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  • Dwight Howard brushes off late-game usage
    Dwight Howard didn't attempt a shot over the final seven minutes of Game 1 vs. the Clippers, but he brushed off concerns about his limited offensive role.

    Advice: "I can’t focus on that," he said. "I got to continue to be a presence on the defensive end, get more blocked shots, get more rebounds, run the floor more, do all the things I can do." Howard still finished with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting, 10 rebounds, one steal and five blocks in Houston's Game 1 defeat, and Kevin McHale will surely emphasize the need to keep him engaged on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:02 am
  • Draymond Green proving bona fides vs. Memphis
    Draymond Green played admirable defense during Tuesday's home loss, which he finished with 14 points (3-of-10 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs), 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: Green's personal Mission: Impossible is to provide one-on-one defense vs. Zach Randolph or Marc Gasol, depending upon matchups. The runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year was awesome again tonight, using his strength and speed to check bigger players on possession after possession, and his versatility is a huge reason the Warriors hadn't lost at home in over three months. Green and his teammates will be out for revenge in Memphis on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Paul Pierce hushes crowd w/ five 3-pointers
    Paul Pierce sank five 3-pointers en route to 15 points in Game 2, adding five rebounds and one assist, but his clutch play wasn't enough to avoid defeat.

    Advice: The fans in Atlanta routinely changed "Paul Pierce sucks!" but the veteran thrives on such antagonism, and at one point he even shook his head and shouted to the hostile crowd, "No, I don't." TNT's David Aldridge reported during Tuesday's game that Paul Pierce hopes to stay with the Wizards for "the next couple of years" -- he's a great fit in D.C., so don't be surprised if the veteran opts in for 2015-16 or negotiates a new two-year deal. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Nene without a field goal in second round
    Nene, who went scoreless in 17 minutes on Sunday, finished the Wizards' Game 2 loss with two points, four rebounds, one assist, four turnovers and zero defensive stats.

    Advice: His disappearing act was even more problematic with Marcin Gortat (10 points, nine rebounds) in foul trouble, eventually fouling out with five minutes left. Nene has yet to make a field goal in the series (a combined 0-of-9) and the Wizards desperately need him to get going, as reserve big men Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin can't consistently make up for a void of production at the starting PF spot. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:53 pm
  • Al Horford impressive in Tuesday's home win
    The Hawks earned a 106-90 victory in Game 2 on Tuesday, aided by Al Horford's 18 points, four rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Horford started out slow in the postseason but over the past five games he's averaging 18.0 points, 10.0 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 blocks, all while shooting 52.6 percent from the field and 87.5 percent at the FT line. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll w/ team-high 22 pts in Game 2
    DeMarre Carroll led the Hawks with 22 points in Tuesday's Game 2 win, hitting 9-of-16 shots with one 3-pointer, six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: Carroll has been phenomenal in the postseason. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer and he's ensured himself a massive raise from this year's $2.4 million salary. Amazingly, Carroll is now the first Hawks player to score 20+ points in six straight games since Dominique Wilkins accomplished the feat in 1988. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:51 pm
  • LBJ hints he'll be more aggressive in Game 2
    LeBron James said he might have to change his mindset a bit for Game 2 against the Bulls on Wednesday with Kevin Love (shoulder) out.

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

    Advice: Mirotic only left the bench for two minutes during Game 1, and it sounds like unless there's a major injury to the Bulls frontcourt, he's not going to be a steady rotation player during Chicago's second-round series. Those playing daily leagues should probably avoid playing Mirotic. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:28 pm
  • Chris Bosh opens up about blood clot scare
    Chris Bosh opened about about his blood clot scare on a radio interview and said there were times that he couldn't breathe.

    Advice: Bosh said he couldn't breathe during a February 1 win over the Celtics, but tried to play through it. "I know, I’ll never do it again," Bosh said. "It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? I wish I could go back and tell myself not to do those things, but I’m lucky to be alive. I am. I took that as a lesson to stop trying to be a tough guy all the time. That’s kinda how we’re trained, to just suck it up and throw some dirt on it and get back out there." We'll keep an eye on his status, but Bosh said he's doing well now and it sounds like he should be healthy for the start of the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:56 am
     
    Injured
  • Nene willing to sacrifice for good of team
    Nene said he's willing to accept a lesser role if it means greater success for the Wizards.

