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  • Jae Crowder leaves Game 4 with knee sprain
    Jae Crowder left Game 4 against the Cavs' with a left knee sprain, and he will not return.

    Advice: Crowder got caught with a nasty elbow from J.R. Smith that caused him to fall to the ground awkwardly, and in the process he injured his knee. There's really no way that Smith doesn't receive a suspension from the league for his actions today, the only question is how many games he’ll be forced to miss. Crowder ended Sunday's game with seven points, three rebounds and one assist through 17 minutes of action. Rotoworld.com
    39 minutes ago
     
    Injured
  • J.R. Smith ejected from Game 4 for Flagrant 2
    J.R. Smith was ejected from Sunday's Game 4 against the Celtics for a Flagrant 2 foul against Jae Crowder.

    Advice: Smith was boxing out Crowder, and then hit him with a vicious elbow to the face, and there's a good chance Smith is looking at a suspension from the league. He'll finish Sunday's game with eight points, two 3-pointers, and two steals. Iman Shumpert will likely pick up most of his minutes during the Cavs' next game. Click the link below to see the dirty play for yourself. Rotoworld.com
    43 minutes ago
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) good to go for Game 5
    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said that everyone came out of Game 4 fine health wise, and Nikola Mirotic (knee) will play in Game 5 on Monday.

    Advice: Mirotic didn't play very well in his return to action on Saturday, scoring just five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer through 20 minutes of action. The minutes, however, were encouraging and we'd expect him to pick up his play on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    51 minutes ago
  • Hedo Turkoglu dealing with sprained ankle
    Doc Rivers said that Hedo Turkoglu sprained his ankle during Game 3, but he should be fine.

    Advice: "I didn't know a guy who moved that slow could sprain his ankle," said Rivers of Turkoglu. "It shouldn't slow him down." Through the first three games of the series, Turkoglu has scored a total of two points to go with two rebounds and one steal. There's no fantasy value to be had here. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:26 am
  • Richard Jefferson is a game-time decision
    Richard Jefferson (calf) is planning on playing in Game 4 vs. the Rockets on Sunday, though head coach Rick Carlisle said he will be a game-time decision.

    Advice: Jefferson has been poor in the playoffs so far, averaging just 3.3 points in 13.0 minutes per game. It sounds like he is good to go on Sunday, but Al-Farouq Aminu should continue to see the bulk of the minutes at small forward after producing 15 points, five boards, two blocks and two steals in 34 minutes during Game 3. We will update Jefferson's status as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:12 am
  • Jae Crowder will start over Marcus Smart
    Jae Crowder will be replacing Marcus Smart in the starting lineup for Game 4 against the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: Crowder pretty much made it clear in practice on Saturday that he would be in the starting lineup, so this news was expected. There could be additional changes to the lineup as well, so be sure to stay tuned for updates. Smart hasn't played that well in this series so far, and it makes sense to get a physical presence in the lineup such as Crowder to help contain LeBron James. Expect Evan Turner and Avery Bradley to have some extra ball-handling responsibilities as well. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:55 am
     
    Injured
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) holds up well Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic (knee) said that he wasn't 100 percent in Game 4 against the Bucks on Saturday, but he is happy with the way his body held up.

    Advice: Mirotic was held out of Game 3 and it looked like he was going to spend some quality time on the shelf, so it was definitely surprising to see him return so soon. He didn't play very well on Saturday as he scored just five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer, but the good news is that it looks like he will be fine moving forward. Expect a better performance in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:28 am
  • Arron Afflalo fouls out in return on Saturday
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) returned to action for Game 3 vs. the Grizzlies on Saturday, but he scored just five points on 2-of-5 shooting before fouling out in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He did add six boards, one assist and one 3-pointer to his name, but he looked pretty rusty and he was clearly frustrated with himself after picking up so many cheap fouls. Afflalo wasn't playing well before the injury, so he is going to have to step it up if he doesn't want to lose more minutes to C.J. McCollum. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Nicolas Batum sinks six treys in Game 3 loss
    Nicolas Batum was on fire from beyond the arc in Portland's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, sinking six 3-pointers on 12 attempts.

    Advice: He finished the game with 27 points, six boards and four assists, but it wasn't enough to keep the Grizzlies from capturing a 3-0 series lead. Batum has been hesitant on his jumpers all season (mostly 3-pointers), so it was nice to see him in attack mode tonight. The Blazers will need Batum to continue to be aggressive if they have any hope of competing with the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 20 in win on Saturday
    Courtney Lee scored an impressive 20 points vs. the Blazers on Saturday, adding five boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Lee was an efficient 5-of-8 from the field tonight and also connected on all nine of his free throws. He was coming off an 18-point performance in Game 2 on Wednesday, and it looks like he chose the right time to hit his stride with a potential matchup with the Warriors on the horizon. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Inconvenient Truth: Draymond Green goes off
    Draymond Green scored 20 of his 22 points in the first half during Saturday's win over the Pelicans, adding 10 rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

    Advice: What a series. In the four wins, Green averaged 15.8 points, 12.8 boards, 6.3 dimes, 1.3 blocks, 2.5 steals and 1.5 treys. He's one of a handful of players who brings the ball up and now he's played at least 40 minutes in every game this postseason. Dray broke out in the postseason last year and he's breaking out on top of his breakout season again. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • Jared Dudley scores 13 off the bench
    Jared Dudley played 29 minutes off the bench during a 92-90 Game 4 victory over the Bulls on Saturday, scoring 13 points with two rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Jared hit Jerryd Bayless for a backdoor layup on an inbounds pass to get the Bucks a buzzer-beater to win it. It was a slightly dangerous pass, but Dudley deserves a lot of credit for executing it perfectly. The Bucks second unit was great with 47 points, which was more than the starters' 45. The Bucks also capitalized on the Bulls' 28 turnovers with 39 points off those mistakes. As for Dudley's extra playing time, he earned his minutes from Ersan Ilyasova, who scored just nine points on 3-of-11 from the field in 17 minutes. Both could wind up being around 24 minutes in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:28 pm
  • Arron Afflalo will start against Memphis
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) will start against the Grizzlies in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: He said on Friday that he's not 100 percent, but he has been able to go through practice. Afflalo hasn't played well whatsoever, so it should be interesting to see how tight of a leash coach Terry Stotts will have on him. Allen Crabbe will lose a ton of minutes while C.J. McCollum could lose a handful, too. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:58 pm
  • Jimmy Butler's 33 points aren't enough
    Jimmy Butler was the best player on the court during a Game 4 92-90 loss to the Bucks on Saturday, scoring a playoff career-high 33 points with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: In four 2015 playoff games, he's set a new career high for scoring three times, which is crazy considering he played in 20 postseason games before last week. Butler made 12-of-17 from the field and was red hot in the third quarter, but the Bulls didn't lean on him nearly as much as they should have in the fourth. That may change in Game 4 on Monday. He's shaping up to be a top-20 pick in fantasy next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:49 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) plays 20 minutes
    Nikola Mirotic returned from a one-game absence and played 20 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday, making 2-of-7 from the field for five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played most of his minutes at small forward, which continues to be a problem area for him. Mirotic has made just 33.3 percent from the field in the playoffs and is scoring just 6.0 points per game. The good news is that he didn't look hurt today. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:44 pm
  • Tony Snell down to just seven minutes
    Tony Snell played just seven minutes against the Bucks on Saturday with no points, two rebounds and one turnover.

