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  • Kyrie Irving scores 30 points in win at TOR
    Kyrie Irving was terrific during a 113-87 series-clinching win over the Raptors on Friday, scoring 30 points with four rebounds, nine assists, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: Irving really buckled down on offense and put on a display of his full arsenal. On the downside, he has struggled on the defensive end, so that doesn't bode well against either Stephen Curry or Russell Westbrook. Additionally, LeBron James said after the game that Kyrie was banged up for all four rounds of the playoffs last year and added Irving is healthier this time around. Last year, Irving went down after 44 minutes due to a fractured knee in Game 1 of The Finals, so things should be different. Expect him to play heavy minutes in an up-tempo style. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 20 points in Game 6 win
    Kevin Love scored 20 points in a Game 6 win over the Raptors on Friday, adding 12 rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs big three of Love, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James all cleared the 20-point mark for the sixth time these playoffs after only doing so twice during the regular season. Love gets tons of open looks in this offense, so he has a lot of pressure on him to knock them down against a better team in The Finals. The good news is he looks healthy, but expect the Warriors or Thunder to target him in pick-and-roll plays. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:36 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 35; Raptors eliminated
    Kyle Lowry scored 35 points during a season-ending 113-87 loss to the Cavs on Friday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one block and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been terrible in almost all of the losses in this postseason, but not even this terrific game could help his team. Lowry was a late bloomer in his career, posting career highs in points, steals and tying his best total in rebounds during his All-Star campaign this season. Lowry turned 30 years old this past season and his fantasy owners saw him post first-round value. He has a very good chance to repeat next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:33 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll's disappointing season ends
    DeMarre Carroll scored seven points with six rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He looked to tweak his knee in the first half, but he was able to play through it. Carroll did not have the season the Raptors wanted due to numerous injuries, keeping him to only 26 games during the regular season. He also struggled with his shot during the postseason. It took a while for Carroll to earn a significant role in his career, so he'll enter next season as an age-28 wing. He'll be sliding in fantasy drafts, so he could be a bargain. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Patrick Patterson scores nine points
    Patrick Patterson scored nine points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He had some ups and downs, but didn't really have any explosions since the first two games of the postseason. Patterson is still just 27 and is one of the better stretch fours capable of defending both fellow stretch fours and in the low post. He's under contract for one more season and should have a similar role. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:27 pm
  • LeBron James scores 33; Cavs reach The Finals
    LeBron James led his team to a series-clinching 113-87 win over the Raptors on Friday, scoring 33 points with 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: It's his sixth consecutive Finals appearance to validate his claim as one of the best players of all time. LeBron had some shooting issues in the playoffs last season at just 41.7 percent from the field, but his extra help has him at 54.6 percent from the field this year. James' field goal percentage has also gone up in every round, so he's playing his best ball right now. The Finals will start on June 2 as LeBron tries to earn a championship for Cleveland. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:19 pm
  • Nurkic liked the big lineup with Jokic
    Jusuf Nurkic said he's happy about the big lineup with Nikola Jokic.

    Advice: "Basketball has kind of changed," Nurkic said. "The NBA has gone smaller because of [the] Golden State [Warriors]." The Nuggets went with a Jokic-Nurkic lineup more late in the year and had some success at times. If Nurkic can stay healthy, he could be a breakout candidate for his high usage, blocks and boards. As a sidenote, Nurkic said in this interview his dad is a 6'10", 400-pound police officer. A basketball agent saw that his dad had a fight with 14 people from a newspaper and asked if he had a kid. And the rest is history. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:12 pm
  • 76ers could shop Nerlens Noel?
    The 76ers are reportedly exploring a trade of Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor, according to ESPN's Chad Ford and Marc Stein.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise. The 76ers are fully expecting Joel Embiid (foot) to be ready for opening night, so they have three bigs currently incapable of spacing the floor. Perhaps Noel is the worst of the bunch on offense and he would be due for an extension first. It's going to be very odd to see how the 76ers approach this summer in the post-process era. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:42 pm
  • Kerr praises Andrew Bogut after win
    Warriors coach Steve Kerr heaped praise on Andrew Bogut for his efforts in Game 5.

