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  • Jamal Crawford scores 19 in CP3's absence
    Jamal Crawford hit just 6-of-22 shots and 1-of-8 3-pointers for 19 points, five rebounds, five assists and a steal in Wednesday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: He was big in Game 1 with 21 points, five boards, four assists and three 3-pointers (without Chris Paul), and with or without Paul, should be primed for a big Game 3 back in Los Angeles. Don't be afraid to use him on Friday, although his production could take a slight hit if CP3 is back in action. Despite his poor shooting, he helped make up for it with his boards, assists, steal and 3-pointer tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • J.J. Redick quiet in loss to Rockets
    J.J. Redick hit just 3-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points, two assists and not much else in Wednesday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: Redick had 17 points in Game 1, but Jamal Crawford looks like the more reliable shooting guard in LAC for now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Austin Rivers quiet in loss to Rockets
    Austin Rivers started at point guard again on Wednesday, but hit just 4-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 10 points and two assists in a loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: Chris Paul's hamstring injury may or may not keep him out of Game 3, but the guy you want to rely on when he's out is Jamal Crawford, who was solid again with 19 points, five boards, five assists, a steal and a 3-pointer. He hit just 6-of-22 shots, but seems to be the guy to rely on while Paul is wearing street clothes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Trevor Ariza double-doubles in Game 2 win
    Trevor Ariza hit just 4-of-12 shots, but still had 15 points, 13 rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer, and also hit 6-of-7 free throws in the Rockets Game 2 win on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ariza has been a key for the Rockets in the playoffs and put up some nice numbers, despite an off shooting night. He had 17 points and five boards in Game 1, and should be primed for another solid outing in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Big Game James Harden scores 32 in Rox win
    James Harden hit 7-of-17 shots, 3-of-10 3-pointers and 15-of-15 free throws for 32 points, three rebounds, seven assists, a steal, a block and seven turnovers in Wednesday's home win in Game 2 against the Clippers, evening the series at 1-1.

    Advice: The Rockets shot just 66 percent from the free throw line, and it would have been disastrous had Harden not knocked down his freebies. The Rockets got a must-win tonight, but are still in a bit of a hole to the Clippers, especially with Chris Paul possibly returning for Game 3. Harden, as usual, is a must-start/use player in all fantasy formats as long as he's in Houston's lineup. The Rockets attempted 64 free throws (making 42 of them), which is the highest number of attempts since 1993. They were also just two off the playoff record of 66 attempts, which was set in 1968. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 21 point, series tied 1-1
    Kyrie Irving scored 21 points on 5-of-9 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line during a Game 2 in against the Bulls on Wednesday, adding three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He said he was tired in the fourth quarter on Monday, but that didn't seem to be the case tonight. Irving didn't settle for jumpers while keeping Derrick Rose in front of him on D. Irving's season seems to be overshadowed by LeBron James, but the Cavs will need him to have a strong finish if they want a title. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:53 pm
  • James Jones scores 17 points off the bench
    James Jones played 22 minutes off the bench against the Bulls on Wednesday with 17 points, two rebounds and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was in the news earlier this season for taking some of Kevin Love's minutes down the stretch and tonight served as reminder why that was the case. LeBron James drawing double teams sets up Jones nicely for Jones to be a one-trick pony for catch-and-shoot treys. In fact, he played 669 minutes in the regular season and had just two makes in the paint. He'll be an important role player when the Cavs need treys. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:49 pm
  • Iman Shumpert returns to action, leaves early
    Iman Shumpert did return from a groin injury and left the game early again on Wednesday against the Bulls, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds, one assist, three steals and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: It was a surprise to see the Cavs bring him back into the game despite the team being up big in the fourth. Shumpert returned to the locker room about 10 minutes before his teammates in real time and perhaps it was just to get a jump on some treatment. With J.R. Smith set to return on Friday, Shumpert isn't going to be as important to the rotation. Still, he deserves some credit for his play tonight. Check back for an update tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:48 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (groin) probable to return
    Iman Shumpert suffered a left groin strain in the third quarter on Wednesday and is probable to return.

