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  • LeBron James says Cavaliers still confident
    LeBron James said the Cavaliers are still confident despite the likely loss of Kevin Love (shoulder) for the rest of the playoffs.

    Advice: Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said it's "highly unlikely" that Love will be able to return during the playoffs, but James said he and his teammates are still confident. "We definitely have to pick our own games up," LBJ said. "You can't fill Kevin's shoes. He's special for a reason." James and Kyrie Irving will have to step up their games with Love out, while a combination of Tristan Thompson, Kendrick Perkins, and Timofey Mozgov will all get extra minutes as the Cavs attempt to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:14 am
  • TOR will develop Bruno Caboclo in D-League
    The Raptors plan to develop Bruno Caboclo on their new D-League team.

    Advice: After getting approval to purchase a D-League team, the Raptors said they will use that team to develop Bruno Caboclo, Lucas Nogueira, and whoever they draft with the 20th selection the 2015 NBA Draft. Caboclo only saw 23 minutes total for the Raptors this season, so a chance to develop in the D-League should do wonders for the 19-year-old. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:05 am
  • Chandler Parsons hoping to avoid surgery
    Chandler Parsons (knee) has delayed surgery until the Mavs' playoff run is over.

    Advice: Parsons said he’s delaying surgery on his right knee and addded that he and doctors won’t know exactly what’s wrong with the knee until he has the procedure. The 26-year-old has been getting multiple medical opinions on his injured knee and one of the options is microfracture surgery. "There’s a lot of opinions and a lot of different things out there, but really the doctors won’t know anything until they open me up," Parsons said. "So I’m not going to say something is going to happen or not happen and then be wrong. I really won’t know until they open me up." We'll update Parsons' status as we know more, but any type of surgery will make him a risky selection in fantasy drafts for next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:47 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • TOR GM says James Johnson needs consistency
    Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said James Johnson is a great talent, but still needs to improve upon his weaknesses.

    Advice: Ujiri said that Johnson had an up-and-dowon 2014-15 season and needs to build trust with head coach Dwane Casey. While the 28-year-old has potential, his regular season averages of 7.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.0 blocks leave a bit to be desired from fantasy owners. Johnson could be worth rostering in standard fantasy leagues if he plays up to his potential, but we'll need to see more consistency out of him before recommending him beyond deeper fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:44 am
  • Trevor Ariza says Rockets ready for Game 5
    Trevor Ariza promised the Rockets would have a bounce-back effort in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: After a lackluster effort in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Mavericks, Ariza promised there would be no Game 5 repeat. "They played harder than we did," Ariza said. "Tuesday, that won't happen again." Ariza has seen his numbers dip in the postseason as he's only averaging 9.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers on 29.7 percent shooting from the field, so we'll look for him to fulfill his promised breakout against the Mavs on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:23 am
  • Courtney Lee scores 19 points on 11 FGAs
    Courtney Lee made 8-of-11 from the field for 19 points against the Blazers on Monday with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: That's a very efficient game with so much playing time. The Grizzlies are even drawing up plays for Lee down the stretch now due to how well he's playing. In his last three, he averaged 19.0 points, 3.0 boards, 1.3 steals and 1.3 treys on 70.0 percent from the field. He won't be this good and it's still hard to count on him based on his somewhat small usage rate this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • 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
    Yesterday, 8:05 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
    Yesterday, 7:14 pm
  • Kyle Korver makes 6-of-16 from field
    Kyle Korver made 6-of-16 from the field for 16 points against the Nets on Monday with 11 rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He missed three 3-pointers in the last 45 seconds of the game and forced all of them. The Hawks came up with some very creative ways to get Korver some looks, but he still couldn't come through today. He'll look to turn it around at home on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:52 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
    Yesterday, 5:22 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • J.R. Smith suspended for two games
    J.R. Smith has been suspended for two games for his shot to Jae Crowder's face on Sunday.

