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  • HOU forgets to guard Stephen Curry, GSW rolls
    Stephen Curry set the record for most 3-pointers in a postseason during a destruction of the Rockets on Saturday, scoring 40 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and seven 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets must have forgot who Stephen Curry is because they continued to leave him open on 3-pointers. He was 3-of-3 from the left corner tonight and is now 91 percent from that area in these playoffs. He's seriously not fair and already has two 40-point games in the playoffs. Maybe the Rockets can guard him on Monday to avoid a sweep. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 17 in win
    Klay Thompson scored 17 points with three rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers during a Game 3 win in Houston on Saturday.

    Advice: The Warriors took some extra pressure off Klay with Harrison Barnes guarding James Harden on occasion. Thompson did have his minutes staggered slightly from Curry and he was able to run the offense more, which partially explains his five assists. We still haven't seen Klay explode and yet the Warriors are rolling. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • James Harden shoots 3-of-16 from the field
    James Harden made 3-of-16 from the field for 17 points with three rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes during an embarrassing 115-80 loss on Saturday.

    Advice: It was bad. He got away with some contested mid-range shots on Thursday, but they just weren't falling today. Harden actually didn't have any makes at the rim tonight, which has been his bread and butter since joining the Rockets. Plus, his defense has been horrendous. The Rockets will try to keep their season alive on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:43 pm
  • Kyrie Irving is questionable for Game 3
    Kyrie Irving (knee) is questionable to play against the Hawks in Game 3 on Sunday.

    Advice: "Hopefully he responds well to the little workout he did today," coach David Blatt said. "He's a big part of the team and this series is not finished. But if he's not able to play then he won't. That's the determining factor." For now, it sounds like the Cavs will sit Irving until they get some pressure from the Hawks. Matthew Dellavedova has been effective on defense against Jeff Teague and put up a stat line of 11 points, six boards, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers. Plus, he attempted 13 shots from the field, which is is second-highest total for field goal attempts in any game in his career. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:28 pm
  • Paul George still not 100 percent healthy
    Paul George said his leg is not yet 100 percent healthy.

    Advice: He said he is doing "good" and is not 100 percent recovered from the calf strain he suffered in their regular season finale in Memphis. George is going to have an entire offseason to get ready for next year and should be fully healed before training camp. He'll be a risky target in the second and third rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:25 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 95-83 @ Mem
  • Kyle Korver out for playoffs with ankle issue
    Kyle Korver (ankle) will not play in the remainder of the postseason due to a "severe right ankle sprain."

    Advice: Ouch. While Korver hasn't been great in the postseason, his presence for spacing has been essential to the Hawks' offense. The Hawks haven't been the same due primarily to their struggles from beyond the arc and that burden has just grown with this loss. Kent Bazemore will likely start next to DeMarre Carroll on the wing. Dennis Schroder and Shelvin Mack will also have to step up. The Hawks may also use Mike Scott as a floor spacer in some lineups, which they did on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:53 am
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Kyrie Irving wearing soft sleeve on left knee
    Kyrie Irving (knee) was wearing a soft sleeve on his left knee at practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Wit the Cavs up 2-0 and now headed to Cleveland for two games, there is little incentive to play Irving at less than 100 percent. While Irving has said that rest won't help, he could conceivably get close to two weeks off if the Cavs can handle their business in the Eastern Conference. Matthew Dellavedova has been a pleasant surprise and will get more playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:48 am
  • Terrence Ross had left ankle surgery Friday
    Terrence Ross had surgery to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from his left ankle on Friday and he currently has no timetable for a return to basketball activities.

    Advice: Even though there is no timetable for his return, this was likely a minor procedure and he should hopefully be back on the court soon. Ross had a very disappointing 2014-15 campaign in which he averaged just 9.8 points, 2.8 boards, 1.0 assist and 1.8 3-pointers while shooting just 37.2 percent from the field, so he clearly has a lot to work on this summer. We will track his progress very closely in the coming weeks, but he won't be a target in fantasy drafts just yet. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:45 am
     
    Injured
    W, 92-87 vs Cha
  • Hawks not optimistic about Kyle Korver's ankle
    The Hawks are reportedly less optimistic about Kyle Korver's ankle than they were about DeMarre Carroll's knee the morning after his injury.

    Advice: We are expected to get a full diagnosis soon, so we should know more details shortly. X-rays taken after the game were negative, but it's possible that Korver could be dealing with a lot of swelling and this report is pretty concerning. If Korver is forced to miss any time, Kent Bazemore is going to have to step up in a big way. Expect another update shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:29 am
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Victor Oladipo eager to reach his potential
    Victor Oladipo said that he is starting to realize just how good he can be in the NBA.

