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  • Irving says he doesn't 'have it right now'
    Kyrie Irving (knee) said he doesn't "have it right now" and remains questionable to play against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: "The most frustrating thing is seeing holes in the defenses that I'm used to attacking," Irving said. "I tried to make one move and I accelerated and then I stopped and passed it." Luckily for the Cavs, Matthew Dellavedova has played beyond expectations and could start in Game 2 tonight. Irving missed shootaround and maybe the Cavs allow him to rest for a few days. Although, earlier this month he said rest isn't going to help him. Expect an update around 7:00 EDT. Rotoworld.com
    30 minutes ago
  • Joerger says Adams has improved as a shooter
    Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger spoke highly of rookie Jordan Adams during a recent interview, saying he's gotten much better as a shooter.

    Advice: Adams was used sparingly during his rookie season, averaging just 8.3 minutes, 3.1 points and 0.3 three-pointers a game on 40.7 percent shooting from the field. He did, however, have a very nice outing towards the end of the regular-season, going off for 19 points with two 3-pointers. The Grizzlies seriously need to add some 3-point shooting to their roster if they hope to compete at a championship level in today's NBA, and perhaps Adams could fill that role for Memphis. We'll be tracking his progress this offseason, but until he becomes a regular part of the rotation, he won't have any standard league value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:03 am
  • Kobe ready to call it quits after 2016 season
    Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said during a recent interview that Kobe Bryant indicated to him that the 2015-16 season will be his last.

    Advice: "I think first and foremost, he's on the last year of a deal," Kupchak said. "There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don't think there will be." Kupchak has made similar statements regarding Kobe's impending retirement numerous times, and it sounds like after 20 seasons of NBA basketball, The Black Mamba is ready to sub-out. Kobe will be paid a league-high $25 million during his final year in the league, a bit of a thank you bonus from the Lakers organization, but after making it through just 41 games over the past two seasons, he's going to be an extremely risky selection in next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:36 am
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • 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
    Today, 9:53 am
  • Jordan McRae hopes to help 76ers next year
    Jordan McRae said that playing for the 76ers next year would be a "great opportunity."

    Advice: "I think it’s a great opportunity here," McRae said following a workout at the Sixers’ practice facility earlier this week. "They’re rebuilding and a lot of spots are open right now. I’m just trying to make the best of it." McRae spent the 2014-15 season playing overseas in Australia and with the 76ers D-League affiliate, and he feels he become a better defender and a more efficient scorer during that time. McRae will have an opportunity to prove his worth during Summer League, and with the 76ers roster looking the way it does, he certainly will have the opportunity for minutes if he earns a deal for the 2015-16 season. We'll track his progress closely this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:27 am
  • Curry wants Danny Green's Finals 3PM record
    Stephen Curry said after Thursday's Game 2 win over the Rockets that he's more interested in breaking Danny Green's 3-point record than Reggie Miller's.

    Advice: Curry is just one 3-pointer away from breaking Miller's record for most 3-pointers made in a single postseason (58), but he's more interested in breaking Green's record for most 3-pointers made in an NBA Finals (27). Curry has already set, and broken, his own record for most 3-pointers made during the regular-season, and when all is said and done he'll likely go down as the best shooter to ever play the game. However, the Warriors will need to get two more wins against the Rockets in order for Curry to have a shot at breaking Green's record. Saturday's Game 3 in Houston should be nothing short of spectacular. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:53 am
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) questionable for Game 2
    Kyrie Irving (knee) did not go through shootaround and he is being listed as questionable for Friday's Game 2 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Irving elected to not go through shootaround in order to undergo additional treatment and further evaluation (likely an MRI) on his ailing left knee, and he even admitted he just doesn't "have it right now." The Cavs said that the one-day of rest did not diminish the symptoms of tendinitis in his left knee, and it sounds like Irving is headed for a game-time decision for Game 2. If Irving is unable to go, Matthew Dellavedova would slide into the starting lineup, while LeBron James' usage rate would border on absurd. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:26 am
  • 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
    Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Jason Terry hits three 3-pointers in 35 min.
    Jason Terry played 35 minutes and hit 3-of-7 shots (all 3-pointers) for nine points and four assists in Thursday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Terry is the starting point guard for the Rockets and that's not likely to change, but he's hit just 13-of-40 shots over his last five games. Avoid him in fantasy playoff lineups if you can, even though his cheap salary is always a bit tempting. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:24 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
    Yesterday, 9:21 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
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • 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
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Shaun Livingston plays just 14 minutes in win
    Shaun Livingston, who had 18 points and a full stat line in Game 1, played just 14 minutes in Thursday's Game 2 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: He hit all four of his shots to finish with eight points, four rebounds and zero turnovers, but will be tough to rely on in fantasy leagues while playing behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. He's probably got another couple nice games coming in these playoffs, but it will be impossible to figure out when they'll happen. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Klay Thompson's shot fading, steps up on D
    Klay Thompson hit 6-of-15 shots and just 1-of-7 3-pointers Thursday, finishing with 13 points, four rebounds, one assist and a block in a tough Game 2 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Thompson is just 2-of-14 from downtown in this series and the Warriors will need him to get hot in Houston for Games 3 and 4. He played great defense tonight, blocking a crucial James Harden shot late and then tag teaming with Stephen Curry to prevent Harden from even getting off a shot that could have won the game for Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Stephen Curry leads Warriors to 99-98 win
    Stephen Curry hit 13-of-21 shots and five 3-pointers for 33 points, three rebounds, six assists, a steal and six turnovers in Thursday's 99-98 thrilling win in Game 2 of the WCF as the Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the series.