    Advice: Nikola Mirotic returned and played a lot of small forward, so there was not much of an opportunity for the Snelly Cat. He'll continue to be the 8th-10th man in the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:33 pm
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Bojan Bogdanovic turns in a terrific game
    Bojan Bogdanovic was fantastic on both ends against the Hawks on Saturday with 19 points, three rebounds, one assist, three steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He guarded Kyle Korver and did a great job on him to keep Korver at just 1-of-8 from the field. Bogdanovic seemed to always have one eye on Korver and rarely helped on defense, which worked out nicely. As for the offensive side, he had a very nice array of catch-and-shoot makes to go with some isolation scores. It's obvious he's going to be a key part of the rotation with a usage rate close to 20 -- it was 18.4 today. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:04 pm
  • Thaddeus Young comes through with 18 & 11
    Thaddeus Young looked reinvigorated during a 91-83 Game 3 win over the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and four turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: He apologized for his poor play in Game 2 and his actions spoke much louder than those words. Young was very aggressive with the ball, which is the opposite of what happened Wednesday when he only had one shot attempt in the restricted area. Young set up much closer to the basket than usual, so expect that to continue. He's played at least 40 minutes in two of the three games in this series and should be around that amount going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 22 points in loss
    DeMarre Carroll made 9-of-12 from the field for 22 points against the Nets on Saturday with six rebounds, one steal, three 3-pointers and four turnovers.

    Advice: None of his teammates had an effective field goal percentage above 50.0 and Carroll was really the only reason the Hawks were able to get over 80 points today. Carroll only had two points on Wednesday, so expect him to be somewhere in between for Game 4 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:50 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores just two points
    Kyle Korver managed to score just two points against the Nets on Saturday with two rebounds, five assists and two blocks on 1-of-8 from the field.

    Advice: He was forcing shots and the Nets clearly went into today with a plan to keep Korver in check. He only had one 3-point attempt in the first half and a lot of credit should go to Bojan Bogdanovic. Expect the Nets to keep a guy on Korver throughout most possessions in Game 4 like they did today. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:35 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) will play on Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic (knee) will play against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: He went through a warmup session and was moving around pretty well. This comes as a surprise because Mirotic didn't even run at practice on Friday. Since Derrick Rose has been back and Joakim Noah was active, most of Mirotic's minutes have been at small forward during the regular season, but he's shifted to the four more in the postseason. He'll take away some playing time from Tony Snell and Taj Gibson. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • Richard Jefferson (calf) iffy for Game 4
    Richard Jefferson (calf) is up in the air to play against the Rockets on Sunday and is listed as questionable.

    Advice: The Mavs were not very forthcoming on Jefferson's injury immediately following the game, but now it sounds like he could miss Game 4. Jefferson was severely outplayed by Al-Farouq Aminu, who played 34 minutes with 15 points, five boards, two blocks and two steals. Aminu will be a popular play in daily fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:50 am
  • Chandler Parsons doing light work at practice
    Chandler Parsons (knee) was seen going through a light workout at practice on Saturday, though he remains out for the playoffs.

    Advice: While there is no tear or structural damage to his right knee, he will have to undergo surgery and a timetable for his return will not be set until after the procedure. We will continue to track his progress closely, but it's encouraging to see him move around at practice. Richard Jefferson (calf) will likely continue to start if he is able to play, but Al-Farouq Aminu will likely be the primary beneficiary. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:22 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Earl Clark will be active for Game 3
    Earl Clark will be active for Game 3 against the Hawks on Saturday, while Cory Jefferson will move to the inactive list.

    Advice: Jefferson was active for Game 2 and Clark was not, so the team is simply shaking things up. Neither player will likely be in the rotation for the playoffs, so this news shouldn't impact your plans in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:09 am
     
    Player Note
    Earl Clark Bkn - SF,PF
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Jae Crowder says he will be starting Game 4
    Jae Crowder said he will be in the starting lineup for Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: There will also be additional changes to the lineup according to Avery Bradley, but those details haven't been released yet. Crowder and Jonas Jerebko started the second half of Game 3 in place of Marcus Smart and Brandon Bass, so it appears that Smart will be the first victim of the lineup change. Jerebko was also running with the first unit at practice on Saturday, so changes appear to be imminent. We should know more details after shootaround, and we will continue to follow this story very closely. The Celtics have lost the first three games of the series, so nothing will likely be off the table as they look to avoid a sweep vs. the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:04 am
     
    Injured
  • Arron Afflalo says he will play in Game 3 Sat
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is officially listed as probable, but he says he will play in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: "It's no time to get to 100 percent," Afflalo said. "You just go out there and give it your best." Afflalo isn't expected to have a minutes restriction moving forward and also said that he won't have any problems shooting from distance. It isn't clear what type of role he will have right out of the gate, but it's safe to say that Allen Crabbe and C.J. McCollum should expect to lose some playing time. However, Afflalo wasn't playing well before the injury which makes it tough to trust him in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:49 am
  • Thaddeus Young apologizes for his performance
    Thaddeus Young apologized to his teammates for his performance in Game 2 v. the Hawks in which he scored just two points in 24 minutes.

