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  • Klay, Curry combine for 48 points in G2 win
    Klay Thompson scored 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting (including three treys) with three rebounds, three assists and one steal in the Warriors' 97-87 Game 2 win over the Pelicans on Monday.

    Advice: Thompson and Stephen Curry (22 points, four boards, six assists, three treys) continued to play like one of the most electric backcourts of a generation, even if Curry did get dinged on his efficiency a bit with 9-of-21 makes from the field and five turnovers. Remember when Mark Jackson called this the best shooting backcourt of all time? That might be the most insightful thing he has ever said. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Draymond Green everywhere in Game 2 win
    Draymond Green scored 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting (including two threes) with 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in Monday's Game 2 win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: Green looked hobbled at times and that's something for folks to keep an eye on, and the Warriors will want to waste no time dispatching the Pelicans so he can get some time to rest up. Otherwise, it was a podium-worthy game for the heart and soul of the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:33 pm
  • Bogut a force on the interior per usual in G2
    Andrew Bogut scored five points on 2-of-5 shooting with 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks over 33 minutes in Monday's Gamw 2 win.

    Advice: Bogut looks spry even if still looks a bit hesitant on offense. As long as he's upright, he's going to be the key to maintaining an advantage over any team with size in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Brow's huge line not enough against GSW
    Anthony Davis scored 26 points on 9-of-22 shooting (8-of-8 FTs) with 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks over 45 minutes in Monday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Davis is carrying his team and there are certainly some warts but in terms of overall development, this playoff experience has been an overwhelming positive for him. He'll look to force the series back to Oakland with a win in Game 3 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Gordon scores 23 points with five treys in G2
    Eric Gordon scored 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting (including five threes) in Monday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Gordon has exceeded expectations for this series and that's a nice little subplot in New Orleans considering his start with the franchise was basically terrible. He's a big reason the games have been close. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Evans posts 16-10-7 line despite knee issues
    Tyreke Evans played through a knee injury in Monday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors, scoring 16 points on 4-of-13 shooting (1-of-3 3PTs, 7-of-12 FTs) with 10 rebounds, seven assists and one block in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Considering the injury, Evans played very well even if he had some of his trademark drive-into-nowhere forays toward the hoop. His knee injury should be a point of concern for the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Anderson continues to struggle for NO
    Ryan Anderson hit 1-of-5 shots and played just nine minutes in Monday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Anderson has been ice-cold since returning from his knee injury and he'll eventually get it turned around, but one has to wonder if it will happen this year or not. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Cole the man for the job defending Curry
    Norris Cole scored 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes off the bench in Monday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: Cole made some key buckets but really his importance is on the defensive end, where he's the only guy that can stay in the same zip code as Stephen Curry. If the Pelicans are going to keep pushing the Warriors, they'll need to increase both Cole and Dante Cunningham's minutes (18) to match up with this Warriors squad. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Asik a controversial player to start series
    Omer Asik scored two points on 1-of-3 shooting with 13 rebounds, two steals and three turnovers over 24 minutes in Game 2 against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: Asik was bad in the first half and improved greatly in the second half, with most of Basketball Twitter calling for him to see less minutes all night. He has clogged the lane and isn't a great fit for this series, but 24 minutes depending on how he looks at any given time is probably where he should be. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 31 points in Game 2 win
    Jimmy Butler put the Bulls on his back during a 91-82 win over the Bucks on Monday, scoring a playoff career-high 31 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

    Advice: Nobody else on the Bulls played well for the entire game on offense, but Butler came to the rescue. He put the whole arsenal on display tonight and the Bucks had no answer for him. Also, the Bulls played Nikola Mirotic at the four more, so that gave Butler more minutes compared to his 35 in Game 1. He'll likely log over 40 in Game 3 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:09 pm
  • Joakim Noah grabs 19 boards in a win
    Joakim Noah grabbed 19 boards against the Bucks on Monday with six points, five assists and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Noah is just owning the paint right now and he was just one off his career playoff high of 20 boards. The Bucks scored just 36 points in the paint and only one Buck had more than six boards (Giannis Antetokounmpo). Noah's knee/hamstring injury is behind him and he'll be looking at minutes in the 30s as long as he stays healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:05 pm
  • Derrick Rose finishes strong after bad start
    Derrick Rose scored all 15 points in the second half against the Bucks on Monday, adding seven boards, nine assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He looked great out there, but his shot selection was not where it should be in the first half. Rose looks as athletic as ever and his passing was much better tonight, too. Additionally, his 38 minutes are a great sign for him and he might be at 40 minutes by the time the Cleveland series comes around. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 22 in loss to Bulls
    Khris Middleton scored 22 points on 8-of-20 from the field against the Bulls on Monday with six boards, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played 38 minutes tonight, which was up from just 34 in Game 1. Middleton continues to play well after his terrific post-break averages of 16.8 points, 4.4 boards, 3.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.6 treys in 35.3 minutes. He's earned some serious money. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • John Henson scores eight with six boards
    John Henson played 25 minutes against the Bulls on Monday with eight points, six boards, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He was only looking at around 23 minutes tonight, but Zaza Pachulia was ejected with a few minutes left in the game. Henson did play more than Pachulia in Game 1 and he's actually played well in this series with great defense on Pau Gasol. He'll likely see minutes in the mid-20s going forward in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia ejected for two technical fouls
    Zaza Pachulia was ejected on Monday for two technical fouls.

    Advice: The first one a little excessive by the refs and second came because he got into it with Nikola Mirotic. Pachulia isn't going to be suspended for this infraction and should still start for Game 3. There will be more minutes going to John Henson the rest of the way tonight. Zaza finished with seven points, six boards, one steal and two blocks in 23 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:22 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) will play on Monday
    Tyreke Evans (knee) will play against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: With Jrue Holiday (leg) out, the Pelicans are going to need plenty out of Evans. He is likely less than 100 percent and needed some treatment before this game. Evans only scored one point in Game 1 and will look to bounce back. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:54 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) won't play on Monday
    Jrue Holiday (leg) will not play against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: There should be more minutes going to Norris Cole with Jrue out of the lineup. The Pelicans gave Holiday 21 minutes in Game 1, so they're probably regretting that. Holiday should be considered questionable to play in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:53 pm
     
    Injured
  • Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans are still GTDs
    Tyreke Evans (knee) and Jrue Holiday (leg) are still game-time decisions to face the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: They are both getting treatment and are on track to play right now. Both players also have said they're planning on playing today. We'll look for another update as we approach the 10:30 EDT start time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:10 pm
     
    Injured
  • Tyreke Evans thinks he'll play on Monday
    Tyreke Evans (knee) said he thinks he'll be able to play on Monday night against the Warriors.

