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  • Stephen Curry sheds elbow sleeve, scores 26
    Stephen Curry scored 26 points with eight rebounds, six assists, five steals, three turnovers and three 3-pointers on 7-of-21 from the field against the Rockets in a series-clinching win on Wednesday.

    Advice: He ditched his elbow sleeve in the third quarter after messing with it throughout the game. Curry had plenty of clean looks and the Warriors gave him a slew of off-ball screens to get him loose. He is going to have a week to recover before Game 1 in Oakland on June 4. In two games against the Cavs this season, Curry averaged 20.5 points, 8.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 3.0 treys. It'll be a treat watching him face off against Kyrie Irving. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Dwyane Wade drops 12 pounds in a month
    Dwyane Wade dropped 12 pounds in one month.

    Advice: He was up to 228 pounds and dropped it to 216, which is below his listed playing weight of 220. Wade has never had any fitness issues, but it's rarely a bad thing for a 33-year-old guard to show he can still drop weight. He'll be risky in drafts again next season and he's not someone we'll be aggressively targeting. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:56 pm
  • Shelvin Mack will have shoulder surgery
    Shelvin Mack will have surgery on his right shoulder.

    Advice: The Hawks are really, really banged up with the season ending. Mack separated his shoulder and the surgery should take place next week. He'll be nothing more than a backup next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:37 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 91-85 @ Chi
  • Stephen Curry doesn't want to wear the brace
    Stephen Curry said he doesn't want to wear his elbow sleeve on his right arm and that it is a precaution, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: In other words, the Warriors medical staff has the final say here. He reportedly looked just fine in warmups and he's already said he expects to play normally. Curry won't have a minutes restriction and he'll have the home crowd behind him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
  • Stephen Curry will see his normal minutes
    Stephen Curry is going through shootaround on Wednesday wearing a right elbow sleeve, but he will play and see his normal amount of minutes in Game 5 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Curry had a scary fall in Game 4 and appeared to hit his head, shoulder and elbow, but he said that he feels fine and that he is dealing with some bruising and general soreness on the right side of his body. For what it's worth, Curry passed the league's concussion protocol twice before he re-entered Monday's game, and he seemed to be fine after that. His elbow could be a little sore, so it will be interesting to see if it has any impact on his shooting stroke. We will pass along any additional details when we know more, but it's safe to activate him in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 am
  • Matthew Dellavedova was sick during Game 4
    Head coach David Blatt said that Matthew Dellavedova was dealing with an illness in Game 4 vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Dellavedova played just 17 minutes in Game 4 after playing 45 in Game 3, but the biggest reason why he saw a reduced role was because Kyrie Irving (knee) returned from a two-game absence. The NBA Finals don't take place until June 4, so Dellavedova will have more than enough time to fully recover. However, with Irving active, he won't see enough run to matter in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:44 am
  • Kyrie Irving knew he would play in Game 4
    Kyrie Irving admitted after Tuesday's Game 4 win over the Hawks that he knew he would be able to play the day before.

    Advice: "From my standpoint, I knew last night (Monday) that I was going to play," Irving said. "I knew I wasn't going to sit on the bench and watch our guys go through a close out game. I just wanted to be out there so bad and I was doing everything the night before and this morning to get myself ready and took it serious. These last four days have been kind of hell for me just icing, icing, icing and getting my knee ready. I wanted to be a part of this." Irving looked pretty good on Tuesday and contributed 16 points, five assists, four boards, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block in just 22 minutes, so he should be ready to go for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 4. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:29 am
  • Report: Beno Udrih will undergo ankle surgery
    Beno Udrih will undergo ankle surgery and will not play with the Slovenian national team at Eurobasket this summer.

