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  • Marreese Speights doing some running
    Marreese Speights (right calf) advanced to running the stairs on Monday.

    Advice: He's still out for Game 4, but could get back to court work in the next day or two. Speights could be ready for the NBA Finals, but obviously the Warriors may not need him. Festus Ezeli has really stepped up for the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:13 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Tristan Thompson a Cavalier for life?
    LeBron James said on Monday Tristan Thompson "should probably be a Cavalier for the rest of his life."

    Advice: He's a restricted free agent and the Cavs are likely going to bring him back based on his outstanding postseason. While Thompson's offensive ability away from the basket is a little behind schedule, he's really taken off in the paint on both ends. Expect him to get big minutes following his 42.0 minutes per game in his last three outings. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:09 pm
  • Pacers, Scola share interest on new contract
    The Pacers and Luis Scola are mutually interested in working out a new contract.

    Advice: "We'll see how it goes," Larry Bird said. Scola would be a solid bench presence for the Pacers, but it's not clear how close the two sides may be in seeing eye-to-eye on the value of a new deal for the 35-year-old big man. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:17 am
  • Dwight Howard addressed team after Game 3
    Dwight Howard addressed the Rockets after their Game 3 loss ahead of a must-win Game 4 vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: "He's tough and he works hard," Terrence Jones said. "He inspires us. I really appreciate the big fella expressing himself and letting us all know how much he wants to win, and hopefully we can all go out there and give that kind of effort." It's a good attitude to have, but Howard and the Rockets will need more than the power of positive thought to avoid a four-game sweep. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:53 am
  • Steven Adams learned about himself this year
    Steven Adams admitted to learning more about himself after dealing with various injuries this season.

    Advice: After Adams broke his hand, that's when his mental perspective began to change. "After I got injured, I really learned just to appreciate the game and not think about it as much and just go out and have fun." Adams averaged 7.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 0.5 steals and 1.2 blocks on 54.5 percent shooting in his sophomore season. He should again make for a popular low-end target in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:44 am
  • Mike Muscala starts 2nd half, goes scoreless
    Mike Muscala started the second half of Game 3 for the Hawks after Al Horford's ejection, but he finished scoreless with one assist, one personal foul and no other stats to his credit in nine minutes.

    Advice: Muscala's emergence in the rotation had led to DNP-CDs for Mike Scott (eight points, nine rebounds) in the playoffs, but the script has flipped in Games 2 & 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Muscala was ineffective in his limited minutes tonight and he's unlikely to play a major role on Tuesday unless the league decides that Al Horford's elbow-drop is worthy of a suspension. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov logs only 22 minutes Sunday
    Timofey Mozgov finished Cleveland's Game 3 home win with nine points, five rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Cavs' starting center got a bloody nose in practice courtesy of teammate Tristan Thompson, but that wasn't a limiting factor on Sunday. Al Horford was ejected in the first half which led to small-ball lineups from the Hawks, so coach David Blatt countered with a LeBron/Tristan Thompson frontcourt for most of the second half. Mozgov has played 30+ minutes just once this postseason so fantasy owners shouldn't be shocked when he's held to the low 20s. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Al Horford ejected after Flagrant-2 in Game 3
    Al Horford was ejected in the second quarter of Sunday's game after a Flagrant-2 foul when he dropped an elbow on Matthew Dellavedova's neck.

    Advice: The play was reminiscent of Taj Gibson's highly-questionable Flagrant-2 vs. Dellavedova in the second round of the playoffs. Dellavedova appeared to intentionally undercut Horford to prevent a rebound as he fell to the ground, and Horford used his elbow when he subsequently fell atop Dellavedova. The play didn't warrant an ejection but it fits the league's definition for a Flagrant-2 and will be automatically reviewed for a potential fine or suspension. It's a devastating turn of events for Atlanta as they seek to avoid falling into an 0-3 hole in the Eastern Conference Finals. Mike Muscala will start the second half and Pero Antic will also be asked to play an expanded role with Horford temporarily out of commission. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:44 pm
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Andrew Bogut praises Festuz Ezeli's effort
    Andrew Bogut praised Festuz Ezeli's effort after Saturday's Game 3 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: "[Ezeli] was huge for us. He's been playing great all series in my opinion," Bogut said. "He has stayed professional and when he gets limited minutes he stays ready. He got some extended minute [Saturday] and did a hell of a job for us. That's what we're going to need." Ezeli stepped up on Saturday night when Bogut got into foul trouble, playing some excellent defense against Dwight Howard while scoring 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with six boards and a block. The Warriors need his size to battle with big D12, and so far, he's gotten the job done. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:22 pm
  • Marreese Speights (calf) ruled out for Game 4
    Marreese Speights (calf) is making progress, but he will not play in Game 4 against the Rockets on Monday.

