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  • Warriors C Festus Ezeli still rehabbing knee
    Warriors center Festus Ezeli admitted frustration over the slow recovery of his surgically-repaired right knee.

    Advice: Ezeli had surgery 10 months ago with an expected recovery time of 6-9 months, but he only recently was cleared to bend his knee. It's very unlikely that he'll be healthy enough to appear in the playoffs, which is unfortunate for the Warriors since they're already without Andrew Bogut (rib). Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:39 am
  • Rockets to tweak D vs. LaMarcus Aldridge
    Rockets coach Kevin McHale said his team will "do some things differently" in Game 2, but LaMarcus Aldridge doesn't expect to be constantly double-teamed.

    Advice: "I don't think they doubled me all year," Aldridge said. "I had some good games versus them. I think they're a traditional team that wants to go one-on-one ... if they double me, I'll make the reads." Aldridge torched the Rockets for 46 points in Game 1, and at the very least the Rockets are likely to give Terrence Jones some help defending Aldridge on the post. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:01 am
  • Al Jefferson (foot) expects to play Wednesday
    Al Jefferson (plantar fascia) said that he "should be good" to play in Wednesday's Game 2.

    Advice: "I can't say there won't be some kind of pain," Jefferson said. "But I feel like every hour it's getting better and better." We'll confirm his status before tip-off but it sounds like he'll be in uniform. The bigger question is how effective he'll be, especially since the Heat will test his mobility with Chris Bosh at center and what's sure to be an endless stream of pick-and-rolls. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:42 am
  • Pau Gasol doesn't rule out re-signing w/ L.A.
    Pau Gasol said that he's found "common ground" with coach Mike D'Antoni, and wouldn't rule out re-signing with the Lakers if D'Antoni remains the head coach.

    Advice: "The last few years I always kept on my mind that this could be my last day [with the Lakers], so let me try to enjoy it," said Gasol. "I'm going to listen closely to what the Lakers will have to offer and say about the team's situation and position [after the NBA draft]." He also said that he'll "listen" to offers from the Knicks, but he'd have to take a huge pay cut to join Phil Jackson in New York. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:05 am
     
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  • Taj Gibson drops 22 & 10 in another loss
    Taj Gibson hit 7-of-17 shots and 8-of-10 free throws for 22 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in Tuesday's Game 2 overtime loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Gibson has had a great season and will get plenty of votes for Sixth Man of the Year. And the changing of the guard is nearly complete, as Carlos Boozer had just five points and eight rebounds tonight. Gibson will have to keep playing well as the Bulls try to dig themselves out of a very deep hole. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Joakim Noah plays well, but Bulls lose again
    Joakim Noah hit 8-of-14 shots for 20 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks on Tuesday, but the Bulls fell 101-99 in overtime to fall into an 0-2 hole against the young Wizards.

    Advice: Noah celebrated his Defensive Player of the Year Award with a nice game, but the Bulls simply didn't get enough out of Jimmy Butler, who played 53 minutes tonight and scored just six points. The Bulls have their backs against a wall now, as Games 3 & 4 are in Washington, where the Wizards will be looking for the once unthinkable sweep. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Nene goes for 17 & 7 before fouling out
    Nene had 17 points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block before fouling out in overtime of Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Bulls in Chicago, giving the Wiz a 2-0 lead.

    Advice: The Wizards have never won the first two games of a playoff series on the road and are squarely positioned to take out the Bulls in Round 1. The winner of this one gets the Pacers or Hawks, and it's starting to look the Wizards have a real chance to find themselves playing for a championship this season. Nene is surely sore after playing well in both games, but we'd be shocked if he needs to rest as long as the Wizards keep winning. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas with 15 & 14 in win
    Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points, 14 rebounds, zero blocks and five turnovers in Tuesday's Game 2 100-95 win over the Nets.

    Advice: The Nets are a great matchup for JV since they don't really have a true center to speak of and he's playing very well. Kyle Lowry added 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists on 4-of-11 shooting, and Terrence Ross struggled again, hitting just 1-of-8 shots for two points. Given the fact that only DeMar DeRozan really showed up tonight, the Raptors have to be feeling great about getting this win and tying up the series at 1-1. Rotoworld.com
  • Amir Johnson bounces back in Game 2 win
    Amir Johnson bounced back from a poor Game 1 showing for 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocks on 8-of-10 shooting in Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Nets.

