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  • Jamal Crawford scores 19 in CP3's absence
    Jamal Crawford hit just 6-of-22 shots and 1-of-8 3-pointers for 19 points, five rebounds, five assists and a steal in Wednesday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: He was big in Game 1 with 21 points, five boards, four assists and three 3-pointers (without Chris Paul), and with or without Paul, should be primed for a big Game 3 back in Los Angeles. Don't be afraid to use him on Friday, although his production could take a slight hit if CP3 is back in action. Despite his poor shooting, he helped make up for it with his boards, assists, steal and 3-pointer tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • J.J. Redick quiet in loss to Rockets
    J.J. Redick hit just 3-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points, two assists and not much else in Wednesday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: Redick had 17 points in Game 1, but Jamal Crawford looks like the more reliable shooting guard in LAC for now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Austin Rivers quiet in loss to Rockets
    Austin Rivers started at point guard again on Wednesday, but hit just 4-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 10 points and two assists in a loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: Chris Paul's hamstring injury may or may not keep him out of Game 3, but the guy you want to rely on when he's out is Jamal Crawford, who was solid again with 19 points, five boards, five assists, a steal and a 3-pointer. He hit just 6-of-22 shots, but seems to be the guy to rely on while Paul is wearing street clothes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Matt Barnes cools off in Game 2 loss
    Matt Barnes hit just 2-of-7 shots for six points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals before fouling out of Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: He didn't hit a 3-pointer and just didn't have it tonight. He scored 20 in Game 1 and also had 17 points in Saturday's Game 7 win over the Spurs, so odds are he bounces back in Game 3 against the Rockets. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Blake Griffin drops 34 & 15 in loss to HOU
    Blake Griffin continues to be the best player in the playoffs and had 34 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block on 13-of-23 shooting in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: Griffin couldn't do much more and the Clippers are thrilled with a split in Houston, without Chris Paul. He was coming off five straight games with at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and two straight triple-doubles, and while he didn't match those numbers tonight, the 34 points were a playoff high for this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Josh Smith plays just 17 minutes in Gm 2 win
    Josh Smith had eight points, six rebounds and two blocks in just 17 minutes of Wednesday's Game 2 win over the Clippers.

    Advice: He was effective in his limited run, which saw Smith play just 17 minutes. If Smith wasn't around, Terrence Jones would look like a much more attractive fantasy option, although Jones is still the guy we'd recommend using in daily leagues, based on the minutes disparity. Smith is averaging just 8.5 points in this series thus far. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Dwight Howard goes for 24-16-4 in win
    Dwight Howard hit 8-of-11 shots for 24 points, 16 rebounds, a steal and four blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 win against the Clippers.

    Advice: The bad news is that he hit just 8-of-21 free throws, but his work on the boards and on both ends of the court helped the Rockets secure the win to tie the series at 1-1. He's averaging 18.0 points, 15.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 3.4 blocks over his last five games, and doesn't look anything like the banged up Howard we last saw toiling for the Lakers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Trevor Ariza double-doubles in Game 2 win
    Trevor Ariza hit just 4-of-12 shots, but still had 15 points, 13 rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer, and also hit 6-of-7 free throws in the Rockets Game 2 win on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ariza has been a key for the Rockets in the playoffs and put up some nice numbers, despite an off shooting night. He had 17 points and five boards in Game 1, and should be primed for another solid outing in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Terrence Jones plays well in Game 2 win
    Terrence Jones hit 4-of-10 shots to finish with 10 points, eight rebounds, a steal and three blocks in Wednesday's 115-109 win over the Clippers, to tie the series at 1-1.

    Advice: Jones is going to struggle to put up monster numbers as long as Josh Smith is playing for the Rockets, but Smith lasted just 17 minutes tonight, vs. TJ's 27. He's a fairly dependable and affordable big man to use in daily formats right now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Big Game James Harden scores 32 in Rox win
    James Harden hit 7-of-17 shots, 3-of-10 3-pointers and 15-of-15 free throws for 32 points, three rebounds, seven assists, a steal, a block and seven turnovers in Wednesday's home win in Game 2 against the Clippers, evening the series at 1-1.

