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  • Arron Afflalo fouls out in return on Saturday
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) returned to action for Game 3 vs. the Grizzlies on Saturday, but he scored just five points on 2-of-5 shooting before fouling out in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He did add six boards, one assist and one 3-pointer to his name, but he looked pretty rusty and he was clearly frustrated with himself after picking up so many cheap fouls. Afflalo wasn't playing well before the injury, so he is going to have to step it up if he doesn't want to lose more minutes to C.J. McCollum. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • C.J. McCollum explodes for 26 points Saturday
    C.J. McCollum exploded off the bench for 26 points in Saturday's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies, adding four boards, two steals and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Finally. McCollum was awful in his previous two outings against the Grizzlies, scoring a combined eight points on just 4-of-21 shooting. McCollum is starting to make a name for himself with the Blazers, and even though he got a few extra minutes tonight due to Arron Afflalo getting into some foul trouble, he looks destined for a larger role heading into next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • 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
    Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 20 in win on Saturday
    Courtney Lee scored an impressive 20 points vs. the Blazers on Saturday, adding five boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Lee was an efficient 5-of-8 from the field tonight and also connected on all nine of his free throws. He was coming off an 18-point performance in Game 2 on Wednesday, and it looks like he chose the right time to hit his stride with a potential matchup with the Warriors on the horizon. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Nick Calathes scores 13 points in win on Sat
    Nick Calathes stepped up for the Grizzlies down the stretch during their Game 3 win over the Blazers on Saturday, scoring 13 points with four boards, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Mike Conley was forced to leave the game with an eye injury and Beno Udrih was held out tonight because of his ankle, so it was up to Calathes to close out the game and he certainly didn't disappoint. There is no word on whether or not Conley will have to miss time, but Beno Udrih is expected to return for Game 4 on Monday. Owners in daily leagues should keep a close eye on the injury report. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Mike Conley (eye) will not return to Game 3
    Mike Conley will not be able to return to Game 3 against the Blazers on Saturday after taking an inadvertent elbow to the eye, and he is expected to go to a local medical facility for additional tests.

    Advice: His left eye is reportedly very swollen, and it was obvious that he was in a lot of discomfort when he left the floor. It's possible that Conley could be forced to miss some time, but we should know more after we hear the results of the tests. If Conley does end up missing some action, Beno Udrih (ankle) should be ready to go for Game 4 and would likely start, while Nick Calathes will have to step up as well. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:28 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Stephen Curry drops 39 points, GSW advances
    Stephen Curry led the Warriors to a 4-0 series sweep during a 109-98 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, scoring 39 points with eight rebounds, nine assists, one steal and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: He sure is putting those extra minutes to good use. In the four games in the playoffs, Curry averaged 33.8 points, 5.3 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 5.0 treys in 39.8 minutes per game. His 20 treys in this series set an NBA record for a sweep. The Warriors look unbeatable right now and they'll get the winner of the Grizzlies-Blazers series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:53 pm
  • Eric Gordon scores 29 points in a loss
    Eric Gordon scored 29 points during a Game 4 loss against the Warriors on Saturday with three rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Even though the Pelicans were swept, they had a nice season. Gordon was a very pleasant surprise, playing 61 games with averages of 13.4 points, 2.6 boards, 3.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.3 treys. He played in every game since Jan. 5 and was a great pickup for fantasy owners. Still, just one season of staying relatively healthy isn't enough to consider him in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores four in 17 minutes
    Jrue Holiday scored four points with four assists and two turnovers in 17 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He really hasn't been 100 percent at all in 2015 and the offseason should help him. There will be a lot of concern next season surrounding his leg injury, so he's justifiably going to fall in drafts. He could wind up being a steal in the late rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:34 pm
  • Beno Udrih (ankle) ruled out for Saturday
    Beno Udrih (ankle) will not play against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He tried to warm up, but never really had much of a chance to play. Udrih will likely be ready for Game 4 while Nick Calathes will be the backup to Mike Conley tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:50 pm
  • Beno Udrih now warming up for Saturday
    Beno Udrih (ankle) is warming up for Saturday, but is still not expected to play.

    Advice: He's likely just going to see if he's suddenly feeling a lot better. Udrih said earlier today that he's likely just going to rest up for Game 4. We'll have an update soon. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:38 pm
  • Jared Dudley scores 13 off the bench
    Jared Dudley played 29 minutes off the bench during a 92-90 Game 4 victory over the Bulls on Saturday, scoring 13 points with two rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Jared hit Jerryd Bayless for a backdoor layup on an inbounds pass to get the Bucks a buzzer-beater to win it. It was a slightly dangerous pass, but Dudley deserves a lot of credit for executing it perfectly. The Bucks second unit was great with 47 points, which was more than the starters' 45. The Bucks also capitalized on the Bulls' 28 turnovers with 39 points off those mistakes. As for Dudley's extra playing time, he earned his minutes from Ersan Ilyasova, who scored just nine points on 3-of-11 from the field in 17 minutes. Both could wind up being around 24 minutes in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:28 pm
  • Beno Udrih unlikely to play on Saturday
    Beno Udrih (ankle) is unlikely to play against the Blazers on Saturday night.

    Advice: He didn't even try to warm up and said he'd rather sit out tonight to get ready for Game 4. Udrih also said playing in Game 2 set him back. Nick Calathes will be the backup point guard tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:24 pm
  • Ovinton J'Anthony Mayo scores 18 points
    O.J. Mayo was terrific on the wing against the Bulls during a Game 4 win on Saturday, scoring 18 points with three rebounds, four assists, four steals and four 3-pointers on 6-of-11 from the field in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He hit some clutch shots down the stretch and coach Jason Kidd continues to trust Mayo when it counts. That certainly wasn't the case with Larry Drew last year. He's obviously nowhere near being in the conversation for Most Improved Player, but Mayo's improvement from the disastrous 2013-14 campaign is worth noticing. Expect him to have a similar role with less efficiency in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:05 pm
  • Arron Afflalo will start against Memphis
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) will start against the Grizzlies in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: He said on Friday that he's not 100 percent, but he has been able to go through practice. Afflalo hasn't played well whatsoever, so it should be interesting to see how tight of a leash coach Terry Stotts will have on him. Allen Crabbe will lose a ton of minutes while C.J. McCollum could lose a handful, too. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:58 pm
  • Jimmy Butler's 33 points aren't enough
    Jimmy Butler was the best player on the court during a Game 4 92-90 loss to the Bucks on Saturday, scoring a playoff career-high 33 points with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: In four 2015 playoff games, he's set a new career high for scoring three times, which is crazy considering he played in 20 postseason games before last week. Butler made 12-of-17 from the field and was red hot in the third quarter, but the Bulls didn't lean on him nearly as much as they should have in the fourth. That may change in Game 4 on Monday. He's shaping up to be a top-20 pick in fantasy next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:49 pm
  • Tony Snell down to just seven minutes
    Tony Snell played just seven minutes against the Bucks on Saturday with no points, two rebounds and one turnover.

