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  • 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
    Today, 4:54 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Rockets will play Howard 'as much as we can'
    Coach Kevin McHale said on Saturday he'll play Dwight Howard (knee) "as much as we can."

    Advice: Dwight was helping on defense a lot in Game 2 and it led to some very nice production out of Andrew Bogut. Howard also played 40 minutes in the loss and will likely be in that neighborhood again. McHale also said he expects to hit Howard in the post more, so there could be a 20-point game on the way. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:21 pm
  • Paul George still not 100 percent healthy
    Paul George said his leg is not yet 100 percent healthy.

    Advice: He said he is doing "good" and is not 100 percent recovered from the calf strain he suffered in their regular season finale in Memphis. George is going to have an entire offseason to get ready for next year and should be fully healed before training camp. He'll be a risky target in the second and third rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:25 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Kyle Korver out for playoffs with ankle issue
    Kyle Korver (ankle) will not play in the remainder of the postseason due to a "severe right ankle sprain."

    Advice: Ouch. While Korver hasn't been great in the postseason, his presence for spacing has been essential to the Hawks' offense. The Hawks haven't been the same due primarily to their struggles from beyond the arc and that burden has just grown with this loss. Kent Bazemore will likely start next to DeMarre Carroll on the wing. Dennis Schroder and Shelvin Mack will also have to step up. The Hawks may also use Mike Scott as a floor spacer in some lineups, which they did on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:53 am
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Dwight Howard says his knee has made progress
    Dwight Howard said that his knee feels much better than it did before Game 2.

    Advice: "It felt pretty good," Howard said. "We were happy about that. I didn’t want to linger throughout the whole playoffs." He is listed as probable for Game 3 vs. the Warriors on Saturday, but he doesn't appear to be in any trouble of missing this one. Howard went off for 19 points, 17 rebounds, one block and two steals in 40 minutes of action during Game 2, so he should be in line for another big performance in what will be a must-win game in Houston. To be safe, we will verify that he will be in the lineup prior to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:03 am
  • Terrence Ross had left ankle surgery Friday
    Terrence Ross had surgery to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from his left ankle on Friday and he currently has no timetable for a return to basketball activities.

    Advice: Even though there is no timetable for his return, this was likely a minor procedure and he should hopefully be back on the court soon. Ross had a very disappointing 2014-15 campaign in which he averaged just 9.8 points, 2.8 boards, 1.0 assist and 1.8 3-pointers while shooting just 37.2 percent from the field, so he clearly has a lot to work on this summer. We will track his progress very closely in the coming weeks, but he won't be a target in fantasy drafts just yet. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:45 am
     
    Injured
    W, 92-87 vs Cha
  • Hawks not optimistic about Kyle Korver's ankle
    The Hawks are reportedly less optimistic about Kyle Korver's ankle than they were about DeMarre Carroll's knee the morning after his injury.

    Advice: We are expected to get a full diagnosis soon, so we should know more details shortly. X-rays taken after the game were negative, but it's possible that Korver could be dealing with a lot of swelling and this report is pretty concerning. If Korver is forced to miss any time, Kent Bazemore is going to have to step up in a big way. Expect another update shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:29 am
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • John Wall hopeful that Paul Pierce returns
    John Wall is hopeful that Paul Pierce will be back with the Wizards next season.

    Advice: "Who wouldn’t want to have a Hall of Fame guy back on this team? He meant so much to us," Wall said. "Just his leadership, his work ethic, being a mentor, talking to us, and giving us those words of encouragement and that extra grit and fight. He has to do what’s best for him and his family, and that’s taking time off and deciding whether he wants to come back and play." Pierce has a $6 million player option for next season, but he will likely take his time before making a decision. He averaged 14.6 points, 4.2 boards and 3.3 3-pointers in the playoffs and hit several big shots in clutch situations, so he obviously still has a lot to offer. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:58 am
  • 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
    Today, 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
    Today, 7:36 am
  • DeMarre Carroll implies that he is fine
    DeMarre Carroll implied that his knee was fine after Friday's Game 2 loss vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: "Physically, I got out there, so I must've felt good," Carroll said. "But when you're a little kid, you dream of an opportunity to play in the Eastern Conference Finals and along, playing against one of the best players in the world. I didn't care if I had one leg, I wasn't going to let this pass me by." Carroll is one of the toughest players in the league, and even though he probably wouldn't admit it, he was clearly hobbled throughout the game on Friday. The fact that he played 34 minutes speaks volumes about his character, so there is no reason to think that he will be in danger of missing Game 3 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:57 am
  • Al Horford is hopeful to play in Game 3 Sun
    According to head coach Mike Budenholzer, the Hawks are hopeful that Al Horford (knee) will be good to go for Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: "He had two or three different times where he got hit in the same spot," Budenholzer said. "The feedback from him after the game, I think that he's going to be OK. I think that it's just one of those things. A couple hits, a couple bangs, we're hopeful that he'll be fine going into Game 3." The Hawks have the lost the first two games of the series at home, so they desperately need to win on Sunday. Horford will likely do everything in his power to play, but we should have plenty of updates on his status before the game. If Horford is unable to play, Mike Muscala and Pero Antic would be in the mix for more minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:44 am
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Jared Sullinger is on same page with Celtics
    Jared Sullinger and the Celtics are on the same page in regards to his conditioning.

    Advice: Sullinger is viewing the foot injury that he had this season as a wake-up call, and he is eager to improve his conditioning this summer. Celtics president Danny Ainge recently criticized Sullinger for not taking care of his body, so it's good to see that he is taking steps to improve. He will be playing for a new contract next season, so he will have plenty of motivation to have a big year. On a side note, Sullinger is hoping to be more of a post player next season, but he said that the coaching staff urges him to shoot more 3-pointers. We will keep an eye on his progress this summer, but as of right now he will still be a risky selection in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:28 am
  • Millsap whooped up on in Game 2 loss to Cavs
    Paul Millsap struggled mightily in Friday's Game 2 loss to the Cavs, scoring four points on 2-of-8 shooting with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Millsap has lost his offensive confidence and in every other aspect of the game he was lacking tonight. He flashed some good defense against LeBron James in Game 1, but wasn't called upon in that department tonight. Instead, he was a big reason that Tristan Thompson was able to get all he could eat. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:34 pm
  • Carroll (knee) guts out team-high 34 minutes
    DeMarre Carroll bounced back from a scary looking knee injury in Game 1 against the Cavs to play in Game 2, finishing with six points on 2-of-6 shooting and three rebounds in a team-high 34 minutes.

