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  • Blake Griffin posts triple-double in victory
    Blake Griffin triple-doubled against the Spurs on Saturday with 24 points, 13 boards, 10 assists and four turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: That's two triple-doubles in this series and Blake's averages are otherworldly. In the seven games, Griffin averaged 24.1 points, 13.1 boards, 7.4 dimes, 1.4 steals, 1.4 blocks and 2.7 turnovers. He's playing some of his best ball of his life and he'll have huge numbers against the Rockets as well. The series starts on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Glen Davis (ankle) plays well
    Glen Davis (ankle) played 11 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday with six points, three rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: Chris Paul overshadows his injury just a bit. Davis scored on his first possession and had a nice game. He'll be ready to go on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Tim Duncan scores 27 in season-ending loss
    Tim Duncan played unbelievably well against the Clippers during a thrilling 111-109 loss on Saturday, scoring 27 points with 11 rebounds and no turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It was an amazing game to arguably the best first-round series ever. Duncan clearly has several miles left on his tires and it's hard to imagine him retiring after this season. He's 39 years old, but he might be playing until he's 45 based on how awesome he was tonight. He'll be someone to target in the middle rounds of drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:51 pm
  • Glen Davis (ankle) will play in Game 7
    Glen Davis (ankle) will play against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: This comes from coach Doc Rivers and is as official as we'll get. Rivers said Davis is "good" for this game, so expect him to play around 10-15 minutes tonight. Blake Griffin should be around 42 minutes and DeAndre Jordan's playing time will be based on how often he's fouled. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:16 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
  • Report: Glen Davis feeling better for Game 7
    Glen Davis (ankle) is feeling better and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him play in Game 7 on Saturday.

    Advice: Considering he had to be in a wheelchair on Thursday, it's somewhat surprising to see Davis is feeling so much better today. While Big Baby is hardly a make-or-break player, it will be nice to have him available in order to keep Blake Griffin under 44 minutes tonight. We'll likely have an update around 90 minutes before the 8:00 EDT start time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:23 am
  • Joakim Noah (illness) ready to go for Game 1
    Joakim Noah (illness) went through most of Saturday's practice and he's in no danger of missing Monday's Game 1 vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: "We're ready to roll," said Tom Thibodeau. Noah made himself a target for Cavs' fans ire by telling reporters this week, "You know what? I never thought I'd say this, but I'm very excited to go to Cleveland." Noah averaged only 6.5 points vs. the Bucks in the first round, but he also had 11.7 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • Billy Donovan addresses Durant's free agency
    Thunder coach Billy Donovan's priority is to "develop a better relationship" with Kevin Durant.

    Advice: Donovan was hired on Thursday and Durant won't hit free agency until July 2016, but questions about Durant's future already loom large. "With his rehab I think we will have a chance to sit down and really spend a lot of time together," Donovan said. "I feel very, very confident in the organization and I think the organization and Kevin ... are a great match." Durant has been nothing but supportive of Donovan's hiring, and he's expected to be fully recovered from his foot surgery in 3-5 months. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:29 am
     
    Injured
  • John Henson aims to gain weight this summer
    John Henson will focus on gaining weight with an improved diet this offseason.

    Advice: Henson added some bulk last summer but said he burned most of it off while playing in 67 games this season, averaging 7.0 points, 4.7 boards and 2.0 blocks in only 18.3 minutes per game. He has tantalizing per-minute fantasy potential but his role is complicated with starters Zaza Pachulia and Ersan Ilyasova both set to return for Milwaukee next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:08 am
  • Kings not interested in DeMarcus Cousins deal
    The Kings are not interested in trading DeMarcus Cousins, according to CSN California.

    Advice: This comes in the context of a rumor that the Celtics hope to pry Cousins away from the Kings with a package of draft picks and young talent, and there isn't a team in the league that would balk at acquiring him for the right price. Sacramento endured a rocky season including a mid-season coaching change that didn't sit well with Cousins, but for now, "The Kings want to make a playoff run next season with Cousins as the centerpiece of the franchise." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:40 am
  • Blazers GM optimistic about retaining FAs
    With LaMarcus Aldridge poised to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, Blazers GM Neil Olshey said the league's collective bargaining agreement "is favorable for teams that want to retain their players."

    Advice: Olshey has "contingencies in place" no matter what happens in free agency, and he readily concedes the obvious -- "When you have a franchise player who is unrestricted, that will dictate a great deal of what [the Blazers] do this summer." Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez are also headed for free agency, as is Dorell Wright, and there's a chance that well see a very different Portland team in 2016-17. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:32 am
  • Thaddeus Young may opt for free agency
    Thaddeus Young could enter the free-agent market by exercising his early-termination option for 2015-16.

    Advice: Young would make $10.2 million if he doesn't terminate his deal, and may prefer to hold out one more season to cash in on the expected salary-surge tied to the league's new TV revenues in 2016-17. No matter what he decides, ESPN's Mike Mazzeo reports that Brooklyn aims to retain Young as their starting power forward. He ended his tumultuous season on a poor note, averaging 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 24 minutes per game during losses in Games 5 and 6. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:25 am
  • Hawks finally close out Nets in Game 6 win
    Al Horford scored 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in Friday's clinching Game 6 win over the Nets.

    Advice: Horford's finger is going to be on the radar for perhaps the rest of the playoffs and the Hawks turn right around and play Game 1 against the Wizards on Sunday. Paul Millsap's shoulder will also be worth watching, though you couldn't tell by his 25 points, nine boards, six assists and two steals in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:09 pm
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Carroll hits 7-of-8 shots for 20 points
    DeMarre Carroll hit 7-of-8 shots in Friday's Game 6 win over the Nets, finishing with 20 points, five rebounds and three treys in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: Carroll is one of the reasons the Hawks are so dangerous, as he can defend multiple positions and give you efficient scoring and floor spacing on the other end. Paul Pierce won't be able to hop inside the Hawks' heads and take up residence in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:52 pm
  • 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
  • Kelly Olynyk will not be at summer league
    Kelly Olynyk will not play in summer league in July.

    Advice: He will play for the Canadian team instead. Olynyk will be suspended for the first game of the season and it'll be interesting to see how the Celtics address their frontcourt this summer. For now, he's not going to be worth drafting in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:42 pm
     
    Suspended
  • Donatas Motiejunas still out 2-3 months
    Donatas Motiejunas (back) is still expected to miss the next 2-3 months.

    Advice: He was already ruled out for the playoffs and now he could miss some time during his offseason program. Motiejunas needed a lumbar microdiscectomy on Apr. 10 and should be ready for training camp. It'll be interesting to see how much playing time he gets with Terrence Jones playing well. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:10 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Chandler Parsons has arthroscopic surgery
    Chandler Parsons (knee) had arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday morning.

    Advice: This is good news that he didn't have microfracture surgery. The Mavs did not give a timetable for his recovery, but generally knee scopes require 4-6 weeks off. That means he should be ready to roll in a couple months. Parsons should have more fantasy value with Rajon Rondo out of town, so keep an eye on him in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:31 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Chandler Parsons has knee surgery on Friday
    Chandler Parsons (knee) had surgery on Friday morning.

