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  • 76ers more likely to trade Okafor than Noel
    According to Chad Ford of ESPN, the 76ers are more likely to trade Jahlil Okafor than Nerlens Noel this summer.

    Advice: The 76ers have a serious logjam in their frontcourt and it will likely get even more crowded this summer when they draft either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram. "I think that there's a very high likelihood, that whether it's to move up in the draft or use them to grab a free agent in a sign and trade or just to a trade, that you will not see the Nerlens Noel-Jahlil Okafor pairing at the start of next season," Ford said. "I think that they'll gauge the interest of both players." A trade would likely benefit both Noel and Okafor, so this will be one of the most interesting storylines of the summer. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:18 am
  • Stephen Curry scores 31; Warriors win Game 5
    Stephen Curry looked healthy during a Game 5 120-11 victory over the Thunder on Thursday, making 9-of-20 from the field for 31 points with seven rebounds, six assists, five steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: With all the rumors swirling around Curry saying he's only at 70 percent, he looked much better. After the game, coach Steve Kerr said Curry "looked like 91 percent" in what was his best scoring output in this series. A big difference for Curry was his on-ball plays as he was able to get to the rim more often with his eight shots within three feet. He'll have Friday off, so maybe he'll be at 95 percent for Game 6 in OKC as the Warriors look to tie the series at three. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Draymond Green bounces back in 39 minutes
    Draymond Green got it going during a Game 5 win over the Thunder on Thursday, scoring 11 points with 13 rebounds, four assists, one steal, four blocks and two turnovers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He turned it around after four sub-par games during this series, especially in the last two. The bad news is that Green picked up his fifth technical foul, so two more and he will be suspended for one game. This is on top of Green possibly being suspended for another flagrant foul. After the lineups with Green at the five were smoked in the last two, he played only one of the first 46 minutes at center tonight -- the Warriors went small to prevent threes late. The move to the four should help in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Mo Buckets: Speights scores 14 in nine mins.
    Marreese Speights filled it up in just nine minutes with 14 points, two rebounds and one 3-pointer on Thursday.

    Advice: In true Mo Buckets fashion, he had a 48.1 usage rate and a 76.1 true shooting percentage. Speights' output off the bench was very helpful while the starters were resting. He won't play a bunch, but he sure can fill it up in minimal playing time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores six in 25 minutes
    Harrison Barnes played just 25 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with six points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He likely would've played less if the Warriors didn't have a decent lead late. Coach Steve Kerr gave some of Barnes' first-half minutes to Andrew Bogut, which should continue going forward. Barnes' best postseason for scoring has been his rookie season back in 2013 and it's not close, so the downward trend is discouraging. The 23-year-old wing hasn't helped his earning potential this summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Andrew Bogut scores 15 points with 14 boards
    Andrew Bogut was a huge part of Thursday's Game 5 win over the Thunder, scoring a postseason career-high 15 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: His increased minutes tonight may have been the difference. Bogut played just 23 minutes combined in the last two games, but the Warriors went much bigger in this game. Bogut's presence around the rim on defense was a big part of limiting easy buckets for OKC while his passing and four offensive boards went a long way for the Dubs' offense. The Aussie is probably going to be a bit sore after this one, but expect him to get some extended run again on Saturday. Coach Steve Kerr gets a lot of credit for this rotation change. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:55 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 40 points in Game 5 loss
    Kevin Durant's 40 points were not enough during a 120-111 Game 5 loss to the Warriors on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: It's the most points he's scored in this series and his second most of this postseason (41 vs. Spurs). While Durant was 12-of-31 from the field, he went 13-of-13 from the line gave him a respectable 54.4 true shooting percentage. The Thunder didn't go small nearly as much, so not exerting more energy on the defensive low block may have helped Durant's offensive usage. Based on the adjustment from the Warriors, we should be looking at a lot of scoring chances from Durant in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:54 pm
  • Russell Westbrook scores 31 in 41 minutes
    Russell Westbrook scored 31 points during a loss to the Warriors on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, eight assists, five steals, seven turnovers and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: It was a very Westbrook game with lots of highs and lows. He had a couple bad stretches with careless turnovers while he hit a number of impressive off-the-dribble jumpers. The Thunder will live and die by Westbrook with the All-NBA First Team guard playing some of his best ball of his career. In this series, he's averaging 28.0 points, 6.6 boards, 11.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 2.2 treys. His numbers are better at home, so we have high expectations for his stat output in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:52 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 13 points in loss
    Serge Ibaka scored 13 points with eight rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: The Ibaka at the five lineups were not nearly as successful tonight as they were in Game 3 and 4. Ibaka still was outstanding on both ends with a couple clutch treys in the fourth to keep the Thunder in the game. Thanks to his ability to defend the perimeter, he's all set for big minutes in Game 6 regardless of how coach Billy Donovan tweaks his rotation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:42 pm
  • Dion Waiters goes scoreless in loss
    Dion Waiters did not score on Thursday with four rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Up until tonight, the Thunder were effective when he was on the court during this series, including a plus-56 in plus-minus during his 66 minutes in the last two games. Tonight was a different story with Waiters posting a team-low minus-18. Coach Billy Donovan used Waiters as a ball-handler once again during this game, but he couldn't get free too often for scoring. He will be as risky as ever for Game 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:39 pm
  • Andre Roberson scores six points vs. GSW
    Andre Roberson fouled out in 33 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with six points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's coming off the best career of his game because the Warriors left him alone in most offensive sets on Tuesday. However, it was a little different this time with his teammates missing him on some open looks. Roberson's minutes should be safe, but the Thunder may not go small as much now that the Warriors made an adjustment to go bigger. Still, Roberson's DFS owners have to be satisfied with this and can dial him up again in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • James Michael McAdoo is active
    James Michael McAdoo is active for Game 5 on Thursday.

    Advice: It's usually Brandon Rush on the inactive list, so this could be a hint the Warriors go bigger. They have been smoked on small-ball lineups in the last two, so maybe we see more Festus Ezeli and Andrew Bogut. He is just insurance. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:49 pm
  • Warriors sticking with same starting lineup
    Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut will start against the Thunder in Game 5.

    Advice: The Warriors have to make some adjustments tonight, but it won't be out of the gate. Harrison Barnes made several mistakes in the last two while Bogut has been in a tough spot with all this pace. We should still see plenty of Andre Iguodala and possibly more Festus Ezeli. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:24 pm
  • Report: Markieff Morris detained in Philly
    Markieff Morris was reportedly detained at the Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday.

