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  • LeBron James dominates with 33 points in win
    LeBron James kept his word of being aggressive during a 106-91 Game 2 victory against the Bulls on Wednesday, scoring 33 points with eight rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: He relentlessly attacked the basket and the Bulls were late with help defense all night. The Cavs used him in the post more on both ends and the Bulls big men had some trouble with him. It took a game for LeBron to figure out how to beat the Bulls, but now he has the upper hand with the series tied 1-1. Most importantly, LeBron said in his post-game interview that his headband is a game-time decision for Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:56 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 21 point, series tied 1-1
    Kyrie Irving scored 21 points on 5-of-9 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line during a Game 2 in against the Bulls on Wednesday, adding three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He said he was tired in the fourth quarter on Monday, but that didn't seem to be the case tonight. Irving didn't settle for jumpers while keeping Derrick Rose in front of him on D. Irving's season seems to be overshadowed by LeBron James, but the Cavs will need him to have a strong finish if they want a title. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:53 pm
  • Tristan Thompson steps up with 35 minutes
    Tristan Thompson was tremendous in the starting lineup against the Bulls on Wednesday with five points, 12 rebounds, one assist and no turnovers on 2-of-5 from the field in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was up to his old tricks with six offensive boards. It is worth noting that none of his five shots were putbacks and he was actually had some involvement in halfcourt plays. Needless to say, he'll be in the starting lineup on Friday and he could actually get even more playing time and push Mike Miller out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:50 pm
  • James Jones scores 17 points off the bench
    James Jones played 22 minutes off the bench against the Bulls on Wednesday with 17 points, two rebounds and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was in the news earlier this season for taking some of Kevin Love's minutes down the stretch and tonight served as reminder why that was the case. LeBron James drawing double teams sets up Jones nicely for Jones to be a one-trick pony for catch-and-shoot treys. In fact, he played 669 minutes in the regular season and had just two makes in the paint. He'll be an important role player when the Cavs need treys. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:49 pm
  • Iman Shumpert returns to action, leaves early
    Iman Shumpert did return from a groin injury and left the game early again on Wednesday against the Bulls, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds, one assist, three steals and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: It was a surprise to see the Cavs bring him back into the game despite the team being up big in the fourth. Shumpert returned to the locker room about 10 minutes before his teammates in real time and perhaps it was just to get a jump on some treatment. With J.R. Smith set to return on Friday, Shumpert isn't going to be as important to the rotation. Still, he deserves some credit for his play tonight. Check back for an update tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:48 pm
  • Derrick Rose scores 14 points on 20 FGAs
    Derrick Rose made 6-of-20 from the field for 14 points against the Cavs during a 106-91 loss in Game 2 on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, 10 assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He still hasn't been to the line in this series while Kyrie Irving has been there 21 times. Coach Tom Thibodeau addressed this after the game. "I guess he's gotta go harder," Thibodeau said. "Looks like there's a lot of contact to me." Rose continues to play poorly on one day of rest while he's been very good in each of the four games with more than one day off. Unfortunately for the Bulls, Game 3 is on Friday, so Rose will need to figure out how to buck this trend. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:46 pm
  • Pau Gasol looks much slower on Wednesday
    Pau Gasol slowed down against the Cavs on Wednesday with 11 points, four rebounds, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: With LeBron James attacking the rim, it really made Gasol's lack of rim protection apparent. Gasol is playing more of a finesse game on offense, but his defense and rebounding isn't where it needs to be right now. Expect a better offensive game on Friday and it's still too soon to draw any conclusions following a 21-10 outing from Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:43 pm
  • Joakim Noah looks flat in a bad loss
    Joakim Noah played 30 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday with four points, seven rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: He looked awful today. Noah is somehow just 1-of-14 from the line in the postseason, which would easily be the worst free throw percentage in the playoffs among players with at least eight attempts. Noah also looked slow on both ends of the court tonight. He hasn't looked the same since he played 46 minutes in Game 3 against the Bucks. Expect him to be around 30 minutes in Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:41 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (groin) probable to return
    Iman Shumpert suffered a left groin strain in the third quarter on Wednesday and is probable to return.

    Advice: This is almost shocking to hear Shumpert is fine. Based on some lip reading, it looked like Shumpert said he felt something "pop" in his upper leg. Also, the TNT broadcast reported that owner Dan Gilbert and general manager David Griffin went back to the locker room. For now, it sounds like Shumpert dodged a bullet. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:31 pm
  • Chris Paul will not play on Wednesday night
    Chris Paul (hamstring) will not play against the Rockets on Wednesday night in Game 2.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers said he doesn't know if CP3 can play in Game 3. The Clippers are already playing with house money with a Game 1 win at Houston on Monday, so there's no need to rush Paul back. Blake Griffin will have another chance for a monster stat line while Austin Rivers gets the start. Expect a better game from Jamal Crawford as well. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:03 pm
     
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  • Report: Jimmy Butler will be Most Improved Player
    Jimmy Butler will be named as the NBA's Most Improved Player for the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: This year might have been the toughest race for this award in quite some time. Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert, Hassan Whiteside, Kawhi Leonard and Donatas Motijeunas all deserve some consideration. Although, it was really just a two-horse race with Butler and Draymond Green, who also finished second for Defensive Player of the Year. Butler's improvement off the dribble has gone a long way and he quickly became a go-to scorer. For fantasy, Butler was a steal in drafts this season and he's likely going to be off the board in the second round next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:41 pm
  • Will Barton, Nuggets hope for extension
    Will Barton and the Nuggets both hope to come to terms on an extension this summer.

