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  • Michael Carter-Williams (ankle) will return
    Michael Carter-Williams rolled his ankle in the third quarter on Monday and will return to action.

    Advice: He hobbled back to the locker room under his own power. Carter-Williams might be at less than 100 percent, but he'll do his best to keep the Bucks in it. Rotoworld.com
    33 minutes ago
  • J.R. Smith suspended for two games
    J.R. Smith has been suspended for two games for his shot to Jae Crowder's face on Sunday.

    Advice: He won't play in Game 1 or 2 in the second round. Considering his history, the suspension could have been a lot worse for Smith and at least the Cavs will have him back when they go on the road for Game 3. The Cavs are also not going to have Kevin Love (shoulder), so expect more from Iman Shumpert, Tristan Thompson, James Jones and Matthew Dellavedova. Thompson and Shumpert are the two most attractive fantasy options. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:02 pm
     
    Suspended
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Deron Williams (knee) will start on Monday
    Deron Williams (knee) will start against the Hawks in Game 4 on Monday.

    Advice: He also suffered a bruised tailbone and is coming off a horrific game from Saturday. Williams might have a short leash today, so he could play anywhere from 18-28 minutes. If he struggles, expect Jarrett Jack to also get more run at the point. Bojan Bogdanovic would also get more playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:19 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Patrick Beverley (wrist) taking some shots
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) was taking some shots while wearing his cast on Monday.

    Advice: He is still nowhere near close to a return and will be in a cast for another six weeks. Beverley has been on the bench with the team and will likely be out for the rest of the playoffs. He does hope to return later in the playoffs, but the Rockets would have to advance very far to make this even a possibility. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:35 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Mike Conley will have timetable after 2 days
    The Grizzlies will have a timetable on Mike Conley (face) after the swelling goes down in his face in 48 hours.

    Advice: Basically, this is a timetable for a timetable. Conley did have successful surgery on his face on Monday and he's not going to play on Monday night. Most indications around the team are that he'll need to miss more games. With Conley out, the Grizzlies will have Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes handle the point guard duties. Udrih is a better weapon on offense and has better fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:27 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Curry has excused absence from practice
    Stephen Curry had an excused absence from practice on Monday.

    Advice: He's not injured and may have just earned some time off. The Warriors will start playing again on Sunday at the earliest or it could be later if the Blazers can win three in a row. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:22 am
  • Mike Conley out of surgery, no timetable
    Mike Conley (eye) is out of surgery, but there is no timetable for his return.

    Advice: Conley had a "successful surgery" and is recovering well, but he remains out for at least Game 4 and possibly longer than that. Beno Udrih (ankle) is expected to play after sitting out Game 3, so that means he and Nick Calathes should split point guard duties in Conley's absence. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:24 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Casey: Lowry needs to get weight back down
    Dwane Casey said that Kyle Lowry has to get his "weight back down this summer."

    Advice: This comes minutes after Lowry failed to endorse Casey as the head coach, so things are going well in Toronto. Casey said that Lowry came into the season in great shape, but struggled to regain that form after his injury late in the season. We don't have any reason to doubt Lowry will be motivated heading into next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:05 am
  • Lakers looking for even more from Clarkson
    The Lakers want Jordan Clarkson to work on his skills as a scorer and become more aware as a passer in addition to adding more muscle to his body.

    Advice: Finally, the team wants Clarkson to work more off the ball as well in order to improve his versatility in the backcourt. However, Clarkson earned praise from Byron Scott and General Manager Mitch Kupchak, a familiar theme during his rookie season, and also credited Scott for his development. "I want to better myself every day," Clarkson said. "I want to be around winners and guys that want to go out there and get it." As for Clarkson, one goal he has for improvement is to become more vocal on both sides of the ball, something that would be a welcomed development for the Lakers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:43 am
  • Lowry fails to endorse Casey as head coach
    Kyle Lowry failed to endorse Dwane Casey as Raptors head coach on Monday.

    Advice: It sure sounds like Lowry is throwing his coach under the bus. "There is a few things internally that probably need to be fixed," Lowry said. And when asked for his opinion about Casey, Lowry said, "I respect Casey as a man." Casey is skating on thin ice, and his meeting with GM Masai Ujiri promises to be an uncomfortable one. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:07 am
  • Hollins: Deron Williams isn't the same player
    In his defense of Deron Williams, Lionel Hollins said that his starting point guard is no longer the player he once was.

    Advice: No player is the way he was four years ago." Williams has become a punching bag for the Nets since his tenure in Brooklyn began, and Hollins said it's become "totally unfair." Williams has made 2-of-15 shots over his last two games for a combined five points, but he has averaged 8.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.0 steals during that same stretch. He's expected to be able to play in Game 4 and going forward, but D-Will's effectiveness remains in question. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:30 am
     
    Injured
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Otto Porter benefiting from Paul Pierce
    Otto Porter is benefiting from having Paul Pierce as his mentor with the Wizards this season.

    Advice: "I need it. I'm a young pup," Porter said of Pierce. "I need somebody to push me and that's what he's doing." Paul, your thoughts? "I think he's tired of me getting on him, too. I constantly stay in Otto's ear pushing him, trying to get him to be the best he can be. He's responded. He's starting to play with a little bit more fire." Porter played at least 26 minutes in every game of the first round and appears to finally be coming out of his shell at the right time--especially on the defensive end. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:06 am
  • Gigi Datome uncertain about his next move
    Following the Celtics Game 4 loss on Sunday, Luigi Datome said that it's too early to consider his next move.

    Advice: Datome expects offers from both the NBA and Europe, but he did say that he enjoyed his time with the Celtics, the team that gave him his first real chance in the NBA. Datome will find a larger role overseas, but he may opt for the NBA payday depending on the offers. He's a three-point specialist and that's about it. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:48 am
  • Jeff Teague hated everything about Game 3
    Jeff Teague hated everything about how the Hawks played in Game 3, and he vowed to improve for Game 4.

