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  • Harrison Barnes scores six in 25 minutes
    Harrison Barnes played just 25 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with six points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He likely would've played less if the Warriors didn't have a decent lead late. Coach Steve Kerr gave some of Barnes' first-half minutes to Andrew Bogut, which should continue going forward. Barnes' best postseason for scoring has been his rookie season back in 2013 and it's not close, so the downward trend is discouraging. The 23-year-old wing hasn't helped his earning potential this summer. Rotoworld.com 31 minutes ago
  • Andrew Bogut scores 15 points with 14 boards
    Andrew Bogut was a huge part of Thursday's Game 5 win over the Thunder on Thursday, scoring a postseason career-high 15 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: His increased minutes tonight may have been the difference. Bogut played just 23 minutes combined in the last two games, but the Warriors went much bigger in this game. Bogut's presence around the rim on defense was a big part of limiting easy buckets for OKC while his passing and four offensive boards went a long way for the Dubs' offense. The Aussie is probably going to be a bit sore after this one, but expect him to get some extended run again on Saturday. Coach Steve Kerr gets a lot of credit for this rotation change. Rotoworld.com 42 minutes ago
  • Kevin Durant scores 40 points in Game 5 loss
    Kevin Durant's 40 points during a 120-111 Game 5 loss to the Warriors on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

    Advice: It's the most points he's scored in this series and his second most of this postseason (41 vs. Spurs). While Durant was 12-of-31 from the field, he went 13-of-13 from the line and his treys gave him a respectable 54.4 true shooting percentage. The Thunder didn't go small nearly as much, so not exerting more energy on the defensive low block may have helped Durant's offensive usage. Based on the adjustment from the Warriors, we should be looking at a lot of scoring chances from Durant in Game 6. Rotoworld.com 43 minutes ago
  • Dion Waiters goes scoreless in loss
    Dion Waiters did not score on Thursday with four rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Up until tonight, the Thunder were effective when he was on the court during this series, including a plus-56 in plus-minus during his 66 minutes in the last two games. Tonight was a different story with Waiters posting a team-low minus-18. Coach Billy Donovan used Waiters as a ball-handler once again during this game, but he couldn't get free too often for scoring. He will be as risky as ever for Game 6. Rotoworld.com 58 minutes ago
  • Andre Roberson scores six points vs. GSW
    Andre Roberson fouled out in 33 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with six points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's coming off the best career of his game because the Warriors left him alone in most offensive sets on Tuesday. However, it was a little different this time with his teammates missing him on some open looks. Roberson's minutes should be safe, but the Thunder may not go small as much now that the Warriors made an adjustment to go bigger. Still, Roberson's DFS owners have to be satisfied with this and can dial him up again in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:37 pm
  • Warriors sticking with same starting lineup
    Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut will start against the Thunder in Game 5.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Advice: Joining James on the All-NBA First Team will be Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, DeAndre Jordan and Kawhi Leonard. James will be making his 10th appearance on the All-NBA First Team, which is a feat that has only been accomplished by seven other players in NBA history. Anthony Davis did not make any of the All-NBA squads, which will end up costing him around $24 million. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:12 pm
  • Magic unlikely to pursue Dwight Howard
    The Orlando Magic are unlikely to pursue Dwight Howard if he opts out of his contract, according to league sources.

    Advice: Howard is believed to have interest in returning to the Magic if he opts out of his contract as expected, but the interest isn't believed to be reciprocal unless he seeks a one-year deal for reasonable money. We'll likely see Howard on a new team next year, but it doesn't sound like it will be the Magic. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:36 am
  • Mavs hoping David Lee helps lure free agents
    The Mavericks are hoping David Lee will help them lure free agents this summer.

    Advice: While Lee doesn't seem like a big draw, the Mavs are hoping his experience in Dallas helps them lure other veterans. "We wouldn’t have got to the playoffs without David Lee, and the word spreads," head coach Rick Carlisle said. "You know, veterans like him know other veterans, and the word gets out that Dallas is a high-level organization. And we take great pride in that." Lee may not help the Mavs land a big-name free agent, but we'll keep an eye on who the veteran helps the team reel in. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:27 am
  • Bismack Biyombo pushing towards max contract
    Bismack Biyombo could make up to $17 million per year as an unrestricted free agent this summer, according to an unnamed general manager.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Advice: The Cavs trapped Lowry at every opportunity and he struggled as a result, going scoreless for the first 18 minutes of the game. It's been a tale of two cities for Lowry in the series -- he's averaging 27.5 points in two home games, but just 11.3 points in three road games. Toronto has now been outscored in 11 of 12 quarters in Cleveland during the series, which is a huge hurdle even if they tie it up with a home win in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo starting over JV in Game 5
    Bismack Biyombo will start Game 5 on Wednesday despite the return of Jonas Valanciunas (ankle).

