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  • Knight would welcome partnership with Bledsoe
    Brandon Knight, who is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, said that he enjoyed playing alongside Eric Bledsoe in an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio.

    Advice: "I thought it was fine," Knight said. "I think it's really just about making the right play. I enjoy playing with Eric because Eric is, first, he's a great talent and he's not a selfish player. He's very, very unselfish. He's trying to make the right play, trying to win. As far as playing with Eric goes, I think it's a great thing because you have two players who can attack at any time." All signs point to Knight staying in Phoenix, but that could certainly change if another team floats him a massive offer. On a side note, Knight is still recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, so we will continue to monitor his progress closely. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:38 am
     
    Injured
  • Kyrie Irving remains questionable for Game 3
    Kyrie Irving (knee) went through shootaround, but he remains questionable for Game 3 vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: Irving also went through a light workout on Saturday, so his knee must have responded well. For now, it looks like Irving will be a game-time decision, but the Cavaliers could err on the side of caution considering they have a comfortable 2-0 lead over the Hawks with the series shifting to Cleveland. We will update his status once we know more, but Matthew Dellavedova would likely draw another start if Irving can't play. LeBron James would continue to have more ball-handling responsibilities as well. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:07 am
  • Kupchak says this will be Kobe's last year
    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak confirmed that this is likely Kobe Bryant's last season in the NBA, but Kupchak said he is willing to reassess in a year.

    Advice: When asked what he expected to see from Bryant next season, Kupchak said, "I don't know... Father Time is the enemy." While Kupchak left open the possibility of Bryant playing beyond next season, the Black Mamba has been pretty clear that he will only play one more year. Bryant was limited to just six games in the 2013-14 season and just 35 games last season, so it's obvious that the mileage on his body is catching up to him. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:12 am
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Goran Dragic wants the Heat to play faster
    Impending free agent Goran Dragic has let the Heat know that he wants them to play faster next season.

    Advice: Heat president Pat Riley and head coach Erik Spoelsta reportedly agree with Dragic, and it looks like they are eager to build around him moving forward. The Lakers, Knicks, Pelicans, Bucks and Kings are rumored to still be very interested in signing Dragic this summer, but the Heat are still the clear frontrunners to retain his services. If Dragic does return to Miami, they could have a formidable lineup if they are able to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:37 am
  • HOU forgets to guard Stephen Curry, GSW rolls
    Stephen Curry set the record for most 3-pointers in a postseason during a destruction of the Rockets on Saturday, scoring 40 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and seven 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets must have forgot who Stephen Curry is because they continued to leave him open on 3-pointers. He was 3-of-3 from the left corner tonight and is now 91 percent from that area in these playoffs. He's seriously not fair and already has two 40-point games in the playoffs. Maybe the Rockets can guard him on Monday to avoid a sweep. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • Kyrie Irving is questionable for Game 3
    Kyrie Irving (knee) is questionable to play against the Hawks in Game 3 on Sunday.

    Advice: "Hopefully he responds well to the little workout he did today," coach David Blatt said. "He's a big part of the team and this series is not finished. But if he's not able to play then he won't. That's the determining factor." For now, it sounds like the Cavs will sit Irving until they get some pressure from the Hawks. Matthew Dellavedova has been effective on defense against Jeff Teague and put up a stat line of 11 points, six boards, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. Plus, he attempted 13 shots from the field, which is is second-highest total for field goal attempts in any game in his career. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:28 pm
  • Kyrie Irving wearing soft sleeve on left knee
    Kyrie Irving (knee) was wearing a soft sleeve on his left knee at practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Wit the Cavs up 2-0 and now headed to Cleveland for two games, there is little incentive to play Irving at less than 100 percent. While Irving has said that rest won't help, he could conceivably get close to two weeks off if the Cavs can handle their business in the Eastern Conference. Matthew Dellavedova has been a pleasant surprise and will get more playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:48 am
  • Victor Oladipo eager to reach his potential
    Victor Oladipo said that he is starting to realize just how good he can be in the NBA.

    Advice: "I'm finally starting to realize how good I can be and what my potential is," Oladipo said. "So I'm definitely going to keep working on getting better so I can exhaust my potential." Oladipo had season averages of 17.9 points, 4.2 boards, 4.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.2 3-pointers this season, and he showed some serious improvement down the stretch. He also averaged 2.8 turnovers and shot just 43.6 percent from the field, but those numbers should improve if the Magic add some pieces around him this summer. He will likely be off the board in the first few rounds of drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:22 am
  • Bad Teague shows up for Game 2 blowout loss
    Jeff Teague hit just 5-of-16 shots in the Hawks' 94-82 loss to the Cavs on Friday, finishing with 12 points, three rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: The stat line doesn't reflect his underwhelming play and the score doesn't reflect how far apart the two teams were tonight. Teague was everything he has always been when he struggles -- indecisive, passive and frustrating -- and though some credit should be given to Matthew Dellavedova he just simply has to play better for the Hawks to have a chance. They head to Cleveland down 2-0 for Sunday's matchup. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:39 pm
  • Dellavedova gets the job done for the Cavs
    Matthew Dellavedova got the job done for the Cavs in Friday's Game 1 win over the Hawks, scoring 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting (including two threes) with six rebounds, four assists and one steal in fill-in duty for Kyrie Irving.

