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  • Andrei Kirilienko is retiring from hoops
    Andrei Kirilenko will retire from professional basketball.

    Advice: AK-47 had a good run, but all his bouts with back spasms cut his career a little short. He was a first-round value in fantasy hoops about a decade ago thanks to two years in a row with over three blocks per game in 2004-05 and 2005-06. He'll go down as one of the better international players ever. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:39 pm
  • Klay Thompson does 'everything' at practice
    Klay Thompson did everything at practice on Monday and said he fully expects to play on Thursday.

    Advice: He went through five-on-five, shooting drills and participated in defensive drills. Thompson also said he's a nine out of 10 for his health. He'll be evaluated on Tuesday morning and said he'd be "very shocked" if he didn't get cleared. We'll have an update tomorrow morning. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:06 pm
  • Cartier Martin exercises option with Pistons
    Cartier Martin has exercised his $1.3 million option with the Pistons for next season.

    Advice: It was a fairly easy decision for Martin, who played in just 23 games last season. Martin won't be in the rotation next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:33 pm
  • Klay Thompson does on-court work on Monday
    Klay Thompson (concussion) was shooting around after practice on Monday, but he still hasn't been cleared to play.

    Advice: He had a lengthy workout and is easily on track to play against the Cavs on Thursday. Thompson hasn't been having headaches and he doesn't appear to have any light sensitivity issues. Expect him to be a full go without a restriction on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:01 pm
  • LeBron playing through sprained right wrist
    LeBron James is playing through a sprained right wrist.

    Advice: James has been playing with the sprain all season long, so although he had it wrapped at Monday's practice, it's not going to be any kind of concern going forward. King James will take his court for as many games as it takes against the Warriors in the Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:19 am
  • Klay Thompson (concussion) not yet cleared
    Klay Thompson (concussion) has not yet been cleared for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

    Advice: Thompson still has until Thursday in order to gain clearance, but it's not quite the slam dunk everyone wants to make it out to be. Thompson has to pass the NBA-mandated concussion protocol in order to return to the court, and there will be no shortcuts in that process. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:07 am
  • LeBron: Kyrie is part of reason for my return
    LeBron James revealed that "part of the reason" he decided to return to Cleveland in free agency was because of Kyrie Irving.

    Advice: We have a feeling that James would have been back even if Irving wasn't on the roster, but LeBron knows how to manipulate the media to send his message along with the best of them. LeBron said that Irving is a "special" player who demonstrated growth, and Irving gushed about LeBron's ability to lead a basketball team both on and off the floor. The two now prepare for their greatest challenge of the season with the NBA Finals on the horizon. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:51 am
  • Marreese Speights (calf) 'not too far off'
    Marreese Speights (calf) is "not too far off" from being able to practice.

    Advice: Speights has been out since the Western Conference semis, and while his role is up in the air at this stage, Steve Kerr won't complain about having more options as his team prepares for the NBA Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:32 am
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Kevin Love down 15 lbs during his rehab
    Kevin Love (shoulder) has lost 15 lbs. during his rehabilitation process.

    Advice: The weight loss led Love to joke that he could play some small forward, but obviously that won't be happening. Despite Love saying at literally every possible turn that he's going to remain with the Cavs, the reports questioning his future haven't stopped and won't stop until the plans are in place for Love's 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:16 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Otto Porter building confidence for next year
    Otto Porter admitted that it "meant a lot to be a part of something like that" when asked about the Wizards' playoff run.

    Advice: Porter emerged as a key piece for Washington in the playoffs, and Porter, who turns 22 on Wednesday, needed that breakout in the worst way. Capable of playing both forward spots, Porter should have a larger role next season, and that will be even bigger if Paul Pierce (player option) departs in free agency. After drawing praise from Randy Wittman and his teammates, Porter should be entering the offseason with confidence. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:10 am
  • Klay Thompson (head) expects to play Game 1
    Klay Thompson (concussion) isn't having headaches and he expects to play in Thursday's Game 1 vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Thompson took in an Athletics game on Sunday, suggesting that he feels fine, and both coach Steve Kerr and assistant Ron Adams are also expecting Klay to play. With four days remaining before the Finals it's all but certain that the Splash Brothers will be firing from both barrels. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:21 pm
  • Iman Shumpert still rehabbing strained groin
    Iman Shumpert (groin) is not 100 percent healthy but his status for Game 1 of the Finals is not in doubt.