    Advice: The Warriors turned it over 16 times to Houston's 10 and the Dubs are going to have to do a better job of protecting the ball in Houston. Curry was electric tonight, but the Warriors lost a 17-point second-quarter lead to fall into a tie with Houston at halftime. James Harden had a chance to win it for the Rockets on the game's final play, but Curry and Klay Thompson effectively doubled him and Harden never even got a shot up. Game 3 is Saturday in Houston, and the only thing left to do is wait for Riley on the podium with Steph in a few minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • Rose vows to put in work this offseason
    Derrick Rose vowed to push himself harder than he ever has before this offseason.

    Advice: "I'm healthy. I'm going into this [offseason] with a game plan, certain things to work on," said Rose. "I feel like I'm going to push myself the hardest I ever pushed myself in my career and just see where it takes me for the beginning of next year." It's nice that Rose was finally able to put together a healthy playoff run after spending the past three postseason's on the sidelines. However, his lowly field goal percentage (40.5), limited contributions to the defensive categories (0.7 steals), lengthy injury history, and high turnover rate (3.2 turnovers per game) will make him a tough guy to target in next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:30 pm
  • Klay Thompson named to All-NBA Third Team
    Klay Thompson was named to the 2014-15 All-NBA Third Team.

    Advice: Kyrie Irving, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Tim Duncan round out the Third Team group. Stephen Curry and Thompson became the first Warriors' duo to both receive All-NBA honors in the same year since the Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway did it back in 1992. Duncan set an NBA-record by appearing on both the All-Defensive and All-NBA Team in the same season for a 15th time, adding yet another milestone to his already impressive career. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:17 pm
  • Chris Paul named to All-NBA Second Team
    Chris Paul has been named to the All-NBA Second Team.

    Advice: Joining him are Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol and DeMarcus Cousins. All these guys had phenomenal seasons and are well worth the Second Team distinction. Westbrook led the league in triple-doubles (11) despite only suiting up for 67 games, and he finished fourth in the MVP voting. Gasol was the league-leader in double-doubles with 54, and DeMarcus Cousins was right behind him (third in the league) with 47 double-doubles. Aldridge had another quality season averaging 23.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.0 block per game, and it'll be interesting to see if he decides to leave Portland as a free agent this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:01 pm
  • Stephen Curry named to All-NBA First Team
    Stephen Curry has been named to the 2014-15 All-NBA First Team.

    Advice: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol and James Harden round out the group, with both Curry and James being unanimous First Team selections. This was both Davis and Gasol's first time being selected for First Team honors, which is sure to be the first of many. Harden led the league in scoring with 27.4 points per game, as well as 40-point games (10), 30-point games (35), and free throw attempts (824) while shooting 86.8 percent from the charity stripe. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:42 pm
  • Tyreke Evans undergoes arthroscopic surgery
    Tyreke Evans (knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday morning, and a timetable for his return to basketball activities will be announced in the near future.

    Advice: Arthroscopic surgery is of the minor variety, and the recovery period on these things tends to be around 4-6 weeks. He should be fine for next year's training camp, but we'll let you know when an official timeline on his recovery is released. Evans put together a pretty nice season this year with averages of 16.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.1 turnovers per game on 44.7 percent shooting from the field. His fantasy value takes a leap every time Jrue Holiday goes down, so if Holiday can put together a healthy season next year, expect Evans' numbers to take a hit. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:25 am
     
    Player Note
    Tyreke Evans NO - PG,SG,SF
  • David Blatt pleased with J.R. Smith's defense
    Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said he's been very impressed by J.R. Smith's defense.