    Advice: David Lee was initially the one getting the minutes with Speights sidelined, but he's nearly fallen out of the rotation entirely during the Houston series. Festus Ezeli has earned himself a nice role off the bench in the Conference Finals, but with averages of just 6.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 block over 13.6 minutes of action, he's not much of an asset in fantasy basketball. Speights is unlikely to be a factor the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:21 am
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Dwight Howard says Rockets will keep fighting
    With Houston facing a 3-0 deficit to the Warriors , Dwight Howard said that the only thing the Rockets can do is fight.

    Advice: "There’s a lot of words I could say about tonight, but I’ve got to keep my teammates together," Howard said after Game 3 on Saturday. "We can’t fold. We can’t quit. It’s easy to give up and say they’re playing great. It’s easy to do that. They’re going to have to take all of us out on a stretcher. We ain’t going down lightly. We’re down 3-0 in the Western Conference finals. The only thing we can do is fight." Howard contributed 14 points, 14 boards and one block in the loss, and the good news is that his knee doesn't appear to be giving him any problems. Game 4 is set to take place in Houston on Monday, and Howard should be in line for a big game with the Rockets facing elimination. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:37 am
  • Jared Sullinger says everyone doubts him
    Jared Sullinger, who has been working out at Ohio State with Evan Turner and Greg Oden, believes that everyone is doubting him.

    Advice: "Right now, everyone is doubting me," Sullinger said. "I get everything, 'He’s not this, he’s not that. He’s not the guy that we thought he was going to be, potentially.' I’ve heard it all. I use it as motivation. Nothing is going to change, I’m going to keep working, working as hard as possible." Sullinger has been heavily criticized for his weight and conditioning, but it sounds like he is motivated to improve this summer. The Celtics won't approach him about a contract extension until next summer when he can become a restricted free agent, so next season will be crucial for him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:21 am
  • Andrew Bogut dominates before fouling out
    Andrew Bogut was dominant during an easy win over the Rockets on Saturday, scoring 12 points with 12 rebounds, one assist, one block and no turnovers.

    Advice: He fouled out in his 20 minutes of action, but Bogut set the tone in the first quarter with 10 points in the first six minutes. He was also involved in contesting several shots and continues to be a bit of the unsung hero for the Warriors and their tremendous in-the-paint defense. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:45 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores 14 in loss
    Dwight Howard scored 14 points with 14 rebounds, one block and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Warriors during a Game 3 loss on Saturday.

    Advice: He was 2-of-8 from the line tonight and the Rockets made just 19-of-31 as a team. Howard just has way too much pressure on him because the Rockets' perimeter defense has been non-existent. The easy buckets are not his fault and he's played well in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:37 pm
  • Kevin Love gets a light workout in on Sat
    Kevin Love (shoulder) did a light workout on Saturday.

    Advice: It is likely just some work on a bike and he is still nowhere near close to a return. The jury is still out Love and whether or not he'll return to Cleveland, but the Lakers will undoubtedly be making a push. With Love out, Tristan Thompson has really stepped up at both the center and power forward spots. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:54 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Roy Hibbert learning jiu-jitsu
    Roy Hibbert is learning jiu-jitsu this offseason.

    Advice: A couple summers ago, Hibbert was in the news for his added workouts in the gym, most notably with the Spurs. Unfortunately, the wheels fell off for Hibbert in each of his last two seasons, so apparently he is going to change his offseason regiment again. He is likely going to use his player option and should be back with Indy next year. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:35 pm
  • Rockets will play Howard 'as much as we can'
    Coach Kevin McHale said on Saturday he'll play Dwight Howard (knee) "as much as we can."

    Advice: Dwight was helping on defense a lot in Game 2 and it led to some very nice production out of Andrew Bogut. Howard also played 40 minutes in the loss and will likely be in that neighborhood again. McHale also said he expects to hit Howard in the post more, so there could be a 20-point game on the way. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:21 pm
  • Dwight Howard says his knee has made progress
    Dwight Howard said that his knee feels much better than it did before Game 2.