    Advice: Nikola Mirotic returned and played a lot of small forward, so there was not much of an opportunity for the Snelly Cat. He'll continue to be the 8th-10th man in the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:33 pm
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • 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
    Yesterday, 5:29 pm
  • Jrue Holiday will try to play on Saturday
    Jrue Holiday (leg) will try to play against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He went through warmups and should be able to play minutes in the teens today. With Holiday active, there will be less playing time going to Norris Cole and Quincy Pondexter. Holiday is not a great fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:59 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) is a game-time decision
    Jrue Holiday (leg) is a game-time decision to play against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He played 17 minutes on Thursday and at best he'll have another minutes cap tonight. His brother, Justin Holiday, mentioned Jrue doesn't look the same, but Holiday actually looked decent on Thursday. If he's out, more minutes will go to Quincy Pondexter and Norris Cole. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:20 pm
  • Deron Williams doesn't play in the fourth
    Deron Williams made 1-of-8 from the field for three points against the Hawks on Saturday with seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and three turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: It was a really bad game from Deron. He didn't play in the final 16 minutes. Williams did suffer a minor lower back injury and there was something wrong with his right leg, but there's been no indication of those injuries being the reason he sat the entire fourth quarter. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:11 pm
  • Jarrett Jack closes out Game 3 on Sat
    Jarrett Jack played down the stretch against the Hawks on Saturday, finishing with five points on 1-of-3 from the field, five boards, eight assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Deron Williams was a shell of himself, so it was up to Jack to carry the load at point guard. He's playing with much more confidence than Deron and only taking three shots from the field is a positive for the Nets when other guys like Brook Lopez have been better options. Jack will likely come off the bench again in Game 4, but it wouldn't be a shock to see a change. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:07 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic turns in a terrific game
    Bojan Bogdanovic was fantastic on both ends against the Hawks on Saturday with 19 points, three rebounds, one assist, three steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He guarded Kyle Korver and did a great job on him to keep Korver at just 1-of-8 from the field. Bogdanovic seemed to always have one eye on Korver and rarely helped on defense, which worked out nicely. As for the offensive side, he had a very nice array of catch-and-shoot makes to go with some isolation scores. It's obvious he's going to be a key part of the rotation with a usage rate close to 20 -- it was 18.4 today. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:04 pm
  • Jeff Teague turns in an awful performance
    Jeff Teague had one of his worst games in a long time during a Game 3 loss to the Nets on Saturday, making 4-of-13 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and four turnovers.

    Advice: This was not a great game from the ATL point guards with Dennis Schroder also scoring just three points on 1-of-9 from the field with two assists and two turnovers. Teague was extremely sloppy and the ball slipped out of his hands numerous times. He'll need to play better if the Hawks want to make a run. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:40 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores just two points
    Kyle Korver managed to score just two points against the Nets on Saturday with two rebounds, five assists and two blocks on 1-of-8 from the field.

    Advice: He was forcing shots and the Nets clearly went into today with a plan to keep Korver in check. He only had one 3-point attempt in the first half and a lot of credit should go to Bojan Bogdanovic. Expect the Nets to keep a guy on Korver throughout most possessions in Game 4 like they did today. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:35 pm
  • Bradley Beal is fine after banging knees
    Bradley Beal is fine following banging knees on Friday.

    Advice: He was in some pain on Friday, but it didn't really affect his playing time in the win. Beal is locked in for around 42 minutes per game in the coach Randy Wittman's playoff rotation and he's taking 19 shots per game. He didn't have a great game on Friday with 16 points, but there could be a big game on the way. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:42 pm
  • Jason Terry to wear all black before Game 4
    Jason Terry said he'll wear all black before Game 4 on Sunday to prepare for the Mavs' funeral in the postseason.

    Advice: "My attire is like my car, black on black, because at the end of the day when you're in a close-out situation the great Mario Elie once told me prepare yourself for a funeral because you can bury them tomorrow," Terry said. This isn't really news that affects the lineups or fantasy, but bulletin board material is always a fun little storyline, especially since Terry won a title with the Mavs in 2011. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:25 pm
  • Raymond Felton (hamstring) expected to play
    Raymond Felton (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 4 on Sunday, but is listed as questionable.

    Advice: He suffered the injury in the first quarter and was able to return. Felton played just 13 minutes and didn't score. J.J. Barea was by far the best point guard for the Mavs and he could wind up starting. Felton is not likely to play more than 20 minutes in any game the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:47 am
  • Jrue Holiday is not on the injury report Sat
    Jrue Holiday is not listed on the injury report for Game 4 against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: The Pelicans are trying to avoid a sweep on Saturday, but it's encouraging to see that Holiday will be able to play through some soreness again. His playing time will be limited from here on out, so we don't expect to see him log more than 20 minutes tonight. It's safe to ignore him in daily formats, and it should be noted that his stock is going to be considerably low heading into fantasy drafts next season given his injury history. For what it's worth, Holiday scored 10 points with one rebound, four assists and one block in 17 minutes in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:31 am
  • Arron Afflalo says he will play in Game 3 Sat
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is officially listed as probable, but he says he will play in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: "It's no time to get to 100 percent," Afflalo said. "You just go out there and give it your best." Afflalo isn't expected to have a minutes restriction moving forward and also said that he won't have any problems shooting from distance. It isn't clear what type of role he will have right out of the gate, but it's safe to say that Allen Crabbe and C.J. McCollum should expect to lose some playing time. However, Afflalo wasn't playing well before the injury which makes it tough to trust him in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:49 am
  • LeBron James showers praises on J.R. Smith
    LeBron James said that J.R. Smith is simply misunderstood, and he showered praise on him for his work ethic and defensive effort.

    Advice: "He comes out every single day and works his tail off to try to get better, to help our team win," James said in regards to Smith. "He defends at a high level and he’s a great teammate and he’s a great guy." Smith is averaging 10.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.0 treys through the first three games of the series against Boston, and he will look to help the Cavaliers sweep the Celtics in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Kawhi Leonard is going nowhere in free agency
    Kawhi Leonard isn't expected to pursue offer sheets when he becomes a restricted free agent this summer, as the Spurs are planning on offering him a max contract.

