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  • Tristan Thompson steps up with 35 minutes
    Tristan Thompson was tremendous in the starting lineup against the Bulls on Wednesday with five points, 12 rebounds, one assist and no turnovers on 2-of-5 from the field in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was up to his old tricks with six offensive boards. It is worth noting that none of his five shots were putbacks and he was actually had some involvement in halfcourt plays. Needless to say, he'll be in the starting lineup on Friday and he could actually get even more playing time and push Mike Miller out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com
    57 minutes ago
  • Pau Gasol looks much slower on Wednesday
    Pau Gasol slowed down against the Cavs on Wednesday with 11 points, four rebounds, two steals and three turnovers.

    Advice: With LeBron James attacking the rim, it really made Gasol's lack of rim protection apparent. Gasol is playing more of a finesse game on offense, but his defense and rebounding isn't where it needs to be right now. Expect a better offensive game on Friday and it's still too soon to draw any conclusions following a 21-10 outing from Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:43 pm
  • Joakim Noah looks flat in a bad loss
    Joakim Noah played 30 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday with four points, seven rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: He looked awful today. Noah is somehow just 1-of-14 from the line in the postseason, which would easily be the worst free throw percentage in the playoffs among players with at least eight attempts. Noah also looked slow on both ends of the court tonight. He hasn't looked the same since he played 46 minutes in Game 3 against the Bucks. Expect him to be around 30 minutes in Game 3 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:41 pm
  • Presti: Thunder still want to sign Enes Kanter
    Thunder general manager Sam Presti confirmed that re-signing Enes Kanter will be a priority this summer.

    Advice: Kanter was solid for OKC since arriving in a trade with Utah, and he was forced into a huge offensive role down the stretch with Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka on the shelf. Kanter will be a tough player to own in standard leagues next season if the Thunder are at full strength, and his lack of defensive stats will really limit his upside. Kanter recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, but he will be ready to go for training camp and we will continue to monitor his progress closely. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:24 am
     
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  • Thibodeau defends Joakim Noah
    Joakim Noah missed all four of his shots and finished scoreless in Game 1 on Monday, but head coach Tom Thibodeau isn't concerned and pointed out that Noah contributed nine boards, four assists and two blocks.

    Advice: "I don’t want anyone to get lost in his scoring because it’s never been a strong suit," Thibodeau said. "It’s all the other stuff he brings to the team. It’s not the emotion, it’s the activity. When he does that, he’s very, very effective for us. It’s how the team functions when he’s on the floor. He doesn’t have to shoot well to play well. It’ll come around for him. All players go through it. Don’t let it take away from the things." Noah will look to get back on track tonight as the Bulls try to take a 2-0 series lead over the Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:22 am
  • Mason Plumlee will play in summer league
    According to Nets general manager Billy King, Mason Plumlee will play in the summer league.

    Advice: Plumlee's role was very sporadic this season and he hasn't developed as quickly as the Nets would have liked. He averaged just 8.7 points, 6.2 boards, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks in 21.8 minutes per game in the regular season, but head coach Lionel Hollis was often very critical of him. Plumlee will definitely benefit from some additional experience in the offseason, but his fantasy value will hinge on what the Nets decide to do with players such as Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez this summer. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:31 am
  • Thibodeau showers praise on Taj Gibson
    Head coach Tom Thibodeau showered praise on Taj Gibson for what he brings to the table.

    Advice: "Taj is always important," Thibodeau said. "That's the one thing you can't overlook, what he brings to our team, his defense, his rebounding. He's probably our best low-post defender. He's our best guy at moving his feet." Gibson's role in this series is crucial, as he will provide additional defense on LeBron James and will also help to clean up the glass. Nikola Mirotic played just two minutes in Game 1 while Gibson saw 28 minutes, so it looks like he will be the primary big off the bench moving forward in this series. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:53 am
  • Tristan Thompson will start Game 2 Wednesday
    Tristan Thompson will move into the starting lineup for Game 2 against the Bulls on Wednesday, sending Mike Miller back to the bench.

    Advice: The move makes a lot of sense for the Cavaliers, as they will now match up better with the Bulls' imposing frontcourt tandem of Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah. In 15 previous starts in the regular season, Thompson averaged 12.6 points, 9.7 boards and 0.9 blocks per game, so he is certainly worth a look in daily leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:07 am
  • Dwight Howard brushes off late-game usage
    Dwight Howard didn't attempt a shot over the final seven minutes of Game 1 vs. the Clippers, but he brushed off concerns about his limited offensive role.