    Advice: "It felt pretty good," Howard said. "We were happy about that. I didn’t want to linger throughout the whole playoffs." He is listed as probable for Game 3 vs. the Warriors on Saturday, but he doesn't appear to be in any trouble of missing this one. Howard went off for 19 points, 17 rebounds, one block and two steals in 40 minutes of action during Game 2, so he should be in line for another big performance in what will be a must-win game in Houston. To be safe, we will verify that he will be in the lineup prior to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:03 am
  • Marreese Speights will not play on Saturday
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play against the Rockets in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: He is expected to be held out for the first five game of the series against Houston, so this isn't a surprise. With Speights out of the lineup, Festus Ezeli should see around 10-12 minutes per game moving forward. Head coach Steve Kerr did say that Speights has shown improvement, so we will continue to track his progress closely. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:51 am
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Al Horford is hopeful to play in Game 3 Sun
    According to head coach Mike Budenholzer, the Hawks are hopeful that Al Horford (knee) will be good to go for Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: "He had two or three different times where he got hit in the same spot," Budenholzer said. "The feedback from him after the game, I think that he's going to be OK. I think that it's just one of those things. A couple hits, a couple bangs, we're hopeful that he'll be fine going into Game 3." The Hawks have the lost the first two games of the series at home, so they desperately need to win on Sunday. Horford will likely do everything in his power to play, but we should have plenty of updates on his status before the game. If Horford is unable to play, Mike Muscala and Pero Antic would be in the mix for more minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:44 am
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Jared Sullinger is on same page with Celtics
    Jared Sullinger and the Celtics are on the same page in regards to his conditioning.

    Advice: Sullinger is viewing the foot injury that he had this season as a wake-up call, and he is eager to improve his conditioning this summer. Celtics president Danny Ainge recently criticized Sullinger for not taking care of his body, so it's good to see that he is taking steps to improve. He will be playing for a new contract next season, so he will have plenty of motivation to have a big year. On a side note, Sullinger is hoping to be more of a post player next season, but he said that the coaching staff urges him to shoot more 3-pointers. We will keep an eye on his progress this summer, but as of right now he will still be a risky selection in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:28 am
  • Millsap whooped up on in Game 2 loss to Cavs
    Paul Millsap struggled mightily in Friday's Game 2 loss to the Cavs, scoring four points on 2-of-8 shooting with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Millsap has lost his offensive confidence and in every other aspect of the game he was lacking tonight. He flashed some good defense against LeBron James in Game 1, but wasn't called upon in that department tonight. Instead, he was a big reason that Tristan Thompson was able to get all he could eat. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:34 pm
  • Horford dinged up in 12-point, six-board game
    Al Horford scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, one steal and one block in Friday's Game 2 loss to the Cavs, but also got dinged up throughout the game with apparent quad injuries.

    Advice: Horford left the game once and would later return and the nature of his discomfort was hard to peg, but it's clear he's not at 100 percent and his status might be touchy going forward. He said after the game that he was okay, however, so Hawks fans can only cross their fingers and hope it doesn't become an issue in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:28 pm
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Thompson too much to handle down low
    Tristan Thompson was too much to handle for the Hawks in the Cavs' Game 2 win on Friday, grabbing 16 rebounds to go with seven points and two boards in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Thompson had a big-time block on Kent Bazemore as a signature play and his play in the playoffs has earned him a big payday. He has rendered Paul Millsap useless and the Hawks don't appear to have the muscle to keep him off the glass. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:05 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) probable for Game 3
    Dwight Howard (knee) is being listed as probable for Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: Howard went off for 19 points and 17 rebounds during Game 2's loss, so there's absolutely no reason to think he won't be in uniform for a crucial Game 3 in Houston. His probable tag would suggest he didn't experience any setbacks during his 40 minutes of action on Thursday, and Houston will need all they can get from Dwight if they hope to climb out of their current 0-2 hole. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:39 am
  • Kris Humphries looking to become a stretch-4
    Kris Humphries stated during a recent interview that he will be looking to expend his range to beyond the 3-point arc this offseason.

    Advice: "I never really worked on shooting threes and stuff. I started working on it this year," said Humphries. "I had a lot of success in the last month [practicing] or so I really working on it every day, continue to work on it next year, add to my game." Wizards' head coach Randy Wittman has been gravitating towards playing smaller and faster with shooters at the four-spot, and current starting center Marcin Gortat has expressed a desire to play alongside a stretch-four, so if Humphries wants more consistent minutes this is a part of his game he'll need to develop. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:19 am
  • Dwight Howard plays well despite knee injury
    Dwight Howard not only played through his sore left knee, but went off for 19 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and a block, hitting 8-of-11 shots and 3-of-7 free throws in Thursday's tough loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Howard looked great, but so did the Warriors' Andrew Bogut, and you can expect these two to continue to battle each other throughout this series. Yes, there's a chance that Howard's knee could swell up and leave him questionable for Saturday's Game 3 in Houston, but if tonight was any indication, it would be very surprising if he's in street clothes on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:14 pm
  • Andrew Bogut plays a great Game 2 for GSW
    Andrew Bogut, still not 100 percent while dealing with the flu, played 31 minutes and hit 7-of-9 shots for 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists and five blocks in Thursday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: He battled Stephen Curry for tonight's game MVP honors and probably deserves the nod given the fact he needed an IV after Game 1 on Tuesday. Bogut is going to be a factor the rest of the way and makes for a nice value play in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:56 pm
  • Dwight Howard will play for Rockets
    Dwight Howard will play for the Rockets on Thursday night for Game 2.

