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  • Report: J.J. Barea hoping for $3M annually
    J.J. Barea is hoping to sign with the Mavs on a multi-year deal that pays $3 million annually, a source told ESPN Dallas.

    Advice: Barea said it would be easier for the Mavs to keep him this time, and that translates to the fact that Dallas won't have to overpay him to keep him now that his free-agent stock is significantly lower. It would be a surprise if Barea got more than a two-year offer from any team, including Dallas, so he may have to be a little more realistic about his contract desires. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:18 am
  • John Wall wearing protective wrist wrap Mon.
    John Wall (wrist) was wearing a protective wrap at practice on Monday.

    Advice: Wall has already vowed to play in Game 2 and finished Game 1 without issue, so we don't expect the concern to slow him down. After sustaining the injury, Wall played with both hands and had no trouble utilizing his left, indicating that he wasn't playing compromised like Kobe Bryant did earlier in the season when he played one-handed basketball. Expect Wall to start Game 2 as usual. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:10 am
  • Chris Paul does shootaround, still game-time
    Chris Paul (hamstring) went through shootaround, but he remains a game-time decision on Monday for Game 1 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: When asked for a CP3 update, Doc Rivers said, "Uh, he's alive." Paul is expected to test his hamstring to see if he can give it a go, and Doc Rivers will rely on the training staff to make the call. If CP3 sits, Austin Rivers could draw the Game 1 start. That's a weird sentence. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:06 am
     
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  • Stephen Curry officially crowned NBA MVP
    Stephen Curry has officially been named the 2014-15 NBA MVP.

    Advice: Chef Curry is indeed cooking with the pot. After unofficial word slipped out on Sunday, the league wasted no time in making the announcement official on Monday. James Harden finished second, LeBron James finished third and Russell Westbrook finished fourth with Anthony Davis (fifth) and Chris Paul (sixth) rounding out the order. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:05 am
  • Report: Mike Conley unlikely to play Game 2
    Mike Conley (face, eye) is unlikely to play in Game 2 vs. the Warriors, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.

    Advice: The Grizzlies and Warriors don't square off until Tuesday night for Game 2, but with Conley still being bothered by noise and bright lights in addition to continued facial swelling, it would be miraculous if we saw him before Game 3 at the very earliest. It's also unclear if Conley will have to go through the NBA's concussion protocol, which could potentially push his return date back further. Nick Calathes and Beno Udrih will continue to try and fill in for Conley. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:32 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Jerel McNeal to play summer league w/ Suns
    Jerel McNeal is expected to play in summer league with the Suns.

    Advice: "I'll probably end up doing Summer League with Phoenix and just use that as another opportunity to show what I can do and go do what the coaching staff asks. I'll do whatever I need to do to stick around," he said. McNeal is conditionally under contract next season, but he'll have to make an incredible impression this offseason to last beyond training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:25 am
  • John Wall icing wrist after Game 1 victory
    John Wall was spotted icing his wrist injury after Sunday's Game 1 victory over the Hawks.

    Advice: Wall has vowed to be ready for Game 2, but the wrist will not be 100 percent. "It's about sacrifice," Wall yelled in the locker room. It sounds like he'll be ready to go, but the injury is worth watching closely. Randy Wittman's Wizards are now 8-1 on the road in the postseason over the last two years, and they're the first team in NBA history to win four straight Game 1s on the road. Not bad. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:14 am
  • Mike Conley (face) bothered by lights, noise
    Mike Conley (facial surgery) was bothered by the loud noise and bright lights at Oracle Arena during Sunday's game.

    Advice: "You get a lot of headaches," said Conley, who shot around before the game but did not play. "You get a lot of pressure in that eye. It's tough to hear loud noises and horns. Lights hurt. It's sensitive to a lot." His return date remains uncertain and there's a good chance that Nick Calathes will start again on Tuesday, though Conley is considered questionable for Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:56 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • John Wall (wrist, hand) vows to play Tuesday
    John Wall injured his left wrist and hand during a hard fall on Sunday, but he told reporters, "I'll be ready on Tuesday."

    Advice: Early indications are that X-rays were negative but the team has yet to officially update his status. "My wrist will be alright. If it ain't broke I'll play through anything," Wall said. "It's more in my hand now. The pressure went to my hand." He'll have one day to rest before going for a 2-0 series lead vs. the top-seeded Hawks. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:05 pm
  • Nick Calathes scoreless in Conley's absence
    Nick Calathes started at PG on Sunday but he failed to score in 21 minutes, going 0-of-4 from the field and 0-of-2 at the FT line with one rebound, two assists, three steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: Paging Mike Conley. The Warriors also held Beno Udrih to seven points and one assist in 19 minutes off the bench, while their own MVP point guard pitched in a game-high 22 points. It's a wildly lopsided matchup but Calathes, who played well in the first round, will need to have a short memory with Game 2 looming on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:45 pm
  • MRI negative on Chris Paul's left hamstring
    An MRI on Chris Paul's left hamstring was negative and he is a game-time decision for Monday's Game 1 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: This is as good a report as Clippers' fans could have expected, though we may not learn CP3's availability until after he goes through pre-game warmups. He was amazing despite playing hurt on Saturday and if he's at all limited the Clips' offense will lean even more on Blake Griffin, with Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers assuming extra ball-handling duties. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:41 pm
     
    Injured
  • Report: Stephen Curry to earn MVP honors
    Stephen Curry will be named MVP for the 2014-15 season, according to CSN Bay Area.

    Advice: An official announcement is expected to be made this week, possibly as soon as Monday, and it makes sense for him to receive the award prior to Tuesday's Game 2 vs. the Grizzlies. Curry averaged only 32.7 minutes per game this season, yet he beat out MVP candidates like James Harden and LeBron James by leading his team to a league-best 67-15 record. He averaged 23.8 points, 3.6 triples, 4.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 2.0 steals during the regular season, and has somehow been even better in the playoffs. Congrats, Steph. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:18 pm
  • Stephen Curry drops 22 points in Game 1 win
    Stephen Curry put up a game-high 22 points during Sunday's Game 1 win over the Grizzlies, adding seven assists, four 3-pointers, four steals, two rebounds and four turnovers through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Warriors won their 21st straight game at Oracle Arena on Sunday, which is now the longest home-game winning streak in Warriors franchise history. Nick Calathes is nowhere near the defender that Mike Conley is, so Curry should have much trouble at all dismantling Memphis' defense. Through the first five games of the playoffs, Curry has compiled averages of 31.4 points, 7.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 4.8 three-pointers, and 1.8 steals per game. Stud. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:16 pm
  • Teague struggles with shot in Game 1 loss
    Jeff Teague's postseason struggles continued on Sunday, as he scored just 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting to go with seven assists, three rebounds, one 3-pointer and one turnover over 34 minutes.

    Advice: Teague is now shooting 37.8 percent from the field this postseason, and he'll need to turn things around for Atlanta to have a chance of evening up the series during Tuesday's Game 2. The Hawks actually had a 10-point lead heading into halftime, but they absolutely self-destructed during the second-half, connecting on just 25 percent of their shot attempts. Teague did briefly leave Sunday's game with an ankle injury, but he played through it, and we'd expect him to be fine for Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:03 pm
  • John Wall double-doubles in Game 1 upset
    John Wall double-doubled during Sunday's Game 1 road win over the Hawks, putting up 18 points on 8-of-19 shooting, 13 assists, seven rebounds, three blocks, one steal and just two turnovers through 39 minutes of action.