    Advice: "I'm finally starting to realize how good I can be and what my potential is," Oladipo said. "So I'm definitely going to keep working on getting better so I can exhaust my potential." Oladipo had season averages of 17.9 points, 4.2 boards, 4.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.2 3-pointers this season, and he showed some serious improvement down the stretch. He also averaged 2.8 turnovers and shot just 43.6 percent from the field, but those numbers should improve if the Magic add some pieces around him this summer. He will likely be off the board in the first few rounds of drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:22 am
  • Otto Porter learned a lot from Paul Pierce
    Otto Porter credited Paul Pierce for his rapid improvement over the course of the season.

    Advice: "He means a lot," Porter said in regards to Pierce. "I learned a lot from him this year whether he told me something or I just picked it up. And it’s going to stick with me throughout my NBA career, what to expect in the NBA and how to be a professional." Porter broke out in the playoffs, averaging 10.0 points, 8.0 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 3-pointers in 33.1 minutes per game. He averaged just 19.4 minutes in the regular season, so it's clear that he finally earned the trust of head coach Randy Wittman. If Porter continues to improve over the summer, he could be an interesting late-round flier in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:36 am
  • Korver injures ankle in Game 2 loss to CLE
    Kyle Korver scored 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting (including two threes) with one rebound and one steal in 32 minutes, but left the game late after hurting an ankle and did not return.

    Advice: Korver left with the game basically in Cleveland's hands so it's possible the injury is less serious than more serious, and X-rays taken after the game were negative. Kent Bazemore (12 minutes, seven points, one steal) would step into some more minutes if Korver can't play in Game 3, and Dennis Schroder (13 points, 6-of-11 FGs, 12 minutes) could also get more minutes as long as he didn't shoot himself into the doghouse tonight. We'll update Korver's status as soon as we learn more. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:14 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Dellavedova gets the job done for the Cavs
    Matthew Dellavedova got the job done for the Cavs in Friday's Game 1 win over the Hawks, scoring 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting (including two threes) with six rebounds, four assists and one steal in fill-in duty for Kyrie Irving.

    Advice: Delly played great defense and was aggressive against a shell-shocked Hawks squad. The Cavs might decide to buy some rest for Irving after the way the Hawks looked beaten tonight, so we could see some more big outings for the St. Marys product in DFS formats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:03 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll (knee) to start in Game 2
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) will start in Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs.

    Advice: Carroll was wincing throughout warmups and owners have to plan for some sort of limitation. Kent Bazemore and Paul Millsap may end up picking up the slack on LeBron James. If Carroll falters then Bazemore stands to gain the most here in terms of playing time, but his numbers could suffer if he has to cover LeBron a lot. Kyle Korver could also get some time on the King. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:59 pm
  • Kyrie Irving will not play against the Hawks
    Kyrie Irving (knee) will not play against the Hawks on Friday night.

    Advice: Coach David Blatt called it a "medical decision" for Irving to sit tonight. He went to visit Dr. James Andrews today to confirm the tendinitis issue. With Irving out, Matthew Dellavedova will get the start with J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert getting more run. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:00 pm
  • Gordon Hayward has minor heel procedure
    Gordon Hayward had minor outpatient surgery on his right heel.

    Advice: He is expected to make a full recovery in the early part of the summer. Hayward missed some game action near the end of the season due to an Achilles issue, so that likely explains his procedure. It shouldn't affect his fantasy value as an early-round target. The Jazz will have decent depth at all their positions, so their draft selection won't be easy. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:41 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 117-91 @ Hou
  • Irving says he doesn't 'have it right now'
    Kyrie Irving (knee) said he doesn't "have it right now" and remains questionable to play against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: "The most frustrating thing is seeing holes in the defenses that I'm used to attacking," Irving said. "I tried to make one move and I accelerated and then I stopped and passed it." Luckily for the Cavs, Matthew Dellavedova has played beyond expectations and could start in Game 2 tonight. Irving missed shootaround and maybe the Cavs allow him to rest for a few days. Although, earlier this month he said rest isn't going to help him. Expect an update around 7:15 EDT. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:44 am
  • Joerger says Adams has improved as a shooter
    Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger spoke highly of rookie Jordan Adams during a recent interview, saying he's gotten much better as a shooter.

    Advice: Adams was used sparingly during his rookie season, averaging just 8.3 minutes, 3.1 points and 0.3 three-pointers a game on 40.7 percent shooting from the field. He did, however, have a very nice outing towards the end of the regular-season, going off for 19 points with two 3-pointers. The Grizzlies seriously need to add some 3-point shooting to their roster if they hope to compete at a championship level in today's NBA, and perhaps Adams could fill that role for Memphis. We'll be tracking his progress this offseason, but until he becomes a regular part of the rotation, he won't have any standard league value. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:03 am
  • Kobe ready to call it quits after 2016 season
    Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said during a recent interview that Kobe Bryant indicated to him that the 2015-16 season will be his last.

