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  • Mike Conley and Tony Allen will give it a go
    Mike Conley (foot) and Tony Allen (hamstring) will play vs. the Blazers on Sunday according to head coach Dave Joerger, though they are officially listed as game-time decisions.

    Advice: Conley missed the last four games of the regular season, and even though he is still experiencing some discomfort, he is expected to be in the starting lineup tonight. Joerger admitted that there will likely be some rust, but it's possible that Conley could see close to his normal allotment of minutes. We will confirm his status right before tip-off, but it's safe to say that Beno Udrih will be heading back to the bench.
    Today, 9:08 am
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Brandon Knight's ankle surgery was minor
    Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby said that Brandon Knight's arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle "was a minor procedure".

    Advice: "It was a minor procedure," Babby said. "There was an anterior flap [of cartilage] in his ankle that caused irritation. We expect a full recovery." This confirms what we originally thought, and while there is no known timetable, Knight likely won't be on the shelf for more than 3-4 weeks. Knight is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, but all signs point to the Suns retaining his services. We will provide additional updates as needed.
    Today, 8:41 am
  • LeBron James showers praise on Kyrie Irving
    LeBron James showered praise on teammate Kyrie Irving and said that the sky was the limit for him.

    Advice: "I think the sky is the limit for that kid and his talent, his work ethic, the fact that he loves to continue to learn about how to play the game, I think the sky is the limit for him and like you said, the kid is 23-years old, man," James said. "And to do the thing's that he's doing in our league right now, it's been awesome to be a part of it with him." Irving will be playing in his first playoff game vs. the Celtics on Sunday, and it will be encouraging for him to know that he will be going to battle with James by his side.
    Today, 7:54 am
  • Thibodeau praises Derrick Rose Saturday
    Head coach Tom Thibodeau praised Derrick Rose and said that all of his injuries have just made him stronger.

    Advice: "Obviously, we're a much better team with Derrick," Thibodeau said. "He has been through a grind. We're very pleased to have him back. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a long run of health for him. Time does go by quickly. You're talking about a guy who is sort of now in the middle of his career. He has been through a lot. Early on, you're 22 and the MVP of the league and there weren't many bumps in the road. He has hit a few bumps and gotten through those. The fact he has, I think, has made him stronger." Rose was excellent in a win vs. the Bucks on Saturday with 23 points, seven assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers, and it didn't look his knees were an issue at all. He will look to to keep building momentum in Game 2 on Monday.
    Today, 6:33 am
  • Devin Harris had issue with tape on his toe
    Devin Harris (toe) said the tape job on his left big toe was a problem with his second toe.

    Advice: He had surgery on that toe back in the summer of 2013, so the Mavs will have to figure out a new way to wrap Harris' toe in Game 2. This doesn't sound quite as bad as a normal aggravation, but Harris will likely be limited in some capacity for the rest of the series. J.J. Barea will play a bit more.
    Today, 12:16 am
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Jason Terry scores 16 points vs. the Mavs
    Jason Terry scored 16 points on 6-of-10 from the field against the Mavs on Saturday with four boards, one assist, two steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The JET had a little redemption against his former team and you could see it in his eye that this game meant a little more to him. He's going to do almost all his work off the ball and had seven attempts from deep. He'll have a similar role going forward.
    Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores just 16 points vs. HOU
    Monta Ellis scored 16 points against the Rockets on Saturday with four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 5-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: This was not Monta's best game outside of a brilliant buzzer beater to end the third quarter. Ellis was able to attack the basket, but he just couldn't finish over the Rockets' size. Expect him to have a better game in Game 2 on Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Rajon Rondo scores 15 points with five dimes
    Rajon Rondo scored 15 points against the Rockets on Saturday with five assists, no rebounds, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He turned in a very nice second quarter, but Rondo was a little bashful with his shot in the paint. His defense was also a problem for much of this game. If Devin Harris' toe injury is going to cost him some games, there should be more minutes for Rondo. Even with the extra playing time, Rondo is really going to have to step it up and he'll also need to be better on the glass.
    Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Devin Harris aggravates toe injury vs. HOU
    Devin Harris aggravated his toe injury on Saturday and is doubtful to return.

    Advice: He was listed as questionable to go into this game and he suffered the aggravation in the second half. Harris seemed to be bothered by the injury throughout the game and he could miss some time. If that's the case, J.J. Barea would be looking at more playing time. Harris left the game with two points, two boards and one assist in 10 minutes.
    Yesterday, 8:27 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Derrick Rose scores 23 points in win vs Bucks
    Derrick Rose looked 100 percent during a 103-91 win over the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 23 points with seven assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made 9-of-16 from the field and made the most of the Bucks not bringing double-teams to him. Rose said multiple times in the post-game interview on ESPN that he had open looks because the Bucks didn't double, so expect that message to be received loud and clear in Game 2 on Monday. Of course, Rose looking great tonight is a top-five story from the day.
    Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • O.J. Mayo plays 24 minutes vs. Bulls
    O.J. Mayo made 1-of-7 from the field for five points against the Bulls on Saturday with seven boards, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had some momentum coming in with three consecutive games of scoring in the teens and making 51.7 percent from the field in his eight April games. Mayo does play noticeably worse on the road and he just didn't get many clean looks tonight. He'll be a hit-and-miss player in this series and isn't someone most fantasy owners should count on.
    Yesterday, 6:49 pm
  • MCW has another inefficient game
    Michael Carter-Williams made 4-of-13 from the field and 1-of-4 from the line for nine points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and three turnovers against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: He attempted eight mid-range shots during this game, which is not the answer. Carter-Williams and the Bucks were actually shooting the ball well in the first quarter at 59.1 percent, but they finished at 39.3 percent for the entire game. He'll need to be better on both ends if the Bucks want to get this series to even five games.
    Yesterday, 6:34 pm
  • Devin Harris looks like he's playing on Sat
    Devin Harris (toe) looks like a go against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: He was listed as questionable, but the team expected him to play all along. If any other news comes around regarding Harris, we'll pass it along. Expect him to play minutes in the lower 20s tonight.
    Yesterday, 6:06 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Stephen Curry scores 34 points in Game 1 win
    Stephen Curry scored 34 points during a 106-99 Game 1 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, adding four rebounds, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He had 13 attempts from deep and snapped a six-game streak of making at least 45 percent from that range heading into today. The Warriors looked like they were going to have one of their patented blowouts with a fast start in the third quarter, but credit the Pelicans for not going away. Now that Curry will be logging big minutes more often, expect him to have plenty of 30-point games.
    Yesterday, 4:17 pm
  • Shaun Livingston gets in the rotation
    Shaun Livingston played 13 minutes off the bench against the Pelicans on Saturday with two points and one turnover.

    Advice: Most of the talk heading into this game was that Livingston wasn't going to be in the rotation while Marreese Speights would be, but coach Steve Kerr gave the versatile perimeter guy some minutes. We'll see if that continues, but he obviously won't play more than 20 minutes unless there is a lot of garbage time.
    Yesterday, 4:03 pm
  • Tyreke Evans 'felt a little pop' in his knee
    Tyreke Evans (knee) said he "felt a little pop" in his left knee on Saturday and will have an MRI Saturday night.

    Advice: Coach Monty Williams said this is a new injury for Evans. The Pelicans were just starting to get healthy, but now they might be without their top scoring guard. If he's out, Norris Cole would likely draw the start unless the team wants to lift Jrue Holiday's minutes limit. We'll look for the results on the MRI later today.
    Yesterday, 3:42 pm
  • Norris Cole plays 34 minutes vs. Warriors
    Norris Cole played 34 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday with eight points, three rebounds, six assists, one block and no turnovers.