    Advice: We don't have a lot of details right now, but it is likely a minor procedure. Udrih played through an ankle issue during the playoffs, but the fact that he won't play with the Slovenian national team means that he will have plenty of time to recover. As always, we will track his progress closely and will update his status once more is known. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:23 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Dennis Schroder limited by fouls in G4 defeat
    Dennis Schroder was limited by foul trouble during Tuesday's blowout loss, which he finished with four points on 2-of-7 shooting, one rebound, four assists and one turnover in 19 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks' second-year guard wasn't shy offensively in the series, racking up a team-high usage rate of 37.2 percent. Unfortunately, he shot below 40 percent from the field and had the third-lowest offensive rating among the Hawks, ahead of only Mike Muscala and Pero Antic. Schroder has imposing quickness but he needs to improve his jump shot this summer -- during the regular season he made 137-of-391 jumpers (35.0 percent) which allowed opponents to sag off and dare him to shoot. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:25 pm
  • Jeff Teague's 17 hollow pts not enough in G4
    Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting on Tuesday, but he added only one rebound and one assist in 28 minutes during the Hawks' crushing road loss.

    Advice: The Hawks' season ends in disappointment but they have plenty to be proud about, including a franchise-best 60-win regular season and their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance. Teague is one of three players with a guaranteed contract through 2016-17 (joining Kyle Korver and Thabo Sefolosha), and there's no reason to expect the 26-year-old All-Star to backslide after a top-30 fantasy finish this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:22 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) moves well in Game 4 win
    Kyrie Irving returned from a two-game absence to finish Tuesday's series-clinching victory with 16 points (6-of-11 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), two 3-pointers, four rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in only 22 minutes.

    Advice: Irving was medically cleared to play and the Cavs opted to start him for a few reasons -- they wanted him to re-establish a rhythm and regain confidence in his knee, and Irving himself was eager to get back on the court. He moved well and avoided any setbacks despite taking a few falls throughout the game, and should benefit enormously with the Finals not beginning until June 4. We'll have copious updates on his health in the coming week, but he should be raring to go for Game 1. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:13 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) will play w/ minute-limit
    Kyrie Irving (left knee) will play with a 25-minute limit in Tuesday's Game 4 in Cleveland.

    Advice: Irving's tendinitis has improved enough that the team's trainers cleared him to play and start, sending Matthew Dellavedova back to the Cavs' bench. It's unclear how long Irving will have his playing time restricted, but he could earn a week-long break if the Cavs sweep the series with a win on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:02 pm
  • Irving will be re-evaluated after warmups
    Kyrie Irving (knee) will go through a pregame warmup to determine whether or not he will be able to play in Tuesday's Game 4 vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Irving will be a game-time decision, and is currently listed as questionable for Game 4, but there is some reported optimism from the Cavs side that he'll be able to give it a go. If the Cavs can win their series tonight, they'll have eight days to rest up for the Finals. The decision as to whether Irving can play or not will be made by Cleveland's medical staff, but should he be cleared, Matthew Dellavedova would head back to the bench. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:51 pm
  • Curry went through concussion protocol twice
    Stephen Curry went through the league mandated concussion protocol testing twice before he re-entered Game 4 on Monday.

    Advice: "At the very, very end, when he passed the tests, then it became ‘there’s no reason he couldn’t play,’" Warriors' GM Bob Myers said. "So then it was, he passed the tests, passed them once, passed them twice… At that moment, he looked at me, said, ‘Yeah, I’m ready to go.’" There haven't been any reports of Curry experiencing any delayed concussion-like symptoms, so at this point it would seem safe to assume he'll be in uniform for Wednesday's Game 5 in Oakland. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:51 pm
  • Cavs optimistic Kyrie Irving will play Tues
    There is reportedly growing optimism amongst the Cavs organization that Kyrie Irving (knee) will be able to give it a go for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Irving "looked good" during Tuesday morning's shootaround according to LeBron James, and he was also able to go through an "intense" 50-minute pregame workout prior to Sunday's Game 3, so it sounds like he hasn't experienced any setbacks in his recovery. The Cavs medical staff said they wanted repeated good days from Irving before clearing him to play, and the reports thus far would suggest that's exactly what he's had. If Irving returns for Game 4, he would ease LeBron James' workload on offense, and Matthew Dellavedova would head back to the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:31 pm
  • Report: Lawson, Faried want to be traded?
    Unless the Denver Nuggets can pull off a major trade during the offseason landing them a marquee player, or hire a big name head coach, Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried would reportedly rather be traded than be a part of a long rebuild.

