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  • Iman Shumpert to start w/ JR Smith suspended
    With J.R. Smith serving a two-game suspension, Iman Shumpert is expected to start at shooting guard for Monday's Game 1 vs. the Bulls.

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

    Advice: Allen was terrific, shooting 6-of-11 from the field in 38 high-energy minutes, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 15-point road loss. Golden State's fans booed Allen for the rest of the game after he meandered onto the court in the middle of the kids' dance routine during a timeout, a moment Draymond Green described as "hilarious." The Grizzlies won't be laughing after the convincing defeat. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:50 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Draymond: Gm 1 'not as physical' as expected
    Draymond Green racked up 16 points, four 3-pointers, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 27 minutes on Sunday, helping Golden State earn a 1-0 series lead.

    Advice: Green began the game with a barrage of 3-pointers and it took some second-half foul trouble to slow him down. He said after the game that his matchup vs. Zach Randolph and the Grizzlies' frontcourt "wasn't as physical as [he] thought it'd be," and Golden State should cruise in the series if Green can turn the matchup in their favor. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:36 pm
  • Harrison Barnes doesn't miss a shot on Sunday
    Harrison Barnes did not miss a single shot during Sunday's Game 1 victory over Memphis, scoring 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting (2-of-2 from the stripe), to go with three rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and one block over 25 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes is the Warriors' X-factor, and he finished Sunday's win with a plus/minus rating of plus-18. He does a little bit of everything for Golden State, and through the first five games of the playoffs he's compiled averages of 9.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.8 three-pointers, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. Those numbers, however, aren't really cutting it for ownership in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:51 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 18 points in 38 minutes
    Klay Thompson again got some heavy run for the Warriors during Sunday's Game 1 victory over the Grizzlies, scoring 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting, with six assists, three rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal and four turnovers over 38 minutes.

    Advice: Klay's minutes have risen this postseason, and so has his scoring. He's averaging 23.6 points, 3.6 three-pointers, 2.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.0 block and 2.2 turnovers per game through 38 minutes of action through the first five games of the playoffs, and he shows no signs of slowing down. With the way this game went, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Dubs advance to the Western Conference Finals with a sweep of the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:32 pm
  • Paul Pierce scores 19 points over 31 minutes
    Paul Pierce's strong postseason run continued on Sunday, as he scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting, adding three 3-pointers and three rebounds through 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: Pierce's scoring and minutes have increased since the playoffs began, and he's currently averaging 16.2 points and 3.4 three-pointers per game on 54.2 percent shooting for Washington. He's brought a strong veteran presence with championship experience to the Wizards' locker room, and Otto Porter has repeatedly credited Pierce for his development. The Wizards will look to put the Hawks in an uncomfortable 0-2 hole during Tuesday's Game 2 in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:26 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 24 points on 13 shots
    DeMarre Carroll's ridiculous postseason run continued on Sunday, as he scored 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting (3-of-5 from the stripe), with five 3-pointers, three rebounds and just one turnover through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: Carroll become the first Hawks player to score 20+ points in five consecutive postseason games since the great Dominique Wilkins, and he's been phenomenal over Atlanta's past five games shooting a remarkable 63.5 percent from the field, and 60.7 percent from beyond the arc. Atlanta lost Game 1, but no one will be pointing the finger at DeMarre. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Kyle Korver shoots 5-of-15 in Game 1 loss
    Kyle Korver struggled with his shot during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Wizards, scoring 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting, to go with five rebounds, three 3-pointers and one block through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: Some of Korver's misses were of the wide-open variety, and it looked like the Hawks were a bit gassed in this one after having just finished their first-round series against the Nets on Friday. We'd expect a bit of a bounce-back performance from Korver during Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:55 pm
  • Otto Porter double-doubles in 34 minutes
    Otto Porter continued his fantastic postseason run on Sunday, coming away with his first-career playoff double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds, two 3-pointers and one assist through 34 minutes of action.

