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  • Kerr: Stephen Curry will not play in Game 3
    Warriors coach Steve Kerr said on the Dan Patrick Show that Stephen Curry (knee) will not play in Game 3 vs. the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: Kerr added that Curry has a "slight chance" of playing in Game 4 on Monday, but keep in mind that the Warriors are probably just being cautious since they have a 2-0 series lead. Most reports seem to indicate that Curry is making excellent progress, but the next step for him is to participate in some 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 work. Shaun Livingston will start at point guard again on Saturday. We might get another update this afternoon. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:54 am
  • Stein: Spurs will go after Durant this summer
    According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Spurs will chase Kevin Durant in free agency this summer.

    Advice: Why wouldn't they? According to Stein's sources, the Spurs are just as "intrigued" as Golden State by the thought of adding KD to the mix. A trio of Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Durant would be a frightening sight for opposing teams, but Durant is probably more focused on what he needs to do in Game 3 on Friday vs. San Antonio at the moment. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:35 am
  • Wes Johnson expected to opt out of deal
    Wes Johnson is expected to decline his player option for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: His player option is only worth $1.2 million, so the swingman should get a decent raise due to the rising salary cap. Johnson averaged just 6.9 points, 3.1 boards, 0.7 blocks, 1.1 steals and 1.3 3-pointers in 20.8 minutes per game this season, so he shouldn't be on fantasy draft boards in most cases. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:23 am
  • Aldrich expected to decline player option
    Cole Aldrich is expected to decline his player option for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: He averaged 4.5 points, 4.2 boards and 1.1 blocks as a reserve, but posted averages of 15.8 points, 11.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.4 blocks and 2.4 steals in five starts this season. He would've made just $1.2 million if he picked up his player option, so it's an easy decision for him to opt out. If he does land in an ideal situation next season, the 27-year-old center could make some noise in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:20 am
  • Austin Rivers expected to opt out of deal
    Austin Rivers is expected to decline his player option for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: He would've made $3.3 million next season, but he's going to take his chances and try to land a larger deal with the salary cap rising. The Clippers will obviously try to bring him back, but he wouldn't have much fantasy value if he decides to re-sign with Los Angeles. Rivers is coming off the best season of his career with averages of 8.9 points, 1.9 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.9 3-pointers on 43.8 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:14 am
  • John Wall's status for training camp is unknown
    John Wall's (knee surgeries) status for training camp is currently unknown.

    Advice: He obviously won't play for Team USA this summer, but he is expected to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season. The surgery on Wall's right knee is reportedly pretty minor and routine, but the operation on his left knee in which he had calcium deposits removed would have sidelined him for months if he underwent the procedure during the season. Fantasy owners would feel a lot more confident about drafting him if he's ready in time for camp, but we'll be tracking his progress closely. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:59 am
  • Casey wants to get Valanciunas more touches
    Raptors coach Dwane Casey said he wants to get Jonas Valanciunas more touches.

    Advice: "We would [have liked to get him more touches]," Casey said after Game 2. "I think once we do go into him he’s done a decent job, but [Hassan] Whiteside is a force down there and they’re doing a good job digging, pushing him off his sweet spot. We can find more touches for him down there but I think he’s doing a heckuva job, screening, rolling, in-between game is probably what it’s going to be." J-Val was 7-of-9 from in Game 2 and grabbed six offensive boards, so expect the Raptors to utilize him more in this series moving forward. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:53 am
  • Heat reporter thinks Bosh's career is over
    Heat reporter Ira Winderman told 560 WQAM that he doesn't believe Chris Bosh (blood clots) will play in the NBA again.

    Advice: Bosh was trying to get clearance from doctors to return to the Heat for the playoffs and even asked the NBPA to step in, but the Heat announced on Wednesday that he has been ruled out for the rest of the postseason. There was simply too much risk for Bosh to return this season, but to be clear his status for the 2016-17 season has yet to be determined. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:00 am
  • Avery Bradley wouldn't have played in round 2
    Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that Avery Bradley (hamstring) likely wouldn't have returned in the postseason.

    Advice: "The hamstring injury Avery had, a Grade 1 strain, it’s risky," said Ainge. "You want to be really careful with that because, if you get a second hamstring injury, then they sort of have a tendency to linger throughout your career. So we probably wouldn’t have let Avery go back out unless he was just 100 percent and felt absolutely nothing. But I think that was always a long shot." Bradley will have plenty of time to recover this offseason and his stock should be pretty high in fantasy after averaging 15.2 points, 2.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.9 3-pointers this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:37 am
  • Festus Ezeli could get $50 million deal?
    According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, Festus Ezeli could get a three-year deal worth $50 million this summer.

