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  • DeMarre Carroll implies that he is fine
    DeMarre Carroll implied that his knee was fine after Friday's Game 2 loss vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: "Physically, I got out there, so I must've felt good," Carroll said. "But when you're a little kid, you dream of an opportunity to play in the Eastern Conference Finals and along, playing against one of the best players in the world. I didn't care if I had one leg, I wasn't going to let this pass me by." Carroll is one of the toughest players in the league, and even though he probably wouldn't admit it, he was clearly hobbled throughout the game on Friday. The fact that he played 34 minutes speaks volumes about his character, so there is no reason to think that he will be in danger of missing Game 3 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:57 am
  • Al Horford is hopeful to play in Game 3 Sun
    According to head coach Mike Budenholzer, the Hawks are hopeful that Al Horford (knee) will be good to go for Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: "He had two or three different times where he got hit in the same spot," Budenholzer said. "The feedback from him after the game, I think that he's going to be OK. I think that it's just one of those things. A couple hits, a couple bangs, we're hopeful that he'll be fine going into Game 3." The Hawks have the lost the first two games of the series at home, so they desperately need to win on Sunday. Horford will likely do everything in his power to play, but we should have plenty of updates on his status before the game. If Horford is unable to play, Mike Muscala and Pero Antic would be in the mix for more minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:44 am
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Jared Sullinger is on same page with Celtics
    Jared Sullinger and the Celtics are on the same page in regards to his conditioning.

    Advice: Sullinger is viewing the foot injury that he had this season as a wake-up call, and he is eager to improve his conditioning this summer. Celtics president Danny Ainge recently criticized Sullinger for not taking care of his body, so it's good to see that he is taking steps to improve. He will be playing for a new contract next season, so he will have plenty of motivation to have a big year. On a side note, Sullinger is hoping to be more of a post player next season, but he said that the coaching staff urges him to shoot more 3-pointers. We will keep an eye on his progress this summer, but as of right now he will still be a risky selection in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:28 am
  • Carroll (knee) guts out team-high 34 minutes
    DeMarre Carroll bounced back from a scary looking knee injury in Game 1 against the Cavs to play in Game 2, finishing with six points on 2-of-6 shooting and three rebounds in a team-high 34 minutes.

    Advice: Carroll was clearly hobbled and fairly lucky that LeBron James didn't test him as much as he could have. Still, the fact that he led his team in minutes and didn't back down from the challenge tonight are huge feathers in his cap for free agency. He needs some of his teammates to show the same fire he had tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:31 pm
  • Horford dinged up in 12-point, six-board game
    Al Horford scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, one steal and one block in Friday's Game 2 loss to the Cavs, but also got dinged up throughout the game with apparent quad injuries.

    Advice: Horford left the game once and would later return and the nature of his discomfort was hard to peg, but it's clear he's not at 100 percent and his status might be touchy going forward. He said after the game that he was okay, however, so Hawks fans can only cross their fingers and hope it doesn't become an issue in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:28 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Korver injures ankle in Game 2 loss to CLE
    Kyle Korver scored 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting (including two threes) with one rebound and one steal in 32 minutes, but left the game late after hurting an ankle and did not return.

    Advice: Korver left with the game basically in Cleveland's hands so it's possible the injury is less serious than more serious, and X-rays taken after the game were negative. Kent Bazemore (12 minutes, seven points, one steal) would step into some more minutes if Korver can't play in Game 3, and Dennis Schroder (13 points, 6-of-11 FGs, 12 minutes) could also get more minutes as long as he didn't shoot himself into the doghouse tonight. We'll update Korver's status as soon as we learn more. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:14 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • LeBron dominant in cakewalk win over Hawks
    LeBron James scored 30 points on 10-of-22 shooting (2-of-7 3PTs, 8-of-11 FTs) with nine rebounds, 11 assists and one block as the Cavs trounced the Hawks in Friday's Game 2 win.