    Advice: Tyreke Evans (knee) said he felt a little pop in his knee, so the Pelicans might have to roll with Cole a little more going forward. He had a few good games with the Heat in the postseason, but Cole hasn't exactly been reliable. The Pelicans will have an update on Evans on Sunday.
    Yesterday, 3:36 pm
  • Jrue Holiday gets 21 minutes
    Jrue Holiday played 21 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday with four points, two rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Pelicans needed a little more out of Holiday today because Tyreke Evans could not return from a knee bruise. Holiday didn't play in the final five minutes of this game, so the team likely went into today's game with a minutes restriction in mind due to his leg issues. He'll likely be in the 22-25 minute range in Game 2 on Monday.
    Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (knee bruise) will not return
    Tyreke Evans suffered a left knee bruise on Saturday and will not return.

    Advice: Evans' main issue with respect to injuries has been his left ankle, but he did have a knee injury back in December and he's had some other knee problems in the past. The Pelicans still went with Norris Cole to start the second half, so coach Monty Williams clearly wants to keep Jrue Holiday in the second unit. Cole is really going to have to play well against Stephen Curry. Evans finished with one point and one rebound.
    Yesterday, 1:52 pm
  • John Wall scores just 10 points in win vs TOR
    John Wall scored 10 points with six boards, eight assists, one block and one turnover against the Raptors on Saturday in his 44 minutes of action.

    Advice: He missed a 19-foot contested jumper at the end of regulation and the Wall isolation plays were coming early and often. They didn't really work because he made just 5-of-18 from the field today. Wall hasn't been settling for jumpers nearly as much these days and the Wizards are at their best when he's breaking down defenses. Wall and Bradley Beal had bad games today and they were still able to win, so the Wizards have to be happy about that.
    Yesterday, 1:26 pm
  • Lou Williams' late surge isn't enough
    Lou Williams made 4-of-16 from the field for 10 points against the Wizards on Saturday, adding three rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had just two points going into the fourth quarter and helped get this game to overtime. Williams was also guarding John Wall in this game, which created some problems for the Raptors late and caused some defensive breakdowns. Williams will struggle with consistency going forward, but he'll likely have a huge game or two in this series.
    Yesterday, 12:53 pm
  • C.J. McCollum, Nicolas Batum are probable
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) and Nicolas Batum (knee) are probable to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

    Advice: They're both already practicing in full and have said they're definitely playing. With Arron Afflalo (shoulder) not expected to play, these two will be the primary wing options for the Blazers. The bad news is that Tony Allen (hamstring) will be ready to roll, so it won't be easy for the Blazers to score from the perimeter.
    Yesterday, 12:29 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Kyle Lowry fouls out with seven points
    Kyle Lowry fouled out in 33 minutes of action against the Wizards on Saturday, making 2-of-10 from the field for seven points with eight boards, four assists and three turnovers.

    Advice: What an horrible game from Lowry. His fouls were lazy at times and he didn't do a good job on the offensive end whatsoever. He was 1-of-8 on his shots from beyond three feet today and he'll need to attack better. Of course, John Wall is a better defender than most people give him credit for. If the Raptors get this kind of Lowry in the playoffs, they'll be extinct after the first round.
    Yesterday, 11:54 am
  • Brandon Knight had surgery on ankle Friday
    Brandon Knight underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle on Friday and he is expected to make a full recovery.

    Advice: We don't have many details on the surgery, but it's likely a minor procedure and he will probably be on the shelf for about 3-4 weeks. Knight missed the final 11 games of the season because of his ankle, so it will be interesting to see if this has an impact on his market during restricted free agency. Knight is "optimistic" about returning to Phoenix, and it seems unlikely that they would let him walk after giving up so many assets to acquire him this season. We will provide further details as soon as we know more.
    Yesterday, 10:15 am
  • Mike Conley (foot) thinks he will play Sunday
    Mike Conley (foot) continues to make progress, and he believes he will hear his name announced in the starting lineup on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Conley returned to practice on Friday, and it's clear that the time on the shelf sped up his recovery. He added that his foot is still sore every morning, but he does feel better when he moves around. It sounds like he will be a game-time decision, but we should have an official update after the team's shootaround on Sunday. Beno Udrih will move back to the bench if Conley plays.
    Yesterday, 10:10 am
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Darius Morris (illness) returns to practice
    Darius Morris (illness) returned to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: It looks like he will be ready for Game 1 on Sunday, but he won't see more than a few minutes as long as Jarrett Jack and Deron Williams are healthy. We should have another update after shootaround.
    Yesterday, 9:41 am
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Jerryd Bayless, Jared Dudley will play on Sat
    Jerryd Bayless (sore neck) and Jared Dudley (back) will play vs. the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: Bayless missed Wednesday's regular-season finale vs. the Celtics because of his sore neck, but he has since returned to practice and was never in danger of missing this contest. He averages over 22 minutes per game off the bench, and his return will likely push rookie Tyler Ennis out of the rotation.
    Yesterday, 8:46 am
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Saturday
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Saturday against the Bucks, and it is unclear if he will be able to play in Game 2 on Monday.

    Advice: He has reportedly "plateaued" in his rehab, so it looks like he could miss more time. With Hinrich out of commission, Tony Snell will see some minutes in the rotation Saturday. We will update Hinrich's status when we know more.
    Yesterday, 8:24 am
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Rose, Noah, Gibson all good to go Saturday
    Derrick Rose (knee), Joakim Noah (hamstring) and Taj Gibson (shoulder) are good to go for Saturday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Rose scared the Bulls when he left Wednesday's regular-season finale vs. the Hawks with knee soreness, but he made it clear that he sat out as a precaution. Rose made it through a full practice on Friday and his minutes could be on the rise in the playoffs. We will let you know how he holds up after the game. For what it's worth, this will be his first playoff series since the 2011-12 season.
    Yesterday, 8:21 am
  • Elfrid Payton headed to Orlando Summer League
    Elfrid Payton will head to Orlando Summer League in July.

    Advice: He's probably going to be one of the best guards for that event. Payton will also spend plenty of time working on his jumper with shooting consultant Dave Love. If you're in a points league fantasy format, Payton is going to be highly coveted. He should be a top 75-100 pick in standard leagues for now.
    Friday, 3:39 pm
  • C.J. McCollum goes through a workout
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) went through a workout on Friday.

    Advice: He looks fine and should be ready to go for Sunday's game in Memphis. McCollum was terrific down the stretch and he should be able to get minutes close to 30. He'll be a sneaky player to watch during the playoffs. Additionally, McCollum is shaping up to be a fantasy sleeper next season.
    Friday, 2:04 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Devin Harris (toe) downgraded to questionable
    Devin Harris (toe) has been downgraded to questionable for Game 1 against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle said on Thursday that Harris would play, so we're going to assume he's closer to probable than questionable. However, if he's forced to sit, it will open up minutes for J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton. Barea makes for the better daily league target sans Harris.
    Friday, 11:21 am
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Mike Conley, Tony Allen practice on Friday
    Mike Conley (foot) and Tony Allen (hamstring) practiced on Friday.

    Advice: Conley expects to play and he'll likely be a game-time decision on Sunday. He has been able to do some pre-game stuff, so keeping him out the last week is probably somewhat precautionary. He'll be a very important piece for the Grizzlies at home considering the struggles of Damian Lillard on defense. Beno Udrih would move to the bench.
    Friday, 11:20 am
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) doesn't practice Friday
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) was unable to practice Friday, and his status is uncertain for Game 1 on Saturday against the Bucks.

