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  • Agent: Klay Thompson wasn't concussed
    Klay Thompson's agent, Bill Duffy, said his client cleared tests and did not have a concussion.

    Advice: This is getting weird. First, Klay passed a concussion test just after being kneed in the head, then the Warriors released a statement after the game that he had concussion-like symptoms. Now, his agent is saying something different. Thompson was dizzy, had to throw up and didn't feel well last night, so this new report is a little harder to believe than usual. We'll see what the Warriors say next. If this is true, he should be ready to go in the next couple days. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:49 pm
  • Klay Thompson will be reevaluated on Thursday
    Klay Thompson (concussion-like symptoms) will be reevaluated by the Warriors' medical staff at his home on Thursday, and GM Bob Myers expects to have an update on his status sometime tomorrow.

    Advice: So far, the Warriors have not officially labeled Thompson's condition as a concussion, but the reports so far have implied that's what he's dealing with. He'll have a full week to recover for the NBA Finals, and we'll be monitoring his status closely, with another update likely coming on Friday. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:21 pm
  • Elton Brand will wait to decide on NBA future
    Elton Brand said during his exit interview that he will take several weeks before making a decision on whether or not he will return for a 17th season.

    Advice: "I’ll see if I have another year of trying to get prepared and what it takes to be on an NBA roster," Brand said. "There is a lot of work you have to put in… After two or three weeks, I’ll know. See if I have that itch." Brand will offer veteran leadership to any team's roster, but his days of fantasy relevancy are long behind him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:04 pm
  • Draymond Green says he was horrible in Game 5
    Draymond Green said that he was "horrible" during Wednesday's series-clinching Game 5 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: "Shaun [Livingston] stepped up huge. L.B. [Leandro Barbosa] stepped up. Andre [Iguodala] stepped up," said Green after Game 5. "Everybody who came in made an impact. Festus Ezeli, not in Klay [Thompson's] spot, but was huge off the bench. They stepped up for us and made plays and that’s what helped us get to this win, because I know I was horrible. So they definitely picked me up." Green couldn't get his shot to fall, going just 3-of-15 from the field during Game 5, but he made a big impact on defense, and hit the glass hard hauling in 13 rebounds. He'll be a major X-factor for the Dubs in their Finals matchup with the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:48 pm
  • Paul Millsap will not need shoulder surgery
    Paul Millsap said that he will require shoulder surgery this offseason, just rest.

    Advice: Millsap is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and he's sure to have no shortage of suitors. He's put together a strong two years in Atlanta, and he finished the 2014-15 season with averages of 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.1 three-pointers per game on 47.6 percent shooting from the field. Regardless of what uniform he's wearing next season, he's a safe bet to put up early-round value for his across-the-board contributions to the stat sheet. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Julius Randle (leg) cleared for full contact
    Julius Randle (leg) has been cleared for full contact half court 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 sessions.

    Advice: Randle's next step will be going through 4-on-4 drills, but he continues to move in a positive direction, and at this rate he should be good to go for Las Vegas Summer League. The Lakers have a lot of decisions to make this offseason with regards to the roster, but depending on how things shake out, Randle may have the opportunity to step into a starting role next season. As always, will continue to track his progress closely this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:33 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Dudley says guys don't want to play w/ Kobe
    Jared Dudley proclaimed during an appearance on an ESPN radio show on Tuesday that "most guys don't want to play with Kobe [Bryant]."

    Advice: "He wants to show everyone so much," Dudley said. "We love you Kobe. But come on, it’s like, it’s now time to start giving up. Most guys don’t want to play with Kobe. Kobe gets in this thing where he doesn’t pass and then he over-passes and he’s trying to get triple-doubles every night. You have [the ability to pass]. It’s just not something he wants to do. And that’s why I think it’ll be a while before the Lakers can get good." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:58 am
  • Klay Thompson feeling better on Thursday
    Klay Thompson (concussion) is feeling OK after experiencing concussion-like symptoms on Wednesday night, according to his father Mychal Thompaon.

    Advice: Thompson will have a week to recover and make it through the concussion protocol, but it's good news to hear that he's feeling better. "He threw up a lot late last night but he felt much better afterwards," said Mychal Thompson. "He was a little woozy after the game but very cognizant of what was going on around him. He's OK. He's doing much better after a good night's sleep." We'll keep a close eye on Thompson's status leading up to the June 4 start of the NBA Finals, but it sounds like the Warriors will have their sharpshooter available for Game 1. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • HOU not worried about Dwight Howard's health
    The Rockets are not worried in Dwight Howard's long-term health, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN.

    Advice: Even though Howard missed half of the team's regular season games due to a problematic knee, the Rockets aren't concerned about the 29-year-old's long-term health. Howard finished the 2014-15 season strong with a solid playoff performance and will end up being a sneaky early-mid round fantasy pick for the 2015-16 season if he proves the Rockets right and is able to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:37 am
  • Laimbeer takes LeBron James over Jordan
    Bill Laimbeer told the Dan Patrick show that he would take LeBron James over Michael Jordan.

    Advice: Before doubling-down on his opinion by saying that Jordan could not have led James' current Cavs team to the NBA Finals, Laimbeer said he views LeBron James as a superior player to Michael Jordan. "There’s no question I would take LeBron James," Laimbeer said. "He can do more. Michael Jordan could score and make big shots and look spectacular at times with wild flying dunks, but LeBron can get you 18 rebounds, get you 15 assists or score 50 if he wants to." With some down time before the Finals start, we're guessing this isn't the last Jordan-James comparison we'll hear. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:32 am
  • Kevin Love reportedly considering FA options
    Kevin Love is reportedly considering his options in potential free agency this summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

    Advice: While the first domino to fall would be Love opting out of his current contract with the Cavaliers, the 26-year-old is reportedly considering the Celtics, Lakers, and Rockets as potential free agency destinations. "I think he’s going to look around," Wojnarowski said. "I think he’s going to look closely at Boston. I think he’ll look at LA. I’m sure the Texas teams are going to try and get involved." We'll keep Love's status updated as soon as more information becomes available as it looks like the NBA is in for another Summer of Love. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:09 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • James Harden says turnovers are unacceptable
    James Harden said his NBA Playoffs record 13 turnovers in Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Warriors were unacceptable.

    Advice: Harden picked a bad time to have one of his worst games of the season in Wednesday's series-ending loss and he didn't shy away from blame after the game. "So, just valuing the ball a lot more, especially if I'm going to be doing a lot of ball handling," Harden said when asked what he learned from the series. "I mean, not give away easy baskets. Tonight was another case for myself. Thirteen turnovers is unacceptable." While this game may take some time for Harden to forget, he's a no-brainer top-three pick in 2015-16 fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:16 am
  • Jared Dudley apologizes for Anthony comments
    Jared Dudley apologized for saying Carmelo Anthony is the most overrated player in the NBA.

    Advice: After saying Anthony has failed to take his team past the second round in the playoffs, Dudley quickly backtracked from his comments. "I shouldn’t have said that that was my fault for saying that because it’s not the truth," Dudley said on Wednesday. "I apologize for saying that about Carmelo." While Dudley has apologized, the first Knicks-Bucks matchup of the 2015-16 season will be an interesting one. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:44 am
  • Bill Cartwright compares LeBron to Jordan
    Former Bulls center Bill Cartwright said LeBron James can finally be compared to Michael Jordan.

