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  • Josh Smith catches fire, scores 23 pts Sunday
    Josh Smith caught fire down the stretch of Sunday's Game 4 loss in Dallas, finishing with 23 points (8-of-10 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), four 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Smoove's shot selection tonight is a testament to the Rockets' offensive system -- he had five attempts beyond the arc, four attempts in the paint, and one "mid-range shawty" look from 11 feet. The Rockets are still firmly in control of the series with a 3-1 lead and they'll look to close out the Mavs with a win in Houston on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Corey Brewer scores 22 points on 9-of-15 FGs
    Corey Brewer drained 9-of-15 shots to finish Sunday's Game 4 loss with 22 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 32 minutes off the Rockets' bench.

    Advice: Brewer hit one 3-pointer and went 3-of-4 at the free throw line. He was a 26.8 percent shooter from downtown during the regular season yet he's averaging 2.0 triples on 60.0 percent shooting from deep in four games vs. Dallas. That's less surprising when you consider that Dallas gave up 9.1 triples per game to opponents this season, the highest mark of any team in the league. The Mavs were also below-average vs. opponent's bench players, so this is a tailor-made matchup for Brewer. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu excels as starter in Game 4
    Al-Farouq Aminu started Sunday's must-win Game 4 and made a career-high three 3-pointers to finish with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, 12 rebounds, two assists and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Injuries forced Rick Carlisle to start Aminu tonight but it was a logical move, as Aminu had been playing far less than his excellent per-minute production warranted. Tonight's 3-point accuracy seems like a fluke but Aminu should have locked down a starting job for Game 5 with this performance, as Chandler Parsons (knee) is done for the season and Richard Jefferson is best utilized in short spurts off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Richard Jefferson (calf) quiet in 10 minutes
    Richard Jefferson (calf) came off the Mavs' bench on Sunday to finish with five points, one 3-pointer and one turnover in only 10 minutes of action.

    Advice: RJ didn't contribute any rebounds, assists, steals or blocks. His calf injury may have been the cause of tonight's dud but either way he's likely to play a reserve role again in Game 5, since Al-Farouq Aminu exploded tonight for 16 points and 12 rebounds as a starter. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Terrence Jones held to 18 minutes in Game 4
    Terrence Jones started Game 4 on Sunday but he played only 18 minutes to finish with 13 points, six rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: With Donatas Motiejunas out for the playoffs following back surgery, we've been expecting bigger postseason numbers from T-Jones as the Rockets' starting power forward. He was again overshadowed by Josh Smith, however, and through four games he's averaging only 12.3 points on 38.1 percent shooting. He also has zero assists or blocks in his past three games and owners should at least temper expectations while Houston is matched up with the Mavericks. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Wizards complete sweep vs. Raptors on Sunday
    Paul Pierce torched the visiting Raptors once more on Sunday, dropping 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting with four 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in only 22 minutes.

    Advice: Prior to knowing that his team would definitely face the Wizards in the playoffs, DeMar DeRozan told reporters, "I hope we see Paul Pierce." He may rue those words, however, as Pierce was in vintage form during the Wizards' first round sweep -- he averaged 16.0 points and 3.3 triples while making 53.8 percent of his attempts. He'll get at least a few days to rest before returning to action vs. the winner of the Hawks vs. Nets series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:02 pm
  • Terrence Ross quiet in season-ending defeat
    The Raptors were trounced in Sunday's season-ending loss, during which Terrence Ross scored three points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: This marks the first time in franchise history that Toronto has been swept in a seven-game playoff series, and it abruptly ends their surprising march into the No. 4 seed in the East. Ross started 61 games for Toronto this season but it wasn't always smooth sailing, and he backslid in scoring (-1.1 points), FG percentage (-1.3 percent), rebounds (-0.3) and steals (-0.2). We'll keep a close watch on his progress this summer. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:51 pm
  • Danny Green scoreless, shoots 0-of-6 Sunday
    Danny Green failed to connect on his six 3-point attempts in Game 4, going scoreless with two rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: Five of Green's 3-pointers were of the 'uncontested' variety, meaning no Clippers' defender was within 3.5 feet of him, yet he still came up empty in the tough home loss. He's now averaging 6.5 points on 29.0 percent shooting in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:50 pm
  • Marco Belinelli held to six minutes in Game 4
    Marco Belinelli played only six minutes off the Spurs' bench in Sunday's Game 4 loss, scoring three points with two boards and one assist.

    Advice: Gregg Popovich tightened his second-unit rotation with only three players logging more than six minutes -- Patty Mills (20), Manu Ginobili (22) and Boris Diaw (31). Belinelli scored proficiently in the series' first three games and he's a likely candidate to get more burn in L.A. on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:49 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard sparkles in tough Game 4 defeat
    Kawhi Leonard followed up Friday's career game with another sparkling performance on Sunday, finishing with 26 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists, one block and zero turnovers.