    Advice: "First thing I said when I came into the locker room the other night was, 'Fellas, I'm sorry. I didn't give you guys anything tonight. I've got to be better,' " Young said on Friday. "I take pride in everything I do out there on the court and I take losses hard." It's admirable that Young is placing most of the blame on himself, but the Nets have been simply overpowered so far and they will look to clinch their first win in Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:40 am
  • LeBron James showers praises on J.R. Smith
    LeBron James said that J.R. Smith is simply misunderstood, and he showered praise on him for his work ethic and defensive effort.

    Advice: "He comes out every single day and works his tail off to try to get better, to help our team win," James said in regards to Smith. "He defends at a high level and he’s a great teammate and he’s a great guy." Smith is averaging 10.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.0 treys through the first three games of the series against Boston, and he will look to help the Cavaliers sweep the Celtics in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Kawhi Leonard is going nowhere in free agency
    Kawhi Leonard isn't expected to pursue offer sheets when he becomes a restricted free agent this summer, as the Spurs are planning on offering him a max contract.

    Advice: Leonard is quickly becoming one of the top players in the NBA due to his contributions on both sides of the court, so it's not surprising in the slightest that he is expected to get a max deal. The Spurs took a 2-1 series lead over the Clippers on Friday night thanks to a career-high 32 points from Leonard, and he also added four boards, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers to his name. Spiderman is going to be a fantasy stud for many years to come, and he is going to be off the board early in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:13 am
  • Spiderman scores career-high 32 in SA win
    Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the Spurs 100-73 Game 3 win over the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to float Spiderman out there as a nickname and see if it sticks. He was the best player on the floor tonight and it wasn't close, as we see the blossoming of a top-10 NBA player before our eyes. Tim Duncan added four points, seven boards, four assists, one steal and three blocks in the blowout win. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:00 pm
  • Green gets back on track against Clippers
    Danny Green scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and three triples in Friday's Game 3 win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Green has been quiet but tonight's output was a good sign that he's ready to heat up. Check his DFS prices because he might be undervalued. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:56 pm
  • Jefferson leaves with mysterious ailment
    Richard Jefferson left Friday's Game 3 loss with a calf ailment and did not return.

    Advice: Jefferson logged 12 minutes and scored three points with one rebound, one assist and two steals while on the floor. If he can't go then Al-Farouq Aminu will get all the run he can handle, which probably should have been the case to start the series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:20 pm
  • The Truth walks all over the Raps in G3 win
    Paul Pierce scored 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including four threes) with three rebounds in Friday's 106-99 Game 3 win over the Raptors.

    Advice: The stat line isn't huge but most of his buckets were and the Wiz can now sweep with a win on Sunday. John Wall scored 19 points on 5-of-15 shooting with five rebounds, 15 assists, one steal and one block in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:15 pm
  • Porter playing big for the Wizards in playoff
    Otto Porter scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting (including two threes) with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 33 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 win over the Raptors.

    Advice: Porter is being turned to in clutch situations and he's answering the call this postseason, and he'll certainly be on our radar heading into next season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:10 pm
  • DeRozan posts 32-6-6 line in Raptors loss
    DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points on 11-of-29 shooting (3-of-6 3PTs, 7-of-7 FTs) with six rebounds, six assists and one steal in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: DeRozan and Kyle Lowry were both guilty of bad shot selection and going down 3-0 the backcourt play has been a big storyline in this series. Of course, both engaged in trash talk with Paul Pierce and it's fair to wonder if they lost focus as things started to spin out of control. Game 4 is on Sunday in Washington. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:02 pm
     
    W, 92-87 vs Cha
  • Aminu posts solid line over 34 minutes
    Al-Farouq Aminu scored 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 5-of-6 FTs) with five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 34 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: We're not sure why Rick Carlisle waited so long to get him onto the court for heavy minutes this series, especially since the Mavs' defense is historically bad right now. Richard Jefferson had some sort of ailment during the game and AFA should be on owners' radars for Sunday's action. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:08 pm
  • Harden drops 42 and nine on DAL, HOU up 3-0
    James Harden scored 42 points on 15-of-24 shooting (5-of-7 3PTs, 7-of-7 FTs) with five rebounds, nine assists and one steal in the Rockets' 130-128 win over the Mavs in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: The Mavs fielded one of the worst defensive squads we've seen in the playoffs in a very long time, if not the worst of all time. The Rockets take a 3-0 lead into Sunday's Game 4 matchup and with a win they'll be able to rest up for the winner of the Spurs-Clippers series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:01 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Arron Afflalo probable to play on Saturday
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is probable to play against the Grizzlies in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: He was able to do some shooting before Wednesday, but his shoulder looked to be an issue on long-range shots. Afflalo was pushing a weighed sled on Friday, which suggests he's a lot closer to being healthy. C.J. McCollum played 37 minutes in Game 1 and just 29 minutes in Game 2, so maybe he's lost some playing time due to making just 19.0 percent from the field in the playoffs. Expect C.J. and Allen Crabbe to lose more minutes. Afflalo is still not someone fantasy owners can trust due to his lackluster numbers since joining the Blazers. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:48 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) still not running yet
    Nikola Mirotic (knee) was not able to run at practice on Friday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like he'll be ready for Game 4 on Saturday. With Mirotic out, his minutes at small forward went to Tony Snell while his minutes at the four went to Taj Gibson. The Bulls have plenty of depth at both forward spots and they'll have four chances to finish off the Bucks, so don't expect the rookie to play in the next couple games. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:42 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic get another start in Game 3
    Bojan Bogdanovic will remain in the starting lineup for Game 3 against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: Bogdanovic replaced Markel Brown in the starting lineup for Game 2, but he failed to do much on the stat sheet, putting up just eight points, three rebounds, two assists and a block through 34 minutes of action. Brown picked up a DNP-CD during Wednesday's Game 2 loss, and nothing is suggesting he'll be back in the rotation during Game 3, rending him a negligible option in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:05 am
  • Draymond Green fouls out with 12 and 17
    Draymond Green fouled out in overtime against the Pelicans on Thursday, finishing with 12 points, 17 boards, five assists, three steals, one block and one turnover in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He was called for his sixth foul on a questionable call and ran straight to the tunnel because he was so incredulous. As what happened before the exit, it was another game, another big stat line. Green was actually in foul trouble early on, but played all but six minutes in the final three quarters and overtime until he fouled out. He's going to be a fantasy stud for a long time and there's almost no way the Warriors won't bring him back. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:13 pm
  • Jimmy Minutes: Butler logs 53 mins, scores 24
    Jimmy Butler played 53 minutes during a double-overtime win against the Bucks on Thursday with 24 points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He didn't shoot the ball well today, making 8-of-20 from the field. The Bulls clearly had an outside-in approach to their game with Butler and Derrick Rose taking seven of the first nine shots from the field. Considering how unbelievable Rose looked today and the vast improvement from Butler as an isolation scorer this season, the Bulls backcourt may have suddenly become one of the best in the NBA. Butler has averaged 26.7 points per game in this postseason and will likely be in that neighborhood again in Game 4 on Saturday. He'll likely be off the board in the top 20 picks for fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:47 pm
  • Tony Snell comes up big with 16 points
    Tony Snell stepped up in a big way against the Bucks during a double-overtime win on Thursday, scoring 16 points with four 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He was red hot late in the game and even played down the stretch over Mike Dunleavy. With Nikola Mirotic (knee) out, Snell had some wing minutes available and he's likely earned more of them for Game 4. He probably won't be playing this much and will probably be in the 13-17 range for Game 4, assuming he doesn't catch fire like he did today. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:42 pm
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Jae Crowder scores 16 points off bench
    Jae Crowder started the second half against the Cavs during a Game 3 loss on Thursday, finishing with 16 points, seven boards, four assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 5-of-6 from the field.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens continues to play Crowder at shooting guard more often, which makes sense because they need all the size they can get to help keep LeBron James out of the paint. Crowder didn't have a bad game on defense and he was efficient (100.0 effective field goal percentage) on the offensive end outside of four turnovers. He's likely earned 30-plus minutes in Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:56 pm
     