    Advice: If Hinrich can't go, Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks will split most of his minutes. Hinrich is a solid defender, but he doesn't really bring a lot to the stat sheet, so he's not really a factor in most fantasy leagues.
    Friday, 11:14 am
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Derrick Rose (knee) practices on Friday
    Derrick Rose (knee) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he will play in Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: Rose will take the court in a playoff series for the first time since the 2011-12 season on Saturday, and it appears that the minor left knee soreness that caused him to miss the second half of Wednesday's regular-season finale will be a non-issue going forward. Any news regarding Rose's troublesome knees is going to make the headlines, but a deep playoff push behind a healthy Rose will at least temporarily silence the critics. Tom Thibodeau said that Rose will play around the same amount of minutes he did towards the end of the regular-season, so it sounds like he'll still be with a minutes limit.
    Friday, 10:55 am
  • Darius Morris (flu) doesn't practice Friday
    Darius Morris (flu) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to be considering Morris questionable for Game 1 on Sunday, but he's a negligible part of the Nets' rotation, so there aren't any fantasy implications if he's unavailable.
    Friday, 10:16 am
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Avery Bradley (quad) good to go for Game 1
    Avery Bradley (quad) will play in Game 1 against the Cavs on Sunday, as expected.

    Advice: All signs were pointing towards Bradley being available after he sat out the last few games of the regular-season, and this report confirms it. Boston will need multiple guys to step up in a big way to avoid a sweep by the powerhouse that is the Cleveland Cavaliers.
    Friday, 10:05 am
  • Dwyane Wade will pick up player option w/ MIA
    Dwyane Wade confirmed during his exit interview that he will not be opting out of his contract this offseason.

    Advice: Wade will be on the books for $16 million next season, which will give Miami some wiggle room in retaining Goran Dragic's services. Wade managed to suit up for 62 games this year while putting in averages of 21.5 points, 4.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 3.4 turnovers per game while shooting 47.0 percent from the field and 76.8 percent from the charity stripe. His various knee issues will create headaches for owners, and we'd recommend letting someone else deal with him on draft day, despite his upside.
    Friday, 9:26 am
  • Stephen Curry wants a title, and nothing less
    Stephen Curry stated during a recent interview that the Warriors' season will be a failure if it ends in anything less than a championship.

    Advice: "No one will be happy for anything less [than a championship]," said Curry. "If we don't win our last game this season it's going to be a disappointing feeling, one where we felt like we fell short." The Warriors, boasting a regular-season record of 67-15 are one of the favorites to come out of the West, but nothing is guaranteed in basketball. The Spurs pose a real threat to the Dubs' championship prospects, and while the wins aren't guaranteed, this year's post-season is sure to be nothing less than electrifying. The Warriors' begin their playoff push on Saturday, get the popcorn ready.
    Friday, 6:46 am
  • Knight 'optimistic' about returning to PHO
    Brandon Knight said he was "optimistic" about returning to Phoenix next season.

    Advice: "If it can be quick and easy, that's the best thing," Knight said regarding his impending restricted free agency. "You don't want to go through a fight or anything like that or you don't want to drag it out as well. Definitely don't want anything that leads up to training camp. For me, it's just about doing what's best for me and my family and the Suns will do the same. I'm optimistic about the situation. I like it here." Given that the Suns gave up a first-round pick in addition to Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee, it would seem likely they do what they can to match any offers on Knight.
    Thursday, 5:24 pm
  • Derrick Rose dealing with left knee soreness
    Derrick Rose is dealing with minor left knee soreness.

    Advice: The soreness is in the knee in which Rose tore his ACL back in 2012 and not the one needing surgery for a torn meniscus. "It's nothing serious at all," Rose said. "I'm just being cautious. I'm used to knee injuries and my knees being sore. It's just that it was the last game and we didn't want it to linger into a couple of more days." The Bulls are downplaying the issue, which isn't a surprise. Still, Rose should be good to go for Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday.
    Thursday, 4:40 pm
  • Devin Harris (toe) will play on Saturday
    Updating a previous report, Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that Devin Harris (turf toe) will play in Game 1 of the playoffs on Saturday.

    Advice: Harris' return to the rotation will lead to fewer minutes for J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton.
    Thursday, 2:59 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Devin Harris (toe) expected to play Game 1
    Rick Carlisle said that Devin Harris (toe) looks "ready to go" for Game 1 of the playoffs.

    Advice: All signs are pointing towards Harris being available when the playoffs kickoff on Saturday, and his return to the rotation will mean fewer minutes for guys like Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea.
    Thursday, 12:37 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Stephen Curry scores 10 points vs. Nuggets
    Stephen Curry played just 19 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday during a 133-126 win, scoring 10 points with four rebounds, seven assists, five steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Warriors finished the season with a 67-15 record, including 39-2 at home. They're the 10th team in NBA history to get to 67 wins and did it with a first-year head coach, Steve Kerr. They also destroyed teams this season, winning by 10.1 points per game. Curry and Klay Thompson also made more 3-pointers this season than five different teams (Wolves, Grizzlies, Kings, Wizards and Hornets). They'll live and die with the three, but they'll likely be living large in the postseason.
    Wednesday, 10:44 pm
  • Avery Bradley should be ready for playoffs
    Avery Bradley (quad) should be ready for the playoffs, according to coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: He missed his last couple games with a quad injury, but Stevens said after Wednesday's game "he should be ready for the playoffs," as reported by the Associate Press in the game recap.
    Wednesday, 9:36 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores nine in 18 minutes
    Kyrie Irving played 18 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday during a 113-108 win, adding two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Kyrie is in the playoffs and he'll be a favorite among most people to be a point guard in the NBA Finals. Irving's season was truly awesome and his ability to connect on catch-and-shoot shots explains a lot. He'll be a first-round target in drafts next season. The Cavs face the Celtics in Cleveland for Game 1 on Sunday.
    Wednesday, 9:24 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 11 in 25 minutes
    Jrue Holiday returned to action on Wednesday and had 11 points and four assists in 25 minutes of Wednesday's win.

    Advice: The Pelicans are hoping he can get back into a groove for the playoffs, but he's clearly not 100 percent yet after returning from a leg injury. The good news is he played and should be able to get some rest before the playoffs start this weekend. Tyreke Evans had 19 points and 11 assists, Eric Gordon scored 14, while Norris Cole came off the bench to score 13 points. Anthony Davis led the way with 31 points and 13 boards, and the Pelicans will face the Warriors in Round 1 of the playoffs.
    Wednesday, 8:35 pm
  • Derrick Rose sits out 2nd half with sore knee
    Derrick Rose didn't play in the second half of Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks due to soreness in his left knee, but the Bulls do not seem to be concerned.

    Advice: This isn't the same knee that he had his most recent procedure on, but it should be noted that he has torn his ACL in his left knee before (2012). However, Rose was in good spirits on the sidelines and said that he could have played if it were a playoff game, so it looks like he was just being cautious. Head coach Tom Thibodeau expects Rose to be ready to play in Game 1 of the playoffs, but we will pass along any additional information when we know more. Rose finished with two points, two boards, one assist and four turnovers in 10 minutes.
    Wednesday, 7:47 pm
  • Kyle Lowry finishes strong vs. Hornets
    Kyle Lowry had a great game against the Hornets on Wednesday with 26 points, four rebounds, seven assists, three steals and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He hasn't been himself since the injury, so the Raptors have to be pleased with this encouraging finish. In his previous three games since his return, Lowry averaged just 12.7 points, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 treys on 28.3 percent from the field. If the Raptors are going to make any noise in the postseason, Lowry will have to be at his best.
    Wednesday, 7:10 pm
  • Lou Williams gets a DNP-CD on Wednesday
    Lou Williams was a DNP-CD on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey said he was going to limit Williams and he rested him the entire way. Williams had a terrific season and he's one of the three players most likely to win Sixth Man of the Year along with Isaiah Thomas and Andre Iguodala. He'll be a very important piece for the Raptors.
    Wednesday, 6:19 pm
  • Dwyane Wade likely out for Wednesday night
    Dwyane Wade (knee, rest) is not likely to play against the 76ers on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The Heat really need to lose this game to help their chances of keeping a top-10 protected pick from possibly going to the 76ers. If the Heat win and the Nets lose today, the two teams will be tied for the 10th-worst record and be subject to a coin flip for 10th position. In other words, Wade sitting out doesn’t have much to do with actual basketball. Mario Chalmers and Tyler Johnson also benefit, assuming Chalmers plays.
    Wednesday, 4:46 pm
  • Devin Harris (toe) expects to play in Game 1
    Devin Harris is dealing with turf toe in his left big toe, but he expects to be ready for the first game of the playoffs.

