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  • Taj Gibson drops 22 & 10 in another loss
    Taj Gibson hit 7-of-17 shots and 8-of-10 free throws for 22 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in Tuesday's Game 2 overtime loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Gibson has had a great season and will get plenty of votes for Sixth Man of the Year. And the changing of the guard is nearly complete, as Carlos Boozer had just five points and eight rebounds tonight. Gibson will have to keep playing well as the Bulls try to dig themselves out of a very deep hole. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Joakim Noah plays well, but Bulls lose again
    Joakim Noah hit 8-of-14 shots for 20 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks on Tuesday, but the Bulls fell 101-99 in overtime to fall into an 0-2 hole against the young Wizards.

    Advice: Noah celebrated his Defensive Player of the Year Award with a nice game, but the Bulls simply didn't get enough out of Jimmy Butler, who played 53 minutes tonight and scored just six points. The Bulls have their backs against a wall now, as Games 3 & 4 are in Washington, where the Wizards will be looking for the once unthinkable sweep. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Nene goes for 17 & 7 before fouling out
    Nene had 17 points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block before fouling out in overtime of Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Bulls in Chicago, giving the Wiz a 2-0 lead.

    Advice: The Wizards have never won the first two games of a playoff series on the road and are squarely positioned to take out the Bulls in Round 1. The winner of this one gets the Pacers or Hawks, and it's starting to look the Wizards have a real chance to find themselves playing for a championship this season. Nene is surely sore after playing well in both games, but we'd be shocked if he needs to rest as long as the Wizards keep winning. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Andrei Kirilenko plays 20 minutes in Game 2
    Andrei Kirilenko played 20 minutes and had four points, three rebounds, one assist and four steals on 2-of-3 shooting in Tuesday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: He didn't even get off the bench in Game 1, so tonight's performance was clearly an improvement. Mason Plumlee also came off the bench for four points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in the loss. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:34 pm
  • Amir Johnson bounces back in Game 2 win
    Amir Johnson bounced back from a poor Game 1 showing for 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocks on 8-of-10 shooting in Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Nets.

    Advice: Johnson looked like a different player tonight and it's possible his ankle is feeling better. Patrick Patterson was also effective again with 12 points, nine rebounds and a 3-pointer, while Greivis Vasquez added 11 points, eight assists and a steal in 25 minutes. It looks like these three players will share time for the rest of this series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:23 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 19 in blowout loss
    Paul Millsap hit 6-of-12 shots and two 3-pointers for 19 points, four rebounds, a steal and a block in 31 minutes of Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Pacers.

    Advice: Millsap didn't play poorly, but the Hawks, who held a four-point lead entering the third quarter, couldn't buy a bucket and watched as the Pacers went on a 17-0 run to put the game away. Look for Millsap and the Hawks to bounce back when the series moves to Atlanta on Thursday for Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:46 pm
  • Luis Scola scores 20 off Pacers bench
    Luis Scola came off the bench to hit 9-of-14 shots in just 19 minutes and finish with 20 points and seven rebounds in Tuesday's big Game 2 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: This was Scola's best game of the season off the bench for the Pacers and he picked the right time to make it happen. If David West (8 points, 2 rebounds) continues to struggle against Paul Millsap, we could continue to see more Scola for the rest of this series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:44 pm
  • Omer Asik says he wants to guard Aldridge
    Omer Asik said on Tuesday that he wants another chance to guard LaMarcus Aldridge in Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: "The first thing is to stop LaMarcus Aldridge," Asik said. "He killed us almost last game and going into this game, we have to do our best to help him stop a little bit more." Coach Kevin McHale added his team will do some stuff differently and and sounds like he could make some calls on the fly. Aldridge got way too deep in the paint against Terrence Jones quite often in Game 1, so look for the Rockets to use that defensive matchup less. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:48 pm
  • Kevin Love won't be consulted in coach search
    Timberwolves' president Flip Saunders said on Monday that he will not consult with Kevin Love during the team's search for a new head coach.

    Advice: The Wolves' front office has had a rocky relationship with their All-Star forward, but signing him to a long-term contract extension remains one of Saunders' top priorities. Love is only a year away from unrestricted free agency and Saunders may be sending a message that he doesn't expect Love to re-sign, but there's a long way to go before we can reach any firm conclusions. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:29 pm
  • Derrick Williams set to play in Summer League
    Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro said that Derrick Williams will play for Sacramento's Summer League team in Las Vegas.