    Advice: He tested his sore left knee just moments ago and looked pretty good doing so. Clint Capela will come off the bench now that it appears that Howard will start. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:33 pm
  • Dwight Howard to be a true game-time call
    Dwight Howard (knee) will be a true game-time decision for Game 2 on Thursday.

    Advice: "Dwight hasn't warmed up yet, so I don't know," coach Kevin McHale said. We'll be tracking this one until tip, but we might not find out until moments before the game starts. If he's out, Clint Capela would likely start, but expect to see Terrence Jones log major minutes at center. That also opens up time for Josh Smith. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:44 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) a game-time decision
    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said that Dwight Howard (knee) went through about half of Thursday's shootaround, and he will be a game-time decision for Game 2 vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Howard has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain of the inside ligament of his left knee, although he was spotted making post moves and dunking during shootaround, which is a major improvement from yesterday when James Harden said he could barely bend his leg. However, Howard did not do any running during shootaround, so a key to his playing status for Game 2 will be how his knee responds to pregame sprints. If Dwight can't go, Clint Capela will start, with Josh Smith and Terrence Jones likely logging heavy minutes. Houston's medical staff said that players typically would need 7-10 days to recover from a knee sprain, so if he plays, he's definitely not going to be 100 percent. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:22 am
  • Marc Gasol first Grizz on All-NBA 1st team
    Marc Gasol became the first Grizzlies player to be named to the All-NBA first team.

    Advice: Gasol finished the 2014-15 regular season with averages of 17.4 points, 7.8 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.6 blocks and 0.9 steals per game and will now enter free agency as one of the most coveted players on the market. While Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace is confident Gasol will be back in Memphis next year, fantasy owners can feel good about selecting the big man in the first round no matter what uniform he's wearing for the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:11 am
  • LeBron lauds Tristan Thompson's defense
    LeBron James said Tristan Thompson is one of the best pick-and-roll defenders in the NBA.

    Advice: James said Thompson's biggest defensive improvement this season has been his communication and that has led to the 24-year-old becoming one of the best pick-and-roll defenders in the league.Thompson has been a nightly double-double threat since entering the starting lineup for Kevin Love (shoulder) and he's now averaging 12.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks on 59.0 percent shooting from the field in his last five games. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:56 am
  • Clips will offer DeAndre Jordan max contract
    Clippers vice president and head coach Doc Rivers said the team will offer DeAndre Jordan a max contract.

    Advice: While Jordan has said he'll test open market and reportedly has some issues with Chris Paul, it may be tough for him to pass up the extra dollars that the Clippers can offer. Jordan can make around $109 million over five years with the Clips, while other teams will only be able to offer him $81 million over four years. It's no sure thing that Jordan stays with the Clippers, but this makes it all the more likely he won't be wearing a new uniform next season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:11 am
  • Andrew Bogut needed post-game IV on Tuesday
    Andrew Bogut (illness) needed a post-game IV after Game 1 against the Rockets on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bogut said he played "horribly" in Game 1 as he dealt with the flu and required an IV after playing 16 minutes in the game. Bogut may see less playing time in the series if Dwight Howard's knee injury is serious, but he doesn't seem in danger of missing any games due to the flu and will be an important defensive piece for the Warriors if Howard is able to suit up. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:33 am
  • Paul Millsap fouls out, scores 13 points
    Paul Millsap fouled out in 38 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds, three assists and one block.

    Advice: With DeMarre Carroll (knee) going down, Millsap is now going to have to guard LeBron James more often, which isn't a bad thing for the Hawks defense. However, all that extra effort on the defensive end could take away from Millsap's offensive game. Regardless, his minutes will be close to 40. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic has successful left knee surgery
    Jusuf Nurkic had successful surgery to repair a partially torn left patellar tendon on Wednesday.