    Advice: Nene has seen diminished touches and minutes in the playoffs as the Wizards have shifted to more of a flowing playing style. "Definitely it’s tough. That’s the reason it’s a sacrifice," Nene said after playing just 17 minutes in Game 1. "But you know the result is something much better than you look cool or look good. You need to do different things that you [do] not usually do, but you know that’s the right thing for the team." While Nene will still play a part in Washington's postseason run, he can't be expected to produce like the player fantasy owners have become accustomed to. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:40 am
  • Chandler Parsons reveals recruiting pitch
    Chandler Parsons (knee) revealed parts of the recruiting pitch that he will use to attempt to lure fellow players to the Mavericks this offseason.

    Advice: Parsons had previously said he wants to help attract free agents to Dallas and is "shifting into GM mode." Following arthroscopic knee surgery, Parsons revealed parts of his pitch. "We have a great organization," he said. "We have high expectations. We have the best owner in sports. We’re definitely moving in the right direction, and we have a lot of pieces that would fit well with the free agents out there right now. And we have a great coach, so I think we’re moving in the right direction. We’re a championship-caliber team." Whether Parsons is successful in his recruiting remains to be seen, but he'll have plenty of targets this summer, including LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, and potentially Kevin Love. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:33 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • LeBron sloppy, still posts 19-15-9 in G1 loss
    LeBron James scored 19 points on 9-of-22 shooting with 15 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, one block and six turnovers in Monday's 99-92 Game 1 loss to the Cavs.

    Advice: James is going to get his numbers no matter what and it's just a matter of whether or not he gets slowed down in the process -- and Jimmy Butler helped make that happen a bit tonight. The Cavs got 22 points out of Iman Shumpert to help offset the loss of J.R. Smith to a two-game suspension, but their defense was terrible and now they've lost home court advantage right out of the gate. Game 2 is on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:51 pm
  • Gibson gets 28 minutes against the Cavs
    Taj Gibson scored eight points on 3-of-5 shooting with five rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes off the bench in Monday's Game 1 win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Gibson is in there to help combat LeBron James and it's clear he has Tom Thibodeau's trust. He came up holding his left knee after a fall but it didn't keep him from missing any time. Owners will probably want to expect numbers like these and anything above and beyond that is icing on the cake. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:55 pm
     
    Player Note
    Taj Gibson Chi - PF,C
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Mirotic sees just two minutes of playing time
    Nikola Mirotic played just two minutes in Monday's Game 1 win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Joakim Noah didn't look great and Mirotic's absence from this game would have certainly been second guessed if the Bulls had lost. The rookie has never truly had Tom Thibodeau's trust in terms of playing time, so barring a report to suggest otherwise we'd recommend avoiding him in DFS formats. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:43 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic leaving future up to agent
    Mirza Teletovic said he'll leave his future up to his agent.

    Advice: Teletovic will be an unrestricted free agent if the Nets don't extend a qualifying contract offer, but that seems unlikely. After returning from blood clots on his lungs this season, Teletovic's future in Brooklyn is a question mark. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:09 am
  • Thad Young says Lopez decision factors in
    Thad Young admitted that Brook Lopez's free-agent decision will impact his future with the Nets.

    Advice: Lopez has a player option for next season, and Young, who has an early termination option, admitted that Lopez's decision has influence on what his next move will be. "I definitely want to see what the big fella is going to do also, but we've already been told that they expect us back next year and they want us back next year no matter if we pick up our options or opt out," Young said. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:06 am
  • Draymond: Gm 1 'not as physical' as expected
    Draymond Green racked up 16 points, four 3-pointers, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 27 minutes on Sunday, helping Golden State earn a 1-0 series lead.