    Advice: After Smith poured in eight three-pointers in Game 1 on Wednesday, Blatt made sure to commend Smiths' improved defense. "He pays attention to scouting reports and works hard on that end of the court," Blatt told me a few weeks ago. "J.R. has been great." For his part, Smith may have given the quote of the day in saying, "I'd rather take a contested shot than an open shot any day. It's kind of boring when you take open shots." As long as he continues his hot streak, Smith is a must-start in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:44 am
     
    Player Note
    J.R. Smith Cle - SG,SF
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Blatt says no discussions of Irving shutdown
    Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said the team has not discussed shutting down Kyrie Irving (knee).

    Advice: This is good news for Cavs fans as the team can't afford to lose another star after losing Kevin Love (shoulder) for the season. Blatt added that he's hopeful Irving will be able to play in Game 2 against the Hawks on Friday, so while Irving likely own't be at 100 percent for the rest of the playoffs, it sounds like he'll be in the Cavaliers lineup as long as he doesn't further injure his knee. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:16 am
  • Blatt hopeful Kyrie Irving can play in Game 2
    Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said he's hopeful that Kyrie Irving (knee) will be able to play in Game 2 on Friday.

    Advice: While Irving hasn't said anything that would lead us to believe he'd miss Game 2, Blatt took a more conservative approach in his comments. "It's a matter of discomfort and having to deal with the elements and play through it," Blatt said. "We hope he can go and as long as Ky thinks he can be out there, there's no reason that he can't." He may not end up missing any games, but Irving will most likely be limited throughout the playoffs due to his balky knee. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:19 am
  • Tyler Ennis will miss summer league
    Tyler Ennis (shoulder) will miss Summer League after undergoing shoulder surgery.

    Advice: Ennis had surgery to repair a torn labrum on Tuesday, but will likely be ready for training camp as his timetable has been estimated at around eight weeks. We'll keep his progress updated as more news becomes available, but he shouldn't be on any fantasy radars at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:54 am
  • Kyrie Irving dealing with injury frustration
    Kyrie Irving (knee) said he's trying to gut through his knee injury, but added that it's one of the most frustrating stretches of his career.

    Advice: Irving aggravated his knee injury in the third quarter of Wednesday's Game 1 win over the Hawks and was only able to log 27 minutes. "This is obviously one of the most frustrating things I've ever dealt with," he said after the game. "We do days and days and go out there and it's nothing like simulating a game so for me, I just have to continue to do what I've been doing and do whatever is necessary to put myself out there. I'm all about winning. That's the only thing that matters." Irving is unlikely to be at 100 percent for the rest of the playoffs, but he's a tough start for fantasy owners as his value is limited due to injury. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:36 am
  • Kyrie Irving plays just 27 minutes in victory
    Kyrie Irving played 27 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday, scoring 10 points with three rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He wasn't his highlight-reel self with dribbling, but that was probably by design because he wasn't 100 percent. Coach David Blatt said Irving was "banged up a little bit" and that's why his minutes were lower than expected. He may be limited for the rest of this series and also admitted he aggravated his knee injury today. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:45 pm
  • J.R. Smith gets piping hot in Game 1 victory
    J.R. Smith caught fire against the Hawks during a Game 1 win on Wednesday, making 10-of-16 from the field for 28 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and eight 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored all 28 of the Cleveland bench points and coach David Blatt was pleased. "When he gets hot, he gets smokin' hot," Blatt said. Smith is obviously happy to be in Cleveland instead of with the Knicks. He'll look to tell his critics to pipe down again in Game 2 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:40 pm
     
    Player Note
    J.R. Smith Cle - SG,SF
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Jeff Teague scores 27 points, Hawks lose
    Jeff Teague scored a team-high 27 points during a Game 1 97-89 loss to the Cavs on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Hawks made just 4-of-23 from beyond the arc and their offense just fell apart in the second half. Teague did have a minor tweak of his neck at the end of the first half, but it didn't affect his playing time. He did have a couple mistakes down the stretch tonight and will need a better effort in Game 2 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:29 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
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    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
  • Kyrie Irving will start on Wednesday night
    Kyrie Irving (knee) will start against the Hawks on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He is not 100 percent and coach David Blatt will get all he can out of him. "Hopefully he’ll be able to play this series in a better physical state," Blatt said. The Hawks are going to do everything they can to stop LeBron, so Kyrie should have plenty of chances to score. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:29 pm
  • Rubio wants to make it work in Minnesota
    Ricky Rubio said he really wants to "make it work" in Minnesota.