    Advice: Carroll was clearly hobbled and fairly lucky that LeBron James didn't test him as much as he could have. Still, the fact that he led his team in minutes and didn't back down from the challenge tonight are huge feathers in his cap for free agency. He needs some of his teammates to show the same fire he had tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:31 pm
  • Horford dinged up in 12-point, six-board game
    Al Horford scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, one steal and one block in Friday's Game 2 loss to the Cavs, but also got dinged up throughout the game with apparent quad injuries.

    Advice: Horford left the game once and would later return and the nature of his discomfort was hard to peg, but it's clear he's not at 100 percent and his status might be touchy going forward. He said after the game that he was okay, however, so Hawks fans can only cross their fingers and hope it doesn't become an issue in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:28 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Korver injures ankle in Game 2 loss to CLE
    Kyle Korver scored 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting (including two threes) with one rebound and one steal in 32 minutes, but left the game late after hurting an ankle and did not return.

    Advice: Korver left with the game basically in Cleveland's hands so it's possible the injury is less serious than more serious, and X-rays taken after the game were negative. Kent Bazemore (12 minutes, seven points, one steal) would step into some more minutes if Korver can't play in Game 3, and Dennis Schroder (13 points, 6-of-11 FGs, 12 minutes) could also get more minutes as long as he didn't shoot himself into the doghouse tonight. We'll update Korver's status as soon as we learn more. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:14 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • LeBron dominant in cakewalk win over Hawks
    LeBron James scored 30 points on 10-of-22 shooting (2-of-7 3PTs, 8-of-11 FTs) with nine rebounds, 11 assists and one block as the Cavs trounced the Hawks in Friday's Game 2 win.

    Advice: It's unfair to ask any one player to guard LeBron and the Hawks' scheme has been borderline belligerent on top of that. The scary part is that he is appears to be toying with the Hawks, settling for outside looks rather than punishing Atlanta for their lack of size. Game 3 is Sunday in Cleveland. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:09 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • DeMarre Carroll (knee) to start in Game 2
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) will start in Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs.

    Advice: Carroll was wincing throughout warmups and owners have to plan for some sort of limitation. Kent Bazemore and Paul Millsap may end up picking up the slack on LeBron James. If Carroll falters then Bazemore stands to gain the most here in terms of playing time, but his numbers could suffer if he has to cover LeBron a lot. Kyle Korver could also get some time on the King. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:59 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll remains a game-time decision
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) is still a game-time decision to play against the Cavs on Friday night in Game 2.

    Advice: There is an unconfirmed report that Carroll won't be playing, which wouldn't be a surprise. Of course, there's some added risk because Carroll is headed to free agency this summer and has a lot riding on that left knee of his. If he is out, Kent Bazemore will likely move into the starting lineup. Expect to see Dennis Schroder log more minutes along with Paul Millsap guarding LeBron James more often. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:52 pm
  • Gordon Hayward has minor heel procedure
    Gordon Hayward had minor outpatient surgery on his right heel.

    Advice: He is expected to make a full recovery in the early part of the summer. Hayward missed some game action near the end of the season due to an Achilles issue, so that likely explains his procedure. It shouldn't affect his fantasy value as an early-round target. The Jazz will have decent depth at all their positions, so their draft selection won't be easy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:41 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 117-91 @ Hou
  • Dwight Howard (knee) probable for Game 3
    Dwight Howard (knee) is being listed as probable for Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: Howard went off for 19 points and 17 rebounds during Game 2's loss, so there's absolutely no reason to think he won't be in uniform for a crucial Game 3 in Houston. His probable tag would suggest he didn't experience any setbacks during his 40 minutes of action on Thursday, and Houston will need all they can get from Dwight if they hope to climb out of their current 0-2 hole. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:39 am
  • Kent Bazemore ready to step up if Carroll out
    Kent Bazemore is ready to step into the starting lineup as LeBron James' primary defender if DeMarre Carroll (knee) can't give it a go for Friday's Game 2.

    Advice: "It’s great," Bazemore said regarding the opportunity to enter the starting lineup and guard James. "It’s a great platform to show what you can do. They brought me here as a defender and that’s my job. What a great measuring stick to go up against one of the best." The energy exerted while guarding one of the best players in the league will likely lead to a limited offensive output from Bazemore, so even if he slides into a starting role, he's not going to be a great daily league play. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:53 am
  • LeBron James still dealing with pain in ankle
    LeBron James said that his ankle "has been better," but he's in no danger of sitting out Game 2 vs. the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: At this point in the season, almost everyone is a little banged up, but James will continue to fight through the pain in order to give his squad the best chance at coming away with a Game 2 win in Atlanta. With Kyrie Irving's (knee, foot) status up in the air for Game 2, and DeMarre Carroll (knee) sounding unlikely, LeBron James could be in for a monster game. He'll make for a fine daily league play tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:45 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • DeMarre Carroll (knee) a game-time decision
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) will be a game-time decision for Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs, although it appears unlikely he'll be able to play.

    Advice: Carroll was spotted walking with a slight limp after Friday morning's shootaround, and head coach Mike Budenholzer sounded pessimistic when discussing Carroll's availability for Game 2. "We’ll see how he does the rest of the day and if he progresses," Budenholzer said. "He did some things this morning and we are hopeful for the best." Expect Kent Bazemore to start if Carroll can’t give it a go, with him and Paul Millsap serving as LeBron James’ primary defenders. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:37 am
  • Gallinari at center of DEN rebuilding effort
    Danilo Gallinari is likely at the center of the Nuggets rebuilding efforts, according to Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post.

    Advice: Gallinari, who required two years to recover from a knee surgery that was initially botched, had a strong finish to the 2014-15 season highlighted by a 47-point explosion. Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried are sure to be some names floating around the rumor mill this offseason, but it sounds like Gallinari and Jusuf Nurkic are in no danger of being traded. Gallinari will finally have a full summer of being healthy to work on his game this offseason, and he could make for a sneaky late-round target in next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:35 am
  • Carroll walking gingerly after shootaround
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) was spotted walking gingerly after Friday morning's shootaround, and he will be a game-time decision for Game 2 against the Cavs.

