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  • Shawn Marion lights it up for 20 points
    Shawn Marion shot 8-of-10 from the field for 20 points vs. the Spurs on Wednesday to go with five boards, two assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was outstanding after getting limiting run in Game 1. The Mavericks were able to play a faster tempo which has been Marion's bread and butter since his days with the Suns. He is 35 years, but still has a few good years left in the tank. Rotoworld.com
    54 minutes ago
  • Josh McRoberts could be suspended for Game 3
    Josh McRoberts, who had eight points, one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Heat, also appeared to get away with a flagrant foul against LeBron James.

    Advice: A flagrant wasn't called during the game, but he clearly led with his elbow to James' face on the play. A suspension could be coming, or he could just be assessed with a retro-flagrant foul. Either way, the Bobcats are down 0-2 to the Heat and it's not looking good for them bouncing back against the champs, even though the next two games are in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:16 pm
  • Al Jefferson could be iffy for rest of series
    Al Jefferson (18 points, 13 rebounds), who aggravated his plantar fasciitis injury on Wednesday, could be forced to sit out the rest of Charlotte's series against the Heat, according to Charles Barkley.

    Advice: Barkley's theory is that the Bobcats aren't going to beat the Heat after digging an 0-2 hole, and the team needs to start preparing for next season and get Jefferson healthy. Shaquille O'Neal said he would play through the injury because he's 'old school,' but resting Jefferson is probably the best plan of action at this point. Consider Jefferson, who was noticeably laboring tonight, a game-time call for Game 3, and don't be surprised whether he plays or sits. This one could go either way. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:12 pm
  • Harden, Parsons struggle with shot in loss
    James Harden hit just 6-of-19 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Chandler Parsons also struggled, hitting just 5-of-15 shots for 15 points and seven rebounds. Dwight Howard was great in the first half and Houston was in this one until the end, but the poor shooting in the second half by all three players was too much for the Rockets to overcome. Harden is the only player in these playoffs to attempt at least 19 shots in each game, and shoot less than 33 percent, which is a big reason the Rockets find themselves heading to Portland down two games to none. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:09 pm
  • Dwight Howard quiet after huge first half
    Dwight Howard got off to a blazing start, went off in the first quarter, and kept it going in the second quarter, but cooled off and got into foul trouble after the break, finishing with 32 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Shaquille O'Neal was raving about Howard's 25-point first half, but the second-half shut down (7 points) is a big reason why the Rockets lost. They have to find a way to slow down LaMarcus Aldridge and starting Omer Asik might be a viable solution, although that's just speculation on our part. Howard looked as good as he ever has in the first half tonight and the Rockets will need him to continue to play at a high level going forward if they're going to climb out of the 0-2 hole. Howard did hit 6-of-7 free throws on the night, including a couple clutch ones late, but they weren't enough. He has also lost 10 straight playoff games, which won't do much to help his legacy, although he has plenty of time to turn things around for his career. Rotoworld.com
  • Dorell Wright provides huge spark in 18 min.
    Dorell Wright played just 18 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's Game 2 win, but was highly effective with 15 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: That was what we were looking for a few weeks ago when Wright was filling in for Aldridge late in the regular season, but he was never nearly this good. If you took a flier on him in a daily money league, he might have been a lifesaver. Just don't expect him to do it again anytime soon. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:59 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge goes for 43 in Game 2 win
    LaMarcus Aldridge backed up an amazing Game 1 by hitting 18-of-28 shots and 7-of-8 free throws for 43 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 road win by the Blazers, who now head home with a 2-0 lead over the Rockets.

    Advice: This looked like one of the better series on the docket and it's lived up to the hype, while Aldrich joins Michael Jordan and Tracy McGrady as the only other players to score at least 40 points in Games 1 & 2 on the road in a playoff series. He also just missed joining MJ as the only guy with back-to-back 45-point playoff games, along with a few other historical accolades. He's racked up 89 points and 26 rebounds in two games and helped road teams in these playoffs get off to an amazing 9-7 record thus far. The series heads to Rip City for the next two games, and if Kevin McHale doesn't come up with a plan for stopping LMA, it might not make it back to Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:41 pm
  • Tim Duncan plays 30 minutes vs. Mavs
    Tim Duncan (knee) played 30 minutes during Wednesday's 113-92 loss to the Mavericks with 11 points, seven boards, one assist, two blocks and one turnover.