    Advice: He reached the 40-minute mark for only the third time this season and continues to establish himself as a go-to offensive weapon in addition to being the league's Defensive Player of the Year. A pair of clutch 3-pointers from Kawhi kept his team competitive down the stretch, but the Spurs' defeat means they've again ceded homecourt advantage to the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:48 pm
  • Matt Barnes dealing w/ strained rotator cuff
    Matt Barnes was hampered by fouls and a shoulder injury throughout Sunday's game, which he finished with only four points on 2-of-8 shooting, two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: The bright side for L.A. is that Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford and Glen Davis all played very well for the Clippers' much-maligned bench unit, contributing to an impressive 114-105 win in San Antonio. Barnes has been struggling to score this series (5.2 points per game on 28.6 percent shooting) but his versatility and infectious energy are key to the Clippers' success. He vowed to play in Game 5 despite dealing with a strained rotator cuff. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:34 pm
  • Iman Shumpert plays well through 38 minutes
    Iman Shumpert played well during his 38 minutes of action as the Cavs' swept their first-round series against the Celtics on Sunday, scoring 15 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.

    Advice: J.R. Smith was ejected from Sunday's game for elbowing Jae Crowder in the face, and there's really no way he doesn't get a suspension from the league. Shumpert was the first one off the bench when Smith was ejected, and his 38 minutes would suggest that he's going to be the primary beneficiary with Smith unavailable. He added one 3-pointer, two steals and three blocks to his stat line tonight, shooting 3-of-4 from the field and knocking down all eight of this free throw attempts. He could be make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues while Smith serves his suspension. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:13 pm
  • Jae Crowder (knee) will get MRI on Sunday
    Jae Crowder is scheduled to undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the knee injury that he suffered during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cavs.

    Advice: Crowder had played very well during his time with the Celtics, so this is very unfortunate timing as he is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason. The injury didn't look good at all, and Crowder wasn't able to put any weight on his left leg as he was helped to the locker room. We're hoping for the best for Crowder, and we'll provide an update on what the Celtics are currently calling a sprain as soon as more information becomes available. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:14 pm
     
    Injured
  • LeBron James flirts with triple-double in win
    LeBron James fell just two assists shy of a triple-double during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Celtics with 27 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one 3-pointer, one block and six turnovers through 46 minutes of action.

    Advice: James shot 10-of-24 from the field and 6-of-10 from the stripe, and this game was more of a wrestling match than a basketball game. The Cavs closed out their series today with a sweep of the Celtics, which is the sixth time a LeBron-led team has swept a best-of-seven-series. The likely second-round matchup of Chicago vs. Cleveland is going to be a very exciting matchup. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:07 pm
  • Jae Crowder leaves Game 4 with knee sprain
    Jae Crowder left Game 4 against the Cavs' with a left knee sprain, and he will not return.

    Advice: Crowder got caught with a nasty elbow from J.R. Smith that caused him to fall to the ground awkwardly, and in the process he injured his knee. He needed to be helped to the locker room, and there's really no way that Smith doesn't receive a suspension from the league for his actions today, the only question is how many games he’ll be forced to miss. Crowder ended Sunday's game with seven points, three rebounds and one assist through 17 minutes of action. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:50 am
     
    Injured
  • J.R. Smith ejected from Game 4 for Flagrant 2
    J.R. Smith was ejected from Sunday's Game 4 against the Celtics for a Flagrant 2 foul against Jae Crowder.

    Advice: Smith was boxing out Crowder, and then hit him with a vicious elbow to the face, and there's a good chance Smith is looking at a suspension from the league. He'll finish Sunday's game with eight points, two 3-pointers, and two steals. Iman Shumpert will likely pick up most of his minutes during the Cavs' next game. Click the link below to see the dirty play for yourself. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:46 am
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) probable for Game 5
    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said that everyone came out of Game 4 fine health wise, and Nikola Mirotic (knee) "should be good" for Game 5 on Monday.

    Advice: Mirotic didn't play very well in his return to action on Saturday, scoring just five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer through 20 minutes of action. The minutes, however, were encouraging and we'd expect him to pick up his play on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:38 am
  • Hedo Turkoglu dealing with sprained ankle
    Doc Rivers said that Hedo Turkoglu sprained his ankle during Game 3, but he should be fine.

    Advice: "I didn't know a guy who moved that slow could sprain his ankle," said Rivers of Turkoglu. "It shouldn't slow him down." Through the first three games of the series, Turkoglu has scored a total of two points to go with two rebounds and one steal. There's no fantasy value to be had here. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:26 am
  • Richard Jefferson is a game-time decision
    Richard Jefferson (calf) is planning on playing in Game 4 vs. the Rockets on Sunday, though head coach Rick Carlisle said he will be a game-time decision.

    Advice: Jefferson has been poor in the playoffs so far, averaging just 3.3 points in 13.0 minutes per game. It sounds like he is good to go on Sunday, but Al-Farouq Aminu should continue to see the bulk of the minutes at small forward after producing 15 points, five boards, two blocks and two steals in 34 minutes during Game 3. We will update Jefferson's status as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:12 am
  • Jae Crowder will start over Marcus Smart
    Jae Crowder will be replacing Marcus Smart in the starting lineup for Game 4 against the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: Crowder pretty much made it clear in practice on Saturday that he would be in the starting lineup, so this news was expected. There could be additional changes to the lineup as well, so be sure to stay tuned for updates. Smart hasn't played that well in this series so far, and it makes sense to get a physical presence in the lineup such as Crowder to help contain LeBron James. Expect Evan Turner and Avery Bradley to have some extra ball-handling responsibilities as well. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:55 am
     
    Injured
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) holds up well Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic (knee) said that he wasn't 100 percent in Game 4 against the Bucks on Saturday, but he is happy with the way his body held up.

