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  • Joakim Noah (personal) double-doubles in loss
    Joakim Noah (personal) finished the Bulls' Game 1 loss with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes of action.

    Advice: Noah played well but he had a tough time against the size, quickness and passing of Nene, who pitched in a game-high 24 points, and the Bulls may have to tweak their defensive strategy in Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    17 minutes ago
  • Mario Chalmers has right shin contusion
    Mario Chalmers suffered a right shin contusion in Sunday's win over the Bobcats.

    Advice: He was a bit gimpy late in the game because his shin banged Chris Bosh's knee brace, but it didn't seem to affect him much. Chalmers scored seven points in 25 minutes on Sunday and it would be a shock to see him miss Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
  • Al Jefferson leaves arena in walking boot
    Al Jefferson (strained plantar fascia) left Game 1's loss at Miami in a walking boot after feeling a rip in his left plantar fascia.

    Advice: He admitted he had to "suck it up" after the game and mentioned he felt a pop. Jefferson needed a pain-killing shot after the injury and at halftime, so he's probably not going to feel great on Monday. The Bobcats will likely hold him out of practice in the next couple days and he should be considered questionable for Wednesday. If he's limited, Bismack Biymobo will have some massive shoes to fill. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:56 pm
  • Dwyane Wade looks healthy, plays 34 minutes
    Dwyane Wade was superb in his 34 minutes of action on Sunday vs. the Bobcats, making 10-of-16 from the field for 23 points with one board, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played with a ton of confidence and made his first 3-pointer since Feb. 3. Wade looked completely healthy and the Heat taking their foot of the pedal with Wade's workload seems like it's going to pay dividends. Of course, the Heat still have to win 15 more games if they want to have win their third consecutive title. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:29 pm
  • Nene listed as starter on Sunday night
    Nene is listed as a starter against the Bulls for Game 1 on Sunday.

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

    Advice: He shot 4-of-4 from the field before the injury and just 5-of-13 after. Jefferson looked very slow on defense and he clearly wasn't 100 percent. If he's not going to be healthy this series, the Heat are likely going to sweep the Bobcats because Jefferson's interior presence exploits one of their weaknesses. There should be numerous updates on his status leading up to Wednesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:13 pm
  • Gary Neal plays 28 minutes off bench Sunday
    Gary Neal played 28 minutes off the bench against the Heat on Sunday, scoring 17 points with three boards and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He ate into Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's playing time, which is not really a surprise. MKG doesn't bring much on the offensive end and didn't score in the first half before putting in five after halftime, so this probably going to be a trend in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:57 pm
  • Nemanja Nedovic (calf) out indefinitely
    Nemanja Nedovic (right calf) is out indefinitely.

    Advice: He didn't play on Saturday and the Warriors would likely not even use him assuming the team stays healthy. Nedovic played just 5.9 minutes per game this year and the team definitely won't miss him. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:56 pm
  • Joakim Noah will play on Sunday night
    Joakim Noah (personal) will play against the Wizards on Sunday night in Game 1.

    Advice: He said he couldn't talk about the passing of his former coach, Tyrone Green, and it looks like he'll do his talking on the court. The Wizards have struggled quite a bit against centers all season, so obviously Noah is going to be a focus of their defensive game plan. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:41 pm
  • Tayshaun Prince practices on Sunday
    Tayshaun Prince (illness) practiced on Sunday and is expected to start against the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: He missed the second half of Saturday's game due to the illness, but the Grizzlies probably aren't going to play him much in order to give Tony Allen more run. Prince may still be getting over an ankle injury from earlier this month and he's not likely to be much of a factor in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:27 pm
  • Jose Calderon plays just 16 minutes vs. Spurs
    Jose Calderon played just 16 minutes against the Spurs on Sunday in a loss, scoring seven points with two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He barely played in the first half and it would not have been a shock to see him come off the bench in the second half in favor of Devin Harris, but Calderon did in fact start both halves. He can't really defend penetration well, so that spells trouble against a guy like Tony Parker. Coach Rick Carlisle has some thinking to do despite how Calderon and Monta Ellis have played well together this season. Rotoworld.com
  • Devin Harris scores 19 points off bench
    Devin Harris scored 19 points off the bench in Sunday's loss to the Spurs to go with three rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was the only Maverick in double-figure scoring at halftime and was also the only player on the team with more than 11 points to end the game. Harris gave the Mavericks a lot of life and may have earned even more minutes than his 32 today. The Mavericks have been managing his minutes for much of the season, so they're apparently going to let him loose. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:08 pm
  • Tony Parker takes over late, scores 21 points
    Tony Parker put the Spurs on his back in Game 1's 90-85 win over the Mavericks Sunday, scoring 21 points with four boards, six assists, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The Spurs just took over late to win this game. They were getting all sorts of easy buckets and almost doubled up the Mavs in the points-in-the-paint battle 56-32. Parker had a big hand in that with four of his assists leading to layups while eight of his nine makes were layups. He's a marvel with respect to efficiency while he and coach Gregg Popovich are on the same page like few others. Rotoworld.com
  • Al Jefferson strains plantar fascia, returns
    Al Jefferson went to the locker room during the first quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Heat with a strained left plantar fascia and returned to action.