    Advice: It's unfair to ask any one player to guard LeBron and the Hawks' scheme has been borderline belligerent on top of that. The scary part is that he is appears to be toying with the Hawks, settling for outside looks rather than punishing Atlanta for their lack of size. Game 3 is Sunday in Cleveland. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:09 pm
  • Thompson too much to handle down low
    Tristan Thompson was too much to handle for the Hawks in the Cavs' Game 2 win on Friday, grabbing 16 rebounds to go with seven points and two boards in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Thompson had a big-time block on Kent Bazemore as a signature play and his play in the playoffs has earned him a big payday. He has rendered Paul Millsap useless and the Hawks don't appear to have the muscle to keep him off the glass. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:05 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll remains a game-time decision
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) is still a game-time decision to play against the Cavs on Friday night in Game 2.

    Advice: There is an unconfirmed report that Carroll won't be playing, which wouldn't be a surprise. Of course, there's some added risk because Carroll is headed to free agency this summer and has a lot riding on that left knee of his. If he is out, Kent Bazemore will likely move into the starting lineup. Expect to see Dennis Schroder log more minutes along with Paul Millsap guarding LeBron James more often. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:52 pm
  • Gordon Hayward has minor heel procedure
    Gordon Hayward had minor outpatient surgery on his right heel.

    Advice: He is expected to make a full recovery in the early part of the summer. Hayward missed some game action near the end of the season due to an Achilles issue, so that likely explains his procedure. It shouldn't affect his fantasy value as an early-round target. The Jazz will have decent depth at all their positions, so their draft selection won't be easy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:41 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 117-91 @ Hou
  • Kupchak compares Clarkson to Westbrook
    General manager Mitch Kupchak compared Jordan Clarkson to Russell Westbrook.

    Advice: "If there’s a player in the league that plays like him, it’s Russell Westbrook," Kupchak said. "Now, I’m not saying for a second that Jordan Clarkson is the next Russell Westbrook, but he’s that kind of a ball-handling guard." On the downside, Kupchak said "the jury is still out" on Clarkson, so it's not like he's locked in as the starter. The Lakers may wind up picking up a point guard in free agency to go with a PF/C in the draft. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:40 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) probable for Game 3
    Dwight Howard (knee) is being listed as probable for Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: Howard went off for 19 points and 17 rebounds during Game 2's loss, so there's absolutely no reason to think he won't be in uniform for a crucial Game 3 in Houston. His probable tag would suggest he didn't experience any setbacks during his 40 minutes of action on Thursday, and Houston will need all they can get from Dwight if they hope to climb out of their current 0-2 hole. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:39 am
  • LeBron James still dealing with pain in ankle
    LeBron James said that his ankle "has been better," but he's in no danger of sitting out Game 2 vs. the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: At this point in the season, almost everyone is a little banged up, but James will continue to fight through the pain in order to give his squad the best chance at coming away with a Game 2 win in Atlanta. With Kyrie Irving's (knee, foot) status up in the air for Game 2, and DeMarre Carroll (knee) sounding unlikely, LeBron James could be in for a monster game. He'll make for a fine daily league play tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:45 am
  • DeMarre Carroll (knee) a game-time decision
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) will be a game-time decision for Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs, although it appears unlikely he'll be able to play.

    Advice: Carroll was spotted walking with a slight limp after Friday morning's shootaround, and head coach Mike Budenholzer sounded pessimistic when discussing Carroll's availability for Game 2. "We’ll see how he does the rest of the day and if he progresses," Budenholzer said. "He did some things this morning and we are hopeful for the best." Expect Kent Bazemore to start if Carroll can’t give it a go, with him and Paul Millsap serving as LeBron James’ primary defenders. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:37 am
  • Jordan McRae hopes to help 76ers next year
    Jordan McRae said that playing for the 76ers next year would be a "great opportunity."

    Advice: "I think it’s a great opportunity here," McRae said following a workout at the Sixers’ practice facility earlier this week. "They’re rebuilding and a lot of spots are open right now. I’m just trying to make the best of it." McRae spent the 2014-15 season playing overseas in Australia and with the 76ers D-League affiliate, and he feels he become a better defender and a more efficient scorer during that time. McRae will have an opportunity to prove his worth during Summer League, and with the 76ers roster looking the way it does, he certainly will have the opportunity for minutes if he earns a deal for the 2015-16 season. We'll track his progress closely this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:27 am
  • Carroll walking gingerly after shootaround
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) was spotted walking gingerly after Friday morning's shootaround, and he will be a game-time decision for Game 2 against the Cavs.

