevens said. The head coach added that he'd evaluate Olynyk in shootaround to gauge his playing time moving forward, but it's worth noting that Jonas Jerebko has really come on strong vs. Atlanta and looks like the better option right now. Monday, 10:16 am
  • Update: Whiteside (thigh) is a game-time call
    Updating a previous item, Hassan Whiteside (thigh) will be a game-time decision for Monday's Game 4 vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Whiteside will continue to get treatment and is expected to be evaluated prior to tipoff, and although he only went through the non-contact portions of shootaround and has been limited for a couple of days, we still expect the big man to be out there. "I haven't done much on it," he said. "I just lifted weights [Sunday]. I did upper body. So it went well. But I haven't done much on it. I'm going to see how I feel around game time and we're going to go from there." Whiteside said he still has some swelling and pain that limits his explosion, but it would be a real shocker if he didn't take the floor. For what it's worth, Whiteside was smiling when grilled about his playing status. Monday, 8:09 am
  • Gores has no problem giving Drummond max deal
    Pistons owner Tom Gores said he is "absolutely" comfortable giving Andre Drummond a max contract in restricted free agency this summer.

    Advice: Some will ask why Gores would openly provide this information, but the reality is that Drummond is going to get a max deal either from the Pistons or via an offer sheet from another team, so the move only helps to continue to build goodwill between Detroit and their franchise center. While AD obviously needs to work on his free throws—he was historically bad this season and expressed frustration about being benched in certain instances—Drummond is just 22 years young and has plenty of growth ahead of him. Monday, 7:52 am
  • Andre Drummond's season ends w/ 17 & 11
    Andre Drummond's season ended on Sunday with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting, 11 rebounds, and two blocks in 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Pistons barely won the rebounding battle tonight, 42-41, an area Stan Van Gundy said has been "terrible" throughout the first round. Drummond was once again intentionally fouled throughout the game, going 5-of-10 at the line, a glaring weakness that teams will continue to exploit until he starts knocking them down. Better luck next year. Sunday, 8:33 pm
  • Al Horford (groin) quiet in Hawks Game 4 loss
    Al Horford (groin) scored only five points in 38 minutes during Sunday's thrilling Game 4, shooting 2-of-8 with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Atlanta consistently out-scored the Celtics in the paint this season but that wasn't the case tonight, as the Celtics piled up 52 points in the paint vs. 40 for the Hawks. A huge run to begin the third quarter helped Atlanta build their lead to 16 points, but it quickly dwindled and they wound up losing after a lousy performance in overtime. They'll have one day to regroup before Tuesday's Game 5 rematch. Sunday, 6:21 pm
  • Paul Millsap's 45-point eruption isn't enough
    Paul Millsap blew up for a personal playoff-high 45 points on 19-of-31 shooting during Atlanta's tough Game 4 defeat, adding 13 rebounds, four blocks, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Millsap's offensive struggles ended in a big way tonight, as Boston simply had no answer for his versatility, though he was held scoreless in overtime. His defense has been a constant and through three games the Celtics were shooting just 34.3 percent while Millsap was on the court, compared to 48.5 percent when he was out. If he plays near this level again in Game 5 the Hawks will have a great chance to seize a 3-2 lead in the series. Sunday, 6:18 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk scoreless in four minutes Sunday
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) failed to score in four minutes on Sunday, and he did not play in the second half.

    Advice: Amir Johnson posted nine points, nine boards and three blocks, while Jonas Jerebko double-doubled, but Olynyk and Jared Sullinger combined for just two points off the bench. Boston will need more from their second unit to wrest control of the series in Game 5, as Marcus Smart accounted for more than 90 percent of their bench points tonight. Sunday, 6:16 pm
  • Jared Sullinger shoots 1-of-7 in 17 minutes
    Jared Sullinger finished the Celtics' Game 4 victory with only two points on 1-of-7 shooting, six rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 17 minutes of action.