    Advice: "I can’t focus on that," he said. "I got to continue to be a presence on the defensive end, get more blocked shots, get more rebounds, run the floor more, do all the things I can do." Howard still finished with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting, 10 rebounds, one steal and five blocks in Houston's Game 1 defeat, and Kevin McHale will surely emphasize the need to keep him engaged on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:02 am
  • Nene without a field goal in second round
    Nene, who went scoreless in 17 minutes on Sunday, finished the Wizards' Game 2 loss with two points, four rebounds, one assist, four turnovers and zero defensive stats.

    Advice: His disappearing act was even more problematic with Marcin Gortat (10 points, nine rebounds) in foul trouble, eventually fouling out with five minutes left. Nene has yet to make a field goal in the series (a combined 0-of-9) and the Wizards desperately need him to get going, as reserve big men Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin can't consistently make up for a void of production at the starting PF spot. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:53 pm
  • Al Horford impressive in Tuesday's home win
    The Hawks earned a 106-90 victory in Game 2 on Tuesday, aided by Al Horford's 18 points, four rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Horford started out slow in the postseason but over the past five games he's averaging 18.0 points, 10.0 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 blocks, all while shooting 52.6 percent from the field and 87.5 percent at the FT line. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • Ognjen Kuzmic out for Game 2 vs Grizzlies
    Ognjen Kuzmic (ankle) has been ruled out for Game 2 against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

    Advice: Kuzmic isn't part of the Warriors playoff rotation, so this isn't a huge blow to the Western Conference's top seed. Draymond Green has been playing huge minutes for the Warriors and will continue to do so with or without Kuzmic. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:30 am
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Chris Bosh opens up about blood clot scare
    Chris Bosh opened about about his blood clot scare on a radio interview and said there were times that he couldn't breathe.

    Advice: Bosh said he couldn't breathe during a February 1 win over the Celtics, but tried to play through it. "I know, I’ll never do it again," Bosh said. "It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? I wish I could go back and tell myself not to do those things, but I’m lucky to be alive. I am. I took that as a lesson to stop trying to be a tough guy all the time. That’s kinda how we’re trained, to just suck it up and throw some dirt on it and get back out there." We'll keep an eye on his status, but Bosh said he's doing well now and it sounds like he should be healthy for the start of the 2015-16 season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:56 am
     
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  • Nene willing to sacrifice for good of team
    Nene said he's willing to accept a lesser role if it means greater success for the Wizards.

    Advice: Nene has seen diminished touches and minutes in the playoffs as the Wizards have shifted to more of a flowing playing style. "Definitely it’s tough. That’s the reason it’s a sacrifice," Nene said after playing just 17 minutes in Game 1. "But you know the result is something much better than you look cool or look good. You need to do different things that you [do] not usually do, but you know that’s the right thing for the team." While Nene will still play a part in Washington's postseason run, he can't be expected to produce like the player fantasy owners have become accustomed to. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:40 am
  • Spurs looking to trade Tiago Splitter?
    The Spurs could look to deal Tiago Splitter in an effort to secure more cap space, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

    Advice: Tiago has two years left and $16.8 million on his contract, so the Spurs could elect to create some cap space to re-sign Kawhi Leonard and pursue other free agents (like LaMarcus Aldridge) by dealing the big man. Splitter averaged 8.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 52 games this season and his fantasy value would benefit from a change of scenery where he would theoretically see more than 19.8 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • Griffin breaks the pinball machine in G1 win
    Blake Griffin triple-doubled with 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting (8-of-10 FTs), 14 rebounds, 13 assists and one steal in the Clippers' 99-92 Game 1 win over the Rockets in Houston.

    Advice: Griffin looked visibly tired after a long battle with the Spurs, but with Chris Paul (hamstring) out he had a ton of responsibility tonight as you can see. Heck, DeAndre Jordan even chipped in with five assists to go with two steals, four blocks and an otherwise normal 10 points and 13 boards. Griffin has been outstanding during these playoffs and the Rockets looked like a lower class team in tonight's series opener. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:13 pm
  • Howard goes for 22 and 10 with five blocks
    Dwight Howard scored 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting (4-of-9 FTs) with 10 rebounds, one steal and five blocks in Monday's Game 1 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Howard is going to have a tough matchup with DeAndre Jordan, but there's still plenty of ways for him to get his numbers, especially with some of the lineups the Clippers are forced to play due to a lack of depth. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:53 pm
  • Gibson gets 28 minutes against the Cavs
    Taj Gibson scored eight points on 3-of-5 shooting with five rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes off the bench in Monday's Game 1 win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Gibson is in there to help combat LeBron James and it's clear he has Tom Thibodeau's trust. He came up holding his left knee after a fall but it didn't keep him from missing any time. Owners will probably want to expect numbers like these and anything above and beyond that is icing on the cake. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:55 pm
  • Brook Lopez noncommittal about future w/ Nets
    Brook Lopez, who has a $16.7 million player option for next season, is noncommittal about his future with the Nets.