    Advice: Carroll was not made available to the media after shootaround, and it sounds like he'll be a true game-time decision on Friday, meaning we likely won't know his status until minutes before the tip. If he's forced to sit, Kent Bazemore and Paul Millsap would be given the unfortunate task of guarding LeBron James. With Kyrie Irving (knee, foot) also questionable for this one, James could be in line for a monster game going up against the lesser defense of the aforementioned players. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:10 am
  • Carroll sporting a knee brace at shootaround
    DeMarre Carroll walked out to the court for the Hawks' Friday morning shootaround wearing a knee brace on his injured left knee.

    Advice: While Carroll remains questionable for Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs, him participating in shootaround can be viewed as a positive sign. Atlanta absolutely needs Carroll as he's their best defender against LeBron James (he's holding James to just 31 percent shooting from the field), and this is a situation we'll be following very closely. If Carroll is unable to go, Kent Bazemore would likely slide into the starting lineup, and both he and Paul Millsap would be tasked with guarding James. All that effort guarding James on defense would likely take away from each players offensive output. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:50 am
  • Kris Humphries looking to become a stretch-4
    Kris Humphries stated during a recent interview that he will be looking to expend his range to beyond the 3-point arc this offseason.

    Advice: "I never really worked on shooting threes and stuff. I started working on it this year," said Humphries. "I had a lot of success in the last month [practicing] or so I really working on it every day, continue to work on it next year, add to my game." Wizards' head coach Randy Wittman has been gravitating towards playing smaller and faster with shooters at the four-spot, and current starting center Marcin Gortat has expressed a desire to play alongside a stretch-four, so if Humphries wants more consistent minutes this is a part of his game he'll need to develop. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:19 am
  • Terrence Jones scores 12 in Game 2 loss
    Terrence Jones came off the bench and hit 6-of-12 shots for 12 points, two rebounds, a steal and a three blocks in Thursday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Josh Smith was awful tonight and it would have made sense for Kevin McHale to pull the plug on him and roll with Jones in Game 2, but that didn't really happen. If Jones wants more minutes, he's going to have to do a better job of crashing the boards than he did tonight, but if Smith struggles early in Saturday's Game 3, don't be surprised if McHale turns to Jones earlier in that must-win game. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:27 pm
  • Trevor Ariza quiet in 38 minutes in Game 2
    Trevor Ariza played 38 minutes in Game 2 on Thursday, but hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer against Golden State for seven points, six rebounds, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: Ariza went off in Game 1 with 20 points and four 3-pointers on 7-of-10 shooting, and while he played solid defense again tonight, Ariza just never got it going. Look for him to bounce back in Saturday's Game 3 at Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:21 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Josh Smith struggles in Game 2 loss
    Josh Smith hit just 5-of-17 shots and missed all three of his 3-point attempts for 10 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and no blocks in 21 minutes of Thursday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: The Rockets fell into an early 17-point hole and the fact that Smith was outshooting teammate James Harden had a lot to do with it. Harden eventually took over and helped the Rockets to a 23-6 run to end the first half, but Smith was out there chucking again in the second half. He had 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers in Game 1, but didn't even look engaged in Game 2. It will be interesting to see what Kevin McHale does with him in Game 3, but chances are he'll be back out there and shooting at will, as that's what he does. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:19 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Dwight Howard plays well despite knee injury
    Dwight Howard not only played through his sore left knee, but went off for 19 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and a block, hitting 8-of-11 shots and 3-of-7 free throws in Thursday's tough loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Howard looked great, but so did the Warriors' Andrew Bogut, and you can expect these two to continue to battle each other throughout this series. Yes, there's a chance that Howard's knee could swell up and leave him questionable for Saturday's Game 3 in Houston, but if tonight was any indication, it would be very surprising if he's in street clothes on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:14 pm
  • Andre Iguodala plays 31 minutes off bench
    Andre Iguodala played 31 minutes off the bench and hit both of his shots for six points, two rebounds, six assists and two steals in Thursday's 99-98 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Since blowing up for 16 points last Wednesday against Memphis, Iguodala has scored 9, 4 and 6 points in his last three games, making him a pretty shaky fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:05 pm
  • Dwight Howard will play for Rockets
    Dwight Howard will play for the Rockets on Thursday night for Game 2.

