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  • Wesley Matthews hoping to return to Portland
    Wesley Matthews (Achilles) said that his "perfect situation" would be for him to return to Portland next season.

    Advice: "So much stuff can happen between now and when free agency starts," Matthews said. "Ideally, perfect situation, yeah. Who doesn't want to go for the perfect situation?" Before suffering a season-ending torn Achilles, Matthews posted averages of 15.9 points, 3.7 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.9 3-pointers per game and was an integral part of Portland's team. It will be interesting to see how much his injury will impact his stock in free agency, but he shouldn't have any shortage of suitors on July 1. For what it's worth, Matthews wants to resume playing basketball in August, so his Achilles must be progressing rapidly. Rotoworld.com
    35 minutes ago
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Ty Lawson could be on his way out of Denver?
    Ty Lawson's relationship with the Nuggets continues to be shaky, and Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post speculates that he could be traded in the near future.

    Advice: When asked by a Dallas Mavericks fan on Instagram to come play for Dallas, Lawson replied,"I wish". Lawson immediately deleted the post, but not before the media got to it. It's pretty obvious that he has grown frustrated with the Nuggets, and a change of scenery would probably be best for both sides moving forward. We will follow this story closely, but don't be surprised if Lawson is wearing a different uniform to start the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:47 am
  • Manu Ginobili is undecided over his future
    Manu Ginobili said that he didn't want to make a decision regarding his future after a disappointing performance against the Clippers on Saturday, but he did admit that his time in the NBA could be over.

    Advice: "It could happen," Ginobili said when asked if he had possibly played in his last NBA game. "I still don't know. I don't want to make a decision after being a disappointment in a game like this. So I'll have a lot of time. I will sit with my family and try to evaluate what happened during the season, how I feel and if I am ready to go at it again. I guess the Spurs are going to have to make a decision, too, and see what they want to do also." Ginobili has clearly lost a step, and he averaged just 18.7 minutes per game in the playoffs this season. If he does return for another season with the Spurs, his role could continue to get smaller, meaning he won't be a target in standard fantasy leagues next season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:26 am
  • Chris Paul hits game-winner in heroic game
    Chris Paul (hamstring) had the most iconic game of his career during a Game 7 111-109 victory over the Spurs on Saturday, scoring 27 points with two rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block, five 3-pointers and one turnover.

    Advice: CP3 also hit a game-winning shot with one second left to earn the series victory. He also suffered a hamstring injury and was able to return in the second quarter. Paul was grabbing his hamstring throughout the game and he was limping numerous times, as well. Coach Doc Rivers said CP3 could miss Game 1 on Monday in Houston and Rivers said he'd guess his star PG can't go, so that will be the biggest story to watch. Until then, let's just re-watch this instant classic a few more times. It's still not fair that the No. 2 and 3 teams for net rating had to play in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:35 pm
     
    Injured
  • J.J. Redick scores 14 points vs. Spurs
    J.J. Redick hit two clutch 3-pointers on back-to-back fourth quarter possessions to help the Clippers earn a win over the Spurs on Saturday, finishing with 14 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Just Jumpers Redick. Few people are going to talk about Redick and the fantastic year he had because of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, but the Clippers probably wouldn't have won today without him. Additionally, his numbers after the break were big, averaging 19.6 points, 2.8 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.9 treys. Only two Warriors had more 3-pointers after the break than J.J. Jamal Crawford was hot early and finished with 16 points, two rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Danny Green posts massive stat line vs. LAC
    Danny Green had a very impressive game during a tough 111-109 loss to the Clippers in Game 7 on Saturday, scoring 16 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, five blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: While he wasn't great off the ball on defense, his on-ball D was tremendous. Green was one of just six players in NBA history to average at least two blocks, one steal and one block (qualifiers for minutes) in a season. He was a fantasy monster and will be again next season. You won't be able to get him in the last few rounds this time, though. Tony Parker also had a good game tonight with 20 points, five boards, five assists and one steal. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:13 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard drops 13 points in sub-par game
    Kawhi Leonard scored 13 points on 5-of-13 from the field with 10 rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: It wasn't his best game and he didn't do a great job defending in this series. Leonard attempted 16 shots per game in the postseason in 36 minutes per outing, which bodes well for his prospects next season. Coach Gregg Popovich kept his word last year that he'd use Kawhi more in offensive sets this season, so expect him to be a huge part of the offense next season. He's obviously a first-round target in fantasy drafts and there's really nothing wrong with grabbing him in the top five at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:04 pm
  • Chris Paul (left hamstring) returns to action
    Chris Paul (hamstring) returned to Saturday's game in the second quarter.

    Advice: Owner Steve Ballmer's face probably isn't quite as red. Although, Paul does seem to be limping a bit, so he's not at 100 percent. He's going to have to man up here. This should be an amazing game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:58 pm
     
    Injured
  • Chris Paul (hamstring) to the locker room
    Chris Paul suffered a hamstring injury against the Spurs on Saturday and went to the locker room. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:40 pm
     
    Injured
  • Mike Conley (face) doubtful to play Sunday
    Mike Conley (face) is doubtful to play against the Warriors on Sunday in Game 1.

    Advice: We still haven't heard if he practiced yet and Tony Allen said "I can't tell y'all" about Conley at practice today. There's hope he'll be able to play at some point in this series, but it doesn't look like it'll be Sunday. The Grizzlies will likely use Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes at the point. Although, it's worth mentioning they had a no-PG lineup briefly in Game 5 vs. Portland. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:38 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • John Wall playing through shoulder issue
    John Wall has been playing through a shoulder strain.

    Advice: "It's all right. It [will] be all right," Wall said of his right shoulder. "I have a little strain in it and it's something I have to deal with, but you make no excuses when you're in the playoffs." He is not in jeopardy of missing Game 1 on Sunday against the Hawks. Wall had a very good season against the Hawks on the stat sheet, but his turnovers were ridiculously high at 6.8 per game. If the Wizards are going to win, he'll need to cut down those TOs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo suspended one game
    Giannis Antetokounmpo has been suspended for the first game of next season for "running over" Mike Dunleavy.

