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  • Corey Brewer invisible in Game 2 loss
    Corey Brewer played just 19 minutes and hit 1-of-5 shots for three points, zero rebounds and one assist in Thursday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: Josh Smith and Brewer were awful tonight, which is probably why the Rockets are down 2-0 in the series, instead of it being tied 1-1. After scoring in double figures in the final three games against the Clippers in the last series, Brewer has scored a total of 12 points in two games against the Warriors, hitting just 4-of-12 shots. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Terrence Jones scores 12 in Game 2 loss
    Terrence Jones came off the bench and hit 6-of-12 shots for 12 points, two rebounds, a steal and a three blocks in Thursday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Josh Smith was awful tonight and it would have made sense for Kevin McHale to pull the plug on him and roll with Jones in Game 2, but that didn't really happen. If Jones wants more minutes, he's going to have to do a better job of crashing the boards than he did tonight, but if Smith struggles early in Saturday's Game 3, don't be surprised if McHale turns to Jones earlier in that must-win game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Trevor Ariza quiet in 38 minutes in Game 2
    Trevor Ariza played 38 minutes in Game 2 on Thursday, but hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer against Golden State for seven points, six rebounds, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: Ariza went off in Game 1 with 20 points and four 3-pointers on 7-of-10 shooting, and while he played solid defense again tonight, Ariza just never got it going. Look for him to bounce back in Saturday's Game 3 at Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Josh Smith struggles in Game 2 loss
    Josh Smith hit just 5-of-17 shots and missed all three of his 3-point attempts for 10 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and no blocks in 21 minutes of Thursday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: The Rockets fell into an early 17-point hole and the fact that Smith was outshooting teammate James Harden had a lot to do with it. Harden eventually took over and helped the Rockets to a 23-6 run to end the first half, but Smith was out there chucking again in the second half. He had 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers in Game 1, but didn't even look engaged in Game 2. It will be interesting to see what Kevin McHale does with him in Game 3, but chances are he'll be back out there and shooting at will, as that's what he does. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Dwight Howard plays well despite knee injury
    Dwight Howard not only played through his sore left knee, but went off for 19 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and a block, hitting 8-of-11 shots and 3-of-7 free throws in Thursday's tough loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Howard looked great, but so did the Warriors' Andrew Bogut, and you can expect these two to continue to battle each other throughout this series. Yes, there's a chance that Howard's knee could swell up and leave him questionable for Saturday's Game 3 in Houston, but if tonight was any indication, it would be very surprising if he's in street clothes on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • James Harden scores 38, just misses trip-dub
    James Harden went off by hitting 13-of-21 shots, three 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws for 38 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, a block and just two turnovers in Thursday's tough Game 2 loss at Golden State.

    Advice: Harden got off to a slow start and saw his team fall into a 17-point hole in the second quarter, but heated up and led the Rockets on a furious 23-6 run to close out the first half and tying the score. Harden had the ball in his hands with seven seconds on the clock and trailing by one point, but couldn't get through a double team of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and never even got a shot off. Look for him to continue to go nuts in this series, especially at home for Games 3 and 4. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Andre Iguodala plays 31 minutes off bench
    Andre Iguodala played 31 minutes off the bench and hit both of his shots for six points, two rebounds, six assists and two steals in Thursday's 99-98 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Since blowing up for 16 points last Wednesday against Memphis, Iguodala has scored 9, 4 and 6 points in his last three games, making him a pretty shaky fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Harrison Barnes struggles in win over Rockets
    Harrison Barnes hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in Thursday's win over Houston.

    Advice: He missed a huge reverse layup with seven seconds on the clock and the Warriors holding a one-point lead, but James Harden wasn't able to get off a shot against a Steph Curry and Klay Thompson double team that saved the night for GSW. Barnes had scored in double figures in seven straight games, so look for him to play better in Games 3 and 4 in Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Klay Thompson's shot fading, steps up on D
    Klay Thompson hit 6-of-15 shots and just 1-of-7 3-pointers Thursday, finishing with 13 points, four rebounds, one assist and a block in a tough Game 2 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Thompson is just 2-of-14 from downtown in this series and the Warriors will need him to get hot in Houston for Games 3 and 4. He played great defense tonight, blocking a crucial James Harden shot late and then tag teaming with Stephen Curry to prevent Harden from even getting off a shot that could have won the game for Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Draymond Green flirts with triple-double
    Draymond Green hit just 3-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 12 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a block in Thursday's Game 2 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: He wasn't all that great offensively, but he's a leader for his team and was very vocal, playing effectively on both end of the court. Look for him to be a little better offensively for Game 3 in Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • Dwight Howard will play for Rockets
    Dwight Howard will play for the Rockets on Thursday night for Game 2.

    Advice: He tested his sore left knee just moments ago and looked pretty good doing so. Clint Capela will come off the bench now that it appears that Howard will start. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:33 pm
  • Capela likely to start if Dwight Howard's out
    Clint Capela will start at center if Dwight Howard is out with his left knee injury on Thursday night, according to Craig Ackerman.

    Advice: Capela could make for a sneaky daily play, but loses quite a bit of his luster if Howard plays. He had nine points, four boards, a block and a steal in Game 1. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:07 pm
  • Dwight Howard to be a true game-time call
    Dwight Howard (knee) will be a true game-time decision for Game 2 on Thursday.