    Advice: "Obviously there are health issues you’re worried about," one general manager said. "So I don’t think you’d want to go beyond three years. But he still has a lot of upside and he can get better in a bigger role." That's a ton of money for a center who averaged 16.7 minutes per game this season and who has durability issues, but the Lakers are reportedly very interested in him which isn't a surprise after they hired Luke Walton. The Warriors can match any offers since he's a restricted free agent, but they won't be able to afford him if they have big plans in free agency. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:24 am
  • Jonas Valanciunas saves Raptors with 15 & 12
    Jonas Valanciunas was the hero during a 96-92 overtime Game 2 win over the Heat on Thursday, scoring 15 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He was 7-of-9 from the field and pulled down six offensive rebounds. Valanciunas only has a 21.1 usage rate with a very good 59.3 true shooting percentage in the postseason, so the Raptors should be finding ways to get him more shots. He is feasting in the paint with 68.7 percent of his shots coming from within three feet. Coach Dwane Casey praised him after the game, so maybe the Raptors make him more of an offensive focal point. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Goran Dragic gets eight stitches on lip
    Goran Dragic scored 20 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: He received three stitches on the inside of his lip and five on the outside. Dragic's bottom teeth went through his lip and to make matters worse he was charged with a blocking foul on the play. Dragic hit a clutch 3-pointer at the end of regulation and is dominating Kyle Lowry on both ends. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:13 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside might not be 100 percent
    Hassan Whiteside played 39 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday with 13 points, 13 rebounds, one assist, three steals, three blocks, four turnovers and four fouls.

    Advice: He looked to have hurt his left elbow in the game, but he didn't need to miss time. Although, Whiteside did not look very healthy in this game with Jonas Valanciunas beating him to rebounds and with a number of easy buckets. Whiteside's knee is likely a bigger concern and he's now playing huge minutes with 39 in Game 1 and 2. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:10 pm
  • Damian Lillard feels fine after battling cold
    Damian Lillard said that he feels 100 percent healthy after battling a chest cold for the past week.

    Advice: Lillard needs to have a strong Game 3 for Portland to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole vs. the Warriors, and improved efficiency would be a start -- the Blazers' two-time All-Star is shooting a mere 36.6 percent in the postseason. He'll have a few more days to prepare before Saturday's crucial home game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:50 pm
  • Steph Curry (knee) doubtful for Game 3
    Stephen Curry (sprained right knee) didn't practice on Thursday and Steve Kerr doesn't expect him to play in Game 3 on Saturday.

    Advice: Curry did some on-court work after practice but his status for Saturday's Game 3 remains doubtful. Warriors GM Bob Myers said earlier in the week that Curry needs to play "a little bit of 3-on-3 or 5-on-5" before returning to action, which he's yet to do. We'll have a better feel for his status after Friday's practice. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside plans to play in Game 2
    Hassan Whiteside (knee) said he will play in Game 2 against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: Whiteside was a limited participant in shootaround on Thursday, but plans to be on the court for Game 2 against the Raptors. "I wouldn't miss it for the world," Whiteside said after shootaround. We'll keep an eye on his official status, but he looks to be a safe DFS option for Thursday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:15 am
  • Pacers decline Solomon Hill's 2016-17 option
    The Pacers have decided to decline Solomon Hill's option for the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: The 25-year-old will now become an unrestricted free agent and should have his fair share of suitors. "Like I told Solomon, the best thing ever happened to him was us putting a boot in his butt," team president Larry Bird said. While Hill only averaged 4.2 points in 14.7 minutes per game last season, he was able to finish the season strong and averaged 12.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.9 three-pointers in 29.1 minutes per game in April. He's not a must-draft player in standards leagues, but Hill will be a worth a late-round flier if he lands in the right situation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:31 am
  • John Wall undergoes procedure on both knees
    John Wall (knee) has undergone a successful procedure on both of his knees, according to the Washington Wizards.