    Injured
  • Crowder & Jerebko start 3Q for Smart & Bass
    Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko started the second half against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Marcus Smart and Brandon Bass will come off the bench. Coach Brad Stevens has gone with a different center to start the second half throughout the year, but this move is new. The Celtics are really mixing it up with their rotation today and credit to them for keeping the Cavs on their toes. We'll let you know how it works out for them. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:38 pm
     
    Injured
  • Parsons says no structural damage to knee
    Chandler Parsons said that there is no tear or structural damage to his right knee, but it's not getting any better, and he will require surgery.

    Advice: Parsons added that if the Mavs' first-round matchup hadn't been against the Rockets, he probably wouldn't have played at all. He's going to meet with a doctor in Chicago to determine exactly what surgery he will need to have, after which a surgery date and timetable for recovery will be set. With Parsons sidelined, Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will see extended minutes in Dallas' rotations. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:48 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Draymond Green takes DPOY 2nd place in stride
    Draymond Green said he isn't upset over not winning the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

    Advice: The outspoken Green took his second-place finish to Kawhi Leonard in stride and even made a reference back to the 2000 election to explain his thinking. "Al Gore won the popular vote and didn't get elected president so I'm not gonna beat myself up over not winning DPOY," Green said. While Green is saying the right things to reporters, good luck to upcoming opponents who have the misfortune of having to face the Warriors' stopper. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:36 am
  • Chandler Parsons visiting doctor in Chicago
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will visit with a doctor in Chicago before determining specifics about his upcoming surgery.

    Advice: Parsons will miss the rest of the playoffs and will undergo surgery on his right knee once he finishes consulting with doctors. We'll update Parson's timetable once we know more, but the procedure isn't expected to be major so he'll likely be ready in time for training camp. Richard Jefferson will continue to start at small forward with Parsons out, while Al-Farouq Aminu will also pick up some extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:49 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Nikola Mirotic questionable for Game 4
    Nikola Mirotic (quad) said he's unsure if he'll be able to play in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Mirotic has already been ruled out for Thursday's Game 3 and will head into Saturday's Game 4 with a big question mark over his head. If the Bulls head into Saturday with a 3-0 over the Bucks, that would likely cause them to take a cautious approach with the rookie, but we'll keep an eye on his status. Taj Gibson will pick up most of Mirotic's minutes in the meantime, with Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy, and Tony Snell also seeing an extra minutes boost. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:53 am
  • Kawhi Leonard named Defensive Player of Year
    Kawhi Leonard has been named the 2014-15 Defensive Player of the Year.

    Advice: Leonard finished ahead of Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Anthony Davis, and Rudy Gobert, respectively, on his way to winning his first DPOY Award. After a slow start to the 2014-15 season, Leonard was still able to finish as a top-25 player in standard fantasy leagues and should be a popular early-round pick next season. Now the only thing to do is keep an eye on Draymond Green's Twitter feed. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:19 am
  • Danny Ainge heaps praise on Jae Crowder
    Celtics president Danny Ainge said the Celtics feel that Jae Crowder is a big part of their team going forward.

    Advice: While Crowder will become a restricted free agent after the season, that didn't stop Ainge from including the forward in his plans. "We really did like Jae Crowder," Ainge said. "And we feel like he’s a big part of our team going forward." Ainge's comments likely mean the Celtics will make every effort to keep Crowder in Boston, but the 24-year-old won't be much of a fantasy asset next season unless he's able to take a big jump from his averages of 9.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.0 steals with the Celtics this season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:56 am
     
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  • Kawhi Leonard scores 23 points vs. Clippers
    Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points against the Clippers on Wednesday with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: This time last year, we were just starting to see the Kawhi ISO plays and he's really grown as a scorer. Leonard also made it very tough on the wings for the Clippers tonight and he also was guarding Chris Paul during this game. It's hard to overrate Kawhi and he's arguably a top-five player in the NBA for his contributions on both sides of the ball. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:08 pm
  • Nicolas Batum struggles in Game 2 loss
    Nicolas Batum hit just 5-of-15 shots for 11 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, a 3-pointer, zero steals and zero blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: Batum is playing through a knee injury and also has a torn tendon in his wrist that will eventually require surgery. He scored 15 points in Sunday's Game 1 and while he's admirably battling through adversity, the Blazers will need him to play better than this if they're going to win Games 3 and 4 in Portland. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:47 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll has a bad game
    DeMarre Carroll made 1-of-8 from the field against the Nets on Wednesday with two points, eight boards, five assists, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: While his offensive game wasn't great, Carroll was effective everywhere else. He's likely looking at a big contract in the offseason with the Knicks reportedly interested in picking him up. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • Thaddeus Young gets into foul trouble
    Thaddeus Young struggled against the Hawks during a 96-91 loss on Wednesday, scoring two points with five rebounds, six assists, one steal, three turnovers and four fouls in 24 minutes.

