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  • Update: Dirk Nowitzki confirms he'll opt out
    Updating a previous item, Dirk Nowitzki confirmed that he will opt out of the final season of his current contract with the Mavericks.

    Advice: Nowitzki did reiterate his plan to remain in Dallas, so this isn't about to be a free agent bidding war. What this does mean, however, is that the Mavs will now face some very real pressure to construct a winner around their most important player, and it's very possible that DIrk won't be as kind with a discount this time around after playing for far less than market value in each of the last two seasons. The third-year option Nowitzki is set to decline is worth approximately $8.7 million. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:30 am
  • Karl says he never connected with Cousins
    George Karl admitted that he never connected with DeMarcus Cousins.

    Advice: Despite multiple faux attempts to make it look like it was all good, the reality is that it was pretty bad. "I never felt I got into a good place with Cuz," Karl said, "and some of that was my stupidity when I said that no player is untradeable. I still believe that. But I should have been smart enough not to say it, and I in no way, at any time, thought DeMarcus was going to get traded." Karl went on to detail the dysfunction within the Kings, noting that he never felt like he had the power necessary to perform his job to the best of his abilities. The entire interview is worth reading, and it can be found by clicking on the link below. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:03 am
  • Vogel drips praise all over Myles Turner
    After their season ended on Sunday, Frank Vogel was effusive in his praise for Myles Turner.

    Advice: "Myles Turner emerged," he said. "Myles Turner showed what he’s made of by having a great series in his first go around in the NBA playoffs, he just had a great series. He didn’t shoot the ball well tonight but he played well, had dominant defensive stretches and learned to read and trust the pass. There’s a lot of reasons to be excited and hopeful about our future because of that kid." Rotoworld.com Today, 9:20 am
  • Clifford: Zeller has to improve outside shot
    Steve Clifford said Cody Zeller needs to improve his shot from the perimeter.

    Advice: Zeller shot a career-high 52.9 percent from the field this season, but he doesn't have the size or strength to bang around with the bigger bodies in the league on a consistent basis down low. Developing a perimeter jumper would help Zeller stretch the floor while potentially taking advantage of any mismatches, something that could help his game further grow. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:09 am
  • Walter Tavares will be inactive for Game 1
    Walter Tavares will be inactive for Game 1 vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: Edy is a fascinating shot-blocking prospect, but he won't be making any kind of impact in the 2016 playoffs. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:05 am
  • Clifford: Kaminsky a 'big key' going forward
    Coach Steve Clifford called Frank Kaminsky "a big key" going forward.

    Advice: "He's got courage, wants to be out there. I think he'll make a big step this summer." Frank the Tank's fantasy outlook is directly connected to what the Hornets do in free agency with Marvin Williams, Al Jefferson and Nicolas Batum all set to hit the open market. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:04 am
  • Report: Dirk Nowitzki to opt out of contract
    Dirk Nowitzki plans to opt out of the final season of his contract, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

    Advice: Nowitzki has repeatedly said that he intends to honor the three-year contract he signed, so take this report with a large grain of salt. This story states Nowitzki's new deal would likely be a two-year contract with a player option in year two, but we're going to have to hear Nowitzki saying he's opting out from his own mouth before we're inclined to believe it. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:52 am
  • Griffin: Channing Frye is helping locker room
    Cavs GM David Griffin praised Channing Frye for being a "huge, huge plus" in the locker room.

    Advice: "We needed someone who was truly joyful to be part of the process to remind everybody how blessed we are to be together," Griffin said. It's a little odd that a Cavs team filled with talent needed a reminder to enjoy the chance to achieve greatness, but it speaks volumes that Frye, Dahntay Jones and James Jones have such an impact on team chemistry for a roster that includes LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:19 am
  • Al Jefferson calls Hornets 'best situation'
    In stating his desire to return to Charlotte in free agency, Al Jefferson called the Hornets his "best situation."

    Advice: Jefferson also revealed he'd be okay with continuing to come off the bench if he returns and it gives the Hornets their best chance to win, something the front office has to be happy about hearing. Big Al cited the team's potential ceiling with a healthy Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder surgery) as another reason to be back, but as always, it will come down to dollars and sense. For what it's worth, Jefferson expressed a desire to end his career in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:08 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis will not play for Latvia
    Kristaps Porzingis has announced that he will not play for Latvia in the Olympics this summer.