    Advice: Wall's procedure was to excise calcific deposits in his left patella tendon in order to eliminate pain and he will begin the rehabilitation process immediately. "I am determined to lead this team back to the playoffs and getting healthy is the best way for me to accomplish that," said Wall. "I can promise the fans, my teammates and the organization that I will be focused on that goal throughout the summer and it will drive me to do everything I can to be ready for next season." Wall also underwent an arthroscopic lavage on his right knee in order to remove loose bodies, according to the team, and is expected to be available for the start of the 2016-17 season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:22 am
  • Hassan Whiteside probable for Game 2 Thursday
    Hassan Whiteside (knee) is probable for Game 2 against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: Whiteside had been expected to play, so this news comes as no surprise after he'd been able to play 39 minutes in Game 1. Whiteside struggled against Jonas Valanciunas in Game 1, but was still able to put up nine points, 17 rebounds, two steals, and one block and is a solid DFS play as long as he's able to play. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:33 am
  • Paul Millsap not happy with Cavaliers threes
    Paul Millsap wasn't happy with the way the Cavaliers went about breaking the postseason three-point record.

    Advice: The Cavaliers went a bit out of their way to break the postseason three-point record despite a big lead and Millsap and the Hawks weren't happy about it. "It's a certain way of being a professional," Millsap said. "I'm not mad about it, but just being professionals man. If that's how you want to approach it, that's how you approach it." The Hawks will have a chance for revenge in Game 3 on Friday and will need a big game out of Millsap to avoid going down 3-0 to the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:19 am
  • Paul Millsap, Al Horford held in check vs CLE
    Paul Millsap double-doubled with 16 points and 11 rebounds on Wednesday, while Al Horford added 10 points and three boards in a crushing Game 2 loss in Cleveland.

    Advice: The Hawks' frontcourt duo has the distinction of ranking Nos. 1 and 2 in contested shots per game during the postseason, ahead of defensive stalwarts like Hassan Whiteside and Draymond Green. The problem tonight was perimeter defense and lackluster offense, however, and the Hawks have a ton of questions to answer as they alter their gameplan for a crucial Game 3 in Atlanta on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:44 pm
  • Heat rule out Chris Bosh for playoffs
    The Heat ruled out Chris Bosh for the remainder of the postseason, according to a team statement.

    Advice: The statement said the team, Bosh, doctors and medical staff have been working together through this process. Bosh has reportedly been trying to get clearance, including seeing other doctors to do so. However, the team likely feels there is just too much risk involved here. It'll be Luol Deng manning the power forward spot the rest of the way this year. Bosh's status for next year is undetermined. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:52 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside getting treatment
    Hassan Whiteside (knee) received treatment on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is fully expected to play without limitations for Game 2. Whiteside logged a whopping 39 minutes in Game 1, but he was dominated by Jonas Valanciunas in the low post. Still, Whiteside should be ready to roll for a big line in Game 2. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:06 pm
  • Wade praises Goran Dragic for aggressive play
    Dwyane Wade praised Goran Dragic's aggressive play following Tuesday's Game 1 overtime win over the Raptors.

    Advice: "He’s just being very aggressive, and to be successful in these playoffs, we need that," said Wade of Dragic. "I’m not saying he has to score 25-plus every night, but we need Goran on the attack. It makes everyone’s job easier and it makes us a better team." Dragic has been phenomenal over his past two outings, owning averages of 25.5 points, 6.0 boards, 3.0 assists, 2.5 triples and 2.5 turnovers on 56.8 percent shooting. If he can keep playing like this, he'll give Miami an excellent chance of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:25 am
  • Hassan Whiteside unconcerned with right knee
    Hassan Whiteside said that while his strained right knee bothered him throughout Tuesday's Game 1 win, he doesn't anticipate the injury forcing him to miss any time.

    Advice: "The first five seconds, I was extremely worried, but as I stood up, the pain went away," Whiteside said. "It bothered me throughout the game, but I’m a tough dude so I had to go out there and play. I couldn’t let my guys down." Whiteside briefly exited Game 1 after an awkward fall, but he quickly returned to the court and ended up logging 39 minutes. He may sit out Wednesday's practice as a precaution, but he should be fine for Game 2 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:19 am
  • Report: NBPA requests meeting with Miami
    The NBPA has reportedly requested to have a meeting with the Heat to try and resolve the situation with Chris Bosh (blood clots).

    Advice: Bosh wants to get back on the court, but the Heat continue to list him as "out indefinitely" after a second blood clot scare prematurely ended his season. Bosh may be letting his competitiveness get in the way of his better judgement, as he his condition could turn into a life threatening one if something went wrong on the basketball court. He may get a meeting, but thus far, there's been no indication that he's close to a return. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:26 am
  • Stephen Curry (knee) receives PRP injection
    Stephen Curry said on Tuesday that he underwent a platelet-rich plasma treatment on his sprained right knee as part of his recovery process.