    Advice: It was an expected move and at least Giannis didn't get more than one game. Antetokounmpo joins Kelly Olynyk to get a suspension to start next season. He's expected to play in summer league where he'll likely be working on his perimeter game. Antetokounmpo is going to be pricey in drafts next season, but it might be worth it. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:36 am
     
    Suspended
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Coach: Deron Williams 'not franchise player'
    Nets coach Lionel Hollins said on Saturday that Deron Williams is "not a franchise player any more."

    Advice: Hollins has consistently tried to lower expectations for his former All-Star guard, but never quite as explicitly as he did today. "He's a good player, he's a solid player, but I don't think he's a franchise player anymore," Hollins said. "I'm proud of the way he's bounced back and played, and there's so much pressure on him to be a franchise player, and everybody talks about a franchise player, but we need to have a franchise team." Williams missed 14 games due to injury this season, and when healthy he shot 38.7 percent from the field. Fantasy owners shouldn't reach for him until well into the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:17 am
  • McHale: Pat Beverley (wrist) 'won't be back'
    When coach Kevin McHale was asked if Patrick Beverley (wrist) might return during the playoffs, he replied, "Pat won't be back."

    Advice: Beverley was seen taking a few shots while wearing a cast this week and he said in mid-April that there's a "very strong possibility" he could play in the postseason. That appears to be overly-optimistic, however, and the Rockets have already declared him out for the playoffs. Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni will continue to hold down the PG position, with James Harden doing all the heavy lifting for Houston's backcourt. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:21 am
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Joe Johnson has 'no idea' about Nets' future
    Joe Johnson admitted that he has "no idea" what the Nets' roster will look like next season.

    Advice: "I don't see us coming back as the same team," said Johnson, whose 14.4 points this season were his lowest since 2002-03. "To not even be a .500 ballclub in the East, it's disheartening ... I think everyone in that locker room is unsure of the future here." Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young are the most pressing issues for Brooklyn, as Lopez is an unrestricted free agent and Young has a player option for 2015-16. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:52 am
  • Alan Anderson will opt out, become free agent
    Alan Anderson expects to opt out of his player option in favor of free agency this summer.

    Advice: The 32-year-old swingman shot 34.8 percent from downtown this season and became a reliable rotation player for Lionel Hollins, though he was little more than a 3-point specialist in fantasy leagues. It's not surprising to see him turn down a $1.3 million salary to pursue the security of a longer-team deal. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:40 am
     
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Mike Dunleavy avoids suspension for Game 1
    The NBA gave Mike Dunleavy a Flagrant 1 foul for his hit on Michael Carter-Williams during Game 6, but he will not be suspended.

    Advice: Dunleavy popped Michael Carter-Williams and later hit Giannis Antetokounmpo above the neck, but the league obviously didn't view either play as malicious. He finished Round 1 on a high note with 20 points, four rebounds and five assists, and will look to keep it going vs. the Cavaliers on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:31 am
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Williams and Co. all struggle as Nets fall
    Deron Williams scored 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds and four assists in the Nets' 111-87 Game 6 loss to the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: Williams and his starting teammates were all somewhere between -16 and -29 in the plus/minus department and just couldn't get stops. Joe Johnson scored 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting with six rebounds, six assists and two steals, Brook Lopez hit 7-of-15 shots for 19 and seven, and Thad Young saw just 23 minutes for a pedestrian seven points and six boards. The Nets are staring down the barrel of an ugly re-boot. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:21 pm
  • Korver hits six 3-pointers in Hawks G6 win
    Kyle Korver hit 6-of-10 shots (all threes) for 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in Friday's Game 6 win over the Nets.

    Advice: When Korver is humming the Hawks can beat anybody so seeing him get back on track has been good news for Atlanta. The top-end talent he'll face against Washington next round includes Bradley Beal, Paul Pierce and Otto Porter Jr, so the guys with the athleticism to chase Korver around are young and the guy who knows all Korver's tricks is probably going to be calling for lots of switches. We'll see if they can keep up. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:46 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Teague hands out 13 assists in blowout win
    Jeff Teague handed out 13 assists in Friday's blowout Game 6 win over the Nets, but did not hit any field goals for zero points, two steals and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Teague missed on all five of his attempts but he looked fine and his scoring wasn't needed in the 24-point win. He was, however, a bit inconsistent during this series and he'll need to clean that up against the Wizards. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:39 pm
  • Alan Anderson coming off the bench
    Alan Anderson will come off the bench again on Friday.

    Advice: The Nets are going with the same starters despite Anderson playing remarkably well. If Anderson is hot, expect him to take minutes away from Bojan Bogdanovic and/or Thaddeus Young. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:18 pm
     
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo to go to summer league?
    Giannis Antetokounmpo said he's willing to play in summer league.

    Advice: Last summer, Antetokounmpo playing point guard in Las Vegas was one of the biggest NBA stories of the month. That didn't really come to fruition during the regular season, though. Expect the Bucks to really focus on Giannis' range. Additionally, there's a chance he's suspended to start the season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:46 pm
     
    Suspended
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • MEM not planning to have Conley for Game 1
    The Grizzlies are not expecting Mike Conley (face) to play in Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: "The game plan is without him, but at some point in the series you're hoping that he plays," coach Dave Joerger said. Conley will likely wearing a mask upon his return and it's good news that the Grizzlies aren't ruling him out just yet. He'll travel with the team and there should be another update on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:02 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Report: Arron Afflalo planning to opt out
    Arron Afflalo is planning to opt out of the last year of his deal this summer, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: This is probably good news for the Blazers. Afflalo was a colossal letdown since the Blazers picked him up at the trade deadline. Plus, C.J. McCollum having a post-break explosion as a scorer suggests he's earned a role with 26-30 minutes with a usage rate over 20 next season. There's still two months before free agency starts, so expect several stories to change. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:48 am
  • Mike Conley (face) will travel to Oakland
    Mike Conley (face) will travel with the team to Oakland for Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: There is no word if he'll be able to suit up just yet. Conley hopes to be ready for action at some point during the upcoming series against the league's best team. If he can't give it a go, Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes will have to figure out how to slow down Stephen Curry. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:39 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Report: Smart, Zeller unlikely to be traded
    Marcus Smart and Tyler Zeller are reportedly the least likely players on Boston's roster to be traded this offseason.

