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  • Jeremy Lin struggles in a loss
    Jeremy Lin scored eight points with one rebound, one assist and three turnovers against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: It was a bad game, but Nicolas Batum (foot) got hurt again. Expect to see more Lin with a better outing in Game 7 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com 20 minutes ago
  • Paul George scores 21; Pacers force Game 7
    Paul George scored 21 points during a 101-83 Game 6 victory over the Raptors on Friday, adding 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: This was basically the bizarro version of Game 5. The Pacers got red hot in the second half with an 18-0 run to put the game out of reach. George checked out with 3:08 left due to garbage time, so he would've been at 43 minutes had the game been close. There was talk of him playing 48 minutes before this game, so he'll likely be in the 43-48 range in Game 7 on Sunday. You almost have to start him in DFS. Rotoworld.com 22 minutes ago
  • Myles Turner drops 15 points with four blocks
    Myles Turner was awesome in 33 minutes against the Raptors on Friday with 15 points, nine rebounds, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: It was his best game of the series. Turner played most of his minutes at center in Game 5, but he was much more comfortable away from the basket at the power forward spot tonight. Plus, his rim protection was superb during this game. The Pacers stole him in the draft as long as he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com 29 minutes ago
  • Austin Rivers (face) goes to the locker room
    Austin Rivers caught an accidental Al-Farouq Aminu elbow to his face and went to the locker room.

    Advice: It was pretty bad with Rivers' face gushing with blood. He'll likely be getting a concussion test along with some stitches. Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick are going to have to play a ton while the Clippers have to go bigger, as well. Rotoworld.com 34 minutes ago
  • Ian Mahinmi scores 12 with better defense
    Ian Mahinmi scored 12 points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 30 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: His back looked a lot better after playing just 18 minutes in Game 5. The Pacers had some better luck going big while the Raptors went small, so that's something to watch. Mahinmi is still only a borderline option in DFS for Game 7. Rotoworld.com 38 minutes ago
  • DeMar DeRozan scores eight; Raptors lose
    DeMar DeRozan struggled yet again during a blowout 101-83 loss to the Pacers on Friday, making 3-of-13 from the field for eight points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: That 34-point game from Tuesday seems like a distant memory. The Raptors were smoked in the second half due to giving up an 18-0 run to put the game out of reach. DeRozan has flopped big time in five of the six games to put his team in a tight spot. He continues to waste possessions on contested mid-range jumpers with too many turnovers. He'll need a decent game on Sunday in Game 7. Rotoworld.com 41 minutes ago
  • Kyle Lowry scores 10 with 10 dimes
    Kyle Lowry made 4-of-14 from the field for 10 points with five rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer during a loss to the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: While he has been playing well on defense and as a passer, the efficiency issues are really hurting the Raptors. In his previous five games, Lowry only turned in a 44.5 true shooting percentage. He had better efficiency at home during the season, so maybe that'll help him out in Game 7 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com 43 minutes ago
  • Patrick Patterson struggles yet again
    Patrick Patterson scored five points with two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He almost had an identical role with slightly less output compared to Game 5. Patterson wasn't really on the floor when the Raptors were demolished in the second half, so it'll be interesting to see what coach Dwane Casey does. It's tough to trust him even as a punt for DFS. Rotoworld.com 44 minutes ago
  • Bismack Biyombo not a key this time
    Bismack Biyombo scored two points with 10 rebounds, one steal and one block in 19 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: Biyombo with four smaller players lineup was the saving combination in Game 5, but it didn't work at all tonight. Jonas Valanciunas was in foul trouble again tonight, which helped Biyombo's playing time. Expect Biyombo to be in the low 20s for minutes in Game 7. Rotoworld.com 47 minutes ago
  • Cory Joseph scores 15 points vs. Pacers
    Cory Joseph scored 15 points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal, three 3-pointers and two turnovers in 25 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He's arguably been the best Raptor of the series. Joseph has hit value in DFS majority of the time in this series, so he's on the table as a punt on Sunday. Rotoworld.com 58 minutes ago
  • Rivers, JJ, LMAM, Green & Jordan starting
    Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Luc Mbah a Moute, Jeff Green and DeAndre Jordan will start on Friday.

    Advice: He Clippers are going bigger in this game, but don't expect the overall minutes to change. Green should still be very busy in the first unit and obviously there's no need to panic on Jamal Crawford. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:28 pm
  • Nicolas Batum aggravates foot injury Friday
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is doubtful to return on Friday.

    Advice: This is the same left foot strain Batum suffered in Game 2 and kept him out of two games. Batum could be limited going forward here, which means more run for Jeremy Lin, Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams and Courtney Lee. He checked out with six points, one rebound, one assist and one turnover in 15 minutes. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:10 pm
  • Patrick Patterson is getting the start again
    Patrick Patterson will start again on Friday against the Pacers.

    Advice: Patterson was playing well before Game 5, but he was arguably the worst player in the rotation on Tuesday. This likely means the Raptors will use their smaller second unit again, which was fantastic to help pull off the comeback. Expect to see a decent amount of Norman Powell tonight, but he's not a great DFS option. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:50 pm
  • Nicolas Batum likely to play more
    Nicolas Batum will play more on Friday in Game 6 against the Heat.

    Advice: It's not a surprise after playing 25 minutes in Game 5. Batum is still going to come off the bench and will likely take minutes from Frank Kaminsky, Courtney Lee, Marvin Williams and maybe Jeremy Lin. He will likely be in the 27-31 minute range for this game and is a risky DFS play. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:25 pm
  • Vogel won't commit to 48 mins of George
    Coach Frank Vogel won't commit to playing Paul George 48 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Vogel did say the second unit will have a shorter leash. In Game 5, the Pacers had an unfathomable 7.8 offensive rating in the seven minutes without George. That was ultimately their undoing, so George is a good bet to play at least 44 minutes tonight. He's almost a must-play option in DFS. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:58 pm
  • Stephen Curry hopeful to return before May 9
    Stephen Curry (knee) said he is hoping to return before the two-week return date of May 9.

    Advice: He's not wasting any time to get back out there and is getting treatment three times per day. Curry is starting to do some work in the training room, but the big step will be to do some practice with contact. He'll likely miss at least a couple games in the second round, which will start on Sunday or Tuesday depending if the Clippers-Blazers series goes to seven games. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:08 pm
  • Stephen Curry not doing on-court work yet
    Stephen Curry (knee) has been doing well in the training room, according to coach Steve Kerr.

    Advice: He is not doing on-court work yet and preview reports suggest he's shooting to start that next week. Curry is likely going to miss the first two games of the second round and will likely be rooting for the Clippers tonight to push back Game 1 to Tuesday. It'll be Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala stepping up the most with more Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:56 am
  • Rudy Gobert won't play for France
    Rudy Gobert won't play for France during the qualifying tournament for the Olympics this summer.

    Advice: "This season I had several injuries, so Jazz want me to stay in Salt Lake in June to work on my body," Gobert said. He did add that he will play in Rio if France qualifies, but it makes sense for the big man to get as much rest as possible after battling knee and ankle issues this season. He will be a bounce-back candidate for the 2016-17 campaign. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:14 am
  • Deron Williams expected to opt out of contract
    Deron Williams (hernia) intends to opt out of his contract with Dallas for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: He will look for a multi-year contract in free agency, but there is said to be mutual interest between Williams and Dallas for a return. "I would love to be back," Williams said during his exit interviews. "This was a great year for me. My family is settled and happy here, so it'd definitely be great to be back." Williams averaged 14.1 points and 5.8 assists this season and played well for the most part, but he struggled with injuries once again and a sports hernia ended his 2015-16 campaign. He will need surgery to correct the issue, but he's expected to be healthy by training camp. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:20 am
  • Knight is prepared to play on or off the ball
    Brandon Knight (hernia) said that he will be prepared to play both on and off the ball next season.

