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  • Parker gets easy game in blowout win
    Tony Parker (Achilles) played 26 minutes in Friday's Game 3 win over the Clippers, scoring six points on 3-of-11 shooting with three rebounds and three assists.

    Advice: This low minute total and low-impact game was huge for his ability to rest up for Sunday's Game 4. We'll keep an eye on his status and we're not too confident in his overall ability to produce, but this was a win for Spurs fans tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:58 pm
  • Clippers Big 4 hit just 12-of-44 FGs in loss
    Chris Paul and Co. laid an egg in the Clippers' Game 3 loss to the Spurs, with Paul hitting just 3-of-11 shots for seven points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals and six turnovers.

    Advice: Paul was hardly the worst offender with Jamal Crawford hitting just 1-of-11 shots in 23 minutes. J.J. Redick went 2-of-7 for seven points and not much else, and Blake Griffin was 6-of-15 from the field for 14 points, 10 boards, five assists and a block. This was your prototypical goose egg and they'll look to get back on track in Sunday's Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Lowry hits just 5-of-22 shots in Game 3 loss
    Kyle Lowry hit just 5-of-22 shots in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Wizards, finishing with 15 points, four rebounds, seven assists, four steals and three treys in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Lowry came into the game with an illness, a shin contusion and a bad back. He hasn't been himself all series long and it's a big reason the Raptors have yet to win a game in the series. It's hard to see him getting back to 100 percent before Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • Raymond Felton starts, hurts hamstring
    Raymond Felton suffered a right hamstring tweak in the first quarter and returned to action on Friday, finishing with no points, four rebounds, one assist and one foul in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He got the start and just looked a step slow. It might not have been due to the hamstring tweak and it may have just been because he had to guard James Harden. Felton did have a right hamstring injury back in 2008, but there really hasn't been a trend here. Considering how poorly he played, he probably won't start in Game 4 and his status is questionable. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:19 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Harris plays 21 minutes in Game 3 loss
    Devin Harris logged 21 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss, scoring 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting with one rebound and two assists.

    Advice: Harris has been dealing with a toe injury and had his foot stepped on tonight, but the Mavs desperately need him on the floor and he'll probably try to gut through another game on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:06 pm
  • Barea scores 11 points with full stat line
    J.J. Barea scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 25 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss.

    Advice: Barea could be looking at an even bigger workload in Sunday's Game 4 with Devin Harris banged up and Raymond Felton only able to handle 13 minutes tonight. He'll be a popular target in DFS as long as his price doesn't rise too much. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:05 pm
  • Raymond Felton will start at point guard
    Raymond Felton will start against the Rockets on Friday in place of Rajon Rondo (back).

    Advice: Usually, the Mavs would go with J.J. Barea, but they're so thin that they need to get Felton in the rotation because of Chandler Parsons (knee) also out. Felton is likely going to act as an off-ball guard while Monta Ellis handles the offense. Barea is not as attractive in fantasy leagues because it's going to be tough for him to log at least 24 minutes. Additionally, the Mavs used a three-guard lineup of Monta, Felton and Barea three minutes in the second half in Game 2, so coach Rick Carlisle will likely go that route again. Devin Harris should also get minutes close to 20. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:49 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Derrick Rose says he's fine after Game 3
    Derrick Rose said he's feeling good heading into Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: He had a minor tweak to his back in the second half and also was fouled very hard late in the game, causing him to remain on the floor for around 15 seconds. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose was in attack mode and the Bulls will want that to continue in their upcoming series against the Cavs. With Jimmy Butler busting out, the Bulls have the ammo to give the Cavs some competition. If Rose has another big game, the buzz for that series will be as high as any. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:23 pm
  • Tony Parker (Achilles) will play in Game 3
    Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich said that Tony Parker will play in Game 3 against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: Parker is going to fight through the pain tonight for a very important Game 3 for San Antonio. He has however struggled through the first two games of the series, scoring just one point in his last outing, so he makes for a very risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 am
  • Kyle Lowry dealing with an illness, will play
    Kyle Lowry is dealing with an illness in addition to his shin contusion, but he's expected to be in uniform for Friday's Game 3 in Washington.

    Advice: Lowry didn't do much on the court during Friday morning's shootaround, but all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go in a must-win game for the Raptors. He hasn't played very well at all through the first two games of the series, and while he's not going to make any excuses, his health has certainly been a factor in his less-than-stellar performances. He's a risky daily league play. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 am
  • Devin Harris (toe) will play in Game 3 Friday
    Updating a previous report, Devin Harris (toe) will play in Friday's Game 3 against Houston.

    Advice: The Mavericks will likely go with a three point guard rotation of Harris, J.J. Barea, and Raymond Felton. Barea is the likely starter for tonight's game, with Harris expected to slot into his standard sixth man role off the bench. Felton will more than likely lose some minutes with Harris back in the rotation, and he can't be viewed as a viable option in any format. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:33 am
  • Carlisle says Rondo was a risk worth taking
    Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that the trade for Rajon Rondo was a risk worth taking, but he and the Mavericks organization are now ready to move on from the failed experiment.

    Advice: "In the case of anything, there is risk, but there are risks worth taking," Carlisle said. "That trade was a risk worth taking. We all agreed on that. Now, we're at a point where, hey, it's time to move on." The Mavs gave up Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson and two draft picks in the Rondo trade, but it's safe to say his days in Dallas are numbered. He'll try to sign a big contract as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but with the way things ended in Dallas, partnered with two years of declining numbers and ineffective play, he's not looking like a max-contract kind of player. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:09 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Carlisle expects Devin Harris to play Friday
    Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that he expects Devin Harris (toe) to play in Game 3 against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: This is the third positive update we've had on Harris, and all signs are pointing towards him being available tonight. Harris should be able to get around 20 minutes of action tonight, which will likely come at the expense of Raymond Felton. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:26 am
  • Nash says Clarkson can be a 'terrific player'
    After spending time during the 2014-15 season mentoring Jordan Clarkson, Steve Nash said that Clarkson has "a lot of ingredients to be a terrific NBA player."