    Advice: We don't know what the details are just yet, but feel free to check out the image in the link below. "Thank you for all the support throughout this process," Parsons said on his Instagram page. "I will be back stronger and better than ever!!" It seems like it could be microfracture surgery and there should be an official update soon. If that's the case, he could miss the start of the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:20 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Glen Davis (ankle) is questionable for Game 7
    Glen Davis (ankle) is listed as questionable to play against the Spurs in Game 7 on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers didn't have a noteworthy update today and we should get a better idea at shootaround on Saturday. Davis fortunately seems to have avoided a serious injury after needing a wheelchair on Thursday night. If he's out, Spencer Hawes may get a couple more minutes, but expect DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin to get 40 minutes each. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:08 pm
  • Report: DAL/SA could land LaMarcus Aldridge?
    San Antonio and Dallas are rumored to be at the top of LaMarcus Aldridge's list as a free agent destination.

    Advice: Aldridge stated during his exit interview that he's enjoyed his time with the Trail Blazers, but there are rumors out there that he's felt underappreciated in Portland as the spotlight has shifted more towards his fiery counterpart, Damian Lillard. Then again, there are 29 other teams that would have no problem asking Marc Stein or any other writer to print that. He's also spent nine years playing for an organization that has only made it out of their first-round series once, and they've failed to go any further than a second-round exit, so that will likely weigh into his decision. That being said, it's still far too early to make any definitive proclamations, and nothing is final until Aldridge puts his name to a contract. We’ll be following this story very closely this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:42 am
  • Rumor: GSW will go after Durant as an UFA
    According to Klay Thompson's father, Mychal Thompson, the Warriors are expected to "go hard after Kevin Durant" when he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: This report should be viewed with some substantial skepticism given what the Warriors would need to do to make this a reality. Yes, David Lee's massive contract will come off the books, and the salary cap will skyrocket when Durant becomes a free agent, but that still would only give the Warriors roughly $11 million in cap room to spend on a $25 million player. They would need to trade away some contracts to make the necessary room, and while it's not impossible, at this juncture it would seem highly improbable that Durant lands in Golden State as a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:12 am
     
    Injured
  • Glen Davis (ankle) listed as day-to-day
    Glen Davis (ankle) is officially being listed as day-to-day, and his status for Saturday's Game 7 against the Spurs remains uncertain.

    Advice: Davis is set to be re-evaluated later today, but given that he needed wheelchair to get to the locker room after sustaining the injury during Thursday's Game 6, we're going to be considering him doubtful for Saturday's Game 7 in Los Angeles. If Davis is unable to go, Blake Griffin will log as close to 48 minutes as possible in a do-or-die Game 7 for the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:51 am
  • Ilyasova undecided if he'll play for Turkey
    Ersan Ilyasova said that he was undecided if he will play for the Turkish national team this summer.

    Advice: For a guy that's as injury prone as Ilyasova, Milwaukee management is probably hoping he elects to forgo any strenuous activities this offseason. For what it's worth, Ersan did not participate in the FIBA World Cup last summer, but that still didn't keep him healthy during the 2014-15 season. Ilyasova did have a bit of a bounce-back performance after the break this year, compiling averages of 14.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 three-pointers per game on 47.3 percent shooting from the field. However, he didn't become a steady rotation player until Jabari Parker went down for the year, and he still missed 24 games. He's not a great guy to draft next season, especially with Jabari Parker set to reclaim his role as a starter. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:15 am
  • Joakim Noah looking forward to matchup w/ CLE
    Joakim Noah is looking forward to the Bulls' second-round matchup with the Cavaliers.

    Advice: "You know what? I never thought I'd say this, but I'm very excited to go to Cleveland," said Noah after Thursday's dominant Game 6 win over the Bucks. Noah and LeBron James have some history, and friendly-rivalry is not a term we'd use to describe this upcoming series. Noah is going to draw a favorable matchup against the Cavs, so he makes sense as a guy to target in daily leagues, as he should be able to put up some quality numbers throughout the Bull's second-round series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:00 am
  • 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
  • Glen Davis (ankle) uncertain for Game 7
    Glen Davis suffered low ankle sprain during Thursday's Game 6 win over the Spurs, and his status for Saturday's Game 7 has yet to be determined.

    Advice: Davis was in a considerable amount of pain after the injury, and he needed to be taken off the court in a wheelchair, so we're going to consider him doubtful for Game 7. Without Davis, Blake Griffin will get all the run he can handle, while Spencer Hawes and Ekpe Udoh will have the opportunity to log some extended minutes off the bench. The Clippers could also elect to go small and give Matt Barnes and Hedo Turkoglu some minutes at the four-spot. Griffin is the only guy with any meaningful fantasy value out of the group. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:29 am
  • Jabari Parker hopeful to be ready by camp
    Jabari Parker (knee) said during his exit interview that while he remains without an official timetable, he's hopeful to be ready by training camp next season.

    Advice: Parker added that while he won't be playing in Summer League, he will be there to support his teammates from the sidelines. Parker only made it through 25 games his rookie season before sustaining a pretty major knee injury, and he'll make for a risky selection in next year's draft. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:15 am
     
    Injured
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Report: BOS will go after DeMarcus Cousins
    The Celtics are reportedly expected to try and land DeMarcus Cousins via trade this offseason.

    Advice: The Celtics currently have a treasure trove of draft picks to dangle in trade talks, in addition to guys like Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, and Gerald Wallace's expiring contract. There was a report that came out at the trade deadline this season that Kings' head coach George Karl didn't view anyone on the roster as "untouchable," and it'll be interesting to see if Sacramento is willing to listen to offers for Cousins this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:25 am
  • Sullinger, Olynyk will garner trade interest
    Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk will reportedly garner trade interest this offseason.

    Advice: While Sullinger and Olynyk are talented players, they aren't exactly franchise building blocks, and Boston has no reason to not at least listen to the offers that come in this offseason. Weight has been an issue for Sullinger, but his ability to score, rebound, and stretch the floor is nothing to shrug at. Olynyk isn't a great defender, but he's a 7-footer with range, and that's a valuable asset to have in today's NBA. It'll be interesting to see what the Celtics do this offseason, but a trade of Sullinger or Olynyk will open up minutes for the guy that remains in Boston. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:03 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 26 in Game 6 win on road
    Blake Griffin logged 41 minutes against the Spurs during a Game 6 victory on Thursday, scoring 26 points with 12 boards, six assists, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: He is putting up some enormous stat lines right now. In his previous five, Griffin averaged 24.2 points, 13.2 boards, 7.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.7 steals in 41.2 minutes. If Glen Davis (ankle) is out for Game 7, Griffin will likely be near 44 minutes. Although, he looked really tired at times tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:50 pm
  • Boris Diaw scores 17 points, Spurs lose
    Boris Diaw scored 17 points off the bench in Game 6 during a 102-96 loss on Thursday, adding four rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Clippers.

    Advice: Tim Duncan was not great with 12 points, 13 boards and three assists while Manu Ginobili had just three points in 14 minutes. The Spurs had one of their worst games from an offensive standpoint and just missed a ton of open shots. Game 7 will be at 8:00 EDT on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:46 pm
  • Glen Davis hurts ankle on Thursday
    Glen Davis suffered a left ankle injury in the fourth quarter on Thursday night.