    Advice: Mirotic was held out of Game 3 and it looked like he was going to spend some quality time on the shelf, so it was definitely surprising to see him return so soon. He didn't play very well on Saturday as he scored just five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer, but the good news is that it looks like he will be fine moving forward. Expect a better performance in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:28 am
  • Arron Afflalo fouls out in return on Saturday
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) returned to action for Game 3 vs. the Grizzlies on Saturday, but he scored just five points on 2-of-5 shooting before fouling out in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He did add six boards, one assist and one 3-pointer to his name, but he looked pretty rusty and he was clearly frustrated with himself after picking up so many cheap fouls. Afflalo wasn't playing well before the injury, so he is going to have to step it up if he doesn't want to lose more minutes to C.J. McCollum. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:03 pm
  • Nicolas Batum sinks six treys in Game 3 loss
    Nicolas Batum was on fire from beyond the arc in Portland's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, sinking six 3-pointers on 12 attempts.

    Advice: He finished the game with 27 points, six boards and four assists, but it wasn't enough to keep the Grizzlies from capturing a 3-0 series lead. Batum has been hesitant on his jumpers all season (mostly 3-pointers), so it was nice to see him in attack mode tonight. The Blazers will need Batum to continue to be aggressive if they have any hope of competing with the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:53 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 20 in win on Saturday
    Courtney Lee scored an impressive 20 points vs. the Blazers on Saturday, adding five boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Lee was an efficient 5-of-8 from the field tonight and also connected on all nine of his free throws. He was coming off an 18-point performance in Game 2 on Wednesday, and it looks like he chose the right time to hit his stride with a potential matchup with the Warriors on the horizon. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:44 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Arron Afflalo will start against Memphis
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) will start against the Grizzlies in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: He said on Friday that he's not 100 percent, but he has been able to go through practice. Afflalo hasn't played well whatsoever, so it should be interesting to see how tight of a leash coach Terry Stotts will have on him. Allen Crabbe will lose a ton of minutes while C.J. McCollum could lose a handful, too. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:58 pm
  • Jimmy Butler's 33 points aren't enough
    Jimmy Butler was the best player on the court during a Game 4 92-90 loss to the Bucks on Saturday, scoring a playoff career-high 33 points with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: In four 2015 playoff games, he's set a new career high for scoring three times, which is crazy considering he played in 20 postseason games before last week. Butler made 12-of-17 from the field and was red hot in the third quarter, but the Bulls didn't lean on him nearly as much as they should have in the fourth. That may change in Game 4 on Monday. He's shaping up to be a top-20 pick in fantasy next season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:49 pm
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) plays 20 minutes
    Nikola Mirotic returned from a one-game absence and played 20 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday, making 2-of-7 from the field for five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played most of his minutes at small forward, which continues to be a problem area for him. Mirotic has made just 33.3 percent from the field in the playoffs and is scoring just 6.0 points per game. The good news is that he didn't look hurt today. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:44 pm
  • Thaddeus Young comes through with 18 & 11
    Thaddeus Young looked reinvigorated during a 91-83 Game 3 win over the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and four turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: He apologized for his poor play in Game 2 and his actions spoke much louder than those words. Young was very aggressive with the ball, which is the opposite of what happened Wednesday when he only had one shot attempt in the restricted area. Young set up much closer to the basket than usual, so expect that to continue. He's played at least 40 minutes in two of the three games in this series and should be around that amount going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:59 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 22 points in loss
    DeMarre Carroll made 9-of-12 from the field for 22 points against the Nets on Saturday with six rebounds, one steal, three 3-pointers and four turnovers.

    Advice: None of his teammates had an effective field goal percentage above 50.0 and Carroll was really the only reason the Hawks were able to get over 80 points today. Carroll only had two points on Wednesday, so expect him to be somewhere in between for Game 4 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:50 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores just two points
    Kyle Korver managed to score just two points against the Nets on Saturday with two rebounds, five assists and two blocks on 1-of-8 from the field.

    Advice: He was forcing shots and the Nets clearly went into today with a plan to keep Korver in check. He only had one 3-point attempt in the first half and a lot of credit should go to Bojan Bogdanovic. Expect the Nets to keep a guy on Korver throughout most possessions in Game 4 like they did today. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:35 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) will play on Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic (knee) will play against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: He went through a warmup session and was moving around pretty well. This comes as a surprise because Mirotic didn't even run at practice on Friday. Since Derrick Rose has been back and Joakim Noah was active, most of Mirotic's minutes have been at small forward during the regular season, but he's shifted to the four more in the postseason. He'll take away some playing time from Tony Snell and Taj Gibson. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:03 pm
  • Richard Jefferson (calf) iffy for Game 4
    Richard Jefferson (calf) is up in the air to play against the Rockets on Sunday and is listed as questionable.

    Advice: The Mavs were not very forthcoming on Jefferson's injury immediately following the game, but now it sounds like he could miss Game 4. Jefferson was severely outplayed by Al-Farouq Aminu, who played 34 minutes with 15 points, five boards, two blocks and two steals. Aminu will be a popular play in daily fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:50 am
  • Earl Clark will be active for Game 3
    Earl Clark will be active for Game 3 against the Hawks on Saturday, while Cory Jefferson will move to the inactive list.