    Advice: While Cartwright said LeBron's best comparison might be Magic Johnson, he added that James compares favorably with his former teammate. "Michael was as hard as anyone to guard," Cartwright said. "This guy [LeBron] is really unguardable. Who do you match him with? He's too darn big and too darn strong. Put a big guy on him and he goes around them. Put a small guy on him and he beats him up. He's a nightmare of a match-up. "He's absolutely on best player on planet right now. I don't think you'd get much argument on that." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:41 am
  • Dwight Howard says he's still a champion
    Dwight Howard said he's still a champion despite the Rockets loss in the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: The eventual 2014-15 NBA Champion may disagree with Howard's sentiment, but D-12 did manage to finish the season strong after missing half of the regular season with a knee injury. We'll keep an eye on his status this summer as a minor knee procedure is still a possibility, but Howard could end up being a mid-round steal in 2015-16 fantasy drafts if he can stay on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:29 am
  • DeMarre Carroll interested in Knicks?
    DeMarre Carroll is reportedly interested in joining the New York Knicks.

    Advice: Carroll is set to become a free agent this summer and reportedly would like to play for Knicks head coach Derek Fisher as the two used to work out together during the offseason. The Knicks have plenty of cap space to use, but won't be the only suitor for Carroll so we'll have to loop back on this one. Wherever he ends up, Carroll represents a solid mid-to-late round fantasy option after averaging 14.6 points, 6.1 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.8 three-pointers in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:25 am
  • Update: Klay Thompson has concussion symptoms
    Updating a previous item, the Warriors said Klay Thompson developed concussion-like symptoms after the game.

    Advice: "Klay Thompson was evaluated by the Warriors medical staff immediately after suffering an injury during tonight's game and was put through a concussion evaluation," the team statement said. "At the time he did not show any concussion-like symptoms." This is not good at all. Thompson said he was dizzy right after the game and his dad, Mychal Thompson, said Klay "threw up and says he feels a lot better." Klay will have a week to make it through the concussion protocol and the Warriors will have to answer some questions about this. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:02 pm
  • Harrison Barnes burns Rockets, scores 24
    Harrison Barnes was superb against the Rockets to help the Warriors advance to the NBA Finals on Wednesday, scoring 24 points with seven rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in the 104-90 victory.

    Advice: It was Playoff Barnes after he struggled in the previous two games. The Warriors used him more at the power forward spot tonight, which is something that should continue in the NBA Finals. Plus, he attacked the basket at will tonight and did a very nice job on James Harden. If the Warriors get this Barnes vs. the Cavs, Dub Nation has to like its chances. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:29 pm
  • Draymond Green has a bad offensive game in win
    Draymond Green made 3-of-15 from the field for nine points against the Rockets on Wednesday, adding 13 rebounds, four assists and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He had some fantastic isolation defense tonight, but his offensive game wasn't there. Green is likely going to guard LeBron James on occasion in the next series and he'll also be extremely important when he's not on LeBron because of how Tristan Thompson is crashing the boards. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:24 pm
  • Klay Thompson says he's a little dizzy
    After scoring 20 points with one rebound, four assists and four 3-pointers on Wednesday, Klay Thompson (ear laceration) said he was "a little dizzy" in a post-game interview on ESPN.

    Advice: He needed three stitches to his ear to stop the bleeding, but it's certainly troubling to hear he was dizzy following the game. Thompson didn't need a concussion test despite taking a very tough blow to his head. He also was in foul trouble tonight with four of the five being of the inexcusable variety. Klay won't be able to get away with that vs. the Cavs, assuming he's healthy. Thompson scored 18.5 points per game against the Cavs this season in his two games, so it's fair to expect him to average over 20 with extra playing time. We'll also be tracking Klay in the next couple days to make sure he's fine. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:19 pm
  • Josh Smith has a bad finish to season
    Josh Smith made 3-of-14 from the field for 11 points during a season-ending 104-90 loss on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He was cold and didn't come in for the final 16 minutes of this game. Smith was a pleasant surprise for the Rockets and it'll be interesting to see if the Rockets are bringing him back. They do already have two serviceable power forwards in Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas. Plus, Clint Capela playing well also gives them some frontcourt depth. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:13 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Dwight Howard scores 18 with 16 boards
    Dwight Howard was a beast under the glass during a Game 5 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with 16 rebounds, one assist, two steals and four blocks in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He had a couple dirty plays tonight and he would have been suspended had the Rockets been able to pull out a win tonight because of his seventh technical foul of the playoffs. Bad stuff aside, Howard looked like his old self under the glass, but he did make just 5-of-13 from the field. Considering all the knee problems he had this season, there's a decent chance he has a minor procedure this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:09 pm
  • James Harden has 13 turnovers in loss to GSW
    James Harden turned the ball over an NBA Playoffs record 13 times during a 104-90 loss to the Warriors on Wednesday, adding 14 points with six rebounds, five assists, three steals and no 3-pointers.

    Advice: To make matters worse, he was just 2-of-11 from the field in what may have been his worst game of his season. Although, Houston's worst stretch tonight was with Harden on the bench. They just went up against a better team and Harden's Rockets should be able to make another playoff run next year. He'll be a top-three pick in fantasy leagues next season, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:04 pm
  • Klay Thompson (ear laceration) will return
    Klay Thompson suffered an ear laceration on Wednesday and will return.

    Advice: The Warriors dodged another concussion bullet and Klay didn't even need concussion testing, according to ESPN's Doris Burke. It looks like he'll be ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Klay Thompson (head) goes to the locker room
    Klay Thompson went to the locker room in the fourth quarter due to an apparent head injury.

    Advice: After a pump fake, Trevor Ariza went flying and caught Thompson with a knee to the side of the head. Thompson walked back to the locker room under his own power and will likely have some concussion testing. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:19 pm
  • Dwight Howard picks up 7th tech of playoffs
    Dwight Howard picked up his seventh technical foul of the postseason on Wednesday.

    Advice: If this technical is not rescinded, he would be suspended for Game 6 in Houston. Of course, the Rockets would have to win tonight's game for this to be relevant. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:06 pm
  • Kyle Korver has ankle surgery on Wednesday
    Kyle Korver had right ankle surgery on Wednesday and will be out for three months.

    Advice: He had surgery to repair ligament damage and should be back for training camp. Teams took a different approach on Korver during the postseason and did a much better job being aware of where he was without the ball. It'll be interesting to see if teams use this strategy next season. Korver is still going to be a middle-round target in fantasy leagues next season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:36 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Jared Dudley calls Carmelo overrated
    Jared Dudley said Carmelo Anthony is the most overrated player in the NBA.

    Advice: "He’s gotta get out of the first, second rounds," Dudley said. "He’s gotta get his teams to the playoffs. LeBron with that roster, LeBron would’ve gotten them to the playoffs." This one will be going on the bulletin board when Melo takes on Dudley next season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:36 pm
  • Marreese Speights (calf) still out, progressing
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is doing some on-court work and is progressing. Speights has essentially been ruled out for the Western Conference Finals, but he could be ready to face the Cavs. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:22 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • DeMarre Carroll was dealing with turf toe
    DeMarre Carroll, who suffered a sprained knee during the series vs. the Cavaliers, was also dealing with turf toe.

    Advice: Carroll said that if the injury happened during the regular season that he probably would have missed three to four weeks. He also added that he couldn't put any pressure on his left leg and couldn't get any elevation when he jumped, so it shows just how tough of a player he really is. The good news is that surgery will not be required for either injury, and he should be fine with some rest this summer. Carroll is set to become a free agent, and the Hawks will have plenty of competition to sign him to a long-term deal. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:28 am
  • Jae Crowder is making 'great strides' in recovery
    Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said that Jae Crowder is making "great strides" in his recovery from a left knee sprain.

    Advice: Ainge also said that Crowder has been able to do some light workouts, but he didn't specify exactly what he was doing. The Celtics would like to sign Crowder to a multi-year deal this summer, and both parties appear anxious to get a deal done. "I just think what I bring to the game and what they need … it’s a good fit," Crowder said. "Hopefully we can get something done that’ll keep me here for a long time." We will continue to track his progress closely this summer, but he should be ready in time for training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:04 am
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • DeMarre Carroll will get a significant raise
    According to ESPN, DeMarre Carroll could receive a four-year, $50 million contract in free agency this summer.