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

    Advice: He was never really in any danger of sitting this one out, but this report confirms that he will be active. He'll likely spend some time harassing both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on defense. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:28 am
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Draymond Green's ankle has shown improvement
    Head coach Steve Kerr said that Draymond Green's ankle has shown improvement this week.

    Advice: The Warriors have been off since Apr 25, so some improvement was inevitable. Green was fantastic in the Warriors' series against the Pelicans, averaging 15.8 points, 12.8 boards, 6.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 2.5 steals and 1.5 3-pointers per game. He will draw a tough matchup against Zach Randolph and the Grizzlies, but Green will be up for the challenge. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:00 am
  • Nicolas Batum already focusing for next year
    Nicolas Batum said that he plans on getting a lot more rest this summer in order to get his body right for next season.

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

    Advice: "So much stuff can happen between now and when free agency starts," Matthews said. "Ideally, perfect situation, yeah. Who doesn't want to go for the perfect situation?" Before suffering a season-ending torn Achilles, Matthews posted averages of 15.9 points, 3.7 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.9 3-pointers per game and was an integral part of Portland's team. It will be interesting to see how much his injury will impact his stock in free agency, but he shouldn't have any shortage of suitors on July 1. For what it's worth, Matthews wants to resume playing basketball in August, so his Achilles must be progressing rapidly. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:25 am
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Manu Ginobili is undecided over his future
    Manu Ginobili said that he didn't want to make a decision regarding his future after a disappointing performance against the Clippers on Saturday, but he did admit that his time in the NBA could be over.

    Advice: "It could happen," Ginobili said when asked if he had possibly played in his last NBA game. "I still don't know. I don't want to make a decision after being a disappointment in a game like this. So I'll have a lot of time. I will sit with my family and try to evaluate what happened during the season, how I feel and if I am ready to go at it again. I guess the Spurs are going to have to make a decision, too, and see what they want to do also." Ginobili has clearly lost a step, and he averaged just 18.7 minutes per game in the playoffs this season. If he does return for another season with the Spurs, his role could continue to get smaller, meaning he won't be a target in standard fantasy leagues next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • Danny Green posts massive stat line vs. LAC
    Danny Green had a very impressive game during a tough 111-109 loss to the Clippers in Game 7 on Saturday, scoring 16 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, five blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: While he wasn't great off the ball on defense, his on-ball D was tremendous. Green was one of just six players in NBA history to average at least two blocks, one steal and one block (qualifiers for minutes) in a season. He was a fantasy monster and will be again next season. You won't be able to get him in the last few rounds this time, though. Tony Parker also had a good game tonight with 20 points, five boards, five assists and one steal. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:13 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard drops 13 points in sub-par game
    Kawhi Leonard scored 13 points on 5-of-13 from the field with 10 rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: It wasn't his best game and he didn't do a great job defending in this series. Leonard attempted 16 shots per game in the postseason in 36 minutes per outing, which bodes well for his prospects next season. Coach Gregg Popovich kept his word last year that he'd use Kawhi more in offensive sets this season, so expect him to be a huge part of the offense next season. He's obviously a first-round target in fantasy drafts and there's really nothing wrong with grabbing him in the top five at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:04 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo suspended one game
    Giannis Antetokounmpo has been suspended for the first game of next season for "running over" Mike Dunleavy.

    Advice: It was an expected move and at least Giannis didn't get more than one game. Antetokounmpo joins Kelly Olynyk to get a suspension to start next season. He's expected to play in summer league where he'll likely be working on his perimeter game. Antetokounmpo is going to be pricey in drafts next season, but it might be worth it. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:36 am
     
    Suspended
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Joe Johnson has 'no idea' about Nets' future
    Joe Johnson admitted that he has "no idea" what the Nets' roster will look like next season.

    Advice: "I don't see us coming back as the same team," said Johnson, whose 14.4 points this season were his lowest since 2002-03. "To not even be a .500 ballclub in the East, it's disheartening ... I think everyone in that locker room is unsure of the future here." Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young are the most pressing issues for Brooklyn, as Lopez is an unrestricted free agent and Young has a player option for 2015-16. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:52 am
     
    Player Note
    Joe Johnson Bkn - SG,SF
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Alan Anderson will opt out, become free agent
    Alan Anderson expects to opt out of his player option in favor of free agency this summer.

