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  • 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 Today, 8:31 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 Today, 6:35 am
  • 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 7:41 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 5:48 pm
  • Rumor: LAL will make push for Paul George
    The Lakers would reportedly like to try and trade for Paul George this summer, according to sources of Bill Simmons.

    Advice: If the Lakers are able to secure a top-3 selection in the 2016 draft, they would reportedly like to use that pick among other assets (likely D'Angelo Russell) to try and lure PG-13 away from Indiana. While anything is possible, it would be extremely shocking to see Larry Bird deal away a top-15 player entering his prime in order to go through a full rebuild with unproven talent. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:01 am
  • Ainge undecided on team option for Jerebko
    Danny Ainge said "nothing has been decided" regarding the team option on Jonas Jerebko.

    Advice: The Celtics have a team option worth $5 million on Jerebko for the 2016-17 season, but he's likely the least of Boston's concerns with guys like Kevin Durant, Hassan Whiteside, Al Horford and Dwight Howard all set to hit the open market this summer. Jerebko is unlikely to land in a situation where he'll be able to establish himself as a standard league option in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:45 am
  • Jae Crowder has bone bruise in right foot
    Jae Crowder is currently dealing with a bone bruise in his right foot.

    Advice: Crowder was clearly at less than 100 percent during Boston's first-round series, and while we knew about the gimpy ankle, the bone bruise is some new information. This can help explain why Crowder shot just 27.8 percent from the field during Boston's postseason run, but he has plenty of time to rest up for the 2016-17 season. Crowder produced third-round value in 9-cat leagues through his first full season with the Celtics, and he'll make for a fine early-round target in next year's drafts assuming he remains in Boston. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:46 am
  • CHA will make Batum No. 1 priority during FA
    Hornets' GM Rich Cho said that he will make re-signing Nicolas Batum as an unrestricted free agent this offseason Charlotte's No. 1 priority.

    Advice: "[Batum] is a huge piece. He’s number one in our offseason priority," said Cho. "Overall he did a great job on both ends of the floor and in the locker room." Batum had a solid season in Charlotte, putting up steady mid-round value with averages of 14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.0 triples, 0.9 steals, 0.6 swats and 2.9 turnovers per contest. Batum's ability to space the floor and run an offense also really helped Kemba Walker up his efficiency, and it sounds like Charlotte will do everything in their power to retain him on the open market. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:27 am
  • Eric Griffin arrested for attempted murder
    Former D-League All-Star Eric Griffin has been arrested on charges of attempted murder.

    Advice: Griffin reportedly fired several rounds at another man outside of an apartment building in Orlando, Florida, and is currently being held without bond. Griffin went undrafted in 2012, and while he's played for a handful of Summer League squads, he's never officially made an NBA roster. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:58 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 Yesterday, 7:40 am
  • Moe Harkless scores 11 points in loss
    Moe Harkless scored 11 points with seven rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes vs. the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Advice: He picked up five fouls which prevented him from playing a lot of minutes, but he was solid on the defensive end and kept Klay Thompson in check until the second half. Harkless played 28 minutes in Game 1, so he's going to get plenty of burn in Game 3 even though he's shooting just 34.7 percent from the field in this series. Al-Farouq Aminu added 14 points, six boards, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes for the Blazers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:13 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
  • Draymond Green double-doubles in win
    Draymond Green double-doubled in Tuesday's win over the Blazers, scoring 17 points (7-of-20 FGs) with 14 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, four blocks and two turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: The Warriors got off to a rough start and were trailing by 11 points at the end of the third quarter, but they won the final quarter by 22 points. The Warriors' defense, led by Green, held the Blazers to 12 fourth-quarter points which tied a franchise record for the fewest points allowed in the shot-clock era. Green is a superstar and it's even more obvious with Stephen Curry (knee) on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:33 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 27, Warriors lead 2-0
    Klay Thompson scored 27 points on 7-of-20 shooting to lead the Warriors to a 110-99 win over the Blazers in Game 2, giving Golden State a 2-0 series lead.