    Advice: Danny Ainge really loves Smart's work on the defensive end, and it wouldn't make much sense for a rebuilding organization to trade away such a promising piece after just one season. Zeller is only on the books for $2.6 million next year, which is a great bargain considering what he brings to the table in limited minutes. Ainge has promised Boston fans that the Celtics will be doing big things this offseason, but those big-moves likely won't involve the aforementioned players. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:28 am
  • Jared Dudley confident he'll return w/ Bucks
    Jared Dudley said that there was an 80-90 percent chance he comes back with the Bucks next season, even if he decides to opt out of his contract.

    Advice: Dudley has a player option worth $4.25 million for the 2015-16 season, but it sounds like he'll be back in Milwaukee regardless of whether he opts out of his contract. Dudley said that he enjoys helping the younger guys on the roster, and he'd like to come back and continue building what they started this season. However, for fantasy purposes, Dudley will be a non-option in most leagues after averaging a meager 7.2 points, 1.0 steal and 1.0 three-pointer per game through the 2014-15 season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:03 am
     
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Brandon Jennings shooting flat-footed jumpers
    Brandon Jennings posted a video to his Twitter account on Friday showing him getting up some flat-footed jumpers.

    Advice: Baby steps. Jennings completely tore his Achilles during the 2014-15 season, but he continues to make steady progress, and he's hopeful to be ready by training camp next season. It'll be very interesting to see how Reggie Jackson's restricted free agency pans out, but if he is retained by Detroit, Jennings could be looking at a timeshare at the point guard position. He'll make for a very risky selection during next year's drafts coming off a severe injury. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:36 am
     
    Injured
  • Middleton says he'd like to remain with Bucks
    Khris Middleton stated during his exit interview that he hopes to return with the Bucks next season.

    Advice: "I hope to be back. I definitely feel everybody wants me to be back here," said Middleton regarding his impending free agency. Middleton will be a restricted free agent this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see how high the Bucks will go in matching offers after he had a career-year in Milwaukee. Khris really got going during the second-half of the season, putting in averages of 16.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.6 three-pointers and 1.4 steals per game. Middleton's value will be tied to where he lands, but if he remains with the Bucks, it's unlikely he'll be able to hoist up 14.1 shots per game when Jabari Parker comes back into the fold. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:26 am
     
    Player Note
    Khris Middleton Mil - SG,SF,PF
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Antetokounmpo will apologize to Dunleavy
    Giannis Antetokounmpo called his flagrant 2 foul against Mike Dunleavy during Game 6 "a bad play," and said he intends to apologize to Dunleavy.

    Advice: "It was a bad play by me. It is not going to happen again," said Giannis. The Greek Freak acknowledged that he expects to receive a suspension from the league for his actions during Game 6, and that suspension would be served during the start of the 2015-16 season. Antetokounmpo took a big step during his sophomore season, putting in averages of 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.0 block per game on 49.1 percent shooting from the field. If he could develop a 3-point shot this offseason, he could emerge as a very valuable asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:53 am
     
    Suspended
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Tyler Ennis will play in Summer League
    Tyler Ennis will play a few games for the Bucks' Summer League team, in addition to playing for Team Canada over the summer.

    Advice: Ennis will get some much-needed experience this summer, but as the fourth-string point guard for the Bucks, his fantasy value is right around zero. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:20 am
  • Clippers win 102-96 in SA, Game 7 on Saturday
    Chris Paul was fantastic in the second half to get a huge 102-96 victory in San Antonio on Thursday, scoring 19 points with four rebounds, 15 assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 44 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't make any field goals in the first half and he played the entire second half. Paul's scoring is way up with 22.6 points per game in his previous five. The road team has won each of the last three games, so Saturday's "home-court advantage" doesn't appear to be that large. Game 7 will be in Los Angeles at 8:00 EDT before everyone tunes in for the action in Las Vegas. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:54 pm
     
    Injured
  • Kawhi Leonard has a really bad night in loss
    Kawhi Leonard had one of his worst games in a long time during a loss to the Clippers on Thursday, making 3-of-15 from the field for 12 points with seven rebounds, two assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: He's coming off a sub-par game from Tuesday night and most of his shots were not even really close. Leonard was easily the best Spur for the first four games of the series with some very efficient scoring. Now, he'll really need to get it figured out for Game 7 in Los Angeles on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:41 pm
  • Tony Parker doesn't play down the stretch
    Tony Parker didn't play down the stretch against the Clippers on Thursday, finishing with eight points, four rebounds, seven assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Patty Mills played down the stretch and it might have had something to do with the Spurs needing some 3-pointers to cut the Clippers' lead. Parker should get his normal playing time on Saturday in Game 7. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:36 pm
  • Marco Belinelli scores 23 points in loss
    Marco Belinelli scored 23 points against the Clippers on Thursday with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and seven 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was on fire and played down the stretch as the Spurs tried to pull a comeback. Belinelli played 22 minutes tonight, which is up from 16 minutes in Game 5 and six minutes in Game 4. Assuming he doesn't shoot the ball this well again, Bello will likely play in the teens on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:30 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy scores 20 points in easy win
    Mike Dunleavy was on fire during the first half against the Bucks on Thursday, making 5-of-7 from the field for 20 points with four rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He got into it with Michael Carter-Williams and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was ejected for a really bad foul today. Dunleavy does have an outside chance to be suspended for Game 1 against the Cavs. If that happens, Tony Snell and Nikola Mirotic would get more minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:53 pm
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Khris Middelton has a bad finale
    Khris Middleton made 2-of-7 from the field for six points against the Bulls on Thursday with three rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: While this was a disaster, he could have gone 0-of-50 and it wouldn't affect his offseason value. Middleton will get an offer sheet from the Bucks and become a restricted free agent. Even with the Bucks having two great forwards, the shift to shooting guard was a big success for the former Piston. Expect the Bucks to keep him, but he'll have a very tough time matching his fantasy production because Jabari Parker will take shots away from him. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:50 pm
     
    Player Note
    Khris Middleton Mil - SG,SF,PF
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo ejected in first half
    Giannis Antetokounmpo was ejected in the second quarter on Thursday for a flagrant 2 foul.

