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  • Jonas Valanciunas saves Raptors with 15 & 12
    Jonas Valanciunas was the hero during a 96-92 overtime Game 2 win over the Heat on Thursday, scoring 15 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He was 7-of-9 from the field and pulled down six offensive rebounds. Valanciunas only has a 21.1 usage rate with a very good 59.3 true shooting percentage in the postseason, so the Raptors should be finding ways to get him more shots. He is feasting in the paint with 68.7 percent of his shots coming from within three feet. Coach Dwane Casey praised him after the game, so maybe the Raptors make him more of an offensive focal point. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Kyle Lowry struggles again in win vs. Heat
    Kyle Lowry struggled yet again on Thursday against the Heat, making 7-of-22 from the field for 18 points with four rebounds, six assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 47 minutes.

    Advice: He also had too many mistakes even in the non-shooting side of things. After Game 1, Lowry stayed on the court until 1:00 in the morning and it didn't really help him here. His poor shooting night dropped his true shooting percentage of 39.9 in the postseason despite making 14-of-28 on mid-range shots. If the Raptors want to win this series, Lowry has to snap out of this funk. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:31 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 20 points
    DeMar DeRozan made 9-of-24 from the field for 20 points with eight rebounds, one assist and three steals against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: He had a brace on his thumb for this game, but that's probably not why he struggled so much. DeRozan was just 2-of-8 from the line to drop his postseason efficiency to a horrific 40.3 true shooting percentage. Plus, he only has a 6.5 rebounding rate. He'll head to Miami for Game 3 and 4, which could be a bad sign based on how awful he was on the road in the first series. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 21 points in win
    DeMarre Carroll scored 21 points with five rebounds, one assist, four steals and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: The scoring output ties his best for the season. While Carroll's offense was great, his defense wasn't quite up to his high standards. He's now played at least 37 minutes in three straight games and seems locked in as the main option at power forward now in this series. He's still a nice value play in DFS. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:21 pm
  • Dwyane Wade rolls ankle, scores 17 points
    Dwyane Wade scored 17 points in a 96-92 overtime Game 2 loss to the Raptors on Thursday, adding six rebounds, three assists, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He hurt his leg after an awkward landing and with Jonas Valanciunas falling on him. Wade's been dealing with a left knee issue and it seems like this injury was unrelated. The bigger problem for the Heat was their 21 turnovers in this loss in a game they probably should've won. They'll head to Miami for Game 3 with this series all tied up 1-1. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:16 pm
  • Goran Dragic gets eight stitches on lip
    Goran Dragic scored 20 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: He received three stitches on the inside of his lip and five on the outside. Dragic's bottom teeth went through his lip and to make matters worse he was charged with a blocking foul on the play. Dragic hit a clutch 3-pointer at the end of regulation and is dominating Kyle Lowry on both ends. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:13 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside might not be 100 percent
    Hassan Whiteside played 39 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday with 13 points, 13 rebounds, one assist, three steals, three blocks, four turnovers and four fouls.

    Advice: He looked to have hurt his left elbow in the game, but he didn't need to miss time. Although, Whiteside did not look very healthy in this game with Jonas Valanciunas beating him to rebounds and with a number of easy buckets. Whiteside's knee is likely a bigger concern and he's now playing huge minutes with 39 in Game 1 and 2. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:10 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan has a brace on thumb
    DeMar DeRozan was warming up with a small brace on his right thumb.

    Advice: He twisted his thumb late in Game 1, so it'll be interesting to see if this affects his shooting. DeRozan has been a disaster with efficiency with only a 40.9 true shooting percentage. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:11 pm
  • Damian Lillard feels fine after battling cold
    Damian Lillard said that he feels 100 percent healthy after battling a chest cold for the past week.