    Advice: "I’m going to be good whether on the ball or off the ball. I just know I’m going to be a better player next year. I’m prepared and ready for that," Knight said. "Once I’m healthy, I’m excited about what I’ll be able to do individually and what our team will be able to do as well." The Suns will have a crowded backcourt next season due to Devin Booker's emergence and the return of Eric Bledsoe from knee surgery, but for now Knight is still a target in the middle rounds for owners who don't mind a volatile FG percentage and high turnover rate. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:05 am
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) is 'nearly fully recuperated'
    Eric Bledsoe's knee is "nearly fully recuperated" according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.

    Advice: He had knee surgery in December to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee, but this confirms that his rehab is going well and he should be ready to go for training camp. Bledsoe said that coach Earl Watson "was probably one of the main reasons" he was playing so well at the beginning of the season, so he could have a solid 2016-17 campaign if he can stay healthy. The durability concerns means he should be available at a discount as well. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:52 am
  • Earl Watson says he believes in Alan Williams
    Suns coach Earl Watson said he can't wait to see what Alan Williams can do in the summer league.

    Advice: "We have to work with him but I believe in him," Watson said. "I can’t wait to see him play in Summer League so I can see him on the sideline and go crazy for him." It sounds like there's a pretty good chance that the Suns will pick up his team option for the 2016-17 season, but he likely won't be a factor in fantasy leagues unless Phoenix decides to move Tyson Chandler. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:38 am
  • Hassan Whiteside says his hand isn't an issue
    Hassan Whiteside said that his hand won't be an issue in Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: He is dealing with some swelling, but X-rays came back negative and the injury isn't believed to be serious. Whiteside is averaging 14.0 points, 12.2 boards and 3.0 blocks during the postseason and is safe to leave in all active lineups. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:59 am
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) will play in Game 6
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) will be in the rotation for Game 6 on Friday vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Johnson was an "emergency option" in Game 5, but he never left the bench. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed that Johnson will see minutes Friday, but keep in mind that he will likely be pretty limited. His return could push Gerald Green completely out of the rotation and he might take a couple of Josh Richardson's minutes as well. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:50 am
  • Olynyk says shoulder surgery is a possibility
    Kelly Olynyk said that he will consider undergoing shoulder surgery this summer.

    Advice: He admitted that his shoulder wasn't even 80 percent during the playoffs, so give him credit for playing though the injury. Olynyk is still evaluating different options and is getting a second opinion as well, so it's not a lock that he will need surgery. Olynyk only averaged 10.0 points, 4.1 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers this season in 20.2 minutes per game in Boston's crowded frontcourt, so the Celtics would likely have to move some pieces around in order for him to have a larger role. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:35 am
  • Tyreke Evans struggled to learn the offense
    Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that Tyreke Evans (knee) struggled to learn the offense because he missed training camp.

    Advice: ''We had a small sample size,'' Gentry said. ''He never had an opportunity to go through training camp. So we just rushed in, and said, 'Ok', now this is way we play. I think he had some great moments and I think he struggled some." Evans played in just 25 games this season with averages of 15.2 points, 6.6 assists and 5.2 rebounds, but he's had three knee surgeries since May and has some serious durability concerns. He's going to be a risky pick in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:43 am
  • Anthony says he still believes in Phil
    Carmelo Anthony said that he still has to believe in what Phil Jackson is doing.

    Advice: "At this point, I still have to believe in what Phil is doing. I can't say that I don't believe in him no more, this is over with. I still have to believe in him," Anthony said. "I'm here. I still want to be here. I still want to be successful here, so I don't have no other choice but to believe in [his plan]." Anthony still controls his future with the Knicks due to his no-trade clause, and he recently made it clear that he intends on retiring as a Knick. Regardless, what the Knicks accomplish this summer could obviously change Melo's stance. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:31 am
  • Stanley Johnson may not play summer league
    Stanley Johnson may not play in the summer league because Stan Van Gundy wants him to focus on skill development.

    Advice: "My concern for him is I know Stanley’s mentality," Van Gundy said. "I want him working on things he needs to work on. I don’t want to put him in situations where his concern is doing what he can do well right now to try to win that game." Van Gundy added that Johnson needs to work on his shooting, footwork and ballhandling this summer. Still just 19 years old, the future is very bright for Johnson. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:16 am
  • Evan Turner hints about his future with BOS
    Evan Turner indicated that his positive experience in Boston will play heavily into his decision as a free agent this summer.

    Advice: "It’s definitely going to play a lot," Turner said. "Players definitely play their best when they’re happy. Most importantly, I found a situation and coach that tended to myself, and my teammates, to what they do well." Regardless of what Turner decides, he's going to get a serious raise this summer after a promising postseason with averages 13.2 points, 5.7 boards, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:05 am
  • Kemba Walker praises Jeremy Lin
    Kemba Walker said that Jeremy Lin's aggression has forced the Heat to shift their defensive philosophy.

    Advice: "[When] me and Jeremy [Lin] are in attack mode, getting into the lane, we’re able to dish the ball out and get some [open] 3s," Walker said. "It’s definitely helped us, especially last game." Walker and Lin have combined for 59 free throws in this series as a result, and Lin has arguably been one of the biggest surprises of the postseason with averages of 14.0 points, 3.4 assists, 2.8 boards and 0.6 3-pointers on 44.7 percent shooting. Despite the return of Nicolas Batum in Game 5, Lin still played 35 minutes so he should have a significant role the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:32 am
  • Paul George is open to playing 48 minutes
    Paul George says he's willing to play 48 minutes in Game 6 in Indiana on Friday.

    Advice: "If that's the direction that the game is going, I'm all for it," George said. "Whatever we got to do to win, I'm doing it." Coach Frank Vogel already hinted that he will play him all 48 minutes "if necessary," as PG-13 was a +15 in 41 minutes in Tuesday's loss. DFS owners can feel good about locking George into lineups tonight. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:15 am
  • Evan Turner scores eight in off finale
    Evan Turner's solid series ended on a down note during a loss to the Hawks on Thursday, making 4-of-17 from the field for eight points with seven rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He was a big part of the rotation due to Avery Bradley (hamstring) going down. Turner surpassed most expectations to help his value heading into free agency, especially late in the season and in the postseason. In his 12 starts this regular season, Turner averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 boards, 3.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.6 treys. Several teams will be after The Villain. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:50 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk says shoulder feeling better
    Kelly Olynyk said after Thursday's shootaround that his right shoulder is feeling the best it's felt through Boston's first-round series.

    Advice: Olynyk has been used sparingly through Boston's first-round matchup against the Hawks, and he'll be battling Jared Sullinger for reserve minutes on Thursday night. His shoulder may be feeling better, but it's unlikely we see him earn much more than 10 minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:53 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) questionable for G6
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Friday's Game 6 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Johnson was available to play for Game 5, but didn't actually step foot on the court. He'll likely again be available for Game 6, but he won't play enough minutes to matter in any setting. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:32 pm
  • Nicolas Batum will come off the bench Friday
    Nicolas Batum will again come off the bench for Friday's Game 6 against Miami.

