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  • Millsap whooped up on in Game 2 loss to Cavs
    Paul Millsap struggled mightily in Friday's Game 2 loss to the Cavs, scoring four points on 2-of-8 shooting with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Millsap has lost his offensive confidence and in every other aspect of the game he was lacking tonight. He flashed some good defense against LeBron James in Game 1, but wasn't called upon in that department tonight. Instead, he was a big reason that Tristan Thompson was able to get all he could eat. Rotoworld.com
    48 minutes ago
  • Carroll (knee) guts out team-high 34 minutes
    DeMarre Carroll bounced back from a scary looking knee injury in Game 1 against the Cavs to play in Game 2, finishing with six points on 2-of-6 shooting and three rebounds in a team-high 34 minutes.

    Advice: Carroll was clearly hobbled and fairly lucky that LeBron James didn't test him as much as he could have. Still, the fact that he led his team in minutes and didn't back down from the challenge tonight are huge feathers in his cap for free agency. He needs some of his teammates to show the same fire he had tonight. Rotoworld.com
    51 minutes ago
  • Horford dinged up in 12-point, six-board game
    Al Horford scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, one steal and one block in Friday's Game 2 loss to the Cavs, but also got dinged up throughout the game with apparent quad injuries.

    Advice: Horford left the game once and would later return and the nature of his discomfort was hard to peg, but it's clear he's not at 100 percent and his status might be touchy going forward. He said after the game that he was okay, however, so Hawks fans can only cross their fingers and hope it doesn't become an issue in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    54 minutes ago
  • Korver injures ankle in Game 2 loss to CLE
    Kyle Korver scored 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting (including two threes) with one rebound and one steal in 32 minutes, but left the game late after hurting an ankle and did not return.

    Advice: Korver left with the game basically in Cleveland's hands so it's possible the injury is less serious than more serious, and X-rays taken after the game were negative. Kent Bazemore (12 minutes, seven points, one steal) would step into some more minutes if Korver can't play in Game 3, and Dennis Schroder (13 points, 6-of-11 FGs, 12 minutes) could also get more minutes as long as he didn't shoot himself into the doghouse tonight. We'll update Korver's status as soon as we learn more. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:14 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • LeBron dominant in cakewalk win over Hawks
    LeBron James scored 30 points on 10-of-22 shooting (2-of-7 3PTs, 8-of-11 FTs) with nine rebounds, 11 assists and one block as the Cavs trounced the Hawks in Friday's Game 2 win.

    Advice: It's unfair to ask any one player to guard LeBron and the Hawks' scheme has been borderline belligerent on top of that. The scary part is that he is appears to be toying with the Hawks, settling for outside looks rather than punishing Atlanta for their lack of size. Game 3 is Sunday in Cleveland. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:09 pm
  • Thompson too much to handle down low
    Tristan Thompson was too much to handle for the Hawks in the Cavs' Game 2 win on Friday, grabbing 16 rebounds to go with seven points and two boards in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Thompson had a big-time block on Kent Bazemore as a signature play and his play in the playoffs has earned him a big payday. He has rendered Paul Millsap useless and the Hawks don't appear to have the muscle to keep him off the glass. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:05 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll (knee) to start in Game 2
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) will start in Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs.

    Advice: Carroll was wincing throughout warmups and owners have to plan for some sort of limitation. Kent Bazemore and Paul Millsap may end up picking up the slack on LeBron James. If Carroll falters then Bazemore stands to gain the most here in terms of playing time, but his numbers could suffer if he has to cover LeBron a lot. Kyle Korver could also get some time on the King. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:59 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll remains a game-time decision
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) is still a game-time decision to play against the Cavs on Friday night in Game 2.