    Advice: Lillard needs to have a strong Game 3 for Portland to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole vs. the Warriors, and improved efficiency would be a start -- the Blazers' two-time All-Star is shooting a mere 36.6 percent in the postseason. He'll have a few more days to prepare before Saturday's crucial home game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:50 pm
  • Steph Curry (knee) doubtful for Game 3
    Stephen Curry (sprained right knee) didn't practice on Thursday and Steve Kerr doesn't expect him to play in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: Curry did some on-court work after practice but his status for Saturday's Game 3 remains doubtful. Warriors GM Bob Myers said earlier in the week that Curry needs to play "a little bit of 3-on-3 or 5-on-5" before returning to action, which he's yet to do. We'll have a better feel for his status after Friday's practice. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside plans to play in Game 2
    Hassan Whiteside (knee) said he will play in Game 2 against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: Whiteside was a limited participant in shootaround on Thursday, but plans to be on the court for Game 2 against the Raptors. "I wouldn't miss it for the world," Whiteside said after shootaround. We'll keep an eye on his official status, but he looks to be a safe DFS option for Thursday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:15 am
  • Dwyane Wade will play in Game 2 on Thursday
    Dwyane Wade (knee) will play against the Raptors in Game 2 on Thursday.

    Advice: Wade was a full participant in shootaround on Thursday and said he felt fine afterwards. Wade scored 24 points in Game 1 and should be a solid DFS play in Game 2 on Thursday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:44 am
  • Pacers decline Solomon Hill's 2016-17 option
    The Pacers have decided to decline Solomon Hill's option for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: The 25-year-old will now become an unrestricted free agent and should have his fair share of suitors. "Like I told Solomon, the best thing ever happened to him was us putting a boot in his butt," team president Larry Bird said. While Hill only averaged 4.2 points in 14.7 minutes per game last season, he was able to finish the season strong and averaged 12.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.9 three-pointers in 29.1 minutes per game in April. He's not a must-draft player in standards leagues, but Hill will be a worth a late-round flier if he lands in the right situation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:31 am
  • John Wall undergoes procedure on both knees
    John Wall (knee) has undergone a successful procedure on both of his knees, according to the Washington Wizards.

    Advice: Wall's procedure was to excise calcific deposits in his left patella tendon in order to eliminate pain and he will begin the rehabilitation process immediately. "I am determined to lead this team back to the playoffs and getting healthy is the best way for me to accomplish that," said Wall. "I can promise the fans, my teammates and the organization that I will be focused on that goal throughout the summer and it will drive me to do everything I can to be ready for next season." Wall also underwent an arthroscopic lavage on his right knee in order to remove loose bodies, according to the team, and is expected to be available for the start of the 2016-17 season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:22 am
  • Hassan Whiteside probable for Game 2 Thursday
    Hassan Whiteside (knee) is probable for Game 2 against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: Whiteside had been expected to play, so this news comes as no surprise after he'd been able to play 39 minutes in Game 1. Whiteside struggled against Jonas Valanciunas in Game 1, but was still able to put up nine points, 17 rebounds, two steals, and one block and is a solid DFS play as long as he's able to play. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:33 am
  • Dwyane Wade probable for Thursday vs Raptors
    Dwyane Wade (knee) is probable for Thurdsay's Game 2 against the Raptors.

    Advice: This news comes as no surprise as Wade said his left knee was fine after Game 1. His bone bruise may slow him down a tad, but there's no reason to think Wade won't be a productive DFS target as long as he's on the court. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:29 am
  • Andrea Bargnani sheds light on Nets departure
    Andrea Bargnani said he left the Nets because his tenure there did not live up to what was promised to him.

    Advice: Bargnani played just 46 games with the Nets and averaged just 6.6 points and 13.8 minutes per game. "I chose to leave the Nets and a guaranteed contract because the conditions under which they had convinced me to sign were not there and being used with limited playing time made ​​no sense for me or for the team," Bargnani wrote. Il Mago has alluded to playing overseas next season, but he's off the fantasy radar even if he winds up back in the NBA. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:23 am
  • DeMarre Carroll thinks Kyle Lowry will be OK
    DeMarre Carroll thinks Kyle Lowry will be able to turn things around soon.

    Advice: Lowry is shooting just 31 percent from the field in the playoffs, but Carroll isn't too worried about his teammate. "You can [offer encouragement], but you know, sometimes you just have to look yourself in the mirror. You have to man up," Carroll said. "You have to be like, ‘I’m the Kyle Lowry that played the 82 games, All-star.’ You can say a lot to encourage him, but I feel like Kyle as the individual and a competitor, who he is, he has to look in the mirror and say ‘I’m Kyle Lowry.’" Lowry will get a chance to turn things around in Game 2 on Thursday and is too good of a player to continue his cold streak for much longer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:35 am
  • Paul Millsap not happy with Cavaliers threes
    Paul Millsap wasn't happy with the way the Cavaliers went about breaking the postseason three-point record.