    Advice: Carroll easily had the best season of his career this year, and his play in the postseason was phenomenal. He averaged 14.6 points, 6.1 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.8 3-pointers while shooting 48.6 percent from the field in the playoffs, and he showed a lot of heart when he battled through a knee injury against the Cavaliers. Teams such as the Celtics, Lakers and Pistons will do their best to pry Carroll away from the Hawks, so Atlanta will have their work cut out for them if they want to keep him on their roster. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:51 am
  • Kosta Koufos drawing interest around league
    Kosta Koufos will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and teams such as the Magic, Celtics and Kings are interested in signing him.

    Advice: Koufos was stuck behind Marc Gasol in Memphis, and he has made it known that he would like to have a starting role. If the Grizzlies are able to retain Gasol, it sounds like Koufos will likely be wearing a different uniform next season. Koufos averaged just 5.2 points, 5.3 boards and 0.8 blocks in just 16.6 minutes per game this season, but he could pop up on the radar in fantasy leagues if he lands in an ideal situation. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:29 am
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Paul Millsap undecided over his future
    Paul Millsap, an impending free agent, said that he is undecided on what he will do this summer.

    Advice: "I think looking at different options, looking at this team, looking at what we’ve built thus far, in weight my options I can’t make a decision right now," Millsap said. "It’s been a long series, a long year, for me and the team. Let things die down, cool off, relax and think about it a little bit. We are a family. This team is close. It will play a lot into the decision." Millsap struggled during the postseason, but it's possible that his shoulder could have impacted his play. He should still be able to command a massive contract on the open market, so we will be following this story closely. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:14 am
  • Al Horford quiet, Hawks swept out of playoffs
    Al Horford was invisible during the Hawks' season-ending Game 4 defeat, scoring only two points on 1-of-6 shooting with two rebounds, five assists and one block in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Horford avoided a suspension for his flying elbow to Matthew Dellavedova's neck in Game 3, but that's where the good news ended. He looked passive on Tuesday, at best, and all but two of his field goal attempts came from mid-range. He shot 58.3 percent in the series but attempted only 9.0 shots per game, giving him a usage rate below 19 percent. Fantasy owners shouldn't let Horford's Conference Finals dud dissuade them on draft day next season, as he's in a contract year and has returned top-20 value in each of the past three seasons when healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:26 pm
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Paul Millsap heads into uncertain offseason
    Paul Millsap had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists during Game 4, in which the Hawks were swept out of the playoffs with an 88-118 defeat.

    Advice: A report on Tuesday suggested that Millsap, an impending free agent, may need offseason surgery to repair his sprained right shoulder. The injury clearly plagued him throughout the playoffs -- he led the Hawks with 16.7 points and 7.8 rebounds during the regular season but was down to just 13.8 points on 34.9 percent shooting vs. the Cavs in the Conference Finals. We should have a medical update within a few weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:24 pm
  • Tristan Thompson double-doubles in blowout
    Tristan Thompson double-doubled with 16 points and 11 rebounds (five offensive) to help Cleveland sweep the Hawks with a Game 4 drubbing on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cleveland has an outstanding offensive rebound rate of 30.0 percent in the series, compared to just 15.4 percent for Atlanta, and Thompson is the reason for the disparity. LeBron James said this week that he feels Thompson should be a Cavalier for "his whole career" and coach David Blatt readily agreed. Thompson is a restricted free agent this summer and it sounds like the Cavs will do all they can to retain him. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:18 pm
  • J.R. Smith posts 18 & 10 with four 3-pointers
    J.R. Smith posted 18 points, four 3-pointers, 10 rebounds and three assists in only 29 minutes off the Cavs' bench during Tuesday's blowout win.

    Advice: Smith recorded double-digit rebounds just once during the regular season but he's now done it in consecutive playoff games, and his efficient line tonight helped make up for Iman Shumpert's three points on 1-of-8 shooting. Smith is in a terrific rhythm and NBA fans should be in for some fireworks with Swish in the Finals for the first time in his career. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:18 pm
     
    Player Note
    J.R. Smith Cle - SG,SF
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • LeBron James leads Cavaliers to NBA Finals
    LeBron James led the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals with a 118-88 win in Cleveland on Tuesday, scoring 23 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and only one turnover in 29 minutes.

    Advice: LBJ needed IVs after Game 3 to help with dehydration and cramping, but he wasn't worse for the wear in a thoroughly dominant performance tonight. The Hawks threw a variety of defenders at LeBron but never found a way to slow him down in the series -- amazingly, James fell only three assists shy of averaging 30-10-10 in the Conference Finals. He and teammate James Jones are now the first players since the 1960s to appear in five consecutive NBA Finals, and LeBron will have eight full days to rest before squaring off vs. the Warriors or Rockets. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Dwight Howard won't be suspended for Flagrant
    Dwight Howard will not be suspended for hitting Andrew Bogut above the shoulders during Game 3 on Monday.

    Advice: The play earned Dwight Howard a Flagrant-1 foul and the Rockets are fortunate that he was neither ejected nor suspended for his swipe at Bogut. NBA executive Rod Thorn said in a statement, "Howard was trying to extricate himself from Bogut and recklessly hit him in the face with an open hand. The contact was unnecessary but was not deemed excessive ... we don't see a reason to modify that call." Howard will try to help the Rockets extend their season during Wednesday's must-win road game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:20 pm
  • Kyle Korver set to undergo surgery on ankle
    Kyle Korver said he will undergo surgery on his severely sprained right ankle on Wednesday.

    Advice: Korver sustained his ankle injury on a controversial play involving Matthew Dellavedova, who has also had postseason altercations with Taj Gibson and Al Horford. Dellavedova isn't making a lot of friends outside of Cleveland this postseason, and the Hawks may look to play some "aggressive" defense against him during Tuesday's do-or-die Game 4 in Cleveland. Hawks' coach Mike Budenholzer said he will discuss Korver's "situation" during his pregame availability, so we expect to get a rough estimate on Korver's recovery period then. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:55 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Blake Griffin responds to the Clippers curse
    Blake Griffin responded to a question about the "Clippers curse" after the Clippers' Game 7 loss to the Rockets in the Western Conference Semifinals.

    Advice: "The Clipper curse when I first got here was No. 1 picks getting hurt, not working out; their draft picks not working out, not making the playoffs, not having winning seasons," Griffin said. "No one talked about not getting past the second round. Not a single soul talked about that, but now, that’s what everybody talks about. Just like the last one, we’re going to bust through this one." Looking at the numbers (25.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game), Griffin was not bothered by any sort of curse during the Clippers' playoff run, and he'll be an obvious early-round selection in next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:33 pm
  • Report: Millsap may need surgery on shoulder?
    Paul Millsap may require surgery on his sprained right shoulder this offseason, according to sources of Howard Beck.

    Advice: The shoulder injury caused Millsap to miss five games back in early April, and it reportedly never fully healed. This perhaps could explain why Millsap is shooting just 40.8 percent from the field this postseason, a stark contrast from the 47.6 percent clip that he shot during the regular-season. It'll be interesting to see if Millsap does indeed go under the knife when the offseason hits, and this is a story we'll be following closely. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:56 pm
  • Report: Nets may shop Plumlee this offseason?
    The Nets may explore the marketplace for Mason Plumlee this offseason, according to sources of Marc Stein.

    Advice: Plumlee's trade value isn't great right now, and with his yearly salary very affordable, it wouldn't make much sense for them to move him. We'll continue to follow this story closely over the course of the offseason, but at this point, it doesn't seem likely Plumlee will be the guy who is sent elsewhere. Jarrett Jack, Joe Johnson, and Deron Williams have all popped up in the rumor mill as trade candidates, and they are the most likely players to be dealt. Plumlee's fantasy value isn't great playing behind Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:27 pm
  • Kevin Love cleared to travel with Cavaliers
    Kevin Love (shoulder) has been cleared to travel with the Cavaliers after having his shoulder evaluated.

