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  • Raptors will explore extending Valanciunas
    The Toronto Raptors will reportedly explore an an extension with Jonas Valanciunas.

    Advice: Valanciunas will enter the fourth year of his rookie contract in 2015-16 and the Raptors have until October 31 to sign him to an extension. While the 22 year-old hasn't developed as as quickly as the Raptors would have liked, he's still a rare skilled big man and will likely be kept in the fold. While inconsistent, JV averaged 12.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks while shooting 57.2 percent from the field this season, so he's well worth a mid-round fantasy pick for the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    38 minutes ago
  • Elton Brand interested in New York Knicks
    Elton Brand said he'd be interested in playing for the New York Knicks if he decides to play another season.

    Advice: Brand said he almost signed with the Knicks last season before deciding to return to the Hawks, but hope the Knicks will pursue him again this summer. "I got to make a decision if I’m going to play and come back,’’ Brand said. "[The Knicks] are definitely on the radar for sure. Yeah, I’m thinking about it. Moving on to something else, but I still also love to play and still feel good. I’m going to look at both options." We'll keep an eye on Brand's situation once his Hawks are out of the playoffs, but the 36-year-old doesn't offer much for fantasy owners no matter where he plays next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:26 am
  • Rival execs say Nets will re-sign Brook Lopez
    Several NBA executives think Brook Lopez will be back with the Nets next season.

    Advice: Lopez can opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent this summer by declining his $16.7 million option, but rival executives think the Nets will make every effort to retain him if that happens. "If he leaves, then they are starting all over again," an NBA executive said. "He has proven he is healthy. There’s no question he’s always been a good basketball player. The question was ‘Can he come back from the injury?’ He’s shown he can, especially the last two months." Lopez will have plenty of suitors if he opts out of the last year of his contract, but the Nets can offer him the largest contract, so there's a good chance we see Bro-Lo back in Brooklyn net season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:07 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 32, Blazers get a win
    Damian Lillard carried the Blazers to get a Game 4 win on Monday, scoring 32 points with two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Blazers pulled out a 99-92 win thanks to outscoring the Grizzlies 31-17 in the fourth. Lillard's trey was a four-point play to help Lillard alone match the Grizzlies scoring in the final 8:48 of this game (12 points each). It was Lillard time. The Blazers are now down 3-1 and will head to Memphis for Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge has an awful game
    LaMarcus Aldridge made 6-of-22 from the field for 18 points with 12 boards, one assist and no turnovers in 40 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: It was a really bad game and he was defended very well by Zach Randolph. This could have been Aldridge's last game at the Moda Center and the fans gave him a nice reception. The team will look to extend its season on Wednesday in Memphis. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • The Legend Continues: Meyers Leonard nets 13
    Meyers Leonard picked up 35 minutes of playing time against the Grizzlies on Monday with 13 points, 13 boards, two assists one steal and three 3-pointers on 5-of-6 from the field.

    Advice: That's an effective field goal percentage of 108.3 and Leonard took playing time away from Robin Lopez, who played just 21 minutes with six points and three rebounds. The Blazers have gained more confidence in Leonard since the break and he could have a bigger role next season. A lot of that will have to do with LaMarcus Aldridge. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • C.J. McCollum has another big game
    C.J. McCollum looked good again on Monday with 18 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 8-of-12 from the field in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He played the entire second and fourth quarters tonight. McCollum is really emerging as a shooting guard this season and most of it has to do with his dribbling. He is coming off a 26-point game on Saturday and will carry some momentum into the offseason. He's a darkhorse for Sixth Man of the Year next season and is on the radar in the later rounds of fantasy drafts. Arron Afflalo didn't score in 19 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Marc Gasol scores 19 on sub-par shooting
    Marc Gasol made 7-of-16 from the field for 21 points during a Game 4 99-92 loss to the Blazers on Monday, adding seven rebounds, six assists and one block.

    Advice: The Grizzlies fell apart late and lost the fourth quarter 31-17. Gasol hasn't been as efficient in this series, entering this game with just 18.3 points on 35.4 percent from the field in his previous three. He's still making 28-of-32 from the line (87.5 percent), so the poor shooting from the field is offset a little. The Grizzlies will look to end the series on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Nick Calathes scores 12 points in start
    Nick Calathes scored 12 points in his first postseason start on Monday to go with three rebounds, two assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He was 4-of-10 from the field and did a decent job on the defensive side. Beno Udrih wasn't at 100 percent and that may have been why Calathes drew the start. The pair will likely be looking at a close to a 50/50 split again in Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Beno Udrih plays 24 minutes off bench
    Beno Udrih returned to action on Monday with 13 points, three assists and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Blazers.

    Advice: He looked good on offense and split the playing time right now the middle. Udrih arrived to the arena in a walking boot, but he still seemed fine and was doing more than just catch-and-shoot stuff. Udrih should feel a little better for Game 5 on Wednesday. Although, Nick Calathes was no slouch either, so the pair will likely split the playing time again. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 19 points on 11 FGAs
    Courtney Lee made 8-of-11 from the field for 19 points against the Blazers on Monday with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: That's a very efficient game with so much playing time. The Grizzlies are even drawing up plays for Lee down the stretch now due to how well he's playing. In his last three, he averaged 19.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.3 steals and 1.3 treys on 70.0 percent from the field. He won't be this good and it's still hard to count on him based on his somewhat small usage rate this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Deron Williams scores 35, Nets tie series
    Deron Williams matched his playoff career-high 35 points during an overtime 120-115 Game 4 win over the Hawks on Monday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and seven 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was nothing like we've seen from Deron this series. He was loose, played with a lot of confidence and hit the most 3-pointers he's ever made in a playoff game. Williams didn't seem to be bothered by his knee tendinitis or a tailbone injury, and he also had another minor injury today. The Nets have tied this series up 2-2 and have exposed some weaknesses to the Eastern Conference's top seed. This series will go back to Atlanta on Wednesday for Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:29 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Brook Lopez scores 26 points in Game 4 win
    Brook Lopez dominated against the Hawks on Monday with 26 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocks in 43 minutes.