    Advice: He had a minor knee injury and that's not what bothered Duncan tonight. The Mavericks didn't let him dominate the paint like he did in Game 1 and also shockingly kept the Spurs to just 28 points in the paint. Coach Gregg Popovich will have dozens of new ways to score for Game 3 in Dallas with the series now at 1-1. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:13 pm
  • Manu Ginobili drops 27 points in loss
    Manu Ginobili scored 27 points off the bench against the Mavericks on Wednesday with two boards, four assists, five 3-pointers and six turnovers.

    Advice: The Spurs turned the ball over 24 times tonight and had nine in the first quarter. They also didn't get to the line at all in the first frame, but did end up shooting 18-of-29 in the following three. Ginobili's minutes were at just 23 and they probably would have been higher had this game been close. The Spurs will head to Dallas for Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:03 pm
  • LeBron James scores 32 points, Heat up 2-0
    LeBron James was outstanding again during Game 2's 101-97 win over the Bobcats on Wednesday, shooting 11-of-17 from the field for 32 points with six boards, eight assists, four steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He did get popped in the neck by Josh McRoberts in the fourth quarter, but it didn't cost him any playing time. McRoberts probably should have received a flagrant foul for in infraction and he might get a fine from the league. As for LeBron, he continues to own the Bobcats and has beat them every single time he's played them since joining Miami in 2010. The Heat will take a 2-0 lead to Charlotte for Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:39 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scores 22 points in L
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist turned in a surprisingly strong offensive effort against the Heat on Wednesday, scoring 22 points with 10 boards, two assists and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He got in foul trouble early and checked out with five minutes gone by in the first quarter, but really turned it around in his return back on the court. Kidd-Gilchris shot 8-of-13 from the field with all but two attempts coming from within four feet. His 22 points would have been a season high, but it's hard to imagine him playing this well again throughout the series. Rotoworld.com
  • Al Jefferson (left foot) returns to action
    Al Jefferson (foot) went to the locker room with about two minutes left in the first quarter of Wednesday's game to get re-taped and returned in the second quarter.

    Advice: He went back to the locker room due to tearing his plantar fascia "a little bit more," according to coach Steve Clifford. His strained plantar fascia is clearly bothering him tonight. He's been slow getting up and down in transition while he has very little agility. Jefferson is not getting additional pain-killing treatment and we'll let you know if he gets any better. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:35 pm
  • Tim Duncan's right knee is fine for Game 2
    Tim Duncan's right knee is fine for Game 2 on Wednesday, according to coach Gregg Popovich.

    Advice: There has been no reason to worry about his status after banging knees with Monta Ellis on Sunday. Duncan was dynamite in Game 1's win and touched the ball 13 times within 12 feet of the basket excluding drives, which is far and away the most in the playoffs by any player -- four players tied for second with an average of 8.0. The Mavericks will have their work cut out for themselves. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:01 pm
  • Al Jefferson (foot) listed as the starter
    Al Jefferson (foot) is listed as a starter against the Heat in Wednesday's Game 2.

    Advice: He went through warmups for about 10 minutes with coach Patrick Ewing and reportedly looked to be doing so without a limp, according to Charlotte beat writer Rick Bonnell. Jefferson may have had a pain-killing shot and he might get another one after showing up to the arena in a walking boot. The Heat will likely test Jefferson and we'll know quickly how he looks tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:26 pm
  • Anthony Tolliver could get more burn Wed.
    Coach Steve Clifford said has "a lot of faith" in Anthony Tolliver and could play him more on Wednesday if the Heat go small.

    Advice: The Bobcats will probably need some help in 3-pointers to hang with Miami. One obvious connection here is how Tolliver could be a part of the solution should the Bobcats not have Al Jefferson for his normal allotment of minutes. He played just five minutes in Game 1's loss, so he's probably not going to have a huge impact tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:38 pm
  • Al Jefferson (foot) shows up to arena in boot
    Al Jefferson (foot) arrived to American Airlines Arena in a walking boot for Wednesday's Game 2 vs. the Heat.