    Advice: The Hornets have now won three in a row, and Batum doesn't want to disrupt the chemistry of the first-unit. His ankle still isn't quite 100 percent, so expect his minutes to be in the 25 range. Kemba Walker, Courtney Lee, Marvin Williams, Frank Kaminsky and Al Jefferson will start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:01 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) says he'll play Fri
    Hassan Whiteside said that his right hand is swollen, but he will fight through the pain and play in Friday's Game 6 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Whiteside hurt his hand during Game 5's loss, but it doesn't appear to be anything serious enough to force him to the sidelines. Check back for another update on his status closer to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:55 am
  • Paul George could play 48 mins in Game 6?
    Frank Vogel hinted that Paul George may be on the court for all 48 minutes during Friday's Game 6 against the Raptors.

    Advice: "If necessary," Vogel said when asked if George could play 48 minutes in Game 6. "We'll see tomorrow night." PG-13 was phenomenal during Game 5, matching his playoff career-high with 39 points, but the Pacers really struggled any time he wasn't on the floor. Game 6 is a must-win game for Indiana, so it wouldn't be surprising to see George play a hefty amount of minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:48 am
  • Evan Turner will have suitors in free agency
    There will be several teams interested in Evan Turner when he becomes a free agent this summer, according to league sources.

    Advice: Turner has resurrected his career as the Celtics sixth man and it hasn't gone unnoticed around the league. "He’s done everything they’ve asked him to do and from what I hear, hasn’t grumbled a day about it," one rival executive said. "Every team needs a guy like that in their locker room." Turner looks to be in line for a raise this summer and could see a minor boost in fantasy value if he finds a job as a starter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Stephen Curry to test knee on court next week
    Stephen Curry (knee) will begin testing his knee on the court next week, according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN.

    Advice: Spears reports that Curry is feeling better, according to sources, and is targeting next week to test his knee as he attempts to get back on the court. The Warriors are still awaiting a winner from the Clippers-Trail Blazers series, so he'll have some extra time to recover from his Grade 1 sprain. Shaun Livingston will continue to start as long as Curry is out, but we'll undoubtedly have updates before Golden State's next series starts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:30 am
  • Carmelo Anthony would like to retire a Knick
    Carmelo Anthony said he would like to retire with the Knicks.

    Advice: While Anthony has had trade rumors circling around him for at least a years, the 31-year-old said he'd like to finish his career with the Knicks. Melo also said he'd like to have input on the Knicks next head coach, but added that he hasn't talked to president Phil Jackson about that. Though there will be plenty of trade talk surrounding Melo this summer, he doesn't sound like he's ready to waive his no-trade clause any time soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:57 am
  • Austin Rivers logs 37 mins as fill-in starter
    Austin Rivers started Wednesday's game in place of Chris Paul (broken metacarpal) and had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Rivers faces a daunting task with CP3 out of commission, assuming lead playmaking duties while defending Damian Lillard at the other end. Paul had the second-highest Player Impact Estimate in the playoffs prior to his injury, trailing only Paul George, and nobody is expecting Rivers to approach that production. DFS owners can still view him as a viable punt play, assuming his price doesn't spike prior to Game 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:04 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 17 points in futile effort
    Jeff Green scored 17 points off the bench during Game 5, making 6-of-10 shots with six rebounds, three steals, two assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Blake Griffin's quad injury has prematurely ended his season, leaving Green a big opportunity even if he isn't starting. He can't fill the void by himself, and more minutes are also available for Wes Johnson (five points, five rebounds) and Paul Pierce (two rebounds), but Green is easily the most palatable DFS option. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:02 pm
  • X-rays negative on Hassan Whiteside's hand
    Hassan Whiteside is dealing with a right hand injury but X-rays were negative.

    Advice: There aren't any details about the injury, which Whiteside may have suffered during Wednesday's Game 5 loss in Miami. It sounds like he avoided any structural damage but we'll add him to the injury report as a precaution -- for what it's worth, his recent thigh injury no longer seems to be an issue. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:44 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) picks up DNP-CD
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) was available to play in Game 5 on Wednesday but he didn't leave Miami's bench.

    Advice: Johnson was available in case of emergency but wound up getting a DNP-CD. We're taking him off the injury report but it's unlikely that he'll crack the rotation in a critical Game 6 at Charlotte on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside double-doubles in Game 5
    Hassan Whiteside finished Wednesday's Game 5 defeat with 11 points, 12 boards, three blocks and one turnover in 32 minutes, making 5-of-8 FGs and 1-of-2 FTs.

    Advice: Whiteside has struggled defensively against Al Jefferson's shifty post play, and a lingering thigh bruise may be limiting him, but he's still an impact player. Only Al Horford has contested more 2-point field goals per game in the playoffs, and Horford is averaging eight more minutes per game than Whiteside. He'll need to bring his 'A' game for Game 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (ankle) plays 25 mins off bench
    Nicolas Batum (sprained ankle) came off the bench on Wednesday for eight points, three rebounds, three assists and a pair of 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Batum didn't have his normal agility and he was tentative early, but he knocked in some huge jumpers down the stretch, helping the Hornets hang on for a tough 90-88 victory. He'll get just one day to rest before returning to action for Friday's Game 6 in Charlotte, so it's unlikely that he'll be 100 percent in the Hornets' potential closeout game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • Austin Rivers, Pierce, Crawford all starting
    Austin Rivers will start Game 5 on Wednesday with Chris Paul (hand) done for the postseason.

    Advice: Paul Pierce and Jamal Crawford are also starting, with Luc Mbah a Moute coming off the bench. Rivers and Crawford should share primary ball-handling duties and his minutes will spike by default with CP3 out of commission, but Rivers remains a gamble in DFS lineups. In seven starts this season he averaged 13.7 points, 2.0 threes, 2.7 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.7 turnovers. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:00 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (ankle) off bench in Game 5
    Nicolas Batum (ankle) will come off the Hornets' bench on Wednesday, as expected.

    Advice: The Hornets won their past two games without Batum and coach Steve Clifford likely doesn't want to mess with his starters' newfound chemistry. Batum reportedly volunteered to come off the bench and owners can expect his minutes to hover in the 24-28 range in his first game back. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:33 pm
  • Nicolas Batum expected to play off bench
    Nicolas Batum (ankle) is expected to play off the bench on Wednesday against the Heat.

    Advice: It sounds like he will be limited after missing the last two games. Although, Batum did go to Clifford to suggest coming off the bench because of how well the Hornets played without him in Game 3 and 4. He will likely play minutes in the 20s and take run away from Frank Kaminsky, Jeremy Lin, Marvin Williams and Spencer Hawes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:37 pm
  • Tyler Johnson active as emergency option
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is available as an emergency option Game 5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Basically, two guards would have to get hurt in this game for coach Erik Spoelstra to get Johnson in there. For now, it looks like Johnson won't be ready until the second round. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:26 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) ruled out for Game 5
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Johnson is inching his way closer to a return, has gone through a full contact practice, and he's reportedly targeting a return to the court for Game 6 on Friday. While Johnson will take some minutes away from Josh Richardson upon his return to the court, it's unlikely he earns enough minutes to matter in most formats, particularly with Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic healthy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:30 am
  • Spo says Whiteside (thigh) is himself again
    Erik Spoelstra indicated that Hassan Whiteside (thigh) is back to his usual self for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Whiteside said that the thigh injury limited his explosion during Game 4, but he said after shootaround that the injury is feeling better, so it sounds like he'll be much closer to 100 percent for Game 5. He's a reasonable guy to target in DFS. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:26 am
  • Nicolas Batum (ankle) on track to play in G5
    Nicolas Batum (ankle) was a full participant during shootaround, and head coach Steve Clifford said that he'll more than likely play in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Heat.