    Advice: He couldn't put much weight on his left leg and received some treatment on the bench. He was in a lot of pain and needed to be taken off in a wheelchair, so this sounds like a serious injury or even an Achilles problem. He checked out with two points, three rebounds and two turnovers in 10 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:48 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic gets bumped from rotation
    Nikola Mirotic played eight minutes against the Bucks on Thursday with two points, four boards and one assist.

    Advice: The Bulls were on fire in the first half, so Mirotic was basically left out of the rotation tonight. He continues to struggle at small forward and that is the big reason why he's seen his playing time fall off. Mirotic played 19.5 minutes per game in his previous two games and he didn't even check in tonight until the Bulls were up 34 points. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:52 pm
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Ersan Ilyasova scores seven points
    Ersan Ilyasova scored seven points during a blowout 120-66 loss to the Bulls on Thursday, adding three rebounds and one foul in 17 minutes.

    Advice: The Bucks starting unit scored a combined 29 points with Zaza Pachulia leading that group with eight points. As for Ilyasova, he had a very solid bounce-back season following a catastrophic 2013-14 year. Still, he is likely to be bumped from the starting lineup next season with Jabari Parker likely ready for opening night. As it stands right now, Ghostface Ilya won't be worth drafting in fantasy leagues next season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:51 pm
  • 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
  • Nick Collison (knee surgery) out 4-6 weeks
    Nick Collison had knee surgery on Thursday and will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.

    Advice: It's just a knee scope and he should be ready to roll for training camp. Collison had his knee scoped last summer and he'll likely be needing procedures in the future. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:42 pm
     
    Injured
  • 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
  • Kevin Durant 'excited' to learn from Donovan
    Kevin Durant said that he's "excited to learn" from Billy Donovan, that he will do whatever his head coach asks him to do.

    Advice: Durant seems to be pleased with OKC's hiring, and he said that he's reached out to Mike Miller and Chandler Parsons to pick their brains about what it's like to play for Donovan, and he's heard nothing but positives. Durant is one of those players that's so talented it really doesn't matter what "system" he's put in to perform at a top-3 level, but coming off an injury plagued season, he'll make for a bit of a risky selection in next year's drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:07 pm
     
    Injured
  • Aldridge says he won't drag out free agency
    LaMarcus Aldridge said during his exit interview that he doesn't intend to drag out the free agency process.

    Advice: "I’ve never been in it. I’ve never been in this situation," Aldridge said of his impending free agency. "I’m not one to prolong things or drag it out." He also said that he's unsure on whether or not he'll undergo thumb surgery, so that's a story we'll be monitoring over the offseason. Aldridge has established himself as an elite power forward in the league, and there will be no shortage of suitors vying for his services this offseason. For what it's worth, Aldridge did say that he's enjoyed his nine years in Portland, and that those nine years will weigh more than anything else during free agency. Regardless of where he winds up, he’ll be a solid second-round selection in next year’s fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:05 pm
  • Kevin Love still expected to get max offer
    Kevin Love is expected to receive a max contract if he heads into free agency, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

    Advice: While Love is expected to miss four to six months following surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder, he'll have no shortage of suitors with money to spend if he decides to opt-out of his Cavs contract. Love can end any speculation by deciding to opt-in by June 30, but he'd also leave over $2 million per season on the table by doing so. We'll surely have plenty of updates to come if this becomes the Summer of Love, but the Knicks, Lakers, Suns, and Celtics are all rumored to have interest in the big man if he opts out. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:31 am
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Chandler Parsons ready to recruit for Mavs
    Chandler Parsons said he's ready to take on a recruiting role to help attract free agents to Dallas.

    Advice: While Parsons is likely to have knee surgery over the offseason, he's not letting that stop him from heading up the Mavs' recruiting efforts. "I’m officially shifting into GM mode," he said. "I have great relationships with a lot of guys that are out there. I have a great relationship with a lot of guys that are currently on our team, so as a guy that will be here for a while and as one of the key guys going forward I will definitely be talking to management. Anything I can do to help I’ll obviously do." We'll keep an eye on Parsons' recruitment and recovery efforts over the summer, but it sounds like he has a busy few months ahead of him. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:04 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Ainge says Jared Sullinger hurting his career
    Celtics president Danny Ainge said Jared Sullinger is hurting the longevity of his career by being in his current shape.

    Advice: While Ainge also added that Sullinger is working to get himself into better shape, his comments don't exactly make it sound like the team is pleased with Sullinger's conditioning. The 23-year-old had previously talked about losing weight over the summer, so we'll keep an eye out for updates on his offseason progress. Sullinger's 2014-15 averages of 13.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 treys, 0.8 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game can be helpful in standard fantasy leagues, but he won't be more than a later-round option unless he takes his game to another level next season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:55 am
  • Jae Crowder will receive qualifying offer
    Celtics president Danny Ainge said Jae Crowder will receive a qualifying offer from the team.

    Advice: "I can emphatically say that we will definitely qualify Jae Crowder," Ainge said, "which I think is pretty obvious." After extending the $1.2 million qualifying offer, the Celtics will have the chance to match any offer the restricted free agent gets. Ainge has previously said the Celtics view Crowder as a big part of their team going forward, so it would be a surprise if he isn't back in Boston next season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:19 am
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • Celtics would like to re-sign Jonas Jerebko
    Celtics president Danny Ainge said the Celtics would like to re-sign Jonas Jerebko.

    Advice: Speaking on a local radio station, Ainge said he likes the "Swedish Larry Bird", but re-signing him will depend on the cost and the team's draft moves. Jerebko averaged 7.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 0.9 three-pointers in 29 games with the Celtics and would help provide the team with some veteran depth, but he's unlikely to be a major part of any team's rotation next year and isn't on the standard-league fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:46 am
  • Durant happy with potential Donovan hiring
    Kevin Durant is reportedly happy with the Thunder's interest in Billy Donovan as the team's next head coach.

    Advice: With news that Billy Donovan is nearing a multi-year deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kevin Durant has done his own research on the coach and is optimistic about the hiring. While Donovan doesn't have any NBA experience, he is one of the premier coaches in college hoops and will inherit a very talented roster. As long as Durant returns healthy for the 2015-16 season, he should have no problem thriving in Donovan's system and will likely be a top-5 selection in most fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:32 am
     
    Injured
  • LaMarcus Aldridge not ready to talk future
    LaMarcus Aldridge declined to talk about his free agency plans after the Trail Blazers lost their opening-round playoff series to the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: While rumors have circulated that Aldridge is ready to leave Portland as an unrestricted free agent this summer, the big man wasn't ready to talk about that after the game. "I will cross that bridge later on,'' Aldridge said. "Right now, I want to be with my teammates and reflect on the good season we had.'' LA's rumored suitors include the Lakers, Knicks, Mavericks, and Spurs, but no matter where he ends up, he's coming of a top-25 fantasy season and should be a second-round target on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:24 am
  • Aldridge scores 14, Blazers are eliminated
    LaMarcus Aldridge couldn't prevent the Blazers from losing their series with the Grizzlies on Wednesday, as he finished with just 14 points and nine boards before fouling out in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He shot just 5-of-18 from the field tonight, and it's possible that this was his last game in a Blazer uniform. Aldridge is set to become a free agent this summer, and teams such as the Mavericks, Spurs, Knicks and Lakers will reportedly go after him very aggressively. Aldridge is also still bothered by his left thumb, and it should be noted that he will have to get surgery on it in the offseason. As always, we will monitor this situation very closely in the coming weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:27 pm
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) will miss 4-6 months
    Kevin Love (shoulder) underwent surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder on Wednesday afternoon, and he is expected to be sidelined for the next four to six months.