    Advice: "I hated our game [Saturday], I hated the way I played,’’ Teague said. "I think the whole team hated the way we played." It's hard to imagine the Hawks shooting 35.6 percent from the field again, including a "scathing" 6-of-30 from behind the three-point line, and a win would mean Atlanta taking a commanding 3-1 series lead. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:38 am
  • David Blatt offers praise for Iman Shumpert
    David Blatt praised Iman Shumpert's play after logging a double-double in Sunday's Game 4 win over the Celtics.

    Advice: Shumpert had 15 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, three blocks and shot a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. "Iman Shumpert gave us a huge game tonight, huge," Blatt said. "He was just all over the court...He was without question the X Factor. No question." Shumpert played a whopping 38 minutes, and with J.R. Smith facing suspension and Kevin Love (shoulder) sidelined, the Flat Top is about to become a lot more important. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:23 am
  • J.R. Smith says hit on Crowder unintentional
    J.R. Smith said his hit to Jae Crowder's head in Sunday's Game 4 win was unintentional.

    Advice: Bluntly, the video tells another story, and Smith is more than likely to face a suspension. "There was nothing malicious about it," Smith said. "I didn’t try to do anything to hurt him or anybody else. "I’ve been in this situation before in the playoffs and it’s not a good feeling." The last part is the most important, as Smith can't afford to continue making these types of mistakes throughout his career. Although he's been mostly good since arriving in Cleveland, this was a bad look for Smith on a national stage. Don't expect to see Smith for at least the first game of the Cavs' second-round series. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:21 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Corey Brewer scores 22 points on 9-of-15 FGs
    Corey Brewer drained 9-of-15 shots to finish Sunday's Game 4 loss with 22 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 32 minutes off the Rockets' bench.

    Advice: Brewer hit one 3-pointer and went 3-of-4 at the free throw line. He was a 26.8 percent shooter from downtown during the regular season yet he's averaging 2.0 triples on 60.0 percent shooting from deep in four games vs. Dallas. That's less surprising when you consider that Dallas gave up 9.1 triples per game to opponents this season, the highest mark of any team in the league. The Mavs were also below-average vs. opponent's bench players, so this is a tailor-made matchup for Brewer. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Raymond Felton (hamstring) logs six minutes
    Raymond Felton played through a mild hamstring injury on Sunday but he finished with only two points and one rebound in six minutes.

    Advice: Felton didn't have any assists or defensive stats and he's unlikely to play more than 10-15 minutes on Tuesday even if his hamstring is 100 percent healthy. Even with Rajon Rondo unavailable, Felton is buried on the depth chart behind J.J. Barea and Devin Harris at PG. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Mavs win Game 4 behind J.J. Barea's 17 & 13
    J.J. Barea thrived as a starter on Sunday with 17 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, 13 assists and one steal, helping the Mavericks stave off a season-ending loss by beating the Rockets 121-109.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle pulled the right strings tonight, enabling his short-handed squad to avoid a first-round sweep. When asked about Barea's excellent postseason play during his Mavs career, Carlisle said, "He's relished playoff opportunities ... I think that's how he's wired." Dallas will need Barea at his disruptive best when they try to extend the series to six games in Houston on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores 31 pts in must-win Game 4
    Monta Ellis dropped a game-high 31 points to help the Mavericks win at home on Sunday, hitting 13-of-21 field goals and 3-of-5 free throws with two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Ellis turned the ball over five times but he also had six rebounds, three assists and one steal. He looked very comfortable as the Mavs' unquestioned go-to offensive player with both Rajon Rondo and Chandler Parsons out of commission, and his usage rate (28.1 percent on Sunday) should be through the roof again during Tuesday's Game 5 in Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Devin Harris quiet in 16 minutes on Sunday
    Devin Harris played only 16 minutes off the Mavs' bench on Sunday, scoring four points on 2-of-5 shooting with one rebound, one steal and three personal fouls.

    Advice: This isn't what we expected to see from Harris with Rajon Rondo out, but he took a backseat to the effective starting duo of Monta Ellis (31 points) and J.J. Barea (17 points, 13 assists). Considering how much success the Mavs had with that backcourt tonight, owners in daily leagues may want to shy away from Harris during Tuesday's potential elimination game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Kyle Lowry's 21 pts not enough in Game 4 loss
    Kyle Lowry navigated more foul trouble during Game 4 to finish a season-ending blowout with 21 points, two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists and a game-high six turnovers.

    Advice: Toronto's terrific run after Rudy Gay's departure was almost too good to be true, and they've finished the season with more questions than answers. The good news is that GM Masai Ujiri has multiple routes to fortify the roster this summer -- in addition to the draft and trade options, Toronto will have only nine players with guaranteed contracts. They won't have to worry about Lowry, as their All-Star point guard remains under contract through 2016-17. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:00 pm
  • Ramon Sessions hits career-high three triples
    Ramon Sessions made a career-high three 3-pointers in 24 minutes off the bench on Sunday, scoring 15 points with two boards and three assists to help the Wizards advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

    Advice: Sessions shot 21.4 percent from deep while playing for the Kings this season. Since joining a Wizards' offense with superior ball movement, he's made 40.6 percent of his 3-pointers and was a sterling 5-of-9 from deep in the first round. The Wizards have Sessions under contract for $2.2 million next season, but fantasy owners still shouldn't expect more than 0.5 triples from the 8-year veteran. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:55 pm
  • Danny Green scoreless, shoots 0-of-6 Sunday
    Danny Green failed to connect on his six 3-point attempts in Game 4, going scoreless with two rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: Five of Green's 3-pointers were of the 'uncontested' variety, meaning no Clippers' defender was within 3.5 feet of him, yet he still came up empty in the tough home loss. He's now averaging 6.5 points on 29.0 percent shooting in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:50 pm
  • Marco Belinelli held to six minutes in Game 4
    Marco Belinelli played only six minutes off the Spurs' bench in Sunday's Game 4 loss, scoring three points with two boards and one assist.