    Advice: The Rockets shot just 66 percent from the free throw line, and it would have been disastrous had Harden not knocked down his freebies. The Rockets got a must-win tonight, but are still in a bit of a hole to the Clippers, especially with Chris Paul possibly returning for Game 3. Harden, as usual, is a must-start/use player in all fantasy formats as long as he's in Houston's lineup. The Rockets attempted 64 free throws (making 42 of them), which is the highest number of attempts since 1993. They were also just two off the playoff record of 66 attempts, which was set in 1968. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:46 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 6:49 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
    Yesterday, 6:46 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
    Yesterday, 6:41 pm
  • Jrue Holiday has surgery on lower right leg
    Jrue Holiday had successful surgery to remove a screw from a previously placed rod in his lower right leg, according to the Pelicans.

    Advice: This sounds like it was a scheduled surgery to remove the rod and the team will have a timetable for his return in the future. This is Holiday's second surgery on his leg, which ended his season last year and kept him limited this season dating back to Jan. 12. In the playoffs, he played just 18.3 minutes per game with averages of 6.3 points, 1.0 boards, 4.3 assists and 0.7 steals. He'll be sliding in drafts next year for obvious reasons. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:22 pm
     
    Injured
  • 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 10:56 am
  • Austin Rivers listed as probable starter Weds
    Austin Rivers is listed as the probable starter for Game 2 against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Head coach Doc Rivers said that Chris Paul (hamstring) is very unlikely to play, so it looks like Rivers could make his second consecutive start tonight. Rivers scored 17 points with one rebound, three assists, four steals, and four three-pointers in Game 1, so he would be worth a look in daily leagues if Paul sits out tonight. Expect an update prior to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:50 am
  • 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 7:15 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
    Yesterday, 6:27 am
     
    Injured
  • 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 1:02 am
  • 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
    Tuesday, 10:50 pm
  • Stephen Curry accepts MVP but loses Game 2
    Stephen Curry received his league MVP award prior to Game 2 on Tuesday but the celebration didn't last long, as the Warriors fell 90-97 to tie their second-round series at 1-1.

    Advice: Curry shot 2-of-11 from downtown and 7-of-19 overall, adding five rebounds, six assists, three turnovers and zero defensive stats. He missed some shots he normally makes but he was also harried on the perimeter by the Grizzlies' defense, including an unreal play from Tony Allen which you can watch via the link below. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:49 pm
  • Nick Calathes: From starter to near DNP-CD
    Nick Calathes barely stepped on the court during Tuesday's road win, as Mike Conley (face) returned to the starting lineup and Beno Udrih served as the Grizzlies' primary backup PG.

    Advice: Calathes struggled as a starter in Conley's absence, going scoreless with two assists vs. three turnovers in 21 minutes during Sunday's Game 1 defeat. Conley's left calf appeared to cramp up down the stretch, thrusting Calathes into the game momentarily, and we're not expecting him to play a substantial role in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:41 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • 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
    Tuesday, 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
    Tuesday, 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
    Tuesday, 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
    Tuesday, 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
    Tuesday, 4:09 pm
     
    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
    Tuesday, 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
    Tuesday, 10:53 am
  • Austin Rivers says he can run sets Paul can't
    Austin Rivers said there are sets he can run that Chris Paul can't and vice versa.

    Advice: "I can’t run the same sets he does and there are sets that I run that he can’t run," Rivers said. While Rivers scored 17 points to go along with one rebound, three assists, four steals, and four three-pointers in Monday's Game 1 win over the Rockets, he's also saying he can do things that a top-5 MVP candidate can't. We'll just let the quote speak for itself. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:19 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
    Tuesday, 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
    Tuesday, 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
    Tuesday, 7:12 am
     
    Injured
  • Griffin breaks the pinball machine in G1 win
    Blake Griffin triple-doubled with 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting (8-of-10 FTs), 14 rebounds, 13 assists and one steal in the Clippers' 99-92 Game 1 win over the Rockets in Houston.