    Advice: The Knicks were clear that their strong preference was for Porzingis to eschew international competition, so that's exactly what he's deciding to do. Instead of playing in the Olympics, Porzingis will utilize the summer to make sure his shoulder is right and train with the team, which will include an effort to work on his post game. Additionally, Porzingis hopes to add about 12 pounds and enter next season weighing around 245 pounds. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:53 am
  • Report: Bernard James leaves Galatasaray team
    Bernard James has left Galatasaray to tend to his ailing father, according to international basketball scribe David Pick.

    Advice: We wish James and his family the best in a trying situation. As for his NBA career, James is likely destined for international competition at this stage of the game. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:00 am
  • Myles Turner quiet in season-ending defeat
    Myles Turner's shot wasn't falling on Sunday as he went just 2-of-11 from the field for four points during a season-ending loss in Toronto.

    Advice: Turner was visibly frustrated after missing shots and he didn't fare too well on the boards either, grabbing six rebounds as his team lost the battle 49-38. Nerves may have played a role in Turner's Game 7 struggles, but his rookie season was nevertheless a triumph, as he displayed all the skills the Pacers could have asked for when drafting him No. 11 overall. "He just had a great series," coach Frank Vogel said after the game. "There's a lot of reason to be excited and hopeful about our future because of that kid." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:05 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo, Valanciunas dominate boards
    Bismack Biyombo gave the Raptors a lift off the bench during Game 7, hauling in 11 rebounds (four offensive) with three points and no other stats in 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: Biyombo came into the game with a postseason-leading rebound rate of 26.8 percent, with teammate Jonas Valanciunas (25.4 percent) not far behind. He and JV combined for 26 boards tonight, a critical difference in the game, with Valanciunas contributing 10 points and 15 boards in 28 minutes. Toronto's formidable center duo now advances to face Hassan Whiteside and Miami's frontcourt in the Conference semis. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:50 pm
  • Mason Plumlee held to one point on 0-of-7 FGs
    Mason Plumlee racked up 13 rebounds, six assists and two blocks in 25 minutes on Sunday, but he scored only one point on 0-of-7 shooting in Portland's Game 1 defeat.

    Advice: Plumlee caught fire vs. the Clippers in the first round and his ability to contribute across the board helps take the sting out of this Game 1 scoring dud. He wasn't alone in his offensive struggles tonight, as Portland's starting unit was a combined 23-of-75 from the field (30.7 percent). It's easier said than done, but they'll need to be much more efficient to even the series at 1-1 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Andrew Bogut double-doubles w/ three blocks
    Andrew Bogut finished Sunday's home victory with 10 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 25 minutes of action.

    Advice: Bogut made 5-of-8 field goals and helped the Warriors earn a convincing 55-40 edge in rebounding. He's tied with George Johnson for the most postseason blocks (63) in Warriors' history, and will assuredly take the top spot before the second round is finished. His rim protection isn't surprising, of course, as he ranked fourth in blocks on a per-48-minute basis during the regular season, trailing only Cole Aldrich, John Henson and Hassan Whiteside. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:26 pm
  • Anderson Varejao ejected on Sunday
    Anderson Varejao was ejected from Sunday's game vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: He was arguing with Gerald Henderson after he tripped the Portland guard and he picked up his second technical when he started talking to him while on the bench. Varejao played just seven minutes with four points, two boards, one assist, two blocks and one steal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:38 pm
  • Spencer Hawes (knee sprain) does not play
    Spencer Hawes (knee sprain) did not leave the bench on Sunday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: He was available to play, so we will take him off the injury report now that he has a full offseason to recover. Hawes is under contract with the Hornets through the 2017-18 season, so he will likely reprise his role off the bench next season. He finished the 2015-16 regular season with averages of 6.0 points, 4.3 boards and 1.9 assists in 18.2 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky scores 12 points
    Frank Kaminsky was benched at halftime in Sunday's Game 7 loss to the Heat, finishing with 12 points, six boards, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He missed a lot of easy looks around the rim and shot just 3-of-15 from the field, and his defense wasn't great either. The rookie didn't make a significant impact this season due to the emergence of Marvin Williams, but he could have a larger role next season depending on what the Hornets do with Al Jefferson and Williams in free agency. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:07 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside double-doubles in win
    Hassan Whiteside double-doubled in Sunday's win over the Hornets, scoring 10 points with 12 rebounds, one assist and five blocks in just 28 minutes.