    Advice: This is almost shocking to hear Shumpert is fine. Based on some lip reading, it looked like Shumpert said he felt something "pop" in his upper leg. Also, the TNT broadcast reported that owner Dan Gilbert and general manager David Griffin went back to the locker room. For now, it sounds like Shumpert dodged a bullet. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:31 pm
  • Report: Jimmy Butler will be Most Improved Player
    Jimmy Butler will be named as the NBA's Most Improved Player for the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: This year might have been the toughest race for this award in quite some time. Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert, Hassan Whiteside, Kawhi Leonard and Donatas Motiejunas all deserve some consideration. Although, it was really just a two-horse race with Butler and Draymond Green, who also finished second for Defensive Player of the Year. Butler's improvement off the dribble has gone a long way and he quickly became a go-to scorer. For fantasy, Butler was a steal in drafts this season and he's likely going to be off the board in the second round next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:41 pm
  • Will Barton, Nuggets hope for extension
    Will Barton and the Nuggets both hope to come to terms on an extension this summer.

    Advice: "I definitely would like to come back," Barton said. "They gave me a chance. I feel like we've got some good guys on this team, and if we keep building we have a strong future." There's almost no doubt he'll get a qualifying offer, which will make him a restricted free agent. In the two months with the Nuggets, Barton averaged 11.0 points, 4.6 boards and 1.2 steals. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:12 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter has left knee scoped
    Quincy Pondexter had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday morning and a return timetable will be announced soon.

    Advice: While the prognosis is not yet known, this procedure is usually a 4-6 week recovering time. He played a little more while the Pelicans were missing guys like Jrue Holiday and will likely just see minutes in the teens while the team is at full strength. His contract is through the 2017-18 season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:29 pm
     
    Injured
  • Irving says fatigue was a factor in Game 1
    Kyrie Irving said he was fatigued in the fourth quarter of Game 1 against the Bulls on Monday which is why he forced so many poor shots.

    Advice: "The shots I was taking, especially down the stretch, they were fatigued shots," Irving said. "It just wasn't in the flow of our offense. Regardless of if I'm hot or not or [LeBron James] is hot or not, it's just the guys out on there on the floor, I just have to make better decisions -- whether it's going to be making one of my teammates better or me taking a shot." Irving has a lot more responsibility on offense with Kevin Love on the sidelines, so it's not surprising that he was a little fatigued. Irving still dropped 30 points with six assists in the loss, so his owners shouldn't be worried. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:56 am
  • Austin Rivers listed as probable starter Weds
    Austin Rivers is listed as the probable starter for Game 2 against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Head coach Doc Rivers said that Chris Paul (hamstring) is very unlikely to play, so it looks like Rivers could make his second consecutive start tonight. Rivers scored 17 points with one rebound, three assists, four steals, and four three-pointers in Game 1, so he would be worth a look in daily leagues if Paul sits out tonight. Expect an update prior to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:50 am
  • Thunder could retain Kyle Singler
    According to general manager Sam Presti, the Thunder could re-sign Kyle Singler.

    Advice: "With regards to Singler, finding a player in free agency that can shoot close to 40 percent from the 3-point line over the course of a season, embrace various roles, and stand as one of your more fundamental players at 6'9 is unlikely when over the cap and tax," Presti said. "Therefore, we are hopeful we will be able to keep working with him in the future." Despite these encouraging words from Presti, Singler struggled to find playing time even when Kevin Durant went down, so it's hard to imagine him having any fantasy value if he stayed in OKC. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:32 am
  • Manu Ginobili still undecided over retirement
    Manu Ginobili will take the next month or so to decide whether or not to keep playing in the NBA.

    Advice: During the regular season Ginobili averaged 10.5 points, 4.2 assists, 3.0 boards, 1.0 steal and 1.3 3-pointers in 22.7 minutes per game, but he saw an average of just 18.7 minutes in the playoffs. He would likely see a limited role if he did return for another season, so he won't be a target in standard leagues. Ginobili will likely wait until head coach Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan make their decisions, but it would be fun to see the Spurs make at least one more run. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:08 am
  • Alan Anderson may need surgery on ankle
    Alan Anderson may need to have surgery on his ankle this summer to clean up some bone spurs.

    Advice: It isn't clear how much time he would miss if he decided to undergo surgery, but we will update his status as soon as we know more. Anderson is set to become a free agent and all indications point to him leaving Brooklyn, so we will continue to follow this story closely. At this point in his career, Anderson likely wouldn't have a substantial role regardless of where he lands. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:44 am
  • Mike Miller will come off bench Wednesday
    Mike Miller will come off the bench on Wednesday for Game 2 against the Bulls, with Tristan Thompson set to move into the starting lineup.