    Advice: Jefferson was active for Game 2 and Clark was not, so the team is simply shaking things up. Neither player will likely be in the rotation for the playoffs, so this news shouldn't impact your plans in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:09 am
     
    Player Note
    Earl Clark Bkn - SF,PF
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Jae Crowder says he will be starting Game 4
    Jae Crowder said he will be in the starting lineup for Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: There will also be additional changes to the lineup according to Avery Bradley, but those details haven't been released yet. Crowder and Jonas Jerebko started the second half of Game 3 in place of Marcus Smart and Brandon Bass, so it appears that Smart will be the first victim of the lineup change. Jerebko was also running with the first unit at practice on Saturday, so changes appear to be imminent. We should know more details after shootaround, and we will continue to follow this story very closely. The Celtics have lost the first three games of the series, so nothing will likely be off the table as they look to avoid a sweep vs. the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:04 am
     
    Injured
  • Arron Afflalo says he will play in Game 3 Sat
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is officially listed as probable, but he says he will play in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: "It's no time to get to 100 percent," Afflalo said. "You just go out there and give it your best." Afflalo isn't expected to have a minutes restriction moving forward and also said that he won't have any problems shooting from distance. It isn't clear what type of role he will have right out of the gate, but it's safe to say that Allen Crabbe and C.J. McCollum should expect to lose some playing time. However, Afflalo wasn't playing well before the injury which makes it tough to trust him in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:49 am
  • Thaddeus Young apologizes for his performance
    Thaddeus Young apologized to his teammates for his performance in Game 2 v. the Hawks in which he scored just two points in 24 minutes.

    Advice: "First thing I said when I came into the locker room the other night was, 'Fellas, I'm sorry. I didn't give you guys anything tonight. I've got to be better,' " Young said on Friday. "I take pride in everything I do out there on the court and I take losses hard." It's admirable that Young is placing most of the blame on himself, but the Nets have been simply overpowered so far and they will look to clinch their first win in Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:40 am
  • LeBron James showers praises on J.R. Smith
    LeBron James said that J.R. Smith is simply misunderstood, and he showered praise on him for his work ethic and defensive effort.

    Advice: "He comes out every single day and works his tail off to try to get better, to help our team win," James said in regards to Smith. "He defends at a high level and he’s a great teammate and he’s a great guy." Smith is averaging 10.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.0 treys through the first three games of the series against Boston, and he will look to help the Cavaliers sweep the Celtics in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:04 am
  • Kawhi Leonard is going nowhere in free agency
    Kawhi Leonard isn't expected to pursue offer sheets when he becomes a restricted free agent this summer, as the Spurs are planning on offering him a max contract.

    Advice: Leonard is quickly becoming one of the top players in the NBA due to his contributions on both sides of the court, so it's not surprising in the slightest that he is expected to get a max deal. The Spurs took a 2-1 series lead over the Clippers on Friday night thanks to a career-high 32 points from Leonard, and he also added four boards, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers to his name. Spiderman is going to be a fantasy stud for many years to come, and he is going to be off the board early in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:13 am
  • Spiderman scores career-high 32 in SA win
    Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the Spurs 100-73 Game 3 win over the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to float Spiderman out there as a nickname and see if it sticks. He was the best player on the floor tonight and it wasn't close, as we see the blossoming of a top-10 NBA player before our eyes. Tim Duncan added four points, seven boards, four assists, one steal and three blocks in the blowout win. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:00 pm
  • Green gets back on track against Clippers
    Danny Green scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and three triples in Friday's Game 3 win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Green has been quiet but tonight's output was a good sign that he's ready to heat up. Check his DFS prices because he might be undervalued. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:56 pm
  • Jefferson leaves with mysterious ailment
    Richard Jefferson left Friday's Game 3 loss with a calf ailment and did not return.

    Advice: Jefferson logged 12 minutes and scored three points with one rebound, one assist and two steals while on the floor. If he can't go then Al-Farouq Aminu will get all the run he can handle, which probably should have been the case to start the series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:20 pm
  • The Truth walks all over the Raps in G3 win
    Paul Pierce scored 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including four threes) with three rebounds in Friday's 106-99 Game 3 win over the Raptors.