    Advice: He made 11-of-19 from the field and is using his size extremely well on offense in this series. Lopez continues to be a force in the postseason with 20 points in nine out of his 11 postseason games (3-of-4 this year). He's been outstanding since the break and the Nets will have at least one more game at home with the series tied. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:25 pm
  • Nick Calathes will start at point guard
    Nick Calathes will start at point guard against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Beno Udrih arrived in a walking boot to the arena, so he's not at 100 percent. Based on that information, it's hard to like either guy with so much uncertainty. The two might split the minutes down the middle, but it could go either way depending on Udrih's ankle. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:17 pm
  • Al Horford has pinkie issue, returns to game
    Al Horford played 31 minutes against the Nets on Monday with 17 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He had a minor pinkie injury and had to leave the game, but he just needed to be re-taped. Horford didn't play too much down the stretch in favor of Pero Antic, which marks the second consecutive time that's been an issue. He did have some foul trouble and maybe the pinkie injury was a factor. He'll be in the starting lineup on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:05 pm
  • Beno Udrih (ankle) will play on Monday night
    Beno Udrih (ankle) will play against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He went through shootaround and there's been no indication he'll be limited. Udrih will likely see around 26-32 minutes tonight while Nick Calathes backs him up. Udrih is a decent option in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:53 pm
  • Kyle Korver makes 6-of-16 from field
    Kyle Korver made 6-of-16 from the field for 16 points against the Nets on Monday with 11 rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He missed three 3-pointers in the last 45 seconds of the game and forced all of them. The Hawks came up with some very creative ways to get Korver some looks, but he still couldn't come through today. He'll look to turn it around at home on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:52 pm
  • J.R. Smith suspended for two games
    J.R. Smith has been suspended for two games for his shot to Jae Crowder's face on Sunday.

    Advice: He won't play in Game 1 or 2 in the second round. Considering his history, the suspension could have been a lot worse for Smith and at least the Cavs will have him back when they go on the road for Game 3. The Cavs are also not going to have Kevin Love (shoulder), so expect more from Iman Shumpert, Tristan Thompson, James Jones and Matthew Dellavedova. Thompson and Shumpert are the two most attractive fantasy options. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:02 pm
     
    Suspended
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Deron Williams (knee) will start on Monday
    Deron Williams (knee) will start against the Hawks in Game 4 on Monday.

    Advice: He also suffered a bruised tailbone and is coming off a horrific game from Saturday. Williams might have a short leash today, so he could play anywhere from 18-28 minutes. If he struggles, expect Jarrett Jack to also get more run at the point. Bojan Bogdanovic would also get more playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:19 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Mike Conley will have timetable after 2 days
    The Grizzlies will have a timetable on Mike Conley (face) after the swelling goes down in his face in 48 hours.

    Advice: Basically, this is a timetable for a timetable. Conley did have successful surgery on his face on Monday and he's not going to play on Monday night. Most indications around the team are that he'll need to miss more games. With Conley out, the Grizzlies will have Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes handle the point guard duties. Udrih is a better weapon on offense and has better fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:27 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Mike Conley out of surgery, no timetable
    Mike Conley (eye) is out of surgery, but there is no timetable for his return.

    Advice: Conley had a "successful surgery" and is recovering well, but he remains out for at least Game 4 and possibly longer than that. Beno Udrih (ankle) is expected to play after sitting out Game 3, so that means he and Nick Calathes should split point guard duties in Conley's absence. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:24 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Casey: Lowry needs to get weight back down
    Dwane Casey said that Kyle Lowry has to get his "weight back down this summer."

    Advice: This comes minutes after Lowry failed to endorse Casey as the head coach, so things are going well in Toronto. Casey said that Lowry came into the season in great shape, but struggled to regain that form after his injury late in the season. We don't have any reason to doubt Lowry will be motivated heading into next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:05 am
  • Lakers looking for even more from Clarkson
    The Lakers want Jordan Clarkson to work on his skills as a scorer and become more aware as a passer in addition to adding more muscle to his body.

    Advice: Finally, the team wants Clarkson to work more off the ball as well in order to improve his versatility in the backcourt. However, Clarkson earned praise from Byron Scott and General Manager Mitch Kupchak, a familiar theme during his rookie season, and also credited Scott for his development. "I want to better myself every day," Clarkson said. "I want to be around winners and guys that want to go out there and get it." As for Clarkson, one goal he has for improvement is to become more vocal on both sides of the ball, something that would be a welcomed development for the Lakers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:43 am
  • Lowry fails to endorse Casey as head coach
    Kyle Lowry failed to endorse Dwane Casey as Raptors head coach on Monday.

    Advice: It sure sounds like Lowry is throwing his coach under the bus. "There is a few things internally that probably need to be fixed," Lowry said. And when asked for his opinion about Casey, Lowry said, "I respect Casey as a man." Casey is skating on thin ice, and his meeting with GM Masai Ujiri promises to be an uncomfortable one. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:07 am
  • Hollins: Deron Williams isn't the same player
    In his defense of Deron Williams, Lionel Hollins said that his starting point guard is no longer the player he once was.

