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  • Kevin Durant unconcerned with shooting woes
    Kevin Durant downplayed his recent shooting struggles, saying, "I tend to figure things out on the offensive end."

    Advice: "On the offensive end, you don't have to worry about me because I'm a professional scorer," Durant said after Sunday's practice. "And I know how I've been doing this for so long. I'm not saying I'm going to have a great game every night or I'm going to shoot well every night, but I tend to figure things out on the offensive end." Durant has connected on just 34.9 percent of his shot attempts over the past three, and that just won't cut it for OKC if they hope to earn a Game 7 win on Monday. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:05 pm
  • Kerr not planning on starting Iguodala for G7
    Steve Kerr said that he's not planning on starting Andre Iguoadala for Monday's Game 7 against the Thunder, although he added that his coaching staff won't finalize a plan until later.

    Advice: Iguodala held Kevin Durant to just 4-of-12 shooting when he was inserted into the starting five in favor of Harrison Barnes to begin the second half of Game 6, and he gives the Dubs a defensive counter that Barnes simply does not offer. Kerr probably doesn't want to give Billy Donovan any sort of clue as to what he'll be rolling out there for Game 7, so this quote could be more of a smoke screen than anything else. We're unlikely to have official confirmation on the Dubs' starters until just prior to Monday's tip, but Iguodala remains the preferred DFS target amongst the Warriors small forwards. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:29 pm
  • Steve Kerr praises Andre Iguodala's defense
    Steve Kerr praised Andre Iguodala for his defensive effort during the Warriors' Game 6 win over the Thunder.

    Advice: "He just sees everything kind of before it happens," Kerr said of Iguodala, "and he's blessed with great speed and length and strength. So there's a reason he's been one of the best defenders in the league for a long time." Iguoadala played some phenomenal defense against Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant during the Dubs Game 6 win, and after he replaced Harrison Barnes in the starting lineup to begin the second half on Saturday, it wouldn't be surprising to see Kerr just go ahead and give Iguodala a start for Game 7. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:02 pm
  • Draymond Green ready for a tough Game 7
    Draymond Green wrote in his basketball diary on The Undefeated that Monday's Game 7 vs. the Thunder will be "one of the hardest games" he's ever competed in.

    Advice: "It’s Game 7. Game 7s are tough regardless," wrote Green. "Both teams are going to leave everything out there on the floor. I don’t think a home crowd gives you the advantage. It’s Game 7. You got to go out there and give it all you got." Green bounced back in a major way after two disappointing performances in OKC, and over the past two he has compiled averages of 15.3 points, 12.5 boards, 5.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 2.5 swats and 1.0 triples per contest. Green knows the type of effort he's going to need to bring for the Dubs to come out on top in Game 7. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:25 pm
  • Report: LAL, PHI interested in DeMar DeRozan?
    The Lakers and 76ers will reportedly pursue DeMar DeRozan as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: DeRozan has said time and again that his preference would be to remain with the Raptors, but after shooting just 39.4 percent from the field through Toronto's postseason run, it'll be interesting to see if the Raptors are willing to give DeRozan a max-deal. A max-contract for DeRozan will clock in at around $145 million over five years, which will impact Toronto's ability to bring in additional pieces, such as re-signing Bismack Biyombo. That being said, DeRozan is sure to receive a max offer from someone this summer, so Toronto is going to have some tough decisions to make. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:52 am
  • Nets work out guard Quinn Cook
    Quinn Cook attended the Nets' recent mini-camp.

    Advice: After getting cut from the Cavaliers in October, Cook emerged as one of the best prospects in the D-League where he was named the Rookie of the Year. He averaged 19.6 points, 5.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds for the Canton Charge, shooting 47 percent from the field. The Nets' biggest needs are at point guard next season, so don't be surprised if the 24-year-old PG gets an invite to play for them at summer league. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:34 am
  • Heat still hopeful that Bosh can play again
    According to the Miami Herald, the Heat are still hopeful that Chris Bosh (blood clots) will play next season barring a setback.

    Advice: During the postseason, Bosh's camp reportedly explored the idea of him taking blood thinners during the morning so that the medication would be out of his system by game time, but the Heat didn't want to risk it. The Heat still aren't putting a timetable on Bosh's return, but there should be a ton of updates on his progress this summer. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:02 am
  • Heat not expected to re-sign Dorell Wright
    The Heat are not expected to re-sign Dorell Wright.

    Advice: They signed him to provide emergency depth during the playoffs, but he only made five brief appearances. The 30-year-old veteran could get some NBA camp invites or head overseas again. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:50 am
  • Biyombo says starting doesn't matter to him
    Bismack Biyombo said that he doesn't necessarily need to land a starting job this summer.