    Advice: "I definitely would like to come back," Barton said. "They gave me a chance. I feel like we've got some good guys on this team, and if we keep building we have a strong future." There's almost no doubt he'll get a qualifying offer, which will make him a restricted free agent. In the two months with the Nuggets, Barton averaged 11.0 points, 4.6 boards and 1.2 steals. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:12 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter has left knee scoped
    Quincy Pondexter had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday morning and a return timetable will be announced soon.

    Advice: While the prognosis is not yet known, this procedure is usually a 4-6 week recovering time. He played a little more while the Pelicans were missing guys like Jrue Holiday and will likely just see minutes in the teens while the team is at full strength. His contract is through the 2017-18 season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:29 pm
     
    Injured
  • Irving says fatigue was a factor in Game 1
    Kyrie Irving said he was fatigued in the fourth quarter of Game 1 against the Bulls on Monday which is why he forced so many poor shots.

    Advice: "The shots I was taking, especially down the stretch, they were fatigued shots," Irving said. "It just wasn't in the flow of our offense. Regardless of if I'm hot or not or [LeBron James] is hot or not, it's just the guys out on there on the floor, I just have to make better decisions -- whether it's going to be making one of my teammates better or me taking a shot." Irving has a lot more responsibility on offense with Kevin Love on the sidelines, so it's not surprising that he was a little fatigued. Irving still dropped 30 points with six assists in the loss, so his owners shouldn't be worried. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:56 am
  • Thunder could retain Kyle Singler
    According to general manager Sam Presti, the Thunder could re-sign Kyle Singler.

    Advice: "With regards to Singler, finding a player in free agency that can shoot close to 40 percent from the 3-point line over the course of a season, embrace various roles, and stand as one of your more fundamental players at 6'9 is unlikely when over the cap and tax," Presti said. "Therefore, we are hopeful we will be able to keep working with him in the future." Despite these encouraging words from Presti, Singler struggled to find playing time even when Kevin Durant went down, so it's hard to imagine him having any fantasy value if he stayed in OKC. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:32 am
  • Presti: Thunder still want to sign Enes Kanter
    Thunder general manager Sam Presti confirmed that re-signing Enes Kanter will be a priority this summer.

    Advice: Kanter was solid for OKC since arriving in a trade with Utah, and he was forced into a huge offensive role down the stretch with Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka on the shelf. Kanter will be a tough player to own in standard leagues next season if the Thunder are at full strength, and his lack of defensive stats will really limit his upside. Kanter recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, but he will be ready to go for training camp and we will continue to monitor his progress closely. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:24 am
     
    Injured
  • Doc Rivers doesn't think Chris Paul will play
    Head coach Doc Rivers said that he doubts Chris Paul will be able to play in Game 2 vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Paul will likely be a game-time decision tonight, and he will reportedly test out his hamstring prior to tip-off. The Clippers have already stolen home-court advantage from the Rockets, so it would make some sense to hold CP3 out if he isn't ready. Austin Rivers will likely draw another start if Paul sits, but Blake Griffin will be the primary beneficiary after logging a triple-double in Game 1 with 26 points, 14 boards, 13 assists and one steal. Paul has made progress and will do everything he can to play tonight, but his owners will have to stay on alert for an update. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:35 am
     
    Injured
  • Thibodeau defends Joakim Noah
    Joakim Noah missed all four of his shots and finished scoreless in Game 1 on Monday, but head coach Tom Thibodeau isn't concerned and pointed out that Noah contributed nine boards, four assists and two blocks.

    Advice: "I don’t want anyone to get lost in his scoring because it’s never been a strong suit," Thibodeau said. "It’s all the other stuff he brings to the team. It’s not the emotion, it’s the activity. When he does that, he’s very, very effective for us. It’s how the team functions when he’s on the floor. He doesn’t have to shoot well to play well. It’ll come around for him. All players go through it. Don’t let it take away from the things." Noah will look to get back on track tonight as the Bulls try to take a 2-0 series lead over the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:22 am
  • Alan Anderson may need surgery on ankle
    Alan Anderson may need to have surgery on his ankle this summer to clean up some bone spurs.

