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  • Korver injures ankle in Game 2 loss to CLE
    Kyle Korver scored 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting (including two threes) with one rebound and one steal in 32 minutes, but left the game late after hurting an ankle and did not return.

    Advice: Korver left with the game basically in Cleveland's hands so it's possible the injury is less serious than more serious, and X-rays taken after the game were negative. Kent Bazemore (12 minutes, seven points, one steal) would step into some more minutes if Korver can't play in Game 3, and Dennis Schroder (13 points, 6-of-11 FGs, 12 minutes) could also get more minutes as long as he didn't shoot himself into the doghouse tonight. We'll update Korver's status as soon as we learn more. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:14 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • DeMarre Carroll (knee) to start in Game 2
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) will start in Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs.

    Advice: Carroll was wincing throughout warmups and owners have to plan for some sort of limitation. Kent Bazemore and Paul Millsap may end up picking up the slack on LeBron James. If Carroll falters then Bazemore stands to gain the most here in terms of playing time, but his numbers could suffer if he has to cover LeBron a lot. Kyle Korver could also get some time on the King. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:59 pm
  • Kyrie Irving will not play against the Hawks
    Kyrie Irving (knee) will not play against the Hawks on Friday night.

    Advice: Coach David Blatt called it a "medical decision" for Irving to sit tonight. He went to visit Dr. James Andrews today to confirm the tendinitis issue. With Irving out, Matthew Dellavedova will get the start with J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert getting more run. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:00 pm
  • Gordon Hayward has minor heel procedure
    Gordon Hayward had minor outpatient surgery on his right heel.

    Advice: He is expected to make a full recovery in the early part of the summer. Hayward missed some game action near the end of the season due to an Achilles issue, so that likely explains his procedure. It shouldn't affect his fantasy value as an early-round target. The Jazz will have decent depth at all their positions, so their draft selection won't be easy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:41 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 117-91 @ Hou
  • Kupchak compares Clarkson to Westbrook
    General manager Mitch Kupchak compared Jordan Clarkson to Russell Westbrook.

    Advice: "If there’s a player in the league that plays like him, it’s Russell Westbrook," Kupchak said. "Now, I’m not saying for a second that Jordan Clarkson is the next Russell Westbrook, but he’s that kind of a ball-handling guard." On the downside, Kupchak said "the jury is still out" on Clarkson, so it's not like he's locked in as the starter. The Lakers may wind up picking up a point guard in free agency to go with a PF/C in the draft. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:40 pm
  • 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 7:15 EDT. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:44 am
  • 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
    Yesterday, 11:03 am
  • Dwight Howard (knee) probable for Game 3
    Dwight Howard (knee) is being listed as probable for Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday.

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

    Advice: "It’s great," Bazemore said regarding the opportunity to enter the starting lineup and guard James. "It’s a great platform to show what you can do. They brought me here as a defender and that’s my job. What a great measuring stick to go up against one of the best." The energy exerted while guarding one of the best players in the league will likely lead to a limited offensive output from Bazemore, so even if he slides into a starting role, he's not going to be a great daily league play. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:53 am
  • 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
    Yesterday, 9:27 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
    Yesterday, 7:26 am
  • Kris Humphries looking to become a stretch-4
    Kris Humphries stated during a recent interview that he will be looking to expend his range to beyond the 3-point arc this offseason.

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

    Advice: "We'd work out in the morning. We'd get some work in, and then [West would] show up and put me through a workout," said Barnes. "He'd show me stuff he would do, and then we'd go out to eat and talk about what the league is like today, stuff he saw back in the day." Barnes is the only person not named Kobe Bryant that West has personally worked with, and the things they did over the course of the offseason obviously did wonders for his game. Barnes' numbers improved across the board this year, and he's currently averaging 11.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocks on 49.5 percent shooting through this year's postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:53 am
  • 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
    Thursday, 9:24 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jason Terry Hou - PG,SG
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Trevor Ariza quiet in 38 minutes in Game 2
    Trevor Ariza played 38 minutes in Game 2 on Thursday, but hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer against Golden State for seven points, six rebounds, one assist and two steals.

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

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

    Advice: Howard looked great, but so did the Warriors' Andrew Bogut, and you can expect these two to continue to battle each other throughout this series. Yes, there's a chance that Howard's knee could swell up and leave him questionable for Saturday's Game 3 in Houston, but if tonight was any indication, it would be very surprising if he's in street clothes on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:14 pm
  • Andre Iguodala plays 31 minutes off bench
    Andre Iguodala played 31 minutes off the bench and hit both of his shots for six points, two rebounds, six assists and two steals in Thursday's 99-98 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Since blowing up for 16 points last Wednesday against Memphis, Iguodala has scored 9, 4 and 6 points in his last three games, making him a pretty shaky fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:05 pm
  • 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
    Thursday, 9:01 pm
  • Harrison Barnes struggles in win over Rockets
    Harrison Barnes hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in Thursday's win over Houston.