    Advice: The stat line isn't huge but most of his buckets were and the Wiz can now sweep with a win on Sunday. John Wall scored 19 points on 5-of-15 shooting with five rebounds, 15 assists, one steal and one block in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:15 pm
  • Aminu posts solid line over 34 minutes
    Al-Farouq Aminu scored 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 5-of-6 FTs) with five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 34 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: We're not sure why Rick Carlisle waited so long to get him onto the court for heavy minutes this series, especially since the Mavs' defense is historically bad right now. Richard Jefferson had some sort of ailment during the game and AFA should be on owners' radars for Sunday's action. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:08 pm
  • Arron Afflalo probable to play on Saturday
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is probable to play against the Grizzlies in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: He was able to do some shooting before Wednesday, but his shoulder looked to be an issue on long-range shots. Afflalo was pushing a weighed sled on Friday, which suggests he's a lot closer to being healthy. C.J. McCollum played 37 minutes in Game 1 and just 29 minutes in Game 2, so maybe he's lost some playing time due to making just 19.0 percent from the field in the playoffs. Expect C.J. and Allen Crabbe to lose more minutes. Afflalo is still not someone fantasy owners can trust due to his lackluster numbers since joining the Blazers. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:48 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) still not running yet
    Nikola Mirotic (knee) was not able to run at practice on Friday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like he'll be ready for Game 4 on Saturday. With Mirotic out, his minutes at small forward went to Tony Snell while his minutes at the four went to Taj Gibson. The Bulls have plenty of depth at both forward spots and they'll have four chances to finish off the Bucks, so don't expect the rookie to play in the next couple games. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:42 pm
  • Jimmy Minutes: Butler logs 53 mins, scores 24
    Jimmy Butler played 53 minutes during a double-overtime win against the Bucks on Thursday with 24 points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He didn't shoot the ball well today, making 8-of-20 from the field. The Bulls clearly had an outside-in approach to their game with Butler and Derrick Rose taking seven of the first nine shots from the field. Considering how unbelievable Rose looked today and the vast improvement from Butler as an isolation scorer this season, the Bulls backcourt may have suddenly become one of the best in the NBA. Butler has averaged 26.7 points per game in this postseason and will likely be in that neighborhood again in Game 4 on Saturday. He'll likely be off the board in the top 20 picks for fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:47 pm
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • LeBron James scores 31, Cavs go up 3-0
    LeBron James scored 31 points during a Game 3 103-95 win over the Celtics on Thursday, adding 11 rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He took over in the fourth quarter and the Cavs basically just handed him the keys to their offense. He played the entire fourth quarter with a usage rate of 34.6 while starting the ball movement on most of the possessions. In fact, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have scored or assisted on every Cleveland field goal in the last two fourth quarters. The Cavs will look for the sweep on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:36 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 16 points off bench
    Jae Crowder started the second half against the Cavs during a Game 3 loss on Thursday, finishing with 16 points, seven boards, four assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 5-of-6 from the field.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens continues to play Crowder at shooting guard more often, which makes sense because they need all the size they can get to help keep LeBron James out of the paint. Crowder didn't have a bad game on defense and he was efficient (100.0 effective field goal percentage) on the offensive end outside of four turnovers. He's likely earned 30-plus minutes in Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:56 pm
     
    Injured
  • Crowder & Jerebko start 3Q for Smart & Bass
    Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko started the second half against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Marcus Smart and Brandon Bass will come off the bench. Coach Brad Stevens has gone with a different center to start the second half throughout the year, but this move is new. The Celtics are really mixing it up with their rotation today and credit to them for keeping the Cavs on their toes. We'll let you know how it works out for them. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:38 pm
     
    Injured
  • LeBron James has pre-shootaround workout
    LeBron James went through an hour-long workout prior to Thursday's shootaround.

    Advice: Why? "That's just the mode I'm in right now," James told media in advance of Thursday's Game 3 against the Celtics. James and his Cavaliers teammates have the opportunity to go up 3-0 on Thursday and the extra workout wasn't lost on his teammates. "He's a very focused guy," Tristan Thompson said. "He understands what it takes to win at this level and he leads by example for us." Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:57 am
  • Nikola Mirotic questionable for Game 4
    Nikola Mirotic (quad) said he's unsure if he'll be able to play in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Mirotic has already been ruled out for Thursday's Game 3 and will head into Saturday's Game 4 with a big question mark over his head. If the Bulls head into Saturday with a 3-0 over the Bucks, that would likely cause them to take a cautious approach with the rookie, but we'll keep an eye on his status. Taj Gibson will pick up most of Mirotic's minutes in the meantime, with Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy, and Tony Snell also seeing an extra minutes boost. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:53 am
  • Kawhi Leonard named Defensive Player of Year
    Kawhi Leonard has been named the 2014-15 Defensive Player of the Year.

    Advice: Leonard finished ahead of Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Anthony Davis, and Rudy Gobert, respectively, on his way to winning his first DPOY Award. After a slow start to the 2014-15 season, Leonard was still able to finish as a top-25 player in standard fantasy leagues and should be a popular early-round pick next season. Now the only thing to do is keep an eye on Draymond Green's Twitter feed. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:19 am
  • Danny Ainge heaps praise on Jae Crowder
    Celtics president Danny Ainge said the Celtics feel that Jae Crowder is a big part of their team going forward.

    Advice: While Crowder will become a restricted free agent after the season, that didn't stop Ainge from including the forward in his plans. "We really did like Jae Crowder," Ainge said. "And we feel like he’s a big part of our team going forward." Ainge's comments likely mean the Celtics will make every effort to keep Crowder in Boston, but the 24-year-old won't be much of a fantasy asset next season unless he's able to take a big jump from his averages of 9.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.0 steals with the Celtics this season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:56 am
     