    Advice: There are some trade rumors swirling around Rubio because of the Wolves failing to make the playoffs in any of Rubio's four seasons. He'll look to stay healthy this upcoming season and remains a risky mid-round pick in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:57 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 138-113 vs OKC
  • Hunt's chances to coach DEN is improving
    Melvin Hunt's chances of coaching the Denver Nuggets next season are improving according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: Scott Brooks recently indicated that he wouldn't be coaching next season, but Mike D'Antoni is reportedly still in the mix. Hunt did pretty well when he took over last season and it seemed like the players enjoyed playing for him. We will continue to follow this story closely, but Hunt appears to be the frontrunner right now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:25 am
  • Mike Conley not interested in an extension
    The Grizzlies have tried numerous times to engage Mike Conley in extension talks, but he reportedly wants to be a free agent in 2016.

    Advice: To be clear, this doesn't mean that he will leave the Grizzlies, but it does make the most financial sense for him to wait until he hits the open market in 2016. Conley is an outstanding point guard and often doesn't get the credit he deserves, but it's safe to say that he will be getting a significant raise soon. He courageously battled through several injuries during the playoffs, but he should be rejuvenated after a summer full of rest and will be a solid target in the early middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:55 am
  • Stephen Curry fined $5k for flopping
    The NBA has fined Stephen Curry $5,000 for flopping in Game 1 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Curry hit a 3-pointer on the play, but it was an obvious flop and he probably saw this fine coming. He was excellent in the win with 34 points, six boards, five assists, two steals and six 3-pointers, so the MVP will look to keep that momentum going in Game 2 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:38 am
  • Saunders says Rubio is not looking for trade
    Timberwolves head coach and president Flip Saunders said that the Ricky Rubio trade rumors are "totally untrue".

    Advice: NBA Insider Chad Ford said that Rubio's camp has been pushing for a trade for a while now, but Saunders firmly denied the report. The Wolves received the No. 1 pick in Tuesday's lottery and will likely target Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns, so Rubio's role as the starting point guard won't be in question next season. Rubio has had a lot of trouble staying healthy and will have plenty to prove after signing a four-year, $55 million contract, but it sounds like the Wolves have his back. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:03 am
     
    Injured
    L, 138-113 vs OKC
  • Kyrie Irving says he is ready for Game 1
    Kyrie Irving (knee) said that he is feeling good, and all signs point to him playing in Game 1 vs. the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He went through a light practice on Tuesday and said that he would ready to play in Game 1, so things are starting to look up for Cleveland. The Cavaliers have been off since May 14, so Irving should be relatively fresh for tonight's game. We will have another update prior to tip-off, but it's safe to assume that Irving will be in the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:48 am
  • Brian Roberts eager to improve this summer
    Brian Roberts doesn't know what type of role he will have with the Hornets next season, but he is eager to improve over the summer.

    Advice: "Things were really up-and-down the whole year," Roberts said in regards to his 2014-15 campaign. "I didn’t really find a smooth spot where I could consistently play at the high level I know I can play at. Overall, it was a learning experience and I’m definitely motivated this summer to get after it." Roberts would likely be the backup point guard to Kemba Walker again if Mo Williams leaves in free agency, but Williams' plans aren't clear just yet. Regardless, Roberts' value will likely be limited to deeper leagues as long as Kemba Walker can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:37 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
  • 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
  • Shaun Livingston sparks GSW bench w/ 16 pts
    Shaun Livingston scored a career-best 16 first-half points in Game 1, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal to help Golden State earn a 110-106 win.

    Advice: It's terrific to see Livingston thriving at such a high level of competition, having overcome a devastating knee injury that nearly ended his career in 2008. The Warriors defeated the Rockets by double-digit points in all four of their regular-season meetings but they survived a close decision tonight, buoyed by Livingston's efficient 6-of-8 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:03 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 34 points in Game 1 win
    Stephen Curry lit up the Rockets for a game-high 34 points in Tuesday's Game 1 win, going into closer-mode during an 11-point spurt in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter.

    Advice: The much-anticipated battle between the league MVP and the runner-up, James Harden, lived up to the billing. Harden dropped 28 points with a near triple-double, but Curry still reminded the world why he walked away with the Maurice Podoloff trophy this season. Houston gave the Warriors all they could handle despite Dwight Howard leaving with a knee injury tonight, which sets up a must-watch Game 2 at Oracle Arena on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:01 pm
  • Lakers move up to snag No. 2 overall pick
    The Lakers moved up to secure the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft on Tuesday, only the fourth time they've picked in the lottery since the system was established in 1985.

    Advice: L.A. owes a draft pick as part of the Steve Nash deal from 2012, but it was top-five protected this year so they'll keep the selection -- the pick will be top-three protected in both 2016 and 2017. The Heat also kept their top-10 protected pick, picking 10th ahead of the Pacers (11), Jazz (12), Suns (13) and Thunder (14). Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:03 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Timberwolves land No. 1 pick in 2015 draft
    The Timberwolves claimed the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft during Tuesday's lottery, with the Lakers at No. 2 and the 76ers at No. 3.