    Advice: An earlier timetable says Nurkic will miss the next 3-4 months, so he should be ready for camp. The Nuggets may look to address their frontcourt with the seventh pick in the draft, which could potentially hurt Nurkic's numbers. He averaged 6.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.10 blocks in 62 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:29 pm
     
    Injured
  • Marreese Speights (calf) out for Game 2
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play against the Rockets in Game 2 on Thursday.

    Advice: He is expected to be out for the first five games of the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors got a lot out of Festus Ezeli in Game 1 and they'll likely look to him again. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:08 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Celtics have some interest in McGee
    The Celtics still have some interest in signing JaVale McGee this summer.

    Advice: The Celtics had some interest in McGee when he was released back in March, but nobody picked him up. McGee won't have many suitors this summer and may only get a one-year deal. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:47 pm
  • AD, Jimmy, Bogut, Wall & Duncan make 2nd team
    Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, John Wall, Tim Duncan and Andrew Bogut were named to the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team on Wednesday.

    Advice: The surprising omission here is Rudy Gobert, who helped the Jazz become the toughest interior defense after the break. However, he is a center, so it would have been tough for him to make it over DeAndre Jordan or Bogut. Although, it's not a tough case to make, especially since he played 575 more minutes than Bogut this season. Anthony Davis led the NBA in blocks per game, but his numbers with on-ball defense don't match up with Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green, the First Team forwards. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:27 am
  • Kosta Koufos wants to be a starter
    Kosta Koufos, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, wants to be a starter in the NBA.

    Advice: Koufos was a very solid backup in Memphis behind Marc Gasol, and he will be sure to command plenty of interest on the open market. The Grizzlies will obviously make re-signing Gasol their top priority, so it's possible that they are forced to part ways with Koufos. If he lands in an ideal situation, Koufos could be a name to watch heading into fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:13 am
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Grizzlies GM believes Marc Gasol will stay
    Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said he "firmly" believes that Marc Gasol will be back in Memphis next season.

    Advice: Gasol has been playing his cards close to his chest, but it's hard to imagine him leaving Memphis. For obvious reasons, Gasol will be one of the biggest names on the open market, and teams such as the Spurs and Knicks will likely go after him aggressively. This story will only heat up as we approach July 1, so be sure to check back for all the latest updates. Regardless, Gasol will be an elite asset next season no matter where he lands. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:27 am
  • Kevin Garnett (knees) wants to play next year
    Kevin Garnett told head coach Flip Saunders that he wants to continue playing next season.

    Advice: Garnett will become a free agent on July 1, but all signs point to him remaining in Minnesota for what could be the final season of his career. KG's presence on the team could do wonders for the Wolves' young players, but we don't expect him to have more than a limited role on the court. At this point in his career, KG shouldn't be targeted on draft day and his value will likely be limited to deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:21 am
     
    Injured
    L, 138-113 vs OKC
  • Report: Jusuf Nurkic undergoes knee surgery
    Jusuf Nurkic will undergo knee surgery in Los Angeles on Wednesday, and he is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 months.

    Advice: This news comes out of nowhere, as this is the first we are hearing about a knee issue. Nurkic is dealing with a slight tear of the patella tendon, but it isn't clear when he suffered the injury. This means that Nurkic will miss Eurobasket this summer with the Bosnian national team, but hopefully he will be ready in time for training camp with the Nuggets. Nurkic had a decent rookie season with averages of 6.9 points, 6.2 boards and 1.1 blocks in 17.8 minutes per game, but he will need to learn how to stay out of foul trouble. We will monitor his progress very closely this summer, so keep an eye on the injury report. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:36 am
     
    Injured
  • Andrew Bogut a non-factor in 16 minutes Tues
    Andrew Bogut was a non-factor in the Warriors' win on Tuesday, going scoreless with four rebounds and one steal in only 16 minutes.

    Advice: Bogut said that Dwight Howard's game is "very similar" to Zach Randolph "but with five or 10 times the athleticism." He struggled with the assignment early, got into early foul trouble, and found himself rooted to the bench in the second half as the Warriors succeeded with small-ball lineups. Bogut may still emerge as a key to the series, especially if Dwight's knee injury isn't serious, but Golden State has to feel confident after winning without getting much from their starting center. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:08 pm
  • Kevin Garnett 'working out hard' with Wolves
    Wolves owner Glen Taylor said that Kevin Garnett has been "working out really hard to get his knees into shape" since the end of Minnesota's season.

