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  • Khris Middleton cashes in with 21 points
    Khris Middleton scored 21 points in 38 minutes against the Bulls on Monday with four rebounds, two assists, four steals and two 3-pointers on 8-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: He was really hot in the first half with 15 points, but cooled off after halftime. Middleton wasn't shooting the ball well before this game, making 36.2 percent from the field for 17.0 points in his previous four. He'll likely have another good game in front of the home crowd on Thursday. For what it's worth, Middleton's 50.9 percent from the field in home games this regular season was 8.3 percent better than it was on the road. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:05 pm
  • Pau Gasol scores 25 points in Monday loss
    Pau Gasol scored 25 points during a Game 5 94-88 loss to the Bucks in Chicago on Monday, adding 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: This is a really bad loss for the Bulls. Their offense vanished in the fourth and coach Tom Thibodeau still doesn't seem to have the right frontcourt combination. Joakim Noah was everywhere on Monday with 10 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, one steal and three blocks in 32 minutes. Taj Gibson played just 15 minutes with 12 points and three boards because Nikola Mirotic played more power forward today. Mirotic was also quiet with three points and one rebound. The Bulls have lost all of their momentum and will take their 3-2 lead to Milwaukee on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:58 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 20 points in loss
    DeMarre Carroll had another big game in a 120-115 overtime loss to the Nets on Monday, scoring 20 points with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

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

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

    Advice: It's only a possibility for now and he is getting multiple opinions on his ailing knee. If he is going to have that surgery, he'll be out for the start of training camp and possibly the start of the season. Parsons was a top-60 player in fantasy last season, but this surgery would move him closer to 100 on fantasy draft boards. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:22 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Kelly Olynyk suspended one game
    Kelly Olynyk has been suspended one game for his incident with Kevin Love.

    Advice: He was tangled up with Love and now won't play in the opening game of the 2015-16 season. Olynyk doesn't have a history of dirty play, but it was a little more physical than most loose-ball incidents. HIs fantasy value will be tied to whether or not the Celtics keep Brandon Bass or draft another big man. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:08 pm
     
    Suspended
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) out for second round
    Kevin Love (shoulder) will not be able to play in the second round of the playoffs.

    Advice: The team is calling it "an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising." In simpler terms, he suffered damage to several parts of his shoulder and has tearing, so he is likely out beyond the second round, as well. Love is undergoing treatment while other opinions are being considered. For now, there will be a combination of Tristan Thompson, James Jones and Iman Shumpert getting more run. The Cavs also used LeBron James at the four a lot on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:04 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Blake Griffin (shoulder stinger) will play
    Blake Griffin is dealing with a right shoulder stinger and will play in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard of the injury and it sounds minor. Griffin logged 43 minutes on Sunday with 20 points and 19 boards. He's also posting terrific averages of 22.3 points, 13.3 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:37 pm
  • Jae Crowder calls J.R. Smith play cheap
    Jae Crowder described J.R. Smith's play against him as a cheap shot.

    Advice: "Cheap shots. But it is what it is." The good news is that Crowder is expected to avoid surgery and appears to have avoided a major injury, but his ACL sprain will take several weeks of rest and rehab. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:56 am
     
    Injured
  • Patrick Patterson wants to be a starter
    Patrick Patterson revealed that he'd prefer to start, but he's happy to play any role the Raptors ask of him.

    Advice: "Of course I'd love to start. What NBA player wouldn't want to start?" Patterson's reiteration that he's willing to play any role for the Raptors so long as it's consistent is going to save him here, and with Amir Johnson's impending free agency, it's very possible Patterson gets his wish as soon as next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:16 am
  • Crowder has ACL sprain, won't need surgery
    Jae Crowder (knee) has been diagnosed with an ACL sprain and bone bruise, and he's expected to avoid surgery.

    Advice: This is fantastic news for Crowder ahead of his restricted free agency, and it's a nice development after Crowder was maliciously taken out of the game by J.R. Smith. Crowder will need rest and rehab in order to recover, and he will have a ton of suitors on the open market after breaking out in a big way with the Celtics. For what it's worth, Boston GM Danny Ainge has said repeatedly that the team wants to re-sign No. 99. He's quickly turned into a fan favorite, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:52 am
     
    Injured
  • Brandon Bass wants to return to Celtics
    Brandon Bass expressed a desire to return to the Celtics next season.

    Advice: Bass is entering unrestricted free agency, and he admitted he doesn't know what to expect next. Bass also admitted that he didn't play well in the playoffs, citing a mental issue, and noted that his "mental game" is something he plans to work on during the offseason. He's likely to be wearing a different uniform for 2015-16. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:25 am
  • David Lee expected to return for second round
    David Lee is expected to return for the second round of the playoffs.

    Advice: "It's a team that plays big and that we're going to need every big on the roster ready to go, myself included," Lee said. Lee was actually available for Game 4 on an emergency basis, but now he's good to go in any capacity. The team's highest-paid player will continue to play a support role as the rest of the club has taken off without him. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:22 am
  • Report: Asik expected to return to Pelicans
    According to ESPN's Marc Stein, "initial signals" suggest Omer Asik will return to the Pelicans next season.

    Advice: Asik, an unrestricted free agent, should have no shortage of interest on the open market considering what he brings to the table. With a looming max extension also in the picture for Anthony Davis along with Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans all on the roster, the Pelicans are going to have to make some interesting decisions this offseason as the team looks to improve its ceiling. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:17 am
  • Kelly Olynyk fires back at Kevin Love
    Kelly Olynyk said it's "ridiculous" that Kevin Love (shoulder) thinks Olynyk injured him on purpose.

    Advice: "I would never intentionally hurt Kevin or anyone else. He locked my arm up, I locked up his as we were fighting for a loose ball. You lock up arms all the time in this league," Olynyk said. "I wish him a very speedy recovery, and I hope he can come back to help his team in the playoffs." Love called it a "bush-league play," but it was in the moment and the big man was probably extra salty after sustaining the injury in the first round of his first playoff series ever. GM Danny Ainge also defended Olynyk, saying that the two simply got their arums tangled up. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:56 am
     
    Suspended
  • Nerlens Noel wants to add weight in offseason
    Nerlens Noel wants to use the offseason to add weight to his frame.

    Advice: Along with "continuing to work on my skillset," Noel identified adding weight as his primary goal. He didn't specify a certain weight or how many pounds he'd like to gain, but he said he eats at least four times per day, a lot of heavy calories and "a lot of shakes." Noel is never going to be confused for Big Baby Davis, but building out his frame will continue to be a priority for the Sixers' prized prospect. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:43 am
  • Report: Love, Celtics share mutual interest
    The Celtics have become a possible destination for Kevin Love in free agency, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: There is a ton of speculative language, so we'll take this from what it's worth while noting that it's from the esteemed Adrian Wojnarowski, who almost never misses when it comes to scooping NBA news. Woj writes that Love has never been "completely comfortable in Cleveland," something anyone with a pulse could feel, and the scribe adds that Boston has "closed the gap" with the Lakers should Love decide to leave Cleveland in the offseason. After Love called out Kelly Olynyk and the Celtics on Sunday, maybe he's not feeling the love in Bean Town so much anymore. Despite Love saying he's intent on remaining in Cleveland, nothing is certain until it's done. The Cavs cannot afford to lose him. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:16 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Rivers: Blake is our second-best passer
    Doc Rivers called Blake Griffin the second-best passer on the Clippers behind Chris Paul.