    Advice: "I thought [Bogut] was phenomenal," Kerr said. "He rebounded, he scored, he was aggressive. We went into him on the post to try to get him as a passer with our cutters around him, and he was tremendous – 14 boards. Obviously, rebounding has been an issue. It's an issue for everybody against Oklahoma City. So when he can play that way and rebound the ball like that, it just gives us a much better chance to win the game." After scoring 15 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 30 minutes, Bogut will be a nice option in DFS for Game 6. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:14 am
  • Anthony Davis misses out on $24 million
    Anthony Davis took a $24 million loss for not making one of the three All-NBA teams.

    Advice: Davis either had to be voted into the starting lineup for the Western All-Star team or make an All-NBA team to reach the bonus. Instead of $145 million over the next five years, Davis will now make $121 million. Davis is currently recovering from knee surgery and is expected to be ready in time for training camp, so hopefully he uses this as motivation for next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:35 am
  • Report: Wizards will offer Beal a max deal
    According to sources of the Washington Post, the Wizards are expected to offer Bradley Beal a five-year max deal.

    Advice: We already knew the Wizards wanted to re-sign Beal, but he's been adamant about receiving a max deal and it sounds like Washington will give it to him. His durability issues are a major red flag, but the Wizards don't really have any alternative options and the rising salary cap will allow them to take some risks. He's a restricted free agent, so the Wizards will still be able to match any opposing offers if they change their mind about giving him the max. Free agency begins on July 1st. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:37 am
  • Pat Riley expects to re-sign Dwyane Wade
    Pat Riley hinted that he fully expects to re-sign Dwyane Wade this summer.

    Advice: "He wants to win, I think, as much as he wants to do anything," Riley said. "Compensation to a player is not just a way to get paid and to live your life. Compensation to a player is about recognition and respect and place. We know where he belongs…He’s a lifer. What he’s done in this city over the last 13 years is irreplaceable and so we’re going to do the right thing. There’s no doubt." While Wade is fully expected to return to Miami, it's unclear if he's willing to take a discount to give his team more financial flexibility in free agency. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:26 am
  • 76ers more likely to trade Okafor than Noel
    According to Chad Ford of ESPN, the 76ers are more likely to trade Jahlil Okafor than Nerlens Noel this summer.

    Advice: The 76ers have a serious logjam in their frontcourt and it will likely get even more crowded this summer when they draft either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram. "I think that there's a very high likelihood, that whether it's to move up in the draft or use them to grab a free agent in a sign and trade or just to a trade, that you will not see the Nerlens Noel-Jahlil Okafor pairing at the start of next season," Ford said. "I think that they'll gauge the interest of both players." A trade would likely benefit both Noel and Okafor, so this will be one of the most interesting storylines of the summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:18 am
  • Mo Buckets: Speights scores 14 in nine mins.
    Marreese Speights filled it up in just nine minutes with 14 points, two rebounds and one 3-pointer on Thursday.

