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  • Joakim Noah, Bulls having 'positive dialogue'
    The Bulls are reportedly having a "positive dialogue" with impending free agent Joakim Noah.

    Advice: It was recently reported that Joakim told teammates he was ready to leave Chicago due to concerns about the team's front office. His agent quickly refuted that report, and now, "Those close to Noah ... are still hopeful that he will be able to work out an agreement to stay in Chicago long term." A lot of this is posturing and we won't know which way Noah is truly leaning until free agency begins in earnest. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • LeBron James posts 23/8/6 in 38-point blowout
    LeBron James racked up 23 points, eight assists and six steals in just 32 minutes on Wednesday, as the Cavs rolled to a dominant 116-78 victory.

    Advice: LeBron was on pace for a triple-double if it weren't a blowout, and he's now scored at least 20 points in 23 consecutive postseason games. Needless to say, he's been one of the steadiest DFS options in the playoffs this year. He's one win away from his sixth consecutive Finals appearance, and one free throw away from passing Kobe Bryant for second place in career postseason free throws (1,320), trailing only Michael Jordan (1,463). Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • Channing Frye plays 13 minutes off bench
    Channing Frye came off the bench on Wednesday for seven points, three rebounds and one block in 13 minutes of action.

    Advice: Tyronn Lue hinted that he'd give Frye extended playing time in Game 5, but he logged only six minutes in the first half and sat out a meaningless fourth quarter. Frye continues to serve as Cleveland's backup center, presenting a tough matchup for Bismack Biyombo and Jonas Valanciunas, so he should once again log 18-22 minutes during Friday's Game 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 23 points in blowout win
    Kyrie Irving scored 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting vs. the Raptors on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and just one turnover in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs roared out to a 31-point lead in the first half, the largest first-half lead in NBA Conference finals history, and they never looked back. Their 'big three' was perfectly in sync, scoring at least 23 points each in the blowout, and as a team they shot a ridiculous 57.1 percent from the field. Tristan Thompson added nine points and 10 boards, J.R. Smith had seven points six boards and four steals, and Cleveland can now clinch the series with a win in Toronto on Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas plays 18 minutes in return
    Jonas Valanciunas returned on Wednesday with nine points on 4-of-4 shooting, one assist and two turnovers in 18 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Raptors' offense briefly found a groove when JV checked in mid-way through the first quarter, but it was a mirage -- they trailed by 18 points after one quarter and the deficit only got larger. JV and starting center Bismack Biyombo briefly shared the court late in the second quarter, as coach Dwane Casey searched for anything that would spark his team, but we're not expecting to see that lineup again on Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:28 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan lousy in blowout Game 5 defeat
    DeMar DeRozan had a game to forget on Wednesday, shooting 2-of-8 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line to finish a blowout loss with 14 points, three boards, three assists and two steals.

    Advice: The Raptors were beat in every facet of the game tonight, trailing by a franchise-record 31 points going into halftime. They were a combined 21-of-35 from the free throw line and 3-of-17 beyond the arc, they turned the ball over 18 times, and they were out-rebounded 48-27, with only 10 boards during the entire first half. DeRozan and co. will need to hit the 'reset' button before Friday's must-win Game in Toronto. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:27 pm
  • Patrick Patterson returns after bruising hand
    Patrick Patterson bruised his left hand during Wednesday's Game 5 defeat, finishing with three points, two turnovers and zero rebounds, assists, steals or blocks in 19 minutes.

    Advice: X-rays confirmed that Patterson only suffered a contusion and he did return despite the score being totally out of reach for Toronto. He should be ready for his usual 30-minute role during a must-win Game 6 on Friday, making him a viable low-end DFS target. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo quiet in 38-point road loss
    Bismack Biyombo started Game 5 but posted only seven points, four boards and one block in 21 minutes during Toronto's 38-point road loss.

    Advice: In the wake of tonight's drubbing in Cleveland, it will be interesting to see if Dwane Casey opts to start Biyombo over Jonas Valanciunas for Game 6. Tonight's struggles come in the wake of a terrific stretch for Biyombo, who has raised his stock significantly. An unnamed Eastern Conference GM, citing the upcoming salary-cap increase, even suggested that Biyombo will be offered around $17 million per year as a free agent this summer. Considering the Raptors' long-term investment in Jonas Valanciunas, it could be very hard for them to retain Biyombo. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:24 pm
  • A Tale of Two Cities for Kyle Lowry vs. Cavs
    Kyle Lowry scored only 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting during Wednesday's crushing road loss, adding six assists, three rebounds and five turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs trapped Lowry at every opportunity and he struggled as a result, going scoreless for the first 18 minutes of the game. It's been a tale of two cities for Lowry in the series -- he's averaging 27.5 points in two home games, but just 11.3 points in three road games. Toronto has now been outscored in 11 of 12 quarters in Cleveland during the series, which is a huge hurdle even if they tie it up with a home win in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 25 points in blowout win
    Kevin Love (left knee) finished Game 5 with 25 points on 8-of-10 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs, hitting three 3-pointers with two rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: Love was awful in his previous two games, shooting 5-of-23 from the field, and he didn't even play in the fourth quarter of Game 4 -- he sat out the fourth again tonight, but only because of the lopsided score. He played with renewed energy tonight, scoring 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting in the first quarter alone, and could have had a much bigger line if it weren't for garbage time. Love's reemergence is a terrific sign for the Cavs, who are now one victory away from the Finals. Follow the link below to enjoy one of Love's patented full-court outlet passes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:15 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo starting over JV in Game 5
    Bismack Biyombo will start Game 5 on Wednesday despite the return of Jonas Valanciunas (ankle).

    Advice: "[Jonas Valanciunas] is our starting center but we've got to respect what Bismack is doing on the court," said Dwane Casey. Biyombo is averaging 6.8 points on 61.1 percent shooting, 12.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in four Conference finals games vs. Cleveland, though his minutes are likely to come down with Valanciunas in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:58 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) not on minute-limit
    Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) has no minute-limit and coach Dwane Casey hopes to play him early in the game.

    Advice: "We hope to get him in, find him some minutes and get his feet wet," Casey said. "It might be a shock to his lungs." Casey doesn't like JV matching up vs. Channing Frye and the Cavs' second unit, but isn't ready to start him ahead of Bismack Biyombo, given the Raptors' recent success. Unfortunately for DFS purposes, Biyombo's playing time should take a hit with Valanciunas in the mix. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:24 pm
  • Kerr: Warriors need Bogut out there
    Coach Steve Kerr said the Warriors "need' Andrew Bogut out there.

