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  • Celtics interested in acquiring Ty Lawson?
    The Celtics may be interested in acquiring Ty Lawson, according to Zach Lowe of Grantland.

    Advice: The Celtics and Nuggets discussed a Lawson deal before the trade deadline, but the Celtics also have Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart in their backcourt so one of those players would likely be included in any deal for Lawson. Celtics president Danny Ainge has promised some big offseason moves, so we'll keep an eye on this situation to see if Lawson is part of those moves. Rotoworld.com
    41 minutes ago
  • Bradley Beal set to play Game 2 vs Hawks
    Bradley Beal (ankle) will suit up for Game 2 against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Confirming a previous item in which Beal said he expected to play, the 21-year-old will officially be in the Wizards' starting lineup on Tuesday. Beal has dealt with quite a few ankle injuries in his short NBA tenure, but he practiced without much issue on Monday and should be in good enough shape to continue his strong playoff run in Game 2 against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:00 am
     
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  • John Wall will play in Game 2 on Tuesday
    John Wall (wrist) will play in Game 2 against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: This news comes as no surprise as Wall had previously said he'd play, but fantasy owners can now safely start him on Game 2. Wall said he's dealing with some swelling in his left wrist, but he played with both hands after injuring his wrist in Game 1 so he shouldn't be too limited on Tuesday night. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:57 am
  • Russell Westbrook upset with Thunder?
    Russell Westbrook is upset that that Thunder did not consult with him about the hiring of new head coach Billy Donovan, according to Justin Termine of SiriusXM.

    Advice: According to Termine's sources, the Thunder consulted with Kevin Durant, but did not include Westbrook in that consultation. Westbrook had previously spoken out in support of ousted head coach Scott Brooks, so there could be some hurt feelings in regards to that as well. Westbrook has two seasons left on his contract with the Thunder, so there may not be much recourse for him here, but we'll keep an eye out for updates on Termine's report. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:44 am
  • Chris Bosh opens up about blood clot scare
    Chris Bosh opened about about his blood clot scare on a radio interview and said there were times that he couldn't breathe.

    Advice: Bosh said he couldn't breathe during a February 1 win over the Celtics, but tried to play through it. "I know, I’ll never do it again," Bosh said. "It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? I wish I could go back and tell myself not to do those things, but I’m lucky to be alive. I am. I took that as a lesson to stop trying to be a tough guy all the time. That’s kinda how we’re trained, to just suck it up and throw some dirt on it and get back out there." We'll keep an eye on his status, but Bosh said he's doing well now and it sounds like he should be healthy for the start of the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:56 am
     
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  • Derrick Rose not worried about shoulder
    Derrick Rose said he isn't worried about the shoulder injury he suffered during Monday's Game 1 win over the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Rose suffered a shoulder stinger towards the end of the game, but was able to walk it off and didn't sound too worried after the game. "It was a stinger; my first time ever," Rose said. "It went away within 5,10 minutes. It’s something I’m not worried about." Rose had a fantastic Game 1 in scoring 25 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal, and three 3-pointers and Bulls fans can breathe a sign of relief as it sounds like he'll be just fine for Wednesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:50 am
  • Nene willing to sacrifice for good of team
    Nene said he's willing to accept a lesser role if it means greater success for the Wizards.

    Advice: Nene has seen diminished touches and minutes in the playoffs as the Wizards have shifted to more of a flowing playing style. "Definitely it’s tough. That’s the reason it’s a sacrifice," Nene said after playing just 17 minutes in Game 1. "But you know the result is something much better than you look cool or look good. You need to do different things that you [do] not usually do, but you know that’s the right thing for the team." While Nene will still play a part in Washington's postseason run, he can't be expected to produce like the player fantasy owners have become accustomed to. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:40 am
  • Bradley Beal expects to play in Game 2
    Bradley Beal (ankle) said he expects to play in Game 2 against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Before comparing playing the Hawks to fighting Floyd Mayweather, Beal didn't sound too concerned about his availability for Tuesday night. "I should be good [Tuesday]," Beal said. "I've sprained this ankle 30 times. The swelling has never gone away. [But] it wasn't that bad. Actually, I got to thank my trainers because I feel a lot better today than I did yesterday." The 21-year-old is averaging 22.2 points and 5.6 rebounds in the playoffs and should be all-systems-go for Tuesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:19 am
     
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  • John Wall expected to play in Game 2 on Tues
    John Wall (wrist) is expected to play in Game 2 against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Wall will be receiving treatment on his swollen wrist up until tipoff, but the star point guard is preparing to play on Tuesday. "I'm all right," Wall said. "My hand hurts. Swollen, but other than that, I am fine." Outside of some swelling, Wall shouldn't be too limited by his wrist in Game 2 and we'll expect him to be in the starting lineup come game-time on Tuesday night. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:12 am
  • Nic Batum not worried about trade possibility
    Nicolas Batum said he isn't concerned about rumors that have the Trail Blazers looking to trade him.

