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  • CHA will make Batum No. 1 priority during FA
    Hornets' GM Rich Cho said that he will make re-signing Nicolas Batum as an unrestricted free agent this offseason Charlotte's No. 1 priority.

    Advice: "[Batum] is a huge piece. He’s number one in our offseason priority," said Cho. "Overall he did a great job on both ends of the floor and in the locker room." Batum had a solid season in Charlotte, putting up steady mid-round value with averages of 14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.0 triples, 0.9 steals, 0.6 swats and 2.9 turnovers per contest. Batum's ability to space the floor and run an offense also really helped Kemba Walker up his efficiency, and it sounds like Charlotte will do everything in their power to retain him on the open market. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:27 am
  • Melo wants 'process' in NYK coaching search
    Carmelo Anthony again restated his desire for Phil Jackson to go through an all-encompassing search when hiring the Knicks' next head coach.

    Advice: "I’ve said this and I’ll continue to say it; there needs to be a process," Anthony said of the Knicks' coaching search. "As long as there’s a process and you go through the proper channels to figure out exactly what you need to do, I don’t have no problem with that. But if you don’t go through that process and at least look to see what’s out there, then we have a problem with that." Kurt Rambis remains the favorite to land the Knicks' head coaching gig, a move that Anthony has yet to fully endorse. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:40 am
  • Steve Blake says he has one more year left
    Steve Blake said that he feels he can play one more year in the NBA, and he'd like to be back with the Pistons next season.

    Advice: "I feel like I have one more year in my body and then I’ll be ready to be home with my family," Blake said. "It was great playing for [Van Gundy], and I really love playing with these guys. If they wanted me back, I’d be thrilled, but you never know in this league." While Blake would like to remain in Detroit, Van Gundy acknowledged during exit interviews that he's seeking to upgrade the backup point guard position, so the feeling may not be mutual. Blake won't be a fantasy option regardless of where he winds up. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:28 am
  • Hassan Whiteside unconcerned with right knee
    Hassan Whiteside said that while his strained right knee bothered him throughout Tuesday's Game 1 win, he doesn't anticipate the injury forcing him to miss any time.

    Advice: "The first five seconds, I was extremely worried, but as I stood up, the pain went away," Whiteside said. "It bothered me throughout the game, but I’m a tough dude so I had to go out there and play. I couldn’t let my guys down." Whiteside briefly exited Game 1 after an awkward fall, but he quickly returned to the court and ended up logging 39 minutes. He may sit out Wednesday's practice as a precaution, but he should be fine for Game 2 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:19 am
  • Dwyane Wade says that his left knee is 'fine'
    Dwyane Wade said that he believes his left knee will be "fine" for Thursday's Game 2 in Toronto.

    Advice: "I hit the bone and I’m sure it’s bruised," Wade said. "I’ll be fine. I’ve played with it before, so I will do it again." Wade banged the inside of his left knee during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter of Game 1's overtime win, but he played through it, and it would be surprising to see the injury force him to miss any time. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:11 am
  • Kyle Lowry trying to rediscover his rhythm
    Kyle Lowry acknowledged that he has not been "playing well at all" for Toronto this postseason.

    Advice: "[I'm] trying to just get the touch back," said Lowry, who spent 90 minutes after Game 1's loss getting up shots. "I don't know where it's at, it's kind of mind-boggling right now. It's frustrating, but I'm not going to shy away from the criticism or anything. I want to continue to be aggressive, shoot shots and take the onus." Lowry is currently in a horrid shooting slump, connecting on just 30.6 percent of his shot attempts through eight playoff games, but it sounds like he's going to try and shoot his way out of it. He'll need to be better in Game 2 on Thursday if the Raptors hope to even up their second-round series vs. the Heat. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:59 am
  • Report: NBPA requests meeting with Miami
    The NBPA has reportedly requested to have a meeting with the Heat to try and resolve the situation with Chris Bosh (blood clots).

    Advice: Bosh wants to get back on the court, but the Heat continue to list him as "out indefinitely" after a second blood clot scare prematurely ended his season. Bosh may be letting his competitiveness get in the way of his better judgement, as he his condition could turn into a life threatening one if something went wrong on the basketball court. He may get a meeting, but thus far, there's been no indication that he's close to a return. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:26 am
  • Stephen Curry (knee) receives PRP injection
    Stephen Curry said on Tuesday that he underwent a platelet-rich plasma treatment on his sprained right knee as part of his recovery process.