    Advice: "When he’s out there, we rebound better and we’ve got a good passer out of the post," Kerr said. "We want to play Bogut more, but he’s got to stay on the floor." He was actually the only player in the positive for plus-minus on Tuesday as the Warriors were destroyed on their small-ball plan. Still, it's tough to count on Bogut for more than 16 minutes in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:50 pm
  • Kerr: Stephen Curry not where he needs to be
    Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry "may just not be quite where he needs to be" right now.

    Advice: Kerr said Curry is not hurt, but a previous report said he's playing at 70 percent. In the last two games, the Thunder have put a stop to Curry catch-and-shoot shots with the MVP making just 1-of-10 on those. Maybe the home crowd will help him on Thursday with the Warriors needing Curry to resemble the regular-season version of himself. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:40 pm
  • Paul Millsap leads All-Defensive Second Team
    Paul Millsap, Paul George, Hassan Whiteside, Tony Allen and Jimmy Butler were named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team on Wednesday.

    Advice: Surprisingly, Millsap wasn't really even close to making the first team with only 11 first-team votes. While Hassan Whiteside led the NBA in blocks, the Heat started out as a better defense while he was off the court earlier in the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:10 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard leads All-Defensive First Team
    Kawhi Leonard was unanimously selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had 260 points with the 130 ballots all giving him two points for the first-team nod. Draymond Green (251 points), DeAndre Jordan (137), Avery Bradley (149) and Chris Paul (148) rounded out the first unit. Leonard will be on the All-Defensive First Team for a long, long time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:07 pm
  • Kyle Korver excited for a healthy offseason
    Kyle Korver said that he's looking forward to a "good summer of training."

    Advice: "I'm actually going to work out," Korver said with a laugh. "I'm excited to be on my feet today. I'm looking forward to a good summer of training again and being able to get back to what I like to do in the offseason." Korver spent all of last summer rehabbing from ankle and elbow surgeries, but he'll be able to get back into his usual routine this summer. Still, after averaging just 9.2 points and 2.0 triples per game this past season, he won't be worth anything more than a late-round flier on draft day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:49 am
  • Report: Draymond Green will not be suspended
    Draymond Green will not be suspended for tripping Enes Kanter during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Green is just one flagrant foul away from a suspension, but the league has reportedly decided not to upgrade his foul on Kanter to a flagrant 1 foul, meaning he's in the clear for Thursday's Game 5 against OKC. Green has been a shell of himself over the past two games, and he knows that he'll need to come with a much stronger effort during Game 5 if the Dubs hope to send the series back to OKC for a Game 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:34 am
  • Report: Joakim Noah done with the Bulls?
    Joakim Noah has reportedly been telling his Chicago teammates that he's done with the organization and will be looking to go elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Noah reportedly has no faith in Bulls' GM Gar Forman being able to put the pieces together to turn the Chicago franchise around, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of offers he can secure on the open market after his previous two seasons have been cut short due to injury. Noah will likely sign a one-year "show-me" deal in order to reestablish his value as a free agent, but the injury concerns will make him a tough guy to target prior to the final few rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:30 am
  • Sergey Karasev unlikely to be a Net next year
    Sergey Karasev is unlikely to suit up for the Nets next season.

    Advice: The Nets declined to pickup their team option on Karasev for the 2016-17 season, so he'll be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Karasev has reportedly already begun training for next season, and his father stated during a recent interview that he will look at all his options this offseason, including a return to Europe. Karasev has been in the league for three years and has never established himself as a rotation player, so his fantasy value is right around nil. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:40 am
  • Marco Belinelli says he wants to 'win now'
    Marco Belinelli stated during a recent interview with Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport that he wants to be a part of a winning team.

    Advice: "I want to win now. To make that happen, something has to happen," said Belinelli. "I'm still under contract with Sacramento and I have trust in the organization but in the NBA you never know what may happen." Belinelli doesn't sound like a guy that's all that happy to be on the books for another two years in Sacramento, but he was the guy that chose to go there as a free agent. With the Kings, Belinelli won’t be anything more than a deep league, 3-point specialist. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 am
  • Dennis Schroder wants to be a better finisher
    Dennis Schroder said that he wants to come back stronger next season, and he'll be spending time this offseason working to become a better finisher at the rim.

    Advice: "I'll try to be stronger next year and dunk some more balls," Schroder said. "I've got to be better finishing at the rim." Schroder also confirmed that he will be playing for the German National Team again this offseason, as he tries to help the team qualify for the European Championship. Schroder's fantasy value next year will hinder on what happens with Jeff Teague, but if Teague ends up getting traded, Schroder would make for an intriguing late-round gamble in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:50 am
  • Ainge high on Jordan Mickey and Terry Rozier
    Danny Ainge said that he believes Jordan Mickey and Terry Rozier have a "bright future."

    Advice: "We think Jordan Mickey has a bright future and Terry Rozier has a bright future and we’ve gotten calls from other teams about them," said Ainge. It sounds like Ainge would prefer to develop his younger guys rather than dealing them away, and Mickey's ability to rack up the defensive stats could make him an intriguing late-round selection next season depending on what happens with Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller during free agency. Rozier, however, is unlikely to establish himself as a standard league asset while Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley are healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:29 am
  • Jonas Valanciunas says he's 'ready to go'
    Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) said that he's "ready to go" for Wednesday's Game 5 in Cleveland.

    Advice: "I'm ready to go," said Valanciunas. "Percentage wise? I don't know. My ankle doesn't say the percentage." Valanciunas will again be available to play on Wednesday, but Cavs' head coach Tyronn Lue implied that they'll go with a healthy heaping of Channing Frye at the five-spot for Game 5, which Dwane Casey has acknowledged is a difficult matchup for JV. If Valanciunas does take the court Wednesday night, it'll likely be in a limited capacity, so he's still not that great of a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • TOR could struggle to retain Bismack Biyombo
    The Raptors could struggle to retain Bismack Biyombo as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Toronto signed Biyombo for cheap this past offseason, but with how well Biyombo has played during this postseason he's most assuredly earned himself a massive payday when he decides to opt out of his contract this summer. Biyombo will likely be able to secure a $10-15 million deal as a free agent, so the Raptors will need to move around some pieces if they hope to retain him. From a fantasy perspective, a move away from Toronto into a starting role elsewhere would put Biz firmly on the standard league radar. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:34 am
  • Billy Donovan praises Andre Roberson's play
    Billy Donovan praised Andre Roberson's play following Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: "It's funny," Donovan said. "After Game 2 people are saying to me: ‘Is this guy going to even play anymore?' Andre's a good basketball player and I think sometimes the things that go missing with him is he makes winning plays." Roberson, typically viewed as a defensive specialist, has suddenly emerged as an offensive option for the Thunder posting averages of 15.0 points, 9.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.0 triples, 3.0 steals and 1.0 block on 57.1 percent shooting over his past two outings. The Dubs have been completely ignoring him on defense, and Roberson has made them pay. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:15 am
  • Draymond Green: 'Right now, I'm not myself'
    Draymond Green described the Warriors current 3-1 hole in the Western Conference Finals as "stunning," and acknowledged that he needs to be better for the remainder of the series.