    Advice: Johnson looked like a different player tonight and it's possible his ankle is feeling better. Patrick Patterson was also effective again with 12 points, nine rebounds and a 3-pointer, while Greivis Vasquez added 11 points, eight assists and a steal in 25 minutes. It looks like these three players will share time for the rest of this series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:23 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 19 in blowout loss
    Paul Millsap hit 6-of-12 shots and two 3-pointers for 19 points, four rebounds, a steal and a block in 31 minutes of Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Pacers.

    Advice: Millsap didn't play poorly, but the Hawks, who held a four-point lead entering the third quarter, couldn't buy a bucket and watched as the Pacers went on a 17-0 run to put the game away. Look for Millsap and the Hawks to bounce back when the series moves to Atlanta on Thursday for Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:46 pm
  • Luis Scola scores 20 off Pacers bench
    Luis Scola came off the bench to hit 9-of-14 shots in just 19 minutes and finish with 20 points and seven rebounds in Tuesday's big Game 2 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: This was Scola's best game of the season off the bench for the Pacers and he picked the right time to make it happen. If David West (8 points, 2 rebounds) continues to struggle against Paul Millsap, we could continue to see more Scola for the rest of this series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:44 pm
  • Roy Hibbert hits 1-of-7 shots in Game 2
    Roy Hibbert hit just 1-of-7 shots for six points, four rebounds and zero blocks in Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: The Pacers might be resigned to Hibbert sitting on the bench for most of this series, as Ian Mahinmi played 20 minutes, but was even more ineffective than Hibbert. The series is tied 1-1 and Game 3 is Thursday in Atlanta, but we wouldn't recommend using Hibbert in daily leagues until this series is over - assuming the Pacers end up winning. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:39 pm
  • Omer Asik says he wants to guard Aldridge
    Omer Asik said on Tuesday that he wants another chance to guard LaMarcus Aldridge in Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: "The first thing is to stop LaMarcus Aldridge," Asik said. "He killed us almost last game and going into this game, we have to do our best to help him stop a little bit more." Coach Kevin McHale added his team will do some stuff differently and and sounds like he could make some calls on the fly. Aldridge got way too deep in the paint against Terrence Jones quite often in Game 1, so look for the Rockets to use that defensive matchup less. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:48 pm
  • Kevin Love won't be consulted in coach search
    Timberwolves' president Flip Saunders said on Monday that he will not consult with Kevin Love during the team's search for a new head coach.

    Advice: The Wolves' front office has had a rocky relationship with their All-Star forward, but signing him to a long-term contract extension remains one of Saunders' top priorities. Love is only a year away from unrestricted free agency and Saunders may be sending a message that he doesn't expect Love to re-sign, but there's a long way to go before we can reach any firm conclusions. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:29 pm
  • Pacers keep same starters for Game 2 vs. ATL
    The Pacers will not change their starting lineup for Game 2 vs. the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Head coach Frank Vogel said prior to the series that he'll tweak his rotations on a "game-by-game" basis, but the Pacers' collapse in Game 1 wasn't enough to swap out Roy Hibbert for a more mobile big man like Ian Mahinmi. Hibbert's ability (or inability) to defend Pero Antic on the perimeter will be a key to the series and it prompted him to say that he's the "weak link on defense," so all eyes will be on that matchup for Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:20 pm
  • Nene (knee) says he is "sore" after Game 1
    Nene (knee) said he is feeling "sore" on Tuesday after playing 35 minutes in Game 1 against the Bulls.

    Advice: Nene was an absolute beast in the post against the Bulls, including defensive player of the year Joakim Noah. But playing 35 minutes may have taken a toll on the injured knee that cost him almost six weeks of the regular season. Still, Nene knows his team will need another stellar performance in Game 2 on Tuesday if they hope to take a 2-0 series lead. "Basketball is physical. A lot of physicality in the post, especially in my position," he said. "But when the ball goes up, you forget about that and you focus on what you can do to help your team and forget about the sore, about the pain." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:09 pm
  • Al Jefferson (foot) may miss Wed. shootaround
    Bobcats coach Steve Clifford is unsure if Al Jefferson (foot) will be able to participate in Wednesday's shootaround.