    Advice: PRP injections have been shown to speed up the recovery process, and Curry reportedly underwent the treatment one day after initially suffering the injury. The Dubs are hopeful that Curry will be able to get back on the court for either Saturday's Game 3 or Monday's Game 4, and we'll have a better idea on his status following Thursday's practice. However, given that the Dubs are currently up 2-0 in their second-round series, it wouldn't be surprising to see Curry spend at least one more game on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:05 am
  • Damian Lillard drops 25 points in Game 2 loss
    Damian Lillard (chest cold) looked much better in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Warriors, scoring 25 points on 8-of-20 shooting with six assists, four boards, two steals and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: He took over the game in the third quarter with 17 points, but cooled off down the stretch and failed to score in the fourth quarter. To be fair, the whole Portland team cooled off as they scored just 12 points in the fourth compared to 34 by Golden State. The Blazers have lost the first two games but will try to get back on track with the series shifting to Portland for Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:57 pm
  • Festus Ezeli looks great in 13 minutes
    Festus Ezeli gave the Warriors a spark off the bench on Tuesday in Game 2, scoring eight points with six rebounds, one assist and one block in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He picked up a DNP-CD in Game 1, but coach Steve Kerr told him to stay ready and the big man proved his worth tonight. He shot a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and was a +13 in 13 minutes. He may not see many minutes on a consistent basis, but he probably leapfrogged Anderson Varejao (three minutes) in the rotation with his performance tonight. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:39 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (knee) grabs 17 rebounds
    Hassan Whiteside played through a right knee strain in Tuesday's Game 1 win over the Raptors, scoring nine points (3-of-7 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs) with 17 rebounds, two steals and one block in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The injury initially looked really bad with his knee bending under his body as he collapsed to the floor, but he was only in the locker room for a couple minutes before returning to action. The fact that he played close to 40 minutes is encouraging and it didn't look like he was limited, but don't be surprised if he sits out of practice on Wednesday as a precaution. He should be fine for Game 2 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:19 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores 24 w/ 14 boards
    Jonas Valanciunas was dominant vs. the Heat on Tuesday with 24 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals in 41 minutes.

    Advice: J-Val was the best player for the Raptors tonight and it wasn't close either. Valanciunas usually only sees around 26 minutes per game, but coach Dwane Casey couldn't take him off the floor tonight and he was also giving Hassan Whiteside some problems down low. Bismack Biyombo was invisible tonight with three rebounds in 11 minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 26 in overtime win
    Goran Dragic led the Heat to a 102-96 overtime win in Game 1 vs. the Raptors on Tuesday, scoring 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting.

    Advice: He was coming in hot with 25 points in Game 7 vs. the Pacers on Sunday, so the Raptors are going to have their hands full if Dragic stays this hot. He added six boards, two assists and three 3-pointers with three turnovers in 41 minutes. Game 2 will be in Toronto on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:10 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (knee strain) will return
    Hassan Whiteside (right knee strain) will return to Tuesday's Game 1 vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He was only in the locker room for a few moments before quickly returning to the bench. He gave his teammates a thumbs up and appears to be OK, but we'll be sure to have an update after the game. The Heat just dodged a bullet considering how bad the fall looked. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:29 pm
  • Stephen Curry could return Saturday or Monday
    Warriors' GM Bob Myers said that Stephen Curry (knee) could return for Saturday's Game 3 or Monday's Game 4.

    Advice: "I know everybody wants to know is it going to be Saturday, is it going to be Monday?" said Meyers of Curry's timetable. "It's in that range, but it's hard to say. But those games [3 and 4] are so close together... He's got to play a little bit of 3-on-3 or 5-on-5. He hasn't done any of that stuff yet." Steve Kerr is hopeful that Curry can go through a full scrimmage on Thursday, and if he can get through that scrimmage, it sounds like he has a decent chance of suiting up for Game 3. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:24 pm
  • Chris Bosh will attend Game 1 in Toronto
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) will be in attendance for Tuesday's Game 1 against the Raptors, although he remains "out indefinitely."

    Advice: Bosh caught a flight up to Toronto with Heat owner Micky Arison on Tuesday, but he did not go through shootaround, and it remains unlikely that he'll be able to return at any point during Miami's playoff run. He still has not practiced with the team in any capacity since hitting the sidelines back in February. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:10 pm
  • NBPA releases statement on Chris Bosh
    The NBPA has released a statement on Chris Bosh (blood clots), saying that their top priority is Bosh's health and well being.