    Advice: "Right now, I'm not myself," said Green. "I'm thinking too much, and that's leading to all the things that I'm not supposed to be doing. I just … I just have to be me." Over the past two games, Green has not given the Dubs much of anything, going 2-of-16 from the field whilst posting a plus/minus rating of minus-73. Green also appeared to trip Enes Kanter during Game 4, which could potentially be viewed as a flagrant 1 foul, which would result in a one-game suspension for Green. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:01 am
  • Report: Stephen Curry playing at 70 percent
    Stephen Curry (knee) is playing "at 70 percent, at best," according to a source of Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: While unnamed sources dispute the health of Curry's knee, you won't hear Curry, nor head coach Steve Kerr making any excuses. Curry said he was "fine" after Game 4's loss, and Kerr stated that he's "not injured," but Curry's lack of explosion and inability to take advantage of the bigs when they switch on him tells a bit of a different story. To be clear, Curry is in zero danger of spending any time on the sidelines, and the Dubs will need him to look more like MVP-Curry if they hope to secure a Game 5 win when they return to their home court on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:20 am
  • Festus Ezeli shoots 2-of-8 from the line
    Festus Ezeli scored eight points with two rebounds and one assist in 10 minutes vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ezeli probably would've played some more tonight because Andrew Bogut was in foul trouble, but the Thunder kept hacking him and he hit just 2-of-8 free throws. The Warriors have been crushed in two straight games and their small lineups haven't been successful, so Ezeli should see minutes in the teens again on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:45 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 26 points in loss
    Klay Thompson scored 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting in Game 4 vs. the Thunder with five rebounds, one assist, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was held to four points in the first half and got into some early foul trouble, but his 19-point explosion in the third quarter nearly got the Warriors back into the game. It obviously wasn't nearly enough in the end, as the Warriors were outscored 24-12 in the fourth. If the Warriors are going to take away any positives from this nightmare showing, it's that maybe Thompson will be able build off this momentum for Game 5. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:38 pm
  • Draymond Green held to six points in loss
    Draymond Green was held to six points in Tuesday's Game 4 loss to the Thunder, shooting just 1-of-7 from the field.

    Advice: For the first time this season, the Warriors have finally lost two games in a row and it comes at the worst possible time. As for Green, he was nearly suspended by the league for his kick to Steven Adams' groin in Game 3, so the OKC crowd let him hear it all night. Green hasn't played well in this series and it didn't get any better tonight, turning the ball over six times in 38 minutes with 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and three steals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:30 pm
  • Stephen Curry shoots 6-of-20 in Game 4 loss
    Stephen Curry struggled in Tuesday's 118-94 loss in Game 4, scoring 19 points on 6-of-20 shooting.

    Advice: He was also just 2-of-10 from beyond the arc with six turnovers, adding five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 39 minutes. As much as Curry struggled, coach Steve Kerr made it clear after the game that the MVP is not injured. "Steph Curry is not injured," Kerr said. "He just had a lousy night. It happens." With Golden State trailing 3-1, they will need a much better effort from Curry for the Warriors to get back in this series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:19 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 17 points in win Tuesday
    Serge Ibaka scored 17 points in Tuesday's win over the Warriors, shooting 7-of-11 from the field.

    Advice: Steven Adams was playing through a tweaked ankle and Enes Kanter wasn't producing, so Ibaka had to step up tonight and he didn't disappoint. This was his second strong performance in a row and he added seven rebounds, two blocks and one 3-pointer, outplaying all of Golden State's bigs in the process. After losing minutes to Kanter in the series against San Antonio, Ibaka has played 30 or more minutes in all four games in the Western Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:10 pm
  • Roberson scores 17 w/ 12 boards, 5 steals
    Andre Roberson scored 17 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, five steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes in Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: The Warriors hacked him several times and he hit just 2-of-8 free throws, but this was arguably the best game of his career. The points were a career high and he shot 7-of-12 from the field, and you have to love the minutes. This big game obviously puts him firmly on the DFS radar due to his low price, though he was averaging just 4.4 points in the postseason prior to Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:05 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 26 points in Game 4 win
    Kevin Durant scored 26 points on 8-of-24 shooting in Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: The Thunder scored 72 points in the first half for the second straight game and the Warriors weren't able to recover. As for Durant, he had an incredible line with 11 rebounds, four assists, four steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer, though he did have a few turnovers. This was his second straight game with three blocks and his defense has been on full display in this series. The Thunder could advance to the NBA Finals with a win on Thursday in Game 5 as the series shifts back to Golden State. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:52 pm
  • Channing Frye could play more in Game 5?
    Tyronn Lue said that he likes the space-the-court lineup "a lot," and he could use it more moving forward in hopes of limiting Bismack Biyombo's production.

    Advice: Lue has been steadily increasing Channing Frye's minutes throughout the Eastern Conference Finals, and it sounds like Frye's minutes could be in the 25-minute range for Game 5, which could result in less run for Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love. Love hasn't been playing very well at all over the past two, so he'll be a bit of a risky DFS play for Game 5. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:10 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas minutes depend on Cavs
    Jonas Valanciunas' Game 5 minutes will depend on the Cavaliers' personnel, according to Raptors head coach Dwane Casey.

    Advice: Valanciunas didn't play in Game 4 on Monday, but will be available depending on whom the Cavaliers play on Wednesday. We'll likely see more of JV if the Cavaliers go big, but if it's Kevin Love and Channing Frye operating at the five-spot, that could prove to be too tough of a cover for the big man coming off an ankle injury. Bismack Biyombo remains the preferable DFS target. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:54 am
  • Kevin Love all systems go for Game 5 on Weds
    Kevin Love (knee) is healthy enough to play in Game 5 against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Love hurt his knee after stepping on a referee's foot in Game 4 on Monday, but isn't worried about his status for Game 5. "I think Kyrie [Irving] was shooting towards the end of the third quarter, and I stepped on the official's foot, and it didn't feel too great," said Love. "More so the knee [than the ankle hurting]. Will be sore tomorrow, but nothing that will prevent me from playing." While Love's performance in Toronto left something to be desired, he should be able to return to form with the series heading back to Cleveland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:24 am
  • DeMar DeRozan praises Lowry's Game 4 play
    DeMar DeRozan praised Kyle Lowry's performance in Monday's Game 4 win over Cleveland.