    Advice: "I anticipate that he's interested in coming back," said Taylor, referring to Garnett's potential retirement. "I can't say that for sure, but I don't know why he would be out there doing what he's doing if he didn't want to come back." KG would be an ideal mentor for the Wolves' neophyte roster, including whoever they select with the No. 1 pick, but his fantasy relevance is limited to deep leagues at this stage in his career. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:36 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 138-113 vs OKC
  • Marreese Speights (calf) doubtful Games 2-5
    Marreese Speights expects his moderately strained calf to sideline him for at least the first five games of the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Speights has already been ruled out for Tuesday's series opener and it sounds like he'll be on the shelf a while longer. His absence opens up extra opportunities for David Lee off the bench, with Festus Ezeli also playing more minutes vs. Dwight Howard and the Rockets. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:06 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Mike Muscala saw increased role in 2nd round
    Mike Muscala saw some increased minutes during the Hawks' second-round series against the Wizards, although head coach Mike Budenholzer would not say if he would alter his rotations for the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Advice: "Mike Muscala has played well and he’ll continue to get opportunities," Budenholzer said. "We’ll just see the game, feel the game, and the series and try to find a mixture to give ourselves our best chance with our bigs." After only playing in one game during Atlanta's first-round series, Muscala became a regular part of the rotation in the second-round, largely at the expense of Pero Antic. Muscala is a quality reserve for the Hawks, but on a good night he's only getting roughly 15 minutes, which isn't enough time to put up any meaningful stats in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:05 pm
  • Divac says DeMarcus Cousins is 'untradeable'
    Kings' VP of basketball operations Vlade Divac said that DeMarcus Cousins is "untradeable" and a guy that the Kings would like to "build around."

    Advice: There are more than a few teams out there that would love to make a trade for Cousins, but it doesn't appear that Sacramento's front office has any intentions of moving their franchise center. That won't stop the rumors from coming in, but as it stands right now, it would be quite shocking if Cousins were to be sent away for a collection of draft picks and role players. He'll be a first-round selection in next year's draft. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:49 pm
  • No beef between Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan
    Clippers' reserve guard Dahntay Jones said that there is no beef between Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan.

    Advice: "Guys fight and argue on the court, but that's just the emotion of the game," Jones said. "People want to blow things out of proportion. Those guys are brothers, man. They sit with each other on the plane, on the bus. If you don't like a guy you stay away from him." The extra year and money the Clippers can offer DeAndre tilt the odds in their favor to retain his services, and this is a story we'll be following very closely this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:40 pm
  • Tristan Thompson says his shoulder is better
    Tristan Thompson said that his bruised left shoulder is feeling better, and that he's "ready to bang" for Cleveland's Eastern Conference Finals matchup against the Hawks.

    Advice: Since Thompson has entered the starting lineup, he has compiled averages of 8.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game on 56.6 percent shooting from the field. He had some nice games against the Bulls in Cleveland's second-round series, and he'll be a nightly double-double threat going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:56 am
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) will not travel to ATL
    Kevin Love (shoulder) will not travel with the Cavs to Atlanta for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, as his shoulder still isn't quite ready for flying.

    Advice: Cleveland will be without $15.7 million cheerleader for road games in the Eastern Conference Finals, and Tristan Thompson will need to continue to be a glass-eater for the Cavs if they hope to upset the East's No. 1 seed. Thompson did have some very good games in Cleveland's second-round series despite a tough matchup with Chicago, so he'll be someone to consider in daily leagues moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:10 am
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • John Calipari denies Pelicans reports
    John Calipari denied reports that he's interested in the Pelicans vacant head coaching position.

    Advice: Updating a previous item, Calipari has taken to Twitter to respond to multiple reports saying that he's interested in the New Orleans job. "Even though Anthony and Tyreke are in NOLA, I have no interest in the Pelicans or any other job. I have a great job and I'm happy at UK," Calipari tweeted. Something tells us that this won't be the last we hear of this situation, so we'll keep the updates coming as we hear more. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:24 am
  • Marc Gasol still not thinking free agency
    Marc Gasol said he hasn't shifted his focus to his upcoming free agency.

    Advice: While Gasol will be one of the most highly-coveted unrestricted free agents this summer, he said his thoughts are still focused on what went wrong in the Golden State series. "I haven't put all the scenarios on the table yet," Gasol said. "I'm still trying to figure out what I could have done different to [help us] beat Golden State. That's where my mind is the last 72 hours. I know that's not the point you guys want to hear, but that's the reality. I woke up this morning with that feeling over and over again of, 'What could I have done better?'" We'll be keeping a close eye on Gasol leading up to July 1, but he'll remain an elite fantasy option next season no matter what uniform he's wearing. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:16 am
  • Roy Hibbert will spend summer in Los Angeles
    Roy Hibbert plans to spend his summer working out in Los Angeles.

