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  • Jonas Valanciunas saves Raptors with 15 & 12
    Jonas Valanciunas was the hero during a 96-92 overtime Game 2 win over the Heat on Thursday, scoring 15 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He was 7-of-9 from the field and pulled down six offensive rebounds. Valanciunas only has a 21.1 usage rate with a very good 59.3 true shooting percentage in the postseason, so the Raptors should be finding ways to get him more shots. He is feasting in the paint with 68.7 percent of his shots coming from within three feet. Coach Dwane Casey praised him after the game, so maybe the Raptors make him more of an offensive focal point. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:37 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside might not be 100 percent
    Hassan Whiteside played 39 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday with 13 points, 13 rebounds, one assist, three steals, three blocks, four turnovers and four fouls.

    Advice: He looked to have hurt his left elbow in the game, but he didn't need to miss time. Although, Whiteside did not look very healthy in this game with Jonas Valanciunas beating him to rebounds and with a number of easy buckets. Whiteside's knee is likely a bigger concern and he's now playing huge minutes with 39 in Game 1 and 2. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:10 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside plans to play in Game 2
    Hassan Whiteside (knee) said he will play in Game 2 against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: Whiteside was a limited participant in shootaround on Thursday, but plans to be on the court for Game 2 against the Raptors. "I wouldn't miss it for the world," Whiteside said after shootaround. We'll keep an eye on his official status, but he looks to be a safe DFS option for Thursday night. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:15 am
  • Hassan Whiteside probable for Game 2 Thursday
    Hassan Whiteside (knee) is probable for Game 2 against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: Whiteside had been expected to play, so this news comes as no surprise after he'd been able to play 39 minutes in Game 1. Whiteside struggled against Jonas Valanciunas in Game 1, but was still able to put up nine points, 17 rebounds, two steals, and one block and is a solid DFS play as long as he's able to play. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:33 am
  • Andrea Bargnani sheds light on Nets departure
    Andrea Bargnani said he left the Nets because his tenure there did not live up to what was promised to him.

    Advice: Bargnani played just 46 games with the Nets and averaged just 6.6 points and 13.8 minutes per game. "I chose to leave the Nets and a guaranteed contract because the conditions under which they had convinced me to sign were not there and being used with limited playing time made ​​no sense for me or for the team," Bargnani wrote. Il Mago has alluded to playing overseas next season, but he's off the fantasy radar even if he winds up back in the NBA. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:23 am
  • Paul Millsap not happy with Cavaliers threes
    Paul Millsap wasn't happy with the way the Cavaliers went about breaking the postseason three-point record.

    Advice: The Cavaliers went a bit out of their way to break the postseason three-point record despite a big lead and Millsap and the Hawks weren't happy about it. "It's a certain way of being a professional," Millsap said. "I'm not mad about it, but just being professionals man. If that's how you want to approach it, that's how you approach it." The Hawks will have a chance for revenge in Game 3 on Friday and will need a big game out of Millsap to avoid going down 3-0 to the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:19 am
  • Paul Millsap, Al Horford held in check vs CLE
    Paul Millsap double-doubled with 16 points and 11 rebounds on Wednesday, while Al Horford added 10 points and three boards in a crushing Game 2 loss in Cleveland.

    Advice: The Hawks' frontcourt duo has the distinction of ranking Nos. 1 and 2 in contested shots per game during the postseason, ahead of defensive stalwarts like Hassan Whiteside and Draymond Green. The problem tonight was perimeter defense and lackluster offense, however, and the Hawks have a ton of questions to answer as they alter their gameplan for a crucial Game 3 in Atlanta on Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • Channing Frye scores 12 points w/ five boards
    Channing Frye came off Cleveland's bench on Wednesday for 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, five boards, two assists and one steal in 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: Cleveland hit 18 threes in the first half thanks to solid ball-movement, lax defense and unconscious shooting, and Frye merely picked up where the starters left off. Richard Jefferson added eight points with three 3-pointers, Iman Shumpert scored seven points on 3-of-3 shooting, and even Dahntay Jones got into the mix with three points -- his only make was the 3-pointer that broke the previous NBA record for most threes made in a game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:40 pm
  • Kevin Love grabs game-high 13 rebounds
    Kevin Love shot just 3-of-12 from the field during Game 2, but all of his makes came from downtown as he finished with 11 points, a game-high 13 rebounds, two assists, and one turnover in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Love's usage rate in the postseason has increased slightly (25.0 percent vs. 23.7 percent), but he's also been a sieve defensively in the paint. Opponents are shooting 67.4 percent at the rim against Love during the playoffs, the fourth-highest mark among players who've defended at least 20 such shots. Those caveats weren't even on the radar tonight, however, as Cleveland held Atlanta to 42.3 percent shooting during a 25-point blowout. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • Heat rule out Chris Bosh for playoffs
    The Heat ruled out Chris Bosh for the remainder of the postseason, according to a team statement.