    Advice: Carroll was not made available to the media after shootaround, and it sounds like he'll be a true game-time decision on Friday, meaning we likely won't know his status until minutes before the tip. If he's forced to sit, Kent Bazemore and Paul Millsap would be given the unfortunate task of guarding LeBron James. With Kyrie Irving (knee, foot) also questionable for this one, James could be in line for a monster game going up against the lesser defense of the aforementioned players. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:10 am
  • Carroll sporting a knee brace at shootaround
    DeMarre Carroll walked out to the court for the Hawks' Friday morning shootaround wearing a knee brace on his injured left knee.

    Advice: While Carroll remains questionable for Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs, him participating in shootaround can be viewed as a positive sign. Atlanta absolutely needs Carroll as he's their best defender against LeBron James (he's holding James to just 31 percent shooting from the field), and this is a situation we'll be following very closely. If Carroll is unable to go, Kent Bazemore would likely slide into the starting lineup, and both he and Paul Millsap would be tasked with guarding James. All that effort guarding James on defense would likely take away from each players offensive output. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:50 am
  • Kris Humphries looking to become a stretch-4
    Kris Humphries stated during a recent interview that he will be looking to expend his range to beyond the 3-point arc this offseason.

    Advice: "I never really worked on shooting threes and stuff. I started working on it this year," said Humphries. "I had a lot of success in the last month [practicing] or so I really working on it every day, continue to work on it next year, add to my game." Wizards' head coach Randy Wittman has been gravitating towards playing smaller and faster with shooters at the four-spot, and current starting center Marcin Gortat has expressed a desire to play alongside a stretch-four, so if Humphries wants more consistent minutes this is a part of his game he'll need to develop. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:19 am
  • Jerry West mentored Harrison Barnes
    Jerry West worked directly with Harrison Barnes this past offseason, and Barnes credits that five-day boot camp for his development this season.

    Advice: "We'd work out in the morning. We'd get some work in, and then [West would] show up and put me through a workout," said Barnes. "He'd show me stuff he would do, and then we'd go out to eat and talk about what the league is like today, stuff he saw back in the day." Barnes is the only person not named Kobe Bryant that West has personally worked with, and the things they did over the course of the offseason obviously did wonders for his game. Barnes' numbers improved across the board this year, and he's currently averaging 11.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocks on 49.5 percent shooting through this year's postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:53 am
  • Parsons (knee) may not be ready for camp
    Chandler Parsons (knee) would not commit to being ready for next year's training camp during a recent interview.

    Advice: "I hope so," Parsons said regarding being ready for training camp. "Something like this, you never know. I think it’s very beneficial that I’m not going to be playing any games and practicing or anything like that. I’ll just be working out [with the Mavericks’ athletic training staff]. I think so." Parsons would also not say whether he had arthroscopic or microfracture surgery, and the recovery timetables on those two procedures are significantly different. While arthroscopic surgery typically takes around 4-6 weeks to get back to basketball activities, microfracture surgery involves an 8-month recovery process. If he did indeed undergo microfracture surgery, he'll lose some value heading into next year's drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:19 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Corey Brewer invisible in Game 2 loss
    Corey Brewer played just 19 minutes and hit 1-of-5 shots for three points, zero rebounds and one assist in Thursday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: Josh Smith and Brewer were awful tonight, which is probably why the Rockets are down 2-0 in the series, instead of it being tied 1-1. After scoring in double figures in the final three games against the Clippers in the last series, Brewer has scored a total of 12 points in two games against the Warriors, hitting just 4-of-12 shots. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:30 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Terrence Jones scores 12 in Game 2 loss
    Terrence Jones came off the bench and hit 6-of-12 shots for 12 points, two rebounds, a steal and a three blocks in Thursday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Josh Smith was awful tonight and it would have made sense for Kevin McHale to pull the plug on him and roll with Jones in Game 2, but that didn't really happen. If Jones wants more minutes, he's going to have to do a better job of crashing the boards than he did tonight, but if Smith struggles early in Saturday's Game 3, don't be surprised if McHale turns to Jones earlier in that must-win game. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:27 pm
  • Trevor Ariza quiet in 38 minutes in Game 2
    Trevor Ariza played 38 minutes in Game 2 on Thursday, but hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer against Golden State for seven points, six rebounds, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: Ariza went off in Game 1 with 20 points and four 3-pointers on 7-of-10 shooting, and while he played solid defense again tonight, Ariza just never got it going. Look for him to bounce back in Saturday's Game 3 at Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:21 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Josh Smith struggles in Game 2 loss
    Josh Smith hit just 5-of-17 shots and missed all three of his 3-point attempts for 10 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and no blocks in 21 minutes of Thursday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: The Rockets fell into an early 17-point hole and the fact that Smith was outshooting teammate James Harden had a lot to do with it. Harden eventually took over and helped the Rockets to a 23-6 run to end the first half, but Smith was out there chucking again in the second half. He had 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers in Game 1, but didn't even look engaged in Game 2. It will be interesting to see what Kevin McHale does with him in Game 3, but chances are he'll be back out there and shooting at will, as that's what he does. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:19 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Dwight Howard plays well despite knee injury
    Dwight Howard not only played through his sore left knee, but went off for 19 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and a block, hitting 8-of-11 shots and 3-of-7 free throws in Thursday's tough loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Howard looked great, but so did the Warriors' Andrew Bogut, and you can expect these two to continue to battle each other throughout this series. Yes, there's a chance that Howard's knee could swell up and leave him questionable for Saturday's Game 3 in Houston, but if tonight was any indication, it would be very surprising if he's in street clothes on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:14 pm
  • James Harden scores 38, just misses trip-dub
    James Harden went off by hitting 13-of-21 shots, three 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws for 38 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, a block and just two turnovers in Thursday's tough Game 2 loss at Golden State.

    Advice: Harden got off to a slow start and saw his team fall into a 17-point hole in the second quarter, but heated up and led the Rockets on a furious 23-6 run to close out the first half and tying the score. Harden had the ball in his hands with seven seconds on the clock and trailing by one point, but couldn't get through a double team of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and never even got a shot off. Look for him to continue to go nuts in this series, especially at home for Games 3 and 4. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:09 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Andre Iguodala plays 31 minutes off bench
    Andre Iguodala played 31 minutes off the bench and hit both of his shots for six points, two rebounds, six assists and two steals in Thursday's 99-98 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Since blowing up for 16 points last Wednesday against Memphis, Iguodala has scored 9, 4 and 6 points in his last three games, making him a pretty shaky fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:05 pm
  • Harrison Barnes struggles in win over Rockets
    Harrison Barnes hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in Thursday's win over Houston.