    Advice: Sullinger bumped knees with Marcus Smart in the first quarter but that wasn't the cause of his quiet game. He fell out of the starting lineup for Game 3 and seems destined to stay in a bench role vs. the Hawks -- he shot a combined 14-of-43 (32.6 percent) in his previous six games, and the Celts are better-served with Jerebko spacing the court as a perimeter threat. Sunday, 6:14 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores 19 in loss to GSW
    Dwight Howard scored a team-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting in Sunday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Howard added 15 boards and one block in 36 minutes, but he had another meltdown at the free throw line, connecting on just 5-of-13 FTs. The Rockets could be eliminated from the playoffs with a loss in Game 5 on Wednesday, so Howard will need to have a monster night just to keep the game close -- the Rockets were outscored by 27 points in the second half with Stephen Curry (ankle) on the shelf. Sunday, 3:50 pm
  • Al Horford (groin) will start on Sunday
    Al Horford (groin) will start on Sunday vs. the Celtics as expected.

    Advice: He was listed on the injury report as probable, so his status wasn't in any real doubt. Horford is averaging 16.3 points, 10.0 boards, 3.3 assists, 3.7 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.3 3-pointers in this series and is a must-start player in all formats. Sunday, 1:39 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will play on Sunday
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will be available to play on Sunday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: He may provide some shooting in the second unit now that Jonas Jerebko is starting, but Olynyk's minutes should be pretty limited if he even plays at all. Most fantasy owners will want to ignore him for now. Sunday, 1:11 pm
  • Myles Turner will start in Game 5 Tuesday
    Myles Turner will start in Game 5 on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The rookie didn't have a great stat line in Game 4 with four points (2-of-13 FGs) with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes, but the Pacers still got the win. The good news is that his price should still be low in DFS due to his sub-par performance, so he's worth a long look. Sunday, 10:46 am
  • McHale says Howard isn't what he used to be
    Former Rockets coach Kevin McHale said in an interview with Sirius XM NBA Radio that Dwight Howard isn't the same scorer he used to be.

    Advice: "Throw it down to him occasionally, but if you throw it down to him on a steady diet the poor guy just can't get down low and move any more," McHale said. "I think that back bothered him, his hips are tight from that and he just wasn't the same player." It's true that D12 hasn't been the same player after battling countless injuries to his back and knees, and he hasn't been dominant against the Warriors in the playoffs with averages of 13.0 points, 11.3 boards and 1.7 blocks. We'll see if Howard has a response in Game 4 on Sunday. Sunday, 8:17 am
  • Chris Bosh (blood clots) has no plans to retire
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) remains out indefinitely, but he has no plans to retire according to the Miami Herald.