    Advice: Leonard is quickly becoming one of the top players in the NBA due to his contributions on both sides of the court, so it's not surprising in the slightest that he is expected to get a max deal. The Spurs took a 2-1 series lead over the Clippers on Friday night thanks to a career-high 32 points from Leonard, and he also added four boards, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers to his name. Spiderman is going to be a fantasy stud for many years to come, and he is going to be off the board early in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:13 am
  • Spiderman scores career-high 32 in SA win
    Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the Spurs 100-73 Game 3 win over the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to float Spiderman out there as a nickname and see if it sticks. He was the best player on the floor tonight and it wasn't close, as we see the blossoming of a top-10 NBA player before our eyes. Tim Duncan added four points, seven boards, four assists, one steal and three blocks in the blowout win. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:00 pm
  • Raymond Felton starts, hurts hamstring
    Raymond Felton suffered a right hamstring tweak in the first quarter and returned to action on Friday, finishing with no points, four rebounds, one assist and one foul in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He got the start and just looked a step slow. It might not have been due to the hamstring tweak and it may have just been because he had to guard James Harden. Felton did have a right hamstring injury back in 2008, but there really hasn't been a trend here. Considering how poorly he played, he probably won't start in Game 4 and his status is questionable. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:19 pm
  • Raymond Felton will start at point guard
    Raymond Felton will start against the Rockets on Friday in place of Rajon Rondo (back).

    Advice: Usually, the Mavs would go with J.J. Barea, but they're so thin that they need to get Felton in the rotation because of Chandler Parsons (knee) also out. Felton is likely going to act as an off-ball guard while Monta Ellis handles the offense. Barea is not as attractive in fantasy leagues because it's going to be tough for him to log at least 24 minutes. Additionally, the Mavs used a three-guard lineup of Monta, Felton and Barea three minutes in the second half in Game 2, so coach Rick Carlisle will likely go that route again. Devin Harris should also get minutes close to 20. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:49 pm
  • Derrick Rose says he's fine after Game 3
    Derrick Rose said he's feeling good heading into Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: He had a minor tweak to his back in the second half and also was fouled very hard late in the game, causing him to remain on the floor for around 15 seconds. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose was in attack mode and the Bulls will want that to continue in their upcoming series against the Cavs. With Jimmy Butler busting out, the Bulls have the ammo to give the Cavs some competition. If Rose has another big game, the buzz for that series will be as high as any. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:23 pm
  • Arron Afflalo probable to play on Saturday
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is probable to play against the Grizzlies in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: He was able to do some shooting before Wednesday, but his shoulder looked to be an issue on long-range shots. Afflalo was pushing a weighed sled on Friday, which suggests he's a lot closer to being healthy. C.J. McCollum played 37 minutes in Game 1 and just 29 minutes in Game 2, so maybe he's lost some playing time due to making just 19.0 percent from the field in the playoffs. Expect C.J. and Allen Crabbe to lose more minutes. Afflalo is still not someone fantasy owners can trust due to his lackluster numbers since joining the Blazers. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:48 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic get another start in Game 3
    Bojan Bogdanovic will remain in the starting lineup for Game 3 against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: Bogdanovic replaced Markel Brown in the starting lineup for Game 2, but he failed to do much on the stat sheet, putting up just eight points, three rebounds, two assists and a block through 34 minutes of action. Brown picked up a DNP-CD during Wednesday's Game 2 loss, and nothing is suggesting he'll be back in the rotation during Game 3, rending him a negligible option in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:05 am
  • Stephen Curry drops 40, makes shot of the year
    Stephen Curry hit one of the most clutch shots in recent memory to send Thursday's game against the Pelicans to overtime, finishing with 40 points, five rebounds, nine assists and seven 3-pointers in 44 minutes during the 123-119 Game 3 victory.

    Advice: If you haven't seen the shot for some reason, check out the link below. He was actually struggling from deep before the clutch make, finishing 7-of-18 from long range. His 18 attempts from deep are tied for the most in an NBA playoff game (Ray Allen). Curry has also taken an incredible 13.3 3-point attempts per game in this series and he's logging 40.3 minutes per game as well. He probably has another 40-point game in him in the next couple weeks. The Warriors will look to sweep on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:29 pm
  • Jrue Holiday gets 17 minutes vs. GSW
    Jrue Holiday played 17 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with 10 points, one rebound, four assists and one block.

    Advice: He did a decent job of denying Stephen Curry on defense and he also hit two clutch free throws late in the game. Holiday clearly had a minutes cap tonight and that'll continue the rest of the way. Interestingly, his brother Justin, a reserve on the Warriors, had some comments on Jrue before the game. "I think he's taking a chance and he's not himself, doesn't have his explosion," Justin said. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:53 pm
  • He's Back! Derrick Rose nets 34 points in win
    Derrick Rose was in MVP form during Thursday's double-overtime 113-106 win over the Bucks, scoring 34 points with five rebounds, eight assists, three steals and five 3-pointers in 48 minutes.

    Advice: It's the most minutes he's played since 2011 and the most points he's had in any game since 2012. Rose also had a playoff career-high five treys tonight and played with a ton of confidence. On top of the offense, Rose was tremendous on defense. All the "He's Back" talk is certainly justified and his body language was like nothing we've ever seen since his first knee injury. The Bulls are just a different team when he's out there right now. In fact, their net rating is 30.8 greater when Rose is on the court compared when he's off. If the Bulls get this kind of Rose the rest of the way, they're certainly going to give the Cavs trouble. The Bulls will look to sweep this series on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:01 pm
  • Jimmy Minutes: Butler logs 53 mins, scores 24
    Jimmy Butler played 53 minutes during a double-overtime win against the Bucks on Thursday with 24 points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He didn't shoot the ball well today, making 8-of-20 from the field. The Bulls clearly had an outside-in approach to their game with Butler and Derrick Rose taking seven of the first nine shots from the field. Considering how unbelievable Rose looked today and the vast improvement from Butler as an isolation scorer this season, the Bulls backcourt may have suddenly become one of the best in the NBA. Butler has averaged 26.7 points per game in this postseason and will likely be in that neighborhood again in Game 4 on Saturday. He'll likely be off the board in the top 20 picks for fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:47 pm
  • Tony Snell comes up big with 16 points
    Tony Snell stepped up in a big way against the Bucks during a double-overtime win on Thursday, scoring 16 points with four 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He was red hot late in the game and even played down the stretch over Mike Dunleavy. With Nikola Mirotic (knee) out, Snell had some wing minutes available and he's likely earned more of them for Game 4. He probably won't be playing this much and will probably be in the 13-17 range for Game 4, assuming he doesn't catch fire like he did today. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:42 pm
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Jrue Holiday is expected to play vs. GSW
    Jrue Holiday (leg) is on the active roster and is expected to play against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: The Pelicans will likely limit his minutes because he's had so much trouble with his leg since last season. Holiday played 21 minutes in Game 1 before missing Game 2, so he'll likely be in the teens tonight. His minutes should come from Quincy Pondexter and Norris Cole. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:51 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) to fight through the pain
    Mike Conley understands that his foot isn't going to get any better if he keeps playing, but he’s made the commitment to force himself to play through the pain as the Grizzlies make their postseason push.