    Advice: "The sky’s the limit," Nash said of Clarkson. "He has great size and athleticism. He can score and hit big shots. He’s developing into a good playmaker." Clarkson had a very nice rookie season with the Lakers, putting in averages of 15.8 points and 5.0 assists per game as a starter, and he obviously has the potential to develop into a quality NBA player. However, if the Lakers elect to bring in a top tier point guard through free agency this offseason, Clarkson’s fantasy value will take a significant hit. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Raptors understand Game 3 is a must-win game
    The Raptors are embracing a must-win mentality for a crucial Game 3 against the Wizards in Washington on Friday.

    Advice: "It's a must-win for us," said Kyle Lowry. "Going down 3-0 would be very disheartening. One win. That's what we've got to focus on. One win, one game, one possession at a time." Lowry is clearly playing at less than 100 percent, but all signs are pointing towards Lowry suiting up for tonight's game. While the series won't end with a loss during Game 3 for the Raptors, it will essentially be over. Out of the 110 teams in NBA history that have dug themselves into a 0-3 hole, none have emerged victorious. Lowry will need to step up in a big way for the Raptors to have any shot at swinging this series in the other direction. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:39 am
  • Irving won't let BOS physicality get to him
    Kyrie Irving said after Thursday's Game 3 win over the Celtics that he's not going to react to Boston's physical play.

    Advice: "My thought process and my killer mindset is that I'm just going to kill you even more now," Irving said regarding Jonas Jerebko's hard foul on him during Game 3. "If I lose my composure, it's not a good look. It's not something that's in my DNA. Don't get me wrong, I ain't no soft dude, but in the game of basketball, [expletive] happens. So you just continue to play." Boston played very physically during Game 3, and it seemed like they tried to get some of their lesser role players to get a reaction from the Cavs superstars, but Irving wasn't biting. Cleveland will look to close out their first-round series with the Celtics during Game 4 in Boston on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:34 am
  • Stephen Curry drops 40, makes shot of the year
    Stephen Curry hit one of the most clutch shots in recent memory to send Thursday's game against the Pelicans to overtime, finishing with 40 points, five rebounds, nine assists and seven 3-pointers in 44 minutes during the 123-119 Game 3 victory.

    Advice: If you haven't seen the shot for some reason, check out the link below. He was actually struggling from deep before the clutch make, finishing 7-of-18 from long range. His 18 attempts from deep are tied for the most in an NBA playoff game (Ray Allen). Curry has also taken an incredible 13.3 3-point attempts per game in this series and he's logging 40.3 minutes per game as well. He probably has another 40-point game in him in the next couple weeks. The Warriors will look to sweep on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:29 pm
  • Shaun Livingston scores 12 in 20 minutes
    Shaun Livingston scored 12 points in 20 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday with four rebounds and no turnovers on 5-of-7 from the field.

    Advice: Not many people are going to talk about it because Stephen Curry broke the internet, but Livingston really had a great game. He played just 13 minutes in each of the first two games and he's earned more playing time going forward. He might start taking away some minutes from Leandro Barbosa or even Andre Iguodala. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:19 pm
  • Norris Cole scores 16 points vs. Warriors
    Norris Cole scored 16 points in 26 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with one rebound and two 3-pointers on 7-of-10 from the field.

    Advice: He was awesome before the break and scored 11 points in the second quarter. Jrue Holiday played 17 minutes and will likely have a minutes limit again on Saturday, but Cole is not usually this efficient. In other words, his playing time should be similar, but he'll likely score in single digits. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:05 pm
  • Jrue Holiday gets 17 minutes vs. GSW
    Jrue Holiday played 17 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with 10 points, one rebound, four assists and one block.

    Advice: He did a decent job of denying Stephen Curry on defense and he also hit two clutch free throws late in the game. Holiday clearly had a minutes cap tonight and that'll continue the rest of the way. Interestingly, his brother Justin, a reserve on the Warriors, had some comments on Jrue before the game. "I think he's taking a chance and he's not himself, doesn't have his explosion," Justin said. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:53 pm
  • He's Back! Derrick Rose nets 34 points in win
    Derrick Rose was in MVP form during Thursday's double-overtime 113-106 win over the Bucks, scoring 34 points with five rebounds, eight assists, three steals and five 3-pointers in 48 minutes.

    Advice: It's the most minutes he's played since 2011 and the most points he's had in any game since 2012. Rose also had a playoff career-high five treys tonight and played with a ton of confidence. On top of the offense, Rose was tremendous on defense. All the "He's Back" talk is certainly justified and his body language was like nothing we've ever seen since his first knee injury. The Bulls are just a different team when he's out there right now. In fact, their net rating is 30.8 greater when Rose is on the court compared when he's off. If the Bulls get this kind of Rose the rest of the way, they're certainly going to give the Cavs trouble. The Bulls will look to sweep this series on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:01 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich plays six minutes
    Kirk Hinrich played six minutes against the Bucks on Thursday with no points, no assists and one steal.

    Advice: Derrick Rose stole the show and Hinrich wasn't needed tonight. Aaron Brooks was also only on the court for 10 minutes. Plus, Tony Snell was fantastic tonight, so the Bulls didn't need to run two-PG lineups in the second half. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:31 pm
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Michael Carter-Williams scores 19 on 21 FGAs
    Michael Carter-Williams scored 19 points on 9-of-21 from the field against the Bulls on Thursday, adding four rebounds, nine assists, two steals and four turnovers in 43 minutes.