    Advice: "It’s not as big as it sounds, really," Biyombo said. "I just want to win and obviously here the opportunity that was given to me was to win. For me it’s about winning. Starting or not starting, it doesn’t matter. I know I can start but with that being said it’s not the most important thing to me." Biyombo will opt out of his $2.94 million player option and become a free agent this summer, but it sounds like he's very open to the idea of returning to Toronto. He would be stuck behind Jonas Valanciunas in that case, so a move away from Toronto would be much better for his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:42 am
  • Stephen Curry scores 31, steps up late in win
    Stephen Curry stepped up during a riveting 108-101 victory over the Thunder on Saturday, scoring 31 points with 10 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and six 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn't having his best game while Klay Thompson carried the Dubs' offense. Curry played some very good defense late in the game, which was a popular topic after Russell Westbrook chuckled about it after Game 5. Curry scored six points in the fourth, including a game-tying trey with 2:47 left. After the game, Curry said he kind of likes playing through the aches and pains because it helps him understand the moment of these playoffs. He still hasn't had a complete explosion in this series, so maybe that happens in Game 7 on Monday. Get ready. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Draymond Green turns in another nice game
    Draymond Green scored 12 points with 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers in a team-high 43 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: Just like in Game 5, he played under control and didn't try to do too much with a few exceptions. Green had plenty of contested boards during this game in what was by far the biggest weakness for the Warriors tonight. As for his offense, all of his two-point shots have been in the paint in his last two. Green will be the backbone of the Warriors defense in Game 7 with huge minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Andre Iguodala shines on D, scores eight
    Andre Iguodala started the third quarter during Saturday's win over the Thunder, scoring eight points with seven rebounds, one assist, three steals and one turnover in 38 minutes.

    Advice: It was a long overdue move to put Iguodala out there with the starters. He had some huge defensive stops and forced turnovers late in the game, playing defense on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The Warriors went back to their vaunted lineup of Iguodala, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes for 11 minutes, posting an awesome plus-54.7 net rating in that time. Iguodala is a good bet to start Game 7 after really locking down KD. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Andrew Bogut scores five in start
    Andrew Bogut scored five points with five rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 27 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He looked really, really tired and made some mistakes late in the game. The Warriors were able to go small more often and have success, so that will be something to watch for Game 7. Expect to see Bogut getting minutes in the upper 20s again on Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Russell Westbrook scores 28 points in loss
    Russell Westbrook scored 28 points during a 108-101 Game 6 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, 11 assists, four steals and five turnovers in 44 minutes.

    Advice: The Thunder will live and die by Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, but it was the latter late in this game. Westbrook was stripped a couple times late and turned the ball over four times in the fourth. His 44 minutes tonight are the most he's played in these playoffs while posting a 32.9 usage rate in that time. If he cut down on the turnovers, the Thunder might be headed to Cleveland. Instead, they're off to Oakland for Game 7 at Oracle Arena. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 29 points in Game 6 loss
    Kevin Durant made 10-of-31 from the field for 29 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 45 minutes in a Game 6 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He was trying to do a little too much and had a really bad fourth quarter. In his 11 fourth-quarter minutes, Durant made 1-of-7 from the field and turned the ball over twice. He joins LeBron James as the only player this decade with back-to-back games with at least 30 field goal attempts in a playoff game. On the other side of the ball, Durant's defense was great once again and has been one of the most unheralded stories in these playoffs. He'll need to be more careful with the ball on Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores eight point sin 11 minute
    Enes Kanter scored eight points with three rebounds and one block in 11 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He had a really tough two-minute stretch to start the game and might not have come back in if not for Steven Adams getting into foul trouble. However, Kanter really got it together on both ends to give the Thunder big minutes. Even with the productive outing, he might not play double-digit minutes on Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Andre Iguodala starts 3Q for Harrison Barnes
    Andre Iguodala started the third quarter for Harrison Barnes in Game 6 on Saturday.

    Advice: Finally. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll says he was 70-75 percent
    DeMarre Carroll said that he was only 70-75 percent healthy during the playoffs.

    Advice: After returning from in-season knee surgery, Carroll battled through a hyperextended elbow, sprained wrist, hip pointer and a twisted ankle. He couldn't get into a rhythm on offense and couldn't contain LeBron James during the Eastern Conference Finals, but give him credit for playing through his ailments. If Carroll can get his body right during the summer, he could be available at a nice discount in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:24 am
  • DeMar DeRozan hints about his future with TOR
    DeMar DeRozan said that he doesn't believe he could find a better situation than what he has in Toronto.

    Advice: "I don't think so," DeRozan said. "My mindset has always been Toronto... I don't want to switch it up now." The impending free agent could receive some max offers from teams such as the Lakers this summer, but it sounds like DeRozan wants to be back and it would be a surprise if the Raptors aren't able to re-sign him. The 26-year-old SG averaged 23.5 points, 4.5 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.6 3-pointers this season on 44.6 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:38 am
  • Kyle Lowry will have elbow evaluated Saturday
    Kyle Lowry will have his right elbow evaluated on Saturday.

    Advice: He said in his exit interview that his elbow is "fine" and he just dropped 35 points in Friday's Game 6 loss, so the Raptors are probably just going to look at it as a precaution. Lowry admitted that surgery could be an option, but there will hopefully be another update after the physical. Regardless, he should be 100 percent for the start of the 2016-17 season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:17 am
  • Carmelo Anthony to help lure free agents?
    Carmelo Anthony believes that the Knicks will want him to help lure free agents this summer.

