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  • Dwight Howard brushes off late-game usage
    Dwight Howard didn't attempt a shot over the final seven minutes of Game 1 vs. the Clippers, but he brushed off concerns about his limited offensive role.

    Advice: "I can’t focus on that," he said. "I got to continue to be a presence on the defensive end, get more blocked shots, get more rebounds, run the floor more, do all the things I can do." Howard still finished with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting, 10 rebounds, one steal and five blocks in Houston's Game 1 defeat, and Kevin McHale will surely emphasize the need to keep him engaged on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:02 am
  • Tony Allen insists he's 1st-team All-Defense
    Tony Allen racked up four steals during Tuesday's impressive win at Golden State, adding nine points, four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Few things in the NBA are better than the Grindfather in playoffs-mode. Throughout the game, Allen followed up key defensive plays by turning to the TNT announcers and yelling, "First-Team All Defense!" It's hard to argue after tonight's display and Allen has even picked up the pace offensively in the second round, averaging 12.0 points on 55.6 percent shooting in two games vs. the Warriors. When asked if he'd prefer to defend Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson, Allen replied, "It really don't matter. I'm paid to be a defender, and I'm ready to defend." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:52 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Klay Thompson struggles in rare home loss
    Klay Thompson suffered through a brutal game on Tuesday, going 6-of-15 from the field to finish with 13 points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, two assists and five turnovers.

    Advice: Tony Allen's smothering defense deserves enormous credit, as he and Courtney Lee took Klay out of rhythm before a minor flurry in the fourth quarter. The Warriors hadn't lost on their home court since late January and this may have been a mere hiccup for the league's top-seeded team, but the Grizzlies confirmed tonight that they won't be an easy out. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Leandro Barbosa scores 14 pts in 14 minutes
    Leandro Barbosa was a man on a mission Tuesday, coming off the bench for 14 points in 14 minutes during the Warriors' Game 2 defeat.

    Advice: Kerr said after the third quarter that his team wasn't "poised" and "felt rushed" before finding some success with a small lineup. Barbosa helped Golden State's second unit claim a 25-16 advantage tonight, and they'll look to bolster the starters again on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Stephen Curry accepts MVP but loses Game 2
    Stephen Curry received his league MVP award prior to Game 2 on Tuesday but the celebration didn't last long, as the Warriors fell 90-97 to tie their second-round series at 1-1.

    Advice: Curry shot 2-of-11 from downtown and 7-of-19 overall, adding five rebounds, six assists, three turnovers and zero defensive stats. He missed some shots he normally makes but he was also harried on the perimeter by the Grizzlies' defense, including an unreal play from Tony Allen which you can watch via the link below. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Draymond Green proving bona fides vs. Memphis
    Draymond Green played admirable defense during Tuesday's home loss, which he finished with 14 points (3-of-10 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs), 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: Green's personal Mission: Impossible is to provide one-on-one defense vs. Zach Randolph or Marc Gasol, depending upon matchups. The runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year was awesome again tonight, using his strength and speed to check bigger players on possession after possession, and his versatility is a huge reason the Warriors hadn't lost at home in over three months. Green and his teammates will be out for revenge in Memphis on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Nick Calathes: From starter to near DNP-CD
    Nick Calathes barely stepped on the court during Tuesday's road win, as Mike Conley (face) returned to the starting lineup and Beno Udrih served as the Grizzlies' primary backup PG.

    Advice: Calathes struggled as a starter in Conley's absence, going scoreless with two assists vs. three turnovers in 21 minutes during Sunday's Game 1 defeat. Conley's left calf appeared to cramp up down the stretch, thrusting Calathes into the game momentarily, and we're not expecting him to play a substantial role in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Mike Conley (face) posts 22 pts in Game 2 win
    Mike Conley (facial surgery) thrived in his return during Game 2, scoring 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting with three 3-pointers and three assists to help the Grizzlies pull out a rare win in Oracle Arena.

    Advice: Conley's sprained right foot is a lingering issue, his left eye remains swollen and red after recent facial surgery, he was exhausted due to a lack of conditioning, and he finished the game in obvious pain due to apparent cramping in his left calf. The good news is that he survived a hit to the face from Draymond Green and none of the above ailments prevented him from playing 27 brilliant minutes at the NBA's highest level of competition. All signs point to him being ready on Saturday, when the series shifts to Memphis for Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Otto Porter scores 15 points w/ full line Tue
    Otto Porter's impressive postseason play continued with 15 points, eight boards, five assists, three steals and zero turnovers in 31 minutes vs. the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Porter drained a pair of 3-pointers and was 6-of-12 from the field overall, and his length once again gave the Hawks trouble defensively. He's been something of a revelation in the playoffs and has emerged as a reliable sixth-man, averaging 11.6 points, 1.8 threes, 8.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals over the Wizards' past five games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:54 pm
  • Garrett Temple returns after two-months out
    Garrett Temple returned from a nearly two-month absence on Tuesday to score two points with one rebound, one assist and one steal in 13 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Temple strained his hamstring and hadn't played since March 9, but John Wall's wrist injury thrust him into a key role behind starting PG Ramon Sessions. He's ahead of Will Bynum (DNP-CD) on the depth chart, but that's not saying much -- he's a fantasy pariah whether or not Wall is ready for Saturday's game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:54 pm
  • Nene without a field goal in second round
    Nene, who went scoreless in 17 minutes on Sunday, finished the Wizards' Game 2 loss with two points, four rebounds, one assist, four turnovers and zero defensive stats.

    Advice: His disappearing act was even more problematic with Marcin Gortat (10 points, nine rebounds) in foul trouble, eventually fouling out with five minutes left. Nene has yet to make a field goal in the series (a combined 0-of-9) and the Wizards desperately need him to get going, as reserve big men Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin can't consistently make up for a void of production at the starting PF spot. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:53 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll w/ team-high 22 pts in Game 2
    DeMarre Carroll led the Hawks with 22 points in Tuesday's Game 2 win, hitting 9-of-16 shots with one 3-pointer, six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: Carroll has been phenomenal in the postseason. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer and he's ensured himself a massive raise from this year's $2.4 million salary. Amazingly, Carroll is now the first Hawks player to score 20+ points in six straight games since Dominique Wilkins accomplished the feat in 1988. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:51 pm
  • Jeff Teague posts 9/7/8 as Hawks tie series
    Jeff Teague scored only nine points on 3-of-12 shooting on Tuesday, but he added seven rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 33 minutes of action.