    Advice: He walked back under his own power and the injury didn't appear too serious. Jefferson was having his way with four makes on four attempts before exiting, so the Bobcats need him to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:54 pm
  • Danny Green puts up a goose egg Sunday
    Danny Green did not score against the Mavericks on Sunday, adding five boards, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He only attempted two shots today and the Spurs didn't get him involved much. Green had a good season against the Mavericks on the year, making 3.0 triples per game on a pristine 78.6 effective field goal percentage in four games. He'll likely have his inconsistencies throughout the playoffs, but he's a good bet for a big game in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:48 pm
  • Michael Beasley (ankle) will be inactive Sun.
    Michael Beasley (ankle) will be inactive for Sunday's opening game vs. the Bobcats.

    Advice: Miami will not need him to get past the Bobcats, so this isn't too much of a blow to the Heat. The injury doesn't seem to be very major, so Beasley could possibly be back for Game 2, but he could very well pick up a DNP-CD in that one as well. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:06 am
  • Nene could start in Game 1 vs. Chicago
    Nene was spotted in a blue practice jersey on Saturday, which suggests that he was practicing with the first unit and could start on Sunday vs. Chicago.

    Advice: Neither Nene nor Wizards coach Randy Wittman gave a definitive answer as to whether Nene would start or not, but given the need for Nene's interior presence it wouldn't be shocking to see the Brazilian big man start. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:02 am
  • Roy Hibbert: 'I'm the weak link on defense'
    A dejected Roy Hibbert stated, "I'm the weak link on defense," following Saturday's game one loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

    Advice: Hibbert has been unrecognizable for the past few months, and the last two weeks have been particularly awful. Since being benched versus Atlanta on April 6, Hibbert has shot 7-of-37 (18.9percent) from the field totaling 17 points through five games. To make matters worse Hibbert is being forced out towards the perimeter as he's tasked with guarding Atlanta's Pero Antic, and that has clearly made him uncomfortable. Hibbert is in jeopardy of being benched in favor of Luis Scola or Ian Mahinmi, and that's not exactly what you'd want from a guy who pulled in $14.2 million this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:21 am
  • Zach Randolph goes for 21 & 11 in Game 1
    Zach Randolph had 21 points, 11 rebounds and a block in Saturday's Game 1 loss, but hit just 7-of-21 shots on the night.

    Advice: Z-Bo is definitely a key to the beating the Thunder, but he'll have to play very well if the Grizzlies are going to get any wins against the Thunder. He was solid tonight, but wasn't enough. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Tayshaun Prince out 2nd half with illness
    Tayshaun Prince will miss the second half of Saturday's Game 1 against the Thunder due to an illness.