    Advice: It was warranted and his season is over unless the Bucks somehow come to life. In just 15 minutes on Thursday, Antetokounmpo finished with five points, three rebounds, two assists and one block. He really thrived around the basket and in transition this season, so adding a perimeter game is the last piece of the puzzle for his offense. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:12 pm
     
    Suspended
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Wesley Matthews says he'll be back by August
    Wesley Matthews stated during his exit interviews that he expects to resume playing basketball in August.

    Advice: August is a bit of an aggressive timetable for such a serious injury, but he did say that rehab has been going well and that he's feeling good. Still, players tend to be overly optimistic in projecting their timetables for recovery, and we'd rather hear something from Portland's medical staff before truly projecting his tentative return date. Matthews will be a free agent this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of salary he can command on the open market coming off a torn Achilles. He'll make for a risky selection in next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:54 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Celtics hope to get Smart more looks at PG
    The Celtics are hoping to get Marcus Smart more time at point guard in summer leagues.

    Advice: The byproduct of this news is that Phil Pressey may be left of the team's summer league roster. "Phil is a possibility for summer league. We may play Marcus some and Phil some, but we really want Marcus to play a little bit more of the point guard position in summer league," Ainge said at his end-of-season press conference on Thursday. Pressey's exclusion from the roster would be a good thing for Smart's ball-handling development as Pressey played a lot of point guard during last year's summer leagues and pushed Smart off the ball. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:42 am
  • Mike Conley optimistic about return
    Mike Conley (eye) said he'll try to play at some point in the Grizzlies' upcoming series against the Warriors.

    Advice: Doctors have told Conley it will take four-to-six weeks for his facial fractures to heal, but Conley called himself day-to-day on Wednesday night. "We’re hopeful that it’ll be sooner than later," Conley said. "It has a lot to do with swelling. [The injuries] were pretty serious to my knowledge. I’m happy to get out of it successfully. My eye was swollen shut two days ago." We'll keep a close eye on Conley's status during the Grizzlies' upcoming series, but Nick Calathes and Beno Udrih will continue to see increased minutes while he's out. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:29 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Mike Conley had two plates inserted in his face
    Mike Conley said that he needed two plates inserted into his face, and he is still dealing with a lot of swelling in his eye.

    Advice: His eye was pretty much swollen shut, and it obviously didn't look good at all. When asked about a potential return, Conley said it was still "up in the air", so we unfortunately still don't have a timetable. We will continue to monitor his progress closely, but Nick Calathes and Beno Udrih will continue to see increased roles for the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:00 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Jeff Teague returns from ankle issue
    Jeff Teague returned from a third-quarter ankle sprain during a 107-97 win over the Nets on Wednesday, finishing with 20 points, three rebounds, eight assists, three steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did have a bad turnover late and he still hasn't completely hit his stride. As for his ankle injury, it's something we'll need to watch in the next couple days. Back on Mar. 25, Teague suffered an ankle sprain and returned to action, but he missed the two following games. Although, that was the regular season and this ankle sprain didn't look as bad. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:58 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores 17 points vs. Nets
    Kyle Korver scored 17 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was easily his best game and the Hawks gave him a ton of off-ball screens to help get him free. Korver attempted 12 treys today and he's pretty much been a one-trick pony for the Hawks offense. It's a pretty neat trick, though. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:52 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Deron Williams comes back to Earth
    Deron Williams cooled off against the Hawks during a 107-97 loss on Wednesday, making 2-of-8 from the field for five points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal and two turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He scored 35 points in Game 4, but Deron was back to looking flat again. Williams did suffer what looked to be an ankle tweak, which can be added to his lower back and knee issues. He's been better at home in the playoffs and will look to bounce back in Game 6 on Friday. Although, he was actually worse at home during the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • Alan Anderson catches fire in a loss
    Alan Anderson kept the Nets in the game with a 23-point gem in a loss to the Hawks on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds and four 3-pointers on 9-of-11 from the field.

    Advice: He started the second half over Bojan Bogdanovic thanks to scoring 16 points in the first half. Anderson was already extremely efficient in this series, turning in an 80.0 effective field goal percentage in his previous four games. He will likely come off the bench on Friday with minutes in the 20s. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:42 pm
     
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Jeff Teague (right ankle) getting re-taped
    Jeff Teague (right ankle sprain) went to the locker room in the third quarter on Wednesday, but will return after being re-taped.

    Advice: He limped to the locker room under his own power, but it certainly wasn't a light limp. It sounds like Teague will be fine today, but don't forget he returned from an ankle injury earlier this season and missed following games because of swelling. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:38 pm
  • Mike Conley (face) listed as out Wednesday
    Mike Conley (face) is listed as out for Game 5 vs. Portland on Wednesday, while Nick Calathes will get another start at point guard.

    Advice: We are still waiting to hear an official timetable for Conley's return, but all signs point to him missing some more time. Calathes and Beno Udrih both played 24 minutes in Game 4, so neither player is attractive in daily leagues. The Grizzlies currently lead the Blazers 3-1, so they will look to close out the series in front of their home crowd tonight. Conley was released from the hospital and is expected to meet up with the team on Wednesday, so hopefully we get some more details soon. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:18 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Tony Parker's struggles continue in Gm 5 win
    Tony Parker struggled in 33 minutes of action on Tuesday, shooting 5-of-15 from the field and 3-of-5 at the FT line to finish with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists.