    Advice: When asked why he had his power forward operating for others, Rivers responded simply, "Because after Chris, Blake is our best passer." Griffin averaged a career-high 5.3 assists this season after never eclipsing the 4.0 mark in any campaign prior, and he's averaging 7.3 assists in the first round series vs. San Antonio through its first four games. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:08 am
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) seeing a specialist
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is expected to get a third opinion this week.

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

    Advice: Smoove's shot selection tonight is a testament to the Rockets' offensive system -- he had five attempts beyond the arc, four attempts in the paint, and one "mid-range shawty" look from 11 feet. The Rockets are still firmly in control of the series with a 3-1 lead and they'll look to close out the Mavs with a win in Houston on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:42 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Dwight Howard shoots just 3-of-13 at FT line
    Dwight Howard's free throw struggles were on full display in Sunday's Game 4 defeat, as he went 3-of-13 at the line to finish with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Howard missed two months with a knee injury and the Rockets limited him as a precaution down the stretch, a decision which has already paid off with solid production in the playoffs. He's averaging 16.3 points on 61.0 percent shooting, 12.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 blocks through four postseason games. He'd even made 12-of-18 free throws prior to tonight's struggles on the road. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Terrence Jones held to 18 minutes in Game 4
    Terrence Jones started Game 4 on Sunday but he played only 18 minutes to finish with 13 points, six rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: With Donatas Motiejunas out for the playoffs following back surgery, we've been expecting bigger postseason numbers from T-Jones as the Rockets' starting power forward. He was again overshadowed by Josh Smith, however, and through four games he's averaging only 12.3 points on 38.1 percent shooting. He also has zero assists or blocks in his past three games and owners should at least temper expectations while Houston is matched up with the Mavericks. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Report: Kevin Love (shoulder) may miss 2+ wks
    Kevin Love (dislocated shoulder) will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his injury, but ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports that he will likely miss "a minimum of two weeks."

    Advice: It seems inevitable that Love will miss games in the second round of the playoffs. We'll await test results before jumping to any far-reaching conclusions, but Tristan Thompson is likely to see the biggest boost if Love is forced to miss any time. James Jones, Mike Miller and possibly Shawn Marion could also see their roles increased, especially if J.R. Smith is suspended for blatantly hitting Jae Crowder in the face on Sunday. Check back on Monday for updates on Love's status. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:50 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Wizards complete sweep vs. Raptors on Sunday
    Paul Pierce torched the visiting Raptors once more on Sunday, dropping 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting with four 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in only 22 minutes.

    Advice: Prior to knowing that his team would definitely face the Wizards in the playoffs, DeMar DeRozan told reporters, "I hope we see Paul Pierce." He may rue those words, however, as Pierce was in vintage form during the Wizards' first round sweep -- he averaged 16.0 points and 3.3 triples while making 53.8 percent of his attempts. He'll get at least a few days to rest before returning to action vs. the winner of the Hawks vs. Nets series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:02 pm
  • Amir Johnson enters free agency on downbeat
    Amir Johnson scored four points, grabbed three rebounds and blocked one shot in 26 minutes during Sunday's Game 4 defeat vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Johnson heads into unrestricted free agency this summer and there's a good chance he won't return to Toronto, where he's spent six of his 10 seasons in the NBA. He was limited by nagging injuries for most of the 2014-15 season but still played in 75 games this season, one reason he was able to crack the top-100 in 8-cat and 9-cat fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:51 pm
     
    W, 92-87 vs Cha
  • Blake Griffin w/ playoff-career-high 19 rebs
    Blake Griffin grabbed a playoff career-high 19 rebounds to help the Clippers even their first-round series at 2-2, adding 20 points, seven assists and one steal.

    Advice: Griffin turned the ball over just once in 43 minutes and continues to be a problem matchup for the Spurs, who don't have a big man able to defend him one-on-one or keep him off the glass. He had 109 touches in Game 4, easily the most of any player on either team, and will play just as central a role during Tuesday's crucial Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:26 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk could be facing a suspension?
    Kelly Olynyk may be facing a suspension for his actions against Kevin Love during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cavs.

    Advice: Olynyk got tangled up with Love on a play during the first quarter, pulling at Loves arm, and it resulted in a dislocated shoulder for Love. Evan Turner did come to Olynyk's defense after the game saying, "He doesn't have a mean bone in his body. He just can't box out to save his life." Boston's season is over, so the suspension wouldn't go in effect until next season, but we'll be watching or an official ruling from the league. Olynyk finished Sunday's game with just one point and one rebound through 11 minutes of play. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:33 pm
     
    Suspended
  • Jared Sullinger's 21 pts not enough for BOS
    Jared Sullinger did his best to keep the Celtics' season alive on Sunday, scoring 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting, to go with 11 rebounds, one 3-pointer and one block, but it ultimately was not enough as Boston was swept by Cleveland.

    Advice: Sullinger made some minor improvements during third year in the league, finishing his 2014-15 campaign with averages of 13.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 three-pointers, 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocks per game. Injuries also limited him to just 58 regular-season games, marking his second injury-plagued season. His weight continues to be an issue, and his low field goal percentage partnered with limited contributions to the defensive categories really weighs down his value. He's not much more than a low-end asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:06 pm
  • Chris Kaman (ankle) probable for Game 4
    Chris Kaman (ankle) is being listed as probable for Game 4 against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: Kaman will likely see his minutes in the teens, but he's not going to do enough on the stat sheet to matter in fantasy leagues. Kaman's minutes will come at the expense of Meyers Leonard. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:39 pm
  • Love diagnosed w/ dislocated left shoulder
    Kevin Love has officially been diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder, and his status for the Cavs' next game will be determined after he undergoes further evaluation in Cleveland.

    Advice: Love will travel back to Cleveland today to receive additional examination, imaging, and testing, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. Love said there was no doubt in his mind that Kelly Olynyk intentionally pulled on his arm, and there's a chance Olynyk receives a suspension from the league that would be served during next season for his actions today. Love did say that he was feeling better, and that he hopes to play in Game 1 of the next series, but we'll wait for the Cavs' medical staff to set a timeline as players tend to be overly optimistic in projecting their return from injuries. If Love is forced to miss any games, Tristan Thompson and James Jones will pick up some extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:27 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Jae Crowder (knee) will get MRI on Sunday
    Jae Crowder is scheduled to undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the knee injury that he suffered during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cavs.