    Advice: Wall injured his left wrist in this one, but he was able to fight through the pain, staying in the game with nothing more than a wrap on his wrist. He's currently getting X-rays to determine if anything more severe is there, so we'll be watching for updates on that. Wall did appear to be in a lot of pain following the injury, but given the heavy playing time, we’d expect him to be fine for Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:51 pm
  • Nick Calathes will start Game 1 vs. GSW
    Nick Calathes will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Calathes will split minutes with Beno Udrih at the point guard position with Mike Conley (face) unavailable for this one. However, he'll get a very tough matchup against Stephen Curry of the Warriors, so owners of Calathes should temper their expectations. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:47 am
  • Mike Conley (face) out for Game 1 on Sunday
    Mike Conley (face) will not play in Game 1 on Sunday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Conley is hopeful that he can give it a go at some point during the Grizzlies second-round series against the Warriors, but the doctors gave him a 4-6 week timetable on April 30, so this looks like one of those situations where the player is being overly optimistic. Conley did go through some pregame warmups sporting a mask, so he's likely going to be a game-time call for each game, but for now he's looking doubtful to return during the second-round. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:37 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Beno Udrih (ankle) good to go for Game 1
    Beno Udrih (ankle) will play in Game 1 vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: Udrih will have some increased opportunity for minutes with Mike Conley (face) unavailable, however, he'll have a tough matchup against the Warriors so he's not that great of a daily league option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:25 am
  • Chris Paul (hamstring) may sit out Game 1
    Doc Rivers said that Chris Paul may miss Game 1 vs. the Rockets on Monday, and he's officially being listed as questionable.

    Advice: "Chris may play or may not play the first game [vs. Houston], but the game is Monday... my guess right now if I had to guess, I would say no," Rivers said. Paul suffered a hamstring injury during the first quarter of Saturday's Game 7 win over the Spurs, and while he played through it, it would seem he's in jeopardy of missing Game 1 on Monday. We'll continue to monitor his status closely, but if he's forced to sit, Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and Blake Griffin would all need to step up in a big way. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:15 am
     
    Injured
  • Mike Conley going through warmups in mask
    Mike Conley (face) is currently going through warmups wearing a mask.

    Advice: Conley remains doubtful to play, but the fact that he's going through warmups and sporting a mask, it would seem he's at least going to try and give it a go. Head coach Dave Joerger said that there's a possibility Conley is able to play, but it remains unlikely. We'll have another update in about another 30 minutes on his official status. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:06 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • John Wall injures left wrist, stays in game
    John Wall injured his left wrist during Game 1 against the Hawks on Sunday, but he is staying in the game.

    Advice: He braced his fall with his left wrist after a layup attempt, but as bad as it initially looked, Wall appears to be fine. His wrist is heavily wrapped, but he will do his best to keep the Wizards in this game. Stay tuned for any additional updates, but it looks like he has dodged a bullet. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:55 am
  • Jeff Teague (ankle) will return to Game 1
    Jeff Teague (right ankle sprain) briefly left Sunday's Game 1 against the Wizards, but he will be available to keep playing.

    Advice: It didn't look too serious and Teague simply had his ankle re-taped in the locker room. Teague's right ankle has been troublesome for a while now, so hopefully the injury doesn't linger throughout the series. We will let you know how he holds up after the game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:21 am
  • J.J. Barea hopes to return to Dallas
    J.J. Barea is hoping that he will be a member of the Dallas Mavericks next season.

    Advice: "I want to," Barea said when asked if he wanted to return to Dallas. "I want to and hopefully this time we make it work. I had a lot of fun this year. I enjoyed being back. It feels like home for me here in Dallas so hopefully I can come back and finish my career here for the next couple years." Barea wasn't a big part of the rotation this season and averaged just 17.7 minutes per game, so he won't be a target in fantasy leagues regardless of where he lands in free agency. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:05 am
  • Will Bynum will be inactive for Game 1
    Will Bynum will be inactive for Game 1 against the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: Garrett Temple (hamstring) will be returning from an extended absence today, so something had to give. Bynum will have a hard time finding minutes in this series with the Wizards at full strength. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:56 am
  • Garrett Temple will be available for Game 1
    Head coach Randy Wittman confirmed that Garrett Temple (hamstring) will be available for Game 1 vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: Temple has been on the shelf since Mar. 9 and just recently returned to practice on Friday, so there is no guarantee that he sees the floor today. With the Wizards at full strength, Temple will find it hard to carve out a significant role in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:34 am
     
    Injured
  • Garrett Temple warming up for Game 1 Sun
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) is warming up to play in Game 1 vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: Temple made it through practice on Friday and is expected to be available to play today, so this is definitely a good sign. However, he has been sidelined since Mar. 9, and with the way Otto Porter has been playing off the bench, Temple probably won't see many minutes right out of the gate. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:10 am
     
    Injured
  • Ty Lawson could be on his way out of Denver?
    Ty Lawson's relationship with the Nuggets continues to be shaky, and Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post speculates that he could be traded in the near future.

    Advice: When asked by a Dallas Mavericks fan on Instagram to come play for Dallas, Lawson replied,"I wish". Lawson immediately deleted the post, but not before the media got to it. It's pretty obvious that he has grown frustrated with the Nuggets, and a change of scenery would probably be best for both sides moving forward. We will follow this story closely, but don't be surprised if Lawson is wearing a different uniform to start the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:47 am
  • Chris Paul hits game-winner in heroic game
    Chris Paul (hamstring) had the most iconic game of his career during a Game 7 111-109 victory over the Spurs on Saturday, scoring 27 points with two rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block, five 3-pointers and one turnover.

    Advice: CP3 also hit a game-winning shot with one second left to earn the series victory. He also suffered a hamstring injury and was able to return in the second quarter. Paul was grabbing his hamstring throughout the game and he was limping numerous times, as well. Coach Doc Rivers said CP3 could miss Game 1 on Monday in Houston and Rivers said he'd guess his star PG can't go, so that will be the biggest story to watch. Until then, let's just re-watch this instant classic a few more times. It's still not fair that the No. 2 and 3 teams for net rating had to play in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:35 pm
     
    Injured
  • Chris Paul (left hamstring) returns to action
    Chris Paul (hamstring) returned to Saturday's game in the second quarter.

    Advice: Owner Steve Ballmer's face probably isn't quite as red. Although, Paul does seem to be limping a bit, so he's not at 100 percent. He's going to have to man up here. This should be an amazing game. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:58 pm
     
    Injured
  • Chris Paul (hamstring) to the locker room
    Chris Paul suffered a hamstring injury against the Spurs on Saturday and went to the locker room. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:40 pm
     
    Injured
  • Mike Conley (face) doubtful to play Sunday
    Mike Conley (face) is doubtful to play against the Warriors on Sunday in Game 1.