    Advice: Bosh hasn't spoken with the media since Feb. 13 and the Heat continue to be super secretive regarding his status. He's still using blood thinners according to this report, and most of the doctors that he's visited suggested that he keep using them for several months. Bosh is fully expected to play in the 2016-17 season and just recently started traveling with the Heat for away games as well, but it doesn't sound like he will be able to return to the court during the Heat's current playoff run. Sunday, 6:33 am
  • Mason Plumlee grabs 21 boards with nine dimes
    Mason Plumlee grabbed 21 boards against the Clippers on Saturday, adding six points, nine assists, one steal and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: His 21 boards are the highest total in this playoffs. His nine assists are the highest total among Blazers centers since Arvydas Sabonis in 1989. That's also two great games in a row with a 17-point, 10-board, seven-dime game on Wednesday, so Plumlee looks like a nice DFS target right now. Saturday, 10:32 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan struggles at the line
    DeAndre Jordan made 4-of-7 from the field and 3-of-10 from the line for 11 points with 16 rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 32 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Terry Stotts did go with the Hack-a-DJ in this game and it worked. Stotts famously used this strategy more than anyone this year back when Jordan went 12-of-34 from the line on Nov. 30. It'll be interesting to see how Stotts goes after Jordan in Game 4. Saturday, 10:22 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 12 points in loss
    Blake Griffin scored 12 points on 5-of-16 from the field with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and three turnovers against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: It was not his best game and the rust is as clear as day. Griffin is coming off a 4-of-12 shooting line in Game 2, so he'll need to get it figured out before Game 4. He's a little too expensive to use in DFS right now. Additionally, coach Doc Rivers did use Griffin at the five briefly in this game. Saturday, 10:12 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores game-high 28 points
    Enes Kanter scored a game-high 28 points against the Mavs on Saturday, adding six rebounds and one turnover in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He made 12-of-13 from the field and all four from the line for a tidy 94.9 true shooting percentage. This is almost a dream matchup for Kanter with the way the Mavs have struggled to defend the paint. In fact, he's 20-of-25 at the rim in the postseason to get him to a 78.3 true shooting percentage in this round. He will almost certainly take a step back against the Spurs, but feel free to dial him up in Game 5. Saturday, 9:10 pm
  • Cody Zeller looks good off the bench
    Cody Zeller looked good off the bench against the Heat on Saturday with 12 points, eight rebounds and one block in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The move to the bench worked out very well. Zeller did kind of pad his stats late with Hassan Whiteside not wanting to foul out, so this output is slightly inflated. He will likely have a tough time repeating this effort in Game 4. Saturday, 5:46 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi dominates for 22 points in win
    Ian Mahinmi turned in the playoff game of his life during a Game 4 win over the Raptors on Saturday, scoring a playoff career-high 22 points with 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. It was the first double-double of his playoff career, as well. Mahinmi had been pushed around all series by Jonas Valanciunas while his back injury kept him limited until this gem. The move of Myles Turner playing next to him may have helped him, too. DFS owners might not want to chase this one too hard, but it certainly puts him on the board. Saturday, 3:43 pm
  • Myles Turner gets the start in win
    Myles Turner made the first playoff start of his career against the Raptors on Saturday, making 2-of-13 from the field for four points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: While it wasn't his best game, the Pacers had some good success while he was out there. They actually didn't use their new starting lineup at all in Game 1 and 2, but it worked extremely well in Game 3. Plus, it was solid in Game 4 with a plus-16.4 net rating in their 15 minutes together. Turner will get the start again and he should have better output, too. He'll be a nice target in DFS as long as he's under $6,000. Saturday, 3:27 pm
  • Luis Scola has terrbile game
    Luis Scola missed all five shots from the field and made 1-of-2 from the line for one point with two rebounds on Saturday.

    Advice: His 14 minutes were about 14 minutes too many. Scola hurt the Raptors a ton today and he shouldn't be cracking double-digit minutes. Saturday, 2:55 pm
  • Patrick Patterson scores eight points
    Patrick Patterson scored eight points with one rebound, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: Luis Scola is just wasting minutes right now and coach Dwane Casey needs to find a away to Patterson in the 33-36 minute range. While Patterson is key for the second unit, something has to change at their starting power forward spot. Even though Two-Pat hasn't been good in his last two, he's still a fine punt while his price is around $4,000 in DFS. Saturday, 2:53 pm
  • Al Horford (groin) is probable for Sunday
    Al Horford (groin) is probable for Sunday against the Celtics.

    Advice: Maybe this groin injury is why the Hawks aren't going inside to him enough? Still, Horford will be out there in a huge game. Based on the flow of the game on Friday with a lot of forced shots on the perimeter, the big man should be more involved in the offense. Expect a productive game. Saturday, 2:05 pm
  • Cody Zeller coming off the bench on Saturday
    Cody Zeller is coming off the bench on Saturday.

    Advice: It makes sense because Zeller has been torched in the first unit. He could even lose some minutes to Spencer Hawes. Fantasy owners should be steering clear of Zeller for this game. Saturday, 1:06 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk still up in the air for Sunday
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is "questionable at best" for Sunday with no new update.

    Advice: In other words, he's doubtful to play. The Celtics tightened up their rotation with Jonas Jerebko really stepping up, posting a double-double in 37 minutes. Jerebko and Amir Johnson have gained enough trust and playing time to be factors in DFS. Saturday, 12:24 pm
  • Myles Turner will start, Lavoy Allen to bench
    Myles Turner will start at power forward in Game 4 on Saturday, sending Lavoy Allen to the bench.