    Advice: Crowder had played very well during his time with the Celtics, so this is very unfortunate timing as he is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason. The injury didn't look good at all, and Crowder wasn't able to put any weight on his left leg as he was helped to the locker room. We're hoping for the best for Crowder, and we'll provide an update on what the Celtics are currently calling a sprain as soon as more information becomes available. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:14 pm
     
    Injured
  • LeBron James flirts with triple-double in win
    LeBron James fell just two assists shy of a triple-double during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Celtics with 27 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one 3-pointer, one block and six turnovers through 46 minutes of action.

    Advice: James shot 10-of-24 from the field and 6-of-10 from the stripe, and this game was more of a wrestling match than a basketball game. The Cavs closed out their series today with a sweep of the Celtics, which is the sixth time a LeBron-led team has swept a best-of-seven-series. The likely second-round matchup of Chicago vs. Cleveland is going to be a very exciting matchup. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:07 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Jae Crowder leaves Game 4 with knee sprain
    Jae Crowder left Game 4 against the Cavs' with a left knee sprain, and he will not return.

    Advice: Crowder got caught with a nasty elbow from J.R. Smith that caused him to fall to the ground awkwardly, and in the process he injured his knee. He needed to be helped to the locker room, and there's really no way that Smith doesn't receive a suspension from the league for his actions today, the only question is how many games he’ll be forced to miss. Crowder ended Sunday's game with seven points, three rebounds and one assist through 17 minutes of action. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:50 am
     
    Injured
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) probable for Game 5
    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said that everyone came out of Game 4 fine health wise, and Nikola Mirotic (knee) "should be good" for Game 5 on Monday.

    Advice: Mirotic didn't play very well in his return to action on Saturday, scoring just five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer through 20 minutes of action. The minutes, however, were encouraging and we'd expect him to pick up his play on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:38 am
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Hedo Turkoglu dealing with sprained ankle
    Doc Rivers said that Hedo Turkoglu sprained his ankle during Game 3, but he should be fine.

    Advice: "I didn't know a guy who moved that slow could sprain his ankle," said Rivers of Turkoglu. "It shouldn't slow him down." Through the first three games of the series, Turkoglu has scored a total of two points to go with two rebounds and one steal. There's no fantasy value to be had here. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:26 am
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) will not return Sunday
    Kevin Love suffered a left shoulder injury in Game 4 against the Celtics and he will not be able to return according to ESPN's Heather Cox.

    Advice: Not good. He was tangled with Kelly Olynyk while they were fighting for a rebound and it appeared that his shoulder popped out of place. Love looked like he was in a lot of discomfort and immediately ran back to the locker room when it happened. The Cavs said that they will wait for Love to return to Cleveland to further evaluate the injury, and we'll be monitoring this situation very closely. Tristan Thompson and James Jones will have to play more if Love is forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:18 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Jared Sullinger (tailbone) will play Sunday
    Jared Sullinger (bruised tailbone) will be available to play in Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: Sullinger was unable to practice on Saturday and was supposedly a game-time decision, but it's a good sign that the Celtics cleared him to play with over an hour before tip-off. Sullinger is averaging 9.3 points and 5.7 boards while shooting 57 percent from the field in the series, so he is going to have to continue to provide solid minutes off the bench if the Celtics want to avoid getting swept by the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:51 am
  • Jared Sullinger will be a game-time decision
    Jared Sullinger (bruised tailbone) will be a game-time decision on Sunday against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: He wasn't able to practice at all on Saturday and was originally listed as probable, so it looks like he is in danger of missing this contest. For what it's worth, head coach Brad Stevens wouldn't give any indication on whether or not Sullinger will give it a go, but we will pass along an update when we know more. Brandon Bass and Jonas Jerebko could play more if Sullinger is held out. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:23 am
  • Brandon Bass will remain with the first unit
    Brandon Bass will keep his spot in the starting lineup for Game 4 against the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: jonas Jerebko practiced with the first unit on Saturday and actually started the second half of Game 3, but it looks like head coach Brad Stevens will continue to roll with Bass. However, Bass has been playing poor and is averaging just 5.3 points, 2.7 assists, 1.7 boards and 1.0 block per game through the first three games of the series, so owners in daily leagues should probably ignore him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:21 am
  • Jae Crowder will start over Marcus Smart
    Jae Crowder will be replacing Marcus Smart in the starting lineup for Game 4 against the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: Crowder pretty much made it clear in practice on Saturday that he would be in the starting lineup, so this news was expected. There could be additional changes to the lineup as well, so be sure to stay tuned for updates. Smart hasn't played that well in this series so far, and it makes sense to get a physical presence in the lineup such as Crowder to help contain LeBron James. Expect Evan Turner and Avery Bradley to have some extra ball-handling responsibilities as well. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:55 am
     
    Injured
  • LaMarcus Aldridge's future is up in the air
    ESPN's Chris Broussard reported on Saturday that when he asked LaMarcus Aldridge if Portland will be his No.1 choice in free agency, Aldridge said "we'll see".

    Advice: To make this story even more interesting, Blazers general manager Neil Olshey gave his team the option of flying home separately after their Game 2 defeat in Memphis, and Aldridge was the only player to take a separate flight from the team. This certainly doesn't bode well for Aldridge's future in Portland, and it's already being reported that teams such as the Spurs, Mavericks, Lakers and Knicks will pursue him hard this summer. The Blazers have lost the first three games of the series to the Grizzlies, so an early-round exit likely won't help Portland's chances of retaining their star power forward. We will continue to pass along updates as necessary. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:50 am
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) holds up well Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic (knee) said that he wasn't 100 percent in Game 4 against the Bucks on Saturday, but he is happy with the way his body held up.

    Advice: Mirotic was held out of Game 3 and it looked like he was going to spend some quality time on the shelf, so it was definitely surprising to see him return so soon. He didn't play very well on Saturday as he scored just five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer, but the good news is that it looks like he will be fine moving forward. Expect a better performance in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:28 am
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • LaMarcus Aldridge shoots 6-of-18 from field
    LaMarcus Aldridge struggled from the field in Saturday's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies, shooting just 6-of-18 from the field to finish with 21 points, seven boards, five assists and two blocks.