    Advice: Airport security found a "suspicious item" in Morris' checked in luggage, and a secondary inspection of his bag revealed "suspected marijuana." Morris was then taken to the Tinicum Township Police precinct for questioning, and he was later released. A spokesman of the police department said that the investigation is "on-going." Morris is innocent until proven guilty. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:38 pm
  • Dwyane Wade wants to end his career w/ Miami
    Dwyane Wade again re-stated his desire to finish his career with the Miami Heat.

    Advice: "I don’t want to be on the market at all," Wade said of his impending free agency. "I’m not curious at all. I want to get to it [with the Heat]. I want to be able to sign my deal and move on and not have to deal with any rumors, any free agency, any this, any that. This is where I want to end my career. So we’ll figure it out." Pat Riley echoed Wade's sentiment saying, "We know where he belongs… He’s a lifer." Expect Wade's free agency to be handled quickly sans surprises. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • Report: WAS determined to keep core together
    The Wizards are reportedly determined to keep their core of John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat intact.

    Advice: Beal will be seeking a max deal as a restricted free agent this offseason, and given that Beal is one of the higher upside guys in the upcoming free agency class, he'll likely find a team out there willing to pay him big money. The Wizards will have the right to match any offer that Beal receives on the open market, and early indications are that they will do whatever they can to retain him, despite his constant struggles with staying healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:55 pm
  • Kyle Lowry named to All-NBA Third Team
    Kyle Lowry was named to the All-NBA Third Team on Thursday.

    Advice: Paul George, LaMarcus Aldridge, Andre Drummond and Klay Thompson also received Third Team honors, and Lowry becomes just the third Raptors in franchise history to make an All-NBA squad. Vince Carter and Chris Bosh were the other Raptors to have accomplished the feat. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:33 pm
  • Damian Lillard named to All-NBA Second Team
    Damian Lillard was named to the All-NBA Second Team on Thursday.

    Advice: Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins and Chris Paul were also named to the All-NBA Second Team. Lillard may have missed out on an All-Star appearance this season, but being named to an All-NBA team gave him a $20 million bonus via the Rose Rule, thus softening the blow of the All-Star snub. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:21 pm
  • LeBron James named to All-NBA First Team
    LeBron James was named to the All-NBA First Team on Thursday.

    Advice: Joining James on the All-NBA First Team will be Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, DeAndre Jordan and Kawhi Leonard. James will be making his 10th appearance on the All-NBA First Team, which is a feat that has only been accomplished by seven other players in NBA history. Anthony Davis did not make any of the All-NBA squads, which will end up costing him around $24 million. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:12 pm
  • Stephen Curry says knee is feeling fine
    Stephen Curry (knee) insisted that his injured knee is feeling fine on Thursday.

    Advice: When asked about a report that he is playing at 70 percent, Curry said his knee is fine and refused to use it as an excuse. Curry added that the Warriors aren't outmatched and are just being outplayed. Steph will have an opportunity to turn things around at home in Game 5 on Thursday and will be facing a long offseason as the defending champs face an elimination game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:46 am
  • Magic unlikely to pursue Dwight Howard
    The Orlando Magic are unlikely to pursue Dwight Howard if he opts out of his contract, according to league sources.

    Advice: Howard is believed to have interest in returning to the Magic if he opts out of his contract as expected, but the interest isn't believed to be reciprocal unless he seeks a one-year deal for reasonable money. We'll likely see Howard on a new team next year, but it doesn't sound like it will be the Magic. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:36 am
  • Cavaliers want to get Kevin Love going early
    Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue wants to get Kevin Love going early in Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: The Cavs have a chance to close out the Eastern Conference Finals with a win over the Raptors on Friday and Lue thinks going to Love early will be a big part of that. "To get Kevin going early is definitely something we like to do and want to continue to do," Lue said after Wednesday's Game 5 win over the Raptors. Love was atrocious in Games 3 and 4 in Toronto, so it will be interesting to see if Lue's plan pays off as the Cavs head back to Canada for Game 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:56 am
  • Mavs hoping David Lee helps lure free agents
    The Mavericks are hoping David Lee will help them lure free agents this summer.

    Advice: While Lee doesn't seem like a big draw, the Mavs are hoping his experience in Dallas helps them lure other veterans. "We wouldn’t have got to the playoffs without David Lee, and the word spreads," head coach Rick Carlisle said. "You know, veterans like him know other veterans, and the word gets out that Dallas is a high-level organization. And we take great pride in that." Lee may not help the Mavs land a big-name free agent, but we'll keep an eye on who the veteran helps the team reel in. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:27 am
  • Draymond Green certain GSW will win Game 5
    Draymond Green wrote he has no doubts the Warriors will win Game 5 on Thursday.

    Advice: "I have no doubt in my mind that we will win [Game 5]," Green wrote on The Undefeated. "No doubt about that." Green better be right as the Warriors next loss will have them watching the NBA Finals from home. Green has been struggling for the last two games of the Western Conference Finals, but we'll look for a bounceback game from Dray on Thursday with the Dubs playing at home. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:15 am
  • Bismack Biyombo pushing towards max contract
    Bismack Biyombo could make up to $17 million per year as an unrestricted free agent this summer, according to an unnamed general manager.

    Advice: While Biyombo may not fetch a max contract, his play in the Eastern Conference Finals has him poised for a huge pay day as an unrestricted free agent this summer. "For someone like [Biyombo], I think when you look at a guy like Tyson Chandler and what he got from Phoenix last summer [four years, $52 million], that’s where you start for a contract," one Eastern Conference GM told Sporting News. "But you factor in the cap spike and it’s probably going to be high, I’d say, $16-17 million. It’ll be a heck of a $17 million-per-year gamble." While Biyombo can be an inconsistent player, he is still just 23 years old and will be an interesting fantasy target if he lands in a starting role in 2016-17. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:20 am
  • Adonis Thomas will attend mini-camps
    Adonis Thomas will attend mini-camps with the Rockets, Spurs, and Jazz, according to his agent.

    Advice: While the 23-year-old will attend multiple mini-camps, he is long shot to hook on with an NBA team and can be ignored by fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:09 am
  • Terry thinks Dwight Howard may return to HOU
    Jason Terry thinks Dwight Howard might not be done with the Rockets yet.

    Advice: While it would be a minor shock to see Howard return to the Rockets, Terry isn't convinced the big man will opt out of his contract and leave town. "I wouldn’t rule (a return) out," Terry said in an interview with Justin Termine and Eddie Johnson on SiriusXM NBA Radio. "He has yet to opt out. Again, it’s just going to depend on if you get the right coach in there." Despite Terry's comments, Howard will be all but gone from Houston if the Rockets sign reported frontrunner Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:06 am
  • Kerr wants Andrew Bogut to avoid foul trouble
    Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Andrew Bogut needs to avoid getting into foul trouble.