    Advice: He won't play in Game 1 or 2 in the second round. Considering his history, the suspension could have been a lot worse for Smith and at least the Cavs will have him back when they go on the road for Game 3. The Cavs are also not going to have Kevin Love (shoulder), so expect more from Iman Shumpert, Tristan Thompson, James Jones and Matthew Dellavedova. Thompson and Shumpert are the two most attractive fantasy options. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:02 pm
     
    Suspended
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Matt Barnes (right shoulder) will play Tues
    Matt Barnes (sore right shoulder) will play on Tuesday in Game 5.

    Advice: He had an ice pack on his shoulder and should be able to resume his normal role. In four games against the Spurs in the playoffs, Barnes averaged 5.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 treys on 28.6 percent from the field in 28.0 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:41 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
    Yesterday, 9:56 am
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • 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
    Yesterday, 8:52 am
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • Otto Porter benefiting from Paul Pierce
    Otto Porter is benefiting from having Paul Pierce as his mentor with the Wizards this season.

    Advice: "I need it. I'm a young pup," Porter said of Pierce. "I need somebody to push me and that's what he's doing." Paul, your thoughts? "I think he's tired of me getting on him, too. I constantly stay in Otto's ear pushing him, trying to get him to be the best he can be. He's responded. He's starting to play with a little bit more fire." Porter played at least 26 minutes in every game of the first round and appears to finally be coming out of his shell at the right time--especially on the defensive end. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:06 am
  • Gigi Datome uncertain about his next move
    Following the Celtics Game 4 loss on Sunday, Luigi Datome said that it's too early to consider his next move.

    Advice: Datome expects offers from both the NBA and Europe, but he did say that he enjoyed his time with the Celtics, the team that gave him his first real chance in the NBA. Datome will find a larger role overseas, but he may opt for the NBA payday depending on the offers. He's a three-point specialist and that's about it. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:48 am
  • David Blatt offers praise for Iman Shumpert
    David Blatt praised Iman Shumpert's play after logging a double-double in Sunday's Game 4 win over the Celtics.

    Advice: Shumpert had 15 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, three blocks and shot a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. "Iman Shumpert gave us a huge game tonight, huge," Blatt said. "He was just all over the court...He was without question the X Factor. No question." Shumpert played a whopping 38 minutes, and with J.R. Smith facing suspension and Kevin Love (shoulder) sidelined, the Flat Top is about to become a lot more important. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:23 am
  • J.R. Smith says hit on Crowder unintentional
    J.R. Smith said his hit to Jae Crowder's head in Sunday's Game 4 win was unintentional.

    Advice: Bluntly, the video tells another story, and Smith is more than likely to face a suspension. "There was nothing malicious about it," Smith said. "I didn’t try to do anything to hurt him or anybody else. "I’ve been in this situation before in the playoffs and it’s not a good feeling." The last part is the most important, as Smith can't afford to continue making these types of mistakes throughout his career. Although he's been mostly good since arriving in Cleveland, this was a bad look for Smith on a national stage. Don't expect to see Smith for at least the first game of the Cavs' second-round series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:21 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Sunday, 9:42 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Corey Brewer scores 22 points on 9-of-15 FGs
    Corey Brewer drained 9-of-15 shots to finish Sunday's Game 4 loss with 22 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 32 minutes off the Rockets' bench.