    Advice: It comes as a surprise that he played just 24 minutes after playing 40 in Game 1, but it was a bad game from Thad and Paul Millsap dominated on both ends. He made just 1-of-7 from the field and missed both free throws. At least one positive is that he had six assists, which is the most he's had in a playoff game. Young will look to improve on Saturday in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic gets 34 minutes in Game 2
    Bojan Bogdanovic took over as the starter against the Hawks during a Game 2 loss on Wednesday, scoring eight points with three rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played 34 minutes and was a bit of a letdown in his start. Bogdanovic saw his usage rate drop a little more than expected, so the increase in playing time wasn't able to offset that. He should have a better line in Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:51 pm
  • Draymond Green (ankle) limited in practice
    Draymond Green (ankle) did not participate in a six-minute scrimmage on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's still fully expected to play on Thursday. Green is logging huge minutes in the postseason, averaging 14.5 points, 12.0 boards, 6.0 assists, 1.5 blocks, 3.0 steals and 1.5 treys. He'll likely just have his ankle heal when the Warriors have some time off after the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:51 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (shoulder) will not play vs MEM
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) will not play against the Grizzlies in Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did warm up, but apparently isn't well enough to play. Afflalo has been focusing on his mid-range shots and looked to show pain as he was moving away from the rim, so perhaps his shoulder hurts more on deeper shots. C.J. McCollum will get most of the wing minutes next to Nicolas Batum. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:30 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic starting, Brown benched
    Bojan Bogdanovic will start against the Hawks on Wednesday and Markel Brown will move to the bench.

    Advice: The Nets are looking to add more punch to their starting unit and also make Kyle Korver guard someone on the defensive end. Bogdanovic was already playing minutes in the lower 30s, so he could get in the mid 30s neighborhood. Brown is very likely to see his minutes drop, so he'll probably play in the teens or even less. Give Bojan a look if you're looking for a risk-reward guy tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:33 pm
  • Jared Dudley has a foot issue, will play
    Jared Dudley is dealing with some foot soreness and will play against the Bulls in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He's dealt with knee and back issues since the All-Star break and this foot issue has bothered him since Game 1. Dudley played 14.5 minutes per game in the first two games of the playoffs, making a combined 2-of-8 from the field. He'll likely be around that amount of playing time again. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:52 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) out for playoffs
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will miss the rest of the playoffs.

    Advice: He is exploring surgery options to his right knee. Parsons aggravated his knee injury in Game 1 and tried to play through it. Despite little swelling, the Mavs will just keep him out until October. As it stands right now, there's no ligament damage and he'd probably be looking at a knee scope procedure. With Parsons out, Richard Jefferson will start at small forward with Al-Farouq Aminu getting more minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:33 pm
     
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    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Nikola Mirotic (quad) will not play in Game 3
    Nikola Mirotic (quad) will not play against the Bucks in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: There's also a decent chance Mirotic won't play in Game 4. The good news for the Bulls is that they have plenty of depth. Expect Taj Gibson to absorb most of Mirotic's minutes. Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell will all pick up some scraps, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:46 am
  • Nikola Mirotic 'most likely' out for Game 3
    According to head coach Tom Thibodeau, Nikola Mirotic (quad strain) is "most likely" out for Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He was able to ride the bike and get some set shots up at Wednesday's practice, but Thibodeau said that Mirotic still isn't able to do much despite the fact that he is feeling a little better. We will consider him highly doubtful to play on Thursday, meaning Taj Gibson could see a few extra minutes off the bench. We should have another update on Mirotic after shootaround on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:27 am
  • Chandler Parsons to miss rest of first round?
    According to Yahoo Sports, it is "impossible" for Chandler Parsons to return from his knee injury in the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: The Mavericks have already lost the first two games to Houston, so this news doesn't bode well for their chances of making a comeback. Parsons is expected to be reevaluated on Wednesday, so we should be able to provide another update shortly. If this report is true, Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will have to step into larger roles for the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:18 am
     
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    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Richard Jefferson starts at SF w/ Parsons out
    Richard Jefferson started Game 2 with Chandler Parsons (knee) unavailable, but he finished with seven points on 2-of-6 shooting with one 3-pointer in 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Parsons' status going forward is uncertain and Rick Carlisle suggested that he might miss more games, thrusting the 34-year-old Jefferson into a critical role. RJ didn't rise to the challenge tonight, failing to record a single rebound, assist, steal or block, and the Mavs are in serious trouble whether or not Parsons can play again in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:45 pm
  • Otto Porter scores 15 points w/ nine rebounds
    Otto Porter came off Washington's bench for 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal during Tuesday's convincing road win.

    Advice: There's no word on whether or not Paul Pierce punched Porter before the game, but either way the Wizards have to be thrilled with his performance through two playoff wins. He logged 35 minutes and was a key to the Wizards' defense all night, and his rebounding helped Washington claim a 45-28 advantage on the glass. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • J.R. Smith shoots poorly, still makes impact
    J.R. Smith stole the ball five times vs. Boston on Tuesday, adding seven points, four rebounds and one assist with one turnover in 34 minutes during the Cavs' Game 2 win.

    Advice: Smith deserves a ton of credit for fitting seamlessly into the Cavaliers' starting lineup. He was a key factor in Game 2, compensating for poor shooting with boundless energy at both ends of the court, while fellow swingman Iman Shumpert chipped in two points, five rebounds and solid defense in 26 minutes off the bench. Cleveland will try to put a stranglehold on the series on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:04 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) out Tues, maybe more
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will not play in Game 2 on Tuesday and coach Rick Carlisle admitted that he may miss more games.

