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  • LBJ hints he'll be more aggressive in Game 2
    LeBron James said he might have to change his mindset a bit for Game 2 against the Bulls on Wednesday with Kevin Love (shoulder) out.

    Advice: "I've never kind of went into a game saying, 'OK. I'm going to be ultra aggressive to start a game,'" James said. "I've always had that feel-out thing, but [during Game 1] it was little bit too much feel-out. I think I only had two shots at one point. I just was not [as aggressive] offensively as I was defensively." James shot just 9-of-22 from the field during the Cavs' Game 1 loss to the Bulls, and also turned the ball over six times. Cleveland will need a more aggressive and efficient LeBron James in order to have a chance at evening up the series during Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:54 pm
  • Thibodeau says Mirotic a 'situational player'
    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Nikola Mirotic will be a "situational player" for Chicago's second-round series against Cleveland.

    Advice: Mirotic only left the bench for two minutes during Game 1, and it sounds like unless there's a major injury to the Bulls frontcourt, he's not going to be a steady rotation player during Chicago's second-round series. Those playing daily leagues should probably avoid playing Mirotic. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:28 pm
  • Chandler Parsons reveals recruiting pitch
    Chandler Parsons (knee) revealed parts of the recruiting pitch that he will use to attempt to lure fellow players to the Mavericks this offseason.

    Advice: Parsons had previously said he wants to help attract free agents to Dallas and is "shifting into GM mode." Following arthroscopic knee surgery, Parsons revealed parts of his pitch. "We have a great organization," he said. "We have high expectations. We have the best owner in sports. We’re definitely moving in the right direction, and we have a lot of pieces that would fit well with the free agents out there right now. And we have a great coach, so I think we’re moving in the right direction. We’re a championship-caliber team." Whether Parsons is successful in his recruiting remains to be seen, but he'll have plenty of targets this summer, including LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, and potentially Kevin Love. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:33 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Nic Batum not worried about trade possibility
    Nicolas Batum said he isn't concerned about rumors that have the Trail Blazers looking to trade him.

    Advice: Blazers general manager Neil Olshey promised the team would be "very active" in the offseason, but Batum isn't worried that his name has popped up in trade rumors. "If that happens, it happens," Batum said. "That’s the business, I understand that. I mean, I can’t control that. All I can control is what I put on the court. I know what I am going to do this summer is try to get better." While Batum has top-25 fantasy potential, he'll need to build on his 2014-15 season averages of 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.4 three-pointers or else his fantasy owners will be left disappointed for the second consecutive season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:37 am
  • Barnes all over the court in Clippers win
    Matt Barnes was everywhere in the Clippers' Game 1 win over the Rockets on Monday, scoring 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks in 42 minutes.

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

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

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

    Advice: Ariza couldn't hit the broadside of the barn last series and it would be fairly shocking if he had two bad series in a row. Consider riding him as he heats back up. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Smith struggles in series opener vs. Clippers
    Josh Smith hit just 3-of-12 shots and 1-of-5 treys in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Clippers, finishing with nine points, five boards, one assist and one steal in 29 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Simply put, these aren't the Mavs anymore. Smith is going to get big minutes to produce with, but Dallas did a great job making everybody on the Rockets look a lot better than they were. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • LeBron sloppy, still posts 19-15-9 in G1 loss
    LeBron James scored 19 points on 9-of-22 shooting with 15 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, one block and six turnovers in Monday's 99-92 Game 1 loss to the Cavs.

    Advice: James is going to get his numbers no matter what and it's just a matter of whether or not he gets slowed down in the process -- and Jimmy Butler helped make that happen a bit tonight. The Cavs got 22 points out of Iman Shumpert to help offset the loss of J.R. Smith to a two-game suspension, but their defense was terrible and now they've lost home court advantage right out of the gate. Game 2 is on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:51 pm
  • Miller logs 16 minutes in Game 1 start
    Mike Miller logged 16 minutes in Monday's Game 1 start, scoring three points on 1-of-2 shooting with five rebounds and one block.

    Advice: David Blatt said that he was considering a lineup change after the Cavs' loss and Miller's position would be a primary place to look. Even in the best of situations there's not much for owners to look at here. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • Shumpert scores 22 points with four treys
    Iman Shumpert hit 8-of-17 shots (4-of-10 3PTs) with one rebound, one assist and one steal over 41 minutes in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: Shumpert has stepped right into J.R. Smith's (suspension) role and he'll get another crack at it in Game 2. Once Smith returns look for his minutes to fall down into low 30s or high 20s, and he might get some added consideration if the Bulls backcourt stays hot throughout the series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Dunleavy posts solid line in Game 1 win
    Mike Dunleavy hit 5-of-6 shots (3-of-4 from deep) for 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal over 39 minutes in Monday's Game 1 win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Dunleavy could be in for a heavy workload this series and though he'll be hard pressed to keep shooting like this -- owners will want to give him a bit of added consideration with this workload. Pau Gasol added 21 points, 10 boards, four assists and four blocks in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:31 pm
  • Jimmy Butler plays excellent two-way game
    Jimmy Butler was a two-way star in Monday's Game 1 win over the Cavs, scoring 20 points on 7-o-16 shooting (including two threes) with five rebounds, six assists and three steals in 44 minutes.