    Advice: Gregg Popovich tightened his second-unit rotation with only three players logging more than six minutes -- Patty Mills (20), Manu Ginobili (22) and Boris Diaw (31). Belinelli scored proficiently in the series' first three games and he's a likely candidate to get more burn in L.A. on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:49 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard sparkles in tough Game 4 defeat
    Kawhi Leonard followed up Friday's career game with another sparkling performance on Sunday, finishing with 26 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists, one block and zero turnovers.

    Advice: He reached the 40-minute mark for only the third time this season and continues to establish himself as a go-to offensive weapon in addition to being the league's Defensive Player of the Year. A pair of clutch 3-pointers from Kawhi kept his team competitive down the stretch, but the Spurs' defeat means they've again ceded homecourt advantage to the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:48 pm
  • Mike Conley needs surgery on facial fractures
    Mike Conley will have surgery on Monday to repair multiple facial fractures and his timetable for recovery is uncertain.

    Advice: TNT's Lewis Johnson broke the news. We already know that Conley will not play in Game 4, leaving Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes to run the PG spot, and his availability for a potential second-round matchup should be determined after the surgery. Russell Westbrook missed only one game after having facial surgery in early March but that's an exception, and the nature of Conley's multiple fractures will determine the length of his absence. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:36 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Raymond Felton (hamstring) will play Sunday
    Raymond Felton (hamstring) is expected to play in Sunday's Game 4.

    Advice: The absence of Rajon Rondo has thrust Felton into a bigger role in the playoffs, averaging 15.0 minutes in Games 2 and 3. He's a dubious source of daily fantasy value, however, at least while Monta Ellis, Devin Harris and J.J. Barea are in uniform. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:29 pm
  • Chris Paul drops 34 points in Game 4 win
    Chris Paul bounced back in a big way during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Spurs, putting up 34 points, seven assists, three rebounds, two 3-pointers, one block, one steal and two turnovers through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: After going just 3-of-11 from the field during Friday's Game 3 loss, Paul sank 11-of-19 of his shots while going a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe in a crucial Game 4 win for the Clippers. The Clippers will now head back to Los Angeles with the series tied up at two a piece, and they'll need Paul to keep the momentum going if they hope to take the 3-2 lead over the defending champs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:49 pm
  • Avery Bradley scores 16 points in Game 4 loss
    Avery Bradley scored 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting (3-of-4 from the stripe) in Boston's season-ending Game 4 loss to the Cavs, adding five rebounds, one three-pointer, on steal and one turnover through 40 minutes of action.

    Advice: Bradley finally had a relatively healthy season this year, making it through 77 games. However, one healthy season doesn't completely remove the injury prone label from Bradley, and his 42.8 percent shooting from the field does weigh down his value. Still, his scoring (13.9), 3-point shooting (1.6), a steals (1.1) numbers make him worth owning as a low-end asset in standard leagues, and he'll be someone to consider towards the later rounds of next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:52 pm
  • Iman Shumpert plays well through 38 minutes
    Iman Shumpert played well during his 38 minutes of action as the Cavs' swept their first-round series against the Celtics on Sunday, scoring 15 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.

    Advice: J.R. Smith was ejected from Sunday's game for elbowing Jae Crowder in the face, and there's really no way he doesn't get a suspension from the league. Shumpert was the first one off the bench when Smith was ejected, and his 38 minutes would suggest that he's going to be the primary beneficiary with Smith unavailable. He added one 3-pointer, two steals and three blocks to his stat line tonight, shooting 3-of-4 from the field and knocking down all eight of this free throw attempts. He could be make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues while Smith serves his suspension. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:13 pm
  • Mike Conley (face) out for Game 4 on Monday
    Mike Conley (face) will return to Memphis to undergo further evaluation, and he has been ruled out for Monday's Game 4 against Portland.

    Advice: With Conley out for Game 4 expect Beno Udrih to draw the start with Nick Calathes playing extended minutes off the bench. The Grizzlies are saying that Conley's injury is serious, so there's a good chance his absence extends beyond Game 4. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph will do the heavy lifting on offense for however long Conley is unavailable. For what it's worth, Conley's personal chef posted on Facebook that Conley will have surgery, but his person chef isn't exactly the most reliable source. We'll be waiting for an official diagnosis from the Grizzlies' organization. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:59 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Kyrie Irving double-doubles in Game 4 win
    Kyrie Irving put up a double-double as the Cavs swept the Celtics on Sunday, scoring 24 points (8-of-19 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs), with 11 rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block through 43 minutes of action.

    Advice: Kyrie was fantastic through his first-career playoff series, averaging 23.3 points, 4.3 assists, 3.0 three-pointers, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block per game. He and LeBron James scored or assisted on 27 of the Cavs 29 fourth-quarter field goals through their first-round series against the Celtics, and he should continue to put up quality numbers throughout the playoffs. Chicago is likely going to be Cleveland's second-round opponent, so get ready for some electrifying basketball as Kyrie goes toe-to-toe against a surging Derrick Rose. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:49 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • 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
    Yesterday, 11:46 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Deron Williams has severe case of tendinitis?
    According to teammate Joe Johnson, Deron Williams is dealing with a "severe" case of tendinitis in his knee.