    Advice: This is a tough blow for the Cavaliers, and we wish Love nothing but the best in his recovery. This obviously will have a significant impact on Cleveland's title hopes, and a potential matchup with the Bulls' imposing frontcourt in the next round just got even harder. Love could potentially miss training camp and maybe some games as well next season, but we should be able to provide plenty of updates over the summer. Tristan Thompson will likely step in as the starting power forward, while LeBron James may be asked to play some minutes at the four as well. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:41 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 24 points in a win
    DeMarre Carroll continued his remarkable postseason with 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's the first Hawk to score 20-plus points in three straight playoff games since Jamal Crawford in 2011. Carroll's contract season is basically the opposite of Rajon Rondo and he's really earned some big money. The Hawks are by far a better team when Carroll is on the court right now. As an aside, he did suffer a minor hand injury, but he was fine and didn't need to miss time. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:47 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) set for a larger role?
    Chandler Parsons (knee) said that he expects to have a larger role next season.

    Advice: Parsons had a decent year with the Mavericks, posting averages of 15.7 points, 4.9 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.0 3-pointers per game. However, his knee is still going to require surgery in the offseason, and if he missed the start of training camp or more it could really slow him down to start the season. Doctors won't know exactly what's wrong with his knee until he has the procedure, so we would expect a firm timetable after the surgery. As always, we will continue to track his progress closely. Parsons will also heavily recruit free agents to Dallas this summer, so it will be interesting to see if he can bring anyone notable in. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:08 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Aldridge doesn't have any regrets over thumb
    LaMarcus Aldridge made it clear that he doesn't have any regrets of delaying his thumb surgery, but he did add that he isn't 100 percent.

    Advice: "If feeling great is 10, I'm about a 5, 6," Aldridge said in regards to his thumb. The Blazers are losing 3-1 to the Grizzlies, but Aldridge is doing everything he can to keep the Blazers alive by averaging 23.8 points, 11.8 boards, 2.0 assists and 2.5 blocks per game. His future in Portland is very unclear at the moment, and a first-round exit surely wouldn't help things. Expect Aldridge to give everything he has in Game 5 tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:51 am
  • Jonas Jerebko wants to remain a Celtic
    Jonas Jerebko is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but he is hopeful to return to the Celtics.

    Advice: "I loved it here," Jerebko said. "I’d love to come back. I’d definitely like to keep this going." Jerebko averaged 7.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game off the bench this season for Boston, and though he does help spread the floor with his perimeter shooting, it would be tough to imagine him having a significant role next season once the Celtics reload through the draft and free agency. He should garner some interest around the league, but in terms of fantasy, he isn't on the standard-league radar for the 2015-16 season at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:32 am
  • Jae Crowder will likely be a restricted FA
    According to the Boston Globe, the Celtics will likely extend Jae Crowder a qualifying offer of $1.1 million which would make him a restricted free agent.

    Advice: It would be an easy decision for Boston, as Crowder's physical play and work ethic was contagious to his teammates. Other teams would have to overpay to pry Crowder away from the Celtics if he does become a restricted free agent, so we would expect him to see him in a Boston uniform for the 2015-16 campaign. Crowder is also nursing a sprained ACL and bone bruise, so we will continue to track his progress closely. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:49 am
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • Kelly Olynyk wants to be more aggressive
    Kelly Olynyk said that he must be more aggressive on the offensive end to take his game to the next level.

    Advice: "I think I had stretches where I was playing well and doing a lot of different things on the floor, whether passing or creating shots, shooting or getting to the rim," Olynyk said. "And then I had other games where I wasn’t as good, not the same aggressiveness." Olynyk was limited to just 64 games this season due to a nasty ankle sprain, but he was pretty disappointing with averages of 10.3 points, 4.7 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.0 3-pointer in 22.3 minutes per game. The Celtics have four of the top 45 picks in the upcoming draft, and even though Brandon Bass may not return to town, Olynyk could find it difficult to see his role increase if the Celtics add more assets to their frontcourt. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:37 am
     
    Suspended
  • Tim Duncan notches 21 & 11 in Game 5 victory
    Tim Duncan scored 21 points during Tuesday's thrilling Game 5 road win, adding 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals, one block and only one turnover in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The game began at 10:30 ET and was just under three hours long, but anyone who stayed awake until its conclusion was treated to a magnificent playoff battle. The Spurs landed the final blow, earning a 3-2 lead as they head home for Thursday's Game 6. As for Duncan, the ageless one continues to solidify his place among the league's all-time greats. Follow the link below for his game-changing block vs. Blake Griffin. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:46 pm
  • Blake Griffin posts 30 & 14 in Game 5 defeat
    Blake Griffin finished Tuesday's crushing Game 5 loss with a game-high 30 points (10-of-15 FGs, 10-of-14 FTs), 14 rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block and five turnovers.

    Advice: Griffin is averaging 7.3 assists per game in the playoffs, tied for fourth behind only J.J. Barea, James Harden and John Wall -- yes, he's ahead of Chris Paul. He's one of three players with at least four playoff double-doubles (Pau Gasol leads the way with five) and the Spurs don't have a player to check him individually. On the other hand, Blake is shooting an abysmal 19.0 percent in the fourth quarter during the series. He'll look to even the score in a hostile environment during Game 6 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:36 pm
  • Boris Diaw's clutch play boosts Spurs to 3-2
    Boris Diaw came up clutch during Game 5 in L.A. on Tuesday, notching 10 points, one 3-pointer, seven rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Diaw made a few timely buckets to help the Spurs escape with a four-point victory, including a critical 3-pointer and a savvy turnaround jumper to beat the shot clock (which you can view via the link below). He's averaging 4.3 assists in the playoffs while committing a mere 0.5 turnovers, giving him an astounding 8.5 assist-to-turnover ratio. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:21 pm
  • Report: Kevin Love expected to return to CLE
    Celtics management believes that Kevin Love will return to Cleveland next season, according to the Boston Herald.

    Advice: Cleveland does hold Love's Bird rights, meaning they can sign him for five years (one more year than any other team can offer), in addition to being able to offer him $30 million more than any other team, so they have an advantage from a money standpoint. However, nothing is official until Love inks his name and there will be no shortage of suitors once he hits the open market. It'll be interesting to see if Love elects to pick up his player option for the 2015-16 season in order to hit free agency when the league’s salary cap is expected to skyrocket. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:09 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Tim Duncan: a modest man w/ historic numbers
    Tim Duncan remained modest when asked how he's managed to continue to be an effective player on the basketball court even into his later years.