    Advice: Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum will be joining Williams in the Summer League as well. It makes sense for McLemore and McCallum, as both players will be entering their second seasons and need to refine their game against NBA competition as much as possible. Williams is entering his fourth season and players with his tenure usually do not participate in Summer League games. This perhaps raises more questions than answers as to what his role with the Kings will be next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:57 pm
  • Nene (knee) says he is "sore" after Game 1
    Nene (knee) said he is feeling "sore" on Tuesday after playing 35 minutes in Game 1 against the Bulls.

    Advice: Nene was an absolute beast in the post against the Bulls, including defensive player of the year Joakim Noah. But playing 35 minutes may have taken a toll on the injured knee that cost him almost six weeks of the regular season. Still, Nene knows his team will need another stellar performance in Game 2 on Tuesday if they hope to take a 2-0 series lead. "Basketball is physical. A lot of physicality in the post, especially in my position," he said. "But when the ball goes up, you forget about that and you focus on what you can do to help your team and forget about the sore, about the pain." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:09 pm
  • Al Jefferson (foot) may miss Wed. shootaround
    Bobcats coach Steve Clifford is unsure if Al Jefferson (foot) will be able to participate in Wednesday's shootaround.

    Advice: Clifford seemed "less than certain" that Jefferson will play in Game 2 and it sounds like he may be a game-time decision for Wednesday's rematch vs. the Heat. The Bobcats desperately need Jefferson if they have any hope of stealing this series, but a strained plantar fascia is a painful injury and Big Al has been getting around in a walking boot since hurting himself on Sunday. If Jefferson is unable to play, Bismack Biyombo would be in line for a minutes bump. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:14 am
  • Paul Pierce says you can't buy clutch
    Paul Pierce thinks certain players are inherently more clutch than others.

    Advice: In one of the better quotes of the young postseason, Pierce spoke briefly about being clutch, "Everybody don't have it. Everybody is not born with it. You can't buy it at Costco or Walgreens." Pierce had a solid performance in Brooklyn's Game 1 win over Toronto and his 36 minutes played should come as good sign for a Nets team that will likely need The Truth's clutch genes sooner or later. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:32 am
    New Player Note
    Paul Pierce Bkn - SG,SF,PF
    L, 114-85 @ Cle
  • Dwight Howard intends to demand ball more
    Dwight Howard intends to be more committed to demanding the ball.

    Advice: After losing Game 1 in overtime to the Blazers, D12 is bringing a more aggressive approach to Game 2. "We have to play inside out, play their bigs and make it a long night for those guys," Howard said on Tuesday. "I have to demand the ball, get it and go to work." Howard is hoping an increased post presence will help tire down LaMarcus Aldridge, who torched the Rockets for 46 points on Sunday. "We have to go right back at him," Howard said of Aldridge. "You have to make him play defense and make him use his energy on defense. Make him have to run around and guard." Whether or not Howard's strategy will work remains to be seen, but hindering Aldridge while increasing his own offensive output could place Howard in the proverbial two birds with one stone situation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 35, Clippers roll 138-98
    Blake Griffin was unstoppable against the Warriors on Monday during Game 2's 138-98 win over the Warriors, making 13-of-17 from the field for 35 points, six boards, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: He shot 9-of-10 from the line in his highest scoring output of his career. It's also worth mentioning Griffin didn't commit a single foul, which was an issue in Game 1 due to fouling out in 19 minutes. The Clippers were outstanding as a team at the line, making 32-of-35 while also burying 12-of-25 from deep. They'll be carrying some momentum to Golden State in this 1-1 series. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:26 pm
  • Kevin Durant's 36 pts aren't enough in Game 2
    The Thunder lost Game 2 on Monday despite Kevin Durant's game-high 36 points, which included an unbelievable four-point play toward the end of regulation.

    Advice: The fact that OKC even forced overtime was impressive -- soon after Durant's improbable basket while falling out of bounds, Kendrick Perkins bailed his team out with a putback layup to tie things up as the buzzer expired. A few miscues and tough breaks foiled their comeback attempt in overtime, spoiling big games from Durant and Russell Westbrook (29 points, seven rebounds, eight assists). Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:22 pm
  • Tayshaun Prince (migraine) struggles Monday
    Tayshaun Prince struggled with a lingering migraine during Monday's game, scoring two points in 14 minutes of action.

