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  • Dennis Schroder limited by fouls in G4 defeat
    Dennis Schroder was limited by foul trouble during Tuesday's blowout loss, which he finished with four points on 2-of-7 shooting, one rebound, four assists and one turnover in 19 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks' second-year guard wasn't shy offensively in the series, racking up a team-high usage rate of 37.2 percent. Unfortunately, he shot below 40 percent from the field and had the third-lowest offensive rating among the Hawks, ahead of only Mike Muscala and Pero Antic. Schroder has imposing quickness but he needs to improve his jump shot this summer -- during the regular season he made 137-of-391 jumpers (35.0 percent) which allowed opponents to sag off and dare him to shoot. Rotoworld.com
    34 minutes ago
  • Paul Millsap heads into uncertain offseason
    Paul Millsap had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists during Game 4, in which the Hawks were swept out of the playoffs with an 88-118 road loss.

    Advice: A report on Tuesday suggested that Millsap, an impending free agent, may need offseason surgery to repair his sprained right shoulder. The injury cleared plagued him throughout the playoffs -- he led the Hawks with 16.7 points and 7.8 rebounds during the regular season but was down to just 13.8 points on 34.9 percent shooting vs. the Cavs in the Conference Finals. We should have a medical update within a few weeks. Rotoworld.com
    35 minutes ago
  • Jeff Teague's 17 hollow pts not enough in G4
    Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting on Tuesday, but he added only one rebound and one assist in 28 minutes during the Hawks' crushing road loss.

    Advice: The Hawks' season ends in disappointment but they have plenty to be proud about, including a franchise-best 60-win regular season and their first Conference Finals appearance since 1970. Teague is one of three players with a guaranteed contract through 2016-17 (joining Kyle Korver and Thabo Sefolosha), and there's no reason to expect the 26-year-old All-Star to backslide after a top-30 fantasy finish this season. Rotoworld.com
    37 minutes ago
  • J.R. Smith posts 18 & 10 with four 3-pointers
    J.R. Smith posted 18 points, four 3-pointers, 10 rebounds and three assists in only 29 minutes off the Cavs' bench during Tuesday's blowout win.

    Advice: Smith recorded double-digit rebounds just once during the regular season but he's now done it in consecutive playoff games, and his efficient line tonight helped make up for Iman Shumpert's three points on 1-of-8 shooting. Smith is in a terrific rhythm and NBA fans should be in for some fireworks with Swish in the Finals for the first time in his career. Rotoworld.com
    41 minutes ago
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) moves well in Game 4 win
    Kyrie Irving returned from a two-game absence to finish Tuesday's series-clinching victory with 16 points (6-of-11 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), two 3-pointers, four rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in only 22 minutes.

    Advice: Irving was medically cleared to play and the Cavs opted to start him for a few reasons -- they wanted him to re-establish a rhythm and regain confidence in his knee, and Irving himself was eager to get back on the court. He moved well and avoided any setbacks despite taking a few falls throughout the game, and should benefit enormously with the Finals not beginning until June 4. We'll have copious updates on his health in the coming week, but he should be raring to go for Game 1. Rotoworld.com
    46 minutes ago
  • LeBron James leads Cavaliers to NBA Finals
    LeBron James led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals with a 118-88 win in Cleveland on Tuesday, scoring 23 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and only one turnover in 29 minutes.

    Advice: LBJ needed IVs after Game 3 to help with dehydration and cramping, but he wasn't worse for the wear in a thoroughly dominant performance tonight. The Hawks threw a variety of defenders at LeBron but never found a way to slow him down in the series -- amazingly, James fell only three assists shy of averaging 30-10-10 in the Conference Finals. He and teammate James Jones are now the first players since the 1960s to appear in five consecutive NBA Finals, and LeBron will have eight full days to rest before squaring off vs. the Warriors or Rockets. Rotoworld.com
    53 minutes ago
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) will play w/ minute-limit
    Kyrie Irving (left knee) will play with a 25-minute limit in Tuesday's Game 4 in Cleveland.

    Advice: Irving's tendinitis has improved enough that the team's trainers cleared him to play and start, sending Matthew Dellavedova back to the Cavs' bench. It's unclear how long Irving will have his playing time restricted, but he could earn a week-long break if the Cavs sweep the series with a win on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:02 pm
  • Dwight Howard won't be suspended for Flagrant
    Dwight Howard will not be suspended for hitting Andrew Bogut above the shoulders during Game 3 on Monday.