    Advice: "Pretty sure," Anthony said. "When that time comes, we’ll do the work." Anthony confirmed that he wasn't consulted during the Knicks' coaching search even though he clearly wanted a say in the matter, but he's reportedly pretty happy with the expected hiring of Jeff Hornacek. The Knicks will likely play at a faster pace with Hornacek at the helm, so Anthony should get a nice bump in fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:54 am
  • Bismack Biyombo will decline player option
    According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Bismack Biyombo will decline his $2.9 million player option for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: This will make him an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Biyombo's stock has grown significantly during the postseason and Stein is hearing that he will make at least $15 million per year. The Raptors will likely offer DeMar DeRozan a max deal this summer, so this would mean that they won't be able to retain Biyombo and it's also worth noting that they already have Jonas Valanciunas under contract for several more years. If Biyombo lands a starting job this summer, his fantasy value would get a significant boost. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:31 am
  • Kyle Lowry scores 35; Raptors eliminated
    Kyle Lowry scored 35 points during a season-ending 113-87 loss to the Cavs on Friday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one block and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been terrible in almost all of the losses in this postseason, but not even this terrific game could help his team. Lowry was a late bloomer in his career, posting career highs in points, steals and tying his best total in rebounds during his All-Star campaign this season. Lowry turned 30 years old this past season and his fantasy owners saw him post first-round value. He has a very good chance to repeat next year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:33 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 20 points in loss
    DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points with three rebounds, three assists and four turnovers in a season-ending loss to the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: The contested shots were the story all month for DeRozan. In the first five games of this series, DeRozan was only open on 36.5 percent of his shots beyond 10 feet. He still showed some flashes and didn't really lose any appeal as a high-end wing. DeRozan has a huge summer ahead of him as he looks for a max contract in free agency after he opts out of the last year of his deal. He's coming off career highs in points and efficiency and will turn 27 in August. The Raptors will likely be in the mix to bring him back next season, but watch out for the Lakers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:32 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll's disappointing season ends
    DeMarre Carroll scored seven points with six rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He looked to tweak his knee in the first half, but he was able to play through it. Carroll did not have the season the Raptors wanted due to numerous injuries, keeping him to only 26 games during the regular season. He also struggled with his shot during the postseason. It took a while for Carroll to earn a significant role in his career, so he'll enter next season as an age-28 wing. He'll be sliding in fantasy drafts, so he could be a bargain. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:29 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo scores four points
    Bismack Biyombo scored four points with nine rebounds, one steal, one block and one turnover in 26 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: On top of being eliminated, Biyombo will be suspended to start next season for his elbow to Kevin Love. The contact was very hard and clear, so it almost certainly won't be rescinded. Perhaps no player made more money for this offseason than Biyombo in these playoffs with teams likely looking to give him a huge, multi-year deal. If he gets a starting job, the 23-year-old will have some fantasy appeal. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:22 pm
  • Kerr praises Andrew Bogut after win
    Warriors coach Steve Kerr heaped praise on Andrew Bogut for his efforts in Game 5.

    Advice: "I thought [Bogut] was phenomenal," Kerr said. "He rebounded, he scored, he was aggressive. We went into him on the post to try to get him as a passer with our cutters around him, and he was tremendous – 14 boards. Obviously, rebounding has been an issue. It's an issue for everybody against Oklahoma City. So when he can play that way and rebound the ball like that, it just gives us a much better chance to win the game." After scoring 15 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 30 minutes, Bogut will be a nice option in DFS for Game 6. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:14 am
  • Stephen Curry scores 31; Warriors win Game 5
    Stephen Curry looked healthy during a Game 5 120-11 victory over the Thunder on Thursday, making 9-of-20 from the field for 31 points with seven rebounds, six assists, five steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: With all the rumors swirling around Curry saying he's only at 70 percent, he looked much better. After the game, coach Steve Kerr said Curry "looked like 91 percent" in what was his best scoring output in this series. A big difference for Curry was his on-ball plays as he was able to get to the rim more often with his eight shots within three feet. He'll have Friday off, so maybe he'll be at 95 percent for Game 6 in OKC as the Warriors look to tie the series at three. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:30 pm
  • Draymond Green bounces back in 39 minutes
    Draymond Green got it going during a Game 5 win over the Thunder on Thursday, scoring 11 points with 13 rebounds, four assists, one steal, four blocks and two turnovers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He turned it around after four sub-par games during this series, especially in the last two. The bad news is that Green picked up his fifth technical foul, so two more and he will be suspended for one game. This is on top of Green possibly being suspended for another flagrant foul. After the lineups with Green at the five were smoked in the last two, he played only one of the first 46 minutes at center tonight -- the Warriors went small to prevent threes late. The move to the four should help in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:21 pm
  • Andrew Bogut scores 15 points with 14 boards
    Andrew Bogut was a huge part of Thursday's Game 5 win over the Thunder, scoring a postseason career-high 15 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: His increased minutes tonight may have been the difference. Bogut played just 23 minutes combined in the last two games, but the Warriors went much bigger in this game. Bogut's presence around the rim on defense was a big part of limiting easy buckets for OKC while his passing and four offensive boards went a long way for the Dubs' offense. The Aussie is probably going to be a bit sore after this one, but expect him to get some extended run again on Saturday. Coach Steve Kerr gets a lot of credit for this rotation change. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 40 points in Game 5 loss
    Kevin Durant's 40 points were not enough during a 120-111 Game 5 loss to the Warriors on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: It's the most points he's scored in this series and his second most of this postseason (41 vs. Spurs). While Durant was 12-of-31 from the field, he went 13-of-13 from the line gave him a respectable 54.4 true shooting percentage. The Thunder didn't go small nearly as much, so not exerting more energy on the defensive low block may have helped Durant's offensive usage. Based on the adjustment from the Warriors, we should be looking at a lot of scoring chances from Durant in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:54 pm
  • Russell Westbrook scores 31 in 41 minutes
    Russell Westbrook scored 31 points during a loss to the Warriors on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, eight assists, five steals, seven turnovers and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: It was a very Westbrook game with lots of highs and lows. He had a couple bad stretches with careless turnovers while he hit a number of impressive off-the-dribble jumpers. The Thunder will live and die by Westbrook with the All-NBA First Team guard playing some of his best ball of his career. In this series, he's averaging 28.0 points, 6.6 boards, 11.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 2.2 treys. His numbers are better at home, so we have high expectations for his stat output in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:52 pm
  • Kyle Lowry named to All-NBA Third Team
    Kyle Lowry was named to the All-NBA Third Team on Thursday.