    Advice: There is an unconfirmed report that Carroll won't be playing, which wouldn't be a surprise. Of course, there's some added risk because Carroll is headed to free agency this summer and has a lot riding on that left knee of his. If he is out, Kent Bazemore will likely move into the starting lineup. Expect to see Dennis Schroder log more minutes along with Paul Millsap guarding LeBron James more often. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:52 pm
  • Gordon Hayward has minor heel procedure
    Gordon Hayward had minor outpatient surgery on his right heel.

    Advice: He is expected to make a full recovery in the early part of the summer. Hayward missed some game action near the end of the season due to an Achilles issue, so that likely explains his procedure. It shouldn't affect his fantasy value as an early-round target. The Jazz will have decent depth at all their positions, so their draft selection won't be easy. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:41 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 117-91 @ Hou
  • Dwight Howard (knee) probable for Game 3
    Dwight Howard (knee) is being listed as probable for Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: Howard went off for 19 points and 17 rebounds during Game 2's loss, so there's absolutely no reason to think he won't be in uniform for a crucial Game 3 in Houston. His probable tag would suggest he didn't experience any setbacks during his 40 minutes of action on Thursday, and Houston will need all they can get from Dwight if they hope to climb out of their current 0-2 hole. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:39 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
    Today, 10:36 am
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Kent Bazemore ready to step up if Carroll out
    Kent Bazemore is ready to step into the starting lineup as LeBron James' primary defender if DeMarre Carroll (knee) can't give it a go for Friday's Game 2.

    Advice: "It’s great," Bazemore said regarding the opportunity to enter the starting lineup and guard James. "It’s a great platform to show what you can do. They brought me here as a defender and that’s my job. What a great measuring stick to go up against one of the best." The energy exerted while guarding one of the best players in the league will likely lead to a limited offensive output from Bazemore, so even if he slides into a starting role, he's not going to be a great daily league play. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:53 am
  • LeBron James still dealing with pain in ankle
    LeBron James said that his ankle "has been better," but he's in no danger of sitting out Game 2 vs. the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: At this point in the season, almost everyone is a little banged up, but James will continue to fight through the pain in order to give his squad the best chance at coming away with a Game 2 win in Atlanta. With Kyrie Irving's (knee, foot) status up in the air for Game 2, and DeMarre Carroll (knee) sounding unlikely, LeBron James could be in for a monster game. He'll make for a fine daily league play tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:45 am
  • DeMarre Carroll (knee) a game-time decision
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) will be a game-time decision for Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs, although it appears unlikely he'll be able to play.

    Advice: Carroll was spotted walking with a slight limp after Friday morning's shootaround, and head coach Mike Budenholzer sounded pessimistic when discussing Carroll's availability for Game 2. "We’ll see how he does the rest of the day and if he progresses," Budenholzer said. "He did some things this morning and we are hopeful for the best." Expect Kent Bazemore to start if Carroll can’t give it a go, with him and Paul Millsap serving as LeBron James’ primary defenders. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:37 am
  • Gallinari at center of DEN rebuilding effort
    Danilo Gallinari is likely at the center of the Nuggets rebuilding efforts, according to Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post.

    Advice: Gallinari, who required two years to recover from a knee surgery that was initially botched, had a strong finish to the 2014-15 season highlighted by a 47-point explosion. Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried are sure to be some names floating around the rumor mill this offseason, but it sounds like Gallinari and Jusuf Nurkic are in no danger of being traded. Gallinari will finally have a full summer of being healthy to work on his game this offseason, and he could make for a sneaky late-round target in next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:35 am
  • Carroll walking gingerly after shootaround
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) was spotted walking gingerly after Friday morning's shootaround, and he will be a game-time decision for Game 2 against the Cavs.

    Advice: Carroll was not made available to the media after shootaround, and it sounds like he'll be a true game-time decision on Friday, meaning we likely won't know his status until minutes before the tip. If he's forced to sit, Kent Bazemore and Paul Millsap would be given the unfortunate task of guarding LeBron James. With Kyrie Irving (knee, foot) also questionable for this one, James could be in line for a monster game going up against the lesser defense of the aforementioned players. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:10 am
  • Carroll sporting a knee brace at shootaround
    DeMarre Carroll walked out to the court for the Hawks' Friday morning shootaround wearing a knee brace on his injured left knee.