    Advice: "He’s participating and we’re doing everything we can to continue to monitor his situation with the groin," said coach David Blatt. "That kind of injury takes time to totally heal." Shumpert injured himself back on May 6 but it didn't prevent him from playing 37 minutes per game vs. Atlanta in the Conference Finals. He shot only 35.1 percent in the series, but contributed 2.3 triples, 6.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists with typically solid defense. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:47 pm
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) OK after friendly fire
    Kevin Love (shoulder) said he nearly suffered a setback when a teammate hit his arm this week, but he still plans to re-assess the injury in six weeks.

    Advice: The unnamed teammate unwittingly hit Love on his bad arm while celebrating the Cavs' Finals-clinching victory vs. Atlanta. "It was kind of shooting pain through my entire body, but I was a little woozy and kind of all over the place for a few minutes but I was able to calm myself down," Love said. "I look at it like now I know I can get hit like that. I don't want to get hit like that, but knowing that as time goes on, I can put more and more pressure on it and after the six weeks, I'll reassess where I'm at." Love recently said that he "expects" to remain with the Cavaliers next season, which may mean he's leaning toward opting in for a $16.7 million salary. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:10 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Motiejunas (back) expected out for Lithuania
    Donatas Motiejunas (back surgery) is not expected to play for the Lithuanian National team this summer.

    Advice: Motiejunas is slowly ramping up his rehab but may be out until early August according to a timetable provided earlier this month. He reiterated that he'll be ready for Houston's training camp, where he'll battle Terrence Jones (and possibly Josh Smith) for minutes at the PF position. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:05 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Klay Thompson spending Sunday at A's game
    Klay Thompson (concussion) spent his Sunday afternoon at the Yankees vs. Athletics baseball game.

    Advice: This is a good sign because some players have light sensitivity issues after a concussion. There has been no evidence to suggest Thompson is at risk of missing Game 1 of The Finals on Thursday. Stephen Curry was at a Giants game last week, so the Splash Brothers are showing both Bay Area MLB teams some love. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:09 pm
  • Adams believes Klay will be ready for Game 1
    Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams said on Sunday that he believes Klay Thompson (concussion) will play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

    Advice: Adams described Klay as "bright-eyed and bushy-tailed," during an interview on Sunday, and this is the second positive report we've had on Thompson insinuating that he'll be good to go when the Finals kickoff on Thursday. He'll need to clear the league's concussion protocol before he can step on the basketball court, and we've yet to see any reports stating that that has happened, but Klay still has five days to rest up and get himself ready. We'll continue to follow this story closely, but it sounds like Klay will play on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:51 pm
  • Love (shoulder) expects to be back by Oct-Nov
    Kevin Love (shoulder) said that he's confident he'll ready for the start of the 2015-16 season, and that he expects to be sporting a Cavs jersey.

    Advice: Love has hinted more than a few times that he will return to the Cavs next season, but you can never really believe what a player says in a contract year. There have also been a lot of "inside sources" that claim he will consider all his options this offseason, and it'll be very interesting to see if he picks up his player option worth $16.7 million when the offseason hits. If Love opts out, the Celtics, Lakers, and Rockets are said to have interest in acquiring his services. As a side note, Love said he reached out to Kelly Olynyk via text and that they're "all good" now. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:43 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Greg Monroe likely to leave the Pistons?
    According to Pistons beat writer David Mayo, Greg Monroe will likely leave Detroit this summer.

    Advice: Monroe will become an unrestricted free agent in July, and as of right now it looks like he could be wearing a different uniform next season. When asked if the Pistons would consider offering Monroe a two-year deal with an opt-out clause for next season (when the salary cap expands), Stan Van Gundy said that he would consider all options. Monroe has said that returning to Detroit would be a possibility, but SVG may not want to fork over the necessary funds required to keep him. This story is far from over, and the rumors will only heat up as we approach July. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:45 am
  • Ariza believes Rockets will bounce back
    Trevor Ariza is confident that the Rockets will be able to build on what they accomplished this season.

    Advice: "Not every team comes together and wins straight away," Ariza said. "When you do have that and you do find something that works, you want to continue. You want to build on that. Hopefully for us, we’ll be one of those teams that builds on what we accomplished." The Rockets were trounced by the Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals, but considering how many injuries they had to deal with this season, Houston has to be feeling confident about the future. As for Ariza, he was phenomenal in the playoffs with averages of 13.2 points, 6.4 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.1 3-pointers per game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:08 am
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Julius Randle believes he is 100 percent
    Julius Randle believes that his leg is 100 percent and said that his surgically-repaired foot is no longer a factor in his recovery.