    Advice: In true Mo Buckets fashion, he had a 48.1 usage rate and a 76.1 true shooting percentage. Speights' output off the bench was very helpful while the starters were resting. He won't play a bunch, but he sure can fill it up in minimal playing time. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:11 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores six in 25 minutes
    Harrison Barnes played just 25 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with six points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He likely would've played less if the Warriors didn't have a decent lead late. Coach Steve Kerr gave some of Barnes' first-half minutes to Andrew Bogut, which should continue going forward. Barnes' best postseason for scoring has been his rookie season back in 2013 and it's not close, so the downward trend is discouraging. The 23-year-old wing hasn't helped his earning potential this summer. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:06 pm
  • Andrew Bogut scores 15 points with 14 boards
    Andrew Bogut was a huge part of Thursday's Game 5 win over the Thunder, scoring a postseason career-high 15 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: His increased minutes tonight may have been the difference. Bogut played just 23 minutes combined in the last two games, but the Warriors went much bigger in this game. Bogut's presence around the rim on defense was a big part of limiting easy buckets for OKC while his passing and four offensive boards went a long way for the Dubs' offense. The Aussie is probably going to be a bit sore after this one, but expect him to get some extended run again on Saturday. Coach Steve Kerr gets a lot of credit for this rotation change. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Warriors sticking with same starting lineup
    Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut will start against the Thunder in Game 5.

    Advice: The Warriors have to make some adjustments tonight, but it won't be out of the gate. Harrison Barnes made several mistakes in the last two while Bogut has been in a tough spot with all this pace. We should still see plenty of Andre Iguodala and possibly more Festus Ezeli. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:24 pm
  • Dwyane Wade wants to end his career w/ Miami
    Dwyane Wade again re-stated his desire to finish his career with the Miami Heat.

    Advice: "I don’t want to be on the market at all," Wade said of his impending free agency. "I’m not curious at all. I want to get to it [with the Heat]. I want to be able to sign my deal and move on and not have to deal with any rumors, any free agency, any this, any that. This is where I want to end my career. So we’ll figure it out." Pat Riley echoed Wade's sentiment saying, "We know where he belongs… He’s a lifer." Expect Wade's free agency to be handled quickly sans surprises. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:14 pm
  • Report: WAS determined to keep core together
    The Wizards are reportedly determined to keep their core of John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat intact.

    Advice: Beal will be seeking a max deal as a restricted free agent this offseason, and given that Beal is one of the higher upside guys in the upcoming free agency class, he'll likely find a team out there willing to pay him big money. The Wizards will have the right to match any offer that Beal receives on the open market, and early indications are that they will do whatever they can to retain him, despite his constant struggles with staying healthy. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:55 pm
  • Kyle Lowry named to All-NBA Third Team
    Kyle Lowry was named to the All-NBA Third Team on Thursday.

    Advice: Paul George, LaMarcus Aldridge, Andre Drummond and Klay Thompson also received Third Team honors, and Lowry becomes just the third Raptors in franchise history to make an All-NBA squad. Vince Carter and Chris Bosh were the other Raptors to have accomplished the feat. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:33 pm
  • LeBron James named to All-NBA First Team
    LeBron James was named to the All-NBA First Team on Thursday.

    Advice: Joining James on the All-NBA First Team will be Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, DeAndre Jordan and Kawhi Leonard. James will be making his 10th appearance on the All-NBA First Team, which is a feat that has only been accomplished by seven other players in NBA history. Anthony Davis did not make any of the All-NBA squads, which will end up costing him around $24 million. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:12 pm
  • Cavaliers want to get Kevin Love going early
    Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue wants to get Kevin Love going early in Game 6 on Friday.

    Advice: The Cavs have a chance to close out the Eastern Conference Finals with a win over the Raptors on Friday and Lue thinks going to Love early will be a big part of that. "To get Kevin going early is definitely something we like to do and want to continue to do," Lue said after Wednesday's Game 5 win over the Raptors. Love was atrocious in Games 3 and 4 in Toronto, so it will be interesting to see if Lue's plan pays off as the Cavs head back to Canada for Game 6. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:56 am
  • Kerr wants Andrew Bogut to avoid foul trouble
    Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Andrew Bogut needs to avoid getting into foul trouble.