    Advice: Both Lawson and Faried's names have popped up in the rumor mill for a few years now, and Lawson's clashes with management and Brian Shaw last season were a problem for the Denver franchise. The Kings and Mavericks are reportedly high on Lawson's wishlist if a trade were to go through, but Denver has not indicated one way or the other if they're willing to finally part ways with one of their franchise cornerstones. Of the two players, Lawson is reportedly the guy more likely to be dealt, though it needs to be noted that Dallas is reportedly hesitant to deal for him due to his off-court issues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:35 am
  • LBJ: Kyrie Irving looked good at shootaround
    LeBron James said Kyrie Irving (knee) looked good at Tuesday's shooatround.

    Advice: James also added that he didn't know how Irving felt and that he's still likely to be a game-time decision. We'll keep an eye on updates, but LeBron's assessment combined with the fact that Irving wore a starter's jersey during shootaround are good signs for his availability for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:27 am
  • Kyrie Irving present at Tuesday shootaround
    Kyrie Irving (knee) was present at Tuesday's shootaround in advance of Game 4 against the Hawks.

    Advice: Irving will likely be a game-time decision for Game 4 on Tuesday, but it's worth noting that he was wearing a red starter's jersey for the session. We'll keep an eye on updates leading up to tip off, while Matthew Dellavedova would see a boost in minutes if Irving is again unable to play. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:50 am
  • Nets expected to explore trading Jarrett Jack
    The Brooklyn Nets are expected to explore a trade of Jarrett Jack, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: Jack is due $12.6 million over the next two seasons with only partial guarantees for the 2016-17 season and the Nets will try to move Jack and his contract to free up some cap space, according to Stein. While Jack serves as a solid bench option no matter where he lands, he won't see enough minutes to warrant a roster spot in standard fantasy leagues unless injuries to a starter force him into a starting role. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:43 am
     
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Stephen Curry feeling fine after Game 4 fall
    Stephen Curry (head) said he felt OK after Monday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: Curry took a scary fall during the third quarter of Monday's loss, but was able to pass the concussion protocol and return to the game. "I feel pretty good," he said after the game. "It could have been a lot worse. I felt like I was in the air for a long time," Curry said. "It's a bad feeling. You try make a play on the ball. Immediately you're in the air and you have no control over yourself." We'll keep an eye out for updates on his status for Game 5 on Wednesday, but it sounds like he'll be ready to play. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:51 am
  • Nick Calathes denies Barcelona rumors
    Nick Calathes denied reports that he is looking to leave the NBA and has an offer from FC Barcelona.

    Advice: Updating a previous item, Calathes said the Spanish report is "not true at all" and added that, "the NBA is my first priority," the 26-year-old said. We'll keep a close eye on this one as Calathes has had success in Europe and may be looking for more minutes than the 14.4 per game he saw in Memphis last season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:30 am
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Nick Calathes looking to leave the NBA
    Nick Calathes is reportedly looking to leave the NBA.

    Advice: According to a report from Encestando, Calathes has a an offer from FC Barcelona. The 26-year-old has previously played in Greece and would end up with a larger role with Barcelona than the 14.4 minutes per game he saw in 2014-15. We'll keep an eye on this one, but Calathes will obviously lose all fantasy value if he winds up overseas next season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:51 am
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Jason Terry says he'll be back for 2015-16
    Jason Terry said he isn't planning on retiring yet and intends to play the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: Set to become a free agent after the playoffs end, Terry was asked if he plans on returning for a 17th NBA season. "One hundred percent," he said before Monday's Game 4 against the Warriors. While Terry has served as a strong veteran presence on the Rockets, he won't see a big enough role on any team to warrant a spot on standard league fantasy rosters in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:29 am
     