    Advice: His shot was way off for most of the night and he was never able to establish a rhythm. Rumors were swirling around Aldridge for the entire game about potential destinations when he hits free agency, and an early first-round exit likely won't sit too well with him. Aldridge will look to bounce back in Game 4 on Monday as the Blazers try to avoid getting swept by the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:18 pm
  • Chris Kaman (ankle) returns to action
    Chris Kaman (ankle) returned from a one-game absence and saw 17 minutes of action in Game 3 against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: Kaman finished with two points, six boards and one assist, but he was clearly hobbling and he probably shouldn't have played tonight. The veteran probably won't be close to 100 percent for the rest of the series, but we will continue to keep a close eye on his status in advance of Game 4 on Monday. For what it's worth, Kaman's ankle was noticeably swollen after the game, so it's admirable that he tried to play through the pain for his teammates. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:08 pm
  • David Lee gets a DNP-CD
    David Lee did not play on Saturday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Who needs Lee when the Warriors have Draymond Green? Lee will likely be looking at a few more DNP-CDs in the near future. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:49 pm
  • Chris Kaman (ankle) will play in Game 3
    Chris Kaman (ankle) will play in Game 3 vs. the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: He was held out of Game 2 and didn't practice on Friday, but he made it clear that he would be available tonight. Kaman isn't 100 percent, but he should see minutes in the teens which means that Joel Freeland may not be in the rotation. Meyers Leonard may also see less minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:46 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) plays 20 minutes
    Nikola Mirotic returned from a one-game absence and played 20 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday, making 2-of-7 from the field for five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played most of his minutes at small forward, which continues to be a problem area for him. Mirotic has made just 33.3 percent from the field in the playoffs and is scoring just 6.0 points per game. The good news is that he didn't look hurt today. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:44 pm
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 22 points in loss
    DeMarre Carroll made 9-of-12 from the field for 22 points against the Nets on Saturday with six rebounds, one steal, three 3-pointers and four turnovers.

    Advice: None of his teammates had an effective field goal percentage above 50.0 and Carroll was really the only reason the Hawks were able to get over 80 points today. Carroll only had two points on Wednesday, so expect him to be somewhere in between for Game 4 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:50 pm
  • Al Horford makes just 3-of-12 from the field
    Al Horford made just 3-of-12 from the field for seven points against the Nets on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't play down the stretch with Pero Antic getting his minutes. There is no word of an injury and the Hawks probably just wanted a 3-point threat out there in a comeback attempt. Horford is making just 35.9 percent from the field in this series and is being outplayed by Brook Lopez. He'll look to turn it around on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:44 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) will play on Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic (knee) will play against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: He went through a warmup session and was moving around pretty well. This comes as a surprise because Mirotic didn't even run at practice on Friday. Since Derrick Rose has been back and Joakim Noah was active, most of Mirotic's minutes have been at small forward during the regular season, but he's shifted to the four more in the postseason. He'll take away some playing time from Tony Snell and Taj Gibson. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:03 pm
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Chandler Parsons doing light work at practice
    Chandler Parsons (knee) was seen going through a light workout at practice on Saturday, though he remains out for the playoffs.

    Advice: While there is no tear or structural damage to his right knee, he will have to undergo surgery and a timetable for his return will not be set until after the procedure. We will continue to track his progress closely, but it's encouraging to see him move around at practice. Richard Jefferson (calf) will likely continue to start if he is able to play, but Al-Farouq Aminu will likely be the primary beneficiary. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:22 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Jae Crowder says he will be starting Game 4
    Jae Crowder said he will be in the starting lineup for Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: There will also be additional changes to the lineup according to Avery Bradley, but those details haven't been released yet. Crowder and Jonas Jerebko started the second half of Game 3 in place of Marcus Smart and Brandon Bass, so it appears that Smart will be the first victim of the lineup change. Jerebko was also running with the first unit at practice on Saturday, so changes appear to be imminent. We should know more details after shootaround, and we will continue to follow this story very closely. The Celtics have lost the first three games of the series, so nothing will likely be off the table as they look to avoid a sweep vs. the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:04 am
     
    Injured
  • Jared Sullinger is probable for Game 4 Sunday
    Jared Sullinger missed practice on Saturday due to a bruised tailbone, but he is probable to play in Game 4 on Sunday according to head coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: Sullinger was having trouble getting up and down the court, so the team wisely held him out of practice as a precaution. It doesn't sound like he is in danger of missing any action, but we should have another update after shootaround. Sullinger is still getting back into shape after recovering from a foot injury, and he has only played an average of 17.3 minutes through three playoff games. However, he has been playing quite well with averages of 9.3 points and 5.7 boards while shooting 57 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:46 am
  • David Lee (back) will be active for Game 4
    David Lee (back) will be active for Game 4 against the Pelicans after looking good in a 3-on-3 scrimmage on Friday.

    Advice: This doesn't necessarily mean that he will play, but it's a good sign that his back is making progress. Lee won't have a big role in the postseason as long as Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut are healthy, so owners in daily leagues should continue to ignore him. Lee is a former All-Star, but he has almost no shot at stealing minutes away from Green as the playoffs progress. That isn't a knock on Lee in the slightest, but it speaks to how good Green has been on both sides of the floor. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:04 am
  • The Truth walks all over the Raps in G3 win
    Paul Pierce scored 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including four threes) with three rebounds in Friday's 106-99 Game 3 win over the Raptors.

    Advice: The stat line isn't huge but most of his buckets were and the Wiz can now sweep with a win on Sunday. John Wall scored 19 points on 5-of-15 shooting with five rebounds, 15 assists, one steal and one block in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:15 pm
  • Amir Johnson double-doubles in Game 3 loss
    Amir Johnson moved into the starting lineup and double-doubled in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Wizards, scoring 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting with 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson is a gamer and he'll bring his gimpy ankles into Sunday's Game 4 with reckless abandon, and as long as we don't get any bad news he could be a sneaky low-end play in DFS leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:57 pm
     
    W, 92-87 vs Cha
  • Howard grabs career-high 26 rebounds in win
    Dwight Howard grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds in Friday's Game 3 win over the Mavs, and also chipped in with 13 points, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Howard has looked great so far in the playoffs and owners can deal with his long-term knee issues over the summer at this rate. Terrence Jones went for 12 and six, Corey Brewer scored 15 points, and Josh Smith added 18 points, three rebounds, four assists and two triples in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:58 pm
  • Chris Kaman, Arron Afflalo planning to play
    Chris Kaman (ankle) and Arron Afflalo (shoulder) are planning to play on Saturday in Game 3.

    Advice: Kaman is listed as questionable and he said he didn't do anything in practice on Friday. "I know once I tape it and get the right drugs in me, everything will be good," Kaman said. "I’m ready to play tomorrow." He's likely looking at minutes in the teens and will bump Joel Freeland out of the rotation while taking away some time from Meyers Leonard. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:44 pm
  • Amir Johnson starting for Tyler Hansbrough
    Ami Johnson will start at power forward in place of Tyler Hansbrough in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Hansbrough literally had nothing positive to offer on the stat sheet in 12 minutes on Saturday with only one foul and one missed field goal attempt. The Wizards led the NBA in player efficiency rating allowed to power forwards this regular season, so Johnson may have a tough time putting up a big line. He'll also really need to avoid foul trouble, which is a problem for him. Patrick Patterson should also play more than Psycho T. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:03 pm
     
    W, 92-87 vs Cha
  • David Lee (back) not on the injury report
    David Lee (back) is not listed on the injury report for Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: He was expected to play 3-on-3 today and it apparently went well. Lee may not be in the rotation and he would only be Draymond Green's backup at best. Green has at least 40 minutes in all three playoff games this season while Andrew Bogut is also getting 29.7 minutes of playing time. Don't expect much out of Lee in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:02 pm
  • Chris Kaman (ankle) questionable for Saturday
    Chris Kaman (ankle) is questionable to play against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: His ankle was heavily taped at practice on Friday and he probably won't be 100 percent. Meyers Leonard will likely be the first big off the bench while Joel Freeland was in the rotation for just four minutes in Game 2. Fantasy owners can ignore this situation in almost all cases. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:51 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) still not running yet
    Nikola Mirotic (knee) was not able to run at practice on Friday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like he'll be ready for Game 4 on Saturday. With Mirotic out, his minutes at small forward went to Tony Snell while his minutes at the four went to Taj Gibson. The Bulls have plenty of depth at both forward spots and they'll have four chances to finish off the Bucks, so don't expect the rookie to play in the next couple games. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:42 pm
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Johnson or Patterson to start for Game 3?
    Raptors beat reporter Josh Lewenberg is speculating that Amir Johnson or Patrick Patterson could replace Tyler Hansbrough in the starting lineup for Friday's Game 3 against the Wizards.