    Injured
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 23 points vs. Clippers
    Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points against the Clippers on Wednesday with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: This time last year, we were just starting to see the Kawhi ISO plays and he's really grown as a scorer. Leonard also made it very tough on the wings for the Clippers tonight and he also was guarding Chris Paul during this game. It's hard to overrate Kawhi and he's arguably a top-five player in the NBA for his contributions on both sides of the ball. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:08 pm
  • Matt Barnes has a brutal game vs. Spurs
    Matt Barnes made 1-of-10 from the field for four points against the Spurs on Wednesday with 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: His defense was just as bad as his offense tonight. Simply put, Barnes will want to forget this game ASAP. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:50 pm
  • Nicolas Batum struggles in Game 2 loss
    Nicolas Batum hit just 5-of-15 shots for 11 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, a 3-pointer, zero steals and zero blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: Batum is playing through a knee injury and also has a torn tendon in his wrist that will eventually require surgery. He scored 15 points in Sunday's Game 1 and while he's admirably battling through adversity, the Blazers will need him to play better than this if they're going to win Games 3 and 4 in Portland. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:47 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll has a bad game
    DeMarre Carroll made 1-of-8 from the field against the Nets on Wednesday with two points, eight boards, five assists, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: While his offensive game wasn't great, Carroll was effective everywhere else. He's likely looking at a big contract in the offseason with the Knicks reportedly interested in picking him up. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • Thaddeus Young gets into foul trouble
    Thaddeus Young struggled against the Hawks during a 96-91 loss on Wednesday, scoring two points with five rebounds, six assists, one steal, three turnovers and four fouls in 24 minutes.

    Advice: It comes as a surprise that he played just 24 minutes after playing 40 in Game 1, but it was a bad game from Thad and Paul Millsap dominated on both ends. He made just 1-of-7 from the field and missed both free throws. At least one positive is that he had six assists, which is the most he's had in a playoff game. Young will look to improve on Saturday in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (shoulder) will not play vs MEM
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) will not play against the Grizzlies in Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did warm up, but apparently isn't well enough to play. Afflalo has been focusing on his mid-range shots and looked to show pain as he was moving away from the rim, so perhaps his shoulder hurts more on deeper shots. C.J. McCollum will get most of the wing minutes next to Nicolas Batum. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:30 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (quad) will not play in Game 3
    Nikola Mirotic (quad) will not play against the Bucks in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: There's also a decent chance Mirotic won't play in Game 4. The good news for the Bulls is that they have plenty of depth. Expect Taj Gibson to absorb most of Mirotic's minutes. Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell will all pick up some scraps, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:46 am
  • Nikola Mirotic 'most likely' out for Game 3
    According to head coach Tom Thibodeau, Nikola Mirotic (quad strain) is "most likely" out for Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He was able to ride the bike and get some set shots up at Wednesday's practice, but Thibodeau said that Mirotic still isn't able to do much despite the fact that he is feeling a little better. We will consider him highly doubtful to play on Thursday, meaning Taj Gibson could see a few extra minutes off the bench. We should have another update on Mirotic after shootaround on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:27 am
  • Josh Smith gets 15/8/9 in playoff gem vs Mavs
    Josh Smith dominated the second half of Tuesday's win vs. the Mavericks, finishing with 15 points, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one block off the bench.

    Advice: The nine dimes tied Smith's playoff-high and he looked Smoove indeed, sealing the victory with a barrage of alley-oop passes to Dwight Howard. Smith committed five fouls in 26 minutes and this might stand as his best performance of the postseason, but he's already justified Daryl Morey's decision to claim him after the Pistons jettisoned his contract in mid-December. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:01 pm
  • Richard Jefferson starts at SF w/ Parsons out
    Richard Jefferson started Game 2 with Chandler Parsons (knee) unavailable, but he finished with seven points on 2-of-6 shooting with one 3-pointer in 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Parsons' status going forward is uncertain and Rick Carlisle suggested that he might miss more games, thrusting the 34-year-old Jefferson into a critical role. RJ didn't rise to the challenge tonight, failing to record a single rebound, assist, steal or block, and the Mavs are in serious trouble whether or not Parsons can play again in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:45 pm
  • Terrence Jones returns from face injury Tues
    Terrence Jones left Tuesday's game in the third quarter after being elbowed in the face by Dwight Howard, but he quickly returned to action.

    Advice: Jones' body language wasn't encouraging but the team said that he only suffered a bloody nose, and he was only limited in the second half due to Josh Smith's proficiency. He should be fine for Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:25 pm
  • Terrence Ross held to nine points in defeat
    Terrence Ross, who shot 3-of-11 in Game 1, finished Tuesday's crushing home loss with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting including a 3-of-4 mark from downtown.

    Advice: Ross went into the Raptors' for a substantial stretch in the first half and it's unclear what caused his absence, so we'll keep an eye on his status as a precaution over the next few days. He chipped in one assist in 24 minutes tonight but had zero rebounds or defensive stats, and after two games the No. 4 seed Raptors appear to be out-matched. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:59 pm
  • Cavs win Game 2 as LeBron passes Jerry West
    LeBron James had a game-high 30 points with one 3-pointer, nine rebounds, seven assists and two blocks during a win vs. the Celtics on Tuesday, going 11-of-22 from the field and 7-of-8 at the FT line.

    Advice: In the process, James passed Jerry West as the seventh-leading scorer in NBA playoffs history (4,458 career points). The six players ahead of him are Karl Malone, Tim Duncan, Shaq, Kobe, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the inimitable Michael Jordan (5,987). LeBron also committed six of the Cavs' 18 turnovers, which allowed the Celtics to stay in the game, something he'll look to correct in Boston on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:06 pm
  • J.R. Smith shoots poorly, still makes impact
    J.R. Smith stole the ball five times vs. Boston on Tuesday, adding seven points, four rebounds and one assist with one turnover in 34 minutes during the Cavs' Game 2 win.