    Advice: Butler also defended LeBron James very well and survived an ankle tweak. We'll let you know if the latter becomes an issue, but he's primed to have a productive series and especially if the Cavs defend the way they did tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:04 pm
  • Mirotic sees just two minutes of playing time
    Nikola Mirotic played just two minutes in Monday's Game 1 win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Joakim Noah didn't look great and Mirotic's absence from this game would have certainly been second guessed if the Bulls had lost. The rookie has never truly had Tom Thibodeau's trust in terms of playing time, so barring a report to suggest otherwise we'd recommend avoiding him in DFS formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:43 pm
  • Report: Shumpert and Miller will start
    Iman Shumpert and Mike Miller will start against the Bulls on Monday, according to Chris Haynes of the Plain Dealer.

    Advice: It's not a surprise whatsoever to see Miller get the start over Tristan Thompson. LeBron James played a lot of power forward in Game 4 against the Celtics, so expect that to continue going forward. Shumpert will get minutes, but his usage rate will be very tiny in the next two games. Miller is not a great fantasy option either. With Love out, the biggest beneficiary might be Kyrie Irving. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:36 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic leaving future up to agent
    Mirza Teletovic said he'll leave his future up to his agent.

    Advice: Teletovic will be an unrestricted free agent if the Nets don't extend a qualifying contract offer, but that seems unlikely. After returning from blood clots on his lungs this season, Teletovic's future in Brooklyn is a question mark. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:09 am
  • Anderson offers lukewarm Nets endorsement
    When asked about his impending free agency, Alan Anderson offered a lukewarm endorsement of his future with the Nets.

    Advice: "I'm free, so..." he said. "I would love to stay in Brooklyn, but I am a free agent. So I will be free." Anderson should have no problem clearing offers north of $3M annually, more than twice what he made in 2014-15. We don't expect him back with the Nets. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:07 am
     
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Thad Young says Lopez decision factors in
    Thad Young admitted that Brook Lopez's free-agent decision will impact his future with the Nets.

    Advice: Lopez has a player option for next season, and Young, who has an early termination option, admitted that Lopez's decision has influence on what his next move will be. "I definitely want to see what the big fella is going to do also, but we've already been told that they expect us back next year and they want us back next year no matter if we pick up our options or opt out," Young said. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:06 am
  • Wesley Matthews' future undecided w/ Blazers
    Blazers GM Neil Olshey wouldn't commit to re-signing Wesley Matthews this offseason.

    Advice: "We know his value to us; we also know he's going to have market value around the league," he said. Matthews is coming off a torn Achilles, and after the Blazers absolutely fell apart without him, his free-agent case looks pretty good despite the injury. He should have no problem getting a variety of multi-year offers, and his future could very well be outside of Portland. If he leaves, the Blazers are going to have a very tough time replacing what he brings to the table. Both the player and the team have now been noncommittal about remaining together. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:37 am
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Kawhi Leonard struggled mightily vs. Clippers
    Kawhi Leonard hit just 13-of-44 shots over the Spurs' final three games of the first round vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Leonard also only had eight total steals in the seven-game series, and he didn't have one over the final four games. After struggling with a ligament injury in his hand earlier in the season, Leonard was brilliant down the stretch and it helped earn him Defensive Player of the Year honors. It would be shocking if Leonard's restricted free agency ended with anything except him earning a max deal to be the new face of the San Antonio Spurs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:33 am
  • Danny Green wants to remain with the Spurs
    Danny Green said that he hopes to re-sign with the Spurs this offseason.

    Advice: Green will be an unrestricted free agent, but San Antonio also has to address Kawhi Leonard's free agency as well as a potential new deal for Tim Duncan and/or Manu Ginobili. Green should get some really solid offers in free agency after averaging 11.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.1 blocks and 2.4 triples (41.8 percent) on 43.6 percent shooting overall. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:31 am
  • Iman Shumpert to start w/ JR Smith suspended
    With J.R. Smith serving a two-game suspension, Iman Shumpert is expected to start at shooting guard for Monday's Game 1 vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: "I think I’ll get more opportunities just playing more minutes," Shumpert said. "But as far as going in with a different mindset, it’s not like I’m going to transform into J.R. for the team." The Cavs are very short-handed with Smith out two games and Kevin Love (shoulder) done for the playoffs, so in addition to Shump they'll need more production from Tristan Thompson, James Jones, Matthew Dellavedova and possibly Shawn Marion or Mike Miller. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:15 pm
  • Tony Allen plays great, earns boos in Game 1
    Tony Allen drew the ire of Warriors fans by accidentally interrupting a children's dance group during Sunday's Game 1 defeat, which he finished with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals and zero turnovers.

    Advice: Allen was terrific, shooting 6-of-11 from the field in 38 high-energy minutes, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 15-point road loss. Golden State's fans booed Allen for the rest of the game after he meandered onto the court in the middle of the kids' dance routine during a timeout, a moment Draymond Green described as "hilarious." The Grizzlies won't be laughing after the convincing defeat. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:50 pm
     
    Player Note
    Tony Allen Mem - SG,SF
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Klay Thompson scores 18 points in 38 minutes
    Klay Thompson again got some heavy run for the Warriors during Sunday's Game 1 victory over the Grizzlies, scoring 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting, with six assists, three rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal and four turnovers over 38 minutes.