    Advice: He tested his sore left knee just moments ago and looked pretty good doing so. Clint Capela will come off the bench now that it appears that Howard will start. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:33 pm
  • Dwight Howard to be a true game-time call
    Dwight Howard (knee) will be a true game-time decision for Game 2 on Thursday.

    Advice: "Dwight hasn't warmed up yet, so I don't know," coach Kevin McHale said. We'll be tracking this one until tip, but we might not find out until moments before the game starts. If he's out, Clint Capela would likely start, but expect to see Terrence Jones log major minutes at center. That also opens up time for Josh Smith. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:44 pm
  • LAL, DET, BOS interested in DeMarre Carroll
    The Lakers, Pistons, and Celtics will all reportedly be interesting in signing DeMarre Carroll as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Carroll has followed up a stellar regular-season with a fantastic postseason run, averaging 16.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.0 three-pointers and 1.2 steals per game on 51.3 percent shooting through the playoffs thus far. His ability to stretch the floor with his 3-point shooting, as well as guard multiple positions will have him in high demand as a free agent this offseason, and one league exec estimated that his next deal could come in at more than $15 million per year. As for his status heading into Game 2, he has been diagnosed with a left knee sprain and a bone bruise, and is being listed as questionable for Friday's game. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:08 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) a game-time decision
    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said that Dwight Howard (knee) went through about half of Thursday's shootaround, and he will be a game-time decision for Game 2 vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Howard has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain of the inside ligament of his left knee, although he was spotted making post moves and dunking during shootaround, which is a major improvement from yesterday when James Harden said he could barely bend his leg. However, Howard did not do any running during shootaround, so a key to his playing status for Game 2 will be how his knee responds to pregame sprints. If Dwight can't go, Clint Capela will start, with Josh Smith and Terrence Jones likely logging heavy minutes. Houston's medical staff said that players typically would need 7-10 days to recover from a knee sprain, so if he plays, he's definitely not going to be 100 percent. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:22 am
  • LeBron lauds Tristan Thompson's defense
    LeBron James said Tristan Thompson is one of the best pick-and-roll defenders in the NBA.

    Advice: James said Thompson's biggest defensive improvement this season has been his communication and that has led to the 24-year-old becoming one of the best pick-and-roll defenders in the league.Thompson has been a nightly double-double threat since entering the starting lineup for Kevin Love (shoulder) and he's now averaging 12.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks on 59.0 percent shooting from the field in his last five games. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:56 am
  • DeMarre Carroll has no structural damage
    DeMarre Carroll's MRI on his left knee reportedly revealed no structural damage.

    Advice: Early reports are that Carroll hyperextended his knee and is also dealing with a bone bruise. Carroll will now begin around the clock treatment on his left knee, and he is being listed as questionable for Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs. For what it's worth, Kent Bazemore said he was "optimistic" about Carroll being able to play on Friday after seeing him Thursday morning, and we will be monitoring this situation very closely. Bazemore will be the primary beneficiary if Carroll is unable to suit up for Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:24 am
  • Josh Smith says Rockets aren't panicking
    Josh Smith said the Rockets aren't panicking over the possibility that Dwight Howard (knee) might miss time.

    Advice: While the Rockets yet don't know the severity of Howard's injury, Smith said the team isn't hitting the panic button just yet. "We're not in panic mode because we've been here before," Smith said. He is correct in that the Rockets have been here before as Howard only suited up for half of the team's regular season games, but Houston will likely need their big man if they're intent on taking down the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:38 am
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Hawks anxiously await results of Carroll MRI
    The Atlanta Hawks will be anxiously awaiting the results of DeMarre Carroll's MRI on his left knee on Thursday.

    Advice: The Hawks will be holding their breathe for the results as Carroll represents their best chance at slowing down LeBron James. "The doctors are saying it’s a knee sprain," said head coach Mike Budenholzer. "We’ll see what we learn [Thursday], and figure out what gives us our best chance [regarding potential roster combinations should Carroll not be able to play in Game 2 on Friday]." If the Junkyard Dog is unable to play in Game 2 on Friday, Kent Bazemore would likely get the start for Atlanta and see all the minutes he can handle. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:41 am
  • DeMarre Carroll will have an MRI on Thursday
    DeMarre Carroll (left knee) has a knee sprain and will have an MRI on Thursday.