    Advice: The play earned Dwight Howard a Flagrant-1 foul and the Rockets are fortunate that he was neither ejected nor suspended for his swipe at Bogut. NBA executive Rod Thorn said in a statement, "Howard was trying to extricate himself from Bogut and recklessly hit him in the face with an open hand. The contact was unnecessary but was not deemed excessive ... we don't see a reason to modify that call." Howard will try to help the Rockets extend their season during Wednesday's must-win road game. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:20 pm
  • Irving will be re-evaluated after warmups
    Kyrie Irving (knee) will go through a pregame warmup to determine whether or not he will be able to play in Tuesday's Game 4 vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Irving will be a game-time decision, and is currently listed as questionable for Game 4, but there is some reported optimism from the Cavs side that he'll be able to give it a go. If the Cavs can win their series tonight, they'll have eight days to rest up for the Finals. The decision as to whether Irving can play or not will be made by Cleveland's medical staff, but should he be cleared, Matthew Dellavedova would head back to the bench. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:51 pm
  • Kyle Korver set to undergo surgery on ankle
    Kyle Korver said he will undergo surgery on his severely sprained right ankle on Wednesday.

    Advice: Korver sustained his ankle injury on a controversial play involving Matthew Dellavedova, who has also had postseason altercations with Taj Gibson and Al Horford. Dellavedova isn't making a lot of friends outside of Cleveland this postseason, and the Hawks may look to play some "aggressive" defense against him during Tuesday's do-or-die Game 4 in Cleveland. Hawks' coach Mike Budenholzer said he will discuss Korver's "situation" during his pregame availability, so we expect to get a rough estimate on Korver's recovery period then. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:55 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Blake Griffin responds to the Clippers curse
    Blake Griffin responded to a question about the "Clippers curse" after the Clippers' Game 7 loss to the Rockets in the Western Conference Semifinals.

    Advice: "The Clipper curse when I first got here was No. 1 picks getting hurt, not working out; their draft picks not working out, not making the playoffs, not having winning seasons," Griffin said. "No one talked about not getting past the second round. Not a single soul talked about that, but now, that’s what everybody talks about. Just like the last one, we’re going to bust through this one." Looking at the numbers (25.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game), Griffin was not bothered by any sort of curse during the Clippers' playoff run, and he'll be an obvious early-round selection in next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:33 pm
  • Cavs optimistic Kyrie Irving will play Tues
    There is reportedly growing optimism amongst the Cavs organization that Kyrie Irving (knee) will be able to give it a go for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Irving "looked good" during Tuesday morning's shootaround according to LeBron James, and he was also able to go through an "intense" 50-minute pregame workout prior to Sunday's Game 3, so it sounds like he hasn't experienced any setbacks in his recovery. The Cavs medical staff said they wanted repeated good days from Irving before clearing him to play, and the reports thus far would suggest that's exactly what he's had. If Irving returns for Game 4, he would ease LeBron James' workload on offense, and Matthew Dellavedova would head back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:31 pm
  • Report: Millsap may need surgery on shoulder?
    Paul Millsap may require surgery on his sprained right shoulder this offseason, according to sources of Howard Beck.

    Advice: The shoulder injury caused Millsap to miss five games back in early April, and it reportedly never fully healed. This perhaps could explain why Millsap is shooting just 40.8 percent from the field this postseason, a stark contrast from the 47.6 percent clip that he shot during the regular-season. It'll be interesting to see if Millsap does indeed go under the knife when the offseason hits, and this is a story we'll be following closely. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:56 pm
  • Report: Nets may shop Plumlee this offseason?
    The Nets may explore the marketplace for Mason Plumlee this offseason, according to sources of Marc Stein.

    Advice: Plumlee's trade value isn't great right now, and with his yearly salary very affordable, it wouldn't make much sense for them to move him. We'll continue to follow this story closely over the course of the offseason, but at this point, it doesn't seem likely Plumlee will be the guy who is sent elsewhere. Jarrett Jack, Joe Johnson, and Deron Williams have all popped up in the rumor mill as trade candidates, and they are the most likely players to be dealt. Plumlee's fantasy value isn't great playing behind Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:27 pm
  • Report: Lawson, Faried want to be traded?
    Unless the Denver Nuggets can pull off a major trade during the offseason landing them a marquee player, or hire a big name head coach, Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried would reportedly rather be traded than be a part of a long rebuild.