    Advice: While many of his teammates have decided to stay in Indianapolis to work out, Hibbert spend his offseason in Los Angeles and will make a decision on his player option for the 2015-16 season. The 28-year-old is due over $15.5 million if he stays with the Pacers next season and is unlikely to command that type of figure on the open market. The Pacers have said they want to play at a faster pace next season, so Hibbert may see a reduced role if he stays with Indiana and will obviously see his fantasy value take a hit if that happens. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:35 am
  • Rivers says this summer big for Spencer Hawes
    Clippers vice president and head coach Doc Rivers said this summer is big for Spencer Hawes.

    Advice: Though Hawes didn't play a big part in the Clippers postseason run, Doc thinks he'll be an important player for the team next season. "This is a big summer for him," Rivers said. "We're going to need him." The 27-year-old still has three years remaining on the deal he signed last summer and will need to improve on his 2014-15 averages of 5.8 points and 3.5 rebounds to be fantasy relevant next season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:29 am
  • Luis Scola working out in Indianapolis
    Luis Scola has stayed in Indianapolis to continue his postseason workouts.

    Advice: While Scola will be a free agent this summer, the 35-year old stayed in Indianapolis to work out so he could be a step closer to fulfilling Pacers' team president Larry Bird's wishes by re-signing with the Pacers. Scola reportedly has no intentions of retiring and would again serve as a solid bench player for the Pacers after averaging 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds during the 2014-15 season. His fantasy value, however, is limited at this point in his career and he shouldn't be a target in standard league drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:31 am
  • Clippers committed to keeping DeAndre Jordan
    Team vice president and head coach Doc Rivers said the Los Angeles Clippers are committed to re-signing DeAndre Jordan.

    Advice: Jordan will have no shortage of suitors as an unrestricted free agent this summer, but Rivers said the team will do what they can to keep the big man. "We don’t need to go and get a max player, except for the one we have," Rivers said. "DJ loves it here. We know that, but you can’t take that for granted. There’s going to be a lot of teams [that want him], and if they’re not, there are a lot of dumb teams out there. There’s going to be a lot of teams coming after him that have money." The likely scenario here is that Jordan accepts a max contract with the Clippers, but we'll keep an eye out for any curveballs. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:27 am
  • Hawks optimistic on landing Paul Millsap
    The Hawks are quietly optimistic about re-signing Paul Millsap.

    Advice: The Hawks will definitely want to bring him back. Millsap can defend multiple positions and his offensive game has grown tremendously since joining the Hawks. He'll likely be a second round pick in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    May 18, 1:26 pm
  • Andrew Bogut has hay fever, will play Tuesday
    Andrew Bogut said he has a case of hay fever and will play in Game 1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: He says he'll play "as long as there's no pollen in Oracle." The Rockets have said they will want to attack the paint and hit the boards, so Bogut is going to be a very important piece for the Warriors. He'll need to avoid foul trouble, which is easier said than done against Dwight Howard and James Harden. Rotoworld.com
    May 18, 12:38 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan might leave because of CP3?
    There is "a growing schism between [DeAndre] Jordan and point guard Chris Paul" and it may contribute to Jordan's decision to stay or go as a free agent, according to FOX Sports' Bill Reiter.

    Advice: The report adds, "Paul's well-known edginess and drive ground on Jordan's nerves for much of the year." It also says the Mavs are in the mix to land Jordan. Without CP3, Jordan was not able to do much as an offensive weapon outside of putbacks, so not wanting to be with him wouldn't be a basketball decision. The Clippers are going to offer him a max deal and are still the heavy favorites to land DJ. Rotoworld.com
    May 18, 12:27 pm
  • Drew Gooden wants to return to the Wizards
    Drew Gooden would "love" to return to the Wizards in free agency.

    Advice: Gooden revitalized his NBA career with the Wizards over the last two seasons, and he's now turned himself into a legitimate stretch four. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the veteran land a deal that extends beyond just next season, and the Wizards may have more pressing needs with a plethora of big men already under contract. Rotoworld.com
    May 18, 10:07 am
  • Al Horford doesn't pay attention to analytics
    Al Horford said he doesn't pay attention to analytics.

