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  • 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
    27 minutes ago
  • J.R. Smith says hit on Crowder unintentional
    J.R. Smith said his elbow to Jae Crowder's head in Sunday's Game 4 win was unintentional.

    Advice: Bluntly, the video tells another story, and Smith is more than likely to face a suspension. "There was nothing malicious about it," Smith said. "I didn’t try to do anything to hurt him or anybody else. "I’ve been in this situation before in the playoffs and it’s not a good feeling." The last part is the most important, as Smith can't afford to continue making these types of mistakes throughout his career. Although he's been mostly good since arriving in Cleveland, this was a bad look for Smith on a national stage. Don't expect to see Smith for at least the first game of the Cavs' second-round series. Rotoworld.com
    29 minutes ago
  • Report: Love, Celtics share mutual interest
    The Celtics have become a possible destination for Kevin Love in free agency, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: There is a ton of speculative language, so we'll take this from what it's worth while noting that it's from the esteemed Adrian Wojnarowski, who almost never misses when it comes to scooping NBA news. Woj writes that Love has never been "completely comfortable in Cleveland," something anyone with a pulse could feel, and the scribe adds that Boston has "closed the gap" with the Lakers should Love decide to leave Cleveland in the offseason. After Love called out Kelly Olynyk and the Celtics on Sunday, maybe he's not feeling the love in Bean Town so much anymore. Despite Love saying he's intent on remaining in Cleveland, nothing is certain until it's done. The Cavs cannot afford to lose him. Rotoworld.com
    34 minutes ago
     
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    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Rivers: Blake is our second-best passer
    Doc Rivers called Blake Griffin the second-best passer on the Clippers behind Chris Paul.

    Advice: When asked why he had his power forward operating for others, Rivers responded simply, "Because after Chris, Blake is our best passer." Griffin averaged a career-high 5.3 assists this season after never eclipsing the 4.0 mark in any campaign prior, and he's averaging 7.3 assists in the first round series vs. San Antonio through its first four games. Rotoworld.com
    42 minutes ago
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) seeing a specialist
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is expected to get a third opinion this week.

    Advice: Parsons is traveling to Chicago, and it's not a good sign that he needs a third opinion in order to determine what's exactly wrong with his knee. "Trying to stay positive with it," Parsons said. There is a serious chance that Parsons will not be ready for training camp depending on the severity of the surgery he has to undergo. Rotoworld.com
    45 minutes ago
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Josh Smith catches fire, scores 23 pts Sunday
    Josh Smith caught fire down the stretch of Sunday's Game 4 loss in Dallas, finishing with 23 points (8-of-10 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), four 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Smoove's shot selection tonight is a testament to the Rockets' offensive system -- he had five attempts beyond the arc, four attempts in the paint, and one "mid-range shawty" look from 11 feet. The Rockets are still firmly in control of the series with a 3-1 lead and they'll look to close out the Mavs with a win in Houston on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Corey Brewer scores 22 points on 9-of-15 FGs
    Corey Brewer drained 9-of-15 shots to finish Sunday's Game 4 loss with 22 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block in 32 minutes off the Rockets' bench.

    Advice: Brewer hit one 3-pointer and went 3-of-4 at the free throw line. He was a 26.8 percent shooter from downtown during the regular season yet he's averaging 2.0 triples on 60.0 percent shooting from deep in four games vs. Dallas. That's less surprising when you consider that Dallas gave up 9.1 triples per game to opponents this season, the highest mark of any team in the league. The Mavs were also below-average vs. opponent's bench players, so this is a tailor-made matchup for Brewer. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu excels as starter in Game 4
    Al-Farouq Aminu started Sunday's must-win Game 4 and made a career-high three 3-pointers to finish with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, 12 rebounds, two assists and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Injuries forced Rick Carlisle to start Aminu tonight but it was a logical move, as Aminu had been playing far less than his excellent per-minute production warranted. Tonight's 3-point accuracy seems like a fluke but Aminu should have locked down a starting job for Game 5 with this performance, as Chandler Parsons (knee) is done for the season and Richard Jefferson is best utilized in short spurts off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Raymond Felton (hamstring) logs six minutes
    Raymond Felton played through a mild hamstring injury on Sunday but he finished with only two points and one rebound in six minutes.

    Advice: Felton didn't have any assists or defensive stats and he's unlikely to play more than 10-15 minutes on Tuesday even if his hamstring is 100 percent healthy. Even with Rajon Rondo unavailable, Felton is buried on the depth chart behind J.J. Barea and Devin Harris at PG. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Mavs win Game 4 behind J.J. Barea's 17 & 13
    J.J. Barea thrived as a starter on Sunday with 17 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, 13 assists and one steal, helping the Mavericks stave off a season-ending loss by beating the Rockets 121-109.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle pulled the right strings tonight, enabling his short-handed squad to avoid a first-round sweep. When asked about Barea's excellent postseason play during his Mavs career, Carlisle said, "He's relished playoff opportunities ... I think that's how he's wired." Dallas will need Barea at his disruptive best when they try to extend the series to six games in Houston on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Richard Jefferson (calf) quiet in 10 minutes
    Richard Jefferson (calf) came off the Mavs' bench on Sunday to finish with five points, one 3-pointer and one turnover in only 10 minutes of action.

    Advice: RJ didn't contribute any rebounds, assists, steals or blocks. His calf injury may have been the cause of tonight's dud but either way he's likely to play a reserve role again in Game 5, since Al-Farouq Aminu exploded tonight for 16 points and 12 rebounds as a starter. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Dwight Howard shoots just 3-of-13 at FT line
    Dwight Howard's free throw struggles were on full display in Sunday's Game 4 defeat, as he went 3-of-13 at the line to finish with 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Howard missed two months with a knee injury and the Rockets limited him as a precaution down the stretch, a decision which has already paid off with solid production in the playoffs. He's averaging 16.3 points on 61.0 percent shooting, 12.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.8 blocks through four postseason games. He'd even made 12-of-18 free throws prior to tonight's struggles on the road. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores 31 pts in must-win Game 4
    Monta Ellis dropped a game-high 31 points to help the Mavericks win at home on Sunday, hitting 13-of-21 field goals and 3-of-5 free throws with two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Ellis turned the ball over five times but he also had six rebounds, three assists and one steal. He looked very comfortable as the Mavs' unquestioned go-to offensive player with both Rajon Rondo and Chandler Parsons out of commission, and his usage rate (28.1 percent on Sunday) should be through the roof again during Tuesday's Game 5 in Houston. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Tyson Chandler snares 14 rebounds in Gm 4 win
    Tyson Chandler was on a mission during Sunday's win vs. the Rockets, piling up 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting, 14 rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

    Advice: He made only 2-of-6 free throws and Dallas as a team was an abysmal 9-of-21 at the line, but they still racked up 121 points to make it a 3-1 series vs. the heavily-favored Rockets. Chandler's double-digit scoring is a bonus for the Mavs, who could live with zero points as long as the former Defensive Player of the Year stays active on the glass -- Dallas won tonight's battle of the boards 52-38. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Devin Harris quiet in 16 minutes on Sunday
    Devin Harris played only 16 minutes off the Mavs' bench on Sunday, scoring four points on 2-of-5 shooting with one rebound, one steal and three personal fouls.