    Advice: He also added three boards, three assists and five 3-pointers, with 20 of his points coming in the second half. Thompson is really stepping up in the absence of Stephen Curry (knee) and was coming off a personal playoff-high of 37 points in Game 1. The Warriors are in firm control of this series, so they may be more cautious with Curry's return which could allow Thompson to post some monster numbers moving forward. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:26 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
  • Terrence Ross scores 19 off the bench
    Terrence Ross set a new playoff career-high with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting in Tuesday's Game 1 loss to the Heat.

    Advice: He also hit 2-of-7 from beyond the arc and added two boards, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes. Ross only averaged 12.1 minutes per game vs. the Hornets in round one, so coach Dwane Casey probably gave him some extra run simply because he had the hot hand tonight. The Raptors will play a lot of small ball and Norman Powell struggled tonight, so maybe Ross can build off his momentum in Game 2 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:43 pm
  • Joe Johnson scores 16 points in win Tuesday
    Joe Johnson scored 16 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one turnover in 42 minutes in Tuesday's overtime win over the Raptors.

    Advice: Johnson was quiet in the previous series against the Hornets despite playing the second most minutes (33.7 per game) on the team behind Luol Deng, so it's a good sign to see him get off to a good start. He took a total of 19 shots for just the third time in his Heat career, connecting on seven of them. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:32 pm
  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) scores 11 in win
    Josh Richardson (shoulder) scored 11 points with two rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in Tuesday's win over the Raptors.

    Advice: He averaged 28.9 minutes per game in round one of the playoffs, so it's a little concerning that he only played 24 minutes in the overtime win. The rookie was a little careless with the ball on a couple of possessions, but the fact that Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic were both on fire was probably the main reason for Richardson's low minutes. His shoulder is fine, but he's too hard to trust in DFS. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:23 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
  • Josh Richardson not worried about shoulder
    Josh Richardson (shoulder) said he's feeling fine in advance of Game 1 against the Raptors on Tuesday.

    Advice: Richardson's shoulder doesn't look to be an issue in Round 2 after requiring an MRI after Game 6 of the Charlotte series. The rookie averaged 6.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.9 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers in the Heat's opening series and will continue to be a middling fantasy option against the Raptors. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:27 am
  • Head coach: Terrence Ross needs to hit threes
    Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said Terrence Ross needs to start hitting three-pointers.

    Advice: While it's not much less than his season average of 38.6 percent, Ross is shooting just 33.3 percent from downtown in the postseason. While Ross has time to turn things around against the Heat, he has been playing just over 12 minutes per game in the playoffs and doesn't have much fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:04 am
  • Nicolas Batum has unfinished business in CHA
    Nicolas Batum said he has unfinished business in Charlotte when asked about re-signing with the Hornets.

    Advice: While Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Batum will be the Hornets top offseason priority, the free agent-to-be said the Hornets will be the first call he takes when he becomes a free agent on July 1. "I think it’s a little bit of everything – the coaching staff, the organization, the city and the players, too," Batum said when asked what he liked about Charlotte. We'll keep an eye on Batum as free agency inches closer, but it sounds like a return to the Hornets is a very likely possibility. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:22 am
  • Anthony Tolliver wants to return to Pistons
    Anthony Tolliver would like to return to the Detroit Pistons in free agency.