    Advice: Bogut is only averaging 14 minutes per game through the first four games of the Western Conference Finals, but Kerr said the limited minutes aren't due to health issues or matchups. "He's fouling," Kerr said. "He's got 13 fouls in 56 minutes. He's almost fouling out of every game in 10-15 minutes. He's got to be smarter with his fouls. We need him out there — he was plus-7 [Tuesday] night in 11 minutes." Kerr said the Warriors need Bogut on the floor in Game 5 on Thursday, but he's almost impossible to play in DFS as he's put up just 12 points and 17 rebounds in the first four games of the series. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:38 am
  • Knicks could be an option for Joakim Noah
    The New York Knicks are reportedly an option for Joakim Noah, according to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report.

    Advice: Noah will likely have multiple suitors as an unrestricted free agent, but Noah has a rapport with Phil Jackson according to Beck and his New York roots could help push things in the Knicks favor. There's always the chance Noah returns to the Bulls, but he's a risky fantasy pick no matter where he signs due to his recent injury troubles. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:23 am
  • Joakim Noah, Bulls having 'positive dialogue'
    The Bulls are reportedly having a "positive dialogue" with impending free agent Joakim Noah.

    Advice: It was recently reported that Joakim told teammates he was ready to leave Chicago due to concerns about the team's front office. His agent quickly refuted that report, and now, "Those close to Noah ... are still hopeful that he will be able to work out an agreement to stay in Chicago long term." A lot of this is posturing and we won't know which way Noah is truly leaning until free agency begins in earnest. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:47 pm
  • LeBron James posts 23/8/6 in 38-point blowout
    LeBron James racked up 23 points, eight assists and six steals in just 32 minutes on Wednesday, as the Cavs rolled to a dominant 116-78 victory.

    Advice: LeBron was on pace for a triple-double if it weren't a blowout, and he's now scored at least 20 points in 23 consecutive postseason games. Needless to say, he's been one of the steadiest DFS options in the playoffs this year. He's one win away from his sixth consecutive Finals appearance, and one free throw away from passing Kobe Bryant for second place in career postseason free throws (1,320), trailing only Michael Jordan (1,463). Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:35 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo quiet in 38-point road loss
    Bismack Biyombo started Game 5 but posted only seven points, four boards and one block in 21 minutes during Toronto's 38-point road loss.

    Advice: In the wake of tonight's drubbing in Cleveland, it will be interesting to see if Dwane Casey opts to start Biyombo over Jonas Valanciunas for Game 6. Tonight's struggles come in the wake of a terrific stretch for Biyombo, who has raised his stock significantly. An unnamed Eastern Conference GM, citing the upcoming salary-cap increase, even suggested that Biyombo will be offered around $17 million per year as a free agent this summer. Considering the Raptors' long-term investment in Jonas Valanciunas, it could be very hard for them to retain Biyombo. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • A Tale of Two Cities for Kyle Lowry vs. Cavs
    Kyle Lowry scored only 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting during Wednesday's crushing road loss, adding six assists, three rebounds and five turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs trapped Lowry at every opportunity and he struggled as a result, going scoreless for the first 18 minutes of the game. It's been a tale of two cities for Lowry in the series -- he's averaging 27.5 points in two home games, but just 11.3 points in three road games. Toronto has now been outscored in 11 of 12 quarters in Cleveland during the series, which is a huge hurdle even if they tie it up with a home win in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:20 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 25 points in blowout win
    Kevin Love (left knee) finished Game 5 with 25 points on 8-of-10 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs, hitting three 3-pointers with two rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: Love was awful in his previous two games, shooting 5-of-23 from the field, and he didn't even play in the fourth quarter of Game 4 -- he sat out the fourth again tonight, but only because of the lopsided score. He played with renewed energy tonight, scoring 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting in the first quarter alone, and could have had a much bigger line if it weren't for garbage time. Love's reemergence is a terrific sign for the Cavs, who are now one victory away from the Finals. Follow the link below to enjoy one of Love's patented full-court outlet passes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo starting over JV in Game 5
    Bismack Biyombo will start Game 5 on Wednesday despite the return of Jonas Valanciunas (ankle).

    Advice: "[Jonas Valanciunas] is our starting center but we've got to respect what Bismack is doing on the court," said Dwane Casey. Biyombo is averaging 6.8 points on 61.1 percent shooting, 12.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in four Conference finals games vs. Cleveland, though his minutes are likely to come down with Valanciunas in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:58 pm
  • Kerr: Warriors need Bogut out there
    Coach Steve Kerr said the Warriors "need' Andrew Bogut out there.

    Advice: "When he’s out there, we rebound better and we’ve got a good passer out of the post," Kerr said. "We want to play Bogut more, but he’s got to stay on the floor." He was actually the only player in the positive for plus-minus on Tuesday as the Warriors were destroyed on their small-ball plan. Still, it's tough to count on Bogut for more than 16 minutes in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:50 pm
  • Kerr: Stephen Curry not where he needs to be
    Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry "may just not be quite where he needs to be" right now.

    Advice: Kerr said Curry is not hurt, but a previous report said he's playing at 70 percent. In the last two games, the Thunder have put a stop to Curry catch-and-shoot shots with the MVP making just 1-of-10 on those. Maybe the home crowd will help him on Thursday with the Warriors needing Curry to resemble the regular-season version of himself. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:40 pm
  • Report: Draymond Green will not be suspended
    Draymond Green will not be suspended for tripping Enes Kanter during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Green is just one flagrant foul away from a suspension, but the league has reportedly decided not to upgrade his foul on Kanter to a flagrant 1 foul, meaning he's in the clear for Thursday's Game 5 against OKC. Green has been a shell of himself over the past two games, and he knows that he'll need to come with a much stronger effort during Game 5 if the Dubs hope to send the series back to OKC for a Game 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:34 am
  • Report: Joakim Noah done with the Bulls?
    Joakim Noah has reportedly been telling his Chicago teammates that he's done with the organization and will be looking to go elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Noah reportedly has no faith in Bulls' GM Gar Forman being able to put the pieces together to turn the Chicago franchise around, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of offers he can secure on the open market after his previous two seasons have been cut short due to injury. Noah will likely sign a one-year "show-me" deal in order to reestablish his value as a free agent, but the injury concerns will make him a tough guy to target prior to the final few rounds on draft day. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:30 am
  • TOR could struggle to retain Bismack Biyombo
    The Raptors could struggle to retain Bismack Biyombo as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    Advice: Toronto signed Biyombo for cheap this past offseason, but with how well Biyombo has played during this postseason he's most assuredly earned himself a massive payday when he decides to opt out of his contract this summer. Biyombo will likely be able to secure a $10-15 million deal as a free agent, so the Raptors will need to move around some pieces if they hope to retain him. From a fantasy perspective, a move away from Toronto into a starting role elsewhere would put Biz firmly on the standard league radar. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:34 am
  • Billy Donovan praises Andre Roberson's play
    Billy Donovan praised Andre Roberson's play following Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: "It's funny," Donovan said. "After Game 2 people are saying to me: ‘Is this guy going to even play anymore?' Andre's a good basketball player and I think sometimes the things that go missing with him is he makes winning plays." Roberson, typically viewed as a defensive specialist, has suddenly emerged as an offensive option for the Thunder posting averages of 15.0 points, 9.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.0 triples, 3.0 steals and 1.0 block on 57.1 percent shooting over his past two outings. The Dubs have been completely ignoring him on defense, and Roberson has made them pay. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:15 am
  • Draymond Green: 'Right now, I'm not myself'
    Draymond Green described the Warriors current 3-1 hole in the Western Conference Finals as "stunning," and acknowledged that he needs to be better for the remainder of the series.