    Advice: Tony Allen took over primary defensive duties against Kevin Durant and he fared well, denying KD the ball and staying close to his body when he did have possession. Prince should be ready to go for Game 3 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:21 pm
  • Serge Ibaka returns from leg cramps Monday
    Serge Ibaka (calf cramps) briefly exited Monday's game but he returned to finish with 15 points, 11 rebounds, one steal and five blocks during a tough Game 2 defeat.

    Advice: Ibaka gave the Thunder a huge lift with his rim protection and ability to knock down open jumpers, and his cramps didn't seem like an issue down the stretch. The Thunder lost home court advantage and they'll look to regain control when the series resumes on Thursday in Memphis. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:20 pm
  • Serge Ibaka leaves w/ right leg cramps
    Serge Ibaka suffered right leg cramps during Monday's game but he is available to return.

    Advice: The Thunder took a timeout and Ibaka should be ready to play in the fourth quarter, but any decrease in his mobility would be devastating for OKC's defense. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:57 pm
  • Al Jefferson will play in Game 2 on Wednesday
    Al Jefferson (foot) said on Monday he will play in Game 2 against Miami despite dealing with a strained plantar fascia.

    Advice: "I'm suiting up. It'll take more than that to make me sit down," said Jefferson. He was 4-of-4 from the field before suffering the injury on Sunday, but finished the game going 5-of-17. If the Bobcats hope to win a game this series, they will need Jefferson play at an elite level. Bismack Biyombo would get more minutes if Jefferson is limited at all. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:47 pm
  • Joakim Noah wins Defensive Player of the Year
    Joakim Noah was named the NBA's 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year on Monday.

    Advice: He won easily with 100 of the 125 first-place votes. There are not many players more associated with hustling than Noah and it's led to his team becoming a terrific defense. The Bulls led the NBA in points allowed per game at 91.8 and ranked second in defensive efficiency. Noah's contributions on defense came off the ball quite a bit and was great on his man, allowing an opponent field goal percentage at the rim of just 46.8 percent. He's solidified himself as one of the best big men in fantasy for his across-the-board capabilities. Roy Hibbert finished second and DeAndre Jordan finished third in the DPOY voting. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:16 pm
  • NBA: Refs made mistake on Howard foul call
    The NBA issued a statement on Monday that a foul called on Dwight Howard with 10.8 seconds left in overtime during Sunday's game vs. the Blazers should have been called on Joel Freeland.

    Advice: It was a huge call for a few reasons: Howard fouled out because of this mistake, he would have had two shots, and it led to two free throws from Freeland, of which he made one of them. The Blazers won the game 122-120 after the made free throw and James Harden's shot just before the buzzer didn't fall. It's not a foregone conclusion this call altered the game because Dwight is far from a lock to make free throws, but it certainly casts some doubt. Rotoworld.com
  • Joakim Noah named Defensive Player of Year
    Joakim Noah will be named Defensive Player of the Year on Monday, joining Michael Jordan as the only Bulls players to ever earn the distinction.

    Advice: Noah anchored the Bulls' stellar defense all year long despite his increased role offensively, and opponents shot just 46.8 percent at the rim while he was defending them. He averaged 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocks while cleaning up 7.7 defensive rebounds per game, earning the DPOY award with a mixture of size, athleticism, intelligence, and sheer intensity. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:48 am
  • Al Jefferson (foot) questionable for Game 2
    Al Jefferson's strained plantar fascia will not get worse if he continues to play, and his availability for Game 2 on Wednesday is a matter of pain tolerance.

    Advice: Big Al had an MRI and although the test results haven't been announced, the team seems confident that he can play if he feels well enough. He was wearing a walking boot on Monday and will not practice on Tuesday, but he'll warm up during Wednesday's shootaround before deciding his own status. He's played through plenty of injuries this season and we're optimistic that he'll be in uniform, but any dip in his production could be a mortal blow for the Bobcats. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:01 am
  • Marion, Dalembert, Calderon benched for Mavs
    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle opted not to play Shawn Marion or Samuel Dalembert in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss because he felt his team "needed to score."

    Advice: The Mavs' offense sputtered out and their defense wasn't any better, particularly when it came to stopping Tim Duncan on the post, and Carlisle admitted that his late-game rotations "may be something ... to reevaluate for Game 2." Jose Calderon was also a spectator down the stretch, watching Devin Harris play PG for the final 17 minutes of regulation. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:46 am
  • Blazers find success with 'Hack-a-Howard'
    Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts joked that he will use the 'Hack-a-Howard' strategy on the "first possession" of Game 2.