    Advice: "I believe I am," Randle said when asked if he was 100 percent. "The last time I checked probably about a month ago, the bone was 95 percent healed. I feel great." The news just keeps getting better for Randle, and it should also be noted that he was recently cleared for half court 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 sessions with full contact. All signs point to him being ready to play at the Las Vegas Summer League, and there is no reason why he couldn't carve out a sizable role on the Lakers next season if he has a strong showing. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:34 am
     
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Brandon Bass hoping to remain a Celtic
    Brandon Bass, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, said that he is open to returning to the Celtics next season.

    Advice: "It’s been a great time for me," Bass said regarding his time with Boston. "And a great learning experience for me as well. I’ve been happy here. My family has been happy here, so we’ll see what happens. I think it’s hard not to think about [free agency], but not too much. I’ve been watching the playoffs and I know it’s not that time yet." Bass averaged 10.6 points, 4.9 boards and 1.3 assists during the regular season, but he struggled mightily in the playoffs and later said that he wasn't mentally prepared. The Celtics will reload during the draft and free agency this summer, so Bass will likely be wearing a different uniform in the 2015-16 campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:40 am
  • Anthony Davis could be in for a massive year
    New head coach Alvin Gentry said he believes Anthony Davis was underutilized on the offensive end last season.

    Advice: Yeah, pretty much all of his fantasy owners would have said the same thing. Of course, Gentry has the power, system, and expertise to change that with Davis this upcoming season. We might seem some massive stats from The Brow in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:51 pm
  • Kerr: Klay Thompson expected to be ready
    Coach Steve Kerr said "all is going well" with Klay Thompson (concussion) and expects him to be ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

    Advice: There's no word of if he went through the protocol yet. Once he's symptom free, he'll do some work on a stationary bike before doing more rigorous exercise. For now, it sounds like Klay should be ready to play with time to spare. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:35 pm
  • Jones wants to be an all-around player
    Terrence Jones said that he wants to become an "all-around player" for the Rockets next season.

    Advice: "I want to get better all-around, in the post, shooting, just come back a better all-around player for my team." Jones is loaded with upside, but his 2014-15 campaign was devastated by injuries. He made just 33 appearances in the regular season, and he never really seemed to be 100 percent. He averaged 13.5 points, 7.6 boards, 1.1 assists and 1.8 blocks in 24 starts this season, but his fantasy value will hinge on whether or not Josh Smith returns to Houston. The presence of Donatas Motiejunas (back) could cause some problems as well, but Jones will likely be the favorite to start next season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:37 am
  • Kostas Papanikolaou hopes to stay in NBA
    Kostas Papanikolaou is hopeful that he will be able to play in the NBA next season.

    Advice: Houston holds a $4.8 million player option on him for next season, but it doesn't seem likely that they would retain him for that price. Papanikolaou made just four appearances after the All-Star break due to a nagging ankle injury and wasn't able to get back into the rotation after Josh Smith arrived, so it looks like his time in Houston could be nearing an end. Papanikolaou will listen to all offers if Houston declines his option, but returning to Europe isn't on his mind just yet. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:21 am
  • Thabo says incident damaged his reputation
    Thabo Sefolosha said the incident with police in April damaged his reputation.

    Advice: It also cost the Hawks some of their depth in the playoffs. "I was injured in the hands of the police, and it took away a lot from my everyday life," Sefolosha said. "From being able to help put the kids in bed, going up and down the stairs." For more on this story, click the link below. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:15 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Skiles has 'great' relationship with Tobias
    Coach Scott Skiles said his classification of his relationship with Tobias Harris is "great."

    Advice: Back when Tobias was 19 and had a very eye-catching offseason, Harris fell out of favor in Skiles' Bucks rotation. Skiles said today that Luc Mbah a Moute was better on defense while Mike Dunleavy was better on offense. Now that Tobias is entering his prime, maybe he'll play him more consistently. Of course, they'll have to be able to sign him this summer. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:44 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 101-88 @ Bkn
  • Damien Inglis confirmed for summer league
    Damien Inglis will play in summer league in July.

    Advice: He had a very rough start to his career and didn't get any playing time in his rookie season. Inglis had a very bad aggravation to his foot surgery, so expect the Bucks to handle him with kid gloves. Like his teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo, Inglis has some nice length and could play both forward spots. Of course, we're not saying he has the ceiling of the Greek Freak. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:38 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Donatas Motiejunas still in recovery
    Donatas Motiejunas (back) is still in the beginning stages of his recovery.