    Advice: Green began the game with a barrage of 3-pointers and it took some second-half foul trouble to slow him down. He said after the game that his matchup vs. Zach Randolph and the Grizzlies' frontcourt "wasn't as physical as [he] thought it'd be," and Golden State should cruise in the series if Green can turn the matchup in their favor. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:36 pm
  • Zach Randolph scores 20 points in Game 1 loss
    Zach Randolph posted 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting in Sunday's loss in Oracle Arena, adding nine rebounds, five assists and one turnover in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Z-Bo and Marc Gasol (21 points, nine rebounds) will need to have a huge series for the Grizzlies to hang with the Warriors, especially if Mike Conley (facial surgery) misses more games. Randolph has a size and strength advantage in the post vs. Draymond Green and the Warriors' small lineups, but his difficulty defending the perimeter will be a key to the series -- Green shot 4-of-8 beyond the arc on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:27 pm
  • Harrison Barnes doesn't miss a shot on Sunday
    Harrison Barnes did not miss a single shot during Sunday's Game 1 victory over Memphis, scoring 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting (2-of-2 from the stripe), to go with three rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and one block over 25 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes is the Warriors' X-factor, and he finished Sunday's win with a plus/minus rating of plus-18. He does a little bit of everything for Golden State, and through the first five games of the playoffs he's compiled averages of 9.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.8 three-pointers, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. Those numbers, however, aren't really cutting it for ownership in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:51 pm
  • David Lee makes playoff debut, logs four mins
    David Lee made his postseason debut during Sunday's Game 1 win over the Grizzlies, logging four minutes of action and finishing with two assists with no other statistics to his credit.

    Advice: Lee missed all three of his shot attempts, and it appears he's going to be brought along slowly after sitting out their first-round series with a lower back strain. Draymond Green is running the show at the power forward position for Golden State, leaving Lee and Marreese Speights to fight for reserve minutes in the Warriors rotation. At best, Lee may be able to see around 13 minutes of action, so he's not going to be a fantasy factor throughout the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:39 pm
     
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Paul Millsap flirts with triple-double on Sun
    Paul Millsap flirted with a triple-double during Sunday's Game 1 loss, scoring 15 points on 6-of-17 shooting, to go with 12 rebounds, eight assists, one three-pointer, two steals, two blocks and four turnovers over 39 minutes of action.

    Advice: Washington is one of the best teams in the league at defending the power forward position, so Millsap could be in for a rough second-round series. He's still going to play heavy minutes, as a crucial part of what Atlanta does, but when 64.7 percent of your shot attempts come with a defender within 0-4 feet of you, it's going to be difficult to shoot a high percentage. The Hawks will need a better all-around effort if they hope to even the series up during Tuesday's Game 2 in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:45 pm
  • Paul Pierce scores 19 points over 31 minutes
    Paul Pierce's strong postseason run continued on Sunday, as he scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting, adding three 3-pointers and three rebounds through 31 minutes of action.

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

    Advice: Carroll become the first Hawks player to score 20+ points in five consecutive postseason games since the great Dominique Wilkins, and he's been phenomenal over Atlanta's past five games shooting a remarkable 63.5 percent from the field, and 60.7 percent from beyond the arc. Atlanta lost Game 1, but no one will be pointing the finger at DeMarre. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:19 pm
  • Al Horford's massive double-double not enough
    Al Horford had a strong showing during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Wizards, scoring 17 points to go with a game-high 17 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block, one 3-pointer and three turnovers through 30 minutes of action.

    Advice: Horford's make from beyond the arc was just his second-career make from 3-point range, and while Horford did have quite the stat line on Sunday, he also shot just 7-of-19 from the field. He does have a tough matchup against Marcin Gortat, so Horford's field goal percentage may dip during Atlanta's second-round series. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:45 pm
  • Nene fails to score in 17 minutes of action
    Nene missed all four of his shots during Sunday's Game 1 victory over the Hawks, coming away with just three rebounds, one steal and two turnovers through 17 minutes of action.

    Advice: Nene is banged up, playing through foot, shoulder, and ankle injuries, and that was perhaps the reason he struggled so mightily today. He has a tough matchup against Paul Millsap, and it looks like the Wizards will be going with a community approach to the power forward position for their second-round series. Drew Gooden played 14 minutes off the bench, putting up 12 points, five rebounds, and two 3-pointers, while Kevin Seraphin logged nine minutes of action, missing all three of his shots, and grabbing three rebounds. This three-way timeshare is something that should be avoided in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:17 pm
  • Draymond Green's ankle has shown improvement
    Head coach Steve Kerr said that Draymond Green's ankle has shown improvement this week.