    Advice: He was 4-of-8 from the field and basically took Al Jefferson out of the game by getting him into early foul trouble. Charlotte really had no answer for Whiteside in the paint and the Heat were able to outrebound the Hornets 58-36, with 10 of those coming on the offensive glass. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:25 pm
  • Spencer Hawes (knee sprain) is available
    Spencer Hawes (knee sprain) is available to play in Game 7 vs. the Heat on Sunday.

    Advice: Originally expected to miss at least a week of action, Hawes was a late addition to the active roster and it's not a guarantee that he plays. Even if he does get some action, his minutes will likely be limited to the teens. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:36 am
  • Spencer Hawes (knee) is a game-time call
    Spencer Hawes (knee sprain) has been upgraded to questionable for Game 7 vs. the Heat on Sunday.

    Advice: He was supposed to be sidelined for at least a week, so this is definitely a surprise. Hawes will warm up and try to play, but he will only see minutes in the teens at best if he's cleared. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:01 am
  • Tyler Hansbrough (back) will not play Sunday
    Tyler Hansbrough (back spasms) will not play in Game 7 vs. the Heat on Sunday.

    Advice: He isn't in the rotation anyways, so this won't have any fantasy implications. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:59 am
  • Kris Humphries will see minutes in round two
    Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said that he expects to use Kris Humphries in the series against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: "I think we’ll need Kris in this series," Budenholzer said. "I can see us needing Kris and [Mike Muscala] and everybody. I think Kris is always ready. He’s anxious. He’s let me know he is ready to go." Humphries only made one appearance in round one vs. Boston, but Budenholzer may need Humphries for his rebounding ability because Tristan Thompson is a handful on the glass for the Cavs. To be clear, he likely won't see enough minutes to make an impact in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 38; Spurs crush OKC
    LaMarcus Aldridge put on a shooting clinic in a 124-92 win over the Thunder on Saturday, making 18-of-23 for 38 points with six rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: It's his third-best scoring game of his playoff career. The Thunder completely forgot Aldridge led the NBA in mid-range makes in three of the last four seasons. He was wide open all game and also had a number of easy buckets near the rim, as well. LMA has been fantastic since January and had success against OKC this season, so he'll be dialed in as a high-end DFS play. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:58 pm
  • Boban gets some run
    Boban Marjanovic scored four points with five rebounds, two assists and two blocks in just eight minutes against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: When it's garbage time, it's Boban time. The Thunder probably won't get crushed this bad again, so it's really tough to use Marjanovic in DFS. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:55 pm
  • Stevens Adams puts in decent stat line
    Steven Adams scored nine points with 10 rebounds and one block in 25 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: He's known for his defense, but OKC was completely destroyed on that end. It's certainly not on Adams because the Thunder had their pick-and-roll defense ruined well beyond the paint in this game. Considering how bad this went for them, maybe coach Billy Donovan shakes things up a bit. For now, Adams looks like the better fantasy option over Enes Kanter. He's more of a tournament play, though. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:51 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 19 points in bad loss
    Serge Ibaka scored 19 points with two rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: He was really the only offensive bright spot for the Thunder in this game. On the other hand, Ibaka was roasted perhaps for his worst defensive game all year. He struggled against the Spurs during the regular season on the stat sheet, so don't overreact to this terrific outing on paper. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:51 pm
  • Enes Kanter gets some added garbage time
    Enes Kanter scored six points in 19 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday, adding four rebounds and one turnover.

    Advice: He didn't play much in the early going and picked up most of his stats in garbage time. The Thunder had some good success in the non-rest games against the Spurs with Kanter in and Steven Adams out, so that's something to watch. On the whole, this was a slightly discouraging game for Kanter. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:50 pm
  • Enes Kanter (chest) will play on Saturday
    Enes Kanter (chest) will play in Game 1 vs. the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: He took a knee to the chest in Monday's win over Dallas and is dealing with a stinger, but he said he's "all good" for Game 1. Kanter was dominant in the series against Dallas with averages of 15.2 points, 7.0 boards and 0.6 assists in just 20.4 minutes per game, so he will try to carry that momentum over into round two. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:30 am
  • Marc Gasol's (foot) rehab is 'on schedule'
    Marc Gasol's rehab from a fractured right foot is "on schedule."

    Advice: Gasol said that there haven't been any setbacks and added that the Grizzlies are being extremely cautious and won't rush the process. He was having a down year prior to the injury with averages of 16.6 points, 7.0 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals, so the 31-year-old big man might be available at a significant discount in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:21 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins says feet are bothering him
    DeMarcus Cousins said that his feet bother him more every year.