    Advice: He's playing at less than 100 percent health due to lingering ankle, Achilles and quad injuries, allowing Chris Paul to thoroughly dominate the point guard matchup in Round 1. Parker moved well enough tonight but didn't have his usual explosion, and even his dribble penetration rarely led to easy buckets. The Spurs are fortunate to have a 3-2 series lead while Parker is averaging 9.6 points on 32.8 percent FGs and 58.8 percent FTs. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:16 pm
  • Pierce praises Williams' Game 4 performance
    Paul Pierce praised Deron Williams for his playoff career-high 35-point outburst during Monday's Game 4 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: "I think it's great. I know that's what he's capable of," said Pierce of Williams 35-point performance during Game 4. "That's probably why I said a lot of things I said because I know what Deron Williams is capable of. The player you saw last night, that's what you expect out of him. It's all a mind-set. You got to go out there and will yourself every night, I believe." Pierce recently spoke out about his time in Brooklyn, and singled out Williams with some harsh criticisms, but it's nice to know he can give credit when it's due. Williams will need to continue to play at a high level for Brooklyn to have any shot at beating the East's top seeded team. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:16 pm
  • Tony Parker acknowledges he's not 100 percent
    Tony Parker (ankle, Achilles, quad) admitted on Tuesday that he's not 100 percent healthy, but he will continue to fight through the pain and he will play in Game 5 on Tuesday against the Clippers.

    Advice: Parker struggled through the first three games of the series, but he managed to go off for 18 points during Game 4 on Sunday. Parker knows that he needs to be aggressive for San Antonio to have a shot at repeating for a championship, and he'll look to keep his momentum going during Tuesday's Game 5. We'll let you know how he fares after the game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:30 am
  • Khris Middleton cashes in with 21 points
    Khris Middleton scored 21 points in 38 minutes against the Bulls on Monday with four rebounds, two assists, four steals and two 3-pointers on 8-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: He was really hot in the first half with 15 points, but cooled off after halftime. Middleton wasn't shooting the ball well before this game, making 36.2 percent from the field for 17.0 points in his previous four. He'll likely have another good game in front of the home crowd on Thursday. For what it's worth, Middleton's 50.9 percent from the field in home games this regular season was 8.3 percent better than it was on the road. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:05 pm
     
    Player Note
    Khris Middleton Mil - SG,SF,PF
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Deron Williams scores 35, Nets tie series
    Deron Williams matched his playoff career-high 35 points during an overtime 120-115 Game 4 win over the Hawks on Monday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and seven 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was nothing like we've seen from Deron this series. He was loose, played with a lot of confidence and hit the most 3-pointers he's ever made in a playoff game. Williams didn't seem to be bothered by his knee tendinitis or a tailbone injury, and he also had another minor injury today. The Nets have tied this series up 2-2 and have exposed some weaknesses to the Eastern Conference's top seed. This series will go back to Atlanta on Wednesday for Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:29 pm
  • Kyle Korver makes 6-of-16 from field
    Kyle Korver made 6-of-16 from the field for 16 points against the Nets on Monday with 11 rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He missed three 3-pointers in the last 45 seconds of the game and forced all of them. The Hawks came up with some very creative ways to get Korver some looks, but he still couldn't come through today. He'll look to turn it around at home on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:52 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Deron Williams (knee) will start on Monday
    Deron Williams (knee) will start against the Hawks in Game 4 on Monday.

    Advice: He also suffered a bruised tailbone and is coming off a horrific game from Saturday. Williams might have a short leash today, so he could play anywhere from 18-28 minutes. If he struggles, expect Jarrett Jack to also get more run at the point. Bojan Bogdanovic would also get more playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:19 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (wrist) taking some shots
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) was taking some shots while wearing his cast on Monday.

    Advice: He is still nowhere near close to a return and will be in a cast for another six weeks. Beverley has been on the bench with the team and will likely be out for the rest of the playoffs. He does hope to return later in the playoffs, but the Rockets would have to advance very far to make this even a possibility. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:35 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Mike Conley will have timetable after 2 days
    The Grizzlies will have a timetable on Mike Conley (face) after the swelling goes down in his face in 48 hours.

    Advice: Basically, this is a timetable for a timetable. Conley did have successful surgery on his face on Monday and he's not going to play on Monday night. Most indications around the team are that he'll need to miss more games. With Conley out, the Grizzlies will have Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes handle the point guard duties. Udrih is a better weapon on offense and has better fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:27 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Mike Conley out of surgery, no timetable
    Mike Conley (eye) is out of surgery, but there is no timetable for his return.

    Advice: Conley had a "successful surgery" and is recovering well, but he remains out for at least Game 4 and possibly longer than that. Beno Udrih (ankle) is expected to play after sitting out Game 3, so that means he and Nick Calathes should split point guard duties in Conley's absence. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:24 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Hollins: Deron Williams isn't the same player
    In his defense of Deron Williams, Lionel Hollins said that his starting point guard is no longer the player he once was.

    Advice: No player is the way he was four years ago." Williams has become a punching bag for the Nets since his tenure in Brooklyn began, and Hollins said it's become "totally unfair." Williams has made 2-of-15 shots over his last two games for a combined five points, but he has averaged 8.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.0 steals during that same stretch. He's expected to be able to play in Game 4 and going forward, but D-Will's effectiveness remains in question. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 27, 7:30 am
  • Jeff Teague hated everything about Game 3
    Jeff Teague hated everything about how the Hawks played in Game 3, and he vowed to improve for Game 4.

    Advice: "I hated our game [Saturday], I hated the way I played,’’ Teague said. "I think the whole team hated the way we played." It's hard to imagine the Hawks shooting 35.6 percent from the field again, including a "scathing" 6-of-30 from behind the three-point line, and a win would mean Atlanta taking a commanding 3-1 series lead. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 27, 6:38 am
  • Danny Green scoreless, shoots 0-of-6 Sunday
    Danny Green failed to connect on his six 3-point attempts in Game 4, going scoreless with two rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: Five of Green's 3-pointers were of the 'uncontested' variety, meaning no Clippers' defender was within 3.5 feet of him, yet he still came up empty in the tough home loss. He's now averaging 6.5 points on 29.0 percent shooting in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:50 pm
  • Marco Belinelli held to six minutes in Game 4
    Marco Belinelli played only six minutes off the Spurs' bench in Sunday's Game 4 loss, scoring three points with two boards and one assist.