    Advice: That's a lot of shots and not a lot of points. He vowed to be more aggressive tonight, but more than half of his shots were outside of the restricted area. MCW also had a front row seat for the Derrick Rose Show and he looked extremely slow on the defensive side. Carter-Williams has finished dead last among qualifiers for effective field goal percentage in each of his two seasons. He really shouldn't be shooting the ball 20 times in a game. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:06 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores just 13 in a win
    Kyrie Irving slowed down in Game 3 against the Celtics, making 3-of-11 from the field for 13 points with one rebound, six assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: It's been a long time since we've seen Kyrie struggle when he's given big minutes. In his last five games with at least 20 minutes played, he scored at least 23 in all of them and was fairly efficient in each game, too. Expect him to get hot again and come close to scoring 28.0 points per game, which he averaged in Game 1 and 2. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:21 pm
  • Evan Turner scored 19 points in full line
    Evan Turner filled the stat sheet in a 103-95 Game 3 loss to the Cavs on Thursday, scoring 19 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He ran the offense for much of this game and played well on the offensive side. Turner was stuffed at the rim by LeBron James and he was overmatched at times on defense. Coach Brad Stevens loves Turner more than all of his former NBA coaches combined, so he'll be looking at a significant role in Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:15 pm
     
    Player Note
    Evan Turner Bos - PG,SG,SF
  • Marcus Smart doesn't start second half
    Marcus Smart did not start the second half against the Cavs on Thursday, finishing with eight points, two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He started out with some intensity early on the defensive end, but coach Brad Stevens didn't feel comfortable rolling with Smart down the stretch on top of not starting him in the second half. He'll likely start in Game 4, but he might not play more than 20 minutes. For what it's worth, Smart played 26 minutes in each of the first two games of this series. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:12 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas plays just 21 minutes
    Isaiah Thomas played just 21 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday during a Game 3 loss, making 2-of-9 from the field for five points with one rebound, two assists and one turnover.

    Advice: After two 22-point games to open this series, Thomas just couldn't penetrate and disrupt the defense like he's been doing since he joined the Celtics. He didn't play down the stretch in this game which may have been due to the poor offensive showing. The Pizza Guy will likely get another chance to be the top scoring option in Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:58 pm
  • Jrue Holiday is expected to play vs. GSW
    Jrue Holiday (leg) is on the active roster and is expected to play against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: The Pelicans will likely limit his minutes because he's had so much trouble with his leg since last season. Holiday played 21 minutes in Game 1 before missing Game 2, so he'll likely be in the teens tonight. His minutes should come from Quincy Pondexter and Norris Cole. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:51 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) says he'll play in Game 3
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) said that he will play in Game 3 against the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: Head coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed that Hinrich will be available tonight, and with him back in the rotation he could take away some minutes from Aaron Brooks and Tony Snell. However, he'll likely be eased back into things after spending the past two weeks on the sidelines, so he’s a non-option in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:20 pm
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Tony Parker (Achilles) questionable for Fri
    Tony Parker (Achilles) is being listed as questionable for Game 3 against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: Parker was unable to finish Wednesday's game with the injury, but he said on Thursday that he didn't expect to miss any time. We'll be monitoring Parker's status closely, but sounds like he may be headed for a game-time call on Friday. If he's forced to sit, Patty Mills and Cory Joseph would be asked to fill the void. Mills was fantastic on Wednesday, and he'd be worth a look in daily leagues if Parker can't go. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:13 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) to fight through the pain
    Mike Conley understands that his foot isn't going to get any better if he keeps playing, but he’s made the commitment to force himself to play through the pain as the Grizzlies make their postseason push.

    Advice: "It’s a lot of sleepless nights, constantly doing rehab, constantly in a tub or constantly hooked up to some machine trying to fix my foot," Conley said. "It’s going to flare up, no matter what I do. It’s my new routine, my new reality right now. It’s what I have to do to get ready, and I’m happy doing it because I know I’m able to play. And whatever I have to do to play, I’m doing." Conley is one of the toughest guys in the league, and you wouldn't know he was injured based on the way he's been playing through Memphis' first-round series. He'll be in uniform for Game 3 on Saturday, and he's a quality fantasy asset in all formats. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:21 pm
  • Temple (hamstring) still not able to practice
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) has still not been able to practice.

    Advice: Temple isn't close to being ready for any game-time action, and it'll be Ramon Sessions serving as Washington's primary backup point guard for however long he's sidelined. As long as John Wall is healthy, the backup point guards in Washington will remain non-options in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:03 pm
     
    Injured
  • Kyle Lowry (shin) says he'll play in Game 3
    Kyle Lowry (shin) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and he said he will play in Game 3 on Friday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: All signs are pointing towards Lowry suiting up for a crucial Game 3 in Washington, and hopefully he can turn the corner after a rough first two games in which he averaged just 6.5 points, 4.0 assists, 0.5 steals and 2.0 turnovers per game on 25.0 percent shooting from the field. He's clearly not playing at 100 percent, but the Raptors simply need more from him if they hope to have any chance of advancing past the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:36 am
  • Carlisle says Harris making good progress
    Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that Devin Harris is making good progress with his toe injury, and signs are good for him being available for Game 3 against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: Harris was able to go through a full practice on Thursday, and he said he expects to play in Game 3 on Friday. With Rajon Rondo (back) out of commission, Harris and J.J. Barea will run the show at point guard for Dallas, with Raymond Felton seeing some extended minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:25 am
  • Devin Harris able to practice Thursday
    Devin Harris (toe) was able to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: While Harris was already listed as probable to play in Game 3 agains the Rockets, this is a good sign for his availability for Friday. Harris and J.J. Barea will see big minutes with Rajon Rondo (back/ego) out indefinitely and both should have a chance at decent fantasy production as the Mavericks' only solid point guard options. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:01 am
  • Jrue Holiday questionable for Game 3
    Jrue Holiday (leg) is questionable for Thursday's Game 3 against the Warriors.

