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  • Lance Stephenson eyeing Memphis return?
    Lance Stephenson believes he can fit in with the Grizzlies next season as a role player.

    Advice: "It's not about money," Stephenson said. "I just want to play and help a team win. I think I can fit in here as a role player." Memphis coach Dave Joerger said that he would "absolutely" want to coach Stephenson again, so it will be interesting to see if the Grizzlies pick up his team option worth $9.5 million for next season. Rotoworld.com 39 minutes ago
  • Grizzlies believe they can re-sign Conley
    Memphis team officials are confident that they will be able to re-sign Mike Conley this summer according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

    Advice: Conley is obviously the Grizzlies' No. 1 priority this offseason, and they can also offer more money to him than any other team. Regardless, Conley will be the best point guard on the open market this summer, so he's going to get a max deal. A move away from Memphis could actually improve his fantasy value, but he's going to be a stud no matter what. Rotoworld.com 58 minutes ago
  • Scott Brooks praises John Wall
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks said that John Wall has the ability to become one of the best players in the league.

    Advice: "He has the ability to be one of the best players in the game," Brooks said. "He can fill up the stat sheet. He can score at a high level, and he’s improved his 3-point shooting. I like his ability to make plays for others. Always been a high-assist guy. His rebounding is good, solid for that position." Brooks did say that he wants Wall to get to the free throw line more, saying that he and Bradley Beal should combine for 12 attempts per game. Still only 25 years old, Brooks could help Wall realize his full potential. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:00 am
  • Rodney Hood wants to improve ball-handling
    Rodney Hood said that he wants to strengthen his body this offseason and improve his ball-handling.

    Advice: Hood also said earlier in April that he's going to work on getting to the free throw line more next season, and he's already planning to get back on the court during the first week of May to begin training. Hood could develop into a stud in Utah and he is coming off a solid season in which he averaged 14.5 points, 3.4 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 42.0 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:48 am
  • Brett Brown praises T.J. McConnell
    76ers coach Brett Brown heaped praise on T.J. McConnell for his effort this season.

    Advice: "The thing that I respect most about him is that he epitomizes that quality that I think might be the No. 1 thing that we need: day-to-day guys, people that you know what you’re getting," Brown said. "He’s steady, he’s stable, he's personality, he’s tough, he brings that edge to a game, to a practice, to a locker room. I just respect him. That’s just how he’s wired." The 76ers can bring him back for less than $1 million next season, so this quote makes it sound like he will be back in Philly. To be clear, he will be a backup PG at best. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:56 am
  • Isaiah Thomas vows to be better
    Isaiah Thomas vowed to be better next season.

    Advice: "I'm going to do whatever it takes to not have this feeling again because it really hurt me," Thomas said. "I'm going to use that as motivation to continue to get better and work on my flaws and make those into my strengths. I promise you I'll be back better." Thomas was a top-40 player in standard 9-cat leagues this season with averages of 22.2 points, 6.2 assists, 3.0 boards, 1.1 steals and 2.0 3-pointers, so he won't be cheap in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:08 am
  • Pablo Prigioni will probably retire
    Pablo Prigioni will "probably" retire this summer according to ESPN.

    Advice: He will be 39 years old in just a few weeks, so this isn't really a surprise. Prigioni averaged just 13.9 minutes in 59 regular season appearances and was never a reliable fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:40 am
  • Jarrett Jack (knee surgery) is making progress
    Jarrett Jack (knee surgery) is expected to be cleared for basketball activities in about a month and a half.

    Advice: He was diagnosed with a torn right ACL and meniscus back in January, but initial reports indicated that he will be ready for the 2016-17 season. The Nets hold a team option on him worth $6.3 million, and he could be a starter again next season unless they bring in another point guard this summer. He averaged 12.8 points, 7.4 assists, 4.3 boards, 1.1 steals and 1.0 3-pointers in 32 games during the 2015-16 campaign. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:16 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 28; Blazers win series
    Damian Lillard scored 28 points in a series-clinching 106-103 win over the Clippers on Friday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Blazers were not supposed to be in the second round after losing four starters this past summer. Well, now they get a taller task against the Warriors. Lillard wears 0 for his hometown of Oakland and he'll be headed back home for Game 1 on Sunday. He was absolutely awesome in his four games against them this year, averaging 36.5 points, 2.0 boards, 6.5 assists, 2.3 steals, 0.8 blocks and 5.8 treys. After a somewhat down round against the Clippers, most DFS owners should have high hopes in the second round. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Allen Crabbe scores 13 points vs. Clippers
    Allen Crabbe scored 13 points with two rebounds, five assists, two 3-pointers and one turnover in 32 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He was big time in the final three games of this series with double-digit scoring in each. Crabbe has made some nice money this season with some terrific perimeter defense while making 39.4 percent from deep. The 24-year-old guard could see his role grow next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Austin Rivers gets 11 stitches, scores 21
    Austin Rivers needed 11 stitches after an Al-Farouq Aminu elbow to his face during a season-ending loss to the Blazers on Friday, finishing with 21 points, six rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had four stitches above his eye and seven below it. Rivers made the offense go and the Clippers may have been blown out without him. He'll likely be getting more attention in free agency this summer with the Clippers as the favorites to sign him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 15 points in loss
    J.J. Redick scored 15 points in a 106-103 season-ending loss to the Blazers on Friday, adding one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He surprisingly only had two shots from deep out of his 12 total field goal attempts. Redick's heel was a problem for him this series and it kept him down to 26 minutes in this game. It'll be interesting to see what the Clippers do this offseason, but Redick should still hold his mid-round value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 11 in start
    Jeff Green got the start on Friday in a loss to the Blazers, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He had a better chance to perform with the Clippers banged up in the last two. Green will head into free agency afters showing some promise with the Grizzlies after they lost Marc Gasol (foot). His fantasy value hinges on his destination perhaps more than any other player. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 32 points in loss
    Jamal Crawford scored a playoff career-high 32 points during a loss to the Blazers on Friday, adding one assist, three steals and three turnovers on 10-of-25 from the field.

    Advice: He was up to his usual tricks with too many off-the-dribble jumpers. The Clippers didn't really have many options for scoring, so a wild Crawford shot was one of their best plays in the arsenal. The three-time Sixth Man of the Year will head into free agency with plenty of miles left on his tires. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Josh Richardson hurts his shoulder
    Josh Richardson (shoulder) said nothing will keep him out in Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: He hurt his left shoulder in the last minute of the game and had ice on it after the win. Richardson's defense was very good at times and he has leapfrogged Tyler Johnson (shoulder). Richardson finished with six points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Austin Rivers (face) probable to return
    Austin Rivers (face) is probable to return on Friday.