    Advice: Smith deserves a ton of credit for fitting seamlessly into the Cavaliers' starting lineup. He was a key factor in Game 2, compensating for poor shooting with boundless energy at both ends of the court, while fellow swingman Iman Shumpert chipped in two points, five rebounds and solid defense in 26 minutes off the bench. Cleveland will try to put a stranglehold on the series on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:04 pm
  • Arron Afflalo questionable for Game 2 on Wed
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Game 2 against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: "If I can help in any way, whether it be 70 percent, 80 percent… I’m gonna get out there and do it," said Afflalo. He also added that if he can't go on Wednesday, he will almost certainly play in Game 3 on Saturday, and it sounds like he'll be a game-time decision for Game 2. He's not going to be 100 percent, but the Blazers could use all the help they can get right now, especially considering how much C.J. McCollum struggled through Game 1. When Afflalo returns to the lineup, he'll take away minutes from McCollum, and Allen Crabbe may fall out of the rotation entirely. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:56 pm
  • Arron Afflalo says goal is to play in Game 2
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) said that his goal is to play in Game 2 against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Afflalo stopped short of saying that he would actually play on Wednesday, but we'll likely get another update on his status following Tuesday's practice. It sounds like he could be headed for the dreaded game-time call on Wednesday, but if he is able to go, he'll take away minutes from C.J. McCollum and Allen Crabbe. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:48 am
  • Nikola Mirotic (quad) likely doubtful Thurs
    Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau said that they will wait to see how Nikola Mirotic (quad strain) responds to treatment before giving an official timetable on his return.

    Advice: Thibodeau added that if the Bulls had a game tonight, Mirotic would not play, but he did not want to speculate on his availability for Thursday. Mirotic will be getting treatment on his left quad strain and swollen knee 2-3 times a day, and he was spotted moving around very gingerly during Tuesday's practice, with his left leg heavily wrapped. On a positive note, Thibodeau said that Mirotic does not have a concussion, but it's looking like he's not going to be available for Game 3. Taj Gibson will be the primary beneficiary if Mirotic is forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:32 am
  • Bulls bracing for serious Mirotic injury
    Early indications on Nikola Mirotic's left quad strain are that it is serious, according to K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune.

    Advice: While we're still awaiting updates, it's sounding like Mirotic could end up missing some time with his left quad strain. The good news for Miro and the Bulls is that he'll have two days to rest before Thursday's Game 3, but we'll be scouring news reports for updates on the situation. If Mirotic is forced to miss time, TaJ Gibson, Jimmy Butler, and Mike Dunleavy would all see a boost in minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:57 am
  • Jimmy Butler scores 31 points in Game 2 win
    Jimmy Butler put the Bulls on his back during a 91-82 win over the Bucks on Monday, scoring a playoff career-high 31 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

    Advice: Nobody else on the Bulls played well for the entire game on offense, but Butler came to the rescue. He put the whole arsenal on display tonight and the Bucks had no answer for him. Also, the Bulls played Nikola Mirotic at the four more, so that gave Butler more minutes compared to his 35 in Game 1. He'll likely log over 40 in Game 3 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:09 pm
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Report: Arron Afflalo could return for Game 2
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) could return for Game 2 vs. Memphis, according to CSNNW.

    Advice: "Yeah, I'm good," Afflalo said when asked if he'd be ready for the next contest. All the Blazers have said was that he participated in some portions of practice on Sunday, and with players notoriously optimistic about their recoveries, especially in the playoffs, we're going to need to see harder news before declaring AA ready to return. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:07 am
  • Paul Pierce admits knee injury still an issue
    Paul Pierce admitted his knee injury is still an issue.

    Advice: Originally injured on February 24 against the Warriors, Pierce said the injury still bothers him currently. However, it doesn't seem to be a serious concern at this point and The Truth looked phenomenal in his first playoff game of 2015. Pierce added that the extra rest toward the end of the regular season was very helpful, and he plans to bring his hyperbaric chamber with him on the road as the Wizards progress through the postseason. He's going to play a major role for Washington as long as they're alive. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:00 am
  • Kawhi Leonard's +/- rating a team-worst -21
    Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 18 points during a Game 1 loss on Sunday, hitting 7-of-12 shots with six boards, three assists and four steals.

    Advice: Kawhi also turned the ball over four times and missed three of his six FT attempts, finishing with a team-worst +/- rating at -21. That might be a first. The No. 6 seed Spurs lack homecourt advantage and they trail 0-1 in the series with Game 2 looming on Wednesday. The Rockets in 1995 were the last No. 6 seed to win an NBA championship, with a roster that included Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Kenny Smith, Sam Cassell and Robert Horry. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 10:58 pm
  • Nicolas Batum back from bruised knee Sunday
    Nicolas Batum (bruised right knee) started Sunday's game and finished with 15 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, four assists and three turnovers as the Blazers fell in Memphis, 86-100.