    Advice: While Holiday was held out of Monday's Game 2 due to soreness in his leg, he was seen taking shots after practice on Wednesday so there's still a chance he may play Thursday night. We'll be on the lookout for updates, but Norris Cole would be in line to pick up Holiday's minutes if the point guard is unable to suit up. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:14 am
  • Jose Calderon confident about 2015-16 season
    Jose Calderon is confident he'll have a bounce-back 2015-16 season, according to Knicks president Phil Jackson.

    Advice: The 33-year-old was limited to just 42 games during the 2014-15 season, but told Jackson he's ready for a better 2015-16. "Jose came in confident in his exit meetings about having a much better season next year," Jackson said. "He was bothered from Day 1 by an Achilles situation that continued to bother him to the point that he had to sit it out. So we have that situation to deal with." The Knicks are in the market for a point guard who can get to the basket, so there's a good chance Calderon won't be starting for the Knicks and can thus be largely ignored in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:26 am
     
    Injured
    L, 112-90 vs Det
  • Tony Parker doesn't expect to miss any time
    Tony Parker (Achilles) said he doesn't expect to miss any time.

    Advice: Parker said he was forced to leave Wednesday's Game 2 with the same injury he suffered against Oklahoma City on April 7, but doesn't expect to miss any time. "It's been a tough year, but I think I'll be all right," Parker said. "I think I put too much pressure on the right ankle because of the soreness in my left ankle." We'll update Parker's status prior to Friday's Game 3, but it sounds like he'll try and gut through this injury for as long as he can. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:58 am
  • Tim Duncan concerned about Tony Parker
    Tim Duncan said he's concerned about Tony Parker's Achilles injury.

    Advice: Parker left Wednesday's Game 2 in the fourth quarter and was unable to return and Duncan said that he's "very concerned" about Parker's injury. "I hope he's able to play and play well for us," The Big Fundamental said. "We need him for that. He's a big part of what we do. So him not at 100 percent hurts us. But we'll see. He's a gamer." We'll keep an eye on updates, but Patty Mills and Cory Joseph would be in line for big minutes if Parker is forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:39 am
  • Thrill Ride: Patty Mills scores 18 in OT win
    Patty Mills came to life late in Wednesday's overtime win over the Clippers with 18 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He swished two clutch free throws with eight seconds left to get this game to OT. Tony Parker is dealing with a litany of injuries, including some Achilles tightness from tonight. If Parker is out, Mills may start because of the Spurs having a tighter playoff rotation. Even if he doesn't, he'll have much more fantasy value than Cory Joseph. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:01 pm
  • Chris Paul scores 21 with seven dimes
    Chris Paul was terrific again during a tough 111-107 Game 2 loss on Wednesday, scoring 21 points with eight boards, seven assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He continues to be remarkably efficient in this series. In the two games combined, Paul made 20-of-30 from the field with six 3-pointers to give him a 76.7 effective field goal percentage. As for the non-scoring stuff, the second guessers are going to be out in force because of Blake Griffin having some bad turnovers late, especially considering how CP3's assist:turnover ratio is off the charts. The Clippers will have to win one in San Antonio now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:58 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 11 in a loss
    Jamal Crawford made 4-of-13 from the field for 11 points in 21 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday with four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: After a big Game 1, Crawford was on the other end of the spectrum tonight. He didn't play down the stretch with the Clippers needing some extra size at small forward and J.J. Redick having a slightly better game. He'll likely be better in Game 3 and has actually shot the ball better on the road than at home this season. Redick scored 16 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:46 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jamal Crawford LAC - PG,SG,SF
  • Tony Parker (right Achilles) out for game
    Tony Parker is dealing with a right Achilles injury on Wednesday and will not return.

    Advice: He already had left ankle and thigh injuries heading into this game. Parker is dealing with tightness in his Achilles, so it's not a serious injury. Still, he did not look like himself, so he might need some time off. If he's out, Patty Mills and Cory Joseph would get some extra run. Parker finished with one point, two boards, five assists and one steal. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:08 pm
  • Conley, Lee lead Grizzlies to 2-0 lead
    Mike Conley, playing through a foot and wrist injury, and Courtney Lee combined to hit 14-of-22 shots and four 3-pointers to each score 18 points in Wednesday's Game 2 win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Conley added six assists and Lee had three steals in the win. Conley is banged up, but playing pretty well despite the injuries, while this is the first time in four games that Lee scored more than nine points. We don't really trust Lee going forward, but as long as it's clear that Conley will play in Games 3 and 4, he's a solid point guard option in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:51 pm
  • Jarrett Jack's big game isn't enough
    Jarrett Jack made 9-of-13 from the field for 23 points against the Hawks on Wednesday with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, two 3-pointers and four turnovers.

    Advice: It's the most points scored from a bench player all postseason and Jack almost helped the Nets pull of a major comeback. He was really struggling before today and usually the Deron Williams-Jack combo has been ineffective. We'll see if he can carry over some momentum into Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:58 pm
     
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Mike Conley indeed ready to go for Wednesday
    Mike Conley (foot, wrist) will play against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been expected to play since Game 1, but Conley is not even close to 100 percent. He has problems with both feet and he may also need wrist surgery in the offseason. Even though he gets a favorable matchup, fantasy owners can't count on him right now in DFS. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:27 pm
  • Carlisle doesn't expect to see Rondo w/ Mavs
    Coach Rick Carlisle said he doesn't expect to see Rajon Rondo (back) with the Mavs again.