    Advice: Griffin looked visibly tired after a long battle with the Spurs, but with Chris Paul (hamstring) out he had a ton of responsibility tonight as you can see. Heck, DeAndre Jordan even chipped in with five assists to go with two steals, four blocks and an otherwise normal 10 points and 13 boards. Griffin has been outstanding during these playoffs and the Rockets looked like a lower class team in tonight's series opener. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:13 pm
  • Barnes all over the court in Clippers win
    Matt Barnes was everywhere in the Clippers' Game 1 win over the Rockets on Monday, scoring 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks in 42 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes is a guy that the Clippers would love to rest up in a short series, but for now he's going to be a workhorse and especially while Chris Paul (hamstring) is out. The Rockets didn't exert any of their will on tonight's game and if they have any life in them this type of upside could vanish pretty quickly, and most certainly will when Paul returns. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:09 pm
  • Austin powers the Clippers, at least a little
    Austin Rivers started for injured Chris Paul (hamstring) and scored 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting (including four threes) with one rebound, three assists and four steals in Monday's Game 1 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Let's be clear, he had more bad plays than we could count and was a sieve defensively, but he buried open threes and the Rockets were their own brand of terrible. If Paul can't go in Game 2 (or Doc Rivers thinks he can win one without him), then this would be Rivers' high-water mark. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:06 pm
  • Crawford goes big with 21-5-4 in Game 1 win
    Jamal Crawford stepped up with Chris Paul (hamstring) out for Monday's Game 1 win over the Rockets, scoring 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 32 minutes.

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

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

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

    Advice: Simply put, these aren't the Mavs anymore. Smith is going to get big minutes to produce with, but Dallas did a great job making everybody on the Rockets look a lot better than they were. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:51 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
  • 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
  • Austin Rivers starting for LAC in Game 1
    Austin Rivers will start for injured Chris Paul (hamstring) in Monday's Game 1 opener against the Rockets.

    Advice: Rivers won't face an impact defender and he'll have quite a bit of playing time to put points on the board, but look for the offense to be run through Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and Matt Barnes. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:30 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Stephen Curry officially crowned NBA MVP
    Stephen Curry has officially been named the 2014-15 NBA MVP.

    Advice: Chef Curry is indeed cooking with the pot. After unofficial word slipped out on Sunday, the league wasted no time in making the announcement official on Monday. James Harden finished second, LeBron James finished third and Russell Westbrook finished fourth with Anthony Davis (fifth) and Chris Paul (sixth) rounding out the order. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:05 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nick Calathes scoreless in Conley's absence
    Nick Calathes started at PG on Sunday but he failed to score in 21 minutes, going 0-of-4 from the field and 0-of-2 at the FT line with one rebound, two assists, three steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: Paging Mike Conley. The Warriors also held Beno Udrih to seven points and one assist in 19 minutes off the bench, while their own MVP point guard pitched in a game-high 22 points. It's a wildly lopsided matchup but Calathes, who played well in the first round, will need to have a short memory with Game 2 looming on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:45 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Report: Stephen Curry to earn MVP honors
    Stephen Curry will be named MVP for the 2014-15 season, according to CSN Bay Area.