    Advice: Clifford seemed "less than certain" that Jefferson will play in Game 2 and it sounds like he may be a game-time decision for Wednesday's rematch vs. the Heat. The Bobcats desperately need Jefferson if they have any hope of stealing this series, but a strained plantar fascia is a painful injury and Big Al has been getting around in a walking boot since hurting himself on Sunday. If Jefferson is unable to play, Bismack Biyombo would be in line for a minutes bump. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:14 am
  • Jermaine O'Neal gets technical w/ Doc Rivers
    Jermaine O'Neal received a double technical with Doc Rivers after their verbal altercation during Monday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: The verbal sparring happened during the second quarter of the Clippers' Game 2 blowout of the Warriors on Monday and was essentially limited to O'Neal and Rivers jawing at each other before receiving matching technical fouls. "It's very intense right now," O'Neal said. "Everyone wants to win. Everybody is looking for that blood. This league is about trying to smell what the weakness is. I don't care if it's the scorekeeper - there are going to be scenarios where you are trying to find an edge and keep yourself going." There is no love lost between this two teams, but let's hope O'Neal limits his frustrations to the court for the scorekeeper's sake. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:45 am
  • Dwight Howard intends to demand ball more
    Dwight Howard intends to be more committed to demanding the ball.

    Advice: After losing Game 1 in overtime to the Blazers, D12 is bringing a more aggressive approach to Game 2. "We have to play inside out, play their bigs and make it a long night for those guys," Howard said on Tuesday. "I have to demand the ball, get it and go to work." Howard is hoping an increased post presence will help tire down LaMarcus Aldridge, who torched the Rockets for 46 points on Sunday. "We have to go right back at him," Howard said of Aldridge. "You have to make him play defense and make him use his energy on defense. Make him have to run around and guard." Whether or not Howard's strategy will work remains to be seen, but hindering Aldridge while increasing his own offensive output could place Howard in the proverbial two birds with one stone situation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 35, Clippers roll 138-98
    Blake Griffin was unstoppable against the Warriors on Monday during Game 2's 138-98 win over the Warriors, making 13-of-17 from the field for 35 points, six boards, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: He shot 9-of-10 from the line in his highest scoring output of his career. It's also worth mentioning Griffin didn't commit a single foul, which was an issue in Game 1 due to fouling out in 19 minutes. The Clippers were outstanding as a team at the line, making 32-of-35 while also burying 12-of-25 from deep. They'll be carrying some momentum to Golden State in this 1-1 series. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:26 pm
  • Serge Ibaka returns from leg cramps Monday
    Serge Ibaka (calf cramps) briefly exited Monday's game but he returned to finish with 15 points, 11 rebounds, one steal and five blocks during a tough Game 2 defeat.

    Advice: Ibaka gave the Thunder a huge lift with his rim protection and ability to knock down open jumpers, and his cramps didn't seem like an issue down the stretch. The Thunder lost home court advantage and they'll look to regain control when the series resumes on Thursday in Memphis. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:20 pm
  • Serge Ibaka leaves w/ right leg cramps
    Serge Ibaka suffered right leg cramps during Monday's game but he is available to return.

    Advice: The Thunder took a timeout and Ibaka should be ready to play in the fourth quarter, but any decrease in his mobility would be devastating for OKC's defense. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:57 pm
  • Dexter Pittman signs in Puerto Rico
    Dexter PIttman signed with Caciques de Humacao over the weekend.

    Advice: The Rockets signed him quickly after waiving Greg Smith earlier this month, but Pittman didn't even play. He's still overweight and will have a tough time getting back in the NBA. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:19 pm
     
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  • Al Jefferson will play in Game 2 on Wednesday
    Al Jefferson (foot) said on Monday he will play in Game 2 against Miami despite dealing with a strained plantar fascia.

    Advice: "I'm suiting up. It'll take more than that to make me sit down," said Jefferson. He was 4-of-4 from the field before suffering the injury on Sunday, but finished the game going 5-of-17. If the Bobcats hope to win a game this series, they will need Jefferson play at an elite level. Bismack Biyombo would get more minutes if Jefferson is limited at all. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:47 pm
  • Joakim Noah wins Defensive Player of the Year
    Joakim Noah was named the NBA's 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year on Monday.