    Advice: Miller played just 16 minutes in a start during Game 1, but he produced just three points (a 3-pointer) on 1-of-2 shooting with five boards and one block. Miller didn't play at all in the previous series against Boston, so it will be interesting to see if he is still part of the rotation moving forward. J.R. Smith is suspended for one more game, so Miller's best chance for minutes will likely be tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:19 am
  • Tony Allen insists he's 1st-team All-Defense
    Tony Allen racked up four steals during Tuesday's impressive win at Golden State, adding nine points, four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Few things in the NBA are better than the Grindfather in playoffs-mode. Throughout the game, Allen followed up key defensive plays by turning to the TNT announcers and yelling, "First-Team All Defense!" It's hard to argue after tonight's display and Allen has even picked up the pace offensively in the second round, averaging 12.0 points on 55.6 percent shooting in two games vs. the Warriors. When asked if he'd prefer to defend Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson, Allen replied, "It really don't matter. I'm paid to be a defender, and I'm ready to defend." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:52 pm
     
    Player Note
    Tony Allen Mem - SG,SF
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Leandro Barbosa scores 14 pts in 14 minutes
    Leandro Barbosa was a man on a mission Tuesday, coming off the bench for 14 points in 14 minutes during the Warriors' Game 2 defeat.

    Advice: Kerr said after the third quarter that his team wasn't "poised" and "felt rushed" before finding some success with a small lineup. Barbosa helped Golden State's second unit claim a 25-16 advantage tonight, and they'll look to bolster the starters again on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:50 pm
  • Klay Thompson struggles in rare home loss
    Klay Thompson suffered through a brutal game on Tuesday, going 6-of-15 from the field to finish with 13 points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, two assists and five turnovers.

    Advice: Tony Allen's smothering defense deserves enormous credit, as he and Courtney Lee took Klay out of rhythm before a minor flurry in the fourth quarter. The Warriors hadn't lost on their home court since late January and this may have been a mere hiccup for the league's top-seeded team, but the Grizzlies confirmed tonight that they won't be an easy out. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:50 pm
  • Stephen Curry accepts MVP but loses Game 2
    Stephen Curry received his league MVP award prior to Game 2 on Tuesday but the celebration didn't last long, as the Warriors fell 90-97 to tie their second-round series at 1-1.

    Advice: Curry shot 2-of-11 from downtown and 7-of-19 overall, adding five rebounds, six assists, three turnovers and zero defensive stats. He missed some shots he normally makes but he was also harried on the perimeter by the Grizzlies' defense, including an unreal play from Tony Allen which you can watch via the link below. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:49 pm
  • Nick Calathes: From starter to near DNP-CD
    Nick Calathes barely stepped on the court during Tuesday's road win, as Mike Conley (face) returned to the starting lineup and Beno Udrih served as the Grizzlies' primary backup PG.

    Advice: Calathes struggled as a starter in Conley's absence, going scoreless with two assists vs. three turnovers in 21 minutes during Sunday's Game 1 defeat. Conley's left calf appeared to cramp up down the stretch, thrusting Calathes into the game momentarily, and we're not expecting him to play a substantial role in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:41 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Ramon Sessions gets 21 pts at PG w/ Wall out
    Ramon Sessions poured in a playoff-career-high 21 points as a fill-in starter for John Wall (wrist) during Game 2, going 8-of-14 from the field with three 3-pointers, three rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: Wall nearly suited up tonight and the Wizards don't play again until Saturday, so there's a chance this will be Sessions' only start of the series. He did all that he could tonight but as a natural scorer he can't replace Wall's extraordinary playmaking, and his scoring was all for naught as the Wizards fell 90-106 on the road. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Garrett Temple returns after two-months out
    Garrett Temple returned from a nearly two-month absence on Tuesday to score two points with one rebound, one assist and one steal in 13 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Temple strained his hamstring and hadn't played since March 9, but John Wall's wrist injury thrust him into a key role behind starting PG Ramon Sessions. He's ahead of Will Bynum (DNP-CD) on the depth chart, but that's not saying much -- he's a fantasy pariah whether or not Wall is ready for Saturday's game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:54 pm
  • Otto Porter scores 15 points w/ full line Tue
    Otto Porter's impressive postseason play continued with 15 points, eight boards, five assists, three steals and zero turnovers in 31 minutes vs. the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Porter drained a pair of 3-pointers and was 6-of-12 from the field overall, and his length once again gave the Hawks trouble defensively. He's been something of a revelation in the playoffs and has emerged as a reliable sixth-man, averaging 11.6 points, 1.8 threes, 8.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals over the Wizards' past five games. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:54 pm
  • Ramon Sessions starts at PG w/ Wall out
    Ramon Sessions will start at point guard on Tuesday with John Wall (wrist) unable to play.