    Advice: The statement said the team, Bosh, doctors and medical staff have been working together through this process. Bosh has reportedly been trying to get clearance, including seeing other doctors to do so. However, the team likely feels there is just too much risk involved here. It'll be Luol Deng manning the power forward spot the rest of the way this year. Bosh's status for next year is undetermined. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:52 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside getting treatment
    Hassan Whiteside (knee) received treatment on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is fully expected to play without limitations for Game 2. Whiteside logged a whopping 39 minutes in Game 1, but he was dominated by Jonas Valanciunas in the low post. Still, Whiteside should be ready to roll for a big line in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:06 pm
  • No decision yet on team option for Johnson
    Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that he's not yet made an official decision on whether or not to pick up Amir Johnson's option for next season worth $12 million.

    Advice: Johnson played very well during his first year with the Celtics, but what Boston does during the draft and free agency will likely determine whether or not they decide to commit another $12 million to Johnson next season. Johnson was little more than a late-round guy in 9-cat leagues this year, and his value will be dependent upon his landing spot and the construct of the Celtics' roster. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:39 am
  • Kelly Olynyk undecided on shoulder surgery
    Kelly Olynyk is expected to make an official decision on whether or not to undergo shoulder surgery within the next week or so.

    Advice: Danny Ainge said that surgery remains an option for Olynyk, but he's still going over all his options. Regardless of the course of treatment, Olynyk should be good to go when the 2016-17 season gets under way. Speaking specifically to fantasy hoops, Olynyk will need some of the guys in Boston's crowded frontcourt to go elsewhere if he hopes to establish himself as a standard league asset next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • Cody Zeller will work on expanding his range
    Hornets' GM Rich Cho said that Cody Zeller will work on expanding his range this offseason.

    Advice: "One thing Cody will work on this summer is his shooting, midrange game and pulling up behind-the-arc also," said Cho. Zeller is coming off a career-year in which he averaged 8.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.9 swats per contest on 52.9 percent shooting from the field. If he could add a 3-point shot to his game, it could only help his fantasy value, but he still won't be worth anything more than a late-round flier on draft day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:38 am
  • Hassan Whiteside unconcerned with right knee
    Hassan Whiteside said that while his strained right knee bothered him throughout Tuesday's Game 1 win, he doesn't anticipate the injury forcing him to miss any time.

    Advice: "The first five seconds, I was extremely worried, but as I stood up, the pain went away," Whiteside said. "It bothered me throughout the game, but I’m a tough dude so I had to go out there and play. I couldn’t let my guys down." Whiteside briefly exited Game 1 after an awkward fall, but he quickly returned to the court and ended up logging 39 minutes. He may sit out Wednesday's practice as a precaution, but he should be fine for Game 2 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:19 am
  • Report: NBPA requests meeting with Miami
    The NBPA has reportedly requested to have a meeting with the Heat to try and resolve the situation with Chris Bosh (blood clots).