    Advice: "It's a cake walk for me once he gets going," DeRozan said. "It opens up everything for me on the floor. Teams try to focus in on him, and he knows when to get me going. He got the ball, he's our point guard, he's our leader of this team and he knows how to orchestrate what needs to be done out there." While Lowry had a great game on Monday, DeRozan's second consecutive 32-point performance helped the Raptors even the series. He seems to be getting over the thumb injury that hampered him earlier in the playoffs and should continue be a big factor for the Raptors for the rest of the postseason. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:46 am
  • Lue explains Kevin Love's fourth quarter DNP
    Cavs head coach Ty Lue said he didn't play Kevin Love in the fourth quarter of Game 4 because Channing Frye was playing well.

    Advice: Love was dealing with a bit of a knee issue after stepping on a referee's foot, but Lue's explanation didn't involve the injury. "To try to put Kevin back in with four minutes to go in the fourth quarter in a hostile game, hostile environment, it's not fair to him," Lue said. "Channing gave us a great lift off the bench, and we just rolled with it." While Lue's explanation doesn't make much sense, he should still be in the starting lineup for Game 5 and will likely see more than the 31 minutes he saw in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:36 am
  • Kevin Love said he hurt his knee
    Kevin Love (knee) said he hurt his knee stepping on an official's foot at the end of the third quarter on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Ty Lue said he thought it wasn't fair to put Love back in the game, so that's two straight fourth quarters without any Love. Lue added Love not playing in the fourth didn't have to do with his injury. The former All-Star should still be in the starting lineup and heading back home figures to help, too. Many were concerned about Love's inconsistent play and now it's coming to fruition. As long as he can make shots, he'll get time. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:29 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 35 points; Raps tie series
    Kyle Lowry was outstanding during a 105-99 win over the Cavs in Game 4 on Monday, scoring 35 points with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was on fire early with 16 points on 100.0 effective field goal percentage to kick this game off. Lowry and DeMar DeRozan scored a combined 67 points in their best combined scoring effort this postseason. To nobody's surprise, Raptors continue to go as Lowry goes in the postseason. During wins, he has a 56.9 true shooting percentage and a 2.5 assist:turnover ratio. In the losses, those numbers are 38.9 and 1.6, respectively. The Cavs should be doing all they can to stop Lowry. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:06 pm
  • Bizness Is Booming: Biyombo set for a pay day
    Bismack Biyombo was terrific yet again during a win over the Cavs on Monday, finishing with five points, 14 rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 42 minutes.

    Advice: His motor was out of control with some very good perimeter defense while he was still able to grab 11 defensive rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) didn't play in this game, but he might have a better chance on Wednesday. If the Raptors can continue to use him like this, Biyombo might be too valuable to lose any minutes to JV. Biyombo has made himself some serious money in the past two games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:57 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 32 points again in win
    DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points for the second straight win over the Cavs on Monday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: A big story for the Raptors was their free throw shooting. They became the first Conference Finals team since 2001 to not have a free throw in the first half with a 15-plus point lead, but then they went to the line 19 times in the second half as a team. As for DeRozan, he continues to thrive on contested shots and even fared better against LeBron James as the game went on -- he scored 12 in the fourth quarter on 5-of-6 from the field. We'll see how he handles playing in Cleveland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:52 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas doesn't play in Game 4
    Jonas Valanciunas did not play in Game 4 on Monday.

    Advice: The Raptors got off to a fantastic start to keep Valanciunas on the bench. Plus, the Cavs went with a lot of space on their offense, which would've made it really hard to use JV on defense. He'll have a couple days off before Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:44 pm
  • LeBron James scores 29 points in Game 4 loss
    LeBron James couldn't carry his team to victory during a 105-99 loss to the Raptors in Game 4 on Monday, scoring 29 points with nine rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 46 minutes.

    Advice: It looked like the Cavs were going to pull off a huge comeback with 11 consecutive makes in the fourth quarter. James' fourth quarter numbers alone were eight points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal, but he didn't score in the final five minutes. James' 46 minutes tonight were his most of these playoffs, but the Cavs were smoked in the two minutes without him with a minus-60.0 net rating. The fourth quarter was the story with the Cavs with LeBron playing the entire fourth while none of the other starters played more than 6.3 minutes. After destroying the Raptors in the Game 1 and 2, this series is all tied up at two. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:42 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 26 points in a loss
    Kyrie Irving scored 26 points with three rebounds, six assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes against the Raptors on Monday.

    Advice: It was a better offensive bounce-back game in this loss. Irving was just 3-of-19 from the field in Game 3, but he made 11-of-21 from the field tonight. On the downside, Irving was torched on the defensive end with Lowry getting almost anything he wanted. Expect him to get a ton of shots in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:25 pm
  • Channing Frye picks up 21 minutes
    Channing Frye played 21 minutes off the bench against the Raptors on Monday with 12 points, six rebounds, one assist and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played down the stretch and was a big reason for a fourth quarter charge. The Cavs are using him at center to help open things up and keep Bismack Biyombo away from the rim. Plus, Kevin Love isn't making shots and can't rebound right now. Frye might hit 25 minutes in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:15 pm
  • No Love: Kevin doesn't play in fourth again
    Kevin Love did not play in the fourth quarter against the Raptors on Monday, finishing with 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He did look to hurt his left leg at the end of the third. Love didn't go to the locker room, so we'll be looking for an update. After Game 3, coach Ty Lue said it wasn't fair to play Love down the stretch, so maybe it was the same story. He hasn't played well at all in this series and is losing playing time to Channing Frye. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:06 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas available to play off bench
    Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) is active and available off the bench against the Cavs on Monday night.

    Advice: Well, the Raptors get some help here. Coach Dwane Casey said Valanciunas will be limited in his first game back since May 7. The Raptors were going small a ton more often in Game 1 and 2, but they went with the bigger lineups in Game 3. Bismack Biyombo should still be a decent bet for minutes close to 30, especially with JV being limited and possibly having a tough time chasing 3-point shooters off the bench. Valanciunas isn't a fantasy option in DFS yet. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:34 pm
  • Draymond Green not suspended for Game 4
    Draymond Green will not be suspended for Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was fined $25,000 and the foul has been upgraded to a flagrant 2. The NBA likely ruled that Green didn't intend to kick Steven Adams in the groin during Sunday's blowout. Green has a knack for kicking his leg out to draw a foul, so the NBA likely thought it was just unlucky for Adams as Green tried to sell the foul too hard. He'll be in the starting lineup in a huge game at Oklahoma City. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:14 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas will warm up for Game 4
    Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) will warm up for Game 4 on Monday and see how he feels after that.