    Advice: Paul George, LaMarcus Aldridge, Andre Drummond and Klay Thompson also received Third Team honors, and Lowry becomes just the third Raptors in franchise history to make an All-NBA squad. Vince Carter and Chris Bosh were the other Raptors to have accomplished the feat. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:33 pm
  • Stephen Curry says knee is feeling fine
    Stephen Curry (knee) insisted that his injured knee is feeling fine on Thursday.

    Advice: When asked about a report that he is playing at 70 percent, Curry said his knee is fine and refused to use it as an excuse. Curry added that the Warriors aren't outmatched and are just being outplayed. Steph will have an opportunity to turn things around at home in Game 5 on Thursday and will be facing a long offseason as the defending champs face an elimination game. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:46 am
  • Draymond Green certain GSW will win Game 5
    Draymond Green wrote he has no doubts the Warriors will win Game 5 on Thursday.

    Advice: "I have no doubt in my mind that we will win [Game 5]," Green wrote on The Undefeated. "No doubt about that." Green better be right as the Warriors next loss will have them watching the NBA Finals from home. Green has been struggling for the last two games of the Western Conference Finals, but we'll look for a bounceback game from Dray on Thursday with the Dubs playing at home. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:15 am
  • Bismack Biyombo pushing towards max contract
    Bismack Biyombo could make up to $17 million per year as an unrestricted free agent this summer, according to an unnamed general manager.

    Advice: While Biyombo may not fetch a max contract, his play in the Eastern Conference Finals has him poised for a huge pay day as an unrestricted free agent this summer. "For someone like [Biyombo], I think when you look at a guy like Tyson Chandler and what he got from Phoenix last summer [four years, $52 million], that’s where you start for a contract," one Eastern Conference GM told Sporting News. "But you factor in the cap spike and it’s probably going to be high, I’d say, $16-17 million. It’ll be a heck of a $17 million-per-year gamble." While Biyombo can be an inconsistent player, he is still just 23 years old and will be an interesting fantasy target if he lands in a starting role in 2016-17. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:20 am
  • Kerr wants Andrew Bogut to avoid foul trouble
    Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Andrew Bogut needs to avoid getting into foul trouble.

    Advice: Bogut is only averaging 14 minutes per game through the first four games of the Western Conference Finals, but Kerr said the limited minutes aren't due to health issues or matchups. "He's fouling," Kerr said. "He's got 13 fouls in 56 minutes. He's almost fouling out of every game in 10-15 minutes. He's got to be smarter with his fouls. We need him out there — he was plus-7 [Tuesday] night in 11 minutes." Kerr said the Warriors need Bogut on the floor in Game 5 on Thursday, but he's almost impossible to play in DFS as he's put up just 12 points and 17 rebounds in the first four games of the series. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:38 am
  • DeMar DeRozan lousy in blowout Game 5 defeat
    DeMar DeRozan had a game to forget on Wednesday, shooting 2-of-8 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line to finish a blowout loss with 14 points, three boards, three assists and two steals.

    Advice: The Raptors were beat in every facet of the game tonight, trailing by a franchise-record 31 points going into halftime. They were a combined 21-of-35 from the free throw line and 3-of-17 beyond the arc, they turned the ball over 18 times, and they were out-rebounded 48-27, with only 10 boards during the entire first half. DeRozan and co. will need to hit the 'reset' button before Friday's must-win Game in Toronto. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo quiet in 38-point road loss
    Bismack Biyombo started Game 5 but posted only seven points, four boards and one block in 21 minutes during Toronto's 38-point road loss.

    Advice: In the wake of tonight's drubbing in Cleveland, it will be interesting to see if Dwane Casey opts to start Biyombo over Jonas Valanciunas for Game 6. Tonight's struggles come in the wake of a terrific stretch for Biyombo, who has raised his stock significantly. An unnamed Eastern Conference GM, citing the upcoming salary-cap increase, even suggested that Biyombo will be offered around $17 million per year as a free agent this summer. Considering the Raptors' long-term investment in Jonas Valanciunas, it could be very hard for them to retain Biyombo. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • A Tale of Two Cities for Kyle Lowry vs. Cavs
    Kyle Lowry scored only 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting during Wednesday's crushing road loss, adding six assists, three rebounds and five turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs trapped Lowry at every opportunity and he struggled as a result, going scoreless for the first 18 minutes of the game. It's been a tale of two cities for Lowry in the series -- he's averaging 27.5 points in two home games, but just 11.3 points in three road games. Toronto has now been outscored in 11 of 12 quarters in Cleveland during the series, which is a huge hurdle even if they tie it up with a home win in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:20 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo starting over JV in Game 5
    Bismack Biyombo will start Game 5 on Wednesday despite the return of Jonas Valanciunas (ankle).

    Advice: "[Jonas Valanciunas] is our starting center but we've got to respect what Bismack is doing on the court," said Dwane Casey. Biyombo is averaging 6.8 points on 61.1 percent shooting, 12.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in four Conference finals games vs. Cleveland, though his minutes are likely to come down with Valanciunas in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:58 pm
  • Kerr: Warriors need Bogut out there
    Coach Steve Kerr said the Warriors "need' Andrew Bogut out there.