    Advice: Bosh wants to get back on the court, but the Heat continue to list him as "out indefinitely" after a second blood clot scare prematurely ended his season. Bosh may be letting his competitiveness get in the way of his better judgement, as he his condition could turn into a life threatening one if something went wrong on the basketball court. He may get a meeting, but thus far, there's been no indication that he's close to a return. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • Mason Plumlee struggles in Game 2 loss
    Mason Plumlee struggled in Game 2 vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, scoring six points with 11 rebounds, four assists, one block and six turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He was just 2-of-6 from the field tonight after going 0-of-7 in Game 1. Plumlee's playmaking ability has improved tremendously, but he was forcing the issue too much tonight. He should be much better in Game 3 in Portland on Saturday, but Plumlee has quickly learned that the Warriors' interior defense is no joke. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:17 pm
  • Festus Ezeli looks great in 13 minutes
    Festus Ezeli gave the Warriors a spark off the bench on Tuesday in Game 2, scoring eight points with six rebounds, one assist and one block in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He picked up a DNP-CD in Game 1, but coach Steve Kerr told him to stay ready and the big man proved his worth tonight. He shot a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and was a +13 in 13 minutes. He may not see many minutes on a consistent basis, but he probably leapfrogged Anderson Varejao (three minutes) in the rotation with his performance tonight. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:39 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (knee) grabs 17 rebounds
    Hassan Whiteside played through a right knee strain in Tuesday's Game 1 win over the Raptors, scoring nine points (3-of-7 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs) with 17 rebounds, two steals and one block in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The injury initially looked really bad with his knee bending under his body as he collapsed to the floor, but he was only in the locker room for a couple minutes before returning to action. The fact that he played close to 40 minutes is encouraging and it didn't look like he was limited, but don't be surprised if he sits out of practice on Wednesday as a precaution. He should be fine for Game 2 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:19 pm
  • Patrick Patterson plays 18 minutes in loss
    Patrick Patterson moved to the bench and played 18 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Heat, scoring two points with three boards and one assist.

    Advice: With the Raptors going small to match up with the Heat, Patterson may not have a significant role in this series. Despite averaging 26.7 minutes in round one of the playoffs, fantasy owners should shy away from Patterson until further notice. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:09 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores 24 w/ 14 boards
    Jonas Valanciunas was dominant vs. the Heat on Tuesday with 24 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals in 41 minutes.

    Advice: J-Val was the best player for the Raptors tonight and it wasn't close either. Valanciunas usually only sees around 26 minutes per game, but coach Dwane Casey couldn't take him off the floor tonight and he was also giving Hassan Whiteside some problems down low. Bismack Biyombo was invisible tonight with three rebounds in 11 minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (knee strain) will return
    Hassan Whiteside (right knee strain) will return to Tuesday's Game 1 vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He was only in the locker room for a few moments before quickly returning to the bench. He gave his teammates a thumbs up and appears to be OK, but we'll be sure to have an update after the game. The Heat just dodged a bullet considering how bad the fall looked. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:29 pm
  • Patrick Patterson will move to the bench
    Patrick Patterson will come off the bench on Tuesday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: The move makes sense because the Heat play a lot of small ball with Luol Deng at the four. Patterson should still be the first big off the bench, but his minutes will likely take a small hit in this series. Luis Scola may not play at all. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:24 pm
  • Towns will work on everything this offseason
    Karl-Anthony Towns said that he will work to improve all aspects of his game this offseason.

    Advice: "I've always been a big philosopher of in the offseason you work on every single facet of your game," said Towns. "Don't pinpoint something. Because you limit yourself if you specialize in something, and I'm not a specialist in anything. I'm a person and a player who bases off of versatility, trying to do every single thing really well." KAT was a first-round stud during his rookie campaign, and he figures to take another leap next year under Tom Thibodeau. He'll likely cost you a top-7 pick on draft day. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:42 pm
  • Chris Bosh will attend Game 1 in Toronto
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) will be in attendance for Tuesday's Game 1 against the Raptors, although he remains "out indefinitely."

    Advice: Bosh caught a flight up to Toronto with Heat owner Micky Arison on Tuesday, but he did not go through shootaround, and it remains unlikely that he'll be able to return at any point during Miami's playoff run. He still has not practiced with the team in any capacity since hitting the sidelines back in February. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:10 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi would like to re-sign with IND
    Ian Mahinmi said that he would like to re-sign with the Pacers as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: "I’m hoping to stay here," Mahinmi said. "It’s a very good system. It’s a very good organization." Mahinmi had a career-year as the Pacers' starting center, compiling averages of 9.3 points, 7.1 boards and 1.1 blocks per contest. It'll be interesting to see what kind of deal he can earn on the open market, but if the Pacers are unable to retain him, that would open up a ton of opportunity for Myles Turner. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:02 pm
  • NBPA releases statement on Chris Bosh
    The NBPA has released a statement on Chris Bosh (blood clots), saying that their top priority is Bosh's health and well being.