    Advice: Harris won't play on Wednesday and he recently had a shot to calm the inflammation in his bruised and swollen toe. He had toe surgery during the offseason but it was a different digit on the same foot, and the good news is that he doesn't sound concerned about any long-term damage. His absence leaves more playing time for J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton on Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 4:09 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • John Wall, Brad Beal resting against the Cavs
    John Wall and Bradley Beal will not play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just rest and they're both fine. The Wizards have nothing to play for and will be the No. 5 seed to face either the Raptors or Bulls. With Wall out, Ramon Sessions and Will Bynum will handle the point. Bynum has the higher upside while Sessions is safer.
    Wednesday, 3:44 pm
  • Jrue Holiday is active for Wednesday night
    Jrue Holiday is active to face the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Holiday played well on Sunday with 17 points, so he certainly can help the Pelicans tonight in what's basically a must win. Still, he'll have a minutes cap and isn't a great option in fantasy leagues.
    Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Bucks to rest starters in 2nd half Wednesday
    The Bucks will deploy their usual starting lineup on Wednesday, though Jason Kidd plans to rest his starters for most of the second half.

    Advice: Milwaukee is cemented in the No. 6 seed and they're simply waiting to see if they'll play the Bulls or Raptors in the first round of the playoffs. This news makes it harder to rely on Michael Carter-Williams, Khris Middleton, Zaza Pachulia and other Bucks' stalwarts, so think twice before committing to them in daily formats.
    Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (hip) will play Wed. vs. Wizards
    Kyrie Irving (hip) will play vs. the Wizards on Wednesday, though he will be on a minute-limit.

    Advice: The rest of Cleveland's starters will also be limited, and LeBron James is resting as a precaution, so consider all your options before locking too many Cavs into active fantasy lineups.
    Wednesday, 3:21 pm
  • Avery Bradley doesn't travel to Milwaukee
    Avery Bradley (quad) is not with the Celtics in Milwaukee for Wednesday's game.

    Advice: It'll likely be Jae Crowder getting the start tonight for Bradley in the season finale. Coach Brad Stevens hinted some of his guys will be on a minutes limit, so we'll pass along any additional info as we receive it. The Celtics have nothing to play for and are locked in as the No. 7 seed.
    Wednesday, 3:18 pm
  • Lou Williams will have a minutes restriction
    Lou Williams will have a minutes restriction against the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: If Lou plays less, there should be more minutes going to Terrence Ross, Greivis Vasquez and maybe even James Johnson. Considering there are so many playing tonight, we wouldn't suggest using Williams.
    Wednesday, 2:21 pm
  • Mike Conley (ankle) officially ruled out Weds
    Mike Conley (ankle) will not play vs. the Pacers on Wednesday according to head coach Dave Joerger.

    Advice: This will be his fourth consecutive game on the sidelines, but this should help Conley recover in time for the playoffs. Beno Udrih will draw another start and is worth a look in most leagues, while Nick Calathes and Jordan Adams should be more involved as well.
    Wednesday, 9:19 am
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Derrick Rose to play four segments Wednesday
    Derrick Rose will play four segments on Wednesday vs. the Hawks according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: Rose played just 23 minutes vs. the Nets on Monday, but that was mainly due to the lopsided score. He could approach close to 30 minutes tonight, so his owners can go ahead and get him active. Rose still needs to shake off some rust, but he is making a lot of progress and could make the Bulls a very dangerous team in the playoffs.
    Wednesday, 9:11 am
  • Mike Conley (foot) doubtful for Wednesday
    Mike Conley (foot) did not participate in shootaround and isn't expected to play vs. the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Conley has missed the last three games, and the Grizzlies obviously want him to be as close to 100 percent as possible for the playoffs. With Conley likely on the sidelines, Beno Udrih will draw another start and will be the primary beneficiary, while Nick Calathes and Jordan Adams could see some extra minutes as well.
    Wednesday, 8:41 am
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Kyle Lowry's still off, shoots 6-of-20 vs BOS
    Kyle Lowry struggled from the field on Tuesday, hitting 6-of-20 shots to finish with 16 points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers.

    Advice: He shot 3-of-14 on Saturday and admitted that he's rusty after missing seven games with a back injury. "My rhythm is still off," he said. "I am missing shots I know I can make. They're going to fall and I'm not going to stop shooting." Toronto needs both Lowry and DeMar DeRozan to be healthy and aggressive to sustain a playoff run, and owners should double-check both guys' status prior to Wednesday's season finale.
    Tuesday, 7:42 pm
  • Avery Bradley exits Tuesday w/ bruised quad
    Avery Bradley will not return to Tuesday's game due to a left quad contusion.

    Advice: Boston could cement themselves in the No. 7 seed with a win or a Pacers loss on Tuesday, but that's not enough reason to risk aggravating Bradley's injury with the playoffs looming. He finished with 14 points in 21 minutes. If he can't play on Wednesday, more minutes will open up for Isaiah Thomas, Phil Pressey and Jae Crowder.
    Tuesday, 6:07 pm
  • WAS starters may have minutes limited Tues
    Randy Wittman would not say whether his starters would play their usual allotment of minutes for Tuesday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Wittman simply responded, "we'll see," when directly if he'd try to limit the minutes of his starters, so daily leaguers with their sights on John Wall, Bradley Beal, Paul Pierce, or Marcin Gortat may want to consider looking elsewhere for production.
    Tuesday, 4:27 pm
  • C.J. McCollum (ankle) ruled out vs. Mavericks
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) will not play vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Blazers are locked into the No. 4 seed and McCollum himself called Wednesday's season finale "meaningless," before adding, "It’s probably best to for me to wait until playoffs [start]." Nicolas Batum (knee) is also unavailable on Wednesday, which leaves the short-handed Blazers relying on Allen Crabbe and Alonzo Gee. Neither guy is appealing for fantasy purposes.
    Tuesday, 4:10 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Mike Conley (foot) questionable for Wednesday
    Mike Conley (foot) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Conley has spent the last three games on the sidelines, and it's been Beno Udrih in the starting lineup splitting minutes with Nick Calathes. Udrih is capable of scoring in the teens while dishing out a few assists, but with a tough matchup against the Pacers, he'd make for a risky option in daily leagues.
    Tuesday, 3:36 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • C.J. McCollum (ankle) doubtful for Wednesday
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: "I want to play as many games as I can," said McCollum. "But obviously it’s the last game of the season, it’s meaningless, [Dallas] probably won’t play a lot of their starters and main guys then it’s probably best to for me to wait until playoffs [start]." With the fourth seed in the West locked up, it's extremely unlikely the Blazers will risk McCollum potentially aggravating his ankle injury in a meaningless game against the Mavs. We expect him to be on the sidelines tomorrow, and it'll be Alonzo Gee and Allen Crabbe getting all the run they can handle.
    Tuesday, 3:03 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) now questionable Wednesday
    Jrue Holiday (leg) is now being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Even if Holiday is able to give it a go, he's going to be playing on a minutes restriction with a tough matchup against the Spurs, making him far too risky for use in most leagues. Expect another update on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround.
    Tuesday, 2:47 pm
  • Devin Harris (toe) out Wednesday vs. Portland
    Devin Harris (toe) will not play Wednesday vs. Portland.