    Advice: The Wolves have their choice of prized prospects including Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, D'Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay. With Ricky Rubio and Zach LaVine already in the backcourt, however, Towns and Okafor stand out as the most logical targets. This was the first time in franchise history that Minnesota has landed the top pick, an ironic fact since their roster already features No. 1 picks Andrew Wiggins (2014) and Anthony Bennett (2013). Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:59 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 138-113 vs OKC
  • Bucks G Tyler Ennis has shoulder surgery Tues
    Bucks G Tyler Ennis had shoulder surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn labrum, and the Bucks have not yet announced a timetable for his return.

    Advice: The severity of the injury will determine Ennis' return date but full recovery could take eight weeks or more. He should be fine for the start of the 2015-16 season, in other words, but his availability for Summer League is uncertain. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:17 pm
  • Report: Beverley (wrist) will not play in WCF
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) has reportedly abandoned any hope of suiting up for any games during the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors.

    Advice: "It’s a no-go for the series," a league source told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. "He’s done trying." Beverley simply doesn't have the mobility or strength in his left wrist to be able to effective on the basketball court, a realization he came to after going through two workouts on Monday. It'll be Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni doing their best to contain this year's MVP, but in the likely event they are unable to do much against Stephen Curry, it's plausible we see Trevor Ariza pick him up. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:33 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Report: Ricky Rubio pushing for a trade?
    According to NBA Insider Chad Ford, Ricky Rubio's camp has been pushing for a trade for a while now.

    Advice: Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN countered this claim, saying that Rubio had been pushing for a trade in the past, but those talks died down once his four-year, $55 million deal was signed. There's a lot of speculation here with the premise being Minnesota may look to explore the market if they windup with the No. 4 overall selection in the 2015 draft and draft Emmanuel Mudiay, so we're a bit skeptical that Rubio will be wearing a different uniform when the 2015-16 season begins. Rubio's value is also very low right now after only making it through 22 games, another reason to not give this report much merit. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:17 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 138-113 vs OKC
  • Kyrie Irving has a 'good day' at practice
    Cavs coach David Blatt said that Kyrie Irving (knee, ankle) had "another light, but good day" at practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Irving has said that he'll be ready to play in Game 1 on Wednesday, and while it's unlikely he'll be 100 percent healthy, he should be able to be well rested enough to contribute at a meaningful level. Through four regular-season games against the Hawks this year, Irving compiled averages of 21.0 points, 6.0 assists, 1.8 three-pointers, 1.8 steals and 3.3 turnovers per game on 49.2 percent shooting from the field. Cleveland will need as much as they get from Kyrie if they hope to advance to the Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:50 am
  • Kyrie Irving ready to go for Game 1
    Kyrie Irving (knee) said he'll be ready to play in Wednesday's Game 1 against the Hawks.

    Advice: After finishing a post-practice game of Around the World with LeBron James, Irving removed any doubt over his status for Wednesday. "I'm going to go," Irving said after Monday's practice. "Just being able to actually feel both my feet underneath me, especially when I'm shooting, it feels amazing." While he likely won't be fully healthy for the rest of the playoffs, Irving can safely be started in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:03 am
  • Derrick Rose affected by Jimmy Butler?
    Derrick Rose was affected negatively by Jimmy Butler producing his offense on Rose's side of the floor, according to Dan Bernstein of CBS Chicago.

    Advice: "Sources describe a passive-aggressive reaction from Rose that was the culmination of tensions building in recent weeks with Butler’s emergence as a primary scorer," the report said. "Butler is very aware that he won his bet on himself and is poised to reap the reward of a maximum contract from the Bulls, whether or not it takes an offer sheet from another club in restricted free agency this summer." During media interviews, Rose has been pretty stoic, so it's tough to completely buy into this scenario. Regardless, expect Butler to be with Rose next season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:42 pm
  • Beverley won't play against the Warriors
    Coach Kevin McHale said Patrick Beverley (wrist) will not play against the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: "Pat isn’t gong to get the pins out until the fourth or fifth [of June]," McHale said. "It’s hard to play with a pin in your wrist." McHale keeps having to address this issue and has previously said Beverley won't be back in the postseason. Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni stepped up against Chris Paul and will have to do it again against Stephen Curry. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:32 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Mike Conley lists his injuries
    When asked to reveal his list of injuries, Mike Conley said he's dealing with a broken face, a strained neck, a left wrist sprain, a right wrist sprain, lower back tightness and a right foot sprain.