    Advice: "It’s a lot of sleepless nights, constantly doing rehab, constantly in a tub or constantly hooked up to some machine trying to fix my foot," Conley said. "It’s going to flare up, no matter what I do. It’s my new routine, my new reality right now. It’s what I have to do to get ready, and I’m happy doing it because I know I’m able to play. And whatever I have to do to play, I’m doing." Conley is one of the toughest guys in the league, and you wouldn't know he was injured based on the way he's been playing through Memphis' first-round series. He'll be in uniform for Game 3 on Saturday, and he's a quality fantasy asset in all formats. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:21 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Jrue Holiday questionable for Game 3
    Jrue Holiday (leg) is questionable for Thursday's Game 3 against the Warriors.

    Advice: While Holiday was held out of Monday's Game 2 due to soreness in his leg, he was seen taking shots after practice on Wednesday so there's still a chance he may play Thursday night. We'll be on the lookout for updates, but Norris Cole would be in line to pick up Holiday's minutes if the point guard is unable to suit up. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:14 am
  • Kawhi Leonard named Defensive Player of Year
    Kawhi Leonard has been named the 2014-15 Defensive Player of the Year.

    Advice: Leonard finished ahead of Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Anthony Davis, and Rudy Gobert, respectively, on his way to winning his first DPOY Award. After a slow start to the 2014-15 season, Leonard was still able to finish as a top-25 player in standard fantasy leagues and should be a popular early-round pick next season. Now the only thing to do is keep an eye on Draymond Green's Twitter feed. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:19 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 23 points vs. Clippers
    Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points against the Clippers on Wednesday with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: This time last year, we were just starting to see the Kawhi ISO plays and he's really grown as a scorer. Leonard also made it very tough on the wings for the Clippers tonight and he also was guarding Chris Paul during this game. It's hard to overrate Kawhi and he's arguably a top-five player in the NBA for his contributions on both sides of the ball. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:08 pm
  • Beno Udrih returns after ankle sprain
    Beno Udrih returned to action after leaving with an ankle injury on Wednesday and finished with 10 points, one rebound and one assist on 4-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: Udrih caught fire in Game 1 and torched the Blazers for 20 points and a full stat line on 9-of-14 shooting, but it was a different story tonight. Courtney Lee, Tony Allen and Mike Conley all played reasonably well, so Udrih just wasn't able to get into a groove. The ankle injury didn't help his cause, but it looks like he avoided a serious injury. He'll probably have another big game at some point in the playoffs, but trying to figure out when it will happen, as long as the aforementioned teammates are healthy, will be next to impossible. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:04 pm
  • Conley, Lee lead Grizzlies to 2-0 lead
    Mike Conley, playing through a foot and wrist injury, and Courtney Lee combined to hit 14-of-22 shots and four 3-pointers to each score 18 points in Wednesday's Game 2 win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Conley added six assists and Lee had three steals in the win. Conley is banged up, but playing pretty well despite the injuries, while this is the first time in four games that Lee scored more than nine points. We don't really trust Lee going forward, but as long as it's clear that Conley will play in Games 3 and 4, he's a solid point guard option in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:51 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Nicolas Batum struggles in Game 2 loss
    Nicolas Batum hit just 5-of-15 shots for 11 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, a 3-pointer, zero steals and zero blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: Batum is playing through a knee injury and also has a torn tendon in his wrist that will eventually require surgery. He scored 15 points in Sunday's Game 1 and while he's admirably battling through adversity, the Blazers will need him to play better than this if they're going to win Games 3 and 4 in Portland. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:47 pm
  • Deron Williams suffers a hand injury vs. ATL
    Deron Williams suffered a hand injury in the first half of Wednesday's game against the Hawks, finishing with two points, 10 boards, eight assists, two steals and three turnovers on 1-of-7 from the field.

    Advice: The Nets said he was fine at halftime and he did start the second half. Coach Lionel Hollins said after the game that he's not worried about Deron heading into Game 3. As horrible as his shooting line was, Williams was solid in the other areas tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Jarrett Jack's big game isn't enough
    Jarrett Jack made 9-of-13 from the field for 23 points against the Hawks on Wednesday with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, two 3-pointers and four turnovers.

    Advice: It's the most points scored from a bench player all postseason and Jack almost helped the Nets pull of a major comeback. He was really struggling before today and usually the Deron Williams-Jack combo has been ineffective. We'll see if he can carry over some momentum into Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:58 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic gets 34 minutes in Game 2
    Bojan Bogdanovic took over as the starter against the Hawks during a Game 2 loss on Wednesday, scoring eight points with three rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played 34 minutes and was a bit of a letdown in his start. Bogdanovic saw his usage rate drop a little more than expected, so the increase in playing time wasn't able to offset that. He should have a better line in Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:51 pm
  • Beno Udrih goes to the locker room
    Beno Udrih went to the locker room in the second quarter on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hobbled back to the locker room under is own power with what looked like an ankle sprain. He could be getting it re-taped or he could be out. If he is out, Nick Calathes will be the second string point guard. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:50 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (shoulder) will not play vs MEM
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) will not play against the Grizzlies in Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did warm up, but apparently isn't well enough to play. Afflalo has been focusing on his mid-range shots and looked to show pain as he was moving away from the rim, so perhaps his shoulder hurts more on deeper shots. C.J. McCollum will get most of the wing minutes next to Nicolas Batum. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:30 pm
  • Mike Conley indeed ready to go for Wednesday
    Mike Conley (foot, wrist) will play against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been expected to play since Game 1, but Conley is not even close to 100 percent. He has problems with both feet and he may also need wrist surgery in the offseason. Even though he gets a favorable matchup, fantasy owners can't count on him right now in DFS. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:27 pm
     
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    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Bojan Bogdanovic starting, Brown benched
    Bojan Bogdanovic will start against the Hawks on Wednesday and Markel Brown will move to the bench.