    Advice: With Harris unavailable, look for J.J. Barea to pick up most of his minutes sliding into a Sixth Man role for the Mavericks. He's coming off an 18-point game, and he'll have a favorable matchup against a Blazers team that has been decimated by injuries, so he'll certainly be worth a look in daily leagues. Raymond Felton will also have the opportunity for extended minutes, but he's an extremely risky guy to deploy in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 2:36 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Casey not likely to rest guys Tuesday vs. BOS
    Raptors' head coach Dwane Casey is unlikely to rest anyone for Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: The Raptors are still playing for seeding, so while Casey may try and limit the minutes of some of his star players, it doesn't sound like anyone is going to spend Tuesday's game on the sidelines due to rest.
    Tuesday, 2:28 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) ruled out for Wednesday
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks will split most of Hinrich's minutes, with Rose offering the most upside.
    Tuesday, 1:54 pm
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Warriors will roll with regular starters Wed
    Warriors' head coach Steve Kerr said that he will play all his regulars for Wednesday's game vs. Denver, although he may limit their minutes.

    Advice: Even in limited minutes, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson are more than capable of putting up quality numbers, so owners should feel confident plugging those guys into their active roster for Wednesday's regular-season finale. There is however a bit more risk in deploying Andrew Bogut or Andre Iguodala.
    Tuesday, 12:51 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) will play Wednesday vs. SA
    Jrue Holiday (leg) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Holiday is a very talented player, and he was able to put up a quality line through just 15 minutes of action against the Rockets on Sunday, but it's very unlikely he'll be able to repeat that performance in limited minutes with a tough matchup against San Antonio. He's an extremely risky guy to own in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Brandon Knight (ankle) ruled out for Tuesday
    Brandon Knight (ankle) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Knight was playing like an All-Star in Milwaukee, but his numbers took a pretty big hit when he was forced to play second-fiddle next to Eric Bledsoe in Phoenix. He'll be a restricted free agent when the offseason hits, and it'll be interesting to see how high Phoenix will go to retain him. Eric Bledsoe, Gerald Green, and Archie Goodwin will pick up most of the backcourt minutes tonight, and Green is certainly someone to consider as a cheap plug-and-play option in daily leagues.
    Tuesday, 12:21 pm
  • Wizards won't rest players vs Pacers on Tues
    The Wizards reportedly won't rest John Wall or any other players during Tuesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: The Pacers bounced the Wizards from the playoffs last season and John Wall and his teammates now have a chance to keep the Pacers from making this year's playoffs. "We feel like we owe them from last year," Wall said. While Wall, Bradley Beal, Paul Pierce, and other Wizards starters will play on Tuesday night, look for them to see decreased minutes as the Wizards don't have playoff positioning on the line.
    Tuesday, 8:40 am
  • Rondo posts solid line with everybody out
    Rajon Rondo was the only usual Mavs starter to play on Monday, scoring 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds, five assists and one steal in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The Mavs have nothing to play for so owners will have to be on red alert, but if they're lucky they'll get another game on Wednesday in which he has the keys to the car again.
    Tuesday, 1:12 am
  • Kyrie Irving returned to action on Monday April 13.
    Monday, 11:57 pm
  • Devin Harris returned to action on Monday April 13.
    Monday, 11:57 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Dwyane Wade scores 22 points
    Dwyane Wade scored 22 points against the Magic on Monday with four rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Heat had everything go their way tonight with Brooklyn looking like garbage and taking an L. They're going to need the Pacers to lose Tuesday and Wednesday, though. If the Pacers get a win, Wade and company could wind up sitting out on Wednesday.
    Monday, 10:24 pm
  • Derrick Rose scores 13 points vs. Nets
    Derrick Rose scored 13 points with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Nets on Monday.

    Advice: He didn't play in the fourth segment tonight because the Bulls blew out the Nets tonight. Rose was effective on defense and he's really changed his mentality on the offensive side with less contested jumpers. Rose is expected to play in the season finale on Wednesday to help him shake off the rust.
    Monday, 10:03 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams scores 30 vs. 76ers
    Michael Carter-Williams was sensational against the 76ers on Monday during a 107-97 win, scoring 30 points on 11-of-17 from the field with five boards, five assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: Surprisingly, he had a tribute video tonight in his return to Philly. Carter-Williams is playing very well right now, averaging 22.8 points, 6.3 assists, 2.8 steals and 1.8 turnovers on 62 percent from the field in his last four. This is his second strong finish in a row in his career, but he's still not someone we'll be targeting in standard fantasy drafts next season.
    Monday, 9:43 pm
  • C.J. McCollum (ankle) doesn't need an MRI
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) said his ankle sprain wasn't bad enough to get an MRI.

    Advice: He did say he's not sure if he will play on Wednesday against the Mavs. The Blazers are locked in as the fourth seed, so there's no reason to play C.J. at less than 100 percent. If he's out, Alonzo Gee and Allen Crabbe will get the start on the wings Crabbe is the more interesting fantasy play.
    Monday, 7:53 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Devin Harris (toe) out for game on Monday
    Devin Harris suffered a toe injury on Monday and will not return.

    Advice: The Mavs are resting players tonight, so holding Harris out tonight might be precautionary. Regardless, this is a tough blow to anyone who started him. J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton will get more run tonight.
    Monday, 6:50 pm
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • C.J. McCollum out for game on Monday
    C.J. McCollum suffered a left ankle sprain on Monday and will not return.

    Advice: Make it stop! The Blazers are running out of wings right now and they're going to start Alonzo Gee in McCollum's spot for the season half. Nicolas Batum is also out for the game with a knee injury. McCollum has been fantastic, but he might miss Wednesday's game.
    Monday, 6:23 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Mike Conley (foot) remains out for Monday
    Mike Conley (foot) will not play against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: So the Grizzlies will have Beno Udrih at point guard to match up with Stephen Curry. Conley has been out for two games before tonight and he might not be at 100 percent heading into the playoffs. Give Beno a look if you need a plug-and-play.
    Monday, 6:16 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Kyrie Irving (hip) out for game on Monday
    Kyrie Irving (hip) will not return to Monday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: He is resting as a precaution, so he should be ready to go for the playoffs. For now, we're not expecting him to play on Wednesday. Irving finished with 12 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. Matthew Dellavedova started the second half.
    Monday, 5:27 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) out against the Wolves
    Jrue Holiday will not play against the Wolves on Monday night.

    Advice: He had a very good game on Sunday with 17 points, but the Pelicans aren't comfortable with him playing in back-to-backs just yet. Tyreke Evans will handle most of the point guard duties tonight. Expect Holiday to play on Wednesday.
    Monday, 3:34 pm
  • Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng are available
    Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng are available to play against the Magic on Monday.

    Advice: Thanks to a Nets loss on Sunday, the Heat are still alive to get into the playoffs. To get in, the Heat need to win both remaining, have the Nets lose both remaining and Indy lose out. Start Wade like you normally would.
    Monday, 2:52 pm
  • Mike Conley will be a game-time decision
    Mike Conley (foot) will be a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: He went through warmups on Saturday, but did not play against the Clippers in an important game. As a reference point, Conley was ruled out approximately one hour before the tip on Saturday, so we're probably looking at getting the news on him tonight at around 9:30 EDT. If he's out, Beno Udrih would start.
    Monday, 1:54 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) questionable vs. Wolves
    Jrue Holiday (leg) is questionable to face the Timberwolves on Monday.

    Advice: With Holiday having played 15 minutes in Sunday's contest and the Pelicans on the second night of a back-to-back set, it's still to be determined if Holiday will be able to get a few minutes in as part of his return. With the Pelicans fighting to make the postseason, any help Holiday can provide would be welcomed. Tyreke Evans will continue to start at point guard.
    Apr 13, 10:13 am
  • Derrick Rose to play four segments on Monday
    Derrick Rose (knee) could see his minutes increased in Monday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: After playing 28 minutes on Saturday, Rose will play four segments on Monday and could very well break the 30-minute barrier. After dropping 22 points, six boards, eight assists and three steals without a turnover (Disclaimer: Against the Sixers), we'll be watching Rose closely on Monday.
    Apr 13, 8:09 am
  • Kirk Hinrich will not play on Monday vs. Nets
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Monday against the Nets.

