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  • Nene could start in Game 1 vs. Chicago
    Nene was spotted in a blue practice jersey on Saturday, which suggests that he was practicing with the first unit and could start on Sunday vs. Chicago.

    Advice: Neither Nene nor Wizards coach Randy Wittman gave a definitive answer as to whether Nene would start or not, but given the need for Nene's interior presence it wouldn't be shocking to see the Brazilian big man start. Rotoworld.com
    49 minutes ago
  • Roy Hibbert: 'I'm the weak link on defense'
    A dejected Roy Hibbert stated, "I'm the weak link on defense," following Saturday's game one loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

    Advice: Hibbert has been unrecognizable for the past few months, and the last two weeks have been particularly awful. Since being benched versus Atlanta on April 6, Hibbert has shot 7-of-37 (18.9percent) from the field totaling 17 points through five games. To make matters worse Hibbert is being forced out towards the perimeter as he's tasked with guarding Atlanta's Pero Antic, and that has clearly made him uncomfortable. Hibbert is in jeopardy of being benched in favor of Luis Scola or Ian Mahinmi, and that's not exactly what you'd want from a guy who pulled in $14.2 million this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:21 am
  • Zach Randolph goes for 21 & 11 in Game 1
    Zach Randolph had 21 points, 11 rebounds and a block in Saturday's Game 1 loss, but hit just 7-of-21 shots on the night.

    Advice: Z-Bo is definitely a key to the beating the Thunder, but he'll have to play very well if the Grizzlies are going to get any wins against the Thunder. He was solid tonight, but wasn't enough. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Serge Ibaka with complete game in win
    Serge Ibaka had 17 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in a Game 1 win over Memphis.

    Advice: Ibaka is a very popular first-round pick in playoff leagues, as blocked shots tend to be worth a lot of points, while the Thunder have an excellent chance of getting to the Finals. Ibaka didn't disappoint in Game 1. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Roy Hibbert doesn't block a shot vs. Hawks
    Roy Hibbert hit 4-of-9 shots for eight points, eight rebounds and zero blocks in Saturday's 101-93 Game 1 loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: Hibbert has a terrible match up with Pero Antic (8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 3-pointers) and could find himself benched for much of this series, because Antic plays mainly on the perimeter. Hibbert has been struggling for some time and this series should offer more of the same. And if the Pacers don't figure things out quickly, they're going to make an early exit and heads will likely roll in Indy. Not only did Hibbert fail to block a shot, but he had his shot blocked by Kyle Korver. Yes, Kyle Korver. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:55 pm
  • Blake Griffin fouls out in 19 minutes
    Blake Griffin fouled out in 19 minutes during Saturday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: He finished with 16 points, three rebounds, three assists and one block but his absence down the stretch proved critical in the Clippers' four-point defeat. A few of his fouls were very questionable, and if nothing else he'll be rested and out for vengeance during Monday's Game 2 rematch. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:51 pm
  • David Lee shines as Warriors win Gm 1 in L.A.
    David Lee looked great in the Warriors' Game 1 victory on Saturday, scoring 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting with 13 rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Lee played solid post defense and drew a number of fouls against Blake Griffin, who eventually fouled out in 19 minutes. His recent hamstring injury led to some concern about his conditioning, as he hadn't played more than 33 minutes in the past three weeks, but Saturday's performance was a clear indication that the ambidextrous PF is healthy and ready to go. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:49 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan double-doubles w/ five blocks
    DeAndre Jordan blocked five shots with 11 points and 14 rebounds on Saturday, but he turned the ball over seven times and missed 5-of-8 free throws in L.A.'s Game 1 defeat.

    Advice: Blake Griffin was mired in early foul trouble so Jordan barely left the court in the first half, and to his credit he knocked down a pair of critical free throws late in the game after being intentionally fouled. With Andrew Bogut (ribs) unavailable for Golden State, Jordan should have a big first-round series against backup centers Jermaine O'Neal and Marreese Speights. Rotoworld.com
  • Amir Johnson (ankle) plays 21 minutes in loss
    Amir Johnson (ankle) was a non-factor in the Raptors' Game 1 defeat, scoring two points with three rebounds in just 21 minutes of action.