    Advice: He won easily with 100 of the 125 first-place votes. There are not many players more associated with hustling than Noah and it's led to his team becoming a terrific defense. The Bulls led the NBA in points allowed per game at 91.8 and ranked second in defensive efficiency. Noah's contributions on defense came off the ball quite a bit and was great on his man, allowing an opponent field goal percentage at the rim of just 46.8 percent. He's solidified himself as one of the best big men in fantasy for his across-the-board capabilities. Roy Hibbert finished second and DeAndre Jordan finished third in the DPOY voting. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:16 pm
  • NBA: Refs made mistake on Howard foul call
    The NBA issued a statement on Monday that a foul called on Dwight Howard with 10.8 seconds left in overtime during Sunday's game vs. the Blazers should have been called on Joel Freeland.

    Advice: It was a huge call for a few reasons: Howard fouled out because of this mistake, he would have had two shots, and it led to two free throws from Freeland, of which he made one of them. The Blazers won the game 122-120 after the made free throw and James Harden's shot just before the buzzer didn't fall. It's not a foregone conclusion this call altered the game because Dwight is far from a lock to make free throws, but it certainly casts some doubt. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:26 pm
  • Joakim Noah named Defensive Player of Year
    Joakim Noah will be named Defensive Player of the Year on Monday, joining Michael Jordan as the only Bulls players to ever earn the distinction.

    Advice: Noah anchored the Bulls' stellar defense all year long despite his increased role offensively, and opponents shot just 46.8 percent at the rim while he was defending them. He averaged 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocks while cleaning up 7.7 defensive rebounds per game, earning the DPOY award with a mixture of size, athleticism, intelligence, and sheer intensity. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:48 am
  • Al Jefferson (foot) questionable for Game 2
    Al Jefferson's strained plantar fascia will not get worse if he continues to play, and his availability for Game 2 on Wednesday is a matter of pain tolerance.

    Advice: Big Al had an MRI and although the test results haven't been announced, the team seems confident that he can play if he feels well enough. He was wearing a walking boot on Monday and will not practice on Tuesday, but he'll warm up during Wednesday's shootaround before deciding his own status. He's played through plenty of injuries this season and we're optimistic that he'll be in uniform, but any dip in his production could be a mortal blow for the Bobcats. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:01 am
  • Blazers find success with 'Hack-a-Howard'
    Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts joked that he will use the 'Hack-a-Howard' strategy on the "first possession" of Game 2.

    Advice: Dwight Howard finished 9-of-17 from the FT line on Sunday, including 6-of-7 late in the fourth quarter and overtime, but he bricked four straight once the Blazers intentionally fouled him with five minutes remaining. That forced the Rockets to pull Dwight until the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter, spoiling the Rockets' momentum and slowly eroding their 11-point lead. Stotts may have been kidding about using the strategy in the first quarter, but it would be surprising if he doesn't use it at some point during Wednesday's game. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:14 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 46 points in OT win
    LaMarcus Aldridge set a Blazers franchise record with 46 points on Sunday, adding 18 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in a thrilling OT road victory in Game 1.

    Advice: Aldridge averaged 26.5 points and 15.5 rebounds vs. the Rockets this season and he clearly has their number, as neither Terrence Jones nor Dwight Howard could contain him defensively. He made 17-of-30 FGs and 10-of-13 FTs and even sank both of his 3-point attempts, despite having made just three during the entire regular season. The Rockets' official Twitter account summed things up late in the game, saying, "We finally stopped LaMarcus Aldridge. He fouled out." Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:22 pm
  • Robin Lopez struggles vs. Dwight Howard
    Robin Lopez struggled in his matchup with Dwight Howard on Sunday, posting six points on 2-of-7 shooting with eight rebounds and one block.