    Advice: It's an easy decision for coach Frank Vogel after Turner erupted for 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 31 minutes in Game 3. Ian Mahinmi is struggling with a back issue, so Turner should see a lot of minutes tonight and is worth deploying in most formats. He's also worth a long look in DFS. Saturday, 10:18 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) will play on Saturday
    Ian Mahinmi (lower back sprain) will play in Game 4 on Saturday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The Pacers aren't just calling it a sore back anymore and have diagnosed him with a lower back sprain. Mahinmi hasn't played well in this series and is averaging just 4.3 points, 4.0 boards and 0.7 blocks in 20.7 minutes per game, so most fantasy owners should ignore him. If he struggles again on Saturday, Myles Turner will have to step up and Jordan Hill could enter the rotation as well. Saturday, 9:54 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) questionable for Game 4
    Ian Mahinmi (sore back) is questionable for Game 4 on Saturday vs. Toronto.

    Advice: His back has been an issue in this series and he's only averaging 4.3 points, 4.0 boards and 0.7 blocks in 20.7 minutes per game. There has already been some talk that Jordan Hill could see some minutes in Game 4, while Myles Turner would also benefit if Mahinmi is held out. Saturday, 7:39 am
  • Amir Johnson gets 31 minutes in win
    Amir Johnson played 31 minutes as the starting center against the Hawks on Friday, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: He was 7-of-8 from the field on the offensive end and putting him on Al Horford worked out better for the Celtics than using Jared Sullinger. Johnson already made his case for more minutes in Game 2, so he should be flirting with 30 minutes the rest of the way. He'll certainly in play as a nice bargain in DFS. Friday, 8:20 pm
  • Jared Sullinger scores four points
    Jared Sullinger scored four points off the bench on Friday against the Hawks, adding four rebounds and one assist in 11 minutes.

    Advice: Moving him to the bench was absolutely the right move against the tough frontline of the Hawks. Sullinger may play less on Sunday with Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) possibly coming back. Friday, 8:11 pm
  • Andre Drummond scores 17 points
    Andre Drummond made 8-of-14 from the field and 1-of-6 from the line for 17 points with seven rebounds, two blocks and no turnovers in 27 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He just can't make free throws and coach Stan Van Gundy can't play him when teams hack him. Drummond has made just 25.0 percent of his free throws in the last three games this postseason. While he was effective in the low post tonight and other areas of his game have improved, he has to find a way to at least flirt with 50 percent from the line next year. Friday, 6:39 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk will not play on Friday
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will not play against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: That means Tyler Zeller will be in the rotation again tonight. Jonas Jerebko is also a very appealing guy in the starting lineup. There is also a lot of pressure on Amir Johnson and Jared Sullinger at the five spot. Friday, 5:03 pm
  • Jared Sullinger moving to the bench
    Jared Sullinger will come off the bench on Friday against the Hawks.

    Advice: He was terrible in Game 2 and it makes sense to bring him off the bench. Al Horford ate Sullinger alive while the Boston big man couldn't get into an offensive rhythm. His move to the bench is good news for Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko. Friday, 3:26 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores 13 points in win
    Dwight Howard scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting with 13 rebounds in Thursday's win over the Warriors, adding two assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He still got plenty of minutes, but he didn't play much down the stretch because the Warriors wanted to put him on the foul line where he hit just 1-of-6 attempts. Howard has double-doubled in all three games of this series, but he hasn't been dominant by any means. For what it's worth, Howard didn't exactly look thrilled when James Harden hit the game winner, and you can check out his reaction in the link below. Thursday, 9:50 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (sore back) plays 24 minutes
    Ian Mahinmi (sore back) played 24 minutes on Thursday vs. the Raptors, scoring seven points with four rebounds and one block.

    Advice: He didn't look right and his back was clearly giving him some problems. To make matters worse, Mahinmi took a really hard fall tonight as well. Mahinmi will likely try to keep fighting through the pain, but he's a little too risky to use in most formats due to his sore back. If he continues to be limited, Myles Turner could take some of his minutes. Thursday, 8:34 pm
  • Myles Turner scores 17 w/ 8 boards, 3 blocks
    Myles Turner started the second half of Thursday's loss to the Raptors and didn't disappoint, scoring 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: With the Pacers trailing 2-1 in the series, a lineup change could be in the cards and it's possible that Turner could enter the starting lineup for Game 4 on Saturday. The Lavoy Allen (zero points, two boards) experiment hasn't worked, so Turner could be looking a lot of minutes for the rest of the series. He could be a solid target in DFS if coach Frank Vogel gives him the nod in the first unit. Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores 21 w/ eight rebounds
    Enes Kanter scored 21 points with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in Game 3 vs. the Mavericks on Thursday.