    Advice: PRP injections have been shown to speed up the recovery process, and Curry reportedly underwent the treatment one day after initially suffering the injury. The Dubs are hopeful that Curry will be able to get back on the court for either Saturday's Game 3 or Monday's Game 4, and we'll have a better idea on his status following Thursday's practice. However, given that the Dubs are currently up 2-0 in their second-round series, it wouldn't be surprising to see Curry spend at least one more game on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:05 am
  • Damian Lillard drops 25 points in Game 2 loss
    Damian Lillard (chest cold) looked much better in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors, scoring 25 points on 8-of-20 shooting with six assists, four boards, two steals and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: He took over the game in the third quarter with 17 points, but cooled off down the stretch and failed to score in the fourth quarter. To be fair, the whole Portland team cooled off as they scored just 12 points in the fourth compared to 34 by Golden State. The Blazers have lost the first two games but will try to get back on track with the series shifting to Portland for Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Shaun Livingston scores 14 points in win
    Shaun Livingston scored 14 points (6-of-15 FGs) with four assists, four rebounds, one block and one steal in 33 minutes vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: The 15 shot attempts were a season high, as the Warriors are trying to utilize his size in the post against Portland's smaller guards. Livingston has filled in admirably for Stephen Curry (knee) and has now scored 10 or more points in all five of his starts this postseason. Curry is progressing, but his status for Game 3 is still up in the air. If the MVP sits, Livingston is a nice option in DFS if you're trying to save a few bucks. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Andre Iguodala scores 15 points in win
    Andre Iguodala scored 15 points with five boards, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was very efficient tonight, shooting 6-of-9 from the field, 1-of-1 from beyond the arc and 2-of-2 from the line with zero turnovers. It sounds like Stephen Curry (knee) could return for Game 3 or Game 4, but the Warriors might be cautious considering they have a commanding 2-0 series lead. Iguodala will continue to benefit if Curry misses more time, but keep in mind that he had just six points with four boards and three assists in Game 1. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 27, Warriors lead 2-0
    Klay Thompson scored 27 points on 7-of-20 shooting to lead the Warriors to a 110-99 win over the Blazers in Game 2, giving Golden State a 2-0 series lead.

    Advice: He also added three boards, three assists and five 3-pointers, with 20 of his points coming in the second half. Thompson is really stepping up in the absence of Stephen Curry (knee) and was coming off a personal playoff-high of 37 points in Game 1. The Warriors are in firm control of this series, so they may be more cautious with Curry's return which could allow Thompson to post some monster numbers moving forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:26 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (knee) grabs 17 rebounds
    Hassan Whiteside played through a right knee strain in Tuesday's Game 1 win over the Raptors, scoring nine points (3-of-7 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs) with 17 rebounds, two steals and one block in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The injury initially looked really bad with his knee bending under his body as he collapsed to the floor, but he was only in the locker room for a couple minutes before returning to action. The fact that he played close to 40 minutes is encouraging and it didn't look like he was limited, but don't be surprised if he sits out of practice on Wednesday as a precaution. He should be fine for Game 2 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Patrick Patterson plays 18 minutes in loss
    Patrick Patterson moved to the bench and played 18 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Heat, scoring two points with three boards and one assist.

    Advice: With the Raptors going small to match up with the Heat, Patterson may not have a significant role in this series. Despite averaging 26.7 minutes in round one of the playoffs, fantasy owners should shy away from Patterson until further notice. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores 24 w/ 14 boards
    Jonas Valanciunas was dominant vs. the Heat on Tuesday with 24 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals in 41 minutes.

    Advice: J-Val was the best player for the Raptors tonight and it wasn't close either. Valanciunas usually only sees around 26 minutes per game, but coach Dwane Casey couldn't take him off the floor tonight and he was also giving Hassan Whiteside some problems down low. Bismack Biyombo was invisible tonight with three rebounds in 11 minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 22 points in Game 1
    DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Heat, shooting 9-of-22 from the field with six boards, four assists and one steal in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He shot just 31.9 percent from the field in round one of the playoffs, so at least he's trending in the right direction. Kyle Lowry was ice cold tonight, so DeRozan may be asked to do even more on offense moving forward. He also had a 29.1 usage rate tonight which is a fair expectation for the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Kyle Lowry held to seven points in loss Tuesday
    Kyle Lowry scored just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting in Tuesday's 102-96 overtime loss to the Heat in Game 1.

    Advice: He did hit a halfcourt buzzer beater to send the game to overtime, but other than that Lowry was pretty awful tonight. He didn't have a single point at halftime and finished the game with six assists, four boards, three steals and three turnovers in 43 minutes. Lowry didn't talk to reporters after the game because he immediately went to the practice court to get up some extra shots, so hopefully he will bounce back in Game 2 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 24 points in win
    Dwyane Wade scored 24 points in Tuesday's win over the Raptors, adding six boards, four assists, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 10-of-21 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line in what was arguably his best all-around game of the postseason. With just a few seconds left in overtime, Wade stole the ball from DeMar DeRozan and finished a driving and-one layup to secure the win. He was holding his left knee at the end of regulation after a fall, but it obviously didn't seem to bother him in overtime. He should be fine. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:34 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (knee strain) will return
    Hassan Whiteside (right knee strain) will return to Tuesday's Game 1 vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He was only in the locker room for a few moments before quickly returning to the bench. He gave his teammates a thumbs up and appears to be OK, but we'll be sure to have an update after the game. The Heat just dodged a bullet considering how bad the fall looked. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:29 pm
  • Patrick Patterson will move to the bench
    Patrick Patterson will come off the bench on Tuesday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: The move makes sense because the Heat play a lot of small ball with Luol Deng at the four. Patterson should still be the first big off the bench, but his minutes will likely take a small hit in this series. Luis Scola may not play at all. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:24 pm
  • Stephen Curry could return Saturday or Monday
    Warriors' GM Bob Myers said that Stephen Curry (knee) could return for Saturday's Game 3 or Monday's Game 4.