    Advice: Klay's minutes have risen this postseason, and so has his scoring. He's averaging 23.6 points, 3.6 three-pointers, 2.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.0 block and 2.2 turnovers per game through 38 minutes of action through the first five games of the playoffs, and he shows no signs of slowing down. With the way this game went, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Dubs advance to the Western Conference Finals with a sweep of the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:32 pm
  • Paul Pierce scores 19 points over 31 minutes
    Paul Pierce's strong postseason run continued on Sunday, as he scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting, adding three 3-pointers and three rebounds through 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: Pierce's scoring and minutes have increased since the playoffs began, and he's currently averaging 16.2 points and 3.4 three-pointers per game on 54.2 percent shooting for Washington. He's brought a strong veteran presence with championship experience to the Wizards' locker room, and Otto Porter has repeatedly credited Pierce for his development. The Wizards will look to put the Hawks in an uncomfortable 0-2 hole during Tuesday's Game 2 in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:26 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 24 points on 13 shots
    DeMarre Carroll's ridiculous postseason run continued on Sunday, as he scored 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting (3-of-5 from the stripe), with five 3-pointers, three rebounds and just one turnover through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: Carroll become the first Hawks player to score 20+ points in five consecutive postseason games since the great Dominique Wilkins, and he's been phenomenal over Atlanta's past five games shooting a remarkable 63.5 percent from the field, and 60.7 percent from beyond the arc. Atlanta lost Game 1, but no one will be pointing the finger at DeMarre. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:19 pm
  • Kyle Korver shoots 5-of-15 in Game 1 loss
    Kyle Korver struggled with his shot during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Wizards, scoring 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting, to go with five rebounds, three 3-pointers and one block through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: Some of Korver's misses were of the wide-open variety, and it looked like the Hawks were a bit gassed in this one after having just finished their first-round series against the Nets on Friday. We'd expect a bit of a bounce-back performance from Korver during Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:55 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) will play in Game 1
    Tony Allen (hamstring) will play in Game 1 vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: He was never really in any danger of sitting this one out, but this report confirms that he will be active. He'll likely spend some time harassing both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on defense. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:28 am
     
    Player Note
    Tony Allen Mem - SG,SF
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Nicolas Batum already focusing for next year
    Nicolas Batum said that he plans on getting a lot more rest this summer in order to get his body right for next season.

    Advice: "I don't think I'll touch a basketball for the next two or three weeks," Batum said. "I'll fly back to France next week. It will [be] time to just relax and free my mind. Then I'll get back on the court and focus on my game and my body. I want to be ready for next year." Batum will play with the French team in EuroBasket this summer, but he won't join the team until August in order to fully recover. Batum was very disappointing this season with averages of 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 3-pointers while shooting just 40.0 percent from the field, but he will be a bounce-back candidate leading into fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:25 am
  • Wesley Matthews hoping to return to Portland
    Wesley Matthews (Achilles) said that his "perfect situation" would be for him to return to Portland next season.

    Advice: "So much stuff can happen between now and when free agency starts," Matthews said. "Ideally, perfect situation, yeah. Who doesn't want to go for the perfect situation?" Before suffering a season-ending torn Achilles, Matthews posted averages of 15.9 points, 3.7 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.9 3-pointers per game and was an integral part of Portland's team. It will be interesting to see how much his injury will impact his stock in free agency, but he shouldn't have any shortage of suitors on July 1. For what it's worth, Matthews wants to resume playing basketball in August, so his Achilles must be progressing rapidly. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:25 am
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Manu Ginobili is undecided over his future
    Manu Ginobili said that he didn't want to make a decision regarding his future after a disappointing performance against the Clippers on Saturday, but he did admit that his time in the NBA could be over.

    Advice: "It could happen," Ginobili said when asked if he had possibly played in his last NBA game. "I still don't know. I don't want to make a decision after being a disappointment in a game like this. So I'll have a lot of time. I will sit with my family and try to evaluate what happened during the season, how I feel and if I am ready to go at it again. I guess the Spurs are going to have to make a decision, too, and see what they want to do also." Ginobili has clearly lost a step, and he averaged just 18.7 minutes per game in the playoffs this season. If he does return for another season with the Spurs, his role could continue to get smaller, meaning he won't be a target in standard fantasy leagues next season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:26 am
  • Danny Green posts massive stat line vs. LAC
    Danny Green had a very impressive game during a tough 111-109 loss to the Clippers in Game 7 on Saturday, scoring 16 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, five blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: While he wasn't great off the ball on defense, his on-ball D was tremendous. Green was one of just six players in NBA history to average at least two blocks, one steal and one block (qualifiers for minutes) in a season. He was a fantasy monster and will be again next season. You won't be able to get him in the last few rounds this time, though. Tony Parker also had a good game tonight with 20 points, five boards, five assists and one steal. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:13 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard drops 13 points in sub-par game
    Kawhi Leonard scored 13 points on 5-of-13 from the field with 10 rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: It wasn't his best game and he didn't do a great job defending in this series. Leonard attempted 16 shots per game in the postseason in 36 minutes per outing, which bodes well for his prospects next season. Coach Gregg Popovich kept his word last year that he'd use Kawhi more in offensive sets this season, so expect him to be a huge part of the offense next season. He's obviously a first-round target in fantasy drafts and there's really nothing wrong with grabbing him in the top five at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:04 pm
  • Alan Anderson will opt out, become free agent
    Alan Anderson expects to opt out of his player option in favor of free agency this summer.