    Advice: Bogut is only averaging 14 minutes per game through the first four games of the Western Conference Finals, but Kerr said the limited minutes aren't due to health issues or matchups. "He's fouling," Kerr said. "He's got 13 fouls in 56 minutes. He's almost fouling out of every game in 10-15 minutes. He's got to be smarter with his fouls. We need him out there — he was plus-7 [Tuesday] night in 11 minutes." Kerr said the Warriors need Bogut on the floor in Game 5 on Thursday, but he's almost impossible to play in DFS as he's put up just 12 points and 17 rebounds in the first four games of the series. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:38 am
  • LeBron James posts 23/8/6 in 38-point blowout
    LeBron James racked up 23 points, eight assists and six steals in just 32 minutes on Wednesday, as the Cavs rolled to a dominant 116-78 victory.

    Advice: LeBron was on pace for a triple-double if it weren't a blowout, and he's now scored at least 20 points in 23 consecutive postseason games. Needless to say, he's been one of the steadiest DFS options in the playoffs this year. He's one win away from his sixth consecutive Finals appearance, and one free throw away from passing Kobe Bryant for second place in career postseason free throws (1,320), trailing only Michael Jordan (1,463). Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:35 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 23 points in blowout win
    Kyrie Irving scored 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting vs. the Raptors on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and just one turnover in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs roared out to a 31-point lead in the first half, the largest first-half lead in NBA Conference finals history, and they never looked back. Their 'big three' was perfectly in sync, scoring at least 23 points each in the blowout, and as a team they shot a ridiculous 57.1 percent from the field. Tristan Thompson added nine points and 10 boards, J.R. Smith had seven points six boards and four steals, and Cleveland can now clinch the series with a win in Toronto on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:29 pm
  • Patrick Patterson returns after bruising hand
    Patrick Patterson bruised his left hand during Wednesday's Game 5 defeat, finishing with three points, two turnovers and zero rebounds, assists, steals or blocks in 19 minutes.

    Advice: X-rays confirmed that Patterson only suffered a contusion and he did return despite the score being totally out of reach for Toronto. He should be ready for his usual 30-minute role during a must-win Game 6 on Friday, making him a viable low-end DFS target. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:26 pm
  • A Tale of Two Cities for Kyle Lowry vs. Cavs
    Kyle Lowry scored only 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting during Wednesday's crushing road loss, adding six assists, three rebounds and five turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs trapped Lowry at every opportunity and he struggled as a result, going scoreless for the first 18 minutes of the game. It's been a tale of two cities for Lowry in the series -- he's averaging 27.5 points in two home games, but just 11.3 points in three road games. Toronto has now been outscored in 11 of 12 quarters in Cleveland during the series, which is a huge hurdle even if they tie it up with a home win in Game 6. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:20 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 25 points in blowout win
    Kevin Love (left knee) finished Game 5 with 25 points on 8-of-10 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs, hitting three 3-pointers with two rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: Love was awful in his previous two games, shooting 5-of-23 from the field, and he didn't even play in the fourth quarter of Game 4 -- he sat out the fourth again tonight, but only because of the lopsided score. He played with renewed energy tonight, scoring 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting in the first quarter alone, and could have had a much bigger line if it weren't for garbage time. Love's reemergence is a terrific sign for the Cavs, who are now one victory away from the Finals. Follow the link below to enjoy one of Love's patented full-court outlet passes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Kerr: Warriors need Bogut out there
    Coach Steve Kerr said the Warriors "need' Andrew Bogut out there.

    Advice: "When he’s out there, we rebound better and we’ve got a good passer out of the post," Kerr said. "We want to play Bogut more, but he’s got to stay on the floor." He was actually the only player in the positive for plus-minus on Tuesday as the Warriors were destroyed on their small-ball plan. Still, it's tough to count on Bogut for more than 16 minutes in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:50 pm
  • Kevin Love all systems go for Game 5 on Weds
    Kevin Love (knee) is healthy enough to play in Game 5 against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Love hurt his knee after stepping on a referee's foot in Game 4 on Monday, but isn't worried about his status for Game 5. "I think Kyrie [Irving] was shooting towards the end of the third quarter, and I stepped on the official's foot, and it didn't feel too great," said Love. "More so the knee [than the ankle hurting]. Will be sore tomorrow, but nothing that will prevent me from playing." While Love's performance in Toronto left something to be desired, he should be able to return to form with the series heading back to Cleveland on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:24 am
  • Lue explains Kevin Love's fourth quarter DNP
    Cavs head coach Ty Lue said he didn't play Kevin Love in the fourth quarter of Game 4 because Channing Frye was playing well.