    Advice: "I know everybody wants to know is it going to be Saturday, is it going to be Monday?" said Meyers of Curry's timetable. "It's in that range, but it's hard to say. But those games [3 and 4] are so close together... He's got to play a little bit of 3-on-3 or 5-on-5. He hasn't done any of that stuff yet." Steve Kerr is hopeful that Curry can go through a full scrimmage on Thursday, and if he can get through that scrimmage, it sounds like he has a decent chance of suiting up for Game 3. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • Chris Bosh will attend Game 1 in Toronto
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) will be in attendance for Tuesday's Game 1 against the Raptors, although he remains "out indefinitely."

    Advice: Bosh caught a flight up to Toronto with Heat owner Micky Arison on Tuesday, but he did not go through shootaround, and it remains unlikely that he'll be able to return at any point during Miami's playoff run. He still has not practiced with the team in any capacity since hitting the sidelines back in February. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:10 pm
  • NBPA releases statement on Chris Bosh
    The NBPA has released a statement on Chris Bosh (blood clots), saying that their top priority is Bosh's health and well being.

    Advice: "Our top priority is Chris' health and well being," read the statement. "We have spoken with Chris and his agent, and have reached out to the Miami Heat. We are hopeful that all parties involved can meet as soon as possible to resolve the situation." Bosh is trying to force his way back onto the basketball court, and has reportedly found a doctor outside of Miami's medical staff that may clear him. However, Miami will have the final call in this situation, and given that he hasn't practiced since hitting the sidelines back in February, it would be surprising to see Bosh back on the court this postseason after yet another blood clot scare. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:41 pm
  • Stephen Curry (knee) could scrimmage Thursday
    Steve Kerr said that he's hopeful Stephen Curry (knee) will be able to scrimmage with the team during Thursday's practice.

    Advice: "Thursday, we will definitely get up and down and hopefully he'll be able to take part, but we don't know yet," Kerr said. "I don't know how it'll play out here. It's not like if we're 2-2 or something we're not going to bring him back. We can't let the series score determine whether we bring him back, it's really based on his health and his rhythm." Curry is set to spend Tuesday's Game 2 on the sidelines, but the Dubs are holding out hope that he can return for Saturday's Game 3. Kerr also added that Curry's minutes will likely be limited upon his return, but he wouldn't put an exact figure on the potential minutes cap. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:27 pm
  • Damian Lillard (chest cold) feeling better
    Damian Lillard (chest cold) said after Tuesday morning's shootaround that he's feeling "a little better."

    Advice: Lillard acknowledged after Game 1 that he's been dealing with a bit of a chest cold, but there's no way a minor illness will force Lillard to the sidelines for Tuesday's Game 2. Lillard went just 8-of-26 from the field during Game 1, so he'll need to have a much more efficient outing on Tuesday night if the Blazers hope to secure a Game 2 upset over the Dubs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:18 pm
  • Whiteside says thigh still not 100 percent
    Hassan Whiteside said that his bruised right thigh is at about 85 percent, but he has no intention of missing any time with the injury.

    Advice: "It's not 100 percent, but I'm going to keep playing," said Whiteside. The thigh injury didn't appear to limit him much during Sunday's blowout win over the Hornets, and he should be receiving a full compliment of minutes for Tuesday's Game 1 against the Raptors. He's one of the better centers to target in DFS. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:20 am
  • Chris Bosh not in Toronto for Game 1
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) did not travel to Toronto with the Heat in advance of Tuesday's Game 1.

    Advice: Bosh will travel to Toronto with Heat owner Micky Arison, but was not present at shootaround on Tuesday. While Bosh has been rumored to be pushing for a return, the Heat are going to be careful not to rush things so it would be a bit of a surprise to see Bosh take the court against the Raptors in Round 2. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:12 am
  • Nicolas Batum has unfinished business in CHA
    Nicolas Batum said he has unfinished business in Charlotte when asked about re-signing with the Hornets.

    Advice: While Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Batum will be the Hornets top offseason priority, the free agent-to-be said the Hornets will be the first call he takes when he becomes a free agent on July 1. "I think it’s a little bit of everything – the coaching staff, the organization, the city and the players, too," Batum said when asked what he liked about Charlotte. We'll keep an eye on Batum as free agency inches closer, but it sounds like a return to the Hornets is a very likely possibility. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:22 am
  • Bosh pressuring the Heat to play
    Chris Bosh (blood clot) has been pressuring the Heat to play, according to ESPN's Dan Le Batard.

    Advice: Bosh could be looking to the NBPA to get help to play again. He has been taking some shots and could be looking for a different doctor to clear him. Obviously, the Heat want to be very, very careful with the former All-Star. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:27 pm
  • Kerr: Stephen Curry won't play in Game 2
    Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry (knee) won't play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The team will list him as doubtful "just to give people something to chew on," according to Kerr. The Warriors certainly didn't need him on Sunday in an easy win. They would probably like to hold him out for the entire series, but there is a chance he can suit up in Game 3 or 4. Shaun Livingston will get another start for Curry. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:36 am
  • Nicolas Batum open to re-signing with Hornets
    Nicolas Batum, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, said that he's open to re-signing with the Hornets.

