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  • Austin powers the Clippers, at least a little
    Austin Rivers started for injured Chris Paul (hamstring) and scored 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting (including four threes) with one rebound, three assists and four steals in Monday's Game 1 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Let's be clear, he had more bad plays than we could count and was a sieve defensively, but he buried open threes and the Rockets were their own brand of terrible. If Paul can't go in Game 2 (or Doc Rivers thinks he can win one without him), then this would be Rivers' high-water mark. Rotoworld.com
    31 minutes ago
  • Miller logs 16 minutes in Game 1 start
    Mike Miller logged 16 minutes in Monday's Game 1 start, scoring three points on 1-of-2 shooting with five rebounds and one block.

    Advice: David Blatt said that he was considering a lineup change after the Cavs' loss and Miller's position would be a primary place to look. Even in the best of situations there's not much for owners to look at here. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:39 pm
  • Shumpert scores 22 points with four treys
    Iman Shumpert hit 8-of-17 shots (4-of-10 3PTs) with one rebound, one assist and one steal over 41 minutes in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: Shumpert has stepped right into J.R. Smith's (suspension) role and he'll get another crack at it in Game 2. Once Smith returns look for his minutes to fall down into low 30s or high 20s, and he might get some added consideration if the Bulls backcourt stays hot throughout the series. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:37 pm
  • Austin Rivers starting for LAC in Game 1
    Austin Rivers will start for injured Chris Paul (hamstring) in Monday's Game 1 opener against the Rockets.

    Advice: Rivers won't face an impact defender and he'll have quite a bit of playing time to put points on the board, but look for the offense to be run through Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and Matt Barnes. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:30 pm
  • Report: Shumpert and Miller will start
    Iman Shumpert and Mike Miller will start against the Bulls on Monday, according to Chris Haynes of the Plain Dealer.

    Advice: It's not a surprise whatsoever to see Miller get the start over Tristan Thompson. LeBron James played a lot of power forward in Game 4 against the Celtics, so expect that to continue going forward. Shumpert will get minutes, but his usage rate will be very tiny in the next two games. Miller is not a great fantasy option either. With Love out, the biggest beneficiary might be Kyrie Irving. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:36 pm
  • Report: J.J. Barea hoping for $3M annually
    J.J. Barea is hoping to sign with the Mavs on a multi-year deal that pays $3 million annually, a source told ESPN Dallas.

    Advice: Barea said it would be easier for the Mavs to keep him this time, and that translates to the fact that Dallas won't have to overpay him to keep him now that his free-agent stock is significantly lower. It would be a surprise if Barea got more than a two-year offer from any team, including Dallas, so he may have to be a little more realistic about his contract desires. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:18 am
  • Jerel McNeal to play summer league w/ Suns
    Jerel McNeal is expected to play in summer league with the Suns.

    Advice: "I'll probably end up doing Summer League with Phoenix and just use that as another opportunity to show what I can do and go do what the coaching staff asks. I'll do whatever I need to do to stick around," he said. McNeal is conditionally under contract next season, but he'll have to make an incredible impression this offseason to last beyond training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:25 am
  • Crabbe facing uncertain future w/ Blazers
    Alan Crabbe's contract for next season with the Blazers is non-guaranteed.

    Advice: Although Crabbe is expected to play in summer league for the Blazers, it's not clear if he'll be on the roster next season. He's been a mostly disappointing player at the pro level, but he hasn't really received an extended opportunity to showcase his skills, either. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:12 am
  • Anderson offers lukewarm Nets endorsement
    When asked about his impending free agency, Alan Anderson offered a lukewarm endorsement of his future with the Nets.

    Advice: "I'm free, so..." he said. "I would love to stay in Brooklyn, but I am a free agent. So I will be free." Anderson should have no problem clearing offers north of $3M annually, more than twice what he made in 2014-15. We don't expect him back with the Nets. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:07 am
  • James Young expected to play in summer league
    James Young is expected to play in summer league for the Celtics.