    Advice: He missed a huge reverse layup with seven seconds on the clock and the Warriors holding a one-point lead, but James Harden wasn't able to get off a shot against a Steph Curry and Klay Thompson double team that saved the night for GSW. Barnes had scored in double figures in seven straight games, so look for him to play better in Games 3 and 4 in Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:59 pm
  • Dwight Howard will play for Rockets
    Dwight Howard will play for the Rockets on Thursday night for Game 2.

    Advice: He tested his sore left knee just moments ago and looked pretty good doing so. Clint Capela will come off the bench now that it appears that Howard will start. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:33 pm
  • Dwight Howard to be a true game-time call
    Dwight Howard (knee) will be a true game-time decision for Game 2 on Thursday.

    Advice: "Dwight hasn't warmed up yet, so I don't know," coach Kevin McHale said. We'll be tracking this one until tip, but we might not find out until moments before the game starts. If he's out, Clint Capela would likely start, but expect to see Terrence Jones log major minutes at center. That also opens up time for Josh Smith. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:44 pm
  • LAL, DET, BOS interested in DeMarre Carroll
    The Lakers, Pistons, and Celtics will all reportedly be interesting in signing DeMarre Carroll as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Carroll has followed up a stellar regular-season with a fantastic postseason run, averaging 16.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.0 three-pointers and 1.2 steals per game on 51.3 percent shooting through the playoffs thus far. His ability to stretch the floor with his 3-point shooting, as well as guard multiple positions will have him in high demand as a free agent this offseason, and one league exec estimated that his next deal could come in at more than $15 million per year. As for his status heading into Game 2, he has been diagnosed with a left knee sprain and a bone bruise, and is being listed as questionable for Friday's game. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:08 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) a game-time decision
    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said that Dwight Howard (knee) went through about half of Thursday's shootaround, and he will be a game-time decision for Game 2 vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Howard has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain of the inside ligament of his left knee, although he was spotted making post moves and dunking during shootaround, which is a major improvement from yesterday when James Harden said he could barely bend his leg. However, Howard did not do any running during shootaround, so a key to his playing status for Game 2 will be how his knee responds to pregame sprints. If Dwight can't go, Clint Capela will start, with Josh Smith and Terrence Jones likely logging heavy minutes. Houston's medical staff said that players typically would need 7-10 days to recover from a knee sprain, so if he plays, he's definitely not going to be 100 percent. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:22 am
  • Chandler Parsons mum on type of surgery
    Chandler Parsons (knee) wouldn't reveal whether his surgery was of the micro fracture variety.

    Advice: When asked about the surgery, Parsons said, ""I don't think they want me to answer whether it was or not." While still on crutches, Parsons is expected to make a full recovery for the start of training camp and should be ready for a productive season as the Mavericks try to take more weight off of Dirk Nowitzki's shoulders. As long as his recovery goes according to plan, fantasy owners should be looking to take Parsons in the middle rounds of 2015-16 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:24 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • DeMarre Carroll has no structural damage
    DeMarre Carroll's MRI on his left knee reportedly revealed no structural damage.

    Advice: Early reports are that Carroll hyperextended his knee and is also dealing with a bone bruise. Carroll will now begin around the clock treatment on his left knee, and he is being listed as questionable for Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs. For what it's worth, Kent Bazemore said he was "optimistic" about Carroll being able to play on Friday after seeing him Thursday morning, and we will be monitoring this situation very closely. Bazemore will be the primary beneficiary if Carroll is unable to suit up for Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:24 am
  • Josh Smith says Rockets aren't panicking
    Josh Smith said the Rockets aren't panicking over the possibility that Dwight Howard (knee) might miss time.

    Advice: While the Rockets yet don't know the severity of Howard's injury, Smith said the team isn't hitting the panic button just yet. "We're not in panic mode because we've been here before," Smith said. He is correct in that the Rockets have been here before as Howard only suited up for half of the team's regular season games, but Houston will likely need their big man if they're intent on taking down the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:38 am
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Hawks anxiously await results of Carroll MRI
    The Atlanta Hawks will be anxiously awaiting the results of DeMarre Carroll's MRI on his left knee on Thursday.

    Advice: The Hawks will be holding their breathe for the results as Carroll represents their best chance at slowing down LeBron James. "The doctors are saying it’s a knee sprain," said head coach Mike Budenholzer. "We’ll see what we learn [Thursday], and figure out what gives us our best chance [regarding potential roster combinations should Carroll not be able to play in Game 2 on Friday]." If the Junkyard Dog is unable to play in Game 2 on Friday, Kent Bazemore would likely get the start for Atlanta and see all the minutes he can handle. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:41 am
  • DeMarre Carroll will have an MRI on Thursday
    DeMarre Carroll (left knee) has a knee sprain and will have an MRI on Thursday.

    Advice: This is a brutal blow for the Hawks. Carroll has turned it up on the offensive end thanks to improved shooting beyond the arc and getting many more shots at the rim. The Hawks are also extremely thin on the wing now with Thabo Sefolosha (broken leg) out for the season. While the TNT broadcast said there is some optimism on him, Carroll was on crutches after the game and the non-contact nature of this injury does not bode well. Expect Kent Bazemore to step up the most while the Hawks also go with more two-point guard lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • LeBron James scores 31, Cavs take Game 1
    LeBron James made 12-of-26 from the field for 31 points during a 97-89 Game 1 win on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and four turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He almost blew the game late because of an isolation festival and the Hawks defended him fairly well. James did have more trouble with Paul Millsap than any other Hawk and he'll likely see a lot more of him in Game 2. Tonight was LeBron's first ever Game 1 road win, failing to accomplish that feat in his eight tries. He and the Cavs will look to take a commanding lead on Friday in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:52 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Paul Millsap fouls out, scores 13 points
    Paul Millsap fouled out in 38 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds, three assists and one block.

    Advice: With DeMarre Carroll (knee) going down, Millsap is now going to have to guard LeBron James more often, which isn't a bad thing for the Hawks defense. However, all that extra effort on the defensive end could take away from Millsap's offensive game. Regardless, his minutes will be close to 40. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • Kyle Korver takes just five FGAs
    Kyle Korver made just 3-of-5 from the field for nine points in 36 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He killed the Cavs throughout the regular season, so the Cavs looked to have made a conscious effort to limit his looks. His defense was also not very good tonight. Korver is having a sub-par postseason after tearing it up in the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:19 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Kent Bazemore set for more playing time
    Kent Bazemore played 16 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday with 10 points, four rebounds and one block.