    Advice: Delly played great defense and was aggressive against a shell-shocked Hawks squad. The Cavs might decide to buy some rest for Irving after the way the Hawks looked beaten tonight, so we could see some more big outings for the St. Marys product in DFS formats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:03 pm
  • Kyrie Irving will not play against the Hawks
    Kyrie Irving (knee) will not play against the Hawks on Friday night.

    Advice: Coach David Blatt called it a "medical decision" for Irving to sit tonight. He went to visit Dr. James Andrews today to confirm the tendinitis issue. With Irving out, Matthew Dellavedova will get the start with J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert getting more run. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:00 pm
  • Kupchak compares Clarkson to Westbrook
    General manager Mitch Kupchak compared Jordan Clarkson to Russell Westbrook.

    Advice: "If there’s a player in the league that plays like him, it’s Russell Westbrook," Kupchak said. "Now, I’m not saying for a second that Jordan Clarkson is the next Russell Westbrook, but he’s that kind of a ball-handling guard." On the downside, Kupchak said "the jury is still out" on Clarkson, so it's not like he's locked in as the starter. The Lakers may wind up picking up a point guard in free agency to go with a PF/C in the draft. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:40 pm
  • Irving says he doesn't 'have it right now'
    Kyrie Irving (knee) said he doesn't "have it right now" and remains questionable to play against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: "The most frustrating thing is seeing holes in the defenses that I'm used to attacking," Irving said. "I tried to make one move and I accelerated and then I stopped and passed it." Luckily for the Cavs, Matthew Dellavedova has played beyond expectations and could start in Game 2 tonight. Irving missed shootaround and maybe the Cavs allow him to rest for a few days. Although, earlier this month he said rest isn't going to help him. Expect an update around 7:15 EDT. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:44 am
  • Kobe ready to call it quits after 2016 season
    Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said during a recent interview that Kobe Bryant indicated to him that the 2015-16 season will be his last.

    Advice: "I think first and foremost, he's on the last year of a deal," Kupchak said. "There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don't think there will be." Kupchak has made similar statements regarding Kobe's impending retirement numerous times, and it sounds like after 20 seasons of NBA basketball, The Black Mamba is ready to sub-out. Kobe will be paid a league-high $25 million during his final year in the league, a bit of a thank you bonus from the Lakers organization, but after making it through just 41 games over the past two seasons, he's going to be an extremely risky selection in next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:36 am
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Curry wants Danny Green's Finals 3PM record
    Stephen Curry said after Thursday's Game 2 win over the Rockets that he's more interested in breaking Danny Green's 3-point record than Reggie Miller's.

    Advice: Curry is just one 3-pointer away from breaking Miller's record for most 3-pointers made in a single postseason (58), but he's more interested in breaking Green's record for most 3-pointers made in an NBA Finals (27). Curry has already set, and broken, his own record for most 3-pointers made during the regular-season, and when all is said and done he'll likely go down as the best shooter to ever play the game. However, the Warriors will need to get two more wins against the Rockets in order for Curry to have a shot at breaking Green's record. Saturday's Game 3 in Houston should be nothing short of spectacular. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:53 am
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) questionable for Game 2
    Kyrie Irving (knee) did not go through shootaround and he is being listed as questionable for Friday's Game 2 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Irving elected to not go through shootaround in order to undergo additional treatment and further evaluation (likely an MRI) on his ailing left knee, and he even admitted he just doesn't "have it right now." The Cavs said that the one-day of rest did not diminish the symptoms of tendinitis in his left knee, and it sounds like Irving is headed for a game-time decision for Game 2. If Irving is unable to go, Matthew Dellavedova would slide into the starting lineup, while LeBron James' usage rate would border on absurd. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:26 am
  • Jason Terry hits three 3-pointers in 35 min.
    Jason Terry played 35 minutes and hit 3-of-7 shots (all 3-pointers) for nine points and four assists in Thursday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Terry is the starting point guard for the Rockets and that's not likely to change, but he's hit just 13-of-40 shots over his last five games. Avoid him in fantasy playoff lineups if you can, even though his cheap salary is always a bit tempting. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:24 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jason Terry Hou - PG,SG
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Shaun Livingston plays just 14 minutes in win
    Shaun Livingston, who had 18 points and a full stat line in Game 1, played just 14 minutes in Thursday's Game 2 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: He hit all four of his shots to finish with eight points, four rebounds and zero turnovers, but will be tough to rely on in fantasy leagues while playing behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. He's probably got another couple nice games coming in these playoffs, but it will be impossible to figure out when they'll happen. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:01 pm
  • Stephen Curry leads Warriors to 99-98 win
    Stephen Curry hit 13-of-21 shots and five 3-pointers for 33 points, three rebounds, six assists, a steal and six turnovers in Thursday's 99-98 thrilling win in Game 2 of the WCF as the Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the series.

    Advice: The Warriors turned it over 16 times to Houston's 10 and the Dubs are going to have to do a better job of protecting the ball in Houston. Curry was electric tonight, but the Warriors lost a 17-point second-quarter lead to fall into a tie with Houston at halftime. James Harden had a chance to win it for the Rockets on the game's final play, but Curry and Klay Thompson effectively doubled him and Harden never even got a shot up. Game 3 is Saturday in Houston, and the only thing left to do is wait for Riley on the podium with Steph in a few minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:47 pm
  • Rose vows to put in work this offseason
    Derrick Rose vowed to push himself harder than he ever has before this offseason.