    Advice: No player is the way he was four years ago." Williams has become a punching bag for the Nets since his tenure in Brooklyn began, and Hollins said it's become "totally unfair." Williams has made 2-of-15 shots over his last two games for a combined five points, but he has averaged 8.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.0 steals during that same stretch. He's expected to be able to play in Game 4 and going forward, but D-Will's effectiveness remains in question. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:30 am
     
    Injured
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • David Lee expected to return for second round
    David Lee is expected to return for the second round of the playoffs.

    Advice: "It's a team that plays big and that we're going to need every big on the roster ready to go, myself included," Lee said. Lee was actually available for Game 4 on an emergency basis, but now he's good to go in any capacity. The team's highest-paid player will continue to play a support role as the rest of the club has taken off without him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:22 am
     
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • J.R. Smith says hit on Crowder unintentional
    J.R. Smith said his hit to Jae Crowder's head in Sunday's Game 4 win was unintentional.

    Advice: Bluntly, the video tells another story, and Smith is more than likely to face a suspension. "There was nothing malicious about it," Smith said. "I didn’t try to do anything to hurt him or anybody else. "I’ve been in this situation before in the playoffs and it’s not a good feeling." The last part is the most important, as Smith can't afford to continue making these types of mistakes throughout his career. Although he's been mostly good since arriving in Cleveland, this was a bad look for Smith on a national stage. Don't expect to see Smith for at least the first game of the Cavs' second-round series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:21 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Josh Smith catches fire, scores 23 pts Sunday
    Josh Smith caught fire down the stretch of Sunday's Game 4 loss in Dallas, finishing with 23 points (8-of-10 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), four 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Smoove's shot selection tonight is a testament to the Rockets' offensive system -- he had five attempts beyond the arc, four attempts in the paint, and one "mid-range shawty" look from 11 feet. The Rockets are still firmly in control of the series with a 3-1 lead and they'll look to close out the Mavs with a win in Houston on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:42 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Corey Brewer scores 22 points on 9-of-15 FGs
    Corey Brewer drained 9-of-15 shots to finish Sunday's Game 4 loss with 22 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 32 minutes off the Rockets' bench.

    Advice: Brewer hit one 3-pointer and went 3-of-4 at the free throw line. He was a 26.8 percent shooter from downtown during the regular season yet he's averaging 2.0 triples on 60.0 percent shooting from deep in four games vs. Dallas. That's less surprising when you consider that Dallas gave up 9.1 triples per game to opponents this season, the highest mark of any team in the league. The Mavs were also below-average vs. opponent's bench players, so this is a tailor-made matchup for Brewer. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:41 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Mavs win Game 4 behind J.J. Barea's 17 & 13
    J.J. Barea thrived as a starter on Sunday with 17 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, 13 assists and one steal, helping the Mavericks stave off a season-ending loss by beating the Rockets 121-109.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle pulled the right strings tonight, enabling his short-handed squad to avoid a first-round sweep. When asked about Barea's excellent postseason play during his Mavs career, Carlisle said, "He's relished playoff opportunities ... I think that's how he's wired." Dallas will need Barea at his disruptive best when they try to extend the series to six games in Houston on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:35 pm
     
    Player Note
    J.J. Barea Dal - PG,SG
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • 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
    Sunday, 9:30 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores 31 pts in must-win Game 4
    Monta Ellis dropped a game-high 31 points to help the Mavericks win at home on Sunday, hitting 13-of-21 field goals and 3-of-5 free throws with two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Ellis turned the ball over five times but he also had six rebounds, three assists and one steal. He looked very comfortable as the Mavs' unquestioned go-to offensive player with both Rajon Rondo and Chandler Parsons out of commission, and his usage rate (28.1 percent on Sunday) should be through the roof again during Tuesday's Game 5 in Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:25 pm
     
    Player Note
    Monta Ellis Dal - PG,SG
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Devin Harris quiet in 16 minutes on Sunday
    Devin Harris played only 16 minutes off the Mavs' bench on Sunday, scoring four points on 2-of-5 shooting with one rebound, one steal and three personal fouls.

    Advice: This isn't what we expected to see from Harris with Rajon Rondo out, but he took a backseat to the effective starting duo of Monta Ellis (31 points) and J.J. Barea (17 points, 13 assists). Considering how much success the Mavs had with that backcourt tonight, owners in daily leagues may want to shy away from Harris during Tuesday's potential elimination game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:19 pm
     
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Kyle Lowry's 21 pts not enough in Game 4 loss
    Kyle Lowry navigated more foul trouble during Game 4 to finish a season-ending blowout with 21 points, two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists and a game-high six turnovers.

    Advice: Toronto's terrific run after Rudy Gay's departure was almost too good to be true, and they've finished the season with more questions than answers. The good news is that GM Masai Ujiri has multiple routes to fortify the roster this summer -- in addition to the draft and trade options, Toronto will have only nine players with guaranteed contracts. They won't have to worry about Lowry, as their All-Star point guard remains under contract through 2016-17. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:00 pm
  • Mike Conley needs surgery on facial fractures
    Mike Conley will have surgery on Monday to repair multiple facial fractures and his timetable for recovery is uncertain.

    Advice: TNT's Lewis Johnson broke the news. We already know that Conley will not play in Game 4, leaving Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes to run the PG spot, and his availability for a potential second-round matchup should be determined after the surgery. Russell Westbrook missed only one game after having facial surgery in early March but that's an exception, and the nature of Conley's multiple fractures will determine the length of his absence. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:36 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Beno Udrih (ankle) will play in Game 4 on Mon
    Beno Udrih (ankle) said that he will play in Game 4 against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Udrih sat out on Saturday, but with Mike Conley (face) going down, Memphis really needs all they can get from Udrih. He'll likely start with Conley unavailable, so he'll be someone to consider as a low-end, plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:23 pm
  • Mike Conley (face) out for Game 4 on Monday
    Mike Conley (face) will return to Memphis to undergo further evaluation, and he has been ruled out for Monday's Game 4 against Portland.