    Advice: He is expected to be out for most of the summer. Motiejunas had back surgery on Apr. 10 and he said there's "no question" he'll be ready for camp. His improvement could make it a little tougher for the Rockets to bring back Josh Smith. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:09 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Klay Thompson diagnosed with a concussion
    Klay Thompson was diagnosed with a concussion on Friday.

    Advice: His agent said he didn't have a concussion yesterday, but his agent isn't a neurologist. The Warriors said Klay had "extensive examinations" over the past two days, including neurological tests Friday morning. Under the NBA's concussion protocol, Klay will not be allowed to have court activity until he is not showing any symptoms. With six days off before Game 1, Thompson should be ready. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:52 am
  • Anderson Varejao is out for NBA Finals
    Anderson Varejao (Achilles) will not return at any point in the NBA Finals.

    Advice: There was an earlier report that AV could be back, but there's really no point with how well Tristan Thompson is playing. Plus, Varejao has become one of the more injury prone players in the NBA. Expect Thompson and Timofey Mozgov to hold down the paint. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:09 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • James Harden wants help at the guard spots
    James Harden said he will have a conversation with GM Daryl Morey about bolstering the Rockets depth at the guard position.

    Advice: Houston is pretty thin behind James Harden and Patrick Beverley, and that was really put on display when Beverley went down, as the Rockets were forced to give big minutes to veterans Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni. Corey Brewer is a quality wing player, but he's not a guy that can give a second-unit much of a lift on offense, and with him set to become an unrestricted free agent there are no guarantees he's retained. It'll be interesting to see what Morey can put together this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:40 am
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Kobe Bryant making good progress w/ shoulder
    Kobe Bryant told Lakers head coach Byron Scott that he felt encouraged with his surgically repaired right shoulder that prematurely ended his 2014-15 season.

    Advice: The Lakers expect Bryant to be fully recovered in five months, so he should be good to go for the start of the 2015-16 season. However, health has been a major concern for Kobe through the past two years, as he's managed to play in a total of just 41 games over that span. Despite the apparent risk, his name will likely have people drafting him much higher than where he should go, so we'd recommend letting someone else deal with the debilitated Mamba on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:44 am
     
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Corey Brewer would like to return to Houston
    Corey Brewer stated his desire to return to the Rockets next season.

    Advice: "I love playing [in Houston]," Brewer said. "I hope we are back together. We made the Western Conference finals and hopefully everything works out and we are all back together next year." Brewer waived his player option as a condition the trade that sent him from Minnesota to Houston, so he's going to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He earned himself a nice role with the Rockets this year, but with averages of 11.9 points, 1.1 steals and 1.0 three-pointer per game on 42.9 percent shooting from the field, he's not much more than a low-end asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:13 am
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Josh Smith would like to return to Houston
    Josh Smith said that he would like to return with the Rockets next season.

    Advice: "You never know in free agency what may occur," said Smith who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. "The city of Houston and this team has definitely embraced me for my individuality and the way I play the game. It would be great to do something special for the city and for this team." Smith actually played very well for the Rockets after being waived by the Pistons earlier in the season, and he was a major component to Houston's improbable Game 6 comeback win over the Clippers in the second-round. It'll be interesting to see where he lands as a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:03 am
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Howard suspended 1 game for flagrant fouls
    Dwight Howard will be suspended one game without pay for collecting his fourth Flagrant Foul points during the 2015 postseason.

    Advice: Howard's suspension will be served during the first game of next season in which he's eligible and physically able to play. He collected his fourth Flagrant Foul point when he extended his forearm into Andre Iguodala's neck during the closing minutes of Game 5 in the Western Conference Finals. Originally ruled as a common foul, the league upgraded the play to a Flagrant Foul 1 upon official review, deeming the contact to have been unnecessary. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:21 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Klay Thompson likely to be cleared for Finals
    Mychal Thompson, Klay Thompson's (concussion-like symptoms) father, speculates that his son should be cleared to play sometime before the NBA Finals.

    Advice: When Mychal was asked to describe the difference in Klay a day after his injury, Mychal responded, "Antarctica to the jungles of Brazil." When pressed further to speculate on his son's availability for the Finals, Thompson stated: "I'm not a doctor, but if I'm going to guess in layman's terms, yeah I think [he'll be cleared for the Finals.] He seems to be feeling better by the hour." Thompson is scheduled to meet with the Warriors medical staff on Friday, after which we'll likely have another update on Golden State's sniper. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:51 am
  • Report: Varejao to be activated for Finals?
    Brian Windhorst is reporting that Anderson Varejao (Achilles) could be activated during the Finals in the event of an emergency.