    Advice: Both Lawson and Faried's names have popped up in the rumor mill for a few years now, and Lawson's clashes with management and Brian Shaw last season were a problem for the Denver franchise. The Kings and Mavericks are reportedly high on Lawson's wishlist if a trade were to go through, but Denver has not indicated one way or the other if they're willing to finally part ways with one of their franchise cornerstones. Of the two players, Lawson is reportedly the guy more likely to be dealt, though it needs to be noted that Dallas is reportedly hesitant to deal for him due to his off-court issues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:35 am
  • Kevin Love cleared to travel with Cavaliers
    Kevin Love (shoulder) has been cleared to travel with the Cavaliers after having his shoulder evaluated.

    Advice: Love had his shoulder evaluated in New York and will now be able stop wearing a sling as he travels with the team for the remainder of the postseason. While this news doesn't change the fact that Love will miss the rest of the playoffs, it's good news for his fantasy owners in dynasty leagues as it means his recovery is going as planned. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:00 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • McHale defends Dwight Howard's flagrant foul
    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale defended Dwight Howard's flagrant foul during Houston's Game 4 win against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: Howard may hear from the league about his elbow to Andrew Bogut's face and McHale may be trying to get out in front of any potential suspension talk here. "He just tried to get him off him," McHale said. "Bogut grabbed him and as always, the second foul gets called." We'll keep an eye on any discipline from the league on this one, but as of now, Howard will be in the Rockets starting lineup for Wednesday's Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:14 am
  • LBJ: Kyrie Irving looked good at shootaround
    LeBron James said Kyrie Irving (knee) looked good at Tuesday's shooatround.

    Advice: James also added that he didn't know how Irving felt and that he's still likely to be a game-time decision. We'll keep an eye on updates, but LeBron's assessment combined with the fact that Irving wore a starter's jersey during shootaround are good signs for his availability for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:27 am
  • LeBron James says he's ready to go for Game 4
    LeBron James said he'll be ready to go for Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: After dealing with some cramping during Sunday's Game 3 win over the Hawks, James said he'll be active on Tuesday night. James is averaging 32.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers in the series thus far and will need another big game to close out the series if Kyrie Irving (knee) is unable to play. A nightly triple-double threat, James is a must-start in all fantasy lineups at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:01 am
  • Kyrie Irving present at Tuesday shootaround
    Kyrie Irving (knee) was present at Tuesday's shootaround in advance of Game 4 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Irving will likely be a game-time decision for Game 4 on Tuesday, but it's worth noting that he was wearing a red starter's jersey for the session. We'll keep an eye on updates leading up to tip off, while Matthew Dellavedova would see a boost in minutes if Irving is again unable to play. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:50 am
  • Nets expected to explore trading Jarrett Jack
    The Brooklyn Nets are expected to explore a trade of Jarrett Jack, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: Jack is due $12.6 million over the next two seasons with only partial guarantees for the 2016-17 season and the Nets will try to move Jack and his contract to free up some cap space, according to Stein. While Jack serves as a solid bench option no matter where he lands, he won't see enough minutes to warrant a roster spot in standard fantasy leagues unless injuries to a starter force him into a starting role. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:43 am
  • Nets expected to make push for Thaddeus Young
    The Brooklyn Nets are expected to make a push to re-sign Thaddeus Young.

    Advice: Young is expected to opt out of his $10.2 million player option for the 2015-16 season and will have plenty of suitors if he hits the market as a free agent. The Nets are expected to make a big push to retain both Young and Brook Lopez in order to keep their frontcourt intact and have already told Young they'd like him back next season. Young had a strong finish to his 2014-15 season and should serve as a mid-to-late round fantasy option next season if he winds up back in Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:32 am
  • Nick Calathes denies Barcelona rumors
    Nick Calathes denied reports that he is looking to leave the NBA and has an offer from FC Barcelona.