    Advice: Dwight Howard finished 9-of-17 from the FT line on Sunday, including 6-of-7 late in the fourth quarter and overtime, but he bricked four straight once the Blazers intentionally fouled him with five minutes remaining. That forced the Rockets to pull Dwight until the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter, spoiling the Rockets' momentum and slowly eroding their 11-point lead. Stotts may have been kidding about using the strategy in the first quarter, but it would be surprising if he doesn't use it at some point during Wednesday's game. Rotoworld.com
  • Andrei Kirilenko OK with Game 1 DNP-CD
    Andrei Kirilenko said that he was "a little bit surprised" about his DNP-CD in Game 1 on Saturday, but he supported coach Jason Kidd's rotation.

    Advice: "When I watched the game everybody played so well," Kirilenko said. "I didn't even see a position for me to fill-in ... Coach, I think, made the right decision. I want to play, but it's all right." Alan Anderson poached Kirilenko's playing time but Kidd said his rotations could change on a game-by-game basis, so AK may return to action in Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:04 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 46 points in OT win
    LaMarcus Aldridge set a Blazers franchise record with 46 points on Sunday, adding 18 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a thrilling OT road victory in Game 1.

    Advice: Aldridge averaged 26.5 points and 15.5 rebounds vs. the Rockets this season and he clearly has their number, as neither Terrence Jones nor Dwight Howard could contain him defensively. He made 17-of-30 FGs and 10-of-13 FTs and even sank both of his 3-point attempts, despite having made just three during the entire regular season. The Rockets' official Twitter account summed things up late in the game, saying, "We finally stopped LaMarcus Aldridge. He fouled out." Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:22 pm
  • Chandler Parsons scores 24 points on Sunday
    Chandler Parsons made 10-of-21 shots including three 3-pointers to score 24 points in Sunday's overtime loss to Portland.

    Advice: The Rockets were led by Parsons, James Harden (27 points) Dwight Howard (27 points) and an almost manic effort from Patrick Beverley, whose nine points and six rebounds are a poor reflection of his impact on Game 1. The Rockets will look to regroup and even the series in Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:19 pm
  • Terrence Jones can't check LaMarcus Aldridge
    Terrence Jones had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in the Rockets' heart-breaking OT loss in Houston on Sunday.

    Advice: Jones made 6-of-10 FGs while chipping in two assists and two blocks but he struggled defensively in a tough matchup vs. LaMarcus Aldridge, who blew up for 46 points in the road win. Rockets coach Kevin McHale used an eight-man rotation and gave DNP-CDs to both Donatas Motiejunas and Omri Casspi. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:18 pm
  • Trevor Booker quiet in bench role in Game 1
    Trevor Booker shifted to the bench and had three points, six rebounds and one assist in his new role behind Nene on Sunday.

    Advice: Booker logged 19 minutes which isn't too much lower than the 25 per game he averaged as a starter this season. He made only 1-of-3 shots and struggled against the length of Chicago's frontcourt, but coach Randy Wittman seems ready to ride Booker ahead of Drew Gooden (three minutes) and Al Harrington (two minutes). Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:30 pm
  • Nene's 24 points help Wizards steal Game 1
    Nene started on Sunday for the first time since spraining his MCL in late February, finishing the Wizards' Game 1 victory with 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Nene had insisted on playing no more than 20 minutes once he returned from his injury, but he logged 35 minutes on Sunday and his conditioning didn't seem to be a problem. He feasted on the Bulls with a sequence of wide open mid-range jumpers and he was the key to stealing home court advantage. That's no big surprise since the Wizards had a 30-23 record with Nene in the lineup this season, but just 14-15 without him. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:56 pm
  • Joakim Noah (personal) double-doubles in loss
    Joakim Noah (personal) finished the Bulls' Game 1 loss with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes of action.

    Advice: Noah played well but he had a tough time against the size, quickness and passing of Nene, who pitched in a game-high 24 points, and the Bulls may have to tweak their defensive strategy in Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:50 pm
  • Al Jefferson leaves arena in walking boot
    Al Jefferson (strained plantar fascia) left Game 1's loss at Miami in a walking boot after feeling a rip in his left plantar fascia.