    Advice: Tyler Hansbrough has been painfully ineffective as the starting power forward for the Raptors through their first two playoff games against Washington, so it would be far from shocking to see head coach Dwane Casey alter his rotations for a crucial Game 3. Johnson gives Toronto a bit more of a defensive presence, while Patterson's range should be able to take some pressure off DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:21 am
     
    W, 92-87 vs Cha
  • James calls Kevin Love a 'big-time player'
    LeBron James praised Kevin Love following his big 23-point performance during Thursday's Game 3 win over the Celtics.

    Advice: "I don't get too involved in what everybody says," James said. "I know what type of player [Love] is, what type of competitor he is, and I know he relishes the opportunity to be a part of this franchise and the postseason. With everything said with the first eight months of the season, he's definitely used it as motivation. I think he's a big-time player, he's a cerebral basketball player." Love received his fair share of criticism (much like Chris Bosh) during his inaugural season as part of the Cavs’ Big-3, but he's looked fantastic so far throughout the Boston-Cleveland series. It’ll be very interesting to see what Love elects to do this offseason with his player option worth $16.7 million. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:53 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Khris Middleton scores 18 points in loss
    Khris Middleton scored 18 points on 6-of-17 from the field against the Bulls on Thursday, adding three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 49 minutes.

    Advice: He hit a clutch shot late in regulation to get this to overtime. Middleton continues to be the floor spacer in the Bucks offense, which is absolutely essential with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Michael Carter-Williams yet to develop some range to their games. Even with Jabari Parker coming back next season, expect the Bucks to match all reasonable offers this summer for the restricted free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:22 pm
  • LeBron James scores 31, Cavs go up 3-0
    LeBron James scored 31 points during a Game 3 103-95 win over the Celtics on Thursday, adding 11 rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He took over in the fourth quarter and the Cavs basically just handed him the keys to their offense. He played the entire fourth quarter with a usage rate of 34.6 while starting the ball movement on most of the possessions. In fact, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have scored or assisted on every Cleveland field goal in the last two fourth quarters. The Cavs will look for the sweep on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:36 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kevin Love scores 23 points, hits six treys
    Kevin Love made 6-of-10 from beyond the arc during a Game 3 win over the Celtics on Thursday, scoring a total of 23 points with nine rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He hit two clutch 3-pointers late in the game to help put this one on ice. Love killed the Celtics on catch-and-shoot 3s and all but one of those six triples came off an assist from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving Yes, that's why they brought him the Cleveland. It's probably safe to say he won't be benched for James Jones again. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:30 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Jae Crowder scores 16 points off bench
    Jae Crowder started the second half against the Cavs during a Game 3 loss on Thursday, finishing with 16 points, seven boards, four assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 5-of-6 from the field.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens continues to play Crowder at shooting guard more often, which makes sense because they need all the size they can get to help keep LeBron James out of the paint. Crowder didn't have a bad game on defense and he was efficient (100.0 effective field goal percentage) on the offensive end outside of four turnovers. He's likely earned 30-plus minutes in Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:56 pm
     
    Injured
  • Kelly Olynyk plays just three minutes
    Kelly Olynyk played just three minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He didn't take a shot today and coach Brad Stevens basically cut him out of the rotation. Olynyk only added one assist and one turnover tonight. His minutes went to Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome, who both played well. Olynyk's sub-par rim protecting likely cost him some playing time and that might continue the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:41 pm
     
    Suspended
  • Crowder & Jerebko start 3Q for Smart & Bass
    Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko started the second half against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Marcus Smart and Brandon Bass will come off the bench. Coach Brad Stevens has gone with a different center to start the second half throughout the year, but this move is new. The Celtics are really mixing it up with their rotation today and credit to them for keeping the Cavs on their toes. We'll let you know how it works out for them. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:38 pm
     
    Injured
  • David Lee (back) will go through 3-on-3
    David Lee (back) is progressing and is expected to play 3-on-3 at practice on Friday.

    Advice: He's not going to play tonight and the Warriors don't need him anyway. Draymond Green is logging 42 minutes per game and is playing some of the best defense of anyone right now. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:03 pm
  • David Lee (back) spotted running on the court
    David Lee (back) was spotted running on the court on Thursday.

    Advice: He's still going to be out for Thursday's Game 3 against the Pelicans, but it sounds like he's moving in the right direction. Draymond Green has been logging major minutes for the Dubs, and that likely won't change when Lee returns to the rotation. Marreese Speights will pick up most of Lee's reserve minutes for however long he's sidelined. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:19 pm
  • Parsons says no structural damage to knee
    Chandler Parsons said that there is no tear or structural damage to his right knee, but it's not getting any better, and he will require surgery.

    Advice: Parsons added that if the Mavs' first-round matchup hadn't been against the Rockets, he probably wouldn't have played at all. He's going to meet with a doctor in Chicago to determine exactly what surgery he will need to have, after which a surgery date and timetable for recovery will be set. With Parsons sidelined, Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will see extended minutes in Dallas' rotations. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:48 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • David Lee ruled out for Thursday's Game 3
    David Lee (back) has been ruled out for Thursday's Game 3 against the Pelicans.

    Advice: This news comes as no surprise as Lee had already been listed as doubtful. Draymond Green has averaged 42 minutes per game over the first two games of the series and he and Marreese Speights will continue to see a boost in playing time while Lee is out. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:21 am
  • LeBron James has pre-shootaround workout
    LeBron James went through an hour-long workout prior to Thursday's shootaround.

    Advice: Why? "That's just the mode I'm in right now," James told media in advance of Thursday's Game 3 against the Celtics. James and his Cavaliers teammates have the opportunity to go up 3-0 on Thursday and the extra workout wasn't lost on his teammates. "He's a very focused guy," Tristan Thompson said. "He understands what it takes to win at this level and he leads by example for us." Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:57 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Chandler Parsons visiting doctor in Chicago
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will visit with a doctor in Chicago before determining specifics about his upcoming surgery.