    Player Note
    Jason Terry Hou - PG,SG
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Stephen Curry says he's fine for Game 5
    Stephen Curry (head) said he's fine for Game 5 on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He said he felt like he was "in the air for a long time" after being up-ended. Curry said he passed all concussion protocol including balance and exertion stress testing before his return. He said he was "in shock from the feeling of falling" in the second half, but he did say nothing has been worse since the incident. For now, Curry seems to be 100 percent for Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:30 pm
  • Stephen Curry returns, scores 23 points
    Stephen Curry returned from a head contusion in the third quarter on Monday, finishing with 23 points, one rebound, four assists and six 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He cleared a concussion test and air-balled his first shot from beyond the arc after a return. Curry made 4-of-11 after the injury and had all four of his assists, so the injury didn't seem to affect him too much. He'll be ready to roll for Game 5 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:50 pm
  • Stephen Curry (head) returns to action
    Stephen Curry (head contusion) has been cleared to play on Monday and has returned.

    Advice: Exhale, NBA fans. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:47 pm
  • Shaun Livingston starts for Stephen Curry
    Shaun Livingston started for Stephen Curry for the second half on Monday.

    Advice: Curry has a head contusion and remains questionable to return. We'll be looking for any update as the game goes on. Livingston isn't much of a 3-point shooter, so expect the Warriors offense to change its flow. Klay Thompson is a good bet for his first 30-point game of the postseason. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:33 pm
  • Stephen Curry (head) questionable to return
    Stephen Curry suffered a head contusion and is questionable to return on Monday.

    Advice: This is good news for Curry and the Warriors. The team also said his shoulder is fine, which is almost hard to believe considering his shoulder took most of the impact. Usually, a "questionable to return" following a head injury means a player was cleared of initial concussion testing. However, there have been instances when a player would fail it later on. We'll have an update at the start of the second half. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:08 pm
  • Rivers says he gambled on adding his son
    Coach Doc Rivers said adding Austin Rivers "was a gamble" for him this season.

    Advice: "It was just a tough one for me," Rivers said. "I was on the other side of not wanting to do it, and I’m glad I listened to people for a change. I wasn’t so stubborn." The Clippers will likely bring Rivers back for next season and he should be a backup for them. He won't be worth drafting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:52 pm
  • Pat Beverley frustrated he can't help
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) said he's frustrated he can't help his team defend Stephen Curry.

    Advice: "I think I have a gift very few people have," Beverley said. "I know I’m the best on-ball defender in the NBA. I’m the best point guard defender in the NBA. I think the whole league knows that." His nickname is Mr. 94 Feet and the Rockets should think about guarding Curry for 94 feet as well. Beverley is a restricted free agent and the Rockets will likely match most offers. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:22 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Med staff wants repeated good days from Kyrie
    Kyrie Irving (knee) will be a game-time decision to play against the Hawks in Game 4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The medical staff wants repeated good days out of Irving in practice before they're comfortable putting him on the floor for game action. Of course, the Cavs have to factor in risk vs. reward with Irving because they haven't needed him in this series to get to a 3-0 lead. If he's out again, he'll have about two weeks of time to rest. Matthew Dellavedova will likely get another chance to handle the point. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:05 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas feels like part of C's future
    Isaiah Thomas said that he felt like a part of the Celtics future because GM Danny Ainge has asked for his input on free agency.

    Advice: "Danny said if there’s any free agent out there I’m interested in, to let him know," Thomas said. "That has me excited. For him to ask for my input means a lot, because it means I’m definitely, right now, a part of the future, and they also value your word and what you think about the game of basketball." After being tossed aside in Sacramento and discarded in Phoenix, loyalty will go a long way with IT2. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:59 am
  • Dennis Schroder benched in tight Game 3 loss
    Dennis Schroder played just three and a half minutes of Sunday's tight Game 3 loss against the Cavs.

    Advice: Coach Mike Budenholzer went with 28 minutes for Shelvin Mack because he was so desperate for shooting, and while Mack was 5-of-10 from the field, including 3-of-7 from behind the 3-point line, it's hard to find an explanation for Schroder being glued to the bench. It will be interesting to see what happens to Schroder's playing time in a do-or-die Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:36 am
  • Kyrie Irving likely to be a GTD for Game 4
    Kyrie Irving (knee) is likely to be a game-time decision for Tuesday's Game 4 vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Irving worked out before Game 3 for about 40 minutes, but he was not cleared by team doctors and it was always doubtful that he'd be able to take the floor. Now armed with a 3-0 series lead, the Cavs could opt to play it safe and having Irving sit out another contest. If that happens, Matthew Dellavedova would draw another start. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:31 am
  • Russell Westbrook learns how to be a leader
    Russell Westbrook admitted that he had to learn how to become a better leader last season.