    Advice: We still haven't heard if he practiced yet and Tony Allen said "I can't tell y'all" about Conley at practice today. There's hope he'll be able to play at some point in this series, but it doesn't look like it'll be Sunday. The Grizzlies will likely use Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes at the point. Although, it's worth mentioning they had a no-PG lineup briefly in Game 5 vs. Portland. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:38 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • John Wall playing through shoulder issue
    John Wall has been playing through a shoulder strain.

    Advice: "It's all right. It [will] be all right," Wall said of his right shoulder. "I have a little strain in it and it's something I have to deal with, but you make no excuses when you're in the playoffs." He is not in jeopardy of missing Game 1 on Sunday against the Hawks. Wall had a very good season against the Hawks on the stat sheet, but his turnovers were ridiculously high at 6.8 per game. If the Wizards are going to win, he'll need to cut down those TOs. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:38 pm
  • Coach: Deron Williams 'not franchise player'
    Nets coach Lionel Hollins said on Saturday that Deron Williams is "not a franchise player any more."

    Advice: Hollins has consistently tried to lower expectations for his former All-Star guard, but never quite as explicitly as he did today. "He's a good player, he's a solid player, but I don't think he's a franchise player anymore," Hollins said. "I'm proud of the way he's bounced back and played, and there's so much pressure on him to be a franchise player, and everybody talks about a franchise player, but we need to have a franchise team." Williams missed 14 games due to injury this season, and when healthy he shot 38.7 percent from the field. Fantasy owners shouldn't reach for him until well into the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:17 am
  • McHale: Pat Beverley (wrist) 'won't be back'
    When coach Kevin McHale was asked if Patrick Beverley (wrist) might return during the playoffs, he replied, "Pat won't be back."

    Advice: Beverley was seen taking a few shots while wearing a cast this week and he said in mid-April that there's a "very strong possibility" he could play in the postseason. That appears to be overly-optimistic, however, and the Rockets have already declared him out for the playoffs. Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni will continue to hold down the PG position, with James Harden doing all the heavy lifting for Houston's backcourt. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:21 am
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Williams and Co. all struggle as Nets fall
    Deron Williams scored 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds and four assists in the Nets' 111-87 Game 6 loss to the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: Williams and his starting teammates were all somewhere between -16 and -29 in the plus/minus department and just couldn't get stops. Joe Johnson scored 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting with six rebounds, six assists and two steals, Brook Lopez hit 7-of-15 shots for 19 and seven, and Thad Young saw just 23 minutes for a pedestrian seven points and six boards. The Nets are staring down the barrel of an ugly re-boot. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:21 pm
  • Jack goes for 11-7-5 in Game 6 loss
    Jarrett Jack scored 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 6 loss.

    Advice: Jack's production basically acts like empty calories at this stage in his career, as the defensive deficiencies and sporadic bad decision-making aren't offset by the good that he does when hot. He's under contract for $6.3 million next season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:12 pm
     
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Teague hands out 13 assists in blowout win
    Jeff Teague handed out 13 assists in Friday's blowout Game 6 win over the Nets, but did not hit any field goals for zero points, two steals and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Teague missed on all five of his attempts but he looked fine and his scoring wasn't needed in the 24-point win. He was, however, a bit inconsistent during this series and he'll need to clean that up against the Wizards. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:39 pm
  • MEM not planning to have Conley for Game 1
    The Grizzlies are not expecting Mike Conley (face) to play in Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: "The game plan is without him, but at some point in the series you're hoping that he plays," coach Dave Joerger said. Conley will likely wearing a mask upon his return and it's good news that the Grizzlies aren't ruling him out just yet. He'll travel with the team and there should be another update on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:02 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Mike Conley (face) will travel to Oakland
    Mike Conley (face) will travel with the team to Oakland for Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: There is no word if he'll be able to suit up just yet. Conley hopes to be ready for action at some point during the upcoming series against the league's best team. If he can't give it a go, Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes will have to figure out how to slow down Stephen Curry. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:39 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Report: Smart, Zeller unlikely to be traded
    Marcus Smart and Tyler Zeller are reportedly the least likely players on Boston's roster to be traded this offseason.

    Advice: Danny Ainge really loves Smart's work on the defensive end, and it wouldn't make much sense for a rebuilding organization to trade away such a promising piece after just one season. Zeller is only on the books for $2.6 million next year, which is a great bargain considering what he brings to the table in limited minutes. Ainge has promised Boston fans that the Celtics will be doing big things this offseason, but those big-moves likely won't involve the aforementioned players. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:28 am
  • Garrett Temple goes through practice
    Garrett Temple went through practice on Friday and will be available for Game 1 in the second round.

    Advice: Temple had a hamstring strain with some tearing and has been out since Mar. 9. With Otto Porter really stepping up and Bradley Beal logging major minutes, there are not a lot of minutes available for Temple. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:06 am
     
    Injured
  • Brandon Jennings shooting flat-footed jumpers
    Brandon Jennings posted a video to his Twitter account on Friday showing him getting up some flat-footed jumpers.

    Advice: Baby steps. Jennings completely tore his Achilles during the 2014-15 season, but he continues to make steady progress, and he's hopeful to be ready by training camp next season. It'll be very interesting to see how Reggie Jackson's restricted free agency pans out, but if he is retained by Detroit, Jennings could be looking at a timeshare at the point guard position. He'll make for a very risky selection during next year's drafts coming off a severe injury. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:36 am
     
    Injured
  • MCW chipped a tooth after Dunleavy hit
    Michael Carter-Williams said that he chipped a tooth after he took a shot from Mike Dunleavy during Thursday's Game 6 loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: Mike Dunleavy is likely looking at a suspension for his actions during Game 6, so we'll be watching for any updates on that. As for MCW, he stated during his exit interview that he's looking forward to becoming a bigger piece to the puzzle for Milwaukee next season, but he'll need to make some major improvements to his game to be viewed as a quality asset in standard leagues. He finished his season with the Bucks averaging 14.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 2.0 steals and 3.2 turnovers per game on 42.9 percent shooting from the field. His lack of a 3-point shot, high turnover rate, and poor field goal percentage really hurts his value. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:30 am
  • Tyler Ennis will play in Summer League
    Tyler Ennis will play a few games for the Bucks' Summer League team, in addition to playing for Team Canada over the summer.