    Advice: Tolliver didn't have a big role with the Pistons in 2015-16, but it sounds like there is mutual interest in his return. "I would love to stay here. I’ve been bouncing around a lot in my career," Tolliver said. "I feel comfortable here, and I feel like what I bring to the table fits what this team needs." The 30-year-old average 5.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.4 three-pointers in 18.6 minutes in 2015-16 and isn't a fantasy option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:46 am
  • Jamal Crawford would like to return to Clips
    Jamal Crawford would like to return to the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Advice: Crawford is due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but would like to stay with the Clilppers. "I know my role, I respect my role, I respect my teammates," Crawford said. "I don’t like change, so I’m very, very comfortable here, and I’d love to stay here further. The 36-year-old is fresh off winning the Sixth Man of the Year award and will have similar fantasy value in 2016-17 if he's back with the Clippers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:22 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 28 points vs. Spurs
    Kevin Durant scored 28 points in 42 minutes against the Spurs during a Game 1 win on Monday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was much better in this game even though Kawhi Leonard guarded him more in this game than on Saturday. Durant and Westbrook scored 57 of the 98 points and handed out 14 of the 16 assists in this game. This series is off until Friday, so the Thunder will have some confidence after they were blown out in Game 1. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:44 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 14 points in loss
    Kawhi Leonard made 7-of-18 from the field for 14 points with three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three turnovers in 36 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: It was not his best game on either end. Leonard played some power forward in this game with a lot of small-ball lineups for both teams. Prior to this dud, he was incredibly efficient in the previous five games, posting a 71.4 true shooting percentage. Leonard should bounce back in Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:20 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nicolas Batum open to re-signing with Hornets
    Nicolas Batum, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, said that he's open to re-signing with the Hornets.

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

    Advice: "There's no question," Williams said. "I want to return. I'll let it be known right now this is the most fun I've had in a season." The veteran enjoyed a year in which he finally found consistency under Steve Clifford, averaging 11.7 points while posting career-high marks in rebounds (6.4), blocks (1.0), 3-pointers made (1.9) and 3-point percentage (40.2). Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:13 am
  • George runs out of gas as Pacers season ends
    Paul George admitted that he "ran out of gas a little bit" in Indiana's Game 7 loss vs. Toronto.

    Advice: I definitely was winded late in the game,," he said. It's not hard to understand why after George played 81 of 82 regular season games and finished with 40-plus minutes in four of his last five playoff contests, but the good news is that PG-13 illustrated showed us he can still routinely transform into the R-rated version. George also said "the game just really slowed down" for him, something that undoubtedly eased his transition back into familiar territory. It will cost you a top 15 selection to nab George in fantasy drafts for next season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:37 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
  • Paul George's 26 & 12 not enough in Gm 7 loss
    Paul George finished the Pacers' tense 89-84 defeat in Game 7 on Sunday with 26 points (8-of-18 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs), 12 rebounds, four 3-pointers, three steals and one assist.

    Advice: George got off to a torrid start, including a 360 dunk in the first quarter, but Toronto zeroed in on him defensively (forcing seven turnovers) and his singular brilliance wasn't enough tonight. It was nevertheless a tremendous year for PG-13, who bounced back from a lost season to average 23.1 points, 2.6 threes, 7.0 boards, 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals while playing in 81 games during the 2015-16 regular season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:05 pm
  • 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
  • Draymond Green triple-doubles in win vs. POR
    Draymond Green racked up a triple-double on Sunday with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, helping Golden State earn a 1-0 series lead over the Blazers.

    Advice: It was Green's second postseason triple-double and he filled up the boxscore everywhere, adding two 3-pointers, two blocks and one steal with just two turnovers in 37 minutes. He spearheaded a terrific defensive effort, as usual, limiting the Blazers to 40.2 percent shooting in a game that wasn't as close the final score of 118-106. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:25 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 37 points in Game 1 win
    Klay Thompson scored a personal playoff-high 37 points during Sunday's Game 1 win vs. the Blazers, making 14-of-28 shots with seven 3-pointers, five boards, five assists and two steals.