    Advice: "When he’s out there, we rebound better and we’ve got a good passer out of the post," Kerr said. "We want to play Bogut more, but he’s got to stay on the floor." He was actually the only player in the positive for plus-minus on Tuesday as the Warriors were destroyed on their small-ball plan. Still, it's tough to count on Bogut for more than 16 minutes in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:50 pm
  • Kerr: Stephen Curry not where he needs to be
    Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry "may just not be quite where he needs to be" right now.

    Advice: Kerr said Curry is not hurt, but a previous report said he's playing at 70 percent. In the last two games, the Thunder have put a stop to Curry catch-and-shoot shots with the MVP making just 1-of-10 on those. Maybe the home crowd will help him on Thursday with the Warriors needing Curry to resemble the regular-season version of himself. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:40 pm
  • Report: Draymond Green will not be suspended
    Draymond Green will not be suspended for tripping Enes Kanter during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Green is just one flagrant foul away from a suspension, but the league has reportedly decided not to upgrade his foul on Kanter to a flagrant 1 foul, meaning he's in the clear for Thursday's Game 5 against OKC. Green has been a shell of himself over the past two games, and he knows that he'll need to come with a much stronger effort during Game 5 if the Dubs hope to send the series back to OKC for a Game 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:34 am
  • TOR could struggle to retain Bismack Biyombo
    The Raptors could struggle to retain Bismack Biyombo as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Toronto signed Biyombo for cheap this past offseason, but with how well Biyombo has played during this postseason he's most assuredly earned himself a massive payday when he decides to opt out of his contract this summer. Biyombo will likely be able to secure a $10-15 million deal as a free agent, so the Raptors will need to move around some pieces if they hope to retain him. From a fantasy perspective, a move away from Toronto into a starting role elsewhere would put Biz firmly on the standard league radar. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:34 am
  • Draymond Green: 'Right now, I'm not myself'
    Draymond Green described the Warriors current 3-1 hole in the Western Conference Finals as "stunning," and acknowledged that he needs to be better for the remainder of the series.

    Advice: "Right now, I'm not myself," said Green. "I'm thinking too much, and that's leading to all the things that I'm not supposed to be doing. I just … I just have to be me." Over the past two games, Green has not given the Dubs much of anything, going 2-of-16 from the field whilst posting a plus/minus rating of minus-73. Green also appeared to trip Enes Kanter during Game 4, which could potentially be viewed as a flagrant 1 foul, which would result in a one-game suspension for Green. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:01 am
  • Report: Stephen Curry playing at 70 percent
    Stephen Curry (knee) is playing "at 70 percent, at best," according to a source of Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: While unnamed sources dispute the health of Curry's knee, you won't hear Curry, nor head coach Steve Kerr making any excuses. Curry said he was "fine" after Game 4's loss, and Kerr stated that he's "not injured," but Curry's lack of explosion and inability to take advantage of the bigs when they switch on him tells a bit of a different story. To be clear, Curry is in zero danger of spending any time on the sidelines, and the Dubs will need him to look more like MVP-Curry if they hope to secure a Game 5 win when they return to their home court on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:20 am
  • Draymond Green held to six points in loss
    Draymond Green was held to six points in Tuesday's Game 4 loss to the Thunder, shooting just 1-of-7 from the field.

    Advice: For the first time this season, the Warriors have finally lost two games in a row and it comes at the worst possible time. As for Green, he was nearly suspended by the league for his kick to Steven Adams' groin in Game 3, so the OKC crowd let him hear it all night. Green hasn't played well in this series and it didn't get any better tonight, turning the ball over six times in 38 minutes with 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and three steals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:30 pm
  • Stephen Curry shoots 6-of-20 in Game 4 loss
    Stephen Curry struggled in Tuesday's 118-94 loss in Game 4, scoring 19 points on 6-of-20 shooting.

    Advice: He was also just 2-of-10 from beyond the arc with six turnovers, adding five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 39 minutes. As much as Curry struggled, coach Steve Kerr made it clear after the game that the MVP is not injured. "Steph Curry is not injured," Kerr said. "He just had a lousy night. It happens." With Golden State trailing 3-1, they will need a much better effort from Curry for the Warriors to get back in this series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:19 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 26 points in Game 4 win
    Kevin Durant scored 26 points on 8-of-24 shooting in Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: The Thunder scored 72 points in the first half for the second straight game and the Warriors weren't able to recover. As for Durant, he had an incredible line with 11 rebounds, four assists, four steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer, though he did have a few turnovers. This was his second straight game with three blocks and his defense has been on full display in this series. The Thunder could advance to the NBA Finals with a win on Thursday in Game 5 as the series shifts back to Golden State. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:52 pm
  • Westbrook triple-doubles, Thunder lead 3-1
    Russell Westbrook triple-doubled with 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Thunder to a 118-94 win in Game 4.