    Advice: DeMarre Carroll (knee) suffered an injury today and he's likely going to miss time. Bazemore will have to defend LeBron James on occasion and he'll also need to cut down on his mental mistakes. Expect him to play minutes in the upper 20s while the Hawks may also go with two-PG lineups a lot more. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Dwight Howard said he was playing with pain
    Dwight Howard (knee) said he was playing with pain on Tuesday night.

    Advice: "It was very painful to play last night and coach just felt like it was best that I sit out," Howard said. "I'll just listen to my body. This is gonna be on how I feel. If I feel like I can tolerate it and play through it, then I will. I'm going to do whatever I can to help this team but I can't help the team if I'm hurt." There doesn't appear to be too much optimism right now and he'll likely be a game-time decision. Howard's "bad" knee this season was his right one, but he did have some left knee issues as well. We'll get an update tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Dwight Howard diagnosed with a left knee sprain
    An MRI revealed Dwight Howard suffered a left knee sprain on Tuesday and he remains questionable to play on Thursday.

    Advice: It doesn't appear to be a serious sprain, but this is slightly worse news than his previous diagnosis of a bruise. In other words, there is some ligament damage to his knee, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll miss time. If he is out, Clint Capela will continue to get significant minutes while Terrence Jones would also play center a lot more. The Rockets should have an update at Thursday's shootaround. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:11 pm
  • Marreese Speights (calf) out for Game 2
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play against the Rockets in Game 2 on Thursday.

    Advice: He is expected to be out for the first five games of the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors got a lot out of Festus Ezeli in Game 1 and they'll likely look to him again. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:08 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Dwight Howard is listed as questionable
    Dwight Howard (bruised left knee) is listed as questionable for Game 2 vs. the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: Howard is expected to have a precautionary MRI on Wednesday, so we should have another update once we know the results. He was clearly hobbling in Game 1 on Tuesday and finished with just seven points and 13 boards, so hopefully the injury doesn't linger throughout the series. If Howard is unable to play in Game 2, Clint Capela, Terrence Jones and Josh Smith will all see increased roles. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:02 am
  • Trevor Ariza catching fire from downtown
    Trevor Ariza was brilliant in 34 minutes during Tuesday's Game 1 loss, scoring 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting with four 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Ariza played a quintessential '3 and D' role tonight, locking down multiple assignments defensively while stretching the Warriors' defense as a sharp-shooter. He's averaging 4.2 triples on 53.8 percent shooting from downtown over Houston's past five games, solidifying himself one of the most versatile weapons in the Rockets' arsenal. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Rockets lose despite James Harden's 28-11-9
    James Harden poured in 28 points with one 3-pointer, 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals in a losing effort on the road Tuesday, as the Rockets fell into an 0-1 hole in the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Houston built an impressive 16-point lead in the first half, only to watch it vanish as the Warriors closed the second quarter on a 25-6 spurt to reclaim the lead. Harden wasn't getting his typical volume of foul calls, finishing 5-of-6 at the free throw line, yet he still put on a clinic with 14 points in the fourth quarter alone. The Warriors remain heavy favorites to advance to the Finals but the Rockets are playing with confidence and they won't be an easy out while Harden maintains this elite level of production. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:04 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Marreese Speights (calf) doubtful Games 2-5
    Marreese Speights expects his moderately strained calf to sideline him for at least the first five games of the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Speights has already been ruled out for Tuesday's series opener and it sounds like he'll be on the shelf a while longer. His absence opens up extra opportunities for David Lee off the bench, with Festus Ezeli also playing more minutes vs. Dwight Howard and the Rockets. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:06 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Josh Smith implies it'll be a physical WCF
    Josh Smith said after Tuesday morning's shootaround that he's looking forward to a very competitive series against the Warriors.

    Advice: "I mean, it’s the postseason. So I don’t think at this point none of the teams are going to be playing passive," said Smith. "It’s time to lace the shoes up, heighten the shorts up a little higher and get after it a little bit... I look forward to a very competitive series." It'll be MVP vs. MVP runner-up in the Western Conference Finals, and this should be a very competitive, physical, and exciting series to watch. Smith is going to have a tough matchup against Draymond Green of the Warriors, so we may see a bit of a regression to the mean with regards to Smoov’s field goal percentage. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:24 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Terrence Jones excited for matchup w/ GSW
    Terrence Jones said that he is excited for the Rockets' Western Conference Finals matchup against the Warriors.

    Advice: "It’s been a long, hard year, but I’m blessed to get out there and go to work with my brothers," Jones said. "I’m excited to see what comes from that. I’m definitely ready to get up and down. It’s a great feeling to be playing again." Jones did not suit up for a single game against the Warriors during the regular-season (just another reason to throw out that regular-season, series-sweep statistic), and he'll look to go to work against the West's No. 1 seed. His role was diminished in the second-round when Josh Smith entered the starting lineup, and it'll be interesting to see if that holds true in the Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:06 pm
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) will not travel to ATL
    Kevin Love (shoulder) will not travel with the Cavs to Atlanta for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, as his shoulder still isn't quite ready for flying.

    Advice: Cleveland will be without $15.7 million cheerleader for road games in the Eastern Conference Finals, and Tristan Thompson will need to continue to be a glass-eater for the Cavs if they hope to upset the East's No. 1 seed. Thompson did have some very good games in Cleveland's second-round series despite a tough matchup with Chicago, so he'll be someone to consider in daily leagues moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:10 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • LeBron James throws bouquets at Paul Pierce
    LeBron James spoke about what Paul Pierce has meant to his career and lauded the veteran's overall body of work in the NBA.

    Advice: After saying that PIerce helped him elevate his game, James spoke about PIerce's legacy. "It's great to have him in this league as far as the competition and what he's done not only for the three teams that he's played for, but for himself," said James. "He's probably going to be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. His numbers speak for itself. He's a big-time player." The Truth will now take the summer to decide whether or not to retire, but he'll remain a solid late-round fantasy pick if he comes back for another season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:50 am
  • Hawks optimistic on landing Paul Millsap
    The Hawks are quietly optimistic about re-signing Paul Millsap.