    Advice: It isn't clear how much time he would miss if he decided to undergo surgery, but we will update his status as soon as we know more. Anderson is set to become a free agent and all indications point to him leaving Brooklyn, so we will continue to follow this story closely. At this point in his career, Anderson likely wouldn't have a substantial role regardless of where he lands. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:44 am
  • Nets will extend qualifying offer to Teletovic
    The Nets will extend a qualifying offer to Mirza Teletovic, making him a restricted free agent this summer.

    Advice: Nets general manager Billy King said that the market will dictate whether or not they will be able to keep Teletovic, so there is no guarantee that we will see him back in Brooklyn next season. Teletovic should garner plenty of interest from other teams for his ability to space the floor, so it will be interesting to see what happens this summer. As of right now, Teletovic won't be a target in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:38 am
  • Mason Plumlee will play in summer league
    According to Nets general manager Billy King, Mason Plumlee will play in the summer league.

    Advice: Plumlee's role was very sporadic this season and he hasn't developed as quickly as the Nets would have liked. He averaged just 8.7 points, 6.2 boards, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks in 21.8 minutes per game in the regular season, but head coach Lionel Hollis was often very critical of him. Plumlee will definitely benefit from some additional experience in the offseason, but his fantasy value will hinge on what the Nets decide to do with players such as Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez this summer. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:31 am
  • Mike Conley (face) battles through adversity
    Mike Conley (facial surgery) said that people don't understand what he has been going through for the past week.

    Advice: "What I had to endure the past week, I don't think people really understand what I was going through physically," Conley said after Tuesday's Game 2 victory over the Warriors. "And then mentally with the pressure of playing and knowing that the team needed me to just find a way. And that was the biggest … finding a way regardless to how I was feeling." It was incredible to see Conley score 22 points on Tuesday after having surgery on his face just a week ago, and it's also worth mentioning that he has been bothered by a sprained right foot for several weeks as well. Conley now has three full days to rest before Game 3 on Saturday, so we hope that he continues to make strides in his recovery. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:59 am
  • Derrick Rose is ready to play in Game 2 Weds
    Derrick Rose said that he hasn't felt any lingering effects from his shoulder injury, and he is ready to go for Game 2 against the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rose was never really in danger of missing any action, but it's nice to have confirmation that he is feeling better well before tip-off. Rose scored 25 points with five boards, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in Game 1, and he will try to help the Bulls take a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Cavaliers tonight. Get him in your lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:15 am
  • Aaron Gordon draws praise from coach Borrego
    Interim head coach James Borrego spoke highly of rookie Aaron Gordon, and he believes that he has a bright future in the NBA mainly because of his potential on the defensive end.

    Advice: "Every good team, every championship team, has that type of player, and Aaron's one of those guys," Borrego said. "He absolutely believes he can be a top-level defender, a premier defender — someone we can put on our opponent's best player, whether it's a 1, 2, 3 or 4. And that's realistic for him. That's not us dreaming something up. That's a reality." Gordon showed flashes this season, and though he averaged just 5.2 points and 3.6 boards in 17.0 minutes per game, it should be noted that he was slowed down by a foot injury. Gordon isn't worth drafting in standard leagues just yet, but his play in the Orlando Summer League could change things. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:06 am
  • John Wall will seek another opinion on wrist
    John Wall will seek another opinion on his injured wrist prior to Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: Wall has already been evaluated by two different doctors, and the good news is that he isn't dealing with any breaks, fractures, ligament or structural damage. He tried to warmup and play in Game 2, but his wrist was causing him too much discomfort. "It's real, real tough. I came and did what I usually do before the games, try to do like more ball-handling, trying to pound it. Real tough to do," Wall said. "It's a real, real bad sprain." The Wizards don't play again until Saturday, so Wall should have plenty of time to recover and hopefully the swelling in his wrist will start to subside. If he can't play, Ramon Sessions will have to step up again after dropping 21 points in Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:27 am
     
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  • Tristan Thompson will start Game 2 Wednesday
    Tristan Thompson will move into the starting lineup for Game 2 against the Bulls on Wednesday, sending Mike Miller back to the bench.

    Advice: The move makes a lot of sense for the Cavaliers, as they will now match up better with the Bulls' imposing frontcourt tandem of Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah. In 15 previous starts in the regular season, Thompson averaged 12.6 points, 9.7 boards and 0.9 blocks per game, so he is certainly worth a look in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:07 am
  • Dwight Howard brushes off late-game usage
    Dwight Howard didn't attempt a shot over the final seven minutes of Game 1 vs. the Clippers, but he brushed off concerns about his limited offensive role.