    Advice: When asked whether Parsons could miss the remainder of the first round, Carlisle replied, "That does loom as a possibility ... I'm concerned." Richard Jefferson will start in place of Parsons at small forward, and Al-Farouq Aminu should also pick up extra minutes off the Mavs' bench. Parsons will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:12 pm
     
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    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Arron Afflalo questionable for Game 2 on Wed
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Game 2 against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: "If I can help in any way, whether it be 70 percent, 80 percent… I’m gonna get out there and do it," said Afflalo. He also added that if he can't go on Wednesday, he will almost certainly play in Game 3 on Saturday, and it sounds like he'll be a game-time decision for Game 2. He's not going to be 100 percent, but the Blazers could use all the help they can get right now, especially considering how much C.J. McCollum struggled through Game 1. When Afflalo returns to the lineup, he'll take away minutes from McCollum, and Allen Crabbe may fall out of the rotation entirely. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:56 pm
  • Arron Afflalo says goal is to play in Game 2
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) said that his goal is to play in Game 2 against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Afflalo stopped short of saying that he would actually play on Wednesday, but we'll likely get another update on his status following Tuesday's practice. It sounds like he could be headed for the dreaded game-time call on Wednesday, but if he is able to go, he'll take away minutes from C.J. McCollum and Allen Crabbe. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:48 am
  • Nikola Mirotic (quad) likely doubtful Thurs
    Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau said that they will wait to see how Nikola Mirotic (quad strain) responds to treatment before giving an official timetable on his return.

    Advice: Thibodeau added that if the Bulls had a game tonight, Mirotic would not play, but he did not want to speculate on his availability for Thursday. Mirotic will be getting treatment on his left quad strain and swollen knee 2-3 times a day, and he was spotted moving around very gingerly during Tuesday's practice, with his left leg heavily wrapped. On a positive note, Thibodeau said that Mirotic does not have a concussion, but it's looking like he's not going to be available for Game 3. Taj Gibson will be the primary beneficiary if Mirotic is forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:32 am
  • Bulls bracing for serious Mirotic injury
    Early indications on Nikola Mirotic's left quad strain are that it is serious, according to K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune.

    Advice: While we're still awaiting updates, it's sounding like Mirotic could end up missing some time with his left quad strain. The good news for Miro and the Bulls is that he'll have two days to rest before Thursday's Game 3, but we'll be scouring news reports for updates on the situation. If Mirotic is forced to miss time, TaJ Gibson, Jimmy Butler, and Mike Dunleavy would all see a boost in minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:57 am
  • Chandler Parsons misses Tuesday shootaround
    Chandler Parsons (knee) was not present at shootaround on Tuesday.

    Advice: While we already knew Parsons would be a game-time decision for Tuesday's Game 2, this certainly isn't good news for his availability. Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said he wouldn't have an update on Parsons until the evening, so we'll have to wait to see if Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will get increased run in the event that Parsons is unable to play. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:36 am
     
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    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Draymond Green everywhere in Game 2 win
    Draymond Green scored 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting (including two threes) with 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in Monday's Game 2 win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: Green looked hobbled at times and that's something for folks to keep an eye on, and the Warriors will want to waste no time dispatching the Pelicans so he can get some time to rest up. Otherwise, it was a podium-worthy game for the heart and soul of the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:33 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 31 points in Game 2 win
    Jimmy Butler put the Bulls on his back during a 91-82 win over the Bucks on Monday, scoring a playoff career-high 31 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

    Advice: Nobody else on the Bulls played well for the entire game on offense, but Butler came to the rescue. He put the whole arsenal on display tonight and the Bucks had no answer for him. Also, the Bulls played Nikola Mirotic at the four more, so that gave Butler more minutes compared to his 35 in Game 1. He'll likely log over 40 in Game 3 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:09 pm
  • Jared Dudley will play on Monday night
    Jared Dudley will play against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He was listed as probable, but coach Jason Kidd said he can play. Kidd also said rebounding was very important today, so maybe the Bucks won't go with a lineup of Michael Carter-Williams, Jerryd Bayless and O.J. Mayo. Dudley has very little fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:12 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) is extremely sore
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is extremely sore on Monday and could be a game-time decision on Tuesday.

    Advice: The good news is that his knee didn't swell up like it did last time. Parsons had some swelling in his knee following his injury on Apr. 2, so at least this aggravation isn't as bad. If Parsons can't go, the Mavs are really going to have a tough time containing James Harden because of all the fouls he'll draw. Richard Jefferson would start and one would think Al-Farouq Aminu would get more minutes because of the matchup. We'll have an update on Parsons tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:31 pm
     
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    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Parsons, Harris both questionable for Game 2
    Updating a previous item, Chandler Parsons (knee) and Devin Harris (toe) are both questionable for Game 2 vs. Houston.

    Advice: Parsons admitted to his knee giving out on him during Game 1, something that was pretty noticeable to anyone watching as he battled with a limp for the duration of the contest. Harris, on the other hand, aggravated his toe injury in Game 1 and was forced out of action. If both guys are on the sidelines, it would mean Richard Jefferson is likely to start with increased minutes for Al-Farouq Aminu. As for Harris' absence, that would open the door for more J.J. Barea. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 9:26 am
     
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    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Report: Arron Afflalo could return for Game 2
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) could return for Game 2 vs. Memphis, according to CSNNW.

    Advice: "Yeah, I'm good," Afflalo said when asked if he'd be ready for the next contest. All the Blazers have said was that he participated in some portions of practice on Sunday, and with players notoriously optimistic about their recoveries, especially in the playoffs, we're going to need to see harder news before declaring AA ready to return. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 8:07 am
  • Paul Pierce admits knee injury still an issue
    Paul Pierce admitted his knee injury is still an issue.

    Advice: Originally injured on February 24 against the Warriors, Pierce said the injury still bothers him currently. However, it doesn't seem to be a serious concern at this point and The Truth looked phenomenal in his first playoff game of 2015. Pierce added that the extra rest toward the end of the regular season was very helpful, and he plans to bring his hyperbaric chamber with him on the road as the Wizards progress through the postseason. He's going to play a major role for Washington as long as they're alive. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 7:00 am
  • Beal, Wall both heap praise on Otto Porter
    John Wall and Bradley Beal both went out of their way to praise Otto Porter after Washington's Game 1 win over Toronto.

