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  • Tristan Thompson a Cavalier for life?
    LeBron James said on Monday Tristan Thompson "should probably be a Cavalier for the rest of his life."

    Advice: He's a restricted free agent and the Cavs are likely going to bring him back based on his outstanding postseason. While Thompson's offensive ability away from the basket is a little behind schedule, he's really taken off in the paint on both ends. Expect him to get big minutes following his 42.0 minutes per game in his last three outings. Rotoworld.com
    26 minutes ago
  • Barnes draws praise for strength in low post
    Harrison Barnes has drawn praise from the Warriors coaching staff for his ability to defend in the low post.

    Advice: "There are only so many wings that can guard the post," says Luke Walton. "You have to be very strong. He’s not only very strong, to the core strong, but he’s very quick," Walton added. Defensive guru Ron Adams had this to say, ""I think the way our game is progressing it’s going to be demanded of a lot of people." Barnes has been excellent in the postseason, even if his teammates are garnering the majority of the headlines. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:26 am
  • Pacers, Scola share interest on new contract
    The Pacers and Luis Scola are mutually interested in working out a new contract.

    Advice: "We'll see how it goes," Larry Bird said. Scola would be a solid bench presence for the Pacers, but it's not clear how close the two sides may be in seeing eye-to-eye on the value of a new deal for the 35-year-old big man. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:17 am
  • Bojan Bogdanovic now likes playing in the NBA
    Bojan Bogdanovic said that he enjoys playing in the NBA now that he's experienced it.

    Advice: Imagine that? "Honestly, before arriving I was not a big fan of the NBA, that's why I had decided to stay in Europe, in Fenerbahce," he said. "But when I arrived, I saw that it was really another world, a world unto itself, everything is arranged differently. I can say that I have now become a fan of the NBA." Bogdanovic will be looking to take another step forward in his sophomore NBA season, and he could be looking at a much larger role if Joe Johnson and his expiring contract are traded. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:03 am
  • Dennis Schroder benched in tight Game 3 loss
    Dennis Schroder played just three and a half minutes of Sunday's tight Game 3 loss against the Cavs.

    Advice: Coach Mike Budenholzer went with 28 minutes for Shelvin Mack because he was so desperate for shooting, and while Mack was 5-of-10 from the field, including 3-of-7 from behind the 3-point line, it's hard to find an explanation for Schroder being glued to the bench. It will be interesting to see what happens to Schroder's playing time in a do-or-die Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:36 am
  • Mike Muscala starts 2nd half, goes scoreless
    Mike Muscala started the second half of Game 3 for the Hawks after Al Horford's ejection, but he finished scoreless with one assist, one personal foul and no other stats to his credit in nine minutes.

    Advice: Muscala's emergence in the rotation had led to DNP-CDs for Mike Scott (eight points, nine rebounds) in the playoffs, but the script has flipped in Games 2 & 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Muscala was ineffective in his limited minutes tonight and he's unlikely to play a major role on Tuesday unless the league decides that Al Horford's elbow-drop is worthy of a suspension. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Kent Bazemore plays well as starter in Game 3
    Kent Bazemore contributed 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block while filling in at SG for Kyle Korver (ankle) on Sunday, but the Hawks still lost 111-114 in overtime.

    Advice: Bazemore is known for his speed and athleticism, but he also played solid defense and mimicked Korver's 3-point shooting with a 2-of-3 mark behind the arc tonight. Bazemore was 3-of-9 from the field and 6-of-8 from the FT line in 43 minutes in Game 3 and he'll need to play a major role for the Hawks to climb out of their 0-3 series deficit while Korver is out of commission. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll solid Sunday w/ Korver out
    DeMarre Carroll logged 41 minutes on Sunday to finish the Hawks' road loss with 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: His lone block came on a LeBron James post-up, which is impressive enough, and he didn't commit any turnovers -- the Hawks as a team only had seven. Carroll's knee is "nowhere near" 100 percent but he's giving Atlanta everything he has in a tough matchup vs. LeBron, and his free agent value has steadily risen throughout the postseason. There's no reason to think he's at risk of missing Tuesday's must-win Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:55 pm
  • Mike Miller could get some run during Game 3
    Mike Miller had an extended workout after shootaround, which would suggest that he may be able to get into the rotation for Sunday's Game 3 in Cleveland.