    Advice: Batum was initially ruled out for the entire first-round series, so it's surprising that he's made enough progress to get back on the court after spending a mere five days in recovery. Batum said that he will come off the bench if he does play, and Clifford acknowledged it's unlikely he sees his usual workload, so he'll make for a bit of a risky DFS target tonight. Check back for official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off, but both Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lin figure to take a bit of a hit with Batum back in the fold. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:02 am
  • Evan Turner scores 15 points in loss
    Evan Turner scored 15 points in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Hawks, shooting 5-of-10 from the field.

    Advice: He was the best player on the floor for the Celtics tonight, as Isaiah Thomas (ankle) couldn't get anything to go on the offensive end. Turner added five rebounds, two assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes, and he's still a must-start player in all formats until further notice. If Thomas is unable to play in Game 6 on Thursday, expect Turner to run the offense. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:27 pm
  • Myles Turner plays well in Game 5 loss
    Myles Turner looked good in Game 5 on Tuesday vs. Toronto, scoring 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The rookie has been the most consistent big for Indiana in this series apart from a dud in Game 4, so his role as the starting PF is safe. His price should still be relatively low in DFS, so he's worth a long look for Game 6 in Indiana on Friday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:59 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) held to four points
    Ian Mahinmi (back) was held to four points on 1-of-2 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Raptors, adding six rebounds with two turnovers in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He got into some foul trouble and never got it going. He was coming off a 22-point, 10-rebound performance in Game 4 with five assists, two steals and one block, but that was really his only bright spot in this series. In fact, if you ignore Game 4 then he only has averages of 4.3 points, 4.5 boards and 0.5 blocks. To be fair, his back has been an issue for a while now and he's playing at less than 100 percent. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:53 pm
  • Paul George scores 39 in loss to Raptors
    Paul George matched his playoff career high with 39 points in Tuesday's loss to the Raptors, shooting 11-of-19 from the field and 12-of-12 from the line.

    Advice: He was a +15 in 41 minutes and added eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers, yet the Pacers still lost by three because George didn't have much help and they were torched every time he went to the bench for a quick rest. The Pacers were up by as many as 17 points, but they were outscored 25-9 in the fourth quarter and now trail the Raptors 3-2 in the series. PG-13 has been the best player in this series and he will look to tie things up in Indiana for Game 6 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:47 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo scores 10 w/ 16 boards
    Bismack Biyombo was awesome in Tuesday's Game 5 win over the Pacers, scoring 10 points with 16 rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He was more effective than Jonas Valanciunas tonight, so Biyombo played down the stretch and even grabbed four offensive rebounds. That being said, Biyombo was only averaging 5.8 points, 7.3 boards and 1.3 blocks in the first four games of the series, so we'd like to see him do it again before he becomes an option in most fantasy formats. Valanciunas finished with 10 points, five boards, two assists, one steal and two blocks. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:37 pm
  • Patrick Patterson held to seven points
    Patrick Patterson started in Game 5 on Tuesday, but scored just seven points (3-of-10 FGs) with two boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was averaging just 5.8 field goal attempts in the first four games of the series, so at least he was more involved on the offensive end tonight. While Patterson's stat line was disappointing, Luis Scola picked up a DNP-CD tonight and it looks like he will be the starting PF moving forward, although coach Dwane Casey wouldn't commit to it when asked after the game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:16 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 14 points in win
    Kyle Lowry scored 14 points in Tuesday's 102-99 win over the Pacers, adding five assists, four boards, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He still can't find his shot, finishing just 3-of-11 from the field after shooting 32.2 percent in his previous four games. Lowry said that his elbow is a non-issue, so he's basially just struggling to get out of a shooting slump. "We’re going to ride or die with DeMar [DeRozan] and Kyle [Lowry]," Dwane Casey said. "They haven’t shot the ball great, but it’s still basketball. We’re going to go with them, they’re our star players, they’re all-stars for a reason and we’re trying, as a coach and as a staff, to try to put them in the best position to be successful." DeRozan got on track in Game 5, so hopefully it's Lowry's turn in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:11 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan drops 34, Raptors win Game 5
    DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points on 10-of-22 shooting in Tuesday's Game 5 win over the Pacers, giving the Raptors a 3-2 series lead.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey said before the game that he wanted to get DeRozan going on the offensive end, so give him credit for making an adjustment. "I've got to do a better job of getting DeMar quick, cleaner looks, to get him open a little bit better," Casey said. "We've got to have [DeRozan] playing at a high level to have a chance to win this series. It's up to me and the staff to come up with something." DeRozan also hit 12-of-13 from the line, adding three boards, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers after failing to hit any treys in the first four games of the series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:05 pm
  • Jeff Green expected to start Wednesday
    Jeff Green is expected to move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's Game 5 against Portland.

    Advice: Blake Griffin (quad) is going to miss the remainder of the postseason for Los Angeles, so the starting four-spot is Green's to lose. He'll be taking on a much larger role on offense with Chris Paul (hand) also done for the year, so he'll be a reasonable guy to consider in DFS with his minutes set to spike to the mid-30s. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:32 pm
  • Austin Rivers expected to start Wednesday
    Austin Rivers is expected to start at point guard for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Blazers, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN.

    Advice: Chris Paul (hand) will be sidelined for at least the next 4-6 weeks, meaning that Rivers should be the Clippers starting point guard the rest of the way. Consistency tends to be a major issue with Rivers, but with both CP3 and Blake Griffin (quad) on the sidelines, he's going to have a ton of opportunity coming his way. He'll be on the radar as a potential DFS target on Wednesday night. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:30 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) starting Tuesday vs. TOR
    Ian Mahinmi (back) is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Raptors.

    Advice: George Hill, Monta Ellis, Paul George and Myles Turner will join Mahinmi in the first-unit for tonight's contest. Mahinmi still isn't 100 percent, but he's on the radar in DFS after putting up 22 points, 10 boards, five assists, two steals and one block in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:10 pm
  • Patrick Patterson starting, Scola benched
    Patrick Patterson will move into the starting five for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Pacers, sending Luis Scola to the bench.

    Advice: The Raptors haven't been getting much of anything from Scola through the first four games of the series, so it looks like Dwane Casey would like to infuse some offense into the first unit with Patterson. Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas will join Patterson in the starting five for tonight's game, and Patterson could be someone to consider as a punt in DFS given the increased opportunity. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:45 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) expected to play Tuesday
    Frank Vogel said that while Ian Mahinmi is still experiencing some soreness in his back, he's expected to play in Tuesday's Game 5 against the Raptors.

    Advice: Mahinmi will continue to fight through the pain, and after putting up 22 points with a full line during Game 4's win, he'll be someone to consider as a potential DFS target. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:36 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) questionable for Game 5
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Heat.

    Advice: Steve Clifford did say that Batum was feeling better on Tuesday, although they won't make an official decision until closer to Wednesday's tip. He'll likely be a game-time call, but if he's out, Jeremy Lin will be the primary beneficiary while Frank Kaminsky will have another opportunity to start. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:54 pm
  • Deron Williams will have surgery for hernia
    Deron Williams said that his sports hernia has gotten worse, and he will undergo surgery to correct the issue in about one month.

    Advice: Williams is going to give his adductor a month of rest before going under the knife to correct the hernia, but his timetable is expected to be set at 6-weeks once he undergoes his procedure. Williams said that he hopes to return with the Mavs next season, but he hasn't officially decided whether or not to pick up his player option worth $5.6 million. After injuries again limited Williams to just 65 games played during the 2015-16 season, it's unlikely he could secure a better deal on the open market. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:29 am
  • Hassan Whiteside hoping to heal by Game 6
    Hassan Whiteside (thigh) is hoping he'll be more agile for Game 5.

