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  • Bosh pressuring the Heat to play
    Chris Bosh (blood clot) has been pressuring the Heat to play, according to ESPN's Dan Le Batard.

    Advice: Bosh could be looking to the NBPA to get help to play again. He has been taking some shots and could be looking for a different doctor to clear him. Obviously, the Heat want to be very, very careful with the former All-Star. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:27 pm
  • Keith Appling arrested with AK-47
    Keith Appling was arrested over the weekend at a strip club in Dearborn, Michigan with a loaded AK-47, according to Justin Rose of WXYZ in Detroit.

    Advice: According to the report, the police are still investigating and his intentions were unclear. Appling was with the Magic last year, but this will hurt his chances of staying in the league. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:49 pm
  • Paul Pierce thinks he still has another year
    Paul Pierce said he thinks he has another year left.

    Advice: After the Clippers were knocked out, Pierce said he is about 50-50 to play next year. After playing 15 seasons in a row with the Celtics, Pierce has played for three different teams in three years. His minutes dropped to 18.1 per game last year and he would likely see even fewer minutes next year. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:11 am
  • Walton a 'big fan' of what Larry Nance brings
    Luke Walton said he is a "big fan" of Larry Nance.

    Advice: "I'm a big fan of Nance," Walton said. "You're going to have superstars that end up on 'SportsCenter' every night, but you need guys that are going to be into doing the little things and making the right plays. Defensively, he seems to always be in the right place, getting his hands on loose balls and getting second and third opportunities on the offensive glass." Nance's role will be dependent upon what the Lakers do in the offseason, and it's not a lock Walton has the same interest in playing him alongside Julius Randle that Byron Scott previously showed. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:01 am
  • Walton thinks Russell has All-Star potential
    New Lakers coach Luke Walton believes D'Angelo Russell has the potential to be a "perennial All-Star."

    Advice: "He has very high potential. To me, he can be a perennial All-Star," he said. "He has the vision that you want your point guard to have. He sees the floor. Once they put him in the starting lineup, he naturally got a little more aggressive." The new lead man likes how Russell can score from both three-point range and the post, and you can be sure Walton will emphasize both of those qualities in his first year on the job. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:53 am
  • Seth Curry does not want to sign w/ Warriors
    Seth Curry, who is expected to decline his $1 million player option in favor of restricted free agency, said that he does not want to play with his brother Stephen on the Warriors.

    Advice: Seth cited a desire to compete against Steph rather than team up with him, which makes a lot of sense since he'll always be "Steph's brother" if he were to play on the same club. Seth added that he's not sure if he'll re-sign in Sacramento or move on elsewhere, but there's no doubt he'll target an opportunity for playing time after proving he deserves a real shot toward the end of the season. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:18 am
  • Donovan considering lineup change for Game 2?
    Billy Donovan hinted that he may replace Andre Roberson in the Thunder's starting lineup for Game 2 vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: "Sometimes I think you look at those numbers—and I've seen the analytics, I know them—there's times where you go against specific teams and you look at different teams and it's maybe not that great," he said. It's not currently clear who could take Roberson's role if he's sent to the bench, but Randy Foye, Dion Waiters and Anthony Morrow are the candidates. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:11 am
  • Clifford: Zeller has to improve outside shot
    Steve Clifford said Cody Zeller needs to improve his shot from the perimeter.

    Advice: Zeller shot a career-high 52.9 percent from the field this season, but he doesn't have the size or strength to bang around with the bigger bodies in the league on a consistent basis down low. Developing a perimeter jumper would help Zeller stretch the floor while potentially taking advantage of any mismatches, something that could help his game further grow. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:09 am
  • Walter Tavares will be inactive for Game 1
    Walter Tavares will be inactive for Game 1 vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: Edy is a fascinating shot-blocking prospect, but he won't be making any kind of impact in the 2016 playoffs. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:05 am
  • Stevens sees big potential in Terry Rozier
    Brad Stevens sees a lot of potential in Terry Rozier.

    Advice: "I just think that he’s got a burst that is pretty unique," Stevens said. "He’s still learning how to do things, but he’s making good progress, and his attitude’s really good. I mean, he’s a non-stop worker. He wants to be really good, and that’s a great trait for a young guy whose minutes are inconsistent." Rozier's fantasy outlook will depend on Boston's roster (re)construction, but he'll have a tough time getting consistent minutes so long as Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart remain ahead of him. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:30 am
  • Griffin: Channing Frye is helping locker room
    Cavs GM David Griffin praised Channing Frye for being a "huge, huge plus" in the locker room.