    Advice: "Right now, I'm not myself," said Green. "I'm thinking too much, and that's leading to all the things that I'm not supposed to be doing. I just … I just have to be me." Over the past two games, Green has not given the Dubs much of anything, going 2-of-16 from the field whilst posting a plus/minus rating of minus-73. Green also appeared to trip Enes Kanter during Game 4, which could potentially be viewed as a flagrant 1 foul, which would result in a one-game suspension for Green. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:01 am
  • Report: Stephen Curry playing at 70 percent
    Stephen Curry (knee) is playing "at 70 percent, at best," according to a source of Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: While unnamed sources dispute the health of Curry's knee, you won't hear Curry, nor head coach Steve Kerr making any excuses. Curry said he was "fine" after Game 4's loss, and Kerr stated that he's "not injured," but Curry's lack of explosion and inability to take advantage of the bigs when they switch on him tells a bit of a different story. To be clear, Curry is in zero danger of spending any time on the sidelines, and the Dubs will need him to look more like MVP-Curry if they hope to secure a Game 5 win when they return to their home court on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:20 am
  • Festus Ezeli shoots 2-of-8 from the line
    Festus Ezeli scored eight points with two rebounds and one assist in 10 minutes vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ezeli probably would've played some more tonight because Andrew Bogut was in foul trouble, but the Thunder kept hacking him and he hit just 2-of-8 free throws. The Warriors have been crushed in two straight games and their small lineups haven't been successful, so Ezeli should see minutes in the teens again on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:45 pm
  • Draymond Green held to six points in loss
    Draymond Green was held to six points in Tuesday's Game 4 loss to the Thunder, shooting just 1-of-7 from the field.

    Advice: For the first time this season, the Warriors have finally lost two games in a row and it comes at the worst possible time. As for Green, he was nearly suspended by the league for his kick to Steven Adams' groin in Game 3, so the OKC crowd let him hear it all night. Green hasn't played well in this series and it didn't get any better tonight, turning the ball over six times in 38 minutes with 11 rebounds, two assists, one block and three steals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:30 pm
  • Stephen Curry shoots 6-of-20 in Game 4 loss
    Stephen Curry struggled in Tuesday's 118-94 loss in Game 4, scoring 19 points on 6-of-20 shooting.

    Advice: He was also just 2-of-10 from beyond the arc with six turnovers, adding five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 39 minutes. As much as Curry struggled, coach Steve Kerr made it clear after the game that the MVP is not injured. "Steph Curry is not injured," Kerr said. "He just had a lousy night. It happens." With Golden State trailing 3-1, they will need a much better effort from Curry for the Warriors to get back in this series. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:19 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 17 points in win Tuesday
    Serge Ibaka scored 17 points in Tuesday's win over the Warriors, shooting 7-of-11 from the field.

    Advice: Steven Adams was playing through a tweaked ankle and Enes Kanter wasn't producing, so Ibaka had to step up tonight and he didn't disappoint. This was his second strong performance in a row and he added seven rebounds, two blocks and one 3-pointer, outplaying all of Golden State's bigs in the process. After losing minutes to Kanter in the series against San Antonio, Ibaka has played 30 or more minutes in all four games in the Western Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:10 pm
  • Roberson scores 17 w/ 12 boards, 5 steals
    Andre Roberson scored 17 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, five steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes in Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: The Warriors hacked him several times and he hit just 2-of-8 free throws, but this was arguably the best game of his career. The points were a career high and he shot 7-of-12 from the field, and you have to love the minutes. This big game obviously puts him firmly on the DFS radar due to his low price, though he was averaging just 4.4 points in the postseason prior to Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:05 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 26 points in Game 4 win
    Kevin Durant scored 26 points on 8-of-24 shooting in Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: The Thunder scored 72 points in the first half for the second straight game and the Warriors weren't able to recover. As for Durant, he had an incredible line with 11 rebounds, four assists, four steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer, though he did have a few turnovers. This was his second straight game with three blocks and his defense has been on full display in this series. The Thunder could advance to the NBA Finals with a win on Thursday in Game 5 as the series shifts back to Golden State. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:52 pm
  • Westbrook triple-doubles, Thunder lead 3-1
    Russell Westbrook triple-doubled with 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Thunder to a 118-94 win in Game 4.

    Advice: This gives the Thunder a commanding 3-1 series lead over the defending champs. Westbrook was dominant tonight, shooting 12-of-27 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line while adding four steals and four treys in 41 minutes. As good as he was on offense, Westbrook also held Stephen Curry in check, limiting the MVP to 19 points on 6-of-20 shooting. For what it's worth, teams that take a 3-1 series lead in the conference finals are 37-2 in NBA history. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:40 pm
  • Kevin Love all systems go for Game 5 on Weds
    Kevin Love (knee) is healthy enough to play in Game 5 against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Love hurt his knee after stepping on a referee's foot in Game 4 on Monday, but isn't worried about his status for Game 5. "I think Kyrie [Irving] was shooting towards the end of the third quarter, and I stepped on the official's foot, and it didn't feel too great," said Love. "More so the knee [than the ankle hurting]. Will be sore tomorrow, but nothing that will prevent me from playing." While Love's performance in Toronto left something to be desired, he should be able to return to form with the series heading back to Cleveland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:24 am
  • Lue explains Kevin Love's fourth quarter DNP
    Cavs head coach Ty Lue said he didn't play Kevin Love in the fourth quarter of Game 4 because Channing Frye was playing well.