    Advice: The 32-year-old swingman shot 34.8 percent from downtown this season and became a reliable rotation player for Lionel Hollins, though he was little more than a 3-point specialist in fantasy leagues. It's not surprising to see him turn down a $1.3 million salary to pursue the security of a longer-team deal. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:40 am
     
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Mike Dunleavy avoids suspension for Game 1
    The NBA gave Mike Dunleavy a Flagrant 1 foul for his hit on Michael Carter-Williams during Game 6, but he will not be suspended.

    Advice: Dunleavy popped Michael Carter-Williams and later hit Giannis Antetokounmpo above the neck, but the league obviously didn't view either play as malicious. He finished Round 1 on a high note with 20 points, four rebounds and five assists, and will look to keep it going vs. the Cavaliers on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:31 am
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Billy Donovan addresses Durant's free agency
    Thunder coach Billy Donovan's priority is to "develop a better relationship" with Kevin Durant.

    Advice: Donovan was hired on Thursday and Durant won't hit free agency until July 2016, but questions about Durant's future already loom large. "With his rehab I think we will have a chance to sit down and really spend a lot of time together," Donovan said. "I feel very, very confident in the organization and I think the organization and Kevin ... are a great match." Durant has been nothing but supportive of Donovan's hiring, and he's expected to be fully recovered from his foot surgery in 3-5 months. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:29 am
     
    Injured
  • Thaddeus Young may opt for free agency
    Thaddeus Young could enter the free-agent market by exercising his early-termination option for 2015-16.

    Advice: Young would make $10.2 million if he doesn't terminate his deal, and may prefer to hold out one more season to cash in on the expected salary-surge tied to the league's new TV revenues in 2016-17. No matter what he decides, ESPN's Mike Mazzeo reports that Brooklyn aims to retain Young as their starting power forward. He ended his tumultuous season on a poor note, averaging 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 24 minutes per game during losses in Games 5 and 6. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:25 am
  • Carroll hits 7-of-8 shots for 20 points
    DeMarre Carroll hit 7-of-8 shots in Friday's Game 6 win over the Nets, finishing with 20 points, five rebounds and three treys in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: Carroll is one of the reasons the Hawks are so dangerous, as he can defend multiple positions and give you efficient scoring and floor spacing on the other end. Paul Pierce won't be able to hop inside the Hawks' heads and take up residence in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Korver hits six 3-pointers in Hawks G6 win
    Kyle Korver hit 6-of-10 shots (all threes) for 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in Friday's Game 6 win over the Nets.

    Advice: When Korver is humming the Hawks can beat anybody so seeing him get back on track has been good news for Atlanta. The top-end talent he'll face against Washington next round includes Bradley Beal, Paul Pierce and Otto Porter Jr, so the guys with the athleticism to chase Korver around are young and the guy who knows all Korver's tricks is probably going to be calling for lots of switches. We'll see if they can keep up. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:46 pm
  • Alan Anderson coming off the bench
    Alan Anderson will come off the bench again on Friday.

    Advice: The Nets are going with the same starters despite Anderson playing remarkably well. If Anderson is hot, expect him to take minutes away from Bojan Bogdanovic and/or Thaddeus Young. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:18 pm
     
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Sergey Karasev not running yet
    Sergey Karasev (knee) is targeting a return to contact basketball in August.

    Advice: He is still not running yet from his surgery last month. Karasev hopes to be able to travel with the team for summer league, but he won't be playing. He's unlikely to be in the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:36 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo to go to summer league?
    Giannis Antetokounmpo said he's willing to play in summer league.

    Advice: Last summer, Antetokounmpo playing point guard in Las Vegas was one of the biggest NBA stories of the month. That didn't really come to fruition during the regular season, though. Expect the Bucks to really focus on Giannis' range. Additionally, there's a chance he's suspended to start the season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:46 pm
     
    Suspended
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Donatas Motiejunas still out 2-3 months
    Donatas Motiejunas (back) is still expected to miss the next 2-3 months.