    Advice: "I can’t focus on that," he said. "I got to continue to be a presence on the defensive end, get more blocked shots, get more rebounds, run the floor more, do all the things I can do." Howard still finished with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting, 10 rebounds, one steal and five blocks in Houston's Game 1 defeat, and Kevin McHale will surely emphasize the need to keep him engaged on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:02 am
  • Tony Allen insists he's 1st-team All-Defense
    Tony Allen racked up four steals during Tuesday's impressive win at Golden State, adding nine points, four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Few things in the NBA are better than the Grindfather in playoffs-mode. Throughout the game, Allen followed up key defensive plays by turning to the TNT announcers and yelling, "First-Team All Defense!" It's hard to argue after tonight's display and Allen has even picked up the pace offensively in the second round, averaging 12.0 points on 55.6 percent shooting in two games vs. the Warriors. When asked if he'd prefer to defend Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson, Allen replied, "It really don't matter. I'm paid to be a defender, and I'm ready to defend." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:52 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Leandro Barbosa scores 14 pts in 14 minutes
    Leandro Barbosa was a man on a mission Tuesday, coming off the bench for 14 points in 14 minutes during the Warriors' Game 2 defeat.

    Advice: Kerr said after the third quarter that his team wasn't "poised" and "felt rushed" before finding some success with a small lineup. Barbosa helped Golden State's second unit claim a 25-16 advantage tonight, and they'll look to bolster the starters again on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Klay Thompson struggles in rare home loss
    Klay Thompson suffered through a brutal game on Tuesday, going 6-of-15 from the field to finish with 13 points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, two assists and five turnovers.

    Advice: Tony Allen's smothering defense deserves enormous credit, as he and Courtney Lee took Klay out of rhythm before a minor flurry in the fourth quarter. The Warriors hadn't lost on their home court since late January and this may have been a mere hiccup for the league's top-seeded team, but the Grizzlies confirmed tonight that they won't be an easy out. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Draymond Green proving bona fides vs. Memphis
    Draymond Green played admirable defense during Tuesday's home loss, which he finished with 14 points (3-of-10 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs), 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: Green's personal Mission: Impossible is to provide one-on-one defense vs. Zach Randolph or Marc Gasol, depending upon matchups. The runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year was awesome again tonight, using his strength and speed to check bigger players on possession after possession, and his versatility is a huge reason the Warriors hadn't lost at home in over three months. Green and his teammates will be out for revenge in Memphis on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Mike Conley (face) posts 22 pts in Game 2 win
    Mike Conley (facial surgery) thrived in his return during Game 2, scoring 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting with three 3-pointers and three assists to help the Grizzlies pull out a rare win in Oracle Arena.

    Advice: Conley's sprained right foot is a lingering issue, his left eye remains swollen and red after recent facial surgery, he was exhausted due to a lack of conditioning, and he finished the game in obvious pain due to apparent cramping in his left calf. The good news is that he survived a hit to the face from Draymond Green and none of the above ailments prevented him from playing 27 brilliant minutes at the NBA's highest level of competition. All signs point to him being ready on Saturday, when the series shifts to Memphis for Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • John Wall (wrist) has 'really bad sprain'
    John Wall described his left wrist injury as a "really bad sprain" and decided not to play in Game 2 because he couldn't dribble effectively.

    Advice: Wall will receive treatment over the next three off-days to reduce the swelling in his wrist and his status for Game 3 may not be known until Saturday. It's worth mentioning that new reports say Wall was doubtful to play in Game 2 all along, even though multiple sources said he would play and coach Randy Wittman confirmed his status just 90 minutes before tip-off. If Wall does miss another game, Ramon Sessions cemented his status as the fill-in starter with a 21-point performance on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:26 pm
     
    Injured
  • Mike Conley (face) confirms he'll play Tues
    Mike Conley (facial surgery) confirmed that he feels "good enough" to play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Conley's foot is also bothering him and he was dealing with sensitivity to light and sound as recently as Sunday's Game 1 matchup, but he'll give it a go with a protective mask tonight. "I'm going to do what I always do. I'm going to play to win," he said. He will start with Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes serving as a tandem backup at PG. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:27 pm
  • Mike Conley (face) will 'try to play' Tuesday
    Mike Conley (facial surgery) will "try to play" vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, according to coach Dave Joerger.

    Advice: There's still a chance that Conley will change his mind after warming up, so we'll pass along updates as soon as more is known. If he does opt to play, which would underscore how incredibly tough he is, Beno Udrih will return to the bench and Nick Calathes' role will dwindle in the Grizzlies' crucial road game at Golden State. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:05 pm
  • John Wall (wrist) a late scratch for Game 2
    Updating a previous report, John Wall (wrist) will not play in Game 2 vs. the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is a shocking reversal after multiple reports stated throughout the day that Wall would play, but he felt more discomfort than expected during warmups. Tests have ruled out a break but his wrist is extremely swollen and we're forced to consider him questionable for Game 3 in D.C., which won't be played until Saturday. Ramon Sessions should earn heavy playing time as the starting PG in Wall's absence, with Garrett Temple picking up some slack as his primary backup. Expect a big night from Jeff Teague as the Hawks look to even the series at 1-1. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:09 pm
     
    Injured
  • Chris Paul (hamstring) doubtful for Game 2
    The Clippers have downgraded Chris Paul (hamstring) to doubtful for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Rockets.