    Advice: "When I came here they let me know they wanted me to be one of the [top] two options with Kemba [Walker]," he said. "I liked that. I like that they trusted me." He then added: "It was a pretty cool year. First time I got to play like I want to in eight years in the NBA." The second quote is an important one to focus on when projecting Batum's future. A versatile contributor entering his prime, Batum will be a sought after commodity in free agency and the Hornets will have to pay big money to keep him. Despite Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's expected from shoulder surgery, Charlotte should do everything possible to prioritize Batum's return. "Why not? I don’t know [what will happen in] a crazy summer for a lot of people. But why not? I want to talk to them first, for sure. July 1 will be a crazy day, but will Charlotte be my first call? Yes." Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:57 am
  • Carmelo Anthony uncertain for Team USA roster
    Carmelo Anthony is uncertain if he will play for Team USA in the Olympics this summer.

    Advice: Melo and the Knicks are entering a critical offseason together as the team looks to find a clear direction, and Anthony isn't sure he wants to "put his body through that grind" at this stage of his career. As for his commitment to New York, despite reiterating his desire to have a say in the coaching search, Melo hasn't yet been consulted. "I would want to be involved," he said. "I hope I'm involved. Just to have my opinion heard. But I've already laid out how I feel and put everything out there on the table. Now, it's just on them." Additionally, Anthony wants the Knicks to acquire a "competing attitude" rather than settling for "being mediocre." Phil Jackson's next head coach will set the stage for what comes next between New York and their supposed franchise building block. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:18 am
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 30 points in Game 7 win
    DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 30 points to help Toronto advance to the second round on Sunday, making 10-of-32 shots with five boards, two assists, three steals, two blocks and just one turnover in 40 minutes.

    Advice: DeRozan ranked third in the NBA for free throw attempts this season, at 8.4 per game, but he averaged just 5.0 freebies in Games 1-6 vs. the Pacers. He got hot early tonight with 13 first-quarter points and wound up 9-of-9 at the line, while his 32 field goal attempts set a franchise playoff-high for Toronto. His first-round inefficiency is water under the bridge now that he's helped his team advance in the playoffs for the first time since 2001. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:00 pm
  • Damian Lillard says he has a chest cold
    Damian Lillard said that he's been battling a chest cold for the past few days.

    Advice: He didn't have a voice after the game, but he's obviously not going to miss any time. Lillard scored 30 points on 8-of-26 shooting in Sunday's loss with five assists, four 3-pointers and four steals with just one turnover, so maybe the illness explains his struggles from the field. Hopefully he will feel better prior to Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:38 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 30 points on 26 shots
    Damian Lillard needed 26 shots to score his 30 points during Game 1, finishing 8-of-26 from the field and 10-of-10 from the line with five assists and zero rebounds in 41 minutes.

    Advice: The Warriors had the league's fourth-most-efficient defense during the regular season and that hasn't changed in the playoffs, as they're allowing a mere 89.2 points per 100 possessions. Lillard's free throw shooting was impressive, and he added four 3-pointers and four steals with just one turnover, but Portland's hopes in the series may hinge on Lillard's ability to get going -- he came in shooting 37.4 percent in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:28 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 37 points in Game 1 win
    Klay Thompson scored a personal playoff-high 37 points during Sunday's Game 1 win vs. the Blazers, making 14-of-28 shots with seven 3-pointers, five boards, five assists and two steals.

    Advice: Portland had no answer for Thompson defensively and he's now the first player in NBA history with at least seven 3-pointers in three consecutive games. Stephen Curry has a "slim" chance of playing in Game 2, but a Game 3 return is more probable. With Thompson and Draymond Green carrying the Warriors to a blowout win in Game 1, the Warriors can afford to be extra cautious with their ailing MVP. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:12 pm
  • Stephen Curry thinks he might play in Game 3
    Stephen Curry (knee) said that there is a "pretty good" chance that he will be able to play in Game 3 vs. the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: His chances of playing in Game 2 on Tuesday are reportedly pretty "slim," but it sounds like he's making good progress and coach Steve Kerr said that he might start scrimmaging later this week. There are going to be a ton of updates on the MVP all week, so expect another one on Monday. Shaun Livingston will hold down the fort at point guard until Curry can return. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:16 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) plays 29 minutes
    Nicolas Batum (foot) played 29 minutes on Sunday vs. the Heat, scoring 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting with five boards, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford said before the game that Batum was only going to play seven or eight minutes in each half, so he must've felt a little better than expected and he even started the second half. Batum hasn't been 100 percent for weeks, so the only good thing about the Hornets being eliminated is that he will finally have some time off to rehab his injury. "To have so many young guys, so many new guys, we had a great season," Batum said. "We need to move on right away and get better." He is a free agent this summer, but it sounds like the Hornets have an excellent chance to re-sign him. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:01 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside double-doubles in win
    Hassan Whiteside double-doubled in Sunday's win over the Hornets, scoring 10 points with 12 rebounds, one assist and five blocks in just 28 minutes.