    Advice: If he can play, he will be limited. Valanciunas has been out since he sprained his ankle in Game 3 against the Heat and this will be a tough matchup for him. The Cavs are expected to space the floor a lot, which makes it even tougher on his balky ankle. If he can go, his playing time will likely come from Luis Scola and Bismack Biyombo. We'll add any additional updates during warmups. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:51 pm
  • Official: Valanciunas questionable for Game 4
    Updating a previous item, Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) has been upgraded to questionable for Monday's Game 4 vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: Previously dubbed a game-time call, the momentum continues to move in the right direction for Valanciunas to play. At this point, it would be a little surprising if JV didn't at least see the floor in some capacity. However, there is no question Valanciunas will be limited if he is out there, so expect Bismack Biyombo to still play a large role in a crucial Game 4 matchup. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:45 am
  • Kerr: Draymond Green must re-focus himself
    Steve Kerr said that Draymond Green needs to re-focus himself.

    Advice: "He needs to re-focus a little bit. He'll admit it. It was not one of his best games. In fact, it was one of his worst," Kerr said. After a total dud in Game 3 with six points, four rebounds and three assists on 1-of-9 shooting, Green has to be a whole lot better in Game 4 assuming he avoids suspension. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:33 am
  • Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) now game-time call
    After going through Monday's shootaround, Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) has been upgraded to a game-time decision for Game 4 vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, "signs are that [Valanciunas] will play," but TSN's Josh Lewenberg reports that JV's chances are "worse than 50-50." Although Valanciunas is sore and the Raptors are remaining tight-lipped about his status, there seems to be some optimism that he'll be able to give it a go after previously being listed as doubtful. If he does play, it wouldn't be surprising to see Valanciunas come off the bench behind Bismack Biyombo. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:25 am
  • Casey: Biyombo not getting any foul calls
    Dwane Casey, who was fined $25,000 for criticizing the officials, said that Bismack Biyombo is not getting any foul calls vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: "[Biyombo] is not getting the calls," Casey said. "We shoot zero free throws in the fourth quarter. Zero. He's getting hit. There's one play where they almost have a brawl. He gets killed on that play. I don't know if he's getting hit because of how physical and tough he is, but he's getting cracked. To his credit, I thought he was going to lose his head when he got the technical foul, but he kept playing." All eyes will be on Biyombo in Game 4 following a historic Game 3 performance with Jonas Valacniunas (ankle, doubtful) still expected to be on the shelf. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:11 am
  • Andre Roberson stays hot from deep, scores 13
    Andre Roberson started again on Sunday and had 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting with three 3-pointers, six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Roberson is 8-of-13 from downtown in his past four games and the Warriors have dared him to beat them from the arc -- tonight Andrew Bogut began as his primary defender, and when Draymond Green has him he frequently roams to the opposite side of the court. Roberson did a good job cutting hard and moving without the ball, rewarding Billy Donovan's decision to keep him in the starting lineup. He'll be on Golden State's radar in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:00 pm
  • Andrew Bogut, GSW's big men silenced Sunday
    Andrew Bogut played only 12 minutes during Game 3, scoring two points with five rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: The Thunder went small early and often, and the Warriors' true big men (Bogut, Festus Ezeli, Anderson Varejao and Marreese Speights) struggled to control the paint. Golden State has given up the third-most second-chance points during the playoffs (13.9 per game), and OKC finished tonight's home win with a whopping 21 second-chance points. Bogut's strained right thigh might still be bothering him, and either way it's hard to rely on him for DFS purposes. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:58 pm
  • Draymond Green struggles, earns Flagrant-1
    Draymond Green struggled badly during Sunday's loss in Oklahoma City, finishing with six points on 1-of-9 shooting, four boards, three assists and four turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The Warriors looked unusually rattled after Green picked up a Flagrant-1 foul in the second quarter, letting a close game to turn into a 25-point deficit heading into halftime. They gave up 117 points through three quarters, the most allowed in a playoff game since 1987, and compounded their defensive struggles with lackadaisical shot selection. The league will likely review Draymond's flagrant, which he earned for kicking Steven Adams in the crotch, so DFS owners should double-check that he's available for Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:57 pm
  • Serge Ibaka plays well as small-ball center
    Serge Ibaka posted 14 points, eight rebounds, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Sunday, helping the Thunder earn a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

    Advice: He shifted to center for long stretches, an interesting wrinkle from Billy Donovan, and the move seemed to spark Ibaka as he finished the first quarter alone with seven points -- matching his average from Games 1 and 2. He's a staple of the rotation, whether the Thunder are going big or small, though limited usage makes it hard to trust him in DFS. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:55 pm
  • Stephen Curry (elbow) scores 24 in Gm 3 loss
    Stephen Curry (elbow) finished Sunday's 133-105 Game 3 defeat with 24 points on 7-of-17 shooting, three 3-pointers, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Curry shot well in Game 2 and he wasn't even listed on Golden State's injury report tonight, so his struggles can't be blamed on injuries -- credit is due to OKC's defense, which switched pick-and-rolls and used its length to confound the Warriors. The starting unit for Golden State shot a combined 20-of-57 from the field (35.1 percent) and it's safe to assume they'll be burning for redemption in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:50 pm
  • Kevin Durant has 33 pts in Game 3 blowout win
    Kevin Durant scored 33 points during OKC's blowout Game 3 home win, making 10-of-15 field goals and 12-of-12 free throws in 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: Before the game, coach Billy Donovan said KD needed to make "quick reads" with "sharp and crisp [passes]" to counter the Warriors' flood of double- and triple-teams. He did all that and more to help his team reclaim the series lead while maintaining home court advantage. His DFS owners went home nearly as happy as OKC's fans, as he rounded out his line with eight boards, two assists, three blocks and just one turnover. Durant appeared to tweak his right calf in the third quarter but it didn't cost him much time and we're leaving him off the injury report for Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:41 pm
  • Lue wants LeBron James more involved in Gm 4
    Tyronn Lue said that he should have called more plays for LeBron James during Saturday's Game 3 loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: "I think I should have called more plays to make [James] dominant," Lue said. "I should have put the ball in LeBron's hands a little bit more to let him create and let him draw double teams. So that was more on me." James only attempted 17 shots during the Game 3 loss, and his usage rate dipped to 17.5 through the fourth quarter, which is a trend that's unlikely to continue. Expect James to take on a more dominant role on offense for Monday's Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:27 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan still dealing w/ pain in thumb
    DeMar DeRozan said that while his right thumb is improving every day, he's still experiencing pain.

    Advice: To be clear, this is just something that DeRozan is going to have to deal with, and he's in zero danger of the injury forcing him to the sidelines. DeRozan had himself an efficient outing during Toronto's Game 3 win over Cleveland, scoring 32 points on 12-of-24 shooting, and the Raptors will need him to continue that trend if they hope to secure a Game 4 win on Monday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:51 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) doubtful for Game 4
    Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) is being listed as doubtful for Monday's Game 4 against the Cavs.