    Advice: Garrett Temple will be Sessions' primary backup and Washington may opt to activate Will Bynum. Sessions is the guy to target for temporary value and Bradley Beal should also handle the ball more, assuming his sprained ankle holds up. Sessions started 10 games this season and averaged 10.2 points, 0.8 threes, 3.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 0.2 steals, so fantasy owners should keep their expectations modest. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:21 pm
  • Austin Rivers says he can run sets Paul can't
    Austin Rivers said there are sets he can run that Chris Paul can't and vice versa.

    Advice: "I can’t run the same sets he does and there are sets that I run that he can’t run," Rivers said. While Rivers scored 17 points to go along with one rebound, three assists, four steals, and four three-pointers in Monday's Game 1 win over the Rockets, he's also saying he can do things that a top-5 MVP candidate can't. We'll just let the quote speak for itself. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:19 am
  • Goran Dragic says Miami is his first choice
    Goran Dragic said the Miami Heat are his first choice in free agency.

    Advice: Dragic will opt out of his contract before the end of the month, but he said he's hoping to stay with the Heat as long as the two sides are on the same page financially. "As long as I’m in a happy environment and a healthy organization, that’s the most important thing," Dragic said. "The next three, four, five years — I want to spend it on this kind of team, like the Miami Heat. They have great players, great coaching staff and great training staff." While he didn't return value as a third-round pick in 2014-15 , Dragic should benefit from a full season in a Heat uniform if he returns and is worthy of an early-mid round selection in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:14 am
  • Nic Batum not worried about trade possibility
    Nicolas Batum said he isn't concerned about rumors that have the Trail Blazers looking to trade him.

    Advice: Blazers general manager Neil Olshey promised the team would be "very active" in the offseason, but Batum isn't worried that his name has popped up in trade rumors. "If that happens, it happens," Batum said. "That’s the business, I understand that. I mean, I can’t control that. All I can control is what I put on the court. I know what I am going to do this summer is try to get better." While Batum has top-25 fantasy potential, he'll need to build on his 2014-15 season averages of 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.4 three-pointers or else his fantasy owners will be left disappointed for the second consecutive season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:37 am
  • Austin powers the Clippers, at least a little
    Austin Rivers started for injured Chris Paul (hamstring) and scored 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting (including four threes) with one rebound, three assists and four steals in Monday's Game 1 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Let's be clear, he had more bad plays than we could count and was a sieve defensively, but he buried open threes and the Rockets were their own brand of terrible. If Paul can't go in Game 2 (or Doc Rivers thinks he can win one without him), then this would be Rivers' high-water mark. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:06 pm
  • Crawford goes big with 21-5-4 in Game 1 win
    Jamal Crawford stepped up with Chris Paul (hamstring) out for Monday's Game 1 win over the Rockets, scoring 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Crawford showed a tiny bit more explosion than he had in the Spurs series and he's the team's primary ballhandler with Paul out so the numbers will be there if that's the case in Game 2. He had six turnovers but that's a tradeoff owners will take here. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:03 pm
  • Ariza hits 7-of-13 shots for 17 points
    Trevor Ariza hit 7-of-13 shots (including two threes) for 17 points, five boards, four assists, three steals and one block in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Ariza couldn't hit the broadside of the barn last series and it would be fairly shocking if he had two bad series in a row. Consider riding him as he heats back up. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:55 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 30 points in Game 1 loss
    Kyrie Irving scored 30 points on 10-of-23 shooting (1-of-5 3PTs, 9-of-9 FTs) with two rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: Irving's offense was fine but defensively both he and his teammates struggled as they let the Bulls hit 50 percent of their field goals and 55.6 percent from deep. The Cavs will need to improve in that area to win any games in which the Bulls haven't pulled one of their patented disappearing acts. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:44 pm
  • Miller logs 16 minutes in Game 1 start
    Mike Miller logged 16 minutes in Monday's Game 1 start, scoring three points on 1-of-2 shooting with five rebounds and one block.