    Advice: The 32-year-old swingman shot 34.8 percent from downtown this season and became a reliable rotation player for Lionel Hollins, though he was little more than a 3-point specialist in fantasy leagues. It's not surprising to see him turn down a $1.3 million salary to pursue the security of a longer-team deal. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:40 am
     
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Mike Dunleavy avoids suspension for Game 1
    The NBA gave Mike Dunleavy a Flagrant 1 foul for his hit on Michael Carter-Williams during Game 6, but he will not be suspended.

    Advice: Dunleavy popped Michael Carter-Williams and later hit Giannis Antetokounmpo above the neck, but the league obviously didn't view either play as malicious. He finished Round 1 on a high note with 20 points, four rebounds and five assists, and will look to keep it going vs. the Cavaliers on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:31 am
  • Thaddeus Young may opt for free agency
    Thaddeus Young could enter the free-agent market by exercising his early-termination option for 2015-16.

    Advice: Young would make $10.2 million if he doesn't terminate his deal, and may prefer to hold out one more season to cash in on the expected salary-surge tied to the league's new TV revenues in 2016-17. No matter what he decides, ESPN's Mike Mazzeo reports that Brooklyn aims to retain Young as their starting power forward. He ended his tumultuous season on a poor note, averaging 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 24 minutes per game during losses in Games 5 and 6. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:25 am
  • Carroll hits 7-of-8 shots for 20 points
    DeMarre Carroll hit 7-of-8 shots in Friday's Game 6 win over the Nets, finishing with 20 points, five rebounds and three treys in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: Carroll is one of the reasons the Hawks are so dangerous, as he can defend multiple positions and give you efficient scoring and floor spacing on the other end. Paul Pierce won't be able to hop inside the Hawks' heads and take up residence in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Korver hits six 3-pointers in Hawks G6 win
    Kyle Korver hit 6-of-10 shots (all threes) for 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in Friday's Game 6 win over the Nets.

    Advice: When Korver is humming the Hawks can beat anybody so seeing him get back on track has been good news for Atlanta. The top-end talent he'll face against Washington next round includes Bradley Beal, Paul Pierce and Otto Porter Jr, so the guys with the athleticism to chase Korver around are young and the guy who knows all Korver's tricks is probably going to be calling for lots of switches. We'll see if they can keep up. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:46 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Alan Anderson coming off the bench
    Alan Anderson will come off the bench again on Friday.

    Advice: The Nets are going with the same starters despite Anderson playing remarkably well. If Anderson is hot, expect him to take minutes away from Bojan Bogdanovic and/or Thaddeus Young. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:18 pm
     
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Chandler Parsons has arthroscopic surgery
    Chandler Parsons (knee) had arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday morning.

    Advice: This is good news that he didn't have microfracture surgery. The Mavs did not give a timetable for his recovery, but generally knee scopes require 4-6 weeks off. That means he should be ready to roll in a couple months. Parsons should have more fantasy value with Rajon Rondo out of town, so keep an eye on him in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:31 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Chandler Parsons has knee surgery on Friday
    Chandler Parsons (knee) had surgery on Friday morning.

    Advice: We don't know what the details are just yet, but feel free to check out the image in the link below. "Thank you for all the support throughout this process," Parsons said on his Instagram page. "I will be back stronger and better than ever!!" It seems like it could be microfracture surgery and there should be an official update soon. If that's the case, he could miss the start of the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:20 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Kawhi Leonard has a really bad night in loss
    Kawhi Leonard had one of his worst games in a long time during a loss to the Clippers on Thursday, making 3-of-15 from the field for 12 points with seven rebounds, two assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: He's coming off a sub-par game from Tuesday night and most of his shots were not even really close. Leonard was easily the best Spur for the first four games of the series with some very efficient scoring. Now, he'll really need to get it figured out for Game 7 in Los Angeles on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:41 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 16, Bulls win 120-66
    Jimmy Butler scored 16 points during an series-clinching 120-66 win against the Bucks on Thursday, adding two rebounds, five assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: This Game 6 win in Milwaukee was the biggest win in a series-clinching game in NBA postseason history. Pau Gasol was effective with 19 points, eight boards and two assists while Joakim Noah also had a nice line with 11 points, 10 boards and two dimes. The Bulls will now take on the Cavs with their team as healthy as ever while the Cavs are going to be missing Kevin Love (shoulder) for the entire series while J.R. Smith (suspension) is out for the first two games. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:54 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy scores 20 points in easy win
    Mike Dunleavy was on fire during the first half against the Bucks on Thursday, making 5-of-7 from the field for 20 points with four rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He got into it with Michael Carter-Williams and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was ejected for a really bad foul today. Dunleavy does have an outside chance to be suspended for Game 1 against the Cavs. If that happens, Tony Snell and Nikola Mirotic would get more minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:53 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic gets bumped from rotation
    Nikola Mirotic played eight minutes against the Bucks on Thursday with two points, four boards and one assist.