    Advice: He was 4-of-8 from the field and basically took Al Jefferson out of the game by getting him into early foul trouble. Charlotte really had no answer for Whiteside in the paint and the Heat were able to outrebound the Hornets 58-36, with 10 of those coming on the offensive glass. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:25 pm
  • Batum starts 2nd half, Kaminsky to bench
    Nicolas Batum (foot) started the second half in place of Frank Kaminsky on Sunday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Batum was only supposed to play seven or eight minutes in each half according to coach Steve Clifford before the game, but he's already up to 16 minutes at the half. He isn't close to 100 percent and he's not moving that well either, but the Hornets have no choice but to play him if they want to escape Miami with a win. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:22 am
  • Stephen Curry has a 'slim' chance for Game 2
    Stephen Curry (knee) has a "slim" chance to play in Game 2 vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He obviously won't play in Game 1 on Sunday, but Curry was able to do some stationary shooting on Saturday and coach Steve Kerr is open to the idea of allowing the MVP to start scrimmaging early next week. With Curry out on Sunday, Shaun Livingston will draw the start and Draymond Green will spend a lot of time running the offense. Andre Iguodala will have more responsibility as well. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:54 am
  • Batum and Hawes are available to play Sunday
    Nicolas Batum (foot) and Spencer Hawes (knee) are available to play on Sunday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that while Batum is feeling better, he's still not 100 percent and will likely be limited to just seven or eight minutes per half in Game 7. To be clear, Batum is too risky to deploy in most fantasy formats. We'll let you know how he holds up after the game. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:35 am
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) will go through warmups
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) will try to warm up for Game 7 vs. the Heat on Sunday.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that Batum is feeling better and will be a game-time call, but indicated that he will only play seven or eight minutes per half if he's cleared. Clifford is expecting Batum to play, but he's not going to see enough minutes to make an impact in most fantasy formats. We'll have another update before tip-off. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:34 am
  • Kerr: Not much of a chance Curry in for Gm 2
    Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry (knee) doesn't have much of a chance to play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is good news because Kerr did not rule him out. Curry is still not doing on-court work and he's obviously not going to play in Game 1. The MVP is doing some work in the training room and has said he's hoping to return before May 9. Shaun Livingston will be running the point while basically every other player steps up. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:20 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) questionable for Game 7
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is questionable to play against the Heat in Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: He did not play in the second half on Friday due to aggravating his injury from Game 2. The Hornets went 2-0 without Batum thanks to Jeremy Lin stepping up in a big way, so this might not be a huge loss. If Batum can't go, there will be more minutes for Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams and Courtney Lee. The Hornets and Heat have the first game of the day, so we'll have word for DFS lineup lock. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:43 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 28; Blazers win series
    Damian Lillard scored 28 points in a series-clinching 106-103 win over the Clippers on Friday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Blazers were not supposed to be in the second round after losing four starters this past summer. Well, now they get a taller task against the Warriors. Lillard wears 0 for his hometown of Oakland and he'll be headed back home for Game 1 on Sunday. He was absolutely awesome in his four games against them this year, averaging 36.5 points, 2.0 boards, 6.5 assists, 2.3 steals, 0.8 blocks and 5.8 treys. After a somewhat down round against the Clippers, most DFS owners should have high hopes in the second round. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:42 pm
  • Flash Back: Dwyane Wade scores 23 in win
    Dwyane Wade torched the Hornets during a 97-90 win on Friday during Game 6 to tie the series 3-3, scoring 23 points with six rebounds, four assists, two steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't have any 3-pointers since December 2015, so his two 3-pointers in the final 200 seconds of this game were extraordinarily clutch. Wade also had a block on Kemba Walker with 14 seconds left and hit a vintage contested fadeaway two with 19 seconds left. He will look to get a Game 7 win at home on Sunday. He's playing more minutes and should be ready to roll for DFS. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:59 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside plays 28 minutes
    Hassan Whiteside (hand, thigh) played 28 minutes against the Hornets on Friday with 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

    Advice: He was slightly limping at times when play was stopped, but he looked fine during the game action. Whiteside has cooled off in his last three, averaging 10.3 points, 8.7 boards, 3.3 blocks and 2.0 turnovers in 28.5 minutes. It could be due to the injury because his minutes haven't really jumped up in the postseason. He'll likely be the top option at center for DFS on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:32 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores eight; Raptors lose
    DeMar DeRozan struggled yet again during a blowout 101-83 loss to the Pacers on Friday, making 3-of-13 from the field for eight points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: That 34-point game from Tuesday seems like a distant memory. The Raptors were smoked in the second half due to giving up an 18-0 run to put the game out of reach. DeRozan has flopped big time in five of the six games to put his team in a tight spot. He continues to waste possessions on contested mid-range jumpers with too many turnovers. He'll need a decent game on Sunday in Game 7. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:48 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 10 with 10 dimes
    Kyle Lowry made 4-of-14 from the field for 10 points with five rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one 3-pointer during a loss to the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: While he has been playing well on defense and as a passer, the efficiency issues are really hurting the Raptors. In his previous five games, Lowry only turned in a 44.5 true shooting percentage. He had better efficiency at home during the season, so maybe that'll help him out in Game 7 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:46 pm
  • Patrick Patterson struggles yet again
    Patrick Patterson scored five points with two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He almost had an identical role with slightly less output compared to Game 5. Patterson wasn't really on the floor when the Raptors were demolished in the second half, so it'll be interesting to see what coach Dwane Casey does. It's tough to trust him even as a punt for DFS. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:45 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores 14 points in loss
    Jonas Valanciunas played 26 minutes against the Pacers on Friday during a Game 6 loss, scoring 14 points with nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: The Raptors have to figure out how to get Valanciunas the ball more while keeping his fouls down. Valanciunas' production has fallen off as the series has gone on, but the Raptors may turn to him for more on Sunday. Of course, we've been saying that for basically a whole season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Nicolas Batum aggravates foot injury Friday
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is doubtful to return on Friday.