    Advice: Love had his shoulder evaluated in New York and will now be able stop wearing a sling as he travels with the team for the remainder of the postseason. While this news doesn't change the fact that Love will miss the rest of the playoffs, it's good news for his fantasy owners in dynasty leagues as it means his recovery is going as planned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:00 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • McHale defends Dwight Howard's flagrant foul
    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale defended Dwight Howard's flagrant foul during Houston's Game 4 win against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: Howard may hear from the league about his elbow to Andrew Bogut's face and McHale may be trying to get out in front of any potential suspension talk here. "He just tried to get him off him," McHale said. "Bogut grabbed him and as always, the second foul gets called." We'll keep an eye on any discipline from the league on this one, but as of now, Howard will be in the Rockets starting lineup for Wednesday's Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:14 am
  • LeBron James says he's ready to go for Game 4
    LeBron James said he'll be ready to go for Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: After dealing with some cramping during Sunday's Game 3 win over the Hawks, James said he'll be active on Tuesday night. James is averaging 32.7 points, 11.7 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers in the series thus far and will need another big game to close out the series if Kyrie Irving (knee) is unable to play. A nightly triple-double threat, James is a must-start in all fantasy lineups at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:01 am
  • Nets expected to make push for Thaddeus Young
    The Brooklyn Nets are expected to make a push to re-sign Thaddeus Young.

    Advice: Young is expected to opt out of his $10.2 million player option for the 2015-16 season and will have plenty of suitors if he hits the market as a free agent. The Nets are expected to make a big push to retain both Young and Brook Lopez in order to keep their frontcourt intact and have already told Young they'd like him back next season. Young had a strong finish to his 2014-15 season and should serve as a mid-to-late round fantasy option next season if he winds up back in Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:32 am
  • Paul Pierce to Clippers isn't a sure thing
    Despite persisting rumors, it is not a sure thing that Paul Pierce will opt out of his contract and sign with the Clippers.

    Advice: While a reunion with Clippers head coach Doc Rivers makes a lot of sense, the Clippers have a bigger offseason priority in re-signing DeAndre Jordan and may not have enough money to pay Pierce if he opts out of his contract with the Wizards. Pierce has also talked about potentially retiring, so there are likely to be more twists in this road before we learn of Pierce's final decision. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:08 am
  • James Harden explodes for 45 points in win
    James Harden took over during a Game 4 128-115 win over the Warriors on Monday, scoring a playoff career-high 45 points with nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and seven 3-pointers in 40 minutes on 13-of-22 from the field.

    Advice: He only attempted five two-pointers from outside of the restricted area, which has been the formula for success for Harden. Before the game, he said he had to attack more and he followed through with his own analysis. The Rockets have now won four consecutive games when facing elimination, but they'll need three more to advance to the NBA Finals. Also, his step-back 3-pointer to get to 45 points was cooler than a polar bear's toenails. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:18 pm
  • Trevor Ariza scores 17 points in win vs. GSW
    Trevor Ariza scored 17 points against the Warriors on Monday with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets needed everyone to step up, and that's what happened today. Terrence Jones scored 14 points with five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer while Jason Terry added 10 points and four assists. Dwight Howard also had a nice game with 14 points, 12 rebounds, two steals, two blocks and three turnovers. This was also the first game ever in which both teams each made at least 15 treys. The Warriors also attempted 46 attempts from deep, which is also a record. Game 5 will be in Oakland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:07 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Josh Smith great from field, awful from line
    Josh Smith made 7-of-8 from the field and 3-of-12 from the line for 20 points against the Warriors on Monday, adding six rebounds, five assists, two blocks, six turnovers and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's an effective field goal percentage of 106.3, but a true shooting percentage of 75.3 because of his awful foul shooting. Smith was on fire in the first quarter and scored 13 of his 20 in that frame. The Warriors did a Hack-A-Smoove late and it forced him out of the game. We saw the good and bad Smoove tonight, which is nothing new for any game. The Rockets will need another good game in Oakland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:55 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Klay Thompson scores 24 points in loss
    Klay Thompson scored 24 points during a 128-115 loss to the Rockets on Monday, adding three rebounds, two assists, two steals and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: It looked like he was on his way to his biggest game of the postseason, but the Rockets did a better job of keeping Klay in check. The Rockets did seem to be focused more on Stephen Curry and that may help Thompson, but Klay didn't make many strides sans the MVP. We're still waiting for a big game and it could come on Wednesday. Thompson and Curry also set a record for most treys from a tandem in a single postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:46 pm
  • Draymond Green fouls out with monster line
    Draymond Green fouled out in 40 minutes against the Rockets on Monday, scoring 21 points with 15 rebounds, four assists, five blocks and two 3-pointers on 9-of-14 from the field.

    Advice: He sprinted to the bench after his sixth foul and the Rockets fans gave him a nice little cheer. Green said seeing the Houston fans leave early in Game 3 was "the best feeling in the world" and tonight it was just a little different. He might have been Golden State's best player tonight and the Warriors are almost certainly going to match anything this offseason. He's a beast. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:40 pm
  • Pierce may opt out to sign with Clippers?
    Paul Pierce may opt out with the Wizards and sign with the Clippers.

    Advice: It could be for less money in order to join coach Doc Rivers and assistant coach Sam Cassell. Pierce was distraught after his loss to the Hawks and still hasn't made it clear if he'll be back next season. To be clear, this is just a rumor and Pierce has not said anything about joining up with the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:28 pm
  • Draymond Green loves sending HOU fans home
    Draymond Green said seeing Houston's fans leave early during a blowout is "the best feeling in the world."

    Advice: Yep, that sounds like a Draymond thing to say and he's expecting a better game from Houston tonight. "Because of the embarrassment factor of last game, they're going to come out fighting," Green said. The Rockets will need to get Dray into foul trouble in order to have success tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:21 pm
  • Marreese Speights doing some running
    Marreese Speights (right calf) advanced to running the stairs on Monday.

    Advice: He's still out for Game 4, but could get back to court work in the next day or two. Speights could be ready for the NBA Finals, but obviously the Warriors may not need him. Festus Ezeli has really stepped up for the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:13 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Tristan Thompson a Cavalier for life?
    LeBron James said on Monday Tristan Thompson "should probably be a Cavalier for the rest of his life."

    Advice: He's a restricted free agent and the Cavs are likely going to bring him back based on his outstanding postseason. While Thompson's offensive ability away from the basket is a little behind schedule, he's really taken off in the paint on both ends. Expect him to get big minutes following his 42.0 minutes per game in his last three outings. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:09 pm
  • Barnes draws praise for strength in low post
    Harrison Barnes has drawn praise from the Warriors coaching staff for his ability to defend in the low post.

    Advice: "There are only so many wings that can guard the post," says Luke Walton. "You have to be very strong. He’s not only very strong, to the core strong, but he’s very quick," Walton added. Defensive guru Ron Adams had this to say, ""I think the way our game is progressing it’s going to be demanded of a lot of people." Barnes has been excellent in the postseason, even if his teammates are garnering the majority of the headlines. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:26 am
  • Kyle Korver (ankle) seeking a second opinion
    Kyle Korver (ankle) is seeking a second opinion, and there has been no decision made on whether or not he needs surgery.