    Advice: He is questionable and will be a game-time decision. Evans' bone bruise on his knee might be an issue for him, especially if he's going to have to guard Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson. We'll have another update on Tyreke in the next hour or so. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:23 pm
  • Jrue Holiday says he's expected to play
    Jrue Holiday (leg) said on Monday morning he feels fine and expects to play against the Warriors.

    Advice: ''I'm all right, I'm going to make it,'' Holiday said. Coach Monty Williams said Tyreke Evans and Holiday "are pretty much the same situation," but Holiday's comments contradict that slightly. We probably won't get an update until around 9:00 EDT tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:01 pm
     
    Injured
  • Zach LaVine needs to get stronger to play SG
    Coach Flip Saunders said Zach LaVine will have to get stronger to play shooting guard next season.

    Advice: LaVine also said that's a focus for him in the offseason. He was outstanding around the rim and from deep to close the season, so he'll be someone worth watching in the offseason. For now, he's not someone most fantasy owners will want to target in a standard fantasy draft. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:47 pm
  • Adreian Payne will play in Summer League
    Adreian Payne will play in Las Vegas Summer League.

    Advice: He did not play well in Vegas last summer with the Hawks, averaging 12.5 points on 37.5 percent from the field. Payne's shot selection has been an issue and his post presence hasn't translated from his days at Michigan State. He'll be in a reserve role next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:52 am
  • Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday game-time calls
    Tyreke Evans (knee) and Jrue Holiday (leg) are both game-time decisions against the Warriors for Monday's Game 2.

    Advice: Holiday will be limited even if he does play in this one, while Evans' availability is unlikely to be determined until right before tipoff. It's hard to envision any scenario where Evans is at 100 percent health, but Evans will do everything he can to get out there. If Evans can't play, Norris Cole is staring at an enormous role with Holiday not his usual self. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:14 am
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) game-time vs. Warriors
    Jrue Holiday (leg) is questionable to play in Game 2 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He'll be a game-time decision. Holiday is experiencing soreness in his leg, a common theme over the last two seasons as he's dealt with a stress reaction. If the point guard does play, he'll likely be limited to right around 15-20 minutes of action. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:50 am
     
    Injured
  • Devin Harris questionable to play in Game 2
    Devin Harris (toe) is questionable to play in Game 2 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Harris aggravated his toe injury in Game 1, and then later admitted the tape job was an issue for his second toe, so it's unlikely to be a pretty picture inside of his shoe right now. Regardless, Harris' availability is obviously up in the air, and if he sits, J.J. Barea would see more action off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:27 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Kirk Hinrich will not play Monday vs. Bucks
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Bucks in Game 2.

    Advice: Hinrich was also ruled out of Game 1, and although he was thought to be improving, he hasn't made enough progress to get back into action. With Derrick Rose hooping and Aaron Brooks backing him up, Hinrich's availability doesn't seem to matter much anyway. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:07 am
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Gerald Henderson unsure about contract option
    Gerald Henderson said he's unsure about whether or not he'll pick up his contract option for next season.

    Advice: Hendo has a $6 million player option for next season, but he said he hasn't given it much thought just yet. It wouldn't be shocking to see him opt out in search of a multi-year deal, which could lead to his departure in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:22 am
  • Dwight Howard a difference-maker in Game 1
    Dwight Howard was a difference-maker in the Game 1 win over the Mavericks on defense.

    Advice: When Howard was on the floor Saturday night, the Rockets allowed 75.1 points per 100 possessions. When he was off, that number ballooned to 112.2 points per 100 possessions. The good news is Howard felt good out there over his 17 minutes, and his playing time should increase moving forward so long as he stays out of foul trouble. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:57 am
  • Luol Deng wants to do more than shoot threes
    Luol Deng was dissatisfied with his role on the Heat at times this season.

    Advice: "When I played [for] Scott Skiles [in Chicago], he didn’t want me shooting any threes," Deng said. "He wanted me close to the rim. My whole focus was the mid-range…. This year, [Erik Spoelstra] wanted me to take the corner threes more than I’ve done in the past…. Not having someone like Josh definitely hurts my game." Deng's role changed (frequently) due to all of the Heat injuries, and it's still unknown if he'll exercise his player option to return next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:51 am
  • Kevin Garnett preparing to return next season
    Kevin Garnett (knee) is going through the work to prepare to play next season.

    Advice: All signs point to Garnett returning, so we'd be surprised if he didn't work out a new contract with the Wolves to extend his stay as a player-coach before moving into the team's front office. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:43 am
     
    Injured
    L, 138-113 vs OKC
  • LeBron: Very important to keep Love involved
    LeBron James said it's "very important" to keep Kevin Love involved.

    Advice: "It’s very important Kev stays involved," James said. "For our ultimate goal Kev has to be in a rhythm or at least touching the ball. I’m going to have the ball a lot, Kyrie is going to have the ball a lot. I’m just trying to find a way to get Kev touches." Love finished his first playoff game ever with 19 points, 12 rebounds and four dimes on 5-of-14 shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:49 am
  • Love drops a double-double in playoff debut
    Kevin Love looked great in his playoff debut on Sunday, scoring 19 points (5-of-14 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), with a game-high 12 rebounds, four assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one turnover through 33 minutes of action.

    Advice: Love struggled from the field a bit, but he made shots when it really counted, and his aggressive play on the glass was a big boost for Cleveland. Boston isn't a great team at defending the power forward position, so Love should continue to put up quality numbers throughout the series. It'll be interesting to see if a deep playoff run tilts Love's hand towards re-signing with the Cavs this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:19 pm
  • Draymond Green (ankle) limited in practice
    Draymond Green rolled his ankle during Game 1 on Saturday and was limited during Sunday's practice, but head coach Steve Kerr said it's not a big deal.

    Advice: The Warriors had a light practice today, and there's nothing suggesting this will cause Draymond to miss any time. He logged 42 minutes on Saturday and filled up the stat sheet, so he'll be a quality daily league target for Game 2 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:34 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) questionable for Game 2
    Tyreke Evans (left knee bone bruise) is officially being listed as questionable for Game 2 against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: Evans said that he's still not able to run at full speed, and that he will be a game-time decision for Game 2. He's expected to test his knee during Monday's pregame warmups to see if he is able to push off his left leg and attack the basket without experiencing any pain, so it sounds like he'll be a true game-time call. If he's unable to go, Jrue Holiday and Norris Cole will be asked to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:24 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) questionable for Game 2
    Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Kirk Hinrich (knee) is improving, but he's unsure about his status for Game 2 against the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: Tony Snell will pick up most of Hinrich's reserve minutes if he's again unable to go on Monday, but he's not going to see enough floor time to matter in any league. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:32 am
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Tyreke Evans says he will be a game-time call
    Tyreke Evans (left knee bone bruise) said he will be a game-time decision for Game 2 against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: Evans will not practice on Sunday, but he did say he was feeling a lot better and he wasn't walking with a limp. For what it's worth, the injury doesn't sound too serious and Evans said he will find a way to play. Expect an update after shootaround on Monday, but Norris Cole and Jrue Holiday would have to step up if Evans can't give it a go. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:51 am
  • Thibodeau praises Derrick Rose Saturday
    Head coach Tom Thibodeau praised Derrick Rose and said that all of his injuries have just made him stronger.