    Advice: This is a brutal blow for the Hawks. Carroll has turned it up on the offensive end thanks to improved shooting beyond the arc and getting many more shots at the rim. The Hawks are also extremely thin on the wing now with Thabo Sefolosha (broken leg) out for the season. While the TNT broadcast said there is some optimism on him, Carroll was on crutches after the game and the non-contact nature of this injury does not bode well. Expect Kent Bazemore to step up the most while the Hawks also go with more two-point guard lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • LeBron James scores 31, Cavs take Game 1
    LeBron James made 12-of-26 from the field for 31 points during a 97-89 Game 1 win on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and four turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He almost blew the game late because of an isolation festival and the Hawks defended him fairly well. James did have more trouble with Paul Millsap than any other Hawk and he'll likely see a lot more of him in Game 2. Tonight was LeBron's first ever Game 1 road win, failing to accomplish that feat in his eight tries. He and the Cavs will look to take a commanding lead on Friday in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:52 pm
  • Kyle Korver takes just five FGAs
    Kyle Korver made just 3-of-5 from the field for nine points in 36 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He killed the Cavs throughout the regular season, so the Cavs looked to have made a conscious effort to limit his looks. His defense was also not very good tonight. Korver is having a sub-par postseason after tearing it up in the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:19 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Dwight Howard said he was playing with pain
    Dwight Howard (knee) said he was playing with pain on Tuesday night.

    Advice: "It was very painful to play last night and coach just felt like it was best that I sit out," Howard said. "I'll just listen to my body. This is gonna be on how I feel. If I feel like I can tolerate it and play through it, then I will. I'm going to do whatever I can to help this team but I can't help the team if I'm hurt." There doesn't appear to be too much optimism right now and he'll likely be a game-time decision. Howard's "bad" knee this season was his right one, but he did have some left knee issues as well. We'll get an update tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Dwight Howard diagnosed with a left knee sprain
    An MRI revealed Dwight Howard suffered a left knee sprain on Tuesday and he remains questionable to play on Thursday.

    Advice: It doesn't appear to be a serious sprain, but this is slightly worse news than his previous diagnosis of a bruise. In other words, there is some ligament damage to his knee, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll miss time. If he is out, Clint Capela will continue to get significant minutes while Terrence Jones would also play center a lot more. The Rockets should have an update at Thursday's shootaround. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:11 pm
  • Dwight Howard is listed as questionable
    Dwight Howard (bruised left knee) is listed as questionable for Game 2 vs. the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: Howard is expected to have a precautionary MRI on Wednesday, so we should have another update once we know the results. He was clearly hobbling in Game 1 on Tuesday and finished with just seven points and 13 boards, so hopefully the injury doesn't linger throughout the series. If Howard is unable to play in Game 2, Clint Capela, Terrence Jones and Josh Smith will all see increased roles. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:02 am
  • Dwight Howard (knee) 'hopeful' for Game 2
    Dwight Howard (bruised left knee) is hopeful that he can play in Game 2 but he will have a precautionary MRI on Wednesday.

    Advice: Dwight said it was "very painful" to play through the injury and he eventually came out of the game early in the fourth quarter, but he doesn't think that the injury is "major." We'll update his status once the test results are released so keep a close eye on Rotoworld's injury report. If he misses any time it will be Clint Capela, Terrence Jones and Josh Smith doing their best to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:26 pm
  • Trevor Ariza catching fire from downtown
    Trevor Ariza was brilliant in 34 minutes during Tuesday's Game 1 loss, scoring 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting with four 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Ariza played a quintessential '3 and D' role tonight, locking down multiple assignments defensively while stretching the Warriors' defense as a sharp-shooter. He's averaging 4.2 triples on 53.8 percent shooting from downtown over Houston's past five games, solidifying himself one of the most versatile weapons in the Rockets' arsenal. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Dwight Howard limited by left knee in Game 1
    Dwight Howard had seven points, 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers before leaving Tuesday's game with a bruised left knee.