    Advice: "That was something I had to learn. I wouldn’t say it was forced. It was something I had to learn," Westbrook said. The point guard singled out his leadership when asked what he learned about himself this season, and he's determined to carry it over to next season and beyond. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:06 am
  • Jeff Teague has 30 points, zero TOs in Game 3
    The Hawks lost Game 3 on Sunday despite Jeff Teague's personal playoff-best 30 points on 9-of-23 field goals and 9-of-9 free throws.

    Advice: Teague sank three 3-pointers while pitching in six rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and zero turnovers in 43 minutes of action. He benefitted from the absence of Kyrie Irving (knee) tonight yet his aggressive and efficient play wasn't enough to overcome the loss of Kyle Korver (ankle) as well as Al Horford's early ejection in Game 3. The Hawks' star PG should give another all-out effort vs. Cleveland's depleted backcourt on Tuesday, which is worth keeping an eye on in daily fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:19 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (knee) will not play in Game 3
    Kyrie Irving (left knee tendinitis) will not play in Game 3 vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: Matthew Dellavedova will play heavy minutes as Irving's stand-in and LeBron James will have the ball in his hands even more often than usual. The Cavs have a 2-0 lead and if they win at home on Sunday it would be surprising to see Irving back in the lineup for Tuesday's Game 4, especially since his absence was mandated by Irving's doctors. Hopefully some rest will allow him to play at the level we're used to seeing. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:47 pm
  • Stephen Curry does not fear taking any shots
    Stephen Curry described the importance of being fearless in his shot selection during a recent interview.

    Advice: "It’s important [to be fearless taking your shots] because you don’t know exactly where you’re going to get your shots from, especially in our offense," said Curry. "Every possession is kind of balanced, so we try to move it around. You’ve got to be ready when you have an open shot and just have the ultimate confidence." The Rockets didn't give Steph much to fear at all during Saturday's Game 3 beat down, as over half his shot attempts were open looks. The Rockets will need to put forth a better overall effort during Game 4 on Monday if they hope to push the series back to Oakland. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:04 pm
  • Beverley (wrist) gets shots up at practice
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) was spotted shooting around wearing a cast during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: To be clear, there still have not been any indications that Beverley will be able to play during the Western Conference Finals. He is going to be a restricted free agent when the offseason hits, and his value would likely dip if he re-injured his wrist attempting to play at the 8-week mark of a 10-week timetable. The Rockets are just going to have to make do without their best perimeter defender, which hasn't really worked out too well up to this point. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:31 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Knight would welcome partnership with Bledsoe
    Brandon Knight, who is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, said that he enjoyed playing alongside Eric Bledsoe in an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio.

    Advice: "I thought it was fine," Knight said. "I think it's really just about making the right play. I enjoy playing with Eric because Eric is, first, he's a great talent and he's not a selfish player. He's very, very unselfish. He's trying to make the right play, trying to win. As far as playing with Eric goes, I think it's a great thing because you have two players who can attack at any time." All signs point to Knight staying in Phoenix, but that could certainly change if another team floats him a massive offer. On a side note, Knight is still recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, so we will continue to monitor his progress closely. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:38 am
     
    Injured
  • Kupchak says this will be Kobe's last year
    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak confirmed that this is likely Kobe Bryant's last season in the NBA, but Kupchak said he is willing to reassess in a year.

    Advice: When asked what he expected to see from Bryant next season, Kupchak said, "I don't know... Father Time is the enemy." While Kupchak left open the possibility of Bryant playing beyond next season, the Black Mamba has been pretty clear that he will only play one more year. Bryant was limited to just six games in the 2013-14 season and just 35 games last season, so it's obvious that the mileage on his body is catching up to him. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:12 am
     
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Goran Dragic wants the Heat to play faster
    Impending free agent Goran Dragic has let the Heat know that he wants them to play faster next season.