    Advice: The Bulls were on fire in the first half, so Mirotic was basically left out of the rotation tonight. He continues to struggle at small forward and that is the big reason why he's seen his playing time fall off. Mirotic played 19.5 minutes per game in his previous two games and he didn't even check in tonight until the Bulls were up 34 points. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:52 pm
  • Wesley Matthews says he'll be back by August
    Wesley Matthews stated during his exit interviews that he expects to resume playing basketball in August.

    Advice: August is a bit of an aggressive timetable for such a serious injury, but he did say that rehab has been going well and that he's feeling good. Still, players tend to be overly optimistic in projecting their timetables for recovery, and we'd rather hear something from Portland's medical staff before truly projecting his tentative return date. Matthews will be a free agent this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of salary he can command on the open market coming off a torn Achilles. He'll make for a risky selection in next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:54 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Nicolas Batum has no plans for wrist surgery
    Nicolas Batum stated during his exit interview that he has no plans to undergo wrist surgery this offseason.

    Advice: Batum also said that this was his "toughest season," and his numbers would agree with that statement as he averaged just 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 steals per game on a career-low 40.0 percent shooting from the field. While Batum struggled to find his shot this season, his across-the-board contributions still had him turning in mid-round value, and we'll be expecting a bounce-back year during the 2015-16 season. He could slide in fantasy drafts next year due to his statistical decline this year, which would make him a fantastic value pick. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:17 pm
  • Chandler Parsons ready to recruit for Mavs
    Chandler Parsons said he's ready to take on a recruiting role to help attract free agents to Dallas.

    Advice: While Parsons is likely to have knee surgery over the offseason, he's not letting that stop him from heading up the Mavs' recruiting efforts. "I’m officially shifting into GM mode," he said. "I have great relationships with a lot of guys that are out there. I have a great relationship with a lot of guys that are currently on our team, so as a guy that will be here for a while and as one of the key guys going forward I will definitely be talking to management. Anything I can do to help I’ll obviously do." We'll keep an eye on Parsons' recruitment and recovery efforts over the summer, but it sounds like he has a busy few months ahead of him. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:04 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Nicolas Batum takes blame for bad season
    Nicolas Batum called the 2014-15 season his "worst year" after the Trail Blazers lost their playoff series to the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

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

    Advice: Batum finished the series with averages of 14.2 points, 5.2 assists, 8.6 boards and 2.6 3-pointers, but he shot just 34.3 percent from the field over that span. Batum had a rather disappointing 2014-15 campaign, but his troublesome wrist could have definitely been a major reason why. He often lacks confidence and tends to hesitate a lot before shooting, but hopefully he will be able to bounce back stronger than ever for next season. The offseason should do wonders for his ailing wrist and back. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Tony Allen, Nick Calathes starting Wednesday
    Updating a previous report, Tony Allen and Nick Calathes will remain in the starting lineup, while Jeff Green will continue to come off the bench.

    Advice: There were conflicting reports before the game, but the Grizzlies will continue to roll with the same starters. They will look to close out the Blazers in front of their home crowd tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:53 pm
     
    Player Note
    Tony Allen Mem - SG,SF
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Kyle Korver scores 17 points vs. Nets
    Kyle Korver scored 17 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was easily his best game and the Hawks gave him a ton of off-ball screens to help get him free. Korver attempted 12 treys today and he's pretty much been a one-trick pony for the Hawks offense. It's a pretty neat trick, though. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:52 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 24 points in a win
    DeMarre Carroll continued his remarkable postseason with 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's the first Hawk to score 20-plus points in three straight playoff games since Jamal Crawford in 2011. Carroll's contract season is basically the opposite of Rajon Rondo and he's really earned some big money. The Hawks are by far a better team when Carroll is on the court right now. As an aside, he did suffer a minor hand injury, but he was fine and didn't need to miss time. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:47 pm
  • Alan Anderson catches fire in a loss
    Alan Anderson kept the Nets in the game with a 23-point gem in a loss to the Hawks on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds and four 3-pointers on 9-of-11 from the field.

    Advice: He started the second half over Bojan Bogdanovic thanks to scoring 16 points in the first half. Anderson was already extremely efficient in this series, turning in an 80.0 effective field goal percentage in his previous four games. He will likely come off the bench on Friday with minutes in the 20s. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:42 pm
     
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) set for a larger role?
    Chandler Parsons (knee) said that he expects to have a larger role next season.

    Advice: Parsons had a decent year with the Mavericks, posting averages of 15.7 points, 4.9 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.0 3-pointers per game. However, his knee is still going to require surgery in the offseason, and if he missed the start of training camp or more it could really slow him down to start the season. Doctors won't know exactly what's wrong with his knee until he has the procedure, so we would expect a firm timetable after the surgery. As always, we will continue to track his progress closely. Parsons will also heavily recruit free agents to Dallas this summer, so it will be interesting to see if he can bring anyone notable in. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:08 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Matt Barnes (shoulder) plays 28 mins Tuesday
    Matt Barnes (shoulder) had seven points, one 3-pointer, six rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 28 minutes on Tuesday, as the Clippers lost Game 5 by a final score of 107-111.