    Advice: Updating a previous item, Calathes said the Spanish report is "not true at all" and added that, "the NBA is my first priority," the 26-year-old said. We'll keep a close eye on this one as Calathes has had success in Europe and may be looking for more minutes than the 14.4 per game he saw in Memphis last season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:30 am
  • Nick Calathes looking to leave the NBA
    Nick Calathes is reportedly looking to leave the NBA.

    Advice: According to a report from Encestando, Calathes has a an offer from FC Barcelona. The 26-year-old has previously played in Greece and would end up with a larger role with Barcelona than the 14.4 minutes per game he saw in 2014-15. We'll keep an eye on this one, but Calathes will obviously lose all fantasy value if he winds up overseas next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:51 am
  • Med staff wants repeated good days from Kyrie
    Kyrie Irving (knee) will be a game-time decision to play against the Hawks in Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The medical staff wants repeated good days out of Irving in practice before they're comfortable putting him on the floor for game action. Of course, the Cavs have to factor in risk vs. reward with Irving because they haven't needed him in this series to get to a 3-0 lead. If he's out again, he'll have about two weeks of time to rest. Matthew Dellavedova will likely get another chance to handle the point. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:05 pm
  • Kyle Korver (ankle) seeking a second opinion
    Kyle Korver (ankle) is seeking a second opinion, and there has been no decision made on whether or not he needs surgery.

    Advice: Teammate DeMarre Carroll got the wheels spinning when he suggested Korver would need surgery, but that is premature and inaccurate at this point. Korver will see a foot and ankle specialist before a course of action is determined, and while it's possible he could have surgery, nothing has been decided. The Hawks have said there is no break of any kind in Korver's ankle, but a severe sprain could involve ligament tears, swelling and bruising among other damage. We need to wait for an official diagnosis before speculating any further, but don't expect to see Korver again this postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:06 am
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Dwight Howard addressed team after Game 3
    Dwight Howard addressed the Rockets after their Game 3 loss ahead of a must-win Game 4 vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: "He's tough and he works hard," Terrence Jones said. "He inspires us. I really appreciate the big fella expressing himself and letting us all know how much he wants to win, and hopefully we can all go out there and give that kind of effort." It's a good attitude to have, but Howard and the Rockets will need more than the power of positive thought to avoid a four-game sweep. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:53 am
  • Dennis Schroder benched in tight Game 3 loss
    Dennis Schroder played just three and a half minutes of Sunday's tight Game 3 loss against the Cavs.

    Advice: Coach Mike Budenholzer went with 28 minutes for Shelvin Mack because he was so desperate for shooting, and while Mack was 5-of-10 from the field, including 3-of-7 from behind the 3-point line, it's hard to find an explanation for Schroder being glued to the bench. It will be interesting to see what happens to Schroder's playing time in a do-or-die Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:36 am
  • Kyrie Irving likely to be a GTD for Game 4
    Kyrie Irving (knee) is likely to be a game-time decision for Tuesday's Game 4 vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Irving worked out before Game 3 for about 40 minutes, but he was not cleared by team doctors and it was always doubtful that he'd be able to take the floor. Now armed with a 3-0 series lead, the Cavs could opt to play it safe and having Irving sit out another contest. If that happens, Matthew Dellavedova would draw another start. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:31 am
  • LeBron dealing with cramping, other injuries
    LeBron James admitted to dealing with cramping among other injuries in Sunday's dramatic Game 3 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: "I gave it everything I had tonight," he said. James was in obvious pain, especially with his ankle, and he fell to the floor in exhaustion after the contest had concluded. James described fighting through "the most pain of his career," but said after the game that nothing would prevent him from playing in Tuesday's Game 4. "If I'm putting on the uniform and going on the floor, I got to make things happen for our team. It's that simple." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:28 am
  • Teammate: Kyle Korver (ankle) needs surgery
    DeMarre Carroll said after Sunday's Game 3 loss that Kyle Korver (ankle) will require surgery and could miss 4-6 months.

    Advice: Korver has yet to have a second opinion and the team hasn't announced the severity of his injury, so this is all speculative for the moment. "[Korver] is one of our starters and he's gotta have surgery, he's out 4-6 months," Carroll said. His comments came in the context of Matthew Dellavedova's controversial play on Al Horford during Game 3, but Carroll's references to surgery and a timetable are too specific to ignore entirely. We'll update Korver's status once the Hawks provide more information. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:41 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Jeff Teague has 30 points, zero TOs in Game 3
    The Hawks lost Game 3 on Sunday despite Jeff Teague's personal playoff-best 30 points on 9-of-23 field goals and 9-of-9 free throws.