    Advice: "He does the little things that nobody sees," Wall said. Beal added, "He’s terrific for us. He helps space the floor, he can shoot the ball, and he’s just smart. I mean he just knows how to play and make the right reads. You need a guy like him." As for confidence in himself, Porter lacks none. "It’s just confidence from myself. I know what I can do." Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 6:54 am
  • Chandler Parsons aggravates knee in Game 1
    Chandler Parsons aggravated his knee injury in the Mavericks Game 1 loss, and he's questionable to play in Game 2 vs. Houston on Tuesday.

    Advice: "I just landed and I felt some pain," he said. "My leg just kind of gave out on me. I couldn’t really shake it. It didn’t feel great." Parsons then added, "Something happened when I landed and it was real painful. We have a lot of work to do here and I hope it doesn’t swell up overnight." Parsons is obviously not right, and he's unlikely to be 100 percent at any point in the opening round. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 6:06 am
     
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  • Kawhi Leonard's +/- rating a team-worst -21
    Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 18 points during a Game 1 loss on Sunday, hitting 7-of-12 shots with six boards, three assists and four steals.

    Advice: Kawhi also turned the ball over four times and missed three of his six FT attempts, finishing with a team-worst +/- rating at -21. That might be a first. The No. 6 seed Spurs lack homecourt advantage and they trail 0-1 in the series with Game 2 looming on Wednesday. The Rockets in 1995 were the last No. 6 seed to win an NBA championship, with a roster that included Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Kenny Smith, Sam Cassell and Robert Horry. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 10:58 pm
  • Nicolas Batum back from bruised knee Sunday
    Nicolas Batum (bruised right knee) started Sunday's game and finished with 15 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, four assists and three turnovers as the Blazers fell in Memphis, 86-100.

    Advice: It's easy to forget that Batum is playing through a torn tendon in his wrist which will require offseason surgery, and fantasy owners have become spoiled by his willingness to play through all but the most severe injuries. Expect him to once again log 35+ minutes in Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:55 pm
  • Courtney Lee hits two 3-pointers in blowout
    Courtney Lee made both of his 3-point attempts during Sunday's 100-86 win, finishing with nine points, three rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

    Advice: It doesn't look like much but C-Lee's perimeter shooting is critical for the Grizzlies, who averaged a mere 5.2 three-pointers made this season (29th in the NBA ahead of only the Timberwolves). When they made at least as many 3-pointers as their opponents they had a 22-1 record, but they won on Sunday partly by holding Portland to 30.8 percent shooting from deep. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:50 pm
  • ATL wins, Kyle Korver scores team-high 21 pts
    Kyle Korver lit up the Nets on Sunday for a team-high 21 points on 6-of-12 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs, making five 3-pointers with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: The entire league has Korver highlighted in scouting reports, but knowing what he does and being able to stop him are completely different things. His off-ball movement and the Hawks' passing are both exemplary, but Brooklyn will need to cool him off to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole during Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:34 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic starts over Markel Brown
    Bojan Bogdanovic started ahead of Markel Brown in the second half of Sunday's loss in Atlanta, but he shot 2-of-8 to finish with five points, four rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Bogdanovic was averaging 14.4 points and 2.2 triples on 52.6 percent shooting in April, but he struggled tonight due to a combination of poor shot selection and the Hawks' tight defense. Atlanta ranked seventh in the NBA in 3-point defense this season, holding opponents to 34.1 percent shooting beyond the arc, so Bogdanovic and the Nets have their work cut out for them. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:29 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (shoulder) out for Game 1
    Updating a previous report, Arron Afflalo (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Game 1 against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Head coach Terry Stotts said that Afflalo is getting better every day, and that he's getting his range of motion back, so it sounds like he's getting close to being available. However, he’ll be forced to spend Game 1 on the sidelines, and it'll be Allen Crabbe and C.J. McCollum being asked to fill the void in his absence, with McCollum offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 3:34 pm
  • Afflalo (shoulder) going through warmups
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) was spotted going through a pregame workout at full speed, and it's looking like he'll be a game-time decision for Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Afflalo is still being listed as doubtful, but the fact that he's going through a workout at full speed is certainly a positive sign. He's currently in the second week of his initial 1-2 week timetable, so there is a chance he takes the floor tonight, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. If he is able to play, C.J. McCollum's value would take a sizable hit, and Allen Crabbe may fall entirely out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 3:28 pm
  • J.R. Smith limited by foul trouble in Game 1
    Foul trouble limited J.R. Smith to just 19 minutes of action during Game 1 against the Celtics on Sunday, and he managed just nine points on 3-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: Smith added two 3-pointers, four rebounds, one assist and one turnover, and he just wasn't much of a factor today. Smith is basically an all-or-nothing kind of guy, but when he gets hot, he can really light up the 3-point category. We'd expect a bit of a bounce-back performance for Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 2:52 pm
  • Draymond Green (ankle) limited in practice
    Draymond Green rolled his ankle during Game 1 on Saturday and was limited during Sunday's practice, but head coach Steve Kerr said it's not a big deal.

    Advice: The Warriors had a light practice today, and there's nothing suggesting this will cause Draymond to miss any time. He logged 42 minutes on Saturday and filled up the stat sheet, so he'll be a quality daily league target for Game 2 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 2:34 pm
  • James Harden scores 24 points with 11 dimes
    James Harden handled his business against the Mavs on Saturday during a 118-108 win, scoring 24 points with two rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

    Advice: It's the first double-double of his playoff career and Harden just killed the Mavs at the line, making 15-of-17 from the charity stripe. The Mavs also having injuries to two wings, Devin Harris and Chandler Parsons, is really going to hurt because of how Harden draws so many fouls. This was far from Harden's best game, so the Rockets have to be pleased they won by double-digits tonight. They host the Mavs again on Tuesday for Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:39 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Jimmy Butler scores 25 points in 35 minutes
    Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career-high 25 points against the Bucks on Saturday with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers on 8-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn't in foul trouble and the Bulls having some depth in their frontcourt may have taken away a couple minutes from Butler. Of course, his increased efficiency and usage rate offset the decrease in playing time. The Bulls are going to be a dangerous team with Butler making his case for the Most Improved Player this season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 7:08 pm
  • Draymond Green flirts with a 5x5 in win
    Draymond Green stuffed the stat sheet against the Pelicans on Saturday with 15 points, 12 boards, seven assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: Up until the last five minutes of the game, Green did a great job on Anthony Davis. Green only played 30.3 minutes per game in March and April, so he's clearly set for a major bump in playing time. He had his coming out party in the postseason last year and he could take yet another big step forward this time around. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 4:11 pm
  • Paul Pierce scores 20 points in OT win
    Paul Pierce was fantastic against the Raptors during a 93-86 overtime win on Saturday, scoring a game-high 20 points with four rebounds, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers on 7-of-10 from the field in 37 minutes.