    Advice: It's easy to forget that Batum is playing through a torn tendon in his wrist which will require offseason surgery, and fantasy owners have become spoiled by his willingness to play through all but the most severe injuries. Expect him to once again log 35+ minutes in Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:55 pm
  • Courtney Lee hits two 3-pointers in blowout
    Courtney Lee made both of his 3-point attempts during Sunday's 100-86 win, finishing with nine points, three rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

    Advice: It doesn't look like much but C-Lee's perimeter shooting is critical for the Grizzlies, who averaged a mere 5.2 three-pointers made this season (29th in the NBA ahead of only the Timberwolves). When they made at least as many 3-pointers as their opponents they had a 22-1 record, but they won on Sunday partly by holding Portland to 30.8 percent shooting from deep. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:50 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • ATL wins, Kyle Korver scores team-high 21 pts
    Kyle Korver lit up the Nets on Sunday for a team-high 21 points on 6-of-12 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs, making five 3-pointers with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: The entire league has Korver highlighted in scouting reports, but knowing what he does and being able to stop him are completely different things. His off-ball movement and the Hawks' passing are both exemplary, but Brooklyn will need to cool him off to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole during Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:34 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Arron Afflalo (shoulder) out for Game 1
    Updating a previous report, Arron Afflalo (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Game 1 against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Head coach Terry Stotts said that Afflalo is getting better every day, and that he's getting his range of motion back, so it sounds like he's getting close to being available. However, he’ll be forced to spend Game 1 on the sidelines, and it'll be Allen Crabbe and C.J. McCollum being asked to fill the void in his absence, with McCollum offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 3:34 pm
  • Afflalo (shoulder) going through warmups
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) was spotted going through a pregame workout at full speed, and it's looking like he'll be a game-time decision for Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Afflalo is still being listed as doubtful, but the fact that he's going through a workout at full speed is certainly a positive sign. He's currently in the second week of his initial 1-2 week timetable, so there is a chance he takes the floor tonight, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. If he is able to play, C.J. McCollum's value would take a sizable hit, and Allen Crabbe may fall entirely out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 3:28 pm
  • LeBron James drops 20-6-7 line in Game 1 win
    LeBron James filled up the stat sheet during his 42 minutes of action on Sunday, scoring 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting (3-of-4 from the stripe), with six rebounds, seven assists, one 3-pointer, two steals, one block and five turnovers.

    Advice: LeBron also passed Michael Jordan for ninth-most assists in the NBA post-season history with this performance, so there's yet another accolade James can add to his Hall of Fame resume. He did bump knees with Tyler Zeller at one point and limped back to the bench, but he played through it, and his 42 minutes would suggest that this will be a non-issue moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 3:04 pm
  • J.R. Smith limited by foul trouble in Game 1
    Foul trouble limited J.R. Smith to just 19 minutes of action during Game 1 against the Celtics on Sunday, and he managed just nine points on 3-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: Smith added two 3-pointers, four rebounds, one assist and one turnover, and he just wasn't much of a factor today. Smith is basically an all-or-nothing kind of guy, but when he gets hot, he can really light up the 3-point category. We'd expect a bit of a bounce-back performance for Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 2:52 pm
  • Terrence Jones scores 19 points in 34 minutes
    Terrence Jones made 6-of-15 from the field and 7-of-11 from the line for 19 points against the Mavs on Saturday with nine rebounds, six assists and one steal.

    Advice: The shot total is almost shocking and this was the first time in Jones' career he's had more than 10 shots from the field and from the line. Jones saw a little more playing time than expected because of Dwight Howard getting into foul trouble, but he's still a good bet to play over 30 minutes per game in this series. Jones' season flew a little under the radar due to injuries, so he'll be a difference maker if he can stay on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:35 pm
  • Corey Brewer steps it up down the stretch
    Corey Brewer turned it on down the stretch against the Mavs on Saturday with 15 points, one assist and three 3-poiners in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He killed the Mavs in the fourth quarter with all three 3-pointers coming in that frame. Brewer's versatility at both wing spots should help him get playing time in the 20s. Trevor Ariza did have some cramping issues, but there's no need to worry about him. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:31 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 25 points in 35 minutes
    Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career-high 25 points against the Bucks on Saturday with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers on 8-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn't in foul trouble and the Bulls having some depth in their frontcourt may have taken away a couple minutes from Butler. Of course, his increased efficiency and usage rate offset the decrease in playing time. The Bulls are going to be a dangerous team with Butler making his case for the Most Improved Player this season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 7:08 pm
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Paul Pierce scores 20 points in OT win
    Paul Pierce was fantastic against the Raptors during a 93-86 overtime win on Saturday, scoring a game-high 20 points with four rebounds, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers on 7-of-10 from the field in 37 minutes.

    Advice: After the game, Pierce said he felt good and that he needed the rest heading into the postseason. Pierce didn't play 37 minutes in any game during the 2015 part of the schedule, so clearly the Wizards had planned on increasing his minutes going into this postseason run. He also moved past James Worthy for 22nd on the all-time postseason scoring list. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 1:33 pm
  • Terrence Ross scores just 6 points in 11 FGAs
    Terrence Ross scored just six points on 3-of-11 from the field against the Wizards on Saturday with three rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: He missed all six attempts from deep and didn't get to the free throw line. Ross is a fairly big liability when his shot isn't falling and he'll wind up losing minutes with another game like this one. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 12:42 pm
  • Nicolas Batum says he'll play in Game 1
    Nicolas Batum (knee) said he will play against the Grizzlies in Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: He only had a knee bruise and he only needed to miss one game. Batum was logging minutes around 40 to close the season and he could be in that neighborhood in this series. Batum's numbers were awful against the Grizzlies in four games this season, averaging 6.5 points 4.5 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 treys on 32.4 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 1:14 pm
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