    Advice: Parsons will miss the rest of the playoffs and will undergo surgery on his right knee once he finishes consulting with doctors. We'll update Parson's timetable once we know more, but the procedure isn't expected to be major so he'll likely be ready in time for training camp. Richard Jefferson will continue to start at small forward with Parsons out, while Al-Farouq Aminu will also pick up some extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:49 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Nikola Mirotic questionable for Game 4
    Nikola Mirotic (quad) said he's unsure if he'll be able to play in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Mirotic has already been ruled out for Thursday's Game 3 and will head into Saturday's Game 4 with a big question mark over his head. If the Bulls head into Saturday with a 3-0 over the Bucks, that would likely cause them to take a cautious approach with the rookie, but we'll keep an eye on his status. Taj Gibson will pick up most of Mirotic's minutes in the meantime, with Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy, and Tony Snell also seeing an extra minutes boost. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:53 am
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Danny Ainge heaps praise on Jae Crowder
    Celtics president Danny Ainge said the Celtics feel that Jae Crowder is a big part of their team going forward.

    Advice: While Crowder will become a restricted free agent after the season, that didn't stop Ainge from including the forward in his plans. "We really did like Jae Crowder," Ainge said. "And we feel like he’s a big part of our team going forward." Ainge's comments likely mean the Celtics will make every effort to keep Crowder in Boston, but the 24-year-old won't be much of a fantasy asset next season unless he's able to take a big jump from his averages of 9.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.0 steals with the Celtics this season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:56 am
     
    Injured
  • Texas teams interested in LaMarcus Aldridge
    The Spurs and Mavericks will pursue LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency this summer, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: While the Lakers and Knicks are thought to covet Aldridge, Stein reports that both the Spurs and Mavericks think they have a shot at signing the Texas native. Aldridge will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and will have no shortage of suitors, so we'll have to revisit this topic over the summer. No matter where he ends up, Aldridge is coming off a top-25 fantasy season and should be a late-second round pick in fall drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:40 am
  • Blake Griffin triple-doubles in an OT loss
    Blake Griffin put up a triple-double against the Spurs in a Game 2 loss on Wednesday, scoring 29 points with 12 boards, 11 assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 47 minutes.

    Advice: He had a really bad turnover with 11 seconds left in regulation, which led to Patty Mills tying the game with eight seconds left. Griffin has been posting some massive numbers, but the costly turnover will be the story here. Basically all of his stats are up from the regular season and he's poised for another monster outing in Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:43 pm
  • Aldridge's 24-14-4 not enough for Blazers
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit 7-of-20 shots, a 3-pointer and 9-of-10 free throws to finish with 24 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and four blocks in Wednesday's 97-82 Game 2 loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The Blazers now trail 2-0 in the series, and the future doesn't look very bright in Portland. Damian Lillard added 18 points, but just one assist, and also hit just 5-of-16 shots in the process. With Arron Afflalo and Wesley Matthews both out, the Blazers started Allen Crabbe, who hit just 1-of-2 shots for three points. Games 3 & 4 are in Portland, so the Blazers have a chance to get back into the series, but they'll need everyone to play well in order for that to happen. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:43 pm
  • Al Horford flirts with a triple-double in win
    Al Horford flirted with a triple-double against the Nets during a win on Wednesday, scoring 14 points with 13 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and one steal in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He had a finger injury heading into this game and only made 6-of-15 from the field. Besides the poor shooting, Horford was absolutely fantastic in the win. He has two double-doubles in this series and he's done a very good job on defense, too. He'll get a couple days off before Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:38 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll has a bad game
    DeMarre Carroll made 1-of-8 from the field against the Nets on Wednesday with two points, eight boards, five assists, one steal, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: While his offensive game wasn't great, Carroll was effective everywhere else. He's likely looking at a big contract in the offseason with the Knicks reportedly interested in picking him up. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • David Lee (back) doubtful to play in Game 3
    David Lee (back) is doubtful to play in Game 3 against the Pelicans.

    Advice: It's not a surprise and the Warriors don't need him anyway. Draymond Green is logging 42 minutes per game and is on his way to his second outstanding run in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:48 pm
  • Chris Kaman (ankle) will not play in Game 2
    Chris Kaman (ankle) will not play against the Grizzlies in Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been on the injury report for a back issue, but he suffered this ankle injury in practice on Tuesday. Joel Freeland will likely be the backup center while we could see LaMarcus Aldridge and Meyers Leonard get some time at the five. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) out for playoffs
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will miss the rest of the playoffs.

    Advice: He is exploring surgery options to his right knee. Parsons aggravated his knee injury in Game 1 and tried to play through it. Despite little swelling, the Mavs will just keep him out until October. As it stands right now, there's no ligament damage and he'd probably be looking at a knee scope procedure. With Parsons out, Richard Jefferson will start at small forward with Al-Farouq Aminu getting more minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:33 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Nikola Mirotic (quad) will not play in Game 3
    Nikola Mirotic (quad) will not play against the Bucks in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: There's also a decent chance Mirotic won't play in Game 4. The good news for the Bulls is that they have plenty of depth. Expect Taj Gibson to absorb most of Mirotic's minutes. Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy and Tony Snell will all pick up some scraps, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:46 am
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Nikola Mirotic 'most likely' out for Game 3
    According to head coach Tom Thibodeau, Nikola Mirotic (quad strain) is "most likely" out for Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He was able to ride the bike and get some set shots up at Wednesday's practice, but Thibodeau said that Mirotic still isn't able to do much despite the fact that he is feeling a little better. We will consider him highly doubtful to play on Thursday, meaning Taj Gibson could see a few extra minutes off the bench. We should have another update on Mirotic after shootaround on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:27 am
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Chandler Parsons to miss rest of first round?
    According to Yahoo Sports, it is "impossible" for Chandler Parsons to return from his knee injury in the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: The Mavericks have already lost the first two games to Houston, so this news doesn't bode well for their chances of making a comeback. Parsons is expected to be reevaluated on Wednesday, so we should be able to provide another update shortly. If this report is true, Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will have to step into larger roles for the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:18 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Josh Smith gets 15/8/9 in playoff gem vs Mavs
    Josh Smith dominated the second half of Tuesday's win vs. the Mavericks, finishing with 15 points, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one block off the bench.

    Advice: The nine dimes tied Smith's playoff-high and he looked Smoove indeed, sealing the victory with a barrage of alley-oop passes to Dwight Howard. Smith committed five fouls in 26 minutes and this might stand as his best performance of the postseason, but he's already justified Daryl Morey's decision to claim him after the Pistons jettisoned his contract in mid-December. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:01 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Dwight Howard leads Rockets to Game 2 win
    Dwight Howard played a fear-inducing Game 2 on Tuesday with 28 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 33 minutes vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Howard made 8-of-11 free throws, spoiling any "Hack-a-Howard" strategy, and he finished 10-of-15 from the field after a barrage of alley-oops in the second half. The Rockets can take a bullet-proof series lead if they win in Dallas on Friday or Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • Terrence Jones returns from face injury Tues
    Terrence Jones left Tuesday's game in the third quarter after being elbowed in the face by Dwight Howard, but he quickly returned to action.