    Advice: Williams also suffered a bruised tailbone in Game 3 on Saturday, but he has been banged up for a while now and this news isn't too surprising given his injury history. Head coach Lionel Hollins doesn't know if Williams will be able to play in Game 4 on Monday, but we will update his status once we know more. Jarrett Jack will step into the starting lineup if Williams is forced to miss any action, and he would be a popular option for owners in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:39 am
     
    Injured
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Raymond Felton (ankle) is a game-time call
    Raymond Felton (ankle) is still planning to play against the Rockets on Sunday, but head coach Rick Carlisle said he will be a game-time decision.

    Advice: Felton's presence is very important now that Rajon Rondo (back) is away from the team, but he still probably won't see too many minutes if he is cleared to play. Instead, Monta Ellis will handle the bulk of the ball-handling responsibilities, while J.J. Barea and Devin Harris will play more as well. Expect an update on Dallas' lineup prior to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:13 am
  • Deron Williams suffered a bruised tailbone
    Deron Williams left Saturday's game against the Hawks after landing hard on his tailbone, but he is expected to be fine moving forward.

    Advice: "It’s frustrating," Williams said. "It’s frustrating for me to be banged up, but we won tonight. And like I said, that’s the only thing that matters. Brook [Lopez] had a heck of a game tonight, you know, on both ends of the floor, rebounding. He did everything tonight. Joe [Johnson], big plays." Jarrett Jack took over when Williams left the game and led the Nets to an 18-0 run, so it looks like Williams' injury may have actually been a blessing in disguise for Brooklyn. Williams finished with just three points on 1-of-8 shooting to go with six assists, seven boards and two steals, but he will have to step it up if he doesn't want to lose playing time to Jack. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:51 am
     
    Injured
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Nick Calathes scores 13 points in win on Sat
    Nick Calathes stepped up for the Grizzlies down the stretch during their Game 3 win over the Blazers on Saturday, scoring 13 points with four boards, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Mike Conley was forced to leave the game with an eye injury and Beno Udrih was held out tonight because of his ankle, so it was up to Calathes to close out the game and he certainly didn't disappoint. There is no word on whether or not Conley will have to miss time, but Beno Udrih is expected to return for Game 4 on Monday. Owners in daily leagues should keep a close eye on the injury report. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:31 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Mike Conley (eye) will not return to Game 3
    Mike Conley will not be able to return to Game 3 against the Blazers on Saturday after taking an inadvertent elbow to the eye, and he is expected to go to a local medical facility for additional tests.

    Advice: His left eye is reportedly very swollen, and it was obvious that he was in a lot of discomfort when he left the floor. It's possible that Conley could be forced to miss some time, but we should know more after we hear the results of the tests. If Conley does end up missing some action, Beno Udrih (ankle) should be ready to go for Game 4 and would likely start, while Nick Calathes will have to step up as well. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:28 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Stephen Curry drops 39 points, GSW advances
    Stephen Curry led the Warriors to a 4-0 series sweep during a 109-98 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, scoring 39 points with eight rebounds, nine assists, one steal and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: He sure is putting those extra minutes to good use. In the four games in the playoffs, Curry averaged 33.8 points, 5.3 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 5.0 treys in 39.8 minutes per game. His 20 treys in this series set an NBA record for a sweep. The Warriors look unbeatable right now and they'll get the winner of the Grizzlies-Blazers series. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:53 pm
  • Deron Williams doesn't play in the fourth
    Deron Williams made 1-of-8 from the field for three points against the Hawks on Saturday with seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and three turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: It was a really bad game from Deron. He didn't play in the final 16 minutes. Williams did suffer a minor lower back injury and there was something wrong with his right leg, but there's been no indication of those injuries being the reason he sat the entire fourth quarter. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:11 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Jeff Teague turns in an awful performance
    Jeff Teague had one of his worst games in a long time during a Game 3 loss to the Nets on Saturday, making 4-of-13 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and four turnovers.

    Advice: This was not a great game from the ATL point guards with Dennis Schroder also scoring just three points on 1-of-9 from the field with two assists and two turnovers. Teague was extremely sloppy and the ball slipped out of his hands numerous times. He'll need to play better if the Hawks want to make a run. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:40 pm
  • Raymond Felton (hamstring) expected to play
    Raymond Felton (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 4 on Sunday, but is listed as questionable.

    Advice: He suffered the injury in the first quarter and was able to return. Felton played just 13 minutes and didn't score. J.J. Barea was by far the best point guard for the Mavs and he could wind up starting. Felton is not likely to play more than 20 minutes in any game the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:47 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
    Saturday, 8:04 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • 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
    Saturday, 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
  • Clippers Big 4 hit just 12-of-44 FGs in loss
    Chris Paul and Co. laid an egg in the Clippers' Game 3 loss to the Spurs, with Paul hitting just 3-of-11 shots for seven points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals and six turnovers.

    Advice: Paul was hardly the worst offender with Jamal Crawford hitting just 1-of-11 shots in 23 minutes. J.J. Redick went 2-of-7 for seven points and not much else, and Blake Griffin was 6-of-15 from the field for 14 points, 10 boards, five assists and a block. This was your prototypical goose egg and they'll look to get back on track in Sunday's Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:54 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
  • Lowry hits just 5-of-22 shots in Game 3 loss
    Kyle Lowry hit just 5-of-22 shots in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Wizards, finishing with 15 points, four rebounds, seven assists, four steals and three treys in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Lowry came into the game with an illness, a shin contusion and a bad back. He hasn't been himself all series long and it's a big reason the Raptors have yet to win a game in the series. It's hard to see him getting back to 100 percent before Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:55 pm
  • Raymond Felton starts, hurts hamstring
    Raymond Felton suffered a right hamstring tweak in the first quarter and returned to action on Friday, finishing with no points, four rebounds, one assist and one foul in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He got the start and just looked a step slow. It might not have been due to the hamstring tweak and it may have just been because he had to guard James Harden. Felton did have a right hamstring injury back in 2008, but there really hasn't been a trend here. Considering how poorly he played, he probably won't start in Game 4 and his status is questionable. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:19 pm
  • Harris plays 21 minutes in Game 3 loss
    Devin Harris logged 21 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss, scoring 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting with one rebound and two assists.