    Advice: He admitted he had to "suck it up" after the game and mentioned he felt a pop. Jefferson needed a pain-killing shot after the injury and at halftime, so he's probably not going to feel great on Monday. The Bobcats will likely hold him out of practice in the next couple days and he should be considered questionable for Wednesday. If he's limited, Bismack Biymobo will have some massive shoes to fill. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:56 pm
  • LeBron James hits four triples in Game 1 win
    LeBron James made four 3-pointers during Game 1's 99-88 win over the Bobcats on Sunday, scoring a total of 27 points with nine boards, one assist and three turnovers.

    Advice: The Heat had 11 3-pointers today and that was a big part of the win. Their offense clearly wasn't in rhythm with only 14 assists on their 35 field goals and only had 24 points in the paint. LeBron had a couple huge 3-pointers in the third quarter, which helped swing the momentum to help the Heat dominate the early fourth quarter. He owned the Bobcats all season with 37.8 points per game in four games, so he's likely going to put up some massive numbers in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:45 pm
    L, 100-87 vs Phi
  • Nene listed as starter on Sunday night
    Nene is listed as a starter against the Bulls for Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: He's been coming off the bench in the past four games since returning from injury and the Wizards seem to be comfortable putting him back in his usual role. Nene runs the offense quite a bit to take some pressure of John Wall and the team will need him to stay on the court in this series. Trevor Booker moves back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:24 pm
  • Al Jefferson (foot) struggles after injury
    Al Jefferson suffered a strained left plantar fascia on Sunday and returned in the second quarter of Game 1's 99-88 loss to the Heat, shooting 9-of-17 from the field for 18 points with 10 boards, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He shot 4-of-4 from the field before the injury and just 5-of-13 after. Jefferson looked very slow on defense and he clearly wasn't 100 percent. If he's not going to be healthy this series, the Heat are likely going to sweep the Bobcats because Jefferson's interior presence exploits one of their weaknesses. There should be numerous updates on his status leading up to Wednesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:13 pm
  • Joakim Noah will play on Sunday night
    Joakim Noah (personal) will play against the Wizards on Sunday night in Game 1.

    Advice: He said he couldn't talk about the passing of his former coach, Tyrone Green, and it looks like he'll do his talking on the court. The Wizards have struggled quite a bit against centers all season, so obviously Noah is going to be a focus of their defensive game plan. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:41 pm
  • Tayshaun Prince practices on Sunday
    Tayshaun Prince (illness) practiced on Sunday and is expected to start against the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: He missed the second half of Saturday's game due to the illness, but the Grizzlies probably aren't going to play him much in order to give Tony Allen more run. Prince may still be getting over an ankle injury from earlier this month and he's not likely to be much of a factor in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:27 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki doesn't have it, Mavs lose
    Dirk Nowitzki didn't have it during Game 1's 90-85 loss to the Spurs, shooting 4-of-14 from the field for 11 points with eight boards, one assist and two blocks in 42 minutes.

    Advice: If not for a meaningless last-second layup by Devin Harris, the Mavs would have not had any field goals in the final 7:44 of this game. Nowitzki's shot just wasn't dropping and today was his points in a playoff game in which he's played at least 40 minutes. The Mavericks were in control for much of this game, so losing it stings despite how Dirk didn't have his best game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:20 pm
  • Al Jefferson strains plantar fascia, returns
    Al Jefferson went to the locker room during the first quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Heat with a strained left plantar fascia and returned to action.

    Advice: He walked back under his own power and the injury didn't appear too serious. Jefferson was having his way with four makes on four attempts before exiting, so the Bobcats need him to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:54 pm
  • Nene could start in Game 1 vs. Chicago
    Nene was spotted in a blue practice jersey on Saturday, which suggests that he was practicing with the first unit and could start on Sunday vs. Chicago.

    Advice: Neither Nene nor Wizards coach Randy Wittman gave a definitive answer as to whether Nene would start or not, but given the need for Nene's interior presence it wouldn't be shocking to see the Brazilian big man start. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:02 am
  • Zach Randolph goes for 21 & 11 in Game 1
    Zach Randolph had 21 points, 11 rebounds and a block in Saturday's Game 1 loss, but hit just 7-of-21 shots on the night.