    Advice: Blazers general manager Neil Olshey promised the team would be "very active" in the offseason, but Batum isn't worried that his name has popped up in trade rumors. "If that happens, it happens," Batum said. "That’s the business, I understand that. I mean, I can’t control that. All I can control is what I put on the court. I know what I am going to do this summer is try to get better." While Batum has top-25 fantasy potential, he'll need to build on his 2014-15 season averages of 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.4 three-pointers or else his fantasy owners will be left disappointed for the second consecutive season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:37 am
  • Spurs looking to trade Tiago Splitter?
    The Spurs could look to deal Tiago Splitter in an effort to secure more cap space, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: Tiago has two years left and $16.8 million on his contract, so the Spurs could elect to create some cap space to re-sign Kawhi Leonard and pursue other free agents (like LaMarcus Aldridge) by dealing the big man. Splitter averaged 8.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 52 games this season and his fantasy value would benefit from a change of scenery where he would theoretically see more than 19.8 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:26 am
  • Griffin breaks the pinball machine in G1 win
    Blake Griffin triple-doubled with 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting (8-of-10 FTs), 14 rebounds, 13 assists and one steal in the Clippers' 99-92 Game 1 win over the Rockets in Houston.

    Advice: Griffin looked visibly tired after a long battle with the Spurs, but with Chris Paul (hamstring) out he had a ton of responsibility tonight as you can see. Heck, DeAndre Jordan even chipped in with five assists to go with two steals, four blocks and an otherwise normal 10 points and 13 boards. Griffin has been outstanding during these playoffs and the Rockets looked like a lower class team in tonight's series opener. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Barnes all over the court in Clippers win
    Matt Barnes was everywhere in the Clippers' Game 1 win over the Rockets on Monday, scoring 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks in 42 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes is a guy that the Clippers would love to rest up in a short series, but for now he's going to be a workhorse and especially while Chris Paul (hamstring) is out. The Rockets didn't exert any of their will on tonight's game and if they have any life in them this type of upside could vanish pretty quickly, and most certainly will when Paul returns. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Crawford goes big with 21-5-4 in Game 1 win
    Jamal Crawford stepped up with Chris Paul (hamstring) out for Monday's Game 1 win over the Rockets, scoring 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Crawford showed a tiny bit more explosion than he had in the Spurs series and he's the team's primary ballhandler with Paul out so the numbers will be there if that's the case in Game 2. He had six turnovers but that's a tradeoff owners will take here. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Jones struggles in lethargic effort vs. LAC
    Terrence Jones played 16 minutes in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Clippers, scoring just four points on 1-of-6 shooting with three rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Jones still doesn't appear to be in tip-top shape and while that worked against a broken Mavs team it'll be tougher against the Clippers. There's not a lot of upside here until he shows us that he can run up and down the court with energy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Ariza hits 7-of-13 shots for 17 points
    Trevor Ariza hit 7-of-13 shots (including two threes) for 17 points, five boards, four assists, three steals and one block in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Ariza couldn't hit the broadside of the barn last series and it would be fairly shocking if he had two bad series in a row. Consider riding him as he heats back up. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Howard goes for 22 and 10 with five blocks
    Dwight Howard scored 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting (4-of-9 FTs) with 10 rebounds, one steal and five blocks in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Howard is going to have a tough matchup with DeAndre Jordan, but there's still plenty of ways for him to get his numbers, especially with some of the lineups the Clippers are forced to play due to a lack of depth. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Rose + Butler lead balanced effort in G1 win
    Derrick Rose scored 25 points on 11-of-26 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, five assists and one steal in Monday's Game 1 win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Rose looked like he may have hurt his shoulder seriously at the end of the game but all reports since then have indicated the issue was minor. Jimmy Butler was the more important and better player for the Bulls, but Rose is the player that will swing this series one way or another so Chicago fans have to love the solid outing. Coming off two days' worth of rest, he hasn't been anywhere near as good with the one day he'll get before Wednesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:20 pm
  • Wittman: Brad Beal should be fine for Game 2
    Coach Randy Wittman said Bradley Beal (ankle) should be fine for Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Beal is getting treatment on his right ankle, but the good news is that he didn't need an MRI to check for damage. He may be listed as questionable for Tuesday, but it sounds like he'll be able to go. Beal was terrific with 28 points on Sunday. If he's out, expect Otto Porter, Garrett Temple and Martell Webster to get more minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:23 am
     