    Advice: The Hawks will definitely want to bring him back. Millsap can defend multiple positions and his offensive game has grown tremendously since joining the Hawks. He'll likely be a second round pick in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:26 pm
  • LeBron James dealing with minor back injury
    LeBron James is dealing with a minor back injury, but he's expected to play Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Advice: LeBron apparently "tweaked his back" at some point against the Bulls, but since he's a cyborg robot with no ability to feel human pain, we don't expect any issues. In all sincerity, LeBron will be fine and is prepared to put the Cavs on his back in an effort to win Cleveland an elusive championship trophy. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:48 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Al Horford doesn't pay attention to analytics
    Al Horford said he doesn't pay attention to analytics.

    Advice: "I don't pay attention at all," he said on ESPN's Mike and Mike radio show. This comment is sure to raise the eyebrow of fans, commentators, analysts and probably several in Atlanta's front office, but with the Hawks heading to the Eastern Conference Finals, this really shouldn't be a story. Horford is a phenomenally gifted player who is from the same school of being underappreciated as Mike Conley, Jr. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:32 am
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Trevor Ariza drains six 3-pointers in victory
    Trevor "A-three-za" was phenomenal during the Rockets Game 7 win on Sunday, scoring 22 points (6-of-14 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers through 43 minutes of action.

    Advice: Ariza was Houston's second-leading scorer in this one, and his effort from start-to-finish was fantastic. He's had a very nice postseason run thus far, averaging 13.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.2 three-pointers and 1.7 steals per game, while playing some lock down defense holding his opponents to just 39.7 percent shooting from the field. He'll likely spend some time picking up Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the Western Conference Finals, and the Rockets will need his defense and 3-point shooting if they hope to upset the West's No. 1 seed. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:13 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Josh Smith scores 15 points in Game 7 win
    Josh Smith was effective during Sunday's Game 7 win over the Clippers, scoring 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, to go with one rebound, one block, two 3-pointers and one turnover over 22 minutes.

    Advice: The turning point in this series came during Game 5 when Smith entered the starting lineup, and he was also a major component to Houston’s improbable Game 6 comeback win. This is a great story for Smoov who was the butt of a lot of jokes when he was waived by Detroit earlier in the year, and it looks like he found a new home in Houston. He’ll have to deal with Draymond Green in the Western Conference Finals, and that matchup should be very fun to watch, assuming Smoov remains with the starting unit. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:58 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Dwight Howard double-doubles in Game 7 win
    Dwight Howard put up a double-double in Sunday's Game 7 win over the Clippers, scoring 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting (4-of-8 from the line), with 15 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two turnovers through 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: Howard has looked revitalized this postseason after spending a lot of time on the sidelines with a knee injury during the regular-season. He’s been playing some elite level defense, and he could give the Warriors trouble in the Western Conference Finals. Dwight has compiled averaged of 17.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.7 blocks on 57.7 percent shooting from the field through the playoffs so far, a major improvement from his regular-season numbers. He's also been a beast on the glass with a rebounding rate of 21.9, he’ll be a strong daily league play the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:44 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • James Harden leads Rockets to Game 7 victory
    James Harden led the Rockets to a Game 7 victory on Sunday, scoring 31 points (7-of-20 FGs, 15-of-18 FTs), with seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block and seven turnovers through 43 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Rockets became just the ninth team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit, something that hasn't been done since 2006 when the Suns upset the Lakers. The Rockets hit the Clippers early, and never looked back, as evidenced by the zero lead changes throughout the contest. Harden has been phenomenal through the postseason so far, averaging 26.3 points, 8.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 2.5 three-pointers, and 1.2 steals per game. He'll look to keep his momentum going into the Western Conference Finals for a tough matchup against the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:28 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Marreese Speights (calf) out Game 1 of WCF
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Without Speights, David Lee should continue to see roughly 15 minutes a game, which isn't enough time for him to put up any meaningful statistics in fantasy hoops. It's unclear when Speights will be able to return, but he hasn't held a big enough role with the Warriors to significantly alter the Dubs' rotations. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:37 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Wittman believes Paul Pierce will return
    Wizards head coach Randy Wittman believes that Paul Pierce will return next season.

    Advice: "I’d love him back. I think he wants to be back. I don’t know, I won’t put words in his mouth, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t," Wittman said. "I think what he saw with these guys and the heart this team has. Why wouldn’t you want to play the end of your career with a group like that?" Pierce has a $6 million player option for next season, but he recently said that he didn't know if his basketball days were over. Pierce's decision will have a big impact on Washington's offseason plans, but it's safe to say that they hope the Truth comes back for at least one more season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:32 am
  • James Harden ready to go for Sunday
    James Harden is ready to go for Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: It's going to be very interesting to see how coach Kevin McHale handles his rotation. His most-used lineups haven't had success while his bench has fared well. Regardless, expect Harden to get plenty of action. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:09 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Josh Smith proud of his Rockets team
    After overcoming a 19-point deficit against the Clippers in Game 6 on Thursday, Josh Smith spoke proudly about his team.

    Advice: "We've all been in tough games before," Smith said. "We've all been down. We've all seen situations that seem impossible. We stayed positive. We were reinforcing to everybody that we had the opportunity to still win this game. Nineteen points. I've seen bigger deficits before and teams coming back from it and we were able to do it." Smith has started the last two games which have both resulted in wins, so it's safe to say that he will be starting in Game 7 on Sunday after scoring 19 points with six boards, two assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in Game 6. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:33 am
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Paul Pierce is undecided over his future
    Paul Pierce has a $6 million player option for next season, but he isn't sure if he will play basketball anymore.

    Advice: "Truthfully, what was going through my mind is, I don’t have too much of these efforts left, if any," Pierce said. "These rides throughout the NBA season, throughout the playoffs, are very emotional. They take a lot out of not only your body, but your mind, your spirit... I don’t even know if I’m going to play basketball anymore." The 37-year-old veteran had postseason averages of 14.6 points, 4.2 boards and 3.3 3-pointers, so he still has some gas left in the tank. We will follow this story closely in the offseason, but hopefully we will get to see at least another year of the Truth in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:48 am
  • Harrison Barnes continues great run
    Harrison Barnes kept his strong postseason going on Friday night with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover in 36 minutes.

    Advice: During his rookie season, Barnes came out swinging in the postseason and he's now back to putting up some impressive numbers. Barnes isn't really doing much on the ball, but his cutting and spacing without the ball has been huge. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:21 pm
  • Paul Pierce could be calling it a career?
    Paul Pierce said he doesn't know if he'll be back in the NBA next season.