    Advice: An official announcement is expected to be made this week, possibly as soon as Monday, and it makes sense for him to receive the award prior to Tuesday's Game 2 vs. the Grizzlies. Curry averaged only 32.7 minutes per game this season, yet he beat out MVP candidates like James Harden and LeBron James by leading his team to a league-best 67-15 record. He averaged 23.8 points, 3.6 triples, 4.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 2.0 steals during the regular season, and has somehow been even better in the playoffs. Congrats, Steph. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:18 pm
  • Stephen Curry drops 22 points in Game 1 win
    Stephen Curry put up a game-high 22 points during Sunday's Game 1 win over the Grizzlies, adding seven assists, four 3-pointers, four steals, two rebounds and four turnovers through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Warriors won their 21st straight game at Oracle Arena on Sunday, which is now the longest home-game winning streak in Warriors franchise history. Nick Calathes is nowhere near the defender that Mike Conley is, so Curry should have much trouble at all dismantling Memphis' defense. Through the first five games of the playoffs, Curry has compiled averages of 31.4 points, 7.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 4.8 three-pointers, and 1.8 steals per game. Stud. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:16 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
  • Nick Calathes will start Game 1 vs. GSW
    Nick Calathes will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Calathes will split minutes with Beno Udrih at the point guard position with Mike Conley (face) unavailable for this one. However, he'll get a very tough matchup against Stephen Curry of the Warriors, so owners of Calathes should temper their expectations. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:47 am
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Blake Griffin posts triple-double in victory
    Blake Griffin triple-doubled against the Spurs on Saturday with 24 points, 13 boards, 10 assists and four turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: That's two triple-doubles in this series and Blake's averages are otherworldly. In the seven games, Griffin averaged 24.1 points, 13.1 boards, 7.4 dimes, 1.4 steals, 1.4 blocks and 2.7 turnovers. He's playing some of his best ball of his life and he'll have huge numbers against the Rockets as well. The series starts on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 14 points vs. Spurs
    J.J. Redick hit two clutch 3-pointers on back-to-back fourth quarter possessions to help the Clippers earn a win over the Spurs on Saturday, finishing with 14 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Just Jumpers Redick. Few people are going to talk about Redick and the fantastic year he had because of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, but the Clippers probably wouldn't have won today without him. Additionally, his numbers after the break were big, averaging 19.6 points, 2.8 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.9 treys. Only two Warriors had more 3-pointers after the break than J.J. Jamal Crawford was hot early and finished with 16 points, two rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:22 pm
  • 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
  • Blake Griffin scores 26 in Game 6 win on road
    Blake Griffin logged 41 minutes against the Spurs during a Game 6 victory on Thursday, scoring 26 points with 12 boards, six assists, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: He is putting up some enormous stat lines right now. In his previous five, Griffin averaged 24.2 points, 13.2 boards, 7.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.7 steals in 41.2 minutes. If Glen Davis (ankle) is out for Game 7, Griffin will likely be near 44 minutes. Although, he looked really tired at times tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:50 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
  • Nick Calathes scores six points in Game 5
    Nick Calathes drew another start in Game 5 vs. the Blazers on Wednesday, scoring six points on 3-of-10 shooting with four assists and four boards in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Beno Udrih played just 15 minutes and clearly wasn't 100 percent, and Mike Conley (face) still has no timetable for a return. Calathes could potentially start the rest of the way for the Grizzlies, but he will have a very unfavorable matchup with the Grizzlies set to face Stephen Curry and the Warriors in the next round. However, if Calathes continues to flirt with 30 minutes of action, he would be an interesting option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:53 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
  • Blake Griffin posts 30 & 14 in Game 5 defeat
    Blake Griffin finished Tuesday's crushing Game 5 loss with a game-high 30 points (10-of-15 FGs, 10-of-14 FTs), 14 rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block and five turnovers.

    Advice: Griffin is averaging 7.3 assists per game in the playoffs, tied for fourth behind only J.J. Barea, James Harden and John Wall -- yes, he's ahead of Chris Paul. He's one of three players with at least four playoff double-doubles (Pau Gasol leads the way with five) and the Spurs don't have a player to check him individually. On the other hand, Blake is shooting an abysmal 19.0 percent in the fourth quarter during the series. He'll look to even the score in a hostile environment during Game 6 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:36 pm
  • Matt Barnes (shoulder) plays 28 mins Tuesday
    Matt Barnes (shoulder) had seven points, one 3-pointer, six rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 28 minutes on Tuesday, as the Clippers lost Game 5 by a final score of 107-111.

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

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

    Advice: The Rockets tied for the second-most turnovers during the regular season (16.7 per game) and the problem reared its head again tonight, allowing the Mavs to hang close in the first half before fading down the stretch. Smoove's averages in the first round bode well for Houston going forward -- 17.4 points on 51.5 percent shooting, 1.8 threes, 6.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks in only 25.6 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:20 pm
  • 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
  • Stephen Curry returns to practice on Tuesday
    Stephen Curry returned to the Warriors' practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Curry had an excused absence from Monday's practice, but he got back to business on Tuesday. He'll be ready to go for their second-round series against either the Grizzlies or the Trail Blazers. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:06 pm
  • Pelicans working to get Jrue Holiday healthy
    Pelicans head coach Monty Williams said there is concern with Jrue Holiday and the team's medical staff is evaluating how they can keep him on the floor.