    Advice: This is the same left foot strain Batum suffered in Game 2 and kept him out of two games. Batum could be limited going forward here, which means more run for Jeremy Lin, Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams and Courtney Lee. He checked out with six points, one rebound, one assist and one turnover in 15 minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:10 pm
  • Patrick Patterson is getting the start again
    Patrick Patterson will start again on Friday against the Pacers.

    Advice: Patterson was playing well before Game 5, but he was arguably the worst player in the rotation on Tuesday. This likely means the Raptors will use their smaller second unit again, which was fantastic to help pull off the comeback. Expect to see a decent amount of Norman Powell tonight, but he's not a great DFS option. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:50 pm
  • Nicolas Batum likely to play more
    Nicolas Batum will play more on Friday in Game 6 against the Heat.

    Advice: It's not a surprise after playing 25 minutes in Game 5. Batum is still going to come off the bench and will likely take minutes from Frank Kaminsky, Courtney Lee, Marvin Williams and maybe Jeremy Lin. He will likely be in the 27-31 minute range for this game and is a risky DFS play. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:25 pm
  • Stephen Curry hopeful to return before May 9
    Stephen Curry (knee) said he is hoping to return before the two-week return date of May 9.

    Advice: He's not wasting any time to get back out there and is getting treatment three times per day. Curry is starting to do some work in the training room, but the big step will be to do some practice with contact. He'll likely miss at least a couple games in the second round, which will start on Sunday or Tuesday depending if the Clippers-Blazers series goes to seven games. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:08 pm
  • Stephen Curry not doing on-court work yet
    Stephen Curry (knee) has been doing well in the training room, according to coach Steve Kerr.

    Advice: He is not doing on-court work yet and preview reports suggest he's shooting to start that next week. Curry is likely going to miss the first two games of the second round and will likely be rooting for the Clippers tonight to push back Game 1 to Tuesday. It'll be Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala stepping up the most with more Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:56 am
  • Hassan Whiteside says his hand isn't an issue
    Hassan Whiteside said that his hand won't be an issue in Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: He is dealing with some swelling, but X-rays came back negative and the injury isn't believed to be serious. Whiteside is averaging 14.0 points, 12.2 boards and 3.0 blocks during the postseason and is safe to leave in all active lineups. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:59 am
  • Anthony says he still believes in Phil
    Carmelo Anthony said that he still has to believe in what Phil Jackson is doing.

    Advice: "At this point, I still have to believe in what Phil is doing. I can't say that I don't believe in him no more, this is over with. I still have to believe in him," Anthony said. "I'm here. I still want to be here. I still want to be successful here, so I don't have no other choice but to believe in [his plan]." Anthony still controls his future with the Knicks due to his no-trade clause, and he recently made it clear that he intends on retiring as a Knick. Regardless, what the Knicks accomplish this summer could obviously change Melo's stance. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:31 am
  • Livingston will be more aggressive sans Curry
    Shaun Livingston said that he'll be more aggressive on the offensive end for however long Stephen Curry (knee) is sidelined.

    Advice: "I have to be more aggressive just because of the production that's out," Livingston said. "I don't expect to make all of that up — this guy leads the league in scoring. But it's really important we all remain aggressive and confident." Livingston knocked down 7-of-8 shots during Wednesday's series clinching Game 5 win over Houston, on his way to 16 points, three boards, three assists and just one turnover. Curry likely won't be ready for the start of the second-round, so Livingston could make for a nice low-budget DFS play when the Dubs second-round series begins. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:47 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (hand) says he'll play Fri
    Hassan Whiteside said that his right hand is swollen, but he will fight through the pain and play in Friday's Game 6 against the Hornets.

    Advice: Whiteside hurt his hand during Game 5's loss, but it doesn't appear to be anything serious enough to force him to the sidelines. Check back for another update on his status closer to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:55 am
  • Stephen Curry to test knee on court next week
    Stephen Curry (knee) will begin testing his knee on the court next week, according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN.

    Advice: Spears reports that Curry is feeling better, according to sources, and is targeting next week to test his knee as he attempts to get back on the court. The Warriors are still awaiting a winner from the Clippers-Trail Blazers series, so he'll have some extra time to recover from his Grade 1 sprain. Shaun Livingston will continue to start as long as Curry is out, but we'll undoubtedly have updates before Golden State's next series starts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:30 am
  • Carmelo Anthony would like to retire a Knick
    Carmelo Anthony said he would like to retire with the Knicks.

    Advice: While Anthony has had trade rumors circling around him for at least a years, the 31-year-old said he'd like to finish his career with the Knicks. Melo also said he'd like to have input on the Knicks next head coach, but added that he hasn't talked to president Phil Jackson about that. Though there will be plenty of trade talk surrounding Melo this summer, he doesn't sound like he's ready to waive his no-trade clause any time soon. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:57 am
  • Chris Bosh wants to play in 15-16 postseason
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) would like to return for the 2015-16 postseason.

    Advice: While Bosh would like to return, the Heat continue to insist that he is out indefinitely. Bosh has been traveling with the Heat, but hasn't played since February 9 and would likely have a bit of rust to shake off. We'll keep an eye on the situation, but it doesn't look as though a return is imminent for Bosh. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:50 am
  • Klay Thompson propels GSW into second round
    Klay Thompson and the Warriors obliterated the Rockets in a series-clinching win on Wednesday, led by Klay's 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including a 7-of-11 mark from downtown.