    Advice: "I don't know how many of these rides I have left," Pierce said. He is going to talk with his family and think about his decision. Pierce exceeded most expectations this season after it looked like the wheels were going to fall off with the Nets, but he said the 82-game grind was a bit much this year. Pierce also reportedly sounded devastated following the loss. He'll likely give the Wizards a better idea before free agency hits. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:08 pm
  • Kyle Korver makes just 1-of-8 in win
    Kyle Korver made just 1-of-8 from the field against the Wizards on Friday night for two points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Even when Korver is off, just the threat of him making shots is enough to make him effective. The Wizards and Nets both refused to have Korver's man help on defense and that may have explained why the Hawks had so many layups tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:26 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Al Horford comes up big on the defensive end
    Al Horford was outstanding on defense against the Wizards on Friday with 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

    Advice: The Wizards just could not get easy looks around the basket and most of the credit has to go to Horford here. The Hawks couldn't keep the Wizards guards in front of them, but the Wizards as a team made just 48.5 percent of their shots in the restricted area -- mostly due to Horford contesting. He's one of the best centers in the NBA and still seems to be under-appreciated. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:19 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Otto Porter gets 34 minutes on Friday
    Otto Porter played 34 minutes against the Hawks on Friday night with seven points, eight boards, one assist, two steals and no turnovers.

    Advice: Perhaps no player helped himself for playing time next season than Porter. He fell out of the rotation at times this season, but coach Randy Wittman fell in love with his smaller lineups. Porter has climbed into the conversation as a pick near the end of standard league fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:04 pm
  • Paul Pierce's shot is a split second late
    Paul Pierce's would-be game-tying 3-pointer was about 0.1 seconds late during a 94-91 loss to the Hawks on Friday night, finishing with four points, five boards, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: It went to review and it was one of the closest calls in the review era. As play-by-play Mike Tirico said, this is the first series to ever end in Secaucas, NJ at the Replay Center. Pierce is going to be taking some heavy fire from lots of folks because he called "series" after what he thought was a game-winning shot in Game 5. Well, the series is over now and the Wizards are going home. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:49 pm
  • Pierce says WAS needs to be better in Game 6
    Paul Pierce said that the Wizards will need to put forth a better effort to come away with a Game 6 win.

    Advice: "We got to do a better job at closing out the game, running our offense," said Pierce. "Too many turnovers in the fourth. Be able to execute a lot better... The sting of [Game 5's loss] is going to motivate us for Game 6. Guys will be really fired up knowing we let one get away. So we're going to go back home with aspirations of wining and making another trip to Atlanta." Pierce didn't have a great game during Game 5, but he was still able to knock down some clutch shots, as per usual. He's averaging 16.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 three-pointers through Washington's second-round series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:26 am
  • Corey Brewer scores 19 points vs. Clippers
    Corey Brewer exploded down the stretch against the Clippers on Thursday with 19 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Clippers and Corey Brewer both scored 15 fourth-quarter points tonight. The Rockets were actually looking to Brewer in halfcourt sets, which is very unusual because of how he does so much of his scoring in transition. His perimeter defense was also as good as ever down the stretch. Expect him to play around 25 minutes on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:09 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • From Detroit With Love: Josh Smith takes over
    Josh Smith may have turned in the best quarter of his NBA career in the fourth during a 119-107 comeback win against the Clippers on Thursday, finishing with 19 points, six boards, two assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: If you went to bed early, you missed one of the craziest finishes in a long time. Smith was burying clutch 3-pointer after clutch 3-pointer, finishing with 14 points in the fourth quarter with four treys. The Pistons cut him from their roster for basically taking too many long-range shots, so this had to feel good for Smoove. He'll obviously be starting in Game 7 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:58 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • James Harden gets benched in comeback win
    James Harden was benched down the stretch during Houston's miracle comeback in Los Angeles on Thursday, finishing with 23 points, two rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Rockets were rolling with Josh Smith running the offense and Corey Brewer also playing well on offense. Harden was sick today, but coach Kevin McHale said he went with his other guys because he liked how they were getting stops and had a good rhythm. McHale said Harden will be ready to roll for Game 7 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:51 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • LeBron James struggles, Cavs still advance
    LeBron James made 7-of-23 from the field for 15 points in a series-clinching 94-73 victory over the Bulls on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks and four turnovers.

    Advice: He's now been to the conference finals five consecutive years. James completely owns the Bulls in the playoffs and has gone 16-5 against them. Considering how the Hawks haven't looked great and the Wizards don't have a healthy John Wall, the Cavs have to be considered as the favorite to represent the Eastern Conference. James did have a mild back tweak in the first half, but it didn't seem to be an issue after halftime. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:19 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Paul Pierce takes blame for last-second loss
    Paul Pierce took the blame for Al Horford's last-second rebound and ensuing game-winning layup in Wednesday's Game 5 loss.

    Advice: While Horford grabbed the rebound over Nene, Pierce had a chance to get his hands in there too. "I got to get in there and get my hands dirty and go up for the rebound," Pierce said. While Pierce and his Wizards teammates will need to win Game 6 on Friday to stave off elimination, he's averaging 16.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 3.8 three-pointers in the series so he can safely be started in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:59 am
  • Josh Smith will start Game 6 on Thursday
    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said he will start Josh Smith in Game 6 on Thursday.

    Advice: Smith replaced Terrance Jones in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 5 win and McHale will stick with the same starters for Game 6. Smoove didn't have a huge game on Tuesday with just nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, one block, and one three-pointer in 22 minutes, but his numbers were in line with his series averages so fantasy owners should expect more of the same on Thursday night. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:47 am
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • James Harden still dealing with the flu
    James Harden is still dealing with effects of the flu, but is feeling better and is expected to play in Game 6 against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: Harden needed an IV to help deal with his fever before Game 5 on Tuesday, but was still able to notch his first career triple-double during the win. "He looked OK," Rockets coach Kevin McHale told reporters on Wednesday. "He had a little bit of a cough. We just had a meeting and watched some film. We didn't do anything. He looked OK." We'll update Harden's status prior to game-time, but it sounds like fantasy owners can feel free to deploy him as they normally would. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:24 am
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Andre Iguodala solid again for Warriors
    Andre Iguodala played 25 minutes off the bench and hit 7-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 16 points, three rebounds and three assists in Wednesday's win over the Grizzlies to take a 3-2 lead.