    Advice: "Our top priority is Chris' health and well being," read the statement. "We have spoken with Chris and his agent, and have reached out to the Miami Heat. We are hopeful that all parties involved can meet as soon as possible to resolve the situation." Bosh is trying to force his way back onto the basketball court, and has reportedly found a doctor outside of Miami's medical staff that may clear him. However, Miami will have the final call in this situation, and given that he hasn't practiced since hitting the sidelines back in February, it would be surprising to see Bosh back on the court this postseason after yet another blood clot scare. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:41 pm
  • Anderson Varejao assessed Flagrant Foul 1
    Anderson Varejao has been assessed a Flagrant Foul 1 for tripping Gerald Henderson during Game 1.

    Advice: On the flagrant foul points scale, a Flagrant 1 is one point and a Flagrant 2 is two points. During the postseason, a player must accumulate four points in order to receive a one-game suspension. While Varejao did say that the play was completely unintentional, he acknowledged after looking at the tape that it looked bad and he understood why Henderson responded in the way he did. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:02 pm
  • Whiteside says thigh still not 100 percent
    Hassan Whiteside said that his bruised right thigh is at about 85 percent, but he has no intention of missing any time with the injury.

    Advice: "It's not 100 percent, but I'm going to keep playing," said Whiteside. The thigh injury didn't appear to limit him much during Sunday's blowout win over the Hornets, and he should be receiving a full compliment of minutes for Tuesday's Game 1 against the Raptors. He's one of the better centers to target in DFS. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:20 am
  • Bismack Biyombo won't face league discipline
    Bismack Biyombo won't be suspended for a flagrant foul in Sunday's Game 7 win over the Pacers.

    Advice: The league upgraded Biyombo's foul to a Flagrant 2 (which means he should have been ejected), but he won't face any discipline for Game 1 against the Heat on Tuesday. Bizzy B averaged 5.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in Toronto's opening round series and should continue to see around 20 minutes per game against Miami. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:38 am
  • Chris Bosh not in Toronto for Game 1
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) did not travel to Toronto with the Heat in advance of Tuesday's Game 1.

    Advice: Bosh will travel to Toronto with Heat owner Micky Arison, but was not present at shootaround on Tuesday. While Bosh has been rumored to be pushing for a return, the Heat are going to be careful not to rush things so it would be a bit of a surprise to see Bosh take the court against the Raptors in Round 2. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:12 am
  • Kevin Love feeling fine after Game 1 win
    Kevin Love said his left shoulder is fine after Monday's Game 1 win against the Hawks.

    Advice: Love hurt his "bad" shoulder after Kent Bazemore jumped into him on Monday, but said he felt fine after the game. "Can't catch a break on that shoulder," Love said. "I'm fine. It was just one of those plays." Love scored 17 points to go with 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, and three 3-pointers on Monday and shouldn't have any shoulder concerns for Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:03 am
  • Steven Adams scores 12 with 17 boards
    Steven Adams scored 12 points with 17 rebounds, one steal and one block in 37 minutes against the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: The OKC starters didn't fare away against the Spurs during the regular season, but their starting group was terrific in this outing. Adams did only play 25 minutes on Saturday due to garbage time, so it looks like he'll be in the upper 30s per game. He'll be really important in this series to help protect the paint. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:39 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scored 12 points in win
    Serge Ibaka scored 12 points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: He needs some help on defense because LaMarcus Aldridge is killing him. Ibaka has played well on the offensive side with a 19-point effort on Saturday and has his jumper working. He struggled against the Spurs during the regular season, but he's off to a nice start. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:36 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 41 points in loss
    LaMarcus Aldridge was on fire during a 98-97 loss to the Thunder in Game 2 on Monday, making 15-of-21 from the field for 41 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks, one 3-pointer and no turnovers.