    Advice: After the game, Pierce said he felt good and that he needed the rest heading into the postseason. Pierce didn't play 37 minutes in any game during the 2015 part of the schedule, so clearly the Wizards had planned on increasing his minutes going into this postseason run. He also moved past James Worthy for 22nd on the all-time postseason scoring list. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 1:33 pm
  • Otto Porter gets 34 minutes vs. Raptors
    Otto Porter played a surprising 34 minutes off the bench against the Raptors on Saturday with five points, five boards, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: It's taken two years for coach Randy Wittman to trust Porter with important minutes and he didn't disappoint with impressive defense on DeMar DeRozan. The Wizards went small for several parts of this game with a forward combo of Porter next to Paul Pierce. They hardly played well in this game, but Porter should see close to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 1:07 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan has a rough start to series
    DeMar DeRozan made 6-of-20 from the field for 15 points against the Wizards during a Game 1 93-86 overtime loss on Saturday, adding 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: Otto Porter provided some great defense on DeRozan today. If the Wizards can keep DeMar from getting to the line and force him to take contested jumpers, they are likely going to have some great defensive numbers. Additionally, this was one of the worst offensive showings from the Raptors and the made just 6-of-29 from deep today. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 12:56 pm
     
    W, 92-87 vs Cha
  • Jared Dudley (back) will play on Saturday
    Jared Dudley (back) will play on Saturday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: The Bucks rested him for the final two games of the season, so he should be fresh for the playoffs. Dudley is a seasoned veteran, and his experience will be a huge boost for the young Bucks. Expect Dudley to see minutes in the mid 20s tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 8:46 am
  • Nicolas Batum says he'll play in Game 1
    Nicolas Batum (knee) said he will play against the Grizzlies in Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: He only had a knee bruise and he only needed to miss one game. Batum was logging minutes around 40 to close the season and he could be in that neighborhood in this series. Batum's numbers were awful against the Grizzlies in four games this season, averaging 6.5 points 4.5 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 treys on 32.4 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 1:14 pm
  • DeRozan won't be happy w/ 1st round exit
    DeMar DeRozan said that the Raptors' season won't be a success unless they advance past the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: The Raptors went out in the first round after a tough seven game series with the Nets last season, and DeMar has no intentions of making another early-round exit from the playoffs. The Raptors will begin their post-season against the Wizards on Saturday, and that should be quite the thrilling series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 11:54 am
     
    W, 92-87 vs Cha
  • Dudley (back), Bayless (neck) practice Thurs
    Jared Dudley (back), and Jerryd Bayless (neck) practiced on Thursday.

    Advice: Dudley missed the final two games of the regular-season with a sore back, while Bayless missed the regular-season finale with a sore neck. Neither of these injuries sounds serious, so these guys should be ready for Game 1 against the Bulls on Saturday. That being said, both players will likely have their minutes trimmed down a bit for the postseason, and they're unlikely to do much on the stat sheet with the guys ahead of them in the rotation fully healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 16, 2:27 pm
  • Otto Porter (ankle) practices on Thursday
    Otto Porter (ankle) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and he will play on Saturday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Randy Wittman said that Paul Pierce will play some power forward during their series against the Raptors, and that move should open up some more floor time for Otto Porter. Still, in a reserve role, Porter isn't likely to do much on the box score. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 16, 2:05 pm
  • Paul Pierce to get some time at the four-spot
    Paul Pierce said head coach Randy Wittman told him to prepare to play some power forward during their playoff series against the Raptors.

    Advice: Pierce said that he played some power forward during the Wizards' practice on Thursday, and it sounds like Wittman wants Pierce to fill the role of a floor-spacer for Washington. Pierce sliding over to the four-spot will open up some more minutes for Otto Porter, and it will also give Wittman the option to limit the minutes of Nene (shoulder, ankle, foot). Rotoworld.com
    Apr 16, 1:43 pm
  • Otto Porter's ankle injury not serious
    The left ankle injury suffered by Otto Porter in Wednesday's finale is not thought to be serious and he's expected to be ready for the playoffs, according to coach Randy Wittman.

    Advice: "I don't think it's too bad," Wittman said after the game, and added he thought about putting him back in the game at one point. This is good news for the Wizards, who kick off the NBA Playoffs with the opening game at 12:30 this Saturday. If Porter's unable to go, Rasual Butler would likely eat up his minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 16, 8:40 am
  • Draymond Green scores eight points
    Draymond Green scored eight points with three rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: His minutes were down to just 20 tonight, which was part of the plan. Green's defensive numbers are awesome this season and he's capable of guarding anyone. Additionally, he's allowed his man to shoot 9.0 percent less from shots within six feet compared to his averages. He'll be a popular Defensive Player of the Year pick. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 15, 10:30 pm
  • Bogdanovic scores 28, Nets clinch No. 8 seed
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting to help the Nets clinch the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference in a win over the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was absolutely on fire tonight and added three boards, two assists and four 3-pointers to his name in 34 minutes. Bogdanovic has been steadily earning the trust of head coach Lionel Hollins, while rookie Markel Brown struggled again with two points in 10 minutes. The Nets will play the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs, so they will probably want to go ahead and start focusing because Atlanta is the real deal this season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 15, 9:54 pm
  • Jared Dudley likely to be ready for playoffs
    Jared Dudley sat out for a second straight game due to a sore back in Wednesday's finale against the Celtics.

    Advice: However, he's expected to be ready to go for the Bucks in the playoffs, which start Saturday against the Bulls. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 15, 9:40 pm
  • James Harden triple-doubles, will face Mavs
    James Harden's triple-double helped the Rockets beat the Jazz 117-91 on Wednesday, scoring 16 points with 11 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: This is just his second game all season with single-digit attempts from the field (3-of-8) and from the line (8-of-8). Looking ahead, the Rockets will now take on the Mavs in the first round. In four games against them this season, Harden averaged 24.8 points, 6.0 boards, 5.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.5 treys on 44.3 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 15, 9:10 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
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