    Advice: We expected more scoring from Teague with John Wall (wrist) out of commission, but he still stuffed the boxscore to help Atlanta tie their second-round series at 1-1. The Hawks' ball-movement was crisper tonight and they finished with 30 assists vs. 10 turnovers, something they'll look to duplicate as the series shifts to Washington D.C. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:50 pm
  • Mike Conley (face) confirms he'll play Tues
    Mike Conley (facial surgery) confirmed that he feels "good enough" to play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Conley's foot is also bothering him and he was dealing with sensitivity to light and sound as recently as Sunday's Game 1 matchup, but he'll give it a go with a protective mask tonight. "I'm going to do what I always do. I'm going to play to win," he said. He will start with Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes serving as a tandem backup at PG. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:27 pm
  • Mike Conley (face) will 'try to play' Tuesday
    Mike Conley (facial surgery) will "try to play" vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, according to coach Dave Joerger.

    Advice: There's still a chance that Conley will change his mind after warming up, so we'll pass along updates as soon as more is known. If he does opt to play, which would underscore how incredibly tough he is, Beno Udrih will return to the bench and Nick Calathes' role will dwindle in the Grizzlies' crucial road game at Golden State. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:05 pm
  • Chris Paul (hamstring) doubtful for Game 2
    The Clippers have downgraded Chris Paul (hamstring) to doubtful for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Rockets.

    Advice: There are some conflicting reports about whether Paul is "doubtful" or "questionable," but regardless of his official status he's very likely to be a game-time call on Wednesday. For what it's worth, Clippers' head coach Doc Rivers said that he feels there's a 50-50 chance CP3 is able to play in Game 2, so it sounds like he's leaning more towards the questionable tag. However, if Paul is unable to suit up for Game 2, Blake Griffin will be the primary beneficiary, while Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick, Matt Barnes, and Austin Rivers will see some increased opportunity on offense. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:51 pm
     
    Injured
  • Rivers says Chris Paul 50-50 for Game 2
    Doc Rivers said that his gut it telling him that Chris Paul (hamstring) has a 50-50 chance of suiting up for Wednesday's Game 2 in Houston, and he will be a game-time decision.

    Advice: Rivers also said that if CP3 can play, he will play, so it sounds like Rivers is more interested in having Paul back in order to put Houston in an 0-2 hole, rather than giving CP3 an additional rest day. Reports are that Paul is walking around better today than he was on Monday, with less of a limp, so it sounds like he is making progress in his recovery from the hamstring injury. If he's able to play, he will start, sending Austin Rivers back to the bench. Blake Griffin would also be less likely to put up a triple-double. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:11 pm
     
    Injured
  • LBJ hints he'll be more aggressive in Game 2
    LeBron James said he might have to change his mindset a bit for Game 2 against the Bulls on Wednesday with Kevin Love (shoulder) out.

    Advice: "I've never kind of went into a game saying, 'OK. I'm going to be ultra aggressive to start a game,'" James said. "I've always had that feel-out thing, but [during Game 1] it was little bit too much feel-out. I think I only had two shots at one point. I just was not [as aggressive] offensively as I was defensively." James shot just 9-of-22 from the field during the Cavs' Game 1 loss to the Bulls, and also turned the ball over six times. Cleveland will need a more aggressive and efficient LeBron James in order to have a chance at evening up the series during Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:54 pm
  • Thibodeau says Mirotic a 'situational player'
    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Nikola Mirotic will be a "situational player" for Chicago's second-round series against Cleveland.

    Advice: Mirotic only left the bench for two minutes during Game 1, and it sounds like unless there's a major injury to the Bulls frontcourt, he's not going to be a steady rotation player during Chicago's second-round series. Those playing daily leagues should probably avoid playing Mirotic. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:28 pm
  • Nuggets ramping up their head coaching search
    The Nuggets will be ramping up their head coaching search this week, and the process is expected to take most of the month of May.

    Advice: The current list of candidates includes Melvin Hunt, Mike D'Antoni, Alvin Gentry, and former OKC head coach Scott Brooks. The Nuggets are reportedly looking for a head coach that will institute a fast-paced style, which is always a plus from a fantasy perspective. We'll continue to pass along updates on Denver's head coaching vacancy as they become available. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:09 pm
  • Chris Paul questionable for Game 2 on Wed
    Chris Paul (hamstring) is being listed as questionable for Game 2 against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Paul was also listed as questionable for Game 1, and he's likely headed for a game-time decision for Game 2. After the Clippers stole Game 1 without the services of CP3, it'll be very interesting to see if head coach Doc Rivers elects to give him another day of rest and sit him on Wednesday in order to be ready for Friday's Game 3 at Staples Center. Expect another update after Wednesday morning's shootaround, but if he's sidelined, it'll again be Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick, and Jamal Crawford doing the heavy lifting on offense. Austin Rivers would start at point guard. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:49 am
     
    Injured
  • Mike Conley (face) questionable for Game 2
    Mike Conley (face) went through shootaround and he is officially being listed as questionable for Game 2 against the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Advice: Conley said that he expects to play in Game 2, and he's likely headed for a game-time decision. He underwent a fairly major surgery just last week, so it would be impressive to say the least if he's able to suit up tonight. For what it's worth, Conley still hasn't participated in any contact drills, so even if he is able to play, it would likely be in a very limited capacity. Conley will be the starter if he's able to give it a go, meaning Nick Calathes would head back to the bench where he'd split minutes with Beno Udrih. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:33 am
  • Derrick Rose will play Game 2 on Wednesday
    Derrick Rose (shoulder) will play in Game 2 against the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rose's status was never really in doubt after he suffered a shoulder stinger during Monday's Game 1 win, but it's nice to get early confirmation that he'll be able to play. Rose has had a strong showing thus far in the playoffs and should be started in all playoff fantasy games as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:53 am
  • Ognjen Kuzmic out for Game 2 vs Grizzlies
    Ognjen Kuzmic (ankle) has been ruled out for Game 2 against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

    Advice: Kuzmic isn't part of the Warriors playoff rotation, so this isn't a huge blow to the Western Conference's top seed. Draymond Green has been playing huge minutes for the Warriors and will continue to do so with or without Kuzmic. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:30 am
  • Celtics interested in acquiring Ty Lawson?
    The Celtics may be interested in acquiring Ty Lawson, according to Zach Lowe of Grantland.

    Advice: The Celtics and Nuggets discussed a Lawson deal before the trade deadline, but the Celtics also have Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart in their backcourt so one of those players would likely be included in any deal for Lawson. Celtics president Danny Ainge has promised some big offseason moves, so we'll keep an eye on this situation to see if Lawson is part of those moves. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:49 am
  • Austin Rivers says he can run sets Paul can't
    Austin Rivers said there are sets he can run that Chris Paul can't and vice versa.