    Advice: With Conley out for Game 4 expect Beno Udrih to draw the start with Nick Calathes playing extended minutes off the bench. The Grizzlies are saying that Conley's injury is serious, so there's a good chance his absence extends beyond Game 4. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph will do the heavy lifting on offense for however long Conley is unavailable. For what it's worth, Conley's personal chef posted on Facebook that Conley will have surgery, but his person chef isn't exactly the most reliable source. We'll be waiting for an official diagnosis from the Grizzlies' organization. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:59 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • J.R. Smith ejected from Game 4 for Flagrant 2
    J.R. Smith was ejected from Sunday's Game 4 against the Celtics for a Flagrant 2 foul against Jae Crowder.

    Advice: Smith was boxing out Crowder, and then hit him with a vicious elbow to the face, and there's a good chance Smith is looking at a suspension from the league. He'll finish Sunday's game with eight points, two 3-pointers, and two steals. Iman Shumpert will likely pick up most of his minutes during the Cavs' next game. Click the link below to see the dirty play for yourself. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:46 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Deron Williams has severe case of tendinitis?
    According to teammate Joe Johnson, Deron Williams is dealing with a "severe" case of tendinitis in his knee.

    Advice: Williams also suffered a bruised tailbone in Game 3 on Saturday, but he has been banged up for a while now and this news isn't too surprising given his injury history. Head coach Lionel Hollins doesn't know if Williams will be able to play in Game 4 on Monday, but we will update his status once we know more. Jarrett Jack will step into the starting lineup if Williams is forced to miss any action, and he would be a popular option for owners in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:39 am
     
    Injured
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • LaMarcus Aldridge's future is up in the air
    ESPN's Chris Broussard reported on Saturday that when he asked LaMarcus Aldridge if Portland will be his No.1 choice in free agency, Aldridge said "we'll see".

    Advice: To make this story even more interesting, Blazers general manager Neil Olshey gave his team the option of flying home separately after their Game 2 defeat in Memphis, and Aldridge was the only player to take a separate flight from the team. This certainly doesn't bode well for Aldridge's future in Portland, and it's already being reported that teams such as the Spurs, Mavericks, Lakers and Knicks will pursue him hard this summer. The Blazers have lost the first three games of the series to the Grizzlies, so an early-round exit likely won't help Portland's chances of retaining their star power forward. We will continue to pass along updates as necessary. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:50 am
  • Deron Williams suffered a bruised tailbone
    Deron Williams left Saturday's game against the Hawks after landing hard on his tailbone, but he is expected to be fine moving forward.

    Advice: "It’s frustrating," Williams said. "It’s frustrating for me to be banged up, but we won tonight. And like I said, that’s the only thing that matters. Brook [Lopez] had a heck of a game tonight, you know, on both ends of the floor, rebounding. He did everything tonight. Joe [Johnson], big plays." Jarrett Jack took over when Williams left the game and led the Nets to an 18-0 run, so it looks like Williams' injury may have actually been a blessing in disguise for Brooklyn. Williams finished with just three points on 1-of-8 shooting to go with six assists, seven boards and two steals, but he will have to step it up if he doesn't want to lose playing time to Jack. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:51 am
     
    Injured
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • LaMarcus Aldridge shoots 6-of-18 from field
    LaMarcus Aldridge struggled from the field in Saturday's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies, shooting just 6-of-18 from the field to finish with 21 points, seven boards, five assists and two blocks.

    Advice: His shot was way off for most of the night and he was never able to establish a rhythm. Rumors were swirling around Aldridge for the entire game about potential destinations when he hits free agency, and an early first-round exit likely won't sit too well with him. Aldridge will look to bounce back in Game 4 on Monday as the Blazers try to avoid getting swept by the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:18 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
    Saturday, 10:58 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
    Saturday, 10:44 pm
  • Marc Gasol drops 25 in win, Grizzlies lead 3-0
    Marc Gasol scored 25 points with seven boards, four assists and three blocks in a decisive win over the Blazers on Saturday to give the Grizzlies a 3-0 series lead.

    Advice: Gasol shot just 6-of-17 from the field, but he was a bully in the paint and held Robin Lopez to just four points and four boards on the night. The Grizzlies will look to sweep the series on Monday in Portland, but it might be a lot tougher than they think if Mike Conley (eye) is unable to suit up for that one. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:39 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
    Saturday, 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
    Saturday, 9:28 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • David Lee gets a DNP-CD
    David Lee did not play on Saturday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Who needs Lee when the Warriors have Draymond Green? Lee will likely be looking at a few more DNP-CDs in the near future. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:49 pm
     
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • 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
    Saturday, 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
    Saturday, 6:38 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
    Saturday, 6:24 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 22 points with 13 boards
    Brook Lopez controlled the paint during a 91-83 Game 3 win over the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 22 points with 13 boards and two blocks in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He was a little more traditional with his scoring and played in the post more than in the first two games. After only posting a usage rate of just 11.8 in Game 1, he's basically doubled it to 23.3 in the last two games. If the Nets are going to make this a six- or seven-game series, there will need to be more 20-10 games from Bro-Lo. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:19 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
    Saturday, 3:11 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Al Horford makes just 3-of-12 from the field
    Al Horford made just 3-of-12 from the field for seven points against the Nets on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't play down the stretch with Pero Antic getting his minutes. There is no word of an injury and the Hawks probably just wanted a 3-point threat out there in a comeback attempt. Horford is making just 35.9 percent from the field in this series and is being outplayed by Brook Lopez. He'll look to turn it around on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:44 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
    Saturday, 2:35 pm
  • David Lee (back) will be active for Game 4
    David Lee (back) will be active for Game 4 against the Pelicans after looking good in a 3-on-3 scrimmage on Friday.