    Advice: Brewer hit one 3-pointer and went 3-of-4 at the free throw line. He was a 26.8 percent shooter from downtown during the regular season yet he's averaging 2.0 triples on 60.0 percent shooting from deep in four games vs. Dallas. That's less surprising when you consider that Dallas gave up 9.1 triples per game to opponents this season, the highest mark of any team in the league. The Mavs were also below-average vs. opponent's bench players, so this is a tailor-made matchup for Brewer. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:41 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Al-Farouq Aminu excels as starter in Game 4
    Al-Farouq Aminu started Sunday's must-win Game 4 and made a career-high three 3-pointers to finish with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, 12 rebounds, two assists and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Injuries forced Rick Carlisle to start Aminu tonight but it was a logical move, as Aminu had been playing far less than his excellent per-minute production warranted. Tonight's 3-point accuracy seems like a fluke but Aminu should have locked down a starting job for Game 5 with this performance, as Chandler Parsons (knee) is done for the season and Richard Jefferson is best utilized in short spurts off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:41 pm
  • Richard Jefferson (calf) quiet in 10 minutes
    Richard Jefferson (calf) came off the Mavs' bench on Sunday to finish with five points, one 3-pointer and one turnover in only 10 minutes of action.

    Advice: RJ didn't contribute any rebounds, assists, steals or blocks. His calf injury may have been the cause of tonight's dud but either way he's likely to play a reserve role again in Game 5, since Al-Farouq Aminu exploded tonight for 16 points and 12 rebounds as a starter. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:32 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
    Sunday, 9:13 pm
  • Terrence Ross quiet in season-ending defeat
    The Raptors were trounced in Sunday's season-ending loss, during which Terrence Ross scored three points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: This marks the first time in franchise history that Toronto has been swept in a seven-game playoff series, and it abruptly ends their surprising march into the No. 4 seed in the East. Ross started 61 games for Toronto this season but it wasn't always smooth sailing, and he backslid in scoring (-1.1 points), FG percentage (-1.3 percent), rebounds (-0.3) and steals (-0.2). We'll keep a close watch on his progress this summer. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:51 pm
     
    W, 92-87 vs Cha
  • Danny Green scoreless, shoots 0-of-6 Sunday
    Danny Green failed to connect on his six 3-point attempts in Game 4, going scoreless with two rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: Five of Green's 3-pointers were of the 'uncontested' variety, meaning no Clippers' defender was within 3.5 feet of him, yet he still came up empty in the tough home loss. He's now averaging 6.5 points on 29.0 percent shooting in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:50 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard sparkles in tough Game 4 defeat
    Kawhi Leonard followed up Friday's career game with another sparkling performance on Sunday, finishing with 26 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists, one block and zero turnovers.

    Advice: He reached the 40-minute mark for only the third time this season and continues to establish himself as a go-to offensive weapon in addition to being the league's Defensive Player of the Year. A pair of clutch 3-pointers from Kawhi kept his team competitive down the stretch, but the Spurs' defeat means they've again ceded homecourt advantage to the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:48 pm
  • Matt Barnes dealing w/ strained rotator cuff
    Matt Barnes was hampered by fouls and a shoulder injury throughout Sunday's game, which he finished with only four points on 2-of-8 shooting, two rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: The bright side for L.A. is that Austin Rivers, Jamal Crawford and Glen Davis all played very well for the Clippers' much-maligned bench unit, contributing to an impressive 114-105 win in San Antonio. Barnes has been struggling to score this series (5.2 points per game on 28.6 percent shooting) but his versatility and infectious energy are key to the Clippers' success. He vowed to play in Game 5 despite dealing with a strained rotator cuff. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:34 pm
  • Iman Shumpert plays well through 38 minutes
    Iman Shumpert played well during his 38 minutes of action as the Cavs' swept their first-round series against the Celtics on Sunday, scoring 15 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.

    Advice: J.R. Smith was ejected from Sunday's game for elbowing Jae Crowder in the face, and there's really no way he doesn't get a suspension from the league. Shumpert was the first one off the bench when Smith was ejected, and his 38 minutes would suggest that he's going to be the primary beneficiary with Smith unavailable. He added one 3-pointer, two steals and three blocks to his stat line tonight, shooting 3-of-4 from the field and knocking down all eight of this free throw attempts. He could be make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues while Smith serves his suspension. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:13 pm
  • 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
    Sunday, 1:14 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    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
    Sunday, 1:07 pm
  • 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
    Sunday, 11:50 am
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • J.R. Smith ejected from Game 4 for Flagrant 2
    J.R. Smith was ejected from Sunday's Game 4 against the Celtics for a Flagrant 2 foul against Jae Crowder.