    Advice: He was already ruled out for the playoffs and now he could miss some time during his offseason program. Motiejunas needed a lumbar microdiscectomy on Apr. 10 and should be ready for training camp. It'll be interesting to see how much playing time he gets with Terrence Jones playing well. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:10 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 117-91 vs Uta
  • Rumor: GSW will go after Durant as an UFA
    According to Klay Thompson's father, Mychal Thompson, the Warriors are expected to "go hard after Kevin Durant" when he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: This report should be viewed with some substantial skepticism given what the Warriors would need to do to make this a reality. Yes, David Lee's massive contract will come off the books, and the salary cap will skyrocket when Durant becomes a free agent, but that still would only give the Warriors roughly $11 million in cap room to spend on a $25 million player. They would need to trade away some contracts to make the necessary room, and while it's not impossible, at this juncture it would seem highly improbable that Durant lands in Golden State as a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:12 am
     
    Injured
  • Ilyasova undecided if he'll play for Turkey
    Ersan Ilyasova said that he was undecided if he will play for the Turkish national team this summer.

    Advice: For a guy that's as injury prone as Ilyasova, Milwaukee management is probably hoping he elects to forgo any strenuous activities this offseason. For what it's worth, Ersan did not participate in the FIBA World Cup last summer, but that still didn't keep him healthy during the 2014-15 season. Ilyasova did have a bit of a bounce-back performance after the break this year, compiling averages of 14.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 three-pointers per game on 47.3 percent shooting from the field. However, he didn't become a steady rotation player until Jabari Parker went down for the year, and he still missed 24 games. He's not a great guy to draft next season, especially with Jabari Parker set to reclaim his role as a starter. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:15 am
  • Middleton says he'd like to remain with Bucks
    Khris Middleton stated during his exit interview that he hopes to return with the Bucks next season.

    Advice: "I hope to be back. I definitely feel everybody wants me to be back here," said Middleton regarding his impending free agency. Middleton will be a restricted free agent this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see how high the Bucks will go in matching offers after he had a career-year in Milwaukee. Khris really got going during the second-half of the season, putting in averages of 16.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.6 three-pointers and 1.4 steals per game. Middleton's value will be tied to where he lands, but if he remains with the Bucks, it's unlikely he'll be able to hoist up 14.1 shots per game when Jabari Parker comes back into the fold. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:26 am
     
    Player Note
    Khris Middleton Mil - SG,SF,PF
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Antetokounmpo will apologize to Dunleavy
    Giannis Antetokounmpo called his flagrant 2 foul against Mike Dunleavy during Game 6 "a bad play," and said he intends to apologize to Dunleavy.

    Advice: "It was a bad play by me. It is not going to happen again," said Giannis. The Greek Freak acknowledged that he expects to receive a suspension from the league for his actions during Game 6, and that suspension would be served during the start of the 2015-16 season. Antetokounmpo took a big step during his sophomore season, putting in averages of 12.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 1.0 block per game on 49.1 percent shooting from the field. If he could develop a 3-point shot this offseason, he could emerge as a very valuable asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:53 am
     
    Suspended
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Jabari Parker hopeful to be ready by camp
    Jabari Parker (knee) said during his exit interview that while he remains without an official timetable, he's hopeful to be ready by training camp next season.

    Advice: Parker added that while he won't be playing in Summer League, he will be there to support his teammates from the sidelines. Parker only made it through 25 games his rookie season before sustaining a pretty major knee injury, and he'll make for a risky selection in next year's draft. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:15 am
     
    Injured
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Kawhi Leonard has a really bad night in loss
    Kawhi Leonard had one of his worst games in a long time during a loss to the Clippers on Thursday, making 3-of-15 from the field for 12 points with seven rebounds, two assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: He's coming off a sub-par game from Tuesday night and most of his shots were not even really close. Leonard was easily the best Spur for the first four games of the series with some very efficient scoring. Now, he'll really need to get it figured out for Game 7 in Los Angeles on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:41 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy scores 20 points in easy win
    Mike Dunleavy was on fire during the first half against the Bucks on Thursday, making 5-of-7 from the field for 20 points with four rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He got into it with Michael Carter-Williams and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was ejected for a really bad foul today. Dunleavy does have an outside chance to be suspended for Game 1 against the Cavs. If that happens, Tony Snell and Nikola Mirotic would get more minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:53 pm
     
    W, 91-85 vs Atl
  • Ersan Ilyasova scores seven points
    Ersan Ilyasova scored seven points during a blowout 120-66 loss to the Bulls on Thursday, adding three rebounds and one foul in 17 minutes.