    Advice: This gives the Thunder a commanding 3-1 series lead over the defending champs. Westbrook was dominant tonight, shooting 12-of-27 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line while adding four steals and four treys in 41 minutes. As good as he was on offense, Westbrook also held Stephen Curry in check, limiting the MVP to 19 points on 6-of-20 shooting. For what it's worth, teams that take a 3-1 series lead in the conference finals are 37-2 in NBA history. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:40 pm
  • Warriors will not make a lineup change
    The Warriors will not make a lineup change for Game 4 vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

    Advice: Warriors coach Steve Kerr may have considered a lineup change with either Harrison Barnes or Andrew Bogut moving to the bench in favor of Andre Iguodala or Festus Ezeli, but Golden State will stand pat for now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:00 pm
  • Report: Kerr could tweak starting five for G4
    Steve Kerr may adjust his starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Thunder, according to Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Advice: Media members asked Kerr about a potential lineup switch on Monday and Tuesday, but Kerr would not give any indication whether he's leaning one way or the other. Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut have not been very effective through the Western Conference Finals, and with the Dubs in must-win territory, there's a chance Kerr tweaks his starting five. Andre Iguodala or Festus Ezeli would be the most likely to enter the starting five should Kerr make a change, although if a change were to occur, it’s unlikely we’d get word until just prior to tip-off. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:41 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan praises Lowry's Game 4 play
    DeMar DeRozan praised Kyle Lowry's performance in Monday's Game 4 win over Cleveland.

    Advice: "It's a cake walk for me once he gets going," DeRozan said. "It opens up everything for me on the floor. Teams try to focus in on him, and he knows when to get me going. He got the ball, he's our point guard, he's our leader of this team and he knows how to orchestrate what needs to be done out there." While Lowry had a great game on Monday, DeRozan's second consecutive 32-point performance helped the Raptors even the series. He seems to be getting over the thumb injury that hampered him earlier in the playoffs and should continue be a big factor for the Raptors for the rest of the postseason. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:46 am
  • Kyle Lowry scores 35 points; Raps tie series
    Kyle Lowry was outstanding during a 105-99 win over the Cavs in Game 4 on Monday, scoring 35 points with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was on fire early with 16 points on 100.0 effective field goal percentage to kick this game off. Lowry and DeMar DeRozan scored a combined 67 points in their best combined scoring effort this postseason. To nobody's surprise, Raptors continue to go as Lowry goes in the postseason. During wins, he has a 56.9 true shooting percentage and a 2.5 assist:turnover ratio. In the losses, those numbers are 38.9 and 1.6, respectively. The Cavs should be doing all they can to stop Lowry. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:06 pm
  • Bizness Is Booming: Biyombo set for a pay day
    Bismack Biyombo was terrific yet again during a win over the Cavs on Monday, finishing with five points, 14 rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 42 minutes.

    Advice: His motor was out of control with some very good perimeter defense while he was still able to grab 11 defensive rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) didn't play in this game, but he might have a better chance on Wednesday. If the Raptors can continue to use him like this, Biyombo might be too valuable to lose any minutes to JV. Biyombo has made himself some serious money in the past two games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:57 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 32 points again in win
    DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points for the second straight win over the Cavs on Monday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: A big story for the Raptors was their free throw shooting. They became the first Conference Finals team since 2001 to not have a free throw in the first half with a 15-plus point lead, but then they went to the line 19 times in the second half as a team. As for DeRozan, he continues to thrive on contested shots and even fared better against LeBron James as the game went on -- he scored 12 in the fourth quarter on 5-of-6 from the field. We'll see how he handles playing in Cleveland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:52 pm
  • Draymond Green not suspended for Game 4
    Draymond Green will not be suspended for Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was fined $25,000 and the foul has been upgraded to a flagrant 2. The NBA likely ruled that Green didn't intend to kick Steven Adams in the groin during Sunday's blowout. Green has a knack for kicking his leg out to draw a foul, so the NBA likely thought it was just unlucky for Adams as Green tried to sell the foul too hard. He'll be in the starting lineup in a huge game at Oklahoma City. Rotoworld.com May 23, 4:14 pm
  • Kerr: Draymond Green must re-focus himself
    Steve Kerr said that Draymond Green needs to re-focus himself.