    Advice: While Carroll remains questionable for Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs, him participating in shootaround can be viewed as a positive sign. Atlanta absolutely needs Carroll as he's their best defender against LeBron James (he's holding James to just 31 percent shooting from the field), and this is a situation we'll be following very closely. If Carroll is unable to go, Kent Bazemore would likely slide into the starting lineup, and both he and Paul Millsap would be tasked with guarding James. All that effort guarding James on defense would likely take away from each players offensive output. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:50 am
  • Kris Humphries looking to become a stretch-4
    Kris Humphries stated during a recent interview that he will be looking to expend his range to beyond the 3-point arc this offseason.

    Advice: "I never really worked on shooting threes and stuff. I started working on it this year," said Humphries. "I had a lot of success in the last month [practicing] or so I really working on it every day, continue to work on it next year, add to my game." Wizards' head coach Randy Wittman has been gravitating towards playing smaller and faster with shooters at the four-spot, and current starting center Marcin Gortat has expressed a desire to play alongside a stretch-four, so if Humphries wants more consistent minutes this is a part of his game he'll need to develop. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:19 am
  • Jerry West mentored Harrison Barnes
    Jerry West worked directly with Harrison Barnes this past offseason, and Barnes credits that five-day boot camp for his development this season.

    Advice: "We'd work out in the morning. We'd get some work in, and then [West would] show up and put me through a workout," said Barnes. "He'd show me stuff he would do, and then we'd go out to eat and talk about what the league is like today, stuff he saw back in the day." Barnes is the only person not named Kobe Bryant that West has personally worked with, and the things they did over the course of the offseason obviously did wonders for his game. Barnes' numbers improved across the board this year, and he's currently averaging 11.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocks on 49.5 percent shooting through this year's postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:53 am
  • Parsons (knee) may not be ready for camp
    Chandler Parsons (knee) would not commit to being ready for next year's training camp during a recent interview.

    Advice: "I hope so," Parsons said regarding being ready for training camp. "Something like this, you never know. I think it’s very beneficial that I’m not going to be playing any games and practicing or anything like that. I’ll just be working out [with the Mavericks’ athletic training staff]. I think so." Parsons would also not say whether he had arthroscopic or microfracture surgery, and the recovery timetables on those two procedures are significantly different. While arthroscopic surgery typically takes around 4-6 weeks to get back to basketball activities, microfracture surgery involves an 8-month recovery process. If he did indeed undergo microfracture surgery, he'll lose some value heading into next year's drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:19 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Corey Brewer invisible in Game 2 loss
    Corey Brewer played just 19 minutes and hit 1-of-5 shots for three points, zero rebounds and one assist in Thursday's Game 2 loss.

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

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

    Advice: Ariza went off in Game 1 with 20 points and four 3-pointers on 7-of-10 shooting, and while he played solid defense again tonight, Ariza just never got it going. Look for him to bounce back in Saturday's Game 3 at Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:21 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Josh Smith struggles in Game 2 loss
    Josh Smith hit just 5-of-17 shots and missed all three of his 3-point attempts for 10 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and no blocks in 21 minutes of Thursday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: The Rockets fell into an early 17-point hole and the fact that Smith was outshooting teammate James Harden had a lot to do with it. Harden eventually took over and helped the Rockets to a 23-6 run to end the first half, but Smith was out there chucking again in the second half. He had 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers in Game 1, but didn't even look engaged in Game 2. It will be interesting to see what Kevin McHale does with him in Game 3, but chances are he'll be back out there and shooting at will, as that's what he does. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Dwight Howard plays well despite knee injury
    Dwight Howard not only played through his sore left knee, but went off for 19 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and a block, hitting 8-of-11 shots and 3-of-7 free throws in Thursday's tough loss to the Warriors.