    Advice: "I can’t run the same sets he does and there are sets that I run that he can’t run," Rivers said. While Rivers scored 17 points to go along with one rebound, three assists, four steals, and four three-pointers in Monday's Game 1 win over the Rockets, he's also saying he can do things that a top-5 MVP candidate can't. We'll just let the quote speak for itself. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:19 am
  • Goran Dragic says Miami is his first choice
    Goran Dragic said the Miami Heat are his first choice in free agency.

    Advice: Dragic will opt out of his contract before the end of the month, but he said he's hoping to stay with the Heat as long as the two sides are on the same page financially. "As long as I’m in a happy environment and a healthy organization, that’s the most important thing," Dragic said. "The next three, four, five years — I want to spend it on this kind of team, like the Miami Heat. They have great players, great coaching staff and great training staff." While he didn't return value as a third-round pick in 2014-15 , Dragic should benefit from a full season in a Heat uniform if he returns and is worthy of an early-mid round selection in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:14 am
  • Russell Westbrook upset with Thunder?
    Russell Westbrook is upset that that Thunder did not consult with him about the hiring of new head coach Billy Donovan, according to Justin Termine of SiriusXM.

    Advice: According to Termine's sources, the Thunder consulted with Kevin Durant, but did not include Westbrook in that consultation. Westbrook had previously spoken out in support of ousted head coach Scott Brooks, so there could be some hurt feelings in regards to that as well. Westbrook has two seasons left on his contract with the Thunder, so there may not be much recourse for him here, but we'll keep an eye out for updates on Termine's report. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:44 am
  • Derrick Rose not worried about shoulder
    Derrick Rose said he isn't worried about the shoulder injury he suffered during Monday's Game 1 win over the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Rose suffered a shoulder stinger towards the end of the game, but was able to walk it off and didn't sound too worried after the game. "It was a stinger; my first time ever," Rose said. "It went away within 5,10 minutes. It’s something I’m not worried about." Rose had a fantastic Game 1 in scoring 25 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal, and three 3-pointers and Bulls fans can breathe a sign of relief as it sounds like he'll be just fine for Wednesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:50 am
  • Nene willing to sacrifice for good of team
    Nene said he's willing to accept a lesser role if it means greater success for the Wizards.

    Advice: Nene has seen diminished touches and minutes in the playoffs as the Wizards have shifted to more of a flowing playing style. "Definitely it’s tough. That’s the reason it’s a sacrifice," Nene said after playing just 17 minutes in Game 1. "But you know the result is something much better than you look cool or look good. You need to do different things that you [do] not usually do, but you know that’s the right thing for the team." While Nene will still play a part in Washington's postseason run, he can't be expected to produce like the player fantasy owners have become accustomed to. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:40 am
  • Chandler Parsons reveals recruiting pitch
    Chandler Parsons (knee) revealed parts of the recruiting pitch that he will use to attempt to lure fellow players to the Mavericks this offseason.

    Advice: Parsons had previously said he wants to help attract free agents to Dallas and is "shifting into GM mode." Following arthroscopic knee surgery, Parsons revealed parts of his pitch. "We have a great organization," he said. "We have high expectations. We have the best owner in sports. We’re definitely moving in the right direction, and we have a lot of pieces that would fit well with the free agents out there right now. And we have a great coach, so I think we’re moving in the right direction. We’re a championship-caliber team." Whether Parsons is successful in his recruiting remains to be seen, but he'll have plenty of targets this summer, including LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, and potentially Kevin Love. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:33 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Barnes all over the court in Clippers win
    Matt Barnes was everywhere in the Clippers' Game 1 win over the Rockets on Monday, scoring 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks in 42 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes is a guy that the Clippers would love to rest up in a short series, but for now he's going to be a workhorse and especially while Chris Paul (hamstring) is out. The Rockets didn't exert any of their will on tonight's game and if they have any life in them this type of upside could vanish pretty quickly, and most certainly will when Paul returns. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:09 pm
  • Austin powers the Clippers, at least a little
    Austin Rivers started for injured Chris Paul (hamstring) and scored 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting (including four threes) with one rebound, three assists and four steals in Monday's Game 1 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Let's be clear, he had more bad plays than we could count and was a sieve defensively, but he buried open threes and the Rockets were their own brand of terrible. If Paul can't go in Game 2 (or Doc Rivers thinks he can win one without him), then this would be Rivers' high-water mark. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:06 pm
  • Ariza hits 7-of-13 shots for 17 points
    Trevor Ariza hit 7-of-13 shots (including two threes) for 17 points, five boards, four assists, three steals and one block in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Ariza couldn't hit the broadside of the barn last series and it would be fairly shocking if he had two bad series in a row. Consider riding him as he heats back up. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:55 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Howard goes for 22 and 10 with five blocks
    Dwight Howard scored 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting (4-of-9 FTs) with 10 rebounds, one steal and five blocks in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Howard is going to have a tough matchup with DeAndre Jordan, but there's still plenty of ways for him to get his numbers, especially with some of the lineups the Clippers are forced to play due to a lack of depth. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:53 pm
  • LeBron sloppy, still posts 19-15-9 in G1 loss
    LeBron James scored 19 points on 9-of-22 shooting with 15 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, one block and six turnovers in Monday's 99-92 Game 1 loss to the Cavs.

    Advice: James is going to get his numbers no matter what and it's just a matter of whether or not he gets slowed down in the process -- and Jimmy Butler helped make that happen a bit tonight. The Cavs got 22 points out of Iman Shumpert to help offset the loss of J.R. Smith to a two-game suspension, but their defense was terrible and now they've lost home court advantage right out of the gate. Game 2 is on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:51 pm
  • Rose + Butler lead balanced effort in G1 win
    Derrick Rose scored 25 points on 11-of-26 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, five assists and one steal in Monday's Game 1 win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Rose looked like he may have hurt his shoulder seriously at the end of the game but all reports since then have indicated the issue was minor. Jimmy Butler was the more important and better player for the Bulls, but Rose is the player that will swing this series one way or another so Chicago fans have to love the solid outing. Coming off two days' worth of rest, he hasn't been anywhere near as good with the one day he'll get before Wednesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:20 pm
  • Mirotic sees just two minutes of playing time
    Nikola Mirotic played just two minutes in Monday's Game 1 win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Joakim Noah didn't look great and Mirotic's absence from this game would have certainly been second guessed if the Bulls had lost. The rookie has never truly had Tom Thibodeau's trust in terms of playing time, so barring a report to suggest otherwise we'd recommend avoiding him in DFS formats. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:43 pm
  • Austin Rivers starting for LAC in Game 1
    Austin Rivers will start for injured Chris Paul (hamstring) in Monday's Game 1 opener against the Rockets.