    Advice: The Nets are looking to add more punch to their starting unit and also make Kyle Korver guard someone on the defensive end. Bogdanovic was already playing minutes in the lower 30s, so he could get in the mid 30s neighborhood. Brown is very likely to see his minutes drop, so he'll probably play in the teens or even less. Give Bojan a look if you're looking for a risk-reward guy tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:33 pm
  • Jared Dudley has a foot issue, will play
    Jared Dudley is dealing with some foot soreness and will play against the Bulls in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He's dealt with knee and back issues since the All-Star break and this foot issue has bothered him since Game 1. Dudley played 14.5 minutes per game in the first two games of the playoffs, making a combined 2-of-8 from the field. He'll likely be around that amount of playing time again. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:52 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (sore leg) is considered day-to-day
    According to head coach Monty Williams, Jrue Holiday (sore leg) is considered day-to-day.

    Advice: Holiday was getting in a lot of extra work at practice Wednesday, so it looks like he is gearing up to play in Game 3. Holiday's injury history is troublesome to say the least, so the Pelicans would we wise to proceed with caution. We will pass along any updates on Holiday's status when we know more, but he should still be considered questionable to play for the time being. If he sits out Game 3, Norris Cole will soak up some more minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:55 am
  • Fiesty Bradley Beal scores 28 pts in Game 2
    Bradley Beal caught fire on Tuesday, finishing with 28 points on 12-of-21 shooting, two 3-pointers, five boards, two assists and one steal in 42 minutes.

    Advice: Beal's confidence is surging at the right time for the Wizards, who emphatically claimed an 0-2 lead in their first-round series. During a halftime interview Beal said, "[The Raptors] think that we’re some punks. They think they can push around. But we’re not rolling." The Wizards would be well-served to have Beal stay this aggressive and pugnacious as the playoffs continue. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:03 pm
  • J.R. Smith shoots poorly, still makes impact
    J.R. Smith stole the ball five times vs. Boston on Tuesday, adding seven points, four rebounds and one assist with one turnover in 34 minutes during the Cavs' Game 2 win.

    Advice: Smith deserves a ton of credit for fitting seamlessly into the Cavaliers' starting lineup. He was a key factor in Game 2, compensating for poor shooting with boundless energy at both ends of the court, while fellow swingman Iman Shumpert chipped in two points, five rebounds and solid defense in 26 minutes off the bench. Cleveland will try to put a stranglehold on the series on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:04 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) expected to start Game 2
    Mike Conley (foot) is probable for Game 2 on Wednesday, though he'll reportedly need offseason surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his wrist.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard about wrist surgery and it makes Conley's play in Game 1 even more impressive -- his foot is nowhere near 100 percent and he's dealing with myriad nagging injuries. There's no chance that he'll sit out Game 2 but we'll confirm his status once he's officially cleared to start. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:26 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Arron Afflalo questionable for Game 2 on Wed
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Game 2 against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: "If I can help in any way, whether it be 70 percent, 80 percent… I’m gonna get out there and do it," said Afflalo. He also added that if he can't go on Wednesday, he will almost certainly play in Game 3 on Saturday, and it sounds like he'll be a game-time decision for Game 2. He's not going to be 100 percent, but the Blazers could use all the help they can get right now, especially considering how much C.J. McCollum struggled through Game 1. When Afflalo returns to the lineup, he'll take away minutes from McCollum, and Allen Crabbe may fall out of the rotation entirely. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:56 pm
  • Derrick Rose says he hasn't felt any soreness
    Derrick Rose said that he is feeling good physically, and he hasn't experienced any soreness after logging 38 minutes during Game 2 on Monday.

    Advice: This would be a non-story with any other player, but because it is the oft-injured Rose, any story regarding his health (positive or negative) will make the headlines. For what it's worth, Rose has looked fantastic health-wise through the first two games of the playoffs, and hopefully he can finally put all his injury woes behind him. A long and healthy playoff run will do a lot to prove the doubters wrong. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:00 pm
  • Arron Afflalo says goal is to play in Game 2
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) said that his goal is to play in Game 2 against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Afflalo stopped short of saying that he would actually play on Wednesday, but we'll likely get another update on his status following Tuesday's practice. It sounds like he could be headed for the dreaded game-time call on Wednesday, but if he is able to go, he'll take away minutes from C.J. McCollum and Allen Crabbe. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:48 am
  • Gordon scores 23 points with five treys in G2
    Eric Gordon scored 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting (including five threes) in Monday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Gordon has exceeded expectations for this series and that's a nice little subplot in New Orleans considering his start with the franchise was basically terrible. He's a big reason the games have been close. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:25 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 31 points in Game 2 win
    Jimmy Butler put the Bulls on his back during a 91-82 win over the Bucks on Monday, scoring a playoff career-high 31 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

    Advice: Nobody else on the Bulls played well for the entire game on offense, but Butler came to the rescue. He put the whole arsenal on display tonight and the Bucks had no answer for him. Also, the Bulls played Nikola Mirotic at the four more, so that gave Butler more minutes compared to his 35 in Game 1. He'll likely log over 40 in Game 3 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:09 pm
  • Derrick Rose finishes strong after bad start
    Derrick Rose scored all 15 points in the second half against the Bucks on Monday, adding seven boards, nine assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He looked great out there, but his shot selection was not where it should be in the first half. Rose looks as athletic as ever and his passing was much better tonight, too. Additionally, his 38 minutes are a great sign for him and he might be at 40 minutes by the time the Cleveland series comes around. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:55 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) won't play on Monday
    Jrue Holiday (leg) will not play against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: There should be more minutes going to Norris Cole with Jrue out of the lineup. The Pelicans gave Holiday 21 minutes in Game 1, so they're probably regretting that. Holiday should be considered questionable to play in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:53 pm
  • Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans are still GTDs
    Tyreke Evans (knee) and Jrue Holiday (leg) are still game-time decisions to face the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: They are both getting treatment and are on track to play right now. Both players also have said they're planning on playing today. We'll look for another update as we approach the 10:30 EDT start time. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:10 pm
  • Jared Dudley will play on Monday night
    Jared Dudley will play against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He was listed as probable, but coach Jason Kidd said he can play. Kidd also said rebounding was very important today, so maybe the Bucks won't go with a lineup of Michael Carter-Williams, Jerryd Bayless and O.J. Mayo. Dudley has very little fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:12 pm
  • Report: Arron Afflalo could return for Game 2
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) could return for Game 2 vs. Memphis, according to CSNNW.