    Advice: He is lighting it up with his jumper and in the post-up game. Aldridge has scored 79 points in the last two games with an absurd 80.9 true shooting percentage. The Spurs have to give him a touch on basically every possession right now, especially with his teammates not clicking. Expect him to have a huge series. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:34 pm
  • Tim Duncan scores just two points
    Tim Duncan made 1-of-8 from the field for two points with nine rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 28 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: The future Hall of Fame big man hasn't been a force on offense in the postseason. Duncan hasn't scored more than eight points in any 2016 playoff game and averaged just 6.2 points per game in his previous five. He's tough to trust in DFS. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:22 pm
  • Kevin Love gets another double-double
    Kevin Love scored 17 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

    Advice: He briefly hurt his right shoulder after Kent Bazemore jumped into him -- Love's "bad" shoulder is his left one. Love also turned his ankle in the last minute, but he looked to be fine after the game. Love has double-doubles in all five games in the playoffs and his defense hasn't been as bad as expected either. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:16 pm
  • Al Horford scores 10; Hawks drop Game 1
    Al Horford made 4-of-13 from the field for 10 points during a 104-93 loss to the Cavs in Game 1 on Monday, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: It looked like the Hawks were going to pull off an amazing comeback after they erased an 18-point deficit. As for Horford, he was 2-of-10 from beyond three feet and is really struggling with his jumper. Perhaps his groin injury is limiting him, but his defense has been fine. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:10 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 17 in full line
    Paul Millsap made 6-of-19 from the field for 17 points with 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals, four blocks and two turnovers in 40 minutes against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: He saw some minutes at the five, but he was on LeBron James for most of this game. Millsap's rim protection was outstanding yet again, but he's struggled on offense in the postseason. He only has a 50.0 true shooting percentage in the seven games, which is down from 55.6 during the regular season. He's still going to be a huge part of the offense. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:07 pm
  • 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 Monday, 1:27 pm
  • Update: Dirk Nowitzki confirms he'll opt out
    Updating a previous item, Dirk Nowitzki confirmed that he will opt out of the final season of his current contract with the Mavericks.

    Advice: Nowitzki did reiterate his plan to remain in Dallas, so this isn't about to be a free agent bidding war. What this does mean, however, is that the Mavs will now face some very real pressure to construct a winner around their most important player, and it's very possible that Dirk won't be as kind with a discount this time around after playing for far less than market value in each of the last two seasons. The third-year option Nowitzki is set to decline is worth approximately $8.7 million. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:30 am
  • Karl says he never connected with Cousins
    George Karl admitted that he never connected with DeMarcus Cousins.

    Advice: Despite multiple faux attempts to make it look like it was all good, the reality is that it was pretty bad. "I never felt I got into a good place with Cuz," Karl said, "and some of that was my stupidity when I said that no player is untradeable. I still believe that. But I should have been smart enough not to say it, and I in no way, at any time, thought DeMarcus was going to get traded." Karl went on to detail the dysfunction within the Kings, noting that he never felt like he had the power necessary to perform his job to the best of his abilities. The entire interview is worth reading, and it can be found by clicking on the link below. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:03 am
  • Vogel drips praise all over Myles Turner
    After their season ended on Sunday, Frank Vogel was effusive in his praise for Myles Turner.

    Advice: "Myles Turner emerged," he said. "Myles Turner showed what he’s made of by having a great series in his first go around in the NBA playoffs, he just had a great series. He didn’t shoot the ball well tonight but he played well, had dominant defensive stretches and learned to read and trust the pass. There’s a lot of reasons to be excited and hopeful about our future because of that kid." Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:20 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 Monday, 9:09 am
  • Report: Dirk Nowitzki to opt out of contract
    Dirk Nowitzki plans to opt out of the final season of his contract, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

    Advice: Nowitzki has repeatedly said that he intends to honor the three-year contract he signed, so take this report with a large grain of salt. This story states Nowitzki's new deal would likely be a two-year contract with a player option in year two, but we're going to have to hear Nowitzki saying he's opting out from his own mouth before we're inclined to believe it. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:52 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 Monday, 8:19 am
  • Myles Turner quiet in season-ending defeat
    Myles Turner's shot wasn't falling on Sunday as he went just 2-of-11 from the field for four points during a season-ending loss in Toronto.