    Advice: "Dwight hasn't warmed up yet, so I don't know," coach Kevin McHale said. We'll be tracking this one until tip, but we might not find out until moments before the game starts. If he's out, Clint Capela would likely start, but expect to see Terrence Jones log major minutes at center. That also opens up time for Josh Smith. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:44 pm
  • LAL, DET, BOS interested in DeMarre Carroll
    The Lakers, Pistons, and Celtics will all reportedly be interesting in signing DeMarre Carroll as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Carroll has followed up a stellar regular-season with a fantastic postseason run, averaging 16.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.0 three-pointers and 1.2 steals per game on 51.3 percent shooting through the playoffs thus far. His ability to stretch the floor with his 3-point shooting, as well as guard multiple positions will have him in high demand as a free agent this offseason, and one league exec estimated that his next deal could come in at more than $15 million per year. As for his status heading into Game 2, he has been diagnosed with a left knee sprain and a bone bruise, and is being listed as questionable for Friday's game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:08 pm
  • Klay Thompson named to All-NBA Third Team
    Klay Thompson was named to the 2014-15 All-NBA Third Team.

    Advice: Kyrie Irving, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Tim Duncan round out the Third Team group. Stephen Curry and Thompson became the first Warriors' duo to both receive All-NBA honors in the same year since the Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway did it back in 1992. Duncan set an NBA-record by appearing on both the All-Defensive and All-NBA Team in the same season for a 15th time, adding yet another milestone to his already impressive career. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:17 pm
  • BOS again makes it clear Crowder a priority
    Celtics' president Rich Gotham stated on Thursday that signing Jae Crowder as a restricted free agent this offseason will be a "priority" for the Celtics.

    Advice: "[Crowder] added toughness, energy and confidence," said Gotham. "I think he gave our guys a swagger." Multiple executives from Boston's front offices have openly stated their desire to retain Crowder as a restricted free agent this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see just how high they go in order to keep him in a Celtics' jersey. Crowder had a nice run down the stretch, posting averages of 11.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.9 three-pointers per game during the month of April, so he'll be a nice low-end option in deep leagues if he does indeed remain in Boston. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:13 pm
     
    Injured
  • Mike Scott says he's 100 percent healthy
    Mike Scott said that he's 100 percent healthy, and ready to go if his number is called.

    Advice: Scott has now picked up five consecutive DNP-CD's, but his health doesn't appear to be the culprit for his absence. Head coach Mike Budenholzer said that he doesn't believe DeMarre Carroll's (knee) injury will affect Mike Scott much, because he views Scott as a power forward, so it doesn't sound like his minutes will be trending upward despite the injury to Carroll. Mike Muscala has stepped into an increased role, and it appears his ascension into the rotation is coming at the expense of Scott. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:36 am
  • Tyreke Evans undergoes arthroscopic surgery
    Tyreke Evans (knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday morning, and a timetable for his return to basketball activities will be announced in the near future.

    Advice: Arthroscopic surgery is of the minor variety, and the recovery period on these things tends to be around 4-6 weeks. He should be fine for next year's training camp, but we'll let you know when an official timeline on his recovery is released. Evans put together a pretty nice season this year with averages of 16.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.1 turnovers per game on 44.7 percent shooting from the field. His fantasy value takes a leap every time Jrue Holiday goes down, so if Holiday can put together a healthy season next year, expect Evans' numbers to take a hit. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:25 am
  • Dwight Howard (knee) a game-time decision
    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said that Dwight Howard (knee) went through about half of Thursday's shootaround, and he will be a game-time decision for Game 2 vs. the Warriors.

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

    Advice: After Smith poured in eight three-pointers in Game 1 on Wednesday, Blatt made sure to commend Smiths' improved defense. "He pays attention to scouting reports and works hard on that end of the court," Blatt told me a few weeks ago. "J.R. has been great." For his part, Smith may have given the quote of the day in saying, "I'd rather take a contested shot than an open shot any day. It's kind of boring when you take open shots." As long as he continues his hot streak, Smith is a must-start in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:44 am
  • Chandler Parsons mum on type of surgery
    Chandler Parsons (knee) wouldn't reveal whether his surgery was of the micro fracture variety.

    Advice: When asked about the surgery, Parsons said, ""I don't think they want me to answer whether it was or not." While still on crutches, Parsons is expected to make a full recovery for the start of training camp and should be ready for a productive season as the Mavericks try to take more weight off of Dirk Nowitzki's shoulders. As long as his recovery goes according to plan, fantasy owners should be looking to take Parsons in the middle rounds of 2015-16 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:24 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • LeBron lauds Tristan Thompson's defense
    LeBron James said Tristan Thompson is one of the best pick-and-roll defenders in the NBA.

    Advice: James said Thompson's biggest defensive improvement this season has been his communication and that has led to the 24-year-old becoming one of the best pick-and-roll defenders in the league.Thompson has been a nightly double-double threat since entering the starting lineup for Kevin Love (shoulder) and he's now averaging 12.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks on 59.0 percent shooting from the field in his last five games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:56 am
  • DeMarre Carroll has no structural damage
    DeMarre Carroll's MRI on his left knee reportedly revealed no structural damage.

    Advice: Early reports are that Carroll hyperextended his knee and is also dealing with a bone bruise. Carroll will now begin around the clock treatment on his left knee, and he is being listed as questionable for Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs. For what it's worth, Kent Bazemore said he was "optimistic" about Carroll being able to play on Friday after seeing him Thursday morning, and we will be monitoring this situation very closely. Bazemore will be the primary beneficiary if Carroll is unable to suit up for Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:24 am
  • Josh Smith says Rockets aren't panicking
    Josh Smith said the Rockets aren't panicking over the possibility that Dwight Howard (knee) might miss time.

    Advice: While the Rockets yet don't know the severity of Howard's injury, Smith said the team isn't hitting the panic button just yet. "We're not in panic mode because we've been here before," Smith said. He is correct in that the Rockets have been here before as Howard only suited up for half of the team's regular season games, but Houston will likely need their big man if they're intent on taking down the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:38 am
  • Hawks anxiously await results of Carroll MRI
    The Atlanta Hawks will be anxiously awaiting the results of DeMarre Carroll's MRI on his left knee on Thursday.