    Advice: Jones' body language wasn't encouraging but the team said that he only suffered a bloody nose, and he was only limited in the second half due to Josh Smith's proficiency. He should be fine for Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:25 pm
  • Cavs win Game 2 as LeBron passes Jerry West
    LeBron James had a game-high 30 points with one 3-pointer, nine rebounds, seven assists and two blocks during a win vs. the Celtics on Tuesday, going 11-of-22 from the field and 7-of-8 at the FT line.

    Advice: In the process, James passed Jerry West as the seventh-leading scorer in NBA playoffs history (4,458 career points). The six players ahead of him are Karl Malone, Tim Duncan, Shaq, Kobe, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the inimitable Michael Jordan (5,987). LeBron also committed six of the Cavs' 18 turnovers, which allowed the Celtics to stay in the game, something he'll look to correct in Boston on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:06 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Brandon Bass shoots 0-of-6 in Game 2 defeat
    Brandon Bass struggled on Tuesday with two points, two rebounds and three assists, going 0-of-6 from the field and 2-of-2 at the free throw line in 15 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Celtics were out-rebounded 34-46 in Game 1 and they lost the battle 39-47 tonight, though they did collect 13 on the offensive glass. Jared Sullinger's return has taken a chunk out of Bass' playing time and this is the third time he's logged under 15 minutes in the past five games, so this isn't a fluke occurrence. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:00 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) out Tues, maybe more
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will not play in Game 2 on Tuesday and coach Rick Carlisle admitted that he may miss more games.

    Advice: When asked whether Parsons could miss the remainder of the first round, Carlisle replied, "That does loom as a possibility ... I'm concerned." Richard Jefferson will start in place of Parsons at small forward, and Al-Farouq Aminu should also pick up extra minutes off the Mavs' bench. Parsons will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:12 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • David Lee (back) expected to miss Game 3
    David Lee (back) is not expected to play in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He is listed as "out" on the Warriors' injury report as he continues to rest his strained lower back. It's an easily-aggravated injury so his absence isn't surprising, especially with Draymond Green and Marreese Speights ably handling the PF position. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:00 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (quad) likely doubtful Thurs
    Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau said that they will wait to see how Nikola Mirotic (quad strain) responds to treatment before giving an official timetable on his return.

    Advice: Thibodeau added that if the Bulls had a game tonight, Mirotic would not play, but he did not want to speculate on his availability for Thursday. Mirotic will be getting treatment on his left quad strain and swollen knee 2-3 times a day, and he was spotted moving around very gingerly during Tuesday's practice, with his left leg heavily wrapped. On a positive note, Thibodeau said that Mirotic does not have a concussion, but it's looking like he's not going to be available for Game 3. Taj Gibson will be the primary beneficiary if Mirotic is forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:32 am
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Bulls bracing for serious Mirotic injury
    Early indications on Nikola Mirotic's left quad strain are that it is serious, according to K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune.

    Advice: While we're still awaiting updates, it's sounding like Mirotic could end up missing some time with his left quad strain. The good news for Miro and the Bulls is that he'll have two days to rest before Thursday's Game 3, but we'll be scouring news reports for updates on the situation. If Mirotic is forced to miss time, TaJ Gibson, Jimmy Butler, and Mike Dunleavy would all see a boost in minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:57 am
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Al Horford says he's ready for Game 2
    Al Horford (finger) said he will play in Wednesday's Game 2 against the Nets.

    Advice: After dislocating his finger in Game 1 on Sunday, Horford left no doubt regarding his status for Game 2. "I’m playing," Horford said Tuesday. "I’m playing. I feel fine. I practiced today." Horford said he must still have his pinky and ring fingers taped together and added that the taping affected his shooting in Game 1. We'll update his status prior to tipoff on Wednesday, but it sounds like owners in daily leagues can safely roster Horford on Wednesday.. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:17 am
  • Chandler Parsons misses Tuesday shootaround
    Chandler Parsons (knee) was not present at shootaround on Tuesday.

    Advice: While we already knew Parsons would be a game-time decision for Tuesday's Game 2, this certainly isn't good news for his availability. Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said he wouldn't have an update on Parsons until the evening, so we'll have to wait to see if Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will get increased run in the event that Parsons is unable to play. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:36 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • 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
    Apr 20, 10:16 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
    Apr 20, 7:43 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) is extremely sore
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is extremely sore on Monday and could be a game-time decision on Tuesday.

    Advice: The good news is that his knee didn't swell up like it did last time. Parsons had some swelling in his knee following his injury on Apr. 2, so at least this aggravation isn't as bad. If Parsons can't go, the Mavs are really going to have a tough time containing James Harden because of all the fouls he'll draw. Richard Jefferson would start and one would think Al-Farouq Aminu would get more minutes because of the matchup. We'll have an update on Parsons tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 12:31 pm
     
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    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Al Horford says he's not certain for Game 2
    Al Horford (finger) said there is still "some question" as to whether or not he'll be available for Game 2 vs. the Nets.

    Advice: He's getting "treatment galore," but it would be a major surprise if Horford were forced out of the lineup. Although the big man said it was "very uncomfortable" to shoot with his fingers taped, Horford should be able to get out there so long as he doesn't have any setbacks. It's a situation to monitor closely, and we're putting him on the injury report now that he's said he's unsure of his availability. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 9:21 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
    Apr 20, 7:57 am
  • Paul Pierce admits knee injury still an issue
    Paul Pierce admitted his knee injury is still an issue.

    Advice: Originally injured on February 24 against the Warriors, Pierce said the injury still bothers him currently. However, it doesn't seem to be a serious concern at this point and The Truth looked phenomenal in his first playoff game of 2015. Pierce added that the extra rest toward the end of the regular season was very helpful, and he plans to bring his hyperbaric chamber with him on the road as the Wizards progress through the postseason. He's going to play a major role for Washington as long as they're alive. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 7:00 am
  • 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
    Apr 20, 6:49 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Rumor: Aldridge could bolt in free agency
    The Blazers are fearful LaMarcus Aldridge could bolt in free agency this offseason, according to The Oregonian.

    Advice: One Blazers player estimated Aldridge is 50-50 to return after the season. This is more rumor than report, and we haven't seen much to suggest Aldridge is seriously considering a change of scenery. That being said, he'll be in high demand, and a first-round playoff exit could leave a sour taste in his mouth. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 6:13 am
  • Blake Griffin sells posters in Game 1 victory
    Blake Griffin finished Sunday's win vs. the Spurs with 26 points (9-of-20 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs), 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals, three blocks, one turnover and a pair of highlight-reel dunks in 43 minutes.