    Advice: If Johnson's matchup with Paul Pierce is a key to the series the Raptors might be in trouble, as he couldn't take advantage of Pierce in the paint offensively and couldn't defend him on the other end. Johnson's recently sprained ankle is part of the problem and he's unlikely to be 100 percent for Game 2 on Tuesday, so the Raptors may once again lean heavily on Patrick Patterson (nine points, five rebounds in 26 minutes). Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:50 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas w/ Raptors-record 17 boards
    Jonas Valanciunas set a new Raptors' postseason record with 18 rebounds in Saturday's tough home loss to the Nets, while scoring 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting.

    Advice: Valanciunas added two assists and two blocks. He turned the ball over six times but the Raptors wouldn't have stood a chance without his activity in the paint. JV's playing time and production have steadily increased since the All-Star break and he'll need to have a great series for Toronto to overcome their early 0-1 deficit. Rotoworld.com
  • Joakim Noah (bereavement) back at practice
    Joakim Noah (bereavement) returned to practice on Saturday after sitting out on Friday.

    Advice: Noah will be ready for the Bulls' playoff opener vs. Washington on Sunday, which Chicago is heavily favored to win. Wizards center Marcin Gortat averaged 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds after the All-Star break, but he's unlikely to have so much success while facing Noah on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:39 am
  • Rockets may pair Dwight Howard & Omer Asik
    Rockets coach Kevin McHale said that "it's possible" he'll pair Dwight Howard and Omer Asik for stretches vs. the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: "We haven't done it a lot lately," he said. "They were effective earlier [this season] at stages, and this might be one of those games where if we're having a heck of a time with Aldridge we might try one of our big centers on him." Terrence Jones will get the first chance to slow Aldridge down, but he struggled with the matchup this season and his success or failure will be a key facet of Houston's first-round matchup. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:45 am
  • Tim Duncan ready to play increased minutes
    Tim Duncan said that it would be "perfect" if he averaged 33-35 minutes per game in the playoffs.

    Advice: "I look forward to [a bigger workload]," Duncan said. "I feel good right now. I'm in shape and healthy and ready to take on those extra minutes." He hyper-extended his knee on April 10 but didn't miss any time with the injury, and Gregg Popovich's cautious management of his players should be a key to the Spurs' postseason success -- the Spurs are the only team in the league that didn't have a single player averaging 30 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:12 am
  • Amir Johnson (ankle) ready to play vs. Nets
    Amir Johnson said that his ankle feels "good" as he prepares to defend Paul Pierce in the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: It's a tough matchup for Johnson and it will be even harder if his ankle limits his mobility. Since the All-Star break Johnson has averaged 10.4 points on 60.0 percent shooting, with 6.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:29 am
  • Raptors may tweak big man rotation vs. Nets
    Raptors coach Dwane Casey said that his team's versatility will be "huge" in their first-round matchup vs. the Nets, who have found success with Paul Pierce starting at PF.

    Advice: Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson will start in the backcourt, with Patrick Patterson as the first big man off the bench, but the distribution of playing time will be a game-by-game decision. "If we stay big we've got to really pound the boards and take advantage of it if they stay small," Casey said. "But at the same time they're such a lethal three-point shooting team ... if we're getting killed with three-point shooting then we'll have to make some adjustments." Rotoworld.com
  • Alex Len will stay in Phoenix to train
    Suns rookie Alex Len plans to stay in Phoenix this summer, where he'll be "getting healthy, getting stronger and getting better."

    Advice: "Missing last summer hurt me a lot," said Len, who struggled with injuries and averaged 2.0 points on 42.3 percent shooting as a rookie. "I just need to try to play as much as I can because the game was too fast for me this year. It is going to slow down with getting playing time." Len has considerable upside but we'll need to see it on the court before recommending him as a fantasy pick next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:29 am
  • Darrell Arthur planning to pick up option
    Darrell Arthur is planning to pick up his player option of $3.4 million this offseason.

    Advice: It's kind of a no-brainer for Arthur after yet another injury-plagued season. He played just 17.1 minutes per game and couldn't really get much playing time despite the Nuggets having very little depth down the stretch. He The 26-year-old forward won't have much fantasy value next season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:18 pm
  • Vogel still not sure on his rotation
    Coach Frank Vogel said he'll adjust his rotations on a game-by-game basis during the playoffs.