    Advice: Cavs' GM David Griffin said back in April that he didn't even believe it was a "remote possibility" that Varejao could return this postseason, so this report should be viewed with some skepticism. Windhorst does say that Varejao will only play on an emergency basis, so it sounds like as long as Timofey Mozgov and Tristan Thompson are healthy, we're not going to see Varejao activated. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:38 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Agent: Klay Thompson wasn't concussed
    Klay Thompson's agent, Bill Duffy, said his client cleared tests and did not have a concussion.

    Advice: This is getting weird. First, Klay passed a concussion test just after being kneed in the head, then the Warriors released a statement after the game that he had concussion-like symptoms. Now, his agent is saying something different. Thompson was dizzy, had to throw up and didn't feel well last night, so this new report is a little harder to believe than usual. We'll see what the Warriors say next. If this is true, he should be ready to go in the next couple days. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:49 pm
  • Julius Randle (leg) cleared for full contact
    Julius Randle (leg) has been cleared for full contact half court 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 sessions.

    Advice: Randle's next step will be going through 4-on-4 drills, but he continues to move in a positive direction, and at this rate he should be good to go for Las Vegas Summer League. The Lakers have a lot of decisions to make this offseason with regards to the roster, but depending on how things shake out, Randle may have the opportunity to step into a starting role next season. As always, will continue to track his progress closely this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:33 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • HOU not worried about Dwight Howard's health
    The Rockets are not worried in Dwight Howard's long-term health, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN.

    Advice: Even though Howard missed half of the team's regular season games due to a problematic knee, the Rockets aren't concerned about the 29-year-old's long-term health. Howard finished the 2014-15 season strong with a solid playoff performance and will end up being a sneaky early-mid round fantasy pick for the 2015-16 season if he proves the Rockets right and is able to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:37 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Laimbeer takes LeBron James over Jordan
    Bill Laimbeer told the Dan Patrick show that he would take LeBron James over Michael Jordan.

    Advice: Before doubling-down on his opinion by saying that Jordan could not have led James' current Cavs team to the NBA Finals, Laimbeer said he views LeBron James as a superior player to Michael Jordan. "There’s no question I would take LeBron James," Laimbeer said. "He can do more. Michael Jordan could score and make big shots and look spectacular at times with wild flying dunks, but LeBron can get you 18 rebounds, get you 15 assists or score 50 if he wants to." With some down time before the Finals start, we're guessing this isn't the last Jordan-James comparison we'll hear. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:32 am
  • Kevin Love reportedly considering FA options
    Kevin Love is reportedly considering his options in potential free agency this summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

    Advice: While the first domino to fall would be Love opting out of his current contract with the Cavaliers, the 26-year-old is reportedly considering the Celtics, Lakers, and Rockets as potential free agency destinations. "I think he’s going to look around," Wojnarowski said. "I think he’s going to look closely at Boston. I think he’ll look at LA. I’m sure the Texas teams are going to try and get involved." We'll keep Love's status updated as soon as more information becomes available as it looks like the NBA is in for another Summer of Love. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:09 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • James Harden says turnovers are unacceptable
    James Harden said his NBA Playoffs record 13 turnovers in Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Warriors were unacceptable.

    Advice: Harden picked a bad time to have one of his worst games of the season in Wednesday's series-ending loss and he didn't shy away from blame after the game. "So, just valuing the ball a lot more, especially if I'm going to be doing a lot of ball handling," Harden said when asked what he learned from the series. "I mean, not give away easy baskets. Tonight was another case for myself. Thirteen turnovers is unacceptable." While this game may take some time for Harden to forget, he's a no-brainer top-three pick in 2015-16 fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:16 am
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Bill Cartwright compares LeBron to Jordan
    Former Bulls center Bill Cartwright said LeBron James can finally be compared to Michael Jordan.