    Advice: He said he is going to play earlier today and there has been nothing to suggest otherwise. Jefferson is obviously going to have to play through some pain and may require some pain-killing shots like he did in Game 1's loss. If he's not close to 100 percent, the Bobcats are in big trouble. Stay tuned for an official word on his status. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:26 pm
  • Jared Sullinger still bothered by ankle
    Jared Sullinger (ankle) said his offseason workouts have been set back by a "badly sprained ankle."

    Advice: He added he is going to have a "big-time" summer to get ready for his third season. Sullinger missed the last three games of this past season due to the ankle sprain and was still able to play 74 games this year despite some nagging injuries. He only played 45 games as a rookie due to back surgery and looks to have another chance to grow with the Celtics next year. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:14 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 118-102 vs Was
  • Phil wants Carmelo to take less than max
    Knicks president Phil Jackson said Wednesday that Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) will need to take less than a maximum contract to allow the team to have spending flexibility in the future.

    Advice: Anthony has said he'd be willing to take less than a five-year, $129 million deal at max in the past, which would obviously put a huge dent in the Knicks' salary cap and limit their options to build a contender. The Knicks don't have much else to go on besides that while Melo's name will continue to pop up all offseason. Meanwhlie, he'll be reevaluated for his torn labrum in May and should be ready to go to start the season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:00 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-92 vs Tor
  • Nicolas Batum did a lot of running this year
    Nicolas Batum led the NBA in distance traveled this season at 216 miles.

    Advice: He had an avulsion fracture on his finger back in January and was still able to play in all 82 games. Batum and the rest of the Blazers starting five played a whopping 1,373 minutes together this season, which ranked second in the NBA behind the Pacers' starting unit. The Frenchman ranked third among small forwards in assists per game this season while also ranking 18th in effective field goal percentage. He's a fantasy stud and probably doesn't get enough credit for the Blazers' success this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:09 pm
  • James Harden vows to improve offense in Gm 2
    James Harden admitted that he "didn't play well offensively" in Game 1, when he scored 27 points but shot only 8-of-28 from the field.

    Advice: That included a 3-of-14 mark from downtown and while much credit is due to Wes Matthews' defense, Harden knows he needs to have better shot selection. "I just have to be more precise on my shots and be aggressive," Harden said. "The first half, I didn't really attack and get to the rim like I wanted to." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:46 am
  • Terrence Jones cleared of misdemeanor charges
    Terrence Jones was cleared of misdemeanor harassment charges on Tuesday, stemming from an incident that occurred in July.

    Advice: A police officer accused Jones of "stomping" on a homeless man who was sleeping in a doorway, but Jones said in a recent interview, "An officer's word is going to be worth more than mine ... What he saw didn't happen." As part of the case's dismissal Jones agreed to pay $10,000 to a charity that benefits the homeless. Rotoworld.com
  • Rockets to tweak D vs. LaMarcus Aldridge
    Rockets coach Kevin McHale said his team will "do some things differently" in Game 2, but LaMarcus Aldridge doesn't expect to be constantly double-teamed.

    Advice: "I don't think they doubled me all year," Aldridge said. "I had some good games versus them. I think they're a traditional team that wants to go one-on-one ... if they double me, I'll make the reads." Aldridge torched the Rockets for 46 points in Game 1, and at the very least the Rockets are likely to give Terrence Jones some help defending Aldridge on the post. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:01 am
  • Al Jefferson (foot) expects to play Wednesday
    Al Jefferson (plantar fascia) said that he "should be good" to play in Wednesday's Game 2.

    Advice: "I can't say there won't be some kind of pain," Jefferson said. "But I feel like every hour it's getting better and better." We'll confirm his status before tip-off but it sounds like he'll be in uniform. The bigger question is how effective he'll be, especially since the Heat will test his mobility with Chris Bosh at center and what's sure to be an endless stream of pick-and-rolls. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:42 am
  • Pau Gasol doesn't rule out re-signing w/ L.A.
    Pau Gasol said that he's found "common ground" with coach Mike D'Antoni, and wouldn't rule out re-signing with the Lakers if D'Antoni remains the head coach.