    Advice: Turner was visibly frustrated after missing shots and he didn't fare too well on the boards either, grabbing six rebounds as his team lost the battle 49-38. Nerves may have played a role in Turner's Game 7 struggles, but his rookie season was nevertheless a triumph, as he displayed all the skills the Pacers could have asked for when drafting him No. 11 overall. "He just had a great series," coach Frank Vogel said after the game. "There's a lot of reason to be excited and hopeful about our future because of that kid." Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:05 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo, Valanciunas dominate boards
    Bismack Biyombo gave the Raptors a lift off the bench during Game 7, hauling in 11 rebounds (four offensive) with three points and no other stats in 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: Biyombo came into the game with a postseason-leading rebound rate of 26.8 percent, with teammate Jonas Valanciunas (25.4 percent) not far behind. He and JV combined for 26 boards tonight, a critical difference in the game, with Valanciunas contributing 10 points and 15 boards in 28 minutes. Toronto's formidable center duo now advances to face Hassan Whiteside and Miami's frontcourt in the Conference semis. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:50 pm
  • Mason Plumlee held to one point on 0-of-7 FGs
    Mason Plumlee racked up 13 rebounds, six assists and two blocks in 25 minutes on Sunday, but he scored only one point on 0-of-7 shooting in Portland's Game 1 defeat.

    Advice: Plumlee caught fire vs. the Clippers in the first round and his ability to contribute across the board helps take the sting out of this Game 1 scoring dud. He wasn't alone in his offensive struggles tonight, as Portland's starting unit was a combined 23-of-75 from the field (30.7 percent). It's easier said than done, but they'll need to be much more efficient to even the series at 1-1 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:27 pm
  • Anderson Varejao ejected on Sunday
    Anderson Varejao was ejected from Sunday's game vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: He was arguing with Gerald Henderson after he tripped the Portland guard and he picked up his second technical when he started talking to him while on the bench. Varejao played just seven minutes with four points, two boards, one assist, two blocks and one steal. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:38 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside double-doubles in win
    Hassan Whiteside double-doubled in Sunday's win over the Hornets, scoring 10 points with 12 rebounds, one assist and five blocks in just 28 minutes.

    Advice: He was 4-of-8 from the field and basically took Al Jefferson out of the game by getting him into early foul trouble. Charlotte really had no answer for Whiteside in the paint and the Heat were able to outrebound the Hornets 58-36, with 10 of those coming on the offensive glass. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:25 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 38; Spurs crush OKC
    LaMarcus Aldridge put on a shooting clinic in a 124-92 win over the Thunder on Saturday, making 18-of-23 for 38 points with six rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: It's his third-best scoring game of his playoff career. The Thunder completely forgot Aldridge led the NBA in mid-range makes in three of the last four seasons. He was wide open all game and also had a number of easy buckets near the rim, as well. LMA has been fantastic since January and had success against OKC this season, so he'll be dialed in as a high-end DFS play. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:58 pm
  • Stevens Adams puts in decent stat line
    Steven Adams scored nine points with 10 rebounds and one block in 25 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: He's known for his defense, but OKC was completely destroyed on that end. It's certainly not on Adams because the Thunder had their pick-and-roll defense ruined well beyond the paint in this game. Considering how bad this went for them, maybe coach Billy Donovan shakes things up a bit. For now, Adams looks like the better fantasy option over Enes Kanter. He's more of a tournament play, though. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:51 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 19 points in bad loss
    Serge Ibaka scored 19 points with two rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: He was really the only offensive bright spot for the Thunder in this game. On the other hand, Ibaka was roasted perhaps for his worst defensive game all year. He struggled against the Spurs during the regular season on the stat sheet, so don't overreact to this terrific outing on paper. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:51 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins says feet are bothering him
    DeMarcus Cousins said that his feet bother him more every year.

    Advice: This is obviously pretty concerning, but keep in mind that he will address this issue during the offseason and he's already had some shockwave treatment to relieve the tendinitis in his feet. Cousins is expected to play for Team USA this summer, so he should be in great shape prior to the 2016-17 season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:54 am
  • Mason Plumlee looks great yet again
    Mason Plumlee scored nine points with 14 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He went blow for blow with DeAndre Jordan in the paint. In the last five games of this series, Plumlee averaged 8.8 points, 14.8 boards, 6.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks and 2.0 turnovers. The Blazers' trade with the Nets for basically Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has worked out nicely for them. He'll be very important against the Warriors. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:36 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside plays 28 minutes
    Hassan Whiteside (hand, thigh) played 28 minutes against the Hornets on Friday with 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