    Advice: "I think first and foremost, he's on the last year of a deal," Kupchak said. "There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don't think there will be." Kupchak has made similar statements regarding Kobe's impending retirement numerous times, and it sounds like after 20 seasons of NBA basketball, The Black Mamba is ready to sub-out. Kobe will be paid a league-high $25 million during his final year in the league, a bit of a thank you bonus from the Lakers organization, but after making it through just 41 games over the past two seasons, he's going to be an extremely risky selection in next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:36 am
     
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Kent Bazemore ready to step up if Carroll out
    Kent Bazemore is ready to step into the starting lineup as LeBron James' primary defender if DeMarre Carroll (knee) can't give it a go for Friday's Game 2.

    Advice: "It’s great," Bazemore said regarding the opportunity to enter the starting lineup and guard James. "It’s a great platform to show what you can do. They brought me here as a defender and that’s my job. What a great measuring stick to go up against one of the best." The energy exerted while guarding one of the best players in the league will likely lead to a limited offensive output from Bazemore, so even if he slides into a starting role, he's not going to be a great daily league play. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:53 am
  • Jordan McRae hopes to help 76ers next year
    Jordan McRae said that playing for the 76ers next year would be a "great opportunity."

    Advice: "I think it’s a great opportunity here," McRae said following a workout at the Sixers’ practice facility earlier this week. "They’re rebuilding and a lot of spots are open right now. I’m just trying to make the best of it." McRae spent the 2014-15 season playing overseas in Australia and with the 76ers D-League affiliate, and he feels he become a better defender and a more efficient scorer during that time. McRae will have an opportunity to prove his worth during Summer League, and with the 76ers roster looking the way it does, he certainly will have the opportunity for minutes if he earns a deal for the 2015-16 season. We'll track his progress closely this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:27 am
  • Curry wants Danny Green's Finals 3PM record
    Stephen Curry said after Thursday's Game 2 win over the Rockets that he's more interested in breaking Danny Green's 3-point record than Reggie Miller's.

    Advice: Curry is just one 3-pointer away from breaking Miller's record for most 3-pointers made in a single postseason (58), but he's more interested in breaking Green's record for most 3-pointers made in an NBA Finals (27). Curry has already set, and broken, his own record for most 3-pointers made during the regular-season, and when all is said and done he'll likely go down as the best shooter to ever play the game. However, the Warriors will need to get two more wins against the Rockets in order for Curry to have a shot at breaking Green's record. Saturday's Game 3 in Houston should be nothing short of spectacular. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:53 am
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) questionable for Game 2
    Kyrie Irving (knee) did not go through shootaround and he is being listed as questionable for Friday's Game 2 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Irving elected to not go through shootaround in order to undergo additional treatment and further evaluation (likely an MRI) on his ailing left knee, and he even admitted he just doesn't "have it right now." The Cavs said that the one-day of rest did not diminish the symptoms of tendinitis in his left knee, and it sounds like Irving is headed for a game-time decision for Game 2. If Irving is unable to go, Matthew Dellavedova would slide into the starting lineup, while LeBron James' usage rate would border on absurd. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:26 am
  • Corey Brewer invisible in Game 2 loss
    Corey Brewer played just 19 minutes and hit 1-of-5 shots for three points, zero rebounds and one assist in Thursday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: Josh Smith and Brewer were awful tonight, which is probably why the Rockets are down 2-0 in the series, instead of it being tied 1-1. After scoring in double figures in the final three games against the Clippers in the last series, Brewer has scored a total of 12 points in two games against the Warriors, hitting just 4-of-12 shots. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:30 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Jason Terry hits three 3-pointers in 35 min.
    Jason Terry played 35 minutes and hit 3-of-7 shots (all 3-pointers) for nine points and four assists in Thursday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Terry is the starting point guard for the Rockets and that's not likely to change, but he's hit just 13-of-40 shots over his last five games. Avoid him in fantasy playoff lineups if you can, even though his cheap salary is always a bit tempting. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:24 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jason Terry Hou - PG,SG
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Trevor Ariza quiet in 38 minutes in Game 2
    Trevor Ariza played 38 minutes in Game 2 on Thursday, but hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer against Golden State for seven points, six rebounds, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: Ariza went off in Game 1 with 20 points and four 3-pointers on 7-of-10 shooting, and while he played solid defense again tonight, Ariza just never got it going. Look for him to bounce back in Saturday's Game 3 at Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:21 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • James Harden scores 38, just misses trip-dub
    James Harden went off by hitting 13-of-21 shots, three 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws for 38 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, a block and just two turnovers in Thursday's tough Game 2 loss at Golden State.