    Advice: "It'll vary night by night and we'll see how the flow of the game is going," Vogel said. The first player that comes to mind here is Roy Hibbert. He's been yanked from games on several occasions and has quickly become a huge liability on offense. In fact, he had the second-worst effective field goal percentage among qualifiers this season and looked as slow as his teammate Andrew Bynum. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:52 pm
  • The Warriors recalled Ognjen Kuzmic on Friday
    The Warriors recalled Ognjen Kuzmic from the D-League on Friday.

    Advice: He was sent to the D-League for extra playing time against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Kuzmic grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds in the win. In three D-League games he posted averages of 20.3 points, 15.3 rebounds, and shot an outstanding 77.1 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:36 pm
  • Kupchak: Pau Gasol is a priority this summer
    General manager Mitch Kupchak said on Friday that Pau Gasol is a "priority" this offseason.

    Advice: "If you look at the free agents, there probably isn't anyone as good as Pau on the board," Kupchak said. While this isn't a surprising quote, the Lakers should certainly look to bring Pau back despite their ending result on the standings. He finished with averages of 17.4 points, 9.7 boards and 1.5 blocks, so he'll be a high pick in fantasy leagues next year. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:45 am
     
    Player Note
    Pau Gasol LAL - PF,C
    Injured
  • Joakim Noah (bereavement) skips practice
    Joakim Noah (personal) did not practice Friday.

    Advice: Noah was excused for bereavement reasons. He's in New York, but is expected to rejoin the team in Chicago Saturday. The Bulls open up their first-round series against the Wizards at 7pm ET on Sunday night. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:47 am
  • Nerlens Noel plans to play in Summer League
    Nerlens Noel (knee) expects to play in Summer League.

    Advice: It's time for the bubble wrap to come off Noel, who tore his ACL in February of 2013. He was participating in 5-on-5 scrimmages with the Sixers for the final couple weeks and is not expecting to have any restrictions this summer. Noel, now up to 228 pounds, is a name to monitor very closely ahead of 2014-15 fantasy drafts. He averaged 9.1 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 2.1 steals as a freshman at Kentucky. Those defensive skills typically translate quickly to the NBA level. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:38 am
     
    Injured
    W, 100-87 @ Mia
  • Al Horford won't make it back for playoffs
    Al Horford (pectoral) is out for the entire preseason.

    Advice: Fans were holding out hope that Horford could make a return if the Hawks upset the Pacers and advance to Round 2. It's not happening. Horford has torn each of his pectorals in the last three years and this tear is considered more severe. He's concentrating on getting healthy for 2014-15, where he'll be a risk/reward kind of fantasy play. Horford was averaging 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks on 56.7 percent shooting in the 29 games before his December injury. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:32 am
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    Injured
  • Report: Joel will exercise player option
    A source tells CSNNW.com that Celtics F/C Joel Anthony will exercise his player option for the 2014/15 season.

    Advice: It's a no-brainer decision for Anthony as he'll earn a guaranteed $3.8 million next season and then become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2015. He averaged 7.1 minutes per game in 21 appearances for the Celtics this season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:29 am
  • Enes Kanter was 'miffed' by lack of minutes
    Enes Kanter was "clearly miffed" at not receiving more playing time this season.

    Advice: "They told us it was a rebuilding year," Kanter said as the Jazz packed up their things. "If we are not winning a championship, why are the young guys not more together?" It's a very, very valid point. Kanter often lost minutes to guys like Marvin Williams and Richard Jefferson, finishing at 26.7 minutes a night on 37 starts. He'd benefit from a coaching change. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:24 am
  • Pau Gasol says he could be done with Lakers
    Pau Gasol admitted his time with the Lakers could be over during his exit interview on Thursday.

    Advice: "I'll be in charge of my future and my destiny," Gasol said. "This could be my last day [with the Lakers], maybe." To be clear, this isn't really a big story or anything. There will be endless rumors about the Lakers considering their popularity and how they had the worst season of their history. Gasol will be an unrestricted free agent this summer after turning in a solid 2013-14 season based on statistical output. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:48 pm
     
    Player Note
    Pau Gasol LAL - PF,C
    Injured
  • Drummond turns in a massive season on boards
    Andre Drummond led the NBA this season with his 5.4 offensive rebounds per game, 19.6 rebounds per 48 minutes and 6.1 contested rebounds per game.