    Advice: "Obviously, we're a much better team with Derrick," Thibodeau said. "He has been through a grind. We're very pleased to have him back. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a long run of health for him. Time does go by quickly. You're talking about a guy who is sort of now in the middle of his career. He has been through a lot. Early on, you're 22 and the MVP of the league and there weren't many bumps in the road. He has hit a few bumps and gotten through those. The fact he has, I think, has made him stronger." Rose was excellent in a win vs. the Bucks on Saturday with 23 points, seven assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers, and it didn't look his knees were an issue at all. He will look to to keep building momentum in Game 2 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:33 am
  • Devin Harris had issue with tape on his toe
    Devin Harris (toe) said the tape job on his left big toe was a problem with his second toe.

    Advice: He had surgery on that toe back in the summer of 2013, so the Mavs will have to figure out a new way to wrap Harris' toe in Game 2. This doesn't sound quite as bad as a normal aggravation, but Harris will likely be limited in some capacity for the rest of the series. J.J. Barea will play a bit more. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:16 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Dwight Howard battles foul trouble in win
    Dwight Howard played just 17 minutes due to foul trouble against the Mavs on Saturday with 11 points, five boards, one steal and five blocks.

    Advice: If not for the foul trouble, he would have played more. The Rockets didn't really go to Howard in the post much, but Howard looked healthy with respect to his knee. He should be closer to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:37 pm
  • Devin Harris aggravates toe injury vs. HOU
    Devin Harris aggravated his toe injury on Saturday and is doubtful to return.

    Advice: He was listed as questionable to go into this game and he suffered the aggravation in the second half. Harris seemed to be bothered by the injury throughout the game and he could miss some time. If that's the case, J.J. Barea would be looking at more playing time. Harris left the game with two points, two boards and one assist in 10 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:27 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Derrick Rose scores 23 points in win vs Bucks
    Derrick Rose looked 100 percent during a 103-91 win over the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 23 points with seven assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made 9-of-16 from the field and made the most of the Bucks not bringing double-teams to him. Rose said multiple times in the post-game interview on ESPN that he had open looks because the Bucks didn't double, so expect that message to be received loud and clear in Game 2 on Monday. Of course, Rose looking great tonight is a top-five story from the day. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:11 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 25 points in 35 minutes
    Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career-high 25 points against the Bucks on Saturday with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers on 8-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn't in foul trouble and the Bulls having some depth in their frontcourt may have taken away a couple minutes from Butler. Of course, his increased efficiency and usage rate offset the decrease in playing time. The Bulls are going to be a dangerous team with Butler making his case for the Most Improved Player this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:08 pm
  • Joakim Noah logs 35 minutes vs. Bucks
    Joakim Noah played 35 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday with six points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau stuck with his nine-man rotation tonight and Noah was still able to get big minutes. Taj Gibson did have an injury, but Noah was still on track to see a major increase in playing time from his 29.1 minutes per game in his previous 10. He should be in the 35-38 minute neighborhood as long as he's healthy. Pau Gasol didn't play very well in this game, making 5-of-17 from the field for 10 points with 13 boards, four assists and three blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:03 pm
  • John Henson gets 26 minutes vs. Bulls
    John Henson played 26 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday with 12 points, seven boards, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He played more than Zaza Pachulia's 22 minutes and the extra length seemed to help the Bucks on defense. Henson hasn't played 26 minutes in any game since Mar. 9, so this came as a surprise. We'll see if this continues in this series, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see coach Jason Kidd change his mind. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:44 pm
  • Khris Middleton missing late, scores 18
    Khris Middleton scored 18 points with two rebounds, one assist, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: For some reason, coach Jason Kidd was a little late bringing Middleton into the game during the fourth quarter. Middleton does have sub-par numbers against the Bulls and his 41.2 percent from the field against them is his lowest among any opponent with at least three games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:40 pm
  • Devin Harris looks like he's playing on Sat
    Devin Harris (toe) looks like a go against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: He was listed as questionable, but the team expected him to play all along. If any other news comes around regarding Harris, we'll pass it along. Expect him to play minutes in the lower 20s tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:06 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Dwight Howard expected to play more
    Dwight Howard is expected to play more in the postseason than he did in the regular season.

    Advice: Coach Kevin McHale said the Rockets will play it by ear with Dwight's minutes. Dwight was up to 28 minutes on Apr. 12 and he should get over the 30-minute plateau tonight. There will be less minutes going to Joey Dorsey. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:49 pm
  • Draymond Green flirts with a 5x5 in win
    Draymond Green stuffed the stat sheet against the Pelicans on Saturday with 15 points, 12 boards, seven assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: Up until the last five minutes of the game, Green did a great job on Anthony Davis. Green only played 30.3 minutes per game in March and April, so he's clearly set for a major bump in playing time. He had his coming out party in the postseason last year and he could take yet another big step forward this time around. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:11 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 21 points in Game 1
    Klay Thompson scored 21 points against the Pelicans on Saturday with one rebound, three assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He missed two clutch free throws late, which statistically only has a 1.4 percent chance of happening based on his season free throw percentage of 87.9. The Warriors only made 61.8 percent from the line today, which is well below their season average of 76.8 percent. Thompson didn't have a great game, but his teammates picked him up. It'll be the other way around at some point in this postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:08 pm
  • Andrew Bogut double-doubles in 30 minutes
    Andrew Bogut played 30 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday with 12 points, 14 boards, five assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: His help defense was great at times and his presence in the paint on both ends is huge for the Warriors. Bogut only played 23.6 minutes per game in the regular season, but he'll see his minutes rise to 30 now. Subsequently, Marreese Speights could play less and was essentially out of the rotation today. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:57 pm
  • Playoff Brow Engaged: Anthony Davis scores 35
    Anthony Davis' terrific game wasn't enough against the Warriors during a 106-99 loss on Saturday, scoring 35 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: He scored 20 points in 12 fourth-quarter minutes and his advanced stats were truly awesome. In that frame, he had a true shooting percentage of 79.1, a usage rate of 42.8 and a net rating of 44.0, which made this game fairly close after it looked to be over in the third. The Pelicans need to give him the ball more or else they'll be out of the playoffs in four games. That's even more true with Tyreke Evans (knee) suffering a knee injury. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:53 pm
  • Tyreke Evans 'felt a little pop' in his knee
    Tyreke Evans (knee) said he "felt a little pop" in his left knee on Saturday and will have an MRI Saturday night.