    Advice: He needed stitches to two different cuts, but he'll be back out there. The Clippers will need Rivers, too. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:11 pm
  • Jeremy Lin struggles in a loss
    Jeremy Lin scored eight points with one rebound, one assist and three turnovers against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: It was a bad game, but Nicolas Batum (foot) got hurt again. Expect to see more Lin with a better outing in Game 7 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:09 pm
  • Austin Rivers (face) goes to the locker room
    Austin Rivers caught an accidental Al-Farouq Aminu elbow to his face and went to the locker room.

    Advice: It was pretty bad with Rivers' face gushing with blood. He'll likely be getting a concussion test along with some stitches. Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick are going to have to play a ton while the Clippers have to go bigger, as well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores eight; Raptors lose
    DeMar DeRozan struggled yet again during a blowout 101-83 loss to the Pacers on Friday, making 3-of-13 from the field for eight points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: That 34-point game from Tuesday seems like a distant memory. The Raptors were smoked in the second half due to giving up an 18-0 run to put the game out of reach. DeRozan has flopped big time in five of the six games to put his team in a tight spot. He continues to waste possessions on contested mid-range jumpers with too many turnovers. He'll need a decent game on Sunday in Game 7. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:48 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 10 with 10 dimes
    Kyle Lowry made 4-of-14 from the field for 10 points with five rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer during a loss to the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: While he has been playing well on defense and as a passer, the efficiency issues are really hurting the Raptors. In his previous five games, Lowry only turned in a 44.5 true shooting percentage. He had better efficiency at home during the season, so maybe that'll help him out in Game 7 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:46 pm
  • Cory Joseph scores 15 points vs. Pacers
    Cory Joseph scored 15 points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal, three 3-pointers and two turnovers in 25 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He's arguably been the best Raptor of the series. Joseph has hit value in DFS majority of the time in this series, so he's on the table as a punt on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:31 pm
  • Rivers, JJ, LMAM, Green & Jordan starting
    Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Luc Mbah a Moute, Jeff Green and DeAndre Jordan will start on Friday.

    Advice: He Clippers are going bigger in this game, but don't expect the overall minutes to change. Green should still be very busy in the first unit and obviously there's no need to panic on Jamal Crawford. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • Nicolas Batum aggravates foot injury Friday
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is doubtful to return on Friday.

    Advice: This is the same left foot strain Batum suffered in Game 2 and kept him out of two games. Batum could be limited going forward here, which means more run for Jeremy Lin, Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams and Courtney Lee. He checked out with six points, one rebound, one assist and one turnover in 15 minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:10 pm
  • Nicolas Batum likely to play more
    Nicolas Batum will play more on Friday in Game 6 against the Heat.

    Advice: It's not a surprise after playing 25 minutes in Game 5. Batum is still going to come off the bench and will likely take minutes from Frank Kaminsky, Courtney Lee, Marvin Williams and maybe Jeremy Lin. He will likely be in the 27-31 minute range for this game and is a risky DFS play. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:25 pm
  • Stephen Curry hopeful to return before May 9
    Stephen Curry (knee) said he is hoping to return before the two-week return date of May 9.

    Advice: He's not wasting any time to get back out there and is getting treatment three times per day. Curry is starting to do some work in the training room, but the big step will be to do some practice with contact. He'll likely miss at least a couple games in the second round, which will start on Sunday or Tuesday depending if the Clippers-Blazers series goes to seven games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:08 pm
  • Stephen Curry not doing on-court work yet
    Stephen Curry (knee) has been doing well in the training room, according to coach Steve Kerr.

    Advice: He is not doing on-court work yet and preview reports suggest he's shooting to start that next week. Curry is likely going to miss the first two games of the second round and will likely be rooting for the Clippers tonight to push back Game 1 to Tuesday. It'll be Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala stepping up the most with more Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:56 am
  • Deron Williams expected to opt out of contract
    Deron Williams (hernia) intends to opt out of his contract with Dallas for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: He will look for a multi-year contract in free agency, but there is said to be mutual interest between Williams and Dallas for a return. "I would love to be back," Williams said during his exit interviews. "This was a great year for me. My family is settled and happy here, so it'd definitely be great to be back." Williams averaged 14.1 points and 5.8 assists this season and played well for the most part, but he struggled with injuries once again and a sports hernia ended his 2015-16 campaign. He will need surgery to correct the issue, but he's expected to be healthy by training camp. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:20 am
  • Knight is prepared to play on or off the ball
    Brandon Knight (hernia) said that he will be prepared to play both on and off the ball next season.

    Advice: "I’m going to be good whether on the ball or off the ball. I just know I’m going to be a better player next year. I’m prepared and ready for that," Knight said. "Once I’m healthy, I’m excited about what I’ll be able to do individually and what our team will be able to do as well." The Suns will have a crowded backcourt next season due to Devin Booker's emergence and the return of Eric Bledsoe from knee surgery, but for now Knight is still a target in the middle rounds for owners who don't mind a volatile FG percentage and high turnover rate. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:05 am
  • Tyreke Evans struggled to learn the offense
    Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that Tyreke Evans (knee) struggled to learn the offense because he missed training camp.

    Advice: ''We had a small sample size,'' Gentry said. ''He never had an opportunity to go through training camp. So we just rushed in, and said, 'Ok', now this is way we play. I think he had some great moments and I think he struggled some." Evans played in just 25 games this season with averages of 15.2 points, 6.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds, but he's had three knee surgeries since May and has some serious durability concerns. He's going to be a risky pick in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:43 am
  • Stanley Johnson may not play summer league
    Stanley Johnson may not play in the summer league because Stan Van Gundy wants him to focus on skill development.

    Advice: "My concern for him is I know Stanley’s mentality," Van Gundy said. "I want him working on things he needs to work on. I don’t want to put him in situations where his concern is doing what he can do well right now to try to win that game." Van Gundy added that Johnson needs to work on his shooting, footwork and ballhandling this summer. Still just 19 years old, the future is very bright for Johnson. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:16 am
  • Kemba Walker praises Jeremy Lin
    Kemba Walker said that Jeremy Lin's aggression has forced the Heat to shift their defensive philosophy.