    Advice: Golden State built a 30-point lead mid-way through the third quarter, fueled by a 3-point barrage from Thompson, and they won by a final score of 114-81. He's the first player in NBA history to make at least seven 3s in consecutive playoff games -- if nothing else, tonight's eruption confirms that the Warriors are a scary team even when one Splash Brother is in street clothes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:27 pm
  • Shaun Livingston shoots 7-of-8 in Game 5 win
    Shaun Livingston made 7-of-8 shots for 16 points during the Warriors' Game 5 victory, adding three boards, three assists and just one turnover in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Livingston is a savvy defender whose offense is underrated -- he's not a 3-point threat, but he's a great passer who consistently uses his 6'7" frame to shoot over smaller guards from the paint out to 20 feet. Steph Curry (sprained knee) has an uncertain return date, so Livingston could earn at least a few more starts at PG in the second round of the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:25 pm
  • Damian Lillard heats up in 2nd half of Game 5
    Damian Lillard got hot late vs. the Clippers on Wednesday, shooting 7-of-20 from the field with five 3-pointers for 22 points, five assists and three steals in a 108-98 road victory.

    Advice: Lillard's usage rate has dropped since the regular season, and he came in shooting a mere 36.5 percent in the Blazers' first-round series. Much of that can be attributed to Chris Paul's individual defense, however, and Lillard shook off a very quiet first half to erupt for 19 points in the third and fourth quarters. He's poised for a huge line vs. Austin Rivers and Pablo Prigioni in Friday's home game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • X-rays negative on Hassan Whiteside's hand
    Hassan Whiteside is dealing with a right hand injury but X-rays were negative.

    Advice: There aren't any details about the injury, which Whiteside may have suffered during Wednesday's Game 5 loss in Miami. It sounds like he avoided any structural damage but we'll add him to the injury report as a precaution -- for what it's worth, his recent thigh injury no longer seems to be an issue. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:44 pm
  • Dwyane Wade gets 25 points in tough home loss
    Dwyane Wade scored 25 points in a losing effort on Wednesday, making 11-of-19 shots, but he couldn't convert a potentially game-tying attempt down the stretch.

    Advice: The loss snapped a 13-game home win streak in the playoffs, and Wade was livid after failing to draw a foul call when he attacked the basket in the waning seconds of a two-point game. He picked up steam after a quiet first quarter tonight and should be firing on all cylinders when Miami seeks to extend their season on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside double-doubles in Game 5
    Hassan Whiteside finished Wednesday's Game 5 defeat with 11 points, 12 boards, three blocks and one turnover in 32 minutes, making 5-of-8 FGs and 1-of-2 FTs.

    Advice: Whiteside has struggled defensively against Al Jefferson's shifty post play, and a lingering thigh bruise may be limiting him, but he's still an impact player. Only Al Horford has contested more 2-point field goals per game in the playoffs, and Horford is averaging eight more minutes per game than Whiteside. He'll need to bring his 'A' game for Game 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Kerr praises Andre Iguodala's leadership
    Steve Kerr praised Andre Iguodala for not only accepting, but embracing his bench role with the Warriors during his Coach of the Year acceptance speech.

    Advice: "My first real act as coach last year when I first came here, was putting [Iguodala], who was an Olympian, and an All-Star -- putting him on the bench, and asking him to make that move," Kerr said. "There are a lot of NBA players who would not accept that. And Andre completely not only accepted it, but embraced it and became the leader of our younger group." Stephen Curry (knee) will not play in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Rockets, so expect Iguodala to take on a larger role on offense tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:13 am
  • Patrick Patterson held to seven points
    Patrick Patterson started in Game 5 on Tuesday, but scored just seven points (3-of-10 FGs) with two boards, one assist and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was averaging just 5.8 field goal attempts in the first four games of the series, so at least he was more involved on the offensive end tonight. While Patterson's stat line was disappointing, Luis Scola picked up a DNP-CD tonight and it looks like he will be the starting PF moving forward, although coach Dwane Casey wouldn't commit to it when asked after the game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:16 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 14 points in win
    Kyle Lowry scored 14 points in Tuesday's 102-99 win over the Pacers, adding five assists, four boards, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He still can't find his shot, finishing just 3-of-11 from the field after shooting 32.2 percent in his previous four games. Lowry said that his elbow is a non-issue, so he's basially just struggling to get out of a shooting slump. "We’re going to ride or die with DeMar [DeRozan] and Kyle [Lowry]," Dwane Casey said. "They haven’t shot the ball great, but it’s still basketball. We’re going to go with them, they’re our star players, they’re all-stars for a reason and we’re trying, as a coach and as a staff, to try to put them in the best position to be successful." DeRozan got on track in Game 5, so hopefully it's Lowry's turn in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:11 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan drops 34, Raptors win Game 5
    DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points on 10-of-22 shooting in Tuesday's Game 5 win over the Pacers, giving the Raptors a 3-2 series lead.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey said before the game that he wanted to get DeRozan going on the offensive end, so give him credit for making an adjustment. "I've got to do a better job of getting DeMar quick, cleaner looks, to get him open a little bit better," Casey said. "We've got to have [DeRozan] playing at a high level to have a chance to win this series. It's up to me and the staff to come up with something." DeRozan also hit 12-of-13 from the line, adding three boards, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers after failing to hit any treys in the first four games of the series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:05 pm
  • Patrick Patterson starting, Scola benched
    Patrick Patterson will move into the starting five for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Pacers, sending Luis Scola to the bench.