    Advice: Rivers won't face an impact defender and he'll have quite a bit of playing time to put points on the board, but look for the offense to be run through Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and Matt Barnes. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:30 pm
  • Chris Paul (hamstring) out for Game 1
    Chris Paul (hamstring) will not play in Game 1 on Monday.

    Advice: Ouch. Coach Doc Rivers expects Paul to play at some point in this series, but it won't be tonight. He's also at risk of missing Game 2 on Wednesday. The Clippers will have to count on Austin Rivers a ton tonight. Blake Griffin also has a great chance for a triple-double. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:05 pm
     
    Injured
  • Mike Conley believes he'll play in Game 2
    Mike Conley (face) said he believes he'll play on Tuesday.

    Advice: He did warm up on Sunday and did go through practice on Monday. However, the sense around the team is that he won't be able to play in Game 2. The Grizzlies will host Game 3 on Saturday, so all that time off should help Conley get out there. For now, Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes will get some run on Tuesday, but consider Conley a 50/50 guy to play. There will be another update at shootaround tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:08 pm
  • Chris Paul does shootaround, still game-time
    Chris Paul (hamstring) went through shootaround, but he remains a game-time decision on Monday for Game 1 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: When asked for a CP3 update, Doc Rivers said, "Uh, he's alive." Paul is expected to test his hamstring to see if he can give it a go, and Doc Rivers will rely on the training staff to make the call. If CP3 sits, Austin Rivers could draw the Game 1 start. That's a weird sentence. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:06 am
     
    Injured
  • Stephen Curry officially crowned NBA MVP
    Stephen Curry has officially been named the 2014-15 NBA MVP.

    Advice: Chef Curry is indeed cooking with the pot. After unofficial word slipped out on Sunday, the league wasted no time in making the announcement official on Monday. James Harden finished second, LeBron James finished third and Russell Westbrook finished fourth with Anthony Davis (fifth) and Chris Paul (sixth) rounding out the order. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:05 am
  • Report: Mike Conley unlikely to play Game 2
    Mike Conley (face, eye) is unlikely to play in Game 2 vs. the Warriors, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.

    Advice: The Grizzlies and Warriors don't square off until Tuesday night for Game 2, but with Conley still being bothered by noise and bright lights in addition to continued facial swelling, it would be miraculous if we saw him before Game 3 at the very earliest. It's also unclear if Conley will have to go through the NBA's concussion protocol, which could potentially push his return date back further. Nick Calathes and Beno Udrih will continue to try and fill in for Conley. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:32 am
  • Mike Conley (face) bothered by lights, noise
    Mike Conley (facial surgery) was bothered by the loud noise and bright lights at Oracle Arena during Sunday's game.

    Advice: "You get a lot of headaches," said Conley, who shot around before the game but did not play. "You get a lot of pressure in that eye. It's tough to hear loud noises and horns. Lights hurt. It's sensitive to a lot." His return date remains uncertain and there's a good chance that Nick Calathes will start again on Tuesday, though Conley is considered questionable for Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:56 pm
  • Tony Allen plays great, earns boos in Game 1
    Tony Allen drew the ire of Warriors fans by accidentally interrupting a children's dance group during Sunday's Game 1 defeat, which he finished with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals and zero turnovers.

    Advice: Allen was terrific, shooting 6-of-11 from the field in 38 high-energy minutes, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 15-point road loss. Golden State's fans booed Allen for the rest of the game after he meandered onto the court in the middle of the kids' dance routine during a timeout, a moment Draymond Green described as "hilarious." The Grizzlies won't be laughing after the convincing defeat. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:50 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Nick Calathes scoreless in Conley's absence
    Nick Calathes started at PG on Sunday but he failed to score in 21 minutes, going 0-of-4 from the field and 0-of-2 at the FT line with one rebound, two assists, three steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: Paging Mike Conley. The Warriors also held Beno Udrih to seven points and one assist in 19 minutes off the bench, while their own MVP point guard pitched in a game-high 22 points. It's a wildly lopsided matchup but Calathes, who played well in the first round, will need to have a short memory with Game 2 looming on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:45 pm
  • MRI negative on Chris Paul's left hamstring
    An MRI on Chris Paul's left hamstring was negative and he is a game-time decision for Monday's Game 1 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: This is as good a report as Clippers' fans could have expected, though we may not learn CP3's availability until after he goes through pre-game warmups. He was amazing despite playing hurt on Saturday and if he's at all limited the Clips' offense will lean even more on Blake Griffin, with Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers assuming extra ball-handling duties. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:41 pm
     
    Injured
  • Draymond: Gm 1 'not as physical' as expected
    Draymond Green racked up 16 points, four 3-pointers, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 27 minutes on Sunday, helping Golden State earn a 1-0 series lead.

    Advice: Green began the game with a barrage of 3-pointers and it took some second-half foul trouble to slow him down. He said after the game that his matchup vs. Zach Randolph and the Grizzlies' frontcourt "wasn't as physical as [he] thought it'd be," and Golden State should cruise in the series if Green can turn the matchup in their favor. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:36 pm
  • Report: Stephen Curry to earn MVP honors
    Stephen Curry will be named MVP for the 2014-15 season, according to CSN Bay Area.

    Advice: An official announcement is expected to be made this week, possibly as soon as Monday, and it makes sense for him to receive the award prior to Tuesday's Game 2 vs. the Grizzlies. Curry averaged only 32.7 minutes per game this season, yet he beat out MVP candidates like James Harden and LeBron James by leading his team to a league-best 67-15 record. He averaged 23.8 points, 3.6 triples, 4.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 2.0 steals during the regular season, and has somehow been even better in the playoffs. Congrats, Steph. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:18 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 18 points in 38 minutes
    Klay Thompson again got some heavy run for the Warriors during Sunday's Game 1 victory over the Grizzlies, scoring 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting, with six assists, three rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal and four turnovers over 38 minutes.