    Advice: Yikes. Conley just wasn't the same player since the All-Star break and all of these injuries explain why. None of these injuries figure to linger on with maybe the exception of his back issue, so fantasy owners can draft him assuming he'll be healthy. He's likely going to be a nice value in the early middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:20 pm
  • Cavs identify Jeff Teague as Hawks' catalyst
    LeBron James singled out Jeff Teague as a catalyst for the Hawks' success this season, saying, "He’s an All-Star for a reason."

    Advice: "It starts with Jeff Teague," said James. "His aggressiveness, the way he pushes the tempo, and then it just falls in to everyone else. They do a great job of playing together." Teague will be even more dangerous of Kyrie Irving continues to struggle with right foot and left knee injuries, and backup Dennis Schroder has proven that he can sustain the pressure with Atlanta's second unit. The Hawks and Cavs face off in Game 1 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:08 pm
  • Chris Paul falls short of Conference Finals
    Chris Paul double-doubled with 26 points and 10 assists during the Clippers' crushing Game 7 defeat, adding five rebounds, four assists and four turnovers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: It was the most minutes CP3 had played in a game all season, but the Clippers were doomed by 18 turnovers, 32 personal fouls and sketchy fastbreak defense. Paul may have deferred too often offensively but he still dominated Jason Terry and the Rockets in Games 5-7, averaging 26.3 points and 10.3 assists, and he's currently the postseason assist leader at 8.8 per game. The eight-time All-Star will go back to the drawing board next season, as he tries to make his first ever Conference Finals appearances. "I got to get better I’ll tell you that much. It starts with me," Paul said after the loss. "Getting close ain't good enough." Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:45 pm
  • 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
  • Patrick Beverley (wrist) not likely for WCF
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) is unlikely to return for the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Beverley is currently in the seventh week of his initial 10-week timetable, and there haven't been any reports up to this point that would suggest Beverley is on the verge of making a return. We have seen some crazy things this postseason with John Wall playing through a very broken wrist, and Mike Conley playing just eight days after major surgery, so we're not going to completely rule him out just yet. However, when coach Kevin McHale was asked if Beverley would be able to return for the playoffs back on May 2, he responded no. We'll let you know if anything changes. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:55 pm
     
    Injured
    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
  • Terry eager to use his playoff experience
    Jason Terry believes that his Game 7 experience will benefit his teammates.

    Advice: "My biggest advantage is I’ve been in two Game 7s and I’m undefeated," Terry said. "I’m very confident going in. I understand what it takes to come out with a victory, how I have to approach it and hopefully my teammates will feed off of that."He has really stepped up with averages of 11.4 points, 3.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five games, so the Rockets can feel confident knowing that Terry appears to be ready for the challenge. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:41 am
  • Derrick Rose says that his body feels good
    Derrick Rose said that his body feels good and that he is ready to get back to work this summer.

    Advice: "I wouldn't say I played my best but I played very well sometimes," Rose said. "It's all about being consistent and staying in the gym and preparing myself. That's one thing I think I did well was prepare myself for every game, even though I didn't always perform the way I want to perform. My body felt good. So it's all about just going back in the lab this summer and putting my game back together and see where it takes me." Rose finished the postseason with averages of 20.3 points, 6.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.9 three-pointers per game, but he was very inefficient and will have his work cut out for him this summer. His injury history will make him a tough player to target in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:33 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
  • Shaun Livingston is thrilled with his season
    Shaun Livingston said that his injury history makes this playoff push even more meaningful.

    Advice: "Coming back and having a chance to play a major role on this team, that's what it's about," Livingston said. "We're going to enjoy this tonight, because this is not easy to do. This is my 11th year, and this is the farthest I've been. This is the farthest anybody's [on the team has] been, except [Leandro] Barbosa." Livingston had a brutal knee injury in 2007 and recently had surgery on his toe last summer, but he has been a steady presence off the bench during the Warriors' playoff push. He scored 10 points in 20 minutes during Game 6 on Friday while also adding one rebound and a block. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:09 am
  • Stephen Curry scores 32, Warriors advance
    Stephen Curry made eight 3-pointers on his way to 32 points during a series-clinching 108-95 win in Memphis on Friday, adding six rebounds, 10 assists, and four turnovers.

    Advice: He also made a three-quarter court shot at the end of the third and after the game said he hadn't made one of those since college. The Warriors looked like they were going to blow a lead, but they just don't give up big leads this season. Except for maybe a little extra experience, the Warriors have all the pieces to make a title run. Klay Thompson was solid with 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:24 pm
  • Mike Conley scores 11 on poor shooting
    Mike Conley made 3-of-13 from the field for 11 points against the Warriors during a Game 6 108-95 loss on Friday, adding one rebound, nine assists, two steals and one turnover.