    Advice: This is obviously pretty concerning, but keep in mind that he will address this issue during the offseason and he's already had some shockwave treatment to relieve the tendinitis in his feet. Cousins is expected to play for Team USA this summer, so he should be in great shape prior to the 2016-17 season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:54 am
  • Mason Plumlee looks great yet again
    Mason Plumlee scored nine points with 14 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He went blow for blow with DeAndre Jordan in the paint. In the last five games of this series, Plumlee averaged 8.8 points, 14.8 boards, 6.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.2 blocks and 2.0 turnovers. The Blazers' trade with the Nets for basically Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has worked out nicely for them. He'll be very important against the Warriors. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:36 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan tweaks ankle, drops 15 & 20
    DeAndre Jordan tweaked his ankle in the fourth quarter on Friday and did return, finishing with 15 points, 20 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He rolled his right ankle in the fourth quarter as he stepped on Mason Plumlee's foot. Jordan did come out of the game right away, but he didn't go to the locker room. His ankle injury is very unlikely to affect his offseason program. Jordan led all postseason players in rebounds per game and was second in the regular season. His summer figures to be slightly more uneventful this year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:23 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside plays 28 minutes
    Hassan Whiteside (hand, thigh) played 28 minutes against the Hornets on Friday with 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

    Advice: He was slightly limping at times when play was stopped, but he looked fine during the game action. Whiteside has cooled off in his last three, averaging 10.3 points, 8.7 boards, 3.3 blocks and 2.0 turnovers in 28.5 minutes. It could be due to the injury because his minutes haven't really jumped up in the postseason. He'll likely be the top option at center for DFS on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:32 pm
  • Myles Turner drops 15 points with four blocks
    Myles Turner was awesome in 33 minutes against the Raptors on Friday with 15 points, nine rebounds, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: It was his best game of the series. Turner played most of his minutes at center in Game 5, but he was much more comfortable away from the basket at the power forward spot tonight. Plus, his rim protection was superb during this game. The Pacers stole him in the draft as long as he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:00 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo not a key this time
    Bismack Biyombo scored two points with 10 rebounds, one steal and one block in 19 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: Biyombo with four smaller players lineup was the saving combination in Game 5, but it didn't work at all tonight. Jonas Valanciunas was in foul trouble again tonight, which helped Biyombo's playing time. Expect Biyombo to be in the low 20s for minutes in Game 7. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:42 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside says his hand isn't an issue
    Hassan Whiteside said that his hand won't be an issue in Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: He is dealing with some swelling, but X-rays came back negative and the injury isn't believed to be serious. Whiteside is averaging 14.0 points, 12.2 boards and 3.0 blocks during the postseason and is safe to leave in all active lineups. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:59 am
  • Spencer Hawes diagnosed with MCL sprain
    Spencer Hawes has been diagnosed with a right MCL sprain, and he will miss at least the next week of action.

    Advice: Hawes will obviously miss Friday's Game 6 against the Heat, and he's going to be re-evaluated in one week, although it wouldn't be surprising at all to see his absence extend beyond that one-week timeline. Tyler Hansbrough, Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky should pick up some extra minutes in Hawes' absence. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:24 pm
  • Spencer Hawes (knee) doubtful for Game 6
    Spencer Hawes (right knee sprain) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's Game 6 against Miami.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly when Hawes suffered the knee injury, but it's looking like he'll be spending Game 6 on the sidelines. His minutes will likely be divvied up between Tyler Hansbrough, Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky, but Hawes' absence won't have a dramatic impact on the fantasy landscape. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:42 pm
  • Cody Zeller (knee) expected to play in Game 6
    Cody Zeller (knee) is expected to play in Friday's Game 6 against Miami.

    Advice: Zeller tweaked his right knee during Game 5, but it doesn't sound like he's dealing with anything serious. He should play around 20 minutes off the bench, which isn't enough floor time for him to put up a meaningful stat line. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:26 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) says he'll play Fri
    Hassan Whiteside said that his right hand is swollen, but he will fight through the pain and play in Friday's Game 6 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Whiteside hurt his hand during Game 5's loss, but it doesn't appear to be anything serious enough to force him to the sidelines. Check back for another update on his status closer to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:55 am
  • X-rays negative on Hassan Whiteside's hand
    Hassan Whiteside is dealing with a right hand injury but X-rays were negative.