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

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

    Advice: "Dwight hasn't warmed up yet, so I don't know," coach Kevin McHale said. We'll be tracking this one until tip, but we might not find out until moments before the game starts. If he's out, Clint Capela would likely start, but expect to see Terrence Jones log major minutes at center. That also opens up time for Josh Smith. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:44 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) a game-time decision
    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said that Dwight Howard (knee) went through about half of Thursday's shootaround, and he will be a game-time decision for Game 2 vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Howard has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain of the inside ligament of his left knee, although he was spotted making post moves and dunking during shootaround, which is a major improvement from yesterday when James Harden said he could barely bend his leg. However, Howard did not do any running during shootaround, so a key to his playing status for Game 2 will be how his knee responds to pregame sprints. If Dwight can't go, Clint Capela will start, with Josh Smith and Terrence Jones likely logging heavy minutes. Houston's medical staff said that players typically would need 7-10 days to recover from a knee sprain, so if he plays, he's definitely not going to be 100 percent. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:22 am
  • 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
    Thursday, 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
    Thursday, 9:19 am
  • Josh Smith says Rockets aren't panicking
    Josh Smith said the Rockets aren't panicking over the possibility that Dwight Howard (knee) might miss time.

    Advice: While the Rockets yet don't know the severity of Howard's injury, Smith said the team isn't hitting the panic button just yet. "We're not in panic mode because we've been here before," Smith said. He is correct in that the Rockets have been here before as Howard only suited up for half of the team's regular season games, but Houston will likely need their big man if they're intent on taking down the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:38 am
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • 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
    Thursday, 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
  • Kyle Korver takes just five FGAs
    Kyle Korver made just 3-of-5 from the field for nine points in 36 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers.

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

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

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

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

    Advice: Howard is expected to have a precautionary MRI on Wednesday, so we should have another update once we know the results. He was clearly hobbling in Game 1 on Tuesday and finished with just seven points and 13 boards, so hopefully the injury doesn't linger throughout the series. If Howard is unable to play in Game 2, Clint Capela, Terrence Jones and Josh Smith will all see increased roles. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:02 am
  • 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
  • Dwight Howard (knee) 'hopeful' for Game 2
    Dwight Howard (bruised left knee) is hopeful that he can play in Game 2 but he will have a precautionary MRI on Wednesday.

    Advice: Dwight said it was "very painful" to play through the injury and he eventually came out of the game early in the fourth quarter, but he doesn't think that the injury is "major." We'll update his status once the test results are released so keep a close eye on Rotoworld's injury report. If he misses any time it will be Clint Capela, Terrence Jones and Josh Smith doing their best to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:26 pm
  • Trevor Ariza catching fire from downtown
    Trevor Ariza was brilliant in 34 minutes during Tuesday's Game 1 loss, scoring 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting with four 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Ariza played a quintessential '3 and D' role tonight, locking down multiple assignments defensively while stretching the Warriors' defense as a sharp-shooter. He's averaging 4.2 triples on 53.8 percent shooting from downtown over Houston's past five games, solidifying himself one of the most versatile weapons in the Rockets' arsenal. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Dwight Howard limited by left knee in Game 1
    Dwight Howard had seven points, 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers before leaving Tuesday's game with a bruised left knee.

    Advice: Howard was injured in the first quarter and it appeared to slow him down throughout the game, though he continued to play until early in the fourth quarter. He'll only get one day to rest before Game 2 on Thursday, and we should have multiple updates on his status over the next 36 hours. If he isn't able to suit up, expect Clint Capela to start at center with more minutes also opening up for Josh Smith and Terrence Jones. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:06 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
  • Josh Smith implies it'll be a physical WCF
    Josh Smith said after Tuesday morning's shootaround that he's looking forward to a very competitive series against the Warriors.

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

    Advice: After a solid finish to his rookie season, Clarkson has already begun his offseason workouts in order to get a head-start on the 2015-16 season. "It was a good feeling and it’s a good accomplishment. But at the same time, I have to put it behind me," Clarkson said. "I still have a lot to prove. I have to keep working. I have a lot of things I got to get better at. I have to keep grinding. This is just the beginning." Clarkson average 16.7 points, 4,6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.9 three-pointers after the All-Star Break and could be a solid mid-to-late round fantasy value, but that will depend on what the Lakers do this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:30 am
  • NBA names All-Rookie Teams
    Andrew Wiggins, Nikola Mirotic, Nerlens Noel, Elfrid Payton and Jordan Clarkson were named the 2014-15 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

    Advice: There are no surprises here based on the performance of these five players over the season. However, Clarkson going in the second round was a huge steal for the Lakers and he becomes the 11th Laker to be named to the first team. They groomed him as a point guard since Las Vegas Summer League and it worked out better than anyone in the organization could have expected. As for next season, his value hinges on what the Lakers wind up doing in the offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:19 am
  • Trevor Ariza drains six 3-pointers in victory
    Trevor "A-three-za" was phenomenal during the Rockets Game 7 win on Sunday, scoring 22 points (6-of-14 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers through 43 minutes of action.