    Advice: The Cavaliers went a bit out of their way to break the postseason three-point record despite a big lead and Millsap and the Hawks weren't happy about it. "It's a certain way of being a professional," Millsap said. "I'm not mad about it, but just being professionals man. If that's how you want to approach it, that's how you approach it." The Hawks will have a chance for revenge in Game 3 on Friday and will need a big game out of Millsap to avoid going down 3-0 to the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:19 am
  • Paul Millsap, Al Horford held in check vs CLE
    Paul Millsap double-doubled with 16 points and 11 rebounds on Wednesday, while Al Horford added 10 points and three boards in a crushing Game 2 loss in Cleveland.

    Advice: The Hawks' frontcourt duo has the distinction of ranking Nos. 1 and 2 in contested shots per game during the postseason, ahead of defensive stalwarts like Hassan Whiteside and Draymond Green. The problem tonight was perimeter defense and lackluster offense, however, and the Hawks have a ton of questions to answer as they alter their gameplan for a crucial Game 3 in Atlanta on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:44 pm
  • Kyle Korver quiet again, Hawks face 2-0 hole
    Kyle Korver, who attempted only one shot in Game 1 vs. the Cavs, finished Wednesday's drubbing with seven points on 3-of-7 shooting in 20 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks trailed by 36 points at halftime, the second-largest deficit in NBA playoff history, resulting in copious garbage time down the stretch. Korver added just one rebound and one assist without any steals or blocks, all while getting torched defensively by red-hot J.R. Smith. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:43 pm
  • LeBron James posts casual 27/5/4 in easy win
    LeBron James racked up 27 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals in just 28 minutes on Wednesday, hitting 9-of-15 shots including a 4-of-6 mark from downtown.

    Advice: Tonight's game was all about 3-point shooting, but LeBron came in averaging a league-high 1.33 points per possession on post-ups during the playoffs (among qualifying players). It's an interesting wrinkle since the Hawks' defense has allowed the third-fewest points off post-ups (0.64 points per possession), behind only the Raptors and Clippers. As tonight's line reiterates, LBJ is simply too versatile to be held in check offensively during the course of a seven-game series. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:41 pm
  • Channing Frye scores 12 points w/ five boards
    Channing Frye came off Cleveland's bench on Wednesday for 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, five boards, two assists and one steal in 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: Cleveland hit 18 threes in the first half thanks to solid ball-movement, lax defense and unconscious shooting, and Frye merely picked up where the starters left off. Richard Jefferson added eight points with three 3-pointers, Iman Shumpert scored seven points on 3-of-3 shooting, and even Dahntay Jones got into the mix with three points -- his only make was the 3-pointer that broke the previous NBA record for most threes made in a game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:40 pm
  • Kevin Love grabs game-high 13 rebounds
    Kevin Love shot just 3-of-12 from the field during Game 2, but all of his makes came from downtown as he finished with 11 points, a game-high 13 rebounds, two assists, and one turnover in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Love's usage rate in the postseason has increased slightly (25.0 percent vs. 23.7 percent), but he's also been a sieve defensively in the paint. Opponents are shooting 67.4 percent at the rim against Love during the playoffs, the fourth-highest mark among players who've defended at least 20 such shots. Those caveats weren't even on the radar tonight, however, as Cleveland held Atlanta to 42.3 percent shooting during a 25-point blowout. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:39 pm
  • Cavs set new NBA record w/ 25 made 3-pointers
    The Cavaliers set an all-time NBA record with 25 made 3-pointers during Wednesday's lopsided Game 2 victory, aided by J.R. Smith's 23 points and 7-of-13 shooting from downtown.

    Advice: The Cavs opened tonight's game with a 3-point avalanche, hitting a postseason-record 18 triples in the first half alone, with six of them coming from Smith. He wound up 8-of-14 from the field with two rebounds and two steals in just 28 minutes of action, and could have had an even bigger line if the game weren't wrapped up by halftime. Smith tweaked his groin during Game 4 vs. the Pistons but his status for the second round was never in doubt, and tonight's eruption confirms that he's feeling fine. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:37 pm
  • J.B. Bickerstaff bows out of Rockets' search
    Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff has reportedly informed team officials that he's not a candidate for Houston's head coach position.