    Advice: The Hawks will be holding their breathe for the results as Carroll represents their best chance at slowing down LeBron James. "The doctors are saying it’s a knee sprain," said head coach Mike Budenholzer. "We’ll see what we learn [Thursday], and figure out what gives us our best chance [regarding potential roster combinations should Carroll not be able to play in Game 2 on Friday]." If the Junkyard Dog is unable to play in Game 2 on Friday, Kent Bazemore would likely get the start for Atlanta and see all the minutes he can handle. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:41 am
  • DeMarre Carroll will have an MRI on Thursday
    DeMarre Carroll (left knee) has a knee sprain and will have an MRI on Thursday.

    Advice: This is a brutal blow for the Hawks. Carroll has turned it up on the offensive end thanks to improved shooting beyond the arc and getting many more shots at the rim. The Hawks are also extremely thin on the wing now with Thabo Sefolosha (broken leg) out for the season. While the TNT broadcast said there is some optimism on him, Carroll was on crutches after the game and the non-contact nature of this injury does not bode well. Expect Kent Bazemore to step up the most while the Hawks also go with more two-point guard lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • LeBron James scores 31, Cavs take Game 1
    LeBron James made 12-of-26 from the field for 31 points during a 97-89 Game 1 win on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and four turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He almost blew the game late because of an isolation festival and the Hawks defended him fairly well. James did have more trouble with Paul Millsap than any other Hawk and he'll likely see a lot more of him in Game 2. Tonight was LeBron's first ever Game 1 road win, failing to accomplish that feat in his eight tries. He and the Cavs will look to take a commanding lead on Friday in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:52 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • J.R. Smith gets piping hot in Game 1 victory
    J.R. Smith caught fire against the Hawks during a Game 1 win on Wednesday, making 10-of-16 from the field for 28 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and eight 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored all 28 of the Cleveland bench points and coach David Blatt was pleased. "When he gets hot, he gets smokin' hot," Blatt said. Smith is obviously happy to be in Cleveland instead of with the Knicks. He'll look to tell his critics to pipe down again in Game 2 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:40 pm
  • Paul Millsap fouls out, scores 13 points
    Paul Millsap fouled out in 38 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds, three assists and one block.

    Advice: With DeMarre Carroll (knee) going down, Millsap is now going to have to guard LeBron James more often, which isn't a bad thing for the Hawks defense. However, all that extra effort on the defensive end could take away from Millsap's offensive game. Regardless, his minutes will be close to 40. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • Kyle Korver takes just five FGAs
    Kyle Korver made just 3-of-5 from the field for nine points in 36 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He killed the Cavs throughout the regular season, so the Cavs looked to have made a conscious effort to limit his looks. His defense was also not very good tonight. Korver is having a sub-par postseason after tearing it up in the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:19 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Kent Bazemore set for more playing time
    Kent Bazemore played 16 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday with 10 points, four rebounds and one block.

    Advice: DeMarre Carroll (knee) suffered an injury today and he's likely going to miss time. Bazemore will have to defend LeBron James on occasion and he'll also need to cut down on his mental mistakes. Expect him to play minutes in the upper 20s while the Hawks may also go with two-PG lineups a lot more. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll suffers a left knee injury
    DeMarre Carroll suffered an apparent left knee injury in the fourth quarter on Wednesday.

    Advice: It did not look good at all and he could not put any weight on his leg on his way to the locker room. Carroll's injury was non-contact and he could miss extended time. The Hawks should update him shortly and hopefully the evidence to this point is wrong. If he's out, Kent Bazemore will play more. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:43 pm
  • Dwight Howard said he was playing with pain
    Dwight Howard (knee) said he was playing with pain on Tuesday night.

    Advice: "It was very painful to play last night and coach just felt like it was best that I sit out," Howard said. "I'll just listen to my body. This is gonna be on how I feel. If I feel like I can tolerate it and play through it, then I will. I'm going to do whatever I can to help this team but I can't help the team if I'm hurt." There doesn't appear to be too much optimism right now and he'll likely be a game-time decision. Howard's "bad" knee this season was his right one, but he did have some left knee issues as well. We'll get an update tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Dwight Howard diagnosed with a left knee sprain
    An MRI revealed Dwight Howard suffered a left knee sprain on Tuesday and he remains questionable to play on Thursday.

    Advice: It doesn't appear to be a serious sprain, but this is slightly worse news than his previous diagnosis of a bruise. In other words, there is some ligament damage to his knee, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll miss time. If he is out, Clint Capela will continue to get significant minutes while Terrence Jones would also play center a lot more. The Rockets should have an update at Thursday's shootaround. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:11 pm
  • AD, Jimmy, Bogut, Wall & Duncan make 2nd team
    Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, John Wall, Tim Duncan and Andrew Bogut were named to the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team on Wednesday.

    Advice: The surprising omission here is Rudy Gobert, who helped the Jazz become the toughest interior defense after the break. However, he is a center, so it would have been tough for him to make it over DeAndre Jordan or Bogut. Although, it's not a tough case to make, especially since he played 575 more minutes than Bogut this season. Anthony Davis led the NBA in blocks per game, but his numbers with on-ball defense don't match up with Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green, the First Team forwards. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:27 am
  • Kawhi, Dray, Allen, CP3 & DJ make 1st D team
    Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, Tony Allen, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan made the NBA's All-Defensive First Team on Wednesday.