    Advice: "The last few years I always kept on my mind that this could be my last day [with the Lakers], so let me try to enjoy it," said Gasol. "I'm going to listen closely to what the Lakers will have to offer and say about the team's situation and position [after the NBA draft]." He also said that he'll "listen" to offers from the Knicks, but he'd have to take a huge pay cut to join Phil Jackson in New York. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:05 am
     
    Injured
  • Kyle Korver stifled in Hawks' Game 2 defeat
    Kyle Korver finished Tuesday's Game 2 defeat with only three points on 1-of-5 shooting, while being primarily defended by George Hill.

    Advice: Pacers coach Frank Vogel tweaked his gameplan by siccing Paul George on Jeff Teague, and the ploy held Atlanta to 85 points on 39.2 percent shooting. "You got to have speed to contain the basketball down there and to scramble to shooters," said Vogel, who also paired C.J. Watson with Hill for long stretches. "That's what we were trying to achieve." Now it is the Hawks' turn to make adjustments for Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:29 am
  • Evan Turner, Lance Stephenson in fistfight
    Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson reportedly got into a fistfight during a Pacers' practice on Friday.

    Advice: "This stuff happens, but the timing wasn't ideal," said one witness to the scuffle. The Pacers were crushed in Game 1 but they bounced back to even the series at 1-1 on Tuesday. Stephenson had seven points, five assists and three turnovers in 25 minutes during Game 2, Turner had three points in 11 minutes off the bench, and Roy Hibbert had another awful game with six points on 1-of-7 shooting. Paul George (27 points) and Luis Scola (20 points) bailed them out, and they'll need a more balanced team effort to keep their momentum in Atlanta on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:16 am
  • Taj Gibson drops 22 & 10 in another loss
    Taj Gibson hit 7-of-17 shots and 8-of-10 free throws for 22 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in Tuesday's Game 2 overtime loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Gibson has had a great season and will get plenty of votes for Sixth Man of the Year. And the changing of the guard is nearly complete, as Carlos Boozer had just five points and eight rebounds tonight. Gibson will have to keep playing well as the Bulls try to dig themselves out of a very deep hole. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
     
    Player Note
    Taj Gibson Chi - PF,C
    L, 91-86 @ Cha
  • Jimmy Butler scores 6 in 53 minutes of loss
    Jimmy Butler played 53 minutes in Tuesday's overtime loss, but hit just 2-of-9 shots for six points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.

    Advice: Butler tied for ninth in the league in minutes this season with 44.0 per game and it's been more of the same in the playoffs. And it's showing in his play, as he should simply be doing more with his minutes. He has to be wearing down and the Bulls are now down 2-0 to the Wizards, and head to Washington for Games 3 & 4. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Joakim Noah plays well, but Bulls lose again
    Joakim Noah hit 8-of-14 shots for 20 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks on Tuesday, but the Bulls fell 101-99 in overtime to fall into an 0-2 hole against the young Wizards.

    Advice: Noah celebrated his Defensive Player of the Year Award with a nice game, but the Bulls simply didn't get enough out of Jimmy Butler, who played 53 minutes tonight and scored just six points. The Bulls have their backs against a wall now, as Games 3 & 4 are in Washington, where the Wizards will be looking for the once unthinkable sweep. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Nene goes for 17 & 7 before fouling out
    Nene had 17 points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block before fouling out in overtime of Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Bulls in Chicago, giving the Wiz a 2-0 lead.

    Advice: The Wizards have never won the first two games of a playoff series on the road and are squarely positioned to take out the Bulls in Round 1. The winner of this one gets the Pacers or Hawks, and it's starting to look the Wizards have a real chance to find themselves playing for a championship this season. Nene is surely sore after playing well in both games, but we'd be shocked if he needs to rest as long as the Wizards keep winning. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Green not happy with physical play of Clips
    Draymond Green said on the radio Tuesday that he's upset about all the contact Stephen Curry took against the Clippers in Game 2 on Monday.

    Advice: "It pissed me off, and we'll remember that," Green said on KNBR radio. Curry and the Warriors were dominated in Game 2 and the series is now tied 1-1, with Game 3 set for Thursday at Golden State. These two teams didn't like each other before the series started, and tempers could flare before it's over. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Nene (knee) says he is "sore" after Game 1
    Nene (knee) said he is feeling "sore" on Tuesday after playing 35 minutes in Game 1 against the Bulls.