    Advice: "I’m just trying to keep pace," Duncan said after Game 2's win. "I don’t have a secret. I’m in a great system, I’m on a great team and I’m not asked to do what I used to do. I’m asked to play a role, and I’m happy to play a role. I’m just trying to be as consistent as I can for my teammates." When all is said and done, Duncan will go down as one of the best power forwards to ever play the game. He's been a key piece to all of San Antonio's five championships, he ranks 14th on the all-time scoring list, and he's currently the only player in NBA history to have 9,000+ playoff minutes. Amazing. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:55 pm
  • Chandler Parsons hoping to avoid surgery
    Chandler Parsons (knee) has delayed surgery until the Mavs' playoff run is over.

    Advice: Parsons said he’s delaying surgery on his right knee and added that he and doctors won’t know exactly what’s wrong with the knee until he has the procedure. The 26-year-old has been getting multiple medical opinions on his injured knee and one of the options is microfracture surgery. "There’s a lot of opinions and a lot of different things out there, but really the doctors won’t know anything until they open me up," Parsons said. "So I’m not going to say something is going to happen or not happen and then be wrong. I really won’t know until they open me up." If microfracture surgery is required, Parsons would potentially be looking at an 8-month recovery period, and he'd be in danger of missing the start of the 2015-16 season. We’ll be watching this story very closely over the offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:47 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Kevin Love unlikely to return this season
    Kevin Love (shoulder) is highly unlikely to return this season, according to Cavaliers general manager David Griffin.

    Advice: Griffin said the damage to Love's shoulder is extensive and added that surgery is an option for the 26-year-old. This is a huge blow for the Cavs' playoff hopes and could affect Love's impending free agency. We'll provide updates as soon as new becomes available, but it goes without saying that Kelly Olynyk might not want to visit Cleveland for a while. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:37 am
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • LaMarcus Aldridge has an awful game
    LaMarcus Aldridge made 6-of-22 from the field for 18 points with 12 boards, one assist and no turnovers in 40 minutes against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: It was a really bad game and he was defended very well by Zach Randolph. This could have been Aldridge's last game at the Moda Center and the fans gave him a nice reception. The team will look to extend its season on Wednesday in Memphis. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:34 pm
  • 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
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 20 points in loss
    DeMarre Carroll had another big game in a 120-115 overtime loss to the Nets on Monday, scoring 20 points with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Paul Millsap also had a big stat line with 16 points, 12 boards, four assists, three steals and three blocks. The Hawks finally sorted out their shooting issues, but they turned the ball over too much and couldn't stop Deron Williams. Carroll is earning himself some money this summer and will look to get a win on Wednesday in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:14 pm
  • Al Horford has pinkie issue, returns to game
    Al Horford played 31 minutes against the Nets on Monday with 17 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He had a minor pinkie injury and had to leave the game, but he just needed to be re-taped. Horford didn't play too much down the stretch in favor of Pero Antic, which marks the second consecutive time that's been an issue. He did have some foul trouble and maybe the pinkie injury was a factor. He'll be in the starting lineup on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:05 pm
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Chandler Parsons could need microfracture
    Chandler Parsons (knee) could need microfracture on his right knee.

    Advice: It's only a possibility for now and he is getting multiple opinions on his ailing knee. If he is going to have that surgery, he'll be out for the start of training camp and possibly the start of the season. Parsons was a top-60 player in fantasy last season, but this surgery would move him closer to 100 on fantasy draft boards. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:22 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Kelly Olynyk suspended one game
    Kelly Olynyk has been suspended one game for his incident with Kevin Love.

    Advice: He was tangled up with Love and now won't play in the opening game of the 2015-16 season. Olynyk doesn't have a history of dirty play, but it was a little more physical than most loose-ball incidents. HIs fantasy value will be tied to whether or not the Celtics keep Brandon Bass or draft another big man. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:08 pm
     
    Suspended
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) out for second round
    Kevin Love (shoulder) will not be able to play in the second round of the playoffs.

    Advice: The team is calling it "an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising." In simpler terms, he suffered damage to several parts of his shoulder and has tearing, so he is likely out beyond the second round, as well. Love is undergoing treatment while other opinions are being considered. For now, there will be a combination of Tristan Thompson, James Jones and Iman Shumpert getting more run. The Cavs also used LeBron James at the four a lot on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:04 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Blake Griffin (shoulder stinger) will play
    Blake Griffin is dealing with a right shoulder stinger and will play in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard of the injury and it sounds minor. Griffin logged 43 minutes on Sunday with 20 points and 19 boards. He's also posting terrific averages of 22.3 points, 13.3 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:37 pm
  • Jae Crowder calls J.R. Smith play cheap
    Jae Crowder described J.R. Smith's play against him as a cheap shot.

    Advice: "Cheap shots. But it is what it is." The good news is that Crowder is expected to avoid surgery and appears to have avoided a major injury, but his ACL sprain will take several weeks of rest and rehab. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:56 am
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • Crowder has ACL sprain, won't need surgery
    Jae Crowder (knee) has been diagnosed with an ACL sprain and bone bruise, and he's expected to avoid surgery.

    Advice: This is fantastic news for Crowder ahead of his restricted free agency, and it's a nice development after Crowder was maliciously taken out of the game by J.R. Smith. Crowder will need rest and rehab in order to recover, and he will have a ton of suitors on the open market after breaking out in a big way with the Celtics. For what it's worth, Boston GM Danny Ainge has said repeatedly that the team wants to re-sign No. 99. He's quickly turned into a fan favorite, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:52 am
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • Kelly Olynyk fires back at Kevin Love
    Kelly Olynyk said it's "ridiculous" that Kevin Love (shoulder) thinks Olynyk injured him on purpose.

    Advice: "I would never intentionally hurt Kevin or anyone else. He locked my arm up, I locked up his as we were fighting for a loose ball. You lock up arms all the time in this league," Olynyk said. "I wish him a very speedy recovery, and I hope he can come back to help his team in the playoffs." Love called it a "bush-league play," but it was in the moment and the big man was probably extra salty after sustaining the injury in the first round of his first playoff series ever. GM Danny Ainge also defended Olynyk, saying that the two simply got their arums tangled up. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:56 am
     
    Suspended
  • Report: Love, Celtics share mutual interest
    The Celtics have become a possible destination for Kevin Love in free agency, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: There is a ton of speculative language, so we'll take this from what it's worth while noting that it's from the esteemed Adrian Wojnarowski, who almost never misses when it comes to scooping NBA news. Woj writes that Love has never been "completely comfortable in Cleveland," something anyone with a pulse could feel, and the scribe adds that Boston has "closed the gap" with the Lakers should Love decide to leave Cleveland in the offseason. After Love called out Kelly Olynyk and the Celtics on Sunday, maybe he's not feeling the love in Bean Town so much anymore. Despite Love saying he's intent on remaining in Cleveland, nothing is certain until it's done. The Cavs cannot afford to lose him. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:16 am
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Rivers: Blake is our second-best passer
    Doc Rivers called Blake Griffin the second-best passer on the Clippers behind Chris Paul.