    Advice: Portland had no answer for Thompson defensively and he's now the first player in NBA history with at least seven 3-pointers in three consecutive games. Stephen Curry has a "slim" chance of playing in Game 2, but a Game 3 return is more probable. With Thompson and Draymond Green carrying the Warriors to a blowout win in Game 1, the Warriors can afford to be extra cautious with their ailing MVP. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:12 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) plays 29 minutes
    Nicolas Batum (foot) played 29 minutes on Sunday vs. the Heat, scoring 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting with five boards, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford said before the game that Batum was only going to play seven or eight minutes in each half, so he must've felt a little better than expected and he even started the second half. Batum hasn't been 100 percent for weeks, so the only good thing about the Hornets being eliminated is that he will finally have some time off to rehab his injury. "To have so many young guys, so many new guys, we had a great season," Batum said. "We need to move on right away and get better." He is a free agent this summer, but it sounds like the Hornets have an excellent chance to re-sign him. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:01 pm
  • Marvin Williams played through an elbow issue
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that Marvin Williams played through an elbow injury during the series against the Heat.

    Advice: That explains a lot. Williams scored just five points on 1-of-3 shooting in Sunday's Game 7 loss with five rebounds in 33 minutes, and he was averaging just 5.2 points on 27.1 percent shooting in the previous six games. Williams deserves a pass for playing through the injury, but it would've been nice to get a heads up from the Hornets a lot earlier. Regardless, Williams was one of the most improved players in the NBA this season and could get a significant raise when he hits free agency this summer. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:54 pm
  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) plays 19 minutes
    Josh Richardson (shoulder) played 19 minutes vs. the Hornets on Sunday, scoring three points on 1-of-6 shooting.

    Advice: He didn't shoot the ball well, but still added five boards, three assists and one 3-pointer and got some much needed rest due to the lopsided score. The good news is that his shoulder wasn't an issue, so he should see his normal workload in round two of the playoffs. Prior to this dud, Richardson averaged 7.0 points, 3.5 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers in the first six games of the series. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:27 pm
  • Batum starts 2nd half, Kaminsky to bench
    Nicolas Batum (foot) started the second half in place of Frank Kaminsky on Sunday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Batum was only supposed to play seven or eight minutes in each half according to coach Steve Clifford before the game, but he's already up to 16 minutes at the half. He isn't close to 100 percent and he's not moving that well either, but the Hornets have no choice but to play him if they want to escape Miami with a win. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:22 am
  • Batum and Hawes are available to play Sunday
    Nicolas Batum (foot) and Spencer Hawes (knee) are available to play on Sunday vs. the Heat.

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

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that Batum is feeling better and will be a game-time call, but indicated that he will only play seven or eight minutes per half if he's cleared. Clifford is expecting Batum to play, but he's not going to see enough minutes to make an impact in most fantasy formats. We'll have another update before tip-off. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:34 am
  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) will play Sunday
    Josh Richardson (shoulder) will play in Game 7 vs. the Hornets on Sunday.

    Advice: He cleared all tests and an MRI on Saturday came back negative, so he should be close to 100 percent. Richardson is averaging 7.0 points, 3.5 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.5 3-pointers in 30.5 minutes per game in this series. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:25 am
  • SVG would like to re-sign Tolliver
    Stan Van Gundy is open to re-signing Anthony Tolliver and Steve Blake in free agency.

    Advice: "In just a very general sense, I like the idea of having both of them back," Van Gundy said. "But, and I was honest with them, there are priorities ahead of re-signing them. I told Steve flat-out that we'll look to upgrade that position with a guy who's more of a long-term answer." Tolliver averaged 5.3 points, 3.2 boards and 1.4 3-pointers in 18.6 minutes per game this season, so it's hard to imagine his role growing if he does re-sign with the Pistons. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:38 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 25 points in 22 minutes
    Kawhi Leonard made 10-of-13 from the field for 25 points in 22 minutes against the Thunder during a Game 1 win on Saturday, adding five rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's won Defensive Player of the Year in the last two seasons, but Kawhi's offense was the story tonight. He made his first six shots from the field to help get him to 20 points in the first half. Kevin Durant simply couldn't guard him with his array of hesitation moves and he was awesome in transition. The Klaw will be dominating this series on both ends as a high-end DFS option. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:56 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 16 points in loss
    Kevin Durant scored 16 points during an ugly loss to the Spurs on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, six assists and one turnover in 33 minutes.