    Advice: Howard was injured in the first quarter and it appeared to slow him down throughout the game, though he continued to play until early in the fourth quarter. He'll only get one day to rest before Game 2 on Thursday, and we should have multiple updates on his status over the next 36 hours. If he isn't able to suit up, expect Clint Capela to start at center with more minutes also opening up for Josh Smith and Terrence Jones. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Josh Smith implies it'll be a physical WCF
    Josh Smith said after Tuesday morning's shootaround that he's looking forward to a very competitive series against the Warriors.

    Advice: "I mean, it’s the postseason. So I don’t think at this point none of the teams are going to be playing passive," said Smith. "It’s time to lace the shoes up, heighten the shorts up a little higher and get after it a little bit... I look forward to a very competitive series." It'll be MVP vs. MVP runner-up in the Western Conference Finals, and this should be a very competitive, physical, and exciting series to watch. Smith is going to have a tough matchup against Draymond Green of the Warriors, so we may see a bit of a regression to the mean with regards to Smoov’s field goal percentage. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:24 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Terrence Jones excited for matchup w/ GSW
    Terrence Jones said that he is excited for the Rockets' Western Conference Finals matchup against the Warriors.

    Advice: "It’s been a long, hard year, but I’m blessed to get out there and go to work with my brothers," Jones said. "I’m excited to see what comes from that. I’m definitely ready to get up and down. It’s a great feeling to be playing again." Jones did not suit up for a single game against the Warriors during the regular-season (just another reason to throw out that regular-season, series-sweep statistic), and he'll look to go to work against the West's No. 1 seed. His role was diminished in the second-round when Josh Smith entered the starting lineup, and it'll be interesting to see if that holds true in the Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:06 pm
  • Tristan Thompson says his shoulder is better
    Tristan Thompson said that his bruised left shoulder is feeling better, and that he's "ready to bang" for Cleveland's Eastern Conference Finals matchup against the Hawks.

    Advice: Since Thompson has entered the starting lineup, he has compiled averages of 8.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game on 56.6 percent shooting from the field. He had some nice games against the Bulls in Cleveland's second-round series, and he'll be a nightly double-double threat going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:56 am
  • Jordan Clarkson says he has more to prove
    Jordan Clarkson said he still has more to prove after being named to the NBA All-Rookie first team.

    Advice: After a solid finish to his rookie season, Clarkson has already begun his offseason workouts in order to get a head-start on the 2015-16 season. "It was a good feeling and it’s a good accomplishment. But at the same time, I have to put it behind me," Clarkson said. "I still have a lot to prove. I have to keep working. I have a lot of things I got to get better at. I have to keep grinding. This is just the beginning." Clarkson average 16.7 points, 4,6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.9 three-pointers after the All-Star Break and could be a solid mid-to-late round fantasy value, but that will depend on what the Lakers do this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:30 am
  • NBA names All-Rookie Teams
    Andrew Wiggins, Nikola Mirotic, Nerlens Noel, Elfrid Payton and Jordan Clarkson were named the 2014-15 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

    Advice: There are no surprises here based on the performance of these five players over the season. However, Clarkson going in the second round was a huge steal for the Lakers and he becomes the 11th Laker to be named to the first team. They groomed him as a point guard since Las Vegas Summer League and it worked out better than anyone in the organization could have expected. As for next season, his value hinges on what the Lakers wind up doing in the offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:19 am
  • LeBron James dealing with minor back injury
    LeBron James is dealing with a minor back injury, but he's expected to play Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Advice: LeBron apparently "tweaked his back" at some point against the Bulls, but since he's a cyborg robot with no ability to feel human pain, we don't expect any issues. In all sincerity, LeBron will be fine and is prepared to put the Cavs on his back in an effort to win Cleveland an elusive championship trophy. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:48 am
  • Al Horford doesn't pay attention to analytics
    Al Horford said he doesn't pay attention to analytics.

    Advice: "I don't pay attention at all," he said on ESPN's Mike and Mike radio show. This comment is sure to raise the eyebrow of fans, commentators, analysts and probably several in Atlanta's front office, but with the Hawks heading to the Eastern Conference Finals, this really shouldn't be a story. Horford is a phenomenally gifted player who is from the same school of being underappreciated as Mike Conley, Jr. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:32 am
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Trevor Ariza drains six 3-pointers in victory
    Trevor "A-three-za" was phenomenal during the Rockets Game 7 win on Sunday, scoring 22 points (6-of-14 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers through 43 minutes of action.