    Advice: While Cartwright said LeBron's best comparison might be Magic Johnson, he added that James compares favorably with his former teammate. "Michael was as hard as anyone to guard," Cartwright said. "This guy [LeBron] is really unguardable. Who do you match him with? He's too darn big and too darn strong. Put a big guy on him and he goes around them. Put a small guy on him and he beats him up. He's a nightmare of a match-up. "He's absolutely on best player on planet right now. I don't think you'd get much argument on that." Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:41 am
  • Dwight Howard says he's still a champion
    Dwight Howard said he's still a champion despite the Rockets loss in the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: The eventual 2014-15 NBA Champion may disagree with Howard's sentiment, but D-12 did manage to finish the season strong after missing half of the regular season with a knee injury. We'll keep an eye on his status this summer as a minor knee procedure is still a possibility, but Howard could end up being a mid-round steal in 2015-16 fantasy drafts if he can stay on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:29 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Josh Smith has a bad finish to season
    Josh Smith made 3-of-14 from the field for 11 points during a season-ending 104-90 loss on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He was cold and didn't come in for the final 16 minutes of this game. Smith was a pleasant surprise for the Rockets and it'll be interesting to see if the Rockets are bringing him back. They do already have two serviceable power forwards in Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas. Plus, Clint Capela playing well also gives them some frontcourt depth. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:13 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Dwight Howard scores 18 with 16 boards
    Dwight Howard was a beast under the glass during a Game 5 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with 16 rebounds, one assist, two steals and four blocks in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He had a couple dirty plays tonight and he would have been suspended had the Rockets been able to pull out a win tonight because of his seventh technical foul of the playoffs. Bad stuff aside, Howard looked like his old self under the glass, but he did make just 5-of-13 from the field. Considering all the knee problems he had this season, there's a decent chance he has a minor procedure this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:09 pm
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • James Harden has 13 turnovers in loss to GSW
    James Harden turned the ball over an NBA Playoffs record 13 times during a 104-90 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday, adding 14 points with six rebounds, five assists, three steals and no 3-pointers.

    Advice: To make matters worse, he was just 2-of-11 from the field in what may have been his worst game of his season. Although, Houston's worst stretch tonight was with Harden on the bench. They just went up against a better team and Harden's Rockets should be able to make another playoff run next year. He'll be a top-three pick in fantasy leagues next season, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:04 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Dwight Howard picks up 7th tech of playoffs
    Dwight Howard picked up his seventh technical foul of the postseason on Wednesday.

    Advice: If this technical is not rescinded, he would be suspended for Game 6 in Houston. Of course, the Rockets would have to win tonight's game for this to be relevant. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:06 pm
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Marreese Speights (calf) still out, progressing
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is doing some on-court work and is progressing. Speights has essentially been ruled out for the Western Conference Finals, but he could be ready to face the Cavs. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:22 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • LeBron James leads Cavaliers to NBA Finals
    LeBron James led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals with a 118-88 win in Cleveland on Tuesday, scoring 23 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and only one turnover in 29 minutes.

    Advice: LBJ needed IVs after Game 3 to help with dehydration and cramping, but he wasn't worse for the wear in a thoroughly dominant performance tonight. The Hawks threw a variety of defenders at LeBron but never found a way to slow him down in the series -- amazingly, James fell only three assists shy of averaging 30-10-10 in the Conference Finals. He and teammate James Jones are now the first players since the 1960s to appear in five consecutive NBA Finals, and LeBron will have eight full days to rest before squaring off vs. the Warriors or Rockets. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Dwight Howard won't be suspended for Flagrant
    Dwight Howard will not be suspended for hitting Andrew Bogut above the shoulders during Game 3 on Monday.

    Advice: The play earned Dwight Howard a Flagrant-1 foul and the Rockets are fortunate that he was neither ejected nor suspended for his swipe at Bogut. NBA executive Rod Thorn said in a statement, "Howard was trying to extricate himself from Bogut and recklessly hit him in the face with an open hand. The contact was unnecessary but was not deemed excessive ... we don't see a reason to modify that call." Howard will try to help the Rockets extend their season during Wednesday's must-win road game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:20 pm
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Kevin Love cleared to travel with Cavaliers
    Kevin Love (shoulder) has been cleared to travel with the Cavaliers after having his shoulder evaluated.

    Advice: Love had his shoulder evaluated in New York and will now be able stop wearing a sling as he travels with the team for the remainder of the postseason. While this news doesn't change the fact that Love will miss the rest of the playoffs, it's good news for his fantasy owners in dynasty leagues as it means his recovery is going as planned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:00 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • McHale defends Dwight Howard's flagrant foul
    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale defended Dwight Howard's flagrant foul during Houston's Game 4 win against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: Howard may hear from the league about his elbow to Andrew Bogut's face and McHale may be trying to get out in front of any potential suspension talk here. "He just tried to get him off him," McHale said. "Bogut grabbed him and as always, the second foul gets called." We'll keep an eye on any discipline from the league on this one, but as of now, Howard will be in the Rockets starting lineup for Wednesday's Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:14 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • LeBron James says he's ready to go for Game 4
    LeBron James said he'll be ready to go for Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: After dealing with some cramping during Sunday's Game 3 win over the Hawks, James said he'll be active on Tuesday night. James is averaging 32.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers in the series thus far and will need another big game to close out the series if Kyrie Irving (knee) is unable to play. A nightly triple-double threat, James is a must-start in all fantasy lineups at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:01 am
  • James Harden explodes for 45 points in win
    James Harden took over during a Game 4 128-115 win over the Warriors on Monday, scoring a playoff career-high 45 points with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and seven 3-pointers in 40 minutes on 13-of-22 from the field.