    Advice: Teague sank three 3-pointers while pitching in six rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and zero turnovers in 43 minutes of action. He benefitted from the absence of Kyrie Irving (knee) tonight yet his aggressive and efficient play wasn't enough to overcome the loss of Kyle Korver (ankle) as well as Al Horford's early ejection in Game 3. The Hawks' star PG should give another all-out effort vs. Cleveland's depleted backcourt on Tuesday, which is worth keeping an eye on in daily fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:19 pm
  • LeBron gets 37-18-13 as Cavs win Game 3 in OT
    LeBron James fought through injury and exhaustion to finish Sunday's overtime Game 3 victory with 37 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists and three steals, moving Cleveland to the brink of a Conference Finals sweep.

    Advice: LBJ began 0-of-10 from the field, his worst ever start in a playoff game, but he overcame the rough start as well as a knee injury suffered early in overtime. In the process he passed Karl Malone to become the sixth-leading scorer in NBA playoff history with 4,779 points, he passed Jason Kidd for second place on the postseason triple-double list, and he became the only player in NBA postseason history to record at least 37-18-13 in a game. LeBron is leading his team with 27.2 points per game in the postseason, in addition to the 21.3 points he's creating off assists, and will need to carry a similar load if Kyrie Irving (knee) isn't able to return in Game 4. We'll pass along updates on his knee injury but there's no reason to think he won't start Tuesday's potential elimination game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:00 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) will not play in Game 3
    Kyrie Irving (left knee tendinitis) will not play in Game 3 vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: Matthew Dellavedova will play heavy minutes as Irving's stand-in and LeBron James will have the ball in his hands even more often than usual. The Cavs have a 2-0 lead and if they win at home on Sunday it would be surprising to see Irving back in the lineup for Tuesday's Game 4, especially since his absence was mandated by Irving's doctors. Hopefully some rest will allow him to play at the level we're used to seeing. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:47 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) a game-time decision Sun
    Kyrie Irving (knee) is currently being evaluated by Cleveland's medical staff, and he will be a game-time decision for Game 3 against the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: Irving did go through an "intense" 50-minute pregame workout, but an earlier report indicated he's unlikely to play. We're not expecting official confirmation on Irving's status until right before the tip, but if he's forced to sit Matthew Dellavedova would draw the start, while LeBron James would see a usage rate in the high 30s. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:48 pm
  • Dwight Howard says Rockets will keep fighting
    With Houston facing a 3-0 deficit to the Warriors , Dwight Howard said that the only thing the Rockets can do is fight.

    Advice: "There’s a lot of words I could say about tonight, but I’ve got to keep my teammates together," Howard said after Game 3 on Saturday. "We can’t fold. We can’t quit. It’s easy to give up and say they’re playing great. It’s easy to do that. They’re going to have to take all of us out on a stretcher. We ain’t going down lightly. We’re down 3-0 in the Western Conference finals. The only thing we can do is fight." Howard contributed 14 points, 14 boards and one block in the loss, and the good news is that his knee doesn't appear to be giving him any problems. Game 4 is set to take place in Houston on Monday, and Howard should be in line for a big game with the Rockets facing elimination. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:37 am
  • Dwight Howard scores 14 in loss
    Dwight Howard scored 14 points with 14 rebounds, one block and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Warriors during a Game 3 loss on Saturday.

    Advice: He was 2-of-8 from the line tonight and the Rockets made just 19-of-31 as a team. Howard just has way too much pressure on him because the Rockets' perimeter defense has been non-existent. The easy buckets are not his fault and he's played well in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:37 pm
  • Kevin Love gets a light workout in on Sat
    Kevin Love (shoulder) did a light workout on Saturday.

    Advice: It is likely just some work on a bike and he is still nowhere near close to a return. The jury is still out Love and whether or not he'll return to Cleveland, but the Lakers will undoubtedly be making a push. With Love out, Tristan Thompson has really stepped up at both the center and power forward spots. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:54 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Rockets will play Howard 'as much as we can'
    Coach Kevin McHale said on Saturday he'll play Dwight Howard (knee) "as much as we can."