    Advice: This isn't what we expected to see from Harris with Rajon Rondo out, but he took a backseat to the effective starting duo of Monta Ellis (31 points) and J.J. Barea (17 points, 13 assists). Considering how much success the Mavs had with that backcourt tonight, owners in daily leagues may want to shy away from Harris during Tuesday's potential elimination game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Terrence Jones held to 18 minutes in Game 4
    Terrence Jones started Game 4 on Sunday but he played only 18 minutes to finish with 13 points, six rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: With Donatas Motiejunas out for the playoffs following back surgery, we've been expecting bigger postseason numbers from T-Jones as the Rockets' starting power forward. He was again overshadowed by Josh Smith, however, and through four games he's averaging only 12.3 points on 38.1 percent shooting. He also has zero assists or blocks in his past three games and owners should at least temper expectations while Houston is matched up with the Mavericks. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Report: Kevin Love (shoulder) may miss 2+ wks
    Kevin Love (dislocated shoulder) will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his injury, but ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports that he will likely miss "a minimum of two weeks."

    Advice: It seems inevitable that Love will miss games in the second round of the playoffs. We'll await test results before jumping to any far-reaching conclusions, but Tristan Thompson is likely to see the biggest boost if Love is forced to miss any time. James Jones, Mike Miller and possibly Shawn Marion could also see their roles increased, especially if J.R. Smith is suspended for blatantly hitting Jae Crowder in the face on Sunday. Check back on Monday for updates on Love's status. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:50 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Lou Williams scores 14 pts w/ two 3-pointers
    Lou Williams' terrific 2014-15 season ended on Sunday, as he racked up 14 points, two 3-pointers and one rebound in 25 minutes during a Game 4 loss in D.C.

    Advice: Williams beat a tough field to earn Sixth Man of the Year honors and he'll have plenty of suitors when he hits free agency this summer. The 28-year-old combo guard averaged a career-high 15.5 points this season with 1.9 three-pointers, 1.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals in only 25.2 minutes per game. He's a solid fantasy target in the late rounds, though his value depends largely on his decisions as a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:00 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
    Yesterday, 4:48 pm
  • Raymond Felton (hamstring) will play Sunday
    Raymond Felton (hamstring) is expected to play in Sunday's Game 4.

    Advice: The absence of Rajon Rondo has thrust Felton into a bigger role in the playoffs, averaging 15.0 minutes in Games 2 and 3. He's a dubious source of daily fantasy value, however, at least while Monta Ellis, Devin Harris and J.J. Barea are in uniform. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:29 pm
  • Blake Griffin w/ playoff-career-high 19 rebs
    Blake Griffin grabbed a playoff career-high 19 rebounds to help the Clippers even their first-round series at 2-2, adding 20 points, seven assists and one steal.

    Advice: Griffin turned the ball over just once in 43 minutes and continues to be a problem matchup for the Spurs, who don't have a big man able to defend him one-on-one or keep him off the glass. He had 109 touches in Game 4, easily the most of any player on either team, and will play just as central a role during Tuesday's crucial Game 5. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:26 pm
  • Chris Paul drops 34 points in Game 4 win
    Chris Paul bounced back in a big way during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Spurs, putting up 34 points, seven assists, three rebounds, two 3-pointers, one block, one steal and two turnovers through 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: After going just 3-of-11 from the field during Friday's Game 3 loss, Paul sank 11-of-19 of his shots while going a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe in a crucial Game 4 win for the Clippers. The Clippers will now head back to Los Angeles with the series tied up at two a piece, and they'll need Paul to keep the momentum going if they hope to take the 3-2 lead over the defending champs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:49 pm
  • Chris Kaman (ankle) probable for Game 4
    Chris Kaman (ankle) is being listed as probable for Game 4 against the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: Kaman will likely see his minutes in the teens, but he's not going to do enough on the stat sheet to matter in fantasy leagues. Kaman's minutes will come at the expense of Meyers Leonard. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:39 pm
  • Beno Udrih (ankle) will play in Game 4 on Mon
    Beno Udrih (ankle) said that he will play in Game 4 against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Udrih sat out on Saturday, but with Mike Conley (face) going down, Memphis really needs all they can get from Udrih. He'll likely start with Conley unavailable, so he'll be someone to consider as a low-end, plug-and-play option in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:23 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
    Yesterday, 2:13 pm
  • Love diagnosed w/ dislocated left shoulder
    Kevin Love has officially been diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder, and his status for the Cavs' next game will be determined after he undergoes further evaluation in Cleveland.

    Advice: Love will travel back to Cleveland today to receive additional examination, imaging, and testing, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. Love said there was no doubt in his mind that Kelly Olynyk intentionally pulled on his arm, and there's a chance Olynyk receives a suspension from the league that would be served during next season for his actions today. Love did say that he was feeling better, and that he hopes to play in Game 1 of the next series, but we'll wait for the Cavs' medical staff to set a timeline as players tend to be overly optimistic in projecting their return from injuries. If Love is forced to miss any games, Tristan Thompson and James Jones will pick up some extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:27 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Thibodeau says Kirk Hinrich fully healthy
    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Kirk Hinrich is fully healthy, and that his playing time has been a matchup based decision.

    Advice: Apparently Thibodeau doesn't like that matchup, as Hinrich has been a negligible part of the Bulls' rotations through the past two games. With Derrick Rose, Aaron Brooks, and Tony Snell all healthy and ahead of him in the rotation, he's not going to earn enough minutes to matter in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:24 pm
  • Aron Baynes (ankle) available for Game 4
    Gregg Popovich said that everyone will be available to play for Sunday's Game 4 against the Clippers.

    Advice: Baynes spent Friday's Game 3 on the sidelines with a sprained ankle, but he'll return to action on Sunday. With the rest of the Spurs healthy, Baynes doesn't offer much fantasy value at all. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:00 pm
  • J.R. Smith ejected from Game 4 for Flagrant 2
    J.R. Smith was ejected from Sunday's Game 4 against the Celtics for a Flagrant 2 foul against Jae Crowder.

    Advice: Smith was boxing out Crowder, and then hit him with a vicious elbow to the face, and there's a good chance Smith is looking at a suspension from the league. He'll finish Sunday's game with eight points, two 3-pointers, and two steals. Iman Shumpert will likely pick up most of his minutes during the Cavs' next game. Click the link below to see the dirty play for yourself. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:46 am
  • Kevin Love (shoulder) will not return Sunday
    Kevin Love suffered a left shoulder injury in Game 4 against the Celtics and he will not be able to return according to ESPN's Heather Cox.