    Advice: Needless to say, the trial period didn't go well with Rondo. Sure, they didn't give up much to get him, so it's not like they mortgaged their franchise to see how it worked out. Rondo will enter free agency and may have a tough time getting a deal for more than two years. In case you missed it earlier, he's out "indefinitely" with a back injury. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:02 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Devin Harris (toe) is probable for Game 3
    Devin Harris (toe) is probable to play against the Rockets in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Finally, the Mavs get some good news. Harris will have to really step up in the second unit because 40 percent of the starters are out indefinitely. As long as Harris stays healthy, he'll have a decent chance to score in the teens with some full stat lines. It's very possible he'll exceed the production of J.J. Barea and Richard Jefferson. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:36 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (back) is now out indefinitely
    Rajon Rondo (back) is out indefinitely due to a back injury sustained in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: He only played 34 seconds in the second half, but on the surface it looked like it he was benched for poor play. The severity of this back injury isn't known, but the Mavs are likely going to hold him out the rest of the postseason. We won't speculate on the details. J.J. Barea will take over as the starter and the Mavs could have Devin Harris back for Game 3. As for Rondo's summer plans, it's safe to say there won't be many teams willing to invest big money on the former All-Star. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:57 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Kirk Hinrich is questionable for Game 3
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) is questionable to play against the Bucks in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Based on some comments from coach Tom Thibodeau last week, Hinrich might not play if healthy. In essence, Thibodeau said Hinrich and Tony Snell will split the ninth-man duties in the rotation. Considering the length of the Bucks, it makes sense to just ride Snell in this series. Regardless, Snell won't have much value. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:49 am
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Jrue Holiday (sore leg) is considered day-to-day
    According to head coach Monty Williams, Jrue Holiday (sore leg) is considered day-to-day.

    Advice: Holiday was getting in a lot of extra work at practice Wednesday, so it looks like he is gearing up to play in Game 3. Holiday's injury history is troublesome to say the least, so the Pelicans would we wise to proceed with caution. We will pass along any updates on Holiday's status when we know more, but he should still be considered questionable to play for the time being. If he sits out Game 3, Norris Cole will soak up some more minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:55 am
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) practices fully on Weds
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice, and head coach Tom Thibodeau is optimistic that he will play in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Hinrich hasn't played since Apr. 11, so the Bulls will likely ease him back into the rotation. He could potentially steal some minutes away from Aaron Brooks or Tony Snell, but Hinrich likely won't have a big role in the postseason, especially with Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:45 am
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Kyle Lowry (shin) expected to play on Friday
    Kyle Lowry (shin contusion) is fine according to head coach Dwane Casey, and he is expected to play in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Lowry was getting some treatment on his shin Wednesday and is also expected to practice on Thursday, so all signs point to him playing in Game 3. The Raptors have lost their first two games at home and the series now shifts to Washington, so expect Lowry to do everything he can to keep the Raptors alive in what is a must-win game. Expect an update on Lowry's status after practice on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:16 am
  • Kyle Lowry is dealing with a shin contusion
    Kyle Lowry left Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards due to a shin contusion, but he is expected to be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

    Advice: We should know more details on his injury soon, but it doesn't sound serious and it would be really surprising if he had to sit out Game 3 on Friday. Lowry has been picking up careless fouls and has been vasty outplayed by John Wall so far, so hopefully he can turn things around soon. If Lowry is forced to miss any action, Greivis Vasquez and Lou Williams will have to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:36 am
  • Devin Harris 'optimistic' to play in Game 3
    Devin Harris said that his toe still hasn't improved, but he is "optimistic" that he will be able to play in Game 3 vs. Houston on Friday.

    Advice: Harris played just nine minutes in Game 1 and was held out of Game 2, so it's pretty obvious that his toe injury is a real concern. The good news is that Harris has a couple days off to rest, so we will continue to provide updates as soon as we know more. If Harris continues to miss time, Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea will have even more responsibility off the bench, especially considering how disappointing Rajon Rondo has been. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:44 am
  • Rajon Rondo highly unlikely to stay in Dallas
    According to Yahoo Sports, Rajon Rondo will not return to Dallas next season if Rick Carlisle is the head coach.

    Advice: This should surprise no one, as it's pretty obvious that Rondo and Carlisle's relationship has been disastrous at best. Rondo played just 10 minutes in Tuesday's defeat in Houston, and Carlisle opted to go with Raymond Felton to close out the game. Yahoo Sports reported that the Lakers would have been Rondo's choice had he never been traded to Dallas, so it looks like a move to Los Angeles could be in the works for the mercurial guard. This story is only going to heat up if the Mavericks are eliminated, so be sure to check back for updates. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:35 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Rajon Rondo vanishes in Gm 2 loss at Houston
    Rajon Rondo played only 10 minutes during Tuesday's defeat in Houston, scoring four points with two rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: Rondo appeared disinterested tonight, picking up his fourth personal foul and a technical within the first minute of the second half. He didn't play at all in the fourth quarter. Devin Harris sat out due to turf toe and his availability for Game 3 is uncertain, and Rondo's starting PG job is safe, but his future with the Mavs and coach Rick Carlisle is more dubious than ever following tonight's debacle. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:03 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • J.J. Barea logs 34 minutes off Mavs' bench
    J.J. Barea played 34 minutes during Game 2 on Tuesday, his highest playing time since Feb. 11, finishing a road loss in Houston with 13 points, one 3-pointer, six rebounds, two assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Barea's speed makes him deadly as a matchup-oriented bench player, but he was forced into a huge role tonight with Devin Harris (toe) unavailable and Rajon Rondo struggling with fouls and inefficiency. Dallas isn't likely to climb out of an 0-2 series deficit with Barea logging 30+ minutes, though they may be forced to try if Harris can't suit up for Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:48 pm
  • Kyle Lowry sputters before ankle injury in 4Q
    Kyle Lowry had a disastrous Game 2 with only six points, two rebounds and four assists in 27 foul-plagued minutes, and he sat out late in the fourth quarter with a left ankle injury.