    Advice: Coach Monty Williams said this is a new injury for Evans. The Pelicans were just starting to get healthy, but now they might be without their top scoring guard. If he's out, Norris Cole would likely draw the start unless the team wants to lift Jrue Holiday's minutes limit. We'll look for the results on the MRI later today. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:42 pm
  • Eric Gordon scores 16 points vs. Warriors
    Eric Gordon scored 16 points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal, four 3-pointers and five turnovers in 35 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: Gordon was coming in red hot from deep, making 48.0 percent from beyond the arc in April to get him to averages of 15.2 points, 2.0 boards, 2.6 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.7 treys. Anthony Davis will be commanding a ton of double teams, so EJ will have plenty of chances for open looks in this series. Plus, if Tyreke Evans (knee) is out, Gordon will have a higher usage rate with more off-the-dribble stuff, too. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:39 pm
  • Norris Cole plays 34 minutes vs. Warriors
    Norris Cole played 34 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday with eight points, three rebounds, six assists, one block and no turnovers.

    Advice: Tyreke Evans (knee) said he felt a little pop in his knee, so the Pelicans might have to roll with Cole a little more going forward. He had a few good games with the Heat in the postseason, but Cole hasn't exactly been reliable. The Pelicans will have an update on Evans on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:36 pm
  • Omer Asik doesn't play well on Saturday
    Omer Asik played 22 minutes in the starting lineup with two points, nine boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He only attempted one shot from the field and only had two offensive boards. Considering he just sits in the paint and takes up space near the basket, you could argue he's setting back Anthony Davis. Asik didn't play in the final five minutes and Davis scored 18 points in those five minutes. We'll see what coach Monty Williams does in Game 2 because the Warriors are just too strong on the outside to have Asik out there. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:31 pm
  • Jrue Holiday gets 21 minutes
    Jrue Holiday played 21 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday with four points, two rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Pelicans needed a little more out of Holiday today because Tyreke Evans could not return from a knee bruise. Holiday didn't play in the final five minutes of this game, so the team likely went into today's game with a minutes restriction in mind due to his leg issues. He'll likely be in the 22-25 minute range in Game 2 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:24 pm
     
    Injured
  • Ryan Anderson has brutal shooting game
    Ryan Anderson made 1-of-6 from the field for three points with five boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: The Pelicans just couldn't get anything out of their other big men besides Anthony Davis. It does make a lot of sense to add some spacing to their offense and put Ryno in the starting lineup, but Quincy Pondexter actually did a decent job in that regard today. Anderson will need to play better on defense to earn more minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:18 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (knee bruise) will not return
    Tyreke Evans suffered a left knee bruise on Saturday and will not return.

    Advice: Evans' main issue with respect to injuries has been his left ankle, but he did have a knee injury back in December and he's had some other knee problems in the past. The Pelicans still went with Norris Cole to start the second half, so coach Monty Williams clearly wants to keep Jrue Holiday in the second unit. Cole is really going to have to play well against Stephen Curry. Evans finished with one point and one rebound. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:52 pm
  • Joakim Noah (hamstring) will play in Game 1
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) will play vs. the Bucks on Saturday as expected.

    Advice: He missed the last two games of the regular season because of his nagging hamstring issue, but he practiced in full on Friday and is ready to rejoin the starting lineup. Noah doesn't have any restrictions on his minutes moving forward, but there is no need for the Bulls to push him considering Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic are backing him up. Still, Noah could play more than 32 minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:24 am
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Saturday
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Saturday against the Bucks, and it is unclear if he will be able to play in Game 2 on Monday.

    Advice: He has reportedly "plateaued" in his rehab, so it looks like he could miss more time. With Hinrich out of commission, Tony Snell will see some minutes in the rotation Saturday. We will update Hinrich's status when we know more. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:24 am
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Rose, Noah, Gibson all good to go Saturday
    Derrick Rose (knee), Joakim Noah (hamstring) and Taj Gibson (shoulder) are good to go for Saturday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Rose scared the Bulls when he left Wednesday's regular-season finale vs. the Hawks with knee soreness, but he made it clear that he sat out as a precaution. Rose made it through a full practice on Friday and his minutes could be on the rise in the playoffs. We will let you know how he holds up after the game. For what it's worth, this will be his first playoff series since the 2011-12 season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:21 am
  • Devin Harris (toe) downgraded to questionable
    Devin Harris (toe) has been downgraded to questionable for Game 1 against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle said on Thursday that Harris would play, so we're going to assume he's closer to probable than questionable. However, if he's forced to sit, it will open up minutes for J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton. Barea makes for the better daily league target sans Harris. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:21 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) doesn't practice Friday
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) was unable to practice Friday, and his status is uncertain for Game 1 on Saturday against the Bucks.

    Advice: If Hinrich can't go, Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks will split most of his minutes. Hinrich is a solid defender, but he doesn't really bring a lot to the stat sheet, so he's not really a factor in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:14 am
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Joakim Noah (hamstring) practices Friday
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he will play in Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: Noah missed the sat out the final two games of the regular-season, but he'll be back in action for the playoffs. However, with solid depth behind him in Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic, head coach Tom Thibodeau may limit his minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:02 am
  • Derrick Rose (knee) practices on Friday
    Derrick Rose (knee) was a full participant during Friday's practice, and he will play in Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: Rose will take the court in a playoff series for the first time since the 2011-12 season on Saturday, and it appears that the minor left knee soreness that caused him to miss the second half of Wednesday's regular-season finale will be a non-issue going forward. Any news regarding Rose's troublesome knees is going to make the headlines, but a deep playoff push behind a healthy Rose will at least temporarily silence the critics. Tom Thibodeau said that Rose will play around the same amount of minutes he did towards the end of the regular-season, so it sounds like he'll still be with a minutes limit. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:55 am
  • Joakim Noah will be ready for Game 1
    Joakim Noah (hamstring) said he'll be ready to go for Game 1 on Saturday.

    Advice: Noah had knee surgery last year and coach Tom Thibodeau believes this hamstring injury is related. Noah's rest at the end of the season seems to be precautionary. Even if he does have limitations, the emergence of Nikola Mirotic really adds some depth. Plus, Taj Gibson is playing well. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:44 pm
  • Derrick Rose dealing with left knee soreness
    Derrick Rose is dealing with minor left knee soreness.