    Advice: Ariza was Houston's second-leading scorer in this one, and his effort from start-to-finish was fantastic. He's had a very nice postseason run thus far, averaging 13.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.2 three-pointers and 1.7 steals per game, while playing some lock down defense holding his opponents to just 39.7 percent shooting from the field. He'll likely spend some time picking up Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the Western Conference Finals, and the Rockets will need his defense and 3-point shooting if they hope to upset the West's No. 1 seed. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:13 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Josh Smith scores 15 points in Game 7 win
    Josh Smith was effective during Sunday's Game 7 win over the Clippers, scoring 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, to go with one rebound, one block, two 3-pointers and one turnover over 22 minutes.

    Advice: The turning point in this series came during Game 5 when Smith entered the starting lineup, and he was also a major component to Houston’s improbable Game 6 comeback win. This is a great story for Smoov who was the butt of a lot of jokes when he was waived by Detroit earlier in the year, and it looks like he found a new home in Houston. He’ll have to deal with Draymond Green in the Western Conference Finals, and that matchup should be very fun to watch, assuming Smoov remains with the starting unit. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:58 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Dwight Howard double-doubles in Game 7 win
    Dwight Howard put up a double-double in Sunday's Game 7 win over the Clippers, scoring 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting (4-of-8 from the line), with 15 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two turnovers through 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: Howard has looked revitalized this postseason after spending a lot of time on the sidelines with a knee injury during the regular-season. He’s been playing some elite level defense, and he could give the Warriors trouble in the Western Conference Finals. Dwight has compiled averaged of 17.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.7 blocks on 57.7 percent shooting from the field through the playoffs so far, a major improvement from his regular-season numbers. He's also been a beast on the glass with a rebounding rate of 21.9, he’ll be a strong daily league play the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:44 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) practices on Sat
    Tristan Thompson (shoulder) was able to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Thompson tweaked his left shoulder in Game 6 vs. the Bulls on Thursday after a hard fall, but he is expected to be fine moving forward. It's a good sign that he practiced on Saturday with the Cavs off until Wednesday, so we will leave him off the injury report unless something changes. Thompson averaged 37.0 minutes against the Bulls in the second round, and he should continue to have a prominent role moving forward with Kevin Love on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:42 am
  • Josh Smith proud of his Rockets team
    After overcoming a 19-point deficit against the Clippers in Game 6 on Thursday, Josh Smith spoke proudly about his team.

    Advice: "We've all been in tough games before," Smith said. "We've all been down. We've all seen situations that seem impossible. We stayed positive. We were reinforcing to everybody that we had the opportunity to still win this game. Nineteen points. I've seen bigger deficits before and teams coming back from it and we were able to do it." Smith has started the last two games which have both resulted in wins, so it's safe to say that he will be starting in Game 7 on Sunday after scoring 19 points with six boards, two assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in Game 6. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:33 am
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Kyle Korver makes just 1-of-8 in win
    Kyle Korver made just 1-of-8 from the field against the Wizards on Friday night for two points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Even when Korver is off, just the threat of him making shots is enough to make him effective. The Wizards and Nets both refused to have Korver's man help on defense and that may have explained why the Hawks had so many layups tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:26 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Al Horford comes up big on the defensive end
    Al Horford was outstanding on defense against the Wizards on Friday with 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

    Advice: The Wizards just could not get easy looks around the basket and most of the credit has to go to Horford here. The Hawks couldn't keep the Wizards guards in front of them, but the Wizards as a team made just 48.5 percent of their shots in the restricted area -- mostly due to Horford contesting. He's one of the best centers in the NBA and still seems to be under-appreciated. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:19 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • From Detroit With Love: Josh Smith takes over
    Josh Smith may have turned in the best quarter of his NBA career in the fourth during a 119-107 comeback win against the Clippers on Thursday, finishing with 19 points, six boards, two assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: If you went to bed early, you missed one of the craziest finishes in a long time. Smith was burying clutch 3-pointer after clutch 3-pointer, finishing with 14 points in the fourth quarter with four treys. The Pistons cut him from their roster for basically taking too many long-range shots, so this had to feel good for Smoove. He'll obviously be starting in Game 7 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:58 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • LeBron James struggles, Cavs still advance
    LeBron James made 7-of-23 from the field for 15 points in a series-clinching 94-73 victory over the Bulls on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks and four turnovers.