    Advice: "I like being here," he said. "I absolutely enjoyed my time with the Nets. It's been good for me." Earlier this season, the thought of Lopez opting out and leaving nearly $17 million on the table was unfathomable. Now? It's expected Lopez will opt out and command a sizable multi-year deal. For what it's worth, Lopez spoke of the Nets in the past tense. If he does hit free agency, Lopez will be a fascinating case to watch unfold. The Nets would have an incredibly tough time replacing Lopez if he walks out of Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:03 am
  • Al Horford's massive double-double not enough
    Al Horford had a strong showing during Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Wizards, scoring 17 points to go with a game-high 17 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block, one 3-pointer and three turnovers through 30 minutes of action.

    Advice: Horford's make from beyond the arc was just his second-career make from 3-point range, and while Horford did have quite the stat line on Sunday, he also shot just 7-of-19 from the field. He does have a tough matchup against Marcin Gortat, so Horford's field goal percentage may dip during Atlanta's second-round series. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:45 pm
  • Nene fails to score in 17 minutes of action
    Nene missed all four of his shots during Sunday's Game 1 victory over the Hawks, coming away with just three rebounds, one steal and two turnovers through 17 minutes of action.

    Advice: Nene is banged up, playing through foot, shoulder, and ankle injuries, and that was perhaps the reason he struggled so mightily today. He has a tough matchup against Paul Millsap, and it looks like the Wizards will be going with a community approach to the power forward position for their second-round series. Drew Gooden played 14 minutes off the bench, putting up 12 points, five rebounds, and two 3-pointers, while Kevin Seraphin logged nine minutes of action, missing all three of his shots, and grabbing three rebounds. This three-way timeshare is something that should be avoided in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:17 pm
  • Tim Duncan noncommittal regarding retirement
    Tim Duncan was noncommittal when asked about possibly retiring after the Spurs lost Game 7 to the Clippers on Saturday night.

    Advice: "I'm not making any statements," Duncan said. While it's hard to imagine Duncan retiring after such a remarkable performance this series, we do have to consider that he is 39 years old. Duncan also added that he could see "the light at the end of the tunnel," but it doesn't necessarily sound like he will rush into a decision. If he does decide to return to the Spurs, he will still be worthy of a mid-round selection after averaging 17.9 points, 11.1 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals in the postseason. We will pass along additional updates as soon as we know more. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:17 am
  • Blake Griffin posts triple-double in victory
    Blake Griffin triple-doubled against the Spurs on Saturday with 24 points, 13 boards, 10 assists and four turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: That's two triple-doubles in this series and Blake's averages are otherworldly. In the seven games, Griffin averaged 24.1 points, 13.1 boards, 7.4 dimes, 1.4 steals, 1.4 blocks and 2.7 turnovers. He's playing some of his best ball of his life and he'll have huge numbers against the Rockets as well. The series starts on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • Tim Duncan scores 27 in season-ending loss
    Tim Duncan played unbelievably well against the Clippers during a thrilling 111-109 loss on Saturday, scoring 27 points with 11 rebounds and no turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It was an amazing game to arguably the best first-round series ever. Duncan clearly has several miles left on his tires and it's hard to imagine him retiring after this season. He's 39 years old, but he might be playing until he's 45 based on how awesome he was tonight. He'll be someone to target in the middle rounds of drafts next season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:51 pm
  • Ognjen Kuzmic (ankle) out for one week
    Ognjen Kuzmic sprained his ankle and will be re-evaluated in one week.

    Advice: He wasn't in the rotation and the Warriors are really tightening it up in their frontcourt. Draymond Green played more minutes than any Warrior in the first round and he will be a huge piece for the second round. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:18 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 133-126 vs Den
  • Joakim Noah (illness) ready to go for Game 1
    Joakim Noah (illness) went through most of Saturday's practice and he's in no danger of missing Monday's Game 1 vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: "We're ready to roll," said Tom Thibodeau. Noah made himself a target for Cavs' fans ire by telling reporters this week, "You know what? I never thought I'd say this, but I'm very excited to go to Cleveland." Noah averaged only 6.5 points vs. the Bucks in the first round, but he also had 11.7 boards, 4.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:57 am
  • Report: Nets intend to retain Brook Lopez
    The Nets reportedly intend to retain Brook Lopez even if he declines his $16.7 million player option for the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: Few players boosted their stock as a free agent more than Lopez this season -- coming off major reconstructive foot surgery, he played in 72 games and in the playoffs he averaged 20.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. He finished the year with top-30 fantasy value but projects as a high-risk, high-reward pick on draft day due to his injury history. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:14 am
  • Hawks finally close out Nets in Game 6 win
    Al Horford scored 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in Friday's clinching Game 6 win over the Nets.