    Advice: There are some conflicting reports about whether Paul is "doubtful" or "questionable," but regardless of his official status he's very likely to be a game-time call on Wednesday. For what it's worth, Clippers' head coach Doc Rivers said that he feels there's a 50-50 chance CP3 is able to play in Game 2, so it sounds like he's leaning more towards the questionable tag. However, if Paul is unable to suit up for Game 2, Blake Griffin will be the primary beneficiary, while Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick, Matt Barnes, and Austin Rivers will see some increased opportunity on offense. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:51 pm
     
    Injured
  • Rivers says Chris Paul 50-50 for Game 2
    Doc Rivers said that his gut it telling him that Chris Paul (hamstring) has a 50-50 chance of suiting up for Wednesday's Game 2 in Houston, and he will be a game-time decision.

    Advice: Rivers also said that if CP3 can play, he will play, so it sounds like Rivers is more interested in having Paul back in order to put Houston in an 0-2 hole, rather than giving CP3 an additional rest day. Reports are that Paul is walking around better today than he was on Monday, with less of a limp, so it sounds like he is making progress in his recovery from the hamstring injury. If he's able to play, he will start, sending Austin Rivers back to the bench. Blake Griffin would also be less likely to put up a triple-double. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:11 pm
     
    Injured
  • 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
    Yesterday, 12:54 pm
  • Chris Paul questionable for Game 2 on Wed
    Chris Paul (hamstring) is being listed as questionable for Game 2 against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Paul was also listed as questionable for Game 1, and he's likely headed for a game-time decision for Game 2. After the Clippers stole Game 1 without the services of CP3, it'll be very interesting to see if head coach Doc Rivers elects to give him another day of rest and sit him on Wednesday in order to be ready for Friday's Game 3 at Staples Center. Expect another update after Wednesday morning's shootaround, but if he's sidelined, it'll again be Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick, and Jamal Crawford doing the heavy lifting on offense. Austin Rivers would start at point guard. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:49 am
     
    Injured
  • Mike Conley (face) questionable for Game 2
    Mike Conley (face) went through shootaround and he is officially being listed as questionable for Game 2 against the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Advice: Conley said that he expects to play in Game 2, and he's likely headed for a game-time decision. He underwent a fairly major surgery just last week, so it would be impressive to say the least if he's able to suit up tonight. For what it's worth, Conley still hasn't participated in any contact drills, so even if he is able to play, it would likely be in a very limited capacity. Conley will be the starter if he's able to give it a go, meaning Nick Calathes would head back to the bench where he'd split minutes with Beno Udrih. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:33 am
  • Derrick Rose will play Game 2 on Wednesday
    Derrick Rose (shoulder) will play in Game 2 against the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rose's status was never really in doubt after he suffered a shoulder stinger during Monday's Game 1 win, but it's nice to get early confirmation that he'll be able to play. Rose has had a strong showing thus far in the playoffs and should be started in all playoff fantasy games as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:53 am
  • John Wall will play in Game 2 on Tuesday
    John Wall (wrist) will play in Game 2 against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: This news comes as no surprise as Wall had previously said he'd play, but fantasy owners can now safely start him on Game 2. Wall said he's dealing with some swelling in his left wrist, but he played with both hands after injuring his wrist in Game 1 so he shouldn't be too limited on Tuesday night. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:57 am
     
    Injured
  • Derrick Rose not worried about shoulder
    Derrick Rose said he isn't worried about the shoulder injury he suffered during Monday's Game 1 win over the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Rose suffered a shoulder stinger towards the end of the game, but was able to walk it off and didn't sound too worried after the game. "It was a stinger; my first time ever," Rose said. "It went away within 5,10 minutes. It’s something I’m not worried about." Rose had a fantastic Game 1 in scoring 25 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal, and three 3-pointers and Bulls fans can breathe a sign of relief as it sounds like he'll be just fine for Wednesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:50 am
  • John Wall expected to play in Game 2 on Tues
    John Wall (wrist) is expected to play in Game 2 against the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Wall will be receiving treatment on his swollen wrist up until tipoff, but the star point guard is preparing to play on Tuesday. "I'm all right," Wall said. "My hand hurts. Swollen, but other than that, I am fine." Outside of some swelling, Wall shouldn't be too limited by his wrist in Game 2 and we'll expect him to be in the starting lineup come game-time on Tuesday night. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:12 am
     