    Advice: Whiteside said the thigh injury limited his explosion on Monday night, but is planning to play through the pain. "It bothered me, but there's nothing I could do about it, so I just played through the pain," he said. "I couldn't explode on it like I normally can." Whiteside has a day to recover before Wednesday's Game 5, so he should have better production as the Heat head back home. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:45 am
  • Tyler Johnson could be an option for Game 6
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder surgery) is getting closer to a return and could potentially play in Game 6.

    Advice: While Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said Johnson is close to forcing some discussions, the Heat guard said he's feeling much better. "The biggest thing is I made progress today without having pain," Johnson said. "This was the second day where I had a good workout or practice and didn’t feel anything. If this continues, I think we can start working towards maybe getting in there." Johnson's return while cut into Josh Richardson's minutes a bit, but he'll likely be eased back into action once he's able to suit up. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:16 am
  • Jeff Green scores 17 points vs. Blazers
    Jeff Green scored 17 points with five rebounds and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He is likely headed for a bigger role in Game 5. Chris Paul (hand) won't be playing while Blake Griffin (quad) could miss some action, as well. Green does a lot of scoring in isolation, so he shouldn't be affected negatively with the loss of CP3. He's on the radar as a DFS play. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:39 pm
  • Austin Rivers headed for more run
    Austin Rivers scored four points with two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 23 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He's probably going to start Game 5 in Los Angeles with Chris Paul (hand) likely out for the postseason. Rivers did turn in some decent starts this year, averaging 13.7 points, 2.7 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.0 treys in seven games. He'll be on the radar in DFS. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:32 pm
  • Jeremy Lin scores 21 points in win vs. Heat
    Jeremy Lin scored 21 against the Heat on Monday, adding three assists, two steals, three turnovers and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Hornets have not missed Nicolas Batum (ankle) at all and most of it has to do with Lin. He was marvelous in Game 3 and has carried the Hornets second unit while getting 26 minutes next to Kemba Walker tonight. There's a chance Batum can make it back for Game 5, so that would likely hurt Lin. Although, he's been too good and coach Steve Clifford might have to find a way to get him more minutes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:32 pm
  • Whiteside turns in worst game of series
    Hassan Whiteside (thigh) did not play well in his 25 minutes against the Hornets on Monday, scoring eight points with seven rebounds and three blocks.

    Advice: He got off to a good start, but fell off due to foul trouble. Miami really struggled on the glass down the stretch with Whiteside just in unfortunate positions. Whiteside was a game-time call with his bruised thigh, but didn't show much discomfort during this game. He'll be better in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:54 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi is questionable for Tuesday
    Ian Mahinmi (back) is listed as questionable to play against the Raptors on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was on the injury report for Saturday and exploded for a 22-point gem in a win. Mahinmi likely won't be as good in Game 5, but he's certainly on the radar as a DFS center with his cheap price tag. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:29 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside will play on Monday night
    Hassan Whiteside (thigh) will play on Monday night against the Hornets.

    Advice: He is not likely going to have a minutes cap during this game. Whiteside should be getting minutes slightly above 30 with plenty of stats headed his way. We'll see how the Heat respond to their Game 3 loss on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:56 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside warming up, intends to play
    Hassan Whiteside (thigh) is warming up with the intention to play on Monday.

    Advice: This usually means Whiteside will be ready to roll -- there was an exception on this with Justise Winslow earlier this season. Whiteside did miss practice on Sunday and he might be slightly limited. Still, he's the elite center for DFS tonight and is likely going to be worth his high salary. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:34 pm
  • Stephen Curry (knee) could miss two weeks
    The MRI on Stephen Curry's knee was negative and showed no damage with a diagnosis of a Grade 1 sprain.

    Advice: This is good news. Curry will be re-evaluated in two weeks and the Warriors will undoubtedly be very careful with their MVP. He could still be out beyond this two-week prognosis as well. The Warriors will also be rooting for the Blazers to make it a long series to give them more time off. With Curry out, it'll be Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston handling the ball more. Plus, we'll see more shots and play-making chances for Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:25 pm
  • Stephen Curry tweets about his injury
    Stephen Curry (knee) tweeted he's going to be "alright" Monday afternoon.

    Advice: This doesn't really say much except that Curry likely received his diagnosis. Curry said "all things considered" in his tweet, so it does sound like he might have at least something wrong. We'll have a clearer update soon. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:09 pm
  • Stevens hints Olynyk's role could be limited
    Brad Stevens hinted that Kelly Olynyk's role could be limited for the remainder of the first round.

    Advice: "Time will tell. ... We aren't in a position where if a guy has rust you're going to be able to play much," Stevens said. The head coach added that he'd evaluate Olynyk in shootaround to gauge his playing time moving forward, but it's worth noting that Jonas Jerebko has really come on strong vs. Atlanta and looks like the better option right now. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:16 am
  • Casey suggests change in approach for DeRozan
    Dwane Casey hinted that DeMar DeRozan may have to change his approach vs. the Pacers in Toronto's opening round playoff series.

    Advice: "He may have to be a facilitator," Casey said. "He's our leading scorer, he's gotta take the shots that are there, but in other situations, where they're taking him out, he understand that [he has to] move the ball." Through four games in a 2-2 series, DeRozan is shooting just 21-of-71 (29.6 percent) from the field with 13 assists and 13 turnovers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:17 am
  • Johnson (shoulder) progressing toward return
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder surgery) is progressing toward a return, but he will not play in Monday's Game 4 vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Johnson said it's "the best he's felt" in his rehab, and even the normally cryptic Erik Spoelstra said that the guard is "pushing us into some discussions." It's hard to envision Johnson getting back out there before he goes through a full contact practice—which he has yet to do—but it's clear the guard is on the comeback trail after being pain/soreness-free for the first time this weekend. While Johnson has been ruled out of Game 4 and does not expect to play in Game 5 vs. Charlotte, he could be available after that. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:22 am
  • Nicolas Batum (ankle) will not play in Game 4
    Nicolas Batum (ankle) will not play in Monday's Game 4 vs. Miami.

    Advice: It would have been an enormous surprise had Batum been able to get back out there after sitting for just a single game, so he'll again be forced to watch from the sidelines. As a result of Batum's absence, the Hornets will stick with the same starting lineup that worked in Game 3. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:16 am
  • Update: Whiteside (thigh) is a game-time call
    Updating a previous item, Hassan Whiteside (thigh) will be a game-time decision for Monday's Game 4 vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Whiteside will continue to get treatment and is expected to be evaluated prior to tipoff, and although he only went through the non-contact portions of shootaround and has been limited for a couple of days, we still expect the big man to be out there. "I haven't done much on it," he said. "I just lifted weights [Sunday]. I did upper body. So it went well. But I haven't done much on it. I'm going to see how I feel around game time and we're going to go from there." Whiteside said he still has some swelling and pain that limits his explosion, but it would be a real shocker if he didn't take the floor. For what it's worth, Whiteside was smiling when grilled about his playing status. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:09 am
  • Kyle Lowry says elbow injury is a non-issue
    Kyle Lowry said his elbow injury is a non-issue and unrelated to his current shooting slump.