    Advice: "[When] me and Jeremy [Lin] are in attack mode, getting into the lane, we’re able to dish the ball out and get some [open] 3s," Walker said. "It’s definitely helped us, especially last game." Walker and Lin have combined for 59 free throws in this series as a result, and Lin has arguably been one of the biggest surprises of the postseason with averages of 14.0 points, 3.4 assists, 2.8 boards and 0.6 3-pointers on 44.7 percent shooting. Despite the return of Nicolas Batum in Game 5, Lin still played 35 minutes so he should have a significant role the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:32 am
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 25; Celtics eliminated
    Isiah Thomas carried the offensive load in a season-ending 104-92 loss to the Hawks on Thursday, scoring 25 points with three rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes.

    Advice: He just needs some help on offense. The Celtics offense just falls apart when Thomas is out there in his All-Star season. The Celtics are playing with house money on IT after the Suns traded him away, so they will continue to feature him. They will likely add some help for Thomas on the offensive end, but the Pizza Guy should be ready to roll as a top-50 pick in drafts next season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:53 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas (ankle) will start on Thursday
    Isaiah Thomas (ankle) will be in the starting lineup for Thursday's Game 6 against the Hawks.

    Advice: The Celtics will go with the same starting lineup they've been using of Thomas, Evan Turner, Jae Crowder, Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson for Game 6, and Thomas will look to bounce back from a disappointing Game 5 performance for Thursday's home game. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:09 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas not limited at shootaround
    Isaiah Thomas (ankle) was moving around well during Thursday's shootaround, and his ankle didn't appear to be wrapped in anything other than KT tape.

    Advice: All signs are pointing towards Thomas giving it a go tonight, and he should be able to bounce back from Tuesday's disappointing 3-of-12 shooting performance in front of the Boston home crowd for Game 6. We'll have official confirmation closer to tip-off, but it would be surprising to see Thomas on the sidelines Thursday night. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:15 pm
  • LAC not lacking in confidence heading into G6
    Jamal Crawford said that the Clippers feel "really good" about their chances of securing a Game 6 win in Portland.

    Advice: "We were in the same situation last year, we had to go to San Antonio and win on their court in a Game 6 to force a Game 7 in front of our home fans," said Crawford. "We’re a confident group. We feel really good about Game 6." It's true that the Clippers pulled off a comeback against the Spurs last season, but that was with a healthy Blake Griffin (quad) and Chris Paul (hand). Crawford is going to be heavily involved on the offensive end, but he'll need to be more efficient if the Clippers hope to secure an upset. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:03 pm
  • Nicolas Batum will come off the bench Friday
    Nicolas Batum will again come off the bench for Friday's Game 6 against Miami.

    Advice: The Hornets have now won three in a row, and Batum doesn't want to disrupt the chemistry of the first-unit. His ankle still isn't quite 100 percent, so expect his minutes to be in the 25 range. Kemba Walker, Courtney Lee, Marvin Williams, Frank Kaminsky and Al Jefferson will start. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:01 pm
  • Stephen Curry to test knee on court next week
    Stephen Curry (knee) will begin testing his knee on the court next week, according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN.

    Advice: Spears reports that Curry is feeling better, according to sources, and is targeting next week to test his knee as he attempts to get back on the court. The Warriors are still awaiting a winner from the Clippers-Trail Blazers series, so he'll have some extra time to recover from his Grade 1 sprain. Shaun Livingston will continue to start as long as Curry is out, but we'll undoubtedly have updates before Golden State's next series starts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:30 am
  • Jamal Crawford scores 17 points on 23 shots
    Jamal Crawford moved into the starting lineup on Wednesday and proceeded to launch 23 shots, making six of them to finish with 17 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Crawford started alongside Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and DeAndre Jordan, a unit that played a mere four minutes together during the 2015-16 season. Doc Rivers' gamble was born of desperation and resulted in a home loss, but Crawford is guaranteed a huge role again in Game 6 -- he played 44 minutes tonight and was the focal point of the Clippers' offense. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:05 pm
  • Austin Rivers logs 37 mins as fill-in starter
    Austin Rivers started Wednesday's game in place of Chris Paul (broken metacarpal) and had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Rivers faces a daunting task with CP3 out of commission, assuming lead playmaking duties while defending Damian Lillard at the other end. Paul had the second-highest Player Impact Estimate in the playoffs prior to his injury, trailing only Paul George, and nobody is expecting Rivers to approach that production. DFS owners can still view him as a viable punt play, assuming his price doesn't spike prior to Game 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:04 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 17 points in futile effort
    Jeff Green scored 17 points off the bench during Game 5, making 6-of-10 shots with six rebounds, three steals, two assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Blake Griffin's quad injury has prematurely ended his season, leaving Green a big opportunity even if he isn't starting. He can't fill the void by himself, and more minutes are also available for Wes Johnson (five points, five rebounds) and Paul Pierce (two rebounds), but Green is easily the most palatable DFS option. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:02 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores team-high 19 points vs POR
    J.J. Redick scored a team-high 19 points for the Clippers during Game 5, making 7-of-17 shots with three 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and zero turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Redick is dealing with a left heel bruise but the Clippers need everything he can give them, especially now that Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are done for the postseason. He was one of six Clippers in double-digits tonight but they shot just 41.9 percent as a team, leaving them one loss away from a premature playoff exit. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • Damian Lillard heats up in 2nd half of Game 5
    Damian Lillard got hot late vs. the Clippers on Wednesday, shooting 7-of-20 from the field with five 3-pointers for 22 points, five assists and three steals in a 108-98 road victory.

    Advice: Lillard's usage rate has dropped since the regular season, and he came in shooting a mere 36.5 percent in the Blazers' first-round series. Much of that can be attributed to Chris Paul's individual defense, however, and Lillard shook off a very quiet first half to erupt for 19 points in the third and fourth quarters. He's poised for a huge line vs. Austin Rivers and Pablo Prigioni in Friday's home game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • Josh Richardson earns 31 minutes vs. Hornets
    Josh Richardson logged 31 minutes off the bench during Game 5, finishing with eight points, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Heat had scored at least 100 points in 17 consecutive home games, with the league's most efficient offense since the All-Star break, but the Hornets tightened their grip defensively tonight. Richardson drew the ire of Dwyane Wade after a poor shot late in the fourth quarter, but he played well overall and should see a similar role in a must-win game at the Time Warner Cable arena on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:57 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (ankle) plays 25 mins off bench
    Nicolas Batum (sprained ankle) came off the bench on Wednesday for eight points, three rebounds, three assists and a pair of 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Batum didn't have his normal agility and he was tentative early, but he knocked in some huge jumpers down the stretch, helping the Hornets hang on for a tough 90-88 victory. He'll get just one day to rest before returning to action for Friday's Game 6 in Charlotte, so it's unlikely that he'll be 100 percent in the Hornets' potential closeout game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • Jamal Crawford starting Game 5 vs. Blazers
    Jamal Crawford will start Game 5 on Wednesday, alongside Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and DeAndre Jordan.