    Injured
  • Howard goes for 22 and 10 with five blocks
    Dwight Howard scored 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting (4-of-9 FTs) with 10 rebounds, one steal and five blocks in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Howard is going to have a tough matchup with DeAndre Jordan, but there's still plenty of ways for him to get his numbers, especially with some of the lineups the Clippers are forced to play due to a lack of depth. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:53 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
    Monday, 7:51 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 30 points in Game 1 loss
    Kyrie Irving scored 30 points on 10-of-23 shooting (1-of-5 3PTs, 9-of-9 FTs) with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: Irving's offense was fine but defensively both he and his teammates struggled as they let the Bulls hit 50 percent of their field goals and 55.6 percent from deep. The Cavs will need to improve in that area to win any games in which the Bulls haven't pulled one of their patented disappearing acts. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:44 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
    Monday, 7:37 pm
  • Rose + Butler lead balanced effort in G1 win
    Derrick Rose scored 25 points on 11-of-26 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, five assists and one steal in Monday's Game 1 win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Rose looked like he may have hurt his shoulder seriously at the end of the game but all reports since then have indicated the issue was minor. Jimmy Butler was the more important and better player for the Bulls, but Rose is the player that will swing this series one way or another so Chicago fans have to love the solid outing. Coming off two days' worth of rest, he hasn't been anywhere near as good with the one day he'll get before Wednesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:20 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
    Monday, 7:04 pm
  • Chris Paul (hamstring) out for Game 1
    Chris Paul (hamstring) will not play in Game 1 on Monday.

    Advice: Ouch. Coach Doc Rivers expects Paul to play at some point in this series, but it won't be tonight. He's also at risk of missing Game 2 on Wednesday. The Clippers will have to count on Austin Rivers a ton tonight. Blake Griffin also has a great chance for a triple-double. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:05 pm
     
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  • Mike Conley believes he'll play in Game 2
    Mike Conley (face) said he believes he'll play on Tuesday.

    Advice: He did warm up on Sunday and did go through practice on Monday. However, the sense around the team is that he won't be able to play in Game 2. The Grizzlies will host Game 3 on Saturday, so all that time off should help Conley get out there. For now, Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes will get some run on Tuesday, but consider Conley a 50/50 guy to play. There will be another update at shootaround tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:08 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
    Monday, 2:36 pm
  • John Wall wearing protective wrist wrap Mon.
    John Wall (wrist) was wearing a protective wrap at practice on Monday.

    Advice: Wall has already vowed to play in Game 2 and finished Game 1 without issue, so we don't expect the concern to slow him down. After sustaining the injury, Wall played with both hands and had no trouble utilizing his left, indicating that he wasn't playing compromised like Kobe Bryant did earlier in the season when he played one-handed basketball. Expect Wall to start Game 2 as usual. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:10 am
     
    Injured
  • Chris Paul does shootaround, still game-time
    Chris Paul (hamstring) went through shootaround, but he remains a game-time decision on Monday for Game 1 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: When asked for a CP3 update, Doc Rivers said, "Uh, he's alive." Paul is expected to test his hamstring to see if he can give it a go, and Doc Rivers will rely on the training staff to make the call. If CP3 sits, Austin Rivers could draw the Game 1 start. That's a weird sentence. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:06 am
     
    Injured
  • Report: Mike Conley unlikely to play Game 2
    Mike Conley (face, eye) is unlikely to play in Game 2 vs. the Warriors, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.

    Advice: The Grizzlies and Warriors don't square off until Tuesday night for Game 2, but with Conley still being bothered by noise and bright lights in addition to continued facial swelling, it would be miraculous if we saw him before Game 3 at the very earliest. It's also unclear if Conley will have to go through the NBA's concussion protocol, which could potentially push his return date back further. Nick Calathes and Beno Udrih will continue to try and fill in for Conley. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:32 am
  • 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
    Monday, 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
    Monday, 7:07 am
  • John Wall icing wrist after Game 1 victory
    John Wall was spotted icing his wrist injury after Sunday's Game 1 victory over the Hawks.

    Advice: Wall has vowed to be ready for Game 2, but the wrist will not be 100 percent. "It's about sacrifice," Wall yelled in the locker room. It sounds like he'll be ready to go, but the injury is worth watching closely. Randy Wittman's Wizards are now 8-1 on the road in the postseason over the last two years, and they're the first team in NBA history to win four straight Game 1s on the road. Not bad. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:14 am
     
    Injured
  • Mike Conley (face) bothered by lights, noise
    Mike Conley (facial surgery) was bothered by the loud noise and bright lights at Oracle Arena during Sunday's game.

    Advice: "You get a lot of headaches," said Conley, who shot around before the game but did not play. "You get a lot of pressure in that eye. It's tough to hear loud noises and horns. Lights hurt. It's sensitive to a lot." His return date remains uncertain and there's a good chance that Nick Calathes will start again on Tuesday, though Conley is considered questionable for Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:56 pm
  • 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
  • John Wall (wrist, hand) vows to play Tuesday
    John Wall injured his left wrist and hand during a hard fall on Sunday, but he told reporters, "I'll be ready on Tuesday."