    Advice: This doesn't necessarily mean that he will play, but it's a good sign that his back is making progress. Lee won't have a big role in the postseason as long as Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut are healthy, so owners in daily leagues should continue to ignore him. Lee is a former All-Star, but he has almost no shot at stealing minutes away from Green as the playoffs progress. That isn't a knock on Lee in the slightest, but it speaks to how good Green has been on both sides of the floor. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:04 am
     
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • 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
    Saturday, 8:04 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Lowry hits just 5-of-22 shots in Game 3 loss
    Kyle Lowry hit just 5-of-22 shots in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Wizards, finishing with 15 points, four rebounds, seven assists, four steals and three treys in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Lowry came into the game with an illness, a shin contusion and a bad back. He hasn't been himself all series long and it's a big reason the Raptors have yet to win a game in the series. It's hard to see him getting back to 100 percent before Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:55 pm
  • Harris plays 21 minutes in Game 3 loss
    Devin Harris logged 21 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss, scoring 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting with one rebound and two assists.

    Advice: Harris has been dealing with a toe injury and had his foot stepped on tonight, but the Mavs desperately need him on the floor and he'll probably try to gut through another game on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:06 pm
     
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Barea scores 11 points with full stat line
    J.J. Barea scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 25 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss.

    Advice: Barea could be looking at an even bigger workload in Sunday's Game 4 with Devin Harris banged up and Raymond Felton only able to handle 13 minutes tonight. He'll be a popular target in DFS as long as his price doesn't rise too much. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:05 pm
     
    Player Note
    J.J. Barea Dal - PG,SG
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Howard grabs career-high 26 rebounds in win
    Dwight Howard grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds in Friday's Game 3 win over the Mavs, and also chipped in with 13 points, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Howard has looked great so far in the playoffs and owners can deal with his long-term knee issues over the summer at this rate. Terrence Jones went for 12 and six, Corey Brewer scored 15 points, and Josh Smith added 18 points, three rebounds, four assists and two triples in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:58 pm
  • David Lee (back) not on the injury report
    David Lee (back) is not listed on the injury report for Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: He was expected to play 3-on-3 today and it apparently went well. Lee may not be in the rotation and he would only be Draymond Green's backup at best. Green has at least 40 minutes in all three playoff games this season while Andrew Bogut is also getting 29.7 minutes of playing time. Don't expect much out of Lee in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:02 pm
     
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Kyle Lowry dealing with an illness, will play
    Kyle Lowry is dealing with an illness in addition to his shin contusion, but he's expected to be in uniform for Friday's Game 3 in Washington.

    Advice: Lowry didn't do much on the court during Friday morning's shootaround, but all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go in a must-win game for the Raptors. He hasn't played very well at all through the first two games of the series, and while he's not going to make any excuses, his health has certainly been a factor in his less-than-stellar performances. He's a risky daily league play. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:41 am
  • Devin Harris (toe) will play in Game 3 Friday
    Updating a previous report, Devin Harris (toe) will play in Friday's Game 3 against Houston.

    Advice: The Mavericks will likely go with a three point guard rotation of Harris, J.J. Barea, and Raymond Felton. Barea is the likely starter for tonight's game, with Harris expected to slot into his standard sixth man role off the bench. Felton will more than likely lose some minutes with Harris back in the rotation, and he can't be viewed as a viable option in any format. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:33 am
     
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Carlisle expects Devin Harris to play Friday
    Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that he expects Devin Harris (toe) to play in Game 3 against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: This is the third positive update we've had on Harris, and all signs are pointing towards him being available tonight. Harris should be able to get around 20 minutes of action tonight, which will likely come at the expense of Raymond Felton. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:26 am
     
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Nash says Clarkson can be a 'terrific player'
    After spending time during the 2014-15 season mentoring Jordan Clarkson, Steve Nash said that Clarkson has "a lot of ingredients to be a terrific NBA player."

    Advice: "The sky’s the limit," Nash said of Clarkson. "He has great size and athleticism. He can score and hit big shots. He’s developing into a good playmaker." Clarkson had a very nice rookie season with the Lakers, putting in averages of 15.8 points and 5.0 assists per game as a starter, and he obviously has the potential to develop into a quality NBA player. However, if the Lakers elect to bring in a top tier point guard through free agency this offseason, Clarkson’s fantasy value will take a significant hit. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:04 am
  • Raptors understand Game 3 is a must-win game
    The Raptors are embracing a must-win mentality for a crucial Game 3 against the Wizards in Washington on Friday.

    Advice: "It's a must-win for us," said Kyle Lowry. "Going down 3-0 would be very disheartening. One win. That's what we've got to focus on. One win, one game, one possession at a time." Lowry is clearly playing at less than 100 percent, but all signs are pointing towards Lowry suiting up for tonight's game. While the series won't end with a loss during Game 3 for the Raptors, it will essentially be over. Out of the 110 teams in NBA history that have dug themselves into a 0-3 hole, none have emerged victorious. Lowry will need to step up in a big way for the Raptors to have any shot at swinging this series in the other direction. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:39 am
  • David Lee (back) will go through 3-on-3
    David Lee (back) is progressing and is expected to play 3-on-3 at practice on Friday.

    Advice: He's not going to play tonight and the Warriors don't need him anyway. Draymond Green is logging 42 minutes per game and is playing some of the best defense of anyone right now. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:03 pm
     
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • 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
  • David Lee (back) spotted running on the court
    David Lee (back) was spotted running on the court on Thursday.