    Advice: Harris has been dealing with a toe injury and had his foot stepped on tonight, but the Mavs desperately need him on the floor and he'll probably try to gut through another game on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:06 pm
  • Barea scores 11 points with full stat line
    J.J. Barea scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 25 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss.

    Advice: Barea could be looking at an even bigger workload in Sunday's Game 4 with Devin Harris banged up and Raymond Felton only able to handle 13 minutes tonight. He'll be a popular target in DFS as long as his price doesn't rise too much. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:05 pm
  • Raymond Felton will start at point guard
    Raymond Felton will start against the Rockets on Friday in place of Rajon Rondo (back).

    Advice: Usually, the Mavs would go with J.J. Barea, but they're so thin that they need to get Felton in the rotation because of Chandler Parsons (knee) also out. Felton is likely going to act as an off-ball guard while Monta Ellis handles the offense. Barea is not as attractive in fantasy leagues because it's going to be tough for him to log at least 24 minutes. Additionally, the Mavs used a three-guard lineup of Monta, Felton and Barea three minutes in the second half in Game 2, so coach Rick Carlisle will likely go that route again. Devin Harris should also get minutes close to 20. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:49 pm
  • Kyle Lowry dealing with an illness, will play
    Kyle Lowry is dealing with an illness in addition to his shin contusion, but he's expected to be in uniform for Friday's Game 3 in Washington.

    Advice: Lowry didn't do much on the court during Friday morning's shootaround, but all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go in a must-win game for the Raptors. He hasn't played very well at all through the first two games of the series, and while he's not going to make any excuses, his health has certainly been a factor in his less-than-stellar performances. He's a risky daily league play. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:41 am
  • Devin Harris (toe) will play in Game 3 Friday
    Updating a previous report, Devin Harris (toe) will play in Friday's Game 3 against Houston.

    Advice: The Mavericks will likely go with a three point guard rotation of Harris, J.J. Barea, and Raymond Felton. Barea is the likely starter for tonight's game, with Harris expected to slot into his standard sixth man role off the bench. Felton will more than likely lose some minutes with Harris back in the rotation, and he can't be viewed as a viable option in any format. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:33 am
  • Carlisle expects Devin Harris to play Friday
    Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that he expects Devin Harris (toe) to play in Game 3 against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: This is the third positive update we've had on Harris, and all signs are pointing towards him being available tonight. Harris should be able to get around 20 minutes of action tonight, which will likely come at the expense of Raymond Felton. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:26 am
  • Nash says Clarkson can be a 'terrific player'
    After spending time during the 2014-15 season mentoring Jordan Clarkson, Steve Nash said that Clarkson has "a lot of ingredients to be a terrific NBA player."

    Advice: "The sky’s the limit," Nash said of Clarkson. "He has great size and athleticism. He can score and hit big shots. He’s developing into a good playmaker." Clarkson had a very nice rookie season with the Lakers, putting in averages of 15.8 points and 5.0 assists per game as a starter, and he obviously has the potential to develop into a quality NBA player. However, if the Lakers elect to bring in a top tier point guard through free agency this offseason, Clarkson’s fantasy value will take a significant hit. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:04 am
  • Raptors understand Game 3 is a must-win game
    The Raptors are embracing a must-win mentality for a crucial Game 3 against the Wizards in Washington on Friday.

    Advice: "It's a must-win for us," said Kyle Lowry. "Going down 3-0 would be very disheartening. One win. That's what we've got to focus on. One win, one game, one possession at a time." Lowry is clearly playing at less than 100 percent, but all signs are pointing towards Lowry suiting up for tonight's game. While the series won't end with a loss during Game 3 for the Raptors, it will essentially be over. Out of the 110 teams in NBA history that have dug themselves into a 0-3 hole, none have emerged victorious. Lowry will need to step up in a big way for the Raptors to have any shot at swinging this series in the other direction. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:39 am
  • Irving won't let BOS physicality get to him
    Kyrie Irving said after Thursday's Game 3 win over the Celtics that he's not going to react to Boston's physical play.

    Advice: "My thought process and my killer mindset is that I'm just going to kill you even more now," Irving said regarding Jonas Jerebko's hard foul on him during Game 3. "If I lose my composure, it's not a good look. It's not something that's in my DNA. Don't get me wrong, I ain't no soft dude, but in the game of basketball, [expletive] happens. So you just continue to play." Boston played very physically during Game 3, and it seemed like they tried to get some of their lesser role players to get a reaction from the Cavs superstars, but Irving wasn't biting. Cleveland will look to close out their first-round series with the Celtics during Game 4 in Boston on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:34 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Stephen Curry drops 40, makes shot of the year
    Stephen Curry hit one of the most clutch shots in recent memory to send Thursday's game against the Pelicans to overtime, finishing with 40 points, five rebounds, nine assists and seven 3-pointers in 44 minutes during the 123-119 Game 3 victory.

    Advice: If you haven't seen the shot for some reason, check out the link below. He was actually struggling from deep before the clutch make, finishing 7-of-18 from long range. His 18 attempts from deep are tied for the most in an NBA playoff game (Ray Allen). Curry has also taken an incredible 13.3 3-point attempts per game in this series and he's logging 40.3 minutes per game as well. He probably has another 40-point game in him in the next couple weeks. The Warriors will look to sweep on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:29 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams scores 19 on 21 FGAs
    Michael Carter-Williams scored 19 points on 9-of-21 from the field against the Bulls on Thursday, adding four rebounds, nine assists, two steals and four turnovers in 43 minutes.