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

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

    Advice: Howard has looked revitalized this postseason after spending a lot of time on the sidelines with a knee injury during the regular-season. He’s been playing some elite level defense, and he could give the Warriors trouble in the Western Conference Finals. Dwight has compiled averaged of 17.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.7 blocks on 57.7 percent shooting from the field through the playoffs so far, a major improvement from his regular-season numbers. He's also been a beast on the glass with a rebounding rate of 21.9, he’ll be a strong daily league play the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:44 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • 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
     
    Player Note
    Jason Terry Hou - PG,SG
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Josh Smith proud of his Rockets team
    After overcoming a 19-point deficit against the Clippers in Game 6 on Thursday, Josh Smith spoke proudly about his team.

    Advice: "We've all been in tough games before," Smith said. "We've all been down. We've all seen situations that seem impossible. We stayed positive. We were reinforcing to everybody that we had the opportunity to still win this game. Nineteen points. I've seen bigger deficits before and teams coming back from it and we were able to do it." Smith has started the last two games which have both resulted in wins, so it's safe to say that he will be starting in Game 7 on Sunday after scoring 19 points with six boards, two assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in Game 6. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:33 am
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • 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
  • Harrison Barnes continues great run
    Harrison Barnes kept his strong postseason going on Friday night with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover in 36 minutes.

    Advice: During his rookie season, Barnes came out swinging in the postseason and he's now back to putting up some impressive numbers. Barnes isn't really doing much on the ball, but his cutting and spacing without the ball has been huge. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:21 pm
  • Kyle Korver makes just 1-of-8 in win
    Kyle Korver made just 1-of-8 from the field against the Wizards on Friday night for two points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Even when Korver is off, just the threat of him making shots is enough to make him effective. The Wizards and Nets both refused to have Korver's man help on defense and that may have explained why the Hawks had so many layups tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:26 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • From Detroit With Love: Josh Smith takes over
    Josh Smith may have turned in the best quarter of his NBA career in the fourth during a 119-107 comeback win against the Clippers on Thursday, finishing with 19 points, six boards, two assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: If you went to bed early, you missed one of the craziest finishes in a long time. Smith was burying clutch 3-pointer after clutch 3-pointer, finishing with 14 points in the fourth quarter with four treys. The Pistons cut him from their roster for basically taking too many long-range shots, so this had to feel good for Smoove. He'll obviously be starting in Game 7 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:58 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Josh Smith will start Game 6 on Thursday
    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said he will start Josh Smith in Game 6 on Thursday.

    Advice: Smith replaced Terrance Jones in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 5 win and McHale will stick with the same starters for Game 6. Smoove didn't have a huge game on Tuesday with just nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, one block, and one three-pointer in 22 minutes, but his numbers were in line with his series averages so fantasy owners should expect more of the same on Thursday night. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:47 am
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • 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
     
    Player Note
    Jason Terry Hou - PG,SG
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Andre Iguodala solid again for Warriors
    Andre Iguodala played 25 minutes off the bench and hit 7-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 16 points, three rebounds and three assists in Wednesday's win over the Grizzlies to take a 3-2 lead.

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

    Advice: He did the splits at one point late in the first half, but played in the second half. As the guys on TNT said, he's young and flexible, so a move that would have immobilized older players didn't even seem to affect Barnes. He's starting and getting solid minutes for the Warriors, and always has the potential to put up decent fantasy numbers for Golden State. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • Kyle Korver invisible, but hits huge three
    Kyle Korver hit just 1-of-5 shots (a 3-pointer) for three points in Wednesday's thrilling win over the Wizards, but it was a big one.

    Advice: Korver hit a shot from way behind the 3-point line with about five minutes left that appeared to inspire his team. Al Horford backed it up with a 3-pointer and those six points were the core of a key 14-0 run for the Hawks. Korver has really struggled during the playoffs, but also came through with five rebounds, six steals and two blocks in tonight's must-win. He's not playing well enough to rely on in fantasy, but his long bomb was one of the keys to Wednesday's win. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:54 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Kerr praises Harrison Barnes' defense
    Warriors head coach Steve Kerr praised Harrison Barnes for his defense against Zach Randolph in Game 4.

    Advice: "That's what makes Harrison unique," Kerr said. "The fact that he's strong enough to guard a guy like Zach Randolph -- obviously, with help. He is strong enough to hold off some of the league's best power forwards for periods of the game. He's quick enough to switch onto a point guard. That's part of the versatility of our defense that makes us so good at that end when we're really playing well. Harrison's a big part of that whole dynamic." Barnes will look to keep his momentum going in Game 5 on Wednesday with the series tied 2-2. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:54 am
  • Trevor Ariza scores 22 points in Game 5 win
    Trevor Ariza was terrific on both ends of the court during Game 5, scoring 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting with four 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and one turnover.

    Advice: Houston came into Game 5 averaging 9.4 triples on 33.9 percent shooting from downtown in the postseason, both of which are lower than their regular-season averages (11.4 makes on 34.8 percent shooting). Ariza went 4-of-6 from deep tonight but the Rockets still shot 31.0 percent from downtown overall, and they'll need to sharpen their perimeter attack to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:41 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
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