    Advice: Williams added that the team will work with Holiday's trainers in Los Angeles over the summer as they attempt to keep Holiday from missing extended time for the third straight season in 2015-16. The 24-year-old averaged 14.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers this season, but missed more than 40 games for the second consecutive season. Holiday could end up being a late-round steal in fantasy drafts, but he's obviously a risky proposition with his injury history. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:29 am
     
    Injured
  • Trevor Ariza says Rockets ready for Game 5
    Trevor Ariza promised the Rockets would have a bounce-back effort in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: After a lackluster effort in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Mavericks, Ariza promised there would be no Game 5 repeat. "They played harder than we did," Ariza said. "Tuesday, that won't happen again." Ariza has seen his numbers dip in the postseason as he's only averaging 9.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers on 29.7 percent shooting from the field, so we'll look for him to fulfill his promised breakout against the Mavs on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:23 am
  • Nick Calathes scores 12 points in start
    Nick Calathes scored 12 points in his first postseason start on Monday to go with three rebounds, two assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He was 4-of-10 from the field and did a decent job on the defensive side. Beno Udrih wasn't at 100 percent and that may have been why Calathes drew the start. The pair will likely be looking at a close to a 50/50 split again in Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:17 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • 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
    Monday, 7:45 pm
  • Nick Calathes will start at point guard
    Nick Calathes will start at point guard against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Beno Udrih arrived in a walking boot to the arena, so he's not at 100 percent. Based on that information, it's hard to like either guy with so much uncertainty. The two might split the minutes down the middle, but it could go either way depending on Udrih's ankle. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:17 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Matt Barnes (right shoulder) will play Tues
    Matt Barnes (sore right shoulder) will play on Tuesday in Game 5.

    Advice: He had an ice pack on his shoulder and should be able to resume his normal role. In four games against the Spurs in the playoffs, Barnes averaged 5.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 treys on 28.6 percent from the field in 28.0 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:41 pm
  • Blake Griffin (shoulder stinger) will play
    Blake Griffin is dealing with a right shoulder stinger and will play in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard of the injury and it sounds minor. Griffin logged 43 minutes on Sunday with 20 points and 19 boards. He's also posting terrific averages of 22.3 points, 13.3 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:37 pm
  • Curry has excused absence from practice
    Stephen Curry had an excused absence from practice on Monday.

    Advice: He's not injured and may have just earned some time off. The Warriors will start playing again on Sunday at the earliest or it could be later if the Blazers can win three in a row. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:22 am
  • Rivers: Blake is our second-best passer
    Doc Rivers called Blake Griffin the second-best passer on the Clippers behind Chris Paul.

    Advice: When asked why he had his power forward operating for others, Rivers responded simply, "Because after Chris, Blake is our best passer." Griffin averaged a career-high 5.3 assists this season after never eclipsing the 4.0 mark in any campaign prior, and he's averaging 7.3 assists in the first round series vs. San Antonio through its first four games. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:08 am
  • Josh Smith catches fire, scores 23 pts Sunday
    Josh Smith caught fire down the stretch of Sunday's Game 4 loss in Dallas, finishing with 23 points (8-of-10 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), four 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Smoove's shot selection tonight is a testament to the Rockets' offensive system -- he had five attempts beyond the arc, four attempts in the paint, and one "mid-range shawty" look from 11 feet. The Rockets are still firmly in control of the series with a 3-1 lead and they'll look to close out the Mavs with a win in Houston on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 9:42 pm
  • 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
  • Terrence Jones held to 18 minutes in Game 4
    Terrence Jones started Game 4 on Sunday but he played only 18 minutes to finish with 13 points, six rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: With Donatas Motiejunas out for the playoffs following back surgery, we've been expecting bigger postseason numbers from T-Jones as the Rockets' starting power forward. He was again overshadowed by Josh Smith, however, and through four games he's averaging only 12.3 points on 38.1 percent shooting. He also has zero assists or blocks in his past three games and owners should at least temper expectations while Houston is matched up with the Mavericks. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 9:13 pm
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