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  • Arron Afflalo says he will play in Game 3 Sat
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is officially listed as probable, but he says he will play in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: "It's no time to get to 100 percent," Afflalo said. "You just go out there and give it your best." Afflalo isn't expected to have a minutes restriction moving forward and also said that he won't have any problems shooting from distance. It isn't clear what type of role he will have right out of the gate, but it's safe to say that Allen Crabbe and C.J. McCollum should expect to lose some playing time. However, Afflalo wasn't playing well before the injury which makes it tough to trust him in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    15 minutes ago
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Thaddeus Young apologizes for his performance
    Thaddeus Young apologized to his teammates for his performance in Game 2 v. the Hawks in which he scored just two points in 24 minutes.

    Advice: "First thing I said when I came into the locker room the other night was, 'Fellas, I'm sorry. I didn't give you guys anything tonight. I've got to be better,' " Young said on Friday. "I take pride in everything I do out there on the court and I take losses hard." It's admirable that Young is placing most of the blame on himself, but the Nets have been simply overpowered so far and they will look to clinch their first win in Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    24 minutes ago
  • LeBron James showers praises on J.R. Smith
    LeBron James said that J.R. Smith is simply misunderstood, and he showered praise on him for his work ethic and defensive effort.

    Advice: "He comes out every single day and works his tail off to try to get better, to help our team win," James said in regards to Smith. "He defends at a high level and he’s a great teammate and he’s a great guy." Smith is averaging 10.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.0 treys through the first three games of the series against Boston, and he will look to help the Cavaliers sweep the Celtics in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:04 am
  • Trevor Booker hoping to remain with the Jazz
    The Jazz have a $4.8 million team option on Trevor Booker next season, and Booker is hopeful that he will return to Utah.

    Advice: "Of course I want to be back," Booker said. "I got the sense that they want me back, so I feel it's mutual. But, you know, at the end of the day, it's still always a business, so we'll see." Booker emerged as the primary big off the bench once Enes Kanter bolted town, and he proved to be a quality backup behind Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors down the stretch. Booker finished the season with averages of 7.2 points, 5.0 boards and 1.1 assists in just under 20 minutes per game, so he won't be a viable option in standard fantasy leagues next season with the way the Jazz are currently constructed. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:24 am
  • Kawhi Leonard is going nowhere in free agency
    Kawhi Leonard isn't expected to pursue offer sheets when he becomes a restricted free agent this summer, as the Spurs are planning on offering him a max contract.

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

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

    Advice: Green has been quiet but tonight's output was a good sign that he's ready to heat up. Check his DFS prices because he might be undervalued. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:56 pm
  • Gortat posts 24 & 13 in monster performance
    Marcin Gortat scored 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting with 13 rebounds, five assists and four blocks in Friday's Game 3 win over the Raptors.

    Advice: Gortat is going to be a winning player in playoff formats because he'll get a second series and face the Hawks in the second round. The former was in question heading into drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:13 pm
  • Gooden gets loose for 12 and seven
    Drew Gooden scored 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting (including three treys) with seven rebounds and three blocks in 18 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 win over the Raptors.

    Advice: Gooden is a high-risk, somewhat high-reward guy to look at as filler for your DFS lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:11 pm
  • DeRozan posts 32-6-6 line in Raptors loss
    DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points on 11-of-29 shooting (3-of-6 3PTs, 7-of-7 FTs) with six rebounds, six assists and one steal in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: DeRozan and Kyle Lowry were both guilty of bad shot selection and going down 3-0 the backcourt play has been a big storyline in this series. Of course, both engaged in trash talk with Paul Pierce and it's fair to wonder if they lost focus as things started to spin out of control. Game 4 is on Sunday in Washington. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:02 pm
  • Amir Johnson double-doubles in Game 3 loss
    Amir Johnson moved into the starting lineup and double-doubled in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Wizards, scoring 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting with 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson is a gamer and he'll bring his gimpy ankles into Sunday's Game 4 with reckless abandon, and as long as we don't get any bad news he could be a sneaky low-end play in DFS leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Lowry hits just 5-of-22 shots in Game 3 loss
    Kyle Lowry hit just 5-of-22 shots in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Wizards, finishing with 15 points, four rebounds, seven assists, four steals and three treys in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Lowry came into the game with an illness, a shin contusion and a bad back. He hasn't been himself all series long and it's a big reason the Raptors have yet to win a game in the series. It's hard to see him getting back to 100 percent before Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • Raymond Felton starts, hurts hamstring
    Raymond Felton suffered a right hamstring tweak in the first quarter and returned to action on Friday, finishing with no points, four rebounds, one assist and one foul in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He got the start and just looked a step slow. It might not have been due to the hamstring tweak and it may have just been because he had to guard James Harden. Felton did have a right hamstring injury back in 2008, but there really hasn't been a trend here. Considering how poorly he played, he probably won't start in Game 4 and his status is questionable. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:19 pm
     
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    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Aminu posts solid line over 34 minutes
    Al-Farouq Aminu scored 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 5-of-6 FTs) with five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 34 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: We're not sure why Rick Carlisle waited so long to get him onto the court for heavy minutes this series, especially since the Mavs' defense is historically bad right now. Richard Jefferson had some sort of ailment during the game and AFA should be on owners' radars for Sunday's action. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:08 pm
  • Harris plays 21 minutes in Game 3 loss
    Devin Harris logged 21 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss, scoring 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting with one rebound and two assists.

    Advice: Harris has been dealing with a toe injury and had his foot stepped on tonight, but the Mavs desperately need him on the floor and he'll probably try to gut through another game on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:06 pm
  • Barea scores 11 points with full stat line
    J.J. Barea scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 25 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss.

    Advice: Barea could be looking at an even bigger workload in Sunday's Game 4 with Devin Harris banged up and Raymond Felton only able to handle 13 minutes tonight. He'll be a popular target in DFS as long as his price doesn't rise too much. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:05 pm
  • Harden drops 42 and nine on DAL, HOU up 3-0
    James Harden scored 42 points on 15-of-24 shooting (5-of-7 3PTs, 7-of-7 FTs) with five rebounds, nine assists and one steal in the Rockets' 130-128 win over the Mavs in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: The Mavs fielded one of the worst defensive squads we've seen in the playoffs in a very long time, if not the worst of all time. The Rockets take a 3-0 lead into Sunday's Game 4 matchup and with a win they'll be able to rest up for the winner of the Spurs-Clippers series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:01 pm
  • Howard grabs career-high 26 rebounds in win
    Dwight Howard grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds in Friday's Game 3 win over the Mavs, and also chipped in with 13 points, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

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

    Advice: Kaman is listed as questionable and he said he didn't do anything in practice on Friday. "I know once I tape it and get the right drugs in me, everything will be good," Kaman said. "I’m ready to play tomorrow." He's likely looking at minutes in the teens and will bump Joel Freeland out of the rotation while taking away some time from Meyers Leonard. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:44 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Amir Johnson starting for Tyler Hansbrough
    Ami Johnson will start at power forward in place of Tyler Hansbrough in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Hansbrough literally had nothing positive to offer on the stat sheet in 12 minutes on Saturday with only one foul and one missed field goal attempt. The Wizards led the NBA in player efficiency rating allowed to power forwards this regular season, so Johnson may have a tough time putting up a big line. He'll also really need to avoid foul trouble, which is a problem for him. Patrick Patterson should also play more than Psycho T. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:03 pm
  • Raymond Felton will start at point guard
    Raymond Felton will start against the Rockets on Friday in place of Rajon Rondo (back).