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

    Advice: Harden got off to a slow start and saw his team fall into a 17-point hole in the second quarter, but heated up and led the Rockets on a furious 23-6 run to close out the first half and tying the score. Harden had the ball in his hands with seven seconds on the clock and trailing by one point, but couldn't get through a double team of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and never even got a shot off. Look for him to continue to go nuts in this series, especially at home for Games 3 and 4. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Andre Iguodala plays 31 minutes off bench
    Andre Iguodala played 31 minutes off the bench and hit both of his shots for six points, two rebounds, six assists and two steals in Thursday's 99-98 win over the Rockets.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Advice: "[Crowder] added toughness, energy and confidence," said Gotham. "I think he gave our guys a swagger." Multiple executives from Boston's front offices have openly stated their desire to retain Crowder as a restricted free agent this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see just how high they go in order to keep him in a Celtics' jersey. Crowder had a nice run down the stretch, posting averages of 11.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.9 three-pointers per game during the month of April, so he'll be a nice low-end option in deep leagues if he does indeed remain in Boston. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:13 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • Dwight Howard (knee) a game-time decision
    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said that Dwight Howard (knee) went through about half of Thursday's shootaround, and he will be a game-time decision for Game 2 vs. the Warriors.

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

    Advice: After Smith poured in eight three-pointers in Game 1 on Wednesday, Blatt made sure to commend Smiths' improved defense. "He pays attention to scouting reports and works hard on that end of the court," Blatt told me a few weeks ago. "J.R. has been great." For his part, Smith may have given the quote of the day in saying, "I'd rather take a contested shot than an open shot any day. It's kind of boring when you take open shots." As long as he continues his hot streak, Smith is a must-start in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:44 am
     
    Player Note
    J.R. Smith Cle - SG,SF
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Chandler Parsons mum on type of surgery
    Chandler Parsons (knee) wouldn't reveal whether his surgery was of the micro fracture variety.

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

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

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

    Advice: While the Rockets yet don't know the severity of Howard's injury, Smith said the team isn't hitting the panic button just yet. "We're not in panic mode because we've been here before," Smith said. He is correct in that the Rockets have been here before as Howard only suited up for half of the team's regular season games, but Houston will likely need their big man if they're intent on taking down the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:38 am
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Hawks anxiously await results of Carroll MRI
    The Atlanta Hawks will be anxiously awaiting the results of DeMarre Carroll's MRI on his left knee on Thursday.

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

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

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

    Advice: He scored all 28 of the Cleveland bench points and coach David Blatt was pleased. "When he gets hot, he gets smokin' hot," Blatt said. Smith is obviously happy to be in Cleveland instead of with the Knicks. He'll look to tell his critics to pipe down again in Game 2 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:40 pm
     
    Player Note
    J.R. Smith Cle - SG,SF
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Paul Millsap fouls out, scores 13 points
    Paul Millsap fouled out in 38 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds, three assists and one block.

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

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

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

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

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

    Advice: It doesn't appear to be a serious sprain, but this is slightly worse news than his previous diagnosis of a bruise. In other words, there is some ligament damage to his knee, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll miss time. If he is out, Clint Capela will continue to get significant minutes while Terrence Jones would also play center a lot more. The Rockets should have an update at Thursday's shootaround. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:11 pm
  • Kawhi, Dray, Allen, CP3 & DJ make 1st D team
    Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, Tony Allen, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan made the NBA's All-Defensive First Team on Wednesday.

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

    Advice: Howard is expected to have a precautionary MRI on Wednesday, so we should have another update once we know the results. He was clearly hobbling in Game 1 on Tuesday and finished with just seven points and 13 boards, so hopefully the injury doesn't linger throughout the series. If Howard is unable to play in Game 2, Clint Capela, Terrence Jones and Josh Smith will all see increased roles. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:02 am
  • Clint Capela will be ready if Dwight sits.
    Rookie Clint Capela said that he will be ready to step up if Dwight Howard misses any time due to his knee injury.