    Advice: David Blatt said that he was considering a lineup change after the Cavs' loss and Miller's position would be a primary place to look. Even in the best of situations there's not much for owners to look at here. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:39 pm
  • Shumpert scores 22 points with four treys
    Iman Shumpert hit 8-of-17 shots (4-of-10 3PTs) with one rebound, one assist and one steal over 41 minutes in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: Shumpert has stepped right into J.R. Smith's (suspension) role and he'll get another crack at it in Game 2. Once Smith returns look for his minutes to fall down into low 30s or high 20s, and he might get some added consideration if the Bulls backcourt stays hot throughout the series. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:37 pm
  • Jimmy Butler plays excellent two-way game
    Jimmy Butler was a two-way star in Monday's Game 1 win over the Cavs, scoring 20 points on 7-o-16 shooting (including two threes) with five rebounds, six assists and three steals in 44 minutes.

    Advice: Butler also defended LeBron James very well and survived an ankle tweak. We'll let you know if the latter becomes an issue, but he's primed to have a productive series and especially if the Cavs defend the way they did tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:04 pm
  • Austin Rivers starting for LAC in Game 1
    Austin Rivers will start for injured Chris Paul (hamstring) in Monday's Game 1 opener against the Rockets.

    Advice: Rivers won't face an impact defender and he'll have quite a bit of playing time to put points on the board, but look for the offense to be run through Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and Matt Barnes. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:30 pm
  • Report: Shumpert and Miller will start
    Iman Shumpert and Mike Miller will start against the Bulls on Monday, according to Chris Haynes of the Plain Dealer.

    Advice: It's not a surprise whatsoever to see Miller get the start over Tristan Thompson. LeBron James played a lot of power forward in Game 4 against the Celtics, so expect that to continue going forward. Shumpert will get minutes, but his usage rate will be very tiny in the next two games. Miller is not a great fantasy option either. With Love out, the biggest beneficiary might be Kyrie Irving. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:36 pm
  • Stephen Curry officially crowned NBA MVP
    Stephen Curry has officially been named the 2014-15 NBA MVP.

    Advice: Chef Curry is indeed cooking with the pot. After unofficial word slipped out on Sunday, the league wasted no time in making the announcement official on Monday. James Harden finished second, LeBron James finished third and Russell Westbrook finished fourth with Anthony Davis (fifth) and Chris Paul (sixth) rounding out the order. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:05 am
  • Anderson offers lukewarm Nets endorsement
    When asked about his impending free agency, Alan Anderson offered a lukewarm endorsement of his future with the Nets.

    Advice: "I'm free, so..." he said. "I would love to stay in Brooklyn, but I am a free agent. So I will be free." Anderson should have no problem clearing offers north of $3M annually, more than twice what he made in 2014-15. We don't expect him back with the Nets. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:07 am
  • Iman Shumpert to start w/ JR Smith suspended
    With J.R. Smith serving a two-game suspension, Iman Shumpert is expected to start at shooting guard for Monday's Game 1 vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: "I think I’ll get more opportunities just playing more minutes," Shumpert said. "But as far as going in with a different mindset, it’s not like I’m going to transform into J.R. for the team." The Cavs are very short-handed with Smith out two games and Kevin Love (shoulder) done for the playoffs, so in addition to Shump they'll need more production from Tristan Thompson, James Jones, Matthew Dellavedova and possibly Shawn Marion or Mike Miller. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:15 pm
  • Tony Allen plays great, earns boos in Game 1
    Tony Allen drew the ire of Warriors fans by accidentally interrupting a children's dance group during Sunday's Game 1 defeat, which he finished with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals and zero turnovers.