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

    Advice: Since blowing up for 16 points last Wednesday against Memphis, Iguodala has scored 9, 4 and 6 points in his last three games, making him a pretty shaky fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:05 pm
  • Shaun Livingston plays just 14 minutes in win
    Shaun Livingston, who had 18 points and a full stat line in Game 1, played just 14 minutes in Thursday's Game 2 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: He hit all four of his shots to finish with eight points, four rebounds and zero turnovers, but will be tough to rely on in fantasy leagues while playing behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. He's probably got another couple nice games coming in these playoffs, but it will be impossible to figure out when they'll happen. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:01 pm
  • Klay Thompson's shot fading, steps up on D
    Klay Thompson hit 6-of-15 shots and just 1-of-7 3-pointers Thursday, finishing with 13 points, four rebounds, one assist and a block in a tough Game 2 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Thompson is just 2-of-14 from downtown in this series and the Warriors will need him to get hot in Houston for Games 3 and 4. He played great defense tonight, blocking a crucial James Harden shot late and then tag teaming with Stephen Curry to prevent Harden from even getting off a shot that could have won the game for Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:54 pm
  • Stephen Curry leads Warriors to 99-98 win
    Stephen Curry hit 13-of-21 shots and five 3-pointers for 33 points, three rebounds, six assists, a steal and six turnovers in Thursday's 99-98 thrilling win in Game 2 of the WCF as the Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the series.

    Advice: The Warriors turned it over 16 times to Houston's 10 and the Dubs are going to have to do a better job of protecting the ball in Houston. Curry was electric tonight, but the Warriors lost a 17-point second-quarter lead to fall into a tie with Houston at halftime. James Harden had a chance to win it for the Rockets on the game's final play, but Curry and Klay Thompson effectively doubled him and Harden never even got a shot up. Game 3 is Saturday in Houston, and the only thing left to do is wait for Riley on the podium with Steph in a few minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:47 pm
  • Klay Thompson named to All-NBA Third Team
    Klay Thompson was named to the 2014-15 All-NBA Third Team.

    Advice: Kyrie Irving, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Tim Duncan round out the Third Team group. Stephen Curry and Thompson became the first Warriors' duo to both receive All-NBA honors in the same year since the Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway did it back in 1992. Duncan set an NBA-record by appearing on both the All-Defensive and All-NBA Team in the same season for a 15th time, adding yet another milestone to his already impressive career. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:17 pm
  • Stephen Curry named to All-NBA First Team
    Stephen Curry has been named to the 2014-15 All-NBA First Team.

    Advice: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol and James Harden round out the group, with both Curry and James being unanimous First Team selections. This was both Davis and Gasol's first time being selected for First Team honors, which is sure to be the first of many. Harden led the league in scoring with 27.4 points per game, as well as 40-point games (10), 30-point games (35), and free throw attempts (824) while shooting 86.8 percent from the charity stripe. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:42 pm
  • Tyreke Evans undergoes arthroscopic surgery
    Tyreke Evans (knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday morning, and a timetable for his return to basketball activities will be announced in the near future.

    Advice: Arthroscopic surgery is of the minor variety, and the recovery period on these things tends to be around 4-6 weeks. He should be fine for next year's training camp, but we'll let you know when an official timeline on his recovery is released. Evans put together a pretty nice season this year with averages of 16.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.1 turnovers per game on 44.7 percent shooting from the field. His fantasy value takes a leap every time Jrue Holiday goes down, so if Holiday can put together a healthy season next year, expect Evans' numbers to take a hit. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:25 am
     
    Player Note
    Tyreke Evans NO - PG,SG,SF
  • David Blatt pleased with J.R. Smith's defense
    Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said he's been very impressed by J.R. Smith's defense.

    Advice: After Smith poured in eight three-pointers in Game 1 on Wednesday, Blatt made sure to commend Smiths' improved defense. "He pays attention to scouting reports and works hard on that end of the court," Blatt told me a few weeks ago. "J.R. has been great." For his part, Smith may have given the quote of the day in saying, "I'd rather take a contested shot than an open shot any day. It's kind of boring when you take open shots." As long as he continues his hot streak, Smith is a must-start in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:44 am
     
    Player Note
    J.R. Smith Cle - SG,SF
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Blatt says no discussions of Irving shutdown
    Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said the team has not discussed shutting down Kyrie Irving (knee).