    Advice: Early indications are that X-rays were negative but the team has yet to officially update his status. "My wrist will be alright. If it ain't broke I'll play through anything," Wall said. "It's more in my hand now. The pressure went to my hand." He'll have one day to rest before going for a 2-0 series lead vs. the top-seeded Hawks. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:05 pm
     
    Injured
  • 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
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • MRI negative on Chris Paul's left hamstring
    An MRI on Chris Paul's left hamstring was negative and he is a game-time decision for Monday's Game 1 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: This is as good a report as Clippers' fans could have expected, though we may not learn CP3's availability until after he goes through pre-game warmups. He was amazing despite playing hurt on Saturday and if he's at all limited the Clips' offense will lean even more on Blake Griffin, with Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers assuming extra ball-handling duties. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:41 pm
     
    Injured
  • Draymond: Gm 1 'not as physical' as expected
    Draymond Green racked up 16 points, four 3-pointers, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 27 minutes on Sunday, helping Golden State earn a 1-0 series lead.

    Advice: Green began the game with a barrage of 3-pointers and it took some second-half foul trouble to slow him down. He said after the game that his matchup vs. Zach Randolph and the Grizzlies' frontcourt "wasn't as physical as [he] thought it'd be," and Golden State should cruise in the series if Green can turn the matchup in their favor. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:36 pm
  • 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
  • John Wall double-doubles in Game 1 upset
    John Wall double-doubled during Sunday's Game 1 road win over the Hawks, putting up 18 points on 8-of-19 shooting, 13 assists, seven rebounds, three blocks, one steal and just two turnovers through 39 minutes of action.

    Advice: Wall injured his left wrist in this one, but he was able to fight through the pain, staying in the game with nothing more than a wrap on his wrist. He's currently getting X-rays to determine if anything more severe is there, so we'll be watching for updates on that. Wall did appear to be in a lot of pain following the injury, but given the heavy playing time, we’d expect him to be fine for Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:51 pm
     
    Injured
  • Mike Conley (face) out for Game 1 on Sunday
    Mike Conley (face) will not play in Game 1 on Sunday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Conley is hopeful that he can give it a go at some point during the Grizzlies second-round series against the Warriors, but the doctors gave him a 4-6 week timetable on April 30, so this looks like one of those situations where the player is being overly optimistic. Conley did go through some pregame warmups sporting a mask, so he's likely going to be a game-time call for each game, but for now he's looking doubtful to return during the second-round. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:37 am
  • 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
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Chris Paul (hamstring) may sit out Game 1
    Doc Rivers said that Chris Paul may miss Game 1 vs. the Rockets on Monday, and he's officially being listed as questionable.

    Advice: "Chris may play or may not play the first game [vs. Houston], but the game is Monday... my guess right now if I had to guess, I would say no," Rivers said. Paul suffered a hamstring injury during the first quarter of Saturday's Game 7 win over the Spurs, and while he played through it, it would seem he's in jeopardy of missing Game 1 on Monday. We'll continue to monitor his status closely, but if he's forced to sit, Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and Blake Griffin would all need to step up in a big way. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:15 am
     
    Injured
  • Mike Conley going through warmups in mask
    Mike Conley (face) is currently going through warmups wearing a mask.

    Advice: Conley remains doubtful to play, but the fact that he's going through warmups and sporting a mask, it would seem he's at least going to try and give it a go. Head coach Dave Joerger said that there's a possibility Conley is able to play, but it remains unlikely. We'll have another update in about another 30 minutes on his official status. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:06 am
  • Draymond Green's ankle has shown improvement
    Head coach Steve Kerr said that Draymond Green's ankle has shown improvement this week.

    Advice: The Warriors have been off since Apr 25, so some improvement was inevitable. Green was fantastic in the Warriors' series against the Pelicans, averaging 15.8 points, 12.8 boards, 6.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 2.5 steals and 1.5 3-pointers per game. He will draw a tough matchup against Zach Randolph and the Grizzlies, but Green will be up for the challenge. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:00 am
  • John Wall injures left wrist, stays in game
    John Wall injured his left wrist during Game 1 against the Hawks on Sunday, but he is staying in the game.

    Advice: He braced his fall with his left wrist after a layup attempt, but as bad as it initially looked, Wall appears to be fine. His wrist is heavily wrapped, but he will do his best to keep the Wizards in this game. Stay tuned for any additional updates, but it looks like he has dodged a bullet. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:55 am
     
    Injured
  • Chris Paul hits game-winner in heroic game
    Chris Paul (hamstring) had the most iconic game of his career during a Game 7 111-109 victory over the Spurs on Saturday, scoring 27 points with two rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block, five 3-pointers and one turnover.