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

    Advice: Jones played solid defense vs. Dirk Nowitzki and his clutch scoring helped stem a late run by Dallas, but his role has been diminished with Dwight Howard healthy and Josh Smith soaking up 22+ minutes at PF. He'll have his work cut out for him in the second round of the playoffs, as he'll be starting opposite either Blake Griffin or Tim Duncan. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:21 pm
  • Josh Smith drops 20 pts in 22 minutes Tuesday
    Josh Smith played only 22 minutes off the Rockets' bench on Tuesday, but he piled up 20 points, two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, two assists and one steal while committing four of Houston's 21 turnovers.

    Advice: The Rockets tied for the second-most turnovers during the regular season (16.7 per game) and the problem reared its head again tonight, allowing the Mavs to hang close in the first half before fading down the stretch. Smoove's averages in the first round bode well for Houston going forward -- 17.4 points on 51.5 percent shooting, 1.8 threes, 6.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks in only 25.6 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:20 pm
  • Butler says he's focusing too much on offense
    Jimmy Butler stated after Monday's Game 5 loss to the Bucks that he's been worrying too much about his offense, and that he needs to step it up on the defensive end.

    Advice: "I'm supposed to be the prime-time defensive guy, and I haven't been guarding a soul," said Butler. "I've been worried about offense too much, and I need to change that quickly or it's going to be my fault." That's a bit of an overly harsh criticism from Butler considering he's been holding his opponents to 34.7 percent shooting from the field, but it's admirable that he putting some of the blame on himself for the Bulls' losses. Chicago will look to close out their series against the Bucks on Thursday in Milwaukee. Butler will continue to see a ridiculous amount of minutes for the Bulls, and while he’ll spend more time focusing on defense, he’ll still be a go-to guy on offense. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:01 pm
  • LeBron James says Cavaliers still confident
    LeBron James said the Cavaliers are still confident despite the likely loss of Kevin Love (shoulder) for the rest of the playoffs.

    Advice: Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said it's "highly unlikely" that Love will be able to return during the playoffs, but James said he and his teammates are still confident. "We definitely have to pick our own games up," LBJ said. "You can't fill Kevin's shoes. He's special for a reason." James and Kyrie Irving will have to step up their games with Love out, while a combination of Tristan Thompson, Kendrick Perkins, and Timofey Mozgov will all get extra minutes as the Cavs attempt to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:14 am
  • Chandler Parsons hoping to avoid surgery
    Chandler Parsons (knee) has delayed surgery until the Mavs' playoff run is over.

    Advice: Parsons said he’s delaying surgery on his right knee and added that he and doctors won’t know exactly what’s wrong with the knee until he has the procedure. The 26-year-old has been getting multiple medical opinions on his injured knee and one of the options is microfracture surgery. "There’s a lot of opinions and a lot of different things out there, but really the doctors won’t know anything until they open me up," Parsons said. "So I’m not going to say something is going to happen or not happen and then be wrong. I really won’t know until they open me up." If microfracture surgery is required, Parsons would potentially be looking at an 8-month recovery period, and he'd be in danger of missing the start of the 2015-16 season. We’ll be watching this story very closely over the offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:47 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Trevor Ariza says Rockets ready for Game 5
    Trevor Ariza promised the Rockets would have a bounce-back effort in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: After a lackluster effort in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Mavericks, Ariza promised there would be no Game 5 repeat. "They played harder than we did," Ariza said. "Tuesday, that won't happen again." Ariza has seen his numbers dip in the postseason as he's only averaging 9.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers on 29.7 percent shooting from the field, so we'll look for him to fulfill his promised breakout against the Mavs on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:23 am
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 20 points in loss
    DeMarre Carroll had another big game in a 120-115 overtime loss to the Nets on Monday, scoring 20 points with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Paul Millsap also had a big stat line with 16 points, 12 boards, four assists, three steals and three blocks. The Hawks finally sorted out their shooting issues, but they turned the ball over too much and couldn't stop Deron Williams. Carroll is earning himself some money this summer and will look to get a win on Wednesday in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:14 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
    Monday, 6:52 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Chandler Parsons could need microfracture
    Chandler Parsons (knee) could need microfracture on his right knee.

    Advice: It's only a possibility for now and he is getting multiple opinions on his ailing knee. If he is going to have that surgery, he'll be out for the start of training camp and possibly the start of the season. Parsons was a top-60 player in fantasy last season, but this surgery would move him closer to 100 on fantasy draft boards. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:22 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Matt Barnes (right shoulder) will play Tues
    Matt Barnes (sore right shoulder) will play on Tuesday in Game 5.

    Advice: He had an ice pack on his shoulder and should be able to resume his normal role. In four games against the Spurs in the playoffs, Barnes averaged 5.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 treys on 28.6 percent from the field in 28.0 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 27, 1:41 pm
  • David Blatt offers praise for Iman Shumpert
    David Blatt praised Iman Shumpert's play after logging a double-double in Sunday's Game 4 win over the Celtics.