    Advice: When asked why he had his power forward operating for others, Rivers responded simply, "Because after Chris, Blake is our best passer." Griffin averaged a career-high 5.3 assists this season after never eclipsing the 4.0 mark in any campaign prior, and he's averaging 7.3 assists in the first round series vs. San Antonio through its first four games. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:08 am
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) seeing a specialist
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is expected to get a third opinion this week.

    Advice: Parsons is traveling to Chicago, and it's not a good sign that he needs a third opinion in order to determine what's exactly wrong with his knee. "Trying to stay positive with it," Parsons said. There is a serious chance that Parsons will not be ready for training camp depending on the severity of the surgery he has to undergo. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:05 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Report: Kevin Love (shoulder) may miss 2+ wks
    Kevin Love (dislocated shoulder) will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his injury, but ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports that he will likely miss "a minimum of two weeks."

    Advice: It seems inevitable that Love will miss games in the second round of the playoffs. We'll await test results before jumping to any far-reaching conclusions, but Tristan Thompson is likely to see the biggest boost if Love is forced to miss any time. James Jones, Mike Miller and possibly Shawn Marion could also see their roles increased, especially if J.R. Smith is suspended for blatantly hitting Jae Crowder in the face on Sunday. Check back on Monday for updates on Love's status. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 7:50 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Tim Duncan's 22 & 14 aren't enough in Game 4
    Tim Duncan had 22 points (8-of-13 FGs and 6-of-10 FTs), 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks in a losing effort on Sunday, as the Spurs fell at home 105-114.

    Advice: Duncan got off to a slow start but he was as terrific as ever today, and he racked up a few more records that highlight his longevity -- he's the only player to log 9,000+ minutes in the NBA playoffs, and passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for third place in most postseason appearances (trailing only Robert Horry and Derek Fisher). Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:51 pm
  • Blake Griffin w/ playoff-career-high 19 rebs
    Blake Griffin grabbed a playoff career-high 19 rebounds to help the Clippers even their first-round series at 2-2, adding 20 points, seven assists and one steal.

    Advice: Griffin turned the ball over just once in 43 minutes and continues to be a problem matchup for the Spurs, who don't have a big man able to defend him one-on-one or keep him off the glass. He had 109 touches in Game 4, easily the most of any player on either team, and will play just as central a role during Tuesday's crucial Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:26 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk could be facing a suspension?
    Kelly Olynyk may be facing a suspension for his actions against Kevin Love during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cavs.

    Advice: Olynyk got tangled up with Love on a play during the first quarter, pulling at Loves arm, and it resulted in a dislocated shoulder for Love. Evan Turner did come to Olynyk's defense after the game saying, "He doesn't have a mean bone in his body. He just can't box out to save his life." Boston's season is over, so the suspension wouldn't go in effect until next season, but we'll be watching or an official ruling from the league. Olynyk finished Sunday's game with just one point and one rebound through 11 minutes of play. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 3:33 pm
     
    Suspended
  • Jared Sullinger's 21 pts not enough for BOS
    Jared Sullinger did his best to keep the Celtics' season alive on Sunday, scoring 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting, to go with 11 rebounds, one 3-pointer and one block, but it ultimately was not enough as Boston was swept by Cleveland.

    Advice: Sullinger made some minor improvements during third year in the league, finishing his 2014-15 campaign with averages of 13.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 three-pointers, 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocks per game. Injuries also limited him to just 58 regular-season games, marking his second injury-plagued season. His weight continues to be an issue, and his low field goal percentage partnered with limited contributions to the defensive categories really weighs down his value. He's not much more than a low-end asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 3:06 pm
  • Love diagnosed w/ dislocated left shoulder
    Kevin Love has officially been diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder, and his status for the Cavs' next game will be determined after he undergoes further evaluation in Cleveland.

    Advice: Love will travel back to Cleveland today to receive additional examination, imaging, and testing, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. Love said there was no doubt in his mind that Kelly Olynyk intentionally pulled on his arm, and there's a chance Olynyk receives a suspension from the league that would be served during next season for his actions today. Love did say that he was feeling better, and that he hopes to play in Game 1 of the next series, but we'll wait for the Cavs' medical staff to set a timeline as players tend to be overly optimistic in projecting their return from injuries. If Love is forced to miss any games, Tristan Thompson and James Jones will pick up some extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 1:27 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Jae Crowder (knee) will get MRI on Sunday
    Jae Crowder is scheduled to undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the knee injury that he suffered during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cavs.

    Advice: Crowder had played very well during his time with the Celtics, so this is very unfortunate timing as he is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason. The injury didn't look good at all, and Crowder wasn't able to put any weight on his left leg as he was helped to the locker room. We're hoping for the best for Crowder, and we'll provide an update on what the Celtics are currently calling a sprain as soon as more information becomes available. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 1:14 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • Jae Crowder leaves Game 4 with knee sprain
    Jae Crowder left Game 4 against the Cavs' with a left knee sprain, and he will not return.

    Advice: Crowder got caught with a nasty elbow from J.R. Smith that caused him to fall to the ground awkwardly, and in the process he injured his knee. He needed to be helped to the locker room, and there's really no way that Smith doesn't receive a suspension from the league for his actions today, the only question is how many games he’ll be forced to miss. Crowder ended Sunday's game with seven points, three rebounds and one assist through 17 minutes of action. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 11:50 am
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) probable for Game 5
    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said that everyone came out of Game 4 fine health wise, and Nikola Mirotic (knee) "should be good" for Game 5 on Monday.

    Advice: Mirotic didn't play very well in his return to action on Saturday, scoring just five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer through 20 minutes of action. The minutes, however, were encouraging and we'd expect him to pick up his play on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 11:38 am
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) will not return Sunday
    Kevin Love suffered a left shoulder injury in Game 4 against the Celtics and he will not be able to return according to ESPN's Heather Cox.

    Advice: Not good. He was tangled with Kelly Olynyk while they were fighting for a rebound and it appeared that his shoulder popped out of place. Love looked like he was in a lot of discomfort and immediately ran back to the locker room when it happened. The Cavs said that they will wait for Love to return to Cleveland to further evaluate the injury, and we'll be monitoring this situation very closely. Tristan Thompson and James Jones will have to play more if Love is forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 10:18 am
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Jared Sullinger (tailbone) will play Sunday
    Jared Sullinger (bruised tailbone) will be available to play in Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: Sullinger was unable to practice on Saturday and was supposedly a game-time decision, but it's a good sign that the Celtics cleared him to play with over an hour before tip-off. Sullinger is averaging 9.3 points and 5.7 boards while shooting 57 percent from the field in the series, so he is going to have to continue to provide solid minutes off the bench if the Celtics want to avoid getting swept by the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 8:51 am
  • Jared Sullinger will be a game-time decision
    Jared Sullinger (bruised tailbone) will be a game-time decision on Sunday against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: He wasn't able to practice at all on Saturday and was originally listed as probable, so it looks like he is in danger of missing this contest. For what it's worth, head coach Brad Stevens wouldn't give any indication on whether or not Sullinger will give it a go, but we will pass along an update when we know more. Brandon Bass and Jonas Jerebko could play more if Sullinger is held out. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 8:23 am
  • Jae Crowder will start over Marcus Smart
    Jae Crowder will be replacing Marcus Smart in the starting lineup for Game 4 against the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: Crowder pretty much made it clear in practice on Saturday that he would be in the starting lineup, so this news was expected. There could be additional changes to the lineup as well, so be sure to stay tuned for updates. Smart hasn't played that well in this series so far, and it makes sense to get a physical presence in the lineup such as Crowder to help contain LeBron James. Expect Evan Turner and Avery Bradley to have some extra ball-handling responsibilities as well. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 7:55 am
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • LaMarcus Aldridge's future is up in the air
    ESPN's Chris Broussard reported on Saturday that when he asked LaMarcus Aldridge if Portland will be his No.1 choice in free agency, Aldridge said "we'll see".