    Advice: Lowry fouled out of Game 1, causing him to watch forlornly as his team fell in overtime, but he once again picked up needless fouls by gambling defensively. Suffice to say, the Raptors' All-Star point guard must play far better to make this a close series. Lowry was kicked in the ankle and we'll keep an eye on his injury over the next few days but it would be surprising if he sits out a must-win Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:58 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores team-high 22 points
    Isaiah Thomas was terrific during Game 2 on Tuesday with a team-high 22 points, seven assists and one steal in a tough 91-99 road loss.

    Advice: The Celtics' bench outscored the Cavaliers' bench 51-7, which isn't shocking given their regular-season disparity -- Boston ranked first in bench scoring at 41.6 points per game, while Cleveland ranked 30th at 24.3 points. It's an advantage the Celts must continue to exploit if they hope to climb back from an 0-2 hole. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:01 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) expected to start Game 2
    Mike Conley (foot) is probable for Game 2 on Wednesday, though he'll reportedly need offseason surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his wrist.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard about wrist surgery and it makes Conley's play in Game 1 even more impressive -- his foot is nowhere near 100 percent and he's dealing with myriad nagging injuries. There's no chance that he'll sit out Game 2 but we'll confirm his status once he's officially cleared to start. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:26 pm
  • Devin Harris sidelined Tuesday w/ turf toe
    Devin Harris (turf toe) will not play during Tuesday's Game 2 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: The Mavs are already without Chandler Parsons (knee) and the absence of Harris will force Raymond Felton to play a substantial role off the bench. Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis will also get fewer breathers as Dallas tries to even the series with a road win on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:16 pm
  • Marcus Smart would like to guard LBJ more
    Marcus Smart said that he would like to spend some more time guarding LeBron James during Game 2.

    Advice: Smart did have a few nice possessions guarding James during Game 1, but successfully guarding a player of James' caliber is more of a collective team effort. It's nice to know that the rookie is embracing the challenge of guarding arguably the best player in the world right now, but it's very unlikely he dramatically alters James' production. Smart could also show up less on the offensive end if he spends most of the game chasing around James on defense. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:36 pm
  • Tony Parker (ankle, thigh) a go for Game 2
    Tony Parker said after the Spurs practice on Tuesday that his left ankle and thigh are fine and he will play in Game 2 against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Parker struggled in his 29 minutes of action during Sunday's Game 1, shooting just 4-of-11 from the field, and getting torched by Chris Paul on the other end. He'll need to put forth a better effort on Wednesday if the Spurs have any chance of evening up the series before heading to San Antonio for Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:16 pm
  • Derrick Rose says he hasn't felt any soreness
    Derrick Rose said that he is feeling good physically, and he hasn't experienced any soreness after logging 38 minutes during Game 2 on Monday.

    Advice: This would be a non-story with any other player, but because it is the oft-injured Rose, any story regarding his health (positive or negative) will make the headlines. For what it's worth, Rose has looked fantastic health-wise through the first two games of the playoffs, and hopefully he can finally put all his injury woes behind him. A long and healthy playoff run will do a lot to prove the doubters wrong. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:00 pm
  • Thibodeau thinks Kirk Hinrich can play Thurs
    Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau sounded optimistic about Kirk Hinrich's (knee) availability for Thursday's Game 3 against the Bucks.

    Advice: Hinrich would likely take away some minutes from Aaron Brooks and Tony Snell, but he's not a guy that makes major contributions to the stat sheet, so he's not a great guy to target in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:37 am
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Devin Harris present at Tuesday shootaround
    Devin Harris (toe) was able to participate in Tuesday's shootaround.

    Advice: Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said he wouldn't have a decision on Harris' availability for Tuesday's Game 2 until pre-game, but his participation in shootaround is a good sign for Harris. We'll have an update on Harris once Carlisle and the training staff make a decision, but J.J. Barea would be in line to see a minutes bump if Harris is unable to suit up. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 am
  • Jose Calderon bothered by Achilles all season
    Knicks president Phil Jackson said that Jose Calderon was bothered by his Achilles for the entire 2014-15 season.

    Advice: Jackson also added that he's confident Calderon will bounce back in 2015-16, but fantasy owners can't put too much stock in the 33-year-old at this point. Calderon disappointed even when he did play in 2014-15 with averages of 9.1 points, 4.7 assists, and 1.4 three-pointers in 42 games and he'll have to compete with Langton Galloway, Shane Larkin, and a potential free agent or draft pick next season, so he shouldn't be much more than a late-round flier in 2015-16 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:12 am
     
    Injured
    L, 112-90 vs Det
  • Kyle Lowry says he's feeling fine
    Kyle Lowry said he's feeling fine and isn't going to make any excuses for a lackluster Game 1 performance on Saturday.

    Advice: Lowry shot 2-of-10 from the field on Saturday, but said he feels great and is offering no excuses. "I'm kicking, talking to you guys," Lowry said before adding that he just played a bad game. We'll look for Lowry to bounce back in Game 2 on Tuesday as another poor showing could have the Raptors headed to Washington down two games. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:00 am
  • Cole the man for the job defending Curry
    Norris Cole scored 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes off the bench in Monday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: Cole made some key buckets but really his importance is on the defensive end, where he's the only guy that can stay in the same zip code as Stephen Curry. If the Pelicans are going to keep pushing the Warriors, they'll need to increase both Cole and Dante Cunningham's minutes (18) to match up with this Warriors squad. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:19 pm
  • Derrick Rose finishes strong after bad start
    Derrick Rose scored all 15 points in the second half against the Bucks on Monday, adding seven boards, nine assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He looked great out there, but his shot selection was not where it should be in the first half. Rose looks as athletic as ever and his passing was much better tonight, too. Additionally, his 38 minutes are a great sign for him and he might be at 40 minutes by the time the Cleveland series comes around. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:55 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) won't play on Monday
    Jrue Holiday (leg) will not play against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: There should be more minutes going to Norris Cole with Jrue out of the lineup. The Pelicans gave Holiday 21 minutes in Game 1, so they're probably regretting that. Holiday should be considered questionable to play in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:53 pm
  • Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans are still GTDs
    Tyreke Evans (knee) and Jrue Holiday (leg) are still game-time decisions to face the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: They are both getting treatment and are on track to play right now. Both players also have said they're planning on playing today. We'll look for another update as we approach the 10:30 EDT start time. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:10 pm
  • Jrue Holiday says he's expected to play
    Jrue Holiday (leg) said on Monday morning he feels fine and expects to play against the Warriors.