    Advice: Horford's finger is going to be on the radar for perhaps the rest of the playoffs and the Hawks turn right around and play Game 1 against the Wizards on Sunday. Paul Millsap's shoulder will also be worth watching, though you couldn't tell by his 25 points, nine boards, six assists and two steals in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Joakim Noah looking forward to matchup w/ CLE
    Joakim Noah is looking forward to the Bulls' second-round matchup with the Cavaliers.

    Advice: "You know what? I never thought I'd say this, but I'm very excited to go to Cleveland," said Noah after Thursday's dominant Game 6 win over the Bucks. Noah and LeBron James have some history, and friendly-rivalry is not a term we'd use to describe this upcoming series. Noah is going to draw a favorable matchup against the Cavs, so he makes sense as a guy to target in daily leagues, as he should be able to put up some quality numbers throughout the Bull's second-round series. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:00 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 26 in Game 6 win on road
    Blake Griffin logged 41 minutes against the Spurs during a Game 6 victory on Thursday, scoring 26 points with 12 boards, six assists, one steal and four blocks.

    Advice: He is putting up some enormous stat lines right now. In his previous five, Griffin averaged 24.2 points, 13.2 boards, 7.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.7 steals in 41.2 minutes. If Glen Davis (ankle) is out for Game 7, Griffin will likely be near 44 minutes. Although, he looked really tired at times tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:50 pm
  • Brook Lopez has a bad game
    Brook Lopez struggled against the Hawks on Wednesday with 15 points, three rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Maybe he just ran out of gas because he just looked like a different player late. His defense was really bad and he forced several shots today. Lopez did see his scoring increase in every game during this series up until now. He'll look for a better game in Game 6 on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • Tim Duncan notches 21 & 11 in Game 5 victory
    Tim Duncan scored 21 points during Tuesday's thrilling Game 5 road win, adding 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals, one block and only one turnover in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The game began at 10:30 ET and was just under three hours long, but anyone who stayed awake until its conclusion was treated to a magnificent playoff battle. The Spurs landed the final blow, earning a 3-2 lead as they head home for Thursday's Game 6. As for Duncan, the ageless one continues to solidify his place among the league's all-time greats. Follow the link below for his game-changing block vs. Blake Griffin. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:46 pm
  • Blake Griffin posts 30 & 14 in Game 5 defeat
    Blake Griffin finished Tuesday's crushing Game 5 loss with a game-high 30 points (10-of-15 FGs, 10-of-14 FTs), 14 rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block and five turnovers.

    Advice: Griffin is averaging 7.3 assists per game in the playoffs, tied for fourth behind only J.J. Barea, James Harden and John Wall -- yes, he's ahead of Chris Paul. He's one of three players with at least four playoff double-doubles (Pau Gasol leads the way with five) and the Spurs don't have a player to check him individually. On the other hand, Blake is shooting an abysmal 19.0 percent in the fourth quarter during the series. He'll look to even the score in a hostile environment during Game 6 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:36 pm
  • Tiago Splitter struggles in nine minutes Tues
    Tiago Splitter played only nine minutes on Tuesday despite starting both the first and third quarter, and he spent most of the game with a large wrap around his right calf.

    Advice: Splitter is obviously struggling with lower-body injuries and the Spurs may only be using him to buy some time (and fouls) before deploying Aron Baynes and Matt Bonner at center, while rotating in Tim Duncan with smaller lineups. The Spurs owe Splitter a guaranteed $16.8 million over the next two seasons, so they wouldn't be playing him if there was a heightened risk of long-term injury. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:35 pm
  • Dwight Howard gets 18 & 19 as HOU advances
    Dwight Howard dominated the paint during Tuesday's series-clinching victory, finishing with 18 points, 19 rebounds, four steals and four blocks.

    Advice: "[Dwight's] knee has been good," coach Kevin McHale said before Game 5. "He is bouncy again. He has been feeling good." It showed again tonight as Howard logged 39 minutes, going 7-of-14 from the field and successfully navigating early foul trouble. His efforts helped Houston advance to face the winner of the Spurs vs. Clippers series. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:20 pm
  • Tim Duncan: a modest man w/ historic numbers
    Tim Duncan remained modest when asked how he's managed to continue to be an effective player on the basketball court even into his later years.