    Advice: Doc Rivers wants more spacing on the court, and the decision to start Crawford takes care of another problem -- with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin both out, the Clippers are very short on playmakers. Crawford should have a high usage rate in as many minutes as he can handle tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Austin Rivers, Pierce, Crawford all starting
    Austin Rivers will start Game 5 on Wednesday with Chris Paul (hand) done for the postseason.

    Advice: Paul Pierce and Jamal Crawford are also starting, with Luc Mbah a Moute coming off the bench. Rivers and Crawford should share primary ball-handling duties and his minutes will spike by default with CP3 out of commission, but Rivers remains a gamble in DFS lineups. In seven starts this season he averaged 13.7 points, 2.0 threes, 2.7 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.7 turnovers. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:00 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (ankle) off bench in Game 5
    Nicolas Batum (ankle) will come off the Hornets' bench on Wednesday, as expected.

    Advice: The Hornets won their past two games without Batum and coach Steve Clifford likely doesn't want to mess with his starters' newfound chemistry. Batum reportedly volunteered to come off the bench and owners can expect his minutes to hover in the 24-28 range in his first game back. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:33 pm
  • Nicolas Batum expected to play off bench
    Nicolas Batum (ankle) is expected to play off the bench on Wednesday against the Heat.

    Advice: It sounds like he will be limited after missing the last two games. Although, Batum did go to Clifford to suggest coming off the bench because of how well the Hornets played without him in Game 3 and 4. He will likely play minutes in the 20s and take run away from Frank Kaminsky, Jeremy Lin, Marvin Williams and Spencer Hawes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:37 pm
  • All positive signs for Isaiah Thomas
    Coach Brad Stevens said all signs are pointing to Isaiah Thomas (ankle) playing in Game 6 on Thursday.

    Advice: "Isaiah seems positive about [his ankle] and feels good," Stevens said. Thomas did not return from his ankle roll on Tuesday, but there has never been any cause for concern. Thomas did not score in the first half on Tuesday and only finished with seven points. Now that he's back in Boston, expect a bounce back. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:16 pm
  • Brooks: John Wall could still improve
    Coach Scott Brooks said John Wall could hit another level or even two or three more.

    Advice: Wall sort of plateaued last season with more turnovers, only an 0.2 assists per game increase and a dip in true shooting percentage despite more 3-pointers. Brooks is known for his somewhat simplistic offense, but he's done a decent job of developing some players. Wall will likely be worth a look in the second round of a standard-league draft and a late first in eight-category leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:44 am
  • Nicolas Batum (ankle) on track to play in G5
    Nicolas Batum (ankle) was a full participant during shootaround, and head coach Steve Clifford said that he'll more than likely play in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Heat.

    Advice: Batum was initially ruled out for the entire first-round series, so it's surprising that he's made enough progress to get back on the court after spending a mere five days in recovery. Batum said that he will come off the bench if he does play, and Clifford acknowledged it's unlikely he sees his usual workload, so he'll make for a bit of a risky DFS target tonight. Check back for official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off, but both Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lin figure to take a bit of a hit with Batum back in the fold. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:02 am
  • Ainge expects Isaiah Thomas to play in Gm 6
    Danny Ainge said it's very likely that Isaiah Thomas (ankle) will play in Thursday's Game 6 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Thomas exited Tuesday's blowout loss to the Hawks during the fourth quarter with a "mild left ankle sprain" and did not return, but he also said after the game that he'll be a go for Game 6 "playing no matter what." With Avery Bradley (hamstring) sidelined, the Celtics absolutely need IT4 if they hope to have any shot of securing a Game 6 win, so it would be very surprising to see Thomas miss that one. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:04 am
  • Isaiah Thomas says he will play in Game 6
    Isaiah Thomas (ankle) said that he will play in Game 6 on Thursday.

    Advice: The Celtics called the injury a "mild left ankle sprain," but Thomas said that it's just a tweak. The Celtics were losing by nearly 30 points when he left the game in the fourth quarter, so it sounds like they held him out as a precaution. Thomas didn't play well with just seven points on 3-of-12 shooting, so he will need to be much better on Thursday to keep his team in this series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:36 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas (mild sprained ankle) out for game
    Isaiah Thomas has been diagnosed with a "mild" left ankle sprain and will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and the Celtics are going to be cautious since they are being blown out in Game 5. Barring a surprise, this means that Thomas should be ready for Game 6 in Boston on Thursday. If Thomas' ankle somehow keeps him out on Thursday, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier would benefit. Thomas finished with seven points, three assists, one boards and three turnovers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:45 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas goes to locker room Tuesday
    Isaiah Thomas left Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks and went back to the locker room. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:39 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 14 points in win
    Kyle Lowry scored 14 points in Tuesday's 102-99 win over the Pacers, adding five assists, four boards, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He still can't find his shot, finishing just 3-of-11 from the field after shooting 32.2 percent in his previous four games. Lowry said that his elbow is a non-issue, so he's basially just struggling to get out of a shooting slump. "We’re going to ride or die with DeMar [DeRozan] and Kyle [Lowry]," Dwane Casey said. "They haven’t shot the ball great, but it’s still basketball. We’re going to go with them, they’re our star players, they’re all-stars for a reason and we’re trying, as a coach and as a staff, to try to put them in the best position to be successful." DeRozan got on track in Game 5, so hopefully it's Lowry's turn in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:11 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan drops 34, Raptors win Game 5
    DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points on 10-of-22 shooting in Tuesday's Game 5 win over the Pacers, giving the Raptors a 3-2 series lead.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey said before the game that he wanted to get DeRozan going on the offensive end, so give him credit for making an adjustment. "I've got to do a better job of getting DeMar quick, cleaner looks, to get him open a little bit better," Casey said. "We've got to have [DeRozan] playing at a high level to have a chance to win this series. It's up to me and the staff to come up with something." DeRozan also hit 12-of-13 from the line, adding three boards, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers after failing to hit any treys in the first four games of the series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:05 pm
  • Jeff Green expected to start Wednesday
    Jeff Green is expected to move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's Game 5 against Portland.

    Advice: Blake Griffin (quad) is going to miss the remainder of the postseason for Los Angeles, so the starting four-spot is Green's to lose. He'll be taking on a much larger role on offense with Chris Paul (hand) also done for the year, so he'll be a reasonable guy to consider in DFS with his minutes set to spike to the mid-30s. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:32 pm
  • Austin Rivers expected to start Wednesday
    Austin Rivers is expected to start at point guard for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Blazers, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN.