    Advice: Allen was terrific, shooting 6-of-11 from the field in 38 high-energy minutes, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 15-point road loss. Golden State's fans booed Allen for the rest of the game after he meandered onto the court in the middle of the kids' dance routine during a timeout, a moment Draymond Green described as "hilarious." The Grizzlies won't be laughing after the convincing defeat. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:50 pm
     
    Player Note
    Tony Allen Mem - SG,SF
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Nick Calathes scoreless in Conley's absence
    Nick Calathes started at PG on Sunday but he failed to score in 21 minutes, going 0-of-4 from the field and 0-of-2 at the FT line with one rebound, two assists, three steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: Paging Mike Conley. The Warriors also held Beno Udrih to seven points and one assist in 19 minutes off the bench, while their own MVP point guard pitched in a game-high 22 points. It's a wildly lopsided matchup but Calathes, who played well in the first round, will need to have a short memory with Game 2 looming on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:45 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Report: Stephen Curry to earn MVP honors
    Stephen Curry will be named MVP for the 2014-15 season, according to CSN Bay Area.

    Advice: An official announcement is expected to be made this week, possibly as soon as Monday, and it makes sense for him to receive the award prior to Tuesday's Game 2 vs. the Grizzlies. Curry averaged only 32.7 minutes per game this season, yet he beat out MVP candidates like James Harden and LeBron James by leading his team to a league-best 67-15 record. He averaged 23.8 points, 3.6 triples, 4.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 2.0 steals during the regular season, and has somehow been even better in the playoffs. Congrats, Steph. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:18 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 18 points in 38 minutes
    Klay Thompson again got some heavy run for the Warriors during Sunday's Game 1 victory over the Grizzlies, scoring 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting, with six assists, three rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal and four turnovers over 38 minutes.

    Advice: Klay's minutes have risen this postseason, and so has his scoring. He's averaging 23.6 points, 3.6 three-pointers, 2.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.0 block and 2.2 turnovers per game through 38 minutes of action through the first five games of the playoffs, and he shows no signs of slowing down. With the way this game went, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Dubs advance to the Western Conference Finals with a sweep of the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:32 pm
  • Stephen Curry drops 22 points in Game 1 win
    Stephen Curry put up a game-high 22 points during Sunday's Game 1 win over the Grizzlies, adding seven assists, four 3-pointers, four steals, two rebounds and four turnovers through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Warriors won their 21st straight game at Oracle Arena on Sunday, which is now the longest home-game winning streak in Warriors franchise history. Nick Calathes is nowhere near the defender that Mike Conley is, so Curry should have much trouble at all dismantling Memphis' defense. Through the first five games of the playoffs, Curry has compiled averages of 31.4 points, 7.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 4.8 three-pointers, and 1.8 steals per game. Stud. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:16 pm
  • Otto Porter double-doubles in 34 minutes
    Otto Porter continued his fantastic postseason run on Sunday, coming away with his first-career playoff double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds, two 3-pointers and one assist through 34 minutes of action.

    Advice: Porter has been a completely different player this postseason, averaging 9.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.4 three-pointers and 1.0 steal per game improving upon all of his regular-season averages. He's also averaging a plus/minus rating of plus-11.8, and his gritty defense continues to earn him steady minutes in the Wizards' rotation. Bradley Beal suffered an ankle injury during Game 1, and if that forces him to sit out Game 2 on Tuesday, Porter will have plenty of opportunity coming his way. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:30 pm
  • Nick Calathes will start Game 1 vs. GSW
    Nick Calathes will remain in the starting lineup for Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Calathes will split minutes with Beno Udrih at the point guard position with Mike Conley (face) unavailable for this one. However, he'll get a very tough matchup against Stephen Curry of the Warriors, so owners of Calathes should temper their expectations. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:47 am
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Tony Allen (hamstring) will play in Game 1
    Tony Allen (hamstring) will play in Game 1 vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: He was never really in any danger of sitting this one out, but this report confirms that he will be active. He'll likely spend some time harassing both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on defense. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:28 am
     
    Player Note
    Tony Allen Mem - SG,SF
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Garrett Temple will be available for Game 1
    Head coach Randy Wittman confirmed that Garrett Temple (hamstring) will be available for Game 1 vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: Temple has been on the shelf since Mar. 9 and just recently returned to practice on Friday, so there is no guarantee that he sees the floor today. With the Wizards at full strength, Temple will find it hard to carve out a significant role in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:34 am
  • Nicolas Batum already focusing for next year
    Nicolas Batum said that he plans on getting a lot more rest this summer in order to get his body right for next season.