    Advice: Ennis will get some much-needed experience this summer, but as the fourth-string point guard for the Bucks, his fantasy value is right around zero. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:20 am
  • Clippers win 102-96 in SA, Game 7 on Saturday
    Chris Paul was fantastic in the second half to get a huge 102-96 victory in San Antonio on Thursday, scoring 19 points with four rebounds, 15 assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 44 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't make any field goals in the first half and he played the entire second half. Paul's scoring is way up with 22.6 points per game in his previous five. The road team has won each of the last three games, so Saturday's "home-court advantage" doesn't appear to be that large. Game 7 will be in Los Angeles at 8:00 EDT before everyone tunes in for the action in Las Vegas. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:54 pm
     
    Injured
  • Tony Parker doesn't play down the stretch
    Tony Parker didn't play down the stretch against the Clippers on Thursday, finishing with eight points, four rebounds, seven assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Patty Mills played down the stretch and it might have had something to do with the Spurs needing some 3-pointers to cut the Clippers' lead. Parker should get his normal playing time on Saturday in Game 7. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:36 pm
  • Derrick Rose scores 15 in 25 minutes
    Derrick Rose scored 15 points with five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three 3-pointers during a 120-66 win over the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the third largest victory in playoff history and this game was over in the second quarter. Rose was on the stationary bike during the game today. Interestingly, he was still in the game when the Bulls were up by more than 40 points. An interesting trend so far in the playoffs for Rose is that he's been much better when he had two days off (like today) opposed to one day off. The Bulls will take on the Cavs in Cleveland on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:52 pm
  • MCW has a really bad season finale
    Michael Carter-Williams made just 1-of-6 from the field against the Bulls on Thursday, scoring six points with four rebounds, one assist, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: He attacked the basket again with all but two of his shots coming from within eight feet, but he just couldn't convert. Carter-Williams was hit in the jaw today and missed a few minutes. That obviously wasn't why he struggled today. The story on MCW has been the same since he was drafted: Carter-Williams needs to get a jumper and cut down on his turnovers. He won't be a highly coveted player in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:49 pm
  • McCollum says playoff performance was 'big'
    C.J. McCollum said that his performance during Games 3, 4, and 5 of the playoffs was "big" for him, as well as for the coaching staff to see his development.

    Advice: "You kind of leave your stamp on how you perform," said McCollum of his playoff performance. "It was big for me, but big for our coaching staff to see how we develop." McCollum had a very nice finish to the 2014-15 season, putting up averages of 15.6 points, 1.4 three-pointers and 1.3 steals per game through the month of April. He's shown that if given the minutes he can put up quality numbers, and he could find himself in a sixth man role with the team next season. His value will be tied to what the Blazers do through free agency, but if Wesley Matthews or Arron Afflalo leaves, he'll likely be looking at a much larger role in Portland. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:15 pm
  • Damian Lillard hints he'll sign an extension
    Damian Lillard hinted during his exit interview that he will sign a contract extension with the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: "For me, this is where I want to be. Whatever we need to do to make that happen, I want to do it," said Lillard regarding a contract extension. He also stated he would like to become a more efficient player on the offensive end, and also become a better defensive player. Lillard had a career-year with Portland this season, putting in averages of 21.0 points (career-high), 6.2 assists, 1.2 steals (career-high) and 2.4 three-pointers per game on 43.4 percent shooting from the field, while again making it through all 82 games. He won't be slipping out of the second-round of fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:29 pm
  • Celtics hope to get Smart more looks at PG
    The Celtics are hoping to get Marcus Smart more time at point guard in summer leagues.

    Advice: The byproduct of this news is that Phil Pressey may be left of the team's summer league roster. "Phil is a possibility for summer league. We may play Marcus some and Phil some, but we really want Marcus to play a little bit more of the point guard position in summer league," Ainge said at his end-of-season press conference on Thursday. Pressey's exclusion from the roster would be a good thing for Smart's ball-handling development as Pressey played a lot of point guard during last year's summer leagues and pushed Smart off the ball. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:42 am
  • Celtics see Isaiah Thomas as bench player
    Celtics president Danny Ainge said he thinks Isaiah Thomas is better-suited to coming off the bench.

    Advice: While this might sound like an indictment of Thomas, Ainge said it's more about conserving the diminutive guard. "I think Isaiah is more suited for a bench role. Isaiah expends a ton of energy to score," the Celtics president said. Ainge also lauded Thomas' ability to score in the fourth quarter and left no doubt over the importance of Thomas to the Celtics' future. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:52 am
  • Mike Conley optimistic about return
    Mike Conley (eye) said he'll try to play at some point in the Grizzlies' upcoming series against the Warriors.

    Advice: Doctors have told Conley it will take four-to-six weeks for his facial fractures to heal, but Conley called himself day-to-day on Wednesday night. "We’re hopeful that it’ll be sooner than later," Conley said. "It has a lot to do with swelling. [The injuries] were pretty serious to my knowledge. I’m happy to get out of it successfully. My eye was swollen shut two days ago." We'll keep a close eye on Conley's status during the Grizzlies' upcoming series, but Nick Calathes and Beno Udrih will continue to see increased minutes while he's out. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:29 am
     
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    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • C.J. McCollum goes off for 33 points in loss
    C.J. McCollum went off against the Grizzlies in Wednesday Game 5 loss, scoring 33 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the field with three boards and seven 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Blazers' season came to an end on Wednesday, but the good news is that they found a gem for the future. The 33 points were obviously a career-high for him, but McCollum also set a franchise record for most points off the bench in a playoff game (previous record was held by Billy Ray Bates with 29). McCollum's fantasy value for next season will depend on what the Blazers do with Wesley Matthews and Arron Afflalo in free agency, but he looks destined to have a substantial role in Portland after this performance. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:08 pm
  • Nick Calathes scores six points in Game 5
    Nick Calathes drew another start in Game 5 vs. the Blazers on Wednesday, scoring six points on 3-of-10 shooting with four assists and four boards in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Beno Udrih played just 15 minutes and clearly wasn't 100 percent, and Mike Conley (face) still has no timetable for a return. Calathes could potentially start the rest of the way for the Grizzlies, but he will have a very unfavorable matchup with the Grizzlies set to face Stephen Curry and the Warriors in the next round. However, if Calathes continues to flirt with 30 minutes of action, he would be an interesting option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:53 pm
  • Mike Conley had two plates inserted in his face
    Mike Conley said that he needed two plates inserted into his face, and he is still dealing with a lot of swelling in his eye.

    Advice: His eye was pretty much swollen shut, and it obviously didn't look good at all. When asked about a potential return, Conley said it was still "up in the air", so we unfortunately still don't have a timetable. We will continue to monitor his progress closely, but Nick Calathes and Beno Udrih will continue to see increased roles for the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:00 pm
     
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    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Jeff Teague returns from ankle issue
    Jeff Teague returned from a third-quarter ankle sprain during a 107-97 win over the Nets on Wednesday, finishing with 20 points, three rebounds, eight assists, three steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did have a bad turnover late and he still hasn't completely hit his stride. As for his ankle injury, it's something we'll need to watch in the next couple days. Back on Mar. 25, Teague suffered an ankle sprain and returned to action, but he missed the two following games. Although, that was the regular season and this ankle sprain didn't look as bad. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:58 pm
  • Deron Williams comes back to Earth
    Deron Williams cooled off against the Hawks during a 107-97 loss on Wednesday, making 2-of-8 from the field for five points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal and two turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He scored 35 points in Game 4, but Deron was back to looking flat again. Williams did suffer what looked to be an ankle tweak, which can be added to his lower back and knee issues. He's been better at home in the playoffs and will look to bounce back in Game 6 on Friday. Although, he was actually worse at home during the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • Jarrett Jack gets hot late, scores 18 points
    Jarrett Jack scored 18 points with four rebounds, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He scored 12 straight points for the Nets in the fourth and continues to play well when it counts. In his previous four fourth quarters, Jack made 57.1 percent from the field in 9.0 minutes per game. He's likely earned more playing time again on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:41 pm
     
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Jeff Teague (right ankle) getting re-taped
    Jeff Teague (right ankle sprain) went to the locker room in the third quarter on Wednesday, but will return after being re-taped.