    Advice: It looked like he caught a break for this game with Kawhi Leonard guarding Russell Westbrook, but this was just a bloodbath. Considering how successful Kawhi on Westbrook worked out for the Spurs, it's likely going to continue. That bodes well for Durant to have some productive games in this series, especially if the Spurs will continue to put guys like Kyle Anderson on him. While he was disappointing against Dallas in the first round and in this one, expect him to be better in Game 2 on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:52 pm
  • Josh Richardson (shoulder) is game-time call
    An MRI on Josh Richardson's left shoulder was negative and he will be a game-time decision for Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: He wasn't concerned on Friday and for good reason. Richardson has been able to stay in front of Kemba Walker better than Goran Dragic, so that's helped his playing time. The second-round rookie has played 30.5 minutes per game in the postseason, which is pretty incredible for a guy who didn't get invited to the combine. He's not a great DFS option, though. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:04 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (foot) questionable for Game 7
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is questionable to play against the Heat in Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: He did not play in the second half on Friday due to aggravating his injury from Game 2. The Hornets went 2-0 without Batum thanks to Jeremy Lin stepping up in a big way, so this might not be a huge loss. If Batum can't go, there will be more minutes for Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams and Courtney Lee. The Hornets and Heat have the first game of the day, so we'll have word for DFS lineup lock. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:43 am
  • Heat awaiting Richardson's MRI results
    The Miami Heat are still waiting for the results of the MRI on Josh Richardson's shoulder.

    Advice: "The responsible thing for him and for us is to get it checked out, see what it is, and take the next course of action," coach Erik Spoelstra said. Richardson made it sound like the injury wasn't serious on Friday, so hopefully the Heat are just being cautious. There should be an update this evening, but expect Gerald Green and Tyler Johnson to pick up some minutes if the rookie can't play on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:48 am
  • Jamal Crawford scores 32 points in loss
    Jamal Crawford scored a playoff career-high 32 points during a loss to the Blazers on Friday, adding one assist, three steals and three turnovers on 10-of-25 from the field.

    Advice: He was up to his usual tricks with too many off-the-dribble jumpers. The Clippers didn't really have many options for scoring, so a wild Crawford shot was one of their best plays in the arsenal. The three-time Sixth Man of the Year will head into free agency with plenty of miles left on his tires. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:24 pm
  • Josh Richardson hurts his shoulder
    Josh Richardson (shoulder) said nothing will keep him out in Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: He hurt his left shoulder in the last minute of the game and had ice on it after the win. Richardson's defense was very good at times and he has leapfrogged Tyler Johnson (shoulder). Richardson finished with six points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:43 pm
  • Marvin Williams puts up another goose egg
    Marvin Williams missed all seven shots from the field against the Heat on Friday with four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: After turning in his best year of his career, Williams is falling on his face in the playoffs. He's made just 27.1 percent from the field in this series as one of the most disappointing players in the postseason. He's turned in worse fantasy output on the road, so it won't be easy to trust him in DFS in Game 7. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:17 pm
  • Paul George scores 21; Pacers force Game 7
    Paul George scored 21 points during a 101-83 Game 6 victory over the Raptors on Friday, adding 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: This was basically the bizarro version of Game 5. The Pacers got red hot in the second half with an 18-0 run to put the game out of reach. George checked out with 3:08 left due to garbage time, so he would've been at 43 minutes had the game been close. There was talk of him playing 48 minutes before this game, so he'll likely be in the 43-48 range in Game 7 on Sunday. You almost have to start him in DFS. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:07 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
  • Nicolas Batum aggravates foot injury Friday
    Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is doubtful to return on Friday.