    Advice: "Nope. I’m just missing shots. I get some good looks, but I’m just missing shots," Lowry said. Until if and when K-Low starts making shots, he'll continue to get questions about whether or not his elbow is hampering his play. Through his first four playoff games in 2-16, Lowry is shooting just 19-of-59 (25.4 percent) from the field. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:08 am
  • Report: Steph Curry could have MCL sprain
    The Warriors "early fear" is that Steph Curry sustained a right MCL sprain, a source told Sam Amick of USA Today.

    Advice: San Francisco sportscaster Mike Shumann of ABC 7 reported the same thing late on Sunday evening, so there is certainly some smoke behind this potential fire. We won't have an official diagnosis until the Warriors release Curry's MRI results, and his timetable to return will be dependent upon on the severity of the sprain if the early intel is proven accurate. We'd expect him to miss at least the remainder of the first round with the very real potential for more time off. Without Curry, Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and every other member of the team will be forced to step up. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:24 am
  • Kelly Olynyk scoreless in four minutes Sunday
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) failed to score in four minutes on Sunday, and he did not play in the second half.

    Advice: Amir Johnson posted nine points, nine boards and three blocks, while Jonas Jerebko double-doubled, but Olynyk and Jared Sullinger combined for just two points off the bench. Boston will need more from their second unit to wrest control of the series in Game 5, as Marcus Smart accounted for more than 90 percent of their bench points tonight. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:16 pm
  • Stephen Curry (knee) will have an MRI Monday
    Stephen Curry (sprained knee) will have an MRI on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Steve Kerr said that Curry wanted to play in the second half, but the Warriors made the decision to hold him out which was probably the right call. Kerr didn't make it sound like he's expecting a quick return for Curry, so it's hard to imagine him playing in Game 5 on Wednesday. Hopefully we will get a timetable after the Warriors release the results of the MRI on Monday. Shaun Livingston will benefit if Curry misses time along with Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:42 pm
  • Stephen Curry (sprained knee) out for game
    Stephen Curry (sprained knee) will not return on Sunday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: He tried to warm up prior to the second half, but he didn't like how his knee felt and he went straight back to the locker room after a brief conversation with coach Steve Kerr and the training staff. Curry was reportedly in tears when the Warriors ruled him out and he will remain in the locker room for the rest of the game to get treatment. There isn't enough information right now to speculate on a timetable, but there should be an update after the game. Shaun Livingston started the second half and will now have to run the offense along with Draymond Green. Curry finished with six points on 2-of-9 shooting with five assists, one steal and one trey. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:27 pm
  • Stephen Curry (knee) goes to locker room
    Stephen Curry (knee) limped to the locker room prior to halftime on Sunday vs. Houston.

    Advice: He was running back on defense when he slipped and had an awkward fall, but he did try to jog it off on the way back to the locker room (with an obvious limp). Hopefully it's nothing serious, but we'll have an update momentarily. You can check out the incident in the link below. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:03 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will play on Sunday
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will be available to play on Sunday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: He may provide some shooting in the second unit now that Jonas Jerebko is starting, but Olynyk's minutes should be pretty limited if he even plays at all. Most fantasy owners will want to ignore him for now. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:11 pm
  • Deron Williams (hernia) is out for the season
    Deron Williams (hernia) will not play again this season.

    Advice: This was the expectation all along and the move makes sense because D-Will has been struggling to play through the issue for weeks now. Raymond Felton should benefit the most following this news, while J.J. Barea (groin) will have to step up as well even though he isn't 100 percent. Additionally, there should be more minutes available for both Devin Harris and Justin Anderson. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:11 pm
  • Stephen Curry (ankle) will play on Sunday
    Stephen Curry (ankle) will play in Game 4 on Sunday vs. Houston.

    Advice: He made it through warmups without any problems and was even launching half-court shots. Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned that he will be watching Curry's minutes closely in case he looks winded, but his owners should obviously still start him. We'll have an update after the game. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:53 am
  • Myles Turner will start in Game 5 Tuesday
    Myles Turner will start in Game 5 on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The rookie didn't have a great stat line in Game 4 with four points (2-of-13 FGs) with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes, but the Pacers still got the win. The good news is that his price should still be low in DFS due to his sub-par performance, so he's worth a long look. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:46 am
  • Batum will not rule himself out for Game 4
    Nicolas Batum (ankle/foot) will not rule himself out for Game 4 on Monday and the Hornets listed him as questionable.

    Advice: He said on Saturday that his sprained left ankle is "surprisingly much better," and added on Sunday that it has continued to improve. Batum will get more treatment around the clock, so we should have an official update at the morning shootaround. If he is able to play, both Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lin will lose some appeal in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:55 am
  • Deron Williams is likely out for playoffs
    Coach Rick Carlisle said Deron Williams (hernia) is likely out for the rest of the postseason.

    Advice: He lasted just 89 seconds in Game 4 before tapping out, so there's really no chance Williams can make it through a game. With Williams out, it'll be a team effort of J.J. Barea, Raymond Felton, Justin Anderson and Devin Harris stepping up. Felton and Anderson look to be the most appealing based on their prices in DFS. Plus, Barea was hurting on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:41 pm
  • Jeremy Lin scores 18 off bench; Hornets win
    Jeremy Lin propelled the Hornets to a Game 3 96-80 victory on Saturday with his 18 points in 26 minutes off the bench, adding four rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored 13 points in the first half to get the Hornets going early. Lin played close to mistake-free ball with no turnovers and his defense was better than usual, as well. This was huge for the Hornets because Kemba Walker didn't have it with only 17 points, three rebounds and seven assists in 37 minutes. Lin did log 10 minutes as the backup point guard to go with his 16 minutes on the wing. The Hornets won their first playoff game since 2002 and will look to get another win on Monday to tie up the series. Lin should be in the mix yet again now that Nicolas Batum (ankle) is likely out for the series. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:02 pm
  • Deron Williams (hernia) out for game
    Deron Williams went to the locker room with 10 minutes left in the first quarter on Saturday and will not return.

    Advice: Well, that's not a good start. Williams is likely done for the series here with his lingering sports hernia issue. He might get treatment, but expect him to be limited the rest of the year. We'll see more Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:16 pm
  • Deron Williams in the starting lineup
    Deron Williams (hernia) will start on Saturday.

    Advice: The Mavs will be watching him closely all game due to his sports hernia. His status makes J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton less appealing here. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:52 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi dominates for 22 points in win
    Ian Mahinmi turned in the playoff game of his life during a Game 4 win over the Raptors on Saturday, scoring a playoff career-high 22 points with 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. It was the first double-double of his playoff career, as well. Mahinmi had been pushed around all series by Jonas Valanciunas while his back injury kept him limited until this gem. The move of Myles Turner playing next to him may have helped him, too. DFS owners might not want to chase this one too hard, but it certainly puts him on the board. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:43 pm
  • Paul George scores 19 points in win
    Paul George scored 19 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one turnover and one 3-pointer against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He kept his word to trust his teammates more in this game. George wasn't terrible with efficiency, making 6-of-16 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line in this win. He should be a decent DFS play almost any night, but his price has really been on the rise. It won't be easy for him to match his expectations after Game 1 and 2. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:36 pm
  • Rick Carlisle thinks Deron Williams will play
    Coach Rick Carlisle thinks Deron Williams (hernia) will play against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He doesn't know for sure and Carlisle said it will be a challenge to manage his minutes. Williams is still a game-time call and we might not know anything concrete until just before tip. For now, DFS owners might want to look to use their salary elsewhere in late-swap formats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:30 pm
  • Myles Turner gets the start in win
    Myles Turner made the first playoff start of his career against the Raptors on Saturday, making 2-of-13 from the field for four points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: While it wasn't his best game, the Pacers had some good success while he was out there. They actually didn't use their new starting lineup at all in Game 1 and 2, but it worked extremely well in Game 3. Plus, it was solid in Game 4 with a plus-16.4 net rating in their 15 minutes together. Turner will get the start again and he should have better output, too. He'll be a nice target in DFS as long as he's under $6,000. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:27 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores just 12; Raptors tied 2-2
    Kyle Lowry made 4-of-12 from the field for 12 points during a Game 4 100-83 loss to the Pacers on Saturday, adding three rebounds, five assists, one steal, three turnovers and six fouls.