    Advice: This is good news for Cavs fans as the team can't afford to lose another star after losing Kevin Love (shoulder) for the season. Blatt added that he's hopeful Irving will be able to play in Game 2 against the Hawks on Friday, so while Irving likely own't be at 100 percent for the rest of the playoffs, it sounds like he'll be in the Cavaliers lineup as long as he doesn't further injure his knee. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:16 am
  • Blatt hopeful Kyrie Irving can play in Game 2
    Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said he's hopeful that Kyrie Irving (knee) will be able to play in Game 2 on Friday.

    Advice: While Irving hasn't said anything that would lead us to believe he'd miss Game 2, Blatt took a more conservative approach in his comments. "It's a matter of discomfort and having to deal with the elements and play through it," Blatt said. "We hope he can go and as long as Ky thinks he can be out there, there's no reason that he can't." He may not end up missing any games, but Irving will most likely be limited throughout the playoffs due to his balky knee. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:19 am
  • Kyrie Irving dealing with injury frustration
    Kyrie Irving (knee) said he's trying to gut through his knee injury, but added that it's one of the most frustrating stretches of his career.

    Advice: Irving aggravated his knee injury in the third quarter of Wednesday's Game 1 win over the Hawks and was only able to log 27 minutes. "This is obviously one of the most frustrating things I've ever dealt with," he said after the game. "We do days and days and go out there and it's nothing like simulating a game so for me, I just have to continue to do what I've been doing and do whatever is necessary to put myself out there. I'm all about winning. That's the only thing that matters." Irving is unlikely to be at 100 percent for the rest of the playoffs, but he's a tough start for fantasy owners as his value is limited due to injury. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:36 am
  • Kyrie Irving plays just 27 minutes in victory
    Kyrie Irving played 27 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday, scoring 10 points with three rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He wasn't his highlight-reel self with dribbling, but that was probably by design because he wasn't 100 percent. Coach David Blatt said Irving was "banged up a little bit" and that's why his minutes were lower than expected. He may be limited for the rest of this series and also admitted he aggravated his knee injury today. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:45 pm
  • J.R. Smith gets piping hot in Game 1 victory
    J.R. Smith caught fire against the Hawks during a Game 1 win on Wednesday, making 10-of-16 from the field for 28 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and eight 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored all 28 of the Cleveland bench points and coach David Blatt was pleased. "When he gets hot, he gets smokin' hot," Blatt said. Smith is obviously happy to be in Cleveland instead of with the Knicks. He'll look to tell his critics to pipe down again in Game 2 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:40 pm
     
    Player Note
    J.R. Smith Cle - SG,SF
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kyle Korver takes just five FGAs
    Kyle Korver made just 3-of-5 from the field for nine points in 36 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers.

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

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

    Advice: He is not 100 percent and coach David Blatt will get all he can out of him. "Hopefully he’ll be able to play this series in a better physical state," Blatt said. The Hawks are going to do everything they can to stop LeBron, so Kyrie should have plenty of chances to score. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:29 pm
  • Stephen Curry fined $5k for flopping
    The NBA has fined Stephen Curry $5,000 for flopping in Game 1 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Curry hit a 3-pointer on the play, but it was an obvious flop and he probably saw this fine coming. He was excellent in the win with 34 points, six boards, five assists, two steals and six 3-pointers, so the MVP will look to keep that momentum going in Game 2 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:38 am
  • Brian Roberts eager to improve this summer
    Brian Roberts doesn't know what type of role he will have with the Hornets next season, but he is eager to improve over the summer.

    Advice: "Things were really up-and-down the whole year," Roberts said in regards to his 2014-15 campaign. "I didn’t really find a smooth spot where I could consistently play at the high level I know I can play at. Overall, it was a learning experience and I’m definitely motivated this summer to get after it." Roberts would likely be the backup point guard to Kemba Walker again if Mo Williams leaves in free agency, but Williams' plans aren't clear just yet. Regardless, Roberts' value will likely be limited to deeper leagues as long as Kemba Walker can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:37 am
  • Trevor Ariza catching fire from downtown
    Trevor Ariza was brilliant in 34 minutes during Tuesday's Game 1 loss, scoring 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting with four 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Ariza played a quintessential '3 and D' role tonight, locking down multiple assignments defensively while stretching the Warriors' defense as a sharp-shooter. He's averaging 4.2 triples on 53.8 percent shooting from downtown over Houston's past five games, solidifying himself one of the most versatile weapons in the Rockets' arsenal. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Rockets lose despite James Harden's 28-11-9
    James Harden poured in 28 points with one 3-pointer, 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals in a losing effort on the road Tuesday, as the Rockets fell into an 0-1 hole in the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Houston built an impressive 16-point lead in the first half, only to watch it vanish as the Warriors closed the second quarter on a 25-6 spurt to reclaim the lead. Harden wasn't getting his typical volume of foul calls, finishing 5-of-6 at the free throw line, yet he still put on a clinic with 14 points in the fourth quarter alone. The Warriors remain heavy favorites to advance to the Finals but the Rockets are playing with confidence and they won't be an easy out while Harden maintains this elite level of production. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:04 pm
  • Shaun Livingston sparks GSW bench w/ 16 pts
    Shaun Livingston scored a career-best 16 first-half points in Game 1, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal to help Golden State earn a 110-106 win.