    Advice: Hinrich didn't go through shootaround and isn't expected to return until at least Game 1 of the playoffs. It will be the Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks show at point guard for Chicago, and that's the way it should remain regardless of whether or not Hinrich is available.
    Apr 13, 8:07 am
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Monta Ellis (rest) will not play on Monday
    Monta Ellis (rest) will not play on Monday against the Jazz.

    Advice: J.J. Barea is likely to get the start in his place, but it should mean extended run for Richard Jefferson, Devin Harris and Raymond Felton as well.
    Apr 13, 8:02 am
  • John Wall says he was 'perfectly fine' Sunday
    John Wall (ankle) said he was "perfectly fine" on Sunday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like the ankle is a major concern at this point. "I was perfectly fine," Wall said. "I was not fatigued or anything like that." We don't expect Wall to take any additional time off before the regular season concludes.
    Apr 13, 6:57 am
  • Monta Ellis expected to sit out Monday's game
    Monta Ellis is not expected to travel to Utah for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Ellis is one of the league's premier 'iron men' who never willingly misses a game, but he managed only four points on 2-of-8 FGs vs. the Lakers on Sunday and a day off could do him good. He'll get two days of rest before potentially returning vs. the Blazers on Wednesday, and his absence should result in plentiful minutes for J.J. Barea, Richard Jefferson and Raymond Felton.
    Apr 12, 9:54 pm
  • Monta Ellis lousy in 30 minutes vs. Lakers
    Monta Ellis struggled vs. the Lakers on Sunday, scoring four points on 2-of-8 shooting with five assists, one steal and one block in 30 minutes of action.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle is rotating his key veterans into the DNP-CD cycle and Ellis could be a candidate on Monday, though he's always averse to missing games. Monta sat alone and looked sullen when the Mavs won in double-OT on Friday, and there were reports a few weeks ago that his "moodiness" has negatively impacted the Mavs' locker room, so we'll keep an eye on the situation.
    Apr 12, 9:20 pm
  • Rajon Rondo returns w/ 11 points, 11 assists
    Rajon Rondo returned from a day of rest to finish Sunday's win in L.A. with 11 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and a rare 3-pointer.

    Advice: Rondo even knocked down both of his free throw attempts tonight. The fact that he rested on Friday alleviates the risk of another DNP-CD, but owners still have to confirm Rondo's status for the Mavs' final games on Monday and Wednesday. If he does sit out, coach Rick Carlisle seems likely to start Raymond Felton while keeping Devin Harris in his typical role with the second unit.
    Apr 12, 9:19 pm
  • Jrue Holiday drops 17 pts in second game back
    Jrue Holiday looked spry in his second game back after an 11-week absence, coming off the bench for 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, three 3-pointers, two assists and two steals in a mere 15 minutes of action.

    Advice: He made some explosive moves and appeared far more comfortable than he did on Friday, when he shot just 1-of-7 from the field. As encouraging as this game is, most fantasy owners should be leery of Holiday while his playing time is stuck in the 15-minute range.
    Apr 12, 6:44 pm
  • Rajon Rondo will play vs. the Lakers Sunday
    Rajon Rondo will be in the starting lineup vs. the Lakers on Sunday.

    Advice: Rondo was held out of Friday's game vs. the Nuggets in order to get some extra rest, but his owners can go ahead and get him in their active lineups tonight. The Mavericks do have an away game in Utah on Monday, so it's possible that Rondo could rest again considering the Mavs don't have anything to play for. If that happens, J.J. Barea, Devin Harris and Raymond Felton would be in the mix for more minutes.
    Apr 12, 6:34 pm
  • John Wall (ankle) commits 10 turnovers Sunday
    John Wall (ankle) logged 35 minutes vs. the short-handed Hawks on Sunday, posting 24 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, nine assists, two steals, one block and a season-high 10 turnovers.

    Advice: His ankle was still swollen and it's somewhat surprising that Washington played him, but you won't hear Wall's owners complaining despite the small mountain of turnovers. His DNPs on Wednesday and Friday were the only games he missed all season, which helped him attain top-10 value on a cumulative basis this season (8-cat). There are no indications that he'll sit out Tuesday or Wednesday, but it can't hurt to check his status in a back-to-back set.
    Apr 12, 5:58 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) questionable for Monday
    Mike Conley (foot) is questionable to play in Monday's road game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Conley warmed up prior to Saturday's game but ultimately decided to sit out, and he could easily be a game-time decision again on Monday. If he does sit out, expect Beno Udrih to play 30+ minutes as a starter with Nick Calathes mopping up the remaining playing time at PG.
    Apr 12, 3:58 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Kidd may reduce playing time for Bucks
    Head coach Jason Kidd said that he could lower the playing time for his players next week.

    Advice: Kidd isn't the most transparent coach, but at least we have a warning this time. Some obvious candidates to see a reduction in playing time includes Michael Carter-Williams, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Ersan Ilyasova and Zaza Pachulia, so their owners should expect to see their value take a small hit.
    Apr 12, 3:29 pm
  • Avery Bradley does a little bit of everything
    Avery Bradley contributed a little bit of everything to the stat sheet during Sunday's win over the Cavs, putting up 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting, four assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and two turnovers through 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: Excluding Bradley's poor shooting percentage (38.8 percent from the field), he's been playing relatively well through the month of April with averages of 12.2 points, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.8 three-pointers per game. He's a decent low-end guy to own in deeper leagues for his contributions to the 3-point and steals categories.
    Apr 12, 3:21 pm
  • John Wall (ankle) starting vs. Hawks Sunday
    John Wall (ankle) will be in the starting lineup vs. the Hawks on Sunday, sending Ramon Sessions back to the bench.

    Advice: This is definitely surprising considering the Hawks are resting their entire first unit tonight and Wall's ankle is reportedly still swollen, but his owners can go ahead and activate him in all lineups. We will let you know how he holds up after the game, while Ramon Sessions can be cut in most leagues with his demotion to the bench.
    Apr 12, 2:25 pm
  • John Wall available to play Sunday vs. ATL
    John Wall will be available to play Sunday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: The Wizards have not yet made their starting lineup available, and it's anyone's guess if Wall will play tonight. Him being listed as available is an encouraging sign, but he is reportedly dealing with a swollen ankle, so he may spend another game on the sidelines in order to be ready for the playoffs. Owners will need to check back for another update closer to tip-off as it seems Wall is headed for the dreaded game-time decision.
    Apr 12, 1:17 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (hip) will not play on Sunday
    Kyrie Irving (hip) will be rested against the Celtics on Sunday, but he is expected to play against the Pistons on Monday.

    Advice: Irving was held out of Friday's game vs. the Celtics because of soreness in his right hip, so his owners probably saw this coming. Matthew Dellavedova and Iman Shumpert (quad) will be very busy tonight, and are both worth a look in daily leagues.
    Apr 12, 10:33 am
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) will play on Sunday
    Jrue Holiday (leg) went through shootaround and will play vs. the Rockets on Sunday.