    Advice: "I'm healthy. I'm going into this [offseason] with a game plan, certain things to work on," said Rose. "I feel like I'm going to push myself the hardest I ever pushed myself in my career and just see where it takes me for the beginning of next year." It's nice that Rose was finally able to put together a healthy playoff run after spending the past three postseason's on the sidelines. However, his lowly field goal percentage (40.5), limited contributions to the defensive categories (0.7 steals), lengthy injury history, and high turnover rate (3.2 turnovers per game) will make him a tough guy to target in next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:30 pm
  • Chris Paul named to All-NBA Second Team
    Chris Paul has been named to the All-NBA Second Team.

    Advice: Joining him are Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol and DeMarcus Cousins. All these guys had phenomenal seasons and are well worth the Second Team distinction. Westbrook led the league in triple-doubles (11) despite only suiting up for 67 games, and he finished fourth in the MVP voting. Gasol was the league-leader in double-doubles with 54, and DeMarcus Cousins was right behind him (third in the league) with 47 double-doubles. Aldridge had another quality season averaging 23.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.0 block per game, and it'll be interesting to see if he decides to leave Portland as a free agent this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:01 pm
  • Stephen Curry named to All-NBA First Team
    Stephen Curry has been named to the 2014-15 All-NBA First Team.

    Advice: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol and James Harden round out the group, with both Curry and James being unanimous First Team selections. This was both Davis and Gasol's first time being selected for First Team honors, which is sure to be the first of many. Harden led the league in scoring with 27.4 points per game, as well as 40-point games (10), 30-point games (35), and free throw attempts (824) while shooting 86.8 percent from the charity stripe. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:42 pm
  • 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
    Thursday, 11:25 am
     
    Player Note
    Tyreke Evans NO - PG,SG,SF
  • Blatt says no discussions of Irving shutdown
    Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said the team has not discussed shutting down Kyrie Irving (knee).

    Advice: This is good news for Cavs fans as the team can't afford to lose another star after losing Kevin Love (shoulder) for the season. Blatt added that he's hopeful Irving will be able to play in Game 2 against the Hawks on Friday, so while Irving likely own't be at 100 percent for the rest of the playoffs, it sounds like he'll be in the Cavaliers lineup as long as he doesn't further injure his knee. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:16 am
  • Blatt hopeful Kyrie Irving can play in Game 2
    Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said he's hopeful that Kyrie Irving (knee) will be able to play in Game 2 on Friday.

    Advice: While Irving hasn't said anything that would lead us to believe he'd miss Game 2, Blatt took a more conservative approach in his comments. "It's a matter of discomfort and having to deal with the elements and play through it," Blatt said. "We hope he can go and as long as Ky thinks he can be out there, there's no reason that he can't." He may not end up missing any games, but Irving will most likely be limited throughout the playoffs due to his balky knee. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:19 am
  • Tyler Ennis will miss summer league
    Tyler Ennis (shoulder) will miss Summer League after undergoing shoulder surgery.

    Advice: Ennis had surgery to repair a torn labrum on Tuesday, but will likely be ready for training camp as his timetable has been estimated at around eight weeks. We'll keep his progress updated as more news becomes available, but he shouldn't be on any fantasy radars at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:54 am
  • Kyrie Irving dealing with injury frustration
    Kyrie Irving (knee) said he's trying to gut through his knee injury, but added that it's one of the most frustrating stretches of his career.

    Advice: Irving aggravated his knee injury in the third quarter of Wednesday's Game 1 win over the Hawks and was only able to log 27 minutes. "This is obviously one of the most frustrating things I've ever dealt with," he said after the game. "We do days and days and go out there and it's nothing like simulating a game so for me, I just have to continue to do what I've been doing and do whatever is necessary to put myself out there. I'm all about winning. That's the only thing that matters." Irving is unlikely to be at 100 percent for the rest of the playoffs, but he's a tough start for fantasy owners as his value is limited due to injury. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:36 am
  • Kyrie Irving plays just 27 minutes in victory
    Kyrie Irving played 27 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday, scoring 10 points with three rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He wasn't his highlight-reel self with dribbling, but that was probably by design because he wasn't 100 percent. Coach David Blatt said Irving was "banged up a little bit" and that's why his minutes were lower than expected. He may be limited for the rest of this series and also admitted he aggravated his knee injury today. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:45 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores 27 points, Hawks lose
    Jeff Teague scored a team-high 27 points during a Game 1 97-89 loss to the Cavs on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Hawks made just 4-of-23 from beyond the arc and their offense just fell apart in the second half. Teague did have a minor tweak of his neck at the end of the first half, but it didn't affect his playing time. He did have a couple mistakes down the stretch tonight and will need a better effort in Game 2 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:29 pm
  • Rubio wants to make it work in Minnesota
    Ricky Rubio said he really wants to "make it work" in Minnesota.