    Advice: It's terrific to see Livingston thriving at such a high level of competition, having overcome a devastating knee injury that nearly ended his career in 2008. The Warriors defeated the Rockets by double-digit points in all four of their regular-season meetings but they survived a close decision tonight, buoyed by Livingston's efficient 6-of-8 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:03 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 34 points in Game 1 win
    Stephen Curry lit up the Rockets for a game-high 34 points in Tuesday's Game 1 win, going into closer-mode during an 11-point spurt in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter.

    Advice: The much-anticipated battle between the league MVP and the runner-up, James Harden, lived up to the billing. Harden dropped 28 points with a near triple-double, but Curry still reminded the world why he walked away with the Maurice Podoloff trophy this season. Houston gave the Warriors all they could handle despite Dwight Howard leaving with a knee injury tonight, which sets up a must-watch Game 2 at Oracle Arena on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:01 pm
  • Lakers move up to snag No. 2 overall pick
    The Lakers moved up to secure the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft on Tuesday, only the fourth time they've picked in the lottery since the system was established in 1985.

    Advice: L.A. owes a draft pick as part of the Steve Nash deal from 2012, but it was top-five protected this year so they'll keep the selection -- the pick will be top-three protected in both 2016 and 2017. The Heat also kept their top-10 protected pick, picking 10th ahead of the Pacers (11), Jazz (12), Suns (13) and Thunder (14). Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:03 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Bradley Beal hopes no one wins NBA title
    Bradley Beal said he hopes that no one wins the NBA Championship now that the Wizards have been eliminated.

    Advice: When asked about his pick to win the title, Beal said, "I hope nobody wins. I’m a sore loser." Hilarious quote aside, Beal had a solid third NBA season, but was still only able to suit up for 63 regular season games. While the 21-year-old has mid-round fantasy potential, owners will need to take injury concerns into account when using a draft pick on Beal. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:40 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha joins Hawks at practice Mon
    Thabo Sefolosha (ankle) joined the Hawks at practice on Monday and took a few shots in his walking boot.

    Advice: Sefolosha is still out for the rest of the 2014-15 playoffs after undergoing surgery to repair a right fibula fracture and ligament damage, but it's nice to see him making progress. He was using a leg cart when the practice session opened to the media and was able to put up a few shots. While all signs point to Sefolosha being ready for the 2015-16 season, he's much more of a real-life asset to the Hawks than he is a fantasy asset to owners in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:56 am
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Trevor Ariza drains six 3-pointers in victory
    Trevor "A-three-za" was phenomenal during the Rockets Game 7 win on Sunday, scoring 22 points (6-of-14 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers through 43 minutes of action.

    Advice: Ariza was Houston's second-leading scorer in this one, and his effort from start-to-finish was fantastic. He's had a very nice postseason run thus far, averaging 13.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.2 three-pointers and 1.7 steals per game, while playing some lock down defense holding his opponents to just 39.7 percent shooting from the field. He'll likely spend some time picking up Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the Western Conference Finals, and the Rockets will need his defense and 3-point shooting if they hope to upset the West's No. 1 seed. Rotoworld.com
    May 17, 4:13 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • James Harden leads Rockets to Game 7 victory
    James Harden led the Rockets to a Game 7 victory on Sunday, scoring 31 points (7-of-20 FGs, 15-of-18 FTs), with seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals, one block and seven turnovers through 43 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Rockets became just the ninth team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit, something that hasn't been done since 2006 when the Suns upset the Lakers. The Rockets hit the Clippers early, and never looked back, as evidenced by the zero lead changes throughout the contest. Harden has been phenomenal through the postseason so far, averaging 26.3 points, 8.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 2.5 three-pointers, and 1.2 steals per game. He'll look to keep his momentum going into the Western Conference Finals for a tough matchup against the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
    May 17, 3:28 pm
  • Terry eager to use his playoff experience
    Jason Terry believes that his Game 7 experience will benefit his teammates.