    Advice: Love was dealing with a bit of a knee issue after stepping on a referee's foot, but Lue's explanation didn't involve the injury. "To try to put Kevin back in with four minutes to go in the fourth quarter in a hostile game, hostile environment, it's not fair to him," Lue said. "Channing gave us a great lift off the bench, and we just rolled with it." While Lue's explanation doesn't make much sense, he should still be in the starting lineup for Game 5 and will likely see more than the 31 minutes he saw in Game 4. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:36 am
  • Kevin Love said he hurt his knee
    Kevin Love (knee) said he hurt his knee stepping on an official's foot at the end of the third quarter on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Ty Lue said he thought it wasn't fair to put Love back in the game, so that's two straight fourth quarters without any Love. Lue added Love not playing in the fourth didn't have to do with his injury. The former All-Star should still be in the starting lineup and heading back home figures to help, too. Many were concerned about Love's inconsistent play and now it's coming to fruition. As long as he can make shots, he'll get time. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:29 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 35 points; Raps tie series
    Kyle Lowry was outstanding during a 105-99 win over the Cavs in Game 4 on Monday, scoring 35 points with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was on fire early with 16 points on 100.0 effective field goal percentage to kick this game off. Lowry and DeMar DeRozan scored a combined 67 points in their best combined scoring effort this postseason. To nobody's surprise, Raptors continue to go as Lowry goes in the postseason. During wins, he has a 56.9 true shooting percentage and a 2.5 assist:turnover ratio. In the losses, those numbers are 38.9 and 1.6, respectively. The Cavs should be doing all they can to stop Lowry. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:06 pm
  • LeBron James scores 29 points in Game 4 loss
    LeBron James couldn't carry his team to victory during a 105-99 loss to the Raptors in Game 4 on Monday, scoring 29 points with nine rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 46 minutes.

    Advice: It looked like the Cavs were going to pull off a huge comeback with 11 consecutive makes in the fourth quarter. James' fourth quarter numbers alone were eight points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal, but he didn't score in the final five minutes. James' 46 minutes tonight were his most of these playoffs, but the Cavs were smoked in the two minutes without him with a minus-60.0 net rating. The fourth quarter was the story with the Cavs with LeBron playing the entire fourth while none of the other starters played more than 6.3 minutes. After destroying the Raptors in the Game 1 and 2, this series is all tied up at two. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:42 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 26 points in a loss
    Kyrie Irving scored 26 points with three rebounds, six assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes against the Raptors on Monday.

    Advice: It was a better offensive bounce-back game in this loss. Irving was just 3-of-19 from the field in Game 3, but he made 11-of-21 from the field tonight. On the downside, Irving was torched on the defensive end with Lowry getting almost anything he wanted. Expect him to get a ton of shots in Game 5. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:25 pm
  • No Love: Kevin doesn't play in fourth again
    Kevin Love did not play in the fourth quarter against the Raptors on Monday, finishing with 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He did look to hurt his left leg at the end of the third. Love didn't go to the locker room, so we'll be looking for an update. After Game 3, coach Ty Lue said it wasn't fair to play Love down the stretch, so maybe it was the same story. He hasn't played well at all in this series and is losing playing time to Channing Frye. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:06 pm
  • Bradley Beal says he's looking for max deal
    Bradley Beal said he's looking for a max contract this summer.