    Advice: The Bucks starting unit scored a combined 29 points with Zaza Pachulia leading that group with eight points. As for Ilyasova, he had a very solid bounce-back season following a catastrophic 2013-14 year. Still, he is likely to be bumped from the starting lineup next season with Jabari Parker likely ready for opening night. As it stands right now, Ghostface Ilya won't be worth drafting in fantasy leagues next season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:51 pm
  • Khris Middelton has a bad finale
    Khris Middleton made 2-of-7 from the field for six points against the Bulls on Thursday with three rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: While this was a disaster, he could have gone 0-of-50 and it wouldn't affect his offseason value. Middleton will get an offer sheet from the Bucks and become a restricted free agent. Even with the Bucks having two great forwards, the shift to shooting guard was a big success for the former Piston. Expect the Bucks to keep him, but he'll have a very tough time matching his fantasy production because Jabari Parker will take shots away from him. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:50 pm
     
    Player Note
    Khris Middleton Mil - SG,SF,PF
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo ejected in first half
    Giannis Antetokounmpo was ejected in the second quarter on Thursday for a flagrant 2 foul.

    Advice: It was warranted and his season is over unless the Bucks somehow come to life. In just 15 minutes on Thursday, Antetokounmpo finished with five points, three rebounds, two assists and one block. He really thrived around the basket and in transition this season, so adding a perimeter game is the last piece of the puzzle for his offense. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:12 pm
     
    Suspended
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • Kevin Durant 'excited' to learn from Donovan
    Kevin Durant said that he's "excited to learn" from Billy Donovan, that he will do whatever his head coach asks him to do.

    Advice: Durant seems to be pleased with OKC's hiring, and he said that he's reached out to Mike Miller and Chandler Parsons to pick their brains about what it's like to play for Donovan, and he's heard nothing but positives. Durant is one of those players that's so talented it really doesn't matter what "system" he's put in to perform at a top-3 level, but coming off an injury plagued season, he'll make for a bit of a risky selection in next year's drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:07 pm
     
    Injured
  • Wesley Matthews says he'll be back by August
    Wesley Matthews stated during his exit interviews that he expects to resume playing basketball in August.

    Advice: August is a bit of an aggressive timetable for such a serious injury, but he did say that rehab has been going well and that he's feeling good. Still, players tend to be overly optimistic in projecting their timetables for recovery, and we'd rather hear something from Portland's medical staff before truly projecting his tentative return date. Matthews will be a free agent this offseason, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of salary he can command on the open market coming off a torn Achilles. He'll make for a risky selection in next year's fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:54 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 114-98 @ Dal
  • Nicolas Batum has no plans for wrist surgery
    Nicolas Batum stated during his exit interview that he has no plans to undergo wrist surgery this offseason.

    Advice: Batum also said that this was his "toughest season," and his numbers would agree with that statement as he averaged just 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 steals per game on a career-low 40.0 percent shooting from the field. While Batum struggled to find his shot this season, his across-the-board contributions still had him turning in mid-round value, and we'll be expecting a bounce-back year during the 2015-16 season. He could slide in fantasy drafts next year due to his statistical decline this year, which would make him a fantastic value pick. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:17 pm
  • Durant happy with potential Donovan hiring
    Kevin Durant is reportedly happy with the Thunder's interest in Billy Donovan as the team's next head coach.