    Advice: The Clippers won by 15 points but this was as intense a Game 1 as we've seen this year, starting a stand-out series on an impressive note. NBA fans on the East Coast should consider a late-night cappuccino before L.A. and San Antonio lock horns in Game 2 on Wednesday. Click on the link below to re-live one of Blake's phenomenal dunks over (and through) Aron Baynes. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 11:17 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge gets 32 pts in blowout loss
    The Blazers left LaMarcus Aldridge on an island offensively on Sunday, as he scored a game-high 32 points on 13-of-34 shooting in a blowout road loss at Memphis.

    Advice: The Blazers left LaMarcus Aldridge on an island offensively on Sunday, as he scored a game-high 32 points on 13-of-34 shooting in a blowout road loss at Memphis. Aldridge snared 14 rebounds with four blocks, two 3-pointers and only two turnovers in 42 minutes, but it wasn't nearly enough with his teammates scoring a combined 54 points on 31.1 percent shooting. Teams that lose Game 1 of a seven-game series go on to lose 76.9 percent of the time, a trend Portland will try to reverse beginning on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:58 pm
  • Chris Kaman (back) scores seven pts in defeat
    Chris Kaman (back) finished an ugly road loss on Sunday with seven points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 14 minutes off Portland's bench.

    Advice: The Blazers opened the game 7-of-29 from the field and never regained their footing, finishing 33.7 percent from the field including an 8-of-26 mark from downtown. Portland will need Kaman and Robin Lopez (two points, five rebounds) to step up if they hope to even their first-round series at 1-1 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:54 pm
  • Al Horford 'fine' after dislocating finger
    Al Horford returned to Sunday's game after dislocating his right pinky finger, finishing with 10 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks went 29-0 at home when leading after three quarters this season and they were up by 12 points after three frames today, but a late surge from Brooklyn forced them to sweat out a narrow home victory. Horford said that it was "very uncomfortable" to shoot with his finger taped up, but X-rays were negative and we're leaving him off the injury report in advance of Wednesday's Game 2 in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:30 pm
  • Al Horford returns after dislocating finger
    Al Horford exited Sunday's game after appearing to dislocate his right pinky finger, though he has since returned.

    Advice: The Hawks were leading by double-digits in the fourth quarter at the time of Horford's injury, but X-rays were negative and his return confirms that he's fine. Crisis averted. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 4:33 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk scores 12 pts, starts 2nd half
    Kelly Olynyk started the second half of Sunday's game in Cleveland, finishing with 12 points, two 3-pointers, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 18 minutes of action.

    Advice: Olynyk wasn't bothered despite playing with five stitches in his head after being elbowed in the Celts' regular-season finale. He was hot offensively in the first half and bumped Tyler Zeller to the bench, but it's unclear whether this was a temporary switch or something Brad Stevens will stick with on Tuesday. We'll pass along an update once Stevens discusses the decision. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 4:20 pm
     
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  • Jared Sullinger held to 14 minutes in Game 1
    Jared Sullinger came off the bench for four points, four rebounds and one block in 14 minutes on Sunday, as the Celtics fell 100-113 to the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Sullinger posted a nice line in 28 minutes on Wednesday, suggesting that he could play heavy minutes if required. He was one of three Celtics' players without a negative +/- rating tonight, joining Isaiah Thomas and Jonas Jerebko, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him closer to the 20-minute mark during Tuesday's critical Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 4:18 pm
  • 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
    Apr 19, 3:19 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • LeBron James drops 20-6-7 line in Game 1 win
    LeBron James filled up the stat sheet during his 42 minutes of action on Sunday, scoring 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting (3-of-4 from the stripe), with six rebounds, seven assists, one 3-pointer, two steals, one block and five turnovers.

    Advice: LeBron also passed Michael Jordan for ninth-most assists in the NBA post-season history with this performance, so there's yet another accolade James can add to his Hall of Fame resume. He did bump knees with Tyler Zeller at one point and limped back to the bench, but he played through it, and his 42 minutes would suggest that this will be a non-issue moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 3:04 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • David Lee (back) out for Game 2 on Monday
    David Lee (back) will remain sidelined for Game 2 against the Pelicans on Monday.

    Advice: Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut will play extended minutes with Lee unavailable, with Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights having the opportunity for extended minutes off the bench. However, Ezeli and Speights combined for a total of four minutes during Game 1, so there are no guarantees they play significant minutes during Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 2:18 pm
  • Amir Johnson will see consistent minutes
    Head coach Dwane Casey said that Amir Johnson will play the same amount of minutes he usually does even if he continues to come off the bench behind Tyler Hansbrough.

    Advice: Casey was impressed with Johnson after he scored a team-high 18 points with eight boards, one assist and one block vs. the Wizards on Saturday, and the fact that he played 34 minutes speaks volumes. Hansbrough will likely continue to start for now, but he saw just 13 minutes of action on Saturday and he will probably have a short leash from here on out. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 10:39 am
     
    W, 92-87 vs Cha
  • 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
    Apr 18, 9:37 pm
  • Terrence Jones scores 19 points in 34 minutes
    Terrence Jones made 6-of-15 from the field and 7-of-11 from the line for 19 points against the Mavs on Saturday with nine rebounds, six assists and one steal.

    Advice: The shot total is almost shocking and this was the first time in Jones' career he's had more than 10 shots from the field and from the line. Jones saw a little more playing time than expected because of Dwight Howard getting into foul trouble, but he's still a good bet to play over 30 minutes per game in this series. Jones' season flew a little under the radar due to injuries, so he'll be a difference maker if he can stay on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:35 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
    Apr 18, 6:40 pm
  • 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
    Apr 18, 4:49 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
    Apr 18, 3:31 pm
  • Paul Pierce scores 20 points in OT win
    Paul Pierce was fantastic against the Raptors during a 93-86 overtime win on Saturday, scoring a game-high 20 points with four rebounds, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers on 7-of-10 from the field in 37 minutes.

    Advice: After the game, Pierce said he felt good and that he needed the rest heading into the postseason. Pierce didn't play 37 minutes in any game during the 2015 part of the schedule, so clearly the Wizards had planned on increasing his minutes going into this postseason run. He also moved past James Worthy for 22nd on the all-time postseason scoring list. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 1:33 pm
  • Amir Johnson plays 34 minutes
    Amir Johnson played 34 minutes off the bench against the Wizards on Saturday, scoring a team-high 18 points with eight boards, one assist, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: He was arguably the best player on the Raptors today and he'll likely be in the starting lineup for Game 2 on Tuesday. Johnson was rested for basically the last two weeks of the season due to his habitual ankle issues. Expect him to play close to 30 minutes going forward, assuming he avoids injuries and foul trouble. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 12:48 pm
     
    W, 92-87 vs Cha
  • Chris Kaman is probable to play on Sunday
    Chris Kaman (back) is probable to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

    Advice: He didn't play on Wednesday due to a lingering back injury. The Blazers are somewhat healthy up front as far as active players go, so expect Kaman to log minutes in the mid-teens. He won't be able to do much on offense with his low usage rate and will have to do his damage on the glass. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 12:32 pm
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