    Advice: The Raptors haven't been getting much of anything from Scola through the first four games of the series, so it looks like Dwane Casey would like to infuse some offense into the first unit with Patterson. Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas will join Patterson in the starting five for tonight's game, and Patterson could be someone to consider as a punt in DFS given the increased opportunity. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:45 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores just 12 points vs. LAC
    Damian Lillard scored 4-of-15 from the field for 12 points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Things are going to be a little easier on Lillard now that Chris Paul (hand) is out. CP3 has pretty much had his number in every game against him with the exception of Game 3. Lillard should bounce back on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:52 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 12 points in loss
    Dwyane Wade scored 12 points during a Game 4 89-85 loss to the Hornets on Monday, adding seven rebounds, 10 assists and two blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Heat offense was a well-oiled machine on Game 1 and 2, but they've really been held in check. They didn't have a single fast-break point in this game with only 30 points in the paint, as well. As for Wade, he's played 33 minutes in each of his last two, but he made just 11-of-31 from the field in those two losses. The Heat head back home for Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:10 pm
  • Casey suggests change in approach for DeRozan
    Dwane Casey hinted that DeMar DeRozan may have to change his approach vs. the Pacers in Toronto's opening round playoff series.

    Advice: "He may have to be a facilitator," Casey said. "He's our leading scorer, he's gotta take the shots that are there, but in other situations, where they're taking him out, he understand that [he has to] move the ball." Through four games in a 2-2 series, DeRozan is shooting just 21-of-71 (29.6 percent) from the field with 13 assists and 13 turnovers. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 9:17 am
  • Kyle Lowry says elbow injury is a non-issue
    Kyle Lowry said his elbow injury is a non-issue and unrelated to his current shooting slump.

    Advice: "Nope. I’m just missing shots. I get some good looks, but I’m just missing shots," Lowry said. Until if and when K-Low starts making shots, he'll continue to get questions about whether or not his elbow is hampering his play. Through his first four playoff games in 2-16, Lowry is shooting just 19-of-59 (25.4 percent) from the field. Rotoworld.com Apr 25, 7:08 am
  • Andre Iguodala scores 22 points in 24 minutes
    Andre Iguodala needed just 24 minutes to score 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting in Sunday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: He was super-efficient tonight and also added five boards, four assists, one steal and three 3-pointers to his name. Stephen Curry (sprained knee) could miss Game 5 on Wednesday and possibly even more time depending on the results of his MRI on Monday, so Iguodala is worth a long look in all formats if Curry is held out. The 22 points were a season high for Iggy and this was his 14th career 20-point game in the postseason. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 4:06 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 23, Warriors lead 3-1
    Klay Thompson buried seven 3-pointers on his way to 23 points in Sunday's 121-94 win over the Rockets, giving the Warriors a 3-1 series lead.

    Advice: The bad news for the Warriors is that Stephen Curry could miss some time due to a sprained knee, but that will open the door for Thompson to have a larger role in the offense. Thompson was 8-of-15 from the field and added five assists, two boards and two steals, and he will look to help the Warriors advance to the second round with a win in Game 5 on Wednesday at Oracle Arena. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 4:00 pm
  • Shaun Livingston scores nine points in win
    Shaun Livingston scored nine points on 4-of-8 shooting with nine assists, five rebounds and one turnover in 23 minutes in Sunday's 121-94 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: He started the game on the bench with Stephen Curry back in the lineup, but the MVP left the game at halftime due to a knee injury and Livingston was back in the first unit for the second half. It sounds like Curry could miss some time due to his sprained knee and he will have an MRI on Monday, so Livingston could have some more starts coming his way. When Livingston started Game 2 and Game 3, he averaged 16.0 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 boards and 2.5 steals, so he will be a solid option in DFS. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 3:55 pm
  • Chris Bosh (blood clots) has no plans to retire
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) remains out indefinitely, but he has no plans to retire according to the Miami Herald.

    Advice: Bosh hasn't spoken with the media since Feb. 13 and the Heat continue to be super secretive regarding his status. He's still using blood thinners according to this report, and most of the doctors that he's visited suggested that he keep using them for several months. Bosh is fully expected to play in the 2016-17 season and just recently started traveling with the Heat for away games as well, but it doesn't sound like he will be able to return to the court during the Heat's current playoff run. Rotoworld.com Apr 24, 6:33 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 32 points in win vs. LA
    Damian Lillard matched his playoff career-high 32 points during a 96-88 win over the Clippers in Game 3 on Saturday, adding five rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Finally. Lillard was not at his best in the first two games in these playoffs, averaging just 19.0 points, 5.5 dimes, 0.5 steals and 1.5 treys. Chris Paul had Lillard's number for most of the season, making just 32.4 percent from the field during the regular season against the Clippers. Still, Lillard should be ready to roll in Game 4 as the Blazers try to tie this thing up. Rotoworld.com Apr 23, 10:42 pm
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