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

    Advice: Blair hasn't played in the postseason yet, so this isn't surprising. Drew Gooden will continue to be the primary big off the bench for the Wizards. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:54 am
  • Kyle O'Quinn disappointed with his season
    Kyle O'Quinn was not happy with the way he performed this season.

    Advice: "Me personally, I don't think I played the way I should have," O'Quinn said. "It was too up-and-down for me." O'Quinn appeared in just 51 games this season after falling out of the rotation under interim head coach James Borrego and battling ankle injuries, but he is still just 25 years old and has plenty of potential. O'Quinn is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, but all signs point to him wearing a Magic uniform for the start of the 2015-16 season. As of right now, O'Quinn won't be a target in standard fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:45 am
  • Tim Duncan noncommittal regarding retirement
    Tim Duncan was noncommittal when asked about possibly retiring after the Spurs lost Game 7 to the Clippers on Saturday night.

    Advice: "I'm not making any statements," Duncan said. While it's hard to imagine Duncan retiring after such a remarkable performance this series, we do have to consider that he is 39 years old. Duncan also added that he could see "the light at the end of the tunnel," but it doesn't necessarily sound like he will rush into a decision. If he does decide to return to the Spurs, he will still be worthy of a mid-round selection after averaging 17.9 points, 11.1 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals in the postseason. We will pass along additional updates as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:17 am
  • 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
  • Tim Duncan scores 27 in season-ending loss
    Tim Duncan played unbelievably well against the Clippers during a thrilling 111-109 loss on Saturday, scoring 27 points with 11 rebounds and no turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It was an amazing game to arguably the best first-round series ever. Duncan clearly has several miles left on his tires and it's hard to imagine him retiring after this season. He's 39 years old, but he might be playing until he's 45 based on how awesome he was tonight. He'll be someone to target in the middle rounds of drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:51 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
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • John Henson aims to gain weight this summer
    John Henson will focus on gaining weight with an improved diet this offseason.

    Advice: Henson added some bulk last summer but said he burned most of it off while playing in 67 games this season, averaging 7.0 points, 4.7 boards and 2.0 blocks in only 18.3 minutes per game. He has tantalizing per-minute fantasy potential but his role is complicated with starters Zaza Pachulia and Ersan Ilyasova both set to return for Milwaukee next season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:08 am
  • Thaddeus Young may opt for free agency
    Thaddeus Young could enter the free-agent market by exercising his early-termination option for 2015-16.

    Advice: Young would make $10.2 million if he doesn't terminate his deal, and may prefer to hold out one more season to cash in on the expected salary-surge tied to the league's new TV revenues in 2016-17. No matter what he decides, ESPN's Mike Mazzeo reports that Brooklyn aims to retain Young as their starting power forward. He ended his tumultuous season on a poor note, averaging 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 24 minutes per game during losses in Games 5 and 6. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:25 am
  • Hawks finally close out Nets in Game 6 win
    Al Horford scored 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in Friday's clinching Game 6 win over the Nets.

    Advice: Horford's finger is going to be on the radar for perhaps the rest of the playoffs and the Hawks turn right around and play Game 1 against the Wizards on Sunday. Paul Millsap's shoulder will also be worth watching, though you couldn't tell by his 25 points, nine boards, six assists and two steals in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Carroll hits 7-of-8 shots for 20 points
    DeMarre Carroll hit 7-of-8 shots in Friday's Game 6 win over the Nets, finishing with 20 points, five rebounds and three treys in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: Carroll is one of the reasons the Hawks are so dangerous, as he can defend multiple positions and give you efficient scoring and floor spacing on the other end. Paul Pierce won't be able to hop inside the Hawks' heads and take up residence in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Chandler Parsons has arthroscopic surgery
    Chandler Parsons (knee) had arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday morning.

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

    Advice: We don't know what the details are just yet, but feel free to check out the image in the link below. "Thank you for all the support throughout this process," Parsons said on his Instagram page. "I will be back stronger and better than ever!!" It seems like it could be microfracture surgery and there should be an official update soon. If that's the case, he could miss the start of the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:20 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • 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
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • 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
  • Nikola Mirotic gets bumped from rotation
    Nikola Mirotic played eight minutes against the Bucks on Thursday with two points, four boards and one assist.