    Advice: Teammate DeMarre Carroll got the wheels spinning when he suggested Korver would need surgery, but that is premature and inaccurate at this point. Korver will see a foot and ankle specialist before a course of action is determined, and while it's possible he could have surgery, nothing has been decided. The Hawks have said there is no break of any kind in Korver's ankle, but a severe sprain could involve ligament tears, swelling and bruising among other damage. We need to wait for an official diagnosis before speculating any further, but don't expect to see Korver again this postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:06 am
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Dwight Howard addressed team after Game 3
    Dwight Howard addressed the Rockets after their Game 3 loss ahead of a must-win Game 4 vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: "He's tough and he works hard," Terrence Jones said. "He inspires us. I really appreciate the big fella expressing himself and letting us all know how much he wants to win, and hopefully we can all go out there and give that kind of effort." It's a good attitude to have, but Howard and the Rockets will need more than the power of positive thought to avoid a four-game sweep. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:53 am
  • LeBron dealing with cramping, other injuries
    LeBron James admitted to dealing with cramping among other injuries in Sunday's dramatic Game 3 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: "I gave it everything I had tonight," he said. James was in obvious pain, especially with his ankle, and he fell to the floor in exhaustion after the contest had concluded. James described fighting through "the most pain of his career," but said after the game that nothing would prevent him from playing in Tuesday's Game 4. "If I'm putting on the uniform and going on the floor, I got to make things happen for our team. It's that simple." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:28 am
  • Teammate: Kyle Korver (ankle) needs surgery
    DeMarre Carroll said after Sunday's Game 3 loss that Kyle Korver (ankle) will require surgery and could miss 4-6 months.

    Advice: Korver has yet to have a second opinion and the team hasn't announced the severity of his injury, so this is all speculative for the moment. "[Korver] is one of our starters and he's gotta have surgery, he's out 4-6 months," Carroll said. His comments came in the context of Matthew Dellavedova's controversial play on Al Horford during Game 3, but Carroll's references to surgery and a timetable are too specific to ignore entirely. We'll update Korver's status once the Hawks provide more information. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:41 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • DeMarre Carroll solid Sunday w/ Korver out
    DeMarre Carroll logged 41 minutes on Sunday to finish the Hawks' road loss with 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: His lone block came on a LeBron James post-up, which is impressive enough, and he didn't commit any turnovers -- the Hawks as a team only had seven. Carroll's knee is "nowhere near" 100 percent but he's giving Atlanta everything he has in a tough matchup vs. LeBron, and his free agent value has steadily risen throughout the postseason. There's no reason to think he's at risk of missing Tuesday's must-win Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:41 pm
  • LeBron gets 37-18-13 as Cavs win Game 3 in OT
    LeBron James fought through injury and exhaustion to finish Sunday's overtime Game 3 victory with 37 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists and three steals, moving Cleveland to the brink of a Conference Finals sweep.

    Advice: LBJ began 0-of-10 from the field, his worst ever start in a playoff game, but he overcame the rough start as well as a knee injury suffered early in overtime. In the process he passed Karl Malone to become the sixth-leading scorer in NBA playoff history with 4,779 points, he passed Jason Kidd for second place on the postseason triple-double list, and he became the only player in NBA postseason history to record at least 37-18-13 in a game. LeBron is leading his team with 27.2 points per game in the postseason, in addition to the 21.3 points he's creating off assists, and will need to carry a similar load if Kyrie Irving (knee) isn't able to return in Game 4. We'll pass along updates on his knee injury but there's no reason to think he won't start Tuesday's potential elimination game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:00 pm
  • Al Horford ejected after Flagrant-2 in Game 3
    Al Horford was ejected in the second quarter of Sunday's game after a Flagrant-2 foul when he dropped an elbow on Matthew Dellavedova's neck.

    Advice: The play was reminiscent of Taj Gibson's highly-questionable Flagrant-2 vs. Dellavedova in the second round of the playoffs. Dellavedova appeared to intentionally undercut Horford to prevent a rebound as he fell to the ground, and Horford used his elbow when he subsequently fell atop Dellavedova. The play didn't warrant an ejection but it fits the league's definition for a Flagrant-2 and will be automatically reviewed for a potential fine or suspension. It's a devastating turn of events for Atlanta as they seek to avoid falling into an 0-3 hole in the Eastern Conference Finals. Mike Muscala will start the second half and Pero Antic will also be asked to play an expanded role with Horford temporarily out of commission. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:44 pm
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Carroll embraces challenge of guarding LBJ
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) said that he cherishes the opportunity to go toe-to-toe against LeBron James in the Eastern Conference Finals, and he has no intention of taking any days off to get his knee right.

    Advice: "I've been getting a million calls and emails about me, why am I there, this might be the biggest contract of my life," said Carroll. "But at the end of the day this game isn't promised to you. So whenever you've got an opportunity to play basketball, a lot of people say it's bigger than money and it feels like that to me. I cherish this game and I want to be out there fighting, and if I have to fight on one leg, I'm gonna fight on one leg. I can't let this opportunity pass me by. Eastern Conference finals, playing against LeBron James. I don't care if I have to do it on one leg, I'll hobble out there." He'll be out there for Sunday's Game 3, and he may have some shots coming his way with Kyle Korver (ankle) done for the rest of the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:19 pm
  • Marreese Speights (calf) ruled out for Game 4
    Marreese Speights (calf) is making progress, but he will not play in Game 4 against the Rockets on Monday.

    Advice: David Lee was initially the one getting the minutes with Speights sidelined, but he's nearly fallen out of the rotation entirely during the Houston series. Festus Ezeli has earned himself a nice role off the bench in the Conference Finals, but with averages of just 6.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 block over 13.6 minutes of action, he's not much of an asset in fantasy basketball. Speights is unlikely to be a factor the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:21 am
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • DeMarre Carroll admits his knee is hurting
    DeMarre Carroll admitted that his knee is "nowhere near" 100 percent, but he is ready to go to battle with his teammates in Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: "I’m standing here," Carroll said in regards to his knee. "I put myself out there to help my team, whatever it takes. I know my knee is nowhere near 100 (percent). But at the end of the day if I’m out there I’m going to give it my all and hopefully my team has my back." You have to admire the guy's heart, and it's obvious that his knee was giving him a lot of problems in Game 2. Carroll will spend a lot of time guarding LeBron James again tonight, but he could be forced to shoot more with Kyle Korver (ankle) on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:19 am
  • Dwight Howard says Rockets will keep fighting
    With Houston facing a 3-0 deficit to the Warriors , Dwight Howard said that the only thing the Rockets can do is fight.

    Advice: "There’s a lot of words I could say about tonight, but I’ve got to keep my teammates together," Howard said after Game 3 on Saturday. "We can’t fold. We can’t quit. It’s easy to give up and say they’re playing great. It’s easy to do that. They’re going to have to take all of us out on a stretcher. We ain’t going down lightly. We’re down 3-0 in the Western Conference finals. The only thing we can do is fight." Howard contributed 14 points, 14 boards and one block in the loss, and the good news is that his knee doesn't appear to be giving him any problems. Game 4 is set to take place in Houston on Monday, and Howard should be in line for a big game with the Rockets facing elimination. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:37 am
  • Julius Randle continues to show improvement
    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said that it looks like Julius Randle (leg) "has recovered completely".

    Advice: This is definitely exciting news for Randle, and it appears that his recovery is going very smoothly. All signs point to him playing during the Las Vegas Summer League, and it will be interesting to see how he does after such a long time on the shelf. Randle could potentially be the starting power forward next season if he impresses this summer, so we will be sure to track his progress very closely. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:49 am
     
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Klay Thompson scores 17 in win
    Klay Thompson scored 17 points with three rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers during a Game 3 win in Houston on Saturday.