    Advice: Nene was an absolute beast in the post against the Bulls, including defensive player of the year Joakim Noah. But playing 35 minutes may have taken a toll on the injured knee that cost him almost six weeks of the regular season. Still, Nene knows his team will need another stellar performance in Game 2 on Tuesday if they hope to take a 2-0 series lead. "Basketball is physical. A lot of physicality in the post, especially in my position," he said. "But when the ball goes up, you forget about that and you focus on what you can do to help your team and forget about the sore, about the pain." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:09 pm
  • Al Jefferson (foot) may miss Wed. shootaround
    Bobcats coach Steve Clifford is unsure if Al Jefferson (foot) will be able to participate in Wednesday's shootaround.

    Advice: Clifford seemed "less than certain" that Jefferson will play in Game 2 and it sounds like he may be a game-time decision for Wednesday's rematch vs. the Heat. The Bobcats desperately need Jefferson if they have any hope of stealing this series, but a strained plantar fascia is a painful injury and Big Al has been getting around in a walking boot since hurting himself on Sunday. If Jefferson is unable to play, Bismack Biyombo would be in line for a minutes bump. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:14 am
  • Paul Pierce says you can't buy clutch
    Paul Pierce thinks certain players are inherently more clutch than others.

    Advice: In one of the better quotes of the young postseason, Pierce spoke briefly about being clutch, "Everybody don't have it. Everybody is not born with it. You can't buy it at Costco or Walgreens." Pierce had a solid performance in Brooklyn's Game 1 win over Toronto and his 36 minutes played should come as good sign for a Nets team that will likely need The Truth's clutch genes sooner or later. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:32 am
     
    Player Note
    Paul Pierce Bkn - SG,SF,PF
    L, 114-85 @ Cle
  • Dwight Howard intends to demand ball more
    Dwight Howard intends to be more committed to demanding the ball.

    Advice: After losing Game 1 in overtime to the Blazers, D12 is bringing a more aggressive approach to Game 2. "We have to play inside out, play their bigs and make it a long night for those guys," Howard said on Tuesday. "I have to demand the ball, get it and go to work." Howard is hoping an increased post presence will help tire down LaMarcus Aldridge, who torched the Rockets for 46 points on Sunday. "We have to go right back at him," Howard said of Aldridge. "You have to make him play defense and make him use his energy on defense. Make him have to run around and guard." Whether or not Howard's strategy will work remains to be seen, but hindering Aldridge while increasing his own offensive output could place Howard in the proverbial two birds with one stone situation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • Al Jefferson will play in Game 2 on Wednesday
    Al Jefferson (foot) said on Monday he will play in Game 2 against Miami despite dealing with a strained plantar fascia.

    Advice: "I'm suiting up. It'll take more than that to make me sit down," said Jefferson. He was 4-of-4 from the field before suffering the injury on Sunday, but finished the game going 5-of-17. If the Bobcats hope to win a game this series, they will need Jefferson play at an elite level. Bismack Biyombo would get more minutes if Jefferson is limited at all. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:47 pm
  • Joakim Noah wins Defensive Player of the Year
    Joakim Noah was named the NBA's 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year on Monday.

    Advice: He won easily with 100 of the 125 first-place votes. There are not many players more associated with hustling than Noah and it's led to his team becoming a terrific defense. The Bulls led the NBA in points allowed per game at 91.8 and ranked second in defensive efficiency. Noah's contributions on defense came off the ball quite a bit and was great on his man, allowing an opponent field goal percentage at the rim of just 46.8 percent. He's solidified himself as one of the best big men in fantasy for his across-the-board capabilities. Roy Hibbert finished second and DeAndre Jordan finished third in the DPOY voting. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:16 pm
  • Harden talks about lack of ball movement
    James Harden admitted there was a lack of ball movement in Sunday's loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: "That goes to myself. I have to not be so ball hawking. I have to do a better job," Harden said. In all of the games over the weekend, only six players in the NBA touched the ball more than Harden's 92 times and he was obviously the focal point of Houston's offense. His shot selection wasn't great and he made just 8-of-28 from the field, which was uncharacteristic based on his stellar post-break run. He should get it turned around on Wednesday as Houston looks to even the series at home. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:43 pm
  • NBA: Refs made mistake on Howard foul call
    The NBA issued a statement on Monday that a foul called on Dwight Howard with 10.8 seconds left in overtime during Sunday's game vs. the Blazers should have been called on Joel Freeland.