    Advice: Team owner Les Alexander and GM Daryl Morey recently met with Bickerstaff, in addition to current assistant coach Chris Finch and Clippers assistant Sam Cassell. Jeff Van Gundy is reportedly still high on their list, which could extend to more than a dozen candidates. Other potential coaches include Jeff Hornacek and Hornets assistant Stephen Silas. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:48 pm
  • Mario Chalmers walking without crutches
    Mario Chalmers (Achilles) is walking without crutches.

    Advice: It's progress since his Mar. 15 surgery. Chalmers was walking very slowly in the video posted below and chances are he won't be ready for the start of the season. The timing is also terrible for Chalmers as he heads into free agency. He'll be signed, but the injury might cost him some money given how tough it is to come back from a torn Achilles. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:50 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside getting treatment
    Hassan Whiteside (knee) received treatment on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is fully expected to play without limitations for Game 2. Whiteside logged a whopping 39 minutes in Game 1, but he was dominated by Jonas Valanciunas in the low post. Still, Whiteside should be ready to roll for a big line in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:06 pm
  • Dwyane Wade gets treatment on Wednesday
    Dwyane Wade (knee) received treatment on Wednesday.

    Advice: There is no concern of him missing Game 2. Wade was terrific down the stretch to help the Heat get a Game 1 win with 24 points. For now, he is unlikely to be limited and should be a prime DFS target for the foreseeable future. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:04 pm
  • No decision yet on team option for Johnson
    Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that he's not yet made an official decision on whether or not to pick up Amir Johnson's option for next season worth $12 million.

    Advice: Johnson played very well during his first year with the Celtics, but what Boston does during the draft and free agency will likely determine whether or not they decide to commit another $12 million to Johnson next season. Johnson was little more than a late-round guy in 9-cat leagues this year, and his value will be dependent upon his landing spot and the construct of the Celtics' roster. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:39 am
  • Wade praises Goran Dragic for aggressive play
    Dwyane Wade praised Goran Dragic's aggressive play following Tuesday's Game 1 overtime win over the Raptors.

    Advice: "He’s just being very aggressive, and to be successful in these playoffs, we need that," said Wade of Dragic. "I’m not saying he has to score 25-plus every night, but we need Goran on the attack. It makes everyone’s job easier and it makes us a better team." Dragic has been phenomenal over his past two outings, owning averages of 25.5 points, 6.0 boards, 3.0 assists, 2.5 triples and 2.5 turnovers on 56.8 percent shooting. If he can keep playing like this, he'll give Miami an excellent chance of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:25 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 Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, 6:59 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 Wednesday, 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 Tuesday, 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 Tuesday, 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 Tuesday, 10:44 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 Tuesday, 9:19 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 Tuesday, 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 Tuesday, 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 Tuesday, 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 Tuesday, 8:34 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 26 in overtime win
    Goran Dragic led the Heat to a 102-96 overtime win in Game 1 vs. the Raptors on Tuesday, scoring 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting.

    Advice: He was coming in hot with 25 points in Game 7 vs. the Pacers on Sunday, so the Raptors are going to have their hands full if Dragic stays this hot. He added six boards, two assists and three 3-pointers with three turnovers in 41 minutes. Game 2 will be in Toronto on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:10 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 Tuesday, 5:29 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 Tuesday, 3:24 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 Tuesday, 2:27 pm
  • Cavs want to take Korver out of the game
    Tyronn Lue said that he'll make shutting down Kyle Korver a priority for the Cavs during their second-round series with the Hawks.

    Advice: "When we take [Korver] out of the game, they have a tough time scoring," Lue said. "We know in the last series [against the Celtics], they were a plus-78 when he was on the floor and a minus-24 when he was off the floor. He’s a big part of what they do and we have to lock into him and try to take him out of the series." The Cavs made Korver a non-factor during Game 1, holding him to just one shot attempt, so the Hawks will need to do a better job of trying to get him involved during Wednesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:39 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 Tuesday, 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 Tuesday, 11:20 am
  • Kevin Love feeling fine after Game 1 win
    Kevin Love said his left shoulder is fine after Monday's Game 1 win against the Hawks.