    Advice: Not good. He was tangled with Kelly Olynyk while they were fighting for a rebound and it appeared that his shoulder popped out of place. Love looked like he was in a lot of discomfort and immediately ran back to the locker room when it happened. The Cavs said that they will wait for Love to return to Cleveland to further evaluate the injury, and we'll be monitoring this situation very closely. Tristan Thompson and James Jones will have to play more if Love is forced to miss any time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:18 am
     
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    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Raymond Felton (ankle) is a game-time call
    Raymond Felton (ankle) is still planning to play against the Rockets on Sunday, but head coach Rick Carlisle said he will be a game-time decision.

    Advice: Felton's presence is very important now that Rajon Rondo (back) is away from the team, but he still probably won't see too many minutes if he is cleared to play. Instead, Monta Ellis will handle the bulk of the ball-handling responsibilities, while J.J. Barea and Devin Harris will play more as well. Expect an update on Dallas' lineup prior to tip-off. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:13 am
  • Richard Jefferson is a game-time decision
    Richard Jefferson (calf) is planning on playing in Game 4 vs. the Rockets on Sunday, though head coach Rick Carlisle said he will be a game-time decision.

    Advice: Jefferson has been poor in the playoffs so far, averaging just 3.3 points in 13.0 minutes per game. It sounds like he is good to go on Sunday, but Al-Farouq Aminu should continue to see the bulk of the minutes at small forward after producing 15 points, five boards, two blocks and two steals in 34 minutes during Game 3. We will update Jefferson's status as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:12 am
  • Brandon Bass will remain with the first unit
    Brandon Bass will keep his spot in the starting lineup for Game 4 against the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: jonas Jerebko practiced with the first unit on Saturday and actually started the second half of Game 3, but it looks like head coach Brad Stevens will continue to roll with Bass. However, Bass has been playing poor and is averaging just 5.3 points, 2.7 assists, 1.7 boards and 1.0 block per game through the first three games of the series, so owners in daily leagues should probably ignore him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:21 am
  • James Michael McAdoo sent to the D-League
    James Michael McAdoo has been sent down for another D-League stint.

    Advice: McAdoo will be playing in the D-League championship for the Santa Cruz Warriors on Sunday, so this isn't really surprising. McAdoo will likely return to the first team soon, but he won't be in the rotation as long as Draymond Green, Marreese Speights and David Lee are active. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:06 am
  • Chris Kaman (ankle) returns to action
    Chris Kaman (ankle) returned from a one-game absence and saw 17 minutes of action in Game 3 against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: Kaman finished with two points, six boards and one assist, but he was clearly hobbling and he probably shouldn't have played tonight. The veteran probably won't be close to 100 percent for the rest of the series, but we will continue to keep a close eye on his status in advance of Game 4 on Monday. For what it's worth, Kaman's ankle was noticeably swollen after the game, so it's admirable that he tried to play through the pain for his teammates. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:08 pm
  • Chris Kaman (ankle) will play in Game 3
    Chris Kaman (ankle) will play in Game 3 vs. the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: He was held out of Game 2 and didn't practice on Friday, but he made it clear that he would be available tonight. Kaman isn't 100 percent, but he should see minutes in the teens which means that Joel Freeland may not be in the rotation. Meyers Leonard may also see less minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:46 pm
  • Beno Udrih (ankle) ruled out for Saturday
    Beno Udrih (ankle) will not play against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He tried to warm up, but never really had much of a chance to play. Udrih will likely be ready for Game 4 while Nick Calathes will be the backup to Mike Conley tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:50 pm
  • Beno Udrih now warming up for Saturday
    Beno Udrih (ankle) is warming up for Saturday, but is still not expected to play.

    Advice: He's likely just going to see if he's suddenly feeling a lot better. Udrih said earlier today that he's likely just going to rest up for Game 4. We'll have an update soon. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:38 pm
  • Beno Udrih unlikely to play on Saturday
    Beno Udrih (ankle) is unlikely to play against the Blazers on Saturday night.

    Advice: He didn't even try to warm up and said he'd rather sit out tonight to get ready for Game 4. Udrih also said playing in Game 2 set him back. Nick Calathes will be the backup point guard tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:24 pm
  • Richard Jefferson (calf) iffy for Game 4
    Richard Jefferson (calf) is up in the air to play against the Rockets on Sunday and is listed as questionable.

    Advice: The Mavs were not very forthcoming on Jefferson's injury immediately following the game, but now it sounds like he could miss Game 4. Jefferson was severely outplayed by Al-Farouq Aminu, who played 34 minutes with 15 points, five boards, two blocks and two steals. Aminu will be a popular play in daily fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:50 am
  • Raymond Felton (hamstring) expected to play
    Raymond Felton (hamstring) is expected to play in Game 4 on Sunday, but is listed as questionable.

    Advice: He suffered the injury in the first quarter and was able to return. Felton played just 13 minutes and didn't score. J.J. Barea was by far the best point guard for the Mavs and he could wind up starting. Felton is not likely to play more than 20 minutes in any game the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:47 am
  • Chandler Parsons doing light work at practice
    Chandler Parsons (knee) was seen going through a light workout at practice on Saturday, though he remains out for the playoffs.

    Advice: While there is no tear or structural damage to his right knee, he will have to undergo surgery and a timetable for his return will not be set until after the procedure. We will continue to track his progress closely, but it's encouraging to see him move around at practice. Richard Jefferson (calf) will likely continue to start if he is able to play, but Al-Farouq Aminu will likely be the primary beneficiary. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:22 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • LeBron James showers praises on J.R. Smith
    LeBron James said that J.R. Smith is simply misunderstood, and he showered praise on him for his work ethic and defensive effort.

    Advice: "He comes out every single day and works his tail off to try to get better, to help our team win," James said in regards to Smith. "He defends at a high level and he’s a great teammate and he’s a great guy." Smith is averaging 10.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.0 treys through the first three games of the series against Boston, and he will look to help the Cavaliers sweep the Celtics in Game 4 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:04 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
    Saturday, 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
    Friday, 9:00 pm
  • Clippers Big 4 hit just 12-of-44 FGs in loss
    Chris Paul and Co. laid an egg in the Clippers' Game 3 loss to the Spurs, with Paul hitting just 3-of-11 shots for seven points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals and six turnovers.

    Advice: Paul was hardly the worst offender with Jamal Crawford hitting just 1-of-11 shots in 23 minutes. J.J. Redick went 2-of-7 for seven points and not much else, and Blake Griffin was 6-of-15 from the field for 14 points, 10 boards, five assists and a block. This was your prototypical goose egg and they'll look to get back on track in Sunday's Game 4. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:54 pm
  • Jefferson leaves with mysterious ailment
    Richard Jefferson left Friday's Game 3 loss with a calf ailment and did not return.