    Advice: To make this story even more interesting, Blazers general manager Neil Olshey gave his team the option of flying home separately after their Game 2 defeat in Memphis, and Aldridge was the only player to take a separate flight from the team. This certainly doesn't bode well for Aldridge's future in Portland, and it's already being reported that teams such as the Spurs, Mavericks, Lakers and Knicks will pursue him hard this summer. The Blazers have lost the first three games of the series to the Grizzlies, so an early-round exit likely won't help Portland's chances of retaining their star power forward. We will continue to pass along updates as necessary. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 7:50 am
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) holds up well Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic (knee) said that he wasn't 100 percent in Game 4 against the Bucks on Saturday, but he is happy with the way his body held up.

    Advice: Mirotic was held out of Game 3 and it looked like he was going to spend some quality time on the shelf, so it was definitely surprising to see him return so soon. He didn't play very well on Saturday as he scored just five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer, but the good news is that it looks like he will be fine moving forward. Expect a better performance in Game 5 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 6:28 am
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • LaMarcus Aldridge shoots 6-of-18 from field
    LaMarcus Aldridge struggled from the field in Saturday's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies, shooting just 6-of-18 from the field to finish with 21 points, seven boards, five assists and two blocks.

    Advice: His shot was way off for most of the night and he was never able to establish a rhythm. Rumors were swirling around Aldridge for the entire game about potential destinations when he hits free agency, and an early first-round exit likely won't sit too well with him. Aldridge will look to bounce back in Game 4 on Monday as the Blazers try to avoid getting swept by the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 11:18 pm
  • John Henson gets 26 minutes on Saturday
    John Henson played 26 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday with six points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: He didn't play nearly as much as his 39-minute outing in Game 3, but Zaza Pachulia was very good on defense. Pachulia finished with eight points, five rebounds, one assist and six steals in 22 minutes. The two will likely split the center minutes for the rest of this season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 5:52 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) plays 20 minutes
    Nikola Mirotic returned from a one-game absence and played 20 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday, making 2-of-7 from the field for five points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He played most of his minutes at small forward, which continues to be a problem area for him. Mirotic has made just 33.3 percent from the field in the playoffs and is scoring just 6.0 points per game. The good news is that he didn't look hurt today. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 5:44 pm
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Thaddeus Young comes through with 18 & 11
    Thaddeus Young looked reinvigorated during a 91-83 Game 3 win over the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and four turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: He apologized for his poor play in Game 2 and his actions spoke much louder than those words. Young was very aggressive with the ball, which is the opposite of what happened Wednesday when he only had one shot attempt in the restricted area. Young set up much closer to the basket than usual, so expect that to continue. He's played at least 40 minutes in two of the three games in this series and should be around that amount going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 2:59 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 22 points in loss
    DeMarre Carroll made 9-of-12 from the field for 22 points against the Nets on Saturday with six rebounds, one steal, three 3-pointers and four turnovers.

    Advice: None of his teammates had an effective field goal percentage above 50.0 and Carroll was really the only reason the Hawks were able to get over 80 points today. Carroll only had two points on Wednesday, so expect him to be somewhere in between for Game 4 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 2:50 pm
  • Al Horford makes just 3-of-12 from the field
    Al Horford made just 3-of-12 from the field for seven points against the Nets on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't play down the stretch with Pero Antic getting his minutes. There is no word of an injury and the Hawks probably just wanted a 3-point threat out there in a comeback attempt. Horford is making just 35.9 percent from the field in this series and is being outplayed by Brook Lopez. He'll look to turn it around on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 2:44 pm
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) will play on Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic (knee) will play against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: He went through a warmup session and was moving around pretty well. This comes as a surprise because Mirotic didn't even run at practice on Friday. Since Derrick Rose has been back and Joakim Noah was active, most of Mirotic's minutes have been at small forward during the regular season, but he's shifted to the four more in the postseason. He'll take away some playing time from Tony Snell and Taj Gibson. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 1:03 pm
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Chandler Parsons doing light work at practice
    Chandler Parsons (knee) was seen going through a light workout at practice on Saturday, though he remains out for the playoffs.

    Advice: While there is no tear or structural damage to his right knee, he will have to undergo surgery and a timetable for his return will not be set until after the procedure. We will continue to track his progress closely, but it's encouraging to see him move around at practice. Richard Jefferson (calf) will likely continue to start if he is able to play, but Al-Farouq Aminu will likely be the primary beneficiary. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 11:22 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Jae Crowder says he will be starting Game 4
    Jae Crowder said he will be in the starting lineup for Game 4 on Sunday.

    Advice: There will also be additional changes to the lineup according to Avery Bradley, but those details haven't been released yet. Crowder and Jonas Jerebko started the second half of Game 3 in place of Marcus Smart and Brandon Bass, so it appears that Smart will be the first victim of the lineup change. Jerebko was also running with the first unit at practice on Saturday, so changes appear to be imminent. We should know more details after shootaround, and we will continue to follow this story very closely. The Celtics have lost the first three games of the series, so nothing will likely be off the table as they look to avoid a sweep vs. the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 11:04 am
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • Jared Sullinger is probable for Game 4 Sunday
    Jared Sullinger missed practice on Saturday due to a bruised tailbone, but he is probable to play in Game 4 on Sunday according to head coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: Sullinger was having trouble getting up and down the court, so the team wisely held him out of practice as a precaution. It doesn't sound like he is in danger of missing any action, but we should have another update after shootaround. Sullinger is still getting back into shape after recovering from a foot injury, and he has only played an average of 17.3 minutes through three playoff games. However, he has been playing quite well with averages of 9.3 points and 5.7 boards while shooting 57 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 10:46 am
  • Thaddeus Young apologizes for his performance
    Thaddeus Young apologized to his teammates for his performance in Game 2 v. the Hawks in which he scored just two points in 24 minutes.