    Advice: ''I'm all right, I'm going to make it,'' Holiday said. Coach Monty Williams said Tyreke Evans and Holiday "are pretty much the same situation," but Holiday's comments contradict that slightly. We probably won't get an update until around 9:00 EDT tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:01 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) game-time vs. Warriors
    Jrue Holiday (leg) is questionable to play in Game 2 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He'll be a game-time decision. Holiday is experiencing soreness in his leg, a common theme over the last two seasons as he's dealt with a stress reaction. If the point guard does play, he'll likely be limited to right around 15-20 minutes of action. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:50 am
  • Devin Harris questionable to play in Game 2
    Devin Harris (toe) is questionable to play in Game 2 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Harris aggravated his toe injury in Game 1, and then later admitted the tape job was an issue for his second toe, so it's unlikely to be a pretty picture inside of his shoe right now. Regardless, Harris' availability is obviously up in the air, and if he sits, J.J. Barea would see more action off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:27 am
  • Kirk Hinrich will not play Monday vs. Bucks
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Bucks in Game 2.

    Advice: Hinrich was also ruled out of Game 1, and although he was thought to be improving, he hasn't made enough progress to get back into action. With Derrick Rose hooping and Aaron Brooks backing him up, Hinrich's availability doesn't seem to matter much anyway. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:07 am
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Mike Conley plays through pain in Game 1 win
    Mike Conley (foot) admitted that it felt like a golf ball was at the bottom of his shoe in the Game 1 victory over the Blazers.

    Advice: Conley scored 16 points in 24 minutes on 6-of-11 shooting, but he's nowhere near 100 percent healthy. Despite a successful Game 1 effort, we simply can't be expecting the usual Mike Conley as he deal with this injury. Beno Udrih will be a very important player for Memphis in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:21 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams vows to be aggressive
    Michael Carter-Williams vowed to be more aggressive in Game 2 vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: MCW shot just 4-of-13, including 1-of-4 from the free-throw line, in the Game 1 loss. "I'm looking to be more aggressive to the basket, getting into the lane and finding the open guy," Carter-Williams said. "We've got to look to move the ball better. That starts with me. Just be unselfish." One thing former Buck Brandon Jennings never lacked is confidence, something Milwaukee could use in abundance right now. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:36 am
  • Jamal Crawford drops 17 points on 7-of-10 FGs
    Jamal Crawford scorched the Spurs on Sunday for 17 points with three 3-pointers, shooting 7-of-10 overall in 23 minutes off the Clippers' bench.

    Advice: The former sixth-man of the year had been shooting 27.8 percent since returning from a calf injury that caused him to miss 17 games. Doc Rivers had "zero" concern about his veteran before the game and that was borne out tonight as Crawford dipped into his sampler-pack of pull-up jumpers and dribble-drives. As coach Rivers said, "Jamal will be fine" for Wednesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:13 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jamal Crawford LAC - PG,SG,SF
  • Clips beat Spurs, Chris Paul scores 32 points
    Chris Paul was unguardable down the stretch of Sunday's Game 1 win vs. the Spurs, finishing with a game-high 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting with three 3-pointers, seven boards, six assists and two steals.

    Advice: CP3 started the postseason with a bang. He led the NBA with 10.2 assists per game this season, played 82 games for the first time in his 10-year career, and looks ready to step up offensively vs. the Spurs' elite defense. Paul knocked down a career-high 139 three-pointers this season and was 3-of-5 beyond the arc on Sunday, abusing every defender the Spurs threw his way. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:09 pm
  • Tony Parker tweaks ankle and thigh in Game 1
    Tony Parker tweaked his ankle early in Sunday's game, but he kept playing and finished with 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting, two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Chris Paul lit up the Spurs for 32 points in a lopsided battle at PG tonight. The ankle injury caused Parker to briefly head into the Spurs' locker room and we'll monitor his status as a precaution leading up to Game 2, especially since he also took a shot to his left thigh in the second quarter. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:01 pm
  • Tony Parker (ankle) back after injury scare
    Tony Parker briefly visited the Spurs locker room after appearing to sprain his ankle during Sunday's game, but he has since returned to the game.

    Advice: Parker may have simply had his ankle re-taped in the locker room and his return is terrific news. We'll keep a close eye on his status going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:14 pm
  • Mike Conley thrives Sun despite sprained foot
    Mike Conley (sprained right foot) scored 16 points in only 24 minutes of action vs. the Blazers, making 6-of-11 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws with one rebound, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He's been having trouble walking and was told he'd need 4-6 weeks to fully recover, but he didn't seem limited while using change-of-speed dribbles to befuddle the Blazers' defense. Conley was even wearing a shoe one size bigger on his right foot to allow for extra padding but all signs point to him starting without a minute-limit on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:53 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas drops 22/10/5 in playoffs debut
    Isaiah Thomas finished Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Cavaliers with a team-high 22 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in 32 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: It was Thomas' first double-double with the Celtics, but more impressively he joined Oscar Robertson and LeBron James as the only players to get at least 20 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in their NBA playoffs debut. His acquisition was a catalyst for the Celtics' playoff push after the All-Star break, and Boston got a bargain with three years remaining on his contract at a total of $19.7 million. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:21 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) will play Game 1 on Sunday
    Mike Conley (foot) will play Game 1 on Sunday against Portland, as expected.