    Advice: It was a huge call for a few reasons: Howard fouled out because of this mistake, he would have had two shots, and it led to two free throws from Freeland, of which he made one of them. The Blazers won the game 122-120 after the made free throw and James Harden's shot just before the buzzer didn't fall. It's not a foregone conclusion this call altered the game because Dwight is far from a lock to make free throws, but it certainly casts some doubt. Rotoworld.com
  • Manu Ginobili (personal) practices on Monday
    Manu Ginobili (personal) was back at practice on Monday after his wife gave birth to a baby boy.

    Advice: He should be ready to go for Wednesday's Game 2 now that he's already back at practice. Ginobili didn't have his best game on Sunday with four turnovers and shooting 4-of-10 from the field, but he did score 17 points with three 3-pointers in 31 minutes in the win. He played just 22.8 minutes per game on the season and should be closer to 30 as the Spurs make a run. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:36 am
  • Joakim Noah named Defensive Player of Year
    Joakim Noah will be named Defensive Player of the Year on Monday, joining Michael Jordan as the only Bulls players to ever earn the distinction.

    Advice: Noah anchored the Bulls' stellar defense all year long despite his increased role offensively, and opponents shot just 46.8 percent at the rim while he was defending them. He averaged 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocks while cleaning up 7.7 defensive rebounds per game, earning the DPOY award with a mixture of size, athleticism, intelligence, and sheer intensity. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:48 am
  • Al Jefferson (foot) questionable for Game 2
    Al Jefferson's strained plantar fascia will not get worse if he continues to play, and his availability for Game 2 on Wednesday is a matter of pain tolerance.

    Advice: Big Al had an MRI and although the test results haven't been announced, the team seems confident that he can play if he feels well enough. He was wearing a walking boot on Monday and will not practice on Tuesday, but he'll warm up during Wednesday's shootaround before deciding his own status. He's played through plenty of injuries this season and we're optimistic that he'll be in uniform, but any dip in his production could be a mortal blow for the Bobcats. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:01 am
  • Marion, Dalembert, Calderon benched for Mavs
    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle opted not to play Shawn Marion or Samuel Dalembert in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss because he felt his team "needed to score."

    Advice: The Mavs' offense sputtered out and their defense wasn't any better, particularly when it came to stopping Tim Duncan on the post, and Carlisle admitted that his late-game rotations "may be something ... to reevaluate for Game 2." Jose Calderon was also a spectator down the stretch, watching Devin Harris play PG for the final 17 minutes of regulation. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:46 am
  • Blazers find success with 'Hack-a-Howard'
    Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts joked that he will use the 'Hack-a-Howard' strategy on the "first possession" of Game 2.

    Advice: Dwight Howard finished 9-of-17 from the FT line on Sunday, including 6-of-7 late in the fourth quarter and overtime, but he bricked four straight once the Blazers intentionally fouled him with five minutes remaining. That forced the Rockets to pull Dwight until the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter, spoiling the Rockets' momentum and slowly eroding their 11-point lead. Stotts may have been kidding about using the strategy in the first quarter, but it would be surprising if he doesn't use it at some point during Wednesday's game. Rotoworld.com
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 46 points in OT win
    LaMarcus Aldridge set a Blazers franchise record with 46 points on Sunday, adding 18 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a thrilling OT road victory in Game 1.

    Advice: Aldridge averaged 26.5 points and 15.5 rebounds vs. the Rockets this season and he clearly has their number, as neither Terrence Jones nor Dwight Howard could contain him defensively. He made 17-of-30 FGs and 10-of-13 FTs and even sank both of his 3-point attempts, despite having made just three during the entire regular season. The Rockets' official Twitter account summed things up late in the game, saying, "We finally stopped LaMarcus Aldridge. He fouled out." Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:22 pm
  • Terrence Jones can't check LaMarcus Aldridge
    Terrence Jones had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in the Rockets' heart-breaking OT loss in Houston on Sunday.