    Advice: Gregg Popovich tightened his second-unit rotation with only three players logging more than six minutes -- Patty Mills (20), Manu Ginobili (22) and Boris Diaw (31). Belinelli scored proficiently in the series' first three games and he's a likely candidate to get more burn in L.A. on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:49 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard sparkles in tough Game 4 defeat
    Kawhi Leonard followed up Friday's career game with another sparkling performance on Sunday, finishing with 26 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists, one block and zero turnovers.

    Advice: He reached the 40-minute mark for only the third time this season and continues to establish himself as a go-to offensive weapon in addition to being the league's Defensive Player of the Year. A pair of clutch 3-pointers from Kawhi kept his team competitive down the stretch, but the Spurs' defeat means they've again ceded homecourt advantage to the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:48 pm
  • Mike Conley needs surgery on facial fractures
    Mike Conley will have surgery on Monday to repair multiple facial fractures and his timetable for recovery is uncertain.

    Advice: TNT's Lewis Johnson broke the news. We already know that Conley will not play in Game 4, leaving Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes to run the PG spot, and his availability for a potential second-round matchup should be determined after the surgery. Russell Westbrook missed only one game after having facial surgery in early March but that's an exception, and the nature of Conley's multiple fractures will determine the length of his absence. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:36 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Chris Paul drops 34 points in Game 4 win
    Chris Paul bounced back in a big way during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Spurs, putting up 34 points, seven assists, three rebounds, two 3-pointers, one block, one steal and two turnovers through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: After going just 3-of-11 from the field during Friday's Game 3 loss, Paul sank 11-of-19 of his shots while going a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe in a crucial Game 4 win for the Clippers. The Clippers will now head back to Los Angeles with the series tied up at two a piece, and they'll need Paul to keep the momentum going if they hope to take the 3-2 lead over the defending champs. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 3:49 pm
     
    Injured
  • Mike Conley (face) out for Game 4 on Monday
    Mike Conley (face) will return to Memphis to undergo further evaluation, and he has been ruled out for Monday's Game 4 against Portland.

    Advice: With Conley out for Game 4 expect Beno Udrih to draw the start with Nick Calathes playing extended minutes off the bench. The Grizzlies are saying that Conley's injury is serious, so there's a good chance his absence extends beyond Game 4. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph will do the heavy lifting on offense for however long Conley is unavailable. For what it's worth, Conley's personal chef posted on Facebook that Conley will have surgery, but his person chef isn't exactly the most reliable source. We'll be waiting for an official diagnosis from the Grizzlies' organization. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 1:59 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Deron Williams has severe case of tendinitis?
    According to teammate Joe Johnson, Deron Williams is dealing with a "severe" case of tendinitis in his knee.

    Advice: Williams also suffered a bruised tailbone in Game 3 on Saturday, but he has been banged up for a while now and this news isn't too surprising given his injury history. Head coach Lionel Hollins doesn't know if Williams will be able to play in Game 4 on Monday, but we will update his status once we know more. Jarrett Jack will step into the starting lineup if Williams is forced to miss any action, and he would be a popular option for owners in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 9:39 am
  • Marcus Smart was late to practice on Saturday
    Marcus Smart was reportedly late to practice on Saturday because he overslept, but head coach Brad Stevens said that Jae Crowder was always going to start in Game 4.

    Advice: There have been some indications that Smart will see reduced minutes for disciplinary reasons, so it's probably best for owners in fantasy leagues to look at other options. Jae Crowder is starting because his physical presence is needed to guard LeBron James, but there is no word on whether or not the switch is temporary. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 8:35 am
  • Marcus Smart benched for Game 4 on Sunday
    Marcus Smart will come off the bench for Game 4 against the Cavaliers on Sunday with Jae Crowder set to replace him in the first unit.

    Advice: Smart has seen an average of just 23.0 minutes in the first three games of the series, and it's pretty obvious that head coach Brad Stevens wants a bigger lineup to help deal with the presence of LeBron James. Smart should still get some decent run off the bench, but his postseason averages of 9.3 points, 1.7 boards, 1.3 assists and 1.0 3-pointer per game makes him tough to look at in terms of fantasy production. Evan Turner will spend plenty of time running the point today. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 8:01 am
  • Deron Williams suffered a bruised tailbone
    Deron Williams left Saturday's game against the Hawks after landing hard on his tailbone, but he is expected to be fine moving forward.

    Advice: "It’s frustrating," Williams said. "It’s frustrating for me to be banged up, but we won tonight. And like I said, that’s the only thing that matters. Brook [Lopez] had a heck of a game tonight, you know, on both ends of the floor, rebounding. He did everything tonight. Joe [Johnson], big plays." Jarrett Jack took over when Williams left the game and led the Nets to an 18-0 run, so it looks like Williams' injury may have actually been a blessing in disguise for Brooklyn. Williams finished with just three points on 1-of-8 shooting to go with six assists, seven boards and two steals, but he will have to step it up if he doesn't want to lose playing time to Jack. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 6:51 am
  • Tony Parker says his Achilles isn't too bad
    Tony Parker said that his sore left ankle, tight right Achilles tendon and bruised left quadriceps are getting better, but he did admit that he doesn't have the same lift on his jumpers.