    Advice: He limped to the locker room under his own power, but it certainly wasn't a light limp. It sounds like Teague will be fine today, but don't forget he returned from an ankle injury earlier this season and missed following games because of swelling. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:38 pm
  • Rajon Rondo doesn't get a playoff share?
    The Mavs opted not to give Rajon Rondo a playoff share.

    Advice: This story keeps getting more odd. According to the report, the other 14 players on the roster evenly divided $208,940. The players did not vote to exclude Rondo and were simply presented with a list that did not include him. He won't be back with the Mavs next season after one of the worst contract years in recent memory. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:55 pm
     
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    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Michael Carter-Williams' ankle is fine
    Michael Carter-Williams (ankle) said he's good to go for Game 6 on Thursday.

    Advice: "It feels a little bit tight, nothing too serious," Carter-Williams said. He had to be re-taped on Monday and looked as good as ever. All 10 of his makes were in the paint, so expect the Bulls to play off him more tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:11 pm
  • Rajon Rondo and Mavericks agreed to part ways
    Rajon Rondo and the Mavericks mutually agreed to part ways after his disappointing performance in the first two games of the playoffs, and they used his "back injury" as an excuse to save face.

    Advice: Rondo was dreadful in the postseason and head coach Rick Carlisle reportedly would have relegated him to the bench in Game 3 anyways. The Mavericks didn't want Rondo's attitude to rub off on their other players, so the decision was made to excuse him from the team. If it isn't already obvious, it's safe to say that Rondo won't be back in Dallas next season. The Lakers have expressed some interest in pursuing the free agent point guard, but they are only willing to sign him at a discount. On a side note, the Mavericks reportedly didn't give Rondo his playoff share, so it will be interesting to see if he has anything to say about all of this. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:44 am
     
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    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Mike Conley (face) listed as out Wednesday
    Mike Conley (face) is listed as out for Game 5 vs. Portland on Wednesday, while Nick Calathes will get another start at point guard.

    Advice: We are still waiting to hear an official timetable for Conley's return, but all signs point to him missing some more time. Calathes and Beno Udrih both played 24 minutes in Game 4, so neither player is attractive in daily leagues. The Grizzlies currently lead the Blazers 3-1, so they will look to close out the series in front of their home crowd tonight. Conley was released from the hospital and is expected to meet up with the team on Wednesday, so hopefully we get some more details soon. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:18 am
     
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    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Batum: Damian Lillard had 'blood in his eyes'
    Nicolas Batum said that Damian Lillard delivered a sideline speech that lit a fire under his teammates and propelled them to a win in Game 4 on Monday.

    Advice: "I've never seen [Lillard] like that," Batum said. "Not like that. Not with so much passion. There was blood in his eyes." This was a really cool quote from Batum, but it was obvious that Lillard wasn't about to let his team get swept in the first round of the playoffs. Lillard dropped 32 points with seven assists, two boards and a 3-pointer in the win, and he will look to keep the Blazers alive by forcing a Game 6 on Wednesday in Memphis. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:48 am
  • Tony Parker's struggles continue in Gm 5 win
    Tony Parker struggled in 33 minutes of action on Tuesday, shooting 5-of-15 from the field and 3-of-5 at the FT line to finish with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists.

    Advice: He's playing at less than 100 percent health due to lingering ankle, Achilles and quad injuries, allowing Chris Paul to thoroughly dominate the point guard matchup in Round 1. Parker moved well enough tonight but didn't have his usual explosion, and even his dribble penetration rarely led to easy buckets. The Spurs are fortunate to have a 3-2 series lead while Parker is averaging 9.6 points on 32.8 percent FGs and 58.8 percent FTs. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:16 pm
  • J.J. Barea logs 37 minutes as starter Tuesday
    J.J. Barea started again on Tuesday and had six points, six rebounds, nine assists and two steals in 37 minutes, shooting just 3-of-12 from the field as the Mavs were eliminated by the Rockets.

    Advice: Barea came into Game 5 with the third-best +/- rating in the playoffs -- at an impressive +12.5 per game, he was tied with Stephen Curry and trailed only Draymond Green (+19.3). He was a catalyst for the Mavs' postseason scoring with an offensive rating of 121.4, but he'll only be an asset in the deepest fantasy leagues no matter where he signs as a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:16 pm
  • J.J. Barea, Aminu starting again in Game 5
    J.J. Barea will earn another start at PG on Tuesday with Devin Harris and Raymond Felton coming off the bench.

    Advice: There was no doubt about Barea's status as a starter after Sunday's gem, during which he racked up 17 points and 13 assists in a do-or-die Game 4 victory. With only four teams active on Tuesday, Barea may be one of the best value plays in daily fantasy leagues. He'll join a starting lineup that includes Monta Ellis, Al-Farouq Aminu, Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:50 pm
  • Stephen Curry returns to practice on Tuesday
    Stephen Curry returned to the Warriors' practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Curry had an excused absence from Monday's practice, but he got back to business on Tuesday. He'll be ready to go for their second-round series against either the Grizzlies or the Trail Blazers. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:06 pm
  • Lakers only interested in Rondo at a discount
    The Lakers are reportedly only interested in signing Rajon Rondo as an unrestricted free agent this offseason at a discount.

    Advice: An ugly divorce, and unproductive season with the Dallas Mavericks has really lowered Rondo's stock heading into free agency. Rondo just isn't the same player he once was before the ACL tear in 2013. He remains a major liability on offense, and his defense has dipped as well. He clashes with coaches, and his need to have the ball in his hands would more than likely result in some conflict with Kobe Bryant. Simply put, Rondo hasn't played like a max-contract player for some time now, and he's likely going to have to settle for less during free agency. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:33 pm
     
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    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Pierce praises Williams' Game 4 performance
    Paul Pierce praised Deron Williams for his playoff career-high 35-point outburst during Monday's Game 4 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: "I think it's great. I know that's what he's capable of," said Pierce of Williams 35-point performance during Game 4. "That's probably why I said a lot of things I said because I know what Deron Williams is capable of. The player you saw last night, that's what you expect out of him. It's all a mind-set. You got to go out there and will yourself every night, I believe." Pierce recently spoke out about his time in Brooklyn, and singled out Williams with some harsh criticisms, but it's nice to know he can give credit when it's due. Williams will need to continue to play at a high level for Brooklyn to have any shot at beating the East's top seeded team. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:16 pm
  • Tony Parker acknowledges he's not 100 percent
    Tony Parker (ankle, Achilles, quad) admitted on Tuesday that he's not 100 percent healthy, but he will continue to fight through the pain and he will play in Game 5 on Tuesday against the Clippers.

    Advice: Parker struggled through the first three games of the series, but he managed to go off for 18 points during Game 4 on Sunday. Parker knows that he needs to be aggressive for San Antonio to have a shot at repeating for a championship, and he'll look to keep his momentum going during Tuesday's Game 5. We'll let you know how he fares after the game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:30 am
  • Temple (hamstring) to be ready for 2nd round
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) has progressed to going through individual drills, and he should be ready to play for the Wizards' second-round series.