    Advice: Holiday returned to action on Friday against the Suns and scored two points on 1-of-7 shooting with five assists and one steal in 16 minutes, so he still needs to shake off some rust. His playing time will be limited to around 15 minutes again, but he is worth a look just in case his minutes start to creep up into the 20-25 range next week. We will let you know how he fares after the game,
    Apr 12, 9:39 am
  • John Wall (ankle) is a game-time decision
    John Wall (ankle) did not go through shootaround, and he will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Wall's ankle is still pretty swollen and it doesn't make a lot of sense for the Wizards to risk his health this close to playoffs. We should have another update closer to tip-off, but Wall's owners should have a backup plan ready. Ramon Sessions will continue to start if Wall is unable to play, while Will Bynum will continue to see more minutes as well.
    Apr 12, 9:09 am
  • Dwyane Wade disappointed with Heat's season
    Dwyane Wade expressed his frustration with his team on the verge of missing the playoffs for just the second time in his career.

    Advice: "You can't control what happened," Wade said. "Everyone goes through it at different times. You can't be angry. You can be disappointed. At the same time, it's part of the game. It's not always who is the most talented team. It's who can stay the healthiest. We weren't able to do that this year to give ourselves a chance." The Heat's playoff chances are practically out of reach now, and Wade will be eager to put this season in the rear-view mirror. Wade could be in danger of mssing a game down the stretch when the Heat are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, so his owners should keep an eye on the injury report.
    Apr 12, 7:33 am
  • Future MVP Stephen Curry scores 34 points
    Stephen Curry solidified his case for MVP on Saturday against the Wolves during a 110-101 win, scoring 34 points with four rebounds, seven assists, four steals and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: Before this weekend, Curry had more 3-pointers in his last 10 games than the entire Wolves team did in their last 10. Curry had his 72nd career game with at least five dimes and five 3-pointers, which is already obliterating the NBA record (previously Ray Allen at 50). He's a once-in-a-generation player and is the all-time leader in NBA Vines.
    Apr 11, 11:10 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 26 points in start Sat
    C.J. McCollum was phenomenal in a start vs. the Jazz on Saturday, scoring 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting with seven boards, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: Arron Afflalo (back) isn't expected to return for at least a week or two, so McCollum should be the starter the rest of the way. Regardless, McCollum has stepped up in a big way for Portland, and he has probably earned a lot of trust from head coach Terry Stotts heading into the playoffs. McCollum is a must-own option in all leagues for the remainder of the season.
    Apr 11, 10:04 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Jrue Holiday returned to action on Friday April 10.
    Apr 11, 9:31 pm
  • Derrick Rose finishes strong, scores 22 in W
    Derrick Rose looked great down the stretch against the 76ers during a 114-107 win on Saturday, scoring 22 points with six rebounds, eight assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Most importantly, he had no turnovers. Rose attacked the basket at will to close this game out, which is exactly what the Bulls will want out of him because he's lost his touch from deep. Rose had his usual bounce tonight in his 28 minutes, too. The Bulls will probably want him to shake the rust off, so we'd expect him to play in the final two games.
    Apr 11, 8:35 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 12 with one dime
    Kyle Lowry struggled again on Saturday with 12 points, seven boards, one assist, three steals and one block.

    Advice: He made just 3-of-14 from the field, including eight misses from beyond the arc. Lowry scored just 10 points on Friday and maybe he's not 100 percent yet. The Raptors are off until Tuesday, so the two whole days off should help him.
    Apr 11, 7:46 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 29 points vs. Heat
    Lou Williams scored 29 points against the Heat on Saturday with one rebound, two assists and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He scored 17 points in the second quarter, which was more than the Knicks and Magic scored in the second quarter today (15). Williams is really solidifying his chances for Sixth Man of the Year and is scoring in bunches right now. In his last five, he averaged 21.6 points, 2.2 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.6 treys. He's also led the team in scoring 17 times this season.
    Apr 11, 7:44 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 30 points in a loss
    Dwyane Wade scored 30 points with six rebounds, five assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Raptors during a 107-104 loss.

    Advice: This one hurts and the Heat are now 2.5 games behind the Nets and Celtics for a playoff spot. If the Nets and Celtics both win on Sunday, the Heat's playoff hopes will be over. On the other side of things, their first-round pick goes to the 76ers, but it's top-10 protected. They're currently in the 10 spot for the lottery right now, so a couple losses may help. Long story short, Wade could be shut down the rest of the way.
    Apr 11, 7:39 pm
  • Warriors not resting guys for Saturday
    The Warriors have their usual starters for Saturday's game against the Wolves.

    Advice: Unlike several teams, the Warriors have given us ample time on their DNPs, so it's not a surprise to see everyone except Leandro Barbosa is good to go in a home game.
    Apr 11, 7:05 pm
  • C.J. McCollum listed as starter for Saturday
    C.J. McCollum is listed as the starter for Saturday's game vs. the Jazz, replacing Arron Afflalo (shoulder).

    Advice: We will warn you that head coach Terry Stotts has been known to change his mind frequently, so we will let you know if something changes. Regardless, with Afflalo set to miss anywhere from 1-2 weeks, McCollum is a must-own player in all leagues for the rest of the season.
    Apr 11, 7:02 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not return on Sat
    Kirk Hinrich suffered a hyperextended left knee on Saturday vs. the 76ers and will not be able to return.

    Advice: He has had some tough luck with his knee in recent weeks, but the good news is that he plans on traveling for Monday's game vs. the Nets. However, with Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks both healthy, Hinrich won't be making an impact in fantasy leagues any time soon. We will update Hinrich's status when we know more, but he belongs on the wire in almost all leagues.
    Apr 11, 6:41 pm
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Mike Conley (foot) will not play on Saturday
    Mike Conley (foot) will not play vs. the Clippers on Saturday, and Beno Udrih is expected to draw the start.

    Advice: This is a tough blow for Conley's owners, but it's probably a smart decision by the Grizzlies. We will consider Conley questionable for Monday's game vs. the Warriors, but the Grizzlies will likely err on the side of caution with playoffs looming. Beno Udrih is worth a look in most leagues while Nick Calathes could get some extra run as well.
    Apr 11, 6:28 pm
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Kyle Lowry is good to go, Amir confirmed out
    Kyle Lowry is ready to go against the Heat on Saturday while Amir Johnson (ankle) will not play.

    Advice: There was some hope that Amir would give it a go after going through shootaround, but the team would rather just rest him to get him healthy. Lowry should be starting in all leagues tonight.
    Apr 11, 3:13 pm
  • Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside will play
    Dwyane Wade (hip, knee) and Hassan Whiteside (hand) will play against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: They were probable to play and they were never in doubt. Wade and the Heat are very close to falling out of the running for a playoff spot with wins from the Pacers, Nets and Celtics on Friday. If that happens, Wade could be shut down. He's good to go tonight, though.
    Apr 11, 2:54 pm
  • Kyle Lowry still on track to play Saturday
    Kyle Lowry is still expected to play against the Heat on Saturday.