    Advice: The Warriors took some extra pressure off Klay with Harrison Barnes guarding James Harden on occasion. Thompson did have his minutes staggered slightly from Curry and he was able to run the offense more, which partially explains his five assists. We still haven't seen Klay explode and yet the Warriors are rolling. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:47 pm
  • Draymond Green puts up a big line in easy win
    Draymond Green was outstanding as per usual during a 115-80 win over the Rockets on Saturday, making 8-of-16 from the field for 17 points with 13 rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He is doing everything and turned in his best offensive game since April. The Warriors are now 55-0 in the regular season and playoffs when they have a 15-point lead. As much credit as their offensive gets, that stat probably wouldn't be true without their shut-down interior defense. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:45 pm
  • James Harden shoots 3-of-16 from the field
    James Harden made 3-of-16 from the field for 17 points with three rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes during an embarrassing 115-80 loss on Saturday.

    Advice: It was bad. He got away with some contested mid-range shots on Thursday, but they just weren't falling today. Harden actually didn't have any makes at the rim tonight, which has been his bread and butter since joining the Rockets. Plus, his defense has been horrendous. The Rockets will try to keep their season alive on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:43 pm
  • Harrison Barnes goes scoreless in win
    Harrison Barnes missed all nine shots from the field and didn't score against the Rockets on Saturday, adding six rebounds, one assists and one turnover in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes has really been great in the postseason, but he regressed back to some of his regular-season ways. He should be able to bounce back on Monday night. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:43 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores 14 in loss
    Dwight Howard scored 14 points with 14 rebounds, one block and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Warriors during a Game 3 loss on Saturday.

    Advice: He was 2-of-8 from the line tonight and the Rockets made just 19-of-31 as a team. Howard just has way too much pressure on him because the Rockets' perimeter defense has been non-existent. The easy buckets are not his fault and he's played well in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:37 pm
  • Kevin Love gets a light workout in on Sat
    Kevin Love (shoulder) did a light workout on Saturday.

    Advice: It is likely just some work on a bike and he is still nowhere near close to a return. The jury is still out Love and whether or not he'll return to Cleveland, but the Lakers will undoubtedly be making a push. With Love out, Tristan Thompson has really stepped up at both the center and power forward spots. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:54 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Rockets will play Howard 'as much as we can'
    Coach Kevin McHale said on Saturday he'll play Dwight Howard (knee) "as much as we can."

    Advice: Dwight was helping on defense a lot in Game 2 and it led to some very nice production out of Andrew Bogut. Howard also played 40 minutes in the loss and will likely be in that neighborhood again. McHale also said he expects to hit Howard in the post more, so there could be a 20-point game on the way. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:21 pm
  • Kyle Korver out for playoffs with ankle issue
    Kyle Korver (ankle) will not play in the remainder of the postseason due to a "severe right ankle sprain."

    Advice: Ouch. While Korver hasn't been great in the postseason, his presence for spacing has been essential to the Hawks' offense. The Hawks haven't been the same due primarily to their struggles from beyond the arc and that burden has just grown with this loss. Kent Bazemore will likely start next to DeMarre Carroll on the wing. Dennis Schroder and Shelvin Mack will also have to step up. The Hawks may also use Mike Scott as a floor spacer in some lineups, which they did on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:53 am
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Hawks not optimistic about Kyle Korver's ankle
    The Hawks are reportedly less optimistic about Kyle Korver's ankle than they were about DeMarre Carroll's knee the morning after his injury.

    Advice: We are expected to get a full diagnosis soon, so we should know more details shortly. X-rays taken after the game were negative, but it's possible that Korver could be dealing with a lot of swelling and this report is pretty concerning. If Korver is forced to miss any time, Kent Bazemore is going to have to step up in a big way. Expect another update shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:29 am
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • John Wall hopeful that Paul Pierce returns
    John Wall is hopeful that Paul Pierce will be back with the Wizards next season.

    Advice: "Who wouldn’t want to have a Hall of Fame guy back on this team? He meant so much to us," Wall said. "Just his leadership, his work ethic, being a mentor, talking to us, and giving us those words of encouragement and that extra grit and fight. He has to do what’s best for him and his family, and that’s taking time off and deciding whether he wants to come back and play." Pierce has a $6 million player option for next season, but he will likely take his time before making a decision. He averaged 14.6 points, 4.2 boards and 3.3 3-pointers in the playoffs and hit several big shots in clutch situations, so he obviously still has a lot to offer. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:58 am
  • Marreese Speights will not play on Saturday
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play against the Rockets in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: He is expected to be held out for the first five game of the series against Houston, so this isn't a surprise. With Speights out of the lineup, Festus Ezeli should see around 10-12 minutes per game moving forward. Head coach Steve Kerr did say that Speights has shown improvement, so we will continue to track his progress closely. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:51 am
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • DeMarre Carroll implies that he is fine
    DeMarre Carroll implied that his knee was fine after Friday's Game 2 loss vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: "Physically, I got out there, so I must've felt good," Carroll said. "But when you're a little kid, you dream of an opportunity to play in the Eastern Conference Finals and along, playing against one of the best players in the world. I didn't care if I had one leg, I wasn't going to let this pass me by." Carroll is one of the toughest players in the league, and even though he probably wouldn't admit it, he was clearly hobbled throughout the game on Friday. The fact that he played 34 minutes speaks volumes about his character, so there is no reason to think that he will be in danger of missing Game 3 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:57 am
  • Al Horford is hopeful to play in Game 3 Sun
    According to head coach Mike Budenholzer, the Hawks are hopeful that Al Horford (knee) will be good to go for Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: "He had two or three different times where he got hit in the same spot," Budenholzer said. "The feedback from him after the game, I think that he's going to be OK. I think that it's just one of those things. A couple hits, a couple bangs, we're hopeful that he'll be fine going into Game 3." The Hawks have the lost the first two games of the series at home, so they desperately need to win on Sunday. Horford will likely do everything in his power to play, but we should have plenty of updates on his status before the game. If Horford is unable to play, Mike Muscala and Pero Antic would be in the mix for more minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:44 am
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Millsap whooped up on in Game 2 loss to Cavs
    Paul Millsap struggled mightily in Friday's Game 2 loss to the Cavs, scoring four points on 2-of-8 shooting with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Millsap has lost his offensive confidence and in every other aspect of the game he was lacking tonight. He flashed some good defense against LeBron James in Game 1, but wasn't called upon in that department tonight. Instead, he was a big reason that Tristan Thompson was able to get all he could eat. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:34 pm
  • Carroll (knee) guts out team-high 34 minutes
    DeMarre Carroll bounced back from a scary looking knee injury in Game 1 against the Cavs to play in Game 2, finishing with six points on 2-of-6 shooting and three rebounds in a team-high 34 minutes.

    Advice: Carroll was clearly hobbled and fairly lucky that LeBron James didn't test him as much as he could have. Still, the fact that he led his team in minutes and didn't back down from the challenge tonight are huge feathers in his cap for free agency. He needs some of his teammates to show the same fire he had tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:31 pm
  • Horford dinged up in 12-point, six-board game
    Al Horford scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, one steal and one block in Friday's Game 2 loss to the Cavs, but also got dinged up throughout the game with apparent quad injuries.

    Advice: Horford left the game once and would later return and the nature of his discomfort was hard to peg, but it's clear he's not at 100 percent and his status might be touchy going forward. He said after the game that he was okay, however, so Hawks fans can only cross their fingers and hope it doesn't become an issue in Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:28 pm
     
    Player Note
    Al Horford Atl - PF,C
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Korver injures ankle in Game 2 loss to CLE
    Kyle Korver scored 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting (including two threes) with one rebound and one steal in 32 minutes, but left the game late after hurting an ankle and did not return.

    Advice: Korver left with the game basically in Cleveland's hands so it's possible the injury is less serious than more serious, and X-rays taken after the game were negative. Kent Bazemore (12 minutes, seven points, one steal) would step into some more minutes if Korver can't play in Game 3, and Dennis Schroder (13 points, 6-of-11 FGs, 12 minutes) could also get more minutes as long as he didn't shoot himself into the doghouse tonight. We'll update Korver's status as soon as we learn more. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:14 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • LeBron dominant in cakewalk win over Hawks
    LeBron James scored 30 points on 10-of-22 shooting (2-of-7 3PTs, 8-of-11 FTs) with nine rebounds, 11 assists and one block as the Cavs trounced the Hawks in Friday's Game 2 win.