    Advice: There are no surprises here with all five players getting recognition for Defensive Player of the Year. DeAndre Jordan's on-ball defensive numbers aren't great, but his rebounding this season has certainly taken away offensive chances. Draymond Green figures to be a staple in All-Defensive Teams for a long time. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:22 am
  • Dwight Howard is listed as questionable
    Dwight Howard (bruised left knee) is listed as questionable for Game 2 vs. the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: Howard is expected to have a precautionary MRI on Wednesday, so we should have another update once we know the results. He was clearly hobbling in Game 1 on Tuesday and finished with just seven points and 13 boards, so hopefully the injury doesn't linger throughout the series. If Howard is unable to play in Game 2, Clint Capela, Terrence Jones and Josh Smith will all see increased roles. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:02 am
  • Kosta Koufos wants to be a starter
    Kosta Koufos, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, wants to be a starter in the NBA.

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

    Advice: "He's someone that we think very highly of," Presti said when asked if Huestis could be on the roster next season. "We think he has a future with the team. He could be as early as next season." Huestis was the No. 29 pick in the 2014 draft, but he spent the entire 2014-15 campaign in the D-League and averaged 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 44 appearances. Huestis would likely have a very limited role if the Thunder decide to give him a shot, so he isn't on the fantasy radar at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:10 am
  • Clint Capela will be ready if Dwight sits.
    Rookie Clint Capela said that he will be ready to step up if Dwight Howard misses any time due to his knee injury.

    Advice: "I am just trying to help the team with all my qualities," Capela said. "Run the floor, protect the basket, rebound, finish under the rim and block shots. If Dwight is not there, I got to do that." Capela scored nine points with four rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in just 14 minutes during Game 1 on Tuesday, and he even shot a perfect 4-of-4 from the field. The Rookie has vastly improved since the start of the season, and he could make a huge impact in this series if Howard's knee injury lingers. Keep a close eye on the injury report moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:23 am
  • Dwight Howard (knee) 'hopeful' for Game 2
    Dwight Howard (bruised left knee) is hopeful that he can play in Game 2 but he will have a precautionary MRI on Wednesday.

    Advice: Dwight said it was "very painful" to play through the injury and he eventually came out of the game early in the fourth quarter, but he doesn't think that the injury is "major." We'll update his status once the test results are released so keep a close eye on Rotoworld's injury report. If he misses any time it will be Clint Capela, Terrence Jones and Josh Smith doing their best to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:26 pm
  • Draymond Green double-doubles w/ eight dimes
    Draymond Green did it all for the Warriors on Tuesday, contributing 13 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and two steals in his team's Game 1 home victory.

    Advice: Before the game Green was asked about potentially defending Dwight Howard and he replied, "That ain't my matchup." He wound up defending Howard for a few long stretches with Andrew Bogut in foul trouble, and his defensive acumen forced Dwight out of position and routinely foiled his attempts to exploit his size advantage on the block. Green's ability to turn a mismatch into an advantage for his team highlights the reason he earned the most first-place votes for Defensive Player of the Year this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:08 pm
  • Trevor Ariza catching fire from downtown
    Trevor Ariza was brilliant in 34 minutes during Tuesday's Game 1 loss, scoring 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting with four 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Ariza played a quintessential '3 and D' role tonight, locking down multiple assignments defensively while stretching the Warriors' defense as a sharp-shooter. He's averaging 4.2 triples on 53.8 percent shooting from downtown over Houston's past five games, solidifying himself one of the most versatile weapons in the Rockets' arsenal. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Dwight Howard limited by left knee in Game 1
    Dwight Howard had seven points, 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers before leaving Tuesday's game with a bruised left knee.

    Advice: Howard was injured in the first quarter and it appeared to slow him down throughout the game, though he continued to play until early in the fourth quarter. He'll only get one day to rest before Game 2 on Thursday, and we should have multiple updates on his status over the next 36 hours. If he isn't able to suit up, expect Clint Capela to start at center with more minutes also opening up for Josh Smith and Terrence Jones. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Rockets lose despite James Harden's 28-11-9
    James Harden poured in 28 points with one 3-pointer, 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals in a losing effort on the road Tuesday, as the Rockets fell into an 0-1 hole in the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Houston built an impressive 16-point lead in the first half, only to watch it vanish as the Warriors closed the second quarter on a 25-6 spurt to reclaim the lead. Harden wasn't getting his typical volume of foul calls, finishing 5-of-6 at the free throw line, yet he still put on a clinic with 14 points in the fourth quarter alone. The Warriors remain heavy favorites to advance to the Finals but the Rockets are playing with confidence and they won't be an easy out while Harden maintains this elite level of production. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:04 pm
  • Dwight Howard iffy to return w/ bruised knee
    Dwight Howard (bruised left knee) is questionable to return in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's Game 1.

    Advice: Dwight got hurt in the first quarter and he was ineffective after his return, looking slow in transition while lacking his normal explosiveness. It wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out the rest of Tuesday's game, especially since backup Clint Capela has been very impressive in an expanded role. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:09 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll defines being a junkyard dog
    DeMarre Carroll defined what it is to be a "junkyard dog" during a recent interview.

    Advice: "Junkyard Dog. What do you think of when you think of a junkyard dog?" said Carroll. "You don’t think of no pretty, nice dog. You think of being in a junkyard with dirt. That’s the beauty of it. You should always want to play with a chip on your shoulder. My uncle always told me ‘don’t play like you have a chip on your shoulder, be sure to play like you have a log on your shoulder.’ That’s what we are going to try to do." Through three regular-season games against the Cavs this season, Carroll averaged 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.3 three-pointers per game. He's going to be spending a lot of time guarding LeBron James, so his offense will likely dip in the Eastern Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:09 pm
  • Josh Smith implies it'll be a physical WCF
    Josh Smith said after Tuesday morning's shootaround that he's looking forward to a very competitive series against the Warriors.