    Advice: The C's other first-round pick this season was barely a blip on the radar screen in his inaugural campaign. Young is still incredibly raw and needs to spend extended time in the weight room before he's capable of making a real impact. Marcus Smart is expected to join him in the action in order to get increased reps at point guard. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:54 am
  • Iman Shumpert to start w/ JR Smith suspended
    With J.R. Smith serving a two-game suspension, Iman Shumpert is expected to start at shooting guard for Monday's Game 1 vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: "I think I’ll get more opportunities just playing more minutes," Shumpert said. "But as far as going in with a different mindset, it’s not like I’m going to transform into J.R. for the team." The Cavs are very short-handed with Smith out two games and Kevin Love (shoulder) done for the playoffs, so in addition to Shump they'll need more production from Tristan Thompson, James Jones, Matthew Dellavedova and possibly Shawn Marion or Mike Miller. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:15 pm
  • Tony Allen plays great, earns boos in Game 1
    Tony Allen drew the ire of Warriors fans by accidentally interrupting a children's dance group during Sunday's Game 1 defeat, which he finished with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals and zero turnovers.

    Advice: Allen was terrific, shooting 6-of-11 from the field in 38 high-energy minutes, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 15-point road loss. Golden State's fans booed Allen for the rest of the game after he meandered onto the court in the middle of the kids' dance routine during a timeout, a moment Draymond Green described as "hilarious." The Grizzlies won't be laughing after the convincing defeat. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:50 pm
     
    Player Note
    Tony Allen Mem - SG,SF
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Nick Calathes scoreless in Conley's absence
    Nick Calathes started at PG on Sunday but he failed to score in 21 minutes, going 0-of-4 from the field and 0-of-2 at the FT line with one rebound, two assists, three steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: Paging Mike Conley. The Warriors also held Beno Udrih to seven points and one assist in 19 minutes off the bench, while their own MVP point guard pitched in a game-high 22 points. It's a wildly lopsided matchup but Calathes, who played well in the first round, will need to have a short memory with Game 2 looming on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:45 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Otto Porter double-doubles in 34 minutes
    Otto Porter continued his fantastic postseason run on Sunday, coming away with his first-career playoff double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds, two 3-pointers and one assist through 34 minutes of action.

    Advice: Porter has been a completely different player this postseason, averaging 9.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.4 three-pointers and 1.0 steal per game improving upon all of his regular-season averages. He's also averaging a plus/minus rating of plus-11.8, and his gritty defense continues to earn him steady minutes in the Wizards' rotation. Bradley Beal suffered an ankle injury during Game 1, and if that forces him to sit out Game 2 on Tuesday, Porter will have plenty of opportunity coming his way. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:30 pm
  • Nick Calathes will start Game 1 vs. GSW
    Nick Calathes will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Calathes will split minutes with Beno Udrih at the point guard position with Mike Conley (face) unavailable for this one. However, he'll get a very tough matchup against Stephen Curry of the Warriors, so owners of Calathes should temper their expectations. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:47 am
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) will play in Game 1
    Tony Allen (hamstring) will play in Game 1 vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: He was never really in any danger of sitting this one out, but this report confirms that he will be active. He'll likely spend some time harassing both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on defense. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:28 am
     
    Player Note
    Tony Allen Mem - SG,SF
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • J.J. Barea hopes to return to Dallas
    J.J. Barea is hoping that he will be a member of the Dallas Mavericks next season.

    Advice: "I want to," Barea said when asked if he wanted to return to Dallas. "I want to and hopefully this time we make it work. I had a lot of fun this year. I enjoyed being back. It feels like home for me here in Dallas so hopefully I can come back and finish my career here for the next couple years." Barea wasn't a big part of the rotation this season and averaged just 17.7 minutes per game, so he won't be a target in fantasy leagues regardless of where he lands in free agency. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:05 am
  • Garrett Temple will be available for Game 1
    Head coach Randy Wittman confirmed that Garrett Temple (hamstring) will be available for Game 1 vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: Temple has been on the shelf since Mar. 9 and just recently returned to practice on Friday, so there is no guarantee that he sees the floor today. With the Wizards at full strength, Temple will find it hard to carve out a significant role in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:34 am
     