    Advice: Klay's minutes have risen this postseason, and so has his scoring. He's averaging 23.6 points, 3.6 three-pointers, 2.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.0 block and 2.2 turnovers per game through 38 minutes of action through the first five games of the playoffs, and he shows no signs of slowing down. With the way this game went, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Dubs advance to the Western Conference Finals with a sweep of the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:32 pm
  • Stephen Curry drops 22 points in Game 1 win
    Stephen Curry put up a game-high 22 points during Sunday's Game 1 win over the Grizzlies, adding seven assists, four 3-pointers, four steals, two rebounds and four turnovers through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Warriors won their 21st straight game at Oracle Arena on Sunday, which is now the longest home-game winning streak in Warriors franchise history. Nick Calathes is nowhere near the defender that Mike Conley is, so Curry should have much trouble at all dismantling Memphis' defense. Through the first five games of the playoffs, Curry has compiled averages of 31.4 points, 7.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 4.8 three-pointers, and 1.8 steals per game. Stud. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:16 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 24 points on 13 shots
    DeMarre Carroll's ridiculous postseason run continued on Sunday, as he scored 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting (3-of-5 from the stripe), with five 3-pointers, three rebounds and just one turnover through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: Carroll become the first Hawks player to score 20+ points in five consecutive postseason games since the great Dominique Wilkins, and he's been phenomenal over Atlanta's past five games shooting a remarkable 63.5 percent from the field, and 60.7 percent from beyond the arc. Atlanta lost Game 1, but no one will be pointing the finger at DeMarre. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:19 pm
  • Teague struggles with shot in Game 1 loss
    Jeff Teague's postseason struggles continued on Sunday, as he scored just 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting to go with seven assists, three rebounds, one 3-pointer and one turnover over 34 minutes.

    Advice: Teague is now shooting 37.8 percent from the field this postseason, and he'll need to turn things around for Atlanta to have a chance of evening up the series during Tuesday's Game 2. The Hawks actually had a 10-point lead heading into halftime, but they absolutely self-destructed during the second-half, connecting on just 25 percent of their shot attempts. Teague did briefly leave Sunday's game with an ankle injury, but he played through it, and we'd expect him to be fine for Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:03 pm
  • Otto Porter double-doubles in 34 minutes
    Otto Porter continued his fantastic postseason run on Sunday, coming away with his first-career playoff double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds, two 3-pointers and one assist through 34 minutes of action.

    Advice: Porter has been a completely different player this postseason, averaging 9.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.4 three-pointers and 1.0 steal per game improving upon all of his regular-season averages. He's also averaging a plus/minus rating of plus-11.8, and his gritty defense continues to earn him steady minutes in the Wizards' rotation. Bradley Beal suffered an ankle injury during Game 1, and if that forces him to sit out Game 2 on Tuesday, Porter will have plenty of opportunity coming his way. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:30 pm
  • Nene fails to score in 17 minutes of action
    Nene missed all four of his shots during Sunday's Game 1 victory over the Hawks, coming away with just three rebounds, one steal and two turnovers through 17 minutes of action.

    Advice: Nene is banged up, playing through foot, shoulder, and ankle injuries, and that was perhaps the reason he struggled so mightily today. He has a tough matchup against Paul Millsap, and it looks like the Wizards will be going with a community approach to the power forward position for their second-round series. Drew Gooden played 14 minutes off the bench, putting up 12 points, five rebounds, and two 3-pointers, while Kevin Seraphin logged nine minutes of action, missing all three of his shots, and grabbing three rebounds. This three-way timeshare is something that should be avoided in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:17 pm
  • Nick Calathes will start Game 1 vs. GSW
    Nick Calathes will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Calathes will split minutes with Beno Udrih at the point guard position with Mike Conley (face) unavailable for this one. However, he'll get a very tough matchup against Stephen Curry of the Warriors, so owners of Calathes should temper their expectations. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:47 am
  • Mike Conley (face) out for Game 1 on Sunday
    Mike Conley (face) will not play in Game 1 on Sunday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Conley is hopeful that he can give it a go at some point during the Grizzlies second-round series against the Warriors, but the doctors gave him a 4-6 week timetable on April 30, so this looks like one of those situations where the player is being overly optimistic. Conley did go through some pregame warmups sporting a mask, so he's likely going to be a game-time call for each game, but for now he's looking doubtful to return during the second-round. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:37 am
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) will play in Game 1
    Tony Allen (hamstring) will play in Game 1 vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: He was never really in any danger of sitting this one out, but this report confirms that he will be active. He'll likely spend some time harassing both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on defense. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:28 am
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Chris Paul (hamstring) may sit out Game 1
    Doc Rivers said that Chris Paul may miss Game 1 vs. the Rockets on Monday, and he's officially being listed as questionable.

    Advice: "Chris may play or may not play the first game [vs. Houston], but the game is Monday... my guess right now if I had to guess, I would say no," Rivers said. Paul suffered a hamstring injury during the first quarter of Saturday's Game 7 win over the Spurs, and while he played through it, it would seem he's in jeopardy of missing Game 1 on Monday. We'll continue to monitor his status closely, but if he's forced to sit, Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and Blake Griffin would all need to step up in a big way. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:15 am
     
    Injured
  • Mike Conley going through warmups in mask
    Mike Conley (face) is currently going through warmups wearing a mask.

    Advice: Conley remains doubtful to play, but the fact that he's going through warmups and sporting a mask, it would seem he's at least going to try and give it a go. Head coach Dave Joerger said that there's a possibility Conley is able to play, but it remains unlikely. We'll have another update in about another 30 minutes on his official status. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:06 am
  • Draymond Green's ankle has shown improvement
    Head coach Steve Kerr said that Draymond Green's ankle has shown improvement this week.

    Advice: The Warriors have been off since Apr 25, so some improvement was inevitable. Green was fantastic in the Warriors' series against the Pelicans, averaging 15.8 points, 12.8 boards, 6.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 2.5 steals and 1.5 3-pointers per game. He will draw a tough matchup against Zach Randolph and the Grizzlies, but Green will be up for the challenge. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:00 am
  • Jeff Teague (ankle) will return to Game 1
    Jeff Teague (right ankle sprain) briefly left Sunday's Game 1 against the Wizards, but he will be available to keep playing.

    Advice: It didn't look too serious and Teague simply had his ankle re-taped in the locker room. Teague's right ankle has been troublesome for a while now, so hopefully the injury doesn't linger throughout the series. We will let you know how he holds up after the game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:21 am
  • Garrett Temple will be available for Game 1
    Head coach Randy Wittman confirmed that Garrett Temple (hamstring) will be available for Game 1 vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: Temple has been on the shelf since Mar. 9 and just recently returned to practice on Friday, so there is no guarantee that he sees the floor today. With the Wizards at full strength, Temple will find it hard to carve out a significant role in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:34 am
  • Garrett Temple warming up for Game 1 Sun
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) is warming up to play in Game 1 vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: Temple made it through practice on Friday and is expected to be available to play today, so this is definitely a good sign. However, he has been sidelined since Mar. 9, and with the way Otto Porter has been playing off the bench, Temple probably won't see many minutes right out of the gate. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:10 am
  • Ty Lawson could be on his way out of Denver?
    Ty Lawson's relationship with the Nuggets continues to be shaky, and Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post speculates that he could be traded in the near future.