    Advice: It's unfair to ask any one player to guard LeBron and the Hawks' scheme has been borderline belligerent on top of that. The scary part is that he is appears to be toying with the Hawks, settling for outside looks rather than punishing Atlanta for their lack of size. Game 3 is Sunday in Cleveland. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Thompson too much to handle down low
    Tristan Thompson was too much to handle for the Hawks in the Cavs' Game 2 win on Friday, grabbing 16 rebounds to go with seven points and two boards in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Thompson had a big-time block on Kent Bazemore as a signature play and his play in the playoffs has earned him a big payday. He has rendered Paul Millsap useless and the Hawks don't appear to have the muscle to keep him off the glass. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:05 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll remains a game-time decision
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) is still a game-time decision to play against the Cavs on Friday night in Game 2.

    Advice: There is an unconfirmed report that Carroll won't be playing, which wouldn't be a surprise. Of course, there's some added risk because Carroll is headed to free agency this summer and has a lot riding on that left knee of his. If he is out, Kent Bazemore will likely move into the starting lineup. Expect to see Dennis Schroder log more minutes along with Paul Millsap guarding LeBron James more often. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:52 pm
  • LeBron James still dealing with pain in ankle
    LeBron James said that his ankle "has been better," but he's in no danger of sitting out Game 2 vs. the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: At this point in the season, almost everyone is a little banged up, but James will continue to fight through the pain in order to give his squad the best chance at coming away with a Game 2 win in Atlanta. With Kyrie Irving's (knee, foot) status up in the air for Game 2, and DeMarre Carroll (knee) sounding unlikely, LeBron James could be in for a monster game. He'll make for a fine daily league play tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:45 am
  • DeMarre Carroll (knee) a game-time decision
    DeMarre Carroll (knee) will be a game-time decision for Friday's Game 2 against the Cavs, although it appears unlikely he'll be able to play.

    Advice: Carroll was spotted walking with a slight limp after Friday morning's shootaround, and head coach Mike Budenholzer sounded pessimistic when discussing Carroll's availability for Game 2. "We’ll see how he does the rest of the day and if he progresses," Budenholzer said. "He did some things this morning and we are hopeful for the best." Expect Kent Bazemore to start if Carroll can’t give it a go, with him and Paul Millsap serving as LeBron James’ primary defenders. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:37 am
  • Jerry West mentored Harrison Barnes
    Jerry West worked directly with Harrison Barnes this past offseason, and Barnes credits that five-day boot camp for his development this season.

    Advice: "We'd work out in the morning. We'd get some work in, and then [West would] show up and put me through a workout," said Barnes. "He'd show me stuff he would do, and then we'd go out to eat and talk about what the league is like today, stuff he saw back in the day." Barnes is the only person not named Kobe Bryant that West has personally worked with, and the things they did over the course of the offseason obviously did wonders for his game. Barnes' numbers improved across the board this year, and he's currently averaging 11.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocks on 49.5 percent shooting through this year's postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:53 am
  • Trevor Ariza quiet in 38 minutes in Game 2
    Trevor Ariza played 38 minutes in Game 2 on Thursday, but hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer against Golden State for seven points, six rebounds, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: Ariza went off in Game 1 with 20 points and four 3-pointers on 7-of-10 shooting, and while he played solid defense again tonight, Ariza just never got it going. Look for him to bounce back in Saturday's Game 3 at Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:21 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Josh Smith struggles in Game 2 loss
    Josh Smith hit just 5-of-17 shots and missed all three of his 3-point attempts for 10 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and no blocks in 21 minutes of Thursday's Game 2 loss.

    Advice: The Rockets fell into an early 17-point hole and the fact that Smith was outshooting teammate James Harden had a lot to do with it. Harden eventually took over and helped the Rockets to a 23-6 run to end the first half, but Smith was out there chucking again in the second half. He had 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers in Game 1, but didn't even look engaged in Game 2. It will be interesting to see what Kevin McHale does with him in Game 3, but chances are he'll be back out there and shooting at will, as that's what he does. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:19 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • James Harden scores 38, just misses trip-dub
    James Harden went off by hitting 13-of-21 shots, three 3-pointers and 9-of-10 free throws for 38 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, a block and just two turnovers in Thursday's tough Game 2 loss at Golden State.

    Advice: Harden got off to a slow start and saw his team fall into a 17-point hole in the second quarter, but heated up and led the Rockets on a furious 23-6 run to close out the first half and tying the score. Harden had the ball in his hands with seven seconds on the clock and trailing by one point, but couldn't get through a double team of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and never even got a shot off. Look for him to continue to go nuts in this series, especially at home for Games 3 and 4. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:09 pm
  • Harrison Barnes struggles in win over Rockets
    Harrison Barnes hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in Thursday's win over Houston.

    Advice: He missed a huge reverse layup with seven seconds on the clock and the Warriors holding a one-point lead, but James Harden wasn't able to get off a shot against a Steph Curry and Klay Thompson double team that saved the night for GSW. Barnes had scored in double figures in seven straight games, so look for him to play better in Games 3 and 4 in Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:59 pm
  • Klay Thompson's shot fading, steps up on D
    Klay Thompson hit 6-of-15 shots and just 1-of-7 3-pointers Thursday, finishing with 13 points, four rebounds, one assist and a block in a tough Game 2 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Thompson is just 2-of-14 from downtown in this series and the Warriors will need him to get hot in Houston for Games 3 and 4. He played great defense tonight, blocking a crucial James Harden shot late and then tag teaming with Stephen Curry to prevent Harden from even getting off a shot that could have won the game for Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:54 pm
  • Draymond Green flirts with triple-double
    Draymond Green hit just 3-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 12 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a block in Thursday's Game 2 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: He wasn't all that great offensively, but he's a leader for his team and was very vocal, playing effectively on both end of the court. Look for him to be a little better offensively for Game 3 in Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:50 pm
  • BOS again makes it clear Crowder a priority
    Celtics' president Rich Gotham stated on Thursday that signing Jae Crowder as a restricted free agent this offseason will be a "priority" for the Celtics.

    Advice: "[Crowder] added toughness, energy and confidence," said Gotham. "I think he gave our guys a swagger." Multiple executives from Boston's front offices have openly stated their desire to retain Crowder as a restricted free agent this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see just how high they go in order to keep him in a Celtics' jersey. Crowder had a nice run down the stretch, posting averages of 11.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.9 three-pointers per game during the month of April, so he'll be a nice low-end option in deep leagues if he does indeed remain in Boston. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:13 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jae Crowder Bos - SF,PF
    Injured
  • David Blatt pleased with J.R. Smith's defense
    Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said he's been very impressed by J.R. Smith's defense.

    Advice: After Smith poured in eight three-pointers in Game 1 on Wednesday, Blatt made sure to commend Smiths' improved defense. "He pays attention to scouting reports and works hard on that end of the court," Blatt told me a few weeks ago. "J.R. has been great." For his part, Smith may have given the quote of the day in saying, "I'd rather take a contested shot than an open shot any day. It's kind of boring when you take open shots." As long as he continues his hot streak, Smith is a must-start in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:44 am
     
    Player Note
    J.R. Smith Cle - SG,SF
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • LeBron lauds Tristan Thompson's defense
    LeBron James said Tristan Thompson is one of the best pick-and-roll defenders in the NBA.

    Advice: James said Thompson's biggest defensive improvement this season has been his communication and that has led to the 24-year-old becoming one of the best pick-and-roll defenders in the league.Thompson has been a nightly double-double threat since entering the starting lineup for Kevin Love (shoulder) and he's now averaging 12.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks on 59.0 percent shooting from the field in his last five games. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:56 am
  • Josh Smith says Rockets aren't panicking
    Josh Smith said the Rockets aren't panicking over the possibility that Dwight Howard (knee) might miss time.