    Advice: That's a lot of shots and not a lot of points. He vowed to be more aggressive tonight, but more than half of his shots were outside of the restricted area. MCW also had a front row seat for the Derrick Rose Show and he looked extremely slow on the defensive side. Carter-Williams has finished dead last among qualifiers for effective field goal percentage in each of his two seasons. He really shouldn't be shooting the ball 20 times in a game. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:06 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores just 13 in a win
    Kyrie Irving slowed down in Game 3 against the Celtics, making 3-of-11 from the field for 13 points with one rebound, six assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: It's been a long time since we've seen Kyrie struggle when he's given big minutes. In his last five games with at least 20 minutes played, he scored at least 23 in all of them and was fairly efficient in each game, too. Expect him to get hot again and come close to scoring 28.0 points per game, which he averaged in Game 1 and 2. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:21 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Mike Conley (foot) to fight through the pain
    Mike Conley understands that his foot isn't going to get any better if he keeps playing, but he’s made the commitment to force himself to play through the pain as the Grizzlies make their postseason push.

    Advice: "It’s a lot of sleepless nights, constantly doing rehab, constantly in a tub or constantly hooked up to some machine trying to fix my foot," Conley said. "It’s going to flare up, no matter what I do. It’s my new routine, my new reality right now. It’s what I have to do to get ready, and I’m happy doing it because I know I’m able to play. And whatever I have to do to play, I’m doing." Conley is one of the toughest guys in the league, and you wouldn't know he was injured based on the way he's been playing through Memphis' first-round series. He'll be in uniform for Game 3 on Saturday, and he's a quality fantasy asset in all formats. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:21 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Kyle Lowry (shin) says he'll play in Game 3
    Kyle Lowry (shin) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and he said he will play in Game 3 on Friday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: All signs are pointing towards Lowry suiting up for a crucial Game 3 in Washington, and hopefully he can turn the corner after a rough first two games in which he averaged just 6.5 points, 4.0 assists, 0.5 steals and 2.0 turnovers per game on 25.0 percent shooting from the field. He's clearly not playing at 100 percent, but the Raptors simply need more from him if they hope to have any chance of advancing past the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:36 am
  • Carlisle says Harris making good progress
    Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that Devin Harris is making good progress with his toe injury, and signs are good for him being available for Game 3 against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: Harris was able to go through a full practice on Thursday, and he said he expects to play in Game 3 on Friday. With Rajon Rondo (back) out of commission, Harris and J.J. Barea will run the show at point guard for Dallas, with Raymond Felton seeing some extended minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:25 am
  • Devin Harris able to practice Thursday
    Devin Harris (toe) was able to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: While Harris was already listed as probable to play in Game 3 agains the Rockets, this is a good sign for his availability for Friday. Harris and J.J. Barea will see big minutes with Rajon Rondo (back/ego) out indefinitely and both should have a chance at decent fantasy production as the Mavericks' only solid point guard options. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:01 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
  • 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
  • Chris Paul scores 21 with seven dimes
    Chris Paul was terrific again during a tough 111-107 Game 2 loss on Wednesday, scoring 21 points with eight boards, seven assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He continues to be remarkably efficient in this series. In the two games combined, Paul made 20-of-30 from the field with six 3-pointers to give him a 76.7 effective field goal percentage. As for the non-scoring stuff, the second guessers are going to be out in force because of Blake Griffin having some bad turnovers late, especially considering how CP3's assist:turnover ratio is off the charts. The Clippers will have to win one in San Antonio now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:58 pm
  • Conley, Lee lead Grizzlies to 2-0 lead
    Mike Conley, playing through a foot and wrist injury, and Courtney Lee combined to hit 14-of-22 shots and four 3-pointers to each score 18 points in Wednesday's Game 2 win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Conley added six assists and Lee had three steals in the win. Conley is banged up, but playing pretty well despite the injuries, while this is the first time in four games that Lee scored more than nine points. We don't really trust Lee going forward, but as long as it's clear that Conley will play in Games 3 and 4, he's a solid point guard option in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:51 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Deron Williams suffers a hand injury vs. ATL
    Deron Williams suffered a hand injury in the first half of Wednesday's game against the Hawks, finishing with two points, 10 boards, eight assists, two steals and three turnovers on 1-of-7 from the field.

    Advice: The Nets said he was fine at halftime and he did start the second half. Coach Lionel Hollins said after the game that he's not worried about Deron heading into Game 3. As horrible as his shooting line was, Williams was solid in the other areas tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:04 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Mike Conley indeed ready to go for Wednesday
    Mike Conley (foot, wrist) will play against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been expected to play since Game 1, but Conley is not even close to 100 percent. He has problems with both feet and he may also need wrist surgery in the offseason. Even though he gets a favorable matchup, fantasy owners can't count on him right now in DFS. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:27 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Devin Harris (toe) is probable for Game 3
    Devin Harris (toe) is probable to play against the Rockets in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Finally, the Mavs get some good news. Harris will have to really step up in the second unit because 40 percent of the starters are out indefinitely. As long as Harris stays healthy, he'll have a decent chance to score in the teens with some full stat lines. It's very possible he'll exceed the production of J.J. Barea and Richard Jefferson. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:36 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (shin) expected to play on Friday
    Kyle Lowry (shin contusion) is fine according to head coach Dwane Casey, and he is expected to play in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Lowry was getting some treatment on his shin Wednesday and is also expected to practice on Thursday, so all signs point to him playing in Game 3. The Raptors have lost their first two games at home and the series now shifts to Washington, so expect Lowry to do everything he can to keep the Raptors alive in what is a must-win game. Expect an update on Lowry's status after practice on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:16 am
  • Kyle Lowry is dealing with a shin contusion
    Kyle Lowry left Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards due to a shin contusion, but he is expected to be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

    Advice: We should know more details on his injury soon, but it doesn't sound serious and it would be really surprising if he had to sit out Game 3 on Friday. Lowry has been picking up careless fouls and has been vasty outplayed by John Wall so far, so hopefully he can turn things around soon. If Lowry is forced to miss any action, Greivis Vasquez and Lou Williams will have to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:36 am
  • Devin Harris 'optimistic' to play in Game 3
    Devin Harris said that his toe still hasn't improved, but he is "optimistic" that he will be able to play in Game 3 vs. Houston on Friday.