    Advice: Smith was boxing out Crowder, and then hit him with a vicious elbow to the face, and there's a good chance Smith is looking at a suspension from the league. He'll finish Sunday's game with eight points, two 3-pointers, and two steals. Iman Shumpert will likely pick up most of his minutes during the Cavs' next game. Click the link below to see the dirty play for yourself. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:46 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • 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
    Sunday, 11:26 am
  • Richard Jefferson is a game-time decision
    Richard Jefferson (calf) is planning on playing in Game 4 vs. the Rockets on Sunday, though head coach Rick Carlisle said he will be a game-time decision.

    Advice: Jefferson has been poor in the playoffs so far, averaging just 3.3 points in 13.0 minutes per game. It sounds like he is good to go on Sunday, but Al-Farouq Aminu should continue to see the bulk of the minutes at small forward after producing 15 points, five boards, two blocks and two steals in 34 minutes during Game 3. We will update Jefferson's status as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:12 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
    Sunday, 7:55 am
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • Nicolas Batum sinks six treys in Game 3 loss
    Nicolas Batum was on fire from beyond the arc in Portland's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, sinking six 3-pointers on 12 attempts.

    Advice: He finished the game with 27 points, six boards and four assists, but it wasn't enough to keep the Grizzlies from capturing a 3-0 series lead. Batum has been hesitant on his jumpers all season (mostly 3-pointers), so it was nice to see him in attack mode tonight. The Blazers will need Batum to continue to be aggressive if they have any hope of competing with the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:53 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 20 in win on Saturday
    Courtney Lee scored an impressive 20 points vs. the Blazers on Saturday, adding five boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Lee was an efficient 5-of-8 from the field tonight and also connected on all nine of his free throws. He was coming off an 18-point performance in Game 2 on Wednesday, and it looks like he chose the right time to hit his stride with a potential matchup with the Warriors on the horizon. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:44 pm
  • 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
  • Kyle Korver scores just two points
    Kyle Korver managed to score just two points against the Nets on Saturday with two rebounds, five assists and two blocks on 1-of-8 from the field.

    Advice: He was forcing shots and the Nets clearly went into today with a plan to keep Korver in check. He only had one 3-point attempt in the first half and a lot of credit should go to Bojan Bogdanovic. Expect the Nets to keep a guy on Korver throughout most possessions in Game 4 like they did today. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:35 pm
  • Richard Jefferson (calf) iffy for Game 4
    Richard Jefferson (calf) is up in the air to play against the Rockets on Sunday and is listed as questionable.

    Advice: The Mavs were not very forthcoming on Jefferson's injury immediately following the game, but now it sounds like he could miss Game 4. Jefferson was severely outplayed by Al-Farouq Aminu, who played 34 minutes with 15 points, five boards, two blocks and two steals. Aminu will be a popular play in daily fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:50 am
  • 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
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • LeBron James showers praises on J.R. Smith
    LeBron James said that J.R. Smith is simply misunderstood, and he showered praise on him for his work ethic and defensive effort.

    Advice: "He comes out every single day and works his tail off to try to get better, to help our team win," James said in regards to Smith. "He defends at a high level and he’s a great teammate and he’s a great guy." Smith is averaging 10.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.0 treys through the first three games of the series against Boston, and he will look to help the Cavaliers sweep the Celtics in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:04 am
     
    Suspended
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kawhi Leonard is going nowhere in free agency
    Kawhi Leonard isn't expected to pursue offer sheets when he becomes a restricted free agent this summer, as the Spurs are planning on offering him a max contract.