    Advice: There aren't any details about the injury, which Whiteside may have suffered during Wednesday's Game 5 loss in Miami. It sounds like he avoided any structural damage but we'll add him to the injury report as a precaution -- for what it's worth, his recent thigh injury no longer seems to be an issue. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:44 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside double-doubles in Game 5
    Hassan Whiteside finished Wednesday's Game 5 defeat with 11 points, 12 boards, three blocks and one turnover in 32 minutes, making 5-of-8 FGs and 1-of-2 FTs.

    Advice: Whiteside has struggled defensively against Al Jefferson's shifty post play, and a lingering thigh bruise may be limiting him, but he's still an impact player. Only Al Horford has contested more 2-point field goals per game in the playoffs, and Horford is averaging eight more minutes per game than Whiteside. He'll need to bring his 'A' game for Game 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Cody Zeller returns despite right knee injury
    Cody Zeller (right knee) scored four points in 21 minutes during Wednesday's road win, adding three boards, one assist and one block.

    Advice: Zeller headed into the Hornets' locker room during the second quarter with a knee injury, and he occasionally favored that leg during the second half. It's a pre-existing injury and we'll include him on the injury report as a precaution for Game 6 -- if he can't suit up there will be more minutes available for Frank Kaminsky, Al Jefferson and Spencer Hawes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Cody Zeller heads to locker room Wednesday
    Cody Zeller (knee) headed into the locker room during the second quarter of Wednesday's game, but he has since returned.

    Advice: We should have more details about Zeller's injury after the game, but it doesn't sound like it will be an issue going forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:54 pm
  • Enes Kanter (chest) goes through practice
    Enes Kanter (chest) was a full participant during Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Kanter took a knee to the chest via Justin Anderson during Monday's Game 5 win over the Mavericks, but he was moving around well at practice, and he has plenty of time to rest up for Saturday's Game 1 against the Spurs. He should be fine, and we'll have official confirmation on his playing status closer to Saturday's tip. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:46 am
  • Spo says Whiteside (thigh) is himself again
    Erik Spoelstra indicated that Hassan Whiteside (thigh) is back to his usual self for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Whiteside said that the thigh injury limited his explosion during Game 4, but he said after shootaround that the injury is feeling better, so it sounds like he'll be much closer to 100 percent for Game 5. He's a reasonable guy to target in DFS. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:26 am
  • Myles Turner plays well in Game 5 loss
    Myles Turner looked good in Game 5 on Tuesday vs. Toronto, scoring 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The rookie has been the most consistent big for Indiana in this series apart from a dud in Game 4, so his role as the starting PF is safe. His price should still be relatively low in DFS, so he's worth a long look for Game 6 in Indiana on Friday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:59 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo scores 10 w/ 16 boards
    Bismack Biyombo was awesome in Tuesday's Game 5 win over the Pacers, scoring 10 points with 16 rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He was more effective than Jonas Valanciunas tonight, so Biyombo played down the stretch and even grabbed four offensive rebounds. That being said, Biyombo was only averaging 5.8 points, 7.3 boards and 1.3 blocks in the first four games of the series, so we'd like to see him do it again before he becomes an option in most fantasy formats. Valanciunas finished with 10 points, five boards, two assists, one steal and two blocks. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:37 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside hoping to heal by Game 6
    Hassan Whiteside (thigh) is hoping he'll be more agile for Game 5.

    Advice: Whiteside said the thigh injury limited his explosion on Monday night, but is planning to play through the pain. "It bothered me, but there's nothing I could do about it, so I just played through the pain," he said. "I couldn't explode on it like I normally can." Whiteside has a day to recover before Wednesday's Game 5, so he should have better production as the Heat head back home. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:45 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki not thinking retirement yet
    Dirk Nowitkzi isn't thinking about retiring and is planning to finish his career with the Mavericks.