    Advice: He was 6-of-7 from the field and did all of his damage in just 22 minutes. Nights like this are rare for Kanter, as this was his first 8-cat line of the season and he didn't have any turnovers. He double-doubled in Game 1 with 16 points and 13 rebounds before posting just six points and eight boards in Game 2, so he will continue to be a hit-or-miss option moving forward. Thursday, 7:09 pm
  • Myles Turner starts 2nd half, Allen to bench
    Myles Turner started the second half of Thursday's game vs. the Raptors in place of Lavoy Allen.

    Advice: The Pacers are getting blown out at home, so a change isn't a surprise. The rookie only played 16 minutes in Game 2, so he's easily going to surpass that tonight. Thursday, 6:05 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (sore back) will start in Game 3
    Ian Mahinmi (sore back) will be in the starting lineup for Game 3 against the Raptors.

    Advice: Mahinmi is still experiencing some soreness in his back, but not enough to withhold him from a playoff game. He could be limited, so he's not the best DFS target tonight. George Hill, Monta Ellis, Paul George and Lavoy Allen will join Mahinmi in the starting five for Game 3. Thursday, 2:53 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) says he'll play in Game 3
    Ian Mahinmi (back) said that he's "good to go" for Thursday's Game 3 against the Raptors.

    Advice: Mahinmi was a full participant during shootaround, and while he's still officially being listed as questionable, it would be surprising to see him sit out Game 3. Mahinmi has been dealing with back soreness since November, but he said on Wednesday that at this point there are no plans for him to undergo surgery during the offseason. Thursday, 11:57 am
  • Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) sits out practice
    Kelly Olynyk (right shoulder) did not go through practice on Thursday, and head coach Brad Stevens said that he'll be "questionable probably at best" for Friday's Game 3 vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: "Obviously, [Olynyk's potential absence] would affect it from the standpoint of rotations because I do think Kelly's strength is something we need," Stevens said before Thursday's practice. "So, we're going to have to find that from other sources, obviously." It doesn't sound like Olynyk will be ready for Friday's game, which will translate to more minutes for Evan Turner, Tyler Zeller and Jonas Jerebko. Thursday, 11:42 am
  • DeAndre Jordan doles career-high five assists
    DeAndre Jordan scored only three points on Wednesday but he corralled 18 rebounds (five offensive) with a career-high-tying five assists and three blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: DJ was just 1-of-6 at the line and 1-of-4 from the field but his presence was keenly felt, helping the Clippers defend their home court for a 2-0 lead in the first round. The Clippers' rebound rate ranked 29th this season, while the Blazers ranked 10th, but through two games the Clips are winning the battle of the boards 100-92. Wednesday, 10:41 pm
  • Blake Griffin held in check, Clips win anyway
    Blake Griffin shot just 4-of-12 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line in Game 2, finishing with 12 points, nine rebounds, four assists, one block and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: "We have to keep [Griffin] away from the basket," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said before the game. "It's challenging because he can pass and make plays off the dribble." Portland mostly kept Blake in check tonight and he shot 1-of-7 beyond five feet, but he found other ways to impact the game as his team rumbled to a 21-point home victory. Wednesday, 10:37 pm
  • Mason Plumlee scores 17 points w/ seven dimes
    Mason Plumlee scored a personal postseason-high 17 points during Wednesday's Game 2 defeat, making 5-of-7 FGs and 7-of-9 FTs with 10 boards, seven assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Plumlee also committed just one turnover in 31 minutes. He was tremendous after the first quarter and kept his team close until the fourth, but it speaks volumes that he tied Damian Lillard for the team-lead in scoring. The Blazers went 0-16 when scoring 95 points or fewer during the regular season, and they were held to just 81 points tonight, so coach Terry Stotts will go back to the drawing board for Game 3 in Portland on Saturday. Wednesday, 10:35 pm
  • Andre Drummond hacked, misses 12-of-16 FTs
    Andre Drummond shot 4-of-16 at the FT line on Wednesday, but still finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, one steal and one block in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Drummond scored the game's first points on a jump-hook and he had some nice moments playing pick-and-roll with Reggie Jackson, but his 25.0 percent FT shooting is the headline here. There's no reason to think the Cavs will quit hacking him as the series shifts to Detroit, so be prepared for some slow-paced games. In other disappointing news, this was the 11th time all season Drummond was held to single-digit rebounds. Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Cody Zeller quiet in 14 foul-plagued minutes
    Cody Zeller got off to a strong start with a seven-point first quarter on Wednesday, but he finished with just eight points, five rebounds and four fouls in 14 minutes.