    Advice: Leonard is quickly becoming one of the top players in the NBA due to his contributions on both sides of the court, so it's not surprising in the slightest that he is expected to get a max deal. The Spurs took a 2-1 series lead over the Clippers on Friday night thanks to a career-high 32 points from Leonard, and he also added four boards, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers to his name. Spiderman is going to be a fantasy stud for many years to come, and he is going to be off the board early in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:13 am
  • Spiderman scores career-high 32 in SA win
    Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the Spurs 100-73 Game 3 win over the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to float Spiderman out there as a nickname and see if it sticks. He was the best player on the floor tonight and it wasn't close, as we see the blossoming of a top-10 NBA player before our eyes. Tim Duncan added four points, seven boards, four assists, one steal and three blocks in the blowout win. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:00 pm
  • Green gets back on track against Clippers
    Danny Green scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and three triples in Friday's Game 3 win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Green has been quiet but tonight's output was a good sign that he's ready to heat up. Check his DFS prices because he might be undervalued. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:56 pm
  • Jefferson leaves with mysterious ailment
    Richard Jefferson left Friday's Game 3 loss with a calf ailment and did not return.

    Advice: Jefferson logged 12 minutes and scored three points with one rebound, one assist and two steals while on the floor. If he can't go then Al-Farouq Aminu will get all the run he can handle, which probably should have been the case to start the series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:20 pm
  • Porter playing big for the Wizards in playoff
    Otto Porter scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting (including two threes) with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 33 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 win over the Raptors.

    Advice: Porter is being turned to in clutch situations and he's answering the call this postseason, and he'll certainly be on our radar heading into next season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:10 pm
  • Aminu posts solid line over 34 minutes
    Al-Farouq Aminu scored 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 5-of-6 FTs) with five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 34 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: We're not sure why Rick Carlisle waited so long to get him onto the court for heavy minutes this series, especially since the Mavs' defense is historically bad right now. Richard Jefferson had some sort of ailment during the game and AFA should be on owners' radars for Sunday's action. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:08 pm
  • 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
  • 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
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • 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
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kawhi Leonard named Defensive Player of Year
    Kawhi Leonard has been named the 2014-15 Defensive Player of the Year.

    Advice: Leonard finished ahead of Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Anthony Davis, and Rudy Gobert, respectively, on his way to winning his first DPOY Award. After a slow start to the 2014-15 season, Leonard was still able to finish as a top-25 player in standard fantasy leagues and should be a popular early-round pick next season. Now the only thing to do is keep an eye on Draymond Green's Twitter feed. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:19 am
  • 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
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 23 points vs. Clippers
    Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points against the Clippers on Wednesday with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: This time last year, we were just starting to see the Kawhi ISO plays and he's really grown as a scorer. Leonard also made it very tough on the wings for the Clippers tonight and he also was guarding Chris Paul during this game. It's hard to overrate Kawhi and he's arguably a top-five player in the NBA for his contributions on both sides of the ball. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:08 pm
  • Matt Barnes has a brutal game vs. Spurs
    Matt Barnes made 1-of-10 from the field for four points against the Spurs on Wednesday with 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: His defense was just as bad as his offense tonight. Simply put, Barnes will want to forget this game ASAP. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:50 pm
  • Nicolas Batum struggles in Game 2 loss
    Nicolas Batum hit just 5-of-15 shots for 11 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, a 3-pointer, zero steals and zero blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: Batum is playing through a knee injury and also has a torn tendon in his wrist that will eventually require surgery. He scored 15 points in Sunday's Game 1 and while he's admirably battling through adversity, the Blazers will need him to play better than this if they're going to win Games 3 and 4 in Portland. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:47 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Richard Jefferson starts at SF w/ Parsons out
    Richard Jefferson started Game 2 with Chandler Parsons (knee) unavailable, but he finished with seven points on 2-of-6 shooting with one 3-pointer in 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Parsons' status going forward is uncertain and Rick Carlisle suggested that he might miss more games, thrusting the 34-year-old Jefferson into a critical role. RJ didn't rise to the challenge tonight, failing to record a single rebound, assist, steal or block, and the Mavs are in serious trouble whether or not Parsons can play again in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:45 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
  • Otto Porter scores 15 points w/ nine rebounds
    Otto Porter came off Washington's bench for 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal during Tuesday's convincing road win.