    Advice: Dwight was helping on defense a lot in Game 2 and it led to some very nice production out of Andrew Bogut. Howard also played 40 minutes in the loss and will likely be in that neighborhood again. McHale also said he expects to hit Howard in the post more, so there could be a 20-point game on the way. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:21 pm
  • 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
    Saturday, 11:53 am
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Dwight Howard says his knee has made progress
    Dwight Howard said that his knee feels much better than it did before Game 2.

    Advice: "It felt pretty good," Howard said. "We were happy about that. I didn’t want to linger throughout the whole playoffs." He is listed as probable for Game 3 vs. the Warriors on Saturday, but he doesn't appear to be in any trouble of missing this one. Howard went off for 19 points, 17 rebounds, one block and two steals in 40 minutes of action during Game 2, so he should be in line for another big performance in what will be a must-win game in Houston. To be safe, we will verify that he will be in the lineup prior to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:03 am
  • 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
    Saturday, 8:29 am
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Bad Teague shows up for Game 2 blowout loss
    Jeff Teague hit just 5-of-16 shots in the Hawks' 94-82 loss to the Cavs on Friday, finishing with 12 points, three rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: The stat line doesn't reflect his underwhelming play and the score doesn't reflect how far apart the two teams were tonight. Teague was everything he has always been when he struggles -- indecisive, passive and frustrating -- and though some credit should be given to Matthew Dellavedova he just simply has to play better for the Hawks to have a chance. They head to Cleveland down 2-0 for Sunday's matchup. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:39 pm
  • Millsap whooped up on in Game 2 loss to Cavs
    Paul Millsap struggled mightily in Friday's Game 2 loss to the Cavs, scoring four points on 2-of-8 shooting with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Millsap has lost his offensive confidence and in every other aspect of the game he was lacking tonight. He flashed some good defense against LeBron James in Game 1, but wasn't called upon in that department tonight. Instead, he was a big reason that Tristan Thompson was able to get all he could eat. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:34 pm
  • 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
  • LeBron dominant in cakewalk win over Hawks
    LeBron James scored 30 points on 10-of-22 shooting (2-of-7 3PTs, 8-of-11 FTs) with nine rebounds, 11 assists and one block as the Cavs trounced the Hawks in Friday's Game 2 win.

    Advice: It's unfair to ask any one player to guard LeBron and the Hawks' scheme has been borderline belligerent on top of that. The scary part is that he is appears to be toying with the Hawks, settling for outside looks rather than punishing Atlanta for their lack of size. Game 3 is Sunday in Cleveland. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) probable for Game 3
    Dwight Howard (knee) is being listed as probable for Game 3 against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: Howard went off for 19 points and 17 rebounds during Game 2's loss, so there's absolutely no reason to think he won't be in uniform for a crucial Game 3 in Houston. His probable tag would suggest he didn't experience any setbacks during his 40 minutes of action on Thursday, and Houston will need all they can get from Dwight if they hope to climb out of their current 0-2 hole. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:39 am
  • LeBron James still dealing with pain in ankle
    LeBron James said that his ankle "has been better," but he's in no danger of sitting out Game 2 vs. the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: At this point in the season, almost everyone is a little banged up, but James will continue to fight through the pain in order to give his squad the best chance at coming away with a Game 2 win in Atlanta. With Kyrie Irving's (knee, foot) status up in the air for Game 2, and DeMarre Carroll (knee) sounding unlikely, LeBron James could be in for a monster game. He'll make for a fine daily league play tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:45 am
  • Dwight Howard plays well despite knee injury
    Dwight Howard not only played through his sore left knee, but went off for 19 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and a block, hitting 8-of-11 shots and 3-of-7 free throws in Thursday's tough loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Howard looked great, but so did the Warriors' Andrew Bogut, and you can expect these two to continue to battle each other throughout this series. Yes, there's a chance that Howard's knee could swell up and leave him questionable for Saturday's Game 3 in Houston, but if tonight was any indication, it would be very surprising if he's in street clothes on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:14 pm
  • Dwight Howard will play for Rockets
    Dwight Howard will play for the Rockets on Thursday night for Game 2.