    Advice: The Raptors have planned on Lowry playing for tonight. He did say he is dealing with some soreness on Friday, but he fared better than expected. Lowry should be safe to start for now and we'll add an update if any bad news arises.
    Apr 11, 12:03 pm
  • Wade, Whiteside, Deng and Andersen probable
    Dwyane Wade (hip, knee), Hassan Whiteside (hand), Luol Deng (knee) and Chris Andersen (foot) are all probable for Saturday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The Heat must win tonight to keep their playoff aspirations alive, so all of these guys should be uniform. We will have an update prior to tip-off, so make sure to check back to avoid any late surprises. Wade clearly isn't 100 percent, but he is a must-start player every time he takes the court.
    Apr 11, 11:06 am
  • Carter-Williams takes advantage of the Knicks
    Michael Carter-Williams scored 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting with one rebound, seven assists and four steals in 31 minutes against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: It hasn't been a stable ride, but the MCW experience has been better for owners in Milwaukee, where he has posted top 60-110 value (8/9 cat) in his last 22 games. It makes sense that the Bucks continue to give him reps before the playoffs, but anything can happen at this time of year.
    Apr 10, 9:59 pm
  • Kyle Lowry plays 33 minutes in a win
    Kyle Lowry played 33 minutes in his return to the lineup on Friday during a 101-99 win over the Magic, scoring 10 points with eight rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: "I rebounded the ball pretty well. I jumped high once tonight," Lowry said after the game. "My back was sore but it wasn't as sore as I expected it to be." That's a good sign, but there's at least a chance he'll rest in the second half of a back-to-back on Saturday. According to the comments prior to the game, the Raptors are planning on having Lowry for that game against the Heat.
    Apr 10, 7:16 pm
  • Lou Williams hits a game-winning trey
    Lou Williams made a game-winning 3-pointer with nine seconds left on Friday against the Magic, finishing with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't run the offense nearly as much as usual, but his minutes didn't take a big hit. Williams also closed this game out with Terrence Ross (ankle) on the sidelines, so that should continue. Expect Williams to play 30-33 minutes sans Ross. He's worth owning in standard leagues regardless.
    Apr 10, 6:57 pm
  • Elfrid Payton plays some solid defense
    Elfrid Payton made 2-of-7 from the field for six points with six rebounds, eight assists, four steals and two blocks against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: His offensive game wasn't there, but he looked terrific on defense. Payton continues to make strides in several facets of his game and he'll really be good with any sort of a jumper. That's probably a ways off, but Payton is still rising up the ranks for drafts next season. He'll probably be overdrafted in standard leagues because of his poor percentages. He could be a stud in points leagues, though.
    Apr 10, 6:29 pm
  • Rajon Rondo confirmed out on Friday night
    Rajon Rondo (rest) will not play against the Nuggets on Friday night.

    Advice: The Mavs have a plan to rest players and there could be more DNPs on the way tonight. For now, J.J. Barea is likely going to start. Rondo is not worth owning in standard leagues.
    Apr 10, 5:30 pm
  • Rajon Rondo likely to be rested on Friday
    Rajon Rondo is likely to be rested on Friday night against the Nuggets.

    Advice: We won't have anything official, but all signs point to Rondo getting a DNP tonight. There will likely be additional players rested, too. Assuming they're active, J.J. Barea and Devin Harris would benefit tonight. We'll have an update from coach Rick Carlisle soon.
    Apr 10, 4:46 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (right hip) out for Friday night
    Kyrie Irving is dealing with a sore right hip injury and will not play on Friday night against the Celtics.

    Advice: He felt the soreness at shootaround and that continued in warmups. Irving looked sharp on Wednesday and he probably would be suiting up had this been a playoff game. Still, he is probably much more likely to be rested in an upcoming game since he's at less than 100 percent Matthew Dellavedova will start, but is not a fantasy option. J.R. Smith and Kevin Love also benefit.
    Apr 10, 4:09 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) will start vs. Magic
    Kyle Lowry (back) will start against the Magic on Friday night.

    Advice: He must be feeling pretty good because he was expected to be a game-time call. According to some earlier comments, Lowry is not expected to be limited tonight, so feel free to start him in all standard leagues. Greivis Vasquez can be dropped while Lou Williams figures to have less chances to make plays.
    Apr 10, 2:46 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (back) on track to play on Friday
    Kyle Lowry (back) is on track to play against the Magic on Friday night.

    Advice: "As of right now, I feel good. We'll see how my body reacts when game-time comes and I'll have a decision by then," Lowry said. "I'm going to wait a few hours and see how it feels, see if my back tightens up, or if it stays loose, and we'll go from there." He is also planning to play on Saturday against the Heat. We should have another update in a couple hours, but the Raptors are planning on having Lowry without a limitation.
    Apr 10, 12:41 pm
  • John Wall (rest) out Friday vs. Brooklyn
    John Wall (rest) said he will not play Friday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Wall is healthy, and was a full participant during shootaround, but he will not suit up for Friday's game. Ramon Sessions will likely earn another start tonight, and he's certainly someone to consider in daily leagues after putting up 19 points and seven assists during his last outing. Will Bynum will also have the opportunity for some extended run, but Sessions is the guy to target here.
    Apr 10, 9:28 am
  • Stephen Curry scores 45, sets record for 3s
    Stephen Curry broke his own record for 3-pointers in a season during a 116-105 victory over the Blazers on Thursday, scoring 45 points with two rebounds, 10 assists and eight 3-pointers on 17-of-23 from the field.

    Advice: Where do we start? It was his first 40-point, 10-dime game of his career, it was the best game he's ever had based on field goal percentage (with at least 20 shots from the field), he was the 12th player ever to score 45 points with three or less attempts from the line, and he made all seven shots from the field in the final seven minutes to outscore the Blazers 19-17 in that span. Translation: Game, set, MVP.
    Apr 9, 10:37 pm
  • CJ McCollum playing well, likely to play more
    C.J. McCollum scored 17 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: Apparently, the Blazers had their Wes Matthews (Achilles) replacement right under their nose. McCollum is not nearly the player without the ball that Wes is, but he's really looked fantastic with the ball. In fact, McCollum has made 59.3 percent of his shots with three-plus dribbles in his last five. In those games, he averaged 15.6 points, 3.2 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 treys on 56.4 percent from the field overall. He should be owned in all leagues already and the injury to Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is just a bonus to his value. This is probably the last "run, don't walk" pickup of the season.
    Apr 9, 9:57 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Dwyane Wade scores nine points on 20 FGAs
    Dwyane Wade made 4-of-20 from the field for nine points during an 89-78 loss to the Bulls on Thursday, adding three rebounds, three assists, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: His shot was off tonight in one of his worst shooting lines of his career. Wade suffered a minor hip injury, but he was able to play through it. There were some murmurs among the Heat beat writers that Wade could shut it down once the Heat are eliminated, which makes sense because he's mentioned how he's going to try and battle through injuries to get into the postseason. His owners will want to check on his status for Saturday. If he's out, Tyler Johnson would get in the rotation while Mario Chalmers would benefit. Miami is 1.5 games behind the Celtics and Nets for a playoff spot.
    Apr 9, 7:50 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich will play Thursday vs. the Heat
    Kirk Hinrich is a go for Thursday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Hinrich is one of those guys that helps his actual team much more than a fantasy team. He's averaging a meager 5.9 points and 2.3 assists on the season, so it's safe to ignore Hinrich in most leagues.
    Apr 9, 3:43 pm
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • O.J. Mayo receives flop warning from league
    O.J. Mayo was hit with a flop warning for his obvious flop during Wednesday's game against the Cavs.

    Advice: J.R. Smith nudged Mayo on a drive, which sent him flailing across the court, and this was an obvious call for the league. His next violation will come with a $5,000 price tag. Click the link below to see the flop for yourself.
    Apr 9, 2:09 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich probable to play vs Heat Thurs
    Kirk Hinrich is probable to play against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: Hinrich only played 15 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Magic, so he'll likely be limited along with Derrick Rose on Thursday. With a split of minutes with both Rose and Aaron Brooks on Thursday, Hinrich has very little fantasy value outside of the deepest of leagues.
    Apr 9, 10:46 am
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • C.J. McCollum scores 13 off Blazers bench
    C.J. McCollum came off the bench for 13 points, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and a 3-pointer on 6-of-12 shooting in 25 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: CJM has quietly been rolling, averaging 15.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 56 percent shooting over his last five games. And with the Blazers possibly getting the starters more rest over the next week, McCollum is a guy who should be owned in all leagues right now.
    Apr 8, 10:17 pm
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Rajon Rondo plays, could rest soon for Mavs
    Rajon Rondo played through a sore knee on Wednesday and had 12 points and seven assists on 6-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: The good news is that he played. The bad news is that Rick Carlisle said after the game that he'll likely rest Rondo for one of his upcoming games. That also means that guys like Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler and Monta Ellis could also be rested, so owners of Mavericks players should keep a daily eye out for news of a DNP.
    Apr 8, 9:46 pm
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