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

    Advice: "When he’s out there, we rebound better and we’ve got a good passer out of the post," Kerr said. "We want to play Bogut more, but he’s got to stay on the floor." He was actually the only player in the positive for plus-minus on Tuesday as the Warriors were destroyed on their small-ball plan. Still, it's tough to count on Bogut for more than 16 minutes in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:50 pm
  • Report: Joakim Noah done with the Bulls?
    Joakim Noah has reportedly been telling his Chicago teammates that he's done with the organization and will be looking to go elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

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

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

    Advice: "It's funny," Donovan said. "After Game 2 people are saying to me: ‘Is this guy going to even play anymore?' Andre's a good basketball player and I think sometimes the things that go missing with him is he makes winning plays." Roberson, typically viewed as a defensive specialist, has suddenly emerged as an offensive option for the Thunder posting averages of 15.0 points, 9.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.0 triples, 3.0 steals and 1.0 block on 57.1 percent shooting over his past two outings. The Dubs have been completely ignoring him on defense, and Roberson has made them pay. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:15 am
  • Roberson scores 17 w/ 12 boards, 5 steals
    Andre Roberson scored 17 points with 12 rebounds, three assists, five steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes in Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Warriors.

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

    Advice: The Thunder scored 72 points in the first half for the second straight game and the Warriors weren't able to recover. As for Durant, he had an incredible line with 11 rebounds, four assists, four steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer, though he did have a few turnovers. This was his second straight game with three blocks and his defense has been on full display in this series. The Thunder could advance to the NBA Finals with a win on Thursday in Game 5 as the series shifts back to Golden State. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:52 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 35 points; Raps tie series
    Kyle Lowry was outstanding during a 105-99 win over the Cavs in Game 4 on Monday, scoring 35 points with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers.

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

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

    Advice: It looked like the Cavs were going to pull off a huge comeback with 11 consecutive makes in the fourth quarter. James' fourth quarter numbers alone were eight points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal, but he didn't score in the final five minutes. James' 46 minutes tonight were his most of these playoffs, but the Cavs were smoked in the two minutes without him with a minus-60.0 net rating. The fourth quarter was the story with the Cavs with LeBron playing the entire fourth while none of the other starters played more than 6.3 minutes. After destroying the Raptors in the Game 1 and 2, this series is all tied up at two. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:42 pm
  • Bradley Beal says he's looking for max deal
    Bradley Beal said he's looking for a max contract this summer.

    Advice: "I feel like I’m a max player and that’s what I’m looking for," Beal said. "If Washington can’t meet that requirement then I may be thinking elsewhere. I’m pretty sure that they probably won’t [let me go]." Beal would be looking for a deal of around $92 million over four years. His leg injury concerns make him a big risk, so there may not be a big market for him at that price. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:31 pm
  • Casey: Biyombo not getting any foul calls
    Dwane Casey, who was fined $25,000 for criticizing the officials, said that Bismack Biyombo is not getting any foul calls vs. the Cavaliers.

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

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

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

    Advice: The Thunder went small early and often, and the Warriors' true big men (Bogut, Festus Ezeli, Anderson Varejao and Marreese Speights) struggled to control the paint. Golden State has given up the third-most second-chance points during the playoffs (13.9 per game), and OKC finished tonight's home win with a whopping 21 second-chance points. Bogut's strained right thigh might still be bothering him, and either way it's hard to rely on him for DFS purposes. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:58 pm
  • Harrison Barnes awful in blowout loss vs. OKC
    Harrison Barnes was invisible during Sunday's ugly road loss, posting seven points with two rebounds and zero assists, steals or blocks in 27 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Warriors won the rebound battle in Game 2, including 15 offensive boards, but the script flipped tonight with the Thunder winning 52-38. Golden State also failed to match OKC's aggression, settling for quick shots and finishing just 3-of-4 at the FT line in the first half, compared to 23-of-25 for the Thunder. Steve Kerr will assuredly have a long film session prior to Game 4 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:56 pm
  • Kevin Durant has 33 pts in Game 3 blowout win
    Kevin Durant scored 33 points during OKC's blowout Game 3 home win, making 10-of-15 field goals and 12-of-12 free throws in 32 minutes of action.