    Advice: "Yeah, I'm good," Afflalo said when asked if he'd be ready for the next contest. All the Blazers have said was that he participated in some portions of practice on Sunday, and with players notoriously optimistic about their recoveries, especially in the playoffs, we're going to need to see harder news before declaring AA ready to return. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:07 am
  • Mike Conley plays through pain in Game 1 win
    Mike Conley (foot) admitted that it felt like a golf ball was at the bottom of his shoe in the Game 1 victory over the Blazers.

    Advice: Conley scored 16 points in 24 minutes on 6-of-11 shooting, but he's nowhere near 100 percent healthy. Despite a successful Game 1 effort, we simply can't be expecting the usual Mike Conley as he deal with this injury. Beno Udrih will be a very important player for Memphis in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:21 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Beal stays late for extra shooting work
    Bradley Beal stayed late after Washington's Game 1 win to get in extra shooting work.

    Advice: Beal managed to make just 6-of-23 shots, and that prompted the extra session. "Have to," Beal said of the additional work. "Can’t shoot 6 for 23. Just want to get a rhythm. I’ve got to just make sure everything’s feeling good still." Kudos to the Florida product for putting in the work after his team won, a move several players wouldn't have necessarily made. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:04 am
  • Kawhi Leonard's +/- rating a team-worst -21
    Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 18 points during a Game 1 loss on Sunday, hitting 7-of-12 shots with six boards, three assists and four steals.

    Advice: Kawhi also turned the ball over four times and missed three of his six FT attempts, finishing with a team-worst +/- rating at -21. That might be a first. The No. 6 seed Spurs lack homecourt advantage and they trail 0-1 in the series with Game 2 looming on Wednesday. The Rockets in 1995 were the last No. 6 seed to win an NBA championship, with a roster that included Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Kenny Smith, Sam Cassell and Robert Horry. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 10:58 pm
  • C.J. McCollum starts for short-handed Blazers
    C.J. McCollum (sprained left ankle) returned to the Blazers' starting lineup during Sunday's road loss, going 1-of-8 from the field to finish with two points, five rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: McCollum will continue to start until Arron Afflalo (shoulder) returns, so he may earn another start at SG during Game 2. He said he "feels great" physically and logged 37 minutes tonight, though his lousy shooting was part of the reason Portland trailed by 24 points heading into the fourth quarter. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:56 pm
  • Nicolas Batum back from bruised knee Sunday
    Nicolas Batum (bruised right knee) started Sunday's game and finished with 15 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, four assists and three turnovers as the Blazers fell in Memphis, 86-100.

    Advice: It's easy to forget that Batum is playing through a torn tendon in his wrist which will require offseason surgery, and fantasy owners have become spoiled by his willingness to play through all but the most severe injuries. Expect him to once again log 35+ minutes in Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:55 pm
  • Mike Conley thrives Sun despite sprained foot
    Mike Conley (sprained right foot) scored 16 points in only 24 minutes of action vs. the Blazers, making 6-of-11 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws with one rebound, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He's been having trouble walking and was told he'd need 4-6 weeks to fully recover, but he didn't seem limited while using change-of-speed dribbles to befuddle the Blazers' defense. Conley was even wearing a shoe one size bigger on his right foot to allow for extra padding but all signs point to him starting without a minute-limit on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:53 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Beno Udrih blows up for 20/7/7 in Game 1 win
    Beno Udrih caught fire vs. the Blazers, making his first six shots to finish with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting, one 3-pointer, seven rebounds and seven assists in only 24 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Grizzlies roared out to a 19 point lead at halftime and never looked back, aided by Udrih's huge night -- he's the first bench player since Nick Van Exel in 2003 to notch at least 20 points, seven boards and seven assists in a playoff game. A superior regular-season record gave Memphis home-court advantage despite being the No. 5 seed vs. the No. 4 seed Blazers, and they could take a commanding 2-0 series lead if they win again at the FedEx Forum on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:52 pm
  • Courtney Lee hits two 3-pointers in blowout
    Courtney Lee made both of his 3-point attempts during Sunday's 100-86 win, finishing with nine points, three rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

    Advice: It doesn't look like much but C-Lee's perimeter shooting is critical for the Grizzlies, who averaged a mere 5.2 three-pointers made this season (29th in the NBA ahead of only the Timberwolves). When they made at least as many 3-pointers as their opponents they had a 22-1 record, but they won on Sunday partly by holding Portland to 30.8 percent shooting from deep. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:50 pm
  • ATL wins, Kyle Korver scores team-high 21 pts
    Kyle Korver lit up the Nets on Sunday for a team-high 21 points on 6-of-12 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs, making five 3-pointers with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: The entire league has Korver highlighted in scouting reports, but knowing what he does and being able to stop him are completely different things. His off-ball movement and the Hawks' passing are both exemplary, but Brooklyn will need to cool him off to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole during Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:34 pm
  • Jeff Teague's late spurt lifts ATL over BKN
    Jeff Teague scored the Hawks' final six points on Sunday to finish with 17 points (6-of-12 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), one 3-pointer, three assists and one steal in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Teague's clutch play helped the Hawks hang on for the series lead with a 99-92 home win. The Hawks finished the season ranked No. 6 in offensive efficiency (106.2) and No. 7 in defensive efficiency (100.7), part of the reason they're overwhelming favorites to make it to the second round. One area they'd like to clean up is turnovers, however, as Teague and backup Dennis Schroder combined for eight turnovers and only five assists on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:31 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic starts over Markel Brown
    Bojan Bogdanovic started ahead of Markel Brown in the second half of Sunday's loss in Atlanta, but he shot 2-of-8 to finish with five points, four rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Bogdanovic was averaging 14.4 points and 2.2 triples on 52.6 percent shooting in April, but he struggled tonight due to a combination of poor shot selection and the Hawks' tight defense. Atlanta ranked seventh in the NBA in 3-point defense this season, holding opponents to 34.1 percent shooting beyond the arc, so Bogdanovic and the Nets have their work cut out for them. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:29 pm
  • Nets commit 17 turnovers w/ 18 assists Sunday
    Deron Williams scored 13 points with two 3-pointers, four rebounds and two assists in a losing effort vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: The Nets committed 17 turnovers vs. 18 assists and their offense struggled when it wasn't flowing through Brook Lopez, who only attempted seven field goals. Backup PG Jarrett Jack chipped in 13 points in 16 minutes off the bench, but he had only two assists with five turnovers. They'll look to regroup in a must-win road game on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:23 pm
  • C.J. McCollum (ankle) starting vs. Grizzlies
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) will start Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Allen Crabbe will shift to the bench as a result, leaving Portland with a starting lineup of Damian Lillard, McCollum, Nic Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 4:57 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) will play Game 1 on Sunday
    Mike Conley (foot) will play Game 1 on Sunday against Portland, as expected.