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  • Bradley Beal walking without a limp Monday
    Updating a previous item, Bradley Beal was walking "without a noticeable limp" on Monday.

    Advice: This is good news considering Beal's availability for Game 2 remains up in the air, but all signs point to him playing right now. Just like John Wall's wrist injury, Beal's ankle injury looked a lot worse than initially anticipated. Although the Wiz Kids are dinged up, it sure seems like the backcourt will be good to go for Game 2 vs. Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:14 am
     
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  • John Wall wearing protective wrist wrap Mon.
    John Wall (wrist) was wearing a protective wrap at practice on Monday.

    Advice: Wall has already vowed to play in Game 2 and finished Game 1 without issue, so we don't expect the concern to slow him down. After sustaining the injury, Wall played with both hands and had no trouble utilizing his left, indicating that he wasn't playing compromised like Kobe Bryant did earlier in the season when he played one-handed basketball. Expect Wall to start Game 2 as usual. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:10 am
  • Bradley Beal's status for Game 2 is unknown
    Bradley Beal's (ankle) status for Game 2 vs. Atlanta is unknown.

    Advice: Although X-rays were negative, Beal wouldn't commit to being able to play in Game 2. "I'll just treat it over the next couple days and see how I feel," he said. It's worth noting that Beal has a history of leg injuries and missed time in the regular season due to a stress reaction in his right leg, so the ankle injury should be monitored closely. "That's probably the worst I've ever turned it, honestly," Beal added. Otto Porter could slide into the starting five if Beal has to miss time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:20 am
     
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  • John Wall icing wrist after Game 1 victory
    John Wall was spotted icing his wrist injury after Sunday's Game 1 victory over the Hawks.

    Advice: Wall has vowed to be ready for Game 2, but the wrist will not be 100 percent. "It's about sacrifice," Wall yelled in the locker room. It sounds like he'll be ready to go, but the injury is worth watching closely. Randy Wittman's Wizards are now 8-1 on the road in the postseason over the last two years, and they're the first team in NBA history to win four straight Game 1s on the road. Not bad. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:14 am
  • John Wall (wrist, hand) vows to play Tuesday
    John Wall injured his left wrist and hand during a hard fall on Sunday, but he told reporters, "I'll be ready on Tuesday."

    Advice: Early indications are that X-rays were negative but the team has yet to officially update his status. "My wrist will be alright. If it ain't broke I'll play through anything," Wall said. "It's more in my hand now. The pressure went to my hand." He'll have one day to rest before going for a 2-0 series lead vs. the top-seeded Hawks. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:05 pm
  • X-ray on Bradley Beal's right ankle negative
    X-rays taken on Bradley Beal's right ankle came back negative.

    Advice: Beal said that out of all the ankle sprains he's had, this one was the most painful, and he was spotted limping around Washington's locker room after the game. We're going to be considering him questionable for Game 2 on Tuesday, and owners can expect to get more than a few updates between now and then. If he's forced to sit, Otto Porter would be the primary beneficiary. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:53 pm
     
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  • Nene fails to score in 17 minutes of action
    Nene missed all four of his shots during Sunday's Game 1 victory over the Hawks, coming away with just three rebounds, one steal and two turnovers through 17 minutes of action.

    Advice: Nene is banged up, playing through foot, shoulder, and ankle injuries, and that was perhaps the reason he struggled so mightily today. He has a tough matchup against Paul Millsap, and it looks like the Wizards will be going with a community approach to the power forward position for their second-round series. Drew Gooden played 14 minutes off the bench, putting up 12 points, five rebounds, and two 3-pointers, while Kevin Seraphin logged nine minutes of action, missing all three of his shots, and grabbing three rebounds. This three-way timeshare is something that should be avoided in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:17 pm
  • John Wall double-doubles in Game 1 upset
    John Wall double-doubled during Sunday's Game 1 road win over the Hawks, putting up 18 points on 8-of-19 shooting, 13 assists, seven rebounds, three blocks, one steal and just two turnovers through 39 minutes of action.