    Advice: "He needs to re-focus a little bit. He'll admit it. It was not one of his best games. In fact, it was one of his worst," Kerr said. After a total dud in Game 3 with six points, four rebounds and three assists on 1-of-9 shooting, Green has to be a whole lot better in Game 4 assuming he avoids suspension. Rotoworld.com May 23, 9:33 am
  • Casey: Biyombo not getting any foul calls
    Dwane Casey, who was fined $25,000 for criticizing the officials, said that Bismack Biyombo is not getting any foul calls vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: "[Biyombo] is not getting the calls," Casey said. "We shoot zero free throws in the fourth quarter. Zero. He's getting hit. There's one play where they almost have a brawl. He gets killed on that play. I don't know if he's getting hit because of how physical and tough he is, but he's getting cracked. To his credit, I thought he was going to lose his head when he got the technical foul, but he kept playing." All eyes will be on Biyombo in Game 4 following a historic Game 3 performance with Jonas Valacniunas (ankle, doubtful) still expected to be on the shelf. Rotoworld.com May 23, 6:11 am
  • Andrew Bogut, GSW's big men silenced Sunday
    Andrew Bogut played only 12 minutes during Game 3, scoring two points with five rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: The Thunder went small early and often, and the Warriors' true big men (Bogut, Festus Ezeli, Anderson Varejao and Marreese Speights) struggled to control the paint. Golden State has given up the third-most second-chance points during the playoffs (13.9 per game), and OKC finished tonight's home win with a whopping 21 second-chance points. Bogut's strained right thigh might still be bothering him, and either way it's hard to rely on him for DFS purposes. Rotoworld.com May 22, 7:58 pm
  • Draymond Green struggles, earns Flagrant-1
    Draymond Green struggled badly during Sunday's loss in Oklahoma City, finishing with six points on 1-of-9 shooting, four boards, three assists and four turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The Warriors looked unusually rattled after Green picked up a Flagrant-1 foul in the second quarter, letting a close game to turn into a 25-point deficit heading into halftime. They gave up 117 points through three quarters, the most allowed in a playoff game since 1987, and compounded their defensive struggles with lackadaisical shot selection. The league will likely review Draymond's flagrant, which he earned for kicking Steven Adams in the crotch, so DFS owners should double-check that he's available for Game 4. Rotoworld.com May 22, 7:57 pm
  • Russell Westbrook's 30 & 12 help OKC win Gm 3
    The Thunder cruised to a 133-105 win in Game 3, aided by Russell Westbrook's 30 points (10-of-19 FGs, 9-of-11 FTs), 12 assists, eight rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Westbrook had some jaw-dropping plays tonight, combining his natural athleticism with pure ferocity, and the Warriors didn't have any answers defensively. His few bad shots were overshadowed by outrageous euro-step layups, rebounds in traffic, fastbreak explosions and unselfish passes, resulting in a statement game for the 27-year-old All-Star. Follow the link below to enjoy one of his Game 3 highlights. Rotoworld.com May 22, 7:54 pm
  • Andre Iguodala solid in futile bench effort
    Andre Iguodala came off the Warriors' bench on Sunday for nine points, four boards, three assists, two steals, two 3-pointers and just one turnover in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Last year's Finals MVP continues to have a big impact despite having very few plays called for him -- in Games 1 and 2 he had a 13.6 percent usage rate, higher than only Shaun Livingston, Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut. His efforts weren't nearly enough tonight, and his minutes were limited by garbage time, but he should resume playing 28-32 minutes on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com May 22, 7:51 pm
  • Stephen Curry (elbow) scores 24 in Gm 3 loss
    Stephen Curry (elbow) finished Sunday's 133-105 Game 3 defeat with 24 points on 7-of-17 shooting, three 3-pointers, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Curry shot well in Game 2 and he wasn't even listed on Golden State's injury report tonight, so his struggles can't be blamed on injuries -- credit is due to OKC's defense, which switched pick-and-rolls and used its length to confound the Warriors. The starting unit for Golden State shot a combined 20-of-57 from the field (35.1 percent) and it's safe to assume they'll be burning for redemption in Game 4. Rotoworld.com May 22, 7:50 pm
  • Kevin Durant has 33 pts in Game 3 blowout win
    Kevin Durant scored 33 points during OKC's blowout Game 3 home win, making 10-of-15 field goals and 12-of-12 free throws in 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: Before the game, coach Billy Donovan said KD needed to make "quick reads" with "sharp and crisp [passes]" to counter the Warriors' flood of double- and triple-teams. He did all that and more to help his team reclaim the series lead while maintaining home court advantage. His DFS owners went home nearly as happy as OKC's fans, as he rounded out his line with eight boards, two assists, three blocks and just one turnover. Durant appeared to tweak his right calf in the third quarter but it didn't cost him much time and we're leaving him off the injury report for Game 4. Rotoworld.com May 22, 7:41 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan still dealing w/ pain in thumb
    DeMar DeRozan said that while his right thumb is improving every day, he's still experiencing pain.

    Advice: To be clear, this is just something that DeRozan is going to have to deal with, and he's in zero danger of the injury forcing him to the sidelines. DeRozan had himself an efficient outing during Toronto's Game 3 win over Cleveland, scoring 32 points on 12-of-24 shooting, and the Raptors will need him to continue that trend if they hope to secure a Game 4 win on Monday. Rotoworld.com May 22, 1:51 pm
  • Stephen Curry (elbow) will start in Game 3
    Stephen Curry (elbow) will be in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Thunder on Sunday.

    Advice: Curry was a full participant during shootaround, and he's not even being listed on the injury report. He was never in any danger of missing Game 3, and head coach Steve Kerr said that Curry was shooting the ball well during shootaround, so it doesn't seem like the injury will impact his play. Rotoworld.com May 22, 12:58 pm
  • Stephen Curry going through shootaround
    Stephen Curry (elbow) is going through the morning shootaround as expected.

    Advice: Coach Steve Kerr said that Curry was shooting the ball well and that his elbow isn't giving him any issues. We'll likely have official confirmation soon, but Curry is fully expected to play in Game 3 vs. the Thunder. Rotoworld.com May 22, 8:56 am
  • Carmelo Anthony approves of Jeff Hornacek
    Carmelo Anthony is excited to play at a faster pace next season under new head coach Jeff Hornacek.