    Advice: The Raptors were torched early and had a terrible finish, as well. Like fellow All-Star DeMar DeRozan, Lowry is struggling big time in this series, averaging 15.5 points, 4.0 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.3 treys on 32.2 percent from the field in four games. The Raptors have a lot of work to do before Game 5. Lowry will be a risky player to use. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:13 pm
  • Patrick Patterson scores eight points
    Patrick Patterson scored eight points with one rebound, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: Luis Scola is just wasting minutes right now and coach Dwane Casey needs to find a away to Patterson in the 33-36 minute range. While Patterson is key for the second unit, something has to change at their starting power forward spot. Even though Two-Pat hasn't been good in his last two, he's still a fine punt while his price is around $4,000 in DFS. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:53 pm
  • Cory Joseph goes scoreless in loss
    Cory Joseph did not score in 14 minutes on Saturday with one rebound, three steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: He was one of the better bench players in the playoffs, but he just didn't have it today. Joseph didn't get as many minutes at off guard in this game and it'll be interesting to see what coach Dwane Casey does going forward. It'll be tough to use him in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:46 pm
  • DeMar DePlorable: DeRozan struggles again
    DeMar DeRozan turned in another dud on Saturday during a Game 4 loss to the Pacers, making 4-of-15 from the field for eight points with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and six turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't go to the line, so scoring eight points while ending 21 possessions is a disaster. DeRozan has been by far the most disappointing All-Star in the postseason and he is just trying to make plays that are not there at all. Coach Dwane Casey should have cut his minutes in the fourth, but he stuck with him. Even with his price dropping in DFS, you cannot use him. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:42 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk still up in the air for Sunday
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is "questionable at best" for Sunday with no new update.

    Advice: In other words, he's doubtful to play. The Celtics tightened up their rotation with Jonas Jerebko really stepping up, posting a double-double in 37 minutes. Jerebko and Amir Johnson have gained enough trust and playing time to be factors in DFS. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:24 pm
  • Myles Turner will start, Lavoy Allen to bench
    Myles Turner will start at power forward in Game 4 on Saturday, sending Lavoy Allen to the bench.

    Advice: It's an easy decision for coach Frank Vogel after Turner erupted for 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 31 minutes in Game 3. Ian Mahinmi is struggling with a back issue, so Turner should see a lot of minutes tonight and is worth deploying in most formats. He's also worth a long look in DFS. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:18 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) will play on Saturday
    Ian Mahinmi (lower back sprain) will play in Game 4 on Saturday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The Pacers aren't just calling it a sore back anymore and have diagnosed him with a lower back sprain. Mahinmi hasn't played well in this series and is averaging just 4.3 points, 4.0 boards and 0.7 blocks in 20.7 minutes per game, so most fantasy owners should ignore him. If he struggles again on Saturday, Myles Turner will have to step up and Jordan Hill could enter the rotation as well. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:54 am
  • Deron Williams (hernia) is a game-time call
    Deron Williams (hernia) will be a game-time call on Saturday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Dallas coach Rick Carlisle simply said that there's a "chance" that D-Will play, but it will depend on how he feels during pre-game warmups. Williams was in "excruciating pain" prior to Game 3 which is why he sat out of that contest, so it's a good sign that he even has a shot to play tonight. He will be a risky player to use in DFS, but if he does play that will also dampen the fantasy appeal of Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:21 am
  • Deron Williams (hernia) questionable for Sat
    Deron Williams (hernia) is questionable to play against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not play in Game 3 and he may be the most likely player to miss this game. If he is out, Devin Harris, Raymond Felton and possibly Justin Anderson (shoulder) would play more. J.J. Barea is also expected to play, but may be limited. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:09 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (back) questionable for Game 4
    Ian Mahinmi (sore back) is questionable for Game 4 on Saturday vs. Toronto.

    Advice: His back has been an issue in this series and he's only averaging 4.3 points, 4.0 boards and 0.7 blocks in 20.7 minutes per game. There has already been some talk that Jordan Hill could see some minutes in Game 4, while Myles Turner would also benefit if Mahinmi is held out. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:39 am
  • Evan Turner scores 17 points in win
    Evan Turner got the start on Friday against the Hawks, scoring 17 points with two rebounds, seven assists, five steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He played some more minutes at the two with the Celtics going bigger thanks to the output from Jonas Jerebko. Turner's play-making has been a big part of the offense and his defense has vastly improved this season as well. Expect a sizable role the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:40 pm
  • Stanley Johnson scored nine points
    Stanley Johnson scored nine points with one rebound in 14 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He got off to a quick start in the first half with all nine points in his eight first-half minutes. Johnson has been in the news for his off-court comments saying he was in LeBron James' head. The rookie was pretty solid yet again tonight and has shown a lot of promise. He's still only a punt in DFS during this series. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:56 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk will not play on Friday
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will not play against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: That means Tyler Zeller will be in the rotation again tonight. Jonas Jerebko is also a very appealing guy in the starting lineup. There is also a lot of pressure on Amir Johnson and Jared Sullinger at the five spot. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:03 pm
  • Evan Turner getting the start
    Evan Turner will get the start at shooting guard on Friday against the Hawks.

    Advice: He's logged the vast majority of his minutes at small forward in this series with even the occasional minutes at power forward. The starting lineup of Turner, Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson have not played together at all in this series and have played only 33 possessions during the regular season. This is good news for Turner to get a new avenue for minutes at a new position. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:29 pm
  • Tyler Johnson out for Game 3
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) will not play against the Hornets in Game 3.

    Advice: He said it's too earlier to tell on Game 4. Johnson is working on his strength and it would be a surprise to see him play in the first round. Josh Richardson will continue to carry the offensive load off the bench as the Heat play their starters big minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:21 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony doesn't show up to seminar
    Carmelo Anthony didn't attend Phil Jackson's two-day seminar of the triangle offense.

    Advice: There are conflicting reports on whether or not the camp was mandatory, and one player even claimed that not everyone on the roster was invited. Regardless, it's not a good look for the franchise and it's no secret that Anthony wasn't happy last week following his meeting with Jackson and it doesn't sound like he's confident in the direction of the franchise. There is going to be a lot of talk this summer about the possibility of Melo waiving his no-trade clause. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:26 am
  • Carlisle unsure if Deron Williams will play
    Dallas coach Rick Carlisle is unsure if Deron Williams (hernia) will be able to play in Game 4 on Saturday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: "I don't, no," Carlisle said when asked if he knew D-Will's status. "I would say it's possible. But I don't have an answer. But we didn't lose the game because D-Will didn't play. He's a great player, and he would help us." Williams didn't sound too optimistic when he was asked, saying that he didn't feel like he could even run prior to Game 3. "It hurt pretty bad the last game, to the point where I didn't feel like I could run [in Game 3]," Williams said. "But we'll see how it is Saturday. We're taking it day by day." If D-Will misses another game, J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton will handle the majority of the workload in the backcourt. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:01 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (sore back) plays 24 minutes
    Ian Mahinmi (sore back) played 24 minutes on Thursday vs. the Raptors, scoring seven points with four rebounds and one block.