    Advice: Valanciunas did do some on-court work during Sunday's practice, but it doesn't sound like he's progressed enough to be able to take the court for Game 4. We should have another update on his status following Monday morning's shootaround, but it's looking like Bismack Biyombo will again be the starting center for Toronto on Monday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:43 pm
  • Stephen Curry (elbow) will start in Game 3
    Stephen Curry (elbow) will be in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Thunder on Sunday.

    Advice: Curry was a full participant during shootaround, and he's not even being listed on the injury report. He was never in any danger of missing Game 3, and head coach Steve Kerr said that Curry was shooting the ball well during shootaround, so it doesn't seem like the injury will impact his play. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:58 pm
  • Stephen Curry going through shootaround
    Stephen Curry (elbow) is going through the morning shootaround as expected.

    Advice: Coach Steve Kerr said that Curry was shooting the ball well and that his elbow isn't giving him any issues. We'll likely have official confirmation soon, but Curry is fully expected to play in Game 3 vs. the Thunder. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:56 am
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 32 in Game 3 victory
    DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points during a 99-86 Game 3 win over the Cavs on Saturday, adding five rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He was 12-of-24 from the field and hit plenty of contested jumpers. In fact, he had 22 of his 24 shots contested during this win. This was DeRozan's second postseason game of his career without any turnovers and played fairly mistake-free ball on both ends. The Cavs used LeBron James on DeRozan late in the game, so that might be something to watch early in Game 6. DeRozan will need to be on his game on Monday to get another win. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:52 pm
  • Bizness Picks Up: Biyombo grabs 26 boards
    Bismack Biyombo grabbed a playoff franchise-record 26 boards against the Cavs on Saturday, adding seven points, one assist and four blocks in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He was awesome. Biyombo grabbed 20 boards without even recording a single point to start the game. He was also a major factor in protecting the paint with the Cavs only scoring 20 in the paint during this game -- the Cavs had at least 50 paint points in each of the last two. Biyombo also had some improved perimeter defense and even guarded LeBron James at times. Coach Dwane Casey said Biyombo was the spirit of the team and said he hit on almost every rebound and putback. According to SportVU, Biz grabbed 26 of his 27 rebound chances. It was arguably the best performance from a center in these playoffs. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:43 pm
  • Kyle Lowry snaps out of slump, scores 20
    Kyle Lowry snapped out of his shooting slump with 20 points during a win over the Cavs on Saturday, adding six rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He was 7-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-8 from deep. Lowry made just 1-of-15 from beyond the arc in the first two games of this series, but got it going early. He was in some foul trouble during this game and the Raptors holding it together while he was on the bench was key. Lowry has actually shot the ball worse at home in the postseason, so that's not necessarily why he was better tonight. Obviously the Raptors need Lowry to play well to get another game in this series. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:23 pm
  • LeBron James scores 24; Cavs lose Game 3
    LeBron James scored 24 points during a 99-84 loss to the Raptors in Game 3 on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He did not get much help tonight as the Cavs failed to score 100 points for the first time this postseason. James was fouled throughout the game, but one of the most talked about plays will how he fell down after Tristan Thompson hit him (video in link below). The Cavs also lost their first postseason game with LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:17 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 13, gets hurt late
    Kyrie Irving made 3-of-19 from the field for 13 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He was in some pain after some contact under the basket. Irving did play through it, but he was clearly in some discomfort after the game. There doesn't appear to be anything seriously wrong with him, so he should be all good for Game 4. Irving had by far his worst game after shooting an even 50.0 percent from the field in his previous 10 games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:09 pm
  • Lil' Kev: Love scores three points in loss
    Kevin Love made just 1-of-9 from the field for three points against the Raptors on Saturday, adding four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He had a really off night and didn't even close this game out. Love has played above expectations for basically the entire postseason, so he gets a pass for this one. Expect him to be better in Game 4 and closer to his 33 playoff minutes per game. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:01 pm
  • Curry: Injury is uncomfortable, not painful
    Stephen Curry (elbow) said his injury is more "uncomfortable" than "painful."

    Advice: He said he has a full range of motion after going through a full practice on Friday. "It doesn’t cause any problems mechanically, so I can still use my arm and do what I need to do," Curry said. He wore a compression sleeve and there is no word if he'll keep it on for Sunday. Curry will be ready to roll for a big Game 3 in Oklahoma City. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:26 pm
  • Adams says Green has peaked with annoyingness
    Steven Adams said Draymond Green has "peaked with annoyingness" on defense.

    Advice: Adams and Draymond are quote machines and are also known for their physical styles on the defensive end on the court. Green has also gone through practices to prepare for bad calls and said he'll try to lure Adams into a technical foul. The Warriors have used Green on Andre Roberson at times to use him as more of a roaming defender. Additionally, the Warriors didn't use Green at center too much in Game 2 with only two minutes of their death lineup. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:14 pm
  • Stephen Curry's swelling down, wearing brace
    Stephen Curry practiced on Friday and the swelling in his elbow appears to have subsided.

    Advice: He did have a brace on his elbow, so the injury isn't completely behind him. Luckily for the Warriors, the schedule helps them with Game 3 not until Sunday. All that time off should help his knee injury, as well. Expect Curry to have a big game in Oklahoma City. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:42 pm
  • LeBron James triple-doubles in 108-89 victory
    LeBron James triple-doubled during a 108-89 win over the Raptors on Thursday, scoring 23 points with 11 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and two turnovers.

    Advice: It's his 15th playoff triple-double of his career and he also passed Shaquille O'Neal for fourth on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list. James continues to get to the rim at will and he's now 17-of-19 on his shots from within three feet. On the other hand, he's struggled at the line and is just 11-of-21 from there in these two games. The Cavs are 10-0 in this postseason and have won 17 straight playoff games against the Eastern Conference over the last two postseasons. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:38 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 15 points in win
    Kevin Love scored 19 points with five rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: He did most of his damage in the first half with 15 points. Love was on a stationary bike during this game, but he didn't appear to have any interaction with his medical staff. The Cavs have not lost any playoff games with LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Expect Love to flirt with 20 points in Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 26 points in easy win
    Kyrie Irving scored 26 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers in 37 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: He is really taking it to the Raptors with a 27-point game during his 30 minutes in Game 1. Irving has tremendous efficiency in this postseason with a 60.6 true shooting percentage on a 28.2 usage rate. Plus, he has a solid 2.9 assist:turnover ratio in his 35.8 minutes during these 10 wins. The Cavs look really dangerous when Kyrie is on and his minutes increase has helped his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:27 pm
  • Kyle Lowry has another dud, scores 10 points
    Kyle Lowry made 4-of-14 from the field for 10 points during a 108-89 loss in Cleveland on Thursday, adding six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and five turnovers.