    Advice: The Blazers didn't give Lopez any help in the post defensively and Dwight made them pay, though Portland's decision to intentionally foul Howard led to four straight missed FTs and turned the momentum around with five minutes remaining. Lopez had a +/- rating of -15, which was easily the worst of any player, and it will be interesting to see if Portland alters their defensive approach on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:17 pm
  • Nene's 24 points help Wizards steal Game 1
    Nene started on Sunday for the first time since spraining his MCL in late February, finishing the Wizards' Game 1 victory with 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Nene had insisted on playing no more than 20 minutes once he returned from his injury, but he logged 35 minutes on Sunday and his conditioning didn't seem to be a problem. He feasted on the Bulls with a sequence of wide open mid-range jumpers and he was the key to stealing home court advantage. That's no big surprise since the Wizards had a 30-23 record with Nene in the lineup this season, but just 14-15 without him. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:56 pm
  • Marcin Gortat double-doubles in Wizards win
    Marcin Gortat double-doubled with 15 points, 13 rebounds and one block in a hard-fought victory in Chicago on Sunday.

    Advice: He made a key put-back to give Washington a six-point lead in the game's final minute, and combined with Nene for a decisive frontcourt advantage against Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson. Every starter reached double-digits in the Wizards' impressive victory, and veteran Andre Miller gave them a nice lift with 10 points during a late surge off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:55 pm
  • Carlos Boozer plays typical role in Game 1
    Carlos Boozer played the first and third quarters on Sunday, as usual, finishing Game 1 with 11 points, nine rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: Boozer's role isn't likely to change in the postseason. He played exactly 24 minutes in all but two of the Bulls' final 17 regular season games, starting at PF before giving way to Taj Gibson in the second and fourth quarters. Gibson had another impressive game with 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks in 30 minutes, and the Wizards had trouble keeping him off the offensive glass. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:53 pm
  • Joakim Noah (personal) double-doubles in loss
    Joakim Noah (personal) finished the Bulls' Game 1 loss with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes of action.

    Advice: Noah played well but he had a tough time against the size, quickness and passing of Nene, who pitched in a game-high 24 points, and the Bulls may have to tweak their defensive strategy in Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:50 pm
  • Al Jefferson leaves arena in walking boot
    Al Jefferson (strained plantar fascia) left Game 1's loss at Miami in a walking boot after feeling a rip in his left plantar fascia.

    Advice: He admitted he had to "suck it up" after the game and mentioned he felt a pop. Jefferson needed a pain-killing shot after the injury and at halftime, so he's probably not going to feel great on Monday. The Bobcats will likely hold him out of practice in the next couple days and he should be considered questionable for Wednesday. If he's limited, Bismack Biymobo will have some massive shoes to fill. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:56 pm
  • Nene listed as starter on Sunday night
    Nene is listed as a starter against the Bulls for Game 1 on Sunday.

    Advice: He's been coming off the bench in the past four games since returning from injury and the Wizards seem to be comfortable putting him back in his usual role. Nene runs the offense quite a bit to take some pressure of John Wall and the team will need him to stay on the court in this series. Trevor Booker moves back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:24 pm
  • Al Jefferson (foot) struggles after injury
    Al Jefferson suffered a strained left plantar fascia on Sunday and returned in the second quarter of Game 1's 99-88 loss to the Heat, shooting 9-of-17 from the field for 18 points with 10 boards, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He shot 4-of-4 from the field before the injury and just 5-of-13 after. Jefferson looked very slow on defense and he clearly wasn't 100 percent. If he's not going to be healthy this series, the Heat are likely going to sweep the Bobcats because Jefferson's interior presence exploits one of their weaknesses. There should be numerous updates on his status leading up to Wednesday's Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:13 pm
  • Joakim Noah will play on Sunday night
    Joakim Noah (personal) will play against the Wizards on Sunday night in Game 1.

    Advice: He said he couldn't talk about the passing of his former coach, Tyrone Green, and it looks like he'll do his talking on the court. The Wizards have struggled quite a bit against centers all season, so obviously Noah is going to be a focus of their defensive game plan. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:41 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki doesn't have it, Mavs lose
    Dirk Nowitzki didn't have it during Game 1's 90-85 loss to the Spurs, shooting 4-of-14 from the field for 11 points with eight boards, one assist and two blocks in 42 minutes.

    Advice: If not for a meaningless last-second layup by Devin Harris, the Mavs would have not had any field goals in the final 7:44 of this game. Nowitzki's shot just wasn't dropping and today was his points in a playoff game in which he's played at least 40 minutes. The Mavericks were in control for much of this game, so losing it stings despite how Dirk didn't have his best game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:20 pm
  • Al Jefferson strains plantar fascia, returns
    Al Jefferson went to the locker room during the first quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Heat with a strained left plantar fascia and returned to action.