    Advice: Wall injured his left wrist in this one, but he was able to fight through the pain, staying in the game with nothing more than a wrap on his wrist. He's currently getting X-rays to determine if anything more severe is there, so we'll be watching for updates on that. Wall did appear to be in a lot of pain following the injury, but given the heavy playing time, we’d expect him to be fine for Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:51 pm
  • Wizards steal Game 1 behind Beal's 28 points
    Bradley Beal (ankle) put up a game-high 28 points (9-of-22 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs) during Washington's impressive Game 1 victory over the Hawks.

    Advice: Beal rounded out Sunday's line with seven rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist, one steal and one turnover through 40 minutes of action. He briefly left the game after suffering a sprained right ankle, but he was able to return during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter to finish the game. Beal will likely be questionable heading into Tuesday's Game 2, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. If he's forced to sit, Otto Porter would likely slide into the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:37 pm
     
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  • Bradley Beal (ankle) returns to the game
    Bradley Beal (ankle) has returned to the floor to closeout the fourth quarter.

    Advice: This is obviously great news after it looked like his ankle injury may have been more severe, but he may carry a questionable tag into Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:19 pm
     
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  • Bradley Beal goes down w/ right ankle injury
    Bradley Beal went down with an apparent right ankle injury during Sunday's Game 1 against the Hawks, and he is questionable to return.

    Advice: Beal rolled his ankle upon coming down on Al Horford's foot after a jump shot, and after writhing around in pain on the floor for a bit, he slowly limped his way back to the Wizard's locker room with tears in his eyes. It would be a shame if Beal can't return as he was a major part of the Wizards' second-half run, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:03 pm
     
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  • John Wall injures left wrist, stays in game
    John Wall injured his left wrist during Game 1 against the Hawks on Sunday, but he is staying in the game.

    Advice: He braced his fall with his left wrist after a layup attempt, but as bad as it initially looked, Wall appears to be fine. His wrist is heavily wrapped, but he will do his best to keep the Wizards in this game. Stay tuned for any additional updates, but it looks like he has dodged a bullet. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:55 am
  • Nicolas Batum already focusing for next year
    Nicolas Batum said that he plans on getting a lot more rest this summer in order to get his body right for next season.

    Advice: "I don't think I'll touch a basketball for the next two or three weeks," Batum said. "I'll fly back to France next week. It will [be] time to just relax and free my mind. Then I'll get back on the court and focus on my game and my body. I want to be ready for next year." Batum will play with the French team in EuroBasket this summer, but he won't join the team until August in order to fully recover. Batum was very disappointing this season with averages of 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 3-pointers while shooting just 40.0 percent from the field, but he will be a bounce-back candidate leading into fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:25 am
  • Ty Lawson could be on his way out of Denver?
    Ty Lawson's relationship with the Nuggets continues to be shaky, and Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post speculates that he could be traded in the near future.

    Advice: When asked by a Dallas Mavericks fan on Instagram to come play for Dallas, Lawson replied,"I wish". Lawson immediately deleted the post, but not before the media got to it. It's pretty obvious that he has grown frustrated with the Nuggets, and a change of scenery would probably be best for both sides moving forward. We will follow this story closely, but don't be surprised if Lawson is wearing a different uniform to start the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:47 am
  • Blake Griffin posts triple-double in victory
    Blake Griffin triple-doubled against the Spurs on Saturday with 24 points, 13 boards, 10 assists and four turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: That's two triple-doubles in this series and Blake's averages are otherworldly. In the seven games, Griffin averaged 24.1 points, 13.1 boards, 7.4 dimes, 1.4 steals, 1.4 blocks and 2.7 turnovers. He's playing some of his best ball of his life and he'll have huge numbers against the Rockets as well. The series starts on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • John Wall playing through shoulder issue
    John Wall has been playing through a shoulder strain.