    Advice: "I feel like I’m a max player and that’s what I’m looking for," Beal said. "If Washington can’t meet that requirement then I may be thinking elsewhere. I’m pretty sure that they probably won’t [let me go]." Beal would be looking for a deal of around $92 million over four years. His leg injury concerns make him a big risk, so there may not be a big market for him at that price. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:31 pm
  • Andrew Bogut, GSW's big men silenced Sunday
    Andrew Bogut played only 12 minutes during Game 3, scoring two points with five rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: The Thunder went small early and often, and the Warriors' true big men (Bogut, Festus Ezeli, Anderson Varejao and Marreese Speights) struggled to control the paint. Golden State has given up the third-most second-chance points during the playoffs (13.9 per game), and OKC finished tonight's home win with a whopping 21 second-chance points. Bogut's strained right thigh might still be bothering him, and either way it's hard to rely on him for DFS purposes. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:58 pm
  • Harrison Barnes awful in blowout loss vs. OKC
    Harrison Barnes was invisible during Sunday's ugly road loss, posting seven points with two rebounds and zero assists, steals or blocks in 27 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Warriors won the rebound battle in Game 2, including 15 offensive boards, but the script flipped tonight with the Thunder winning 52-38. Golden State also failed to match OKC's aggression, settling for quick shots and finishing just 3-of-4 at the FT line in the first half, compared to 23-of-25 for the Thunder. Steve Kerr will assuredly have a long film session prior to Game 4 on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:56 pm
  • Lue wants LeBron James more involved in Gm 4
    Tyronn Lue said that he should have called more plays for LeBron James during Saturday's Game 3 loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: "I think I should have called more plays to make [James] dominant," Lue said. "I should have put the ball in LeBron's hands a little bit more to let him create and let him draw double teams. So that was more on me." James only attempted 17 shots during the Game 3 loss, and his usage rate dipped to 17.5 through the fourth quarter, which is a trend that's unlikely to continue. Expect James to take on a more dominant role on offense for Monday's Game 4. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:27 pm
  • Kyle Lowry snaps out of slump, scores 20
    Kyle Lowry snapped out of his shooting slump with 20 points during a win over the Cavs on Saturday, adding six rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He was 7-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-8 from deep. Lowry made just 1-of-15 from beyond the arc in the first two games of this series, but got it going early. He was in some foul trouble during this game and the Raptors holding it together while he was on the bench was key. Lowry has actually shot the ball worse at home in the postseason, so that's not necessarily why he was better tonight. Obviously the Raptors need Lowry to play well to get another game in this series. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:23 pm
  • LeBron James scores 24; Cavs lose Game 3
    LeBron James scored 24 points during a 99-84 loss to the Raptors in Game 3 on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He did not get much help tonight as the Cavs failed to score 100 points for the first time this postseason. James was fouled throughout the game, but one of the most talked about plays will how he fell down after Tristan Thompson hit him (video in link below). The Cavs also lost their first postseason game with LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:17 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 13, gets hurt late
    Kyrie Irving made 3-of-19 from the field for 13 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He was in some pain after some contact under the basket. Irving did play through it, but he was clearly in some discomfort after the game. There doesn't appear to be anything seriously wrong with him, so he should be all good for Game 4. Irving had by far his worst game after shooting an even 50.0 percent from the field in his previous 10 games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:09 pm
  • Lil' Kev: Love scores three points in loss
    Kevin Love made just 1-of-9 from the field for three points against the Raptors on Saturday, adding four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He had a really off night and didn't even close this game out. Love has played above expectations for basically the entire postseason, so he gets a pass for this one. Expect him to be better in Game 4 and closer to his 33 playoff minutes per game. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:01 pm
  • Pat Riley wants Wade to shoot more 3-pointers
    Pat Riley wants Dwyane Wade to work on his 3-pointers this summer.