    Advice: "I don't pay attention at all," he said on ESPN's Mike and Mike radio show. This comment is sure to raise the eyebrow of fans, commentators, analysts and probably several in Atlanta's front office, but with the Hawks heading to the Eastern Conference Finals, this really shouldn't be a story. Horford is a phenomenally gifted player who is from the same school of being underappreciated as Mike Conley, Jr. Rotoworld.com
    May 18, 6:32 am
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Woj: DeAndre Jordan wants 5 years, $100M
    DeAndre Jordan is seeking a five-year max deal in free agency this offseason, according to Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: Per Wojnarowski, "it'll take a five-year, $100 million max contract to re-sign him," and Woj notes that the Mavericks will be "chief among several significant suitors" for the young center in a market that also includes the Lakers. There are only a handful of teams that can realistically commit that kind of money to Jordan, and his market may not be as robust as it's being painted to be currently. USA Today's Sam Amick reports that "there have long been rumblings that Jordan is eager to step into a new situation, one where he's not always perceived as the third fiddle." We'll see about that. That's a good role for Jordan. The Clippers are prepared to do whatever it takes to re-sign him, and per ESPN Los Angeles, that includes offering a maximum contract. Doc Rivers called retaining DJ his top offseason priority. Rotoworld.com
    May 18, 6:27 am
  • Clips 'priority' is re-signing DeAndre Jordan
    The Clippers' offseason priority is re-signing unrestricted free agent DeAndre Jordan, according to Doc Rivers.

    Advice: DeAndre had 16 points, 17 rebounds, four steals, three blocks and one turnover in 39 minutes during Sunday's road loss, the latest reminder of his immense importance to the Clippers' future. Jordan, Austin Rivers and Glen Davis are the only regular rotation players without contracts for 2015-16, so Rivers and the front office should make a full-court press to retain their star center, even if it results in a huge luxury-tax bill. Rotoworld.com
    May 17, 4:32 pm
  • Marreese Speights (calf) out Game 1 of WCF
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Without Speights, David Lee should continue to see roughly 15 minutes a game, which isn't enough time for him to put up any meaningful statistics in fantasy hoops. It's unclear when Speights will be able to return, but he hasn't held a big enough role with the Warriors to significantly alter the Dubs' rotations. Rotoworld.com
    May 17, 12:37 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) practices on Sat
    Tristan Thompson (shoulder) was able to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Thompson tweaked his left shoulder in Game 6 vs. the Bulls on Thursday after a hard fall, but he is expected to be fine moving forward. It's a good sign that he practiced on Saturday with the Cavs off until Wednesday, so we will leave him off the injury report unless something changes. Thompson averaged 37.0 minutes against the Bulls in the second round, and he should continue to have a prominent role moving forward with Kevin Love on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
    May 16, 10:42 am
  • Grizzlies confident that Gasol will be back
    Marc Gasol's teammates are confident that he will be back with the Grizzlies next season, but the possibility of him joining the Spurs is a concern.

    Advice: Gasol reportedly hasn't talked about his plans this summer, but it's clear that he loves Memphis and it's hard to imagine him leaving. That being said, Gasol might be intrigued with the idea of joining a powerhouse such as the Spurs, and even though the Grizzlies can offer more money and an extra year, Memphis should be a little worried. He finished the regular season with averages 17.4 points, 7.8 boards, 3.8 assists, 1.6 blocks and 0.9 steals per game, so he will be an elite fantasy asset next season regardless of where he ends up. Expect the rumors to heat up as we approach July 1st. Rotoworld.com
    May 16, 6:36 am
  • Marc Gasol puts up 21-15 line with 5 blocks
    Marc Gasol made 7-of-23 from the field for 21 points against the Warriors during a season-ending loss on Friday, adding 15 boards, four assists and five blocks in 44 minutes.

    Advice: He'll enter free agency with one of his least efficient shooting lines in the postseason. The Grizzlies crowd gave him a standing ovation and obviously want him back. Gasol is going to fetch a max deal and the Grizzlies are still the favorites to land him. Teams like the Spurs have also been rumored to be a contender. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 9:08 pm
  • Al Horford comes up big on the defensive end
    Al Horford was outstanding on defense against the Wizards on Friday with 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

    Advice: The Wizards just could not get easy looks around the basket and most of the credit has to go to Horford here. The Hawks couldn't keep the Wizards guards in front of them, but the Wizards as a team made just 48.5 percent of their shots in the restricted area -- mostly due to Horford contesting. He's one of the best centers in the NBA and still seems to be under-appreciated. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 7:19 pm
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Bird expects Hibbert and West to opt in
    Larry Bird said on Thursday that he expects both Roy Hibbert and David West to opt in, but that will not affect the way the Pacers approach this year's draft.

    Advice: Hibbert has a player option worth $15.5 million, while West owns a player option of $12.6 million, which is likely much more than they would be able to secure on the open market. The Pacers' brass have alluded to draft prospects that they would like to play at a faster pace next season, with Paul George spending some time at the four-spot, which would imply that both Hibbert and West are likely to see a reduced role for the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 7:48 am
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