    Advice: "It's all right. It [will] be all right," Wall said of his right shoulder. "I have a little strain in it and it's something I have to deal with, but you make no excuses when you're in the playoffs." He is not in jeopardy of missing Game 1 on Sunday against the Hawks. Wall had a very good season against the Hawks on the stat sheet, but his turnovers were ridiculously high at 6.8 per game. If the Wizards are going to win, he'll need to cut down those TOs. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:38 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 26 in Game 6 win on road
    Blake Griffin logged 41 minutes against the Spurs during a Game 6 victory on Thursday, scoring 26 points with 12 boards, six assists, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: He is putting up some enormous stat lines right now. In his previous five, Griffin averaged 24.2 points, 13.2 boards, 7.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.7 steals in 41.2 minutes. If Glen Davis (ankle) is out for Game 7, Griffin will likely be near 44 minutes. Although, he looked really tired at times tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:50 pm
  • Derrick Rose scores 15 in 25 minutes
    Derrick Rose scored 15 points with five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three 3-pointers during a 120-66 win over the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the third largest victory in playoff history and this game was over in the second quarter. Rose was on the stationary bike during the game today. Interestingly, he was still in the game when the Bulls were up by more than 40 points. An interesting trend so far in the playoffs for Rose is that he's been much better when he had two days off (like today) opposed to one day off. The Bulls will take on the Cavs in Cleveland on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:52 pm
  • Nicolas Batum has no plans for wrist surgery
    Nicolas Batum stated during his exit interview that he has no plans to undergo wrist surgery this offseason.

    Advice: Batum also said that this was his "toughest season," and his numbers would agree with that statement as he averaged just 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 steals per game on a career-low 40.0 percent shooting from the field. While Batum struggled to find his shot this season, his across-the-board contributions still had him turning in mid-round value, and we'll be expecting a bounce-back year during the 2015-16 season. He could slide in fantasy drafts next year due to his statistical decline this year, which would make him a fantastic value pick. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:17 pm
  • Nicolas Batum takes blame for bad season
    Nicolas Batum called the 2014-15 season his "worst year" after the Trail Blazers lost their playoff series to the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: After a season during which he averaged 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers, Batum said he understood the blame should fall on him. "I understand that,'' Batum said. "There were huge expectations. I felt we could do something special this season, collectively and personally. So I understand. Since I signed this contract, the first two years I was OK. This one, like I said, was my first bad one. But I understand why people get mad. I'm the first one to get mad at myself.'' While his numbers were a bit depressed this season, Batum is being a tad hard on himself and should be able to rebound to become a top-35 fantasy player again in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:31 am
  • Nicolas Batum goes 2-of-12 from the field
    Nicolas Batum had another poor shooting performance in Game 5 vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday, going just 2-of-12 from the field on his way to six points, 10 boards, seven assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: Batum finished the series with averages of 14.2 points, 5.2 assists, 8.6 boards and 2.6 3-pointers, but he shot just 34.3 percent from the field over that span. Batum had a rather disappointing 2014-15 campaign, but his troublesome wrist could have definitely been a major reason why. He often lacks confidence and tends to hesitate a lot before shooting, but hopefully he will be able to bounce back stronger than ever for next season. The offseason should do wonders for his ailing wrist and back. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Blake Griffin posts 30 & 14 in Game 5 defeat
    Blake Griffin finished Tuesday's crushing Game 5 loss with a game-high 30 points (10-of-15 FGs, 10-of-14 FTs), 14 rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block and five turnovers.

    Advice: Griffin is averaging 7.3 assists per game in the playoffs, tied for fourth behind only J.J. Barea, James Harden and John Wall -- yes, he's ahead of Chris Paul. He's one of three players with at least four playoff double-doubles (Pau Gasol leads the way with five) and the Spurs don't have a player to check him individually. On the other hand, Blake is shooting an abysmal 19.0 percent in the fourth quarter during the series. He'll look to even the score in a hostile environment during Game 6 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:36 pm
  • Tiago Splitter struggles in nine minutes Tues
    Tiago Splitter played only nine minutes on Tuesday despite starting both the first and third quarter, and he spent most of the game with a large wrap around his right calf.

    Advice: Splitter is obviously struggling with lower-body injuries and the Spurs may only be using him to buy some time (and fouls) before deploying Aron Baynes and Matt Bonner at center, while rotating in Tim Duncan with smaller lineups. The Spurs owe Splitter a guaranteed $16.8 million over the next two seasons, so they wouldn't be playing him if there was a heightened risk of long-term injury. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:35 pm
  • Matt Barnes (shoulder) plays 28 mins Tuesday
    Matt Barnes (shoulder) had seven points, one 3-pointer, six rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 28 minutes on Tuesday, as the Clippers lost Game 5 by a final score of 107-111.