    Advice: "I mean, it’s the postseason. So I don’t think at this point none of the teams are going to be playing passive," said Smith. "It’s time to lace the shoes up, heighten the shorts up a little higher and get after it a little bit... I look forward to a very competitive series." It'll be MVP vs. MVP runner-up in the Western Conference Finals, and this should be a very competitive, physical, and exciting series to watch. Smith is going to have a tough matchup against Draymond Green of the Warriors, so we may see a bit of a regression to the mean with regards to Smoov’s field goal percentage. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:24 pm
  • Terrence Jones excited for matchup w/ GSW
    Terrence Jones said that he is excited for the Rockets' Western Conference Finals matchup against the Warriors.

    Advice: "It’s been a long, hard year, but I’m blessed to get out there and go to work with my brothers," Jones said. "I’m excited to see what comes from that. I’m definitely ready to get up and down. It’s a great feeling to be playing again." Jones did not suit up for a single game against the Warriors during the regular-season (just another reason to throw out that regular-season, series-sweep statistic), and he'll look to go to work against the West's No. 1 seed. His role was diminished in the second-round when Josh Smith entered the starting lineup, and it'll be interesting to see if that holds true in the Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:06 pm
  • Tristan Thompson says his shoulder is better
    Tristan Thompson said that his bruised left shoulder is feeling better, and that he's "ready to bang" for Cleveland's Eastern Conference Finals matchup against the Hawks.

    Advice: Since Thompson has entered the starting lineup, he has compiled averages of 8.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game on 56.6 percent shooting from the field. He had some nice games against the Bulls in Cleveland's second-round series, and he'll be a nightly double-double threat going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:56 am
  • John Calipari denies Pelicans reports
    John Calipari denied reports that he's interested in the Pelicans vacant head coaching position.

    Advice: Updating a previous item, Calipari has taken to Twitter to respond to multiple reports saying that he's interested in the New Orleans job. "Even though Anthony and Tyreke are in NOLA, I have no interest in the Pelicans or any other job. I have a great job and I'm happy at UK," Calipari tweeted. Something tells us that this won't be the last we hear of this situation, so we'll keep the updates coming as we hear more. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:24 am
  • Hawks optimistic on landing Paul Millsap
    The Hawks are quietly optimistic about re-signing Paul Millsap.

    Advice: The Hawks will definitely want to bring him back. Millsap can defend multiple positions and his offensive game has grown tremendously since joining the Hawks. He'll likely be a second round pick in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:26 pm
  • LeBron James dealing with minor back injury
    LeBron James is dealing with a minor back injury, but he's expected to play Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Advice: LeBron apparently "tweaked his back" at some point against the Bulls, but since he's a cyborg robot with no ability to feel human pain, we don't expect any issues. In all sincerity, LeBron will be fine and is prepared to put the Cavs on his back in an effort to win Cleveland an elusive championship trophy. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:48 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Trevor Ariza drains six 3-pointers in victory
    Trevor "A-three-za" was phenomenal during the Rockets Game 7 win on Sunday, scoring 22 points (6-of-14 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers through 43 minutes of action.

    Advice: Ariza was Houston's second-leading scorer in this one, and his effort from start-to-finish was fantastic. He's had a very nice postseason run thus far, averaging 13.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.2 three-pointers and 1.7 steals per game, while playing some lock down defense holding his opponents to just 39.7 percent shooting from the field. He'll likely spend some time picking up Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the Western Conference Finals, and the Rockets will need his defense and 3-point shooting if they hope to upset the West's No. 1 seed. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:13 pm
  • Josh Smith scores 15 points in Game 7 win
    Josh Smith was effective during Sunday's Game 7 win over the Clippers, scoring 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, to go with one rebound, one block, two 3-pointers and one turnover over 22 minutes.

    Advice: The turning point in this series came during Game 5 when Smith entered the starting lineup, and he was also a major component to Houston’s improbable Game 6 comeback win. This is a great story for Smoov who was the butt of a lot of jokes when he was waived by Detroit earlier in the year, and it looks like he found a new home in Houston. He’ll have to deal with Draymond Green in the Western Conference Finals, and that matchup should be very fun to watch, assuming Smoov remains with the starting unit. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:58 pm
  • Dwight Howard double-doubles in Game 7 win
    Dwight Howard put up a double-double in Sunday's Game 7 win over the Clippers, scoring 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting (4-of-8 from the line), with 15 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two turnovers through 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: Howard has looked revitalized this postseason after spending a lot of time on the sidelines with a knee injury during the regular-season. He’s been playing some elite level defense, and he could give the Warriors trouble in the Western Conference Finals. Dwight has compiled averaged of 17.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.7 blocks on 57.7 percent shooting from the field through the playoffs so far, a major improvement from his regular-season numbers. He's also been a beast on the glass with a rebounding rate of 21.9, he’ll be a strong daily league play the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:44 pm
  • James Harden leads Rockets to Game 7 victory
    James Harden led the Rockets to a Game 7 victory on Sunday, scoring 31 points (7-of-20 FGs, 15-of-18 FTs), with seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block and seven turnovers through 43 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Rockets became just the ninth team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit, something that hasn't been done since 2006 when the Suns upset the Lakers. The Rockets hit the Clippers early, and never looked back, as evidenced by the zero lead changes throughout the contest. Harden has been phenomenal through the postseason so far, averaging 26.3 points, 8.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 2.5 three-pointers, and 1.2 steals per game. He'll look to keep his momentum going into the Western Conference Finals for a tough matchup against the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:28 pm
  • James Harden ready to go for Sunday
    James Harden is ready to go for Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: It's going to be very interesting to see how coach Kevin McHale handles his rotation. His most-used lineups haven't had success while his bench has fared well. Regardless, expect Harden to get plenty of action. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:09 pm
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) practices on Sat
    Tristan Thompson (shoulder) was able to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Thompson tweaked his left shoulder in Game 6 vs. the Bulls on Thursday after a hard fall, but he is expected to be fine moving forward. It's a good sign that he practiced on Saturday with the Cavs off until Wednesday, so we will leave him off the injury report unless something changes. Thompson averaged 37.0 minutes against the Bulls in the second round, and he should continue to have a prominent role moving forward with Kevin Love on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:42 am
  • Josh Smith proud of his Rockets team
    After overcoming a 19-point deficit against the Clippers in Game 6 on Thursday, Josh Smith spoke proudly about his team.