    Advice: When asked by a Dallas Mavericks fan on Instagram to come play for Dallas, Lawson replied,"I wish". Lawson immediately deleted the post, but not before the media got to it. It's pretty obvious that he has grown frustrated with the Nuggets, and a change of scenery would probably be best for both sides moving forward. We will follow this story closely, but don't be surprised if Lawson is wearing a different uniform to start the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:47 am
  • Chris Paul hits game-winner in heroic game
    Chris Paul (hamstring) had the most iconic game of his career during a Game 7 111-109 victory over the Spurs on Saturday, scoring 27 points with two rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block, five 3-pointers and one turnover.

    Advice: CP3 also hit a game-winning shot with one second left to earn the series victory. He also suffered a hamstring injury and was able to return in the second quarter. Paul was grabbing his hamstring throughout the game and he was limping numerous times, as well. Coach Doc Rivers said CP3 could miss Game 1 on Monday in Houston and Rivers said he'd guess his star PG can't go, so that will be the biggest story to watch. Until then, let's just re-watch this instant classic a few more times. It's still not fair that the No. 2 and 3 teams for net rating had to play in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:35 pm
     
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  • Chris Paul (left hamstring) returns to action
    Chris Paul (hamstring) returned to Saturday's game in the second quarter.

    Advice: Owner Steve Ballmer's face probably isn't quite as red. Although, Paul does seem to be limping a bit, so he's not at 100 percent. He's going to have to man up here. This should be an amazing game. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:58 pm
     
    Injured
  • Chris Paul (hamstring) to the locker room
    Chris Paul suffered a hamstring injury against the Spurs on Saturday and went to the locker room. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:40 pm
     
    Injured
  • Mike Conley (face) doubtful to play Sunday
    Mike Conley (face) is doubtful to play against the Warriors on Sunday in Game 1.

    Advice: We still haven't heard if he practiced yet and Tony Allen said "I can't tell y'all" about Conley at practice today. There's hope he'll be able to play at some point in this series, but it doesn't look like it'll be Sunday. The Grizzlies will likely use Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes at the point. Although, it's worth mentioning they had a no-PG lineup briefly in Game 5 vs. Portland. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:38 pm
  • Ognjen Kuzmic (ankle) out for one week
    Ognjen Kuzmic sprained his ankle and will be re-evaluated in one week.

    Advice: He wasn't in the rotation and the Warriors are really tightening it up in their frontcourt. Draymond Green played more minutes than any Warrior in the first round and he will be a huge piece for the second round. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:18 pm
  • Carroll hits 7-of-8 shots for 20 points
    DeMarre Carroll hit 7-of-8 shots in Friday's Game 6 win over the Nets, finishing with 20 points, five rebounds and three treys in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: Carroll is one of the reasons the Hawks are so dangerous, as he can defend multiple positions and give you efficient scoring and floor spacing on the other end. Paul Pierce won't be able to hop inside the Hawks' heads and take up residence in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Teague hands out 13 assists in blowout win
    Jeff Teague handed out 13 assists in Friday's blowout Game 6 win over the Nets, but did not hit any field goals for zero points, two steals and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Teague missed on all five of his attempts but he looked fine and his scoring wasn't needed in the 24-point win. He was, however, a bit inconsistent during this series and he'll need to clean that up against the Wizards. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:39 pm
  • Chandler Parsons has arthroscopic surgery
    Chandler Parsons (knee) had arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday morning.

    Advice: This is good news that he didn't have microfracture surgery. The Mavs did not give a timetable for his recovery, but generally knee scopes require 4-6 weeks off. That means he should be ready to roll in a couple months. Parsons should have more fantasy value with Rajon Rondo out of town, so keep an eye on him in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:31 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Chandler Parsons has knee surgery on Friday
    Chandler Parsons (knee) had surgery on Friday morning.

    Advice: We don't know what the details are just yet, but feel free to check out the image in the link below. "Thank you for all the support throughout this process," Parsons said on his Instagram page. "I will be back stronger and better than ever!!" It seems like it could be microfracture surgery and there should be an official update soon. If that's the case, he could miss the start of the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:20 pm
     
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    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Garrett Temple goes through practice
    Garrett Temple went through practice on Friday and will be available for Game 1 in the second round.

    Advice: Temple had a hamstring strain with some tearing and has been out since Mar. 9. With Otto Porter really stepping up and Bradley Beal logging major minutes, there are not a lot of minutes available for Temple. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:06 am
  • Nikola Mirotic gets bumped from rotation
    Nikola Mirotic played eight minutes against the Bucks on Thursday with two points, four boards and one assist.

    Advice: The Bulls were on fire in the first half, so Mirotic was basically left out of the rotation tonight. He continues to struggle at small forward and that is the big reason why he's seen his playing time fall off. Mirotic played 19.5 minutes per game in his previous two games and he didn't even check in tonight until the Bulls were up 34 points. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:52 pm
  • Derrick Rose scores 15 in 25 minutes
    Derrick Rose scored 15 points with five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three 3-pointers during a 120-66 win over the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the third largest victory in playoff history and this game was over in the second quarter. Rose was on the stationary bike during the game today. Interestingly, he was still in the game when the Bulls were up by more than 40 points. An interesting trend so far in the playoffs for Rose is that he's been much better when he had two days off (like today) opposed to one day off. The Bulls will take on the Cavs in Cleveland on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:52 pm
  • Chandler Parsons ready to recruit for Mavs
    Chandler Parsons said he's ready to take on a recruiting role to help attract free agents to Dallas.