    Advice: He deserves some credit for coming back, but Conley just wasn't the same since he first went down back in March. Both of his ankles didn't seem to be 100 percent and his struggles in this series might not have to do with his facial injury. In his five games against the Warriors, he averaged just 13.4 points, 0.8 boards, 5.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 treys. He'll probably be a nice value in the early middle rounds of drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:14 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
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Kobe Bryant's return could come in Hawaii
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is still expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

    Advice: The Lakers will start their preseason in Hawaii and there's been no word of a setback for Bryant. He also said he could play beyond next season, too. The Lakers' most pressing issue right now will be to keep their top-five protected pick in the draft. Fantasy owners won't be too eager to draft the Black Mamba with his recent run of injuries. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:31 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • J.R. Smith trolls the Knicks on Instragram
    J.R. Smith posted a picture of he and Iman Shumpert on Instragram after the Cavs' Game 6 win on Thursday (advancing them to the Eastern Conference Finals), with the caption: "One man's trash, is another man's treasure."

    Advice: Shots fired! Phil Jackson traded away both Smith and Shumpert back in early-January for next to nothing, and while both players were unable to grasp the triangle offense, they have played very well in coach David Blatt's system. Jackson, who coached the Lakers and Bulls to a collective 11 championships, has had a rough run as president of basketball operations for the Knicks. So far, he's traded away Smith, Shumpert, and Tyson Chandler while receiving little in return, and the Knicks posted a franchise-worst record of 17-65 this season. This is unfamiliar territory for Phil to say the least. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:26 am
     
    Player Note
    J.R. Smith Cle - SG,SF
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Derrick Rose happy to end season unscathed
    Derrick Rose acknowledged after Chicago's season-ending Game 6 loss to the Cavs, that he was happy to end the 2014-15 season relatively healthy.

    Advice: "I always look at me stepping on the floor and me walking off the floor as a positive," Rose said. "Of course, I would want to win every game. It’s the NBA; you are not going to win every game. I’m happy with how my body responded when I came back, I’m happy with everything I learned this year, what I went through individually, mentally, emotionally, spiritually." Rose finally had a healthy playoff run, averaging 20.3 points, 6.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.9 three-pointers per game. However, after spending so much time on the sidelines over the past three years, he'll remain a risky selection in next year's drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:20 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
  • 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
  • Chris Paul scores 31 points in loss vs. HOU
    Chris Paul scored a game-high 31 points during a meltdown 119-107 loss to the Rockets on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, 11 assists, two turnovers and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played 41 minutes, but Paul just couldn't get it going late. As you've probably heard 100 times, CP3 has never made it to a conference finals and now that might continue to be the case with Game 7 in Houston on Sunday. The Clippers were up 89-70 with 14:25 remaining in the game, but were outscored 40-15 in the fourth quarter. Paul was shut down by Jason Terry late in the game, which pretty much sums it up. He also had a minor left wrist injury, but he'll be fine. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:46 pm
  • Derrick Rose drops just two points in 2nd half
    Derrick Rose disappeared down the stretch during a 94-73 season-ending loss to the Cavs on Thursday, scoring 14 points with two rebounds, six assists and two turnovers.

    Advice: The Bulls did not turn to Rose much in the second half. In fact, he only had four shots from the field for two points in that span. He also didn't get to the line in this abysmal loss. Chances are his days with coach Tom Thibodeau are over, but it shouldn't affect his role with the Bulls. While his knee injury will probably go down as the main story from this past season for Rose, he was extremely inefficient. In the playoffs, the bad games nearly tripled the good one from Rose. We'll need to see an epic preseason from Rose to sign off on him as a target in drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:40 pm
  • Mike Conley details painful facial fracture
    Mike Conley detailed what it was like recovering from the extremely painful facial fracture he sustained during Game 3 of Memphis' first-round series in a recent interview.

    Advice: "That [first] night [in the hospital], I was throwing up," Conley said. "And every time I threw up—because when you do it, you can't really control this—I'd have to open my mouth. It would just kill me because I couldn't really open my mouth. Then, all of a sudden, blood would come out of my nose and I was like: 'I think I'm dying.' It was crazy." It's amazing that Conley has not only been able to play in Memphis' second-round series, but that he's been a difference-maker, and that speaks volumes to his toughness. Click the link below to read what Conley went through in order to get back on the basketball court, as it’s nothing short of amazing. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:42 pm
  • Chris Paul no longer w/ a minutes restriction
    Chris Paul (hamstring) is no longer with a minutes restriction.

    Advice: Paul was able to log 35 minutes of action during Game 5's loss to the Rockets on Tuesday, so he should be right around that number for tonight's Game 6 in Los Angeles. With a victory tonight, the Clippers could advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:54 am
  • Jason Terry says HOU a superpower in making
    Jason Terry said he thinks the Rockets are a superpower in the making.