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

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

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

    Advice: Ariza played a quintessential '3 and D' role tonight, locking down multiple assignments defensively while stretching the Warriors' defense as a sharp-shooter. He's averaging 4.2 triples on 53.8 percent shooting from downtown over Houston's past five games, solidifying himself one of the most versatile weapons in the Rockets' arsenal. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Dwight Howard limited by left knee in Game 1
    Dwight Howard had seven points, 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers before leaving Tuesday's game with a bruised left knee.

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

    Advice: Houston built an impressive 16-point lead in the first half, only to watch it vanish as the Warriors closed the second quarter on a 25-6 spurt to reclaim the lead. Harden wasn't getting his typical volume of foul calls, finishing 5-of-6 at the free throw line, yet he still put on a clinic with 14 points in the fourth quarter alone. The Warriors remain heavy favorites to advance to the Finals but the Rockets are playing with confidence and they won't be an easy out while Harden maintains this elite level of production. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:04 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • 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
  • Josh Smith implies it'll be a physical WCF
    Josh Smith said after Tuesday morning's shootaround that he's looking forward to a very competitive series against the Warriors.

    Advice: "I mean, it’s the postseason. So I don’t think at this point none of the teams are going to be playing passive," said Smith. "It’s time to lace the shoes up, heighten the shorts up a little higher and get after it a little bit... I look forward to a very competitive series." It'll be MVP vs. MVP runner-up in the Western Conference Finals, and this should be a very competitive, physical, and exciting series to watch. Smith is going to have a tough matchup against Draymond Green of the Warriors, so we may see a bit of a regression to the mean with regards to Smoov’s field goal percentage. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:24 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Terrence Jones excited for matchup w/ GSW
    Terrence Jones said that he is excited for the Rockets' Western Conference Finals matchup against the Warriors.

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

    Advice: Since Thompson has entered the starting lineup, he has compiled averages of 8.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game on 56.6 percent shooting from the field. He had some nice games against the Bulls in Cleveland's second-round series, and he'll be a nightly double-double threat going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:56 am
  • Hawks optimistic on landing Paul Millsap
    The Hawks are quietly optimistic about re-signing Paul Millsap.

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

    Advice: LeBron apparently "tweaked his back" at some point against the Bulls, but since he's a cyborg robot with no ability to feel human pain, we don't expect any issues. In all sincerity, LeBron will be fine and is prepared to put the Cavs on his back in an effort to win Cleveland an elusive championship trophy. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:48 am
  • Al Horford doesn't pay attention to analytics
    Al Horford said he doesn't pay attention to analytics.

    Advice: "I don't pay attention at all," he said on ESPN's Mike and Mike radio show. This comment is sure to raise the eyebrow of fans, commentators, analysts and probably several in Atlanta's front office, but with the Hawks heading to the Eastern Conference Finals, this really shouldn't be a story. Horford is a phenomenally gifted player who is from the same school of being underappreciated as Mike Conley, Jr. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:32 am
  • Trevor Ariza drains six 3-pointers in victory
    Trevor "A-three-za" was phenomenal during the Rockets Game 7 win on Sunday, scoring 22 points (6-of-14 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers through 43 minutes of action.

    Advice: Ariza was Houston's second-leading scorer in this one, and his effort from start-to-finish was fantastic. He's had a very nice postseason run thus far, averaging 13.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.2 three-pointers and 1.7 steals per game, while playing some lock down defense holding his opponents to just 39.7 percent shooting from the field. He'll likely spend some time picking up Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the Western Conference Finals, and the Rockets will need his defense and 3-point shooting if they hope to upset the West's No. 1 seed. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:13 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Josh Smith scores 15 points in Game 7 win
    Josh Smith was effective during Sunday's Game 7 win over the Clippers, scoring 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, to go with one rebound, one block, two 3-pointers and one turnover over 22 minutes.