    Advice: Of the Cavs 12 playoff games thus far, Miller has only left the bench for three of them. He may step into a minimal role for Game 3, but he's extremely unlikely to show up in any meaningful way on the stat sheet. He's not a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:32 pm
  • Beverley (wrist) gets shots up at practice
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) was spotted shooting around wearing a cast during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: To be clear, there still have not been any indications that Beverley will be able to play during the Western Conference Finals. He is going to be a restricted free agent when the offseason hits, and his value would likely dip if he re-injured his wrist attempting to play at the 8-week mark of a 10-week timetable. The Rockets are just going to have to make do without their best perimeter defender, which hasn't really worked out too well up to this point. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:31 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Andrew Bogut praises Festuz Ezeli's effort
    Andrew Bogut praised Festuz Ezeli's effort after Saturday's Game 3 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: "[Ezeli] was huge for us. He's been playing great all series in my opinion," Bogut said. "He has stayed professional and when he gets limited minutes he stays ready. He got some extended minute [Saturday] and did a hell of a job for us. That's what we're going to need." Ezeli stepped up on Saturday night when Bogut got into foul trouble, playing some excellent defense against Dwight Howard while scoring 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with six boards and a block. The Warriors need his size to battle with big D12, and so far, he's gotten the job done. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:22 pm
  • Marreese Speights (calf) ruled out for Game 4
    Marreese Speights (calf) is making progress, but he will not play in Game 4 against the Rockets on Monday.

    Advice: David Lee was initially the one getting the minutes with Speights sidelined, but he's nearly fallen out of the rotation entirely during the Houston series. Festus Ezeli has earned himself a nice role off the bench in the Conference Finals, but with averages of just 6.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 block over 13.6 minutes of action, he's not much of an asset in fantasy basketball. Speights is unlikely to be a factor the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:21 am
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Julius Randle continues to show improvement
    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said that it looks like Julius Randle (leg) "has recovered completely".

    Advice: This is definitely exciting news for Randle, and it appears that his recovery is going very smoothly. All signs point to him playing during the Las Vegas Summer League, and it will be interesting to see how he does after such a long time on the shelf. Randle could potentially be the starting power forward next season if he impresses this summer, so we will be sure to track his progress very closely. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:49 am
     
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Kent Bazemore will start in Game 3 Sunday
    Kent Bazemore will draw the start in place of Kyle Korver (ankle) for Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: Korver is out for the remainder of the postseason, so Bazemore should be locked in as the starter moving forward. In 10 starts during the regular season, Bazemore averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 3-pointers, so he could be a solid option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:25 am
  • Harrison Barnes goes scoreless in win
    Harrison Barnes missed all nine shots from the field and didn't score against the Rockets on Saturday, adding six rebounds, one assists and one turnover in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes has really been great in the postseason, but he regressed back to some of his regular-season ways. He should be able to bounce back on Monday night. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:43 pm
  • Roy Hibbert learning jiu-jitsu
    Roy Hibbert is learning jiu-jitsu this offseason.

    Advice: A couple summers ago, Hibbert was in the news for his added workouts in the gym, most notably with the Spurs. Unfortunately, the wheels fell off for Hibbert in each of his last two seasons, so apparently he is going to change his offseason regiment again. He is likely going to use his player option and should be back with Indy next year. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:35 pm
  • Paul George still not 100 percent healthy
    Paul George said his leg is not yet 100 percent healthy.

    Advice: He said he is doing "good" and is not 100 percent recovered from the calf strain he suffered in their regular season finale in Memphis. George is going to have an entire offseason to get ready for next year and should be fully healed before training camp. He'll be a risky target in the second and third rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:25 pm
     
    Player Note
    Paul George Ind - SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Marreese Speights will not play on Saturday
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play against the Rockets in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: He is expected to be held out for the first five game of the series against Houston, so this isn't a surprise. With Speights out of the lineup, Festus Ezeli should see around 10-12 minutes per game moving forward. Head coach Steve Kerr did say that Speights has shown improvement, so we will continue to track his progress closely. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:51 am
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Otto Porter learned a lot from Paul Pierce
    Otto Porter credited Paul Pierce for his rapid improvement over the course of the season.

    Advice: "He means a lot," Porter said in regards to Pierce. "I learned a lot from him this year whether he told me something or I just picked it up. And it’s going to stick with me throughout my NBA career, what to expect in the NBA and how to be a professional." Porter broke out in the playoffs, averaging 10.0 points, 8.0 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 3-pointers in 33.1 minutes per game. He averaged just 19.4 minutes in the regular season, so it's clear that he finally earned the trust of head coach Randy Wittman. If Porter continues to improve over the summer, he could be an interesting late-round flier in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:36 am
  • Thompson too much to handle down low
    Tristan Thompson was too much to handle for the Hawks in the Cavs' Game 2 win on Friday, grabbing 16 rebounds to go with seven points and two boards in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Thompson had a big-time block on Kent Bazemore as a signature play and his play in the playoffs has earned him a big payday. He has rendered Paul Millsap useless and the Hawks don't appear to have the muscle to keep him off the glass. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:05 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll (knee) to start in Game 2
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) will start in Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs.