    Advice: He was slightly limping at times when play was stopped, but he looked fine during the game action. Whiteside has cooled off in his last three, averaging 10.3 points, 8.7 boards, 3.3 blocks and 2.0 turnovers in 28.5 minutes. It could be due to the injury because his minutes haven't really jumped up in the postseason. He'll likely be the top option at center for DFS on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:32 pm
  • Myles Turner drops 15 points with four blocks
    Myles Turner was awesome in 33 minutes against the Raptors on Friday with 15 points, nine rebounds, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: It was his best game of the series. Turner played most of his minutes at center in Game 5, but he was much more comfortable away from the basket at the power forward spot tonight. Plus, his rim protection was superb during this game. The Pacers stole him in the draft as long as he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:00 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi scores 12 with better defense
    Ian Mahinmi scored 12 points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 30 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: His back looked a lot better after playing just 18 minutes in Game 5. The Pacers had some better luck going big while the Raptors went small, so that's something to watch. Mahinmi is still only a borderline option in DFS for Game 7. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:51 pm
  • Patrick Patterson struggles yet again
    Patrick Patterson scored five points with two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He almost had an identical role with slightly less output compared to Game 5. Patterson wasn't really on the floor when the Raptors were demolished in the second half, so it'll be interesting to see what coach Dwane Casey does. It's tough to trust him even as a punt for DFS. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:45 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo not a key this time
    Bismack Biyombo scored two points with 10 rebounds, one steal and one block in 19 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: Biyombo with four smaller players lineup was the saving combination in Game 5, but it didn't work at all tonight. Jonas Valanciunas was in foul trouble again tonight, which helped Biyombo's playing time. Expect Biyombo to be in the low 20s for minutes in Game 7. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:42 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores 14 points in loss
    Jonas Valanciunas played 26 minutes against the Pacers on Friday during a Game 6 loss, scoring 14 points with nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: The Raptors have to figure out how to get Valanciunas the ball more while keeping his fouls down. Valanciunas' production has fallen off as the series has gone on, but the Raptors may turn to him for more on Sunday. Of course, we've been saying that for basically a whole season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Patrick Patterson is getting the start again
    Patrick Patterson will start again on Friday against the Pacers.

    Advice: Patterson was playing well before Game 5, but he was arguably the worst player in the rotation on Tuesday. This likely means the Raptors will use their smaller second unit again, which was fantastic to help pull off the comeback. Expect to see a decent amount of Norman Powell tonight, but he's not a great DFS option. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:50 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:47 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:53 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:22 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:53 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:10 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:45 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:36 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:49 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki not thinking retirement yet
    Dirk Nowitkzi isn't thinking about retiring and is planning to finish his career with the Mavericks.

    Advice: While Dirk said he's not looking to be part of a rebuild, he made it clear he'd like to retire in Dallas. "I signed on for three years a couple years ago," Dirk said. "My intention was always to finish this contract. I always said I wanted to retire [with] the Mavs, especially after we won the championship a few years ago." Nowitzki isn't the player he once was, but he's still able to contribute to fantasy rosters and will be a solid mid-round pick in his 19th season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:22 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:48 pm
  • Serge Ibaka turns in a bad line vs. Dallas
    Serge Ibaka scored two points with three rebounds, two steals and one block in 30 minutes against the Mavs on Monday.

    Advice: He's had way too many games like this one this season. Ibaka will be fine and he might have to do more on offense if Enes Kanter (chest) is out. It would appear Kanter is OK, though. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 8:29 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki scores 24 points in loss to OKC
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points during a season-ending 118-104 loss to the Thunder on Monday, adding three rebounds, one block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: There is a decent chance Nowitzki played in his final playoff game. Nowitzki moved past Scottie Pippen to No. 14 on the NBA's postseason scoring list during this game. His knee injury was an issue late in this series after only missing seven regular-season games. Coach Rick Carlisle ran Dirk into the ground during this season with 38 minutes in Game 2 and 40 in Game 4. Hopefully, he'll be suiting up for his 19th season next year. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 8:27 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. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 3:29 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. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 2:11 pm
  • 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." Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 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. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 10:16 am
  • Dirik Nowitzki doesn't go through shootaround
    Dirk Nowitzki (rest) stayed behind at the team hotel during the Dallas Monday shootaround.

    Advice: Dirk played 40 minutes in Game 4, so he's just getting a little extra rest—and perhaps treatment—before a do-or-die showdown vs. OKC. Despite his morning absence, Nowitzki is fully expected to take the court in what could be his final contest of the season. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 9:06 am
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