    Advice: Iguodala was great tonight and has been playing well, scoring 11 points in Game 4 and nine points in Game 3, along with racking up some rebounds and other stats. He's a sneaky, cheap fantasy play going forward, as Harrison Barnes continues to start. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:21 pm
  • Harrison Barnes plays through splits
    Harrison Barnes had 14 points, three rebounds, a block, five turnovers and three 3-pointers on 4-of-8 shooting on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did the splits at one point late in the first half, but played in the second half. As the guys on TNT said, he's young and flexible, so a move that would have immobilized older players didn't even seem to affect Barnes. He's starting and getting solid minutes for the Warriors, and always has the potential to put up decent fantasy numbers for Golden State. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • Otto Porter struggles in 33 minutes
    Otto Porter played 33 minutes off the Wizards' bench on Wednesday, but hit just 3-of-13 shots for nine points, 10 rebounds and a steal.

    Advice: He's doing the heavy lifting off the Wizards' bench, but had just four points in Game 4, and never got it going tonight. He played well prior to these two games, so he's probably due to bounce back at some point, but it may be too little, too late for the Wiz. They now trail the Hawks 3-2 with Game 6 back in Washington on Friday night. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:30 pm
  • Truth Hurts: Pierce calls series in Wiz loss
    Paul Pierce hit just 3-of-9 shots (all 3-pointers) for 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in Wednesday's loss to the Hawks, but also hit two of the shots of the night in a loss in Atlanta.

    Advice: With the Wizards trailing 78-73 with under three minutes remaining and the game slipping away, Pierce drained a clutch 3-pointer to put his team down 78-76 with two minutes remaining in the game. He then committed a key turnover that gave the Hawks a two-point lead, but then hit a clutch 3-pointer that put the Wizards up 81-80 with just 8.3 seconds remaining, after which he looked at the Hawks' bench and said "Series!" But the Truth's luck ran out there, as Al Horford grabbed a huge rebound over Nene off a Dennis Schroder miss and buried the game-winning layup. Hawks fans were already tired of Pierce's antics after his celebration after his game-winning bank shot in Game 3, and didn't make any new friends in Atlanta tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:26 pm
  • Paul Millsap quiet in win over Wizards
    Paul Millsap had 14 points, seven rebounds and six turnovers on 6-of-14 shooting in Wednesday's crazy win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Millsap never got it going and didn't do a whole lot during a key 14-0 run by the Hawks, but he did have a couple big rebounds down the stretch. Al Horford carried the Hawks tonight, but Millsap has a nice chance to bounce back in Game 6. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Kyle Korver invisible, but hits huge three
    Kyle Korver hit just 1-of-5 shots (a 3-pointer) for three points in Wednesday's thrilling win over the Wizards, but it was a big one.

    Advice: Korver hit a shot from way behind the 3-point line with about five minutes left that appeared to inspire his team. Al Horford backed it up with a 3-pointer and those six points were the core of a key 14-0 run for the Hawks. Korver has really struggled during the playoffs, but also came through with five rebounds, six steals and two blocks in tonight's must-win. He's not playing well enough to rely on in fantasy, but his long bomb was one of the keys to Wednesday's win. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:54 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Al Horford the hero in Hawks Game 5 win
    Al Horford became the first Hawk to ever have a 20-10-5 game in the playoffs, finishing with 23 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, five blocks, a 3-pointer and the game-winning rebound and layup as the Hawks beat the Wizards 82-81 in Wednesday's Game 5, giving Atlanta a 3-2 lead in the series.

    Advice: Horford was a monster tonight, hitting huge 3-pointer to cut the lead to one point in the last five minutes during a 14-0 run for the Hawks. He then hit a two-point shot to give his team the lead with 3:10 remaining, and later cleaned up a Dennis Schroder missed layup attempt by stealing a rebound from Nene and hitting the game-winning layup with 1.9 seconds remaining. Horford was a beast tonight and the best player on the floor, which allowed the Hawks to escape with the win, despite not playing their best game. The Hawks also overcame 25 turnovers, which equaled a season high and set a franchise playoff high in a win. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:50 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Marreese Speights (calf) ruled out for series
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play in the Western Conference semifinals.

    Advice: He was already out for one week and almost had no chance to play in Game 7 (if necessary). The Warriors turned to David Lee for 15 minutes and he'll have a chance to have a similar amount of playing time tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:50 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Kerr praises Harrison Barnes' defense
    Warriors head coach Steve Kerr praised Harrison Barnes for his defense against Zach Randolph in Game 4.

    Advice: "That's what makes Harrison unique," Kerr said. "The fact that he's strong enough to guard a guy like Zach Randolph -- obviously, with help. He is strong enough to hold off some of the league's best power forwards for periods of the game. He's quick enough to switch onto a point guard. That's part of the versatility of our defense that makes us so good at that end when we're really playing well. Harrison's a big part of that whole dynamic." Barnes will look to keep his momentum going in Game 5 on Wednesday with the series tied 2-2. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:54 am
  • Paul Pierce says Wizards are ready for Game 5
    With the series tied at 2-2 and Game 5 set to take place in Atlanta on Wednesday, Paul Pierce believes his team is ready.

    Advice: "We’re a resilient team. We don’t mind being on the road," Pierce said. "We know it’s an uphill battle going into their building trying to win again but I think this squad is up for the challenge." Pierce is averaging 17.3 points and 5.0 boards vs. the Hawks, and he has done a phenomenal job of keeping the Wizards alive with John Wall (wrist) on the shelf. Wall is considered questionable to play in Game 5, but Pierce will have his team ready to play regardless of what happens. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:07 am
  • Trevor Ariza scores 22 points in Game 5 win
    Trevor Ariza was terrific on both ends of the court during Game 5, scoring 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting with four 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and one turnover.

    Advice: Houston came into Game 5 averaging 9.4 triples on 33.9 percent shooting from downtown in the postseason, both of which are lower than their regular-season averages (11.4 makes on 34.8 percent shooting). Ariza went 4-of-6 from deep tonight but the Rockets still shot 31.0 percent from downtown overall, and they'll need to sharpen their perimeter attack to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:41 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • James Harden triple-doubles in Game 5 win
    James Harden triple-doubled during Tuesday's season-extending Game 5 win, notching 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, but he exited late in the game due to an illness.

    Advice: Harden played well in Games 1-4 but he reached another level in tonight's elimination game, despite suffering from a cold that required an IV earlier in the day. The Rockets are committing 16.2 turnovers per game in the playoffs, more than any other team, and the absence of Patrick Beverley looms large, so Harden may need to sustain this elite level of play to come back from a 3-2 series deficit. He should be ready to go for Thursday's do-or-die road game in L.A. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
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