    Advice: While the Rockets face a 3-2 deficit heading into Thursday's Game 6 against the Clippers, Terry isn't short of confidence when it comes to his team. "When you have a combo like Dwight [Howard] and James {Harden}, the longer they're together, the better they're going to be," Terry said. "They're just right now realizing how good they can be together. Individually, they're great. But together, they're like a superpower. And once they get that belief, it's going to be hard to stop them." The 37-year-old is averaging 12.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 2.4 three-pointers in the Clippers series and has become a safe start in fantasy playoff formats. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:52 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Klay Thompson leads Warriors to easy win
    Klay Thompson hit 7-of-16 shots and three 3-pointers for a team-high 21 points, four rebounds and five assists in Wednesday's Game 5 win over the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Thompson was solid tonight and the Warriors now hold a 3-2 lead over the Grizzlies. And with Tony Allen's status in question for the rest of the series due to a hamstring injury, Thompson may continue to get free for big fantasy lines going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:17 pm
  • Curry helps Warriors destroy MEM in Game 5
    Stephen Curry hit 6-of-16 shots and 6-of-13 3-pointers for 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists, six steals and five turnovers as the Warriors crushed the Grizzlies 98-78 to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Curry became the first player in playoff history to have six 3-pointers and six steals in a game, and his numbers would have been much better had the Warriors not been up by 20 or so for most of the second half. The Warriors appeared to be in some trouble after falling into a 2-1 hole, and were even down 13 points in the first quarter tonight, but they are rolling again. Whether Memphis is playing poorly or not is up for debate, as the Warriors are simply unstoppable (for the most part) at home. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:07 pm
  • Jeff Teague watches from bench late in win
    Jeff Teague hit 6-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, five assists and seven turnovers in Wednesday's Game 5 win over the Wizards.

    Advice: He was on the bench, watching Dennis Schroder with the game on the line, as John Wall abused him for the much of the night. The Hawks need Teague to play better than he did tonight and we fully expect him to bounce back from an off night. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:01 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
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Thibodeau: Derrick Rose (shoulder) is fine
    Coach Tom Thibodeau said Derrick Rose (shoulder) is fine.

    Advice: He'll be ready to play on Thursday night in a do-or-die game in Chicago. Rose did have some trouble putting on a hooded sweatshirt on Tuesday, so it will be worth monitoring on Thursday. Meanwhile, he is really struggling with his shot with a field goal percentage of just 37.8 in his last five, but he's kept his turnovers down to just 2.0 per game in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:13 pm
  • Derrick Rose's shoulder giving him problems
    According to Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald, Derrick Rose's shoulder was a problem after Game 5 as he was having a hard a time putting his hoodie on.

    Advice: Rose scored 12 of his 16 points in the first quarter, so it's possible that his shoulder became worse throughout the game. He also tweaked his right wrist on Tuesday, but Rose said that he won't make excuses and he is expected to be fine moving forward. Sirens are going to go off every time Rose gets hurt, but he is fully expected to be good to go for Thursday's must-win game vs. the Cavs. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:28 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
  • 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
  • Derrick Rose tweaks hand/wrist in Game 5 loss
    Derrick Rose needed 24 shots to score 16 points on Tuesday, adding nine rebounds, seven assists, three steals, one block and only one turnover in 43 minutes of action.

    Advice: Rose was hot to begin the game but he was bothered by a right wrist injury and his shoulder is still a problem, and we'll monitor both issues in the lead-up to the Bulls' must-win Game 6. It's been great to watch D-Rose recapture his elite form in the playoffs and NBA fans should clear their schedules for Thursday's must-watch game in Chicago. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:56 pm
  • Chris Paul says hamstring nearly 100 percent
    Chris Paul said that his strained left hamstring is nearly 100 percent.

    Advice: This is excellent news for the Clippers' championship odds, and it sounds like the past two games with a limited workload has really helped him in the recovery process. Doc Rivers said that while CP3 will still likely be with some sort of minutes restriction for Tuesday's Game 5 in Houston, he could play more minutes than he has in the past two games. A Game 5 victory would put the Clippers in the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:25 am
  • Curry unleashed with Tony Allen off the floor
    Stephen Curry was unleashed with Tony Allen off the floor in Monday's Game 4 win over the Grizzlies, scoring 33 points on 11-of-22 shooting (including four threes) with eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.

    Advice: Mike Conley and Courtney Lee played like they normally do more or less, but having Allen off the floor made the Grizzlies' defense mortal and offensively the Warriors got the ball in a position to push a lot. Curry, for his part, played with a lot more aggression than he did in Game 3 and it all came together for a Curry-like performance. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:34 pm
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