    Advice: Usually, the Mavs would go with J.J. Barea, but they're so thin that they need to get Felton in the rotation because of Chandler Parsons (knee) also out. Felton is likely going to act as an off-ball guard while Monta Ellis handles the offense. Barea is not as attractive in fantasy leagues because it's going to be tough for him to log at least 24 minutes. Additionally, the Mavs used a three-guard lineup of Monta, Felton and Barea three minutes in the second half in Game 2, so coach Rick Carlisle will likely go that route again. Devin Harris should also get minutes close to 20. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:49 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • James Michael McAdoo out for Saturday
    James Michael McAdoo (illness) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: He is not in the rotation and also missed Game 3 due to an illness. The Warriors will likely get David Lee back to help out Marreese Speights in the second unit. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:04 pm
  • David Lee (back) not on the injury report
    David Lee (back) is not listed on the injury report for Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: He was expected to play 3-on-3 today and it apparently went well. Lee may not be in the rotation and he would only be Draymond Green's backup at best. Green has at least 40 minutes in all three playoff games this season while Andrew Bogut is also getting 29.7 minutes of playing time. Don't expect much out of Lee in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:02 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Chris Kaman (ankle) questionable for Saturday
    Chris Kaman (ankle) is questionable to play against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: His ankle was heavily taped at practice on Friday and he probably won't be 100 percent. Meyers Leonard will likely be the first big off the bench while Joel Freeland was in the rotation for just four minutes in Game 2. Fantasy owners can ignore this situation in almost all cases. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:51 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Arron Afflalo probable to play on Saturday
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is probable to play against the Grizzlies in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: He was able to do some shooting before Wednesday, but his shoulder looked to be an issue on long-range shots. Afflalo was pushing a weighed sled on Friday, which suggests he's a lot closer to being healthy. C.J. McCollum played 37 minutes in Game 1 and just 29 minutes in Game 2, so maybe he's lost some playing time due to making just 19.0 percent from the field in the playoffs. Expect C.J. and Allen Crabbe to lose more minutes. Afflalo is still not someone fantasy owners can trust due to his lackluster numbers since joining the Blazers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:48 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Kyle Lowry dealing with an illness, will play
    Kyle Lowry is dealing with an illness in addition to his shin contusion, but he's expected to be in uniform for Friday's Game 3 in Washington.

    Advice: Lowry didn't do much on the court during Friday morning's shootaround, but all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go in a must-win game for the Raptors. He hasn't played very well at all through the first two games of the series, and while he's not going to make any excuses, his health has certainly been a factor in his less-than-stellar performances. He's a risky daily league play. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 am
  • Devin Harris (toe) will play in Game 3 Friday
    Updating a previous report, Devin Harris (toe) will play in Friday's Game 3 against Houston.

    Advice: The Mavericks will likely go with a three point guard rotation of Harris, J.J. Barea, and Raymond Felton. Barea is the likely starter for tonight's game, with Harris expected to slot into his standard sixth man role off the bench. Felton will more than likely lose some minutes with Harris back in the rotation, and he can't be viewed as a viable option in any format. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:33 am
  • Johnson or Patterson to start for Game 3?
    Raptors beat reporter Josh Lewenberg is speculating that Amir Johnson or Patrick Patterson could replace Tyler Hansbrough in the starting lineup for Friday's Game 3 against the Wizards.

    Advice: Tyler Hansbrough has been painfully ineffective as the starting power forward for the Raptors through their first two playoff games against Washington, so it would be far from shocking to see head coach Dwane Casey alter his rotations for a crucial Game 3. Johnson gives Toronto a bit more of a defensive presence, while Patterson's range should be able to take some pressure off DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:21 am
  • Carlisle says Rondo was a risk worth taking
    Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that the trade for Rajon Rondo was a risk worth taking, but he and the Mavericks organization are now ready to move on from the failed experiment.

    Advice: "In the case of anything, there is risk, but there are risks worth taking," Carlisle said. "That trade was a risk worth taking. We all agreed on that. Now, we're at a point where, hey, it's time to move on." The Mavs gave up Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson and two draft picks in the Rondo trade, but it's safe to say his days in Dallas are numbered. He'll try to sign a big contract as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but with the way things ended in Dallas, partnered with two years of declining numbers and ineffective play, he's not looking like a max-contract kind of player. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:09 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Carlisle expects Devin Harris to play Friday
    Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that he expects Devin Harris (toe) to play in Game 3 against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: This is the third positive update we've had on Harris, and all signs are pointing towards him being available tonight. Harris should be able to get around 20 minutes of action tonight, which will likely come at the expense of Raymond Felton. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:26 am
  • Nash says Clarkson can be a 'terrific player'
    After spending time during the 2014-15 season mentoring Jordan Clarkson, Steve Nash said that Clarkson has "a lot of ingredients to be a terrific NBA player."

    Advice: "The sky’s the limit," Nash said of Clarkson. "He has great size and athleticism. He can score and hit big shots. He’s developing into a good playmaker." Clarkson had a very nice rookie season with the Lakers, putting in averages of 15.8 points and 5.0 assists per game as a starter, and he obviously has the potential to develop into a quality NBA player. However, if the Lakers elect to bring in a top tier point guard through free agency this offseason, Clarkson’s fantasy value will take a significant hit. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Raptors understand Game 3 is a must-win game
    The Raptors are embracing a must-win mentality for a crucial Game 3 against the Wizards in Washington on Friday.

    Advice: "It's a must-win for us," said Kyle Lowry. "Going down 3-0 would be very disheartening. One win. That's what we've got to focus on. One win, one game, one possession at a time." Lowry is clearly playing at less than 100 percent, but all signs are pointing towards Lowry suiting up for tonight's game. While the series won't end with a loss during Game 3 for the Raptors, it will essentially be over. Out of the 110 teams in NBA history that have dug themselves into a 0-3 hole, none have emerged victorious. Lowry will need to step up in a big way for the Raptors to have any shot at swinging this series in the other direction. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:39 am
  • Irving won't let BOS physicality get to him
    Kyrie Irving said after Thursday's Game 3 win over the Celtics that he's not going to react to Boston's physical play.