    Advice: Love hurt his "bad" shoulder after Kent Bazemore jumped into him on Monday, but said he felt fine after the game. "Can't catch a break on that shoulder," Love said. "I'm fine. It was just one of those plays." Love scored 17 points to go with 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, and three 3-pointers on Monday and shouldn't have any shoulder concerns for Game 2 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:03 am
  • LeBron James scores 25 points in Game 1 win
    LeBron James scored 25 points during a 104-93 Game 1 win over the Hawks on Monday, adding seven rebounds, nine assists, five steals, one block, four turnovers and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Cavs lost an 18-point lead, but they finished strong to earn the home win. James picked up his 120th playoff victory in this win, which passed Michael Jordan's 119. He was hit in the face in the fourth quarter and remained down for about 15 seconds, but he didn't miss time after that. The Cavs will look to go 6-0 in the postseason on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:33 pm
  • Kevin Love gets another double-double
    Kevin Love scored 17 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

    Advice: He briefly hurt his right shoulder after Kent Bazemore jumped into him -- Love's "bad" shoulder is his left one. Love also turned his ankle in the last minute, but he looked to be fine after the game. Love has double-doubles in all five games in the playoffs and his defense hasn't been as bad as expected either. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:16 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 17 in full line
    Paul Millsap made 6-of-19 from the field for 17 points with 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals, four blocks and two turnovers in 40 minutes against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: He saw some minutes at the five, but he was on LeBron James for most of this game. Millsap's rim protection was outstanding yet again, but he's struggled on offense in the postseason. He only has a 50.0 true shooting percentage in the seven games, which is down from 55.6 during the regular season. He's still going to be a huge part of the offense. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:07 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores just three points
    Kyle Korver missed his only shot from the field and made all three free throws against the Cavs on Monday, adding five rebounds and no turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It's the first time he's had 0-1 attempts from the field in any game since November 2015 and just his fifth such of his playoff career. Korver busted out against the Celtics on the last round, so there's a chance he rebounds in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:04 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
  • Griffin: Channing Frye is helping locker room
    Cavs GM David Griffin praised Channing Frye for being a "huge, huge plus" in the locker room.

    Advice: "We needed someone who was truly joyful to be part of the process to remind everybody how blessed we are to be together," Griffin said. It's a little odd that a Cavs team filled with talent needed a reminder to enjoy the chance to achieve greatness, but it speaks volumes that Frye, Dahntay Jones and James Jones have such an impact on team chemistry for a roster that includes LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:19 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
  • DeMarre Carroll shoots 1-of-6 in Raptors win
    DeMarre Carroll scored three points on 1-of-6 shooting on Sunday, adding four boards, two steals and two blocks in 37 minutes of action.

    Advice: Carroll came in averaging just 8.1 points on 42.6 percent shooting in the series, as he's yet to regain his typical form after missing three months due to arthroscopic knee surgery. His defense and physicality will be paramount if Toronto hopes to beat the Heat and advance to the Conference finals, but he'll also need to find his touch from the perimeter. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:01 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Goran Dragic scores 25, Heat wins Game 7
    Goran Dragic scored 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting to lead the Heat to a 106-73 win over the Hornets in Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: The Dragon had a quiet series prior to Sunday with modest averages of 12.3 points, 4.3 boards, 4.3 assists, and 0.8 steals, but he picked the perfect moment to erupt. Dragic was arguably the best player on the court today, adding six rebounds, four assists and one block in 32 minutes. The Heat will now move on to face the winner of Sunday's Game 7 between the Raptors and Pacers. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:23 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Scott Brooks praises John Wall
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks said that John Wall has the ability to become one of the best players in the league.