    Advice: With news that Billy Donovan is nearing a multi-year deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kevin Durant has done his own research on the coach and is optimistic about the hiring. While Donovan doesn't have any NBA experience, he is one of the premier coaches in college hoops and will inherit a very talented roster. As long as Durant returns healthy for the 2015-16 season, he should have no problem thriving in Donovan's system and will likely be a top-5 selection in most fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:32 am
     
    Injured
  • Nicolas Batum takes blame for bad season
    Nicolas Batum called the 2014-15 season his "worst year" after the Trail Blazers lost their playoff series to the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

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

    Advice: Batum finished the series with averages of 14.2 points, 5.2 assists, 8.6 boards and 2.6 3-pointers, but he shot just 34.3 percent from the field over that span. Batum had a rather disappointing 2014-15 campaign, but his troublesome wrist could have definitely been a major reason why. He often lacks confidence and tends to hesitate a lot before shooting, but hopefully he will be able to bounce back stronger than ever for next season. The offseason should do wonders for his ailing wrist and back. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Tony Allen, Nick Calathes starting Wednesday
    Updating a previous report, Tony Allen and Nick Calathes will remain in the starting lineup, while Jeff Green will continue to come off the bench.

    Advice: There were conflicting reports before the game, but the Grizzlies will continue to roll with the same starters. They will look to close out the Blazers in front of their home crowd tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:53 pm
     
    W, 95-83 vs Ind
  • Kyle Korver scores 17 points vs. Nets
    Kyle Korver scored 17 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was easily his best game and the Hawks gave him a ton of off-ball screens to help get him free. Korver attempted 12 treys today and he's pretty much been a one-trick pony for the Hawks offense. It's a pretty neat trick, though. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:52 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 24 points in a win
    DeMarre Carroll continued his remarkable postseason with 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's the first Hawk to score 20-plus points in three straight playoff games since Jamal Crawford in 2011. Carroll's contract season is basically the opposite of Rajon Rondo and he's really earned some big money. The Hawks are by far a better team when Carroll is on the court right now. As an aside, he did suffer a minor hand injury, but he was fine and didn't need to miss time. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:47 pm
  • Alan Anderson catches fire in a loss
    Alan Anderson kept the Nets in the game with a 23-point gem in a loss to the Hawks on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds and four 3-pointers on 9-of-11 from the field.

    Advice: He started the second half over Bojan Bogdanovic thanks to scoring 16 points in the first half. Anderson was already extremely efficient in this series, turning in an 80.0 effective field goal percentage in his previous four games. He will likely come off the bench on Friday with minutes in the 20s. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:42 pm
     
    W, 101-88 vs Orl
  • Khris Middleton cashes in with 21 points
    Khris Middleton scored 21 points in 38 minutes against the Bulls on Monday with four rebounds, two assists, four steals and two 3-pointers on 8-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: He was really hot in the first half with 15 points, but cooled off after halftime. Middleton wasn't shooting the ball well before this game, making 36.2 percent from the field for 17.0 points in his previous four. He'll likely have another good game in front of the home crowd on Thursday. For what it's worth, Middleton's 50.9 percent from the field in home games this regular season was 8.3 percent better than it was on the road. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:05 pm
     
    Player Note
    Khris Middleton Mil - SG,SF,PF
    L, 105-100 vs Bos
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 20 points in loss
    DeMarre Carroll had another big game in a 120-115 overtime loss to the Nets on Monday, scoring 20 points with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Paul Millsap also had a big stat line with 16 points, 12 boards, four assists, three steals and three blocks. The Hawks finally sorted out their shooting issues, but they turned the ball over too much and couldn't stop Deron Williams. Carroll is earning himself some money this summer and will look to get a win on Wednesday in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:14 pm
  • Kyle Korver makes 6-of-16 from field
    Kyle Korver made 6-of-16 from the field for 16 points against the Nets on Monday with 11 rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He missed three 3-pointers in the last 45 seconds of the game and forced all of them. The Hawks came up with some very creative ways to get Korver some looks, but he still couldn't come through today. He'll look to turn it around at home on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:52 pm
  • Otto Porter benefiting from Paul Pierce
    Otto Porter is benefiting from having Paul Pierce as his mentor with the Wizards this season.