    Advice: Love was dealing with a bit of a knee issue after stepping on a referee's foot, but Lue's explanation didn't involve the injury. "To try to put Kevin back in with four minutes to go in the fourth quarter in a hostile game, hostile environment, it's not fair to him," Lue said. "Channing gave us a great lift off the bench, and we just rolled with it." While Lue's explanation doesn't make much sense, he should still be in the starting lineup for Game 5 and will likely see more than the 31 minutes he saw in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:36 am
  • Kevin Love said he hurt his knee
    Kevin Love (knee) said he hurt his knee stepping on an official's foot at the end of the third quarter on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Ty Lue said he thought it wasn't fair to put Love back in the game, so that's two straight fourth quarters without any Love. Lue added Love not playing in the fourth didn't have to do with his injury. The former All-Star should still be in the starting lineup and heading back home figures to help, too. Many were concerned about Love's inconsistent play and now it's coming to fruition. As long as he can make shots, he'll get time. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:29 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 35 points; Raps tie series
    Kyle Lowry was outstanding during a 105-99 win over the Cavs in Game 4 on Monday, scoring 35 points with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was on fire early with 16 points on 100.0 effective field goal percentage to kick this game off. Lowry and DeMar DeRozan scored a combined 67 points in their best combined scoring effort this postseason. To nobody's surprise, Raptors continue to go as Lowry goes in the postseason. During wins, he has a 56.9 true shooting percentage and a 2.5 assist:turnover ratio. In the losses, those numbers are 38.9 and 1.6, respectively. The Cavs should be doing all they can to stop Lowry. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:06 pm
  • Bizness Is Booming: Biyombo set for a pay day
    Bismack Biyombo was terrific yet again during a win over the Cavs on Monday, finishing with five points, 14 rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 42 minutes.

    Advice: His motor was out of control with some very good perimeter defense while he was still able to grab 11 defensive rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) didn't play in this game, but he might have a better chance on Wednesday. If the Raptors can continue to use him like this, Biyombo might be too valuable to lose any minutes to JV. Biyombo has made himself some serious money in the past two games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:57 pm
  • LeBron James scores 29 points in Game 4 loss
    LeBron James couldn't carry his team to victory during a 105-99 loss to the Raptors in Game 4 on Monday, scoring 29 points with nine rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 46 minutes.

    Advice: It looked like the Cavs were going to pull off a huge comeback with 11 consecutive makes in the fourth quarter. James' fourth quarter numbers alone were eight points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal, but he didn't score in the final five minutes. James' 46 minutes tonight were his most of these playoffs, but the Cavs were smoked in the two minutes without him with a minus-60.0 net rating. The fourth quarter was the story with the Cavs with LeBron playing the entire fourth while none of the other starters played more than 6.3 minutes. After destroying the Raptors in the Game 1 and 2, this series is all tied up at two. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:42 pm
  • No Love: Kevin doesn't play in fourth again
    Kevin Love did not play in the fourth quarter against the Raptors on Monday, finishing with 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He did look to hurt his left leg at the end of the third. Love didn't go to the locker room, so we'll be looking for an update. After Game 3, coach Ty Lue said it wasn't fair to play Love down the stretch, so maybe it was the same story. He hasn't played well at all in this series and is losing playing time to Channing Frye. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:06 pm
  • Draymond Green not suspended for Game 4
    Draymond Green will not be suspended for Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was fined $25,000 and the foul has been upgraded to a flagrant 2. The NBA likely ruled that Green didn't intend to kick Steven Adams in the groin during Sunday's blowout. Green has a knack for kicking his leg out to draw a foul, so the NBA likely thought it was just unlucky for Adams as Green tried to sell the foul too hard. He'll be in the starting lineup in a huge game at Oklahoma City. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:14 pm
  • Bradley Beal says he's looking for max deal
    Bradley Beal said he's looking for a max contract this summer.

    Advice: "I feel like I’m a max player and that’s what I’m looking for," Beal said. "If Washington can’t meet that requirement then I may be thinking elsewhere. I’m pretty sure that they probably won’t [let me go]." Beal would be looking for a deal of around $92 million over four years. His leg injury concerns make him a big risk, so there may not be a big market for him at that price. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:31 pm
  • Kerr: Draymond Green must re-focus himself
    Steve Kerr said that Draymond Green needs to re-focus himself.

    Advice: "He needs to re-focus a little bit. He'll admit it. It was not one of his best games. In fact, it was one of his worst," Kerr said. After a total dud in Game 3 with six points, four rebounds and three assists on 1-of-9 shooting, Green has to be a whole lot better in Game 4 assuming he avoids suspension. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:33 am
  • Casey: Biyombo not getting any foul calls
    Dwane Casey, who was fined $25,000 for criticizing the officials, said that Bismack Biyombo is not getting any foul calls vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: "[Biyombo] is not getting the calls," Casey said. "We shoot zero free throws in the fourth quarter. Zero. He's getting hit. There's one play where they almost have a brawl. He gets killed on that play. I don't know if he's getting hit because of how physical and tough he is, but he's getting cracked. To his credit, I thought he was going to lose his head when he got the technical foul, but he kept playing." All eyes will be on Biyombo in Game 4 following a historic Game 3 performance with Jonas Valacniunas (ankle, doubtful) still expected to be on the shelf. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:11 am
  • Andre Roberson stays hot from deep, scores 13
    Andre Roberson started again on Sunday and had 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting with three 3-pointers, six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Roberson is 8-of-13 from downtown in his past four games and the Warriors have dared him to beat them from the arc -- tonight Andrew Bogut began as his primary defender, and when Draymond Green has him he frequently roams to the opposite side of the court. Roberson did a good job cutting hard and moving without the ball, rewarding Billy Donovan's decision to keep him in the starting lineup. He'll be on Golden State's radar in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:00 pm
  • Dion Waiters thrives in 34 minutes off bench
    Dion Waiters was terrific in 34 minutes off the bench during Sunday's Game 3 victory, making 6-of-11 shots to finish with 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and one turnover.