    Advice: The Bulls were on fire in the first half, so Mirotic was basically left out of the rotation tonight. He continues to struggle at small forward and that is the big reason why he's seen his playing time fall off. Mirotic played 19.5 minutes per game in his previous two games and he didn't even check in tonight until the Bulls were up 34 points. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:52 pm
  • Chandler Parsons ready to recruit for Mavs
    Chandler Parsons said he's ready to take on a recruiting role to help attract free agents to Dallas.

    Advice: While Parsons is likely to have knee surgery over the offseason, he's not letting that stop him from heading up the Mavs' recruiting efforts. "I’m officially shifting into GM mode," he said. "I have great relationships with a lot of guys that are out there. I have a great relationship with a lot of guys that are currently on our team, so as a guy that will be here for a while and as one of the key guys going forward I will definitely be talking to management. Anything I can do to help I’ll obviously do." We'll keep an eye on Parsons' recruitment and recovery efforts over the summer, but it sounds like he has a busy few months ahead of him. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:04 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 24 points in a win
    DeMarre Carroll continued his remarkable postseason with 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's the first Hawk to score 20-plus points in three straight playoff games since Jamal Crawford in 2011. Carroll's contract season is basically the opposite of Rajon Rondo and he's really earned some big money. The Hawks are by far a better team when Carroll is on the court right now. As an aside, he did suffer a minor hand injury, but he was fine and didn't need to miss time. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:47 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) set for a larger role?
    Chandler Parsons (knee) said that he expects to have a larger role next season.

    Advice: Parsons had a decent year with the Mavericks, posting averages of 15.7 points, 4.9 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.0 3-pointers per game. However, his knee is still going to require surgery in the offseason, and if he missed the start of training camp or more it could really slow him down to start the season. Doctors won't know exactly what's wrong with his knee until he has the procedure, so we would expect a firm timetable after the surgery. As always, we will continue to track his progress closely. Parsons will also heavily recruit free agents to Dallas this summer, so it will be interesting to see if he can bring anyone notable in. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:08 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Tim Duncan notches 21 & 11 in Game 5 victory
    Tim Duncan scored 21 points during Tuesday's thrilling Game 5 road win, adding 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals, one block and only one turnover in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The game began at 10:30 ET and was just under three hours long, but anyone who stayed awake until its conclusion was treated to a magnificent playoff battle. The Spurs landed the final blow, earning a 3-2 lead as they head home for Thursday's Game 6. As for Duncan, the ageless one continues to solidify his place among the league's all-time greats. Follow the link below for his game-changing block vs. Blake Griffin. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:46 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Tim Duncan: a modest man w/ historic numbers
    Tim Duncan remained modest when asked how he's managed to continue to be an effective player on the basketball court even into his later years.

    Advice: "I’m just trying to keep pace," Duncan said after Game 2's win. "I don’t have a secret. I’m in a great system, I’m on a great team and I’m not asked to do what I used to do. I’m asked to play a role, and I’m happy to play a role. I’m just trying to be as consistent as I can for my teammates." When all is said and done, Duncan will go down as one of the best power forwards to ever play the game. He's been a key piece to all of San Antonio's five championships, he ranks 14th on the all-time scoring list, and he's currently the only player in NBA history to have 9,000+ playoff minutes. Amazing. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:55 pm
  • LeBron James says Cavaliers still confident
    LeBron James said the Cavaliers are still confident despite the likely loss of Kevin Love (shoulder) for the rest of the playoffs.