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

    Advice: Shumpert had 15 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, three blocks and shot a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line. "Iman Shumpert gave us a huge game tonight, huge," Blatt said. "He was just all over the court...He was without question the X Factor. No question." Shumpert played a whopping 38 minutes, and with J.R. Smith facing suspension and Kevin Love (shoulder) sidelined, the Flat Top is about to become a lot more important. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:23 am
  • Wizards complete sweep vs. Raptors on Sunday
    Paul Pierce torched the visiting Raptors once more on Sunday, dropping 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting with four 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in only 22 minutes.

    Advice: Prior to knowing that his team would definitely face the Wizards in the playoffs, DeMar DeRozan told reporters, "I hope we see Paul Pierce." He may rue those words, however, as Pierce was in vintage form during the Wizards' first round sweep -- he averaged 16.0 points and 3.3 triples while making 53.8 percent of his attempts. He'll get at least a few days to rest before returning to action vs. the winner of the Hawks vs. Nets series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 7:02 pm
  • Danny Green scoreless, shoots 0-of-6 Sunday
    Danny Green failed to connect on his six 3-point attempts in Game 4, going scoreless with two rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: Five of Green's 3-pointers were of the 'uncontested' variety, meaning no Clippers' defender was within 3.5 feet of him, yet he still came up empty in the tough home loss. He's now averaging 6.5 points on 29.0 percent shooting in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:50 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard sparkles in tough Game 4 defeat
    Kawhi Leonard followed up Friday's career game with another sparkling performance on Sunday, finishing with 26 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists, one block and zero turnovers.

    Advice: He reached the 40-minute mark for only the third time this season and continues to establish himself as a go-to offensive weapon in addition to being the league's Defensive Player of the Year. A pair of clutch 3-pointers from Kawhi kept his team competitive down the stretch, but the Spurs' defeat means they've again ceded homecourt advantage to the Clippers. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:48 pm
  • Iman Shumpert plays well through 38 minutes
    Iman Shumpert played well during his 38 minutes of action as the Cavs' swept their first-round series against the Celtics on Sunday, scoring 15 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.

    Advice: J.R. Smith was ejected from Sunday's game for elbowing Jae Crowder in the face, and there's really no way he doesn't get a suspension from the league. Shumpert was the first one off the bench when Smith was ejected, and his 38 minutes would suggest that he's going to be the primary beneficiary with Smith unavailable. He added one 3-pointer, two steals and three blocks to his stat line tonight, shooting 3-of-4 from the field and knocking down all eight of this free throw attempts. He could be make for a quality plug-and-play option in daily leagues while Smith serves his suspension. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 2:13 pm
  • Nicolas Batum sinks six treys in Game 3 loss
    Nicolas Batum was on fire from beyond the arc in Portland's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, sinking six 3-pointers on 12 attempts.

    Advice: He finished the game with 27 points, six boards and four assists, but it wasn't enough to keep the Grizzlies from capturing a 3-0 series lead. Batum has been hesitant on his jumpers all season (mostly 3-pointers), so it was nice to see him in attack mode tonight. The Blazers will need Batum to continue to be aggressive if they have any hope of competing with the Grizzlies. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 10:53 pm
  • Inconvenient Truth: Draymond Green goes off
    Draymond Green scored 20 of his 22 points in the first half during Saturday's win over the Pelicans, adding 10 rebounds, eight assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

    Advice: What a series. In the four wins, Green averaged 15.8 points, 12.8 boards, 6.3 dimes, 1.3 blocks, 2.5 steals and 1.5 treys. He's one of a handful of players who brings the ball up and now he's played at least 40 minutes in every game this postseason. Dray broke out in the postseason last year and he's breaking out on top of his breakout season again. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 7:44 pm
  • Thaddeus Young comes through with 18 & 11
    Thaddeus Young looked reinvigorated during a 91-83 Game 3 win over the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and four turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: He apologized for his poor play in Game 2 and his actions spoke much louder than those words. Young was very aggressive with the ball, which is the opposite of what happened Wednesday when he only had one shot attempt in the restricted area. Young set up much closer to the basket than usual, so expect that to continue. He's played at least 40 minutes in two of the three games in this series and should be around that amount going forward. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 2:59 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 22 points in loss
    DeMarre Carroll made 9-of-12 from the field for 22 points against the Nets on Saturday with six rebounds, one steal, three 3-pointers and four turnovers.