    Advice: Waiters chose his shots wisely and set up his teammates for a few easy buckets, all while playing solid defense. The soon-to-be free agent (restricted) is having an impressive postseason, and he's a big reason the Thunder have a 2-1 series lead against the reigning champs. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:59 pm
  • Andrew Bogut, GSW's big men silenced Sunday
    Andrew Bogut played only 12 minutes during Game 3, scoring two points with five rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: The Thunder went small early and often, and the Warriors' true big men (Bogut, Festus Ezeli, Anderson Varejao and Marreese Speights) struggled to control the paint. Golden State has given up the third-most second-chance points during the playoffs (13.9 per game), and OKC finished tonight's home win with a whopping 21 second-chance points. Bogut's strained right thigh might still be bothering him, and either way it's hard to rely on him for DFS purposes. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:58 pm
  • Draymond Green struggles, earns Flagrant-1
    Draymond Green struggled badly during Sunday's loss in Oklahoma City, finishing with six points on 1-of-9 shooting, four boards, three assists and four turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The Warriors looked unusually rattled after Green picked up a Flagrant-1 foul in the second quarter, letting a close game to turn into a 25-point deficit heading into halftime. They gave up 117 points through three quarters, the most allowed in a playoff game since 1987, and compounded their defensive struggles with lackadaisical shot selection. The league will likely review Draymond's flagrant, which he earned for kicking Steven Adams in the crotch, so DFS owners should double-check that he's available for Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:57 pm
  • Harrison Barnes awful in blowout loss vs. OKC
    Harrison Barnes was invisible during Sunday's ugly road loss, posting seven points with two rebounds and zero assists, steals or blocks in 27 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Warriors won the rebound battle in Game 2, including 15 offensive boards, but the script flipped tonight with the Thunder winning 52-38. Golden State also failed to match OKC's aggression, settling for quick shots and finishing just 3-of-4 at the FT line in the first half, compared to 23-of-25 for the Thunder. Steve Kerr will assuredly have a long film session prior to Game 4 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:56 pm
  • Serge Ibaka plays well as small-ball center
    Serge Ibaka posted 14 points, eight rebounds, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Sunday, helping the Thunder earn a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

    Advice: He shifted to center for long stretches, an interesting wrinkle from Billy Donovan, and the move seemed to spark Ibaka as he finished the first quarter alone with seven points -- matching his average from Games 1 and 2. He's a staple of the rotation, whether the Thunder are going big or small, though limited usage makes it hard to trust him in DFS. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:55 pm
  • Russell Westbrook's 30 & 12 help OKC win Gm 3
    The Thunder cruised to a 133-105 win in Game 3, aided by Russell Westbrook's 30 points (10-of-19 FGs, 9-of-11 FTs), 12 assists, eight rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Westbrook had some jaw-dropping plays tonight, combining his natural athleticism with pure ferocity, and the Warriors didn't have any answers defensively. His few bad shots were overshadowed by outrageous euro-step layups, rebounds in traffic, fastbreak explosions and unselfish passes, resulting in a statement game for the 27-year-old All-Star. Follow the link below to enjoy one of his Game 3 highlights. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:54 pm
  • Stephen Curry (elbow) scores 24 in Gm 3 loss
    Stephen Curry (elbow) finished Sunday's 133-105 Game 3 defeat with 24 points on 7-of-17 shooting, three 3-pointers, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Curry shot well in Game 2 and he wasn't even listed on Golden State's injury report tonight, so his struggles can't be blamed on injuries -- credit is due to OKC's defense, which switched pick-and-rolls and used its length to confound the Warriors. The starting unit for Golden State shot a combined 20-of-57 from the field (35.1 percent) and it's safe to assume they'll be burning for redemption in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:50 pm
  • Kevin Durant has 33 pts in Game 3 blowout win
    Kevin Durant scored 33 points during OKC's blowout Game 3 home win, making 10-of-15 field goals and 12-of-12 free throws in 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: Before the game, coach Billy Donovan said KD needed to make "quick reads" with "sharp and crisp [passes]" to counter the Warriors' flood of double- and triple-teams. He did all that and more to help his team reclaim the series lead while maintaining home court advantage. His DFS owners went home nearly as happy as OKC's fans, as he rounded out his line with eight boards, two assists, three blocks and just one turnover. Durant appeared to tweak his right calf in the third quarter but it didn't cost him much time and we're leaving him off the injury report for Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:41 pm
  • Lue wants LeBron James more involved in Gm 4
    Tyronn Lue said that he should have called more plays for LeBron James during Saturday's Game 3 loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: "I think I should have called more plays to make [James] dominant," Lue said. "I should have put the ball in LeBron's hands a little bit more to let him create and let him draw double teams. So that was more on me." James only attempted 17 shots during the Game 3 loss, and his usage rate dipped to 17.5 through the fourth quarter, which is a trend that's unlikely to continue. Expect James to take on a more dominant role on offense for Monday's Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:27 pm
  • Stephen Curry (elbow) will start in Game 3
    Stephen Curry (elbow) will be in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Thunder on Sunday.

    Advice: Curry was a full participant during shootaround, and he's not even being listed on the injury report. He was never in any danger of missing Game 3, and head coach Steve Kerr said that Curry was shooting the ball well during shootaround, so it doesn't seem like the injury will impact his play. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:58 pm
  • Stephen Curry going through shootaround
    Stephen Curry (elbow) is going through the morning shootaround as expected.

    Advice: Coach Steve Kerr said that Curry was shooting the ball well and that his elbow isn't giving him any issues. We'll likely have official confirmation soon, but Curry is fully expected to play in Game 3 vs. the Thunder. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:56 am
  • Bizness Picks Up: Biyombo grabs 26 boards
    Bismack Biyombo grabbed a playoff franchise-record 26 boards against the Cavs on Saturday, adding seven points, one assist and four blocks in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He was awesome. Biyombo grabbed 20 boards without even recording a single point to start the game. He was also a major factor in protecting the paint with the Cavs only scoring 20 in the paint during this game -- the Cavs had at least 50 paint points in each of the last two. Biyombo also had some improved perimeter defense and even guarded LeBron James at times. Coach Dwane Casey said Biyombo was the spirit of the team and said he hit on almost every rebound and putback. According to SportVU, Biz grabbed 26 of his 27 rebound chances. It was arguably the best performance from a center in these playoffs. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:43 pm
  • Kyle Lowry snaps out of slump, scores 20
    Kyle Lowry snapped out of his shooting slump with 20 points during a win over the Cavs on Saturday, adding six rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He was 7-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-8 from deep. Lowry made just 1-of-15 from beyond the arc in the first two games of this series, but got it going early. He was in some foul trouble during this game and the Raptors holding it together while he was on the bench was key. Lowry has actually shot the ball worse at home in the postseason, so that's not necessarily why he was better tonight. Obviously the Raptors need Lowry to play well to get another game in this series. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:23 pm
  • LeBron James scores 24; Cavs lose Game 3
    LeBron James scored 24 points during a 99-84 loss to the Raptors in Game 3 on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He did not get much help tonight as the Cavs failed to score 100 points for the first time this postseason. James was fouled throughout the game, but one of the most talked about plays will how he fell down after Tristan Thompson hit him (video in link below). The Cavs also lost their first postseason game with LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:17 pm
  • Lil' Kev: Love scores three points in loss
    Kevin Love made just 1-of-9 from the field for three points against the Raptors on Saturday, adding four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He had a really off night and didn't even close this game out. Love has played above expectations for basically the entire postseason, so he gets a pass for this one. Expect him to be better in Game 4 and closer to his 33 playoff minutes per game. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:01 pm
  • Curry: Injury is uncomfortable, not painful
    Stephen Curry (elbow) said his injury is more "uncomfortable" than "painful."