    Advice: Heat president Pat Riley and head coach Erik Spoelsta reportedly agree with Dragic, and it looks like they are eager to build around him moving forward. The Lakers, Knicks, Pelicans, Bucks and Kings are rumored to still be very interested in signing Dragic this summer, but the Heat are still the clear frontrunners to retain his services. If Dragic does return to Miami, they could have a formidable lineup if they are able to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:37 am
  • Victor Oladipo eager to reach his potential
    Victor Oladipo said that he is starting to realize just how good he can be in the NBA.

    Advice: "I'm finally starting to realize how good I can be and what my potential is," Oladipo said. "So I'm definitely going to keep working on getting better so I can exhaust my potential." Oladipo had season averages of 17.9 points, 4.2 boards, 4.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.2 3-pointers this season, and he showed some serious improvement down the stretch. He also averaged 2.8 turnovers and shot just 43.6 percent from the field, but those numbers should improve if the Magic add some pieces around him this summer. He will likely be off the board in the first few rounds of drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:22 am
  • Bad Teague shows up for Game 2 blowout loss
    Jeff Teague hit just 5-of-16 shots in the Hawks' 94-82 loss to the Cavs on Friday, finishing with 12 points, three rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: The stat line doesn't reflect his underwhelming play and the score doesn't reflect how far apart the two teams were tonight. Teague was everything he has always been when he struggles -- indecisive, passive and frustrating -- and though some credit should be given to Matthew Dellavedova he just simply has to play better for the Hawks to have a chance. They head to Cleveland down 2-0 for Sunday's matchup. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:39 pm
  • Dellavedova gets the job done for the Cavs
    Matthew Dellavedova got the job done for the Cavs in Friday's Game 1 win over the Hawks, scoring 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting (including two threes) with six rebounds, four assists and one steal in fill-in duty for Kyrie Irving.

    Advice: Delly played great defense and was aggressive against a shell-shocked Hawks squad. The Cavs might decide to buy some rest for Irving after the way the Hawks looked beaten tonight, so we could see some more big outings for the St. Marys product in DFS formats. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:03 pm
  • Kupchak compares Clarkson to Westbrook
    General manager Mitch Kupchak compared Jordan Clarkson to Russell Westbrook.

    Advice: "If there’s a player in the league that plays like him, it’s Russell Westbrook," Kupchak said. "Now, I’m not saying for a second that Jordan Clarkson is the next Russell Westbrook, but he’s that kind of a ball-handling guard." On the downside, Kupchak said "the jury is still out" on Clarkson, so it's not like he's locked in as the starter. The Lakers may wind up picking up a point guard in free agency to go with a PF/C in the draft. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:40 pm
  • Kobe ready to call it quits after 2016 season
    Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said during a recent interview that Kobe Bryant indicated to him that the 2015-16 season will be his last.

    Advice: "I think first and foremost, he's on the last year of a deal," Kupchak said. "There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don't think there will be." Kupchak has made similar statements regarding Kobe's impending retirement numerous times, and it sounds like after 20 seasons of NBA basketball, The Black Mamba is ready to sub-out. Kobe will be paid a league-high $25 million during his final year in the league, a bit of a thank you bonus from the Lakers organization, but after making it through just 41 games over the past two seasons, he's going to be an extremely risky selection in next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:36 am
     
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Jason Terry hits three 3-pointers in 35 min.
    Jason Terry played 35 minutes and hit 3-of-7 shots (all 3-pointers) for nine points and four assists in Thursday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Terry is the starting point guard for the Rockets and that's not likely to change, but he's hit just 13-of-40 shots over his last five games. Avoid him in fantasy playoff lineups if you can, even though his cheap salary is always a bit tempting. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:24 pm
     
    Player Note
    Jason Terry Hou - PG,SG
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Shaun Livingston plays just 14 minutes in win
    Shaun Livingston, who had 18 points and a full stat line in Game 1, played just 14 minutes in Thursday's Game 2 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: He hit all four of his shots to finish with eight points, four rebounds and zero turnovers, but will be tough to rely on in fantasy leagues while playing behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. He's probably got another couple nice games coming in these playoffs, but it will be impossible to figure out when they'll happen. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:01 pm
  • Rose vows to put in work this offseason
    Derrick Rose vowed to push himself harder than he ever has before this offseason.