    Advice: While Parsons is likely to have knee surgery over the offseason, he's not letting that stop him from heading up the Mavs' recruiting efforts. "I’m officially shifting into GM mode," he said. "I have great relationships with a lot of guys that are out there. I have a great relationship with a lot of guys that are currently on our team, so as a guy that will be here for a while and as one of the key guys going forward I will definitely be talking to management. Anything I can do to help I’ll obviously do." We'll keep an eye on Parsons' recruitment and recovery efforts over the summer, but it sounds like he has a busy few months ahead of him. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:04 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Nick Calathes scores six points in Game 5
    Nick Calathes drew another start in Game 5 vs. the Blazers on Wednesday, scoring six points on 3-of-10 shooting with four assists and four boards in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Beno Udrih played just 15 minutes and clearly wasn't 100 percent, and Mike Conley (face) still has no timetable for a return. Calathes could potentially start the rest of the way for the Grizzlies, but he will have a very unfavorable matchup with the Grizzlies set to face Stephen Curry and the Warriors in the next round. However, if Calathes continues to flirt with 30 minutes of action, he would be an interesting option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:53 pm
  • Jeff Teague returns from ankle issue
    Jeff Teague returned from a third-quarter ankle sprain during a 107-97 win over the Nets on Wednesday, finishing with 20 points, three rebounds, eight assists, three steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did have a bad turnover late and he still hasn't completely hit his stride. As for his ankle injury, it's something we'll need to watch in the next couple days. Back on Mar. 25, Teague suffered an ankle sprain and returned to action, but he missed the two following games. Although, that was the regular season and this ankle sprain didn't look as bad. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:58 pm
  • Tony Allen, Nick Calathes starting Wednesday
    Updating a previous report, Tony Allen and Nick Calathes will remain in the starting lineup, while Jeff Green will continue to come off the bench.

    Advice: There were conflicting reports before the game, but the Grizzlies will continue to roll with the same starters. They will look to close out the Blazers in front of their home crowd tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:53 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 24 points in a win
    DeMarre Carroll continued his remarkable postseason with 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's the first Hawk to score 20-plus points in three straight playoff games since Jamal Crawford in 2011. Carroll's contract season is basically the opposite of Rajon Rondo and he's really earned some big money. The Hawks are by far a better team when Carroll is on the court right now. As an aside, he did suffer a minor hand injury, but he was fine and didn't need to miss time. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:47 pm
  • Jeff Teague (right ankle) getting re-taped
    Jeff Teague (right ankle sprain) went to the locker room in the third quarter on Wednesday, but will return after being re-taped.

    Advice: He limped to the locker room under his own power, but it certainly wasn't a light limp. It sounds like Teague will be fine today, but don't forget he returned from an ankle injury earlier this season and missed following games because of swelling. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:38 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) set for a larger role?
    Chandler Parsons (knee) said that he expects to have a larger role next season.

    Advice: Parsons had a decent year with the Mavericks, posting averages of 15.7 points, 4.9 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.0 3-pointers per game. However, his knee is still going to require surgery in the offseason, and if he missed the start of training camp or more it could really slow him down to start the season. Doctors won't know exactly what's wrong with his knee until he has the procedure, so we would expect a firm timetable after the surgery. As always, we will continue to track his progress closely. Parsons will also heavily recruit free agents to Dallas this summer, so it will be interesting to see if he can bring anyone notable in. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:08 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Matt Barnes (shoulder) plays 28 mins Tuesday
    Matt Barnes (shoulder) had seven points, one 3-pointer, six rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 28 minutes on Tuesday, as the Clippers lost Game 5 by a final score of 107-111.

    Advice: Barnes' mildly sprained rotator cuff didn't seem to bother him tonight, and his playing time was mostly limited due to Doc Rivers' decision to roll with Jamal Crawford for longer stretches. Barnes was guilty of failing to box out during a missed free throw at the end of the game, essentially sealing the Spurs' win with an offensive board, but that shouldn't affect his role during Thursday's potential elimination game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:24 pm
  • Dwight Howard gets 18 & 19 as HOU advances
    Dwight Howard dominated the paint during Tuesday's series-clinching victory, finishing with 18 points, 19 rebounds, four steals and four blocks.

    Advice: "[Dwight's] knee has been good," coach Kevin McHale said before Game 5. "He is bouncy again. He has been feeling good." It showed again tonight as Howard logged 39 minutes, going 7-of-14 from the field and successfully navigating early foul trouble. His efforts helped Houston advance to face the winner of the Spurs vs. Clippers series. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:20 pm
  • Stephen Curry returns to practice on Tuesday
    Stephen Curry returned to the Warriors' practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Curry had an excused absence from Monday's practice, but he got back to business on Tuesday. He'll be ready to go for their second-round series against either the Grizzlies or the Trail Blazers. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:06 pm
  • Temple (hamstring) to be ready for 2nd round
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) has progressed to going through individual drills, and he should be ready to play for the Wizards' second-round series.

    Advice: As long as John Wall and Bradley Beal are healthy, Temple is going to have a tough time getting consistent minutes in Washington's rotations. He'll fight with Ramon Sessions for reserve minutes, but his fantasy value is essentially non-existent playing in a limited role off the bench for the Wizards. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:17 am
  • LeBron James says Cavaliers still confident
    LeBron James said the Cavaliers are still confident despite the likely loss of Kevin Love (shoulder) for the rest of the playoffs.

    Advice: Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said it's "highly unlikely" that Love will be able to return during the playoffs, but James said he and his teammates are still confident. "We definitely have to pick our own games up," LBJ said. "You can't fill Kevin's shoes. He's special for a reason." James and Kyrie Irving will have to step up their games with Love out, while a combination of Tristan Thompson, Kendrick Perkins, and Timofey Mozgov will all get extra minutes as the Cavs attempt to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:14 am
  • Chandler Parsons hoping to avoid surgery
    Chandler Parsons (knee) has delayed surgery until the Mavs' playoff run is over.

    Advice: Parsons said he’s delaying surgery on his right knee and added that he and doctors won’t know exactly what’s wrong with the knee until he has the procedure. The 26-year-old has been getting multiple medical opinions on his injured knee and one of the options is microfracture surgery. "There’s a lot of opinions and a lot of different things out there, but really the doctors won’t know anything until they open me up," Parsons said. "So I’m not going to say something is going to happen or not happen and then be wrong. I really won’t know until they open me up." If microfracture surgery is required, Parsons would potentially be looking at an 8-month recovery period, and he'd be in danger of missing the start of the 2015-16 season. We’ll be watching this story very closely over the offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:47 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Trevor Ariza says Rockets ready for Game 5
    Trevor Ariza promised the Rockets would have a bounce-back effort in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: After a lackluster effort in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Mavericks, Ariza promised there would be no Game 5 repeat. "They played harder than we did," Ariza said. "Tuesday, that won't happen again." Ariza has seen his numbers dip in the postseason as he's only averaging 9.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers on 29.7 percent shooting from the field, so we'll look for him to fulfill his promised breakout against the Mavs on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:23 am
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Nick Calathes scores 12 points in start
    Nick Calathes scored 12 points in his first postseason start on Monday to go with three rebounds, two assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He was 4-of-10 from the field and did a decent job on the defensive side. Beno Udrih wasn't at 100 percent and that may have been why Calathes drew the start. The pair will likely be looking at a close to a 50/50 split again in Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:17 pm
  • Derrick Rose struggles again in a loss
    Derrick Rose struggled for a second consecutive game against the Bucks on Monday, making 5-of-20 from the field for 13 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and six turnovers.