    Advice: "Our top priority is Chris' health and well being," read the statement. "We have spoken with Chris and his agent, and have reached out to the Miami Heat. We are hopeful that all parties involved can meet as soon as possible to resolve the situation." Bosh is trying to force his way back onto the basketball court, and has reportedly found a doctor outside of Miami's medical staff that may clear him. However, Miami will have the final call in this situation, and given that he hasn't practiced since hitting the sidelines back in February, it would be surprising to see Bosh back on the court this postseason after yet another blood clot scare. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:41 pm
  • Stephen Curry (knee) could scrimmage Thursday
    Steve Kerr said that he's hopeful Stephen Curry (knee) will be able to scrimmage with the team during Thursday's practice.

    Advice: "Thursday, we will definitely get up and down and hopefully he'll be able to take part, but we don't know yet," Kerr said. "I don't know how it'll play out here. It's not like if we're 2-2 or something we're not going to bring him back. We can't let the series score determine whether we bring him back, it's really based on his health and his rhythm." Curry is set to spend Tuesday's Game 2 on the sidelines, but the Dubs are holding out hope that he can return for Saturday's Game 3. Kerr also added that Curry's minutes will likely be limited upon his return, but he wouldn't put an exact figure on the potential minutes cap. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:27 pm
  • Damian Lillard (chest cold) feeling better
    Damian Lillard (chest cold) said after Tuesday morning's shootaround that he's feeling "a little better."

    Advice: Lillard acknowledged after Game 1 that he's been dealing with a bit of a chest cold, but there's no way a minor illness will force Lillard to the sidelines for Tuesday's Game 2. Lillard went just 8-of-26 from the field during Game 1, so he'll need to have a much more efficient outing on Tuesday night if the Blazers hope to secure a Game 2 upset over the Dubs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:18 pm
  • Whiteside says thigh still not 100 percent
    Hassan Whiteside said that his bruised right thigh is at about 85 percent, but he has no intention of missing any time with the injury.

    Advice: "It's not 100 percent, but I'm going to keep playing," said Whiteside. The thigh injury didn't appear to limit him much during Sunday's blowout win over the Hornets, and he should be receiving a full compliment of minutes for Tuesday's Game 1 against the Raptors. He's one of the better centers to target in DFS. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:20 am
  • Chris Bosh not in Toronto for Game 1
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) did not travel to Toronto with the Heat in advance of Tuesday's Game 1.

    Advice: Bosh will travel to Toronto with Heat owner Micky Arison, but was not present at shootaround on Tuesday. While Bosh has been rumored to be pushing for a return, the Heat are going to be careful not to rush things so it would be a bit of a surprise to see Bosh take the court against the Raptors in Round 2. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:12 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 28 points vs. Spurs
    Kevin Durant scored 28 points in 42 minutes against the Spurs during a Game 1 win on Monday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was much better in this game even though Kawhi Leonard guarded him more in this game than on Saturday. Durant and Westbrook scored 57 of the 98 points and handed out 14 of the 16 assists in this game. This series is off until Friday, so the Thunder will have some confidence after they were blown out in Game 1. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:44 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 17 in full line
    Paul Millsap made 6-of-19 from the field for 17 points with 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals, four blocks and two turnovers in 40 minutes against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: He saw some minutes at the five, but he was on LeBron James for most of this game. Millsap's rim protection was outstanding yet again, but he's struggled on offense in the postseason. He only has a 50.0 true shooting percentage in the seven games, which is down from 55.6 during the regular season. He's still going to be a huge part of the offense. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:07 pm
  • Bosh pressuring the Heat to play
    Chris Bosh (blood clot) has been pressuring the Heat to play, according to ESPN's Dan Le Batard.

    Advice: Bosh could be looking to the NBPA to get help to play again. He has been taking some shots and could be looking for a different doctor to clear him. Obviously, the Heat want to be very, very careful with the former All-Star. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:27 pm
  • Kerr: Stephen Curry won't play in Game 2
    Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry (knee) won't play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The team will list him as doubtful "just to give people something to chew on," according to Kerr. The Warriors certainly didn't need him on Sunday in an easy win. They would probably like to hold him out for the entire series, but there is a chance he can suit up in Game 3 or 4. Shaun Livingston will get another start for Curry. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:36 am
  • Damian Lillard says he has a chest cold
    Damian Lillard said that he's been battling a chest cold for the past few days.