    Advice: None of his teammates had an effective field goal percentage above 50.0 and Carroll was really the only reason the Hawks were able to get over 80 points today. Carroll only had two points on Wednesday, so expect him to be somewhere in between for Game 4 on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 2:50 pm
  • Kyle Korver scores just two points
    Kyle Korver managed to score just two points against the Nets on Saturday with two rebounds, five assists and two blocks on 1-of-8 from the field.

    Advice: He was forcing shots and the Nets clearly went into today with a plan to keep Korver in check. He only had one 3-point attempt in the first half and a lot of credit should go to Bojan Bogdanovic. Expect the Nets to keep a guy on Korver throughout most possessions in Game 4 like they did today. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 2:35 pm
  • Thaddeus Young apologizes for his performance
    Thaddeus Young apologized to his teammates for his performance in Game 2 v. the Hawks in which he scored just two points in 24 minutes.

    Advice: "First thing I said when I came into the locker room the other night was, 'Fellas, I'm sorry. I didn't give you guys anything tonight. I've got to be better,' " Young said on Friday. "I take pride in everything I do out there on the court and I take losses hard." It's admirable that Young is placing most of the blame on himself, but the Nets have been simply overpowered so far and they will look to clinch their first win in Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 8:40 am
  • Kawhi Leonard is going nowhere in free agency
    Kawhi Leonard isn't expected to pursue offer sheets when he becomes a restricted free agent this summer, as the Spurs are planning on offering him a max contract.

    Advice: Leonard is quickly becoming one of the top players in the NBA due to his contributions on both sides of the court, so it's not surprising in the slightest that he is expected to get a max deal. The Spurs took a 2-1 series lead over the Clippers on Friday night thanks to a career-high 32 points from Leonard, and he also added four boards, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers to his name. Spiderman is going to be a fantasy stud for many years to come, and he is going to be off the board early in fantasy drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 25, 6:13 am
  • Spiderman scores career-high 32 in SA win
    Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the Spurs 100-73 Game 3 win over the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to float Spiderman out there as a nickname and see if it sticks. He was the best player on the floor tonight and it wasn't close, as we see the blossoming of a top-10 NBA player before our eyes. Tim Duncan added four points, seven boards, four assists, one steal and three blocks in the blowout win. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 9:00 pm
  • Green gets back on track against Clippers
    Danny Green scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and three triples in Friday's Game 3 win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Green has been quiet but tonight's output was a good sign that he's ready to heat up. Check his DFS prices because he might be undervalued. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 8:56 pm
  • The Truth walks all over the Raps in G3 win
    Paul Pierce scored 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including four threes) with three rebounds in Friday's 106-99 Game 3 win over the Raptors.

    Advice: The stat line isn't huge but most of his buckets were and the Wiz can now sweep with a win on Sunday. John Wall scored 19 points on 5-of-15 shooting with five rebounds, 15 assists, one steal and one block in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 8:15 pm
  • Porter playing big for the Wizards in playoff
    Otto Porter scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting (including two threes) with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 33 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 win over the Raptors.

    Advice: Porter is being turned to in clutch situations and he's answering the call this postseason, and he'll certainly be on our radar heading into next season. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 24, 8:10 pm
  • Draymond Green fouls out with 12 and 17
    Draymond Green fouled out in overtime against the Pelicans on Thursday, finishing with 12 points, 17 boards, five assists, three steals, one block and one turnover in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He was called for his sixth foul on a questionable call and ran straight to the tunnel because he was so incredulous. As what happened before the exit, it was another game, another big stat line. Green was actually in foul trouble early on, but played all but six minutes in the final three quarters and overtime until he fouled out. He's going to be a fantasy stud for a long time and there's almost no way the Warriors won't bring him back. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 23, 10:13 pm
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