    Advice: As long as John Wall and Bradley Beal are healthy, Temple is going to have a tough time getting consistent minutes in Washington's rotations. He'll fight with Ramon Sessions for reserve minutes, but his fantasy value is essentially non-existent playing in a limited role off the bench for the Wizards. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:17 am
     
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  • Damian Lillard scores 32, Blazers get a win
    Damian Lillard carried the Blazers to get a Game 4 win on Monday, scoring 32 points with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Blazers pulled out a 99-92 win thanks to outscoring the Grizzlies 31-17 in the fourth. Lillard's trey was a four-point play to help Lillard alone match the Grizzlies scoring in the final 8:48 of this game (12 points each). It was Lillard time. The Blazers are now down 3-1 and will head to Memphis for Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:42 pm
  • C.J. McCollum has another big game
    C.J. McCollum looked good again on Monday with 18 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 8-of-12 from the field in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He played the entire second and fourth quarters tonight. McCollum is really emerging as a shooting guard this season and most of it has to do with his dribbling. He is coming off a 26-point game on Saturday and will carry some momentum into the offseason. He's a darkhorse for Sixth Man of the Year next season and is on the radar in the later rounds of fantasy drafts. Arron Afflalo didn't score in 19 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:27 pm
  • Nick Calathes scores 12 points in start
    Nick Calathes scored 12 points in his first postseason start on Monday to go with three rebounds, two assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He was 4-of-10 from the field and did a decent job on the defensive side. Beno Udrih wasn't at 100 percent and that may have been why Calathes drew the start. The pair will likely be looking at a close to a 50/50 split again in Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:17 pm
  • Beno Udrih plays 24 minutes off bench
    Beno Udrih returned to action on Monday with 13 points, three assists and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Blazers.

    Advice: He looked good on offense and split the playing time right now the middle. Udrih arrived to the arena in a walking boot, but he still seemed fine and was doing more than just catch-and-shoot stuff. Udrih should feel a little better for Game 5 on Wednesday. Although, Nick Calathes was no slouch either, so the pair will likely split the playing time again. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:13 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams scores 22 in win
    Michael Carter-Williams may have turned in his best game as a Buck during Monday's Game 5 94-88 win in Chicago, scoring 22 points on 10-of-15 from the field with eight rebounds, nine assists, one steal and three blocks in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He even turned in his ankle in this game and had to be re-taped. It's pretty easy to figure out why he was successful today: MCW had all 10 makes come from inside the paint today and he only had four attempts from beyond 14 feet. The Bulls will likely force him to shoot from distance more, but we still have to give Carter-Williams a ton of credit here. The Bucks will look to tie the series in Game 6 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:16 pm
  • Derrick Rose struggles again in a loss
    Derrick Rose struggled for a second consecutive game against the Bucks on Monday, making 5-of-20 from the field for 13 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and six turnovers.

    Advice: He missed all seven attempts from deep and coach Tom Thibodeau will probably have a word with Rose to relax on those attempts. The Bulls made just 7-of-30 (23.3 percent) in the fourth quarter and only had seven fast-break points in the entire game. Rose was able to play with some control in his enormous Game 3, but he's been chaotic in the last two games. He'll get a couple days off before Game 6 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:45 pm
  • Deron Williams scores 35, Nets tie series
    Deron Williams matched his playoff career-high 35 points during an overtime 120-115 Game 4 win over the Hawks on Monday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and seven 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was nothing like we've seen from Deron this series. He was loose, played with a lot of confidence and hit the most 3-pointers he's ever made in a playoff game. Williams didn't seem to be bothered by his knee tendinitis or a tailbone injury, and he also had another minor injury today. The Nets have tied this series up 2-2 and have exposed some weaknesses to the Eastern Conference's top seed. This series will go back to Atlanta on Wednesday for Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:29 pm
  • Nick Calathes will start at point guard
    Nick Calathes will start at point guard against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Beno Udrih arrived in a walking boot to the arena, so he's not at 100 percent. Based on that information, it's hard to like either guy with so much uncertainty. The two might split the minutes down the middle, but it could go either way depending on Udrih's ankle. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:17 pm
  • Beno Udrih (ankle) will play on Monday night
    Beno Udrih (ankle) will play against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He went through shootaround and there's been no indication he'll be limited. Udrih will likely see around 26-32 minutes tonight while Nick Calathes backs him up. Udrih is a decent option in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:53 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams (ankle) will return
    Michael Carter-Williams rolled his ankle in the third quarter on Monday and will return to action.

    Advice: He hobbled back to the locker room under his own power. Carter-Williams might be at less than 100 percent, but he'll do his best to keep the Bucks in it. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:36 pm
  • Deron Williams (knee) will start on Monday
    Deron Williams (knee) will start against the Hawks in Game 4 on Monday.

    Advice: He also suffered a bruised tailbone and is coming off a horrific game from Saturday. Williams might have a short leash today, so he could play anywhere from 18-28 minutes. If he struggles, expect Jarrett Jack to also get more run at the point. Bojan Bogdanovic would also get more playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:19 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (wrist) taking some shots
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) was taking some shots while wearing his cast on Monday.

    Advice: He is still nowhere near close to a return and will be in a cast for another six weeks. Beverley has been on the bench with the team and will likely be out for the rest of the playoffs. He does hope to return later in the playoffs, but the Rockets would have to advance very far to make this even a possibility. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:35 pm
     
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    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Curry has excused absence from practice
    Stephen Curry had an excused absence from practice on Monday.

    Advice: He's not injured and may have just earned some time off. The Warriors will start playing again on Sunday at the earliest or it could be later if the Blazers can win three in a row. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 27, 11:22 am
  • Hollins: Deron Williams isn't the same player
    In his defense of Deron Williams, Lionel Hollins said that his starting point guard is no longer the player he once was.

    Advice: No player is the way he was four years ago." Williams has become a punching bag for the Nets since his tenure in Brooklyn began, and Hollins said it's become "totally unfair." Williams has made 2-of-15 shots over his last two games for a combined five points, but he has averaged 8.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.0 steals during that same stretch. He's expected to be able to play in Game 4 and going forward, but D-Will's effectiveness remains in question. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 27, 7:30 am
  • Jeff Teague hated everything about Game 3
    Jeff Teague hated everything about how the Hawks played in Game 3, and he vowed to improve for Game 4.