    Injured
  • Garrett Temple warming up for Game 1 Sun
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) is warming up to play in Game 1 vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: Temple made it through practice on Friday and is expected to be available to play today, so this is definitely a good sign. However, he has been sidelined since Mar. 9, and with the way Otto Porter has been playing off the bench, Temple probably won't see many minutes right out of the gate. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:10 am
     
    Injured
  • McHale: Pat Beverley (wrist) 'won't be back'
    When coach Kevin McHale was asked if Patrick Beverley (wrist) might return during the playoffs, he replied, "Pat won't be back."

    Advice: Beverley was seen taking a few shots while wearing a cast this week and he said in mid-April that there's a "very strong possibility" he could play in the postseason. That appears to be overly-optimistic, however, and the Rockets have already declared him out for the playoffs. Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni will continue to hold down the PG position, with James Harden doing all the heavy lifting for Houston's backcourt. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:21 am
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Alan Anderson will opt out, become free agent
    Alan Anderson expects to opt out of his player option in favor of free agency this summer.

    Advice: The 32-year-old swingman shot 34.8 percent from downtown this season and became a reliable rotation player for Lionel Hollins, though he was little more than a 3-point specialist in fantasy leagues. It's not surprising to see him turn down a $1.3 million salary to pursue the security of a longer-team deal. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:40 am
  • Alan Anderson coming off the bench
    Alan Anderson will come off the bench again on Friday.

    Advice: The Nets are going with the same starters despite Anderson playing remarkably well. If Anderson is hot, expect him to take minutes away from Bojan Bogdanovic and/or Thaddeus Young. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:18 pm
  • Sergey Karasev not running yet
    Sergey Karasev (knee) is targeting a return to contact basketball in August.

    Advice: He is still not running yet from his surgery last month. Karasev hopes to be able to travel with the team for summer league, but he won't be playing. He's unlikely to be in the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:36 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Garrett Temple goes through practice
    Garrett Temple went through practice on Friday and will be available for Game 1 in the second round.

    Advice: Temple had a hamstring strain with some tearing and has been out since Mar. 9. With Otto Porter really stepping up and Bradley Beal logging major minutes, there are not a lot of minutes available for Temple. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:06 am
     
    Injured
  • Jared Dudley confident he'll return w/ Bucks
    Jared Dudley said that there was an 80-90 percent chance he comes back with the Bucks next season, even if he decides to opt out of his contract.

    Advice: Dudley has a player option worth $4.25 million for the 2015-16 season, but it sounds like he'll be back in Milwaukee regardless of whether he opts out of his contract. Dudley said that he enjoys helping the younger guys on the roster, and he'd like to come back and continue building what they started this season. However, for fantasy purposes, Dudley will be a non-option in most leagues after averaging a meager 7.2 points, 1.0 steal and 1.0 three-pointer per game through the 2014-15 season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:03 am
     
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Allen Crabbe may play in Vegas
    Allen Crabbe said he is planning to play in Las Vegas Summer League in July.

    Advice: He was in Vegas last year and only scored 5.6 points per game because it was C.J. McCollum doing most of the damage. Crabbe still has a lot to learn as a scorer outside of just sitting on the 3-point line and that will likely be his focus. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:07 pm
  • Nick Calathes scores six points in Game 5
    Nick Calathes drew another start in Game 5 vs. the Blazers on Wednesday, scoring six points on 3-of-10 shooting with four assists and four boards in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Beno Udrih played just 15 minutes and clearly wasn't 100 percent, and Mike Conley (face) still has no timetable for a return. Calathes could potentially start the rest of the way for the Grizzlies, but he will have a very unfavorable matchup with the Grizzlies set to face Stephen Curry and the Warriors in the next round. However, if Calathes continues to flirt with 30 minutes of action, he would be an interesting option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:53 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Tony Allen, Nick Calathes starting Wednesday
    Updating a previous report, Tony Allen and Nick Calathes will remain in the starting lineup, while Jeff Green will continue to come off the bench.