    Advice: Only DeAndre Jordan had more total rebounds per game than Drummond and it's obvious the 20-year-old big man has some ridiculous potential as a rebounder. He was also 10th in the NBA in blocks per game and was second among centers in steals per game. On the other hand, he did finish dead last among qualifiers for free throw shooting, but that's really the only knock on his game as a stat-stuffing player. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:14 pm
  • Vucevic hoping for extension from Orlando
    The Magic will be able to extend Nikola Vucevic's contract between July and November first, and he has said he'd like to stay in Orlando.

    Advice: If an extension isn't reached, Vucevic would be a restricted free agent next summer, giving the Magic the right to match any offer he may receive. Vucevic had a nice season that ended early due to an Achilles injury. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:06 am
     
    Injured
    L, 101-86 vs Ind
  • Joel Freeland makes a return
    Joel Freeland returned to action on Wednesday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He picked up some playing time with LaMarcus Aldridge and finally made it back after being on the active roster since Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:28 am
     
    Player Note
    Joel Freeland Por - SF,PF,C
    W, 110-104 vs LAC
  • DeAndre Jordan starts, then sits for Clips
    DeAndre Jordan started on Wednesday, but played just one minute before leaving with no stats.

    Advice: He's not hurt. He just wanted to say he started all 82 games this season, as well as keep his streak of 241 straight games played alive. He's good to go for the playoffs, along with Blake Griffin and the rest of the Clippers. They'll face the Warriors in Round 1. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:14 pm
  • Duncan, others ready for Spurs playoffs
    Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter sat out on Wednesday, but the Spurs are healthy and ready for their first-round match up with the Mavericks.

    Advice: The Spurs were 4-0 vs. the Mavs this season and the old guys got plenty of rest down the stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:51 pm
  • Blake Griffin serves suspension, ready to go
    Blake Griffin served his one-game suspension in Wednesday's finale and should be ready to go in Round 1 of the playoffs against the Warriors.

    Advice: Chris Paul took Wednesday off as well, along with J.J. Redick. All three players should be back in the starting lineup for Round 1 against the Warriors, although Redick is still not quite at 100 percent after a back injury. Glen Davis started for Griffin tonight, but had just seven points and seven rebounds in a somewhat disappointing performance. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:37 pm
  • David Lee, other Warriors ready to go
    David Lee, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jermaine O'Neal and Draymond Green all got a rest on Wednesday, but all should be ready to go for the playoffs.

    Advice: Lee is the most banged up of this bunch with a sore hamstring, while Andrew Bogut isn't likely to play in the postseason with a fractured rib. Expect everyone but Bogut to be ready to face the Clippers in Round 1. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:34 pm
  • Amir Johnson rolls ankle on Wednesday
    Amir Johnson looked to suffer an ankle injury against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: There has been no word from the team just yet, but he did play only 15 minutes after he seemed a bit hobbled. Johnson scored just two points with four boards, one assist and two turnovers in a loss. He'll need the two days off as the Raptors head into the playoffs. They'll face the Nets this weekend and if he's out, Patrick Patterson will take over at PF. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:20 pm
  • Cole Aldrich looks great on Wednesday night
    Cole Aldrich filled the stat sheet against the Raptors during a 95-92 win with 13 points, 16 boards, one assist, two steals and five blocks in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He had a double-double on Tuesday and finished the season about as well as anyone would have thought. Tyson Chandler did not play tonight and it allowed Aldrich to get serious run as the primary option in the paint. Aldrich was a lottery pick with the Thunder and there's a decent chance this will be his best game of his career from a fantasy standpoint. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:14 pm
  • Paul Millsap should be ready for playoffs
    Paul Millsap rested on Wednesday, but all indications are that he's ready to go for the playoffs.

    Advice: He's dealing with a sore thumb, but it will take a lot more than that to keep him out of the postseason. If you're in a playoff league, draft him as you normally would. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:05 pm
  • Roy Hibbert starts, more of the same in win
    Roy Hibbert started on a night when most other playoff regulars were sitting throughout the league, but looked about the same as he has since the All-Star break, hitting 1-of-7 shots for four points, seven rebounds and a block.

    Advice: If the goal was to improve Hibbert's confidence, or let him torch a bunch of scrubs, it didn't work. He played just 17 minutes, but it's hard to imagine a 1-of-7 shooting night doing anything for his psyche. And he's going to have to deal with Pero Antic in Round 1 of the playoffs, who will do his best to linger outside and keep Hibbert out of the paint. This may not end well. Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland led the Pacers with 19 points a piece, but you probably won't hear there name in these parts again this year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:25 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan to start, won't play much
    DeAndre Jordan is expected to start to keep his games played streak alive, but isn't expected to play a lot of minutes.