    Advice: While Dirk said he's not looking to be part of a rebuild, he made it clear he'd like to retire in Dallas. "I signed on for three years a couple years ago," Dirk said. "My intention was always to finish this contract. I always said I wanted to retire [with] the Mavs, especially after we won the championship a few years ago." Nowitzki isn't the player he once was, but he's still able to contribute to fantasy rosters and will be a solid mid-round pick in his 19th season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:22 am
  • Mason Plumlee turns in another gem
    Mason Plumlee scored two points with 14 rebounds, 10 assists and three blocks in 30 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: That's two huge games as the Blazers are running a ton of offense through Plumlee right now. He is coming off a 21-board, nine-dime game in Game 3. Plumlee was losing some playing time to Ed Davis to end the regular season, but he's cleared the 30-minute mark in each of his last three games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:48 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan grabs 15 boards
    DeAndre Jordan scored seven points with 15 rebounds, one assist, two steals and four blocks against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He's been terrible at the line in his last three, making just 5-of-22 (22.7 percent). Jordan is not really capable of scoring on his own, so losing Chris Paul (hand) is bad for his offensive output. He's probably not someone you'll want to use in DFS on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:36 pm
  • Billy Donovan says Enes Kanter is fine
    Coach Billy Donovan said Enes Kanter (chest) should be fine for Game 1 against Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: This is good news because Kanter played well against the Spurs this season. He took a knee from Justin Anderson to his chest and looked like he had some trouble breathing. Kanter obviously won't be quite as good as he was during this series against the Mavs, so DFS owners might want to lower their expectations. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:32 pm
  • Serge Ibaka turns in a bad line vs. Dallas
    Serge Ibaka scored two points with three rebounds, two steals and one block in 30 minutes against the Mavs on Monday.

    Advice: He's had way too many games like this one this season. Ibaka will be fine and he might have to do more on offense if Enes Kanter (chest) is out. It would appear Kanter is OK, though. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:29 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki scores 24 points in loss to OKC
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points during a season-ending 118-104 loss to the Thunder on Monday, adding three rebounds, one block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: There is a decent chance Nowitzki played in his final playoff game. Nowitzki moved past Scottie Pippen to No. 14 on the NBA's postseason scoring list during this game. His knee injury was an issue late in this series after only missing seven regular-season games. Coach Rick Carlisle ran Dirk into the ground during this season with 38 minutes in Game 2 and 40 in Game 4. Hopefully, he'll be suiting up for his 19th season next year. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:27 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky gets 25 minutes, scores four
    Frank Kaminsky scored four points in 25 minutes against the Heat on Monday with four rebounds and one block.

    Advice: He could not follow up his 15-point gem from Saturday. The Hornets wanted to get Kaminsky the ball in the post more, but they had a lot of success with their three-guard lineup during this game. Kaminsky will likely fall between this line and Saturday's, assuming Nicolas Batum (ankle) can't go. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:22 pm
  • Enes Kanter goes to the locker room
    Enes Kanter went to the locker room in the fourth quarter on Monday.

    Advice: Justin Anderson went right at him and Kanter may have suffered a contusion. He was in some pain on the bench for about two minutes before he gingerly walked back to the locker room. Steven Adams and Nick Collison would pick up run. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:15 pm
  • Whiteside turns in worst game of series
    Hassan Whiteside (thigh) did not play well in his 25 minutes against the Hornets on Monday, scoring eight points with seven rebounds and three blocks.

    Advice: He got off to a good start, but fell off due to foul trouble. Miami really struggled on the glass down the stretch with Whiteside just in unfortunate positions. Whiteside was a game-time call with his bruised thigh, but didn't show much discomfort during this game. He'll be better in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:54 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside will play on Monday night
    Hassan Whiteside (thigh) will play on Monday night against the Hornets.

    Advice: He is not likely going to have a minutes cap during this game. Whiteside should be getting minutes slightly above 30 with plenty of stats headed his way. We'll see how the Heat respond to their Game 3 loss on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:56 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky could get more shots?
    Coach Steve Clifford said the Hornets might use Frank Kaminsky more in post-up plays.

    Advice: Both assistant coach Patrick Ewing and owner Michael Jordan have mentioned to Clifford how posting up Kaminsky could be a good move. He's coming off a productive 15-point game on Saturday and should get minutes in the 30s for Monday. He makes a good case as a DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 11:13 am
  • Dirik Nowitzki doesn't go through shootaround
    Dirk Nowitzki (rest) stayed behind at the team hotel during the Dallas Monday shootaround.