    Advice: Shumpert had 15 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, three blocks and shot a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. "Iman Shumpert gave us a huge game tonight, huge," Blatt said. "He was just all over the court...He was without question the X Factor. No question." Shumpert played a whopping 38 minutes, and with J.R. Smith facing suspension and Kevin Love (shoulder) sidelined, the Flat Top is about to become a lot more important. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 27, 6:23 am
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) seeing a specialist
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is expected to get a third opinion this week.

    Advice: Parsons is traveling to Chicago, and it's not a good sign that he needs a third opinion in order to determine what's exactly wrong with his knee. "Trying to stay positive with it," Parsons said. There is a serious chance that Parsons will not be ready for training camp depending on the severity of the surgery he has to undergo. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 27, 6:05 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • 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
    Apr 26, 9:42 pm
  • Terrence Jones held to 18 minutes in Game 4
    Terrence Jones started Game 4 on Sunday but he played only 18 minutes to finish with 13 points, six rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: With Donatas Motiejunas out for the playoffs following back surgery, we've been expecting bigger postseason numbers from T-Jones as the Rockets' starting power forward. He was again overshadowed by Josh Smith, however, and through four games he's averaging only 12.3 points on 38.1 percent shooting. He also has zero assists or blocks in his past three games and owners should at least temper expectations while Houston is matched up with the Mavericks. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 9:13 pm
  • Wizards complete sweep vs. Raptors on Sunday
    Paul Pierce torched the visiting Raptors once more on Sunday, dropping 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting with four 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in only 22 minutes.

    Advice: Prior to knowing that his team would definitely face the Wizards in the playoffs, DeMar DeRozan told reporters, "I hope we see Paul Pierce." He may rue those words, however, as Pierce was in vintage form during the Wizards' first round sweep -- he averaged 16.0 points and 3.3 triples while making 53.8 percent of his attempts. He'll get at least a few days to rest before returning to action vs. the winner of the Hawks vs. Nets series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 7:02 pm
  • Danny Green scoreless, shoots 0-of-6 Sunday
    Danny Green failed to connect on his six 3-point attempts in Game 4, going scoreless with two rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: Five of Green's 3-pointers were of the 'uncontested' variety, meaning no Clippers' defender was within 3.5 feet of him, yet he still came up empty in the tough home loss. He's now averaging 6.5 points on 29.0 percent shooting in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:50 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard sparkles in tough Game 4 defeat
    Kawhi Leonard followed up Friday's career game with another sparkling performance on Sunday, finishing with 26 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists, one block and zero turnovers.

    Advice: He reached the 40-minute mark for only the third time this season and continues to establish himself as a go-to offensive weapon in addition to being the league's Defensive Player of the Year. A pair of clutch 3-pointers from Kawhi kept his team competitive down the stretch, but the Spurs' defeat means they've again ceded homecourt advantage to the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:48 pm
  • Matt Barnes dealing w/ strained rotator cuff
    Matt Barnes was hampered by fouls and a shoulder injury throughout Sunday's game, which he finished with only four points on 2-of-8 shooting, two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: The bright side for L.A. is that Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford and Glen Davis all played very well for the Clippers' much-maligned bench unit, contributing to an impressive 114-105 win in San Antonio. Barnes has been struggling to score this series (5.2 points per game on 28.6 percent shooting) but his versatility and infectious energy are key to the Clippers' success. He vowed to play in Game 5 despite dealing with a strained rotator cuff. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:34 pm
  • Iman Shumpert plays well through 38 minutes
    Iman Shumpert played well during his 38 minutes of action as the Cavs' swept their first-round series against the Celtics on Sunday, scoring 15 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.

    Advice: J.R. Smith was ejected from Sunday's game for elbowing Jae Crowder in the face, and there's really no way he doesn't get a suspension from the league. Shumpert was the first one off the bench when Smith was ejected, and his 38 minutes would suggest that he's going to be the primary beneficiary with Smith unavailable. He added one 3-pointer, two steals and three blocks to his stat line tonight, shooting 3-of-4 from the field and knocking down all eight of this free throw attempts. He could be make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues while Smith serves his suspension. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 2:13 pm
  • LeBron James flirts with triple-double in win
    LeBron James fell just two assists shy of a triple-double during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Celtics with 27 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one 3-pointer, one block and six turnovers through 46 minutes of action.

    Advice: James shot 10-of-24 from the field and 6-of-10 from the stripe, and this game was more of a wrestling match than a basketball game. The Cavs closed out their series today with a sweep of the Celtics, which is the sixth time a LeBron-led team has swept a best-of-seven-series. The likely second-round matchup of Chicago vs. Cleveland is going to be a very exciting matchup. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 1:07 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) probable for Game 5
    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said that everyone came out of Game 4 fine health wise, and Nikola Mirotic (knee) "should be good" for Game 5 on Monday.

    Advice: Mirotic didn't play very well in his return to action on Saturday, scoring just five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer through 20 minutes of action. The minutes, however, were encouraging and we'd expect him to pick up his play on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 11:38 am
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) holds up well Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic (knee) said that he wasn't 100 percent in Game 4 against the Bucks on Saturday, but he is happy with the way his body held up.