    Advice: The soreness is in the knee in which Rose tore his ACL back in 2012 and not the one needing surgery for a torn meniscus. "It's nothing serious at all," Rose said. "I'm just being cautious. I'm used to knee injuries and my knees being sore. It's just that it was the last game and we didn't want it to linger into a couple of more days." The Bulls are downplaying the issue, which isn't a surprise. Still, Rose should be good to go for Game 1 against the Bucks on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:40 pm
  • Howard's minutes to increase for playoffs
    Dwight Howard's minutes restriction will rise to around 32 minutes per game for Game 1 of the playoffs.

    Advice: Howard should eventually be without a minutes restriction at some point, but he should get the most floor time he's seen since returning from his knee injury during Game 1 against the Mavericks on Saturday. The more minutes Dwight gets, the further Joey Dorsey will fall out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:00 pm
  • Devin Harris (toe) will play on Saturday
    Updating a previous report, Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that Devin Harris (turf toe) will play in Game 1 of the playoffs on Saturday.

    Advice: Harris' return to the rotation will lead to fewer minutes for J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:59 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Devin Harris (toe) expected to play Game 1
    Rick Carlisle said that Devin Harris (toe) looks "ready to go" for Game 1 of the playoffs.

    Advice: All signs are pointing towards Harris being available when the playoffs kickoff on Saturday, and his return to the rotation will mean fewer minutes for guys like Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:37 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Klay Thompson scores 25 points in 16 minutes
    Klay Thompson needed just 16 minutes to score 25 points against the Nuggets on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, five 3-pointers and two turnovers.

    Advice: He made 8-of-12 from the field and all four attempts from the line. It's so awesome to see that Klay usually matches his high usage rate with high efficiency. In fact, in his last 17 games with a usage rate greater than 30, he posted an effective field goal percentage of at least 50.0 16 times. It's kind of crazy how much Stephen Curry is overshadowing Klay. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:33 pm
  • Draymond Green scores eight points
    Draymond Green scored eight points with three rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: His minutes were down to just 20 tonight, which was part of the plan. Green's defensive numbers are awesome this season and he's capable of guarding anyone. Additionally, he's allowed his man to shoot 9.0 percent less from shots within six feet compared to his averages. He'll be a popular Defensive Player of the Year pick. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:30 pm
  • Dwight Howard gets 21 minutes in blowout
    Dwight Howard played just 21 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday with 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: Rudy Gobert did block him once, but this was a great game for Dwight tonight. He would have played a lot more, but the Rockets had this game in the bag during the third quarter. He'll get a tough matchup against the Mavs and Tyson Chandler. Dwight only had one game vs. Dallas this year, scoring eight points with seven boards in 18 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:05 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 11 in 25 minutes
    Jrue Holiday returned to action on Wednesday and had 11 points and four assists in 25 minutes of Wednesday's win.

    Advice: The Pelicans are hoping he can get back into a groove for the playoffs, but he's clearly not 100 percent yet after returning from a leg injury. The good news is he played and should be able to get some rest before the playoffs start this weekend. Tyreke Evans had 19 points and 11 assists, Eric Gordon scored 14, while Norris Cole came off the bench to score 13 points. Anthony Davis led the way with 31 points and 13 boards, and the Pelicans will face the Warriors in Round 1 of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:35 pm
     
    Injured
  • Anthony Davis leads Pels to playoffs, OKC out
    Anthony Davis had 31 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks on 12-of-26 shooting as the Pelicans beat the Spurs 108-103 in Wednesday's finale.

    Advice: The win not only put the Pelicans in the playoffs, but knocked the Oklahoma City Thunder out. AD played well down the stretch and calmly knocked down open jumpers and blocked a couple shots to close the door on the Spurs. The Pelicans will face the Warriors (who have lost just two home games this season) in the first round of the playoffs, when Davis will make his postseason debut. And getting to see both Davis and Steph Curry in a playoff series should be a treat to watch. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:52 pm
  • Derrick Rose sits out 2nd half with sore knee
    Derrick Rose didn't play in the second half of Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks due to soreness in his left knee, but the Bulls do not seem to be concerned.

    Advice: This isn't the same knee that he had his most recent procedure on, but it should be noted that he has torn his ACL in his left knee before (2012). However, Rose was in good spirits on the sidelines and said that he could have played if it were a playoff game, so it looks like he was just being cautious. Head coach Tom Thibodeau expects Rose to be ready to play in Game 1 of the playoffs, but we will pass along any additional information when we know more. Rose finished with two points, two boards, one assist and four turnovers in 10 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:47 pm
  • Kevin Love, J.R. Smith not starting 2nd half
    Kevin Love and J.R. Smith will not start the second half against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: There's no rest for the weary, but there's plenty of rest in Wizards at Cavs. Love should be done for the night, checking out with 19 points, three boards and five 3-pointers. Additionally, when LeBron James was asked who the MVP was this season, he said "Kevin Love." Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:22 pm
  • Luol Deng likely out on Wednesday
    Luol Deng (rest, knee) is not likely to play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: There was some talk of Deng missing the rest of the season earlier this month, but the Heat gave him a chance to play in order to make a desperate attempt at the postseason. The Heat were knocked out last night, so now they’re in for a one-day tank. Deng’s season ends with averages of 14.0 points, 5.2 boards, 1.9 assists and 0.9 steals. It’ll be Tyler Johnson, Michael Beasley and James Ennis getting most of the minutes on the wing. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:46 pm
  • Devin Harris (toe) expects to play in Game 1
    Devin Harris is dealing with turf toe in his left big toe, but he expects to be ready for the first game of the playoffs.