    Advice: He finally made his first 3-pointer of this series, but he's only 1-of-15 in the last two games. Lowry is also struggling on defense, as well. The Raptors continue to not use Lowry at the end of the first half and it was costly tonight. They ended the second half giving up a 16-2 run to the Cavs to basically put the game out of reach. Lowry was coming into this series with some very nice momentum, but it's now slowed to a crawl. Maybe the home-court advantage in Game 2 can help them. Lowry did go to the locker room, but he's fine. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:23 pm
  • Pat Patterson moves to the bench
    Patrick Patterson scored six points with one rebound, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: The Raptors bench continues to get thumped. Patterson will likely move back into the starting lineup or the Raptors could go with Norman Powell or even Terrence Ross as a starter. Patterson is still on the table as a DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:08 pm
  • Stephen Curry (elbow) probable for Game 3
    Stephen Curry (elbow) is expected to play in Game 3 against the Thunder on Sunday.

    Advice: Curry's elbow is showing improvement, and the Warriors are so confident in his progress that they aren't even putting him on the injury report for Game 3. There's sure to be more than a few updates leading up to Sunday's tip, but for now, we can assume that he'll play. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:23 pm
  • Warriors not concerned about Curry's elbow
    Warriors GM Bob Myers said that Stephen Curry's elbow did not need to be drained on Thursday.

    Advice: "I just saw him today a little while ago, and it didn't seem like anything crazy," said Myers of Curry. "I suppose that's possible if it keeps gathering fluid in there, but it didn't seem like a major issue to anybody. People aren't walking around here right now worried about it, so that's a positive thing." It doesn't sound like Curry is in any jeopardy of missing Sunday's Game 3 in OKC. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:53 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (thigh) struggles in 16 minutes
    Andrew Bogut finished Wednesday's victory with four points, six rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Bogut is dealing with a strained right adductor and didn't look like himself tonight, fumbling away easy scoring chances in the paint. The Warriors have solid backup options in Festus Ezeli and Anderson Varejao, with Draymond Green more than capable of playing center in small lineups for stretches, and Steve Kerr availed himself of every option on Wednesday. Bogut gets a few extra days to rest and he should be ready to go for Game 3 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:08 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 29 pts, commits eight TOs
    Kevin Durant racked up a game-high 29 points during Wednesday's loss, shooting 11-of-18 from the field, but he also committed eight turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was on fire as a shooter in the first half, but atypically careless turnovers prevented the Thunder from building any significant momentum. Credit is due to Golden State's swarming defense, and OKC will need to get more from their supporting players to earn a Finals berth -- Serge Ibaka scored three points on 1-of-6 shooting tonight, and non-Durant players combined to shoot just 40.0 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • Klay Thompson shoots 5-of-17 for 15 points
    Klay Thompson made just 5-of-17 shots to finish Wednesday's home victory with 15 points, two rebounds, four assists, one steal and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Klay's defense on Russell Westbrook was exemplary, however, and he could have had a bigger game if the score weren't out of hand -- Golden State led by as many as 33 points in the fourth quarter. The Warriors shot 50.6 percent from the field, including 46.4 percent from downtown, and they still haven't suffered consecutive losses during the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:50 pm
  • Draymond Green ready to bounce back in Game 2
    Draymond Green said he's ready to show everyone what the Warriors are made of with a Game 2 bounce back performance.

    Advice: "When you can bounce back from something like this, it makes it all the more sweeter," said Draymond of the Warriors conceding Game 1 to OKC. "I’m relishing this opportunity. This is where you see what you’re really made of. This is where you bounce back and everybody is against and don’t think you can do it and... This is where it gets fun for us." The Dubs have the right mindset going into Game 2, but they'll need to do a better job of executing on offense if they hope to even up the series at one a piece on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:16 am
  • LeBron James not worried about complacency
    LeBron James said he's not worried about the Cavs getting complacent after dominating their first nine games of the postseason.

    Advice: "I don't think we have complacency on our minds right now," James said. "We have a goal, and our goal was not nine wins... And as the leader of this team, I'm going to continue to make sure that these guys understand what our goal is, and they know." The Cavs have made a mockery of the Eastern Conference, but James will consistently remind his teammates that a championship is the ultimate goal. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:29 am
  • Bismack Biyombo scores 12 points in loss
    Bismack Biyombo scored 12 points with four rebounds and two steals in 31 minutes vs. the Cavs in Game 1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The minutes were nice and Biyombo also hit all five of his shots from the field. It sounds like Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) will miss at least one more game, so Biyombo should get another start in Game 2 on Thursday. Since J-Val went down, Biyombo has averaged 11.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steals over his last five games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:50 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 18 points in loss
    DeMar DeRozan scored 18 points on 9-of-17 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Cavaliers with five assists and three turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was Toronto's best player tonight, but that's not saying much. The Raptors lost by 31 points and the game was basically over at halftime, but it's worth noting that Toronto also lost Game 1 of their first two series against Indiana and Miami as well. We'll see if DeRozan can help his team steal Game 2 in Cleveland on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:38 pm
  • Lowry held to eight points in 115-84 loss
    Kyle Lowry was held to just eight points in Tuesday's 115-84 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 1, adding five assists, four boards and four turnovers.

    Advice: Kyrie Irving and the Cavs did a great job defending Lowry tonight, holding him to 4-of-14 from the field and 0-of-7 from 3-point range. Lowry was coming off a clutch 35-point performance in Game 7 vs. the Heat on Sunday in which he played 42 minutes, but he made it clear before Tuesday's game that he's healthy. "I feel great, my body feels great," Lowry said. "I feel like a million bucks. My mind's great. My body's great." His elbow has been an issue since late March, but Lowry should bounce back in a big way in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Kyrie Irving drops 27 points in 30 minutes
    Kyrie Irving dropped 27 points in 30 minutes in Tuesday's Game 1 win over the Raptors.

    Advice: He got to the rim at will and shot an impressive 11-of-17 from the field, adding five assists, two boards, two blocks, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes. Not only was his offense great, but Irving kept Kyle Lowry in check by limiting him to eight points on 4-of-14 shooting. "He does a tremendous job of leading their team," Irving said of Lowry. "I have to do a great job of keeping my body in front of him, making it difficult and forcing him into tough shots." If Game 1 is any indication, Irving looks poised for a monster series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 14 points in Game 1 win
    Kevin Love scored 14 points with four boards, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Raptors in Game 1.