    Advice: He missed all seven attempts from deep and coach Tom Thibodeau will probably have a word with Rose to relax on those attempts. The Bulls made just 7-of-30 (23.3 percent) in the fourth quarter and only had seven fast-break points in the entire game. Rose was able to play with some control in his enormous Game 3, but he's been chaotic in the last two games. He'll get a couple days off before Game 6 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:45 pm
  • Nick Calathes will start at point guard
    Nick Calathes will start at point guard against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Beno Udrih arrived in a walking boot to the arena, so he's not at 100 percent. Based on that information, it's hard to like either guy with so much uncertainty. The two might split the minutes down the middle, but it could go either way depending on Udrih's ankle. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:17 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 20 points in loss
    DeMarre Carroll had another big game in a 120-115 overtime loss to the Nets on Monday, scoring 20 points with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Paul Millsap also had a big stat line with 16 points, 12 boards, four assists, three steals and three blocks. The Hawks finally sorted out their shooting issues, but they turned the ball over too much and couldn't stop Deron Williams. Carroll is earning himself some money this summer and will look to get a win on Wednesday in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:14 pm
  • Chandler Parsons could need microfracture
    Chandler Parsons (knee) could need microfracture on his right knee.

    Advice: It's only a possibility for now and he is getting multiple opinions on his ailing knee. If he is going to have that surgery, he'll be out for the start of training camp and possibly the start of the season. Parsons was a top-60 player in fantasy last season, but this surgery would move him closer to 100 on fantasy draft boards. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:22 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Matt Barnes (right shoulder) will play Tues
    Matt Barnes (sore right shoulder) will play on Tuesday in Game 5.

    Advice: He had an ice pack on his shoulder and should be able to resume his normal role. In four games against the Spurs in the playoffs, Barnes averaged 5.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 treys on 28.6 percent from the field in 28.0 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:41 pm
  • Curry has excused absence from practice
    Stephen Curry had an excused absence from practice on Monday.

    Advice: He's not injured and may have just earned some time off. The Warriors will start playing again on Sunday at the earliest or it could be later if the Blazers can win three in a row. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:22 am
  • Otto Porter benefiting from Paul Pierce
    Otto Porter is benefiting from having Paul Pierce as his mentor with the Wizards this season.

    Advice: "I need it. I'm a young pup," Porter said of Pierce. "I need somebody to push me and that's what he's doing." Paul, your thoughts? "I think he's tired of me getting on him, too. I constantly stay in Otto's ear pushing him, trying to get him to be the best he can be. He's responded. He's starting to play with a little bit more fire." Porter played at least 26 minutes in every game of the first round and appears to finally be coming out of his shell at the right time--especially on the defensive end. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:06 am
  • Jeff Teague hated everything about Game 3
    Jeff Teague hated everything about how the Hawks played in Game 3, and he vowed to improve for Game 4.

    Advice: "I hated our game [Saturday], I hated the way I played,’’ Teague said. "I think the whole team hated the way we played." It's hard to imagine the Hawks shooting 35.6 percent from the field again, including a "scathing" 6-of-30 from behind the three-point line, and a win would mean Atlanta taking a commanding 3-1 series lead. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:38 am
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) seeing a specialist
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is expected to get a third opinion this week.

    Advice: Parsons is traveling to Chicago, and it's not a good sign that he needs a third opinion in order to determine what's exactly wrong with his knee. "Trying to stay positive with it," Parsons said. There is a serious chance that Parsons will not be ready for training camp depending on the severity of the surgery he has to undergo. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:05 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Dwight Howard shoots just 3-of-13 at FT line
    Dwight Howard's free throw struggles were on full display in Sunday's Game 4 defeat, as he went 3-of-13 at the line to finish with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Howard missed two months with a knee injury and the Rockets limited him as a precaution down the stretch, a decision which has already paid off with solid production in the playoffs. He's averaging 16.3 points on 61.0 percent shooting, 12.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 blocks through four postseason games. He'd even made 12-of-18 free throws prior to tonight's struggles on the road. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 9:30 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
    Apr 26, 4:34 pm
  • Austin Rivers erupts for 16 points in 17 mins
    Austin Rivers was fantastic for the Clippers during their Game 4 win over the Spurs on Sunday, scoring 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting through just 17 minutes of action.

    Advice: As per usual, Rivers didn't do much aside from score (one assist, one steal, and one turnover), but he did give the Clippers' bench a major lift, and he was a big part of LA's win today. Rivers has actually been coming on for the Clippers lately, scoring in double figures in his last two outings, but he's still not much of a fantasy option as scoring is his only asset. It'll be very interesting to see if he can have a repeat performance during Game 5 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:00 pm
  • 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
    Apr 26, 1:07 pm
  • 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
    Apr 26, 11:38 am
  • Derrick Rose apologizes to his teammates
    Derrick Rose took the blame for Chicago's Game 4 loss to the Bucks on Saturday after he allowed Jerryd Bayless to have an open layup under the basket in the closing seconds of the game.

    Advice: "I put that all on me," Rose said. "I wasn't paying attention. I don't feel bad for myself, I feel bad for my teammates. Knowing that we could've forced overtime. I messed things up, but I swear I'm good for it." Rose was pretty reckless throughout the game and finished with eight turnovers to go with his 14 points, five boards, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers. The Bulls lead the Bucks 3-1, but Rose is going to have to step it up before Milwaukee gains any more momentum Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 6:36 am
  • 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
    Apr 26, 6:28 am
  • Nick Calathes scores 13 points in win on Sat
    Nick Calathes stepped up for the Grizzlies down the stretch during their Game 3 win over the Blazers on Saturday, scoring 13 points with four boards, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Mike Conley was forced to leave the game with an eye injury and Beno Udrih was held out tonight because of his ankle, so it was up to Calathes to close out the game and he certainly didn't disappoint. There is no word on whether or not Conley will have to miss time, but Beno Udrih is expected to return for Game 4 on Monday. Owners in daily leagues should keep a close eye on the injury report. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 10:31 pm
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