    Advice: Jefferson logged 12 minutes and scored three points with one rebound, one assist and two steals while on the floor. If he can't go then Al-Farouq Aminu will get all the run he can handle, which probably should have been the case to start the series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:20 pm
  • Raymond Felton starts, hurts hamstring
    Raymond Felton suffered a right hamstring tweak in the first quarter and returned to action on Friday, finishing with no points, four rebounds, one assist and one foul in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He got the start and just looked a step slow. It might not have been due to the hamstring tweak and it may have just been because he had to guard James Harden. Felton did have a right hamstring injury back in 2008, but there really hasn't been a trend here. Considering how poorly he played, he probably won't start in Game 4 and his status is questionable. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:19 pm
  • Aminu posts solid line over 34 minutes
    Al-Farouq Aminu scored 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting (2-of-3 3PTs, 5-of-6 FTs) with five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 34 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: We're not sure why Rick Carlisle waited so long to get him onto the court for heavy minutes this series, especially since the Mavs' defense is historically bad right now. Richard Jefferson had some sort of ailment during the game and AFA should be on owners' radars for Sunday's action. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:08 pm
  • Harris plays 21 minutes in Game 3 loss
    Devin Harris logged 21 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss, scoring 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting with one rebound and two assists.

    Advice: Harris has been dealing with a toe injury and had his foot stepped on tonight, but the Mavs desperately need him on the floor and he'll probably try to gut through another game on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:06 pm
  • Barea scores 11 points with full stat line
    J.J. Barea scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 25 minutes off the bench in Friday's Game 3 loss.

    Advice: Barea could be looking at an even bigger workload in Sunday's Game 4 with Devin Harris banged up and Raymond Felton only able to handle 13 minutes tonight. He'll be a popular target in DFS as long as his price doesn't rise too much. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:05 pm
  • Howard grabs career-high 26 rebounds in win
    Dwight Howard grabbed a career-high 26 rebounds in Friday's Game 3 win over the Mavs, and also chipped in with 13 points, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Howard has looked great so far in the playoffs and owners can deal with his long-term knee issues over the summer at this rate. Terrence Jones went for 12 and six, Corey Brewer scored 15 points, and Josh Smith added 18 points, three rebounds, four assists and two triples in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:58 pm
  • Aron Baynes (ankle) will not play on Friday
    Coach Gregg Popovich said Aron Baynes (ankle) will not play on Friday against the Clippers.

    Advice: Not even a mask can get Baynes to play, apparently. It's a little interesting and unusual for Pop to reveal Baynes' status for this game. As we all know, theatricality and deception are powerful agents to the uninitiated. It sounds like Baynes will be out for a couple games. Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw will play more. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:54 pm
  • Chris Kaman, Arron Afflalo planning to play
    Chris Kaman (ankle) and Arron Afflalo (shoulder) are planning to play on Saturday in Game 3.

    Advice: Kaman is listed as questionable and he said he didn't do anything in practice on Friday. "I know once I tape it and get the right drugs in me, everything will be good," Kaman said. "I’m ready to play tomorrow." He's likely looking at minutes in the teens and will bump Joel Freeland out of the rotation while taking away some time from Meyers Leonard. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:44 pm
  • Raymond Felton will start at point guard
    Raymond Felton will start against the Rockets on Friday in place of Rajon Rondo (back).

    Advice: Usually, the Mavs would go with J.J. Barea, but they're so thin that they need to get Felton in the rotation because of Chandler Parsons (knee) also out. Felton is likely going to act as an off-ball guard while Monta Ellis handles the offense. Barea is not as attractive in fantasy leagues because it's going to be tough for him to log at least 24 minutes. Additionally, the Mavs used a three-guard lineup of Monta, Felton and Barea three minutes in the second half in Game 2, so coach Rick Carlisle will likely go that route again. Devin Harris should also get minutes close to 20. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:49 pm
  • James Michael McAdoo out for Saturday
    James Michael McAdoo (illness) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: He is not in the rotation and also missed Game 3 due to an illness. The Warriors will likely get David Lee back to help out Marreese Speights in the second unit. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:04 pm
  • Chris Kaman (ankle) questionable for Saturday
    Chris Kaman (ankle) is questionable to play against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: His ankle was heavily taped at practice on Friday and he probably won't be 100 percent. Meyers Leonard will likely be the first big off the bench while Joel Freeland was in the rotation for just four minutes in Game 2. Fantasy owners can ignore this situation in almost all cases. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:51 pm
  • Aron Baynes (ankle) doubtful for Game 3
    Aron Baynes (sprained ankle) is being listed as doubtful for Friday's Game 3 against the Clippers.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly when Baynes suffered this ankle injury, but it's sounding like he's not going to be able to play tonight. Head coach Gregg Popovich said that Tiago Splitter will be available for as many minutes as needed tonight, so he looks like the primary beneficiary with Baynes on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:14 am
  • Devin Harris (toe) will play in Game 3 Friday
    Updating a previous report, Devin Harris (toe) will play in Friday's Game 3 against Houston.

    Advice: The Mavericks will likely go with a three point guard rotation of Harris, J.J. Barea, and Raymond Felton. Barea is the likely starter for tonight's game, with Harris expected to slot into his standard sixth man role off the bench. Felton will more than likely lose some minutes with Harris back in the rotation, and he can't be viewed as a viable option in any format. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:33 am
  • Carlisle expects Devin Harris to play Friday
    Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that he expects Devin Harris (toe) to play in Game 3 against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: This is the third positive update we've had on Harris, and all signs are pointing towards him being available tonight. Harris should be able to get around 20 minutes of action tonight, which will likely come at the expense of Raymond Felton. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:26 am
  • James calls Kevin Love a 'big-time player'
    LeBron James praised Kevin Love following his big 23-point performance during Thursday's Game 3 win over the Celtics.

    Advice: "I don't get too involved in what everybody says," James said. "I know what type of player [Love] is, what type of competitor he is, and I know he relishes the opportunity to be a part of this franchise and the postseason. With everything said with the first eight months of the season, he's definitely used it as motivation. I think he's a big-time player, he's a cerebral basketball player." Love received his fair share of criticism (much like Chris Bosh) during his inaugural season as part of the Cavs’ Big-3, but he's looked fantastic so far throughout the Boston-Cleveland series. It’ll be very interesting to see what Love elects to do this offseason with his player option worth $16.7 million. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:53 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kirk Hinrich plays six minutes
    Kirk Hinrich played six minutes against the Bucks on Thursday with no points, no assists and one steal.