    Advice: This is the same left foot strain Batum suffered in Game 2 and kept him out of two games. Batum could be limited going forward here, which means more run for Jeremy Lin, Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams and Courtney Lee. He checked out with six points, one rebound, one assist and one turnover in 15 minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:10 pm
  • Nicolas Batum likely to play more
    Nicolas Batum will play more on Friday in Game 6 against the Heat.

    Advice: It's not a surprise after playing 25 minutes in Game 5. Batum is still going to come off the bench and will likely take minutes from Frank Kaminsky, Courtney Lee, Marvin Williams and maybe Jeremy Lin. He will likely be in the 27-31 minute range for this game and is a risky DFS play. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:25 pm
  • Vogel won't commit to 48 mins of George
    Coach Frank Vogel won't commit to playing Paul George 48 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Vogel did say the second unit will have a shorter leash. In Game 5, the Pacers had an unfathomable 7.8 offensive rating in the seven minutes without George. That was ultimately their undoing, so George is a good bet to play at least 44 minutes tonight. He's almost a must-play option in DFS. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:58 pm
  • 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 George is open to playing 48 minutes
    Paul George says he's willing to play 48 minutes in Game 6 in Indiana on Friday.

    Advice: "If that's the direction that the game is going, I'm all for it," George said. "Whatever we got to do to win, I'm doing it." Coach Frank Vogel already hinted that he will play him all 48 minutes "if necessary," as PG-13 was a +15 in 41 minutes in Tuesday's loss. DFS owners can feel good about locking George into lineups tonight. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:15 am
  • 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
  • Jae Crowder fouls out, has tough series
    Jae Crowder made 5-of-15 from the field for 15 points with six rebounds, three 3-pointers and six fouls in 28 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday.

    Advice: It was not a great series for Crowder. On top of this dud, Crowder averaged 8.4 points, 6.6 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.4 turnovers and 1.4 treys on a woeful 26.3 percent from the field in his previous five games. Crowder has been called "untouchable" for his cheap contract after the Rajon Rondo deal, so expect him to be the starting small forward next year. Plus, he logged major minutes at power forward in this series. Crowder likely won't be able to match his third-round value on the year in season-long leagues, but he won't be a sleeper in drafts. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:48 pm
  • Jonas Jerebko scores 13 points
    Jonas Jerebko scores 13 points with one rebound, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes during a loss to the Hawks on Thursday.

    Advice: The Celtics gave him some minutes at small forward with some foul trouble for Jae Crowder. Jerebko benefited from the matchup in the postseason and certainly because of Avery Bradley (hamstring) missing time -- the Celtics needed spacing. He'll be under contract next year and will likely slide down the depth chart again. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:46 pm
  • LAC not lacking in confidence heading into G6
    Jamal Crawford said that the Clippers feel "really good" about their chances of securing a Game 6 win in Portland.

    Advice: "We were in the same situation last year, we had to go to San Antonio and win on their court in a Game 6 to force a Game 7 in front of our home fans," said Crawford. "We’re a confident group. We feel really good about Game 6." It's true that the Clippers pulled off a comeback against the Spurs last season, but that was with a healthy Blake Griffin (quad) and Chris Paul (hand). Crawford is going to be heavily involved on the offensive end, but he'll need to be more efficient if the Clippers hope to secure an upset. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:03 pm
  • Paul George could play 48 mins in Game 6?
    Frank Vogel hinted that Paul George may be on the court for all 48 minutes during Friday's Game 6 against the Raptors.

    Advice: "If necessary," Vogel said when asked if George could play 48 minutes in Game 6. "We'll see tomorrow night." PG-13 was phenomenal during Game 5, matching his playoff career-high with 39 points, but the Pacers really struggled any time he wasn't on the floor. Game 6 is a must-win game for Indiana, so it wouldn't be surprising to see George play a hefty amount of minutes. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:48 am
  • 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
  • Klay Thompson propels GSW into second round
    Klay Thompson and the Warriors obliterated the Rockets in a series-clinching win on Wednesday, led by Klay's 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including a 7-of-11 mark from downtown.