    Advice: "I hated our game [Saturday], I hated the way I played,’’ Teague said. "I think the whole team hated the way we played." It's hard to imagine the Hawks shooting 35.6 percent from the field again, including a "scathing" 6-of-30 from behind the three-point line, and a win would mean Atlanta taking a commanding 3-1 series lead. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 27, 6:38 am
  • Mavs win Game 4 behind J.J. Barea's 17 & 13
    J.J. Barea thrived as a starter on Sunday with 17 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, 13 assists and one steal, helping the Mavericks stave off a season-ending loss by beating the Rockets 121-109.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle pulled the right strings tonight, enabling his short-handed squad to avoid a first-round sweep. When asked about Barea's excellent postseason play during his Mavs career, Carlisle said, "He's relished playoff opportunities ... I think that's how he's wired." Dallas will need Barea at his disruptive best when they try to extend the series to six games in Houston on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 9:35 pm
  • Chris Paul drops 34 points in Game 4 win
    Chris Paul bounced back in a big way during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Spurs, putting up 34 points, seven assists, three rebounds, two 3-pointers, one block, one steal and two turnovers through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: After going just 3-of-11 from the field during Friday's Game 3 loss, Paul sank 11-of-19 of his shots while going a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe in a crucial Game 4 win for the Clippers. The Clippers will now head back to Los Angeles with the series tied up at two a piece, and they'll need Paul to keep the momentum going if they hope to take the 3-2 lead over the defending champs. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 3:49 pm
     
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  • Isaiah Thomas shoots 4-of-17 in Game 4 loss
    Isaiah Thomas shot just 4-of-17 from the field during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cavs, scoring 21 points with nine assists, five rebounds, one 3-pointer, on steal and four turnovers through 37 minutes of action.

    Advice: Thomas struggled from the field, but he still got his points by going a perfect 12-of-12 from the charity stripe. Thomas' numbers made a major jump when he was traded to Boston, averaging 19.0 points, 5.4 assists, and 2.3 three-pointers per game through 21 games with the Celtics. He was a major reason why Boston was able to make the playoffs this season, and he figures to be a mid-round asset next year as Boston's sixth man. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 3:20 pm
  • Beno Udrih (ankle) will play in Game 4 on Mon
    Beno Udrih (ankle) said that he will play in Game 4 against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Udrih sat out on Saturday, but with Mike Conley (face) going down, Memphis really needs all they can get from Udrih. He'll likely start with Conley unavailable, so he'll be someone to consider as a low-end, plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 2:23 pm
  • Deron Williams has severe case of tendinitis?
    According to teammate Joe Johnson, Deron Williams is dealing with a "severe" case of tendinitis in his knee.

    Advice: Williams also suffered a bruised tailbone in Game 3 on Saturday, but he has been banged up for a while now and this news isn't too surprising given his injury history. Head coach Lionel Hollins doesn't know if Williams will be able to play in Game 4 on Monday, but we will update his status once we know more. Jarrett Jack will step into the starting lineup if Williams is forced to miss any action, and he would be a popular option for owners in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 9:39 am
  • Marcus Smart was late to practice on Saturday
    Marcus Smart was reportedly late to practice on Saturday because he overslept, but head coach Brad Stevens said that Jae Crowder was always going to start in Game 4.

    Advice: There have been some indications that Smart will see reduced minutes for disciplinary reasons, so it's probably best for owners in fantasy leagues to look at other options. Jae Crowder is starting because his physical presence is needed to guard LeBron James, but there is no word on whether or not the switch is temporary. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 8:35 am
  • Marcus Smart benched for Game 4 on Sunday
    Marcus Smart will come off the bench for Game 4 against the Cavaliers on Sunday with Jae Crowder set to replace him in the first unit.

    Advice: Smart has seen an average of just 23.0 minutes in the first three games of the series, and it's pretty obvious that head coach Brad Stevens wants a bigger lineup to help deal with the presence of LeBron James. Smart should still get some decent run off the bench, but his postseason averages of 9.3 points, 1.7 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.0 3-pointer per game makes him tough to look at in terms of fantasy production. Evan Turner will spend plenty of time running the point today. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 8:01 am
  • Deron Williams suffered a bruised tailbone
    Deron Williams left Saturday's game against the Hawks after landing hard on his tailbone, but he is expected to be fine moving forward.

    Advice: "It’s frustrating," Williams said. "It’s frustrating for me to be banged up, but we won tonight. And like I said, that’s the only thing that matters. Brook [Lopez] had a heck of a game tonight, you know, on both ends of the floor, rebounding. He did everything tonight. Joe [Johnson], big plays." Jarrett Jack took over when Williams left the game and led the Nets to an 18-0 run, so it looks like Williams' injury may have actually been a blessing in disguise for Brooklyn. Williams finished with just three points on 1-of-8 shooting to go with six assists, seven boards and two steals, but he will have to step it up if he doesn't want to lose playing time to Jack. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 6:51 am
  • Derrick Rose apologizes to his teammates
    Derrick Rose took the blame for Chicago's Game 4 loss to the Bucks on Saturday after he allowed Jerryd Bayless to have an open layup under the basket in the closing seconds of the game.

    Advice: "I put that all on me," Rose said. "I wasn't paying attention. I don't feel bad for myself, I feel bad for my teammates. Knowing that we could've forced overtime. I messed things up, but I swear I'm good for it." Rose was pretty reckless throughout the game and finished with eight turnovers to go with his 14 points, five boards, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers. The Bulls lead the Bucks 3-1, but Rose is going to have to step it up before Milwaukee gains any more momentum Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 6:36 am
  • Tony Parker says his Achilles isn't too bad
    Tony Parker said that his sore left ankle, tight right Achilles tendon and bruised left quadriceps are getting better, but he did admit that he doesn't have the same lift on his jumpers.

    Advice: "Obviously, it has to do with my Achilles and my ankle because sometimes I don’t feel the same lift," Parker said. "But as long as I’m aggressive, that’s all [head coach Gregg Popovich] wants. He wants me to be in attack mode." Parker has been pretty sluggish in the playoffs so far, averaging just 5.7 points, 3.0 assists and 2.3 boards through the first three games. A win on Sunday would allow the Spurs to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Clippers, so expect Parker to be a little more aggressive tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 6:14 am
  • C.J. McCollum explodes for 26 points Saturday
    C.J. McCollum exploded off the bench for 26 points in Saturday's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies, adding four boards, two steals and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Finally. McCollum was awful in his previous two outings against the Grizzlies, scoring a combined eight points on just 4-of-21 shooting. McCollum is starting to make a name for himself with the Blazers, and even though he got a few extra minutes tonight due to Arron Afflalo getting into some foul trouble, he looks destined for a larger role heading into next season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 10:58 pm
  • Nick Calathes scores 13 points in win on Sat
    Nick Calathes stepped up for the Grizzlies down the stretch during their Game 3 win over the Blazers on Saturday, scoring 13 points with four boards, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Mike Conley was forced to leave the game with an eye injury and Beno Udrih was held out tonight because of his ankle, so it was up to Calathes to close out the game and he certainly didn't disappoint. There is no word on whether or not Conley will have to miss time, but Beno Udrih is expected to return for Game 4 on Monday. Owners in daily leagues should keep a close eye on the injury report. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 10:31 pm
  • Stephen Curry drops 39 points, GSW advances
    Stephen Curry led the Warriors to a 4-0 series sweep during a 109-98 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, scoring 39 points with eight rebounds, nine assists, one steal and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: He sure is putting those extra minutes to good use. In the four games in the playoffs, Curry averaged 33.8 points, 5.3 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 5.0 treys in 39.8 minutes per game. His 20 treys in this series set an NBA record for a sweep. The Warriors look unbeatable right now and they'll get the winner of the Grizzlies-Blazers series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 7:53 pm
  • Beno Udrih (ankle) ruled out for Saturday
    Beno Udrih (ankle) will not play against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He tried to warm up, but never really had much of a chance to play. Udrih will likely be ready for Game 4 while Nick Calathes will be the backup to Mike Conley tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 6:50 pm
  • Beno Udrih now warming up for Saturday
    Beno Udrih (ankle) is warming up for Saturday, but is still not expected to play.