    Advice: Derrick Rose stole the show and Hinrich wasn't needed tonight. Aaron Brooks was also only on the court for 10 minutes. Plus, Tony Snell was fantastic tonight, so the Bulls didn't need to run two-PG lineups in the second half. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:31 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 23 points, hits six treys
    Kevin Love made 6-of-10 from beyond the arc during a Game 3 win over the Celtics on Thursday, scoring a total of 23 points with nine rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He hit two clutch 3-pointers late in the game to help put this one on ice. Love killed the Celtics on catch-and-shoot 3s and all but one of those six triples came off an assist from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving Yes, that's why they brought him the Cleveland. It's probably safe to say he won't be benched for James Jones again. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:30 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) says he'll play in Game 3
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) said that he will play in Game 3 against the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: Head coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed that Hinrich will be available tonight, and with him back in the rotation he could take away some minutes from Aaron Brooks and Tony Snell. However, he'll likely be eased back into things after spending the past two weeks on the sidelines, so he’s a non-option in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:20 pm
  • Parsons says no structural damage to knee
    Chandler Parsons said that there is no tear or structural damage to his right knee, but it's not getting any better, and he will require surgery.

    Advice: Parsons added that if the Mavs' first-round matchup hadn't been against the Rockets, he probably wouldn't have played at all. He's going to meet with a doctor in Chicago to determine exactly what surgery he will need to have, after which a surgery date and timetable for recovery will be set. With Parsons sidelined, Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will see extended minutes in Dallas' rotations. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:48 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Carlisle says Harris making good progress
    Mavs' head coach Rick Carlisle said that Devin Harris is making good progress with his toe injury, and signs are good for him being available for Game 3 against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: Harris was able to go through a full practice on Thursday, and he said he expects to play in Game 3 on Friday. With Rajon Rondo (back) out of commission, Harris and J.J. Barea will run the show at point guard for Dallas, with Raymond Felton seeing some extended minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:25 am
  • Devin Harris able to practice Thursday
    Devin Harris (toe) was able to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: While Harris was already listed as probable to play in Game 3 agains the Rockets, this is a good sign for his availability for Friday. Harris and J.J. Barea will see big minutes with Rajon Rondo (back/ego) out indefinitely and both should have a chance at decent fantasy production as the Mavericks' only solid point guard options. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:01 am
  • James Michael McAdoo out for Game 3
    James Michael McAdoo (flu-like symptoms) will miss Thursday's Game 3 against the Pelicans.

    Advice: McAdoo is likely to stay in the Bay Area throughout the weekend, which would also put him on track to miss Game 4 on Saturday. While the 22-year-old has shown flashes in limited action, he's yet to see any playing time in the series and is likely to have a very limited role in the postseason once he gets over his illness. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:23 am
  • Chandler Parsons visiting doctor in Chicago
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will visit with a doctor in Chicago before determining specifics about his upcoming surgery.

    Advice: Parsons will miss the rest of the playoffs and will undergo surgery on his right knee once he finishes consulting with doctors. We'll update Parson's timetable once we know more, but the procedure isn't expected to be major so he'll likely be ready in time for training camp. Richard Jefferson will continue to start at small forward with Parsons out, while Al-Farouq Aminu will also pick up some extra minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:49 am
     
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    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Kawhi Leonard named Defensive Player of Year
    Kawhi Leonard has been named the 2014-15 Defensive Player of the Year.

    Advice: Leonard finished ahead of Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, Anthony Davis, and Rudy Gobert, respectively, on his way to winning his first DPOY Award. After a slow start to the 2014-15 season, Leonard was still able to finish as a top-25 player in standard fantasy leagues and should be a popular early-round pick next season. Now the only thing to do is keep an eye on Draymond Green's Twitter feed. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:19 am
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 23 points vs. Clippers
    Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points against the Clippers on Wednesday with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: This time last year, we were just starting to see the Kawhi ISO plays and he's really grown as a scorer. Leonard also made it very tough on the wings for the Clippers tonight and he also was guarding Chris Paul during this game. It's hard to overrate Kawhi and he's arguably a top-five player in the NBA for his contributions on both sides of the ball. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:08 pm
  • Chris Paul scores 21 with seven dimes
    Chris Paul was terrific again during a tough 111-107 Game 2 loss on Wednesday, scoring 21 points with eight boards, seven assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He continues to be remarkably efficient in this series. In the two games combined, Paul made 20-of-30 from the field with six 3-pointers to give him a 76.7 effective field goal percentage. As for the non-scoring stuff, the second guessers are going to be out in force because of Blake Griffin having some bad turnovers late, especially considering how CP3's assist:turnover ratio is off the charts. The Clippers will have to win one in San Antonio now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:58 pm
  • Blake Griffin triple-doubles in an OT loss
    Blake Griffin put up a triple-double against the Spurs in a Game 2 loss on Wednesday, scoring 29 points with 12 boards, 11 assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 47 minutes.

    Advice: He had a really bad turnover with 11 seconds left in regulation, which led to Patty Mills tying the game with eight seconds left. Griffin has been posting some massive numbers, but the costly turnover will be the story here. Basically all of his stats are up from the regular season and he's poised for another monster outing in Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:43 pm
  • Beno Udrih returns after ankle sprain
    Beno Udrih returned to action after leaving with an ankle injury on Wednesday and finished with 10 points, one rebound and one assist on 4-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: Udrih caught fire in Game 1 and torched the Blazers for 20 points and a full stat line on 9-of-14 shooting, but it was a different story tonight. Courtney Lee, Tony Allen and Mike Conley all played reasonably well, so Udrih just wasn't able to get into a groove. The ankle injury didn't help his cause, but it looks like he avoided a serious injury. He'll probably have another big game at some point in the playoffs, but trying to figure out when it will happen, as long as the aforementioned teammates are healthy, will be next to impossible. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:04 pm
  • Beno Udrih goes to the locker room
    Beno Udrih went to the locker room in the second quarter on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hobbled back to the locker room under is own power with what looked like an ankle sprain. He could be getting it re-taped or he could be out. If he is out, Nick Calathes will be the second string point guard. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:50 pm
  • Chris Kaman (ankle) will not play in Game 2
    Chris Kaman (ankle) will not play against the Grizzlies in Game 2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been on the injury report for a back issue, but he suffered this ankle injury in practice on Tuesday. Joel Freeland will likely be the backup center while we could see LaMarcus Aldridge and Meyers Leonard get some time at the five. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Devin Harris (toe) is probable for Game 3
    Devin Harris (toe) is probable to play against the Rockets in Game 3 on Friday.

    Advice: Finally, the Mavs get some good news. Harris will have to really step up in the second unit because 40 percent of the starters are out indefinitely. As long as Harris stays healthy, he'll have a decent chance to score in the teens with some full stat lines. It's very possible he'll exceed the production of J.J. Barea and Richard Jefferson. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:36 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) out for playoffs
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will miss the rest of the playoffs.