    Advice: He only attempted five two-pointers from outside of the restricted area, which has been the formula for success for Harden. Before the game, he said he had to attack more and he followed through with his own analysis. The Rockets have now won four consecutive games when facing elimination, but they'll need three more to advance to the NBA Finals. Also, his step-back 3-pointer to get to 45 points was cooler than a polar bear's toenails. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:18 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Trevor Ariza scores 17 points in win vs. GSW
    Trevor Ariza scored 17 points against the Warriors on Monday with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets needed everyone to step up, and that's what happened today. Terrence Jones scored 14 points with five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer while Jason Terry added 10 points and four assists. Dwight Howard also had a nice game with 14 points, 12 rebounds, two steals, two blocks and three turnovers. This was also the first game ever in which both teams each made at least 15 treys. The Warriors also attempted 46 attempts from deep, which is also a record. Game 5 will be in Oakland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:07 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Josh Smith great from field, awful from line
    Josh Smith made 7-of-8 from the field and 3-of-12 from the line for 20 points against the Warriors on Monday, adding six rebounds, five assists, two blocks, six turnovers and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's an effective field goal percentage of 106.3, but a true shooting percentage of 75.3 because of his awful foul shooting. Smith was on fire in the first quarter and scored 13 of his 20 in that frame. The Warriors did a Hack-A-Smoove late and it forced him out of the game. We saw the good and bad Smoove tonight, which is nothing new for any game. The Rockets will need another good game in Oakland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:55 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Marreese Speights doing some running
    Marreese Speights (right calf) advanced to running the stairs on Monday.

    Advice: He's still out for Game 4, but could get back to court work in the next day or two. Speights could be ready for the NBA Finals, but obviously the Warriors may not need him. Festus Ezeli has really stepped up for the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:13 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Dwight Howard addressed team after Game 3
    Dwight Howard addressed the Rockets after their Game 3 loss ahead of a must-win Game 4 vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: "He's tough and he works hard," Terrence Jones said. "He inspires us. I really appreciate the big fella expressing himself and letting us all know how much he wants to win, and hopefully we can all go out there and give that kind of effort." It's a good attitude to have, but Howard and the Rockets will need more than the power of positive thought to avoid a four-game sweep. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:53 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • LeBron dealing with cramping, other injuries
    LeBron James admitted to dealing with cramping among other injuries in Sunday's dramatic Game 3 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: "I gave it everything I had tonight," he said. James was in obvious pain, especially with his ankle, and he fell to the floor in exhaustion after the contest had concluded. James described fighting through "the most pain of his career," but said after the game that nothing would prevent him from playing in Tuesday's Game 4. "If I'm putting on the uniform and going on the floor, I got to make things happen for our team. It's that simple." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:28 am
  • LeBron gets 37-18-13 as Cavs win Game 3 in OT
    LeBron James fought through injury and exhaustion to finish Sunday's overtime Game 3 victory with 37 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists and three steals, moving Cleveland to the brink of a Conference Finals sweep.

    Advice: LBJ began 0-of-10 from the field, his worst ever start in a playoff game, but he overcame the rough start as well as a knee injury suffered early in overtime. In the process he passed Karl Malone to become the sixth-leading scorer in NBA playoff history with 4,779 points, he passed Jason Kidd for second place on the postseason triple-double list, and he became the only player in NBA postseason history to record at least 37-18-13 in a game. LeBron is leading his team with 27.2 points per game in the postseason, in addition to the 21.3 points he's creating off assists, and will need to carry a similar load if Kyrie Irving (knee) isn't able to return in Game 4. We'll pass along updates on his knee injury but there's no reason to think he won't start Tuesday's potential elimination game. Rotoworld.com
    May 24, 9:00 pm
  • Marreese Speights (calf) ruled out for Game 4
    Marreese Speights (calf) is making progress, but he will not play in Game 4 against the Rockets on Monday.