    Advice: "I'm healthy. I'm going into this [offseason] with a game plan, certain things to work on," said Rose. "I feel like I'm going to push myself the hardest I ever pushed myself in my career and just see where it takes me for the beginning of next year." It's nice that Rose was finally able to put together a healthy playoff run after spending the past three postseason's on the sidelines. However, his lowly field goal percentage (40.5), limited contributions to the defensive categories (0.7 steals), lengthy injury history, and high turnover rate (3.2 turnovers per game) will make him a tough guy to target in next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:30 pm
  • Chris Paul named to All-NBA Second Team
    Chris Paul has been named to the All-NBA Second Team.

    Advice: Joining him are Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol and DeMarcus Cousins. All these guys had phenomenal seasons and are well worth the Second Team distinction. Westbrook led the league in triple-doubles (11) despite only suiting up for 67 games, and he finished fourth in the MVP voting. Gasol was the league-leader in double-doubles with 54, and DeMarcus Cousins was right behind him (third in the league) with 47 double-doubles. Aldridge had another quality season averaging 23.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.0 block per game, and it'll be interesting to see if he decides to leave Portland as a free agent this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:01 pm
  • Tyreke Evans undergoes arthroscopic surgery
    Tyreke Evans (knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday morning, and a timetable for his return to basketball activities will be announced in the near future.

    Advice: Arthroscopic surgery is of the minor variety, and the recovery period on these things tends to be around 4-6 weeks. He should be fine for next year's training camp, but we'll let you know when an official timeline on his recovery is released. Evans put together a pretty nice season this year with averages of 16.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.1 turnovers per game on 44.7 percent shooting from the field. His fantasy value takes a leap every time Jrue Holiday goes down, so if Holiday can put together a healthy season next year, expect Evans' numbers to take a hit. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:25 am
     
    Player Note
    Tyreke Evans NO - PG,SG,SF
  • Jeff Teague scores 27 points, Hawks lose
    Jeff Teague scored a team-high 27 points during a Game 1 97-89 loss to the Cavs on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, four assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Hawks made just 4-of-23 from beyond the arc and their offense just fell apart in the second half. Teague did have a minor tweak of his neck at the end of the first half, but it didn't affect his playing time. He did have a couple mistakes down the stretch tonight and will need a better effort in Game 2 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:29 pm
  • Hunt's chances to coach DEN is improving
    Melvin Hunt's chances of coaching the Denver Nuggets next season are improving according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: Scott Brooks recently indicated that he wouldn't be coaching next season, but Mike D'Antoni is reportedly still in the mix. Hunt did pretty well when he took over last season and it seemed like the players enjoyed playing for him. We will continue to follow this story closely, but Hunt appears to be the frontrunner right now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:25 am
  • Shaun Livingston sparks GSW bench w/ 16 pts
    Shaun Livingston scored a career-best 16 first-half points in Game 1, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal to help Golden State earn a 110-106 win.

    Advice: It's terrific to see Livingston thriving at such a high level of competition, having overcome a devastating knee injury that nearly ended his career in 2008. The Warriors defeated the Rockets by double-digit points in all four of their regular-season meetings but they survived a close decision tonight, buoyed by Livingston's efficient 6-of-8 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:03 pm
  • Lakers move up to snag No. 2 overall pick
    The Lakers moved up to secure the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft on Tuesday, only the fourth time they've picked in the lottery since the system was established in 1985.