    Advice: "Obviously, it has to do with my Achilles and my ankle because sometimes I don’t feel the same lift," Parker said. "But as long as I’m aggressive, that’s all [head coach Gregg Popovich] wants. He wants me to be in attack mode." Parker has been pretty sluggish in the playoffs so far, averaging just 5.7 points, 3.0 assists and 2.3 boards through the first three games. A win on Sunday would allow the Spurs to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Clippers, so expect Parker to be a little more aggressive tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 6:14 am
  • Arron Afflalo fouls out in return on Saturday
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) returned to action for Game 3 vs. the Grizzlies on Saturday, but he scored just five points on 2-of-5 shooting before fouling out in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He did add six boards, one assist and one 3-pointer to his name, but he looked pretty rusty and he was clearly frustrated with himself after picking up so many cheap fouls. Afflalo wasn't playing well before the injury, so he is going to have to step it up if he doesn't want to lose more minutes to C.J. McCollum. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 11:03 pm
  • Jared Dudley scores 13 off the bench
    Jared Dudley played 29 minutes off the bench during a 92-90 Game 4 victory over the Bulls on Saturday, scoring 13 points with two rebounds, five assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Jared hit Jerryd Bayless for a backdoor layup on an inbounds pass to get the Bucks a buzzer-beater to win it. It was a slightly dangerous pass, but Dudley deserves a lot of credit for executing it perfectly. The Bucks second unit was great with 47 points, which was more than the starters' 45. The Bucks also capitalized on the Bulls' 28 turnovers with 39 points off those mistakes. As for Dudley's extra playing time, he earned his minutes from Ersan Ilyasova, who scored just nine points on 3-of-11 from the field in 17 minutes. Both could wind up being around 24 minutes in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 6:28 pm
     
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Arron Afflalo will start against Memphis
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) will start against the Grizzlies in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: He said on Friday that he's not 100 percent, but he has been able to go through practice. Afflalo hasn't played well whatsoever, so it should be interesting to see how tight of a leash coach Terry Stotts will have on him. Allen Crabbe will lose a ton of minutes while C.J. McCollum could lose a handful, too. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 5:58 pm
  • Deron Williams doesn't play in the fourth
    Deron Williams made 1-of-8 from the field for three points against the Hawks on Saturday with seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and three turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: It was a really bad game from Deron. He didn't play in the final 16 minutes. Williams did suffer a minor lower back injury and there was something wrong with his right leg, but there's been no indication of those injuries being the reason he sat the entire fourth quarter. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 3:11 pm
  • Jeff Teague turns in an awful performance
    Jeff Teague had one of his worst games in a long time during a Game 3 loss to the Nets on Saturday, making 4-of-13 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and four turnovers.

    Advice: This was not a great game from the ATL point guards with Dennis Schroder also scoring just three points on 1-of-9 from the field with two assists and two turnovers. Teague was extremely sloppy and the ball slipped out of his hands numerous times. He'll need to play better if the Hawks want to make a run. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 2:40 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores just two points
    Kyle Korver managed to score just two points against the Nets on Saturday with two rebounds, five assists and two blocks on 1-of-8 from the field.

    Advice: He was forcing shots and the Nets clearly went into today with a plan to keep Korver in check. He only had one 3-point attempt in the first half and a lot of credit should go to Bojan Bogdanovic. Expect the Nets to keep a guy on Korver throughout most possessions in Game 4 like they did today. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 2:35 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Arron Afflalo says he will play in Game 3 Sat
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is officially listed as probable, but he says he will play in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: "It's no time to get to 100 percent," Afflalo said. "You just go out there and give it your best." Afflalo isn't expected to have a minutes restriction moving forward and also said that he won't have any problems shooting from distance. It isn't clear what type of role he will have right out of the gate, but it's safe to say that Allen Crabbe and C.J. McCollum should expect to lose some playing time. However, Afflalo wasn't playing well before the injury which makes it tough to trust him in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 8:49 am
  • Kawhi Leonard is going nowhere in free agency
    Kawhi Leonard isn't expected to pursue offer sheets when he becomes a restricted free agent this summer, as the Spurs are planning on offering him a max contract.

    Advice: Leonard is quickly becoming one of the top players in the NBA due to his contributions on both sides of the court, so it's not surprising in the slightest that he is expected to get a max deal. The Spurs took a 2-1 series lead over the Clippers on Friday night thanks to a career-high 32 points from Leonard, and he also added four boards, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers to his name. Spiderman is going to be a fantasy stud for many years to come, and he is going to be off the board early in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 6:13 am
  • Spiderman scores career-high 32 in SA win
    Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the Spurs 100-73 Game 3 win over the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to float Spiderman out there as a nickname and see if it sticks. He was the best player on the floor tonight and it wasn't close, as we see the blossoming of a top-10 NBA player before our eyes. Tim Duncan added four points, seven boards, four assists, one steal and three blocks in the blowout win. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 9:00 pm
  • Parker gets easy game in blowout win
    Tony Parker (Achilles) played 26 minutes in Friday's Game 3 win over the Clippers, scoring six points on 3-of-11 shooting with three rebounds and three assists.

    Advice: This low minute total and low-impact game was huge for his ability to rest up for Sunday's Game 4. We'll keep an eye on his status and we're not too confident in his overall ability to produce, but this was a win for Spurs fans tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 8:58 pm
  • Green gets back on track against Clippers
    Danny Green scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and three triples in Friday's Game 3 win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Green has been quiet but tonight's output was a good sign that he's ready to heat up. Check his DFS prices because he might be undervalued. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 8:56 pm
  • Clippers Big 4 hit just 12-of-44 FGs in loss
    Chris Paul and Co. laid an egg in the Clippers' Game 3 loss to the Spurs, with Paul hitting just 3-of-11 shots for seven points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals and six turnovers.