    Advice: Chris Paul (hand) will be sidelined for at least the next 4-6 weeks, meaning that Rivers should be the Clippers starting point guard the rest of the way. Consistency tends to be a major issue with Rivers, but with both CP3 and Blake Griffin (quad) on the sidelines, he's going to have a ton of opportunity coming his way. He'll be on the radar as a potential DFS target on Wednesday night. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:30 pm
  • J.J. Redick (heel) participates at practice
    J.J. Redick (heel) was spotted getting up some jumpers following Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Redick's nagging heel injury appeared to affect his play during Monday's Game 4 loss to the Blazers, but it's a good sign that he was able to go through Tuesday's practice. With Chris Paul (hand) and Blake Griffin (quad) done for the remainder of the postseason, Redick is going to be asked to step it up in a big way on the offensive end. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:58 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) questionable for Game 5
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Heat.

    Advice: Steve Clifford did say that Batum was feeling better on Tuesday, although they won't make an official decision until closer to Wednesday's tip. He'll likely be a game-time call, but if he's out, Jeremy Lin will be the primary beneficiary while Frank Kaminsky will have another opportunity to start. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:54 pm
  • Deron Williams will have surgery for hernia
    Deron Williams said that his sports hernia has gotten worse, and he will undergo surgery to correct the issue in about one month.

    Advice: Williams is going to give his adductor a month of rest before going under the knife to correct the hernia, but his timetable is expected to be set at 6-weeks once he undergoes his procedure. Williams said that he hopes to return with the Mavs next season, but he hasn't officially decided whether or not to pick up his player option worth $5.6 million. After injuries again limited Williams to just 65 games played during the 2015-16 season, it's unlikely he could secure a better deal on the open market. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:29 am
  • Mike Conley looking forward to free agency
    Mike Conley is looking forward to free agency and expects it to be a fun process.

    Advice: While saying his decision is different than Marc Gasol's to re-sign with Memphis last summer, Conley sounded excited for free agency. "This summer will be a fun one for me," Conley said. "Free agency is new for me. We’ll see how it goes." Conley is considered to be the best point guard available this summer and will have no shortage of suitors. He could see a bit of a bump in fantasy value in a new locale, but the Grizzlies are expected to do everything they can to bring Conley back. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:02 am
  • Damian Lillard scores just 12 points vs. LAC
    Damian Lillard scored 4-of-15 from the field for 12 points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Things are going to be a little easier on Lillard now that Chris Paul (hand) is out. CP3 has pretty much had his number in every game against him with the exception of Game 3. Lillard should bounce back on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:52 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 12 points vs. Blazers
    Jamal Crawford scored 12 points during a 98-84 loss to the Blazers on Monday, adding five rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He is going to have to be the top-scoring guard now with Chris Paul (hand) out. Crawford exploded for 30 points back on Apr. 8 when the Clippers rested most of their players against the Jazz, so expect plenty of scoring chances the rest of the way. He'll be a highly-owned player in DFS for Game 5. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:43 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 17 points vs. Blazers
    Jeff Green scored 17 points with five rebounds and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He is likely headed for a bigger role in Game 5. Chris Paul (hand) won't be playing while Blake Griffin (quad) could miss some action, as well. Green does a lot of scoring in isolation, so he shouldn't be affected negatively with the loss of CP3. He's on the radar as a DFS play. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:39 pm
  • Austin Rivers headed for more run
    Austin Rivers scored four points with two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 23 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He's probably going to start Game 5 in Los Angeles with Chris Paul (hand) likely out for the postseason. Rivers did turn in some decent starts this year, averaging 13.7 points, 2.7 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.0 treys in seven games. He'll be on the radar in DFS. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:32 pm
  • J.J. Redick plays through heel injury
    J.J. Redick scored eight points with two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He was clearly in some discomfort for this game. It looked like Redick's heel injury was going to be the biggest concern for the Clippers in this game, but Chris Paul (hand) and Blake Griffin (quad) getting hurt changed that. Even with more offensive responsibility, it is tough to count on Redick for DFS while he's hurting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:29 pm
  • Jeremy Lin scores 21 points in win vs. Heat
    Jeremy Lin scored 21 against the Heat on Monday, adding three assists, two steals, three turnovers and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Hornets have not missed Nicolas Batum (ankle) at all and most of it has to do with Lin. He was marvelous in Game 3 and has carried the Hornets second unit while getting 26 minutes next to Kemba Walker tonight. There's a chance Batum can make it back for Game 5, so that would likely hurt Lin. Although, he's been too good and coach Steve Clifford might have to find a way to get him more minutes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:32 pm
  • Josh Richardson struggles in 31 minutes
    Josh Richardson made 1-of-7 from the field for three points with four rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: He's finally in a slump. In his last five games, Richardson made just 26.4 percent from the field for 5.6 points per game. He is still getting minutes close to 30 as a second-string combo guard. It's still tough to trust Richardson in DFS due to low dimes and a low usage rate. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:46 pm
  • Stephen Curry (knee) could miss two weeks
    The MRI on Stephen Curry's knee was negative and showed no damage with a diagnosis of a Grade 1 sprain.

    Advice: This is good news. Curry will be re-evaluated in two weeks and the Warriors will undoubtedly be very careful with their MVP. He could still be out beyond this two-week prognosis as well. The Warriors will also be rooting for the Blazers to make it a long series to give them more time off. With Curry out, it'll be Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston handling the ball more. Plus, we'll see more shots and play-making chances for Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:25 pm
  • Stephen Curry tweets about his injury
    Stephen Curry (knee) tweeted he's going to be "alright" Monday afternoon.

    Advice: This doesn't really say much except that Curry likely received his diagnosis. Curry said "all things considered" in his tweet, so it does sound like he might have at least something wrong. We'll have a clearer update soon. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:09 pm
  • Allen Crabbe looking to bounce back vs. LAC
    Allen Crabbe admitted that he hasn't had the first round he'd like to vs. the Clippers to date.

    Advice: "Pretty self explanatory: I haven’t really had the series that I’ve wanted to," Crabbe said. "But we still have more games to play, so there’s no reason for me to dwell on what’s been done. Just go into tonight with a better attitude and change the things I haven’t been able to do." Terry Stotts isn't going to go away from his struggling player, saying "we need (Crabbe’s) minutes." Crabbe, who will be looking for other ways to contribute, has made just 2-of-12 shots for a total of six points through Portland's first three playoff games. Both of his made shots and all six points came in Game 1, so there's nowhere to go but up for a guy who has been scoreless on 0-of-7 shooting over his last two contests. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:10 am
  • J.J. Redick expects heel to be ongoing issue
    J.J. Redick said that he expects his heel to be an ongoing issue for the remainder of the postseason.