    Advice: He's still going to be out for Thursday's Game 3 against the Pelicans, but it sounds like he's moving in the right direction. Draymond Green has been logging major minutes for the Dubs, and that likely won't change when Lee returns to the rotation. Marreese Speights will pick up most of Lee's reserve minutes for however long he's sidelined. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:19 pm
     
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Kyle Lowry (shin) says he'll play in Game 3
    Kyle Lowry (shin) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and he said he will play in Game 3 on Friday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: All signs are pointing towards Lowry suiting up for a crucial Game 3 in Washington, and hopefully he can turn the corner after a rough first two games in which he averaged just 6.5 points, 4.0 assists, 0.5 steals and 2.0 turnovers per game on 25.0 percent shooting from the field. He's clearly not playing at 100 percent, but the Raptors simply need more from him if they hope to have any chance of advancing past the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:36 am
  • Carlisle says Harris making good progress
    Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that Devin Harris is making good progress with his toe injury, and signs are good for him being available for Game 3 against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: Harris was able to go through a full practice on Thursday, and he said he expects to play in Game 3 on Friday. With Rajon Rondo (back) out of commission, Harris and J.J. Barea will run the show at point guard for Dallas, with Raymond Felton seeing some extended minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:25 am
     
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Devin Harris able to practice Thursday
    Devin Harris (toe) was able to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: While Harris was already listed as probable to play in Game 3 agains the Rockets, this is a good sign for his availability for Friday. Harris and J.J. Barea will see big minutes with Rajon Rondo (back/ego) out indefinitely and both should have a chance at decent fantasy production as the Mavericks' only solid point guard options. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:01 am
     
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • David Lee ruled out for Thursday's Game 3
    David Lee (back) has been ruled out for Thursday's Game 3 against the Pelicans.

    Advice: This news comes as no surprise as Lee had already been listed as doubtful. Draymond Green has averaged 42 minutes per game over the first two games of the series and he and Marreese Speights will continue to see a boost in playing time while Lee is out. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:21 am
     
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Texas teams interested in LaMarcus Aldridge
    The Spurs and Mavericks will pursue LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency this summer, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: While the Lakers and Knicks are thought to covet Aldridge, Stein reports that both the Spurs and Mavericks think they have a shot at signing the Texas native. Aldridge will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and will have no shortage of suitors, so we'll have to revisit this topic over the summer. No matter where he ends up, Aldridge is coming off a top-25 fantasy season and should be a late-second round pick in fall drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:40 am
  • 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
  • Marc Gasol shoots poorly, fills stat sheet
    Marc Gasol hit just 4-of-15 shots against the Blazers on Wednesday, but still finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists, a steal and three blocks in the 97-82 win.

    Advice: He's one of the best centers in the league and despite the poor shooting tonight, still rewarded his fantasy owners. He looks like a good bet to keep playing well, and should also continue on to Round 2 as the Grizzlies hold a 2-0 lead over the Blazers in Round 1. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:54 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
  • Aldridge's 24-14-4 not enough for Blazers
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit 7-of-20 shots, a 3-pointer and 9-of-10 free throws to finish with 24 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and four blocks in Wednesday's 97-82 Game 2 loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The Blazers now trail 2-0 in the series, and the future doesn't look very bright in Portland. Damian Lillard added 18 points, but just one assist, and also hit just 5-of-16 shots in the process. With Arron Afflalo and Wesley Matthews both out, the Blazers started Allen Crabbe, who hit just 1-of-2 shots for three points. Games 3 & 4 are in Portland, so the Blazers have a chance to get back into the series, but they'll need everyone to play well in order for that to happen. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:43 pm
  • Al Horford flirts with a triple-double in win
    Al Horford flirted with a triple-double against the Nets during a win on Wednesday, scoring 14 points with 13 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and one steal in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He had a finger injury heading into this game and only made 6-of-15 from the field. Besides the poor shooting, Horford was absolutely fantastic in the win. He has two double-doubles in this series and he's done a very good job on defense, too. He'll get a couple days off before Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:38 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
     
    Injured
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Brook Lopez gets more shots in a loss
    Brook Lopez made 8-of-15 from the field against the Hawks on Wednesday during a Game 2 loss, scoring 20 points with seven rebounds and three blocks.

    Advice: At least he had more shots than his seven from Game 1. The Nets really forced the ball into the post quite a bit and some credit should go to the Hawks for making it tougher on him. He'll need a massive game on Saturday in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:01 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
  • David Lee (back) doubtful to play in Game 3
    David Lee (back) is doubtful to play in Game 3 against the Pelicans.

    Advice: It's not a surprise and the Warriors don't need him anyway. Draymond Green is logging 42 minutes per game and is on his way to his second outstanding run in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:48 pm
     
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • 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
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Devin Harris (toe) is probable for Game 3
    Devin Harris (toe) is probable to play against the Rockets in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Finally, the Mavs get some good news. Harris will have to really step up in the second unit because 40 percent of the starters are out indefinitely. As long as Harris stays healthy, he'll have a decent chance to score in the teens with some full stat lines. It's very possible he'll exceed the production of J.J. Barea and Richard Jefferson. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:36 pm
     
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Kyle Lowry (shin) expected to play on Friday
    Kyle Lowry (shin contusion) is fine according to head coach Dwane Casey, and he is expected to play in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Lowry was getting some treatment on his shin Wednesday and is also expected to practice on Thursday, so all signs point to him playing in Game 3. The Raptors have lost their first two games at home and the series now shifts to Washington, so expect Lowry to do everything he can to keep the Raptors alive in what is a must-win game. Expect an update on Lowry's status after practice on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:16 am
  • Kyle Lowry is dealing with a shin contusion
    Kyle Lowry left Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards due to a shin contusion, but he is expected to be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

    Advice: We should know more details on his injury soon, but it doesn't sound serious and it would be really surprising if he had to sit out Game 3 on Friday. Lowry has been picking up careless fouls and has been vasty outplayed by John Wall so far, so hopefully he can turn things around soon. If Lowry is forced to miss any action, Greivis Vasquez and Lou Williams will have to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:36 am
  • Devin Harris 'optimistic' to play in Game 3
    Devin Harris said that his toe still hasn't improved, but he is "optimistic" that he will be able to play in Game 3 vs. Houston on Friday.