    Advice: Barnes' mildly sprained rotator cuff didn't seem to bother him tonight, and his playing time was mostly limited due to Doc Rivers' decision to roll with Jamal Crawford for longer stretches. Barnes was guilty of failing to box out during a missed free throw at the end of the game, essentially sealing the Spurs' win with an offensive board, but that shouldn't affect his role during Thursday's potential elimination game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:24 pm
  • Rockets win behind Terrence Jones' late surge
    Terrence Jones led a late surge to seal the Rockets' Game 5 win on Tuesday, posting 15 points and five rebounds while shooting 6-of-11 from the field with one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Jones played solid defense vs. Dirk Nowitzki and his clutch scoring helped stem a late run by Dallas, but his role has been diminished with Dwight Howard healthy and Josh Smith soaking up 22+ minutes at PF. He'll have his work cut out for him in the second round of the playoffs, as he'll be starting opposite either Blake Griffin or Tim Duncan. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:21 pm
  • Dwight Howard gets 18 & 19 as HOU advances
    Dwight Howard dominated the paint during Tuesday's series-clinching victory, finishing with 18 points, 19 rebounds, four steals and four blocks.

    Advice: "[Dwight's] knee has been good," coach Kevin McHale said before Game 5. "He is bouncy again. He has been feeling good." It showed again tonight as Howard logged 39 minutes, going 7-of-14 from the field and successfully navigating early foul trouble. His efforts helped Houston advance to face the winner of the Spurs vs. Clippers series. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:20 pm
  • Trevor Ariza says Rockets ready for Game 5
    Trevor Ariza promised the Rockets would have a bounce-back effort in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: After a lackluster effort in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Mavericks, Ariza promised there would be no Game 5 repeat. "They played harder than we did," Ariza said. "Tuesday, that won't happen again." Ariza has seen his numbers dip in the postseason as he's only averaging 9.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers on 29.7 percent shooting from the field, so we'll look for him to fulfill his promised breakout against the Mavs on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:23 am
  • Derrick Rose struggles again in a loss
    Derrick Rose struggled for a second consecutive game against the Bucks on Monday, making 5-of-20 from the field for 13 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and six turnovers.

    Advice: He missed all seven attempts from deep and coach Tom Thibodeau will probably have a word with Rose to relax on those attempts. The Bulls made just 7-of-30 (23.3 percent) in the fourth quarter and only had seven fast-break points in the entire game. Rose was able to play with some control in his enormous Game 3, but he's been chaotic in the last two games. He'll get a couple days off before Game 6 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:45 pm
  • Matt Barnes (right shoulder) will play Tues
    Matt Barnes (sore right shoulder) will play on Tuesday in Game 5.

    Advice: He had an ice pack on his shoulder and should be able to resume his normal role. In four games against the Spurs in the playoffs, Barnes averaged 5.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 treys on 28.6 percent from the field in 28.0 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:41 pm
  • Blake Griffin (shoulder stinger) will play
    Blake Griffin is dealing with a right shoulder stinger and will play in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard of the injury and it sounds minor. Griffin logged 43 minutes on Sunday with 20 points and 19 boards. He's also posting terrific averages of 22.3 points, 13.3 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:37 pm
  • Rivers: Blake is our second-best passer
    Doc Rivers called Blake Griffin the second-best passer on the Clippers behind Chris Paul.

    Advice: When asked why he had his power forward operating for others, Rivers responded simply, "Because after Chris, Blake is our best passer." Griffin averaged a career-high 5.3 assists this season after never eclipsing the 4.0 mark in any campaign prior, and he's averaging 7.3 assists in the first round series vs. San Antonio through its first four games. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 27, 6:08 am
  • Dwight Howard shoots just 3-of-13 at FT line
    Dwight Howard's free throw struggles were on full display in Sunday's Game 4 defeat, as he went 3-of-13 at the line to finish with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Howard missed two months with a knee injury and the Rockets limited him as a precaution down the stretch, a decision which has already paid off with solid production in the playoffs. He's averaging 16.3 points on 61.0 percent shooting, 12.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 blocks through four postseason games. He'd even made 12-of-18 free throws prior to tonight's struggles on the road. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 9:30 pm
  • Terrence Jones held to 18 minutes in Game 4
    Terrence Jones started Game 4 on Sunday but he played only 18 minutes to finish with 13 points, six rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: With Donatas Motiejunas out for the playoffs following back surgery, we've been expecting bigger postseason numbers from T-Jones as the Rockets' starting power forward. He was again overshadowed by Josh Smith, however, and through four games he's averaging only 12.3 points on 38.1 percent shooting. He also has zero assists or blocks in his past three games and owners should at least temper expectations while Houston is matched up with the Mavericks. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 9:13 pm
  • Bradley Beal's 23 pts lead Wizards to sweep
    Bradley Beal logged a team-high 36 minutes in Sunday's series-clinching victory, scoring 23 points with three 3-pointers, five assists, four steals and only one turnover.