    Advice: "My thought process and my killer mindset is that I'm just going to kill you even more now," Irving said regarding Jonas Jerebko's hard foul on him during Game 3. "If I lose my composure, it's not a good look. It's not something that's in my DNA. Don't get me wrong, I ain't no soft dude, but in the game of basketball, [expletive] happens. So you just continue to play." Boston played very physically during Game 3, and it seemed like they tried to get some of their lesser role players to get a reaction from the Cavs superstars, but Irving wasn't biting. Cleveland will look to close out their first-round series with the Celtics during Game 4 in Boston on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:34 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Stephen Curry drops 40, makes shot of the year
    Stephen Curry hit one of the most clutch shots in recent memory to send Thursday's game against the Pelicans to overtime, finishing with 40 points, five rebounds, nine assists and seven 3-pointers in 44 minutes during the 123-119 Game 3 victory.

    Advice: If you haven't seen the shot for some reason, check out the link below. He was actually struggling from deep before the clutch make, finishing 7-of-18 from long range. His 18 attempts from deep are tied for the most in an NBA playoff game (Ray Allen). Curry has also taken an incredible 13.3 3-point attempts per game in this series and he's logging 40.3 minutes per game as well. He probably has another 40-point game in him in the next couple weeks. The Warriors will look to sweep on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:29 pm
  • Jrue Holiday gets 17 minutes vs. GSW
    Jrue Holiday played 17 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with 10 points, one rebound, four assists and one block.

    Advice: He did a decent job of denying Stephen Curry on defense and he also hit two clutch free throws late in the game. Holiday clearly had a minutes cap tonight and that'll continue the rest of the way. Interestingly, his brother Justin, a reserve on the Warriors, had some comments on Jrue before the game. "I think he's taking a chance and he's not himself, doesn't have his explosion," Justin said. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:53 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores just 13 in a win
    Kyrie Irving slowed down in Game 3 against the Celtics, making 3-of-11 from the field for 13 points with one rebound, six assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: It's been a long time since we've seen Kyrie struggle when he's given big minutes. In his last five games with at least 20 minutes played, he scored at least 23 in all of them and was fairly efficient in each game, too. Expect him to get hot again and come close to scoring 28.0 points per game, which he averaged in Game 1 and 2. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:21 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Jrue Holiday is expected to play vs. GSW
    Jrue Holiday (leg) is on the active roster and is expected to play against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: The Pelicans will likely limit his minutes because he's had so much trouble with his leg since last season. Holiday played 21 minutes in Game 1 before missing Game 2, so he'll likely be in the teens tonight. His minutes should come from Quincy Pondexter and Norris Cole. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:51 pm
  • David Lee (back) will go through 3-on-3
    David Lee (back) is progressing and is expected to play 3-on-3 at practice on Friday.

    Advice: He's not going to play tonight and the Warriors don't need him anyway. Draymond Green is logging 42 minutes per game and is playing some of the best defense of anyone right now. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:03 pm
     
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    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • David Lee (back) spotted running on the court
    David Lee (back) was spotted running on the court on Thursday.

    Advice: He's still going to be out for Thursday's Game 3 against the Pelicans, but it sounds like he's moving in the right direction. Draymond Green has been logging major minutes for the Dubs, and that likely won't change when Lee returns to the rotation. Marreese Speights will pick up most of Lee's reserve minutes for however long he's sidelined. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:19 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Kyle Lowry (shin) says he'll play in Game 3
    Kyle Lowry (shin) was a full participant during Thursday's practice, and he said he will play in Game 3 on Friday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: All signs are pointing towards Lowry suiting up for a crucial Game 3 in Washington, and hopefully he can turn the corner after a rough first two games in which he averaged just 6.5 points, 4.0 assists, 0.5 steals and 2.0 turnovers per game on 25.0 percent shooting from the field. He's clearly not playing at 100 percent, but the Raptors simply need more from him if they hope to have any chance of advancing past the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:36 am
  • Carlisle says Harris making good progress
    Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that Devin Harris is making good progress with his toe injury, and signs are good for him being available for Game 3 against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: Harris was able to go through a full practice on Thursday, and he said he expects to play in Game 3 on Friday. With Rajon Rondo (back) out of commission, Harris and J.J. Barea will run the show at point guard for Dallas, with Raymond Felton seeing some extended minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:25 am
  • Devin Harris able to practice Thursday
    Devin Harris (toe) was able to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: While Harris was already listed as probable to play in Game 3 agains the Rockets, this is a good sign for his availability for Friday. Harris and J.J. Barea will see big minutes with Rajon Rondo (back/ego) out indefinitely and both should have a chance at decent fantasy production as the Mavericks' only solid point guard options. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:01 am
  • James Michael McAdoo out for Game 3
    James Michael McAdoo (flu-like symptoms) will miss Thursday's Game 3 against the Pelicans.

    Advice: McAdoo is likely to stay in the Bay Area throughout the weekend, which would also put him on track to miss Game 4 on Saturday. While the 22-year-old has shown flashes in limited action, he's yet to see any playing time in the series and is likely to have a very limited role in the postseason once he gets over his illness. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:23 am
  • David Lee ruled out for Thursday's Game 3
    David Lee (back) has been ruled out for Thursday's Game 3 against the Pelicans.

    Advice: This news comes as no surprise as Lee had already been listed as doubtful. Draymond Green has averaged 42 minutes per game over the first two games of the series and he and Marreese Speights will continue to see a boost in playing time while Lee is out. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:21 am
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Jrue Holiday questionable for Game 3
    Jrue Holiday (leg) is questionable for Thursday's Game 3 against the Warriors.

    Advice: While Holiday was held out of Monday's Game 2 due to soreness in his leg, he was seen taking shots after practice on Wednesday so there's still a chance he may play Thursday night. We'll be on the lookout for updates, but Norris Cole would be in line to pick up Holiday's minutes if the point guard is unable to suit up. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:14 am
  • Kawhi Leonard named Defensive Player of Year
    Kawhi Leonard has been named the 2014-15 Defensive Player of the Year.

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

    Advice: This time last year, we were just starting to see the Kawhi ISO plays and he's really grown as a scorer. Leonard also made it very tough on the wings for the Clippers tonight and he also was guarding Chris Paul during this game. It's hard to overrate Kawhi and he's arguably a top-five player in the NBA for his contributions on both sides of the ball. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:08 pm
  • Thaddeus Young gets into foul trouble
    Thaddeus Young struggled against the Hawks during a 96-91 loss on Wednesday, scoring two points with five rebounds, six assists, one steal, three turnovers and four fouls in 24 minutes.

    Advice: It comes as a surprise that he played just 24 minutes after playing 40 in Game 1, but it was a bad game from Thad and Paul Millsap dominated on both ends. He made just 1-of-7 from the field and missed both free throws. At least one positive is that he had six assists, which is the most he's had in a playoff game. Young will look to improve on Saturday in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • David Lee (back) doubtful to play in Game 3
    David Lee (back) is doubtful to play in Game 3 against the Pelicans.