    Advice: He played just four minutes and failed to score in the first half, and Tony Allen started the second half in his place. This could end up being a permanent move, as Prince was highly ineffective this season. It also may not matter, as the Thunder are trouncing the Grizzlies and are playing on a different level. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:13 pm
  • Roy Hibbert doesn't block a shot vs. Hawks
    Roy Hibbert hit 4-of-9 shots for eight points, eight rebounds and zero blocks in Saturday's 101-93 Game 1 loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: Hibbert has a terrible match up with Pero Antic (8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 3-pointers) and could find himself benched for much of this series, because Antic plays mainly on the perimeter. Hibbert has been struggling for some time and this series should offer more of the same. And if the Pacers don't figure things out quickly, they're going to make an early exit and heads will likely roll in Indy. Not only did Hibbert fail to block a shot, but he had his shot blocked by Kyle Korver. Yes, Kyle Korver. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:55 pm
  • Nemanja Nedovic (calf) not available Saturday
    Nemanja Nedovic (calf) will not be available for the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He hurt himself while playing for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the D-League playoffs, but even healthy he'd be unlikely to step on the court for Golden State. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:41 am
  • Dwyane Wade won't have playing time limits
    Dwyane Wade will not have any medical restrictions in the playoffs, according to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.

    Advice: "I'm going to read his body language, I'm going to read the game," Spoelstra said. "But he's cleared to play. So neither one of us want to put a restriction on it, but we're also realistic and we'll be smart about it." Wade hasn't played more than 23 minutes in a game since late March and he didn't play in more than eight consecutive games all season, so it would be surprising if he doesn't rest at some point during the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:22 am
  • Joakim Noah (bereavement) back at practice
    Joakim Noah (bereavement) returned to practice on Saturday after sitting out on Friday.

    Advice: Noah will be ready for the Bulls' playoff opener vs. Washington on Sunday, which Chicago is heavily favored to win. Wizards center Marcin Gortat averaged 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds after the All-Star break, but he's unlikely to have so much success while facing Noah on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:39 am
  • Vogel still not sure on his rotation
    Coach Frank Vogel said he'll adjust his rotations on a game-by-game basis during the playoffs.

    Advice: "It'll vary night by night and we'll see how the flow of the game is going," Vogel said. The first player that comes to mind here is Roy Hibbert. He's been yanked from games on several occasions and has quickly become a huge liability on offense. In fact, he had the second-worst effective field goal percentage among qualifiers this season and looked as slow as his teammate Andrew Bynum. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:52 pm
  • Michael Beasley says ankle is fine
    Michael Beasley (ankle) said he is fine.

    Advice: Beasley rolled his ankle during Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Sixers. He'll be available for Game 1 against the Bobcats Sunday, but probably will end up as a DNP-CD. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:52 am
  • Joakim Noah (bereavement) skips practice
    Joakim Noah (personal) did not practice Friday.

    Advice: Noah was excused for bereavement reasons. He's in New York, but is expected to rejoin the team in Chicago Saturday. The Bulls open up their first-round series against the Wizards at 7pm ET on Sunday night. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:47 am
  • Dwyane Wade says injuries aren't as bad
    Dwyane Wade (knee) said he's feeling better to start this postseason compared to last postseason.

    Advice: Wade added he wasn't concerned about continuity with LeBron James and how his last three games helped him. At the conclusion of the playoffs last year, Wade mentioned how much he battled through injury, which explains why the Heat managed him so severely this season. The bottom line is it looks like their plan worked and they'll look to win another title in June. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:07 pm
  • Dwayne Wade scores 16 in meaningless loss
    Dwyane Wade hit 6-of-14 shots for 16 points, two rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: His owners probably couldn't care less that he showed up for the final two games of the season, as he was simply a headache to own all year. And if you owned Wade this season, chances are you won't be touching him next year. And we're right there with you. Toney Douglas and Ray Allen were the only other Heat players to score in double figures, as LeBron James, Chris Bosh and some others took the night off to rest. The Heat will play the Bobcats in Round 1, and will have to find an answer for Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson if they're going to breeze into Round 2. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Michael Beasley (ankle) out for game
    Michael Beasley sprained his right ankle and will not return to Wednesday's game vs. the Sixers.

    Advice: It's too bad because he was getting some run tonight, finishing with eight points, one board, two blocks and one turnover. Beasley's minutes figure to drop back down in the playoffs, but the team got a heck of a lot more than they bargained for from him this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:59 pm
  • Al Jefferson w/ 10 & 18 in OT win over Bulls
    Al Jefferson had 10 points, 18 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's overtime win against the Bulls.