    Advice: The turning point in this series came during Game 5 when Smith entered the starting lineup, and he was also a major component to Houston’s improbable Game 6 comeback win. This is a great story for Smoov who was the butt of a lot of jokes when he was waived by Detroit earlier in the year, and it looks like he found a new home in Houston. He’ll have to deal with Draymond Green in the Western Conference Finals, and that matchup should be very fun to watch, assuming Smoov remains with the starting unit. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:58 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Dwight Howard double-doubles in Game 7 win
    Dwight Howard put up a double-double in Sunday's Game 7 win over the Clippers, scoring 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting (4-of-8 from the line), with 15 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two turnovers through 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: Howard has looked revitalized this postseason after spending a lot of time on the sidelines with a knee injury during the regular-season. He’s been playing some elite level defense, and he could give the Warriors trouble in the Western Conference Finals. Dwight has compiled averaged of 17.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.7 blocks on 57.7 percent shooting from the field through the playoffs so far, a major improvement from his regular-season numbers. He's also been a beast on the glass with a rebounding rate of 21.9, he’ll be a strong daily league play the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:44 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • James Harden leads Rockets to Game 7 victory
    James Harden led the Rockets to a Game 7 victory on Sunday, scoring 31 points (7-of-20 FGs, 15-of-18 FTs), with seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block and seven turnovers through 43 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Rockets became just the ninth team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit, something that hasn't been done since 2006 when the Suns upset the Lakers. The Rockets hit the Clippers early, and never looked back, as evidenced by the zero lead changes throughout the contest. Harden has been phenomenal through the postseason so far, averaging 26.3 points, 8.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 2.5 three-pointers, and 1.2 steals per game. He'll look to keep his momentum going into the Western Conference Finals for a tough matchup against the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:28 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • James Harden ready to go for Sunday
    James Harden is ready to go for Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: It's going to be very interesting to see how coach Kevin McHale handles his rotation. His most-used lineups haven't had success while his bench has fared well. Regardless, expect Harden to get plenty of action. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:09 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) practices on Sat
    Tristan Thompson (shoulder) was able to practice on Saturday.

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

    Advice: "We've all been in tough games before," Smith said. "We've all been down. We've all seen situations that seem impossible. We stayed positive. We were reinforcing to everybody that we had the opportunity to still win this game. Nineteen points. I've seen bigger deficits before and teams coming back from it and we were able to do it." Smith has started the last two games which have both resulted in wins, so it's safe to say that he will be starting in Game 7 on Sunday after scoring 19 points with six boards, two assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in Game 6. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:33 am
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Harrison Barnes continues great run
    Harrison Barnes kept his strong postseason going on Friday night with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover in 36 minutes.

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

    Advice: He had some foul trouble in this game because the refs were a little tough on him for his fourth foul during the third quarter. Green has made just 18.5 percent from beyond the arc in his last five, averaging 11.8 points, 9.0 boards, 4.6 assists, 0.8 blocks, 1.8 steals and 1.0 treys. He'll be a handful for either the Clippers or Rockets in the next round. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:16 pm
  • Kyle Korver makes just 1-of-8 in win
    Kyle Korver made just 1-of-8 from the field against the Wizards on Friday night for two points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Even when Korver is off, just the threat of him making shots is enough to make him effective. The Wizards and Nets both refused to have Korver's man help on defense and that may have explained why the Hawks had so many layups tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:26 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Al Horford comes up big on the defensive end
    Al Horford was outstanding on defense against the Wizards on Friday with 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

    Advice: The Wizards just could not get easy looks around the basket and most of the credit has to go to Horford here. The Hawks couldn't keep the Wizards guards in front of them, but the Wizards as a team made just 48.5 percent of their shots in the restricted area -- mostly due to Horford contesting. He's one of the best centers in the NBA and still seems to be under-appreciated. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:19 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
    Friday, 2:31 pm
     
    New Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • J.R. Smith trolls the Knicks on Instragram
    J.R. Smith posted a picture of he and Iman Shumpert on Instragram after the Cavs' Game 6 win on Thursday (advancing them to the Eastern Conference Finals), with the caption: "One man's trash, is another man's treasure."