    Advice: It's not a surprise and the Warriors don't need him anyway. Draymond Green is logging 42 minutes per game and is on his way to his second outstanding run in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:48 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Chris Kaman (ankle) will not play in Game 2
    Chris Kaman (ankle) will not play against the Grizzlies in Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been on the injury report for a back issue, but he suffered this ankle injury in practice on Tuesday. Joel Freeland will likely be the backup center while we could see LaMarcus Aldridge and Meyers Leonard get some time at the five. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:34 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Arron Afflalo (shoulder) will not play vs MEM
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) will not play against the Grizzlies in Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did warm up, but apparently isn't well enough to play. Afflalo has been focusing on his mid-range shots and looked to show pain as he was moving away from the rim, so perhaps his shoulder hurts more on deeper shots. C.J. McCollum will get most of the wing minutes next to Nicolas Batum. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:30 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Carlisle doesn't expect to see Rondo w/ Mavs
    Coach Rick Carlisle said he doesn't expect to see Rajon Rondo (back) with the Mavs again.

    Advice: Needless to say, the trial period didn't go well with Rondo. Sure, they didn't give up much to get him, so it's not like they mortgaged their franchise to see how it worked out. Rondo will enter free agency and may have a tough time getting a deal for more than two years. In case you missed it earlier, he's out "indefinitely" with a back injury. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:02 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Devin Harris (toe) is probable for Game 3
    Devin Harris (toe) is probable to play against the Rockets in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Finally, the Mavs get some good news. Harris will have to really step up in the second unit because 40 percent of the starters are out indefinitely. As long as Harris stays healthy, he'll have a decent chance to score in the teens with some full stat lines. It's very possible he'll exceed the production of J.J. Barea and Richard Jefferson. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:36 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (back) is now out indefinitely
    Rajon Rondo (back) is out indefinitely due to a back injury sustained in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: He only played 34 seconds in the second half, but on the surface it looked like it he was benched for poor play. The severity of this back injury isn't known, but the Mavs are likely going to hold him out the rest of the postseason. We won't speculate on the details. J.J. Barea will take over as the starter and the Mavs could have Devin Harris back for Game 3. As for Rondo's summer plans, it's safe to say there won't be many teams willing to invest big money on the former All-Star. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:57 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Jrue Holiday (sore leg) is considered day-to-day
    According to head coach Monty Williams, Jrue Holiday (sore leg) is considered day-to-day.

    Advice: Holiday was getting in a lot of extra work at practice Wednesday, so it looks like he is gearing up to play in Game 3. Holiday's injury history is troublesome to say the least, so the Pelicans would we wise to proceed with caution. We will pass along any updates on Holiday's status when we know more, but he should still be considered questionable to play for the time being. If he sits out Game 3, Norris Cole will soak up some more minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:55 am
  • Kyle Lowry (shin) expected to play on Friday
    Kyle Lowry (shin contusion) is fine according to head coach Dwane Casey, and he is expected to play in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Lowry was getting some treatment on his shin Wednesday and is also expected to practice on Thursday, so all signs point to him playing in Game 3. The Raptors have lost their first two games at home and the series now shifts to Washington, so expect Lowry to do everything he can to keep the Raptors alive in what is a must-win game. Expect an update on Lowry's status after practice on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:16 am
  • Kyle Lowry is dealing with a shin contusion
    Kyle Lowry left Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards due to a shin contusion, but he is expected to be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

    Advice: We should know more details on his injury soon, but it doesn't sound serious and it would be really surprising if he had to sit out Game 3 on Friday. Lowry has been picking up careless fouls and has been vasty outplayed by John Wall so far, so hopefully he can turn things around soon. If Lowry is forced to miss any action, Greivis Vasquez and Lou Williams will have to fill the void. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:36 am
  • Devin Harris 'optimistic' to play in Game 3
    Devin Harris said that his toe still hasn't improved, but he is "optimistic" that he will be able to play in Game 3 vs. Houston on Friday.

    Advice: Harris played just nine minutes in Game 1 and was held out of Game 2, so it's pretty obvious that his toe injury is a real concern. The good news is that Harris has a couple days off to rest, so we will continue to provide updates as soon as we know more. If Harris continues to miss time, Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea will have even more responsibility off the bench, especially considering how disappointing Rajon Rondo has been. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:44 am
  • Rajon Rondo highly unlikely to stay in Dallas
    According to Yahoo Sports, Rajon Rondo will not return to Dallas next season if Rick Carlisle is the head coach.

    Advice: This should surprise no one, as it's pretty obvious that Rondo and Carlisle's relationship has been disastrous at best. Rondo played just 10 minutes in Tuesday's defeat in Houston, and Carlisle opted to go with Raymond Felton to close out the game. Yahoo Sports reported that the Lakers would have been Rondo's choice had he never been traded to Dallas, so it looks like a move to Los Angeles could be in the works for the mercurial guard. This story is only going to heat up if the Mavericks are eliminated, so be sure to check back for updates. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:35 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Rajon Rondo vanishes in Gm 2 loss at Houston
    Rajon Rondo played only 10 minutes during Tuesday's defeat in Houston, scoring four points with two rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: Rondo appeared disinterested tonight, picking up his fourth personal foul and a technical within the first minute of the second half. He didn't play at all in the fourth quarter. Devin Harris sat out due to turf toe and his availability for Game 3 is uncertain, and Rondo's starting PG job is safe, but his future with the Mavs and coach Rick Carlisle is more dubious than ever following tonight's debacle. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:03 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Dwight Howard leads Rockets to Game 2 win
    Dwight Howard played a fear-inducing Game 2 on Tuesday with 28 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 33 minutes vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Howard made 8-of-11 free throws, spoiling any "Hack-a-Howard" strategy, and he finished 10-of-15 from the field after a barrage of alley-oops in the second half. The Rockets can take a bullet-proof series lead if they win in Dallas on Friday or Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • J.J. Barea logs 34 minutes off Mavs' bench
    J.J. Barea played 34 minutes during Game 2 on Tuesday, his highest playing time since Feb. 11, finishing a road loss in Houston with 13 points, one 3-pointer, six rebounds, two assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Barea's speed makes him deadly as a matchup-oriented bench player, but he was forced into a huge role tonight with Devin Harris (toe) unavailable and Rajon Rondo struggling with fouls and inefficiency. Dallas isn't likely to climb out of an 0-2 series deficit with Barea logging 30+ minutes, though they may be forced to try if Harris can't suit up for Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:48 pm
  • Kyle Lowry sputters before ankle injury in 4Q
    Kyle Lowry had a disastrous Game 2 with only six points, two rebounds and four assists in 27 foul-plagued minutes, and he sat out late in the fourth quarter with a left ankle injury.

    Advice: Lowry fouled out of Game 1, causing him to watch forlornly as his team fell in overtime, but he once again picked up needless fouls by gambling defensively. Suffice to say, the Raptors' All-Star point guard must play far better to make this a close series. Lowry was kicked in the ankle and we'll keep an eye on his injury over the next few days but it would be surprising if he sits out a must-win Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:58 pm
  • J.R. Smith shoots poorly, still makes impact
    J.R. Smith stole the ball five times vs. Boston on Tuesday, adding seven points, four rebounds and one assist with one turnover in 34 minutes during the Cavs' Game 2 win.