    Advice: Jones made 6-of-10 FGs while chipping in two assists and two blocks but he struggled defensively in a tough matchup vs. LaMarcus Aldridge, who blew up for 46 points in the road win. Rockets coach Kevin McHale used an eight-man rotation and gave DNP-CDs to both Donatas Motiejunas and Omri Casspi. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:18 pm
  • Nene's 24 points help Wizards steal Game 1
    Nene started on Sunday for the first time since spraining his MCL in late February, finishing the Wizards' Game 1 victory with 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Nene had insisted on playing no more than 20 minutes once he returned from his injury, but he logged 35 minutes on Sunday and his conditioning didn't seem to be a problem. He feasted on the Bulls with a sequence of wide open mid-range jumpers and he was the key to stealing home court advantage. That's no big surprise since the Wizards had a 30-23 record with Nene in the lineup this season, but just 14-15 without him. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:56 pm
  • Joakim Noah (personal) double-doubles in loss
    Joakim Noah (personal) finished the Bulls' Game 1 loss with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes of action.

    Advice: Noah played well but he had a tough time against the size, quickness and passing of Nene, who pitched in a game-high 24 points, and the Bulls may have to tweak their defensive strategy in Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:50 pm
  • Al Jefferson leaves arena in walking boot
    Al Jefferson (strained plantar fascia) left Game 1's loss at Miami in a walking boot after feeling a rip in his left plantar fascia.

    Advice: He admitted he had to "suck it up" after the game and mentioned he felt a pop. Jefferson needed a pain-killing shot after the injury and at halftime, so he's probably not going to feel great on Monday. The Bobcats will likely hold him out of practice in the next couple days and he should be considered questionable for Wednesday. If he's limited, Bismack Biymobo will have some massive shoes to fill. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:56 pm
  • LeBron James hits four triples in Game 1 win
    LeBron James made four 3-pointers during Game 1's 99-88 win over the Bobcats on Sunday, scoring a total of 27 points with nine boards, one assist and three turnovers.

    Advice: The Heat had 11 3-pointers today and that was a big part of the win. Their offense clearly wasn't in rhythm with only 14 assists on their 35 field goals and only had 24 points in the paint. LeBron had a couple huge 3-pointers in the third quarter, which helped swing the momentum to help the Heat dominate the early fourth quarter. He owned the Bobcats all season with 37.8 points per game in four games, so he's likely going to put up some massive numbers in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:45 pm
  • Nene listed as starter on Sunday night
    Nene is listed as a starter against the Bulls for Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: He's been coming off the bench in the past four games since returning from injury and the Wizards seem to be comfortable putting him back in his usual role. Nene runs the offense quite a bit to take some pressure of John Wall and the team will need him to stay on the court in this series. Trevor Booker moves back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:24 pm
  • Al Jefferson (foot) struggles after injury
    Al Jefferson suffered a strained left plantar fascia on Sunday and returned in the second quarter of Game 1's 99-88 loss to the Heat, shooting 9-of-17 from the field for 18 points with 10 boards, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He shot 4-of-4 from the field before the injury and just 5-of-13 after. Jefferson looked very slow on defense and he clearly wasn't 100 percent. If he's not going to be healthy this series, the Heat are likely going to sweep the Bobcats because Jefferson's interior presence exploits one of their weaknesses. There should be numerous updates on his status leading up to Wednesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:13 pm
  • Joakim Noah will play on Sunday night
    Joakim Noah (personal) will play against the Wizards on Sunday night in Game 1.

    Advice: He said he couldn't talk about the passing of his former coach, Tyrone Green, and it looks like he'll do his talking on the court. The Wizards have struggled quite a bit against centers all season, so obviously Noah is going to be a focus of their defensive game plan. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:41 pm
  • Tim Duncan hurts left knee, returns in win
    Tim Duncan banged knees with Monta Ellis in the second half of Sunday's game vs. the Mavericks and returned to action, finishing with 27 points, seven boards and one turnover in 38 minutes.

    Advice: In a post-game interview on TNT, Duncan said he was fine and he called the injury kind of a "funny bone thing." Duncan made 12-of-20 from the field and all but one of those makes came from within 10 feet today. He should be ready to roll for Game 2 on Wednesday and will likely continue to see minutes closer to 40 per game -- well above his season average of 29.2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:38 pm
  • Nene could start in Game 1 vs. Chicago
    Nene was spotted in a blue practice jersey on Saturday, which suggests that he was practicing with the first unit and could start on Sunday vs. Chicago.