    Advice: There's no word on whether or not Paul Pierce punched Porter before the game, but either way the Wizards have to be thrilled with his performance through two playoff wins. He logged 35 minutes and was a key to the Wizards' defense all night, and his rebounding helped Washington claim a 45-28 advantage on the glass. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Terrence Ross held to nine points in defeat
    Terrence Ross, who shot 3-of-11 in Game 1, finished Tuesday's crushing home loss with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting including a 3-of-4 mark from downtown.

    Advice: Ross went into the Raptors' for a substantial stretch in the first half and it's unclear what caused his absence, so we'll keep an eye on his status as a precaution over the next few days. He chipped in one assist in 24 minutes tonight but had zero rebounds or defensive stats, and after two games the No. 4 seed Raptors appear to be out-matched. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:59 pm
     
    W, 92-87 vs Cha
  • 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
  • J.R. Smith shoots poorly, still makes impact
    J.R. Smith stole the ball five times vs. Boston on Tuesday, adding seven points, four rebounds and one assist with one turnover in 34 minutes during the Cavs' Game 2 win.

    Advice: Smith deserves a ton of credit for fitting seamlessly into the Cavaliers' starting lineup. He was a key factor in Game 2, compensating for poor shooting with boundless energy at both ends of the court, while fellow swingman Iman Shumpert chipped in two points, five rebounds and solid defense in 26 minutes off the bench. Cleveland will try to put a stranglehold on the series on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:04 pm
     
    Suspended
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Monday, 7:43 pm
  • Beal, Wall both heap praise on Otto Porter
    John Wall and Bradley Beal both went out of their way to praise Otto Porter after Washington's Game 1 win over Toronto.

    Advice: "He does the little things that nobody sees," Wall said. Beal added, "He’s terrific for us. He helps space the floor, he can shoot the ball, and he’s just smart. I mean he just knows how to play and make the right reads. You need a guy like him." As for confidence in himself, Porter lacks none. "It’s just confidence from myself. I know what I can do." Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 6:54 am
  • Kawhi Leonard's +/- rating a team-worst -21
    Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 18 points during a Game 1 loss on Sunday, hitting 7-of-12 shots with six boards, three assists and four steals.

    Advice: Kawhi also turned the ball over four times and missed three of his six FT attempts, finishing with a team-worst +/- rating at -21. That might be a first. The No. 6 seed Spurs lack homecourt advantage and they trail 0-1 in the series with Game 2 looming on Wednesday. The Rockets in 1995 were the last No. 6 seed to win an NBA championship, with a roster that included Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Kenny Smith, Sam Cassell and Robert Horry. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 10:58 pm
  • Nicolas Batum back from bruised knee Sunday
    Nicolas Batum (bruised right knee) started Sunday's game and finished with 15 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, four assists and three turnovers as the Blazers fell in Memphis, 86-100.

    Advice: It's easy to forget that Batum is playing through a torn tendon in his wrist which will require offseason surgery, and fantasy owners have become spoiled by his willingness to play through all but the most severe injuries. Expect him to once again log 35+ minutes in Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:55 pm
  • Courtney Lee hits two 3-pointers in blowout
    Courtney Lee made both of his 3-point attempts during Sunday's 100-86 win, finishing with nine points, three rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