    Advice: "I don't think I'll touch a basketball for the next two or three weeks," Batum said. "I'll fly back to France next week. It will [be] time to just relax and free my mind. Then I'll get back on the court and focus on my game and my body. I want to be ready for next year." Batum will play with the French team in EuroBasket this summer, but he won't join the team until August in order to fully recover. Batum was very disappointing this season with averages of 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 3-pointers while shooting just 40.0 percent from the field, but he will be a bounce-back candidate leading into fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:25 am
  • Garrett Temple warming up for Game 1 Sun
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) is warming up to play in Game 1 vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: Temple made it through practice on Friday and is expected to be available to play today, so this is definitely a good sign. However, he has been sidelined since Mar. 9, and with the way Otto Porter has been playing off the bench, Temple probably won't see many minutes right out of the gate. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:10 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
    Sunday, 6:26 am
  • 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
    Saturday, 8:22 pm
  • 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
    Saturday, 7:40 am
  • 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
  • Garrett Temple goes through practice
    Garrett Temple went through practice on Friday and will be available for Game 1 in the second round.

    Advice: Temple had a hamstring strain with some tearing and has been out since Mar. 9. With Otto Porter really stepping up and Bradley Beal logging major minutes, there are not a lot of minutes available for Temple. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:06 am
  • Jimmy Butler scores 16, Bulls win 120-66
    Jimmy Butler scored 16 points during an series-clinching 120-66 win against the Bucks on Thursday, adding two rebounds, five assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: This Game 6 win in Milwaukee was the biggest win in a series-clinching game in NBA postseason history. Pau Gasol was effective with 19 points, eight boards and two assists while Joakim Noah also had a nice line with 11 points, 10 boards and two dimes. The Bulls will now take on the Cavs with their team as healthy as ever while the Cavs are going to be missing Kevin Love (shoulder) for the entire series while J.R. Smith (suspension) is out for the first two games. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:54 pm
  • Nicolas Batum has no plans for wrist surgery
    Nicolas Batum stated during his exit interview that he has no plans to undergo wrist surgery this offseason.

    Advice: Batum also said that this was his "toughest season," and his numbers would agree with that statement as he averaged just 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 steals per game on a career-low 40.0 percent shooting from the field. While Batum struggled to find his shot this season, his across-the-board contributions still had him turning in mid-round value, and we'll be expecting a bounce-back year during the 2015-16 season. He could slide in fantasy drafts next year due to his statistical decline this year, which would make him a fantastic value pick. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:17 pm
  • Nicolas Batum takes blame for bad season
    Nicolas Batum called the 2014-15 season his "worst year" after the Trail Blazers lost their playoff series to the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: After a season during which he averaged 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers, Batum said he understood the blame should fall on him. "I understand that,'' Batum said. "There were huge expectations. I felt we could do something special this season, collectively and personally. So I understand. Since I signed this contract, the first two years I was OK. This one, like I said, was my first bad one. But I understand why people get mad. I'm the first one to get mad at myself.'' While his numbers were a bit depressed this season, Batum is being a tad hard on himself and should be able to rebound to become a top-35 fantasy player again in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:31 am
  • Nicolas Batum goes 2-of-12 from the field
    Nicolas Batum had another poor shooting performance in Game 5 vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday, going just 2-of-12 from the field on his way to six points, 10 boards, seven assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: Batum finished the series with averages of 14.2 points, 5.2 assists, 8.6 boards and 2.6 3-pointers, but he shot just 34.3 percent from the field over that span. Batum had a rather disappointing 2014-15 campaign, but his troublesome wrist could have definitely been a major reason why. He often lacks confidence and tends to hesitate a lot before shooting, but hopefully he will be able to bounce back stronger than ever for next season. The offseason should do wonders for his ailing wrist and back. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Nick Calathes scores six points in Game 5
    Nick Calathes drew another start in Game 5 vs. the Blazers on Wednesday, scoring six points on 3-of-10 shooting with four assists and four boards in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Beno Udrih played just 15 minutes and clearly wasn't 100 percent, and Mike Conley (face) still has no timetable for a return. Calathes could potentially start the rest of the way for the Grizzlies, but he will have a very unfavorable matchup with the Grizzlies set to face Stephen Curry and the Warriors in the next round. However, if Calathes continues to flirt with 30 minutes of action, he would be an interesting option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:53 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Tony Allen, Nick Calathes starting Wednesday
    Updating a previous report, Tony Allen and Nick Calathes will remain in the starting lineup, while Jeff Green will continue to come off the bench.