    Advice: He didn't have a voice after the game, but he's obviously not going to miss any time. Lillard scored 30 points on 8-of-26 shooting in Sunday's loss with five assists, four 3-pointers and four steals with just one turnover, so maybe the illness explains his struggles from the field. Hopefully he will feel better prior to Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:38 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 30 points on 26 shots
    Damian Lillard needed 26 shots to score his 30 points during Game 1, finishing 8-of-26 from the field and 10-of-10 from the line with five assists and zero rebounds in 41 minutes.

    Advice: The Warriors had the league's fourth-most-efficient defense during the regular season and that hasn't changed in the playoffs, as they're allowing a mere 89.2 points per 100 possessions. Lillard's free throw shooting was impressive, and he added four 3-pointers and four steals with just one turnover, but Portland's hopes in the series may hinge on Lillard's ability to get going -- he came in shooting 37.4 percent in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:28 pm
  • Stephen Curry thinks he might play in Game 3
    Stephen Curry (knee) said that there is a "pretty good" chance that he will be able to play in Game 3 vs. the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: His chances of playing in Game 2 on Tuesday are reportedly pretty "slim," but it sounds like he's making good progress and coach Steve Kerr said that he might start scrimmaging later this week. There are going to be a ton of updates on the MVP all week, so expect another one on Monday. Shaun Livingston will hold down the fort at point guard until Curry can return. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:16 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside double-doubles in win
    Hassan Whiteside double-doubled in Sunday's win over the Hornets, scoring 10 points with 12 rebounds, one assist and five blocks in just 28 minutes.

    Advice: He was 4-of-8 from the field and basically took Al Jefferson out of the game by getting him into early foul trouble. Charlotte really had no answer for Whiteside in the paint and the Heat were able to outrebound the Hornets 58-36, with 10 of those coming on the offensive glass. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:25 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 25, Heat wins Game 7
    Goran Dragic scored 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting to lead the Heat to a 106-73 win over the Hornets in Game 7 on Sunday.

    Advice: The Dragon had a quiet series prior to Sunday with modest averages of 12.3 points, 4.3 boards, 4.3 assists, and 0.8 steals, but he picked the perfect moment to erupt. Dragic was arguably the best player on the court today, adding six rebounds, four assists and one block in 32 minutes. The Heat will now move on to face the winner of Sunday's Game 7 between the Raptors and Pacers. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:23 pm
  • Stephen Curry has a 'slim' chance for Game 2
    Stephen Curry (knee) has a "slim" chance to play in Game 2 vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He obviously won't play in Game 1 on Sunday, but Curry was able to do some stationary shooting on Saturday and coach Steve Kerr is open to the idea of allowing the MVP to start scrimmaging early next week. With Curry out on Sunday, Shaun Livingston will draw the start and Draymond Green will spend a lot of time running the offense. Andre Iguodala will have more responsibility as well. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:54 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 16 points in loss
    Kevin Durant scored 16 points during an ugly loss to the Spurs on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, six assists and one turnover in 33 minutes.

    Advice: It looked like he caught a break for this game with Kawhi Leonard guarding Russell Westbrook, but this was just a bloodbath. Considering how successful Kawhi on Westbrook worked out for the Spurs, it's likely going to continue. That bodes well for Durant to have some productive games in this series, especially if the Spurs will continue to put guys like Kyle Anderson on him. While he was disappointing against Dallas in the first round and in this one, expect him to be better in Game 2 on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:52 pm
  • Kerr: Not much of a chance Curry in for Gm 2
    Coach Steve Kerr said Stephen Curry (knee) doesn't have much of a chance to play in Game 2 on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is good news because Kerr did not rule him out. Curry is still not doing on-court work and he's obviously not going to play in Game 1. The MVP is doing some work in the training room and has said he's hoping to return before May 9. Shaun Livingston will be running the point while basically every other player steps up. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:20 pm
  • Scott Brooks praises John Wall
    Wizards coach Scott Brooks said that John Wall has the ability to become one of the best players in the league.