    Advice: "We've all been in tough games before," Smith said. "We've all been down. We've all seen situations that seem impossible. We stayed positive. We were reinforcing to everybody that we had the opportunity to still win this game. Nineteen points. I've seen bigger deficits before and teams coming back from it and we were able to do it." Smith has started the last two games which have both resulted in wins, so it's safe to say that he will be starting in Game 7 on Sunday after scoring 19 points with six boards, two assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in Game 6. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:33 am
  • Harrison Barnes continues great run
    Harrison Barnes kept his strong postseason going on Friday night with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover in 36 minutes.

    Advice: During his rookie season, Barnes came out swinging in the postseason and he's now back to putting up some impressive numbers. Barnes isn't really doing much on the ball, but his cutting and spacing without the ball has been huge. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:21 pm
  • Draymond Green gets another double-double
    Draymond Green put up a double-double against the Grizzlies on Friday with 16 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He had some foul trouble in this game because the refs were a little tough on him for his fourth foul during the third quarter. Green has made just 18.5 percent from beyond the arc in his last five, averaging 11.8 points, 9.0 boards, 4.6 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.8 steals and 1.0 treys. He'll be a handful for either the Clippers or Rockets in the next round. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:16 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 25, Hawks advance
    DeMarre Carroll scored a team-high 25 points during a series-clinching 94-91 win over the Wizards on Friday, adding 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's having quite the postseason and has come a long way from last year. In the 2013-14 season, Carroll had only an 15.3 usage rate, but he put up an 18.1 usage rate so far in these playoffs. On top of that, he's been very efficient with a 64.4 true shooting percentage while also playing great defense on guys like John Wall. He'll be getting paid this summer. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:31 pm
  • Kyle Korver makes just 1-of-8 in win
    Kyle Korver made just 1-of-8 from the field against the Wizards on Friday night for two points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Even when Korver is off, just the threat of him making shots is enough to make him effective. The Wizards and Nets both refused to have Korver's man help on defense and that may have explained why the Hawks had so many layups tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:26 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • J.R. Smith trolls the Knicks on Instragram
    J.R. Smith posted a picture of he and Iman Shumpert on Instragram after the Cavs' Game 6 win on Thursday (advancing them to the Eastern Conference Finals), with the caption: "One man's trash, is another man's treasure."

    Advice: Shots fired! Phil Jackson traded away both Smith and Shumpert back in early-January for next to nothing, and while both players were unable to grasp the triangle offense, they have played very well in coach David Blatt's system. Jackson, who coached the Lakers and Bulls to a collective 11 championships, has had a rough run as president of basketball operations for the Knicks. So far, he's traded away Smith, Shumpert, and Tyson Chandler while receiving little in return, and the Knicks posted a franchise-worst record of 17-65 this season. This is unfamiliar territory for Phil to say the least. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:26 am
  • Corey Brewer scores 19 points vs. Clippers
    Corey Brewer exploded down the stretch against the Clippers on Thursday with 19 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Clippers and Corey Brewer both scored 15 fourth-quarter points tonight. The Rockets were actually looking to Brewer in halfcourt sets, which is very unusual because of how he does so much of his scoring in transition. His perimeter defense was also as good as ever down the stretch. Expect him to play around 25 minutes on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:09 pm
  • From Detroit With Love: Josh Smith takes over
    Josh Smith may have turned in the best quarter of his NBA career in the fourth during a 119-107 comeback win against the Clippers on Thursday, finishing with 19 points, six boards, two assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: If you went to bed early, you missed one of the craziest finishes in a long time. Smith was burying clutch 3-pointer after clutch 3-pointer, finishing with 14 points in the fourth quarter with four treys. The Pistons cut him from their roster for basically taking too many long-range shots, so this had to feel good for Smoove. He'll obviously be starting in Game 7 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:58 pm
  • James Harden gets benched in comeback win
    James Harden was benched down the stretch during Houston's miracle comeback in Los Angeles on Thursday, finishing with 23 points, two rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Rockets were rolling with Josh Smith running the offense and Corey Brewer also playing well on offense. Harden was sick today, but coach Kevin McHale said he went with his other guys because he liked how they were getting stops and had a good rhythm. McHale said Harden will be ready to roll for Game 7 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:51 pm
  • LeBron James struggles, Cavs still advance
    LeBron James made 7-of-23 from the field for 15 points in a series-clinching 94-73 victory over the Bulls on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks and four turnovers.

    Advice: He's now been to the conference finals five consecutive years. James completely owns the Bulls in the playoffs and has gone 16-5 against them. Considering how the Hawks haven't looked great and the Wizards don't have a healthy John Wall, the Cavs have to be considered as the favorite to represent the Eastern Conference. James did have a mild back tweak in the first half, but it didn't seem to be an issue after halftime. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:19 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Tristan Thompson scores 13 with 17 boards
    Tristan Thompson owned the paint against the Bulls on Thursday with 13 points, 17 boards and two blocks in 40 minutes.