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

    Advice: Ibaka is a very popular first-round pick in playoff leagues, as blocked shots tend to be worth a lot of points, while the Thunder have an excellent chance of getting to the Finals. Ibaka didn't disappoint in Game 1. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:33 pm
  • Durant, Westbrook too much for Grizz in Gm 1
    Kevin Durant hit 13-of-25 shots and three 3-pointers for 33 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and a steal in Saturday's easy Game 1 win over the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The final score was 100-86 in favor of the Thunder, as they became the only home team to win on the opening day of the playoffs. Russell Westbrook added 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, but was 0-for-5 from downtown. The Grizzlies made a nice run in the third quarter, but this one was really never in doubt. It's hard to see the Thunder losing this series after tonight's strong statement. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:29 pm
  • Tayshaun Prince out 2nd half with illness
    Tayshaun Prince will miss the second half of Saturday's Game 1 against the Thunder due to an illness.

    Advice: He played just four minutes and failed to score in the first half, and Tony Allen started the second half in his place. This could end up being a permanent move, as Prince was highly ineffective this season. It also may not matter, as the Thunder are trouncing the Grizzlies and are playing on a different level. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:13 pm
  • Andrei Kirilenko healthy, out of rotation
    Andrei Kirilenko didn't play for the Nets in Saturday's Game 1 win, but isn't injured.

    Advice: He's just out of the rotation, according to coach Jason Kidd. If you grabbed AK-47 in a playoff league and have waiver moves available, dropping him for an Atlanta Hawk makes sense. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:02 pm
  • Blake Griffin fouls out in 19 minutes
    Blake Griffin fouled out in 19 minutes during Saturday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: He finished with 16 points, three rebounds, three assists and one block but his absence down the stretch proved critical in the Clippers' four-point defeat. A few of his fouls were very questionable, and if nothing else he'll be rested and out for vengeance during Monday's Game 2 rematch. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:51 pm
  • Andrei Kirilenko earns DNP-CD in Game 1
    Andrei Kirilenko never left the Nets' bench during Saturday's Game 1 victory.

    Advice: Jason Kidd used a true 10-man rotation with Marcus Thornton, Alan Anderson, Mirza Teletovic, Mason Plumlee and Andray Blatche as his second unit. That makes Kirilenko's absence even more conspicuous, and he'd averaged 26 minutes over the final five games of the regular season with Brooklyn resting regular starters for the playoffs. The Nets won on the road on Saturday so there's a good chance AK will be rooted to the bench again on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:04 pm
  • Amir Johnson (ankle) plays 21 minutes in loss
    Amir Johnson (ankle) was a non-factor in the Raptors' Game 1 defeat, scoring two points with three rebounds in just 21 minutes of action.

    Advice: If Johnson's matchup with Paul Pierce is a key to the series the Raptors might be in trouble, as he couldn't take advantage of Pierce in the paint offensively and couldn't defend him on the other end. Johnson's recently sprained ankle is part of the problem and he's unlikely to be 100 percent for Game 2 on Tuesday, so the Raptors may once again lean heavily on Patrick Patterson (nine points, five rebounds in 26 minutes). Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:50 pm
  • Paul Pierce's surge helps Nets steal Game 1
    Paul Pierce got hot in the fourth quarter on Saturday, finishing with 15 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in a 94-87 win in Toronto.

    Advice: Pierce's late surge helped keep the Raptors at bay and he already looks like a matchup nightmare, as Toronto's PFs aren't nimble enough to chase him off the 3-point line without giving up easy driving and passing lanes. Fellow 'dinosaur' Kevin Garnett had five points, eight rebounds, two steals and one block in 20 minutes, and his lone field goal was a dagger in the final minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:47 pm
    New Player Note
    Paul Pierce Bkn - SG,SF,PF
    L, 114-85 @ Cle
  • Joakim Noah (bereavement) back at practice
    Joakim Noah (bereavement) returned to practice on Saturday after sitting out on Friday.

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

    Advice: "We haven't done it a lot lately," he said. "They were effective earlier [this season] at stages, and this might be one of those games where if we're having a heck of a time with Aldridge we might try one of our big centers on him." Terrence Jones will get the first chance to slow Aldridge down, but he struggled with the matchup this season and his success or failure will be a key facet of Houston's first-round matchup. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:45 am
  • Amir Johnson (ankle) ready to play vs. Nets
    Amir Johnson said that his ankle feels "good" as he prepares to defend Paul Pierce in the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: It's a tough matchup for Johnson and it will be even harder if his ankle limits his mobility. Since the All-Star break Johnson has averaged 10.4 points on 60.0 percent shooting, with 6.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:29 am
  • Joakim Noah (bereavement) skips practice
    Joakim Noah (personal) did not practice Friday.

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