    Advice: They were hoping for a Wizards loss, but it looks like they're going to beat Boston. The Bobcats are set to face the Heat in Round 1 and they'll have their hands full with Jefferson. Chris Douglas-Roberts had 13 and Gerald Henderson had 11, as the Bobcats got some great playoff-like experience tonight. Jefferson suffered a left knee contusion tonight, but returned to play through it, and it will likely take a lot more than that to keep him off the court against Miami. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:54 pm
  • Roy Hibbert starts, more of the same in win
    Roy Hibbert started on a night when most other playoff regulars were sitting throughout the league, but looked about the same as he has since the All-Star break, hitting 1-of-7 shots for four points, seven rebounds and a block.

    Advice: If the goal was to improve Hibbert's confidence, or let him torch a bunch of scrubs, it didn't work. He played just 17 minutes, but it's hard to imagine a 1-of-7 shooting night doing anything for his psyche. And he's going to have to deal with Pero Antic in Round 1 of the playoffs, who will do his best to linger outside and keep Hibbert out of the paint. This may not end well. Rasual Butler and Chris Copeland led the Pacers with 19 points a piece, but you probably won't hear there name in these parts again this year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:25 pm
  • Nedovic out with a calf injury
    Nemanja Nedovic (calf) will not play on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He's had a tough time staying in the lineup and played just 6.2 minutes per game with the Warriors this season. They're going to be shorthanded tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:08 pm
  • Al Jefferson (knee contusion) returns to game
    Al Jefferson went to the locker room against the Bulls on Wednesday due to a left knee contusion and returned to the game.

    Advice: Jefferson did walk back to the locker room under his own power and the Bobcats looked to have dodged a bullet here. There have been a handful of costly knee contusions this year, but Jefferson sounds like he's OK. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:30 pm
  • Parker in the starting lineup
    Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Aron Baynes and Tiago Splitter are starting vs. the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Parker went to the locker room on Monday, but coach Gregg Popovich shot down any concern about his All-Star point guard. There's a good chance his minutes will be down tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:53 pm
  • Dwyane Wade in starting lineup vs. Philly
    Dwyane Wade will start next to Toney Douglas, James Jones, Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem on Wednesday vs. the Sixers.

    Advice: Wade is expected to see a nominal amount of minutes, but it's still a great sign for the Heat to even see him suit up. He had to play through injuries last postseason and chances are he will have to again. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:17 pm
  • Mario Chalmers won't play on Wednesday
    Mario Chalmers (rest) will not play on Wednesday against the Sixers.

    Advice: He's just getting some rest and had a great season in his sixth year. Chalmers had a career-high 45.4 percent from the field while adding some nice steals and triples for his fantasy owners. Expect Norris Cole and Toney Douglas to play point guard vs. a soft Philly D. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:26 pm
  • Nene to play under 20 minutes on Wednesday
    Nene will play on Wednesday but he has "insisted" that the Wizards keep him under 20 minutes.

    Advice: He recently returned from a sprained MCL which he tweaked in his first game back, and Washington will proceed with due caution. He would sit out entirely if there were nothing at stake, but a win combined with a Nets loss would shift Washington up a seed in the playoff standings. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:10 am
  • Dwyane Wade expected to play Wednesday
    Dwyane Wade is expected to play "nominal minutes" in Miami's final game of the regular season on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wade logged 23 minutes in his return on Saturday, then followed that up with an 18-minute game on Monday, and he's not likely to get much more vs. the 76ers. The good news for Miami is that he doesn't seem to have had any setbacks with his hamstring or knee since returning, while slowly improving his conditioning in the lead-up to the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:29 am
  • Roy Hibbert will play first half on Wednesday
    Roy Hibbert will play vs. the Magic on Wednesday but he may sit out the second half.

    Advice: The Pacers may simply to trying to get Hibbert some traction before the playoffs. He's been dreadful over the past five games with a True Shooting percentage of just 29.2 percent, and a -12.6 net rating per 100 possessions. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:21 am
  • Z-Bo's 32 points lead the way; Grizz clinch
    Zach Randolph scored 32 points on 15-of-25 shooting with nine rebounds and one steal in Monday's playoff-clinching win over the Suns.

    Advice: Randolph forced the Grizzlies into the playoffs by both gritting and grinding in a back-and-forth thriller. Marc Gasol added 18 points with eight boards and three assists, and Mike Conley hit a huge three to finish with 14 points, three rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a three in the win. The Grizzlies now face the Mavs on Wednesday to decide which team gets the No. 7 seed. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:27 pm