    Advice: He didn't play much due to the blowout, so his streak of eight games in a row with a double-double ended. Love shot 4-of-8 from the field tonight and is now shooting 44.8 percent from deep in the postseason, so he's peaking at the perfect time for the Cavs. "That’s what we all hoped we would see in Kevin," Coach Tyronn Lue said of Love's recent play. "He’s a great player. I believe he’s a top-10 player in this league and he knows it." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • LeBron James scores 24 in Game 1 win
    LeBron James scored 24 points in Tuesday's 115-84 win over the Raptors in Game 1, shooting an efficient 11-of-13 from the field.

    Advice: DeMarre Carroll was the primary defender on him tonight, but James couldn't be stopped and had his way on the offensive end. He added six boards, four assists, one block and two steals, and he didn't even touch the floor in the fourth quarter due to the lopsided score. The Cavs are still undefeated in the postseason and look like a serious force right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Andrew Bogut downplays adductor injury
    Andrew Bogut downplayed his adductor injury on Tuesday, saying it's a "little sore" but he'll be "all right."

    Advice: Bogut isn't going to make any excuses, but he didn't look quite right during Game 1, so it's possible the injury is affecting him a bit more than he's letting on. He was scoreless through 17 minutes of action during the Warriors' Game 1 loss, and only managed to add three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks to his stat line, so it'll be interesting to see where his minutes are at for Game 2. He's not a great DFS option. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:16 pm
  • Green says he needs to be better in Game 2
    Draymond Green said that he needs to put forth a better defensive effort for the Warriors during Game 2.

    Advice: "I don't think I was myself on the defensive end last night," said Green. "I wasn't flying around like I normally do. I've got to be better." Additionally, Green said that the Dubs need to do a better job of keeping Russell Westbrook off the free throw line, but acknowledged that it's something easier said than done because OKC's All-Star point guard is such an athletic force. Draymond will also likely be conceding some touches on the offensive end to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson during Game 2. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:33 pm
  • Kevin Durant not ready to celebrate yet
    Kevin Durant said he and his teammates aren't celebrating their Game 1 win over Golden State on Monday as they know they have more work to do.

    Advice: The Thunder upset the defending champs on the road to take Game 1, but Durant said the Thunder still have a lot to prove. "We're playing in the Western Conference finals against a great team," Durant said. "We got a 'W' the first game, but there is a lot of basketball to be played, so we can't be too excited. It was a good win for us, but we're not going to be jumping up and down, chest-bumping on the court. We've got a lot more basketball to play." Durant only shot 10-of-30 from the field on Monday, so we should expect a better shooting performance out of KD in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:08 am
  • Kevin Durant takes 30 FGAs, scores 26 points
    Kevin Durant made 10-of-30 from the field for 26 points against the Warriors on Monday, adding 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block, one 3-pointer and five turnovers.

    Advice: It was a sloppy first half for Durant with a few careless turnovers. Durant saw a host of different defenders with Andre Iguodala on him towards the end of the game. He also only saw five minutes at power forward in this game, which actually wasn't successful for OKC. Plus, if Durant missed 20 FGAs in most games, the Thunder would likely be losing those contests. Durant lit the Warriors up during the season with 36.3 points per game, so the Thunder have to be beyond pleased to get a win. Expect better efficiency and possibly lower usage in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:33 pm
  • Serge Ibaka looks a lot better vs. Warriors
    Serge Ibaka turned it around against the Warriors on Monday, scoring 11 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn't really closing when OKC thumped the Spurs in the fourth quarter in the last series, but the Thunder really need Ibaka out there for spacing on offense and all the switching they'll need to do against the Warriors pick-and-roll plays. He did have a big game against the Warriors earlier in the year with a 15-point, 20-board line, so he's certainly capable of another productive outing in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:22 pm
  • Andre Roberson is actually decent in win
    Andre Roberson made all three shots from the field for seven points against the Warriors on Monday, adding five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: To open the game, the Warriors had Draymond Green "covering" Roberson, but Green was really just playing safety to really focus on weak-side help. After a bad first half, Roberson started out strong in the second half. There's a decent chance this is his best scoring output in this series with his tidy efficiency, so he's not really a viable DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:12 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 25 points in Game 1 loss
    Klay Thompson scored 25 points during a 108-102 loss to the Thunder on Monday, adding nine rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: It looked like Klay was going to have a monster game with 19 first-half points, but he fizzled out late. Coach Steve Kerr put Thompson on Kevin Durant more often in the second half, which may have been the culprit after the break. The Warriors only had 14 points in the fourth quarter and 42 points in the second half to set 2016 postseason lows. Thompson being a two-way player will be a big part of his postseason role, but his DFS output will depend on his scoring. His nine rebounds are his second-best total in a postseason game for his career, as well. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:10 pm
  • Draymond Green takes 20 FGAs, drops 23 points
    Draymond Green made 9-of-20 from the field and 5-of-9 from the line for 23 points with five rebounds, four assists, two blocks, one steal and two turnovers in 40 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: The Thunder had a somewhat similar strategy to what coach Terry Stotts did in the previous rounds. Green was left open on occasion to allow the Thunder to pressure Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson more off the ball. The Warriors should be making an adjustment here because Green having more total shots than Stephen Curry (22 field goal attempts, two free throw attempts) shouldn't happen. His four assists also tied for his worst output in these playoffs. Whatever the case, Dray will be posting big stat lines. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:04 pm
  • Andrew Bogut plays 17 minutes
    Andrew Bogut did not score in 17 minutes against the Thunder on Monday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He was gimpy out there and might not be over his right adductor injury. Bogut may have banged knees with Kevin Durant in the second half, but he didn't quite look 100 percent throughout the game. Coach Steve Kerr took Bogut out of the rotation at times against the Cavs in The Finals and he might do it again -- that would be bold given how well OKC rebounds the ball. It's tough to trust Bogut in DFS. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:56 pm
  • Andrew Bogut in the starting lineup vs. OKC
    Andrew Bogut (adductor) is in the starting lineup against the Thunder for Game 1 on Monday.

    Advice: He'll join the usual starters of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green. Bogut is probably only looking at minutes in the upper teens to get him back on track. It'll be very interesting to see how the Warriors go against the bigger OKC lineups. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:25 pm
  • Andrew Bogut looking like game-time decision
    Andrew Bogut (adductor) is shaping up to be a game-time decision for Monday's Game 1 vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Bogut went through drill work on Sunday without sustaining any setbacks. "We got up and down the floor a little bit with some drill work and he did everything," Steve Kerr said. "I would just say he’s questionable for [Monday]. He’s got to go through his warmup before the game and we’ll see." If Bogut can't give it a go, Festus Ezeli would be expected to draw the start in his place. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:34 am
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