    Advice: He walked back under his own power and the injury didn't appear too serious. Jefferson was having his way with four makes on four attempts before exiting, so the Bobcats need him to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:54 pm
  • Tim Duncan hurts left knee, returns in win
    Tim Duncan banged knees with Monta Ellis in the second half of Sunday's game vs. the Mavericks and returned to action, finishing with 27 points, seven boards and one turnover in 38 minutes.

    Advice: In a post-game interview on TNT, Duncan said he was fine and he called the injury kind of a "funny bone thing." Duncan made 12-of-20 from the field and all but one of those makes came from within 10 feet today. He should be ready to roll for Game 2 on Wednesday and will likely continue to see minutes closer to 40 per game -- well above his season average of 29.2. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:38 pm
  • Nene could start in Game 1 vs. Chicago
    Nene was spotted in a blue practice jersey on Saturday, which suggests that he was practicing with the first unit and could start on Sunday vs. Chicago.

    Advice: Neither Nene nor Wizards coach Randy Wittman gave a definitive answer as to whether Nene would start or not, but given the need for Nene's interior presence it wouldn't be shocking to see the Brazilian big man start. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:02 am
  • Roy Hibbert: 'I'm the weak link on defense'
    A dejected Roy Hibbert stated, "I'm the weak link on defense," following Saturday's game one loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

    Advice: Hibbert has been unrecognizable for the past few months, and the last two weeks have been particularly awful. Since being benched versus Atlanta on April 6, Hibbert has shot 7-of-37 (18.9percent) from the field totaling 17 points through five games. To make matters worse Hibbert is being forced out towards the perimeter as he's tasked with guarding Atlanta's Pero Antic, and that has clearly made him uncomfortable. Hibbert is in jeopardy of being benched in favor of Luis Scola or Ian Mahinmi, and that's not exactly what you'd want from a guy who pulled in $14.2 million this season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:21 am
  • Zach Randolph goes for 21 & 11 in Game 1
    Zach Randolph had 21 points, 11 rebounds and a block in Saturday's Game 1 loss, but hit just 7-of-21 shots on the night.

    Advice: Z-Bo is definitely a key to the beating the Thunder, but he'll have to play very well if the Grizzlies are going to get any wins against the Thunder. He was solid tonight, but wasn't enough. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:34 pm
  • Serge Ibaka with complete game in win
    Serge Ibaka had 17 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in a Game 1 win over Memphis.

    Advice: Ibaka is a very popular first-round pick in playoff leagues, as blocked shots tend to be worth a lot of points, while the Thunder have an excellent chance of getting to the Finals. Ibaka didn't disappoint in Game 1. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:33 pm
  • Roy Hibbert doesn't block a shot vs. Hawks
    Roy Hibbert hit 4-of-9 shots for eight points, eight rebounds and zero blocks in Saturday's 101-93 Game 1 loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: Hibbert has a terrible match up with Pero Antic (8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 3-pointers) and could find himself benched for much of this series, because Antic plays mainly on the perimeter. Hibbert has been struggling for some time and this series should offer more of the same. And if the Pacers don't figure things out quickly, they're going to make an early exit and heads will likely roll in Indy. Not only did Hibbert fail to block a shot, but he had his shot blocked by Kyle Korver. Yes, Kyle Korver. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:55 pm
  • Blake Griffin fouls out in 19 minutes
    Blake Griffin fouled out in 19 minutes during Saturday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: He finished with 16 points, three rebounds, three assists and one block but his absence down the stretch proved critical in the Clippers' four-point defeat. A few of his fouls were very questionable, and if nothing else he'll be rested and out for vengeance during Monday's Game 2 rematch. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:51 pm
  • Amir Johnson (ankle) plays 21 minutes in loss
    Amir Johnson (ankle) was a non-factor in the Raptors' Game 1 defeat, scoring two points with three rebounds in just 21 minutes of action.

    Advice: If Johnson's matchup with Paul Pierce is a key to the series the Raptors might be in trouble, as he couldn't take advantage of Pierce in the paint offensively and couldn't defend him on the other end. Johnson's recently sprained ankle is part of the problem and he's unlikely to be 100 percent for Game 2 on Tuesday, so the Raptors may once again lean heavily on Patrick Patterson (nine points, five rebounds in 26 minutes). Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:50 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas w/ Raptors-record 17 boards
    Jonas Valanciunas set a new Raptors' postseason record with 18 rebounds in Saturday's tough home loss to the Nets, while scoring 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting.