    Advice: He is exploring surgery options to his right knee. Parsons aggravated his knee injury in Game 1 and tried to play through it. Despite little swelling, the Mavs will just keep him out until October. As it stands right now, there's no ligament damage and he'd probably be looking at a knee scope procedure. With Parsons out, Richard Jefferson will start at small forward with Al-Farouq Aminu getting more minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:33 pm
     
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    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Kirk Hinrich is questionable for Game 3
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) is questionable to play against the Bucks in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Based on some comments from coach Tom Thibodeau last week, Hinrich might not play if healthy. In essence, Thibodeau said Hinrich and Tony Snell will split the ninth-man duties in the rotation. Considering the length of the Bucks, it makes sense to just ride Snell in this series. Regardless, Snell won't have much value. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:49 am
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) practices fully on Weds
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice, and head coach Tom Thibodeau is optimistic that he will play in Game 3 on Thursday.

    Advice: Hinrich hasn't played since Apr. 11, so the Bulls will likely ease him back into the rotation. He could potentially steal some minutes away from Aaron Brooks or Tony Snell, but Hinrich likely won't have a big role in the postseason, especially with Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:45 am
  • Devin Harris 'optimistic' to play in Game 3
    Devin Harris said that his toe still hasn't improved, but he is "optimistic" that he will be able to play in Game 3 vs. Houston on Friday.

    Advice: Harris played just nine minutes in Game 1 and was held out of Game 2, so it's pretty obvious that his toe injury is a real concern. The good news is that Harris has a couple days off to rest, so we will continue to provide updates as soon as we know more. If Harris continues to miss time, Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea will have even more responsibility off the bench, especially considering how disappointing Rajon Rondo has been. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:44 am
  • Chandler Parsons to miss rest of first round?
    According to Yahoo Sports, it is "impossible" for Chandler Parsons to return from his knee injury in the first round of the playoffs.

    Advice: The Mavericks have already lost the first two games to Houston, so this news doesn't bode well for their chances of making a comeback. Parsons is expected to be reevaluated on Wednesday, so we should be able to provide another update shortly. If this report is true, Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will have to step into larger roles for the rest of the series. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:18 am
     
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    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Josh Smith gets 15/8/9 in playoff gem vs Mavs
    Josh Smith dominated the second half of Tuesday's win vs. the Mavericks, finishing with 15 points, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one block off the bench.

    Advice: The nine dimes tied Smith's playoff-high and he looked Smoove indeed, sealing the victory with a barrage of alley-oop passes to Dwight Howard. Smith committed five fouls in 26 minutes and this might stand as his best performance of the postseason, but he's already justified Daryl Morey's decision to claim him after the Pistons jettisoned his contract in mid-December. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:01 pm
  • Dwight Howard leads Rockets to Game 2 win
    Dwight Howard played a fear-inducing Game 2 on Tuesday with 28 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 33 minutes vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Howard made 8-of-11 free throws, spoiling any "Hack-a-Howard" strategy, and he finished 10-of-15 from the field after a barrage of alley-oops in the second half. The Rockets can take a bullet-proof series lead if they win in Dallas on Friday or Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:55 pm
  • J.J. Barea logs 34 minutes off Mavs' bench
    J.J. Barea played 34 minutes during Game 2 on Tuesday, his highest playing time since Feb. 11, finishing a road loss in Houston with 13 points, one 3-pointer, six rebounds, two assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Barea's speed makes him deadly as a matchup-oriented bench player, but he was forced into a huge role tonight with Devin Harris (toe) unavailable and Rajon Rondo struggling with fouls and inefficiency. Dallas isn't likely to climb out of an 0-2 series deficit with Barea logging 30+ minutes, though they may be forced to try if Harris can't suit up for Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:48 pm
  • Richard Jefferson starts at SF w/ Parsons out
    Richard Jefferson started Game 2 with Chandler Parsons (knee) unavailable, but he finished with seven points on 2-of-6 shooting with one 3-pointer in 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Parsons' status going forward is uncertain and Rick Carlisle suggested that he might miss more games, thrusting the 34-year-old Jefferson into a critical role. RJ didn't rise to the challenge tonight, failing to record a single rebound, assist, steal or block, and the Mavs are in serious trouble whether or not Parsons can play again in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:45 pm
  • Terrence Jones returns from face injury Tues
    Terrence Jones left Tuesday's game in the third quarter after being elbowed in the face by Dwight Howard, but he quickly returned to action.

    Advice: Jones' body language wasn't encouraging but the team said that he only suffered a bloody nose, and he was only limited in the second half due to Josh Smith's proficiency. He should be fine for Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:25 pm
  • Sixth Man of Year Lou Williams scores 20 pts
    Lou Williams received his Sixth Man of the Year award on Tuesday but the celebration didn't last long as the Raptors dropped Game 2 despite his contribution of 20 points and three steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Williams' ACL surgery is a fading memory after an impressive 2014-15 campaign and he's set himself up for a nice payday in unrestricted free agency this summer. The Wizards are dominating the glass through two games and they're rolling offensively, however, and the Raptors will need more players than Williams to step up if they hope to advance to the Conference semi-finals. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:02 pm
  • J.R. Smith shoots poorly, still makes impact
    J.R. Smith stole the ball five times vs. Boston on Tuesday, adding seven points, four rebounds and one assist with one turnover in 34 minutes during the Cavs' Game 2 win.

    Advice: Smith deserves a ton of credit for fitting seamlessly into the Cavaliers' starting lineup. He was a key factor in Game 2, compensating for poor shooting with boundless energy at both ends of the court, while fellow swingman Iman Shumpert chipped in two points, five rebounds and solid defense in 26 minutes off the bench. Cleveland will try to put a stranglehold on the series on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:04 pm
  • Brandon Bass shoots 0-of-6 in Game 2 defeat
    Brandon Bass struggled on Tuesday with two points, two rebounds and three assists, going 0-of-6 from the field and 2-of-2 at the free throw line in 15 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Celtics were out-rebounded 34-46 in Game 1 and they lost the battle 39-47 tonight, though they did collect 13 on the offensive glass. Jared Sullinger's return has taken a chunk out of Bass' playing time and this is the third time he's logged under 15 minutes in the past five games, so this isn't a fluke occurrence. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:00 pm
  • Devin Harris sidelined Tuesday w/ turf toe
    Devin Harris (turf toe) will not play during Tuesday's Game 2 vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: The Mavs are already without Chandler Parsons (knee) and the absence of Harris will force Raymond Felton to play a substantial role off the bench. Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis will also get fewer breathers as Dallas tries to even the series with a road win on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:16 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) out Tues, maybe more
    Chandler Parsons (knee) will not play in Game 2 on Tuesday and coach Rick Carlisle admitted that he may miss more games.