    Advice: "He has the ability to be one of the best players in the game," Brooks said. "He can fill up the stat sheet. He can score at a high level, and he’s improved his 3-point shooting. I like his ability to make plays for others. Always been a high-assist guy. His rebounding is good, solid for that position." Brooks did say that he wants Wall to get to the free throw line more, saying that he and Bradley Beal should combine for 12 attempts per game. Still only 25 years old, Brooks could help Wall realize his full potential. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:00 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Paul Millsap scores 17 points vs. Boston
    Paul Millsap scored 17 points in a series-clinching win over the Celtics on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and four blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It wasn't the best series for Millsap, but he put a stamp on this series with his defense. It'll be very interesting to see what happens in the series against the Cavs because coach Mike Budenholzer will likely put him on LeBron James quite a bit. The stats will obviously be there. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:12 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores 16 points with nine boards
    Kyle Korver made all four shots from the field and all four from the line for 14 points with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Not bad. He drove his fantasy owners crazy during the regular season, but Korver is kind of rolling now when it counts for the Hawks. In his six games during this series, Korver averaged 12.2 points, 5.8 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.0 treys on a pristine 67.3 true shooting percentage. He'll be very important in the second round and will likely have a mini 3-point contest in a head-to-head matchup with J.R. Smith at shooting guard. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:05 pm
  • Amir Johnson plays just 18 minutes
    Amir Johnson played 18 minutes with three points, four rebounds and two turnovers against the Hawks on Thursday.

    Advice: He did have a hand injury during this game, but it didn't cost him time. Johnson didn't have a great regular season with multiple cold runs due to a lack of offense despite being solid on D all year. The problem is coach Brad Stevens takes him out when the Celtics are trailing. Johnson will enter the last year of his deal in the 2016-17 season, but expect him to move down the depth chart with the Celtics likely to add some pieces. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:47 pm
  • 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
  • J.R. Smith able to practice on Thursday
    J.R. Smith (groin) was able to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Smith is dealing with a tweaked groin from Friday's Game 4 win over the Pistons, but has plenty of time as Cleveland is still awaiting a winner from the Hawks-Celtics series. It would be a big surprise if Smith isn't ready to go for the start of the second round. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:39 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
  • 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
  • James Harden has 35/6/6 in season-ending loss
    James Harden scored 35 points (12-of-13 FGs, 8-of-9 FTs) with six boards, six assists and seven turnovers on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to keep the Rockets from elimination.

    Advice: Trevor Ariza's offense dried up vs. Golden State, the Rockets couldn't get Dwight Howard consistent touches around the basket, and the offensive burden proved to be too much for Harden to shoulder alone. He opened tonight's game 6-of-8 from the field, with his teammates a combined 0-of-15, resulting in a huge early deficit that Houston simply couldn't overcome. It will be an offseason of soul-searching for the Rockets. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:24 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
  • 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
  • Brooks: John Wall could still improve
    Coach Scott Brooks said John Wall could hit another level or even two or three more.

    Advice: Wall sort of plateaued last season with more turnovers, only an 0.2 assists per game increase and a dip in true shooting percentage despite more 3-pointers. Brooks is known for his somewhat simplistic offense, but he's done a decent job of developing some players. Wall will likely be worth a look in the second round of a standard-league draft and a late first in eight-category leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:44 am
  • J.R. Smith sits out Wednesday's practice
    J.R. Smith (groin) was withheld from Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Smith tweaked his groin during Game 4's win over the Pistons, but his absence from Wednesday's practice feels more precautionary than anything else, as head coach Tyronn Lue said he'll be fine. Cleveland is currently awaiting the results of the Atlanta-Boston first-round series to determine whom they will play in the second-round, but with that series not set to conclude until Thursday at the earliest, Smith has plenty of time to rest up. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:37 am
  • 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
  • Kyle Korver scores 13, adds five steals
    Kyle Korver scored 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting on Tuesday vs. the Celtics, adding two boards, one assist, five steals and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He averaged 0.8 steals during the regular season, so to see him record five tonight seems like a fluke. However, Korver has now scored in double digits in four straight games after being held to two points in Game 1, so he's heating up at the perfect time for the Hawks. He's also hit 16 3-pointers over his last four games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 10 points in blowout win
    Paul Millsap scored 10 points in Tuesday's blowout win over the Celtics, adding eight rebounds, six assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He obviously would've played a lot more, but the game was over after the Hawks scored 42 points in the third quarter. This was Millsap's second excellent game in a row after scoring 45 points with 13 rebounds, four blocks, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in Game 4, so his slow start to the series is no longer a concern. The Hawks could clinch the series with a win in Game 6 on Thursday in Boston. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:10 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
  • 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
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