    Advice: There are some trade rumors swirling around Rubio because of the Wolves failing to make the playoffs in any of Rubio's four seasons. He'll look to stay healthy this upcoming season and remains a risky mid-round pick in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:57 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 138-113 vs OKC
  • Hunt's chances to coach DEN is improving
    Melvin Hunt's chances of coaching the Denver Nuggets next season are improving according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: Scott Brooks recently indicated that he wouldn't be coaching next season, but Mike D'Antoni is reportedly still in the mix. Hunt did pretty well when he took over last season and it seemed like the players enjoyed playing for him. We will continue to follow this story closely, but Hunt appears to be the frontrunner right now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:25 am
  • Mike Conley not interested in an extension
    The Grizzlies have tried numerous times to engage Mike Conley in extension talks, but he reportedly wants to be a free agent in 2016.

    Advice: To be clear, this doesn't mean that he will leave the Grizzlies, but it does make the most financial sense for him to wait until he hits the open market in 2016. Conley is an outstanding point guard and often doesn't get the credit he deserves, but it's safe to say that he will be getting a significant raise soon. He courageously battled through several injuries during the playoffs, but he should be rejuvenated after a summer full of rest and will be a solid target in the early middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:55 am
  • Stephen Curry fined $5k for flopping
    The NBA has fined Stephen Curry $5,000 for flopping in Game 1 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Curry hit a 3-pointer on the play, but it was an obvious flop and he probably saw this fine coming. He was excellent in the win with 34 points, six boards, five assists, two steals and six 3-pointers, so the MVP will look to keep that momentum going in Game 2 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:38 am
  • Saunders says Rubio is not looking for trade
    Timberwolves head coach and president Flip Saunders said that the Ricky Rubio trade rumors are "totally untrue".

    Advice: NBA Insider Chad Ford said that Rubio's camp has been pushing for a trade for a while now, but Saunders firmly denied the report. The Wolves received the No. 1 pick in Tuesday's lottery and will likely target Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns, so Rubio's role as the starting point guard won't be in question next season. Rubio has had a lot of trouble staying healthy and will have plenty to prove after signing a four-year, $55 million contract, but it sounds like the Wolves have his back. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:03 am
     
    Injured
    L, 138-113 vs OKC
  • Brian Roberts eager to improve this summer
    Brian Roberts doesn't know what type of role he will have with the Hornets next season, but he is eager to improve over the summer.

    Advice: "Things were really up-and-down the whole year," Roberts said in regards to his 2014-15 campaign. "I didn’t really find a smooth spot where I could consistently play at the high level I know I can play at. Overall, it was a learning experience and I’m definitely motivated this summer to get after it." Roberts would likely be the backup point guard to Kemba Walker again if Mo Williams leaves in free agency, but Williams' plans aren't clear just yet. Regardless, Roberts' value will likely be limited to deeper leagues as long as Kemba Walker can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:37 am
  • Shaun Livingston sparks GSW bench w/ 16 pts
    Shaun Livingston scored a career-best 16 first-half points in Game 1, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal to help Golden State earn a 110-106 win.

    Advice: It's terrific to see Livingston thriving at such a high level of competition, having overcome a devastating knee injury that nearly ended his career in 2008. The Warriors defeated the Rockets by double-digit points in all four of their regular-season meetings but they survived a close decision tonight, buoyed by Livingston's efficient 6-of-8 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:03 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 34 points in Game 1 win
    Stephen Curry lit up the Rockets for a game-high 34 points in Tuesday's Game 1 win, going into closer-mode during an 11-point spurt in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter.

    Advice: The much-anticipated battle between the league MVP and the runner-up, James Harden, lived up to the billing. Harden dropped 28 points with a near triple-double, but Curry still reminded the world why he walked away with the Maurice Podoloff trophy this season. Houston gave the Warriors all they could handle despite Dwight Howard leaving with a knee injury tonight, which sets up a must-watch Game 2 at Oracle Arena on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:01 pm
  • Lakers move up to snag No. 2 overall pick
    The Lakers moved up to secure the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft on Tuesday, only the fourth time they've picked in the lottery since the system was established in 1985.

    Advice: L.A. owes a draft pick as part of the Steve Nash deal from 2012, but it was top-five protected this year so they'll keep the selection -- the pick will be top-three protected in both 2016 and 2017. The Heat also kept their top-10 protected pick, picking 10th ahead of the Pacers (11), Jazz (12), Suns (13) and Thunder (14). Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:03 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Timberwolves land No. 1 pick in 2015 draft
    The Timberwolves claimed the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft during Tuesday's lottery, with the Lakers at No. 2 and the 76ers at No. 3.

    Advice: The Wolves have their choice of prized prospects including Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, D'Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay. With Ricky Rubio and Zach LaVine already in the backcourt, however, Towns and Okafor stand out as the most logical targets. This was the first time in franchise history that Minnesota has landed the top pick, an ironic fact since their roster already features No. 1 picks Andrew Wiggins (2014) and Anthony Bennett (2013). Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:59 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 138-113 vs OKC
  • Brandon Jennings could return in August
    Pistons strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander "speculates" that Brandon Jennings (Achilles) could resume playing by August.

    Advice: He arrived at Tuesday's draft lottery without a protective boot and all signs point to him being ready for training camp, though it's not guaranteed. Detroit could ease Jennings back into the mix if they retain Reggie Jackson as a restricted free agent, and both players' fantasy values are tethered to Detroit's offseason moves. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:38 pm
     
    Injured
  • Bucks G Tyler Ennis has shoulder surgery Tues
    Bucks G Tyler Ennis had shoulder surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn labrum, and the Bucks have not yet announced a timetable for his return.