    Advice: While LeBron James gets the headlines here for ending the Bulls in 2015, Thompson was arguably the missing piece of the puzzle. In fact, the Cavs' net rating was 23.6 better with Thompson on the court than it was without him in this series. He might not be quite as important in the next round. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:08 pm
  • Josh Smith will start Game 6 on Thursday
    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said he will start Josh Smith in Game 6 on Thursday.

    Advice: Smith replaced Terrance Jones in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 5 win and McHale will stick with the same starters for Game 6. Smoove didn't have a huge game on Tuesday with just nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, one block, and one three-pointer in 22 minutes, but his numbers were in line with his series averages so fantasy owners should expect more of the same on Thursday night. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:47 am
  • Draymond Green guarding Grizz like fine wine
    Draymond Green said guarding the Grizzlies' big men is like fine wine.

    Advice: One of the NBA's best quote machines kept the sound bytes rolling when asked about what is was like guarding the Memphis Grizzlies' big men. "You figure out their moves," Green said. "It’s just like wine. You’re better with time." Green's defense has helped the Warriors take a 3-2 lead over the Grizzlies and he's now averaging 11.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 1.6 three-pointers in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:46 am
  • James Harden still dealing with the flu
    James Harden is still dealing with effects of the flu, but is feeling better and is expected to play in Game 6 against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: Harden needed an IV to help deal with his fever before Game 5 on Tuesday, but was still able to notch his first career triple-double during the win. "He looked OK," Rockets coach Kevin McHale told reporters on Wednesday. "He had a little bit of a cough. We just had a meeting and watched some film. We didn't do anything. He looked OK." We'll update Harden's status prior to game-time, but it sounds like fantasy owners can feel free to deploy him as they normally would. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:24 am
  • Andre Iguodala solid again for Warriors
    Andre Iguodala played 25 minutes off the bench and hit 7-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 16 points, three rebounds and three assists in Wednesday's win over the Grizzlies to take a 3-2 lead.

    Advice: Iguodala was great tonight and has been playing well, scoring 11 points in Game 4 and nine points in Game 3, along with racking up some rebounds and other stats. He's a sneaky, cheap fantasy play going forward, as Harrison Barnes continues to start. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:21 pm
  • Klay Thompson leads Warriors to easy win
    Klay Thompson hit 7-of-16 shots and three 3-pointers for a team-high 21 points, four rebounds and five assists in Wednesday's Game 5 win over the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Thompson was solid tonight and the Warriors now hold a 3-2 lead over the Grizzlies. And with Tony Allen's status in question for the rest of the series due to a hamstring injury, Thompson may continue to get free for big fantasy lines going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:17 pm
  • Draymond Green hands out nine dimes in win
    Draymond Green hit just 3-of-9 shots and missed all five of his 3-point attempts for seven points, but also had five rebounds, a career playoff-high of nine assists and a steal in the win.

    Advice: Owners were probably looking for more from Green, and Zach Randolph was the better play on Wednesday, but Green still has the potential to put up monster lines, even when his shot's not falling. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:14 pm
  • Harrison Barnes plays through splits
    Harrison Barnes had 14 points, three rebounds, a block, five turnovers and three 3-pointers on 4-of-8 shooting on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did the splits at one point late in the first half, but played in the second half. As the guys on TNT said, he's young and flexible, so a move that would have immobilized older players didn't even seem to affect Barnes. He's starting and getting solid minutes for the Warriors, and always has the potential to put up decent fantasy numbers for Golden State. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll goes for 10 & 10 in win
    DeMarre Carroll hit just 4-of-11 shots and 1-of-5 3-pointers for 10 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in Wednesday's win.

    Advice: He wasn't a scoring machine, but contributed in most categories tonight. He also hit a layup to break a 78-78 tie and give his team a two-point lead, which was key for the Hawks. As long as Carroll is playing through his hip injury, he's a solid fantasy option given his ability to score, as well as fill up the stat sheet when his offense isn't all there. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:59 pm
  • Paul Millsap quiet in win over Wizards
    Paul Millsap had 14 points, seven rebounds and six turnovers on 6-of-14 shooting in Wednesday's crazy win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Millsap never got it going and didn't do a whole lot during a key 14-0 run by the Hawks, but he did have a couple big rebounds down the stretch. Al Horford carried the Hawks tonight, but Millsap has a nice chance to bounce back in Game 6. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Kyle Korver invisible, but hits huge three
    Kyle Korver hit just 1-of-5 shots (a 3-pointer) for three points in Wednesday's thrilling win over the Wizards, but it was a big one.

    Advice: Korver hit a shot from way behind the 3-point line with about five minutes left that appeared to inspire his team. Al Horford backed it up with a 3-pointer and those six points were the core of a key 14-0 run for the Hawks. Korver has really struggled during the playoffs, but also came through with five rebounds, six steals and two blocks in tonight's must-win. He's not playing well enough to rely on in fantasy, but his long bomb was one of the keys to Wednesday's win. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:54 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Kerr praises Harrison Barnes' defense
    Warriors head coach Steve Kerr praised Harrison Barnes for his defense against Zach Randolph in Game 4.