    Advice: Smith deserves a ton of credit for fitting seamlessly into the Cavaliers' starting lineup. He was a key factor in Game 2, compensating for poor shooting with boundless energy at both ends of the court, while fellow swingman Iman Shumpert chipped in two points, five rebounds and solid defense in 26 minutes off the bench. Cleveland will try to put a stranglehold on the series on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:04 pm
  • Devin Harris sidelined Tuesday w/ turf toe
    Devin Harris (turf toe) will not play during Tuesday's Game 2 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: The Mavs are already without Chandler Parsons (knee) and the absence of Harris will force Raymond Felton to play a substantial role off the bench. Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis will also get fewer breathers as Dallas tries to even the series with a road win on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:16 pm
  • David Lee (back) expected to miss Game 3
    David Lee (back) is not expected to play in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: He is listed as "out" on the Warriors' injury report as he continues to rest his strained lower back. It's an easily-aggravated injury so his absence isn't surprising, especially with Draymond Green and Marreese Speights ably handling the PF position. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:00 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Arron Afflalo questionable for Game 2 on Wed
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Game 2 against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: "If I can help in any way, whether it be 70 percent, 80 percent… I’m gonna get out there and do it," said Afflalo. He also added that if he can't go on Wednesday, he will almost certainly play in Game 3 on Saturday, and it sounds like he'll be a game-time decision for Game 2. He's not going to be 100 percent, but the Blazers could use all the help they can get right now, especially considering how much C.J. McCollum struggled through Game 1. When Afflalo returns to the lineup, he'll take away minutes from McCollum, and Allen Crabbe may fall out of the rotation entirely. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:56 pm
     
    Injured
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  • Arron Afflalo says goal is to play in Game 2
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) said that his goal is to play in Game 2 against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Afflalo stopped short of saying that he would actually play on Wednesday, but we'll likely get another update on his status following Tuesday's practice. It sounds like he could be headed for the dreaded game-time call on Wednesday, but if he is able to go, he'll take away minutes from C.J. McCollum and Allen Crabbe. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:48 am
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Devin Harris present at Tuesday shootaround
    Devin Harris (toe) was able to participate in Tuesday's shootaround.

    Advice: Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said he wouldn't have a decision on Harris' availability for Tuesday's Game 2 until pre-game, but his participation in shootaround is a good sign for Harris. We'll have an update on Harris once Carlisle and the training staff make a decision, but J.J. Barea would be in line to see a minutes bump if Harris is unable to suit up. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 am
  • Kyle Lowry says he's feeling fine
    Kyle Lowry said he's feeling fine and isn't going to make any excuses for a lackluster Game 1 performance on Saturday.

    Advice: Lowry shot 2-of-10 from the field on Saturday, but said he feels great and is offering no excuses. "I'm kicking, talking to you guys," Lowry said before adding that he just played a bad game. We'll look for Lowry to bounce back in Game 2 on Tuesday as another poor showing could have the Raptors headed to Washington down two games. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:00 am
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) won't play on Monday
    Jrue Holiday (leg) will not play against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: There should be more minutes going to Norris Cole with Jrue out of the lineup. The Pelicans gave Holiday 21 minutes in Game 1, so they're probably regretting that. Holiday should be considered questionable to play in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:53 pm
  • Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans are still GTDs
    Tyreke Evans (knee) and Jrue Holiday (leg) are still game-time decisions to face the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: They are both getting treatment and are on track to play right now. Both players also have said they're planning on playing today. We'll look for another update as we approach the 10:30 EDT start time. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:10 pm
  • Jrue Holiday says he's expected to play
    Jrue Holiday (leg) said on Monday morning he feels fine and expects to play against the Warriors.

    Advice: ''I'm all right, I'm going to make it,'' Holiday said. Coach Monty Williams said Tyreke Evans and Holiday "are pretty much the same situation," but Holiday's comments contradict that slightly. We probably won't get an update until around 9:00 EDT tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:01 pm
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) game-time vs. Warriors
    Jrue Holiday (leg) is questionable to play in Game 2 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He'll be a game-time decision. Holiday is experiencing soreness in his leg, a common theme over the last two seasons as he's dealt with a stress reaction. If the point guard does play, he'll likely be limited to right around 15-20 minutes of action. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:50 am
  • Devin Harris questionable to play in Game 2
    Devin Harris (toe) is questionable to play in Game 2 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Harris aggravated his toe injury in Game 1, and then later admitted the tape job was an issue for his second toe, so it's unlikely to be a pretty picture inside of his shoe right now. Regardless, Harris' availability is obviously up in the air, and if he sits, J.J. Barea would see more action off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:27 am
  • Report: Arron Afflalo could return for Game 2
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) could return for Game 2 vs. Memphis, according to CSNNW.

    Advice: "Yeah, I'm good," Afflalo said when asked if he'd be ready for the next contest. All the Blazers have said was that he participated in some portions of practice on Sunday, and with players notoriously optimistic about their recoveries, especially in the playoffs, we're going to need to see harder news before declaring AA ready to return. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:07 am
     
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  • Dwight Howard a difference-maker in Game 1
    Dwight Howard was a difference-maker in the Game 1 win over the Mavericks on defense.

    Advice: When Howard was on the floor Saturday night, the Rockets allowed 75.1 points per 100 possessions. When he was off, that number ballooned to 112.2 points per 100 possessions. The good news is Howard felt good out there over his 17 minutes, and his playing time should increase moving forward so long as he stays out of foul trouble. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:57 am
  • Kawhi Leonard's +/- rating a team-worst -21
    Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 18 points during a Game 1 loss on Sunday, hitting 7-of-12 shots with six boards, three assists and four steals.

    Advice: Kawhi also turned the ball over four times and missed three of his six FT attempts, finishing with a team-worst +/- rating at -21. That might be a first. The No. 6 seed Spurs lack homecourt advantage and they trail 0-1 in the series with Game 2 looming on Wednesday. The Rockets in 1995 were the last No. 6 seed to win an NBA championship, with a roster that included Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Kenny Smith, Sam Cassell and Robert Horry. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:58 pm
  • Chris Kaman (back) scores seven pts in defeat
    Chris Kaman (back) finished an ugly road loss on Sunday with seven points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 14 minutes off Portland's bench.