    Advice: Conley was listed as a game-time call, but there was never really any doubt that he'd suit up for Game 1 of the playoffs. Head coach Dave Joerger said he'd play Conley as close to 45 minutes as possible, so he's looking like a quality guy to target in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:37 pm
  • Kyrie Irving drops 30 points in playoff debut
    Kyrie Irving was fabulous in his playoff debut on Sunday, scoring a game-high 30 points on 11-of-21 shooting (3-of-5 from the line), with five 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one turnover through 41 minutes of action.

    Advice: Irving looked confident during his first-career playoff game, and Boston really didn't have any answers for him. He also become just the second player in Cavs' franchise history to score 30 points in his playoff debut, with the other guy to accomplish the same feat going by the name of LeBron James. This should be a relatively short series. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:45 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) questionable for Game 2
    Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Kirk Hinrich (knee) is improving, but he's unsure about his status for Game 2 against the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: Tony Snell will pick up most of Hinrich's reserve minutes if he's again unable to go on Monday, but he's not going to see enough floor time to matter in any league. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:32 am
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Garrett Temple gets shots up during practice
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) got a lot of shots up during the Wizards' practice on Sunday, and there's a chance he can return later in their first round series against the Raptors.

    Advice: Temple isn't a major part of the Wizards' rotations, and considering he's been sidelined since March 9, he would likely return in a very limited role. Ramon Sessions will be Washington's primary backup point guard for as long as Temple is sidelined, but he's not going to get enough minutes to matter in almost any format. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:25 am
     
    Injured
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:08 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:33 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:21 pm
     
    Injured
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:11 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. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:34 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:03 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. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:24 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:54 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. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:10 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. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:21 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:20 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:55 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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:46 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:40 pm
  • Clarkson watched his draft for motivation
    Jordan Clarkson said that he watched his NBA draft 10 times over the course of the season in order to motivate himself.

    Advice: Clarkson was the 46th overall pick of the 2014 draft, and he obviously felt he should have gone higher, and played with a chip on his shoulder throughout the year. Clarkson entered the season as a marginal bench player, but finished the year strong as the Lakers' starting point guard, putting in averages of 15.8 points, 5.0 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. It's hard to predict his value for next year with so much up in the air regarding the Lakers' roster, but if LA decides to go with Clarkson as their starting point guard of the future, he'll be someone to consider towards the end of drafts next year. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:37 pm
  • Garrett Temple (hamstring) out for Game 1
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) did not practice on Thursday, and he will not play when the Wizards kick off their series against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: Temple said that he's hopeful to play at some point during the playoffs, but he's not a major piece to Washington's puzzle, and he'd be unlikely to earn many minutes even when he's eventually cleared to return. Roman Sessions and Will Bynum will continue to get a bulk of the backup point guard minutes for the Wizards, but with John Wall healthy, they're going to be nearly invisible on the stat sheet. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:18 pm
     
    Injured
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:44 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:35 pm
  • Tony Parker leads Spurs in loss to Pelicans
    Tony Parker hit 11-of-17 shots for 23 points and six assists in 35 minutes of Wednesday's 108-105 loss to the Pelicans, who had to win to get into the playoffs.

    Advice: The Spurs had something to play for too, as their 11-game winning streak was snapped, they won't win the Southwest Division now, and got bounced out of a Top 4 seed (home court) because Houston won. The Spurs will be fine and are still one of the favorites in the West, but things won't be as easy if they don't have home court in the first round of the playoffs. If the Grizzlies lose to the Pacers, the Spurs will be the No. 5 seed and would have home-court advantage over Portland. If the Grizz win (and they're ahead right now), the Spurs would be No. 6 and not have home court in Round 1. And if the Spurs are the No. 6 seed, they'll go down as one of the most dangerous No. 6 seed of all time. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:01 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:10 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas resting Wednesday vs. Bucks
    Isaiah Thomas will rest vs. the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Celtics are already without Avery Bradley (quad) and coach Brad Stevens said that he'll spread minutes evenly across his roster. That could lead to substantial minutes for seldom-used backups like Phil Pressey and James Young, though neither guy is a compelling fantasy play. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:40 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:21 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson, Wes Johnson out vs. Kings
    Jordan Clarkson (ankle) and Wes Johnson (ankle) will not play vs. the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Lakers are in serious trouble tonight, but that is quite alright if you are trying to solidify your position in the draft lottery. The Lakers don't have any true point guards available Wednesday, meaning Jabari Brown and Vander Blue will have to play as many minutes as they can handle in the backcourt. Clarkson had a phenomenal run after the All-Star break, but the Lakers' decisions this summer will have a lot of impact on his fantasy value for next season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:54 am
  • Jamal Crawford productive in season finale
    Jamal Crawford came off L.A.'s bench for 10 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, four assists and three steals in 29 minutes during Tuesday's road victory.

    Advice: Crawford passed Pete Maravich on the NBA's all-time scoring list tonight, though in fairness Pistol Pete played 10 seasons while Crawford is in his 15th season. The Clippers' regular season is over and they're currently the No. 2 seed in the West, but they could fall depending upon the results of Wednesday's games. No matter what happens, L.A. has to feel confident heading into the postseason without any players on the injury report. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:37 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jamal Crawford LAC - PG,SG,SF
  • Chris Paul finishes 82 games played in style
    Chris Paul scored 22 points with six 3-pointers, six assists, two steals, one block and one turnover in just 29 minutes of action on Tuesday, playing in his 82nd game of the season.

    Advice: CP3 ramped up his scoring to a season-best 22.6 points per game in March, followed by 20.3 points in April, and he's showing no signs of fatigue despite playing 82 games for the first time in his NBA career. It's worth mentioning that Paul's six 3-pointers tonight were a career-high and they came against a Suns' defense which ranks No. 8 in fewest 3-pointers against. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:31 pm
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