    Advice: Harris played just nine minutes in Game 1 and was held out of Game 2, so it's pretty obvious that his toe injury is a real concern. The good news is that Harris has a couple days off to rest, so we will continue to provide updates as soon as we know more. If Harris continues to miss time, Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea will have even more responsibility off the bench, especially considering how disappointing Rajon Rondo has been. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:44 am
  • J.J. Barea logs 34 minutes off Mavs' bench
    J.J. Barea played 34 minutes during Game 2 on Tuesday, his highest playing time since Feb. 11, finishing a road loss in Houston with 13 points, one 3-pointer, six rebounds, two assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Barea's speed makes him deadly as a matchup-oriented bench player, but he was forced into a huge role tonight with Devin Harris (toe) unavailable and Rajon Rondo struggling with fouls and inefficiency. Dallas isn't likely to climb out of an 0-2 series deficit with Barea logging 30+ minutes, though they may be forced to try if Harris can't suit up for Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:48 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
  • Kyle Lowry sputters before ankle injury in 4Q
    Kyle Lowry had a disastrous Game 2 with only six points, two rebounds and four assists in 27 foul-plagued minutes, and he sat out late in the fourth quarter with a left ankle injury.

    Advice: Lowry fouled out of Game 1, causing him to watch forlornly as his team fell in overtime, but he once again picked up needless fouls by gambling defensively. Suffice to say, the Raptors' All-Star point guard must play far better to make this a close series. Lowry was kicked in the ankle and we'll keep an eye on his injury over the next few days but it would be surprising if he sits out a must-win Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:58 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
     
    Suspended
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Mike Conley (foot) expected to start Game 2
    Mike Conley (foot) is probable for Game 2 on Wednesday, though he'll reportedly need offseason surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his wrist.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard about wrist surgery and it makes Conley's play in Game 1 even more impressive -- his foot is nowhere near 100 percent and he's dealing with myriad nagging injuries. There's no chance that he'll sit out Game 2 but we'll confirm his status once he's officially cleared to start. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:26 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Devin Harris sidelined Tuesday w/ turf toe
    Devin Harris (turf toe) will not play during Tuesday's Game 2 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: The Mavs are already without Chandler Parsons (knee) and the absence of Harris will force Raymond Felton to play a substantial role off the bench. Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis will also get fewer breathers as Dallas tries to even the series with a road win on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:16 pm
  • Devin Harris present at Tuesday shootaround
    Devin Harris (toe) was able to participate in Tuesday's shootaround.

    Advice: Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said he wouldn't have a decision on Harris' availability for Tuesday's Game 2 until pre-game, but his participation in shootaround is a good sign for Harris. We'll have an update on Harris once Carlisle and the training staff make a decision, but J.J. Barea would be in line to see a minutes bump if Harris is unable to suit up. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 am
  • Mike Conley plays through pain in Game 1 win
    Mike Conley (foot) admitted that it felt like a golf ball was at the bottom of his shoe in the Game 1 victory over the Blazers.

    Advice: Conley scored 16 points in 24 minutes on 6-of-11 shooting, but he's nowhere near 100 percent healthy. Despite a successful Game 1 effort, we simply can't be expecting the usual Mike Conley as he deal with this injury. Beno Udrih will be a very important player for Memphis in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 7:21 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • 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
  • Michael Carter-Williams vows to be aggressive
    Michael Carter-Williams vowed to be more aggressive in Game 2 vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: MCW shot just 4-of-13, including 1-of-4 from the free-throw line, in the Game 1 loss. "I'm looking to be more aggressive to the basket, getting into the lane and finding the open guy," Carter-Williams said. "We've got to look to move the ball better. That starts with me. Just be unselfish." One thing former Buck Brandon Jennings never lacked is confidence, something Milwaukee could use in abundance right now. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 6:36 am
  • Clips beat Spurs, Chris Paul scores 32 points
    Chris Paul was unguardable down the stretch of Sunday's Game 1 win vs. the Spurs, finishing with a game-high 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting with three 3-pointers, seven boards, six assists and two steals.

    Advice: CP3 started the postseason with a bang. He led the NBA with 10.2 assists per game this season, played 82 games for the first time in his 10-year career, and looks ready to step up offensively vs. the Spurs' elite defense. Paul knocked down a career-high 139 three-pointers this season and was 3-of-5 beyond the arc on Sunday, abusing every defender the Spurs threw his way. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 11:09 pm
  • 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
  • Jeff Teague's late spurt lifts ATL over BKN
    Jeff Teague scored the Hawks' final six points on Sunday to finish with 17 points (6-of-12 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), one 3-pointer, three assists and one steal in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Teague's clutch play helped the Hawks hang on for the series lead with a 99-92 home win. The Hawks finished the season ranked No. 6 in offensive efficiency (106.2) and No. 7 in defensive efficiency (100.7), part of the reason they're overwhelming favorites to make it to the second round. One area they'd like to clean up is turnovers, however, as Teague and backup Dennis Schroder combined for eight turnovers and only five assists on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:31 pm
  • Nets commit 17 turnovers w/ 18 assists Sunday
    Deron Williams scored 13 points with two 3-pointers, four rebounds and two assists in a losing effort vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: The Nets committed 17 turnovers vs. 18 assists and their offense struggled when it wasn't flowing through Brook Lopez, who only attempted seven field goals. Backup PG Jarrett Jack chipped in 13 points in 16 minutes off the bench, but he had only two assists with five turnovers. They'll look to regroup in a must-win road game on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:23 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Avery Bradley (quad) shoots 3-of-10 vs. Cavs
    Avery Bradley returned from a bruised quad on Sunday to score seven points on 3-of-10 shooting with two rebounds, three assists and one turnover.