    Advice: The Blazers opened the game 7-of-29 from the field and never regained their footing, finishing 33.7 percent from the field including an 8-of-26 mark from downtown. Portland will need Kaman and Robin Lopez (two points, five rebounds) to step up if they hope to even their first-round series at 1-1 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:54 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Arron Afflalo (shoulder) out for Game 1
    Updating a previous report, Arron Afflalo (shoulder) has officially been ruled out for Game 1 against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Head coach Terry Stotts said that Afflalo is getting better every day, and that he's getting his range of motion back, so it sounds like he's getting close to being available. However, he’ll be forced to spend Game 1 on the sidelines, and it'll be Allen Crabbe and C.J. McCollum being asked to fill the void in his absence, with McCollum offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:34 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Afflalo (shoulder) going through warmups
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) was spotted going through a pregame workout at full speed, and it's looking like he'll be a game-time decision for Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Afflalo is still being listed as doubtful, but the fact that he's going through a workout at full speed is certainly a positive sign. He's currently in the second week of his initial 1-2 week timetable, so there is a chance he takes the floor tonight, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. If he is able to play, C.J. McCollum's value would take a sizable hit, and Allen Crabbe may fall entirely out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:28 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • J.R. Smith limited by foul trouble in Game 1
    Foul trouble limited J.R. Smith to just 19 minutes of action during Game 1 against the Celtics on Sunday, and he managed just nine points on 3-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: Smith added two 3-pointers, four rebounds, one assist and one turnover, and he just wasn't much of a factor today. Smith is basically an all-or-nothing kind of guy, but when he gets hot, he can really light up the 3-point category. We'd expect a bit of a bounce-back performance for Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:52 pm
  • Kyrie Irving drops 30 points in playoff debut
    Kyrie Irving was fabulous in his playoff debut on Sunday, scoring a game-high 30 points on 11-of-21 shooting (3-of-5 from the line), with five 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one turnover through 41 minutes of action.

    Advice: Irving looked confident during his first-career playoff game, and Boston really didn't have any answers for him. He also become just the second player in Cavs' franchise history to score 30 points in his playoff debut, with the other guy to accomplish the same feat going by the name of LeBron James. This should be a relatively short series. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:45 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • David Lee (back) out for Game 2 on Monday
    David Lee (back) will remain sidelined for Game 2 against the Pelicans on Monday.

    Advice: Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut will play extended minutes with Lee unavailable, with Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights having the opportunity for extended minutes off the bench. However, Ezeli and Speights combined for a total of four minutes during Game 1, so there are no guarantees they play significant minutes during Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:18 pm
     
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    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Amir Johnson will see consistent minutes
    Head coach Dwane Casey said that Amir Johnson will play the same amount of minutes he usually does even if he continues to come off the bench behind Tyler Hansbrough.

    Advice: Casey was impressed with Johnson after he scored a team-high 18 points with eight boards, one assist and one block vs. the Wizards on Saturday, and the fact that he played 34 minutes speaks volumes. Hansbrough will likely continue to start for now, but he saw just 13 minutes of action on Saturday and he will probably have a short leash from here on out. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:39 am
  • LeBron James showers praise on Kyrie Irving
    LeBron James showered praise on teammate Kyrie Irving and said that the sky was the limit for him.

    Advice: "I think the sky is the limit for that kid and his talent, his work ethic, the fact that he loves to continue to learn about how to play the game, I think the sky is the limit for him and like you said, the kid is 23-years old, man," James said. "And to do the thing's that he's doing in our league right now, it's been awesome to be a part of it with him." Irving will be playing in his first playoff game vs. the Celtics on Sunday, and it will be encouraging for him to know that he will be going to battle with James by his side. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:54 am
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • James Harden scores 24 points with 11 dimes
    James Harden handled his business against the Mavs on Saturday during a 118-108 win, scoring 24 points with two rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

    Advice: It's the first double-double of his playoff career and Harden just killed the Mavs at the line, making 15-of-17 from the charity stripe. The Mavs also having injuries to two wings, Devin Harris and Chandler Parsons, is really going to hurt because of how Harden draws so many fouls. This was far from Harden's best game, so the Rockets have to be pleased they won by double-digits tonight. They host the Mavs again on Tuesday for Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:39 pm
  • Dwight Howard battles foul trouble in win
    Dwight Howard played just 17 minutes due to foul trouble against the Mavs on Saturday with 11 points, five boards, one steal and five blocks.

    Advice: If not for the foul trouble, he would have played more. The Rockets didn't really go to Howard in the post much, but Howard looked healthy with respect to his knee. He should be closer to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:37 pm
  • Rajon Rondo scores 15 points with five dimes
    Rajon Rondo scored 15 points against the Rockets on Saturday with five assists, no rebounds, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He turned in a very nice second quarter, but Rondo was a little bashful with his shot in the paint. His defense was also a problem for much of this game. If Devin Harris' toe injury is going to cost him some games, there should be more minutes for Rondo. Even with the extra playing time, Rondo is really going to have to step it up and he'll also need to be better on the glass. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:21 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Dwight Howard expected to play more
    Dwight Howard is expected to play more in the postseason than he did in the regular season.

    Advice: Coach Kevin McHale said the Rockets will play it by ear with Dwight's minutes. Dwight was up to 28 minutes on Apr. 12 and he should get over the 30-minute plateau tonight. There will be less minutes going to Joey Dorsey. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:49 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 34 points in Game 1 win
    Stephen Curry scored 34 points during a 106-99 Game 1 win over the Pelicans on Saturday, adding four rebounds, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He had 13 attempts from deep and snapped a six-game streak of making at least 45 percent from that range heading into today. The Warriors looked like they were going to have one of their patented blowouts with a fast start in the third quarter, but credit the Pelicans for not going away. Now that Curry will be logging big minutes more often, expect him to have plenty of 30-point games. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:17 pm
  • Jrue Holiday gets 21 minutes
    Jrue Holiday played 21 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday with four points, two rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Pelicans needed a little more out of Holiday today because Tyreke Evans could not return from a knee bruise. Holiday didn't play in the final five minutes of this game, so the team likely went into today's game with a minutes restriction in mind due to his leg issues. He'll likely be in the 22-25 minute range in Game 2 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:24 pm
  • Marcin Gortat gets just 26 minutes
    Marcin Gortat played just 26 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday with eight points, eight boards, one assist and two turnovers.

    Advice: In the playoffs last year, Gortat running pick-and-rolls was a very popular play and he logged 35 minutes per night. Today, he didn't play down the stretch at times, was in a little foul trouble early and wasn't used nearly as much on offense. He'll likely play more on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:10 pm
  • Drew Gooden gets 23 minutes vs. Toronto
    Drew Gooden played 23 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday with six points, 10 boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: The Raptors actually made Gooden look good today and his line could have been a lot better than this. Gooden had four offensive rebounds and looked as spry as ever. He'll likely be looking at minutes around 20 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:03 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan has a rough start to series
    DeMar DeRozan made 6-of-20 from the field for 15 points against the Wizards during a Game 1 93-86 overtime loss on Saturday, adding 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: Otto Porter provided some great defense on DeRozan today. If the Wizards can keep DeMar from getting to the line and force him to take contested jumpers, they are likely going to have some great defensive numbers. Additionally, this was one of the worst offensive showings from the Raptors and the made just 6-of-29 from deep today. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:56 pm
  • Amir Johnson plays 34 minutes
    Amir Johnson played 34 minutes off the bench against the Wizards on Saturday, scoring a team-high 18 points with eight boards, one assist, one block and two turnovers.