    Advice: Redick may play a little less than usual when allowable, but the Clippers ride their starters hard and Doc Rivers will play his sharpshooter as many minutes as he can handle. If Redick is forced into limited action or not playing at any juncture, Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers would see some additional playing time. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:47 am
  • Lance Stephenson wants to return to Memphis
    Lance Stephenson said that he'd like to return to the Grizzlies next season.

    Advice: The Grizzlies hold a $9.5M option on Stephenson for next season, and the enigmatic swingman is hoping that he's found his new NBA home. If Memphis declines the option, Stephenson showed enough that he'll earn another chance somewhere, but it's not going to be at the rate of more than nine million dollars annually. As an aside, Born Ready plans to use his offseason in order to improve defensively in addition to working to become a better player off the ball. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:56 am
  • Mike Conley says money won't be decider in FA
    Mike Conley said that money will not be the "deciding factor" in his upcoming free agency.

    Advice: This is pretty much standard language at this stage of the game, so there is no real takeaway here now that the Grizzlies have concluded their season. Memphis can offer him an additional season on a five-year deal while every other club will be limited to a four-year offer, and the franchise has been adamant that they'll do whatever it takes to bring Conley back into the fold. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:46 am
  • Casey suggests change in approach for DeRozan
    Dwane Casey hinted that DeMar DeRozan may have to change his approach vs. the Pacers in Toronto's opening round playoff series.

    Advice: "He may have to be a facilitator," Casey said. "He's our leading scorer, he's gotta take the shots that are there, but in other situations, where they're taking him out, he understand that [he has to] move the ball." Through four games in a 2-2 series, DeRozan is shooting just 21-of-71 (29.6 percent) from the field with 13 assists and 13 turnovers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:17 am
  • Nicolas Batum (ankle) will not play in Game 4
    Nicolas Batum (ankle) will not play in Monday's Game 4 vs. Miami.

    Advice: It would have been an enormous surprise had Batum been able to get back out there after sitting for just a single game, so he'll again be forced to watch from the sidelines. As a result of Batum's absence, the Hornets will stick with the same starting lineup that worked in Game 3. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:16 am
  • Kyle Lowry says elbow injury is a non-issue
    Kyle Lowry said his elbow injury is a non-issue and unrelated to his current shooting slump.

    Advice: "Nope. I’m just missing shots. I get some good looks, but I’m just missing shots," Lowry said. Until if and when K-Low starts making shots, he'll continue to get questions about whether or not his elbow is hampering his play. Through his first four playoff games in 2-16, Lowry is shooting just 19-of-59 (25.4 percent) from the field. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:08 am
  • Report: Steph Curry could have MCL sprain
    The Warriors "early fear" is that Steph Curry sustained a right MCL sprain, a source told Sam Amick of USA Today.

    Advice: San Francisco sportscaster Mike Shumann of ABC 7 reported the same thing late on Sunday evening, so there is certainly some smoke behind this potential fire. We won't have an official diagnosis until the Warriors release Curry's MRI results, and his timetable to return will be dependent upon on the severity of the sprain if the early intel is proven accurate. We'd expect him to miss at least the remainder of the first round with the very real potential for more time off. Without Curry, Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and every other member of the team will be forced to step up. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:24 am
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 28 points in comeback
    Isaiah Thomas followed up his career game on Friday with 28 points during Game 4, making 11-of-23 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs with six assists, four rebounds, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: Better yet, Thomas committed only one turnover in 43 minutes. The Hawks couldn't keep him out of the paint on Friday, and although he wasn't as successful tonight (4-of-8 from within four feet) he still made critical shots when Boston needed a lift. The All-Star guard is giving Atlanta all they can handle and more this series, averaging 28.3 points and 3.0 triples through four games. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:15 pm
  • Stephen Curry (knee) will have an MRI Monday
    Stephen Curry (sprained knee) will have an MRI on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Steve Kerr said that Curry wanted to play in the second half, but the Warriors made the decision to hold him out which was probably the right call. Kerr didn't make it sound like he's expecting a quick return for Curry, so it's hard to imagine him playing in Game 5 on Wednesday. Hopefully we will get a timetable after the Warriors release the results of the MRI on Monday. Shaun Livingston will benefit if Curry misses time along with Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:42 pm
  • Stephen Curry (sprained knee) out for game
    Stephen Curry (sprained knee) will not return on Sunday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: He tried to warm up prior to the second half, but he didn't like how his knee felt and he went straight back to the locker room after a brief conversation with coach Steve Kerr and the training staff. Curry was reportedly in tears when the Warriors ruled him out and he will remain in the locker room for the rest of the game to get treatment. There isn't enough information right now to speculate on a timetable, but there should be an update after the game. Shaun Livingston started the second half and will now have to run the offense along with Draymond Green. Curry finished with six points on 2-of-9 shooting with five assists, one steal and one trey. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:27 pm
  • Stephen Curry (knee) goes to locker room
    Stephen Curry (knee) limped to the locker room prior to halftime on Sunday vs. Houston.

    Advice: He was running back on defense when he slipped and had an awkward fall, but he did try to jog it off on the way back to the locker room (with an obvious limp). Hopefully it's nothing serious, but we'll have an update momentarily. You can check out the incident in the link below. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:03 pm
  • Lance Stephenson scores 26, MEM eliminated
    Lance Stephenson's 26 points (11-of-19 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) weren't enough in a 116-95 loss on Sunday, as the Grizzlies were swept by the Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: Stephenson didn't do much in Game 2 or Game 3, but he came to play tonight and has been a solid addition to the Memphis roster. He had a great stretch of 15 games in March when he put up averages of 15.1 points, 4.9 boards, 2.9 assists and 0.9 steals for the shorthanded Grizzlies, but it remains to be seen if that will be enough to entice Memphis to exercise his team option for next season worth just under $9.5 million. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:09 pm
  • Deron Williams (hernia) is out for the season
    Deron Williams (hernia) will not play again this season.

    Advice: This was the expectation all along and the move makes sense because D-Will has been struggling to play through the issue for weeks now. Raymond Felton should benefit the most following this news, while J.J. Barea (groin) will have to step up as well even though he isn't 100 percent. Additionally, there should be more minutes available for both Devin Harris and Justin Anderson. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:11 pm
  • Stephen Curry (ankle) will play on Sunday
    Stephen Curry (ankle) will play in Game 4 on Sunday vs. Houston.