    Advice: Harris won't play on Wednesday and he recently had a shot to calm the inflammation in his bruised and swollen toe. He had toe surgery during the offseason but it was a different digit on the same foot, and the good news is that he doesn't sound concerned about any long-term damage. His absence leaves more playing time for J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:09 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Jrue Holiday is active for Wednesday night
    Jrue Holiday is active to face the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Holiday played well on Sunday with 17 points, so he certainly can help the Pelicans tonight in what's basically a must win. Still, he'll have a minutes cap and isn't a great option in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:32 pm
     
    Injured
  • Dwight Howard expected to play Wednesday
    Dwight Howard is expected to play on Wednesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: This is just a reminder that Dwight will be back after missing Monday. He should get around 28-32 minutes against Rudy Gobert, which should be fun to watch. Howard has played well in his last four, averaging 17.3 points, 11.0 boards and 1.3 blocks. Start him even in a bad matchup unless free throw percentage is really important to you tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:05 am
  • Derrick Rose to play four segments Wednesday
    Derrick Rose will play four segments on Wednesday vs. the Hawks according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: Rose played just 23 minutes vs. the Nets on Monday, but that was mainly due to the lopsided score. He could approach close to 30 minutes tonight, so his owners can go ahead and get him active. Rose still needs to shake off some rust, but he is making a lot of progress and could make the Bulls a very dangerous team in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:11 am
  • Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich out Wednesday
    Joakin Noah (left hamstring tendinitis) and Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play vs. the Hawks on Wednesday according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: For what it's worth, Thibodeau said that Noah will be ready for the playoffs, so the Bulls are obviously erring on the side of caution tonight. With Noah on the shelf, Taj Gibson will likely draw the start and should be plugged into all lineups, while Nikola Mirotic will also see an uptick in minutes and can be considered a must-start option in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:01 am
  • Kevin Garnett (knee) out on Wednesday
    Kevin Garnett (knee) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Garnett is still leaning toward returning to the Wolves next season, but his age is obviously catching up with him. To be clear, Garnett won't be on the fantasy radar outside of deeper leagues next season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:16 am
     
    Injured
    L, 138-113 vs OKC
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) now questionable Wednesday
    Jrue Holiday (leg) is now being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Even if Holiday is able to give it a go, he's going to be playing on a minutes restriction with a tough matchup against the Spurs, making him far too risky for use in most leagues. Expect another update on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:47 pm
     
    Injured
  • Devin Harris (toe) out Wednesday vs. Portland
    Devin Harris (toe) will not play Wednesday vs. Portland.

    Advice: With Harris unavailable, look for J.J. Barea to pick up most of his minutes sliding into a Sixth Man role for the Mavericks. He's coming off an 18-point game, and he'll have a favorable matchup against a Blazers team that has been decimated by injuries, so he'll certainly be worth a look in daily leagues. Raymond Felton will also have the opportunity for extended minutes, but he's an extremely risky guy to deploy in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:36 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) ruled out for Wednesday
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks will split most of Hinrich's minutes, with Rose offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:54 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Joakim Noah (hamstring) doubtful Wednesday
    Joakim Noah (left hamstring tendinitis) is being listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Noah spent Monday's game on the sidelines as well, so we're not expected him to suit up on Wednesday. Taj Gibson will draw the start if Noah is indeed unavailable, with Nikola Mirotic logging extended minutes off the bench. Both players offer plenty of upside, and they'd make for fine plug-and-play options in daily leagues. This seems like a very minor issue for Noah, and while he's unlikely for Monday, all signs are pointing towards him being available for Game 1 of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:49 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) will play Wednesday vs. SA
    Jrue Holiday (leg) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Holiday is a very talented player, and he was able to put up a quality line through just 15 minutes of action against the Rockets on Sunday, but it's very unlikely he'll be able to repeat that performance in limited minutes with a tough matchup against San Antonio. He's an extremely risky guy to own in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:36 pm
     
    Injured
  • Luol Deng not thinking Miami future yet
    Luol Deng isn't ready to decide on his future with the Miami Heat yet.

    Advice: Deng has a $10.2 million player option for next season, but has not decided upon his next steps yet. "We’re talking about it early; I’m not thinking about it yet," he said on Monday. " I really don’t want to go there yet. When the season’s over and I sit down and relax, I can start thinking about that stuff." Deng is averaging 14.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.1 three-pointers in his first season with Miami and would again enter the 2015-16 season as a later-round fantasy player if he stays with the Heat. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:14 am
  • Thompson hits 15-of-20 shots for 42 points
    Klay Thompson decided that one insane shooting game wasn't enough this season, hitting 15-of-20 shots (including eight treys) for 42 points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in the Warriors' 111-107 win over the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: The game was nowhere near as close as the score suggested so his teammates had some slow nights. Harrison Barnes logged 23 minutes with just two points, two boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks, and Andrew Bogut went for six and seven with three assists and one block. Steph Curry scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting with three treys, four boards, eight assists and a steal, and Draymond Green scored five points with nine rebounds, four assists and one steal. Steve Kerr said that he doesn't want to mess with their rhythm, but they'll all possibly see low minutes on Wednesday against the Nuggets. And the studs will all be worth using if they're starting that game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:13 am
  • All LaVine all the time for the Wolves
    Zach LaVine hit just 8-of-24 shots in the Wolves' 100-88 loss to the Pelicans on Monday, but still finished with 24 points, five boards, seven assists and two threes in 45 minutes.

    Advice: It's all LaVine all the time for the Wolves these days and though he might wreck your field goal percentage and turnovers, that's not necessarily a given as he has hit 48.3 percent of his shots over the last four games. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:48 am
  • Gordon scores 22 points; Pelicans win
    Eric Gordon scored 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting (including four threes) with three rebounds and two assists in the Pelicans' win over the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: Gordon is picking it up as the Pelicans try to close out the regular season with a trip to the playoffs. They hold the tiebreaker against the Thunder, so if they win on Wednesday against the Spurs then they'll have punched their ticket. Tyreke Evans added 22 points, three rebounds and five assists, and Anthony Davis went for 24 and 11 with five assists, two steals and six blocks in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:42 am
  • Devin Harris returned to action on Monday April 13. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:57 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Derrick Rose scores 13 points vs. Nets
    Derrick Rose scored 13 points with three rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Nets on Monday.

    Advice: He didn't play in the fourth segment tonight because the Bulls blew out the Nets tonight. Rose was effective on defense and he's really changed his mentality on the offensive side with less contested jumpers. Rose is expected to play in the season finale on Wednesday to help him shake off the rust. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:03 pm
  • Love (rest) returns on quiet night vs. DET
    Kevin Love (rest) returned to action on Monday against the Pistons, scoring just seven points on 3-of-9 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds and two blocks in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Love is a rest candidate considering how banged up he is this year, and it's going to be hard to trust him after a performance like this. The only thing he has going for him is that the Cavs would love for him to heat up before the playoffs. All told, he's a risky start even if he's active on Wednesday against the Wizards. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:28 pm
  • Joakim Noah (knee) out, Taj Gibson to start
    Joakim Noah will not play against the Nets on Monday and Taj Gibson will start.

    Advice: The team is calling it "left knee tendinitis" but it doesn't sound serious. Taj Gibson will start and could be in for a huge line. Nikola Mirotic also greatly benefits here. Noah should be considered questionable for Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:52 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) out against the Wolves
    Jrue Holiday will not play against the Wolves on Monday night.