    Advice: L.A. owes a draft pick as part of the Steve Nash deal from 2012, but it was top-five protected this year so they'll keep the selection -- the pick will be top-three protected in both 2016 and 2017. The Heat also kept their top-10 protected pick, picking 10th ahead of the Pacers (11), Jazz (12), Suns (13) and Thunder (14). Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:03 pm
     
    Player Note
    Kobe Bryant LAL - PG,SG,SF
    Injured
    L, 122-99 vs Sac
  • Report: Beverley (wrist) will not play in WCF
    Patrick Beverley (wrist) has reportedly abandoned any hope of suiting up for any games during the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors.

    Advice: "It’s a no-go for the series," a league source told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. "He’s done trying." Beverley simply doesn't have the mobility or strength in his left wrist to be able to effective on the basketball court, a realization he came to after going through two workouts on Monday. It'll be Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni doing their best to contain this year's MVP, but in the likely event they are unable to do much against Stephen Curry, it's plausible we see Trevor Ariza pick him up. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:33 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Jordan Clarkson says he has more to prove
    Jordan Clarkson said he still has more to prove after being named to the NBA All-Rookie first team.

    Advice: After a solid finish to his rookie season, Clarkson has already begun his offseason workouts in order to get a head-start on the 2015-16 season. "It was a good feeling and it’s a good accomplishment. But at the same time, I have to put it behind me," Clarkson said. "I still have a lot to prove. I have to keep working. I have a lot of things I got to get better at. I have to keep grinding. This is just the beginning." Clarkson average 16.7 points, 4,6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.9 three-pointers after the All-Star Break and could be a solid mid-to-late round fantasy value, but that will depend on what the Lakers do this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:30 am
  • Doc Rivers discusses Austin's FA chances
    Coach Doc Rivers said calling Austin Rivers' mom would be his easiest free agent pitch.

    Advice: "I think he loved it here," Doc said. "I even think he liked the coach at times." Obviously, Doc transformed Austin into a capable backup player and his 25-point game on May 8 was one of the best moments of the playoffs. He'll likely be brought back at the minimum next season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:11 pm
  • Derrick Rose affected by Jimmy Butler?
    Derrick Rose was affected negatively by Jimmy Butler producing his offense on Rose's side of the floor, according to Dan Bernstein of CBS Chicago.

    Advice: "Sources describe a passive-aggressive reaction from Rose that was the culmination of tensions building in recent weeks with Butler’s emergence as a primary scorer," the report said. "Butler is very aware that he won his bet on himself and is poised to reap the reward of a maximum contract from the Bulls, whether or not it takes an offer sheet from another club in restricted free agency this summer." During media interviews, Rose has been pretty stoic, so it's tough to completely buy into this scenario. Regardless, expect Butler to be with Rose next season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:42 pm
  • Beverley won't play against the Warriors
    Coach Kevin McHale said Patrick Beverley (wrist) will not play against the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

    Advice: "Pat isn’t gong to get the pins out until the fourth or fifth [of June]," McHale said. "It’s hard to play with a pin in your wrist." McHale keeps having to address this issue and has previously said Beverley won't be back in the postseason. Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni stepped up against Chris Paul and will have to do it again against Stephen Curry. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:32 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • NBA names All-Rookie Teams
    Andrew Wiggins, Nikola Mirotic, Nerlens Noel, Elfrid Payton and Jordan Clarkson were named the 2014-15 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

    Advice: There are no surprises here based on the performance of these five players over the season. However, Clarkson going in the second round was a huge steal for the Lakers and he becomes the 11th Laker to be named to the first team. They groomed him as a point guard since Las Vegas Summer League and it worked out better than anyone in the organization could have expected. As for next season, his value hinges on what the Lakers wind up doing in the offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:19 am
  • Cavs identify Jeff Teague as Hawks' catalyst
    LeBron James singled out Jeff Teague as a catalyst for the Hawks' success this season, saying, "He’s an All-Star for a reason."

    Advice: "It starts with Jeff Teague," said James. "His aggressiveness, the way he pushes the tempo, and then it just falls in to everyone else. They do a great job of playing together." Teague will be even more dangerous of Kyrie Irving continues to struggle with right foot and left knee injuries, and backup Dennis Schroder has proven that he can sustain the pressure with Atlanta's second unit. The Hawks and Cavs face off in Game 1 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    May 17, 10:08 pm
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