    Advice: He tested his sore left knee just moments ago and looked pretty good doing so. Clint Capela will come off the bench now that it appears that Howard will start. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:33 pm
  • 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
  • LeBron James scores 31, Cavs take Game 1
    LeBron James made 12-of-26 from the field for 31 points during a 97-89 Game 1 win on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and four turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He almost blew the game late because of an isolation festival and the Hawks defended him fairly well. James did have more trouble with Paul Millsap than any other Hawk and he'll likely see a lot more of him in Game 2. Tonight was LeBron's first ever Game 1 road win, failing to accomplish that feat in his eight tries. He and the Cavs will look to take a commanding lead on Friday in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:52 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
  • Jeff Teague scores 27 points, Hawks lose
    Jeff Teague scored a team-high 27 points during a Game 1 97-89 loss to the Cavs on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Hawks made just 4-of-23 from beyond the arc and their offense just fell apart in the second half. Teague did have a minor tweak of his neck at the end of the first half, but it didn't affect his playing time. He did have a couple mistakes down the stretch tonight and will need a better effort in Game 2 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:29 pm
  • Paul Millsap fouls out, scores 13 points
    Paul Millsap fouled out in 38 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds, three assists and one block.

    Advice: With DeMarre Carroll (knee) going down, Millsap is now going to have to guard LeBron James more often, which isn't a bad thing for the Hawks defense. However, all that extra effort on the defensive end could take away from Millsap's offensive game. Regardless, his minutes will be close to 40. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • 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
  • Hunt's chances to coach DEN is improving
    Melvin Hunt's chances of coaching the Denver Nuggets next season are improving according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: Scott Brooks recently indicated that he wouldn't be coaching next season, but Mike D'Antoni is reportedly still in the mix. Hunt did pretty well when he took over last season and it seemed like the players enjoyed playing for him. We will continue to follow this story closely, but Hunt appears to be the frontrunner right now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:25 am
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) will not travel to ATL
    Kevin Love (shoulder) will not travel with the Cavs to Atlanta for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, as his shoulder still isn't quite ready for flying.

    Advice: Cleveland will be without $15.7 million cheerleader for road games in the Eastern Conference Finals, and Tristan Thompson will need to continue to be a glass-eater for the Cavs if they hope to upset the East's No. 1 seed. Thompson did have some very good games in Cleveland's second-round series despite a tough matchup with Chicago, so he'll be someone to consider in daily leagues moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:10 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Hawks optimistic on landing Paul Millsap
    The Hawks are quietly optimistic about re-signing Paul Millsap.

    Advice: The Hawks will definitely want to bring him back. Millsap can defend multiple positions and his offensive game has grown tremendously since joining the Hawks. He'll likely be a second round pick in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    May 18, 1:26 pm
  • LeBron James dealing with minor back injury
    LeBron James is dealing with a minor back injury, but he's expected to play Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Advice: LeBron apparently "tweaked his back" at some point against the Bulls, but since he's a cyborg robot with no ability to feel human pain, we don't expect any issues. In all sincerity, LeBron will be fine and is prepared to put the Cavs on his back in an effort to win Cleveland an elusive championship trophy. Rotoworld.com
    May 18, 6:48 am
  • Cavs identify Jeff Teague as Hawks' catalyst
    LeBron James singled out Jeff Teague as a catalyst for the Hawks' success this season, saying, "He’s an All-Star for a reason."

    Advice: "It starts with Jeff Teague," said James. "His aggressiveness, the way he pushes the tempo, and then it just falls in to everyone else. They do a great job of playing together." Teague will be even more dangerous of Kyrie Irving continues to struggle with right foot and left knee injuries, and backup Dennis Schroder has proven that he can sustain the pressure with Atlanta's second unit. The Hawks and Cavs face off in Game 1 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    May 17, 10:08 pm
  • Clippers lose despite Blake Griffin's 27-11-6
    Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 27 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and one block in 44 minutes on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to avoid a season-ending loss in Houston.

    Advice: Blake was a beast throughout L.A.'s run, ranking sixth in the playoffs in scoring (25.5 points per game), third in rebounds (12.7) and ninth in assists (6.1). Unfortunately, his pretty stats in Game 7 were overshadowed by lackadaisical defense and a string of sloppy turnovers, giving him plenty to mull as he heads into the offseason. He cracked the top-25 in 8-cat leagues during the regular season and there's no reason to expect slippage next year. Rotoworld.com
    May 17, 4:46 pm
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