    Advice: Golden State built a 30-point lead mid-way through the third quarter, fueled by a 3-point barrage from Thompson, and they won by a final score of 114-81. He's the first player in NBA history to make at least seven 3s in consecutive playoff games -- if nothing else, tonight's eruption confirms that the Warriors are a scary team even when one Splash Brother is in street clothes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:27 pm
  • 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
  • Jamal Crawford scores 17 points on 23 shots
    Jamal Crawford moved into the starting lineup on Wednesday and proceeded to launch 23 shots, making six of them to finish with 17 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Crawford started alongside Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and DeAndre Jordan, a unit that played a mere four minutes together during the 2015-16 season. Doc Rivers' gamble was born of desperation and resulted in a home loss, but Crawford is guaranteed a huge role again in Game 6 -- he played 44 minutes tonight and was the focal point of the Clippers' offense. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:05 pm
  • Moe Harkless double-doubles in Game 5 win
    Moe Harkless double-doubled in 33 minutes of action on Wednesday, posting 19 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 7-of-14 from the field and 3-of-6 from the line.

    Advice: Harkless scored 17 of his points in the first half, unexpectedly carrying a sluggish Blazers' offense that picked up steam after halftime. Harkless gave L.A. problems with his defensive versatility and speed in transition, and he even knocked down two 3-pointers to round out a thoroughly impressive evening. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • Josh Richardson earns 31 minutes vs. Hornets
    Josh Richardson logged 31 minutes off the bench during Game 5, finishing with eight points, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Heat had scored at least 100 points in 17 consecutive home games, with the league's most efficient offense since the All-Star break, but the Hornets tightened their grip defensively tonight. Richardson drew the ire of Dwyane Wade after a poor shot late in the fourth quarter, but he played well overall and should see a similar role in a must-win game at the Time Warner Cable arena on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:57 pm
  • Marvin Williams heats up w/ 17 points in Gm 5
    Marvin Williams found some traction in Game 5 with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, eight rebounds, three steals, three 3-pointers, two assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Hornets came into the playoffs as the league's fourth-leading team in 3-pointers per game, but in Games 1-4 vs. Miami they were a collective 16-of-67 from downtown. They finally found the range tonight and that was the difference in the game, as they hit 50.0 percent of their 3-pointers including a late barrage in the fourth quarter. Williams was having a nightmare series prior to this game, shooting 19.4 percent from the field, so hopefully this eruption will carry over to Friday's game in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Jamal Crawford starting Game 5 vs. Blazers
    Jamal Crawford will start Game 5 on Wednesday, alongside Austin Rivers, J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce and DeAndre Jordan.

    Advice: Doc Rivers wants more spacing on the court, and the decision to start Crawford takes care of another problem -- with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin both out, the Clippers are very short on playmakers. Crawford should have a high usage rate in as many minutes as he can handle tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Westbrook: I'll always have Durant's back
    Russell Westbrook said he'll always have Kevin Durant's back.

    Advice: "He's always going to have my back and I'm always going to have his," Westbrook said. Just another wrinkle to throw into the mix of the Durant free agency saga. Durant called owner Mark Cuban an idiot for saying Westbrook isn't a superstar and also called Charlie Villanueva an idiot for trying to get in Westbrook's head. The two will kick off arguably the best series of the second round on Saturday when they travel to San Antonio. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:58 pm
  • Duncan criticizes the officiating of Leonard
    Tim Duncan implied during a recent interview that Kawhi Leonard does not get enough foul calls while he's on the court.