    Advice: He's now been to the conference finals five consecutive years. James completely owns the Bulls in the playoffs and has gone 16-5 against them. Considering how the Hawks haven't looked great and the Wizards don't have a healthy John Wall, the Cavs have to be considered as the favorite to represent the Eastern Conference. James did have a mild back tweak in the first half, but it didn't seem to be an issue after halftime. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:19 pm
  • Tristan Thompson scores 13 with 17 boards
    Tristan Thompson owned the paint against the Bulls on Thursday with 13 points, 17 boards and two blocks in 40 minutes.

    Advice: While LeBron James gets the headlines here for ending the Bulls in 2015, Thompson was arguably the missing piece of the puzzle. In fact, the Cavs' net rating was 23.6 better with Thompson on the court than it was without him in this series. He might not be quite as important in the next round. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:08 pm
  • Josh Smith will start Game 6 on Thursday
    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said he will start Josh Smith in Game 6 on Thursday.

    Advice: Smith replaced Terrance Jones in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 5 win and McHale will stick with the same starters for Game 6. Smoove didn't have a huge game on Tuesday with just nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, one block, and one three-pointer in 22 minutes, but his numbers were in line with his series averages so fantasy owners should expect more of the same on Thursday night. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:47 am
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Andre Iguodala solid again for Warriors
    Andre Iguodala played 25 minutes off the bench and hit 7-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 16 points, three rebounds and three assists in Wednesday's win over the Grizzlies to take a 3-2 lead.

    Advice: Iguodala was great tonight and has been playing well, scoring 11 points in Game 4 and nine points in Game 3, along with racking up some rebounds and other stats. He's a sneaky, cheap fantasy play going forward, as Harrison Barnes continues to start. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:21 pm
  • Kyle Korver invisible, but hits huge three
    Kyle Korver hit just 1-of-5 shots (a 3-pointer) for three points in Wednesday's thrilling win over the Wizards, but it was a big one.

    Advice: Korver hit a shot from way behind the 3-point line with about five minutes left that appeared to inspire his team. Al Horford backed it up with a 3-pointer and those six points were the core of a key 14-0 run for the Hawks. Korver has really struggled during the playoffs, but also came through with five rebounds, six steals and two blocks in tonight's must-win. He's not playing well enough to rely on in fantasy, but his long bomb was one of the keys to Wednesday's win. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:54 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Al Horford the hero in Hawks Game 5 win
    Al Horford became the first Hawk to ever have a 20-10-5 game in the playoffs, finishing with 23 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, five blocks, a 3-pointer and the game-winning rebound and layup as the Hawks beat the Wizards 82-81 in Wednesday's Game 5, giving Atlanta a 3-2 lead in the series.

    Advice: Horford was a monster tonight, hitting huge 3-pointer to cut the lead to one point in the last five minutes during a 14-0 run for the Hawks. He then hit a two-point shot to give his team the lead with 3:10 remaining, and later cleaned up a Dennis Schroder missed layup attempt by stealing a rebound from Nene and hitting the game-winning layup with 1.9 seconds remaining. Horford was a beast tonight and the best player on the floor, which allowed the Hawks to escape with the win, despite not playing their best game. The Hawks also overcame 25 turnovers, which equaled a season high and set a franchise playoff high in a win. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:50 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Trevor Ariza scores 22 points in Game 5 win
    Trevor Ariza was terrific on both ends of the court during Game 5, scoring 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting with four 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and one turnover.

    Advice: Houston came into Game 5 averaging 9.4 triples on 33.9 percent shooting from downtown in the postseason, both of which are lower than their regular-season averages (11.4 makes on 34.8 percent shooting). Ariza went 4-of-6 from deep tonight but the Rockets still shot 31.0 percent from downtown overall, and they'll need to sharpen their perimeter attack to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:41 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
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