    Advice: Shots fired! Phil Jackson traded away both Smith and Shumpert back in early-January for next to nothing, and while both players were unable to grasp the triangle offense, they have played very well in coach David Blatt's system. Jackson, who coached the Lakers and Bulls to a collective 11 championships, has had a rough run as president of basketball operations for the Knicks. So far, he's traded away Smith, Shumpert, and Tyson Chandler while receiving little in return, and the Knicks posted a franchise-worst record of 17-65 this season. This is unfamiliar territory for Phil to say the least. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:26 am
     
    Player Note
    J.R. Smith Cle - SG,SF
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Corey Brewer scores 19 points vs. Clippers
    Corey Brewer exploded down the stretch against the Clippers on Thursday with 19 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

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

    Advice: If you went to bed early, you missed one of the craziest finishes in a long time. Smith was burying clutch 3-pointer after clutch 3-pointer, finishing with 14 points in the fourth quarter with four treys. The Pistons cut him from their roster for basically taking too many long-range shots, so this had to feel good for Smoove. He'll obviously be starting in Game 7 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:58 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • James Harden gets benched in comeback win
    James Harden was benched down the stretch during Houston's miracle comeback in Los Angeles on Thursday, finishing with 23 points, two rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Rockets were rolling with Josh Smith running the offense and Corey Brewer also playing well on offense. Harden was sick today, but coach Kevin McHale said he went with his other guys because he liked how they were getting stops and had a good rhythm. McHale said Harden will be ready to roll for Game 7 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:51 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • LeBron James struggles, Cavs still advance
    LeBron James made 7-of-23 from the field for 15 points in a series-clinching 94-73 victory over the Bulls on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks and four turnovers.

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

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

    Advice: Smith replaced Terrance Jones in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 5 win and McHale will stick with the same starters for Game 6. Smoove didn't have a huge game on Tuesday with just nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, one block, and one three-pointer in 22 minutes, but his numbers were in line with his series averages so fantasy owners should expect more of the same on Thursday night. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:47 am
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Draymond Green guarding Grizz like fine wine
    Draymond Green said guarding the Grizzlies' big men is like fine wine.

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

    Advice: Harden needed an IV to help deal with his fever before Game 5 on Tuesday, but was still able to notch his first career triple-double during the win. "He looked OK," Rockets coach Kevin McHale told reporters on Wednesday. "He had a little bit of a cough. We just had a meeting and watched some film. We didn't do anything. He looked OK." We'll update Harden's status prior to game-time, but it sounds like fantasy owners can feel free to deploy him as they normally would. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:24 am
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Andre Iguodala solid again for Warriors
    Andre Iguodala played 25 minutes off the bench and hit 7-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 16 points, three rebounds and three assists in Wednesday's win over the Grizzlies to take a 3-2 lead.

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

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

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

    Advice: He did the splits at one point late in the first half, but played in the second half. As the guys on TNT said, he's young and flexible, so a move that would have immobilized older players didn't even seem to affect Barnes. He's starting and getting solid minutes for the Warriors, and always has the potential to put up decent fantasy numbers for Golden State. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • Paul Millsap quiet in win over Wizards
    Paul Millsap had 14 points, seven rebounds and six turnovers on 6-of-14 shooting in Wednesday's crazy win over the Wizards.

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

    Advice: Korver hit a shot from way behind the 3-point line with about five minutes left that appeared to inspire his team. Al Horford backed it up with a 3-pointer and those six points were the core of a key 14-0 run for the Hawks. Korver has really struggled during the playoffs, but also came through with five rebounds, six steals and two blocks in tonight's must-win. He's not playing well enough to rely on in fantasy, but his long bomb was one of the keys to Wednesday's win. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:54 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Al Horford the hero in Hawks Game 5 win
    Al Horford became the first Hawk to ever have a 20-10-5 game in the playoffs, finishing with 23 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, five blocks, a 3-pointer and the game-winning rebound and layup as the Hawks beat the Wizards 82-81 in Wednesday's Game 5, giving Atlanta a 3-2 lead in the series.