    Advice: Harris played just nine minutes in Game 1 and was held out of Game 2, so it's pretty obvious that his toe injury is a real concern. The good news is that Harris has a couple days off to rest, so we will continue to provide updates as soon as we know more. If Harris continues to miss time, Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea will have even more responsibility off the bench, especially considering how disappointing Rajon Rondo has been. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:44 am
     
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Josh Smith gets 15/8/9 in playoff gem vs Mavs
    Josh Smith dominated the second half of Tuesday's win vs. the Mavericks, finishing with 15 points, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one block off the bench.

    Advice: The nine dimes tied Smith's playoff-high and he looked Smoove indeed, sealing the victory with a barrage of alley-oop passes to Dwight Howard. Smith committed five fouls in 26 minutes and this might stand as his best performance of the postseason, but he's already justified Daryl Morey's decision to claim him after the Pistons jettisoned his contract in mid-December. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:01 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Dwight Howard leads Rockets to Game 2 win
    Dwight Howard played a fear-inducing Game 2 on Tuesday with 28 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 33 minutes vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Howard made 8-of-11 free throws, spoiling any "Hack-a-Howard" strategy, and he finished 10-of-15 from the field after a barrage of alley-oops in the second half. The Rockets can take a bullet-proof series lead if they win in Dallas on Friday or Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • J.J. Barea logs 34 minutes off Mavs' bench
    J.J. Barea played 34 minutes during Game 2 on Tuesday, his highest playing time since Feb. 11, finishing a road loss in Houston with 13 points, one 3-pointer, six rebounds, two assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Barea's speed makes him deadly as a matchup-oriented bench player, but he was forced into a huge role tonight with Devin Harris (toe) unavailable and Rajon Rondo struggling with fouls and inefficiency. Dallas isn't likely to climb out of an 0-2 series deficit with Barea logging 30+ minutes, though they may be forced to try if Harris can't suit up for Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:48 pm
     
    Player Note
    J.J. Barea Dal - PG,SG
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Kyle Lowry sputters before ankle injury in 4Q
    Kyle Lowry had a disastrous Game 2 with only six points, two rebounds and four assists in 27 foul-plagued minutes, and he sat out late in the fourth quarter with a left ankle injury.

    Advice: Lowry fouled out of Game 1, causing him to watch forlornly as his team fell in overtime, but he once again picked up needless fouls by gambling defensively. Suffice to say, the Raptors' All-Star point guard must play far better to make this a close series. Lowry was kicked in the ankle and we'll keep an eye on his injury over the next few days but it would be surprising if he sits out a must-win Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:58 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
     
    Suspended
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • 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
  • Devin Harris sidelined Tuesday w/ turf toe
    Devin Harris (turf toe) will not play during Tuesday's Game 2 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: The Mavs are already without Chandler Parsons (knee) and the absence of Harris will force Raymond Felton to play a substantial role off the bench. Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis will also get fewer breathers as Dallas tries to even the series with a road win on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:16 pm
     
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • David Lee (back) expected to miss Game 3
    David Lee (back) is not expected to play in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He is listed as "out" on the Warriors' injury report as he continues to rest his strained lower back. It's an easily-aggravated injury so his absence isn't surprising, especially with Draymond Green and Marreese Speights ably handling the PF position. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:00 pm
     
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Al Horford says he's ready for Game 2
    Al Horford (finger) said he will play in Wednesday's Game 2 against the Nets.

    Advice: After dislocating his finger in Game 1 on Sunday, Horford left no doubt regarding his status for Game 2. "I’m playing," Horford said Tuesday. "I’m playing. I feel fine. I practiced today." Horford said he must still have his pinky and ring fingers taped together and added that the taping affected his shooting in Game 1. We'll update his status prior to tipoff on Wednesday, but it sounds like owners in daily leagues can safely roster Horford on Wednesday.. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:17 am
  • Devin Harris present at Tuesday shootaround
    Devin Harris (toe) was able to participate in Tuesday's shootaround.

    Advice: Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said he wouldn't have a decision on Harris' availability for Tuesday's Game 2 until pre-game, but his participation in shootaround is a good sign for Harris. We'll have an update on Harris once Carlisle and the training staff make a decision, but J.J. Barea would be in line to see a minutes bump if Harris is unable to suit up. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 am
     
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Al Horford says he's not certain for Game 2
    Al Horford (finger) said there is still "some question" as to whether or not he'll be available for Game 2 vs. the Nets.

    Advice: He's getting "treatment galore," but it would be a major surprise if Horford were forced out of the lineup. Although the big man said it was "very uncomfortable" to shoot with his fingers taped, Horford should be able to get out there so long as he doesn't have any setbacks. It's a situation to monitor closely, and we're putting him on the injury report now that he's said he's unsure of his availability. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:21 am
  • Dwight Howard a difference-maker in Game 1
    Dwight Howard was a difference-maker in the Game 1 win over the Mavericks on defense.