    Advice: David Lee was initially the one getting the minutes with Speights sidelined, but he's nearly fallen out of the rotation entirely during the Houston series. Festus Ezeli has earned himself a nice role off the bench in the Conference Finals, but with averages of just 6.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 block over 13.6 minutes of action, he's not much of an asset in fantasy basketball. Speights is unlikely to be a factor the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    May 24, 11:21 am
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Dwight Howard says Rockets will keep fighting
    With Houston facing a 3-0 deficit to the Warriors , Dwight Howard said that the only thing the Rockets can do is fight.

    Advice: "There’s a lot of words I could say about tonight, but I’ve got to keep my teammates together," Howard said after Game 3 on Saturday. "We can’t fold. We can’t quit. It’s easy to give up and say they’re playing great. It’s easy to do that. They’re going to have to take all of us out on a stretcher. We ain’t going down lightly. We’re down 3-0 in the Western Conference finals. The only thing we can do is fight." Howard contributed 14 points, 14 boards and one block in the loss, and the good news is that his knee doesn't appear to be giving him any problems. Game 4 is set to take place in Houston on Monday, and Howard should be in line for a big game with the Rockets facing elimination. Rotoworld.com
    May 24, 8:37 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Kupchak says this will be Kobe's last year
    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak confirmed that this is likely Kobe Bryant's last season in the NBA, but Kupchak said he is willing to reassess in a year.

    Advice: When asked what he expected to see from Bryant next season, Kupchak said, "I don't know... Father Time is the enemy." While Kupchak left open the possibility of Bryant playing beyond next season, the Black Mamba has been pretty clear that he will only play one more year. Bryant was limited to just six games in the 2013-14 season and just 35 games last season, so it's obvious that the mileage on his body is catching up to him. Rotoworld.com
    May 24, 8:12 am
     
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Julius Randle continues to show improvement
    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said that it looks like Julius Randle (leg) "has recovered completely".

    Advice: This is definitely exciting news for Randle, and it appears that his recovery is going very smoothly. All signs point to him playing during the Las Vegas Summer League, and it will be interesting to see how he does after such a long time on the shelf. Randle could potentially be the starting power forward next season if he impresses this summer, so we will be sure to track his progress very closely. Rotoworld.com
    May 24, 7:49 am
     
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • James Harden shoots 3-of-16 from the field
    James Harden made 3-of-16 from the field for 17 points with three rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes during an embarrassing 115-80 loss on Saturday.

    Advice: It was bad. He got away with some contested mid-range shots on Thursday, but they just weren't falling today. Harden actually didn't have any makes at the rim tonight, which has been his bread and butter since joining the Rockets. Plus, his defense has been horrendous. The Rockets will try to keep their season alive on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    May 23, 8:43 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Dwight Howard scores 14 in loss
    Dwight Howard scored 14 points with 14 rebounds, one block and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Warriors during a Game 3 loss on Saturday.

    Advice: He was 2-of-8 from the line tonight and the Rockets made just 19-of-31 as a team. Howard just has way too much pressure on him because the Rockets' perimeter defense has been non-existent. The easy buckets are not his fault and he's played well in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    May 23, 8:37 pm
     
    Suspended
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Kevin Love gets a light workout in on Sat
    Kevin Love (shoulder) did a light workout on Saturday.

    Advice: It is likely just some work on a bike and he is still nowhere near close to a return. The jury is still out Love and whether or not he'll return to Cleveland, but the Lakers will undoubtedly be making a push. With Love out, Tristan Thompson has really stepped up at both the center and power forward spots. Rotoworld.com
    May 23, 4:54 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Marreese Speights will not play on Saturday
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play against the Rockets in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: He is expected to be held out for the first five game of the series against Houston, so this isn't a surprise. With Speights out of the lineup, Festus Ezeli should see around 10-12 minutes per game moving forward. Head coach Steve Kerr did say that Speights has shown improvement, so we will continue to track his progress closely. Rotoworld.com
    May 23, 7:51 am
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Otto Porter learned a lot from Paul Pierce
    Otto Porter credited Paul Pierce for his rapid improvement over the course of the season.

    Advice: "He means a lot," Porter said in regards to Pierce. "I learned a lot from him this year whether he told me something or I just picked it up. And it’s going to stick with me throughout my NBA career, what to expect in the NBA and how to be a professional." Porter broke out in the playoffs, averaging 10.0 points, 8.0 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 3-pointers in 33.1 minutes per game. He averaged just 19.4 minutes in the regular season, so it's clear that he finally earned the trust of head coach Randy Wittman. If Porter continues to improve over the summer, he could be an interesting late-round flier in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    May 23, 7:36 am
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