    Advice: CP3 also hit a game-winning shot with one second left to earn the series victory. He also suffered a hamstring injury and was able to return in the second quarter. Paul was grabbing his hamstring throughout the game and he was limping numerous times, as well. Coach Doc Rivers said CP3 could miss Game 1 on Monday in Houston and Rivers said he'd guess his star PG can't go, so that will be the biggest story to watch. Until then, let's just re-watch this instant classic a few more times. It's still not fair that the No. 2 and 3 teams for net rating had to play in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:35 pm
     
    Injured
  • Joakim Noah (illness) ready to go for Game 1
    Joakim Noah (illness) went through most of Saturday's practice and he's in no danger of missing Monday's Game 1 vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: "We're ready to roll," said Tom Thibodeau. Noah made himself a target for Cavs' fans ire by telling reporters this week, "You know what? I never thought I'd say this, but I'm very excited to go to Cleveland." Noah averaged only 6.5 points vs. the Bucks in the first round, but he also had 11.7 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:57 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Joakim Noah looking forward to matchup w/ CLE
    Joakim Noah is looking forward to the Bulls' second-round matchup with the Cavaliers.

    Advice: "You know what? I never thought I'd say this, but I'm very excited to go to Cleveland," said Noah after Thursday's dominant Game 6 win over the Bucks. Noah and LeBron James have some history, and friendly-rivalry is not a term we'd use to describe this upcoming series. Noah is going to draw a favorable matchup against the Cavs, so he makes sense as a guy to target in daily leagues, as he should be able to put up some quality numbers throughout the Bull's second-round series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:00 am
  • 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
  • Derrick Rose scores 15 in 25 minutes
    Derrick Rose scored 15 points with five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three 3-pointers during a 120-66 win over the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the third largest victory in playoff history and this game was over in the second quarter. Rose was on the stationary bike during the game today. Interestingly, he was still in the game when the Bulls were up by more than 40 points. An interesting trend so far in the playoffs for Rose is that he's been much better when he had two days off (like today) opposed to one day off. The Bulls will take on the Cavs in Cleveland on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:52 pm
  • 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
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • 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
  • Dwight Howard gets 18 & 19 as HOU advances
    Dwight Howard dominated the paint during Tuesday's series-clinching victory, finishing with 18 points, 19 rebounds, four steals and four blocks.

    Advice: "[Dwight's] knee has been good," coach Kevin McHale said before Game 5. "He is bouncy again. He has been feeling good." It showed again tonight as Howard logged 39 minutes, going 7-of-14 from the field and successfully navigating early foul trouble. His efforts helped Houston advance to face the winner of the Spurs vs. Clippers series. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:20 pm
  • 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
  • Pau Gasol scores 25 points in Monday loss
    Pau Gasol scored 25 points during a Game 5 94-88 loss to the Bucks in Chicago on Monday, adding 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: This is a really bad loss for the Bulls. Their offense vanished in the fourth and coach Tom Thibodeau still doesn't seem to have the right frontcourt combination. Joakim Noah was everywhere on Monday with 10 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, one steal and three blocks in 32 minutes. Taj Gibson played just 15 minutes with 12 points and three boards because Nikola Mirotic played more power forward today. Mirotic was also quiet with three points and one rebound. The Bulls have lost all of their momentum and will take their 3-2 lead to Milwaukee on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 27, 7:58 pm
  • Derrick Rose struggles again in a loss
    Derrick Rose struggled for a second consecutive game against the Bucks on Monday, making 5-of-20 from the field for 13 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and six turnovers.

    Advice: He missed all seven attempts from deep and coach Tom Thibodeau will probably have a word with Rose to relax on those attempts. The Bulls made just 7-of-30 (23.3 percent) in the fourth quarter and only had seven fast-break points in the entire game. Rose was able to play with some control in his enormous Game 3, but he's been chaotic in the last two games. He'll get a couple days off before Game 6 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 27, 7:45 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
  • Dwight Howard shoots just 3-of-13 at FT line
    Dwight Howard's free throw struggles were on full display in Sunday's Game 4 defeat, as he went 3-of-13 at the line to finish with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Howard missed two months with a knee injury and the Rockets limited him as a precaution down the stretch, a decision which has already paid off with solid production in the playoffs. He's averaging 16.3 points on 61.0 percent shooting, 12.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 blocks through four postseason games. He'd even made 12-of-18 free throws prior to tonight's struggles on the road. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 9:30 pm
  • 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
  • Kyrie Irving double-doubles in Game 4 win
    Kyrie Irving put up a double-double as the Cavs swept the Celtics on Sunday, scoring 24 points (8-of-19 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs), with 11 rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block through 43 minutes of action.

    Advice: Kyrie was fantastic through his first-career playoff series, averaging 23.3 points, 4.3 assists, 3.0 three-pointers, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block per game. He and LeBron James scored or assisted on 27 of the Cavs 29 fourth-quarter field goals through their first-round series against the Celtics, and he should continue to put up quality numbers throughout the playoffs. Chicago is likely going to be Cleveland's second-round opponent, so get ready for some electrifying basketball as Kyrie goes toe-to-toe against a surging Derrick Rose. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 1:49 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
  • Derrick Rose apologizes to his teammates
    Derrick Rose took the blame for Chicago's Game 4 loss to the Bucks on Saturday after he allowed Jerryd Bayless to have an open layup under the basket in the closing seconds of the game.

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