    Advice: When Howard was on the floor Saturday night, the Rockets allowed 75.1 points per 100 possessions. When he was off, that number ballooned to 112.2 points per 100 possessions. The good news is Howard felt good out there over his 17 minutes, and his playing time should increase moving forward so long as he stays out of foul trouble. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:57 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
    Apr 20, 7:21 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Rumor: Aldridge could bolt in free agency
    The Blazers are fearful LaMarcus Aldridge could bolt in free agency this offseason, according to The Oregonian.

    Advice: One Blazers player estimated Aldridge is 50-50 to return after the season. This is more rumor than report, and we haven't seen much to suggest Aldridge is seriously considering a change of scenery. That being said, he'll be in high demand, and a first-round playoff exit could leave a sour taste in his mouth. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 6:13 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge gets 32 pts in blowout loss
    The Blazers left LaMarcus Aldridge on an island offensively on Sunday, as he scored a game-high 32 points on 13-of-34 shooting in a blowout road loss at Memphis.

    Advice: The Blazers left LaMarcus Aldridge on an island offensively on Sunday, as he scored a game-high 32 points on 13-of-34 shooting in a blowout road loss at Memphis. Aldridge snared 14 rebounds with four blocks, two 3-pointers and only two turnovers in 42 minutes, but it wasn't nearly enough with his teammates scoring a combined 54 points on 31.1 percent shooting. Teams that lose Game 1 of a seven-game series go on to lose 76.9 percent of the time, a trend Portland will try to reverse beginning on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:58 pm
  • Damian Lillard sputters out in Game 1 loss
    Damian Lillard sputtered in Sunday's Game 1 with 14 points on 5-of-21 shooting, eight rebounds and three assists, missing all six of his 3-point attempts without any defensive stats.

    Advice: The Blazers finished the season on a 1-5 skid with injuries decimating their already-thin depth chart and they never got going in a blowout loss tonight. Lillard launched some ill-advised shot and seemed generally out of sorts, something he'll have to fix quickly to avoid falling into the dreaded 0-2 hole with Game 2 looming in Memphis on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:57 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
  • 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
  • Marc Gasol paces Grizzlies in blowout vs. POR
    Marc Gasol contributed 15 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three blocks with only one turnover vs. the short-handed Blazers on Sunday.

    Advice: Gasol led the NBA with 114 points created when passing to cutters out of the post this season, just one facet of the former Defensive Player of the Year's impressive skill-set. He combined with Zach Randolph (14 points, nine boards) to dominate the Blazers' frontcourt tonight, as Memphis used efficient offense and stifling defense to run away with an easy win. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:51 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
  • Al Horford 'fine' after dislocating finger
    Al Horford returned to Sunday's game after dislocating his right pinky finger, finishing with 10 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks went 29-0 at home when leading after three quarters this season and they were up by 12 points after three frames today, but a late surge from Brooklyn forced them to sweat out a narrow home victory. Horford said that it was "very uncomfortable" to shoot with his finger taped up, but X-rays were negative and we're leaving him off the injury report in advance of Wednesday's Game 2 in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:30 pm
  • Nets lose Gm 1 despite Brook Lopez's 17 & 14
    Brook Lopez led the Nets with 17 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and zero turnovers in 36 minutes on Sunday, hitting 6-of-7 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws.

    Advice: BroLo averaged 19.7 points and 9.2 rebounds after the All-Star break and he'll need to have a huge series for Brooklyn to hang with the top-seeded Hawks. His offense was even more critical tonight with backup center Mason Plumlee going scoreless without any field goal attempts in 12 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:28 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
     
    Injured
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • 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
  • Al Horford returns after dislocating finger
    Al Horford exited Sunday's game after appearing to dislocate his right pinky finger, though he has since returned.

    Advice: The Hawks were leading by double-digits in the fourth quarter at the time of Horford's injury, but X-rays were negative and his return confirms that he's fine. Crisis averted. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 4:33 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
     
    Suspended
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • David Lee (back) out for Game 2 on Monday
    David Lee (back) will remain sidelined for Game 2 against the Pelicans on Monday.

    Advice: Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut will play extended minutes with Lee unavailable, with Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights having the opportunity for extended minutes off the bench. However, Ezeli and Speights combined for a total of four minutes during Game 1, so there are no guarantees they play significant minutes during Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 2:18 pm
     
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Dwight Howard battles foul trouble in win
    Dwight Howard played just 17 minutes due to foul trouble against the Mavs on Saturday with 11 points, five boards, one steal and five blocks.

    Advice: If not for the foul trouble, he would have played more. The Rockets didn't really go to Howard in the post much, but Howard looked healthy with respect to his knee. He should be closer to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:37 pm
  • Corey Brewer steps it up down the stretch
    Corey Brewer turned it on down the stretch against the Mavs on Saturday with 15 points, one assist and three 3-poiners in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He killed the Mavs in the fourth quarter with all three 3-pointers coming in that frame. Brewer's versatility at both wing spots should help him get playing time in the 20s. Trevor Ariza did have some cramping issues, but there's no need to worry about him. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:31 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Monta Ellis scores just 16 points vs. HOU
    Monta Ellis scored 16 points against the Rockets on Saturday with four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 5-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: This was not Monta's best game outside of a brilliant buzzer beater to end the third quarter. Ellis was able to attack the basket, but he just couldn't finish over the Rockets' size. Expect him to have a better game in Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:25 pm
     
    Player Note
    Monta Ellis Dal - PG,SG
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Dwight Howard expected to play more
    Dwight Howard is expected to play more in the postseason than he did in the regular season.

    Advice: Coach Kevin McHale said the Rockets will play it by ear with Dwight's minutes. Dwight was up to 28 minutes on Apr. 12 and he should get over the 30-minute plateau tonight. There will be less minutes going to Joey Dorsey. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 4:49 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
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