    Advice: Mirotic was held out of Game 3 and it looked like he was going to spend some quality time on the shelf, so it was definitely surprising to see him return so soon. He didn't play very well on Saturday as he scored just five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer, but the good news is that it looks like he will be fine moving forward. Expect a better performance in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 6:28 am
  • Nicolas Batum sinks six treys in Game 3 loss
    Nicolas Batum was on fire from beyond the arc in Portland's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, sinking six 3-pointers on 12 attempts.

    Advice: He finished the game with 27 points, six boards and four assists, but it wasn't enough to keep the Grizzlies from capturing a 3-0 series lead. Batum has been hesitant on his jumpers all season (mostly 3-pointers), so it was nice to see him in attack mode tonight. The Blazers will need Batum to continue to be aggressive if they have any hope of competing with the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 10:53 pm
  • Jimmy Butler's 33 points aren't enough
    Jimmy Butler was the best player on the court during a Game 4 92-90 loss to the Bucks on Saturday, scoring a playoff career-high 33 points with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: In four 2015 playoff games, he's set a new career high for scoring three times, which is crazy considering he played in 20 postseason games before last week. Butler made 12-of-17 from the field and was red hot in the third quarter, but the Bulls didn't lean on him nearly as much as they should have in the fourth. That may change in Game 4 on Monday. He's shaping up to be a top-20 pick in fantasy next season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 5:49 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) plays 20 minutes
    Nikola Mirotic returned from a one-game absence and played 20 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday, making 2-of-7 from the field for five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played most of his minutes at small forward, which continues to be a problem area for him. Mirotic has made just 33.3 percent from the field in the playoffs and is scoring just 6.0 points per game. The good news is that he didn't look hurt today. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 5:44 pm
  • Thaddeus Young comes through with 18 & 11
    Thaddeus Young looked reinvigorated during a 91-83 Game 3 win over the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and four turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: He apologized for his poor play in Game 2 and his actions spoke much louder than those words. Young was very aggressive with the ball, which is the opposite of what happened Wednesday when he only had one shot attempt in the restricted area. Young set up much closer to the basket than usual, so expect that to continue. He's played at least 40 minutes in two of the three games in this series and should be around that amount going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 2:59 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 22 points in loss
    DeMarre Carroll made 9-of-12 from the field for 22 points against the Nets on Saturday with six rebounds, one steal, three 3-pointers and four turnovers.

    Advice: None of his teammates had an effective field goal percentage above 50.0 and Carroll was really the only reason the Hawks were able to get over 80 points today. Carroll only had two points on Wednesday, so expect him to be somewhere in between for Game 4 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 2:50 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
    Apr 25, 2:35 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) will play on Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic (knee) will play against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: He went through a warmup session and was moving around pretty well. This comes as a surprise because Mirotic didn't even run at practice on Friday. Since Derrick Rose has been back and Joakim Noah was active, most of Mirotic's minutes have been at small forward during the regular season, but he's shifted to the four more in the postseason. He'll take away some playing time from Tony Snell and Taj Gibson. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 1:03 pm
  • Chandler Parsons doing light work at practice
    Chandler Parsons (knee) was seen going through a light workout at practice on Saturday, though he remains out for the playoffs.

    Advice: While there is no tear or structural damage to his right knee, he will have to undergo surgery and a timetable for his return will not be set until after the procedure. We will continue to track his progress closely, but it's encouraging to see him move around at practice. Richard Jefferson (calf) will likely continue to start if he is able to play, but Al-Farouq Aminu will likely be the primary beneficiary. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 11:22 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Thaddeus Young apologizes for his performance
    Thaddeus Young apologized to his teammates for his performance in Game 2 v. the Hawks in which he scored just two points in 24 minutes.

    Advice: "First thing I said when I came into the locker room the other night was, 'Fellas, I'm sorry. I didn't give you guys anything tonight. I've got to be better,' " Young said on Friday. "I take pride in everything I do out there on the court and I take losses hard." It's admirable that Young is placing most of the blame on himself, but the Nets have been simply overpowered so far and they will look to clinch their first win in Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 8:40 am
  • Kawhi Leonard is going nowhere in free agency
    Kawhi Leonard isn't expected to pursue offer sheets when he becomes a restricted free agent this summer, as the Spurs are planning on offering him a max contract.

    Advice: Leonard is quickly becoming one of the top players in the NBA due to his contributions on both sides of the court, so it's not surprising in the slightest that he is expected to get a max deal. The Spurs took a 2-1 series lead over the Clippers on Friday night thanks to a career-high 32 points from Leonard, and he also added four boards, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers to his name. Spiderman is going to be a fantasy stud for many years to come, and he is going to be off the board early in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 6:13 am
  • Spiderman scores career-high 32 in SA win
    Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the Spurs 100-73 Game 3 win over the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to float Spiderman out there as a nickname and see if it sticks. He was the best player on the floor tonight and it wasn't close, as we see the blossoming of a top-10 NBA player before our eyes. Tim Duncan added four points, seven boards, four assists, one steal and three blocks in the blowout win. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 9:00 pm
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