    Advice: "I played against him a couple of times when he was the head coach out there in Phoenix," Anthony said. "Everybody knows he likes to play an up-tempo pace of game, likes to get out in transition, likes to speed the game up a lot. So from that standpoint, I'll definitely be looking forward to that." The Knicks ranked in the bottom third of the NBA in pace the past two seasons, so hopefully that changes under Hornacek. Anthony wasn't consulted during the Knicks' coaching search, but it sounds like he approves of his new coach. Rotoworld.com May 22, 6:16 am
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 32 in Game 3 victory
    DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points during a 99-86 Game 3 win over the Cavs on Saturday, adding five rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He was 12-of-24 from the field and hit plenty of contested jumpers. In fact, he had 22 of his 24 shots contested during this win. This was DeRozan's second postseason game of his career without any turnovers and played fairly mistake-free ball on both ends. The Cavs used LeBron James on DeRozan late in the game, so that might be something to watch early in Game 6. DeRozan will need to be on his game on Monday to get another win. Rotoworld.com May 21, 8:52 pm
  • Bizness Picks Up: Biyombo grabs 26 boards
    Bismack Biyombo grabbed a playoff franchise-record 26 boards against the Cavs on Saturday, adding seven points, one assist and four blocks in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He was awesome. Biyombo grabbed 20 boards without even recording a single point to start the game. He was also a major factor in protecting the paint with the Cavs only scoring 20 in the paint during this game -- the Cavs had at least 50 paint points in each of the last two. Biyombo also had some improved perimeter defense and even guarded LeBron James at times. Coach Dwane Casey said Biyombo was the spirit of the team and said he hit on almost every rebound and putback. According to SportVU, Biz grabbed 26 of his 27 rebound chances. It was arguably the best performance from a center in these playoffs. Rotoworld.com May 21, 8:43 pm
  • Kyle Lowry snaps out of slump, scores 20
    Kyle Lowry snapped out of his shooting slump with 20 points during a win over the Cavs on Saturday, adding six rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He was 7-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-8 from deep. Lowry made just 1-of-15 from beyond the arc in the first two games of this series, but got it going early. He was in some foul trouble during this game and the Raptors holding it together while he was on the bench was key. Lowry has actually shot the ball worse at home in the postseason, so that's not necessarily why he was better tonight. Obviously the Raptors need Lowry to play well to get another game in this series. Rotoworld.com May 21, 8:23 pm
  • Curry: Injury is uncomfortable, not painful
    Stephen Curry (elbow) said his injury is more "uncomfortable" than "painful."

    Advice: He said he has a full range of motion after going through a full practice on Friday. "It doesn’t cause any problems mechanically, so I can still use my arm and do what I need to do," Curry said. He wore a compression sleeve and there is no word if he'll keep it on for Sunday. Curry will be ready to roll for a big Game 3 in Oklahoma City. Rotoworld.com May 20, 3:26 pm
  • Report: Heat expect Bosh to play next season
    According to Dan Le Batard of ESPN, the Heat are expecting Chris Bosh (blood clots) to be available next season.

    Advice: We've heard conflicting reports on this for a while now and it doesn't help that the Heat haven't been very transparent. Pat Riley recently refused to put a timetable on Bosh's return and there have even been some reports that the Heat fear that Bosh might not be able to play again. Hopefully we will get some more clarity on the situation soon. Rotoworld.com May 20, 9:56 am
  • Kyle Lowry has another dud, scores 10 points
    Kyle Lowry made 4-of-14 from the field for 10 points during a 108-89 loss in Cleveland on Thursday, adding six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and five turnovers.

    Advice: He finally made his first 3-pointer of this series, but he's only 1-of-15 in the last two games. Lowry is also struggling on defense, as well. The Raptors continue to not use Lowry at the end of the first half and it was costly tonight. They ended the second half giving up a 16-2 run to the Cavs to basically put the game out of reach. Lowry was coming into this series with some very nice momentum, but it's now slowed to a crawl. Maybe the home-court advantage in Game 2 can help them. Lowry did go to the locker room, but he's fine. Rotoworld.com May 19, 8:23 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll doesn't look right
    DeMarre Carroll scored seven points with five rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He was one of the better defenders on LeBron James over the past couple seasons, but not this time around. Carroll's knee injury may be limiting him with two really bad games in this series. Rotoworld.com May 19, 8:18 pm
  • Andre Iguodala hits video-game layup in Gm 2
    Andre Iguodala led the Warriors' second unit on Wednesday with 14 points (4-of-10 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), three rebounds, three steals and one assist in 26 minutes of action.

    Advice: Iguodala hit one 3-pointer and he was surprisingly efficient at the FT line, but his offensive highlight was a double-pump, and-one layup which you can marvel at via the link below. OKC was a dominant rebounding team during the regular season but tonight Golden State won the battle, 45-36, including 15 offensive boards. The stage is set for an epic Western Conference finals. Rotoworld.com May 18, 9:10 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (thigh) struggles in 16 minutes
    Andrew Bogut finished Wednesday's victory with four points, six rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Bogut is dealing with a strained right adductor and didn't look like himself tonight, fumbling away easy scoring chances in the paint. The Warriors have solid backup options in Festus Ezeli and Anderson Varejao, with Draymond Green more than capable of playing center in small lineups for stretches, and Steve Kerr availed himself of every option on Wednesday. Bogut gets a few extra days to rest and he should be ready to go for Game 3 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com May 18, 9:08 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 29 pts, commits eight TOs
    Kevin Durant racked up a game-high 29 points during Wednesday's loss, shooting 11-of-18 from the field, but he also committed eight turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was on fire as a shooter in the first half, but atypically careless turnovers prevented the Thunder from building any significant momentum. Credit is due to Golden State's swarming defense, and OKC will need to get more from their supporting players to earn a Finals berth -- Serge Ibaka scored three points on 1-of-6 shooting tonight, and non-Durant players combined to shoot just 40.0 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com May 18, 9:06 pm
  • Russell Westbrook has 16 & 12, shoots 5-of-14
    Russell Westbrook made only 5-of-14 field goals and 5-of-5 free throws during OKC's Game 2 loss, finishing with 16 points, 12 assists, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: Westbrook's seven steals in Game 1 set a franchise record but he had only two steals tonight, and OKC's defense collapsed en masse in the second half. WB struggled to create individual offense vs. Klay Thompson, he forced an objectively bad two-for-one possession to end the first half, and he'll need to be much better for the Thunder to maintain home-court advantage with consecutive wins in Games 3 and 4. Rotoworld.com May 18, 9:05 pm
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