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

    Advice: He didn't play on Wednesday due to a lingering back injury. The Blazers are somewhat healthy up front as far as active players go, so expect Kaman to log minutes in the mid-teens. He won't be able to do much on offense with his low usage rate and will have to do his damage on the glass. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:32 pm
     
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    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Arron Afflalo listed as doubtful for Sunday
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is listed as doubtful to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

    Advice: The good news is that he's getting closer and is even getting his shots up on Friday, but Afflalo might need two weeks to heal from his shoulder strain suffered on Apr. 9. C.J. McCollum will benefit most even if the Blazers opt to go with Allen Crabbe as the starter, which could definitely happen. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:24 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Kyle Lowry fouls out with seven points
    Kyle Lowry fouled out in 33 minutes of action against the Wizards on Saturday, making 2-of-10 from the field for seven points with eight boards, four assists and three turnovers.

    Advice: What an horrible game from Lowry. His fouls were lazy at times and he didn't do a good job on the offensive end whatsoever. He was 1-of-8 on his shots from beyond three feet today and he'll need to attack better. Of course, John Wall is a better defender than most people give him credit for. If the Raptors get this kind of Lowry in the playoffs, they'll be extinct after the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:54 am
  • James Michael McAdoo could get some run
    James Michael McAdoo could spend some time defending Anthony Davis if the Warriors have trouble slowing him down according to head coach Steve Kerr.

    Advice: Davis is one of the toughest covers in the league, and the Warriors will probably be trying out a variety of defenders on him throughout the series. Regardless, McAdoo will likely have a very limited role in the postseason, but it says a lot that Kerr has this much faith in him. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:55 am
  • David Lee (back) out for Game 1 vs. NO
    David Lee (back) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: That means Festus Ezeli should be in the rotation along with Marreese Speights. Lee's back injury kept him out of action on Wednesday and the Warriors won't need him to kick off the first round. Draymond Green's minutes may also go up slightly. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:40 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Arron Afflalo (shoulder) goes through a workout
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) went through a workout on Friday and attempted some shots.

    Advice: He was drenched in sweat and taking some shots today bodes well for his chances to play. Still, Afflalo was outplayed by C.J. McCollum, so he might not play more than 32 minutes in the first round. Fantasy owners might want to use someone else in postseason formats or in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:36 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • DeRozan won't be happy w/ 1st round exit
    DeMar DeRozan said that the Raptors' season won't be a success unless they advance past the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: The Raptors went out in the first round after a tough seven game series with the Nets last season, and DeMar has no intentions of making another early-round exit from the playoffs. The Raptors will begin their post-season against the Wizards on Saturday, and that should be quite the thrilling series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:54 am
  • Stephen Curry wants a title, and nothing less
    Stephen Curry stated during a recent interview that the Warriors' season will be a failure if it ends in anything less than a championship.

    Advice: "No one will be happy for anything less [than a championship]," said Curry. "If we don't win our last game this season it's going to be a disappointing feeling, one where we felt like we fell short." The Warriors, boasting a regular-season record of 67-15 are one of the favorites to come out of the West, but nothing is guaranteed in basketball. The Spurs pose a real threat to the Dubs' championship prospects, and while the wins aren't guaranteed, this year's post-season is sure to be nothing less than electrifying. The Warriors' begin their playoff push on Saturday, get the popcorn ready. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:46 am
  • Howard's minutes to increase for playoffs
    Dwight Howard's minutes restriction will rise to around 32 minutes per game for Game 1 of the playoffs.

    Advice: Howard should eventually be without a minutes restriction at some point, but he should get the most floor time he's seen since returning from his knee injury during Game 1 against the Mavericks on Saturday. The more minutes Dwight gets, the further Joey Dorsey will fall out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:00 pm
  • Clarkson watched his draft for motivation
    Jordan Clarkson said that he watched his NBA draft 10 times over the course of the season in order to motivate himself.

    Advice: Clarkson was the 46th overall pick of the 2014 draft, and he obviously felt he should have gone higher, and played with a chip on his shoulder throughout the year. Clarkson entered the season as a marginal bench player, but finished the year strong as the Lakers' starting point guard, putting in averages of 15.8 points, 5.0 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. It's hard to predict his value for next year with so much up in the air regarding the Lakers' roster, but if LA decides to go with Clarkson as their starting point guard of the future, he'll be someone to consider towards the end of drafts next year. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:37 pm
  • Trevor Booker would like to remain w/ Utah
    Trevor Booker said he would like to return with the Jazz next season.

    Advice: The Jazz have a team option on Booker for next season, so it'll be interesting to see if they pick that up. He does fit well in Utah's system, and he is a quality reserve to have, so there's a chance he remains in Utah. However, as long as Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert are healthy, Booker will have zero fantasy value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:26 pm
  • David Lee (back) questionable for Game 1 Sat
    David Lee (lower back strain) is being listed as questionable for Game 1 of the playoffs on Saturday.

    Advice: If Lee can't go on Saturday, expect Draymond Green to get all the run he can handle with Marreese Speights having the opportunity for extended minutes off the bench. The Warriors don't necessarily need Lee available to dispatch the Pelicans in their first round playoff series. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:04 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Stephen Curry scores 10 points vs. Nuggets
    Stephen Curry played just 19 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday during a 133-126 win, scoring 10 points with four rebounds, seven assists, five steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Warriors finished the season with a 67-15 record, including 39-2 at home. They're the 10th team in NBA history to get to 67 wins and did it with a first-year head coach, Steve Kerr. They also destroyed teams this season, winning by 10.1 points per game. Curry and Klay Thompson also made more 3-pointers this season than five different teams (Wolves, Grizzlies, Kings, Wizards and Hornets). They'll live and die with the three, but they'll likely be living large in the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:44 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores nine in 18 minutes
    Kyrie Irving played 18 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday during a 113-108 win, adding two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Kyrie is in the playoffs and he'll be a favorite among most people to be a point guard in the NBA Finals. Irving's season was truly awesome and his ability to connect on catch-and-shoot shots explains a lot. He'll be a first-round target in drafts next season. The Cavs face the Celtics in Cleveland for Game 1 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:24 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • James Harden triple-doubles, will face Mavs
    James Harden's triple-double helped the Rockets beat the Jazz 117-91 on Wednesday, scoring 16 points with 11 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: This is just his second game all season with single-digit attempts from the field (3-of-8) and from the line (8-of-8). Looking ahead, the Rockets will now take on the Mavs in the first round. In four games against them this season, Harden averaged 24.8 points, 6.0 boards, 5.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.5 treys on 44.3 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:10 pm
  • Dwight Howard gets 21 minutes in blowout
    Dwight Howard played just 21 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday with 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: Rudy Gobert did block him once, but this was a great game for Dwight tonight. He would have played a lot more, but the Rockets had this game in the bag during the third quarter. He'll get a tough matchup against the Mavs and Tyson Chandler. Dwight only had one game vs. Dallas this year, scoring eight points with seven boards in 18 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:05 pm
  • Trevor Booker doesn't play on Wednesday
    Trevor Booker had some knee issues on Wednesday and did not play.