    Advice: Conley was listed as a game-time call, but there was never really any doubt that he'd suit up for Game 1 of the playoffs. Head coach Dave Joerger said he'd play Conley as close to 45 minutes as possible, so he's looking like a quality guy to target in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 3:37 pm
     
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    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Arron Afflalo (shoulder) out for Game 1
    Updating a previous report, Arron Afflalo (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Game 1 against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Head coach Terry Stotts said that Afflalo is getting better every day, and that he's getting his range of motion back, so it sounds like he's getting close to being available. However, he’ll be forced to spend Game 1 on the sidelines, and it'll be Allen Crabbe and C.J. McCollum being asked to fill the void in his absence, with McCollum offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 3:34 pm
  • Afflalo (shoulder) going through warmups
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) was spotted going through a pregame workout at full speed, and it's looking like he'll be a game-time decision for Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Afflalo is still being listed as doubtful, but the fact that he's going through a workout at full speed is certainly a positive sign. He's currently in the second week of his initial 1-2 week timetable, so there is a chance he takes the floor tonight, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. If he is able to play, C.J. McCollum's value would take a sizable hit, and Allen Crabbe may fall entirely out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 3:28 pm
  • J.R. Smith limited by foul trouble in Game 1
    Foul trouble limited J.R. Smith to just 19 minutes of action during Game 1 against the Celtics on Sunday, and he managed just nine points on 3-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: Smith added two 3-pointers, four rebounds, one assist and one turnover, and he just wasn't much of a factor today. Smith is basically an all-or-nothing kind of guy, but when he gets hot, he can really light up the 3-point category. We'd expect a bit of a bounce-back performance for Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 2:52 pm
  • Mike Conley and Tony Allen will give it a go
    Mike Conley (foot) and Tony Allen (hamstring) will play vs. the Blazers on Sunday according to head coach Dave Joerger, though they are officially listed as game-time decisions.

    Advice: Conley missed the last four games of the regular season, and even though he is still experiencing some discomfort, he is expected to be in the starting lineup tonight. Joerger admitted that there will likely be some rust, but it's possible that Conley could see close to his normal allotment of minutes. We will confirm his status right before tip-off, but it's safe to say that Beno Udrih will be heading back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 9:08 am
     
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    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Thibodeau praises Derrick Rose Saturday
    Head coach Tom Thibodeau praised Derrick Rose and said that all of his injuries have just made him stronger.

    Advice: "Obviously, we're a much better team with Derrick," Thibodeau said. "He has been through a grind. We're very pleased to have him back. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a long run of health for him. Time does go by quickly. You're talking about a guy who is sort of now in the middle of his career. He has been through a lot. Early on, you're 22 and the MVP of the league and there weren't many bumps in the road. He has hit a few bumps and gotten through those. The fact he has, I think, has made him stronger." Rose was excellent in a win vs. the Bucks on Saturday with 23 points, seven assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers, and it didn't look his knees were an issue at all. He will look to to keep building momentum in Game 2 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 6:33 am
  • Jason Terry scores 16 points vs. the Mavs
    Jason Terry scored 16 points on 6-of-10 from the field against the Mavs on Saturday with four boards, one assist, two steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The JET had a little redemption against his former team and you could see it in his eye that this game meant a little more to him. He's going to do almost all his work off the ball and had seven attempts from deep. He'll have a similar role going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:29 pm
  • Derrick Rose scores 23 points in win vs Bucks
    Derrick Rose looked 100 percent during a 103-91 win over the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 23 points with seven assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made 9-of-16 from the field and made the most of the Bucks not bringing double-teams to him. Rose said multiple times in the post-game interview on ESPN that he had open looks because the Bucks didn't double, so expect that message to be received loud and clear in Game 2 on Monday. Of course, Rose looking great tonight is a top-five story from the day. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 7:11 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 25 points in 35 minutes
    Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career-high 25 points against the Bucks on Saturday with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers on 8-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn't in foul trouble and the Bulls having some depth in their frontcourt may have taken away a couple minutes from Butler. Of course, his increased efficiency and usage rate offset the decrease in playing time. The Bulls are going to be a dangerous team with Butler making his case for the Most Improved Player this season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 7:08 pm
  • O.J. Mayo plays 24 minutes vs. Bulls
    O.J. Mayo made 1-of-7 from the field for five points against the Bulls on Saturday with seven boards, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had some momentum coming in with three consecutive games of scoring in the teens and making 51.7 percent from the field in his eight April games. Mayo does play noticeably worse on the road and he just didn't get many clean looks tonight. He'll be a hit-and-miss player in this series and isn't someone most fantasy owners should count on. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 6:49 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 34 points in Game 1 win
    Stephen Curry scored 34 points during a 106-99 Game 1 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, adding four rebounds, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He had 13 attempts from deep and snapped a six-game streak of making at least 45 percent from that range heading into today. The Warriors looked like they were going to have one of their patented blowouts with a fast start in the third quarter, but credit the Pelicans for not going away. Now that Curry will be logging big minutes more often, expect him to have plenty of 30-point games. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 4:17 pm
  • Eric Gordon scores 16 points vs. Warriors
    Eric Gordon scored 16 points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal, four 3-pointers and five turnovers in 35 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: Gordon was coming in red hot from deep, making 48.0 percent from beyond the arc in April to get him to averages of 15.2 points, 2.0 boards, 2.6 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.7 treys. Anthony Davis will be commanding a ton of double teams, so EJ will have plenty of chances for open looks in this series. Plus, if Tyreke Evans (knee) is out, Gordon will have a higher usage rate with more off-the-dribble stuff, too. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 3:39 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 16 points in 48 minutes
    Bradley Beal made 6-of-23 from the field for 16 points against the Raptors during an overtime 93-86 win on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, six assists, one steal, four turnovers and one 3-pointer in 48 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Randy Wittman went to a Beal pick-and-roll quite a bit in this game, but it wasn't really a productive play for them. He really struggled down the stretch today and that's been a problem for him in his career. On the lighter side, Kyle Lowry fouled Beal for Lowry's sixth foul and Beal waved goodbye to Lowry. Beal might play off the ball a little more should he have another off game like this one. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 1:22 pm
  • C.J. McCollum, Nicolas Batum are probable
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) and Nicolas Batum (knee) are probable to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