    Advice: He's likely just going to see if he's suddenly feeling a lot better. Udrih said earlier today that he's likely just going to rest up for Game 4. We'll have an update soon. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 6:38 pm
  • Beno Udrih unlikely to play on Saturday
    Beno Udrih (ankle) is unlikely to play against the Blazers on Saturday night.

    Advice: He didn't even try to warm up and said he'd rather sit out tonight to get ready for Game 4. Udrih also said playing in Game 2 set him back. Nick Calathes will be the backup point guard tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 6:24 pm
  • Derrick Rose struggles, turns it over 8 times
    Derrick Rose couldn't keep his momentum going on Saturday against the Bucks, making 5-of-13 from the field for 14 points with five rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block, two 3-pointers and eight turnovers.

    Advice: He also turned the ball over on the Bulls' last possession and fell asleep on the last play of the game to give up an easy basket to Jerryd Bayless at the buzzer. Rose still had his explosion, but he was careless with his ball handling and shot selection. He didn't quite undo his progress coming from the 34-point game on Thursday, but this game was pretty bad. We'll see what happens on Monday at home. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 5:29 pm
  • Deron Williams doesn't play in the fourth
    Deron Williams made 1-of-8 from the field for three points against the Hawks on Saturday with seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and three turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: It was a really bad game from Deron. He didn't play in the final 16 minutes. Williams did suffer a minor lower back injury and there was something wrong with his right leg, but there's been no indication of those injuries being the reason he sat the entire fourth quarter. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 3:11 pm
  • Jarrett Jack closes out Game 3 on Sat
    Jarrett Jack played down the stretch against the Hawks on Saturday, finishing with five points on 1-of-3 from the field, five boards, eight assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Deron Williams was a shell of himself, so it was up to Jack to carry the load at point guard. He's playing with much more confidence than Deron and only taking three shots from the field is a positive for the Nets when other guys like Brook Lopez have been better options. Jack will likely come off the bench again in Game 4, but it wouldn't be a shock to see a change. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 3:07 pm
     
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Jeff Teague turns in an awful performance
    Jeff Teague had one of his worst games in a long time during a Game 3 loss to the Nets on Saturday, making 4-of-13 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and four turnovers.

    Advice: This was not a great game from the ATL point guards with Dennis Schroder also scoring just three points on 1-of-9 from the field with two assists and two turnovers. Teague was extremely sloppy and the ball slipped out of his hands numerous times. He'll need to play better if the Hawks want to make a run. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 2:40 pm
  • Parker gets easy game in blowout win
    Tony Parker (Achilles) played 26 minutes in Friday's Game 3 win over the Clippers, scoring six points on 3-of-11 shooting with three rebounds and three assists.

    Advice: This low minute total and low-impact game was huge for his ability to rest up for Sunday's Game 4. We'll keep an eye on his status and we're not too confident in his overall ability to produce, but this was a win for Spurs fans tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 8:58 pm
  • Clippers Big 4 hit just 12-of-44 FGs in loss
    Chris Paul and Co. laid an egg in the Clippers' Game 3 loss to the Spurs, with Paul hitting just 3-of-11 shots for seven points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals and six turnovers.

    Advice: Paul was hardly the worst offender with Jamal Crawford hitting just 1-of-11 shots in 23 minutes. J.J. Redick went 2-of-7 for seven points and not much else, and Blake Griffin was 6-of-15 from the field for 14 points, 10 boards, five assists and a block. This was your prototypical goose egg and they'll look to get back on track in Sunday's Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 8:54 pm
     
    Injured
  • Barea scores 11 points with full stat line
    J.J. Barea scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 25 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss.

    Advice: Barea could be looking at an even bigger workload in Sunday's Game 4 with Devin Harris banged up and Raymond Felton only able to handle 13 minutes tonight. He'll be a popular target in DFS as long as his price doesn't rise too much. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 7:05 pm
  • Derrick Rose says he's fine after Game 3
    Derrick Rose said he's feeling good heading into Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: He had a minor tweak to his back in the second half and also was fouled very hard late in the game, causing him to remain on the floor for around 15 seconds. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose was in attack mode and the Bulls will want that to continue in their upcoming series against the Cavs. With Jimmy Butler busting out, the Bulls have the ammo to give the Cavs some competition. If Rose has another big game, the buzz for that series will be as high as any. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 1:23 pm
  • Tony Parker (Achilles) will play in Game 3
    Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich said that Tony Parker will play in Game 3 against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: Parker is going to fight through the pain tonight for a very important Game 3 for San Antonio. He has however struggled through the first two games of the series, scoring just one point in his last outing, so he makes for a very risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 10:09 am
  • Carlisle says Rondo was a risk worth taking
    Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that the trade for Rajon Rondo was a risk worth taking, but he and the Mavericks organization are now ready to move on from the failed experiment.

    Advice: "In the case of anything, there is risk, but there are risks worth taking," Carlisle said. "That trade was a risk worth taking. We all agreed on that. Now, we're at a point where, hey, it's time to move on." The Mavs gave up Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson and two draft picks in the Rondo trade, but it's safe to say his days in Dallas are numbered. He'll try to sign a big contract as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but with the way things ended in Dallas, partnered with two years of declining numbers and ineffective play, he's not looking like a max-contract kind of player. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 9:09 am
     
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    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Stephen Curry drops 40, makes shot of the year
    Stephen Curry hit one of the most clutch shots in recent memory to send Thursday's game against the Pelicans to overtime, finishing with 40 points, five rebounds, nine assists and seven 3-pointers in 44 minutes during the 123-119 Game 3 victory.

    Advice: If you haven't seen the shot for some reason, check out the link below. He was actually struggling from deep before the clutch make, finishing 7-of-18 from long range. His 18 attempts from deep are tied for the most in an NBA playoff game (Ray Allen). Curry has also taken an incredible 13.3 3-point attempts per game in this series and he's logging 40.3 minutes per game as well. He probably has another 40-point game in him in the next couple weeks. The Warriors will look to sweep on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 10:29 pm
  • He's Back! Derrick Rose nets 34 points in win
    Derrick Rose was in MVP form during Thursday's double-overtime 113-106 win over the Bucks, scoring 34 points with five rebounds, eight assists, three steals and five 3-pointers in 48 minutes.

    Advice: It's the most minutes he's played since 2011 and the most points he's had in any game since 2012. Rose also had a playoff career-high five treys tonight and played with a ton of confidence. On top of the offense, Rose was tremendous on defense. All the "He's Back" talk is certainly justified and his body language was like nothing we've ever seen since his first knee injury. The Bulls are just a different team when he's out there right now. In fact, their net rating is 30.8 greater when Rose is on the court compared when he's off. If the Bulls get this kind of Rose the rest of the way, they're certainly going to give the Cavs trouble. The Bulls will look to sweep this series on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 9:01 pm
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