    Advice: Paul was hardly the worst offender with Jamal Crawford hitting just 1-of-11 shots in 23 minutes. J.J. Redick went 2-of-7 for seven points and not much else, and Blake Griffin was 6-of-15 from the field for 14 points, 10 boards, five assists and a block. This was your prototypical goose egg and they'll look to get back on track in Sunday's Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 8:54 pm
     
    Injured
  • Arron Afflalo probable to play on Saturday
    Arron Afflalo (shoulder) is probable to play against the Grizzlies in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: He was able to do some shooting before Wednesday, but his shoulder looked to be an issue on long-range shots. Afflalo was pushing a weighed sled on Friday, which suggests he's a lot closer to being healthy. C.J. McCollum played 37 minutes in Game 1 and just 29 minutes in Game 2, so maybe he's lost some playing time due to making just 19.0 percent from the field in the playoffs. Expect C.J. and Allen Crabbe to lose more minutes. Afflalo is still not someone fantasy owners can trust due to his lackluster numbers since joining the Blazers. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 12:48 pm
  • Tony Parker (Achilles) will play in Game 3
    Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich said that Tony Parker will play in Game 3 against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: Parker is going to fight through the pain tonight for a very important Game 3 for San Antonio. He has however struggled through the first two games of the series, scoring just one point in his last outing, so he makes for a very risky option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 10:09 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 25 points
    Giannis Antetokounmpo logged 51 minutes against the Bulls during a double-overtime 113-106 loss on Thursday, scoring 25 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three turnovers.

    Advice: He was red hot in the beginning of the game and entered halftime with 17 points. Antetokounmpo scored just six points in Game 2 and he was extremely aggressive in this loss, but he was tightly defended for most of his shots in the second half and in OT. Looking ahead, the big question for the Greek Freak this summer will be if he can develop a jumper. Last year, we were all hoping he'd perform better at the rim to improve his efficiency and he didn't let us down, so he certainly is capable of extending his range. He's 20 years old. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 8:28 pm
     
    Suspended
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Khris Middleton scores 18 points in loss
    Khris Middleton scored 18 points on 6-of-17 from the field against the Bulls on Thursday, adding three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 49 minutes.

    Advice: He hit a clutch shot late in regulation to get this to overtime. Middleton continues to be the floor spacer in the Bucks offense, which is absolutely essential with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Michael Carter-Williams yet to develop some range to their games. Even with Jabari Parker coming back next season, expect the Bucks to match all reasonable offers this summer for the restricted free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 8:22 pm
     
    Player Note
    Khris Middleton Mil - SG,SF,PF
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Marcus Smart doesn't start second half
    Marcus Smart did not start the second half against the Cavs on Thursday, finishing with eight points, two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He started out with some intensity early on the defensive end, but coach Brad Stevens didn't feel comfortable rolling with Smart down the stretch on top of not starting him in the second half. He'll likely start in Game 4, but he might not play more than 20 minutes. For what it's worth, Smart played 26 minutes in each of the first two games of this series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 7:12 pm
  • Tony Parker (Achilles) questionable for Fri
    Tony Parker (Achilles) is being listed as questionable for Game 3 against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: Parker was unable to finish Wednesday's game with the injury, but he said on Thursday that he didn't expect to miss any time. We'll be monitoring Parker's status closely, but sounds like he may be headed for a game-time call on Friday. If he's forced to sit, Patty Mills and Cory Joseph would be asked to fill the void. Mills was fantastic on Wednesday, and he'd be worth a look in daily leagues if Parker can't go. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 3:13 pm
  • Tony Parker doesn't expect to miss any time
    Tony Parker (Achilles) said he doesn't expect to miss any time.

    Advice: Parker said he was forced to leave Wednesday's Game 2 with the same injury he suffered against Oklahoma City on April 7, but doesn't expect to miss any time. "It's been a tough year, but I think I'll be all right," Parker said. "I think I put too much pressure on the right ankle because of the soreness in my left ankle." We'll update Parker's status prior to Friday's Game 3, but it sounds like he'll try and gut through this injury for as long as he can. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 8:58 am
  • Tim Duncan concerned about Tony Parker
    Tim Duncan said he's concerned about Tony Parker's Achilles injury.

    Advice: Parker left Wednesday's Game 2 in the fourth quarter and was unable to return and Duncan said that he's "very concerned" about Parker's injury. "I hope he's able to play and play well for us," The Big Fundamental said. "We need him for that. He's a big part of what we do. So him not at 100 percent hurts us. But we'll see. He's a gamer." We'll keep an eye on updates, but Patty Mills and Cory Joseph would be in line for big minutes if Parker is forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 7:39 am
  • Kawhi Leonard named Defensive Player of Year
    Kawhi Leonard has been named the 2014-15 Defensive Player of the Year.

    Advice: Leonard finished ahead of Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Anthony Davis, and Rudy Gobert, respectively, on his way to winning his first DPOY Award. After a slow start to the 2014-15 season, Leonard was still able to finish as a top-25 player in standard fantasy leagues and should be a popular early-round pick next season. Now the only thing to do is keep an eye on Draymond Green's Twitter feed. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 7:19 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 23 points vs. Clippers
    Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points against the Clippers on Wednesday with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: This time last year, we were just starting to see the Kawhi ISO plays and he's really grown as a scorer. Leonard also made it very tough on the wings for the Clippers tonight and he also was guarding Chris Paul during this game. It's hard to overrate Kawhi and he's arguably a top-five player in the NBA for his contributions on both sides of the ball. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 22, 11:08 pm
  • Chris Paul scores 21 with seven dimes
    Chris Paul was terrific again during a tough 111-107 Game 2 loss on Wednesday, scoring 21 points with eight boards, seven assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He continues to be remarkably efficient in this series. In the two games combined, Paul made 20-of-30 from the field with six 3-pointers to give him a 76.7 effective field goal percentage. As for the non-scoring stuff, the second guessers are going to be out in force because of Blake Griffin having some bad turnovers late, especially considering how CP3's assist:turnover ratio is off the charts. The Clippers will have to win one in San Antonio now. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 22, 10:58 pm
     
    Injured
  • Tony Parker (right Achilles) out for game
    Tony Parker is dealing with a right Achilles injury on Wednesday and will not return.

    Advice: He already had left ankle and thigh injuries heading into this game. Parker is dealing with tightness in his Achilles, so it's not a serious injury. Still, he did not look like himself, so he might need some time off. If he's out, Patty Mills and Cory Joseph would get some extra run. Parker finished with one point, two boards, five assists and one steal. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 22, 10:08 pm
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