    Advice: If you can still sub him out, it's probably a good idea. Rotoworld.com
  • Enes Kanter out with sore knee
    Enes Kanter will miss Wednesday's finale with a sore knee.

    Advice: Here's a late benching we didn't see coming, and of course, news broke right at 7 p.m., making it nearly impossible to get him replaced in lineups. Kanter had a nice season, but it would have been a lot better had he not been stuck on the bench behind the likes of Marvin Williams. Next season should be a different story. Erik Murphy is available for the Jazz tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:02 pm
  • Omer Asik will not play on Wednesday
    Omer Asik will not play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's getting some rest tonight as the Rockets prepare for the Blazers in the first round of the playoffs. Donatas Motiejunas will back up Dwight Howard tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:01 pm
  • Tim Duncan, Marco Belinelli out for Spurs
    Tim Duncan and Marco Belinelli are out for the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: The kicker is that Gregg Popovich says he has no idea who he's going to start tonight. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:39 pm
  • Cole Aldrich will start on Wednesday
    Updating a previous item, Cole Aldrich will start against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had a double-double on Tuesday and will carry some momentum into tonight. He's a fantasy option with Tyson Chandler sitting out. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:36 pm
  • Cole Aldrich won't play on Monday
    Cole Aldrich will not play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Knicks won't have Tyson Chandler tonight and will likely give Jeremy Tyler some extra playing time. Aldrich looked good with a double-double on Tuesday, so his last game of the season was arguably one of his best. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:23 pm
  • Paul Millsap out for ATL, others 'available'
    Paul Millsap is expected to rest on Wednesday night against the Bucks, while the rest of the Hawks should be "available."

    Advice: Mike Scott looks like a good bet for success tonight, but while guys like Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver and Pero Antic are available, that doesn't mean they'll play heavy minutes. Be careful when selecting Hawks in daily lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:53 pm
  • Nene to play under 20 minutes on Wednesday
    Nene will play on Wednesday but he has "insisted" that the Wizards keep him under 20 minutes.

    Advice: He recently returned from a sprained MCL which he tweaked in his first game back, and Washington will proceed with due caution. He would sit out entirely if there were nothing at stake, but a win combined with a Nets loss would shift Washington up a seed in the playoff standings. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:10 am
  • David Lee will be rested Wed. vs. Nuggets
    David Lee will sit out Wednesday's game to get some rest.

    Advice: Lee's hamstring responded well to his recent return, and he dropped 25 points on 12-of-14 shooting on Monday, so his absence is truly a precaution. Marreese Speights will assume the starting PF job in his absence. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:03 am
  • Alex Len, Archie Goodwin will play Wednesday
    Suns rookies Alex Len and Archie Goodwin will play extended minutes in Wednesday's season finale.

    Advice: Goran Dragic is the only starter who will not play, but guys like Eric Bledsoe, Gerald Green, P.J. Tucker and Channing Frye will have their minutes curtailed in favor of player development. Len and Goodwin have played three minutes combined in April, as the Suns were focused on chasing a playoff spot, so it's nice to see them getting an opportunity to play. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:19 am
  • Griffin, Redick won't travel for Wednesday
    Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick will not travel to Portland for Wednesday's game against the Blazers.

    Advice: Well, that solves that. We knew Redick wouldn't play and Griffin is facing a suspension for picking up his 16th technical, so the move isn't all that surprising. Glen Davis and Darren Collison look like the best bets for success in their absence in Wednesday's finale. This also raises questions about how many minutes guys like Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan will play, but at least they're going to travel. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:28 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan with 13 & 6 in win
    DeAndre Jordan had 13 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in Tuesday's win, and will be getting some votes for the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

    Advice: He was a pleasant fantasy surprise this season, but could take it easy on Wednesday night. The Clippers can get the No. 2 seed with a win and a Thunder loss, but OKC tips off at 8 p.m. ET in Detroit. If they're up big, or have already won when LAC tips off, the Clippers will literally have nothing to play for. And we're guessing Doc Rivers will give his big names a rest if that's the case, and possibly even if the Thunder lose. Rotoworld.com
  • Blake Griffin scores 24, suspension looming
    Blake Griffin had 24 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block on 9-of-17 shooting, but also picked up his 16th technical foul on Tuesday, which will earn him a one-game suspension for Wednesday's game.