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

    Advice: "I think I should have called more plays to make [James] dominant," Lue said. "I should have put the ball in LeBron's hands a little bit more to let him create and let him draw double teams. So that was more on me." James only attempted 17 shots during the Game 3 loss, and his usage rate dipped to 17.5 through the fourth quarter, which is a trend that's unlikely to continue. Expect James to take on a more dominant role on offense for Monday's Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:27 pm
  • Bizness Picks Up: Biyombo grabs 26 boards
    Bismack Biyombo grabbed a playoff franchise-record 26 boards against the Cavs on Saturday, adding seven points, one assist and four blocks in 39 minutes.

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

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

    Advice: He did not get much help tonight as the Cavs failed to score 100 points for the first time this postseason. James was fouled throughout the game, but one of the most talked about plays will how he fell down after Tristan Thompson hit him (video in link below). The Cavs also lost their first postseason game with LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:17 pm
  • Pat Riley wants Wade to shoot more 3-pointers
    Pat Riley wants Dwyane Wade to work on his 3-pointers this summer.

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

    Advice: It's his 15th playoff triple-double of his career and he also passed Shaquille O'Neal for fourth on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list. James continues to get to the rim at will and he's now 17-of-19 on his shots from within three feet. On the other hand, he's struggled at the line and is just 11-of-21 from there in these two games. The Cavs are 10-0 in this postseason and have won 17 straight playoff games against the Eastern Conference over the last two postseasons. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:38 pm
  • Kyle Lowry has another dud, scores 10 points
    Kyle Lowry made 4-of-14 from the field for 10 points during a 108-89 loss in Cleveland on Thursday, adding six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and five turnovers.

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

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

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

    Advice: He was on fire as a shooter in the first half, but atypically careless turnovers prevented the Thunder from building any significant momentum. Credit is due to Golden State's swarming defense, and OKC will need to get more from their supporting players to earn a Finals berth -- Serge Ibaka scored three points on 1-of-6 shooting tonight, and non-Durant players combined to shoot just 40.0 percent from the field. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • LeBron James not worried about complacency
    LeBron James said he's not worried about the Cavs getting complacent after dominating their first nine games of the postseason.

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

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

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

    Advice: Kyrie Irving and the Cavs did a great job defending Lowry tonight, holding him to 4-of-14 from the field and 0-of-7 from 3-point range. Lowry was coming off a clutch 35-point performance in Game 7 vs. the Heat on Sunday in which he played 42 minutes, but he made it clear before Tuesday's game that he's healthy. "I feel great, my body feels great," Lowry said. "I feel like a million bucks. My mind's great. My body's great." His elbow has been an issue since late March, but Lowry should bounce back in a big way in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:31 pm
  • LeBron James scores 24 in Game 1 win
    LeBron James scored 24 points in Tuesday's 115-84 win over the Raptors in Game 1, shooting an efficient 11-of-13 from the field.

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

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

    Advice: The Thunder upset the defending champs on the road to take Game 1, but Durant said the Thunder still have a lot to prove. "We're playing in the Western Conference finals against a great team," Durant said. "We got a 'W' the first game, but there is a lot of basketball to be played, so we can't be too excited. It was a good win for us, but we're not going to be jumping up and down, chest-bumping on the court. We've got a lot more basketball to play." Durant only shot 10-of-30 from the field on Monday, so we should expect a better shooting performance out of KD in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:08 am
  • Kevin Durant takes 30 FGAs, scores 26 points
    Kevin Durant made 10-of-30 from the field for 26 points against the Warriors on Monday, adding 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block, one 3-pointer and five turnovers.