    Advice: "He’s gotten to the point now where people are being a lot more physical with him, but people are still being allowed to get away with a whole lot of stuff," Duncan said. While Duncan is pleading his case for the officials to start blowing the whistle more often, Leonard did not seem overly concerned with how the refs officiating saying, "I don’t even think about it, really. I’m not playing to get fouls." He was phenomenal in his first-round series, and should continue to put up gaudy stat lines through San Antonio's second-round series against OKC. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:00 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
  • Kerr tells Draymond Green to never change
    Steve Kerr described how Draymond Green is an integral piece to the Warriors' success when accepting his Coach of the Year award on Tuesday.

    Advice: "Draymond -- don't ever change, if you're watching this," Kerr started. "Keep yelling at me, I'm gonna keep yelling at you. It's the best. He provides the edge that this team needs. Without Draymond, we'd be in trouble. We would be too quiet, and too nice." Kerr often refers to Green as the "heartbeat" of the Warriors, and there's no denying that the energy he brings to the club on a nightly basis is a key factor in the Dubs' success. He should be very busy on Wednesday night with Stephen Curry (knee) unavailable. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:08 am
  • Jonas Jerebko slows down, scores six points
    Jonas Jerebko cooled off in Tuesday's loss to the Hawks, scoring six points on 2-of-4 shooting.

    Advice: The Celtics lost by 27 points, so Jerebko only played 24 minutes and added eight rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals. His DFS owners were expecting a lot more from him tonight after posting two straight double-doubles, but no one on the Celtics played well in Game 5 except for Evan Turner. If anything, hopefully this will keep his price low in DFS. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:22 pm
  • 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 George scores 39 in loss to Raptors
    Paul George matched his playoff career high with 39 points in Tuesday's loss to the Raptors, shooting 11-of-19 from the field and 12-of-12 from the line.

    Advice: He was a +15 in 41 minutes and added eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers, yet the Pacers still lost by three because George didn't have much help and they were torched every time he went to the bench for a quick rest. The Pacers were up by as many as 17 points, but they were outscored 25-9 in the fourth quarter and now trail the Raptors 3-2 in the series. PG-13 has been the best player in this series and he will look to tie things up in Indiana for Game 6 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:47 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
  • Jamal Crawford scores 12 points vs. Blazers
    Jamal Crawford scored 12 points during a 98-84 loss to the Blazers on Monday, adding five rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He is going to have to be the top-scoring guard now with Chris Paul (hand) out. Crawford exploded for 30 points back on Apr. 8 when the Clippers rested most of their players against the Jazz, so expect plenty of scoring chances the rest of the way. He'll be a highly-owned player in DFS for Game 5. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:43 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 33; OKC wins series 4-1
    Kevin Durant scored 33 points with seven rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes against the Mavs on Monday.

    Advice: After a productive first round, it's going to get awfully tough against Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs in the next round. After this game, Durant was asked about owner Mark Cuban saying he is the only superstar on OKC. "He's an idiot," Durant said after he covered Russell Westbrook's microphone. Durant also called Charlie Villanueva an idiot for interrupting the Westbrook dance last week. KD is not nice after all. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:42 pm
  • Marvin Williams doesn't score in 37 minutes
    Marvin Williams missed all five shots from the field and didn't go to the line for a scoreless game against the Heat on Monday.

    Advice: He had a nice double-double in Game 3, but he's been terrible in the other three games. In fact, Williams has made just 1-of-22 from the field and missed both free throws to give him a microscopic 4.8 true shooting percentage. The minutes are there, so he's a decent tournament option in DFS. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:13 pm
  • Josh Richardson struggles in 31 minutes
    Josh Richardson made 1-of-7 from the field for three points with four rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: He's finally in a slump. In his last five games, Richardson made just 26.4 percent from the field for 5.6 points per game. He is still getting minutes close to 30 as a second-string combo guard. It's still tough to trust Richardson in DFS due to low dimes and a low usage rate. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:46 pm
  • Casey suggests change in approach for DeRozan
    Dwane Casey hinted that DeMar DeRozan may have to change his approach vs. the Pacers in Toronto's opening round playoff series.

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