    Advice: It doesn't look like much but C-Lee's perimeter shooting is critical for the Grizzlies, who averaged a mere 5.2 three-pointers made this season (29th in the NBA ahead of only the Timberwolves). When they made at least as many 3-pointers as their opponents they had a 22-1 record, but they won on Sunday partly by holding Portland to 30.8 percent shooting from deep. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:50 pm
  • ATL wins, Kyle Korver scores team-high 21 pts
    Kyle Korver lit up the Nets on Sunday for a team-high 21 points on 6-of-12 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs, making five 3-pointers with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: The entire league has Korver highlighted in scouting reports, but knowing what he does and being able to stop him are completely different things. His off-ball movement and the Hawks' passing are both exemplary, but Brooklyn will need to cool him off to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole during Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 5:34 pm
  • 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
  • J.R. Smith limited by foul trouble in Game 1
    Foul trouble limited J.R. Smith to just 19 minutes of action during Game 1 against the Celtics on Sunday, and he managed just nine points on 3-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: Smith added two 3-pointers, four rebounds, one assist and one turnover, and he just wasn't much of a factor today. Smith is basically an all-or-nothing kind of guy, but when he gets hot, he can really light up the 3-point category. We'd expect a bit of a bounce-back performance for Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 2:52 pm
     
    Suspended
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Luigi Datome hopes to remain a Celtic
    Luigi Datome, who is set to become a free agent in the summer, is hopeful that he will return to Boston next season.

    Advice: "It’s really early now," Datome said. "I hope during my free agency, hopefully the Celtics, hopefully other teams make a call or offer, because it means that this month, I did something good. For sure, I would like to be involved, feeling like part of the team, not just on the roster. It’s really early now and the focus is on the playoffs." Head coach Brad Stevens has made it clear that he likes Datome's game, and Celtic fans can't get enough of him. All signs point to Datome returning to Boston next season, but he still doesn't figure to be a key part of the rotation after seeing just 12.8 minutes per game during the month of April. He can be viewed as a 3-point specialist in very deep leagues leading into next season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 6:25 am
  • 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
  • Trevor Ariza has a dub-dub in great game
    Trevor Ariza was a wonderful two-way player against the Mavs on Saturday with 12 points, 10 boards, six assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The points don't tell the story. Ariza was a terror on defense and getting a double-double with six dimes went a long way. On the injury side of things, Ariza did have some cramping in both of his calves and he did receive some treatment. There's been no indication that he'll need to miss time going forward and this hasn't been a habitual problem for him. We're expecting him to be ready for Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:33 pm
  • Corey Brewer steps it up down the stretch
    Corey Brewer turned it on down the stretch against the Mavs on Saturday with 15 points, one assist and three 3-poiners in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He killed the Mavs in the fourth quarter with all three 3-pointers coming in that frame. Brewer's versatility at both wing spots should help him get playing time in the 20s. Trevor Ariza did have some cramping issues, but there's no need to worry about him. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:31 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • 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
  • Otto Porter gets 34 minutes vs. Raptors
    Otto Porter played a surprising 34 minutes off the bench against the Raptors on Saturday with five points, five boards, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: It's taken two years for coach Randy Wittman to trust Porter with important minutes and he didn't disappoint with impressive defense on DeMar DeRozan. The Wizards went small for several parts of this game with a forward combo of Porter next to Paul Pierce. They hardly played well in this game, but Porter should see close to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 1:07 pm
  • Terrence Ross scores just 6 points in 11 FGAs
    Terrence Ross scored just six points on 3-of-11 from the field against the Wizards on Saturday with three rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: He missed all six attempts from deep and didn't get to the free throw line. Ross is a fairly big liability when his shot isn't falling and he'll wind up losing minutes with another game like this one. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 12:42 pm
     
    W, 92-87 vs Cha
  • James Johnson gets a DNP-CD in Game 1
    James Johnson was a DNP-CD on Saturday against the Wizards.

    Advice: Ouch. Coach Dwane Casey went with a nine-man rotation and went small quite a bit today. Johnson is one of the team's best defenders and he's also adapt at the hustle side of the game, which the Raptors could have really used today. Maybe Casey will change his mind for Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 12:36 pm
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