    Advice: He had a really good run heading into tonight, but it's important to remember Booker is a little injury prone. Still, he's been a nice little addition this season for the Jazz. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:53 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 11 in 25 minutes
    Jrue Holiday returned to action on Wednesday and had 11 points and four assists in 25 minutes of Wednesday's win.

    Advice: The Pelicans are hoping he can get back into a groove for the playoffs, but he's clearly not 100 percent yet after returning from a leg injury. The good news is he played and should be able to get some rest before the playoffs start this weekend. Tyreke Evans had 19 points and 11 assists, Eric Gordon scored 14, while Norris Cole came off the bench to score 13 points. Anthony Davis led the way with 31 points and 13 boards, and the Pelicans will face the Warriors in Round 1 of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:35 pm
  • Amir Johnson scores two in 21 minutes
    Amir Johnson scored two points during a 92-87 win over the Hornets on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: He only played 16 minutes on Tuesday and may not be at 100 percent. Johnson will get a few days off before the playoffs start on Saturday. He'll likely see minutes in the mid 20s in the first round. The Wizards will travel to Toronto for Game 1 of that series. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • Kyle Lowry finishes strong vs. Hornets
    Kyle Lowry had a great game against the Hornets on Wednesday with 26 points, four rebounds, seven assists, three steals and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He hasn't been himself since the injury, so the Raptors have to be pleased with this encouraging finish. In his previous three games since his return, Lowry averaged just 12.7 points, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 treys on 28.3 percent from the field. If the Raptors are going to make any noise in the postseason, Lowry will have to be at his best. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:10 pm
  • J.R. Smith not starting second half
    J.R. Smith will not start the second half against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's probably done for the night, checking out with no points, three assists and one turnover. Smith also had a zero-point game on Apr. 10, but he did have a huge game on Monday with 28 points. Needless to say, he's happy to be with the Cavs on the basketball side of things. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:34 pm
  • Amir Johnson off bench, Psycho T starting
    Amir Johnson will come off the Raptors' bench again on Wednesday, with Tyler Hansbrough earning another start at power forward.

    Advice: It's surprising to see coach Dwane Casey leave Johnson in a reserve role, though it may be designed to keep his playing time in check due to his recent ankle injury. Hansbrough has been a marginal fantasy option even when starting, and Johnson's minutes are too limited to rely on him in typical fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:00 pm
  • Marcin Gortat is on a minutes limit
    Marcin Gortat will start and play limited minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It'll be his 82nd start of the season. Gortat will probably start get the first rotation of minutes, and could check out after that. Kevin Seraphin, Drew Gooden and Kris Humphries should get most of the big minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:52 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (hip) will play Wed. vs. Wizards
    Kyrie Irving (hip) will play vs. the Wizards on Wednesday, though he will be on a minute-limit.

    Advice: The rest of Cleveland's starters will also be limited, and LeBron James is resting as a precaution, so consider all your options before locking too many Cavs into active fantasy lineups. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:21 pm
     
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • David Lee (back) day-to-day after having MRI
    David Lee (back) will not play on Wednesday and he's listed as day-to-day after having an MRI on Wednesday.

    Advice: The tests didn't reveal any significant damage but GM Boy Myers said, "It's not like we're resting him to be cautious." Lee may only be deployed strategically in certain matchups during the postseason, so his long-term health is more important than his immediate availability. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:44 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • DeMar DeRozan (groin) will play vs. Hornets
    DeMar DeRozan (groin) will play vs. the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: DeRozan sat out Tuesday's game but this proves that it was a mere precaution. He's likely to have his minutes held in check as the Raptors turn their gaze to the postseason, but owners might as well deploy DeRozan now that he's back in the starting lineup. His return sends Greivis Vasquez back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:22 pm
  • Dwight Howard expected to play Wednesday
    Dwight Howard is expected to play on Wednesday against the Jazz.

    Advice: This is just a reminder that Dwight will be back after missing Monday. He should get around 28-32 minutes against Rudy Gobert, which should be fun to watch. Howard has played well in his last four, averaging 17.3 points, 11.0 boards and 1.3 blocks. Start him even in a bad matchup unless free throw percentage is really important to you tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:05 am
  • Jordan Clarkson, Wes Johnson out vs. Kings
    Jordan Clarkson (ankle) and Wes Johnson (ankle) will not play vs. the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Lakers are in serious trouble tonight, but that is quite alright if you are trying to solidify your position in the draft lottery. The Lakers don't have any true point guards available Wednesday, meaning Jabari Brown and Vander Blue will have to play as many minutes as they can handle in the backcourt. Clarkson had a phenomenal run after the All-Star break, but the Lakers' decisions this summer will have a lot of impact on his fantasy value for next season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:54 am
  • Chris Kaman (back) doubtful for Wednesday
    Chris Kaman (back) is now doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: The Blazers want their veteran big man to be healthy with playoffs starting in a few days, so there is almost no shot that they risk playing him tonight. Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland may see a few extra minutes off the bench tonight, but they aren't appealing options in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:25 am
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • DeMar DeRozan (groin) plans to play on Weds
    DeMar DeRozan (groin) said that he is planning on playing in Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He tweaked his groin earlier in the week and the Raptors wisely gave him the night off on Tuesday vs. the Celtics, but he should be ready to roll tonight. The Raptors made it clear that they were just being cautions with DeRozan, so hopefully his injury doesn't linger in the playoffs. We will have another update before tip-off, but DeRozan's owners can go ahed and pencil him into lineups. Greivis Vasquez will move back to the bench and lose most of his value. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:35 am
  • Marcin Gortat posts 19 & 10 in loss to Pacers
    Marcin Gortat scored 19 points with 10 rebounds and zero turnovers in 44 minutes on Tuesday, hitting 8-of-13 shots for his 22nd double-double of the season.

    Advice: The Wizards lost the game but Gortat can't be faulted, and his defense is worthy of notice. In four matchups vs. the Pacers this season he's limited Roy Hibbert to 3.0 points on combined 4-of-27 shooting, which is awful even by Hibbert's standards. Gortat should be ready to go vs. the Cavaliers on Wednesday, but it wouldn't be a shock if his minutes are held in check. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Drew Gooden logs 38 minutes as starting PF
    Drew Gooden started for Nene (shoulder, ankle) on Tuesday and posted six points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in a road loss vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Washington benefited from a horrible offensive first half from the Pacers but couldn't capitalize, eventually falling 95-99 in double-OT. Gooden logged 38 minutes tonight but his minutes will fall drastically if Nene is cleared to play on Wednesday, so owners should keep a close eye on the injury report. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:03 pm
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