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

    Advice: Parsons said he’s delaying surgery on his right knee and added that he and doctors won’t know exactly what’s wrong with the knee until he has the procedure. The 26-year-old has been getting multiple medical opinions on his injured knee and one of the options is microfracture surgery. "There’s a lot of opinions and a lot of different things out there, but really the doctors won’t know anything until they open me up," Parsons said. "So I’m not going to say something is going to happen or not happen and then be wrong. I really won’t know until they open me up." If microfracture surgery is required, Parsons would potentially be looking at an 8-month recovery period, and he'd be in danger of missing the start of the 2015-16 season. We’ll be watching this story very closely over the offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:47 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 20 points in loss
    DeMarre Carroll had another big game in a 120-115 overtime loss to the Nets on Monday, scoring 20 points with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Paul Millsap also had a big stat line with 16 points, 12 boards, four assists, three steals and three blocks. The Hawks finally sorted out their shooting issues, but they turned the ball over too much and couldn't stop Deron Williams. Carroll is earning himself some money this summer and will look to get a win on Wednesday in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:14 pm
  • Al Horford has pinkie issue, returns to game
    Al Horford played 31 minutes against the Nets on Monday with 17 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He had a minor pinkie injury and had to leave the game, but he just needed to be re-taped. Horford didn't play too much down the stretch in favor of Pero Antic, which marks the second consecutive time that's been an issue. He did have some foul trouble and maybe the pinkie injury was a factor. He'll be in the starting lineup on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:05 pm
  • Chandler Parsons could need microfracture
    Chandler Parsons (knee) could need microfracture on his right knee.

    Advice: It's only a possibility for now and he is getting multiple opinions on his ailing knee. If he is going to have that surgery, he'll be out for the start of training camp and possibly the start of the season. Parsons was a top-60 player in fantasy last season, but this surgery would move him closer to 100 on fantasy draft boards. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:22 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • 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
  • David Lee expected to return for second round
    David Lee is expected to return for the second round of the playoffs.

    Advice: "It's a team that plays big and that we're going to need every big on the roster ready to go, myself included," Lee said. Lee was actually available for Game 4 on an emergency basis, but now he's good to go in any capacity. The team's highest-paid player will continue to play a support role as the rest of the club has taken off without him. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:22 am
     
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • 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
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) seeing a specialist
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is expected to get a third opinion this week.

    Advice: Parsons is traveling to Chicago, and it's not a good sign that he needs a third opinion in order to determine what's exactly wrong with his knee. "Trying to stay positive with it," Parsons said. There is a serious chance that Parsons will not be ready for training camp depending on the severity of the surgery he has to undergo. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:05 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Josh Smith catches fire, scores 23 pts Sunday
    Josh Smith caught fire down the stretch of Sunday's Game 4 loss in Dallas, finishing with 23 points (8-of-10 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), four 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Smoove's shot selection tonight is a testament to the Rockets' offensive system -- he had five attempts beyond the arc, four attempts in the paint, and one "mid-range shawty" look from 11 feet. The Rockets are still firmly in control of the series with a 3-1 lead and they'll look to close out the Mavs with a win in Houston on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 9:42 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • 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
  • Wizards complete sweep vs. Raptors on Sunday
    Paul Pierce torched the visiting Raptors once more on Sunday, dropping 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting with four 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in only 22 minutes.

    Advice: Prior to knowing that his team would definitely face the Wizards in the playoffs, DeMar DeRozan told reporters, "I hope we see Paul Pierce." He may rue those words, however, as Pierce was in vintage form during the Wizards' first round sweep -- he averaged 16.0 points and 3.3 triples while making 53.8 percent of his attempts. He'll get at least a few days to rest before returning to action vs. the winner of the Hawks vs. Nets series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 7:02 pm
  • Tim Duncan's 22 & 14 aren't enough in Game 4
    Tim Duncan had 22 points (8-of-13 FGs and 6-of-10 FTs), 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks in a losing effort on Sunday, as the Spurs fell at home 105-114.

    Advice: Duncan got off to a slow start but he was as terrific as ever today, and he racked up a few more records that highlight his longevity -- he's the only player to log 9,000+ minutes in the NBA playoffs, and passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for third place in most postseason appearances (trailing only Robert Horry and Derek Fisher). Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:51 pm
  • Blake Griffin w/ playoff-career-high 19 rebs
    Blake Griffin grabbed a playoff career-high 19 rebounds to help the Clippers even their first-round series at 2-2, adding 20 points, seven assists and one steal.

    Advice: Griffin turned the ball over just once in 43 minutes and continues to be a problem matchup for the Spurs, who don't have a big man able to defend him one-on-one or keep him off the glass. He had 109 touches in Game 4, easily the most of any player on either team, and will play just as central a role during Tuesday's crucial Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:26 pm
  • LeBron James flirts with triple-double in win
    LeBron James fell just two assists shy of a triple-double during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Celtics with 27 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one 3-pointer, one block and six turnovers through 46 minutes of action.

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

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

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