    Advice: The severity of the injury will determine Ennis' return date but full recovery could take eight weeks or more. He should be fine for the start of the 2015-16 season, in other words, but his availability for Summer League is uncertain. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:17 pm
  • Report: Beverley (wrist) will not play in WCF
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) has reportedly abandoned any hope of suiting up for any games during the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors.

    Advice: "It’s a no-go for the series," a league source told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. "He’s done trying." Beverley simply doesn't have the mobility or strength in his left wrist to be able to effective on the basketball court, a realization he came to after going through two workouts on Monday. It'll be Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni doing their best to contain this year's MVP, but in the likely event they are unable to do much against Stephen Curry, it's plausible we see Trevor Ariza pick him up. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:33 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Report: Ricky Rubio pushing for a trade?
    According to NBA Insider Chad Ford, Ricky Rubio's camp has been pushing for a trade for a while now.

    Advice: Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN countered this claim, saying that Rubio had been pushing for a trade in the past, but those talks died down once his four-year, $55 million deal was signed. There's a lot of speculation here with the premise being Minnesota may look to explore the market if they windup with the No. 4 overall selection in the 2015 draft and draft Emmanuel Mudiay, so we're a bit skeptical that Rubio will be wearing a different uniform when the 2015-16 season begins. Rubio's value is also very low right now after only making it through 22 games, another reason to not give this report much merit. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:17 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 138-113 vs OKC
  • C.J. McCollum won't play in Summer Leagues
    C.J. McCollum said he's going to practice with Portland's Summer League team, but is unlikely to play in any games.

    Advice: McCollum is fresh off a strong finish to the 2014-15 season and will look to use Summer League practices as a way to continue that momentum. He averaged 15.6 points, 1.3 steals, and 1.4 three-pointers during the month of April and could find himself with a much larger role of Wesley Matthews and/or Arron Afflalo leave the Trail Blazers. If that ends up being the case, McCollum could end up being a late-round steal in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:51 am
  • Jordan Clarkson says he has more to prove
    Jordan Clarkson said he still has more to prove after being named to the NBA All-Rookie first team.

    Advice: After a solid finish to his rookie season, Clarkson has already begun his offseason workouts in order to get a head-start on the 2015-16 season. "It was a good feeling and it’s a good accomplishment. But at the same time, I have to put it behind me," Clarkson said. "I still have a lot to prove. I have to keep working. I have a lot of things I got to get better at. I have to keep grinding. This is just the beginning." Clarkson average 16.7 points, 4,6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.9 three-pointers after the All-Star Break and could be a solid mid-to-late round fantasy value, but that will depend on what the Lakers do this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:30 am
  • John Wall says he won't need hand surgery
    John Wall (hand) said he doesn't need surgery and will see a hand specialist this week or next.

    Advice: Wall said he plans to see hand specialist Thomas Graham at the Cleveland Clinic within the next week or so, but added that surgery isn't necessary. "I’m still just doing a normal treatment routine I was doing, like I was playing," Wall said. "Just consists of a lot of treatment and trying to keep the swelling down and letting the bone heal on its own." We'll update Wall's status after he meets with Graham, but it sounds like he should be ready for training camp barring any bad news at his visit. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:21 am
  • Derrick Rose affected by Jimmy Butler?
    Derrick Rose was affected negatively by Jimmy Butler producing his offense on Rose's side of the floor, according to Dan Bernstein of CBS Chicago.

    Advice: "Sources describe a passive-aggressive reaction from Rose that was the culmination of tensions building in recent weeks with Butler’s emergence as a primary scorer," the report said. "Butler is very aware that he won his bet on himself and is poised to reap the reward of a maximum contract from the Bulls, whether or not it takes an offer sheet from another club in restricted free agency this summer." During media interviews, Rose has been pretty stoic, so it's tough to completely buy into this scenario. Regardless, expect Butler to be with Rose next season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:42 pm
  • Beverley won't play against the Warriors
    Coach Kevin McHale said Patrick Beverley (wrist) will not play against the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: "Pat isn’t gong to get the pins out until the fourth or fifth [of June]," McHale said. "It’s hard to play with a pin in your wrist." McHale keeps having to address this issue and has previously said Beverley won't be back in the postseason. Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni stepped up against Chris Paul and will have to do it again against Stephen Curry. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:32 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Mike Conley lists his injuries
    When asked to reveal his list of injuries, Mike Conley said he's dealing with a broken face, a strained neck, a left wrist sprain, a right wrist sprain, lower back tightness and a right foot sprain.

    Advice: Yikes. Conley just wasn't the same player since the All-Star break and all of these injuries explain why. None of these injuries figure to linger on with maybe the exception of his back issue, so fantasy owners can draft him assuming he'll be healthy. He's likely going to be a nice value in the early middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    May 18, 12:20 pm
  • 2nd team: Smart, LaVine, Galloway, Bojan & Jusuf
    Marcus Smart, Zach LaVine, Langston Galloway, Bojan Bogdanovic and Jusuf Nurkic were named to the 2014-15 All-Rookie Second Team.