    Advice: Beal shot 5-of-15 from the field but he made up the difference with a 10-of-11 mark from the free throw line. He averaged 2.6 free throws per game during the regular season but that's increased to 4.7 per game in the playoffs. Postseason physicality and the Raptors' matchup problems are big reasons for the leap, but it's also a testament to Beal's aggressiveness offensively -- he's been in attack mode with 17.5 shot attempts per game. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 6:57 pm
     
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  • Tiago Splitter bombs in 18 scoreless minutes
    Tiago Splitter bombed on Sunday with zero points on 0-of-5 shooting, four rebounds, one rebound, four personal fouls and no other stats in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Splitter was quickly benched in the fourth quarter after failing to box out Chris Paul for a rebound, and he's been a non-factor vs. the Clippers' frontcourt. Whether due to a lingering calf injury, the matchup with DeAndre Jordan or both, in the past four games Splitter is averaging 2.0 points on 23.1 percent shooting, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists. He's also failed to block a shot all series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:48 pm
  • Matt Barnes dealing w/ strained rotator cuff
    Matt Barnes was hampered by fouls and a shoulder injury throughout Sunday's game, which he finished with only four points on 2-of-8 shooting, two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: The bright side for L.A. is that Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford and Glen Davis all played very well for the Clippers' much-maligned bench unit, contributing to an impressive 114-105 win in San Antonio. Barnes has been struggling to score this series (5.2 points per game on 28.6 percent shooting) but his versatility and infectious energy are key to the Clippers' success. He vowed to play in Game 5 despite dealing with a strained rotator cuff. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:34 pm
  • Blake Griffin w/ playoff-career-high 19 rebs
    Blake Griffin grabbed a playoff career-high 19 rebounds to help the Clippers even their first-round series at 2-2, adding 20 points, seven assists and one steal.

    Advice: Griffin turned the ball over just once in 43 minutes and continues to be a problem matchup for the Spurs, who don't have a big man able to defend him one-on-one or keep him off the glass. He had 109 touches in Game 4, easily the most of any player on either team, and will play just as central a role during Tuesday's crucial Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:26 pm
  • Derrick Rose apologizes to his teammates
    Derrick Rose took the blame for Chicago's Game 4 loss to the Bucks on Saturday after he allowed Jerryd Bayless to have an open layup under the basket in the closing seconds of the game.

    Advice: "I put that all on me," Rose said. "I wasn't paying attention. I don't feel bad for myself, I feel bad for my teammates. Knowing that we could've forced overtime. I messed things up, but I swear I'm good for it." Rose was pretty reckless throughout the game and finished with eight turnovers to go with his 14 points, five boards, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers. The Bulls lead the Bucks 3-1, but Rose is going to have to step it up before Milwaukee gains any more momentum Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 6:36 am
  • Nicolas Batum sinks six treys in Game 3 loss
    Nicolas Batum was on fire from beyond the arc in Portland's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, sinking six 3-pointers on 12 attempts.

    Advice: He finished the game with 27 points, six boards and four assists, but it wasn't enough to keep the Grizzlies from capturing a 3-0 series lead. Batum has been hesitant on his jumpers all season (mostly 3-pointers), so it was nice to see him in attack mode tonight. The Blazers will need Batum to continue to be aggressive if they have any hope of competing with the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 10:53 pm
  • Derrick Rose struggles, turns it over 8 times
    Derrick Rose couldn't keep his momentum going on Saturday against the Bucks, making 5-of-13 from the field for 14 points with five rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block, two 3-pointers and eight turnovers.

    Advice: He also turned the ball over on the Bulls' last possession and fell asleep on the last play of the game to give up an easy basket to Jerryd Bayless at the buzzer. Rose still had his explosion, but he was careless with his ball handling and shot selection. He didn't quite undo his progress coming from the 34-point game on Thursday, but this game was pretty bad. We'll see what happens on Monday at home. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 5:29 pm
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