    Advice: Carroll was wincing throughout warmups and owners have to plan for some sort of limitation. Kent Bazemore and Paul Millsap may end up picking up the slack on LeBron James. If Carroll falters then Bazemore stands to gain the most here in terms of playing time, but his numbers could suffer if he has to cover LeBron a lot. Kyle Korver could also get some time on the King. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:59 pm
  • Kent Bazemore ready to step up if Carroll out
    Kent Bazemore is ready to step into the starting lineup as LeBron James' primary defender if DeMarre Carroll (knee) can't give it a go for Friday's Game 2.

    Advice: "It’s great," Bazemore said regarding the opportunity to enter the starting lineup and guard James. "It’s a great platform to show what you can do. They brought me here as a defender and that’s my job. What a great measuring stick to go up against one of the best." The energy exerted while guarding one of the best players in the league will likely lead to a limited offensive output from Bazemore, so even if he slides into a starting role, he's not going to be a great daily league play. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:53 am
  • Jerry West mentored Harrison Barnes
    Jerry West worked directly with Harrison Barnes this past offseason, and Barnes credits that five-day boot camp for his development this season.

    Advice: "We'd work out in the morning. We'd get some work in, and then [West would] show up and put me through a workout," said Barnes. "He'd show me stuff he would do, and then we'd go out to eat and talk about what the league is like today, stuff he saw back in the day." Barnes is the only person not named Kobe Bryant that West has personally worked with, and the things they did over the course of the offseason obviously did wonders for his game. Barnes' numbers improved across the board this year, and he's currently averaging 11.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocks on 49.5 percent shooting through this year's postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:53 am
  • Harrison Barnes struggles in win over Rockets
    Harrison Barnes hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in Thursday's win over Houston.

    Advice: He missed a huge reverse layup with seven seconds on the clock and the Warriors holding a one-point lead, but James Harden wasn't able to get off a shot against a Steph Curry and Klay Thompson double team that saved the night for GSW. Barnes had scored in double figures in seven straight games, so look for him to play better in Games 3 and 4 in Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:59 pm
  • LeBron lauds Tristan Thompson's defense
    LeBron James said Tristan Thompson is one of the best pick-and-roll defenders in the NBA.

    Advice: James said Thompson's biggest defensive improvement this season has been his communication and that has led to the 24-year-old becoming one of the best pick-and-roll defenders in the league.Thompson has been a nightly double-double threat since entering the starting lineup for Kevin Love (shoulder) and he's now averaging 12.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks on 59.0 percent shooting from the field in his last five games. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:56 am
  • Kent Bazemore set for more playing time
    Kent Bazemore played 16 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday with 10 points, four rebounds and one block.

    Advice: DeMarre Carroll (knee) suffered an injury today and he's likely going to miss time. Bazemore will have to defend LeBron James on occasion and he'll also need to cut down on his mental mistakes. Expect him to play minutes in the upper 20s while the Hawks may also go with two-PG lineups a lot more. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Marreese Speights (calf) out for Game 2
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play against the Rockets in Game 2 on Thursday.

    Advice: He is expected to be out for the first five games of the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors got a lot out of Festus Ezeli in Game 1 and they'll likely look to him again. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:08 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Marreese Speights (calf) doubtful Games 2-5
    Marreese Speights expects his moderately strained calf to sideline him for at least the first five games of the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Speights has already been ruled out for Tuesday's series opener and it sounds like he'll be on the shelf a while longer. His absence opens up extra opportunities for David Lee off the bench, with Festus Ezeli also playing more minutes vs. Dwight Howard and the Rockets. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:06 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Mike Muscala saw increased role in 2nd round
    Mike Muscala saw some increased minutes during the Hawks' second-round series against the Wizards, although head coach Mike Budenholzer would not say if he would alter his rotations for the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Advice: "Mike Muscala has played well and he’ll continue to get opportunities," Budenholzer said. "We’ll just see the game, feel the game, and the series and try to find a mixture to give ourselves our best chance with our bigs." After only playing in one game during Atlanta's first-round series, Muscala became a regular part of the rotation in the second-round, largely at the expense of Pero Antic. Muscala is a quality reserve for the Hawks, but on a good night he's only getting roughly 15 minutes, which isn't enough time to put up any meaningful stats in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:05 pm
  • Report: Beverley (wrist) will not play in WCF
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) has reportedly abandoned any hope of suiting up for any games during the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors.

    Advice: "It’s a no-go for the series," a league source told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. "He’s done trying." Beverley simply doesn't have the mobility or strength in his left wrist to be able to effective on the basketball court, a realization he came to after going through two workouts on Monday. It'll be Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni doing their best to contain this year's MVP, but in the likely event they are unable to do much against Stephen Curry, it's plausible we see Trevor Ariza pick him up. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:33 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Tristan Thompson says his shoulder is better
    Tristan Thompson said that his bruised left shoulder is feeling better, and that he's "ready to bang" for Cleveland's Eastern Conference Finals matchup against the Hawks.