    Advice: Dirk played 40 minutes in Game 4, so he's just getting a little extra rest—and perhaps treatment—before a do-or-die showdown vs. OKC. Despite his morning absence, Nowitzki is fully expected to take the court in what could be his final contest of the season. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 9:06 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge double-doubles in win
    LaMarcus Aldridge double-doubled vs. the Grizzlies on Sunday, scoring 15 points with 10 rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: He was 6-of-11 from the field and only played 26 minutes due to the lopsided score. The Spurs coasted through the first round of the playoffs, but they will have a much tougher opponent in the second round (likely the Thunder) which means that Aldridge's minutes and production should both start to trend up -- he only played more than 27 minutes one time in the first round. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 12:59 pm
  • Myles Turner will start in Game 5 Tuesday
    Myles Turner will start in Game 5 on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The rookie didn't have a great stat line in Game 4 with four points (2-of-13 FGs) with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes, but the Pacers still got the win. The good news is that his price should still be low in DFS due to his sub-par performance, so he's worth a long look. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 10:46 am
  • Hornets will use same lineup on Monday
    Steve Clifford said that the Hornets will use the same starting lineup on Monday in Game 5 vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Nicolas Batum's (foot/ankle) status is still up in the air, but this means that the Hornets are expected to deploy Frank Kaminsky and Al Jefferson as their starting frontcourt again. Jefferson only played 21 minutes in the starting lineup and finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block, so he's still not a great fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 10:01 am
  • Mason Plumlee grabs 21 boards with nine dimes
    Mason Plumlee grabbed 21 boards against the Clippers on Saturday, adding six points, nine assists, one steal and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: His 21 boards are the highest total in this playoffs. His nine assists are the highest total among Blazers centers since Arvydas Sabonis in 1989. That's also two great games in a row with a 17-point, 10-board, seven-dime game on Wednesday, so Plumlee looks like a nice DFS target right now. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 10:32 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan struggles at the line
    DeAndre Jordan made 4-of-7 from the field and 3-of-10 from the line for 11 points with 16 rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 32 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Terry Stotts did go with the Hack-a-DJ in this game and it worked. Stotts famously used this strategy more than anyone this year back when Jordan went 12-of-34 from the line on Nov. 30. It'll be interesting to see how Stotts goes after Jordan in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 10:22 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores game-high 28 points
    Enes Kanter scored a game-high 28 points against the Mavs on Saturday, adding six rebounds and one turnover in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He made 12-of-13 from the field and all four from the line for a tidy 94.9 true shooting percentage. This is almost a dream matchup for Kanter with the way the Mavs have struggled to defend the paint. In fact, he's 20-of-25 at the rim in the postseason to get him to a 78.3 true shooting percentage in this round. He will almost certainly take a step back against the Spurs, but feel free to dial him up in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 9:10 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki scores 27 points in loss
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points against the Thunder during a Game 4 119-108 loss on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: It's certainly possible this was his last playoff game in Dallas. Nowitzki moved ahead of Elgin Baylor for 15th all-time on the NBA's postseason scoring list. It was pretty clear his 40 minutes were just too much as he just ran out of gas. Still, Mavericks fans won't ever forget Dirk's effort here. Expect him to play less in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 9:01 pm
  • Al Jefferson gets the start Saturday
    Al Jefferson scored 10 points in the starting lineup on Saturday against the Heat, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't really see his production, usage, or minutes change in this game. The move of Jefferson is likely just to put a bigger body in the paint after the Heat beat them up inside in Game 1 and 2 -- Jefferson is not a good defender, of course. He'll likely be hit and miss the rest of the way with a decent floor. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 5:50 pm
  • Cody Zeller looks good off the bench
    Cody Zeller looked good off the bench against the Heat on Saturday with 12 points, eight rebounds and one block in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The move to the bench worked out very well. Zeller did kind of pad his stats late with Hassan Whiteside not wanting to foul out, so this output is slightly inflated. He will likely have a tough time repeating this effort in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 5:46 pm
  • Tank Topped: Kaminsky scores 15 in W over MIA
    Frank Kaminsky shined in his first playoff start on Saturday, scoring 15 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and no turnovers in 35 minutes against the Heat.

    Advice: He's just the third rookie in Hornets playoff history to score at least 15 points (Tony Delk and Alonzo Mourning). Kaminsky had the best scoring quarter of his career with 13 in the third, but he we pretty quiet after that. In other words, this nice outing is likely going to be overblown. He should still get his minutes and becomes a punt play in DFS with Nicolas Batum (ankle) likely out for the series. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 5:39 pm
  • Deron, Ray, Wes, Dirk & Zaza starting
    Deron Williams (hernia), Raymond Felton, Wesley Matthews, Dirk Nowitzki (knee) and Zaza Pachulia will start on Saturday.