    Advice: "He has the ability to be one of the best players in the game," Brooks said. "He can fill up the stat sheet. He can score at a high level, and he’s improved his 3-point shooting. I like his ability to make plays for others. Always been a high-assist guy. His rebounding is good, solid for that position." Brooks did say that he wants Wall to get to the free throw line more, saying that he and Bradley Beal should combine for 12 attempts per game. Still only 25 years old, Brooks could help Wall realize his full potential. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:00 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 28; Blazers win series
    Damian Lillard scored 28 points in a series-clinching 106-103 win over the Clippers on Friday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Blazers were not supposed to be in the second round after losing four starters this past summer. Well, now they get a taller task against the Warriors. Lillard wears 0 for his hometown of Oakland and he'll be headed back home for Game 1 on Sunday. He was absolutely awesome in his four games against them this year, averaging 36.5 points, 2.0 boards, 6.5 assists, 2.3 steals, 0.8 blocks and 5.8 treys. After a somewhat down round against the Clippers, most DFS owners should have high hopes in the second round. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:42 pm
  • Austin Rivers gets 11 stitches, scores 21
    Austin Rivers needed 11 stitches after an Al-Farouq Aminu elbow to his face during a season-ending loss to the Blazers on Friday, finishing with 21 points, six rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had four stitches above his eye and seven below it. Rivers made the offense go and the Clippers may have been blown out without him. He'll likely be getting more attention in free agency this summer with the Clippers as the favorites to sign him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:28 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside plays 28 minutes
    Hassan Whiteside (hand, thigh) played 28 minutes against the Hornets on Friday with 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

    Advice: He was slightly limping at times when play was stopped, but he looked fine during the game action. Whiteside has cooled off in his last three, averaging 10.3 points, 8.7 boards, 3.3 blocks and 2.0 turnovers in 28.5 minutes. It could be due to the injury because his minutes haven't really jumped up in the postseason. He'll likely be the top option at center for DFS on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:32 pm
  • Austin Rivers (face) probable to return
    Austin Rivers (face) is probable to return on Friday.

    Advice: He needed stitches to two different cuts, but he'll be back out there. The Clippers will need Rivers, too. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:11 pm
  • Austin Rivers (face) goes to the locker room
    Austin Rivers caught an accidental Al-Farouq Aminu elbow to his face and went to the locker room.

    Advice: It was pretty bad with Rivers' face gushing with blood. He'll likely be getting a concussion test along with some stitches. Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick are going to have to play a ton while the Clippers have to go bigger, as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:55 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas scores 14 points in loss
    Jonas Valanciunas played 26 minutes against the Pacers on Friday during a Game 6 loss, scoring 14 points with nine rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: The Raptors have to figure out how to get Valanciunas the ball more while keeping his fouls down. Valanciunas' production has fallen off as the series has gone on, but the Raptors may turn to him for more on Sunday. Of course, we've been saying that for basically a whole season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Stephen Curry hopeful to return before May 9
    Stephen Curry (knee) said he is hoping to return before the two-week return date of May 9.

    Advice: He's not wasting any time to get back out there and is getting treatment three times per day. Curry is starting to do some work in the training room, but the big step will be to do some practice with contact. He'll likely miss at least a couple games in the second round, which will start on Sunday or Tuesday depending if the Clippers-Blazers series goes to seven games. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:08 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 17 points vs. Boston
    Paul Millsap scored 17 points in a series-clinching win over the Celtics on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and four blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It wasn't the best series for Millsap, but he put a stamp on this series with his defense. It'll be very interesting to see what happens in the series against the Cavs because coach Mike Budenholzer will likely put him on LeBron James quite a bit. The stats will obviously be there. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:12 pm
  • Chris Bosh wants to play in 15-16 postseason
    Chris Bosh (blood clots) would like to return for the 2015-16 postseason.

    Advice: While Bosh would like to return, the Heat continue to insist that he is out indefinitely. Bosh has been traveling with the Heat, but hasn't played since February 9 and would likely have a bit of rust to shake off. We'll keep an eye on the situation, but it doesn't look as though a return is imminent for Bosh. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:50 am
  • Austin Rivers logs 37 mins as fill-in starter
    Austin Rivers started Wednesday's game in place of Chris Paul (broken metacarpal) and had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Rivers faces a daunting task with CP3 out of commission, assuming lead playmaking duties while defending Damian Lillard at the other end. Paul had the second-highest Player Impact Estimate in the playoffs prior to his injury, trailing only Paul George, and nobody is expecting Rivers to approach that production. DFS owners can still view him as a viable punt play, assuming his price doesn't spike prior to Game 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:04 pm
  • Damian Lillard heats up in 2nd half of Game 5
    Damian Lillard got hot late vs. the Clippers on Wednesday, shooting 7-of-20 from the field with five 3-pointers for 22 points, five assists and three steals in a 108-98 road victory.

    Advice: Lillard's usage rate has dropped since the regular season, and he came in shooting a mere 36.5 percent in the Blazers' first-round series. Much of that can be attributed to Chris Paul's individual defense, however, and Lillard shook off a very quiet first half to erupt for 19 points in the third and fourth quarters. He's poised for a huge line vs. Austin Rivers and Pablo Prigioni in Friday's home game. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • Austin Rivers, Pierce, Crawford all starting
    Austin Rivers will start Game 5 on Wednesday with Chris Paul (hand) done for the postseason.