    Advice: They're both already practicing in full and have said they're definitely playing. With Arron Afflalo (shoulder) not expected to play, these two will be the primary wing options for the Blazers. The bad news is that Tony Allen (hamstring) will be ready to roll, so it won't be easy for the Blazers to score from the perimeter. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 12:29 pm
  • Mike Conley (foot) thinks he will play Sunday
    Mike Conley (foot) continues to make progress, and he believes he will hear his name announced in the starting lineup on Sunday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Conley returned to practice on Friday, and it's clear that the time on the shelf sped up his recovery. He added that his foot is still sore every morning, but he does feel better when he moves around. It sounds like he will be a game-time decision, but we should have an official update after the team's shootaround on Sunday. Beno Udrih will move back to the bench if Conley plays. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 10:10 am
     
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    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Jared Dudley (back) will play on Saturday
    Jared Dudley (back) will play on Saturday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: The Bucks rested him for the final two games of the season, so he should be fresh for the playoffs. Dudley is a seasoned veteran, and his experience will be a huge boost for the young Bucks. Expect Dudley to see minutes in the mid 20s tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 8:46 am
  • Rose, Noah, Gibson all good to go Saturday
    Derrick Rose (knee), Joakim Noah (hamstring) and Taj Gibson (shoulder) are good to go for Saturday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Rose scared the Bulls when he left Wednesday's regular-season finale vs. the Hawks with knee soreness, but he made it clear that he sat out as a precaution. Rose made it through a full practice on Friday and his minutes could be on the rise in the playoffs. We will let you know how he holds up after the game. For what it's worth, this will be his first playoff series since the 2011-12 season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 8:21 am
  • C.J. McCollum goes through a workout
    C.J. McCollum (ankle) went through a workout on Friday.

    Advice: He looks fine and should be ready to go for Sunday's game in Memphis. McCollum was terrific down the stretch and he should be able to get minutes close to 30. He'll be a sneaky player to watch during the playoffs. Additionally, McCollum is shaping up to be a fantasy sleeper next season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 2:04 pm
  • Nicolas Batum says he'll play in Game 1
    Nicolas Batum (knee) said he will play against the Grizzlies in Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: He only had a knee bruise and he only needed to miss one game. Batum was logging minutes around 40 to close the season and he could be in that neighborhood in this series. Batum's numbers were awful against the Grizzlies in four games this season, averaging 6.5 points 4.5 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 treys on 32.4 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 1:14 pm
  • Derrick Rose (knee) practices on Friday
    Derrick Rose (knee) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he will play in Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: Rose will take the court in a playoff series for the first time since the 2011-12 season on Saturday, and it appears that the minor left knee soreness that caused him to miss the second half of Wednesday's regular-season finale will be a non-issue going forward. Any news regarding Rose's troublesome knees is going to make the headlines, but a deep playoff push behind a healthy Rose will at least temporarily silence the critics. Tom Thibodeau said that Rose will play around the same amount of minutes he did towards the end of the regular-season, so it sounds like he'll still be with a minutes limit. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 10:55 am
  • Stephen Curry wants a title, and nothing less
    Stephen Curry stated during a recent interview that the Warriors' season will be a failure if it ends in anything less than a championship.

    Advice: "No one will be happy for anything less [than a championship]," said Curry. "If we don't win our last game this season it's going to be a disappointing feeling, one where we felt like we fell short." The Warriors, boasting a regular-season record of 67-15 are one of the favorites to come out of the West, but nothing is guaranteed in basketball. The Spurs pose a real threat to the Dubs' championship prospects, and while the wins aren't guaranteed, this year's post-season is sure to be nothing less than electrifying. The Warriors' begin their playoff push on Saturday, get the popcorn ready. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 6:46 am
  • Deron Williams responds to slight by Pierce
    Deron Williams said he wasn't "bothered at all" by Paul Pierce's recent comments that the pressure from the New York media "really affected" Williams' game.

    Advice: "Being here, I got pretty thick skin," Williams said. "He has his opinions, and that's fine. It's what it is. I can't change his opinions. So just leave it at that." Williams’ numbers are down significantly from his days in Utah when people would debate who was better, Williams or Chris Paul, but that could also be attributed to the fact that Williams has dealt with some pretty serious ankle issues over the years. Until Williams can carry his team on a deep playoff run, criticism will continue to find the point guard and his massive contract. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 6:30 am
  • Derrick Rose dealing with left knee soreness
    Derrick Rose is dealing with minor left knee soreness.

    Advice: The soreness is in the knee in which Rose tore his ACL back in 2012 and not the one needing surgery for a torn meniscus. "It's nothing serious at all," Rose said. "I'm just being cautious. I'm used to knee injuries and my knees being sore. It's just that it was the last game and we didn't want it to linger into a couple of more days." The Bulls are downplaying the issue, which isn't a surprise. Still, Rose should be good to go for Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 16, 4:40 pm
  • Dudley (back), Bayless (neck) practice Thurs
    Jared Dudley (back), and Jerryd Bayless (neck) practiced on Thursday.

    Advice: Dudley missed the final two games of the regular-season with a sore back, while Bayless missed the regular-season finale with a sore neck. Neither of these injuries sounds serious, so these guys should be ready for Game 1 against the Bulls on Saturday. That being said, both players will likely have their minutes trimmed down a bit for the postseason, and they're unlikely to do much on the stat sheet with the guys ahead of them in the rotation fully healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 16, 2:27 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 10 points vs. Nuggets
    Stephen Curry played just 19 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday during a 133-126 win, scoring 10 points with four rebounds, seven assists, five steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Warriors finished the season with a 67-15 record, including 39-2 at home. They're the 10th team in NBA history to get to 67 wins and did it with a first-year head coach, Steve Kerr. They also destroyed teams this season, winning by 10.1 points per game. Curry and Klay Thompson also made more 3-pointers this season than five different teams (Wolves, Grizzlies, Kings, Wizards and Hornets). They'll live and die with the three, but they'll likely be living large in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 15, 10:44 pm
  • Bogdanovic scores 28, Nets clinch No. 8 seed
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting to help the Nets clinch the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference in a win over the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was absolutely on fire tonight and added three boards, two assists and four 3-pointers to his name in 34 minutes. Bogdanovic has been steadily earning the trust of head coach Lionel Hollins, while rookie Markel Brown struggled again with two points in 10 minutes. The Nets will play the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs, so they will probably want to go ahead and start focusing because Atlanta is the real deal this season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 15, 9:54 pm
  • Jared Dudley likely to be ready for playoffs
    Jared Dudley sat out for a second straight game due to a sore back in Wednesday's finale against the Celtics.

    Advice: However, he's expected to be ready to go for the Bucks in the playoffs, which start Saturday against the Bulls. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 15, 9:40 pm
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