    Advice: "I’m just trying to keep pace," Duncan said after Game 2's win. "I don’t have a secret. I’m in a great system, I’m on a great team and I’m not asked to do what I used to do. I’m asked to play a role, and I’m happy to play a role. I’m just trying to be as consistent as I can for my teammates." When all is said and done, Duncan will go down as one of the best power forwards to ever play the game. He's been a key piece to all of San Antonio's five championships, he ranks 14th on the all-time scoring list, and he's currently the only player in NBA history to have 9,000+ playoff minutes. Amazing. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:55 pm
  • Rival execs say Nets will re-sign Brook Lopez
    Several NBA executives think Brook Lopez will be back with the Nets next season.

    Advice: Lopez can opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent this summer by declining his $16.7 million option, but rival executives think the Nets will make every effort to retain him if that happens. "If he leaves, then they are starting all over again," an NBA executive said. "He has proven he is healthy. There’s no question he’s always been a good basketball player. The question was ‘Can he come back from the injury?’ He’s shown he can, especially the last two months." Lopez will have plenty of suitors if he opts out of the last year of his contract, but the Nets can offer him the largest contract, so there's a good chance we see Bro-Lo back in Brooklyn net season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:07 am
  • Pau Gasol scores 25 points in Monday loss
    Pau Gasol scored 25 points during a Game 5 94-88 loss to the Bucks in Chicago on Monday, adding 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes.

    Advice: This is a really bad loss for the Bulls. Their offense vanished in the fourth and coach Tom Thibodeau still doesn't seem to have the right frontcourt combination. Joakim Noah was everywhere on Monday with 10 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, one steal and three blocks in 32 minutes. Taj Gibson played just 15 minutes with 12 points and three boards because Nikola Mirotic played more power forward today. Mirotic was also quiet with three points and one rebound. The Bulls have lost all of their momentum and will take their 3-2 lead to Milwaukee on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:58 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 26 points in Game 4 win
    Brook Lopez dominated against the Hawks on Monday with 26 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocks in 43 minutes.

    Advice: He made 11-of-19 from the field and is using his size extremely well on offense in this series. Lopez continues to be a force in the postseason with 20 points in nine out of his 11 postseason games (3-of-4 this year). He's been outstanding since the break and the Nets will have at least one more game at home with the series tied. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 27, 7:25 pm
  • Al Horford has pinkie issue, returns to game
    Al Horford played 31 minutes against the Nets on Monday with 17 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He had a minor pinkie injury and had to leave the game, but he just needed to be re-taped. Horford didn't play too much down the stretch in favor of Pero Antic, which marks the second consecutive time that's been an issue. He did have some foul trouble and maybe the pinkie injury was a factor. He'll be in the starting lineup on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 27, 7:05 pm
  • Blake Griffin (shoulder stinger) will play
    Blake Griffin is dealing with a right shoulder stinger and will play in Game 5 on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard of the injury and it sounds minor. Griffin logged 43 minutes on Sunday with 20 points and 19 boards. He's also posting terrific averages of 22.3 points, 13.3 boards, 7.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 27, 1:37 pm
  • 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
    Apr 27, 6:08 am
  • 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
    Apr 26, 9:30 pm
  • Tim Duncan's 22 & 14 aren't enough in Game 4
    Tim Duncan had 22 points (8-of-13 FGs and 6-of-10 FTs), 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks in a losing effort on Sunday, as the Spurs fell at home 105-114.

    Advice: Duncan got off to a slow start but he was as terrific as ever today, and he racked up a few more records that highlight his longevity -- he's the only player to log 9,000+ minutes in the NBA playoffs, and passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for third place in most postseason appearances (trailing only Robert Horry and Derek Fisher). Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:51 pm
  • Tiago Splitter bombs in 18 scoreless minutes
    Tiago Splitter bombed on Sunday with zero points on 0-of-5 shooting, four rebounds, one rebound, four personal fouls and no other stats in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Splitter was quickly benched in the fourth quarter after failing to box out Chris Paul for a rebound, and he's been a non-factor vs. the Clippers' frontcourt. Whether due to a lingering calf injury, the matchup with DeAndre Jordan or both, in the past four games Splitter is averaging 2.0 points on 23.1 percent shooting, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists. He's also failed to block a shot all series. Rotoworld.com
    Apr 26, 4:48 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
    Apr 26, 4:26 pm
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