    Advice: There were conflicting reports before the game, but the Grizzlies will continue to roll with the same starters. They will look to close out the Blazers in front of their home crowd tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:53 pm
     
    Player Note
    Tony Allen Mem - SG,SF
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • 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
  • Stephen Curry returns to practice on Tuesday
    Stephen Curry returned to the Warriors' practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Curry had an excused absence from Monday's practice, but he got back to business on Tuesday. He'll be ready to go for their second-round series against either the Grizzlies or the Trail Blazers. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:06 pm
  • Butler says he's focusing too much on offense
    Jimmy Butler stated after Monday's Game 5 loss to the Bucks that he's been worrying too much about his offense, and that he needs to step it up on the defensive end.

    Advice: "I'm supposed to be the prime-time defensive guy, and I haven't been guarding a soul," said Butler. "I've been worried about offense too much, and I need to change that quickly or it's going to be my fault." That's a bit of an overly harsh criticism from Butler considering he's been holding his opponents to 34.7 percent shooting from the field, but it's admirable that he putting some of the blame on himself for the Bulls' losses. Chicago will look to close out their series against the Bucks on Thursday in Milwaukee. Butler will continue to see a ridiculous amount of minutes for the Bulls, and while he’ll spend more time focusing on defense, he’ll still be a go-to guy on offense. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:01 pm
  • Temple (hamstring) to be ready for 2nd round
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) has progressed to going through individual drills, and he should be ready to play for the Wizards' second-round series.

    Advice: As long as John Wall and Bradley Beal are healthy, Temple is going to have a tough time getting consistent minutes in Washington's rotations. He'll fight with Ramon Sessions for reserve minutes, but his fantasy value is essentially non-existent playing in a limited role off the bench for the Wizards. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:17 am
  • Trevor Ariza says Rockets ready for Game 5
    Trevor Ariza promised the Rockets would have a bounce-back effort in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: After a lackluster effort in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Mavericks, Ariza promised there would be no Game 5 repeat. "They played harder than we did," Ariza said. "Tuesday, that won't happen again." Ariza has seen his numbers dip in the postseason as he's only averaging 9.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers on 29.7 percent shooting from the field, so we'll look for him to fulfill his promised breakout against the Mavs on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:23 am
  • Nick Calathes scores 12 points in start
    Nick Calathes scored 12 points in his first postseason start on Monday to go with three rebounds, two assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He was 4-of-10 from the field and did a decent job on the defensive side. Beno Udrih wasn't at 100 percent and that may have been why Calathes drew the start. The pair will likely be looking at a close to a 50/50 split again in Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:17 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Nick Calathes will start at point guard
    Nick Calathes will start at point guard against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Beno Udrih arrived in a walking boot to the arena, so he's not at 100 percent. Based on that information, it's hard to like either guy with so much uncertainty. The two might split the minutes down the middle, but it could go either way depending on Udrih's ankle. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:17 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Curry has excused absence from practice
    Stephen Curry had an excused absence from practice on Monday.

    Advice: He's not injured and may have just earned some time off. The Warriors will start playing again on Sunday at the earliest or it could be later if the Blazers can win three in a row. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:22 am
  • Otto Porter benefiting from Paul Pierce
    Otto Porter is benefiting from having Paul Pierce as his mentor with the Wizards this season.

    Advice: "I need it. I'm a young pup," Porter said of Pierce. "I need somebody to push me and that's what he's doing." Paul, your thoughts? "I think he's tired of me getting on him, too. I constantly stay in Otto's ear pushing him, trying to get him to be the best he can be. He's responded. He's starting to play with a little bit more fire." Porter played at least 26 minutes in every game of the first round and appears to finally be coming out of his shell at the right time--especially on the defensive end. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:06 am
  • David Blatt offers praise for Iman Shumpert
    David Blatt praised Iman Shumpert's play after logging a double-double in Sunday's Game 4 win over the Celtics.

    Advice: Shumpert had 15 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, three blocks and shot a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. "Iman Shumpert gave us a huge game tonight, huge," Blatt said. "He was just all over the court...He was without question the X Factor. No question." Shumpert played a whopping 38 minutes, and with J.R. Smith facing suspension and Kevin Love (shoulder) sidelined, the Flat Top is about to become a lot more important. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:23 am
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