    Advice: "My biggest advantage is I’ve been in two Game 7s and I’m undefeated," Terry said. "I’m very confident going in. I understand what it takes to come out with a victory, how I have to approach it and hopefully my teammates will feed off of that."He has really stepped up with averages of 11.4 points, 3.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five games, so the Rockets can feel confident knowing that Terry appears to be ready for the challenge. Rotoworld.com
    May 17, 8:41 am
     
    Player Note
    Jason Terry Hou - PG,SG
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • James Harden ready to go for Sunday
    James Harden is ready to go for Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: It's going to be very interesting to see how coach Kevin McHale handles his rotation. His most-used lineups haven't had success while his bench has fared well. Regardless, expect Harden to get plenty of action. Rotoworld.com
    May 16, 6:09 pm
  • Bradley Beal will be with Wizards a long time
    Coach Randy Wittman said Bradley Beal and John Wall "are going to be here a long time."

    Advice: Beal is eligible for an extension this summer and the Wizards may opt to use it. He has improved in each of his two seasons and really just needs to avoid further injuries to his legs. He'll offer huge upside in drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    May 16, 11:42 am
  • Shaun Livingston is thrilled with his season
    Shaun Livingston said that his injury history makes this playoff push even more meaningful.

    Advice: "Coming back and having a chance to play a major role on this team, that's what it's about," Livingston said. "We're going to enjoy this tonight, because this is not easy to do. This is my 11th year, and this is the farthest I've been. This is the farthest anybody's [on the team has] been, except [Leandro] Barbosa." Livingston had a brutal knee injury in 2007 and recently had surgery on his toe last summer, but he has been a steady presence off the bench during the Warriors' playoff push. He scored 10 points in 20 minutes during Game 6 on Friday while also adding one rebound and a block. Rotoworld.com
    May 16, 7:09 am
  • Stephen Curry scores 32, Warriors advance
    Stephen Curry made eight 3-pointers on his way to 32 points during a series-clinching 108-95 win in Memphis on Friday, adding six rebounds, 10 assists, and four turnovers.

    Advice: He also made a three-quarter court shot at the end of the third and after the game said he hadn't made one of those since college. The Warriors looked like they were going to blow a lead, but they just don't give up big leads this season. Except for maybe a little extra experience, the Warriors have all the pieces to make a title run. Klay Thompson was solid with 20 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 9:24 pm
  • Kyle Korver makes just 1-of-8 in win
    Kyle Korver made just 1-of-8 from the field against the Wizards on Friday night for two points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Even when Korver is off, just the threat of him making shots is enough to make him effective. The Wizards and Nets both refused to have Korver's man help on defense and that may have explained why the Hawks had so many layups tonight. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 7:26 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Otto Porter gets 34 minutes on Friday
    Otto Porter played 34 minutes against the Hawks on Friday night with seven points, eight boards, one assist, two steals and no turnovers.

    Advice: Perhaps no player helped himself for playing time next season than Porter. He fell out of the rotation at times this season, but coach Randy Wittman fell in love with his smaller lineups. Porter has climbed into the conversation as a pick near the end of standard league fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 7:04 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 29 points in loss to ATL
    Bradley Beal scored a game-high 29 points against the Hawks during a Game 6 loss on Friday with six rebounds, three assists, one seal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Beal made 11-of-24 from the field and didn't turn the ball over in 43 minutes. For the entire series, Beal showed he's much better on the ball than we thought heading into the playoffs. He is still just 21 years old and is almost certainly going to improve in his upcoming third season. He'll be worth targeting in the early rounds. The only issue with Beal is he needs to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 6:54 pm
  • Kobe Bryant's return could come in Hawaii
    Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is still expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

    Advice: The Lakers will start their preseason in Hawaii and there's been no word of a setback for Bryant. He also said he could play beyond next season, too. The Lakers' most pressing issue right now will be to keep their top-five protected pick in the draft. Fantasy owners won't be too eager to draft the Black Mamba with his recent run of injuries. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 2:31 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • J.R. Smith trolls the Knicks on Instragram
    J.R. Smith posted a picture of he and Iman Shumpert on Instragram after the Cavs' Game 6 win on Thursday (advancing them to the Eastern Conference Finals), with the caption: "One man's trash, is another man's treasure."

    Advice: Shots fired! Phil Jackson traded away both Smith and Shumpert back in early-January for next to nothing, and while both players were unable to grasp the triangle offense, they have played very well in coach David Blatt's system. Jackson, who coached the Lakers and Bulls to a collective 11 championships, has had a rough run as president of basketball operations for the Knicks. So far, he's traded away Smith, Shumpert, and Tyson Chandler while receiving little in return, and the Knicks posted a franchise-worst record of 17-65 this season. This is unfamiliar territory for Phil to say the least. Rotoworld.com
    May 15, 10:26 am
     