    Advice: "Maybe he could become a 40 percent, 38 percent 3-point shooter," Riley said of Wade. "I wouldn’t give him an open look. Once he went to work with the coaches on it, that shot, if he had to take it, was normal. That would be a big added part of his game next year because nobody ever thinks he can do that." Wade's 3-point shot has always been his biggest weakness, but he did shoot 52.2 percent from deep in the postseason and that could give his fantasy value a boost next season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:47 am
  • LeBron James triple-doubles in 108-89 victory
    LeBron James triple-doubled during a 108-89 win over the Raptors on Thursday, scoring 23 points with 11 rebounds, 11 assists, three steals and two turnovers.

    Advice: It's his 15th playoff triple-double of his career and he also passed Shaquille O'Neal for fourth on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list. James continues to get to the rim at will and he's now 17-of-19 on his shots from within three feet. On the other hand, he's struggled at the line and is just 11-of-21 from there in these two games. The Cavs are 10-0 in this postseason and have won 17 straight playoff games against the Eastern Conference over the last two postseasons. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:38 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 15 points in win
    Kevin Love scored 19 points with five rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: He did most of his damage in the first half with 15 points. Love was on a stationary bike during this game, but he didn't appear to have any interaction with his medical staff. The Cavs have not lost any playoff games with LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Expect Love to flirt with 20 points in Game 3 on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 26 points in easy win
    Kyrie Irving scored 26 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers in 37 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: He is really taking it to the Raptors with a 27-point game during his 30 minutes in Game 1. Irving has tremendous efficiency in this postseason with a 60.6 true shooting percentage on a 28.2 usage rate. Plus, he has a solid 2.9 assist:turnover ratio in his 35.8 minutes during these 10 wins. The Cavs look really dangerous when Kyrie is on and his minutes increase has helped his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:27 pm
  • Kyle Lowry has another dud, scores 10 points
    Kyle Lowry made 4-of-14 from the field for 10 points during a 108-89 loss in Cleveland on Thursday, adding six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and five turnovers.

    Advice: He finally made his first 3-pointer of this series, but he's only 1-of-15 in the last two games. Lowry is also struggling on defense, as well. The Raptors continue to not use Lowry at the end of the first half and it was costly tonight. They ended the second half giving up a 16-2 run to the Cavs to basically put the game out of reach. Lowry was coming into this series with some very nice momentum, but it's now slowed to a crawl. Maybe the home-court advantage in Game 2 can help them. Lowry did go to the locker room, but he's fine. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:23 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll doesn't look right
    DeMarre Carroll scored seven points with five rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He was one of the better defenders on LeBron James over the past couple seasons, but not this time around. Carroll's knee injury may be limiting him with two really bad games in this series. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:18 pm
  • Pat Patterson moves to the bench
    Patrick Patterson scored six points with one rebound, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: The Raptors bench continues to get thumped. Patterson will likely move back into the starting lineup or the Raptors could go with Norman Powell or even Terrence Ross as a starter. Patterson is still on the table as a DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:08 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (thigh) struggles in 16 minutes
    Andrew Bogut finished Wednesday's victory with four points, six rebounds and one assist in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Bogut is dealing with a strained right adductor and didn't look like himself tonight, fumbling away easy scoring chances in the paint. The Warriors have solid backup options in Festus Ezeli and Anderson Varejao, with Draymond Green more than capable of playing center in small lineups for stretches, and Steve Kerr availed himself of every option on Wednesday. Bogut gets a few extra days to rest and he should be ready to go for Game 3 on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:08 pm
  • LeBron James not worried about complacency
    LeBron James said he's not worried about the Cavs getting complacent after dominating their first nine games of the postseason.

    Advice: "I don't think we have complacency on our minds right now," James said. "We have a goal, and our goal was not nine wins... And as the leader of this team, I'm going to continue to make sure that these guys understand what our goal is, and they know." The Cavs have made a mockery of the Eastern Conference, but James will consistently remind his teammates that a championship is the ultimate goal. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:29 am
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