    Advice: Galloway was brought to the Knicks on a 10-day deal back in January and he arguably outplayed fellow wings Tim Hardaway Jr. and Cleanthony Early. He's the only undrafted player on either All-Rookie Team and has likely earned minutes for next season. Rotoworld.com
    May 18, 11:28 am
  • NBA names All-Rookie Teams
    Andrew Wiggins, Nikola Mirotic, Nerlens Noel, Elfrid Payton and Jordan Clarkson were named the 2014-15 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

    Advice: There are no surprises here based on the performance of these five players over the season. However, Clarkson going in the second round was a huge steal for the Lakers and he becomes the 11th Laker to be named to the first team. They groomed him as a point guard since Las Vegas Summer League and it worked out better than anyone in the organization could have expected. As for next season, his value hinges on what the Lakers wind up doing in the offseason. Rotoworld.com
    May 18, 11:19 am
  • Temple likely to pick up his player option
    Garrett Temple is likely to exercise his player option for next season and remain with the Wizards.

    Advice: Temple isn't guaranteed to find a roster spot on another NBA team if he tests free agency, so this is the smart move on his behalf. He's not on the fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com
    May 18, 10:02 am
  • John Wall (wrist) to see specialist this week
    John Wall (wrist) will see a specialist this week to determine if he'll need surgery, but Wall doesn't expect to need a procedure.

    Advice: If Wall does need to go under the knife for his five non-displaced fractures in his left hand and wrist, it's not clear what his timetable to return might look like. In any case, Wall's availability for next season shouldn't be in jeopardy. It doesn't sound like a scenario Wall is anticipating, but players are always optimistic when it comes to injuries. We'll see. Rotoworld.com
    May 18, 9:20 am
  • Cavs identify Jeff Teague as Hawks' catalyst
    LeBron James singled out Jeff Teague as a catalyst for the Hawks' success this season, saying, "He’s an All-Star for a reason."

    Advice: "It starts with Jeff Teague," said James. "His aggressiveness, the way he pushes the tempo, and then it just falls in to everyone else. They do a great job of playing together." Teague will be even more dangerous of Kyrie Irving continues to struggle with right foot and left knee injuries, and backup Dennis Schroder has proven that he can sustain the pressure with Atlanta's second unit. The Hawks and Cavs face off in Game 1 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    May 17, 10:08 pm
  • Chris Paul falls short of Conference Finals
    Chris Paul double-doubled with 26 points and 10 assists during the Clippers' crushing Game 7 defeat, adding five rebounds, four assists and four turnovers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: It was the most minutes CP3 had played in a game all season, but the Clippers were doomed by 18 turnovers, 32 personal fouls and sketchy fastbreak defense. Paul may have deferred too often offensively but he still dominated Jason Terry and the Rockets in Games 5-7, averaging 26.3 points and 10.3 assists, and he's currently the postseason assist leader at 8.8 per game. The eight-time All-Star will go back to the drawing board next season, as he tries to make his first ever Conference Finals appearances. "I got to get better I’ll tell you that much. It starts with me," Paul said after the loss. "Getting close ain't good enough." Rotoworld.com
    May 17, 4:45 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (wrist) not likely for WCF
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) is unlikely to return for the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Beverley is currently in the seventh week of his initial 10-week timetable, and there haven't been any reports up to this point that would suggest Beverley is on the verge of making a return. We have seen some crazy things this postseason with John Wall playing through a very broken wrist, and Mike Conley playing just eight days after major surgery, so we're not going to completely rule him out just yet. However, when coach Kevin McHale was asked if Beverley would be able to return for the playoffs back on May 2, he responded no. We'll let you know if anything changes. Rotoworld.com
    May 17, 3:55 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Terry eager to use his playoff experience
    Jason Terry believes that his Game 7 experience will benefit his teammates.

    Advice: "My biggest advantage is I’ve been in two Game 7s and I’m undefeated," Terry said. "I’m very confident going in. I understand what it takes to come out with a victory, how I have to approach it and hopefully my teammates will feed off of that."He has really stepped up with averages of 11.4 points, 3.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five games, so the Rockets can feel confident knowing that Terry appears to be ready for the challenge. Rotoworld.com
    May 17, 8:41 am
     
    Player Note
    Jason Terry Hou - PG,SG
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Derrick Rose says that his body feels good
    Derrick Rose said that his body feels good and that he is ready to get back to work this summer.

    Advice: "I wouldn't say I played my best but I played very well sometimes," Rose said. "It's all about being consistent and staying in the gym and preparing myself. That's one thing I think I did well was prepare myself for every game, even though I didn't always perform the way I want to perform. My body felt good. So it's all about just going back in the lab this summer and putting my game back together and see where it takes me." Rose finished the postseason with averages of 20.3 points, 6.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.9 three-pointers per game, but he was very inefficient and will have his work cut out for him this summer. His injury history will make him a tough player to target in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    May 17, 7:33 am
  • Shaun Livingston is thrilled with his season
    Shaun Livingston said that his injury history makes this playoff push even more meaningful.

    Advice: "Coming back and having a chance to play a major role on this team, that's what it's about," Livingston said. "We're going to enjoy this tonight, because this is not easy to do. This is my 11th year, and this is the farthest I've been. This is the farthest anybody's [on the team has] been, except [Leandro] Barbosa." Livingston had a brutal knee injury in 2007 and recently had surgery on his toe last summer, but he has been a steady presence off the bench during the Warriors' playoff push. He scored 10 points in 20 minutes during Game 6 on Friday while also adding one rebound and a block. Rotoworld.com
    May 16, 7:09 am
  • Stephen Curry scores 32, Warriors advance
    Stephen Curry made eight 3-pointers on his way to 32 points during a series-clinching 108-95 win in Memphis on Friday, adding six rebounds, 10 assists, and four turnovers.