    Advice: He made it through warmups without any problems and was even launching half-court shots. Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned that he will be watching Curry's minutes closely in case he looks winded, but his owners should obviously still start him. We'll have an update after the game. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:53 am
  • Batum will not rule himself out for Game 4
    Nicolas Batum (ankle/foot) will not rule himself out for Game 4 on Monday and the Hornets listed him as questionable.

    Advice: He said on Saturday that his sprained left ankle is "surprisingly much better," and added on Sunday that it has continued to improve. Batum will get more treatment around the clock, so we should have an official update at the morning shootaround. If he is able to play, both Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lin will lose some appeal in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:55 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 32 points in win vs. LA
    Damian Lillard matched his playoff career-high 32 points during a 96-88 win over the Clippers in Game 3 on Saturday, adding five rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Finally. Lillard was not at his best in the first two games in these playoffs, averaging just 19.0 points, 5.5 dimes, 0.5 steals and 1.5 treys. Chris Paul had Lillard's number for most of the season, making just 32.4 percent from the field during the regular season against the Clippers. Still, Lillard should be ready to roll in Game 4 as the Blazers try to tie this thing up. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:42 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 19 points in loss
    Jamal Crawford scored 19 points with three rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 30 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He was terrible in the first half and turned it on late. Crawford made 1-of-6 from the field to start the game and picked it up down the stretch like he usually does. He was the first player ever to win three Sixth Man of the Year awards and has plenty of miles left on his tires at age 36. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:18 pm
  • Deron Williams is likely out for playoffs
    Coach Rick Carlisle said Deron Williams (hernia) is likely out for the rest of the postseason.

    Advice: He lasted just 89 seconds in Game 4 before tapping out, so there's really no chance Williams can make it through a game. With Williams out, it'll be a team effort of J.J. Barea, Raymond Felton, Justin Anderson and Devin Harris stepping up. Felton and Anderson look to be the most appealing based on their prices in DFS. Plus, Barea was hurting on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:41 pm
  • Jeremy Lin scores 18 off bench; Hornets win
    Jeremy Lin propelled the Hornets to a Game 3 96-80 victory on Saturday with his 18 points in 26 minutes off the bench, adding four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored 13 points in the first half to get the Hornets going early. Lin played close to mistake-free ball with no turnovers and his defense was better than usual, as well. This was huge for the Hornets because Kemba Walker didn't have it with only 17 points, three rebounds and seven assists in 37 minutes. Lin did log 10 minutes as the backup point guard to go with his 16 minutes on the wing. The Hornets won their first playoff game since 2002 and will look to get another win on Monday to tie up the series. Lin should be in the mix yet again now that Nicolas Batum (ankle) is likely out for the series. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:02 pm
  • Deron Williams (hernia) out for game
    Deron Williams went to the locker room with 10 minutes left in the first quarter on Saturday and will not return.

    Advice: Well, that's not a good start. Williams is likely done for the series here with his lingering sports hernia issue. He might get treatment, but expect him to be limited the rest of the year. We'll see more Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:16 pm
  • Deron Williams in the starting lineup
    Deron Williams (hernia) will start on Saturday.

    Advice: The Mavs will be watching him closely all game due to his sports hernia. His status makes J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton less appealing here. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:52 pm
  • Rick Carlisle thinks Deron Williams will play
    Coach Rick Carlisle thinks Deron Williams (hernia) will play against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He doesn't know for sure and Carlisle said it will be a challenge to manage his minutes. Williams is still a game-time call and we might not know anything concrete until just before tip. For now, DFS owners might want to look to use their salary elsewhere in late-swap formats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:30 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores just 12; Raptors tied 2-2
    Kyle Lowry made 4-of-12 from the field for 12 points during a Game 4 100-83 loss to the Pacers on Saturday, adding three rebounds, five assists, one steal, three turnovers and six fouls.

    Advice: The Raptors were torched early and had a terrible finish, as well. Like fellow All-Star DeMar DeRozan, Lowry is struggling big time in this series, averaging 15.5 points, 4.0 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.3 treys on 32.2 percent from the field in four games. The Raptors have a lot of work to do before Game 5. Lowry will be a risky player to use. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:13 pm
  • Cory Joseph goes scoreless in loss
    Cory Joseph did not score in 14 minutes on Saturday with one rebound, three steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: He was one of the better bench players in the playoffs, but he just didn't have it today. Joseph didn't get as many minutes at off guard in this game and it'll be interesting to see what coach Dwane Casey does going forward. It'll be tough to use him in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:46 pm
  • DeMar DePlorable: DeRozan struggles again
    DeMar DeRozan turned in another dud on Saturday during a Game 4 loss to the Pacers, making 4-of-15 from the field for eight points with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and six turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't go to the line, so scoring eight points while ending 21 possessions is a disaster. DeRozan has been by far the most disappointing All-Star in the postseason and he is just trying to make plays that are not there at all. Coach Dwane Casey should have cut his minutes in the fourth, but he stuck with him. Even with his price dropping in DFS, you cannot use him. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:42 pm
  • Deron Williams (hernia) is a game-time call
    Deron Williams (hernia) will be a game-time call on Saturday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Dallas coach Rick Carlisle simply said that there's a "chance" that D-Will play, but it will depend on how he feels during pre-game warmups. Williams was in "excruciating pain" prior to Game 3 which is why he sat out of that contest, so it's a good sign that he even has a shot to play tonight. He will be a risky player to use in DFS, but if he does play that will also dampen the fantasy appeal of Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:21 am
  • Deron Williams (hernia) questionable for Sat
    Deron Williams (hernia) is questionable to play against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not play in Game 3 and he may be the most likely player to miss this game. If he is out, Devin Harris, Raymond Felton and possibly Justin Anderson (shoulder) would play more. J.J. Barea is also expected to play, but may be limited. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:09 am
  • Stanley Johnson scored nine points
    Stanley Johnson scored nine points with one rebound in 14 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He got off to a quick start in the first half with all nine points in his eight first-half minutes. Johnson has been in the news for his off-court comments saying he was in LeBron James' head. The rookie was pretty solid yet again tonight and has shown a lot of promise. He's still only a punt in DFS during this series. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:56 pm
  • J.J. Redick (bruised heel) is feeling better
    J.J. Redick said his bruised heel felt better after Game 2 than it did in Game 1.