    Advice: He had a very good game on Sunday with 17 points, but the Pelicans aren't comfortable with him playing in back-to-backs just yet. Tyreke Evans will handle most of the point guard duties tonight. Expect Holiday to play on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:34 pm
     
    Injured
  • Derrick Rose to play four segments on Monday
    Derrick Rose (knee) could see his minutes increased in Monday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: After playing 28 minutes on Saturday, Rose will play four segments on Monday and could very well break the 30-minute barrier. After dropping 22 points, six boards, eight assists and three steals without a turnover (Disclaimer: Against the Sixers), we'll be watching Rose closely on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:09 am
  • Kirk Hinrich will not play on Monday vs. Nets
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Monday against the Nets.

    Advice: Hinrich didn't go through shootaround and isn't expected to return until at least Game 1 of the playoffs. It will be the Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks show at point guard for Chicago, and that's the way it should remain regardless of whether or not Hinrich is available. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:07 am
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Report: Garnett leaning toward returning
    Kevin Garnett is "still leaning toward" returning next season, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: Stein cites "rumbles out of 'Sota" as his source, but it was always going to be a surprise if KG retired after just half of a season with his former team. There was a report at the time he was dealt that Garnett was expected to sign on for another two years, and if he does, it's going to be in a player-coach role, even if the Wolves don't call it as much. His days of being consistently fantasy relevant are over, but it looks like The Big Ticket will keep the crowds coming at the box office. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:27 am
     
    Injured
    L, 138-113 vs OKC
  • Anthony Davis' 27 points not enough vs. HOU
    The Pelicans fell in Houston on Sunday despite Anthony Davis' team-high 27 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Davis hit 10-of-16 FGs and 7-of-10 FTs with only one turnover in 39 minutes in the disappointing loss, which prevented the No. 8 seed Pelicans from gaining ground on the No. 9 seed Thunder. They may have earned a subtle victory by default, however, as Russell Westbrook faces a one-game suspension after picking up his 16th technical foul. Expect an all-out effort from Davis and co. when they play the Wolves in Minnesota on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 6:46 pm
  • Ryan Anderson scores 15 points w/ two 3s
    Ryan Anderson scored 15 points in 27 minutes vs. Houston on Sunday, hitting 6-of-13 shots including two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's great to see Anderson healthy and once again knocking down some of his his plentiful attempts from the perimeter. He rounded out his evening with four rebounds and one turnover in 27 minutes, but didn't have any assists, steals or blocks to his credit. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 6:44 pm
  • Dwight Howard posts 19 & 11 w/ three blocks
    Dwight Howard played 28 minutes during Sunday's win vs. the Pelicans, which he finished with 19 points (7-of-10 FGs, 5-of-11 FTs), 11 rebounds and three blocks.

    Advice: As a reminder, Howard will not play vs. the Hornets on Monday. He has three straight double-doubles despite being on a fairly strict minute-limit, and over his past four games he's averaging 17.3 points on 67.5 percent shooting, 11.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks. Considering he missed almost two months with a serious knee injury, this is all fantasy owners could have hoped for. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 6:37 pm
  • Gerald Henderson scores 14 points on 16 shots
    Gerald Henderson launched a team-high 16 shots on Sunday but he made only six of them to finish with 14 points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals in 26 minutes vs. Detroit.

    Advice: Al Jefferson (knee) was out and Mo Williams was rested, which fed into a horrible offensive game for the Hornets -- they scored 77 points on 34.2 percent shooting, including a 4-of-15 mark from beyond the arc. Henderson may very well be rested or limited in Charlotte's final two games, allowing P.J. Hairston more opportunities, so use him with due caution. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 3:23 pm
  • Khris Middleton helps Bucks secure No. 6 seed
    The Bucks secured the No. 6 seed with Sunday's win vs. Brooklyn, aided by Khris Middleton's 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, four rebounds, seven assists and two steals.

    Advice: Middleton didn't turn the ball over in 30 minutes and he's rolling over his past three games, giving fantasy owners a final push during his career-best season. He doesn't get much fanfare but Middleton has been a steady top-70 fantasy value (8-cat) with career-high averages of 13.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting, 1.5 triples, 4.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 2:52 pm
  • John Henson blocks three shots in 19 minutes
    John Henson came off the Bucks' bench for six points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in only 19 minutes vs. the Nets on Sunday.

    Advice: A lack of playing time has been Henson's biggest obstacle to sustained value. Owners should remember his per-36-minute averages next season -- 13.9 points (56.8 percent FGs, 56.8 percent FTs), 9.1 boards, 1.7 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.8 blocks. His tendency to get into foul trouble doesn't help his cause, but the biggest roadblock is veteran C Zaza Pachulia, who is under contract for $5.2 million next year. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 2:51 pm
  • Kevin Garnett doubtful for Monday vs. NOP
    Kevin Garnett is listed as doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: To be clear, there is almost no shot that KG plays on Monday and head coach Flip Saunders recently hinted that he won't play again this season. We will let you know if something changes, but KG belongs on the wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 10:59 am
     
    Injured
    L, 138-113 vs OKC
  • Kevin Love (rest) will not play on Sunday
    Kevin Love (rest) will not play vs. the Celtics on Sunday, but he is expected to play on Monday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Love has been very disappointing in Cleveland this season, but maybe some extra rest will give him a boost in the playoffs. Tristan Thompson will likely start at power forward Sunday, and he is a good bet to notch a double-double. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 10:33 am
  • Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday will play Sunday
    Anthony Davis (throat) and Jrue Holiday (leg) went through shootaround and are ready to play vs. the Rockets on Sunday.

    Advice: The Pelicans are battling the Thunder for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, so it's a huge boost that both Davis and Holiday are ready to roll. Davis was reportedly having trouble speaking after the injury, but he should be able to have a big game vs. Dwight Howard and will likely see his normal allotment of minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 9:34 am
  • Dwight Howard to play Sunday, rest on Monday
    Dwight Howard (knee) will play on Sunday vs. the Pelicans, but he will sit out Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Howard isn't cleared to play in both games of a back-to-back set, so there are no surprises here. Howard belongs in all active lineups Sunday as long as you can deal with his awful free throw shooting, while Terrence Jones, Josh Smith and Joey Dorsey will all benefit in his absence vs. the Hornets on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 12, 8:52 am
  • Draymond Green stuffs stat sheet as per usual
    Draymond Green scored 13 points with 14 boards, five assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday.