    Advice: Since Thompson has entered the starting lineup, he has compiled averages of 8.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game on 56.6 percent shooting from the field. He had some nice games against the Bulls in Cleveland's second-round series, and he'll be a nightly double-double threat going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:56 am
  • Roy Hibbert will spend summer in Los Angeles
    Roy Hibbert plans to spend his summer working out in Los Angeles.

    Advice: While many of his teammates have decided to stay in Indianapolis to work out, Hibbert spend his offseason in Los Angeles and will make a decision on his player option for the 2015-16 season. The 28-year-old is due over $15.5 million if he stays with the Pacers next season and is unlikely to command that type of figure on the open market. The Pacers have said they want to play at a faster pace next season, so Hibbert may see a reduced role if he stays with Indiana and will obviously see his fantasy value take a hit if that happens. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:35 am
  • Luis Scola working out in Indianapolis
    Luis Scola has stayed in Indianapolis to continue his postseason workouts.

    Advice: While Scola will be a free agent this summer, the 35-year old stayed in Indianapolis to work out so he could be a step closer to fulfilling Pacers' team president Larry Bird's wishes by re-signing with the Pacers. Scola reportedly has no intentions of retiring and would again serve as a solid bench player for the Pacers after averaging 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds during the 2014-15 season. His fantasy value, however, is limited at this point in his career and he shouldn't be a target in standard league drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:31 am
  • Beverley won't play against the Warriors
    Coach Kevin McHale said Patrick Beverley (wrist) will not play against the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: "Pat isn’t gong to get the pins out until the fourth or fifth [of June]," McHale said. "It’s hard to play with a pin in your wrist." McHale keeps having to address this issue and has previously said Beverley won't be back in the postseason. Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni stepped up against Chris Paul and will have to do it again against Stephen Curry. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:32 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Patrick Beverley (wrist) not likely for WCF
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) is unlikely to return for the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Beverley is currently in the seventh week of his initial 10-week timetable, and there haven't been any reports up to this point that would suggest Beverley is on the verge of making a return. We have seen some crazy things this postseason with John Wall playing through a very broken wrist, and Mike Conley playing just eight days after major surgery, so we're not going to completely rule him out just yet. However, when coach Kevin McHale was asked if Beverley would be able to return for the playoffs back on May 2, he responded no. We'll let you know if anything changes. Rotoworld.com
    May 17, 3:55 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Marreese Speights (calf) out Game 1 of WCF
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Without Speights, David Lee should continue to see roughly 15 minutes a game, which isn't enough time for him to put up any meaningful statistics in fantasy hoops. It's unclear when Speights will be able to return, but he hasn't held a big enough role with the Warriors to significantly alter the Dubs' rotations. Rotoworld.com
    May 17, 12:37 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) practices on Sat
    Tristan Thompson (shoulder) was able to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Thompson tweaked his left shoulder in Game 6 vs. the Bulls on Thursday after a hard fall, but he is expected to be fine moving forward. It's a good sign that he practiced on Saturday with the Cavs off until Wednesday, so we will leave him off the injury report unless something changes. Thompson averaged 37.0 minutes against the Bulls in the second round, and he should continue to have a prominent role moving forward with Kevin Love on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
    May 16, 10:42 am
  • Harrison Barnes continues great run
    Harrison Barnes kept his strong postseason going on Friday night with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover in 36 minutes.

    Advice: During his rookie season, Barnes came out swinging in the postseason and he's now back to putting up some impressive numbers. Barnes isn't really doing much on the ball, but his cutting and spacing without the ball has been huge. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 9:21 pm
  • Otto Porter gets 34 minutes on Friday
    Otto Porter played 34 minutes against the Hawks on Friday night with seven points, eight boards, one assist, two steals and no turnovers.

    Advice: Perhaps no player helped himself for playing time next season than Porter. He fell out of the rotation at times this season, but coach Randy Wittman fell in love with his smaller lineups. Porter has climbed into the conversation as a pick near the end of standard league fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 7:04 pm
  • Bird expects Hibbert and West to opt in
    Larry Bird said on Thursday that he expects both Roy Hibbert and David West to opt in, but that will not affect the way the Pacers approach this year's draft.

    Advice: Hibbert has a player option worth $15.5 million, while West owns a player option of $12.6 million, which is likely much more than they would be able to secure on the open market. The Pacers' brass have alluded to draft prospects that they would like to play at a faster pace next season, with Paul George spending some time at the four-spot, which would imply that both Hibbert and West are likely to see a reduced role for the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 7:48 am
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