    Advice: He didn't look right and his back was clearly giving him some problems. To make matters worse, Mahinmi took a really hard fall tonight as well. Mahinmi will likely try to keep fighting through the pain, but he's a little too risky to use in most formats due to his sore back. If he continues to be limited, Myles Turner could take some of his minutes. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:34 pm
  • Myles Turner scores 17 w/ 8 boards, 3 blocks
    Myles Turner started the second half of Thursday's loss to the Raptors and didn't disappoint, scoring 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: With the Pacers trailing 2-1 in the series, a lineup change could be in the cards and it's possible that Turner could enter the starting lineup for Game 4 on Saturday. The Lavoy Allen (zero points, two boards) experiment hasn't worked, so Turner could be looking a lot of minutes for the rest of the series. He could be a solid target in DFS if coach Frank Vogel gives him the nod in the first unit. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • Paul George scores 25 w/ 10 rebounds in loss
    Paul George scored 25 points with 10 rebounds in Thursday's 101-85 loss to the Raptors, adding six assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: The Pacers are now losing the series 2-1, so Game 4 on Saturday in Indiana is basically a must-win game. As for PG-13, he's feasting against the Raptors and was coming into tonight's game with averages of 30.5 points, 4.0 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.0 blocks, 2.5 steals and 3.0 3-pointers in the first two games of the series. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:07 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 21 points in win
    Kyle Lowry scored 21 points with eight assists, four boards, one steal and four 3-pointers in Thursday's win over the Pacers.

    Advice: He still wasn't very efficient from the field, shooting 8-of-21 with a couple of turnovers, but he looked much better than he did in the first two games of the series. Lowry is only shooting 31.9 percent in this series, so that obviously has to improve if the Raptors want to make a lengthy playoff run. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:48 pm
  • DeRozan scores 21, TOR leads series 2-1
    DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points on 7-of-19 shooting in Thursday's 101-85 win over the Pacers, giving the Raptors a 2-1 series lead.

    Advice: Much better. He shot a combined 27.0 percent from the field in the first two games of the series, so Indiana is going to have their hands full if both DeRozan and Kyle Lowry (21 points) start clicking on offense again. DeRozan added three assists, two boards and two steals in 36 minutes and will try to help his team take a commanding series lead with a win in Game 4 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:41 pm
  • Myles Turner starts 2nd half, Allen to bench
    Myles Turner started the second half of Thursday's game vs. the Raptors in place of Lavoy Allen.

    Advice: The Pacers are getting blown out at home, so a change isn't a surprise. The rookie only played 16 minutes in Game 2, so he's easily going to surpass that tonight. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:05 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (sore back) will start in Game 3
    Ian Mahinmi (sore back) will be in the starting lineup for Game 3 against the Raptors.

    Advice: Mahinmi is still experiencing some soreness in his back, but not enough to withhold him from a playoff game. He could be limited, so he's not the best DFS target tonight. George Hill, Monta Ellis, Paul George and Lavoy Allen will join Mahinmi in the starting five for Game 3. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:53 pm
  • Stevens says he's contemplating lineup change
    Brad Stevens said that he's contemplating making a change to his starting lineup for Game 3 on Friday, but he's not yet made a final decision.

    Advice: Evan Turner has supplanted Jared Sullinger in the starting five to begin the second half of both Game 1 and Game 2, so if Stevens does end up going through with the change, Turner for Sullinger will be the likely switch. Sullinger has struggled in a big way during Boston's first-round series, and a move to the bench won't do his fantasy value any favors. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:49 am
  • Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) sits out practice
    Kelly Olynyk (right shoulder) did not go through practice on Thursday, and head coach Brad Stevens said that he'll be "questionable probably at best" for Friday's Game 3 vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: "Obviously, [Olynyk's potential absence] would affect it from the standpoint of rotations because I do think Kelly's strength is something we need," Stevens said before Thursday's practice. "So, we're going to have to find that from other sources, obviously." It doesn't sound like Olynyk will be ready for Friday's game, which will translate to more minutes for Evan Turner, Tyler Zeller and Jonas Jerebko. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:42 am
  • Tyler Johnson (shoulder) still out
    Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is out for Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: There is no new update on Johnson. Josh Richardson may have Wally Pipp'd Johnson as the top combo guard on the roster anyway, so there's no need to rush Johnson back. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:19 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk is questionable for Game 3
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is questionable for Game 3 against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: He was disappointed he couldn't play in Game 2 and was ruled out about 90 minutes before tip on Tuesday. Not even going through warmups is slightly discouraging for his chances, but two full days off makes a big difference. If he can't go, it'll be basically be Tyler Zeller stepping up with Jonas Jerebko becoming more important for spacing. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:13 pm
  • Van Gundy praises Stanley Johnson's defense
    Stan Van Gundy praised Stanley Johnson's effort on the defensive end during a recent interview.

    Advice: "Where he has his best chance at excellence, greatness, is on the defensive end," said Van Gundy. "He’s got really quick feet, great strength and can guard multiple positions — can probably guard one through four, which makes him a very valuable and unique guy." Johnson displayed some solid defense in his 16 minutes of action during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Cavs, and that solid defensive effort likely earned him some more minutes for Game 2. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:22 am
  • Evan Turner starts 3Q, scores 12 points
    Evan Turner started the third quarter of Tuesday's loss to the Hawks, finishing with 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting.

    Advice: The versatile forward also dished out three assists with five boards and one block, and this was the second game in a row that he started the second half. Turner played 33 minutes tonight after playing 34 minutes in Game 1, so he's going to play a massive role in this series with Avery Bradley (hamstring) considered doubtful to play in round one. He's worth starting in all formats right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:19 pm
  • Turner starts 3rd quarter, Sullinger to bench
    Evan Turner started the third quarter of Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks in place of Jared Sullinger.

    Advice: Turner started the third quarter of Game 1 as well (in place of Amir Johnson), and coach Brad Stevens must be thinking that he has to play more small ball if his team will have a chance in this series. Turner had 10 points, eight rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block in Game 1 and looks great tonight as well. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:30 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) ruled out for Game 2
    Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) has been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 2 vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Olynyk only logged 12 minutes off the bench during Game 1, and those minutes will likely be divvied up between Jared Sullinger, Jonas Jerebko and Tyler Zeller for Game 2. There's not a clear-cut winner here in terms of fantasy hoops, but Sullinger is the guy with the most upside. Brad Stevens said that Olynyk has been playing through "a good deal of pain" since the All-Star break, and while surgery has not been discussed, he could certainly be looking at a multi-game absence here. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:34 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan not worried about slump
    DeMar DeRozan isn't worried about his current shooting slump.

    Advice: DeRozan didn't play in the fourth quarter of Monday's Game 2 win and is now shooting 10-for-37 in the first two games of the series. "I feel like it's nothing to be frustrated about," DeRozan said. "I don't mind the bad shooting nights. I don't think it's the end of the world." While DeRozan has struggled to start the playoffs, it shouldn't affect his playing time going forward. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:44 am
  • Evan Turner not sure on Celtics future
    Evan Turner said he's not sure what will happen when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.

    Advice: Turner has resurrected his game in Boston, but isn't sure if he'll be there beyond the 2015-16 season. "If we were playing for free and everything, I would for sure want to be here long term," Turner said. "At the same time, you have to do what's best for your career and family." Turner is in for a bigger payday this summer after averaging 10.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.0 steals off the Celtics bench and is in for a bigger role now that Avery Bradley (hamstring) is likely out for Round 1 of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:23 am
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