    Advice: He said he has a full range of motion after going through a full practice on Friday. "It doesn’t cause any problems mechanically, so I can still use my arm and do what I need to do," Curry said. He wore a compression sleeve and there is no word if he'll keep it on for Sunday. Curry will be ready to roll for a big Game 3 in Oklahoma City. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:26 pm
  • Adams says Green has peaked with annoyingness
    Steven Adams said Draymond Green has "peaked with annoyingness" on defense.

    Advice: Adams and Draymond are quote machines and are also known for their physical styles on the defensive end on the court. Green has also gone through practices to prepare for bad calls and said he'll try to lure Adams into a technical foul. The Warriors have used Green on Andre Roberson at times to use him as more of a roaming defender. Additionally, the Warriors didn't use Green at center too much in Game 2 with only two minutes of their death lineup. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:14 pm
  • Stephen Curry's swelling down, wearing brace
    Stephen Curry practiced on Friday and the swelling in his elbow appears to have subsided.

    Advice: He did have a brace on his elbow, so the injury isn't completely behind him. Luckily for the Warriors, the schedule helps them with Game 3 not until Sunday. All that time off should help his knee injury, as well. Expect Curry to have a big game in Oklahoma City. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:42 pm
  • Pat Riley wants Wade to shoot more 3-pointers
    Pat Riley wants Dwyane Wade to work on his 3-pointers this summer.

    Advice: "Maybe he could become a 40 percent, 38 percent 3-point shooter," Riley said of Wade. "I wouldn’t give him an open look. Once he went to work with the coaches on it, that shot, if he had to take it, was normal. That would be a big added part of his game next year because nobody ever thinks he can do that." Wade's 3-point shot has always been his biggest weakness, but he did shoot 52.2 percent from deep in the postseason and that could give his fantasy value a boost next season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:47 am
  • LeBron James triple-doubles in 108-89 victory
    LeBron James triple-doubled during a 108-89 win over the Raptors on Thursday, scoring 23 points with 11 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and two turnovers.

    Advice: It's his 15th playoff triple-double of his career and he also passed Shaquille O'Neal for fourth on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list. James continues to get to the rim at will and he's now 17-of-19 on his shots from within three feet. On the other hand, he's struggled at the line and is just 11-of-21 from there in these two games. The Cavs are 10-0 in this postseason and have won 17 straight playoff games against the Eastern Conference over the last two postseasons. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:38 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 15 points in win
    Kevin Love scored 19 points with five rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: He did most of his damage in the first half with 15 points. Love was on a stationary bike during this game, but he didn't appear to have any interaction with his medical staff. The Cavs have not lost any playoff games with LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Expect Love to flirt with 20 points in Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • Kyle Lowry has another dud, scores 10 points
    Kyle Lowry made 4-of-14 from the field for 10 points during a 108-89 loss in Cleveland on Thursday, adding six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and five turnovers.

    Advice: He finally made his first 3-pointer of this series, but he's only 1-of-15 in the last two games. Lowry is also struggling on defense, as well. The Raptors continue to not use Lowry at the end of the first half and it was costly tonight. They ended the second half giving up a 16-2 run to the Cavs to basically put the game out of reach. Lowry was coming into this series with some very nice momentum, but it's now slowed to a crawl. Maybe the home-court advantage in Game 2 can help them. Lowry did go to the locker room, but he's fine. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:23 pm
  • Dwight Howard thought about contract opt-out
    Dwight Howard said he has thought about opting out of his contract this summer.

    Advice: Howard can become an unrestricted free agent this summer and appears to be leaning towards making the decision to opt out of his contract. "To be honest, I have had some conversations with close friends on what would happen if I do opt out," Howard said. "But I haven't really come out and said, 'I'm going to opt out and do this and that.' I just can't focus on that right now." The Rockets are close to signing Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach, which would all but guarantee an opt-out for Howard. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:38 am
  • Andrew Bogut (thigh) struggles in 16 minutes
    Andrew Bogut finished Wednesday's victory with four points, six rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Bogut is dealing with a strained right adductor and didn't look like himself tonight, fumbling away easy scoring chances in the paint. The Warriors have solid backup options in Festus Ezeli and Anderson Varejao, with Draymond Green more than capable of playing center in small lineups for stretches, and Steve Kerr availed himself of every option on Wednesday. Bogut gets a few extra days to rest and he should be ready to go for Game 3 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:08 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 29 pts, commits eight TOs
    Kevin Durant racked up a game-high 29 points during Wednesday's loss, shooting 11-of-18 from the field, but he also committed eight turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was on fire as a shooter in the first half, but atypically careless turnovers prevented the Thunder from building any significant momentum. Credit is due to Golden State's swarming defense, and OKC will need to get more from their supporting players to earn a Finals berth -- Serge Ibaka scored three points on 1-of-6 shooting tonight, and non-Durant players combined to shoot just 40.0 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • Russell Westbrook has 16 & 12, shoots 5-of-14
    Russell Westbrook made only 5-of-14 field goals and 5-of-5 free throws during OKC's Game 2 loss, finishing with 16 points, 12 assists, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: Westbrook's seven steals in Game 1 set a franchise record but he had only two steals tonight, and OKC's defense collapsed en masse in the second half. WB struggled to create individual offense vs. Klay Thompson, he forced an objectively bad two-for-one possession to end the first half, and he'll need to be much better for the Thunder to maintain home-court advantage with consecutive wins in Games 3 and 4. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:05 pm
  • Draymond Green ready to bounce back in Game 2
    Draymond Green said he's ready to show everyone what the Warriors are made of with a Game 2 bounce back performance.

    Advice: "When you can bounce back from something like this, it makes it all the more sweeter," said Draymond of the Warriors conceding Game 1 to OKC. "I’m relishing this opportunity. This is where you see what you’re really made of. This is where you bounce back and everybody is against and don’t think you can do it and... This is where it gets fun for us." The Dubs have the right mindset going into Game 2, but they'll need to do a better job of executing on offense if they hope to even up the series at one a piece on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:16 am
  • LeBron James not worried about complacency
    LeBron James said he's not worried about the Cavs getting complacent after dominating their first nine games of the postseason.

    Advice: "I don't think we have complacency on our minds right now," James said. "We have a goal, and our goal was not nine wins... And as the leader of this team, I'm going to continue to make sure that these guys understand what our goal is, and they know." The Cavs have made a mockery of the Eastern Conference, but James will consistently remind his teammates that a championship is the ultimate goal. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:29 am
  • Terry says Dwight Howard could work in DAL
    Jason Terry said that Dwight Howard would be a "great fit" in Dallas, but he would have to accept Rick Carlisle's coaching style and system.