    Advice: He went 1-of-6 from downtown in 31 minutes and seemed a bit out of sorts after missing Boston's final game of the regular season. Bradley also struggled to contain Kyrie Irving defensively and he'll need to have a better game for the Celtics to even the series at 1-1 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 4:19 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
     
    Suspended
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kyrie Irving drops 30 points in playoff debut
    Kyrie Irving was fabulous in his playoff debut on Sunday, scoring a game-high 30 points on 11-of-21 shooting (3-of-5 from the line), with five 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one turnover through 41 minutes of action.

    Advice: Irving looked confident during his first-career playoff game, and Boston really didn't have any answers for him. He also become just the second player in Cavs' franchise history to score 30 points in his playoff debut, with the other guy to accomplish the same feat going by the name of LeBron James. This should be a relatively short series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 2:45 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • LeBron James showers praise on Kyrie Irving
    LeBron James showered praise on teammate Kyrie Irving and said that the sky was the limit for him.

    Advice: "I think the sky is the limit for that kid and his talent, his work ethic, the fact that he loves to continue to learn about how to play the game, I think the sky is the limit for him and like you said, the kid is 23-years old, man," James said. "And to do the thing's that he's doing in our league right now, it's been awesome to be a part of it with him." Irving will be playing in his first playoff game vs. the Celtics on Sunday, and it will be encouraging for him to know that he will be going to battle with James by his side. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:54 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Luigi Datome hopes to remain a Celtic
    Luigi Datome, who is set to become a free agent in the summer, is hopeful that he will return to Boston next season.

    Advice: "It’s really early now," Datome said. "I hope during my free agency, hopefully the Celtics, hopefully other teams make a call or offer, because it means that this month, I did something good. For sure, I would like to be involved, feeling like part of the team, not just on the roster. It’s really early now and the focus is on the playoffs." Head coach Brad Stevens has made it clear that he likes Datome's game, and Celtic fans can't get enough of him. All signs point to Datome returning to Boston next season, but he still doesn't figure to be a key part of the rotation after seeing just 12.8 minutes per game during the month of April. He can be viewed as a 3-point specialist in very deep leagues leading into next season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 6:25 am
  • Corey Brewer steps it up down the stretch
    Corey Brewer turned it on down the stretch against the Mavs on Saturday with 15 points, one assist and three 3-poiners in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He killed the Mavs in the fourth quarter with all three 3-pointers coming in that frame. Brewer's versatility at both wing spots should help him get playing time in the 20s. Trevor Ariza did have some cramping issues, but there's no need to worry about him. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:31 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores just 16 points vs. HOU
    Monta Ellis scored 16 points against the Rockets on Saturday with four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 5-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: This was not Monta's best game outside of a brilliant buzzer beater to end the third quarter. Ellis was able to attack the basket, but he just couldn't finish over the Rockets' size. Expect him to have a better game in Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:25 pm
  • MCW has another inefficient game
    Michael Carter-Williams made 4-of-13 from the field and 1-of-4 from the line for nine points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and three turnovers against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: He attempted eight mid-range shots during this game, which is not the answer. Carter-Williams and the Bucks were actually shooting the ball well in the first quarter at 59.1 percent, but they finished at 39.3 percent for the entire game. He'll need to be better on both ends if the Bucks want to get this series to even five games. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 6:34 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 34 points in Game 1 win
    Stephen Curry scored 34 points during a 106-99 Game 1 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, adding four rebounds, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He had 13 attempts from deep and snapped a six-game streak of making at least 45 percent from that range heading into today. The Warriors looked like they were going to have one of their patented blowouts with a fast start in the third quarter, but credit the Pelicans for not going away. Now that Curry will be logging big minutes more often, expect him to have plenty of 30-point games. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 4:17 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
  • Avery Bradley (quad) good to go for Game 1
    Avery Bradley (quad) will play in Game 1 against the Cavs on Sunday, as expected.

    Advice: All signs were pointing towards Bradley being available after he sat out the last few games of the regular-season, and this report confirms it. Boston will need multiple guys to step up in a big way to avoid a sweep by the powerhouse that is the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 10:05 am
  • Stephen Curry wants a title, and nothing less
    Stephen Curry stated during a recent interview that the Warriors' season will be a failure if it ends in anything less than a championship.

    Advice: "No one will be happy for anything less [than a championship]," said Curry. "If we don't win our last game this season it's going to be a disappointing feeling, one where we felt like we fell short." The Warriors, boasting a regular-season record of 67-15 are one of the favorites to come out of the West, but nothing is guaranteed in basketball. The Spurs pose a real threat to the Dubs' championship prospects, and while the wins aren't guaranteed, this year's post-season is sure to be nothing less than electrifying. The Warriors' begin their playoff push on Saturday, get the popcorn ready. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 6:46 am
  • Deron Williams responds to slight by Pierce
    Deron Williams said he wasn't "bothered at all" by Paul Pierce's recent comments that the pressure from the New York media "really affected" Williams' game.

    Advice: "Being here, I got pretty thick skin," Williams said. "He has his opinions, and that's fine. It's what it is. I can't change his opinions. So just leave it at that." Williams’ numbers are down significantly from his days in Utah when people would debate who was better, Williams or Chris Paul, but that could also be attributed to the fact that Williams has dealt with some pretty serious ankle issues over the years. Until Williams can carry his team on a deep playoff run, criticism will continue to find the point guard and his massive contract. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 6:30 am
     
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