    Advice: When asked whether Parsons could miss the remainder of the first round, Carlisle replied, "That does loom as a possibility ... I'm concerned." Richard Jefferson will start in place of Parsons at small forward, and Al-Farouq Aminu should also pick up extra minutes off the Mavs' bench. Parsons will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:12 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Thibodeau thinks Kirk Hinrich can play Thurs
    Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau sounded optimistic about Kirk Hinrich's (knee) availability for Thursday's Game 3 against the Bucks.

    Advice: Hinrich would likely take away some minutes from Aaron Brooks and Tony Snell, but he's not a guy that makes major contributions to the stat sheet, so he's not a great guy to target in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:37 am
  • Devin Harris present at Tuesday shootaround
    Devin Harris (toe) was able to participate in Tuesday's shootaround.

    Advice: Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said he wouldn't have a decision on Harris' availability for Tuesday's Game 2 until pre-game, but his participation in shootaround is a good sign for Harris. We'll have an update on Harris once Carlisle and the training staff make a decision, but J.J. Barea would be in line to see a minutes bump if Harris is unable to suit up. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 am
  • Chandler Parsons misses Tuesday shootaround
    Chandler Parsons (knee) was not present at shootaround on Tuesday.

    Advice: While we already knew Parsons would be a game-time decision for Tuesday's Game 2, this certainly isn't good news for his availability. Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said he wouldn't have an update on Parsons until the evening, so we'll have to wait to see if Richard Jefferson and Al-Farouq Aminu will get increased run in the event that Parsons is unable to play. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:36 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) is extremely sore
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is extremely sore on Monday and could be a game-time decision on Tuesday.

    Advice: The good news is that his knee didn't swell up like it did last time. Parsons had some swelling in his knee following his injury on Apr. 2, so at least this aggravation isn't as bad. If Parsons can't go, the Mavs are really going to have a tough time containing James Harden because of all the fouls he'll draw. Richard Jefferson would start and one would think Al-Farouq Aminu would get more minutes because of the matchup. We'll have an update on Parsons tomorrow. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:31 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Parsons, Harris both questionable for Game 2
    Updating a previous item, Chandler Parsons (knee) and Devin Harris (toe) are both questionable for Game 2 vs. Houston.

    Advice: Parsons admitted to his knee giving out on him during Game 1, something that was pretty noticeable to anyone watching as he battled with a limp for the duration of the contest. Harris, on the other hand, aggravated his toe injury in Game 1 and was forced out of action. If both guys are on the sidelines, it would mean Richard Jefferson is likely to start with increased minutes for Al-Farouq Aminu. As for Harris' absence, that would open the door for more J.J. Barea. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:26 am
     
    Injured
    W, 114-98 vs Por
  • Lou Williams wins Sixth Man of the Year
    Lou Williams was named the NBA's 2014-15 Sixth Man of the Year on Monday.

    Advice: Isaiah Thomas finished second in the voting, and Jamal Crawford rounded out the top three. There was a darkhorse case to be made for Andre Iguodala, but he finished fourth in the voting. It's been a pretty good year for Sweet Lou after being traded for John Salmons and Lucas Nogueira last summer. Williams finished the regular season with averages of 15.5 points, 1.1 steals and 1.9 triples on 40.4 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:17 am
  • Kirk Hinrich will not play Monday vs. Bucks
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Bucks in Game 2.

    Advice: Hinrich was also ruled out of Game 1, and although he was thought to be improving, he hasn't made enough progress to get back into action. With Derrick Rose hooping and Aaron Brooks backing him up, Hinrich's availability doesn't seem to matter much anyway. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:07 am
  • Dwight Howard a difference-maker in Game 1
    Dwight Howard was a difference-maker in the Game 1 win over the Mavericks on defense.

    Advice: When Howard was on the floor Saturday night, the Rockets allowed 75.1 points per 100 possessions. When he was off, that number ballooned to 112.2 points per 100 possessions. The good news is Howard felt good out there over his 17 minutes, and his playing time should increase moving forward so long as he stays out of foul trouble. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:57 am
  • LeBron: Very important to keep Love involved
    LeBron James said it's "very important" to keep Kevin Love involved.

    Advice: "It’s very important Kev stays involved," James said. "For our ultimate goal Kev has to be in a rhythm or at least touching the ball. I’m going to have the ball a lot, Kyrie is going to have the ball a lot. I’m just trying to find a way to get Kev touches." Love finished his first playoff game ever with 19 points, 12 rebounds and four dimes on 5-of-14 shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 20, 6:49 am
     
    Injured
    W, 113-108 vs Was
  • Aron Baynes benched, bullied in Game 1 loss
    Aron Baynes suffered during Sunday's road loss vs. the Clippers, finishing with five points, five rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Tiago Splitter (calf) was limited so Baynes played a significant role, but in a short span he was viciously dunked on by Blake Griffin, flipped into a row of photographers by Matt Barnes, and then dunked on again by Griffin. Splitter only logged 10 minutes and Baynes' ability to hold down the paint alongside Tim Duncan may be a key to the series, as he's likely to log 20+ minutes regardless of Splitter's status for Game 2. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 11:23 pm
  • Blake Griffin sells posters in Game 1 victory
    Blake Griffin finished Sunday's win vs. the Spurs with 26 points (9-of-20 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs), 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals, three blocks, one turnover and a pair of highlight-reel dunks in 43 minutes.

    Advice: The Clippers won by 15 points but this was as intense a Game 1 as we've seen this year, starting a stand-out series on an impressive note. NBA fans on the East Coast should consider a late-night cappuccino before L.A. and San Antonio lock horns in Game 2 on Wednesday. Click on the link below to re-live one of Blake's phenomenal dunks over (and through) Aron Baynes. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 11:17 pm
  • Clips beat Spurs, Chris Paul scores 32 points
    Chris Paul was unguardable down the stretch of Sunday's Game 1 win vs. the Spurs, finishing with a game-high 32 points on 13-of-20 shooting with three 3-pointers, seven boards, six assists and two steals.

    Advice: CP3 started the postseason with a bang. He led the NBA with 10.2 assists per game this season, played 82 games for the first time in his 10-year career, and looks ready to step up offensively vs. the Spurs' elite defense. Paul knocked down a career-high 139 three-pointers this season and was 3-of-5 beyond the arc on Sunday, abusing every defender the Spurs threw his way. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 11:09 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard's +/- rating a team-worst -21
    Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 18 points during a Game 1 loss on Sunday, hitting 7-of-12 shots with six boards, three assists and four steals.

    Advice: Kawhi also turned the ball over four times and missed three of his six FT attempts, finishing with a team-worst +/- rating at -21. That might be a first. The No. 6 seed Spurs lack homecourt advantage and they trail 0-1 in the series with Game 2 looming on Wednesday. The Rockets in 1995 were the last No. 6 seed to win an NBA championship, with a roster that included Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Kenny Smith, Sam Cassell and Robert Horry. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 10:58 pm
  • Chris Kaman (back) scores seven pts in defeat
    Chris Kaman (back) finished an ugly road loss on Sunday with seven points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 14 minutes off Portland's bench.