    Advice: "It would be a great fit. I think the key cog in that wheel is Dwight," Terry said. "Are you willing to come in and accept Carlisle's style of coaching? He has a great offensive system... But the big guy really doesn't touch it a lot on the inside." Given how much Howard complained this past season about his lack of touches, it would be surprising to see him go somewhere like Dallas. The Mavs have also stated that they're not willing to pay the max to sign D-12, which is likely what Howard will be seeking on the open market. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:23 am
  • Bismack Biyombo scores 12 points in loss
    Bismack Biyombo scored 12 points with four rebounds and two steals in 31 minutes vs. the Cavs in Game 1 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The minutes were nice and Biyombo also hit all five of his shots from the field. It sounds like Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) will miss at least one more game, so Biyombo should get another start in Game 2 on Thursday. Since J-Val went down, Biyombo has averaged 11.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steals over his last five games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:50 pm
  • Lowry held to eight points in 115-84 loss
    Kyle Lowry was held to just eight points in Tuesday's 115-84 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 1, adding five assists, four boards and four turnovers.

    Advice: Kyrie Irving and the Cavs did a great job defending Lowry tonight, holding him to 4-of-14 from the field and 0-of-7 from 3-point range. Lowry was coming off a clutch 35-point performance in Game 7 vs. the Heat on Sunday in which he played 42 minutes, but he made it clear before Tuesday's game that he's healthy. "I feel great, my body feels great," Lowry said. "I feel like a million bucks. My mind's great. My body's great." His elbow has been an issue since late March, but Lowry should bounce back in a big way in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 14 points in Game 1 win
    Kevin Love scored 14 points with four boards, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Raptors in Game 1.

    Advice: He didn't play much due to the blowout, so his streak of eight games in a row with a double-double ended. Love shot 4-of-8 from the field tonight and is now shooting 44.8 percent from deep in the postseason, so he's peaking at the perfect time for the Cavs. "That’s what we all hoped we would see in Kevin," Coach Tyronn Lue said of Love's recent play. "He’s a great player. I believe he’s a top-10 player in this league and he knows it." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • LeBron James scores 24 in Game 1 win
    LeBron James scored 24 points in Tuesday's 115-84 win over the Raptors in Game 1, shooting an efficient 11-of-13 from the field.

    Advice: DeMarre Carroll was the primary defender on him tonight, but James couldn't be stopped and had his way on the offensive end. He added six boards, four assists, one block and two steals, and he didn't even touch the floor in the fourth quarter due to the lopsided score. The Cavs are still undefeated in the postseason and look like a serious force right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Andrew Bogut downplays adductor injury
    Andrew Bogut downplayed his adductor injury on Tuesday, saying it's a "little sore" but he'll be "all right."

    Advice: Bogut isn't going to make any excuses, but he didn't look quite right during Game 1, so it's possible the injury is affecting him a bit more than he's letting on. He was scoreless through 17 minutes of action during the Warriors' Game 1 loss, and only managed to add three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks to his stat line, so it'll be interesting to see where his minutes are at for Game 2. He's not a great DFS option. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:16 pm
  • Kevin Durant not ready to celebrate yet
    Kevin Durant said he and his teammates aren't celebrating their Game 1 win over Golden State on Monday as they know they have more work to do.

    Advice: The Thunder upset the defending champs on the road to take Game 1, but Durant said the Thunder still have a lot to prove. "We're playing in the Western Conference finals against a great team," Durant said. "We got a 'W' the first game, but there is a lot of basketball to be played, so we can't be too excited. It was a good win for us, but we're not going to be jumping up and down, chest-bumping on the court. We've got a lot more basketball to play." Durant only shot 10-of-30 from the field on Monday, so we should expect a better shooting performance out of KD in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:08 am
  • Russell Westbrook scores 27 in Game 1 win
    Russell Westbrook was tremendous in the second half during a 108-102 victory in Oakland on Monday, scoring 27 points with six rebounds, 12 assists, seven steals and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Billy Donovan looked like was going to get the Westbroke version of his All-Star guard with a 1-of-10 start from the field, but Westbrook erupted for 19 points in the third quarter. Those 19 points were his best scoring output in any playoff quarter in his career and also the most the Warriors allowed to a player in a quarter this postseason. The OKC starters were very good against the Warriors during the regular season and they posted a 34.8 net rating tonight. This series should be a wild ride. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:39 pm
  • Kevin Durant takes 30 FGAs, scores 26 points
    Kevin Durant made 10-of-30 from the field for 26 points against the Warriors on Monday, adding 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block, one 3-pointer and five turnovers.

    Advice: It was a sloppy first half for Durant with a few careless turnovers. Durant saw a host of different defenders with Andre Iguodala on him towards the end of the game. He also only saw five minutes at power forward in this game, which actually wasn't successful for OKC. Plus, if Durant missed 20 FGAs in most games, the Thunder would likely be losing those contests. Durant lit the Warriors up during the season with 36.3 points per game, so the Thunder have to be beyond pleased to get a win. Expect better efficiency and possibly lower usage in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:33 pm
  • Serge Ibaka looks a lot better vs. Warriors
    Serge Ibaka turned it around against the Warriors on Monday, scoring 11 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn't really closing when OKC thumped the Spurs in the fourth quarter in the last series, but the Thunder really need Ibaka out there for spacing on offense and all the switching they'll need to do against the Warriors pick-and-roll plays. He did have a big game against the Warriors earlier in the year with a 15-point, 20-board line, so he's certainly capable of another productive outing in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:22 pm
  • Dion Waiters is solid in a win, scores 10
    Dion Waiters made 4-of-6 from the field for 10 points with one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He was very underrated in the last round and it looked like he might get more run tonight with a slow start from Andre Roberson on both ends. However, Roberson came out swinging in the second half. Before the game, Russell Westbrook credited Waiters for his passing lately and Waiters actually matched his postseason career-high four dimes. His defense wasn't terrible in this game and he'll be splitting the minutes at shooting guard with Andre Roberson. He's on the board as a DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:18 pm
  • Andre Roberson is actually decent in win
    Andre Roberson made all three shots from the field for seven points against the Warriors on Monday, adding five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: To open the game, the Warriors had Draymond Green "covering" Roberson, but Green was really just playing safety to really focus on weak-side help. After a bad first half, Roberson started out strong in the second half. There's a decent chance this is his best scoring output in this series with his tidy efficiency, so he's not really a viable DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:12 pm
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