    Advice: He said he should win the Defensive Player of the Year award, but Draymond has to be favorite for Most Improved Player, too. Green is shaping up to be a second-round target in fantasy drafts next season. The Warriors are going to have to ante up like MOP for the MIP this summer. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 11:02 pm
  • Zach Attack: LaVine scores career-high 37
    Zach LaVine scored a career-high 37 points against the Warriors on Saturday during a 110-101 loss, adding nine rebounds, four assists and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had a career high in boards and 3-pointers tonight, too. In his six April games, LaVine averaged 21.0 points, 6.0 boards, 5.5 dimes, 0.5 steals and 1.7 treys on 52.1 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the line. He's made a very impressive 23-of-28 (82.1 percent) of his shots at the rim this month, which account for 30 percent of his shot total. Wolves fans have every right to be excited for next season and LaVine is a must-start player. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 10:56 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 15 points in return
    Jimmy Butler played 36 minutes against the 76ers on Saturday with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He made just 3-of-11 from the field tonight and wasn't at his best. There's no reason to panic about the calf injury which kept him out of action on Thursday, though. Butler could be rested in some of the final two games with Monday's game at Brooklyn as the favorite. The Bulls finish the season at home vs. the Hawks, which could be a second-round preview. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 8:19 pm
  • Luol Deng plays 37 minutes vs. Raptors
    Luol Deng played 37 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday with 11 points, seven rebounds, one assist and no turnovers.

    Advice: He is getting big minutes and gave all he could tonight. Deng just hasn't been himself in his last five, averaging 11.2 points, 7.6 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.6 treys on 36.1 percent from the field. There's a decent chance he gets shut down, so feel free to cut him for someone else who benefits from a shut down. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 7:25 pm
  • Kevin Garnett likely done for the season?
    Head coach Flip Saunders hinted that Kevin Garnett isn't likely to return this season.

    Advice: Saunders said that the Wolves will go with what they got for the final three games, so the writing is on the wall for KG. The Wolves are trying to bolster their position in the draft lottery and aren't interested in risking the health of their veterans. We will let you know if we hear anything else, but it's safe to drop KG in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 7:13 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 138-113 vs OKC
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not return on Sat
    Kirk Hinrich suffered a hyperextended left knee on Saturday vs. the 76ers and will not be able to return.

    Advice: He has had some tough luck with his knee in recent weeks, but the good news is that he plans on traveling for Monday's game vs. the Nets. However, with Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks both healthy, Hinrich won't be making an impact in fantasy leagues any time soon. We will update Hinrich's status when we know more, but he belongs on the wire in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 6:41 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Luol Deng (knee) will play against Raptors
    Luol Deng (knee) will play against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He played 36 minutes on Thursday, but didn't have a great game with just eight points on 3-of-13 from the field. Deng should see big minutes again tonight and is worth starting in standard leagues. He could be a shut down candidate if the Heat are eliminated from playoff contention. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 2:59 pm
  • Anthony Davis (throat) goes through practice
    Anthony Davis (throat) went through practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Even though he's still having trouble speaking, Davis should be fine for a huge game against the Rockets on Sunday. He may or may not have to deal with Dwight Howard, but fantasy owners should start him regardless. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 11:39 am
  • Dwight Howard will sit Sunday or Monday
    Dwight Howard said he will rest Sunday or Monday, but doesn't know which one yet.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise and Dwight has yet to play in both games of a back-to-back set since his return to the lineup. On the night he sits, there should be more minutes going to Terrence Jones, Joey Dorsey and Josh Smith. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 11:15 am
  • Luol Deng (knee) is probable for Saturday
    Luol Deng (knee) is probable for Saturday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Deng's knee has been struggling for a while, but it is a good sign that he was able to play 36 minutes vs. the Bulls on Thursday. With the Heat needing a win tonight, Deng should see as many minutes as he can handle and belongs in all active lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 11:07 am
  • Noah won't have restrictions in the playoffs
    After talks with the coaching staff, trainers and the front office, Joakim Noah said that his minutes restriction will be lifted for the playoffs.

    Advice: Noah has been on a minutes limit of round 32 minutes per game for most of the season (he has gone over that number several times), but it's encouraging that the Bulls are showing confidence in his health leading into the playoffs. This news obviously doesn't help fantasy owners, but if anything at least the restrictions kept him healthy for most of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 9:33 am
  • Jimmy Butler (calf) will play vs. the 76ers
    Jimmy Butler (calf) will play vs. the 76ers on Saturday according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

    Advice: This means that Butler will have missed just one game because of his calf injury, and it's a good sign for his health if the Bulls are going to let him play vs. the lowly 76ers. Butler should see close to his normal allotment of minutes as long as the game isn't a blowout, so his owners can go ahead and activate him in all lineups. Tony Snell will move to the bench and can be dropped outside of deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 9:02 am
  • Payne goes for 14 and seven vs. Lakers
    Adreian Payne scored 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes on Friday against the Lakers.

    Advice: Consider the opponent and consider that this is basically his high water mark. In a points league or DFS format there's much more meat to the bone here, but in standard leagues he's still hands off unless you need points and boards. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 11, 1:12 am
  • Davis survives throat contusion, NO wins
    Anthony Davis survived a throat contusion in the Pelicans' 90-75 win over the Suns on Friday, scoring 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting (5-of-11 FTs) with nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in just 23 minutes.

    Advice: Davis hasn't been the elite player he has been all season in the past two weeks or so, but he's surviving and so are the Pellies in their race with the Thunder. The two teams are tied with three games to play and New Orleans holding the tiebreaker. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 11:33 pm
  • Asik grabs 18 rebounds in win over PHO
    Omer Asik grabbed 18 rebounds to go with three points and two assists in 22 minutes on Friday against the Suns.

    Advice: Despite the big game on the glass he's not a valuable player in standard leagues. But if you're targeting that category, give him a look. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 11:30 pm
  • Anderson continues to slump on Friday
    Ryan Anderson continued to flop in Friday's win over the Suns, hitting just 1-of-7 shots for three points, three rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Anderson's one make was a three and he's on a short leash with Monty Williams right now. If he makes some shots he'll probably get more playing time, but how much is certainly a question, and in the end he's certainly a guy you can drop. If you're desperate for threes, however, you might gamble on the chance for a bounce-back performance. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 11:28 pm
  • Howard double-doubles in loss to SA
    Dwight Howard scored 12 points on 3-of-5 shooting (6-of-9 FTs) with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 27 minutes on Friday against the Spurs.

    Advice: Howard's minutes are slowly getting ramped up for the playoffs and he's more or less where owners want him to be productivity-wise. He's much better than the deep league asset we called him earlier today, though there is going to be risk of DNPs as we finish the season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 11:02 pm
  • Middleton goes for 22 & 7 with six steals
    Khris Middleton scored 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting (including three treys) with seven rebounds, two assists and six steals in Friday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: Middleton is one of the better waiver wire pickups this season and he has leveled out as a top-40 value in his new role as primary scorer for the Bucks. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 10, 10:01 pm
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