    Advice: He hit Timofey Mozgov in the face while following through on a block attempt, and while it wasn't intentional, it fits the definition of a technical foul. It could be rescinded and he could be allowed to play, but we're guessing Doc Rivers will take it easy on all the starters in a somewhat meaningless game. If the Thunder beat the Pistons, the Clippers are locked into the No. 3 seed in the West. Suspension or not, don't expect a lot from Blake on Wednesday. Look for the Thunder to try to beat the Pistons, as they play 2.5 hours prior to the Clippers tip off. And if it appears the Thunder will win when the Clippers tip off, the starters may all get a rest tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:38 pm
  • Griffin picks up 16th tech, suspension likely
    Blake Griffin picked up his 16th technical foul on Tuesday night, drawing an automatic suspension for Wednesday's game, if it's not rescinded.

    Advice: Griffin has already had three technical fouls rescinded this season and the NBA may call this one a "three strikes and you're out" situation. Griffin wasn't all that likely to play many minutes on Wednesday anyway, and given that there was no malicious intent to hurt Timofey Mozgov tonight, the league has a tough call to make. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:43 pm
  • Cole Aldrich goes for 13 & 13 off bench
    Cole Aldrich played 25 minutes off the bench and hit 4-of-6 shots for 13 points, 13 rebounds, a steal and a block in Tuesday's win over the Nets.

    Advice: This was basically the biggest game of Aldrich's non-storied career and simply suggests that he should have played more this season for the Knicks. With Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and possibly Tyson Chandler not likely to play on Wednesday, Aldrich should be in line for another nice night. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:17 pm
  • David Lee feels good after back-to-back set
    David Lee said that his hamstring felt better during Monday's game vs. the Wolves, during which he scored 25 points on 12-of-14 shooting.

    Advice: It was the second half of a back-to-back set, which makes his performance even more encouraging as the Warriors prepare to play without Andrew Bogut (broken rib). Head coach Mark Jackson said that he'll deploy a frontcourt of Lee and Draymond Green as needed, since Jermaine O'Neal can't play huge minutes, Festus Ezeli (knee) is still recovering, and Marreese Speights isn't much of a rim protector anyway. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:40 pm
  • Roy Hibbert will play first half on Wednesday
    Roy Hibbert will play vs. the Magic on Wednesday but he may sit out the second half.

    Advice: The Pacers may simply to trying to get Hibbert some traction before the playoffs. He's been dreadful over the past five games with a True Shooting percentage of just 29.2 percent, and a -12.6 net rating per 100 possessions. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:21 am
  • Spurs Big 3 could all play Wednesday
    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili all played on Monday, and all three could play in Wednesday's finale as part of Gregg Popovich's "controlled rest" plan.

    Advice: "You can't just sit for a week and then wait for Sunday and expect to be ready," Ginobili said. "We need to play, go up and down and feel good about ourselves." While their minutes and production might not be through the roof, it does sound like there's a decent chance most of the Spurs will be in action in a meaningless final game against the Lakers. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:35 am
  • Tim Duncan returned to action on Monday April 14. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:21 am
  • Lee posts 25 and nine; may sit out on Wed
    David Lee scored 25 points on 12-of-14 shooting with nine rebounds and two steals over 28 minutes on Monday against the Wolves.

    Advice: Lee reached for his hamstring at one point but it didn't seem to affect his play, but now that the Warriors have clinched their seeding Mark Jackson has already indicated that a lot of guys will rest. Lee will be at the top of that list, making him doubtful for Wednesday's game pending an update. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:50 pm
  • Z-Bo's 32 points lead the way; Grizz clinch
    Zach Randolph scored 32 points on 15-of-25 shooting with nine rebounds and one steal in Monday's playoff-clinching win over the Suns.

    Advice: Randolph forced the Grizzlies into the playoffs by both gritting and grinding in a back-and-forth thriller. Marc Gasol added 18 points with eight boards and three assists, and Mike Conley hit a huge three to finish with 14 points, three rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a three in the win. The Grizzlies now face the Mavs on Wednesday to decide which team gets the No. 7 seed. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:27 pm