    Advice: Horford was a monster tonight, hitting huge 3-pointer to cut the lead to one point in the last five minutes during a 14-0 run for the Hawks. He then hit a two-point shot to give his team the lead with 3:10 remaining, and later cleaned up a Dennis Schroder missed layup attempt by stealing a rebound from Nene and hitting the game-winning layup with 1.9 seconds remaining. Horford was a beast tonight and the best player on the floor, which allowed the Hawks to escape with the win, despite not playing their best game. The Hawks also overcame 25 turnovers, which equaled a season high and set a franchise playoff high in a win. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:50 pm
  • Kerr praises Harrison Barnes' defense
    Warriors head coach Steve Kerr praised Harrison Barnes for his defense against Zach Randolph in Game 4.

    Advice: "That's what makes Harrison unique," Kerr said. "The fact that he's strong enough to guard a guy like Zach Randolph -- obviously, with help. He is strong enough to hold off some of the league's best power forwards for periods of the game. He's quick enough to switch onto a point guard. That's part of the versatility of our defense that makes us so good at that end when we're really playing well. Harrison's a big part of that whole dynamic." Barnes will look to keep his momentum going in Game 5 on Wednesday with the series tied 2-2. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:54 am
  • Trevor Ariza scores 22 points in Game 5 win
    Trevor Ariza was terrific on both ends of the court during Game 5, scoring 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting with four 3-pointers, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and one turnover.

    Advice: Houston came into Game 5 averaging 9.4 triples on 33.9 percent shooting from downtown in the postseason, both of which are lower than their regular-season averages (11.4 makes on 34.8 percent shooting). Ariza went 4-of-6 from deep tonight but the Rockets still shot 31.0 percent from downtown overall, and they'll need to sharpen their perimeter attack to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:41 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • James Harden triple-doubles in Game 5 win
    James Harden triple-doubled during Tuesday's season-extending Game 5 win, notching 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, but he exited late in the game due to an illness.

    Advice: Harden played well in Games 1-4 but he reached another level in tonight's elimination game, despite suffering from a cold that required an IV earlier in the day. The Rockets are committing 16.2 turnovers per game in the playoffs, more than any other team, and the absence of Patrick Beverley looms large, so Harden may need to sustain this elite level of play to come back from a 3-2 series deficit. He should be ready to go for Thursday's do-or-die road game in L.A. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • LeBron James' 38 pts lead Cavs to Game 5 win
    LeBron James (ankle) was a beast throughout Tuesday's Game 5 victory, racking up 38 points, one 3-pointer, 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks without a single turnover in 41 minutes.

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

    Advice: Kevin McHale may prefer to have Smith defend Blake Griffin, he may believe Jones will have an easier time scoring vs. L.A.'s reserves, or both. Smith should log more than his series-average 18.3 minutes on Tuesday, while Jones shouldn't have trouble matching his 23.3 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:25 pm
     
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    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • LeBron James will play in Game 5 on Tuesday
    LeBron James (ankle) is a go for Game 5 against the Bulls on Tuesday.

    Advice: James was never really in any danger of sitting out Game 5, and he'll look to power the Cavs to a win tonight with Kyrie Irving (knee, foot) hobbled and Kevin Love (shoulder) watching from the sidelines. James posted a gaudy 42.8 usage rate during Game 4, and it should be more of the same tonight. He’ll be a popular play in daily leagues tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:55 pm
  • LeBron James will test ankle before Game 5
    LeBron James (ankle) said he'll test his ankle before making a final decision on Game 5, but is planning to play.

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

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

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