    Advice: While the Rockets yet don't know the severity of Howard's injury, Smith said the team isn't hitting the panic button just yet. "We're not in panic mode because we've been here before," Smith said. He is correct in that the Rockets have been here before as Howard only suited up for half of the team's regular season games, but Houston will likely need their big man if they're intent on taking down the Warriors. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:38 am
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • LeBron James scores 31, Cavs take Game 1
    LeBron James made 12-of-26 from the field for 31 points during a 97-89 Game 1 win on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and four turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He almost blew the game late because of an isolation festival and the Hawks defended him fairly well. James did have more trouble with Paul Millsap than any other Hawk and he'll likely see a lot more of him in Game 2. Tonight was LeBron's first ever Game 1 road win, failing to accomplish that feat in his eight tries. He and the Cavs will look to take a commanding lead on Friday in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:52 pm
  • J.R. Smith gets piping hot in Game 1 victory
    J.R. Smith caught fire against the Hawks during a Game 1 win on Wednesday, making 10-of-16 from the field for 28 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and eight 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored all 28 of the Cleveland bench points and coach David Blatt was pleased. "When he gets hot, he gets smokin' hot," Blatt said. Smith is obviously happy to be in Cleveland instead of with the Knicks. He'll look to tell his critics to pipe down again in Game 2 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:40 pm
     
    Player Note
    J.R. Smith Cle - SG,SF
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Paul Millsap fouls out, scores 13 points
    Paul Millsap fouled out in 38 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds, three assists and one block.

    Advice: With DeMarre Carroll (knee) going down, Millsap is now going to have to guard LeBron James more often, which isn't a bad thing for the Hawks defense. However, all that extra effort on the defensive end could take away from Millsap's offensive game. Regardless, his minutes will be close to 40. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • Kyle Korver takes just five FGAs
    Kyle Korver made just 3-of-5 from the field for nine points in 36 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He killed the Cavs throughout the regular season, so the Cavs looked to have made a conscious effort to limit his looks. His defense was also not very good tonight. Korver is having a sub-par postseason after tearing it up in the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:19 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kyle Korver Atl - SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Marreese Speights (calf) out for Game 2
    Marreese Speights (calf) will not play against the Rockets in Game 2 on Thursday.

    Advice: He is expected to be out for the first five games of the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors got a lot out of Festus Ezeli in Game 1 and they'll likely look to him again. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:08 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Kawhi, Dray, Allen, CP3 & DJ make 1st D team
    Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, Tony Allen, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan made the NBA's All-Defensive First Team on Wednesday.

    Advice: There are no surprises here with all five players getting recognition for Defensive Player of the Year. DeAndre Jordan's on-ball defensive numbers aren't great, but his rebounding this season has certainly taken away offensive chances. Draymond Green figures to be a staple in All-Defensive Teams for a long time. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:22 am
  • Kosta Koufos wants to be a starter
    Kosta Koufos, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, wants to be a starter in the NBA.

    Advice: Koufos was a very solid backup in Memphis behind Marc Gasol, and he will be sure to command plenty of interest on the open market. The Grizzlies will obviously make re-signing Gasol their top priority, so it's possible that they are forced to part ways with Koufos. If he lands in an ideal situation, Koufos could be a name to watch heading into fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:13 am
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Draymond Green double-doubles w/ eight dimes
    Draymond Green did it all for the Warriors on Tuesday, contributing 13 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and two steals in his team's Game 1 home victory.

    Advice: Before the game Green was asked about potentially defending Dwight Howard and he replied, "That ain't my matchup." He wound up defending Howard for a few long stretches with Andrew Bogut in foul trouble, and his defensive acumen forced Dwight out of position and routinely foiled his attempts to exploit his size advantage on the block. Green's ability to turn a mismatch into an advantage for his team highlights the reason he earned the most first-place votes for Defensive Player of the Year this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:08 pm
  • Trevor Ariza catching fire from downtown
    Trevor Ariza was brilliant in 34 minutes during Tuesday's Game 1 loss, scoring 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting with four 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Ariza played a quintessential '3 and D' role tonight, locking down multiple assignments defensively while stretching the Warriors' defense as a sharp-shooter. He's averaging 4.2 triples on 53.8 percent shooting from downtown over Houston's past five games, solidifying himself one of the most versatile weapons in the Rockets' arsenal. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
     
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Rockets lose despite James Harden's 28-11-9
    James Harden poured in 28 points with one 3-pointer, 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals in a losing effort on the road Tuesday, as the Rockets fell into an 0-1 hole in the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Houston built an impressive 16-point lead in the first half, only to watch it vanish as the Warriors closed the second quarter on a 25-6 spurt to reclaim the lead. Harden wasn't getting his typical volume of foul calls, finishing 5-of-6 at the free throw line, yet he still put on a clinic with 14 points in the fourth quarter alone. The Warriors remain heavy favorites to advance to the Finals but the Rockets are playing with confidence and they won't be an easy out while Harden maintains this elite level of production. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:04 pm
  • Marreese Speights (calf) doubtful Games 2-5
    Marreese Speights expects his moderately strained calf to sideline him for at least the first five games of the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: Speights has already been ruled out for Tuesday's series opener and it sounds like he'll be on the shelf a while longer. His absence opens up extra opportunities for David Lee off the bench, with Festus Ezeli also playing more minutes vs. Dwight Howard and the Rockets. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:06 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Josh Smith implies it'll be a physical WCF
    Josh Smith said after Tuesday morning's shootaround that he's looking forward to a very competitive series against the Warriors.

    Advice: "I mean, it’s the postseason. So I don’t think at this point none of the teams are going to be playing passive," said Smith. "It’s time to lace the shoes up, heighten the shorts up a little higher and get after it a little bit... I look forward to a very competitive series." It'll be MVP vs. MVP runner-up in the Western Conference Finals, and this should be a very competitive, physical, and exciting series to watch. Smith is going to have a tough matchup against Draymond Green of the Warriors, so we may see a bit of a regression to the mean with regards to Smoov’s field goal percentage. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:24 pm
     
    Player Note
    Josh Smith Hou - SF,PF
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Tristan Thompson says his shoulder is better
    Tristan Thompson said that his bruised left shoulder is feeling better, and that he's "ready to bang" for Cleveland's Eastern Conference Finals matchup against the Hawks.

    Advice: Since Thompson has entered the starting lineup, he has compiled averages of 8.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game on 56.6 percent shooting from the field. He had some nice games against the Bulls in Cleveland's second-round series, and he'll be a nightly double-double threat going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:56 am
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) will not travel to ATL
    Kevin Love (shoulder) will not travel with the Cavs to Atlanta for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, as his shoulder still isn't quite ready for flying.

    Advice: Cleveland will be without $15.7 million cheerleader for road games in the Eastern Conference Finals, and Tristan Thompson will need to continue to be a glass-eater for the Cavs if they hope to upset the East's No. 1 seed. Thompson did have some very good games in Cleveland's second-round series despite a tough matchup with Chicago, so he'll be someone to consider in daily leagues moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:10 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • LeBron James throws bouquets at Paul Pierce
    LeBron James spoke about what Paul Pierce has meant to his career and lauded the veteran's overall body of work in the NBA.

    Advice: After saying that PIerce helped him elevate his game, James spoke about PIerce's legacy. "It's great to have him in this league as far as the competition and what he's done not only for the three teams that he's played for, but for himself," said James. "He's probably going to be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. His numbers speak for itself. He's a big-time player." The Truth will now take the summer to decide whether or not to retire, but he'll remain a solid late-round fantasy pick if he comes back for another season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:50 am
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