    Advice: There were conflicting reports before the game, but the Grizzlies will continue to roll with the same starters. They will look to close out the Blazers in front of their home crowd tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:53 pm
     
    Player Note
    Tony Allen Mem - SG,SF
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Alan Anderson catches fire in a loss
    Alan Anderson kept the Nets in the game with a 23-point gem in a loss to the Hawks on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds and four 3-pointers on 9-of-11 from the field.

    Advice: He started the second half over Bojan Bogdanovic thanks to scoring 16 points in the first half. Anderson was already extremely efficient in this series, turning in an 80.0 effective field goal percentage in his previous four games. He will likely come off the bench on Friday with minutes in the 20s. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:42 pm
  • J.J. Barea logs 37 minutes as starter Tuesday
    J.J. Barea started again on Tuesday and had six points, six rebounds, nine assists and two steals in 37 minutes, shooting just 3-of-12 from the field as the Mavs were eliminated by the Rockets.

    Advice: Barea came into Game 5 with the third-best +/- rating in the playoffs -- at an impressive +12.5 per game, he was tied with Stephen Curry and trailed only Draymond Green (+19.3). He was a catalyst for the Mavs' postseason scoring with an offensive rating of 121.4, but he'll only be an asset in the deepest fantasy leagues no matter where he signs as a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:16 pm
  • J.J. Barea, Aminu starting again in Game 5
    J.J. Barea will earn another start at PG on Tuesday with Devin Harris and Raymond Felton coming off the bench.

    Advice: There was no doubt about Barea's status as a starter after Sunday's gem, during which he racked up 17 points and 13 assists in a do-or-die Game 4 victory. With only four teams active on Tuesday, Barea may be one of the best value plays in daily fantasy leagues. He'll join a starting lineup that includes Monta Ellis, Al-Farouq Aminu, Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:50 pm
  • Temple (hamstring) to be ready for 2nd round
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) has progressed to going through individual drills, and he should be ready to play for the Wizards' second-round series.

    Advice: As long as John Wall and Bradley Beal are healthy, Temple is going to have a tough time getting consistent minutes in Washington's rotations. He'll fight with Ramon Sessions for reserve minutes, but his fantasy value is essentially non-existent playing in a limited role off the bench for the Wizards. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:17 am
     
    Injured
  • Nick Calathes scores 12 points in start
    Nick Calathes scored 12 points in his first postseason start on Monday to go with three rebounds, two assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He was 4-of-10 from the field and did a decent job on the defensive side. Beno Udrih wasn't at 100 percent and that may have been why Calathes drew the start. The pair will likely be looking at a close to a 50/50 split again in Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 27, 10:17 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Nick Calathes will start at point guard
    Nick Calathes will start at point guard against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Beno Udrih arrived in a walking boot to the arena, so he's not at 100 percent. Based on that information, it's hard to like either guy with so much uncertainty. The two might split the minutes down the middle, but it could go either way depending on Udrih's ankle. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 27, 7:17 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • 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
    Apr 27, 1:35 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • 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
    Apr 27, 7:06 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
    Apr 27, 6:23 am
  • 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
    Apr 26, 9:35 pm
  • Austin Rivers erupts for 16 points in 17 mins
    Austin Rivers was fantastic for the Clippers during their Game 4 win over the Spurs on Sunday, scoring 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting through just 17 minutes of action.

    Advice: As per usual, Rivers didn't do much aside from score (one assist, one steal, and one turnover), but he did give the Clippers' bench a major lift, and he was a big part of LA's win today. Rivers has actually been coming on for the Clippers lately, scoring in double figures in his last two outings, but he's still not much of a fantasy option as scoring is his only asset. It'll be very interesting to see if he can have a repeat performance during Game 5 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:00 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
    Apr 26, 2:13 pm
  • 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
    Apr 25, 10:31 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • 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
    Apr 25, 6:28 pm
     
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • 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
    Apr 24, 8:10 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
    Apr 24, 7:05 pm
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