    Advice: Nowitzki is good to go and he should be a focal point in the offense today. Still, he doesn't have a big upside in DFS. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 4:50 pm
  • Myles Turner gets the start in win
    Myles Turner made the first playoff start of his career against the Raptors on Saturday, making 2-of-13 from the field for four points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: While it wasn't his best game, the Pacers had some good success while he was out there. They actually didn't use their new starting lineup at all in Game 1 and 2, but it worked extremely well in Game 3. Plus, it was solid in Game 4 with a plus-16.4 net rating in their 15 minutes together. Turner will get the start again and he should have better output, too. He'll be a nice target in DFS as long as he's under $6,000. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 3:27 pm
  • Cody Zeller coming off the bench on Saturday
    Cody Zeller is coming off the bench on Saturday.

    Advice: It makes sense because Zeller has been torched in the first unit. He could even lose some minutes to Spencer Hawes. Fantasy owners should be steering clear of Zeller for this game. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 1:06 pm
  • Al Jefferson starting over Cody Zeller
    Al Jefferson is starting over Cody Zeller on Saturday against the Heat.

    Advice: This is all about the Hornets trying to add size to stop the bleeding on the inside on the defensive end. Their offense hasn't been the problem, but losing Nicolas Batum (ankle) is dangerous territory. Jefferson gains some value as a DFS play with this news and the lineup might stick. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 1:03 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky will start for Batum (ankle)
    Frank Kaminsky will start for Nicolas Batum (ankle) on Saturday against the Heat.

    Advice: The Hornets will go bigger against the Heat with Batum out. Miami has killed them inside this series, making 70.8 percent from within eight feet. Plus, this move will help Jeremy Lin put up numbers in the second unit. If Kaminsky gets hot early and Marvin Williams stays cold, there might be more minutes for the rookie. Kaminsky, Lin and Courtney Lee are all in play as DFS punts Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 12:52 pm
  • Myles Turner will start, Lavoy Allen to bench
    Myles Turner will start at power forward in Game 4 on Saturday, sending Lavoy Allen to the bench.

    Advice: It's an easy decision for coach Frank Vogel after Turner erupted for 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 31 minutes in Game 3. Ian Mahinmi is struggling with a back issue, so Turner should see a lot of minutes tonight and is worth deploying in most formats. He's also worth a long look in DFS. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 10:18 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki, Barea are probable for Game 4
    Dirk Nowitzki (knee) and J.J. Barea (groin) are probable for Game 4 on Saturday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Nowitzki got up some shots on Friday and said that his knee felt fine, so he's fully expected to be out there tonight in what is basically a must-win game for the Mavs. Nowitzki had 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting with six boards, five assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes in Game 3, so he's safe to start in all formats. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 8:09 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 16 points in win
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored 16 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one block in 33 minutes against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: He's been a little underwhelming in this series after destroying the Grizzlies in the regular season. Coach Gregg Popovich has been impressed with Aldridge's defense in this series as the Spurs continue to play at slower pace. Expect LMA to put up better numbers in the next round. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 9:17 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki says his knee feels fine
    Dirk Nowitzki said that his knee felt fine after Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He looked good too, scoring 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting with six boards, five assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes. He is going to go through practice on Friday, so there could be another update later this afternoon. To be clear, he's fully expected to play in Game 4 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 10:51 am
  • Frank Kaminsky could start in Game 3
    Frank Kaminsky could start in Game 3 vs. the Heat on Saturday according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

    Advice: Nicolas Batum (foot) has been ruled out for Game 3 and is likely going to miss Game 4 as well, but coach Steve Clifford said he hasn't decided who will start in his place yet. If Kaminsky does get the nod at the four, Marvin Williams would obviously move back to the three. Even if the rookie starts on Saturday, most fantasy owners should be able to do better. In three starts during the regular season, he averaged 11.3 points, 5.3 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.3 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com Apr 22, 9:45 am
  • Andrew Bogut struggles with foul trouble
    Andrew Bogut only played 15 minutes due to foul trouble on Thursday vs. the Rockets, finishing with two points, four boards, one assist and two blocks.

    Advice: He was coming off a big Game 2 with 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, so tonight's line was a buzzkill. Bogut should be much better in Game 4 on Sunday and is still a decent flier in DFS if you're trying to save some money. Rotoworld.com Apr 21, 10:23 pm
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