    Advice: "That's what makes Harrison unique," Kerr said. "The fact that he's strong enough to guard a guy like Zach Randolph -- obviously, with help. He is strong enough to hold off some of the league's best power forwards for periods of the game. He's quick enough to switch onto a point guard. That's part of the versatility of our defense that makes us so good at that end when we're really playing well. Harrison's a big part of that whole dynamic." Barnes will look to keep his momentum going in Game 5 on Wednesday with the series tied 2-2. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:54 am
  • DeMarre Carroll (hip) will start Game 5 Weds
    DeMarre Carroll (hip) will start in Game 5 vs. the Wizards on Wednesday according to head coach Mike Budenholzer.

    Advice: He suffered a hip pointer in Game 4 on Monday, but the injury was never expected to be serious. Expect Carroll to see his normal workload on Wednesday night, and we will be sure to let you know how he holds up after the game. Carroll is averaging 17.0 points, 6.2 boards, 2.1 assists and 2.1 3-pointers in the postseason so far. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:01 am
  • Josh Huestis willing to stay in the D-League
    Josh Huestis, who was the Thunder's No. 29 pick in the 2014 draft, said that he is willing to stay in the D-League next season.

    Advice: "I'm willing to do whatever it is they believe will be best for me," Huestis said. "There are a lot of paths to take to the NBA. If that was fine I'd be OK with it as long as I knew it would make me a better player." Huestis spent the entire 2014-15 season in the D-League, averaging 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 44 appearances. It sounds like he won't be a part of OKC's immediate plans next season, but we will track his progress closely and will let you know if gets a chance with the Thunder. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:29 am
  • Trevor Ariza scores 22 points in Game 5 win
    Trevor Ariza was terrific on both ends of the court during Game 5, scoring 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting with four 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and one turnover.

    Advice: Houston came into Game 5 averaging 9.4 triples on 33.9 percent shooting from downtown in the postseason, both of which are lower than their regular-season averages (11.4 makes on 34.8 percent shooting). Ariza went 4-of-6 from deep tonight but the Rockets still shot 31.0 percent from downtown overall, and they'll need to sharpen their perimeter attack to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:41 pm
  • James Harden triple-doubles in Game 5 win
    James Harden triple-doubled during Tuesday's season-extending Game 5 win, notching 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, but he exited late in the game due to an illness.

    Advice: Harden played well in Games 1-4 but he reached another level in tonight's elimination game, despite suffering from a cold that required an IV earlier in the day. The Rockets are committing 16.2 turnovers per game in the playoffs, more than any other team, and the absence of Patrick Beverley looms large, so Harden may need to sustain this elite level of play to come back from a 3-2 series deficit. He should be ready to go for Thursday's do-or-die road game in L.A. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • LeBron James' 38 pts lead Cavs to Game 5 win
    LeBron James (ankle) was a beast throughout Tuesday's Game 5 victory, racking up 38 points, one 3-pointer, 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks without a single turnover in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Cleveland regained the series lead behind LeBron's MVP-level performance. In addition to stellar defense, James kept the Bulls off balance by alternating perimeter shooting with hard-charging drives, post-ups and playmaking. The Bulls have to win two straight to advance to the Conference Finals, and it will be a monumental challenge if LeBron continues to play with the energy and focus he showed tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:55 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Josh Smith starts, Terrence Jones benched Tue
    Josh Smith will replace Terrence Jones in the Rockets' starting lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kevin McHale may prefer to have Smith defend Blake Griffin, he may believe Jones will have an easier time scoring vs. L.A.'s reserves, or both. Smith should log more than his series-average 18.3 minutes on Tuesday, while Jones shouldn't have trouble matching his 23.3 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:25 pm
  • LeBron James will play in Game 5 on Tuesday
    LeBron James (ankle) is a go for Game 5 against the Bulls on Tuesday.

    Advice: James was never really in any danger of sitting out Game 5, and he'll look to power the Cavs to a win tonight with Kyrie Irving (knee, foot) hobbled and Kevin Love (shoulder) watching from the sidelines. James posted a gaudy 42.8 usage rate during Game 4, and it should be more of the same tonight. He’ll be a popular play in daily leagues tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:55 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • DeMarre Carroll expected to play on Wednesday
    DeMarre Carroll (hip) is expected to play in Game 5 against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: Carroll suffered a hip pointer during Monday's Game 4 win against the Wizards, but head coach Mike Budenholzer said he expects Carroll to play on Wednesday. We'll keep a close eye on Carroll's status leading up to Wednesday night, but it sounds like he can be deployed by fantasy owners as he normally would. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:59 am
  • LeBron James will test ankle before Game 5
    LeBron James (ankle) said he'll test his ankle before making a final decision on Game 5, but is planning to play.

    Advice: Updating an earlier item, James is still planning to play, but it doesn't sound like an iron-clad commitment. "I’ll give it a test tonight," LeBron said Tuesday morning after only participating in the walkthrough portion of shootaround. "It’s been better. But it’s been worse. I’ll be ready to go tonight." We'll be on the lookout for updates, but fantasy owners should plan on James playing Tuesday night. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:27 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • LeBron James ready to go for Game 5
    LeBron James (ankle) said he's ready to go for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Bulls.

    Advice: James has been nursing a sore ankle, but isn't planning on letting that stop him for Game 5. "It's been better but I will be out there tonight," James said on Tuesday. While James had what many called an "off" game during Sunday's Game 4 win, he still scored 25 points to go along with 14 rebounds, eight assists, two blocks, one steal, and one-three pointer, so fantasy owners should feel free to start him with confidence on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:02 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Green gets back on track with busy line
    Draymond Green scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting (including three treys) with 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and seven turnovers in Monday's Game 1 win over the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Green will have to get a handle on the turnovers, obviously, but he did what you expect a player of his caliber to do and that was bounce back from two underwhelming games. The Warriors have needed a third offensive engine against the stingy Grizzlies defense and they got it tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:30 pm
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