    Advice: He also made a three-quarter court shot at the end of the third and after the game said he hadn't made one of those since college. The Warriors looked like they were going to blow a lead, but they just don't give up big leads this season. Except for maybe a little extra experience, the Warriors have all the pieces to make a title run. Klay Thompson was solid with 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 9:24 pm
  • Mike Conley scores 11 on poor shooting
    Mike Conley made 3-of-13 from the field for 11 points against the Warriors during a Game 6 108-95 loss on Friday, adding one rebound, nine assists, two steals and one turnover.

    Advice: He deserves some credit for coming back, but Conley just wasn't the same since he first went down back in March. Both of his ankles didn't seem to be 100 percent and his struggles in this series might not have to do with his facial injury. In his five games against the Warriors, he averaged just 13.4 points, 0.8 boards, 5.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 treys. He'll probably be a nice value in the early middle rounds of drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 9:14 pm
  • John Wall scores 20 points, Wizards eliminated
    John Wall scored 20 points during a 94-91 loss to the Hawks on Friday night, adding six rebounds, 13 assists, two steals, one block and six turnovers.

    Advice: He was just 7-of-21 from the field and missed an important free throw attempt late in this game. Wall's broken left hand didn't seem to be an issue for him tonight and he was very active on the defensive end. He is still just 24 years old and handed out 10.0 assists per game during the regular season while improving as a scorer. The next step he'll need to make will be cutting down his turnovers. He'll be a first round target next season. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 7:12 pm
  • John Wall will start on Friday night
    John Wall (wrist) will start against the Hawks on Friday night.

    Advice: He doesn't have anything on his hand during warmups and maybe be plays in this game without the protective wrapping. Wall's left hand didn't seem to be much of an issue and coach Randy Wittman said he didn't notice Wall favoring anything. He'll be good to go. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 3:23 pm
  • Kobe Bryant's return could come in Hawaii
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is still expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

    Advice: The Lakers will start their preseason in Hawaii and there's been no word of a setback for Bryant. He also said he could play beyond next season, too. The Lakers' most pressing issue right now will be to keep their top-five protected pick in the draft. Fantasy owners won't be too eager to draft the Black Mamba with his recent run of injuries. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 2:31 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Wall says ATL players threatened to hit hand
    John Wall (hand, wrist) said that he heard Dennis Schroder tell Kent Bazemore to hit him on his broken left hand during Game 5.

    Advice: "Dennis Schroder told Kent Bazemore to smack [my left hand]," said Wall. "I was like, 'You come smack me.'" This is just some fuel to the fire for Wall, who is being listed as a game-time decision, although all indications are that he will play. Wall was not hesitant at all during Game 5, putting up 15 points with seven assists, while driving to the hoop aggressively and diving for loose balls. Washington will need everything they can get from their franchise-star if they hope to push the series back to Atlanta for a Game 7. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 10:47 am
  • Wittman calls John Wall a game-time decision
    John Wall (hand, wrist) said that he will play in Game 6 against the Hawks on Friday, however, Wizards' head coach Randy Wittman is saying that he will be a game-time decision.

    Advice: Wall played 37 minutes during Game 5 without experiencing any setbacks, and Wittman said he anticipated Wall being able to play in Game 6 on Thursday, so it's interesting that he's suddenly considering him a game-time call. Wall added that he had a CT scan to sure the bones in his hands didn't become displaced, and everything came back clean. All signs are pointing towards Wall suiting up for an elimination game in Washington, and the Wizards odds of coming away with a victory would greatly decrease if Wall were not on the floor. We'll get another update on Wall before Friday's tip, but owners can go ahead and plan on having him active. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 9:11 am
  • Derrick Rose happy to end season unscathed
    Derrick Rose acknowledged after Chicago's season-ending Game 6 loss to the Cavs, that he was happy to end the 2014-15 season relatively healthy.

    Advice: "I always look at me stepping on the floor and me walking off the floor as a positive," Rose said. "Of course, I would want to win every game. It’s the NBA; you are not going to win every game. I’m happy with how my body responded when I came back, I’m happy with everything I learned this year, what I went through individually, mentally, emotionally, spiritually." Rose finally had a healthy playoff run, averaging 20.3 points, 6.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.9 three-pointers per game. However, after spending so much time on the sidelines over the past three years, he'll remain a risky selection in next year's drafts. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 8:20 am
  • Chris Paul scores 31 points in loss vs. HOU
    Chris Paul scored a game-high 31 points during a meltdown 119-107 loss to the Rockets on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, 11 assists, two turnovers and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played 41 minutes, but Paul just couldn't get it going late. As you've probably heard 100 times, CP3 has never made it to a conference finals and now that might continue to be the case with Game 7 in Houston on Sunday. The Clippers were up 89-70 with 14:25 remaining in the game, but were outscored 40-15 in the fourth quarter. Paul was shut down by Jason Terry late in the game, which pretty much sums it up. He also had a minor left wrist injury, but he'll be fine. Rotoworld.com
    May 14, 10:46 pm
  • Matthew Dellavedova scores 19 in win vs. CHI
    Matthew Dellavedova was the best guard on the floor against the Bulls on Thursday, making 7-of-11 from the field for 19 points with two rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Kyrie Irving (knee) didn't play in the second half and LeBron James wasn't at his best on offense, but Delly carried the Cavs in the third to put this game out of reach. He also was on top of his game on the defensive end. The Cavs will have a few days off at the very least, so Kyrie might be able to make it back. Still, a ton of credit goes to Dellavedova for tonight. Rotoworld.com
    May 14, 7:55 pm
  • Derrick Rose drops just two points in 2nd half
    Derrick Rose disappeared down the stretch during a 94-73 season-ending loss to the Cavs on Thursday, scoring 14 points with two rebounds, six assists and two turnovers.