    Advice: "First thing I said when I came into the locker room the other night was, 'Fellas, I'm sorry. I didn't give you guys anything tonight. I've got to be better,' " Young said on Friday. "I take pride in everything I do out there on the court and I take losses hard." It's admirable that Young is placing most of the blame on himself, but the Nets have been simply overpowered so far and they will look to clinch their first win in Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 8:40 am
  • Nikola Mirotic (knee) still not running yet
    Nikola Mirotic (knee) was not able to run at practice on Friday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like he'll be ready for Game 4 on Saturday. With Mirotic out, his minutes at small forward went to Tony Snell while his minutes at the four went to Taj Gibson. The Bulls have plenty of depth at both forward spots and they'll have four chances to finish off the Bucks, so don't expect the rookie to play in the next couple games. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 12:42 pm
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Tim Duncan ready to go for Game 3 on Friday
    Tim Duncan said he was "a little sore, and a little tired" after logging 44 minutes against the Clippers during Game 2 on Wednesday, but he's ready to go for Friday's Game 3.

    Advice: The 38-year-old was absolutely fantastic during Wednesday's Game 2 win, putting up 28 points with 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block. While it's a bit unlikely he can match his scoring total from Wednesday, he may have to shoulder a bit more of the offensive workload with Tony Parker (Achilles) hurting, so he's someone to consider in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 10:47 am
  • James calls Kevin Love a 'big-time player'
    LeBron James praised Kevin Love following his big 23-point performance during Thursday's Game 3 win over the Celtics.

    Advice: "I don't get too involved in what everybody says," James said. "I know what type of player [Love] is, what type of competitor he is, and I know he relishes the opportunity to be a part of this franchise and the postseason. With everything said with the first eight months of the season, he's definitely used it as motivation. I think he's a big-time player, he's a cerebral basketball player." Love received his fair share of criticism (much like Chris Bosh) during his inaugural season as part of the Cavs’ Big-3, but he's looked fantastic so far throughout the Boston-Cleveland series. It’ll be very interesting to see what Love elects to do this offseason with his player option worth $16.7 million. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 6:53 am
     
    Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • 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
  • John Henson gets 39 minutes vs. Bulls
    John Henson played 39 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with 15 points, 14 boards, one steal and three blocks.

    Advice: This was his first game with more than 30 minutes since Feb. 4, and is what his fantasy owners were hoping for all season. Henson provided a huge spark off the bench and coach Jason Kidd went with him for the final 27 minutes of this contest. He probably won't start in Game 4, but Henson may be looking at more than 30 minutes again. He'll be a risk-reward guy in daily fantasy leagues, but the reward is very attractive. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 8:12 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 16 points off bench
    Jae Crowder started the second half against the Cavs during a Game 3 loss on Thursday, finishing with 16 points, seven boards, four assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 5-of-6 from the field.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens continues to play Crowder at shooting guard more often, which makes sense because they need all the size they can get to help keep LeBron James out of the paint. Crowder didn't have a bad game on defense and he was efficient (100.0 effective field goal percentage) on the offensive end outside of four turnovers. He's likely earned 30-plus minutes in Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 6:56 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • Jonas Jerebko scores four in 25 minutes
    Jonas Jerebko scored four points with seven rebounds, one steal and one block in 25 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He played just four minutes in Game 2 and he actually played well today. Jerebko was able to battle under the boards and led his team with three offensive boards. He only made 2-of-7 from the field, so he's not a lock to see this much playing time in Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 6:49 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk plays just three minutes
    Kelly Olynyk played just three minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He didn't take a shot today and coach Brad Stevens basically cut him out of the rotation. Olynyk only added one assist and one turnover tonight. His minutes went to Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome, who both played well. Olynyk's sub-par rim protecting likely cost him some playing time and that might continue the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 6:41 pm
     
    Suspended
  • Crowder & Jerebko start 3Q for Smart & Bass
    Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko started the second half against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Marcus Smart and Brandon Bass will come off the bench. Coach Brad Stevens has gone with a different center to start the second half throughout the year, but this move is new. The Celtics are really mixing it up with their rotation today and credit to them for keeping the Cavs on their toes. We'll let you know how it works out for them. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 5:38 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • Jonas Jerebko says his calf is feeling better
    Jonas Jerebko, who was limited to just four minutes of action during Game 2 due to a calf issue, said on Thursday that his calf is feeling better.

    Advice: Jerebko could see closer to the 18 minutes he got during Game 1 tonight, but it's very unlikely that he shows up in the box score in any meaningful way. His fantasy value is essentially non-existent. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 3:02 pm
  • Parsons says no structural damage to knee
    Chandler Parsons said that there is no tear or structural damage to his right knee, but it's not getting any better, and he will require surgery.

    Advice: Parsons added that if the Mavs' first-round matchup hadn't been against the Rockets, he probably wouldn't have played at all. He's going to meet with a doctor in Chicago to determine exactly what surgery he will need to have, after which a surgery date and timetable for recovery will be set. With Parsons sidelined, Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will see extended minutes in Dallas' rotations. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 11:48 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Chandler Parsons visiting doctor in Chicago
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will visit with a doctor in Chicago before determining specifics about his upcoming surgery.

    Advice: Parsons will miss the rest of the playoffs and will undergo surgery on his right knee once he finishes consulting with doctors. We'll update Parson's timetable once we know more, but the procedure isn't expected to be major so he'll likely be ready in time for training camp. Richard Jefferson will continue to start at small forward with Parsons out, while Al-Farouq Aminu will also pick up some extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 8:49 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Nikola Mirotic questionable for Game 4
    Nikola Mirotic (quad) said he's unsure if he'll be able to play in Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Mirotic has already been ruled out for Thursday's Game 3 and will head into Saturday's Game 4 with a big question mark over his head. If the Bulls head into Saturday with a 3-0 over the Bucks, that would likely cause them to take a cautious approach with the rookie, but we'll keep an eye on his status. Taj Gibson will pick up most of Mirotic's minutes in the meantime, with Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy, and Tony Snell also seeing an extra minutes boost. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 7:53 am
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Texas teams interested in LaMarcus Aldridge
    The Spurs and Mavericks will pursue LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency this summer, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: While the Lakers and Knicks are thought to covet Aldridge, Stein reports that both the Spurs and Mavericks think they have a shot at signing the Texas native. Aldridge will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and will have no shortage of suitors, so we'll have to revisit this topic over the summer. No matter where he ends up, Aldridge is coming off a top-25 fantasy season and should be a late-second round pick in fall drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 6:40 am
  • Tim Duncan scores 28 points with 11 boards
    Tim Duncan looked like he was in his prime during the Game 2 111-107 overtime victory over the Clippers, scoring 28 points with 11 boards, four assists, two steals and one block in 44 minutes.

    Advice: He's 38 years old. Duncan only played 30 minutes in Game 1, but coach Gregg Popovich just couldn't keep the Hall of Famer on the bench. Duncan also became the fifth player in NBA history to score 5,000 postseason points (Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal). Tonight was also his 100th 20-10 game of his playoff career. His playoff resume is one of a kind. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 22, 11:11 pm
  • Blake Griffin triple-doubles in an OT loss
    Blake Griffin put up a triple-double against the Spurs in a Game 2 loss on Wednesday, scoring 29 points with 12 boards, 11 assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 47 minutes.

    Advice: He had a really bad turnover with 11 seconds left in regulation, which led to Patty Mills tying the game with eight seconds left. Griffin has been posting some massive numbers, but the costly turnover will be the story here. Basically all of his stats are up from the regular season and he's poised for another monster outing in Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 22, 10:43 pm
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