    Advice: Neither Nene nor Wizards coach Randy Wittman gave a definitive answer as to whether Nene would start or not, but given the need for Nene's interior presence it wouldn't be shocking to see the Brazilian big man start. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:02 am
  • Draymond Green looks fine after leg injury
    Draymond Green bruised his right leg during the first half on Saturday, but he quickly returned to post seven points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks in a road victory.

    Advice: Green had a tremendous chase-down block on Darren Collison in the third quarter, which should end any speculation about the severity of his injury. His ability to play multiple positions gives coach Mark Jackson an invaluable weapon off the bench, and his 22 minutes of playing time may increase throughout the series since small lineups are inevitable with Andrew Bogut (ribs) on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:53 pm
  • Draymond Green (knee) back after brief exit
    Draymond Green headed into the Warriors locker room with an apparent right knee injury before halftime on Saturday, but he has since returned.

    Advice: Green was crossed over by Matt Barnes and fell awkwardly, and after a few moments he left to be evaluated by the training staff. His return is great news for Golden State, as the absence of Andrew Bogut (ribs) has already left them more reliant upon guys like Green, Harrison Barnes and Marreese Speights. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:38 pm
  • Paul Pierce's surge helps Nets steal Game 1
    Paul Pierce got hot in the fourth quarter on Saturday, finishing with 15 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in a 94-87 win in Toronto.

    Advice: Pierce's late surge helped keep the Raptors at bay and he already looks like a matchup nightmare, as Toronto's PFs aren't nimble enough to chase him off the 3-point line without giving up easy driving and passing lanes. Fellow 'dinosaur' Kevin Garnett had five points, eight rebounds, two steals and one block in 20 minutes, and his lone field goal was a dagger in the final minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:47 pm
     
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  • Joakim Noah (bereavement) back at practice
    Joakim Noah (bereavement) returned to practice on Saturday after sitting out on Friday.

    Advice: Noah will be ready for the Bulls' playoff opener vs. Washington on Sunday, which Chicago is heavily favored to win. Wizards center Marcin Gortat averaged 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds after the All-Star break, but he's unlikely to have so much success while facing Noah on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:39 am
  • Tim Duncan ready to play increased minutes
    Tim Duncan said that it would be "perfect" if he averaged 33-35 minutes per game in the playoffs.

    Advice: "I look forward to [a bigger workload]," Duncan said. "I feel good right now. I'm in shape and healthy and ready to take on those extra minutes." He hyper-extended his knee on April 10 but didn't miss any time with the injury, and Gregg Popovich's cautious management of his players should be a key to the Spurs' postseason success -- the Spurs are the only team in the league that didn't have a single player averaging 30 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:12 am
  • Kupchak: Pau Gasol is a priority this summer
    General manager Mitch Kupchak said on Friday that Pau Gasol is a "priority" this offseason.

    Advice: "If you look at the free agents, there probably isn't anyone as good as Pau on the board," Kupchak said. While this isn't a surprising quote, the Lakers should certainly look to bring Pau back despite their ending result on the standings. He finished with averages of 17.4 points, 9.7 boards and 1.5 blocks, so he'll be a high pick in fantasy leagues next year. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:45 am
     
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  • Joakim Noah (bereavement) skips practice
    Joakim Noah (personal) did not practice Friday.

    Advice: Noah was excused for bereavement reasons. He's in New York, but is expected to rejoin the team in Chicago Saturday. The Bulls open up their first-round series against the Wizards at 7pm ET on Sunday night. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:47 am
  • Bulls, Lakers, Rockets, Clips to pursue Melo?
    The Bulls, Rockets, Lakers and Clippers are among the teams expected to pursue unrestricted free agent Carmelo Anthony.

    Advice: The Knicks can offer Anthony a five-year, $129 contract. The max he can get from other teams is four years and $95 million. But the Knicks have almost no room to reshape their roster, so re-signing there would not give Anthony his best shot at his stated goal of winning. If he's serious about competing for a title, Melo will take a massive pay cut and sign with Chicago, which could field a starting five of Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Anthony, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:41 am
     
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    W, 95-92 vs Tor