    Advice: The Bulls did not turn to Rose much in the second half. In fact, he only had four shots from the field for two points in that span. He also didn't get to the line in this abysmal loss. Chances are his days with coach Tom Thibodeau are over, but it shouldn't affect his role with the Bulls. While his knee injury will probably go down as the main story from this past season for Rose, he was extremely inefficient. In the playoffs, the bad games nearly tripled the good one from Rose. We'll need to see an epic preseason from Rose to sign off on him as a target in drafts. Rotoworld.com
    May 14, 7:40 pm
  • Matthew Dellavedova starts the second half
    Matthew Dellavedova started the second half for Kyrie Irving (knee).

    Advice: Irving has a big brace on his knee and maybe the Cavs are just being careful because of their double-digit lead. It'll be interesting to see what happens if the Bulls make it close. Rotoworld.com
    May 14, 6:34 pm
  • Mike Conley details painful facial fracture
    Mike Conley detailed what it was like recovering from the extremely painful facial fracture he sustained during Game 3 of Memphis' first-round series in a recent interview.

    Advice: "That [first] night [in the hospital], I was throwing up," Conley said. "And every time I threw up—because when you do it, you can't really control this—I'd have to open my mouth. It would just kill me because I couldn't really open my mouth. Then, all of a sudden, blood would come out of my nose and I was like: 'I think I'm dying.' It was crazy." It's amazing that Conley has not only been able to play in Memphis' second-round series, but that he's been a difference-maker, and that speaks volumes to his toughness. Click the link below to read what Conley went through in order to get back on the basketball court, as it’s nothing short of amazing. Rotoworld.com
    May 14, 3:42 pm
  • Chris Paul no longer w/ a minutes restriction
    Chris Paul (hamstring) is no longer with a minutes restriction.

    Advice: Paul was able to log 35 minutes of action during Game 5's loss to the Rockets on Tuesday, so he should be right around that number for tonight's Game 6 in Los Angeles. With a victory tonight, the Clippers could advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. Rotoworld.com
    May 14, 11:54 am
  • Wittman expects John Wall to play in Game 6
    Wizards head coach Randy Wittman said that he anticipates John Wall (hand, wrist) to play in Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: "So far so good," Wittman said of Wall's status heading into Game 6. "After the game everything looked good in terms of no swelling. That was a good sign... Right now I'm anticipating he'll be able to play." Wall is scheduled to meet with the Wizards' team doctors later today, but things are trending in a positive direction. Considering he toughed it out through 37 minutes of action on Wednesday, there's no reason to think he won't be on the floor for a crucial elimination game in Washington on Friday. Ramon Sessions and Will Bynum won't be much of a factor at all with Wall active. Rotoworld.com
    May 14, 11:26 am
  • Coach says John Wall showed heart in Game 5
    Wizards head coach Randy Wittman said John Wall (wrist, hand) showed a lot of heart in Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: Despite playing through a broken hand, Wall was able to put up 15 points, four rebounds, seven assists, four steals, and two blocks in Wednesday's loss. "He played like John," Wittman said. "All-out." While Wall's injury should probably be season-ending, he said he felt fine after the loss and with the Wizards face an elimination game on Friday, it would be a surprise if he doesn't suit up. Rotoworld.com
    May 14, 10:20 am
  • Jason Terry says HOU a superpower in making
    Jason Terry said he thinks the Rockets are a superpower in the making.

    Advice: While the Rockets face a 3-2 deficit heading into Thursday's Game 6 against the Clippers, Terry isn't short of confidence when it comes to his team. "When you have a combo like Dwight [Howard] and James {Harden}, the longer they're together, the better they're going to be," Terry said. "They're just right now realizing how good they can be together. Individually, they're great. But together, they're like a superpower. And once they get that belief, it's going to be hard to stop them." The 37-year-old is averaging 12.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 2.4 three-pointers in the Clippers series and has become a safe start in fantasy playoff formats. Rotoworld.com
    May 14, 8:52 am
     
    Player Note
    Jason Terry Hou - PG,SG
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Curry helps Warriors destroy MEM in Game 5
    Stephen Curry hit 6-of-16 shots and 6-of-13 3-pointers for 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists, six steals and five turnovers as the Warriors crushed the Grizzlies 98-78 to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Curry became the first player in playoff history to have six 3-pointers and six steals in a game, and his numbers would have been much better had the Warriors not been up by 20 or so for most of the second half. The Warriors appeared to be in some trouble after falling into a 2-1 hole, and were even down 13 points in the first quarter tonight, but they are rolling again. Whether Memphis is playing poorly or not is up for debate, as the Warriors are simply unstoppable (for the most part) at home. Rotoworld.com
    May 13, 10:07 pm
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