    Advice: "We needed someone who was truly joyful to be part of the process to remind everybody how blessed we are to be together," Griffin said. It's a little odd that a Cavs team filled with talent needed a reminder to enjoy the chance to achieve greatness, but it speaks volumes that Frye, Dahntay Jones and James Jones have such an impact on team chemistry for a roster that includes LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:19 am
  • Al Jefferson calls Hornets 'best situation'
    In stating his desire to return to Charlotte in free agency, Al Jefferson called the Hornets his "best situation."

    Advice: Jefferson also revealed he'd be okay with continuing to come off the bench if he returns and it gives the Hornets their best chance to win, something the front office has to be happy about hearing. Big Al cited the team's potential ceiling with a healthy Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder surgery) as another reason to be back, but as always, it will come down to dollars and sense. For what it's worth, Jefferson expressed a desire to end his career in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:08 am
  • Tyler Johnson ready to step up when needed
    Tyler Johnson said he's now "comfortable" heading into the second round.

    Advice: Johnson got back on the floor on Sunday for the first time after shoulder surgery, and now that he's been in the fire he's ready to step up when his number is called. Despite the confidence, Johnson is unlikely to have a significant role and there should be better second round DFS options. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:07 am
  • Report: Bernard James leaves Galatasaray team
    Bernard James has left Galatasaray to tend to his ailing father, according to international basketball scribe David Pick.

    Advice: We wish James and his family the best in a trying situation. As for his NBA career, James is likely destined for international competition at this stage of the game. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:00 am
  • Norman Powell huge in Game 7 win vs. Pacers
    Norman Powell played like a seasoned veteran during Sunday's thrilling Game 7 victory, posting 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting with three 3-pointers, three boards, one assist, one steal, one block and zero turnovers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Powell was a throw-in when the Raptors traded Greivis Vasquez to the Bucks for a 2017 first-round pick, but he's proven to be a diamond in the rough for Toronto. The former No. 46 pick bodied up Paul George defensively despite giving up five inches, he thrived in catch-and-shoot situations, and he consistently made smart decisions. He'll be on Miami's radar when the Raptors host the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern semi-finals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) returns to action
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) returned to action on Sunday vs. the Hornets after nearly three months on the sidelines, finishing with five points, two assists, one rebound and one 3-pointer in six minutes.

    Advice: He has technically been "available" for a few games now, but he was finally able to get some minutes due to garbage time. Josh Richardson is ahead of him on the depth chart, so Johnson likely won't have a significant role in round two of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:33 pm
  • Paul Pierce is contemplating retirement
    Paul Pierce said he is "50-50" on whether or not he will retire.

    Advice: The Truth has two more years left on his deal with the Clippers, but he will be 39 years old in October and just had the worst season of his career by far. He averaged just 6.1 points, 2.7 boards and 1.0 assists in 18.1 minutes per game during the regular season, so he won't be a fantasy option next season if he decides to keep playing. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:37 am
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) will play in Game 6
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) will be in the rotation for Game 6 on Friday vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Johnson was an "emergency option" in Game 5, but he never left the bench. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed that Johnson will see minutes Friday, but keep in mind that he will likely be pretty limited. His return could push Gerald Green completely out of the rotation and he might take a couple of Josh Richardson's minutes as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:50 am
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) questionable for G6
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Friday's Game 6 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Johnson was available to play for Game 5, but didn't actually step foot on the court. He'll likely again be available for Game 6, but he won't play enough minutes to matter in any setting. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:32 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:26 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:50 am
  • Paul Pierce starts, scoreless in 10 minutes
    Paul Pierce was an unexpected starter for the Clippers on Wednesday, but he failed to score in just 10 minutes of action.

    Advice: Pierce's 3-point shooting may have been the difference in Doc Rivers' thinking, as well as the fact that Jeff Green could provide some much-needed scoring for a depleted second unit. The 18-year veteran shot 0-of-3 in limited minutes tonight, however, and there are no guarantees that he'll start over Green and Wes Johnson during Game 6 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) picks up DNP-CD
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) was available to play in Game 5 on Wednesday but he didn't leave Miami's bench.

    Advice: Johnson was available in case of emergency but wound up getting a DNP-CD. We're taking him off the injury report but it's unlikely that he'll crack the rotation in a critical Game 6 at Charlotte on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:58 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Paul Pierce starting Game 5 w/ Griffin out
    Paul Pierce will start Wednesday's game in place of Blake Griffin (quad).