    Advice: He is going to play in Game 3, but there is some talk of his minutes taking a small hit. If that is true, there should be a few minutes going to Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford. There really isn't much fantasy fallout from this news. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:09 pm
  • J.J. Redick (heel) could see reduced minutes?
    Clippers coach Doc Rivers may try to reduce J.J. Redick's workload because his heel is still bothering him.

    Advice: "Yeah, it definitely has an impact, I think with his movement, for sure," Rivers said. "I think as the game goes on I’m trying to figure out how to rest him." Redick will be held out of practice prior to Game 3 on Saturday, and he admitted that his heal is very sore. "It’s something that I have to continue to monitor and take care of. To be honest, it’s very sore. And after Sunday’s game it was pretty sore the last few days. So it’s just something that, hopefully, will heal. But it’s going to take time." Redick scored 17 points in both Game 1 and Game 2 and played around 27 minutes in each, so it will be interesting to see how Rivers handles his minutes on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:17 am
  • Carlisle unsure if Deron Williams will play
    Dallas coach Rick Carlisle is unsure if Deron Williams (hernia) will be able to play in Game 4 on Saturday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: "I don't, no," Carlisle said when asked if he knew D-Will's status. "I would say it's possible. But I don't have an answer. But we didn't lose the game because D-Will didn't play. He's a great player, and he would help us." Williams didn't sound too optimistic when he was asked, saying that he didn't feel like he could even run prior to Game 3. "It hurt pretty bad the last game, to the point where I didn't feel like I could run [in Game 3]," Williams said. "But we'll see how it is Saturday. We're taking it day by day." If D-Will misses another game, J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton will handle the majority of the workload in the backcourt. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:01 am
  • Kyle Lowry scores 21 points in win
    Kyle Lowry scored 21 points with eight assists, four boards, one steal and four 3-pointers in Thursday's win over the Pacers.

    Advice: He still wasn't very efficient from the field, shooting 8-of-21 with a couple of turnovers, but he looked much better than he did in the first two games of the series. Lowry is only shooting 31.9 percent in this series, so that obviously has to improve if the Raptors want to make a lengthy playoff run. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:48 pm
  • DeRozan scores 21, TOR leads series 2-1
    DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points on 7-of-19 shooting in Thursday's 101-85 win over the Pacers, giving the Raptors a 2-1 series lead.

    Advice: Much better. He shot a combined 27.0 percent from the field in the first two games of the series, so Indiana is going to have their hands full if both DeRozan and Kyle Lowry (21 points) start clicking on offense again. DeRozan added three assists, two boards and two steals in 36 minutes and will try to help his team take a commanding series lead with a win in Game 4 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:41 pm
  • J.J. Redick won't practice prior to Game 3
    Doc Rivers said that J.J. Redick (bruised left heel) will not practice prior to Game 3.

    Advice: It's not uncommon for guys to take a practice off here and there during the postseason to rest, and there's currently no reason to believe Redick is in any danger of spending Saturday's Game 3 on the sidelines. Redick has been solid for the first two games of the Clippers' first-round series, owning averages of 17.0 points and 2.0 triples per game on 55.6 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:46 pm
  • Jamal Crawford accepts 3rd Sixth Man Award
    Jamal Crawford accepted his third Sixth Man of the Year award on Wednesday, going on to post 11 points, four assists and two rebounds in 27 minutes vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Crawford has the most Sixth Man awards in NBA history, eclipsing two-time winners Kevin McHale, Detlef Schrempf and Ricky Pierce. He wasn't the only Clippers' reserve guard to merit attention tonight, as Austin Rivers aided a solid bench effort with nine points in 21 minutes, helping L.A. head into Game 3 with a wave of momentum. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:41 pm
  • J.J. Redick gets hot in 1st quarter, as usual
    J.J. Redick's bruised heel didn't seem to bother him on Wednesday as he picked up 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting with three 3-pointers and one rebound in just 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Clippers frequently look for Redick as an early scoring option but he tends to take a backseat as the game progresses -- he ranked 49th in scoring overall this season at 16.3 ppg, but was 20th in first-quarter scoring (5.6 points in the quarter). True to form, he scored 11 of his 17 points in the first frame tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:37 pm
  • Damian Lillard shoots 6-of-22 in Game 2 loss
    The Clippers contained Damian Lillard during Game 2, as he finished with 17 points on 6-of-22 shooting, six rebounds, three assists, four turnovers and zero 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: L.A.'s defensive gameplan is centered around stopping Lillard. "They go as Damian goes," Austin Rivers said after Game 1. "Our focus was to stop him and limit everybody else as well." He's being trapped on many possessions but the biggest issue is Chris Paul's individual defense, which forces Dame to work hard for looks he usually gets at will. Whether Portland plays him off-ball more often or finds another way to spring him loose, they need their leading scorer to heat up at home on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:23 pm
  • Josh Richardson snaps slump, scores 15 points
    Josh Richardson finished Game 2 with 15 points in 31 minutes off Miami's bench, making 5-of-9 shots with two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: The Heat have now won six consecutive playoff games vs. the Hornets. They made their final 10 field goals of the second quarter tonight, scoring a franchise playoff-record 43 points in the frame, and Richardson's contributions bode well going forward -- the rookie came in shooting a mere 24.2 percent in his previous six games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:53 pm
  • Grizzlies confident to sign Mike Conley
    General manager Chris Wallace is confident the Grizzlies will be able to re-sign Mike Conley (Achilles).

    Advice: "We are undefeated in re-signing our core players, and we will remain so," Wallace said. "We are going to re-sign Mike Conley." Conley was Wallace's first impact move when he became GM back in 2007, but there are some reports Conley could be headed out of town. He'll be one of the most coveted players in July. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:03 pm
  • Van Gundy praises Stanley Johnson's defense
    Stan Van Gundy praised Stanley Johnson's effort on the defensive end during a recent interview.

    Advice: "Where he has his best chance at excellence, greatness, is on the defensive end," said Van Gundy. "He’s got really quick feet, great strength and can guard multiple positions — can probably guard one through four, which makes him a very valuable and unique guy." Johnson displayed some solid defense in his 16 minutes of action during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Cavs, and that solid defensive effort likely earned him some more minutes for Game 2. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:22 am
  • X factor? Stephenson plays just nine minutes
    Lance Stephenson played just nine minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday, scoring four points on 2-of-7 shooting with one assist.

    Advice: Remember when coach Dave Joerger said that Stephenson would be the X factor in this series? Well, it isn't working out. Born Ready actually played decent in Game 1 with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, but he was pulled pretty quickly tonight. He is going to be a volatile fantasy option for the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:31 pm
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