    Advice: Steve Clifford didn't make any lineup changes after criticizing his team's defense during Game 1's blowout loss, and it remains to be seen how they can slow down Hassan Whiteside, who has a combined 38 points on 17-of-19 shooting through two games. Zeller was more physical in his limited minutes but it hardly mattered -- Whiteside finished with 17 points and 13 boards, and even Spencer Hawes wound up playing meaningful minutes at center down the stretch. Wednesday, 6:57 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk is questionable for Game 3
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is questionable for Game 3 against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: He was disappointed he couldn't play in Game 2 and was ruled out about 90 minutes before tip on Tuesday. Not even going through warmups is slightly discouraging for his chances, but two full days off makes a big difference. If he can't go, it'll be basically be Tyler Zeller stepping up with Jonas Jerebko becoming more important for spacing. Wednesday, 12:13 pm
  • Jared Sullinger plays just 14 minutes in loss
    Jared Sullinger played just 14 minutes vs. the Hawks on Tuesday, scoring four points on 2-of-5 shooting with four rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: He fouled out of Game 1 in just 19 minutes and was benched at halftime tonight in favor of Evan Turner. Coach Brad Stevens seems to be leaning towards more small-ball lineups moving forward, so that's bad news for Sullinger's minutes. He will be a shaky option in Game 3 on Friday even if Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) misses another game. Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Paul Millsap shoots 1-of-12 in 89-72 win
    Paul Millsap shot just 1-of-12 from the field in Tuesday's 89-72 win over the Celtics on Tuesday, finishing with just four points.

    Advice: His offense wasn't clicking tonight, but he still found other ways to impact the game and was fantastic on defense with four blocks. He also added seven rebounds and an assist, but his quiet night in the box score shouldn't prevent you from keeping him locked and loaded in all fantasy lineups moving forward. He's going to be much better in Game 3. Tuesday, 6:45 pm
  • Horford scores 17, Hawks take 2-0 series lead
    Al Horford led the Hawks with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting to give them a 89-72 win over the Celtics in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: He did go to the locker room for a brief moment after banging his knee, but he quickly returned and looked fine down the stretch. The Hawks have a commanding 2-0 series lead, but they will now go on the road for Game 3 and Game 4. Atlanta didn't look great on offense, but they held the Celtics to just 31.8 percent shooting from the field and Horford had a lot to do with that. He was arguably their best player tonight and added five rebounds, two assists, one steal, five blocks and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes. Yeah, he's getting a max deal this summer. Tuesday, 6:38 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) ruled out for Game 2
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) has been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 2 vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Olynyk only logged 12 minutes off the bench during Game 1, and those minutes will likely be divvied up between Jared Sullinger, Jonas Jerebko and Tyler Zeller for Game 2. There's not a clear-cut winner here in terms of fantasy hoops, but Sullinger is the guy with the most upside. Brad Stevens said that Olynyk has been playing through "a good deal of pain" since the All-Star break, and while surgery has not been discussed, he could certainly be looking at a multi-game absence here. Tuesday, 2:34 pm
  • Dwight Howard fouls out in 35 minutes vs. GSW
    Dwight Howard fouled out in 35 minutes against the Warriors on Monday with 12 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three turnovers.

    Advice: This was bad. Howard just gave the Rockets no energy as he could not protect the paint or do anything on offense. The chances of him being on the Rockets next season likely dropped after this dud. He had a game-low minus-22 in plus-minus and once again he didn't get offensive looks. After Game 1, Draymond Green questioned the Rockets for not giving Howard enough shots. He just can't be trusted right now. Monday, 10:24 pm
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