    Advice: Paul Pierce and Jamal Crawford are also starting, with Luc Mbah a Moute coming off the bench. Rivers and Crawford should share primary ball-handling duties and his minutes will spike by default with CP3 out of commission, but Rivers remains a gamble in DFS lineups. In seven starts this season he averaged 13.7 points, 2.0 threes, 2.7 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.7 turnovers. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:00 pm
  • Avery Bradley dealing with soreness
    Avery Bradley (hamstring) is experiencing soreness after jogging.

    Advice: There is no update on his status with Bradley still very unlikely to play in the first round. The good news is he's trying to make some progress, but it's still going slowly. It'll be Evan Turner, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier and R.J. Hunter stepping up -- likely in that order for DFS. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:23 pm
  • Westbrook: I'll always have Durant's back
    Russell Westbrook said he'll always have Kevin Durant's back.

    Advice: "He's always going to have my back and I'm always going to have his," Westbrook said. Just another wrinkle to throw into the mix of the Durant free agency saga. Durant called owner Mark Cuban an idiot for saying Westbrook isn't a superstar and also called Charlie Villanueva an idiot for trying to get in Westbrook's head. The two will kick off arguably the best series of the second round on Saturday when they travel to San Antonio. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:58 pm
  • Brooks: John Wall could still improve
    Coach Scott Brooks said John Wall could hit another level or even two or three more.

    Advice: Wall sort of plateaued last season with more turnovers, only an 0.2 assists per game increase and a dip in true shooting percentage despite more 3-pointers. Brooks is known for his somewhat simplistic offense, but he's done a decent job of developing some players. Wall will likely be worth a look in the second round of a standard-league draft and a late first in eight-category leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:44 am
  • Bradley unlikely to return for first round
    Danny Ainge said that Avery Bradley (hamstring) is a "long shot" to make it back to the court at any point during Boston's first-round series.

    Advice: Bradley's initial prognosis had him missing the entire first-round series, and it doesn't sound like he's made enough improvement for that to change. He'll more than likely remain sidelined for Thursday's Game 6, which will again result in increased minutes for Marcus Smart, Evan Turner and Terry Rozier. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:59 am
  • Paul Millsap scores 10 points in blowout win
    Paul Millsap scored 10 points in Tuesday's blowout win over the Celtics, adding eight rebounds, six assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He obviously would've played a lot more, but the game was over after the Hawks scored 42 points in the third quarter. This was Millsap's second excellent game in a row after scoring 45 points with 13 rebounds, four blocks, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in Game 4, so his slow start to the series is no longer a concern. The Hawks could clinch the series with a win in Game 6 on Thursday in Boston. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:10 pm
  • Austin Rivers expected to start Wednesday
    Austin Rivers is expected to start at point guard for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Blazers, according to Arash Markazi of ESPN.

    Advice: Chris Paul (hand) will be sidelined for at least the next 4-6 weeks, meaning that Rivers should be the Clippers starting point guard the rest of the way. Consistency tends to be a major issue with Rivers, but with both CP3 and Blake Griffin (quad) on the sidelines, he's going to have a ton of opportunity coming his way. He'll be on the radar as a potential DFS target on Wednesday night. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:30 pm
  • Avery Bradley out for Game 5 on Tuesday
    Avery Bradley (hamstring) will miss Game 5 of the Celtics series with the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: This comes as no big surprise as Bradley is expected to miss the Celtics first-round series, but Bradley did not travel with the team to Atlanta and will officially miss Game 5. "He's just back getting multiple-times-per-day treatment and doing everything that he needs to do to continue to progress," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. Marcus Smart and Evan Turner will continue to benefit the most with Bradley out, with Smart being the high-risk, high-reward option of the two. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:00 am
  • Damian Lillard scores just 12 points vs. LAC
    Damian Lillard scored 4-of-15 from the field for 12 points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Things are going to be a little easier on Lillard now that Chris Paul (hand) is out. CP3 has pretty much had his number in every game against him with the exception of Game 3. Lillard should bounce back on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:52 pm
  • Austin Rivers headed for more run
    Austin Rivers scored four points with two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 23 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He's probably going to start Game 5 in Los Angeles with Chris Paul (hand) likely out for the postseason. Rivers did turn in some decent starts this year, averaging 13.7 points, 2.7 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.0 treys in seven games. He'll be on the radar in DFS. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:32 pm
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