    Player Note
    J.R. Smith Cle - SG,SF
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Corey Brewer scores 19 points vs. Clippers
    Corey Brewer exploded down the stretch against the Clippers on Thursday with 19 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Clippers and Corey Brewer both scored 15 fourth-quarter points tonight. The Rockets were actually looking to Brewer in halfcourt sets, which is very unusual because of how he does so much of his scoring in transition. His perimeter defense was also as good as ever down the stretch. Expect him to play around 25 minutes on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    May 14, 11:09 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • James Harden gets benched in comeback win
    James Harden was benched down the stretch during Houston's miracle comeback in Los Angeles on Thursday, finishing with 23 points, two rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Rockets were rolling with Josh Smith running the offense and Corey Brewer also playing well on offense. Harden was sick today, but coach Kevin McHale said he went with his other guys because he liked how they were getting stops and had a good rhythm. McHale said Harden will be ready to roll for Game 7 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    May 14, 10:51 pm
  • Matthew Dellavedova scores 19 in win vs. CHI
    Matthew Dellavedova was the best guard on the floor against the Bulls on Thursday, making 7-of-11 from the field for 19 points with two rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Kyrie Irving (knee) didn't play in the second half and LeBron James wasn't at his best on offense, but Delly carried the Cavs in the third to put this game out of reach. He also was on top of his game on the defensive end. The Cavs will have a few days off at the very least, so Kyrie might be able to make it back. Still, a ton of credit goes to Dellavedova for tonight. Rotoworld.com
    May 14, 7:55 pm
  • Matthew Dellavedova starts the second half
    Matthew Dellavedova started the second half for Kyrie Irving (knee).

    Advice: Irving has a big brace on his knee and maybe the Cavs are just being careful because of their double-digit lead. It'll be interesting to see what happens if the Bulls make it close. Rotoworld.com
    May 14, 6:34 pm
  • Jason Terry says HOU a superpower in making
    Jason Terry said he thinks the Rockets are a superpower in the making.

    Advice: While the Rockets face a 3-2 deficit heading into Thursday's Game 6 against the Clippers, Terry isn't short of confidence when it comes to his team. "When you have a combo like Dwight [Howard] and James {Harden}, the longer they're together, the better they're going to be," Terry said. "They're just right now realizing how good they can be together. Individually, they're great. But together, they're like a superpower. And once they get that belief, it's going to be hard to stop them." The 37-year-old is averaging 12.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 2.4 three-pointers in the Clippers series and has become a safe start in fantasy playoff formats. Rotoworld.com
    May 14, 8:52 am
     
    Player Note
    Jason Terry Hou - PG,SG
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • James Harden still dealing with the flu
    James Harden is still dealing with effects of the flu, but is feeling better and is expected to play in Game 6 against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: Harden needed an IV to help deal with his fever before Game 5 on Tuesday, but was still able to notch his first career triple-double during the win. "He looked OK," Rockets coach Kevin McHale told reporters on Wednesday. "He had a little bit of a cough. We just had a meeting and watched some film. We didn't do anything. He looked OK." We'll update Harden's status prior to game-time, but it sounds like fantasy owners can feel free to deploy him as they normally would. Rotoworld.com
    May 14, 7:24 am
  • Andre Iguodala solid again for Warriors
    Andre Iguodala played 25 minutes off the bench and hit 7-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 16 points, three rebounds and three assists in Wednesday's win over the Grizzlies to take a 3-2 lead.

    Advice: Iguodala was great tonight and has been playing well, scoring 11 points in Game 4 and nine points in Game 3, along with racking up some rebounds and other stats. He's a sneaky, cheap fantasy play going forward, as Harrison Barnes continues to start. Rotoworld.com
    May 13, 10:21 pm
  • Klay Thompson leads Warriors to easy win
    Klay Thompson hit 7-of-16 shots and three 3-pointers for a team-high 21 points, four rebounds and five assists in Wednesday's Game 5 win over the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Thompson was solid tonight and the Warriors now hold a 3-2 lead over the Grizzlies. And with Tony Allen's status in question for the rest of the series due to a hamstring injury, Thompson may continue to get free for big fantasy lines going forward. Rotoworld.com
    May 13, 10:17 pm
  • Curry helps Warriors destroy MEM in Game 5
    Stephen Curry hit 6-of-16 shots and 6-of-13 3-pointers for 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists, six steals and five turnovers as the Warriors crushed the Grizzlies 98-78 to take a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Curry became the first player in playoff history to have six 3-pointers and six steals in a game, and his numbers would have been much better had the Warriors not been up by 20 or so for most of the second half. The Warriors appeared to be in some trouble after falling into a 2-1 hole, and were even down 13 points in the first quarter tonight, but they are rolling again. Whether Memphis is playing poorly or not is up for debate, as the Warriors are simply unstoppable (for the most part) at home. Rotoworld.com
    May 13, 10:07 pm
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