    Advice: Jeff Green was the odds-on favorite to start in place of Griffin, and either way Green should earn more playing time than Pierce tonight. Wes Johnson is also in the mix for playing time and all three guys have significant risk as DFS targets. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:02 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:54 pm
  • Tyler Johnson active as emergency option
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is available as an emergency option Game 5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Basically, two guards would have to get hurt in this game for coach Erik Spoelstra to get Johnson in there. For now, it looks like Johnson won't be ready until the second round. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:26 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) ruled out for Game 5
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Johnson is inching his way closer to a return, has gone through a full contact practice, and he's reportedly targeting a return to the court for Game 6 on Friday. While Johnson will take some minutes away from Josh Richardson upon his return to the court, it's unlikely he earns enough minutes to matter in most formats, particularly with Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic healthy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:30 am
  • Norman Powell plays 28 minutes in win
    Norman Powell scored 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting with four boards and two steals in 28 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Pacers.

    Advice: The rookie picked up some extra minutes with DeMarre Carroll in foul trouble and didn't disappoint, playing some solid defense on Paul George while also pulling his weight on the offensive end. Powell's steal and thunderous dunk tied the game in the fourth quarter and the Raptors never looked back after that, winning the final period 25-9. Maybe coach Dwane Casey will finally play him more moving forward and it helps that Terrence Ross (three points on 1-of-6 FGs) was quiet in 14 minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:25 pm
  • Tyler Johnson could be an option for Game 6
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder surgery) is getting closer to a return and could potentially play in Game 6.

    Advice: While Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said Johnson is close to forcing some discussions, the Heat guard said he's feeling much better. "The biggest thing is I made progress today without having pain," Johnson said. "This was the second day where I had a good workout or practice and didn’t feel anything. If this continues, I think we can start working towards maybe getting in there." Johnson's return while cut into Josh Richardson's minutes a bit, but he'll likely be eased back into action once he's able to suit up. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:16 am
  • Johnson (shoulder) progressing toward return
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder surgery) is progressing toward a return, but he will not play in Monday's Game 4 vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Johnson said it's "the best he's felt" in his rehab, and even the normally cryptic Erik Spoelstra said that the guard is "pushing us into some discussions." It's hard to envision Johnson getting back out there before he goes through a full contact practice—which he has yet to do—but it's clear the guard is on the comeback trail after being pain/soreness-free for the first time this weekend. While Johnson has been ruled out of Game 4 and does not expect to play in Game 5 vs. Charlotte, he could be available after that. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 8:22 am
  • Hornets will use same lineup on Monday
    Steve Clifford said that the Hornets will use the same starting lineup on Monday in Game 5 vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Nicolas Batum's (foot/ankle) status is still up in the air, but this means that the Hornets are expected to deploy Frank Kaminsky and Al Jefferson as their starting frontcourt again. Jefferson only played 21 minutes in the starting lineup and finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block, so he's still not a great fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 10:01 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. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 6:33 am
  • Al Jefferson gets the start Saturday
    Al Jefferson scored 10 points in the starting lineup on Saturday against the Heat, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't really see his production, usage, or minutes change in this game. The move of Jefferson is likely just to put a bigger body in the paint after the Heat beat them up inside in Game 1 and 2 -- Jefferson is not a good defender, of course. He'll likely be hit and miss the rest of the way with a decent floor. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 5:50 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. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 5:46 pm
  • Norman Powell only gets 10 points
    Norman Powell scored 10 points with three rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers in 14 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: Why isn't he playing more? He had a team-high plus-six in plus-minus for this game. Plus, the Raptors best lineup this postseason has been Powell, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Patrick Patterson and Jonas Valanciunas in five minutes. However, that combo has wasn't used today. It'll be tough to use Powell with his coach not trusting him as much as he should. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 2:48 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. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 1:06 pm
  • Al Jefferson starting over Cody Zeller
    Al Jefferson is starting over Cody Zeller on Saturday against the Heat.

    Advice: This is all about the Hornets trying to add size to stop the bleeding on the inside on the defensive end. Their offense hasn't been the problem, but losing Nicolas Batum (ankle) is dangerous territory. Jefferson gains some value as a DFS play with this news and the lineup might stick. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 1:03 pm
  • Seth Curry will decline his player option
    Seth Curry will decline his $1 million player option for the 2016-17 season and become a restricted free agent, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

    Advice: It's a no brainer. Curry has most of the leverage here with the Kings having some issues at guard, especially with Rajon Rondo's contract being up. Curry is going into free agency with nice momentum after he had an eye-catching April, averaging 16.4 points, 3.0 boards, 5.3 assists, 0.9 steals and 3.3 treys with a tidy 62.5 true shooting percentage. Curry's big Summer League and D-League outings finally translated to some NBA production. He should receive interest from other teams. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 2:14 pm
  • Tyler Johnson out for Game 3
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) will not play against the Hornets in Game 3.

    Advice: He said it's too earlier to tell on Game 4. Johnson is working on his strength and it would be a surprise to see him play in the first round. Josh Richardson will continue to carry the offensive load off the bench as the Heat play their starters big minutes. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 12:21 pm
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