    Advice: The Blazers opened the game 7-of-29 from the field and never regained their footing, finishing 33.7 percent from the field including an 8-of-26 mark from downtown. Portland will need Kaman and Robin Lopez (two points, five rebounds) to step up if they hope to even their first-round series at 1-1 on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:54 pm
  • Beno Udrih blows up for 20/7/7 in Game 1 win
    Beno Udrih caught fire vs. the Blazers, making his first six shots to finish with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting, one 3-pointer, seven rebounds and seven assists in only 24 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Grizzlies roared out to a 19 point lead at halftime and never looked back, aided by Udrih's huge night -- he's the first bench player since Nick Van Exel in 2003 to notch at least 20 points, seven boards and seven assists in a playoff game. A superior regular-season record gave Memphis home-court advantage despite being the No. 5 seed vs. the No. 4 seed Blazers, and they could take a commanding 2-0 series lead if they win again at the FedEx Forum on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 7:52 pm
  • Love drops a double-double in playoff debut
    Kevin Love looked great in his playoff debut on Sunday, scoring 19 points (5-of-14 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), with a game-high 12 rebounds, four assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one turnover through 33 minutes of action.

    Advice: Love struggled from the field a bit, but he made shots when it really counted, and his aggressive play on the glass was a big boost for Cleveland. Boston isn't a great team at defending the power forward position, so Love should continue to put up quality numbers throughout the series. It'll be interesting to see if a deep playoff run tilts Love's hand towards re-signing with the Cavs this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 3:19 pm
     
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  • J.R. Smith limited by foul trouble in Game 1
    Foul trouble limited J.R. Smith to just 19 minutes of action during Game 1 against the Celtics on Sunday, and he managed just nine points on 3-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: Smith added two 3-pointers, four rebounds, one assist and one turnover, and he just wasn't much of a factor today. Smith is basically an all-or-nothing kind of guy, but when he gets hot, he can really light up the 3-point category. We'd expect a bit of a bounce-back performance for Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 2:52 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) questionable for Game 2
    Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Kirk Hinrich (knee) is improving, but he's unsure about his status for Game 2 against the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: Tony Snell will pick up most of Hinrich's reserve minutes if he's again unable to go on Monday, but he's not going to see enough floor time to matter in any league. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 19, 11:32 am
  • Dwight Howard battles foul trouble in win
    Dwight Howard played just 17 minutes due to foul trouble against the Mavs on Saturday with 11 points, five boards, one steal and five blocks.

    Advice: If not for the foul trouble, he would have played more. The Rockets didn't really go to Howard in the post much, but Howard looked healthy with respect to his knee. He should be closer to 30 minutes in Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:37 pm
  • Terrence Jones scores 19 points in 34 minutes
    Terrence Jones made 6-of-15 from the field and 7-of-11 from the line for 19 points against the Mavs on Saturday with nine rebounds, six assists and one steal.

    Advice: The shot total is almost shocking and this was the first time in Jones' career he's had more than 10 shots from the field and from the line. Jones saw a little more playing time than expected because of Dwight Howard getting into foul trouble, but he's still a good bet to play over 30 minutes per game in this series. Jones' season flew a little under the radar due to injuries, so he'll be a difference maker if he can stay on the court. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:35 pm
  • Corey Brewer steps it up down the stretch
    Corey Brewer turned it on down the stretch against the Mavs on Saturday with 15 points, one assist and three 3-poiners in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He killed the Mavs in the fourth quarter with all three 3-pointers coming in that frame. Brewer's versatility at both wing spots should help him get playing time in the 20s. Trevor Ariza did have some cramping issues, but there's no need to worry about him. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:31 pm
  • Tyson Chandler double-doubles vs. Houston
    Tyson Chandler double-doubled against the Rockets on Saturday with 11 points, 18 boards, two steals and one block in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The Mavs went small with four wings next to Chandler and they would have been torched on both ends without him. Chandler had himself a fantastic April, averaging 13.1 points, 12.7 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.3 steals on 75.6 percent from the field. It's fair to expect a double-double in each game during this series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:26 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores just 16 points vs. HOU
    Monta Ellis scored 16 points against the Rockets on Saturday with four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 5-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: This was not Monta's best game outside of a brilliant buzzer beater to end the third quarter. Ellis was able to attack the basket, but he just couldn't finish over the Rockets' size. Expect him to have a better game in Game 2 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 9:25 pm
  • Dwight Howard expected to play more
    Dwight Howard is expected to play more in the postseason than he did in the regular season.

    Advice: Coach Kevin McHale said the Rockets will play it by ear with Dwight's minutes. Dwight was up to 28 minutes on Apr. 12 and he should get over the 30-minute plateau tonight. There will be less minutes going to Joey Dorsey. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 4:49 pm
  • Lou Williams' late surge isn't enough
    Lou Williams made 4-of-16 from the field for 10 points against the Wizards on Saturday, adding three rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had just two points going into the fourth quarter and helped get this game to overtime. Williams was also guarding John Wall in this game, which created some problems for the Raptors late and caused some defensive breakdowns. Williams will struggle with consistency going forward, but he'll likely have a huge game or two in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 12:53 pm
  • Chris Kaman is probable to play on Sunday
    Chris Kaman (back) is probable to play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

    Advice: He didn't play on Wednesday due to a lingering back injury. The Blazers are somewhat healthy up front as far as active players go, so expect Kaman to log minutes in the mid-teens. He won't be able to do much on offense with his low usage rate and will have to do his damage on the glass. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 12:32 pm
  • James Michael McAdoo could get some run
    James Michael McAdoo could spend some time defending Anthony Davis if the Warriors have trouble slowing him down according to head coach Steve Kerr.

    Advice: Davis is one of the toughest covers in the league, and the Warriors will probably be trying out a variety of defenders on him throughout the series. Regardless, McAdoo will likely have a very limited role in the postseason, but it says a lot that Kerr has this much faith in him. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 10:55 am
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Saturday
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) will not play on Saturday against the Bucks, and it is unclear if he will be able to play in Game 2 on Monday.

    Advice: He has reportedly "plateaued" in his rehab, so it looks like he could miss more time. With Hinrich out of commission, Tony Snell will see some minutes in the rotation Saturday. We will update Hinrich's status when we know more. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 18, 8:24 am
  • Kirk Hinrich (knee) doesn't practice Friday
    Kirk Hinrich (knee) was unable to practice Friday, and his status is uncertain for Game 1 on Saturday against the Bucks.

    Advice: If Hinrich can't go, Derrick Rose and Aaron Brooks will split most of his minutes. Hinrich is a solid defender, but he doesn't really bring a lot to the stat sheet, so he's not really a factor in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 17, 11:14 am
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