    Advice: It was a sloppy first half for Durant with a few careless turnovers. Durant saw a host of different defenders with Andre Iguodala on him towards the end of the game. He also only saw five minutes at power forward in this game, which actually wasn't successful for OKC. Plus, if Durant missed 20 FGAs in most games, the Thunder would likely be losing those contests. Durant lit the Warriors up during the season with 36.3 points per game, so the Thunder have to be beyond pleased to get a win. Expect better efficiency and possibly lower usage in Game 2. Rotoworld.com May 16, 9:33 pm
  • Dion Waiters is solid in a win, scores 10
    Dion Waiters made 4-of-6 from the field for 10 points with one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He was very underrated in the last round and it looked like he might get more run tonight with a slow start from Andre Roberson on both ends. However, Roberson came out swinging in the second half. Before the game, Russell Westbrook credited Waiters for his passing lately and Waiters actually matched his postseason career-high four dimes. His defense wasn't terrible in this game and he'll be splitting the minutes at shooting guard with Andre Roberson. He's on the board as a DFS punt. Rotoworld.com May 16, 9:18 pm
  • Andre Roberson is actually decent in win
    Andre Roberson made all three shots from the field for seven points against the Warriors on Monday, adding five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: To open the game, the Warriors had Draymond Green "covering" Roberson, but Green was really just playing safety to really focus on weak-side help. After a bad first half, Roberson started out strong in the second half. There's a decent chance this is his best scoring output in this series with his tidy efficiency, so he's not really a viable DFS punt. Rotoworld.com May 16, 9:12 pm
  • Andrew Bogut plays 17 minutes
    Andrew Bogut did not score in 17 minutes against the Thunder on Monday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He was gimpy out there and might not be over his right adductor injury. Bogut may have banged knees with Kevin Durant in the second half, but he didn't quite look 100 percent throughout the game. Coach Steve Kerr took Bogut out of the rotation at times against the Cavs in The Finals and he might do it again -- that would be bold given how well OKC rebounds the ball. It's tough to trust Bogut in DFS. Rotoworld.com May 16, 8:56 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores 12 points in loss
    Harrison Barnes scored 12 points with five rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Thunder during a loss on Monday.

    Advice: It was a good outing for Harry B for the most part with decent interior defense and solid shooting. Barnes has really been disappointing in this postseason, so he'll need to do it again to undo most of the damage in the past month. Rotoworld.com May 16, 8:52 pm
  • Andrew Bogut in the starting lineup vs. OKC
    Andrew Bogut (adductor) is in the starting lineup against the Thunder for Game 1 on Monday.

    Advice: He'll join the usual starters of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green. Bogut is probably only looking at minutes in the upper teens to get him back on track. It'll be very interesting to see how the Warriors go against the bigger OKC lineups. Rotoworld.com May 16, 5:25 pm
  • Westbrook thinks Waiters can be a good passer
    Russell Westbrook said Dion Waiters can be an effective passer "when he puts his mind to it."

    Advice: While he gets killed at times on social media and on sports talk shows, Waiters has really stepped up lately. He's run the point even when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on the floor lately while coming through in the clutch. In the last five games, Waiters has by far the best net rating in the fourth quarter at plus-39.1 in 44 minutes. His defense will be under a microscope for this series and he may have a tough time duplicating his productivity from the last round. Rotoworld.com May 16, 1:54 pm
  • Dwyane Wade says this season 'energized' him
    Dwyane Wade said that this season "energized" him.

    Advice: "[This season] for sure energized me going forward," Wade said. "However long I’m going to play, I’m excited to hopefully play healthy from now on." The story of Wade switching trainers last offseason didn't get enough play in his resurgence, and it was the first time since 2010-11 that he managed to appear in more than 70 regular season. Wade added that he plans to work on his 3-point shot this offseason and anticipates taking more 3PA next year, a potential development that would add value to his fantasy appeal. Rotoworld.com May 16, 7:54 am
  • Andrew Bogut looking like game-time decision
    Andrew Bogut (adductor) is shaping up to be a game-time decision for Monday's Game 1 vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Bogut went through drill work on Sunday without sustaining any setbacks. "We got up and down the floor a little bit with some drill work and he did everything," Steve Kerr said. "I would just say he’s questionable for [Monday]. He’s got to go through his warmup before the game and we’ll see." If Bogut can't give it a go, Festus Ezeli would be expected to draw the start in his place. Rotoworld.com May 16, 6:34 am
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