    Advice: Valanciunas added two assists and two blocks. He turned the ball over six times but the Raptors wouldn't have stood a chance without his activity in the paint. JV's playing time and production have steadily increased since the All-Star break and he'll need to have a great series for Toronto to overcome their early 0-1 deficit. Rotoworld.com
  • Joakim Noah (bereavement) back at practice
    Joakim Noah (bereavement) returned to practice on Saturday after sitting out on Friday.

    Advice: Noah will be ready for the Bulls' playoff opener vs. Washington on Sunday, which Chicago is heavily favored to win. Wizards center Marcin Gortat averaged 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds after the All-Star break, but he's unlikely to have so much success while facing Noah on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:39 am
  • Rockets may pair Dwight Howard & Omer Asik
    Rockets coach Kevin McHale said that "it's possible" he'll pair Dwight Howard and Omer Asik for stretches vs. the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: "We haven't done it a lot lately," he said. "They were effective earlier [this season] at stages, and this might be one of those games where if we're having a heck of a time with Aldridge we might try one of our big centers on him." Terrence Jones will get the first chance to slow Aldridge down, but he struggled with the matchup this season and his success or failure will be a key facet of Houston's first-round matchup. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:45 am
  • Tim Duncan ready to play increased minutes
    Tim Duncan said that it would be "perfect" if he averaged 33-35 minutes per game in the playoffs.

    Advice: "I look forward to [a bigger workload]," Duncan said. "I feel good right now. I'm in shape and healthy and ready to take on those extra minutes." He hyper-extended his knee on April 10 but didn't miss any time with the injury, and Gregg Popovich's cautious management of his players should be a key to the Spurs' postseason success -- the Spurs are the only team in the league that didn't have a single player averaging 30 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:12 am
  • Amir Johnson (ankle) ready to play vs. Nets
    Amir Johnson said that his ankle feels "good" as he prepares to defend Paul Pierce in the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: It's a tough matchup for Johnson and it will be even harder if his ankle limits his mobility. Since the All-Star break Johnson has averaged 10.4 points on 60.0 percent shooting, with 6.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:29 am
  • Raptors may tweak big man rotation vs. Nets
    Raptors coach Dwane Casey said that his team's versatility will be "huge" in their first-round matchup vs. the Nets, who have found success with Paul Pierce starting at PF.

    Advice: Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson will start in the backcourt, with Patrick Patterson as the first big man off the bench, but the distribution of playing time will be a game-by-game decision. "If we stay big we've got to really pound the boards and take advantage of it if they stay small," Casey said. "But at the same time they're such a lethal three-point shooting team ... if we're getting killed with three-point shooting then we'll have to make some adjustments." Rotoworld.com
  • Vogel still not sure on his rotation
    Coach Frank Vogel said he'll adjust his rotations on a game-by-game basis during the playoffs.

    Advice: "It'll vary night by night and we'll see how the flow of the game is going," Vogel said. The first player that comes to mind here is Roy Hibbert. He's been yanked from games on several occasions and has quickly become a huge liability on offense. In fact, he had the second-worst effective field goal percentage among qualifiers this season and looked as slow as his teammate Andrew Bynum. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:52 pm
  • Kupchak: Pau Gasol is a priority this summer
    General manager Mitch Kupchak said on Friday that Pau Gasol is a "priority" this offseason.

    Advice: "If you look at the free agents, there probably isn't anyone as good as Pau on the board," Kupchak said. While this isn't a surprising quote, the Lakers should certainly look to bring Pau back despite their ending result on the standings. He finished with averages of 17.4 points, 9.7 boards and 1.5 blocks, so he'll be a high pick in fantasy leagues next year. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:45 am
     
    Injured
  • Joakim Noah (bereavement) skips practice
    Joakim Noah (personal) did not practice Friday.

    Advice: Noah was excused for bereavement reasons. He's in New York, but is expected to rejoin the team in Chicago Saturday. The Bulls open up their first-round series against the Wizards at 7pm ET on Sunday night. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:47 am